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Sicily, Italy

Verdura Resort

You can always rely on Rocco Forte Hotels for the highest standards and quality, and this latest resort is no exception. Two championship golf courses plus a nine-hole course, a tennis centre with six floodlit clay courts, a fabulous spa and top-notch dining are all wrapped in a gorgeous mix of striking modern architecture and carefully-restored original buildings that reflect the colours and textures of the island. They’ve thought of everything for families too: there’s a special childrens’ pool, plus clubs and activities whatever their age!

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Puglia, Italy

Borgo Egnazia Resort

An entire purpose-built village dedicated to spectacular holiday making, this is Puglia’s most stunning retreat. Nestled amongst olive groves, a masterpiece of hospitality has emerged almost organically from the sun-blushed Apulian ground, where you’ll find four swimming pools, tennis courts, the Raison d’Etre spa, a kids’ club, library and even a cooking school.

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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama

Operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., it’s the endless facilities and innovative architecture that distinguish The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. You can choose from seven swimming pools (including an adults-only pool), a tennis academy with seven courts, and an 18-hole, par-72 golf course; whilst children aged 5-11 years are catered for within the Kids’ Club.

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Koh Samui, Thailand

Kamalaya Koh Samui

When the stress levels are rising, there’s nowhere better to reignite the spirit. A sanctuary devoted to well-being, Kamalaya’s facilities and accommodation encircle a Buddhist monks’ cave, huddled within a jungle-draped interior and fringed by long, sandy beaches. But it’s the endless treatments, delicious cuisine and absence of rigid rules, that really sets this place apart.

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Phuket

SALA Phuket Resort & Spa

A glistening ode to contemporary design, this almost all-pool villa resort is located on Mai Khao beach on the northwest shoreline of Phuket. It offers sexy-cool modern interiors with gadgets aplenty, three pools to suit all moods, glamorous common areas and some serious show-off dining, including the rooftop restaurant where tables ‘float’ above a reflection pond and views go on forever.

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Koh Kood, Thailand

Soneva Kiri

This resort combines the best of luxurious design with cutting-edge eco-concepts. while barefoot behaviour is encouraged throughout setting an atmosphere of relaxation. The spa offers a menu of holistic and traditional treatments using natural ingredients. For dinner, choose from three restaurants, or even dine in the treetops and don’t miss the astronomy classes or movie screenings.

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Venice, Italy

The Gritti Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Nothing that could possibly make your stay more enjoyable has been neglected here – sumptuous furnishings, personalised artwork and Murano glass chandeliers all enhance the sensation of luxury

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Noonu Atoll, Maldives

Cheval Blanc Randheli

LVMH Hotel Management swaps the mountains for the beach with the opening of Cheval Blanc Randheli, the tropical instalment of its ritzy namesake in Courchevel. The ultra-glam experience begins as soon as you arrive in Malé, when you’re whisked by private seaplane to this petite 45-villa designer ‘Maison’. Gorgeously-decorated loft-style villas with private infinity pools are sumptuously-appointed; Experience Alchemists have devised a vast list of unforgettable experiences; there’s an innovative Guerlain Spa and a superb dive centre too, while culinary artistry reigns supreme in four outstanding dining venues.

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North Malé Atoll, Maldives

Huvafen Fushi

Start your holiday as you mean to go on at Huvafen Fushi, and sit back and relax as you skim across the coral reefs. Thirty minutes later and your speedboat has docked at your own private oasis in the North Malé Atoll. You can choose between an expansive Beach Bungalow set directly on the sandy beach or a breezy Lagoon Bungalow set on decking above the azure water. No wonder this was awarded Best Beach Hotel by Harpers BAZAAR Travel Guide.

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Baa Atoll, Maldives

Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

A world away from busier resorts and reached only by a stunning seaplane ride, this heartbreakingly-beautiful island presents its discerning guests with peace and seclusion, staggering natural beauty and a hefty dose of indulgence. You’ll find pristine beaches gently lapped by azure waters, coral reefs teeming with aquatic life, and some of the very best service on the planet. Villas are an effortlessly tasteful vision of white muslin drapes and cushion-strewn sofas, while the most spectacular boast immaculate private pools.

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North Malé Atoll, Maldives

One&Only Reethi Rah

Situated on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll, this resort is surrounded by powder-soft beaches and turquoise bays. The resort villas are discreetly placed along the shore, with Beach Villas secluded by lush greenery and Water Villas set above the clear, protected waters of the lagoon. All villas have generous exterior spaces and private verandas, while 37 also boast private pools. Many of the activities on offer take advantage of the idyllic setting: think desert island picnics, dolphin watching and world-class diving.

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North Malé Atoll, Maldives

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

Experience the magic of a charming Maldivian village setting, infused with exceptional Four Seasons service. Kuda Huraa offers luxurious accommodation that fringes the island and features ‘modern tropical’ styling in keeping with the resort’s relaxed vibe. Beach Bungalows and Pavilions each have a plunge pool and garden, whilst Water Bungalows offer views across the Indian Ocean and direct access from private sun decks to the lagoon below.

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Beau Champ, Mauritius

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

Four Seasons offers an unforgettable experience here on the enchanting island of Mauritius. Within the sanctuary of Anahita is the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius. A harmonious settlement nestled in the most natural setting, it offers hotel suites and villas, fine dining establishments and full leisure, recreation and relaxation facilities. Set on a small peninsula, its immediate surroundings provide a world of infinite opportunities for pleasure – on land, or on the water.

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Belle Mare, Mauritius

One&Only Le St Géran

One&Only Le Saint Géran has entertained enough celebs and royals in its time to have world-beating service down pat. And its experienced staff, many who’ve been with the resort since, well, forever, are specialists in ensuring you’ll enjoy an experience that’s simply second-to-none. Oh, and a word of warning: calorie-counters may want to leave the scales at home; dining here is an absolute gourmet’s dream come true thanks to two Michelin-starred chefs. Whether you’re sampling the finest French, Asian or Creole cuisine in any of the three restaurants, you’re guaranteed memorable meals and great evenings galore.

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Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Banyan Tree Al Wadi & Ras Al Khaimah Beach

Conjuring up everything that is fascinating about Arabia, sister resorts Banyan Tree Al Wadi and Ras Al Khaimah Beach are set just 20 minutes away from each other. Amid stretches of desert sand Banyan Tree Al Wadi presents an oasis of peace while Ras Al Khaimah Beach serves up all the elements of an idyllic beach retreat at the sunkissed shores of the Arabian Gulf.

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Belle Mare, Mauritius

The Residence Mauritius

This fantastic-looking property, full of plantation house charm, is a brilliant destination for discerning couples and families alike, thanks to its relaxed atmosphere.  Mums and dads can soak up the sun while little ones romp round the grounds on organised treasure hunts and pony rides, and actively-inclined adults will find stacks of sports and excursions awaiting them too. Or if you’re looking for an extra dose of romance, check out the Ocean Suites which come complete with breathtaking sea views.

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Dubai, UAE

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

However you spend your time, you’ll easily slip straight into holiday mode at the beachside Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. Inspired by the imperial palaces of the Ottoman era, everything here is done in superb style, from its exclusive location on the west crescent of the Palm Jumeirah to the elegant accommodation options. And as you gently float in the vast infinity pool, you’ll feel you’ve arrived in paradise.

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Dubai, UAE

One&Only The Palm

An intimate sanctuary offering hospitality on a regal scale. Charming and enticing, this haven overlooks Palm Island Bay, with just 49 spacious, luxurious rooms and suites housed in Arabian-style residences. A discreet reception leads to a private dining room and an exclusive bar lounge, just for guests, and then there is that spectacular Health and Beauty Institute ...

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Dubai, UAE

Arabian Court at One&Only Royal Mirage

Dubai can be a little high-octane for some tastes, so if you’re looking for something more relaxed, with a true flavour of the area, beautiful traditional architecture set at the heart of what seems like a real oasis with palms and fountains, this might just be for you. Take in a world-class spa, rooms and suites with sea-facing balconies that are nothing short of opulent, and restaurants that the word ‘sumptuous’ only begins to describe.

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Koh Samui, Thailand

Banyan Tree Samui

An all-villa resort that prides itself on contemporary accommodation with private infinty pools and wow factor facilities, set in a text-book tropical bay with white sands and lush terraces.

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Baie aux Tortes, Mauritius

The Oberoi Mauritius

Picturesquely located on 600 metres of pristine oceanfront at Turtle Bay, 15 minutes from Grand Baie, The Oberoi is committed to providing its guests with privacy, hospitality and, above all, exclusivity.

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Dubai, UAE

The Residence & Spa at One&Only Royal Mirage

An intimate sanctuary offering hospitality on a regal scale. Charming and enticing, this haven overlooks Palm Island Bay, with just 49 spacious, luxurious rooms and suites housed in Arabian-style residences. A discreet reception leads to a private dining room and an exclusive bar lounge, just for guests, and then there is that spectacular Health and Beauty Institute...

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Mahé, Seychelles

Maia Luxury Resort & Spa

Stretching along 12 hectares of pristine beachfront on the private peninsula of Anse Louis, this Leading Hotels of the World member offers a sanctuary of peace and relaxation.

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Dubai, UAE

The Palace at One&Only Royal Mirage

Pure luxury, endless features and a family-friendly ethos make this a superb all-round option. One of the trio of hotels that make up the 60- acre resort complex of One&Only Royal Mirage, The Palace is an Arabian fantasy of a retreat. Built in the architectural style of an ancient fort, it sits in scented gardens crisscrossed by streams and punctuated by courtyards and waterfalls.

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Koh Samui, Thailand

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

Just a short flight from Bangkok, the Four Seasons Resort is ideally located and easy to reach. The retreat’s spa services simply must not be missed, with individual treatments best booked in advance to get the time you really want. The villas boast smooth wooden decking,marble surfaces and pretty thatched roofing, making for a quaint and traditional Thai experience. For all its luxury, the resort cater particularly well for families, and the kids’ club, open from 9am to 5pm, is guaranteed to keep children amused!

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St James, Barbados

The Sandpiper

Over the years this charming retreat has acquired a sense of style that still manages to dovetail perfectly with its oceanfront setting on the west coast of Barbados. The luxurious accommodation is beautifully appointed; all rooms have a private veranda, whilst one and two bedroom suites feature a sitting room and well-equipped kitchen that’s especially useful for families. There are also two outstandingly-designed Tree Top Suites with their own plunge pools, and The Beach House, a stunning three bedroom villa.

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Mahé, Seychelles

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

Overlooking a crescent-shaped, white sand beach and surrounded by an emerald green jungle leading down to the sea below, this resort has truly achieved the sublime. An extension of its stunning surroundings, the resort comprises 67 villas and suites that descend to the secluded Petite Anse beach below. The beautifully-decorated villas have their own infinity-edge plunge pool and open-air shower, designed to make the most of the breathtaking views.

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Lake Como, Italy

CastaDiva Resort & Spa

A private enclave lapped by the waters of Lake Como, CastaDiva is where seclusion and luxury combine to create new standards of accommodation. Here, a collection of traditional Italianate suites, each with to-die-for views across the water and bathed in only the most sensual of fabrics, is paired with modern Italian cuisine and nature inspired spa pampering to guarantee unadulterated bliss for all.

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Dubai, UAE

Atlantis The Palm

An ocean-themed destination resort combining the world’s largest water and marine parks with the world’s best levels of luxury. Atlantis, The Palm is one of the most cosmopolitan and dynamic resorts in the world, offering cutting-edge design, service that exceeds all expectations and a location at the centre of the crescent of the Palm Jumeirah, providing a unique resort experience.

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Koh Samui, Thailand

SALA Samui Resort & Spa

Just 15 minutes from Koh Samui’s airport are 69 hidden villas, almost all coming with their own private pool, and each a stylish combination of comfort and unfussy design. Alfresco Thai dining is found beside the infinity pool, with views down to Choeng Mon beach, itself a beauty, or you can go for something more intimate in your villa.

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St James, Barbados

Coral Reef Club

Coral Reef Club has been owned and managed by the O’Hara family since the 1950s, and the younger generation has introduced the style and requirements of today whilst subtly retaining the finest traditions. Just 88 rooms, cottages and suites, overlook the gardens, swimming pool or coral-sand beach. Charmingly appointed in an elegant island style, they all feature air conditioning, ceiling fans, CD player/clock radios, safes and private balconies, whilst the Luxury Holiday Cottages and Plantation Suites serve up the last word in tropical comfort.

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Mahé, Seychelles

Banyan Tree Seychelles

Banyan Tree Seychelles is a luxurious villa resort languishing on beautiful Intendance Bay, surrounded by swaying palms, takamaka trees and the tranquil waters of the Indian Ocean.

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Belle Mare, Mauritius

LUX* Belle Mare

Overlooking sugar-soft sands, LUX* Belle Mare is an idyllic property that delivers a picture-perfect mix of elegant architecture, lush green lawns and swaying hammocks strung between palms.

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Dubai, UAE

Burj Al Arab

Rising 321 metres into the air from a private man-mad island, Burj Al Arab’s sail-shaped tower dominates the Jumeirah skyline. On arrival, witness a visual extravaganza, from the shimmering water features and glass-encased coral reefs of the lobby to the Arabian golds, blues and reds of the opulent suites. Cutting-edge multimedia systems feature in every suite, with your butler ensuring that every need is met with the highest levels of personalised service imaginable.

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St James, Barbados

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion

In September 2010 this elegant and understated resort underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation. As well as refurbishing the 48 Oceanfront Deluxe Rooms and enhancing all the public spaces, an additional room category of 24 Beachfront Junior Suites was created. The experience begins with VIP fast-track through customs on arrival at the airport and is completed by butler service.

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Le Morne, Mauritius

The St. Regis Mauritius Resort

Offering the soft white sands of Le Morne Beach and a turquoise lagoon that creates a magical setting, here lavishly-appointed accommodation and pampering converge amid the many charms of Mauritius. Choose from relaxing in the sun by a luxurious pool or on the beach, going wind and kite surfing, or indulging in the sublime pleasures of the spa.

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Marbella, Spain

Finca Cortesin

This Moorish- and Andalucian influenced hotel based around a beautiful courtyard combines genuine 18th-century features with one of Spain’s best golf courses, the extraordinary Asian-Arabic Schilo restaurant and three pools (one Art Deco-style). A gym and beach club are nearby, as is the Andalucian hilltown of Casares.

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Nusa Dua

The St Regis Bali

Large, but nevertheless the epitome of barefoot luxury, with a beachfront location, lagoon, inviting pools, a feast of culinary options, exquisite spa pampering and myriad watersports.

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St Lawrence, Barbados

Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

Set in six acres of tropical gardens alongside a superb 1500-foot-long beach, this tasteful, all-suite resort combines homely design with a lively, family-friendly atmosphere. The wide-ranging facilities include freshwater swimming pools, aerobics, volleyball, floodlit tennis courts, watersports, three restaurants, dancing, art classes and – a particularly nice touch – cultural and educational activities for children.

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Chemin Grenier, Mauritius

Shanti Maurice, A Nira Resort

Hugging the powder-white sands of a picture perfect horseshoe cove, with nothing but vivid green sugar cane fields behind yet close to the charming town of St Felix, is the boutique Shanti Maurice.

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St Peter, Barbados

Cobblers Cove

This Relais & Châteaux property brings together colonial elegance, immaculate service and a relaxed vibe. The result? An utterly idyllic resort that continues to delight discerning guests. Set in an English-style country house, Cobblers Cove boasts 40 gorgeous suites, in tropical grounds, each light, airy and opening onto beautiful views of the gardens or white sands.

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Praslin, Seychelles

Constance Lémuria Resort

If you’ve ever dreamed of paradise, you’ll find it here on the stunning Anse Kerlan. From the elegant, secluded suites with ocean views and regal villas, the superb R&R on the beautiful beaches and at the soothing spa, to the challenging 18-hole golf course, stunning underwater world, Turtle Club for kids and three world-class restaurants, there is something for everyone.

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Riveria Maya, Mexico

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Nature meets design made for coffee table books in this gated, exclusive enclave on Mexico’s famed Riviera Maya coast, home to the second largest coral reef in the world. Each villa, whether it’s on the beach or with its own spa, is stylishly decorated with handcrafted Mayan furnishings and comes with its own private garden.

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Crete, Greece & Greek Islands

Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites

This family-run boutique resort is ideal for those seeking to combine an independent holiday with the facilities of a deluxe resort. It includes two chic restaurants and an Elixir Spa, while anything from cooks to babysitters is available on request in the 18 one to four bedroom villas with pools. Ten luxury one or two bedroom suites are also available, each individually designed for maximum comfort

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St James, Antigua

Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort

Set on a 300-acre private island nestled just two miles off the coast of Antigua, Jumby Bay’s coastline is edged by pristine white sands and its waters are amongst the bluest in the islands. Guests arrive by a short, private boat journey; it’s an exclusive experience that sets the tone for the rest of your stay. Noted for its landscape, lush with rare tropical flowers, stately palm trees and abundant foliage, the island is also home to beautiful birds and brilliant reef fish.

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Monte-Carlo, France

Hôtel Metropole

Just steps from Casino Square, the hotel’s location makes the most of this sun-drenched playground. Rooms designed by Jacques Garcia effortlessly blend the historic with the sultry and new.

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Riviera Maya, Mexico

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

With its white walls, thatched palapa roofs rising up above pure white sands, and turquoise Caribbean waters; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is a vision of Mayan loveliness. Part of Belmond's renowned global collection of 45 iconic hotels, trains and river cruises, this heavenly resort’s aim is to wow you with its sheer natural beauty, before packing you off feeling revitalised and full of well-being.

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St Mary's, Antigua

Carlisle Bay

Zen-like tranquillity radiates through each room and the spacious and sleek all-suite spaces include the matching accessory – great ocean views. Located in a magnificent cove surrounded by mangroves and sugar-soft sand, here you’ll find activities galore: more tennis courts than you can swing a racket at; a PADI dive centre and the 17,000 sq ft luxurious Blue Spa, which has an extensive array of treatments.

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St James, Barbados

Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels

Immediately, you know you can relax in this beautiful Barbadian setting and let everyone else do the hard work. With 88 one bedroom rooms and suites, Crystal Cove is ideal for honeymooners and families alike, here the pools are a series of sultry lagoons, there is a host of watersports, two floodlit tennis courts for sundown activity seekers, and the two restaurants offer some of the best dining on the whole island.

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Monte-Carlo, France

Hôtel Hermitage

A landmark in itself, Hôtel Hermitage combines Belle Epoque charm with modern-day luxury. It’s a foodie’s paradise but, if that gets the better of you, you can detox at the Thermes Marins spa.

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Dubai, UAE

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

Located in the Dubai Marina and The Walk, this Mediterranean-style resort overlooks 1000 ft of white sand on Jumeirah Beach. Just six elegant floors incorporate a collection of luxury guest rooms and suites and a surfeit of gourmet restaurants offering anything from Arabic to Italian dishes, while recreational facilities include tennis, the worldclass spa, and Ritz Kids’ Club.

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Hua Hin, Thailand

Evason Hua Hin

Nestled among 20 acres of lush gardens facing the Gulf of Siam, Evason Hua Hin offers 185 luxurious rooms including 40 private pool villas two restaurants, a spa and a Just Kids! childrens’ club. A family-friendly destination, the goal here is to provide unforgettable memories that will round off your perfect holiday, and there are endless options to choose from, each tailored to your personal wishes.

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Marrakech, Morocco

Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech

Taking its inspiration from a traditional Moroccan medina and wrought with Four Seasons’ legendary standards of excellence, here 40 acres of fragrant gardens are enveloped by copper-hued walls. Inside, facilities fit for royalty have created an enclave that manages to be an escape, yet is only a stroll from Marrakech’s bustling Medina and famous Menara Gardens. Threaded together by fountains, courtyards and romantic walkways, the low-rise accommodation has balconies, dreamy views and contemporary design with sultry Moroccan décor, whilst there are also 27 spacious suites.

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St James, Barbados

Tamarind by Elegant Hotels

Ideal whatever your age or requirements, this modern and newly-renovated prime resort on the beautiful platinum west coast of Barbados offers three delicious pools, complimentary breakfast and watersports, a selection of lovely outdoor dining options, and a club for younger kids as well as one for teenagers. The bright and airy suites come with oversized balconies as standard, and for couples looking for seclusion there’s an adult-only pool, plus dedicated excursions.

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St John's, Antigua

Blue Waters & The Cove Suites

From its palm-studded lobby and bougainvillea-strewn gardens to its white-sand beaches, this could never be anything other than a Caribbean resort. Guest rooms, junior suites and villas are hidden away in the terraced gardens or just steps from the sands, their amenities including cable TVs, refrigerators and private terraces. Delicious meals are served in the alfresco Palm Restaurant, the Cove Restaurant with its aweinspiring views, or Bartleys Restaurant catering to those in the mood for a gourmet treat.

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Cap Estate, St Lucia

Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa

An all-inclusive resort spread over 45 acres, Smugglers Cove offers comfortable, family-friendly accommodation with a choice of four restaurants and myriad outdoor activities suitable for all.

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Muscat, Oman

Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort - Al Bandar

Located on a secluded bay between the rugged Hajar Mountains and the sparkling Gulf of Oman with a pristine private beach, Al Bandar is a luxurious resort-within-a-resort with all of the Barr Al Jissah’s facilities on its doorstep. Inspired by old Muscat, (its name translates as ‘The Town’), spacious rooms and suites at the heart of the resort, and seven dining outlets serve up everything a family could wish for.

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Hue, Vietnam

Banyan Tree Lang Co

At this all-pool villa resort in Vietnam’s new international playground, Banyan Tree have created a wonderful enclave of traditional-modern pavilions ripe for romance, where local and global cuisine is at your fingertips and a signature spa will see to your pampering needs, all lapped by the gentle East Vietnam Sea in this most stunning of destinations.

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St James, Barbados

Colony Club by Elegant Hotels

A grand driveway flanked by casuarina trees, a prime stretch of white-sand beachfront and languorous evenings that resound to the lazy strains of calypso and jazz. Accommodation is luxurious, with suites gracefully furnished with four-poster beds. The hotel also offers two renowned restaurants and a complimentary water taxi service between the six west coast Elegant Hotels.

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St Mary's, Antigua

Curtain Bluff

Renowned for its club-like ambience, exemplary service levels and 25,000-bottle wine cellar, Curtain Bluff’s perfect location is what really sets it apart. Dominating a private bluff on Antigua’s south coast, its Caribbean beach is tranquil and calm and its Atlantic beach deliciously windblown and wild. It’s also a sporting paradise, with complimentary activities including tennis and squash courts, a fitness centre, aerobics, yoga, Pilates, a swimming pool and watersports that include deep sea fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving for certified divers.

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Castries, St Lucia

The BodyHoliday LeSPORT

A vision of white walls and colonial arches rubbing shoulders with the clear waves of Cariblue Beach, LeSPORT offers guests an unparalleled selection of fitness and wellness activities.

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Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives

NIYAMA by Per AQUUM

Balanced on two pristine islands in the southwestern atoll of Dhaalu, NIYAMA brings a host of new experiences to this stunning part of the world. Here you might find yourself following a hard day on the beach with a trip to the deli, picking up dinner for the family to be enjoyed under the stars in perfect privacy. Or if you’re after something livelier, check out NIYAMA’s world-first: Subsix, an underwater nightclub that’s the brainchild of the clever folks behind another world-first – the underwater spa at nearby sister retreat, Huvafen Fushi.

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The Algarve, Portugal

Sheraton Algarve, A Luxury Collection Hotel

This elegant resort stands on a majestic clifftop overlooking unspoilt white sands and surrounded by pine trees. Guest rooms and suites have air conditioning, satellite TV, minibars and private sun terraces or balconies. The seasonal Childrens’ Village and Junior Club provide entertainment for kids aged from 6 months to 12 years old, with professional staff, a restaurant, pool and playground.

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Mahé, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia Resort

Two of the most beautiful beaches on the paradise island of Mahé play host to this resort, a mecca for anyone looking for the ultimate beach holiday. With seven types of accommodation, from luxury suites to the super Deluxe Hillside Villas atop the northern hills of the resort, the choice here is huge. A Shiseido spa, five restaurants and bars and a kids’ mini club complete this dazzling picture.

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Langkawi, Malaysia

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

Set on a secluded beach, this resort claims Langkawi’s most dramatic setting. All guest pavilions and villas feature large Malay-style verandas or balconies, unique design touches, the soothing sounds of the Andaman Sea and sensational views beyond the beach, whilst the Two Bedroom Villa comes with its own lap pool. While the kids enjoy their own tailormade activities, why not explore the wildlife-rich rainforest, enjoy non-motorised watersports, take a private picnic on a nearby island, or simply relax in the spa.

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Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Yas Viceroy Hotel

The Yas Viceroy is a hotel and then some. An architectural showstopper in one of the entertainment capitals of the world, overlooking the exhilarating Yas Marina Formula 1™ Circuit, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were walking into something out of a sci-fi movie. The rooms are beautifully contemporary and very hard to fault, the restaurants ditto, and the rooftop pool is amongst the most spectacular we’ve ever seen.

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Meads Bay Beach, Anguilla

Viceroy Anguilla

Imagine walking into the pages of Wallpaper* magazine and you’ll have some idea of how it feels at this most fashionable resort on the Caribbean’s most fashionable island. Its distinctive geometric architecture surrounds sophisticated, contemporary interiors, courtesy of Kelly Wearstler (the imagination behind all Viceroy properties), with custom-designed furnishings throughout. Spread along two superb white sand beaches – Meads Bay and Barnes Bay – the luxury accommodation goes from rooms and suites, right up to super-swish villas.

 

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Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Inspired by the elegant hideaways of the French and Italian Rivieras, Eden Roc is a boutique hotel with 34 freestanding suites overlooking the gardens or the lagoon, each with its own swimming pool and spa area. Located on the Cap Cana resort, with its world-class Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, full-service marina and tennis courts, the hotel has five restaurants, a private beach,  two outdoor pools, a kids club and a fabulous spa.

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Los Cabos, Mexico

One&Only Palmilla

A tropical hideaway reflecting the style of grand haçiendas, One&Only Palmilla is simply idyllic; a verdant oasis of exquisite fountains, swaying palms and tropical flora. Guest rooms are in single- and three-storey ‘casas’, scattered throughout the 250-acre estate, with unobstructed views of the Sea of Cortez from the balcony or patio.

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Soufriere, St Lucia

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

Sugar Beach is surrounded by tropical rainforest and flanked by a dazzling white sand beach. The newly renovated Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms provide the ultimate in convenience and comfort with private plunge pools and secluded walled gardens, and some come with rooftop open-air lounges. The Villas boast the same elegant styling. For us, that’s what the Caribbean’s all about – that and white beaches plus water so clear it’s like snorkelling in an aquarium, both of which you’ll find here. Very cool.

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Baa Atoll, Maldives

Soneva Fushi

After your scenic seaplane flight from Malé, kick off your shoes:  you won’t need them until you leave. The Soneva Fushi concept is a luxury version of the ‘Crusoe’ experience; each of its rustic-chic villas are loaded with comforts and conveniences and yet great care has been taken to make the resort environmentally friendly.

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Belle Mare, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort

This resort boasts a staggering selection of facilities for all meaning you’re guaranteed to find something that’s right up your street. Rooms and suites, recently refurbished, feature classically-elegant styling; the gorgeous Shiseido Spa flaunts an oriental vibe; and the seven top notch eateries cover light bites to delicious gourmet Italian dining and everything in between.

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Rhodes, Greece & Greek Islands

Lindian Village

A quaint and pretty resort with low-rise villas providing clean-lined, elegant accommodation, Lindian Village really does feel like a village. The Pool Suites, incidentally, are divine – as is the food!

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Muscat, Oman

Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort - Al Waha

A perfect family destination, including a dedicated residential area with leisure and restaurant facilities plus contemporary-style rooms and suites, all geared towards children. The Little Turtles Kids’ Club offers a range of entertaining and educational activities, giving parents the freedom to pamper themselves at CHI, The Spa or simply have quality time alone. Eighteen restaurants, cafés and bars offer a variety of authentic experiences.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian hospitality and modern comforts combine in this super luxury hotel right in the midst of the city’s skyscrapers, with contemporary guestrooms and stylish dining to boot.

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Paradise Island, Bahamas

One&Only Ocean Club

Once the private estate of Huntington Hartford II, this resort reflects the refined quality of an elegant colonial manor. The resort features stunning Versailles gardens and 12th-century Augustinian cloisters.

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Maundays Bay, Anguilla

Cap Juluca

Those seeking tranquillity are sure to find it at Cap Juluca, home to dramatic Moroccan design, amidst 179 tropical acres on a mile-long, crescent-shaped beach. Whether you stay in a luxury suite or dreamy beachside villa with its own pool, you’ll be met by sophisticated style and modern luxuries at every turn. Dine on ‘Eurobbean’ or pan-Asian cuisine and charter a boat to Little Bay.

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Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Little Dix Bay boasts a spectacular setting on Virgin Gorda; the reefprotected lagoon and half-mile crescent beach are its undoubted natural highlights. Facilities abound on land or sea and the 106 guest rooms and suites are furnished to the very highest standard with amenities such as air conditioning, fridge/minibars and private patios. Most look out towards the bay, whilst others are beachside and set on stilts.

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Los Cabos, Mexico

Las Ventanas, A Rosewood Resort

This sophisticated hideaway is set on the beach overlooking the sapphire Sea of Cortez. Vibrant Mexican artwork abounds: avant-garde paintings, precious artefacts and carved furnishings are scattered throughout the resort. Bright, spacious and air-conditioned, the suites maintain a muted but inescapable Mexican style. Full butler service, luxurious bathrooms, king-size beds, satellite TV, CD and DVD players feature, along with a wood-burning fireplace for romanticevenings and a telescope for stargazing. 

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Castries, St Lucia

Cotton Bay Village

This is the perfect Caribbean resort for families, especially those with young children. Built between a sandy crescent beach and an 18-hole golf course, the village comprises a choice of one, two, three and four bedroom luxury villas, some overlooking the giant 35 metre lagoon pool and some offering private pools and the services of a personal butler.

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Near Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Parrot Cay by COMO

On its own 1000-acre private island. Parrot Cay is the epitome of contemporary chic thanks to a clever combination of simple décor, impeccable service and activities, all designed to de-stress. Choose between rooms, suites or villas, all with spectacular views. Or beyond the resort’s mile-long stretch of porcelain white sand, one of the exclusive private homes.

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The Algarve, Portugal

Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa

Relaxation is key here, though whether you find this on one of the five tennis courts, at one of five pools, or on the beautiful beach below is up to you. Childcare is available at Nathalie’s Crèche and Annabella’s Kids’ Park. Portuguese and international specialities await in the eight seasonally-opening dining venues, not to mention the Michelin starred Ocean restaurant.

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Abu Dhabi, UAE

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas

An island paradise just moments from the dazzling city lights of Abu Dhabi, this is a sanctuary like no other. For starters, it has nine kilometres of protected beach on Saadiyat Island all to itself. Secondly, it’s right next to the renowned Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. Then there’s the hotel itself, a glorious ode to slick luxury, with the Villas offering the ultimate in Arabian hospitality.

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Muscat, Oman

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Originally built to host heads of state, this palatial resort is the jewel of the Sultanate with a breathtaking location – the jagged Hajar mountains as its backdrop and the glittering Gulf of Oman on its doorstep. Sitting in 200 acres of manicured grounds, punctuated by a network of lagoons, infinity pools and fountains here you’ll find an authentic, stylish Arabian experience.

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Hong Kong

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

An oasis of calm in this energetic city, the space and style of the rooms is gorgeous, as is the two-floor spa with its Chinese medicine-themed treatments and the Cake Shop with its lovingly-made delicacies.

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Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

Set between the sugar-soft sands and the azure waters of Rendezvous Bay, CuisinArt’s setting is pure Caribbean glamour. Inside the 93 spotlessly-turned-out spacious rooms and suites, restful whites and rich blues echo the immaculate views that stretch as far as the eye can see. There’s a host of superb sporting facilities, and for lovers of all things culinary it’s a veritable paradise.

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Cap Estate, St Lucia

Cap Maison

Overlooking the powdery sands and tranquil waters of Smugglers Cove, Cap Maison’s spacious haçiendastyle villas open onto gorgeous Caribbean views. And with 49 modern and fully-equipped Villa Suites spread throughout tropical gardens, many with private roof terraces, Jacuzzis or plunge pools, this resort is perfectly placed to meet the needs of couples and families alike

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Hamilton Parish, Bermuda

Rosewood Tucker's Point

From the service, to the food, to the setting, this represents the best Bermuda has to offer. Pack some of your favourite clothes and plan on making the most of your time at Rosewood Tucker’s Point. As a distinguished guest at this stylish Caribbean resort, you’ll want to dress the part. The superior guestrooms are located in the Manor House, measure a massive 500 sq ft and each have an expansive balcony offering views of either Castle Harbour or Harrington Sound.

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St John's, Antigua

Galley Bay Resort & Spa

With an intimate cluster of cottages, rooms and suites that range from the rustic to the glamorous, almost everything here is focused upon the sweeping white beach; the wooden sundeck closely hugs its extensive curves, and the alfresco restaurants open onto panoramic sea views. Days here are conducive to selfindulgence, with guests choosing to either relax upon the beach or enjoy a spot of spa time.

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St George's, Grenada

The Calabash Hotel

An unpretentious and elegant hideaway with passion, flair and a ‘you-don’t-have-to-lift-a-finger’ mentality is what Calabash is all about. They’re always keen to go that little bit further to make your stay even more memorable, so you’ll find little  indulgences like fruit served on the beach every morning and homecooked breakfasts on your terrace or balcony. Thirty scattered suites resemble a horseshoe in profile and are just steps away from the crescent-shaped Prickley Bay and its glorious warm waters.

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The Algarve, Portugal

Conrad Algarve

Set in the Quinta do Lago resort, famed for its superb golf courses, beaches and the beautiful Rio Formosa Natural Park, this latest, stunning addition to the Conrad brand offers a wide range of luxurious rooms and private residences. It also boasts one of Europe’s most sybaritic spas, several restaurants and great entertainment for children at the Conrad Kids’ Club.

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Mussandam Peninsula, Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Located on the very northernmost tip of Oman, the property sits among a landscape of craggy cliffs, desert fjords and pristine beaches, all just two hours from Dubai airport. So stunning is the approach to Zighy Bay that guests have the choice of arrival by land – a breathtaking drive down the hill, by sea – speedboat, or by paragliding in with the resort’s resident instructor.

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