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Venice, Italy

Bauer Il Palazzo

It’s all about location at the Bauer! Just two minutes’ walk from St Mark’s and with the most spectacular vantage point in the whole of Venice, this is the uintessential Venetian fantasy.

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Portofino, Italy

Belmond Hotel Splendido

Set on a hillside in four acres of romantic gardens, Belmond Hotel Splendido is a peaches-and-cream villa overlooking the charming little harbour of Portofino. Mouthwatering Ligurian cuisine and a stylishyet- relaxing ambience further contribute to the Splendido’s status as one of the most glamorous hotels on the planet. For an especially intimate setting – just 16 rooms in the heart of Portofino – Splendido’s sister property, Belmond Splendido Mare, encapsulates the very best of this chic Italian village.

 

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Sicily, Italy

Verdura Golf & Spa 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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Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Belmond La Residencia

Consisting of two lovingly-restored manor houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, the hotel exudes an elegance and informality that combine to provide relaxation in true style. The guest rooms are understated, light and airy, with whitewashed walls and beamed ceilings, all furnished in a sumptuous, traditional Mallorcan style. Many rooms have views over the village and the surrounding mountains, while some of the suites feature private pools and terraces, one with 360-degree panoramic views.

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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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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque

Spread throughout 19 buildings, including four Manor Houses, most rooms here include private balconies with sea or garden views. The 40 Villas bring complete privacy; each has an individual plunge pool and terrace, and offers exclusive services including the butler service, which is also available in the Manor Houses. Interconnecting rooms make this resort an ideal option for families.

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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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Phuket, Thailand

Banyan Tree Phuket

If you’re looking for the more traditional Banyan Tree experience, the main resort with its lavish décor and award-winning dining is perfect for romantic or family breaks. Spa addicts will love the Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary’s ‘village’, dedicated to rejuvenation, with Spa Pool Villas featuring elegant ‘floating’ pavilions and in-villa spas. Or, for the ultimate indulgence, the DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree offer stunning private enclaves with both wading pools and larger infinity pools, plus 24-hour personal Villa Host service.

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Sardinia, Italy

Chia Laguna Resort

Set amidst some of the most enchanting scenery in southern Sardinia, Chia Laguna Resort will capture your heart with its three hotels and private villas, and its expanse of fine golden sand beaches.

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Phuket, Thailand

Indigo Pearl

With its chic and contemporary design combined with traditional Thai décor, Indigo Pearl is unique in Phuket, and the surrounding lagoons and lush landscaping add to the atmosphere of specialness and exclusivity. The modern and funky approach extends to the wide-ranging facilities, which include a snooker bar, dive centre, three pools and eight dining options offering everything from Siamese cuisine to tapas.

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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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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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Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

The St. Regis Mardavall Resort

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and just a few minutes’ walk from Puerto Portals is Mardavall, with their kids’ club a veritable paradise for children where they can enjoy games or play in the pools and sandpit

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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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Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Just when we thought Dubai had all the beachfront glamour it could handle, along comes the Four Seasons Resort Dubai, one of Dubai’s most perfectly-placed resorts and the closest beachfront property to Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai.

Each of the 236 ultra-spacious and super-sumptuous rooms and suites effortlessly blends Arabic themes with cool, contemporary touches; the lofty ceilings, large windows and marine-inspired colour palette all coming together to create a sublime atmosphere of fresh, light-filled luxury, with indulgent bathrooms, private balconies and views over the lush palm-filled gardens, three swimming pools, the ocean, or just as appealing, the impressive skyline of Dubai enhancing the in-room experience even further.

Balance hours of relaxing in the sun at the private beach club on Four Seasons’ 250-metre stretch of pristine sands with time for designer shopping, desert adventures, and over-the-top Dubai attractions – all taken care of by the renowned Four Seasons Concierge. And with ten epic dining experiences, a stylish rooftop lounge, one of the city’s most lavish spas, and an abundance of fun family activities, you’ll have the very best of the region’s activities right on your doorstep.

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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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Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Cap Rocat

Not a jot of this architecturally-unique building has been spoilt in turning what was previously a shooting pad into one of the island’s most wonderful holiday experiences, modern and slick throughout.

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Halkidiki, Greece & Greek Islands

Porto Sani Village & Spa, Sani Resort

The Sani Resort’s facilities include restaurants and bars, an open-air cinema, a mountain biking centre, watersports, tennis, a sailing club and a seven kilometre stretch of Blue Flag beach with child-friendly waters. The suites, many of which have been designed with families in mind, are located around lagoon-style pools and the marina with its boutiques, tavernas and bars.

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Koh Lanta, Thailand

Layana Resort & Spa

An adults-only resort presiding over an exquisite stretch of beach on this lovely island, Layana oozes sophistication. It’s elegantly grown up, with a beautiful, serene central pool area from where a cluster of modern pavilions contain 50 perfectly-turned-out rooms and suites, six of which are the grand Beach and Ocean Deluxe Suites. Tides Restaurant, grazing the beach, offers inside or outside dining of the highest order.

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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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Rome, Italy

Hotel de Russie

A stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps, this is a tranquil, peaceful haven where manicured terraced gardens rise up a hillside, while modern and eclectic mix harmoniously in the cool interior inside.

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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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Poste de Flacq, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice

On an isolated peninsula surrounded by white sand beaches, just 89 suites and villas await; some overlooking the beach, others stilted above the lagoon. Villas flaunt Jacuzzi bathtubs and walled courtyards with sunken marble baths. Private swimming pools are welcome additions in some, whilst the Princely Suite ranks as the ultimate retreat.

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Halkidiki, Greece & Greek Islands

Sani Beach Club, Sani Resort

The Sani Resort’s facilities include restaurants and bars, an open-air cinema, a mountain biking centre, watersports, tennis, a sailing club and a seven kilometre stretch of Blue Flag beach with child-friendly waters. The suites, many of which have been designed with families in mind, are located around lagoon-style pools and the marina with its boutiques, tavernas and bars.

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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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South Malé Atoll, Maldives

Cocoa Island by COMO

Cocoa Island knows how to indulge its guests: this COMO Shambhala Retreat is dedicated to renewing the body’s energies, overseen by master therapists and a resident yoga teacher.

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Halkidiki, Greece & Greek Islands

Sani Asterias Suites, Sani Resort

Set in low-rise villas constructed from handcrafted stone, marble and wood in a modern Greek style, the suites come equipped with Jacuzzi baths, power showers, Italian furnishings and their own private landscaped terrace or garden. A pair of two-bedroom suites are ideal for larger families. The resort boasts 15 restaurants and 16 bars, ranging from formal international settings to traditional Greek tavernas and ouzeria at the marina.

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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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Shaviyani Atoll, Maldives

Viceroy Maldives

Ticking every box on the paradise island list with its azure-blue lagoon and palm-fringed white sands, this far-flung outpost of the renowned Viceroy chain is quite simply stunning.  Once you’ve found your real-life desert island you may not want to share it with anyone else, which is why each of the 61 villas overlooking the sparkling water delivers a true sense of having escaped from it all.

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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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St James, Barbados

Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane’s reputation as the most famous of Caribbean resorts has always been enviable. Its original coral stone façade remains, its classic Palladian style still providing the perfect foil for the famous beach that fronts it. The landscaped swimming pool complements the pristine white sands, whilst a childrens’ club and tennis courts combine with the golf courses and spa to ensure everyone is in heaven, no matter what their age or sporting preferences are.

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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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Los Angeles, California, USA

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

If location is everything, then this venerable hotel has it all sewn up. But aside from being perfectly positioned for forays into LA’s most exciting spots, it’s the perfect place to retreat from the city buzz. Inside, glitz and glamour are replaced by quiet elegance and calm tones, while outdoors the shiny new pool allows you to make the most of LA’s year-round sunshine.

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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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Gaafu Alifu Atoll, Maldives

The Residence Maldives

The Residence’s first foray into the Maldives, the delightful beachfront or overwater villas at this secluded retreat allow for either a ‘toes in the sand’ experience or the chance to slip straight from your deck into the cool, clear waters. And it all comes with The Residence’s signature butler service and spectacular style. Adventure seekers can engage in a selection of exhilarating watersports, while those who wish to savour life at a slower pace can opt for more relaxing activities on land.

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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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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

Hôtel Royal Riviera

The epitome of all that’s great about the French Riviera – style, glamour, a certain joie de vivre – the Royal Riviera is a grand, Belle Epoque boutique hotel that’s as handsome as it is fashionable.

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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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Provence, France

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort

With the spirit of a Provençal village at the very heart of nature, Terre Blanche promises a unique and unforgettable stay with generous accommodation and some of Europe’s top golfing facilities.

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Florence, Italy

Belmond Villa San Michele

Originally a Franciscan monastery, with a later façade attributed to Michelangelo, this boutique hotel teems with antique pieces, while foodies are completely spoilt with gastronomic pursuits.

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Santorini, Greece & Greek Islands

Grace Santorini Luxury Boutique Hotel

The cool, minimal luxury of the Grace’s 20 rooms and suites – nearly all with their own plunge pools, personal terraces and drop-dead gorgeous views of the Aegean – contrasts with the red of the spa treatment room, and the lava black of the restaurant and show kitchen, from which the much-awarded chef produces inspirational contemporary Greek cuisine.

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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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Sarasota, Florida, USA

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Whether you’re keen to explore the casual Gulf Coast lifestyle and cosmopolitan excitement of Sarasota, or just lounge on the beach and enjoy luxurious accommodation, look no further.

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Santa Barbara, California, USA

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore

This luxury enclave in exclusive Montecito is old-school California meets up-to-the-second Four Seasons hospitality. A Spanish colonial-style mansion houses rooms and suites, many with vaulted ceilings and fireplaces, flanked by 12 cottages which pepper the property’s lush gardens and feature three to five guest bedrooms and enough room to entertain an army.

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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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Florence, Italy

Villa La Massa

Quintessential Florentine style with vaulted ceilings and locally-sourced antiques meets spacious individually-styled rooms with commanding views of the River Arno and its surrounds.

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Peloponnese, Greece & Greek Islands

The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort

Situated on a kilometre of sandy beach overlooking the Ionian Sea, this neoclassical, Luxury Collection Resort has 289 rooms and 32 suites set among acres of lush gardens. A neutral palette allows the extravagant details to shine here: you’ll find exquisite linen, luxurious furnishings, fabulous marble bathrooms and, in some suites, plunge pools and private infinity pools.

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Santa Monica, California, USA

Shutters on the Beach

‘Spot the A-lister’ is a game anyone can play at Shutters – it’s a favourite haunt of Hollywood’s finest. The pool’s on the small side – but hey, when you’ve got Santa Monica beach on your doorstep (literally), what more do you need? You’ll love the constant sound of the ocean here, too. To do some star-spotting, stay at weekends or hit the main bar from around 4pm.

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Dubai, UAE

Al Qasr - Madinat Jumeirah

Elevated as if to emphasise its splendour, Al Qasr is the ‘palace’ at the heart of Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian resort – Dubai. This majestic mansion-style hotel rises up to form the jewel in the crown of the world's most sublime resort and is an authentic recreation of ‘old Arabia’. Surrounded by water, Al Qasr forms a virtual island looking down upon a multitude of fascinating aspects: ancient wind towers, pools, meandering waterways and the superb beach.

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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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North Ari Atoll, Maldives

W Retreat & Spa Maldives

Cool, contemporary living in a fantasy island concept, enhanced by W’s ‘Whatever/Whenever®’ wish-fulfillment service. Traditional Maldivian exteriors conceal sleeklydesigned interiors with all the modern gadgetry you could possibly need, each set amongst a luxury playground and a wonderland of white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, and breathtaking reefs.

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Praslin, Seychelles

Raffles Praslin Seychelles

Nuzzling the gentle slopes of the Arcadian Praslin Island, 86 villas designed in contemporary style offer blissful accommodation with 24-hour butler service as standard.

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Koh Samui, Thailand

X2 Samui

This is a low-rise resort made up of 27 villas, most of them with private pools, and all of them something really rather snazzy. Unquestionably modern – the villas are handsome renditions of contemporary living – the resort, however, maintains an organic air, and feeds easily into the beachfront it calls home. A pretty impressive spa emphasises the importance of body and mind at X2.

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Dubai, UAE

Dar Al Masyaf - Madinat Jumeirah

Elevated as if to emphasise its splendour, Al Qasr is the ‘palace’ at the heart of Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian resort – Dubai. This majestic mansion-style hotel rises up to form the jewel in the crown of the world's most sublime resort and is an authentic recreation of ‘old Arabia’. Surrounded by water, Al Qasr forms a virtual island looking down upon a multitude of fascinating aspects: ancient wind towers, pools, meandering waterways and the superb beach.

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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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Dubai, UAE

Mina A' Salam - Madinat Jumeirah

The essence of the hotel experience is based on a harmonious mix of richly cultivated surroundings and colourful Arabian themes, with guest rooms that are sanctuaries of Arabic style and comfort. Landscaped gardens, meandering  waterways and imaginative pool areas border a private beach. Add to that seven restaurants and bars, the Talise Spa, a Kids’ Club, Wild Wadi Water Park (with complimentary access for all guests) and a traditional style souk featuring 75 boutique shops linked by walkways and waterways.

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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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Paris, France

Hotel Le Bristol

Typically Parisian on the outside and sumptuous within, expect Hermès amenities, discreet staff and the cutest hotel pool in the city. Grand, romantic and chic, it’s hugely popular with the fashion elite.

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Mykonos, Greece & Greek Islands

Grace Mykonos Luxury Boutique Hotel

Perched above the sheltered, sandy beach of Agios Stefanos, each of this boutique resort’s minimalist but seriously-luxurious accommodation options has a view of the sparkling Aegean and huge comfy eco beds. The exceptional attention to detail naturally extends to the food, but what also distinguishes The Grace is that, despite their efficiency, staff are unobtrusive yet super-friendly.

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New York, USA

Four Seasons Hotel New York

Everything you’d expect of a grand New York hotel, and more, this luxurious, Art Deco-style hotel enjoys a swanky address between Madison and Park Avenues. Quiet efficiency and attention to detail are typical here, as are all the other facilities you’d expect including two excellent restaurants: the formal Fifty Seven, and stylish l’Atelier Joel Robuchon.

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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

Rosewood Jumby Bay

Set on a 300-acre private island nestled just two miles off the coast of Antigua, Rosewood 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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Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (formley The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach) is a five-star resort that welcomes guests with breathtaking ocean views upon entry, and delivers evening ambience on the gorgeous oceanfront terrace with its fire-pit.

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Krabi, Thailand

Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

An idyllic Thai getaway overlooking the magnificent Andaman Sea, Phulay Bay is a peaceful sanctuary with spacious villas and pavilions accented by contemporary Thai décor. A tantalising selection of casual and formal dining options cater for all; the ESPA spa will leave you in a blissful state of relaxation, and littler guests will delight in the Phulay Baby kids’ programme, especially meeting Koko, the resort’s two-year-old elephant.

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Langkawi

The Datai

An intimate and luxurious rainforest retreat, The Datai’s secluded villas are set on meandering paths leading down to a private bay and white sandy beaches that face the Andaman Sea. It’s the ultimate in peaceful perfection.

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Marrakech, Morocco

Amanjena

Set at the gateway to the Sahara, with all the life and drama of the Medina of Marrakech on its doorstep, this award-winning Moorish masterpiece is an oasis of romance and beauty.

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh

This resort is a fabulous oasis of domes and arches. Rooms are clustered like a Mediterranean village, with interlinking courtyards adorned with fountains and flowers. Alcoves, hand-carved wooden panels, traditional tile patterning and advanced entertainment systems feature in every room. Private balconies and terraces provide panoramas of the coral-rich Red Sea, while some suites come with private outdoor plunge pools. Guests have the choice of three sprawling freshwater pools and outdoor whirlpools too.

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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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Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives

Kanuhura

While it’s just a short seaplane flight away from more developed parts of the Maldivian archipelago, Kanuhura is a resort with an imaginative edge.  We couldn’t fail to be blown away by the simply sensational outdoor bathrooms: think water cascading from an urn in place of a shower, and a vast circular bath tub filled with blossoms. Sigh.

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Peloponnese, Greece & Greek Islands

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino

The property’s traditional low-rise stone villas cluster around a stunning stretch of coastline in the renowned Messinia region, where history, natural beauty and Westin hospitality combine to create a world-class resort overlooking the dreamy Ionian Sea. Modern and cleverly designed, the resort delivers up-to-date luxury with a very lovely, Greek edge. Incidentally, the Infinity Suites are gorgeous!

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Muscat, Oman

The Chedi

The Chedi, located in Oman’s capital city, Muscat, is elegance incarnate with a restrained opulence. Every effort has gone towards creating a resort that oozes character, yet remains at ease with its magnificent backdrop of deserts, mountains and the stunning Boushar beachfront, which dips into the pure waters of the Gulf of Oman.

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New York, USA

The Mark

An iconic landmark that’s presided over bustling Madison Avenue since the roaring ‘20s, The Mark is one of New York’s true grandes dames. But while the familiar exterior remains, forces have been at work inside, dragging it kicking and screaming into the 21st century with über-cool results: sharp modern furnishings in colourpopping shades and pretty much every mod con you can think of.

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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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Paphos, Cyprus

The Annabelle

Calm palettes and Grecian flourishes are the order of the day in your room, while the grander suites come with plunge pools or whirlpool tubs, and all with views of the gardens or sea.

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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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New York, USA

Mandarin Oriental New York

A perfect blend of opulence and the sheer excitement of New York City, Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle, right where Central Park meets Broadway, has everything covered. Rooms and suites in the startlingly modern building are sometimes seemingly hung in the air above the New York skyline, with views across the Park and towards the Hudson perfect for sunset watching.

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Miami, Florida, USA

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach

This luxurious oceanfront resort enjoys one of Miami Beach’s best locations; in the heart of the worldfamous Art Deco district, it’s just steps away from dining, nightlife, shopping and entertainment. Its features include a spa, the world’s only Tanning Butler, a Ritz Kids programme with myriad activities and three spectacular restaurants including the only oceanfront eatery on Miami Beach. The restaurants pay homage to the glory days of Deco while embracing today’s modern refinement and sophistication.

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Langkawi

The Andaman

The Andaman provides the magnificent sights and sounds of the rainforest. The hotel’s charm lies in its respectful interaction with the precious local creatures and foliage, most just a mere arm’s stretch away!

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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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French Polynesia, South Pacific

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Four Seasons’ legendary standards come to this exotic ocean paradise with its choice of Overwater Bungalows (with or without plunge pools) and Beach Villas with private infinity pools.

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Marrakech, Morocco

Palais Namaskar

This deliciously-designed accommodation is a harmony of timeless elegance and extravagant personal space. Eastern-inspired architecture infused with Feng Shui principles shines in the 41 rooms, suites, villas and palaces, while the exceptional spa has been designed to deepen and enhance guests’ well-being. Inventive dining is intrinsic to the Palais Namaskar experience and guests may dine wherever hey like: in the gardens, by the lake, or under the open sky on a private terrace.

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Funchal, Madeira

Belmond Reid's Palace

A magnet for the glitterati for over 100 years, the charming Belmond Reid’s Palace is Madeira’s most famous destination where guests can enjoy all the contemporary comforts expected from a Belmond hotel. Traditionally-styled rooms and suites are decorated in pastel tones and are exceptionally well-appointed with Anglo-Portuguese antiques and French windows opening onto spacious balconies or terraces with views over the gardens and ocean. And for fun, there are three swimming pools; tennis courts, a gym and watersports; a spa with La Prairie, LaStone, Aromatherapy Associates and Ytsara beauty treatments and alfresco massages plus a Kids’ Club and Fun@Reid’s teen club for younger guests.

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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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Polis, Cyprus

Anassa

A member of Leading Hotels of the World, this five-star deluxe hotel reflects the style of an ancient Byzantine village, its whitewashed walls providing a striking contrast to the deep blue sea beyond. Leisure facilities include three outdoor pools, a full range of watersports including PADI scuba diving, tennis and squash courts, plus a gym and spa with children always high on the agenda.

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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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Florence, Italy

Hotel Savoy

Rescued from decay in the late 1990s by Sir Rocco Forte, the Savoy is a stylish and contemporary designer haven at Florence’s heart, moments from key attractions and fashion houses.

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Dubai, UAE

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort

Located on the pristine Dubai shoreline, this resort makes the most of its spectacular location, offering a tranquil setting with exceptional views over the Arabian Gulf.

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Muscat, Oman

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

A luxurious escape away from the heart of Shangri-La’s main resort, this is the place to stay if intimacy is top of your agenda: here a residents-only private beach, an infinity pool with spectacular views across the Gulf of Oman, late-check-out lounge, and a butler service for suite guests all contribute to a super-exclusive world-within-a-world.

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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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Hue, Vietnam

Angsana Lang Co

Set on warm sands with a backdrop of the towering Truong Son Mountain Range, Angsana Lang Co commands an unrivalled beach frontage with views of the shimmering East Sea. Activities know no bounds here and your desire for sheer relaxation or exhilarating recreational activities will be satisfied by endless diversions providing the complete holiday experience, with exceptional accommodation and excellent dining options too.

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French Polynesia, South Pacific

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

The setting’s gorgeous; nothing beats the cobalt ocean view from your bed before you jump off your terrace into the lagoon! It’s very private too – no wonder it’s a favourite with Hollywood’s A-list.

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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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St Mary's, Antigua

Hermitage Bay

Located in a secluded bay on the west coast of the island, this all-suite resort fronts a white sand beach and has fabulous views across the Caribbean Sea. Built from tropical hardwoods, the shingle-roofed cottages sit prettily in the landscape and recall the island’s colonial past. Inside, a neutral palette and contemporary décor form the backdrop to unobtrusive luxury. Its easy to do nothing here, but there’s also non-motorised watersports, sailing and windsurfing lessons or indulgent pampering with a range of sumptuous spa treatments plus a beachside restaurant and freshwater pool.

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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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Paphos, Cyprus

Almyra

At Almyra, style meets state-ofthe- art amenities with guest rooms offering a choice of garden or sea views, and terraces, balconies or floor-to-ceiling sliding windows. The luxurious Almyraspa™ offers a Just Pure complete holistic lifestyle concept. Families can take advantage of the ‘Baby Go Lightly’ service which enables parents to pre-order baby items at the hotel.

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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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Frégate Island, Seychelles

Frégate Island Private

A tropical paradise and ecological haven ideal for couples and families alike, this is your very own private island home. The outstanding beauty of the island is enhanced by a conservation programme which allows guests to share in discovering rare wildlife and indigenous plants. The island’s own plantation guarantees a unique gastronomic experience, with gourmet cuisine served at one of the two restaurants.

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Florence, Italy

ll Salviatino

With a backdrop of the purest Tuscan countryside, this renovated Renaissance villa, just 10 minutes from Florence, has 45 stunning rooms and suites, and Service Ambassadors taking care of every need.

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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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Dubai, UAE

Armani Hotel

With all the ‘wow’ factor for which Dubai has become synonymous – yet filtered through the more refined luxury synonymous with the Armani fashion house – this hotel delivers dazzling glamour from the minimalist school, where subtle palettes of browns and creams sweep through a stunningly-realised series of suites. With every detail overseen by Armani himself, no stylish stone is left unturned and the rooms are a delight to behold.

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Abu Dhabi, UAE

Emirates Palace

Less a hotel, this is more a city of delights in its own right; a city where the architects apparently had carte blanche to create a show-stopper of a resort with nothing left unthoughtof. Prepare yourself for the ‘wow’ factor of it all – a colossal structure set beside 1.3 kilometres of glistening private beach – and get ready to experience the mind-blowing Emirates Palace.

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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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Miami, Florida, USA

W South Beach

Taking its cue from South Beach’s Art Deco heritage and mixing it with thoroughly-modern architectural adventurousness, this W outpost on a famouslytantalising stretch of Florida’s coastline is a gleaming ode to sheer, unadulterated self-indulgence. Unashamedly a show-off, its slinky, shiny rooms with clean lines and crisp attention to detail are the perfect accompaniments to the hotel’s destination facilities, which include the WET outdoor pool and fashionable dining at Mr Chow or the Spanish-inspired Soleá.

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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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Mustique, St Vincent & The Grenadines

Cotton House

It may be a hop and a bit of a skip to get to Mustique, but boy is it worth it; Cotton House’s appeal is in its seclusion, elegance and refinement. While it’s been converted from an old sugar mill, it’s far from rustic: having been rejuvenated by hotel genius Grace Leo it now boasts beautifully renovated and romantic weathered cottage rooms and suites.

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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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St George's, Grenada

Spice Island Beach Resort

Scented gardens lead to a wide choice of accommodation here, with 64 suites, some with private pools, offering the highest standards of luxury. Each features flat-screen TV, DVD player, complimentary mini-bar, fine Italian linens and Molton Brown amenities The Cinnamon and Saffron Suites sit on the breathtaking Grand Anse beach and interconnect with the elegant and spacious Seagrape Suites, offering stylish beachfront living that’s ideal for families.

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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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Desroches Island, Seychelles

Desroches Island

Imagine a private island in the breathtaking Seychelles with 14 kilometres of perfect-to-the-touch white sandy beaches, fringed by unspoilt forest and looking out towards crystal waters. Then imagine a series of über-stylish yet sensitively-designed suites and villas brushing the perfect sands; each beautifully rendered in natural woods with mod cons through the roof. This, is Desroches.

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Crete, Greece & Greek Islands

Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

This perfect hideaway combines an authentic island experience with the finest award-winning cuisine and creature comforts. Low-rise contemporary Mediterranean style accommodation; Elounda Spa; a private beach with attentive service; myriad activities and private excursions; and a world of dedicated entertainment for kids, all make up the wonder of Blue Palace.

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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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Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

The Phoenician & Canyon Suites at The Phoenician

Nestled at the base of picturesque Camelback Mountain, surrounded by the stunning Sonoran Desert, this luxurious hotel, occupies 250 acres of lush gardens, complete with one of America's best resort championship golf courses (pure joy for any golfer), The Centre for Well-Being spa, a tennis complex, nine shimmering swimming pools (one of which is finished in mother-of-pearl) and the Funicians Kids' Club! Decorated in a mixed style using European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, you'll find ornate marble, crystal chandeliers, and an extensive collection of Dutch artwork all wrapped up in a warm and relaxing atmosphere; in addition there are contemporary guest rooms, detached villas and award-winning cuisine.

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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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Danang, Vietnam

Fusion Maia Resort

The concept behind this show-stopper of a resort is the fusion of health and world class luxury, and they’ve seduced us. The property itself is a careful and winning combination of traditional lines, yet wrought in a very modern, quietly beautiful way. It is all-villa accommodation, and all villas come with a private pool. But back to the health thing: Fusion offers spa treatments that are an inclusive part of your stay and that will leave you looking – and feeling – more beautiful.

COMFY

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.

WONDERFUL

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Biras Creek Resort

Tucked away on the stunning island of Virgin Gorda, accessible only by boat or helicopter, Biras Creek has long been a favourite of both discerning guests in the know and the critics who routinely shower it with awards. Just 31 airy suites complete with light furnishings are set amongst 140 lush acres to be explored by bike, hikes or boat trips, before an indulgent spa session or sumptuous meal.

EPIC

St Jean Bay, St Barths

Eden Rock

Casual yet stylish attire is the order of the day here, whether relaxing barefoot at the Sand Bar or dining at the hotel’s On The Rocks Restaurant with its spectacular setting. Originally opened in the 1950s, Eden Rock has retained the enviable reputation of being the place to be seen on the fashionable island of St Barths, and offers its guests an impeccably refined holiday.

WONDERFUL

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.

COMFY

Limassol, Cyprus

Le Méridien Limassol Resort & Spa

An imposing, five-star hotel in beautiful Cyprus, Le Méridien Limassol boasts modern and spacious rooms, spectacular dining options, a lovely Blue Flag beach and bags of facilities for all the family.

WONDERFUL

Crete, Greece & Greek Islands

Domes of Elounda

The unashamedly-luxurious Domes of Elounda is perfect for a little self-indulgence. Uniquely designed by three celebrated artistic teams, the resort embodies the elegance of Mediterranean interiors, decorated with hand-picked fabrics, local art, earthy tones and hand-carved wooden furniture. Sublime gastronomic delicacies are always on the menu at Anthos or, if you prefer something simpler, head to the Greek seafood tavern. Spa lovers will adore the dramatic spa with its black mosaic pool and endless treatment rooms.

EPIC

Abu Dhabi, UAE

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island

With arguably one of the most advantageous locations in Abu Dhabi, on a beautiful island studded with miles of pristine white beaches, glassy waterways and lush green gardens, a shiny new, must-visit destination has been created. That island is Saadiyat, surrounded by the glittering waters of the Arabian Gulf, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi. The St. Regis is already the choice of those in the know, and an ideal pick for anyone who likes to mix their glitz and glamour with some serious rest and relaxation and mouthwatering dining options too.

SPECTACULAR

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.

EPIC

Miami, Florida, USA

The Setai

In the heart of sexy-cool South Beach, The Setai is a refined fusion of Miami’s Art Deco heritage, Asian design influences and sweeping gestures of luxury. Renowned hotelier Adrian Zecha has taken this landmark building and created something spectacular. Hushed chocolate palettes and Deco flourishes lead to a stunning, 40-storey glass tower offering the most enviable South Beach views.

EPIC

Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia

Song SAA Private Island

Set on two protected islands – known locally as The Sweethearts’ – and connected by a footbridge spanning a marine reserve, ‘special’ hardly covers this magical place. The islands are populated by a selection of villas, each as spectacular as the next, plus a large infinity pool and an island boutique featuring designer labels and beauty products. The cuisine is Cambodian fusion that’s as special as the islands, whilst you can venture out on bespoke ‘off-island’ adventures. There’s also the added convenience of an all-in pricing policy.

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