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.
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!
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.
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.
Operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., it’s the endless facilities and innovative architecture that distinguish Abama Golf & Spa Resort. 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.
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.
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.
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.
This oceanfront resort set next to a stunning white sand beach with boutiques, a multiplex, kids’ club, and adults’ and kids’ pools, is also surrounded by two 18- hole golf courses, ensuring a relaxed, fun-filled holiday with plenty to do in and around the resort, as well as on land or water. And for spa lovers, the Hesperides Thalasso Spa uses many of the island’s natural resources, fused with a blissful combination of ancient and modern techniques.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barely three years old and with all the modern luxuries to prove it, this is a barefoot idyll that stands out for more reasons than just being drop-dead beautiful. A heady mix of pure luxury and simplicity, Constance Moofushi Resort is the place to relax, enjoy and experience the wonders of the underwater world or the overwater Spa de Constance where pampering is first-class.
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.
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.
Surrounded by verdant pine trees, white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters, this gorgeous resort is designed to complement its natural surroundings. Choose from a range of deluxe suites and villas, every single one with its own unique style, immaculate taste and some even flaunting their own private pool. Leisure activities are incomparable, and include everyone’s firm favourites, but for something a bit different, why not try your hand at dance lessons or a painting class?
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
Award-winning Le Touessrok, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, is arranged over both the mainland and two nearby islands, Ile aux Cerfs and Ilôt Mangénie, both accessed by private boat. Perfect white sand beaches, calm lagoons and beautifully-landscaped gardens form an idyllic tropical setting. Each room also has its own butler for personal, round-the-clock service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
A temple to Mauritian chic, this plantation-style hotel has half a kilometre of sandy beach all to itself. Added to that, you’ll also find 12 hectares of tropical gardens, a central Manor House and lagoon-like pool area, more than a handful of restaurants and bars to choose from, plus modern accommodation spread over a series of villas. Guests are also welcome to use the facilities over at nearby La Pirogue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marbella Club occupies an unbeatable location, mere steps from the Golden Mile. Spacious rooms, suites and villas with private terraces are all havens reflecting the surrounding natural elements. At its heart is the Beach Club, a prime spot for some peoplewatching, and an abundance of activities complete this, one of Spain’s best-loved resorts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Knowing which hotel to choose in this famous – some say infamous – Spanish resort can be tricky, but its now much easier, thanks to Puente Romano. Elegant and sophisticated, this is as far away from brash as you can imagine and the rooms and suites are quite beautifully done. The dining is exquisite, and you really couldn’t top the location.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
W Hotels are all about the ‘wow’ factor, and the 75 exquisite retreats here are no exception, with customdesigned furniture, sophisticated technology and private pools in a feast of cool, design-led luxury. The setting on the uncrowded north shore is as stunning as the hotel, flaunting powdery golden sands and clear waters, perfectly placed for local attractions and nightlife.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With its white walls, thatched palapa roofs rising up above pure white sands, and turquoise Caribbean waters; the Maroma is a vision of Mayan loveliness. Part of the renowned Orient-Express group, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consistently voted amongst Mexico’s best boutique resorts, Zoëtry takes in 14 pristine beachside acres on the beautiful Riviera Maya. Accommodation is limited to 90 suites, there’s an abundance of onsite facilities, the Wellness centre is brilliantly equipped, and all with the benefit of the all-inclusive Endless Privileges package.
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.
Having presided over Monte-Carlo for some 150 years, this hotel is almost unbeatable with opulent interiors, the three-Michelin-starred Le Louis XV restaurant and the world-famous casino.
You’ll find a profusion of opportunities for all here, thanks to 900 metres of private beach, five pools, a kids’ club, watersports and complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Water Park.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A magnet for the glitterati for over 100 years, the charming Reid’s Palace is Madeira’s most famous destination where guests can enjoy all the contemporary comforts expected from an Orient-Express 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.
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.
An exclusive enclave within the Punta Cana Resort & Club complex, Tortuga Bay comprises 30 Oscar de la Renta-decorated guest suites in 13 individually-managed villas. Each of the luxuriously-spacious suites has a terrace overlooking a green lawn or the Caribbean Sea, and a golf cart parked right outside – just the thing for exploring the resort’s nine world-class restaurants and PB Dye-designed course.
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.
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.
As you would expect from a Secrets property, the poolscape here is darn spectacular. Then there’s the all-suite accommodation – of which there is a lot! – but standards never slip in this all-inclusive property that benefits from access to a stretch of one of the best beaches south of Cancun. Dining is all-encompassing, and the spa is intimate and lovely.
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.
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.
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.
This exquisite resort offers its guests the chance to experience Bodrum’s natural wonders in serious style and seclusion. The architecture is enough to draw guests alone, with its tangled confection of pure white cubes rising up amongst azure skies. Yet there’s plenty more – from the white sandy beach, through the array of watersports and diving, to the sensational Six Senses Spa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A tropical hideaway reflecting the style of grand haçiendas, One&Only nPalmilla 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This low-rise property envelops a dreamy, 80-metrelong lagoon pool that with 94 understated suites drifts off towards two kilometres of beach and the Mediterranean beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Long Beach brings something very different to Mauritius: an urban, piazza-style layout that gives the resort a focal point, bringing its restaurants (six in all, including Italian, Japanese and Chinese), shops, bars and nightclub together. The rooms are carefully arranged in crescents so everyone sees the ocean, and there’s plenty to do, including golf and a fabulous spa, plus dedicated clubs for kids and teens too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Stay at this luxury hotel clustered around a maze of water set against the most dazzling of white beaches, and make use of Secrets’ signature Unlimited Luxury policy which, in essence, means you’re free to do whatever you want, when you want. Accommodation is modern yet Caribbean-inspired, there are over 10 dining options and the glorious beach service is an always welcome touch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.