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!
Close to the island’s most famous attractions, this swish hotel recalls the grand Mediterranean palaces of the 18th century with its stone floors, arches and vaulted ceilings. A wide range of luxurious rooms and themed suites continue to attract guests who relish the fine Michelin starred cuisine and unwinding at the Capri Beauty Farm.
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.
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.
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.
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
LVMH Hotel Management swaps the mountains for the beach with the opening of Cheval Blanc Randheli, the tropical instalment of its ritzy namesake in Courchevel. The ultra-glam experience begins as soon as you arrive in Malé, when you’re whisked by private seaplane to this petite 45-villa designer ‘Maison’. Gorgeously-decorated loft-style villas with private infinity pools are sumptuously-appointed; Experience Alchemists have devised a vast list of unforgettable experiences; there’s an innovative Guerlain Spa and a superb dive centre too, while culinary artistry reigns supreme in four outstanding dining venues.
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.
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.
Conjuring up everything that is fascinating about Arabia, sister resorts Banyan Tree Al Wadi and Ras Al Khaimah Beach are set just 20 minutes away from each other. Amid stretches of desert sand Banyan Tree Al Wadi presents an oasis of peace while Ras Al Khaimah Beach serves up all the elements of an idyllic beach retreat at the sunkissed shores of the Arabian Gulf.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just a short flight from Bangkok, the Four Seasons Resort is ideally located and easy to reach. The retreat’s spa services simply must not be missed, with individual treatments best booked in advance to get the time you really want. The villas boast smooth wooden decking,marble surfaces and pretty thatched roofing, making for a quaint and traditional Thai experience. For all its luxury, the resort cater particularly well for families, and the kids’ club, open from 9am to 5pm, is guaranteed to keep children amused!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indulge in calm and relaxation on this island of white talc sand surrounded by cobalt-blue waters, in one of 48 captivating villas cooled by the natural sea breeze of the Indian Ocean. From intimate moments to exciting shared activities, a wide selection of experiences designed for all ages can be found here; from watersports and marine life discoveries, to fabulous spa treatments or sublime dining choices that range from eclectic Maldivian and international cuisine to candlelit dinners under the stars.
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.
Large, but nevertheless the epitome of barefoot luxury, with a beachfront location, lagoon, inviting pools, a feast of culinary options, exquisite spa pampering and myriad watersports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Set on a 300-acre private island nestled just two miles off the coast of Antigua, Jumby Bay’s coastline is edged by pristine white sands and its waters are amongst the bluest in the islands. Guests arrive by a short, private boat journey; it’s an exclusive experience that sets the tone for the rest of your stay. Noted for its landscape, lush with rare tropical flowers, stately palm trees and abundant foliage, the island is also home to beautiful birds and brilliant reef fish.
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.
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.
At this cosy, romantic getaway high in the Piton Mountains, take a dip in your private plunge pool 1000 feet above the shimmering Caribbean Sea, or cherish the local cuisine at Dasheene Restaurant.
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.
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.
Snorkelling or surfing? Cooking or dining? Bubble-making or beach volleyball? With more than 100 activities available to bring out the intrepid explorer in you, and a choice of Island Villas, just steps from the beach, or InOcean Villas, an exclusive cluster of overwater villas, positioned at the edge of the reef, you’ll be spoilt for choice here from the moment the seaplane touches down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This elegant resort stands on a majestic clifftop overlooking unspoilt white sands and surrounded by pine trees. Guest rooms and suites have air conditioning, satellite TV, minibars and private sun terraces or balconies. The seasonal Childrens’ Village and Junior Club provide entertainment for kids aged from 6 months to 12 years old, with professional staff, a restaurant, pool and playground.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
From the service, to the food, to the setting, this represents the best Bermuda has to offer. Pack some of your favourite clothes and plan on making the most of your time at Rosewood Tucker’s Point. As a distinguished guest at this stylish Caribbean resort, you’ll want to dress the part. The superior guestrooms are located in the Manor House, measure a massive 500 sq ft and each have an expansive balcony offering views of either Castle Harbour or Harrington Sound.
With an intimate cluster of cottages, rooms and suites that range from the rustic to the glamorous, almost everything here is focused upon the sweeping white beach; the wooden sundeck closely hugs its extensive curves, and the alfresco restaurants open onto panoramic sea views. Days here are conducive to selfindulgence, with guests choosing to either relax upon the beach or enjoy a spot of spa time.
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.
Juxtaposition is what makes this retreat. The greener-than-green pristine fields of Dubai’s premier poloestate contrast spectacularly withthe arid Arabian landscape – and the result is almost other-worldly. Accommodation consists of 28 ‘naturally modern’ suites and pool villas, each coming with deliriously high standards of mod cons, while four championship polo fields, a riding school, infinity pool and LIME Spa offer no end of indulgences.
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.
A national monument since 1987, no other hotel has attained Raffles’ legendary status. Home of the Singapore Sling, its suites are the embodiment of oldworld opulence and a visit to the Long Bar is a must!