When the natural architectural variations that occur in the myriad whitewashed Greek villages that have evolved over time manage to produce such crooked beauty, it is small wonder that a clifftop hotel seemingly constructed along the same lines should at once endear itself to its visitors.
Combining elements of sculpture and geometry to create a property of sensuous curves and sleek lines, all fashioned in dazzling sun drenched white and graphite grey, this boutique designer hotel has a distinctly aspirational air.
Pathways, free form bridges and steep staircases link the pristine buildings and cave houses, at each turn the white cutting a swathe through the colour chart of blues, through turquoise, cerulean, cobalt and sapphire. A small rooftop open-air restaurant is reserved for hotel guests. The atmosphere is intimate, the views stunning and the food sublime.
No less wonderful is the feeling, when in the gorgeous infinity pool on one of the lower terraces, marvelling at the unimpeded view, that you could swim right off the edge into the wild blue yonder.
The uncluttered interiors, created by a leading Greek designer, are the epitome of style; plain, white walls allow the beauty of antique furnishings to be fully appreciated, while every modern comfort is provided. And thanks to a policy of no children, you will also be able to appreciate this luxury of peace!
This stylish 88 room resort is the perfect place to sink your toes into the soft pink sand of Bermuda’s largest private beach and relax. It’s also bursting with an array of superb facilities including tennis at Tucker’s Point Club, a fitness centre and dive centre.
On an island famous for golf there is also a world-class golf course, the 18-hole, par-70 Tucker’s Point Golf Course, with its Clubhouse, located on a panoramic hilltop, featuring The Grille Room & Bar and Golf Pro Shop. During the summer, children from 4 to 12 can enjoy Rose Buds® Childrens programme, managed by a team of certified teaching professionals, where they can take tennis lessons, try a golf clinic, and even have cooking lessons at The Grille Room.
There are also daily swims at the Beach Club’s Fountain Pool and a variety of activities around the resort. While they play, the adults may wish to try Sense, a Rosewood Spa, just voted Best Spa in Bermuda, for some serious pampering.
One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives
A stay at One&Only Reethi Rah offers privacy, space and unsurpassed luxury in an exquisite Maldives island setting. Well appointed and spacious villas line the immaculate beach, or extend out over the crystal lagoon with steps directly into its clear waters.
Each luxury villa has a private deck, whilst many boast their own pool and are surrounded by lush, tropical gardens with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. As part of the flawless service here, a personal Villa Host is on hand to attend to your every need, leaving you free to unwind and relax. ‘Reethi Rah’ means ‘beautiful island’ in Dhivehi, the Maldivian national language and with six kilometres of idyllic coastline and 12 flawless, white sand beaches, it’s easy to see how this outstanding One&Only resort got its name.
The island also offers a choice of luxury dining experiences, which are unparalleled in this region. Fine cuisine is on offer in the signature Reethi Restaurant. Other options include contemporary Japanese fare at Tapasake and à la carte Arabian fare at beachside Fanditha. Private dining can be enjoyed in your luxury villa or marooned on a secluded sandbank at sunset.
For younger visitors, the complimentary KidsOnly Club offers non-stop entertainment, whilst ClubOne is a haven for teens. A relatively new addition, The Beach Club ClubOne is open to all ages, and a drink here is a ‘must’; whether it be a freshly made smoothie or a glass of chilled Champagne.
There is a seemingly endless list of activities on offer here. Watersports include kayaking, paragliding and a PADI-certified dive centre. Those who like to keep active on land will love the two floodlit tennis courts; FIFA approved synthetic football field; the first climbing wall in the Maldives; and the indoor golf simulator.
Alternatively, if what you really crave is inner peace, beauty and harmony, seek sanctuary at the tranquil One&Only Spa. Indoor/outdoor heat experiences, vitality steam rooms, saunas and ice fountains await you.
The Residence Mauritius
Inspired by the colonial mansions of bygone times, The Residence Mauritius promises a sophisticated blend of timeless elegance and modern luxury.
Each of its airy rooms and suites opens onto a private balcony or terrace with stunning views of the ocean, or the 25 acres of tropical gardens that surround the resort. Inside, the cool hues of ivory, cream and vanilla add to the air of classic chic and are further enhanced by the impeccable service for which this hotel is renowned.
Check-in is held in the comfort of your own room, with a member of staff on hand to unpack and iron items for you and a personal butler to attend to your every need.
Gourmet cuisine, inspired by traditional Mauritian spices and flavours, is served in the splendid dining room which sits poised above the pool. However, for more casual fare, guests can head to the poolside Verandah, and delicious Creole dishes can be savoured at The Plantation with its stunning ocean-front setting and traditional musical and dance entertainment three nights a week.
For more energetic pursuits, guests can enjoy complimentary watersports, tennis and volleyball, while younger visitors can enjoy hours of fun at the complimentary Planters Kids’ Club. Or you can simply relax with a pampering treatment in the Sanctuary Spa with its extensive menu of Carita therapies, yoga and meditation.
Banyan Tree Phuket
Pure indulgence, the Phuket-based Banyan Tree has to be top ten on the bliss list. An oasis of peace and tranquillity located just a heartbeat away from the vibrant town centre, Banyan Tree Phuket, is one of three Banyan Tree properties that combine to make an outstanding resort.
Its sister properties are Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary and DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree. Banyan Tree Phuket itself comprises 135 luxuriously appointed villas fringing a saltwater lagoon and the sandy beaches of Bang Tao Bay.
Every villa features a king-sized bed, spacious bedroom, his and her dressing areas, an open-air sunken bath and a private landscaped garden.
Dining here is a delight with six restaurants to choose from but one of its most memorable dining experiences is found at the floating restaurant. Located in the midst of the main lagoon, you are transported to your table across the water by traditional Thai long tail boat where you dine under the stars as you enjoy a private romantic dinner for two.
There is a wealth of activities to enjoy here including golf at Laguna Phuket Golf Club an 18-hole, par-71 resort course, designed by Max Wexler and David Abell, which challenges golfing enthusiasts of all abilities. It also offers an extensive practice facilities and state of the art teaching center. Features include a covered area for sun and rain protection, a full length driving range, putting greens, practice bunkers and chipping areas; so you can work on both your short and long games.
The LPGC Teaching Centre offers the video analysis with the latest teaching software together with comprehensive learning aids. All the Club’s professionals are qualified PGA professionals. There are also tennis facilities and for younger guests the Quest Camp Laguna offers children, aged 9-14 the opportunity to join individual and group activities at the Quest Facility.
For pampering the Banyan Tree Spa Phuket offers an exotic blend of massages and body treatments inspired by traditional Asian health and beauty remedies. It’s also home to the Banyan Tree Academy where all their worldwide spa therapists are trained. And you can tell. An exotic blend of treatments sometimes includes scrubbing, oiling and massages. This could be, quite literally, as good as it gets!