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The world of luxury travel features distinctive resorts whose locations are unrivalled; carved into a mountain side, surrounded by sparkling azure waters or perched directly on shimmering white sand beaches. Equally, resorts are increasingly characterised and shaped by local cultures and customs to bring a real sense of authenticity that pervades throughout – from the service and design to the cuisine and recreational facilities.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

The site of a former 18th Century sugar plantation, the aptly-named Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort has attracted quite the celebrity following, counting Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow amongst its fans. And for good reason. Yes, the sand is exceedingly white and powdery, the service is genuinely superb and the location between the majestic Pitons within a UNESCO World Heritage Site makes this the premier address on St Lucia, but there is much more to this exceptional beachfront resort than first meets the eye. From sampling gourmet fare in the ch...

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Upon entering this private garden compound, the former guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, you will immediately appreciate why visiting foreign dignitaries were accommodated here. Characterised by sleek lines, this is sixties-inspired modernism with an authentic Asian twist. Its immaculate suites, airy and open plan, are set around a grassed courtyard with swimming pool and lie only ten minutes from the entrance to magnificent Angkor Wat. Few sights in the world remain as indelibly etched in the mind as watching the sun rise through the mist ...

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According to legend, Buddha smiled when he rested for a day in Luang Prabang, prophesying that it would become a rich and powerful city; in 1995 it was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This is the setting for the Amantaka resort, set beside mystical Mount Phousi below the stunning Wat Chom temple, this fabulous Aman Resort is within walking distance of Luang Prabang’s quaint boutiques and bakeries as well as riverside viewpoints along the Mekong River. Within the resort are lofty French colonial-style pavilions surrounded by shady vera...

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‘Peaceful dream’ by name, Amanruya rests on a quiet hillside above Mandalya Bay on the northern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula. Set on different levels with a variety of courtyards and terraces, dream away the days as you unwind on the sheltered pebble beach. Accommodation comprises spacious Suites and Pavilions, built from local stone with dark acajou wood furniture and white Turkish marble flooring feature four-poster beds together with a charcoal fire and underfloor heating for the colder months; outside the garden houses a marble swimming p...

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A contemporary retreat embracing the rich cultural heritage of Greece, Amanzoe, translated as 'peaceful life', appropriately overlooks undulating olive groves and the Mediterranean Sea from its elevated hilltop position. Close to the tavernas and vibrant life of Porto Heli, the resort boasts its own private beach and features free standing pavilion-style accommodation with high-ceiling living areas and marble-walled alcove beds – spacious bathrooms having sunken baths opening onto the terrace. Pool Pavilions and Deluxe Pool Pavilions come with ...

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Huvafen Fushi

A long-time Maldives favourite, and for good reason; Huvafen Fushi does island escapology well. So much so that it is consistently voted one of the best island paradises in the world, mostly due to its ridiculously beautiful beaches and delectable dining options. Recently re-branded as an adults-only hotspot, it is a barefoot paradise set within its own lagoon, sensitively developed to sustain the island’s unique ecosystems. Accommodation at Huvafen Fushi, Maldives is provided in enchanting contemporary bungalows and pavilions, all air-conditio...

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Niyama Private Islands

One destination spread languidly across two islands, Niyama gives the luxury Maldives holiday an exciting twist. Recent stellar upgrades have given the resort more of everything that makes a getaway so special, from new culinary attractions to a poolside ice cream bar, photo studio and children’s club. Relax as never before in ultra-chic accommodation encompassing sleek suites, water studios and beach pavilions, the Crescent comprising five villas with private Thakuru butlers. No fewer than eight restaurants now tempt the taste buds; new BLU fe...

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Six Senses Zighy Bay

A secluded fishing village on the Sultanate’s northern Musandam Peninsula is the location for these stunning Pool Villas and Pool Villa Suites fronting an expansive sandy beach. The design is an authentic Omani village, bathrooms extend to an outdoor shower area, and all suites and villas have a private pool and butler service. Guests can choose one of three unforgettable arrival experiences: a scenic ten minute speedboat trip; a drive down from the mountains, or choose to travel as a companion passenger with the resort’s professional paraglide...

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Six Senses Yao Noi

The epitome of relaxed Asian style, this alluring Six Senses property nestles on an island mid-way between Phuket and Krabi amidst the limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga. Why Six Senses Yao Noi? Unspoilt views of the iconic limestone islets that rise from the waters of Phang Nga bay Natural materials used throughout the property reinforce the Six Senses sustainability ethos A spa village tucked away into the tropical hillside offers visitors a unique spa experience via four interconnected spaces From PADI certified excursions to yachting a...

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La Sultana Marrakech

Within the medina, close to the Royal Palace and Jemaa el Fna square, lies a timeless sanctuary and worthy member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Scattered throughout five riads are the beautiful rooms and suites, which are imbued with a sense of sophisticated elegance. Incorporating local materials such as wood, copper and tadelakt, each is individually furnished with original objets d’art, marble, Zellige bathrooms and every modern amenity including complimentary soft minibar. Relax in the library or take cocktails on the panoramic t...

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Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

Signature Raffles style and service underpin your stay in this French colonial landmark set beside the Royal Gardens. Established in 1932, it provided accommodation for the first wave of travellers visiting the Angkor Temples. Its rooms and suites have been meticulously restored to their former glory, with many of the original features retained and enhanced. Dining is simply sumptuous – the menu at Restaurant Le Grand offers creations based on delicacies served in the Royal household whilst the Apsara Terrace features an Asian barbecue and Khme...

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Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa

Situated on a headland commanding panoramic views, a pinnacle of the vacation experience is the adult-oriented and ultra-opulent Al Husn. Deluxe rooms, which are amongst the largest in Oman, feature lavish décor inspired by royal Arabian palaces and come complete with balconies or terraces from which to admire the views of the courtyard and pool; deluxe sea view rooms open up entrancing panoramas of the Gulf of Oman from their furnished balconies. Culinary experiences, accessible only to Al Husn guests, include a beach grill serving fresh seafo...

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The Manor House at Fancourt

The original one hundred and fifty year old Manor House on the Fancourt Estate has been meticulously remodelled to create an intimate, adult-only hotel that offers a taste of old-world and new-world styles. The décor combines classical and contemporary, from the calm interiors of the well-appointed suites to the elegance of the Montagu Bar and Library. Guests receive complimentary afternoon tea, evening canapés and minibar, as well as access to the spa, tennis courts and the Gary Player designed golf courses at Fancourt. Classic European cuisin...

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The Peninsula New York

Located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street at the heart of the city’s most prestigious shopping and cultural district, many of the original Beaux Arts features have beenretained at this 1905 landmark building. The spacious and luxurious rooms have Art Nouveau accents, each decorated in an appealing classic yet contemporary style. Suite guests receive a complimentary three hour chauffeured MINI Cooper S experience to explore the city in style. Dining options include Clements, showcasing innovative dining and flavours of North East America, the Goth...

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Wynn Las Vegas & Encore

The iconic bronze curved Wynn Las Vegas commands an enviable location on The Strip, setting the standard as one of the most luxurious resorts in the city. Chic rooms and suites offer spectacular views from the floor-to-ceiling windows and feature a neutral décor accented by elegant furnishings with ample sized marble bathrooms. Wynn Tower Suites include exclusive benefits, encompassing a dedicated entrance and access to the private Tower Suites pool. Facilities at Wynn Las Vegas range from spectacular pools and Jacuzzis and two full-service spa...

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