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Savvy travellers know that a truly luxurious holiday experience is not defined by status symbols but by attaining a genuine sense of mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. An increasing number of resorts are responding to this with an array of facilities from holistic spa rituals to bespoke library collections that allow guests to unwind by appreciating those important little things in life. Providing a special place to spend special time with loved ones is also being recognised as a new luxury. Many hotels have expanded their complimentary activity programmes, along with offering a greater variety of dining and accommodation choices to ensure families can relish their time together in unrivalled comfort.

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

A romantic hideaway nestled amongst swaying palms and vibrant tropical gardens, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion - On The Beach, Barbados is ideal for couples seeking a quiet yet sophisticated sanctuary. The feeling at this luxury retreat is one of being a privileged guest in a private home, where colonial charm blends seamlessly with the modern comforts expected of an exclusive resort. The real draw here is the accommodation – the hotel is one of few in Barbados with rooms offering direct beach access. Step straight from your Beachfront Junior Sui...

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Carlisle Bay

Carlisle Bay, Antigua is a privately owned enclave that has raised the bar for contemporary excellence in the Caribbean, set upon a backdrop of rolling hills and lush tropical rainforest. Firstly, there’s the ravishing beach setting, where each end is dedicated either to couples or families. Then, there’s the true sense of arrival, as guests are welcomed into a magnificent open plan lobby. And not least, there are the spacious suites, with cool, calm interiors, a sitting area or bedroom that faces the sea and a private terrace or balcony, most ...

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Hermitage Bay

Flanked by unspoiled sands on one side and a lagoon and tropical gardens on the other, Hermitage Bay, Antigua is an ideal 5 star retreat for those seeking seclusion and serenity – perfect for luxury romantic getaways. Dotting the hillside and beach, detached suites adopt a minimalist style, featuring crisp, cool linens, contemporary bathrooms, outdoor garden showers and wrap-around verandas. Some of the best views in Antigua can be enjoyed from the freestanding baths and private plunge pools as part of the Hillside Pool Suites. At the resort’s...

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The Landings Resort & Spa by Elegant Hotels

Boasting its own private marina and one of the finest beaches on the island, The Landings Resort & Spa by Elegant Hotels is an exquisite 5 star resort designed to accommodate both families and couples in the utmost luxury. Adorned with subtle Caribbean influences, the one to three bedroom villa suites feature private terraces with or without plunge pools and benefit from picturesque views over the luxury Marina or ocean. Al fresco dining encompasses fusion seafood at The Palms Restaurant or local Caribbean flavours at The Beach Club Restaurant ...

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BodyHoliday

Relaxation and rejuvenation are the order of the day at BodyHoliday, St Lucia – a leading all-inclusive wellness retreat perched directly on Cariblue Beach. Voted one of the Caribbean’s top luxury resorts for families, couples and individuals in Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards, BodyHoliday is continually at the cutting edge of health and wellness, offering everything from Tai Chi and Pilates to waterskiing and abseiling. However, there are no hard and fast rules at this revered 5 star resort; those that wish to spend leisurely days ...

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Hotel Esencia

Once the residence of an Italian duchess, the boutique-chic Hotel Esencia, sitting on a 50-acre estate between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, still gives the impression of visiting the home of a stylish family friend. Simplicity blends with relaxed elegance, the soft white décor interrupted by vivid splashes of colour. The Casa Principal houses nine rooms and suites; the rest, some with private plunge pools, are dotted throughout the well-manicured gardens, each complete with black-out blinds and courtesy Havaianas flip-flops for lazy days spent ...

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Spice Island Beach Resort

Visited twice by The Princess Royal, but you don’t have to be a royal to be treated like one at the superb Spice Island Beach Resort. This award-winning and critically acclaimed resort is owned and operated by Sir Royston Hopkin and his family, and it sets the bar for luxury accommodation on Grenada. With excellent service, every guest is made to feel part of the family. Location is also a major draw; the 64 ultra-stylish suites are dotted throughout the resort’s fragrant gardens or seductively positioned right on the edge of the magnificent Gr...

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Petit St Vincent

This private island hideaway and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers a rare opportunity for a handful of privileged guests to unwind and tune in to the soothing rhythms of the sea. Just a short boat ride from Union Island, Petit St Vincent is ringed by almost two miles of white sand, palms and tree-lined slopes that hide a collection of spacious cottages and beach villas, each featuring a sitting room and air-conditioned bedroom (blissfully free from external intervention in the form of telephones and TVs) and outdoor sun deck wit...

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Soneva Fushi

Powder white sands, unusually rich vegetation, crystal clear waters and understated luxury is what the original desert island hideaway is all about. Soneva Fushi is fifty seven vast villas and private residences, ranging from one to nine bedrooms, all hidden amongst dense foliage within touching distance of a pristine, UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve. If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday private butlers who know what you want before you want it. Every vis...

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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

Set on a colourful garden island just a short speedboat ride from Malé, Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa is an international resort that reflects all the charm and intimacy of a traditional Maldivian village. Dolphin rich waters and countless nearby surf spots fringe the sugar white sands of this petite private island, meaning that lazy days and exhilarating experiences are never far away. Why Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa? The standalone Island Spa sits a minute’s sail away from the resort, featuring glass floor viewing portals, ocean...

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Baros Maldives

It takes little more than ten minutes to complete a circuit of reef-fringed Baros Maldives. An idyllic island right in the heart of the Indian Ocean, this picture-perfect setting is a private paradise that’s home to nothing more than luscious lazy days, captivating cuisine, and scintillating scuba sessions.  Why Baros Maldives? - Here it’s all about going above and beyond to create the most personalised, romantic and authentically Maldivian experiences - A world-class house reef, ready to be explored by occasional snorkelers or veteran diver...

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COMO Cocoa Island

COMO Cocoa Island is a nirvana for anyone who appreciates the pleasures of luxurious seclusion. A private island, known locally as Makunufushi, it is located in the less developed South Malé Atoll, flanked to the west by a superb diving channel and to the east by a quiet snorkelling reef. Overhanging the water are a number of thatched Dhoni Suites in bleached wood with kajan roofs, along with a selection of one to four-bedroom villas and a number of enchanting white-finished Loft Villas featuring private sundecks and full-length windows overloo...

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COMO Maalifushi

The epitome of castaway barefoot chic, COMO Maalifushi is the first luxury resort in the Maldives to open in the pristine Thaa Atoll. Sister property of COMO Cocoa Island, its understated style captures the essence of Indian Ocean living with accommodation created by leading Japanese designer Koichiro Ikebuchi. Choose from the beach suites nestled in the shade of the lush Como Maalifushi gardens, the decadent beach villas complete with private pools and direct access to the beach, or enchanting overwater villas leading off wooden walkways that ...

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The Oberoi Mauritius

An oceanfront position on the north west coast, close to fashionable Grand Baie, is the setting for this luxurious resort. Proudly maintaining the Oberoi tradition of offering deluxe accommodation enhanced by unparalleled hospitality, its seventy one luxury villas and pavilions nestle within sub-tropical gardens which lead down to the beach. Subtle colour schemes and natural fabrics are complemented by every modern comfort; the Luxury Pavilions boast spacious bedrooms with sitting areas and outdoor terraces, whilst the villas have alfresco dini...

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Finca Cortesin

Melding seamlessly into the Andalucían landscape in the foothills of the Casares mountains between Marbella and Sotogrande, this boutique hotel reflects the traditional style of Spanish ‘fincas’ with its red clay tiles and white-washed walls. All-suite in design, it boasts lavishly appointed accommodation with impressive marble bathrooms and private terrace or garden. At one Michelin-star Kabuki Raw, Chef Luis Olarra fuses Japanese cuisine with Mediterranean ingredients, whilst El Jardin serves relaxed Mediterranean fare or try Don Giovanni for...

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Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort

Crowning a wooded summit in an undiscovered corner of Provence, this member of The Leading Hotels of the World provides spectacular views over picturesque villages to the hills beyond. Architects and designers have skillfully built on the region’s artistic traditions to create a contemporary enclave – all suites have a separate living room and French doors leading to a large open air terrace. Savour the vivid flavours of Mediterranean cuisine indoors or alfresco in the one Michelin-starred Restaurant Le Faventia accompanied by captivating vista...

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Anassa

Meaning ‘Queen’ in classical Greek, Anassa sits majestically on one of the finest beaches in Cyprus. The design of this member of The Leading Hotels of the World is that of an authentic Cypriot village, featuring a central square and a small traditional church with a bell tower. For atmospheric dining and fine fusion cuisine, wind your way down the stone steps to Basiliko, sample local specialities at Amphora or the gourmet delights of Helios. White walls and pastel fabrics create a sense of cool Mediterranean elegance in the spacious rooms, ki...

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Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel

Set in splendid gardens by a sandy beach, this adult focused five-star escape redefines luxury on the Paphos coast. Suites boast large balconies, deluxe marble bathrooms with rain shower, up-to-the minute in-room entertainment and Espresso machines. Impressive Executive Suites have a separate living area, Jacuzzi bathtub and a private pool with wooden deck, whilst Executive Suites with sea view also include the use of complimentary private beach Cabanas with seating areas and sunbeds. Relax in the Sports Bar or enjoy a night cap in VIP’s Bar or...

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Grace Mykonos

An intimate boutique hotel overlooking the sandy beach of Agios Stefanos, the resort offers a relaxed retreat for families and couples alike. A chic reception area sets a tone of understated elegance which continues in the rooms and suites, many of which have a private plunge pool. Families will particularly appreciate the spaciousness of the family suites which feature two separate bedrooms – the main room having a balcony. For added style and exclusivity, choose from an array of luxury suites with terraces for enchanting sea views. In additio...

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Porto Zante Villas & Spa

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and awarded Europe’s Leading Villa resort at the World Travel Awards (2017). The resort combines the privacy and space of luxury villas with all the amenities of a leading five-star hotel. Located on a lovely stretch of sandy beach reserved exclusively for guests, the superbly equipped villas, furnished with selected pieces of Armani Casa, boast a heated swimming pool and an enclosed sub-tropical garden, with exceptional views over the Ionian Sea from the outdoor dining area. Bathrooms feature a ...

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Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Cretan inspired Greek architecture, terracotta colours, mature palms and the endless blue reflected from over one hundred and forty private pools. These are the ingredients that set the tone for a relaxing escape at this elegant hotel, staying in a choice of generously appointed accommodation – all bungalows, suites and villas replete with marble-lined bathrooms and beguiling sea views. Soothe your senses in the magnificent Elounda Spa & Thalassotherapy, famed for its rituals employing seawater straight from the clear Cretan Sea. Two Thalasso p...

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Chiva-Som International Health Resort

Chiva-Som International Health Resort is dedicated to creating a personal path to health and wellness of mind, body and spirit. The privacy, tranquillity and elegance are immediately felt as you embark on a unique journey towards personal fulfilment. Located in the Royal City of the Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand it is the only destination spa in the world to have consistently appeared in the UK Conde Nast Traveller Readers Awards as the World’s Best Destination Spa. Tucked away in lush tropical gardens its recently refurbished rooms have a fr...

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The Datai Langkawi

A bewitching welcome awaits you at The Datai – one of the premier resorts on this magical isle, which is swathed in legends of romance and mystery. Get close to nature as you tread footpaths through centuries-old rainforest or head for a white sand beach by the shimmering Andaman Sea. Perfection is all around and begins in your chosen accommodation – a Suite with an expansive private balcony or the new contemporary Beach Villas with generously sized private pools. The cuisine is as beguiling as the setting, with Malaysian and Western fare serve...

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