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Often considered natural opposites, world-class luxury and regional authenticity form a winning collaboration within this growing trend that encourages guests to step out of their hotel and learn more about the people that support it; from meeting local farmers in Crete to touring fish markets and fruit plantations in the Maldives. Guests can even make their own social contribution participating in tree-planting or coral reef rejuvenation projects or even helping build a new school. For cultural immersion of a different kind, travellers can see a foreign city from a new perspective by renting a luxury home far from the tourist trail, benefi tting from the local knowledge provided by the owner themselves.

Carrier is proud to support the Cape Town charity Uthando (Love) and can arrange tours to some of the communities that benefit from the initiative.

 

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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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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Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa

Suffused with an air of romance, this idyllic destination is the first luxury resort south of the equator in the Maldives – a pristine retreat encompassing nearly two kilometres of sugar white beach. It’s a location known for its incredible corals and dive sites – Manta Point and Turtle Point being aptly named for viewing these species in large numbers all year round. Enchanting accommodation comes in seven distinct styles, including the Pool Villas which feature a pool terrace nestled in lush, tropical foliage; family friendly Beach Villas set...

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The Inn at English Harbour

Set in nineteen coastal acres of Antigua’s National Park on the southern side of the island, this luxury 5 star resort overlooks the yacht-dotted English Harbour. Magnificent vistas extend seaward from the reception building, which houses the colonial-style Stone Bar, a panoramic venue for pre-dinner cocktails where barman Tully makes the perfect pina colada, and the gourmet Terrace Restaurant. Soft candlelight sets the scene for alfresco dining, with an inspired menu of local and international fare complemented by an extensive wine list. Down ...

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Eagles Palace

Tucked away by a golden sand beach on an unspoilt peninsula close to UNESCO World Heritage site Mount Athos (the men-only monastic state constructed in the 10th Century, of which Prince Charles is a repeat visitor). This resort’s tranquillity is enhanced by its monastic architecture and features rooms with views over the gardens or ocean, whilst luxury suites offer direct access to the beach - considered to be one of the best in Greece - where the sand gently shelves into the sea and the water is remarkably clear. Nestled in the gardens or alon...

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