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A tailor-made holiday can be the perfect way to mark a special occasion. Whether it’s a birthday, engagement or anniversary, celebrate in style with the ones you hold dearest in beautiful surroundings, whilst creating memories to last a lifetime. From tropical island escapes, to city and beach getaways, we have curated a list of our all-time favourite hotels and experiences for celebrating special occasions.

1. Baros, Maldives

Set on small coral island surrounded by sandy beach and lush vegetation, Baros Maldives is one of the dreamiest romantic escapes. Its intimate ambiance makes it ideal for honeymoons, anniversaries or couples just looking to spend some quality time together. Indulgence is guaranteed at the Lighthouse, set upon an open water pavilion serving pan-fried lemongrass sand lobster tails and Tasmanian salmon. During the day, enjoy personalised couples treatments at the spa including hot stone massages and by night explore the tropical waters and marine life through Fluo night diving - a truly magical experience.

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2. New York & Bermuda

Arguably one of the world's most exciting cities, New York is a celebration hotspot. At the Peninsula, treat yourself or significant other with a luxury shopping trip or take a romantic stroll through the iconic Central Park. In the evening, dine on nostalgic American fare at Clement Restaurant, whilst toasting a special occasion in Salon de Ning with signature cocktails. Combine NYC with Bermuda's Rosewood Tucker's Point, where you can soak up the rays on the islands largest private beach or take a sunset cruise of Castle Harbour. Relaxation continues at world-class Sense® Spa with a rejuvenating paw paw massage and Tucker's Point signature facial. The perfect blend of city magic and coastal bliss.

3. Constance Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Prince Maurice is named after Prince Maurice Van Nassau. The resort bestows a regal air and epitomises exclusivity. Romance at every turn; stroll through the mangroves to beachfront and lake-side villas which ooze intimacy. On the private beach, snorkel through the warm waters of the Indian Ocean or set sail atop a glass bottom boat. Engage in a wellness experience with deluxe spa treatments, beachside yoga and Reiki Healing sessions. In the evening, savour in the fresh Mauritian delicacies at Archipel before heading to Laguna Bar, overlooking the beach for sumptuous cocktails and live music.

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4. Petit St Vincent, The Grenadines

Free from television, telephones and technology engage with friends and loved ones in the boutique island retreat of Petit St Vincent. Unwind together in the open top yoga pavilions, the Balinese inspired spa and wellness centre, or charter a boat to discover nearby Tobago Cay. For those who like to keep active, fitness trails, tennis courts and hiking routes with views of the Caribbean Sea will keep you energised. To culminate any celebrations, choose from over 4500 bottles of wine in the wine cellar and enjoy some freshly-grilled fish and steaks at the weekly beach barbecues

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5. One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Celebrate in luxury in the elegant One&Only The Palm, set in Dubai's most intimate sea enclave. Spend your days relaxing on oversized day beds, basking in the 350 days of Dubai sun, or sip refreshing beverages in air-conditioned cabanas surrounding the pool. For adventurous types, the desert setting provides the ideal opportunity for a safari excursion, to surf the sand dunes or enjoy a horse-riding experience. After a full day of activity or rest, dine in restaurants from Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno and enjoy cocktails in the ultra-chic 101 Dining Bar and Lounge with spectacular views of the Dubai skyline

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6. The Legian Bali, Indonesia

For those seeking a relaxing sanctuary, yet within a short distance to stylish shops and nightlife, The Legian Bali ticks both boxes. On the shores of Seminyak Beach, the luxury villas are set amongst swaying coconut palms and tropical gardens for a tranquil hideaway. Create lasting memories by exploring the volcanic mountains and iconic green paddy fields. Not to be missed, evening Kecak performances at the temple of Uluwatu make for spectacular viewing. Amongst the verdant gardens, the Legian wellness centre offers Balinese healing traditions and innovative therapies restoring mind-body balance.

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7. Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico

A hidden village nestled amongst dramatic Mayan rainforest and pearlescent sand, the Viceroy Riviera Maya exudes sensuality and romanticism. Each with its own butler, the eco-conscious villas feel like a private oasis with heated plunge pools and outdoor rain showers. Take a leisurely horseback ride across the seven miles of white sands or feel the warmth of the Caribbean Sea, whilst windsurfing, snorkelling or swimming with dolphins. With impressive spa facilities, indulge in Mayan rituals including Temazcal a purifying steam and herb treatment or black lava exfoliating treatment, followed by delectable Mexican fusion cuisine at La Marea.

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8. City & Safari

Diversity, culture and rolling mountains, this dynamic duo will provide a memorable South African adventure. With panoramic views of the Table Mountain and V&A Waterfront, Cape Grace blends modern luxury with traditional Cape culture. Intimate dining at award-winning Signal Restaurant, with its locally-inspired cuisine is perfect for any celebration, whilst Bascule whiskey, wine and cocktail bar stocks over 500 whiskies from around the world. Moving onto Sir Richard Branson's Ulusaba Private Game reserve, where safari luxury meets the open wilderness. Keep your eyes peeled for the 'Big Five' on one of the daily game drives or in the evening, a visit to the wine cellar, overlooking the water hole, promises images of nature at its best.

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9. Coral Reef Club, Barbados

Run by the O'Hara family since the 1950's, Coral Reef Club delivers elegant old-school charm unlike any other hotel in Barbados. Set across 12 acres of tropical gardens, the focus on wellbeing is evident with acclaimed spa facilities, rejuvenating guests through oxygenated facials and the signature Lemongrass and ginger body rub. Explore the magic of Barbados with regular jazz and gospel festivals, whilst the famous Friday Fish Fry serves freshly grilled lobster and swordfish, alongside infectious Caribbean beats. For an added friendly touch, the O'Hara family invite guests to their home for a weekly cocktail party every Monday

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10. Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji

A romantic adult-only Fijian escape, Likuliku is home to the only overwater bungalows in Fiji with direct access to the coral reef below. Surrounded by island mythology, to which Likuliku plays an important role, visit the scared weeping rock or Yadra Cave where wishes are said to be granted. The calm waters of the surrounding lagoon are ideal for snorkelling or going on a jet-ski safari. For even more romance, the Malolo sunset cruise offers spectacular sights. Couples can opt for private dining on the outdoor beachside decks or be seduced by the concept dining experience of Fijiana Restaurant led by Australian chef Shane Watson.

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