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SHARM EL SHEIK

FOUR SEASONS RESORT

Entrancing desert meets the teeming corals of the Red Sea in a self contained world of luxurious seclusion. The resort cascades down a slope to a private beach, its clusters of guest rooms interconnected with walkways and quiet courtyards. Rooms are spacious and airy, with polished marble floors, crisp white duvets and extra- generous pillows; verandas providing mesmerising sea views.

There are several dining options including Italian, Middle Eastern specialities at Arabesque, Reef Grill to name a few, along with a choice of three lounge bars and nightime entertainment.

A Daniela Steiner Spa and Wellness centre with lap pool and massage areas provide indulgent relaxation. Spend lazy days around the freeform fresh water swimming pools, separate whirlpool and children�s pool, play tennis or take to the sea for reef snorkelling, scuba diving and a full range of water sports.

The Kids For All Seasons programme ensures children will be royally entertained.

190 rooms and suites
10 minutes from Sharm el Sheik Airport.

   

TENEREIFE

ABAMA GOLF & SPA RESORT

Picture a spectacular Moorish-style private estate atop a hillside flanking Tenerife�s highest mountain, with exuberant gardens stretching down to the sea, and you have a picture postcard snapshot of Abama Golf & Spa Resort.

Relaxing rooms and suites, many with prime views over the Atlantic, are well appointed and ethnic in ambience; in addition the Villas section offers enhanced seclusion and access to shared pools. No fewer than nine restaurants offer every conceivable culinary delight. From the fabulous seafood of El Mirador, Argentinean and Italian at La Pampa and Verona, Japanese at Kabuki and gourmet dining at M.B overseen by a three starred Michelin chef.

Los Chozos serves creative fare during the day or try the Beach club for alfresco lunches by the water's edge. There is a spa, sauna, hydrotherapy, snow cabin and more. An 18 hole Dave Thomas-designed course will tempt golfers of all abilities, whilst children are entertained in the expansive Abami kids' club and creche.

There are seven outdoor swimming pools, a tennis club and a secluded, golden sand beach.

479 rooms and suites
30 minutes from Tenerife South Airport

   

MUSCAT-OMAN

SHANGRI-LA'S BARR AL JISSAH RESORT AND SPA

 

Nestling on the edge of a private bay ringed by dramatic rock formations, this all-in-one resort complex comprises three unique hotels grouped together under the name Shangri-La.

Expansive landscaped gardens envelop the resort, which is only minutes from the shops and cultural attractions of capital city Muscat.

The large variety of food and beverage outlets offer an array of fine dining, all-day dining, live cooking stations or casual cafes to suit every taste. Decadent spa treatments abound in CHI, The Spa.

Three beaches and three freshwater swimming pools are complemented by a lazy river, tennis courts,fitness centre,watersports, PADI dive centre, marina, Omani Heritage Village and the Al Mazaar Souk providing further recreation

AL WAHA

The largest of the three hotels and a perfect family destination. The little Turtles children's club offers a wide range of supervised activities for children aged four to twelve years with a toddler's pool and seperate pool for older children. Babysitting services are also available.

Al Bandar

The five star deluxe Al Bandar is the focal point of the resort featuring a wide variety of restaurants,cafes, bars and nightclub. Its architecture is inspired by old Muscat with buildings of varying height adorned by a variey of ornate balconies. Its dominant feature is the large unconventionally-shaped swimming pool comprising 1400 square metres.

Al Husn

Pinnacle of the vacation experience is the ultra-opulent Al Husn overlooking the resort, All rooms and suites are sea-facing and include  balcony or terrace. Guests can enjoy exclusive use of a dedicated private gym, a private beach, inifinity pool and several complimentary benefits including daily high tea and selected beverages from the in-room minibar.

179 rooms and suites

45 minutes private road transfer.

   

MAURITIUS

PARADIS HOTEL & GOLF CLUB

Facing a lagoon on the Le Morne penninsula, Paradis offers exclusive beachfront accomodation in rooms, suites and villas especially suitable for families.

For added luxury and privacy the three-bedroomed executive villas boast bathrooms leading out onto a terrace and private gazebo. All types of accomodation enjoy WI-FI access.

Sharing excellent golfing amenities and eight fine restaurants with sister hotel Dinarobin, the resort also has a Spa by Clarins and a Bob Marlin Miniclub for children aged three to twelve years.

Watersports include sailing, kayaks, windsurfing, and aquagym, or take to the hills by mountain bike. Enjoy a gentle boat ride for a la carte dining at La Ravenne.

40 Superior rooms, 60 Deluxe rooms, 174 Junior Suites, 4 Deluxe Suites, 8 Senior Suites and 13 Villas.

1 hour and 15 mins by private road transfer.

   

MALDIVES

ONE & ONLY REETHI RAH

 

Located on one of the largest islands in the North male atoll this octopus-shaped resort encompasses an extraordinary six kilometres of coastline. here, in beautiful villas, each with its own secluded piece of sugar white shore or private deck overlooking the lagoon. These are some of the largest resort villas in the world, boasting high, airy ceilings and generous exterior space ranging  from private verandas to personal pools with large decks. Keynote for dining is island chic.

At Reethi Restaurant floor-to-ceiling glass screens reveal the kitchen and walk-in wine cellar, in Tapsake delight your palate with Indian-Japanese tapas in a spectacular overwater setting. Also stretching out over the ocean is the tranquil One & Only Spa where guests can experience the signature indoor/outdoor heat treatments. Name your recreational pleasure - it is sure to be here. Swimming in the main pool, tennis, volleyball and indoor games... or take to the water for deep-sea fishing, dolphin watching, sunset dhoni fishing or deluxe desert island picnics. Children and teens are superbly catered for with KidsOnly  and a club for teenagers.

 

130 Villas.

75 minutes yacht transfer from Male.

   

DUBAI

THE PALM

Towering archways, arabesque domes and ornate spires create a dream-like skyline along the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, where this glamorous resort amazes with its sheer magnificence. The resort's rooms and suites are housed within the soaring Royal Towers, all with Gulf or Palm Jumeirah views. For absolute opulence the Bridge Suite has its own private elevator and butler service.

Dining is equally impressive, with no fewer than four internationally-renowned chefs creating their own brand of gourmet cuisine - Nobuyuki Matsuhisa who opened Nobu with partner Robert De Niro, and Michelin-starred chefs Michel Rostang, Giorgio Locateli and Santi Santamaria.

The myths of Atlantis provide the recreational theme - The Lost Chambers displaying unique marine exhibits and the aquatic world of the Ambassador lagoon where 65,000 marine species swim, while Dolphin Bay provides a thrilling interactive experience.

Guests of Atlantis have complimentary access to Aquaventure, an extravaganza of rides,rapidsslides,cascades and water-based attractions.

1539 rooms and suites.

35 minutes private road transfer.

   

SOUTH AFRICA

SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE

The ultimate luxury big five African safari adventure and conservation effort coupled with responsible tourism.

Shamwari Private Game Reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), is malaria free and is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

This reserve has received numerous international awards, including the World’s Leading Conservation Company and Game Reserve for many consecutive years.

Luxury safari accomodation is offered in 7 different lodges on this private game reserve. Choose a lodge that compliments your ideal African experience.

Shamwari is about conserving a vanishing way of life and is the realisation of one man’s dream, and the success of many people’s passion.

Steeped in pioneer history, and dating back to the time when a multitude of game roamed wild and free, the 25 000 hectare reserve boasts five eco-systems, thus enabling the support of many forms of plant, animal and bird life.

Shamwari is situated in verdant bush along the Bushmans River, halfway between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, a pleasant drive from Cape Town and forms a natural extension to the famous Garden Route.

The colonial-style, Riverdene Lodge with nine inter-leading luxury rooms, rim flow pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and jungle gym facility will ensure entertainment for the whole family.

Upon arrival, the children’s co-ordinator will discuss activity options with the family taking the family’s size, children’s ages and the weather into consideration. Child minding facilities are available at an additional cost for children younger than four years as they are too young to join game drives.

   

SCOTTSDALE

FOUR SEASONS

From its setting high in the cooling foothills of the Sonoran Desert , Fours Seasons Resort Scottsdale boasts views to remember- saguaro cacti and massive boulders by day; vermillion sunsets and star-filled skies by night.

Twenty five Southwestern style, taupe-hued Casitas blend seamlessly with the desert and a stylish swimming pool 'oasis'

The generous guest quarters feature gas fireplaces, oversized bathrooms with deep-soaking tubs and private terraces with desert or mountain views. Some suites feature outdoor kiva fireplaces, whilst most have plunge pools and garden showers in their adobe-walled courtyards. Three distinct dining experiences await- the poolside Saguaro Blossom for lunchtime snacks, Crescent Moon for American cuisine with regional Sonoran Desert flavours  and Talavera, the resort's signature contemporary American restaurant.

Recreational amenities are outstanding and include tennis courts, a lagoon-style pool and adjacent childrens pool, a full-service spa and fitness centre and a complimentary children's activity centre.

The 36-hole golf complex has been described as the 'best desert course ever built'

An exceptional oasis in the desert

210 rooms and suites

35 minutes from Phoenix airport

   

TURKEY

KEFALUKA RESORT

Occupying one of the best bays in the world, Kefaluka Resort commands stunning views of the Aegean Sea and surrounding hills of Turgutreis. The ultra all-inclusive programme offers sublime accommodations, dining and activities. Children will love the kid's club and aqua park, where chutes and slides provide hours of fun. The fantastic spa and beauty centre offers a haven of relaxation and allows you to immerse yourself into a world of pampering. Kefaluka Resort offers world class service that puts the needs and wishes of its guests first

 

   

NEVIS

FOUR SEASONS RESORT

set to emerge revived and refreshed following a multi-million dollar renovation, this hotel will open in December. All aspects of this world-class resort have been restored to their former glory; from cottages boasting oversized bathrooms and deep soaking tubs just steps from the shore to the revitalised selection of dining and cocktail venues showcasing their unique brand of Caribbean charm.

Facilities inlcude a new tennis centre, three swimming pools, numerous water-sports and a championship golf course offering dramatic views of neighbouring St Kitts and complimentary coaching. Following a unique spa therapy inspired by the island, unwind in the open-air jacuzzis of the Chattel House-style treatment rooms. Your little ones will be fully entertained and dedicated children's clubs and the innovative 'Adopt a sea turtle' scheme.

Located on Pinney's beach on the tiny unspoilt island of Nevis in the West Indies, you will discover nature at your doorstep and a destination rich in history and culture. Set off on hiking trails through the tropical rainforest to catch a glimpse of green vervet monkeys in their natural habitat or admire the Botanical Garden's magnificent displays.