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LOS CABOS

ONE & ONLY PALMILLA

Couples, friends and families alike will feel instantly at home in this resort oasis, where staff welcome guests with hand on heart gesture used by the Otomoi Indians of Jalisco. Long established, the resort is one of the world's premier destinations, its white washed walls and red tiled roofs set amidst fountains, palms and tropical blooms.

Rich in Mexican accents, the ocean front rooms are housed in individual 'casas' and feature luxurious bathrooms, daily aromatherapy selection and personal butler service. Spa treatments can be enjoyed in your own private treatment villa.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed 27-hole golf course features deep arroyos and scenic elevations, whilst further activities include diving and seasonal whale watching.

Two infinity edge swimming pools and the Kids Only programme complement one of the few swimmable beaches in the area.

173 rooms and suites
20 minutes from San Jose Del Cabo airport.

 

MARRAKECH

AMANJENA

The opulent standards of Amanresorts, famed throughout the far East, also lie closer to home. Suffused with Arabian ambience, this peaceful and palatial paradise lies fifteen minutes drive from Marrakesh.

Accommodation comprises thirty two luxurious pavilions and six spacious two bedroom Maisons with private pool. All have pale peach 'tadelakt' walls and high ceilings reminiscent of old Marrakesh and are sat by an immense 'bassin' within an oasis of palms. The elegance continues in the resort's two exceptional restaurants, one serving authentic Spanish Cuisine, whilst the other specialises in Thai.

An idyllic way to experience the vibrancy of Marrakesh whilst being able to retreat to cosseted splendour. The resort lies along the Amelkis golf course and boasts a fine swimming pool. There is a library, an excellent boutique. Together with a beguiling spa based around two gorgeous hammams, a glass tiled whirlpool and massage rooms.

39 rooms and suites
20 minutes from Marrakesh airport

 

MALDIVES 

W RETREAT & SPA

The innovative life style concept for which the W brand has become accessible in the Maldives in the form of this enchanting paradise on romantic Fesdu Island.

'A playground for the grown ups', the resort incorporates cutting-edge urban luxury with typical Maldivian architectural styling to create an ambience of exuberant fun.

All spacious villas, some of which are overwater, have indoor/outdoor living areas, plunge pools and either direct beach or lagoon access.

Dining at any W resort is a unique experience, and the W Maldives is no exception. The diverse restaurant concepts, from elegant sushi and seafood Fish to barefoot-chic Fire are complemented by two bars Sip and Wet and 15 Below, Maldives' first nightclub featuring international DJs.

For over the top pampering there's a ravishing overwater spa. Be as relaxed or as active as you choose. The resort boasts an infinity pool, dive centre, beach volleyball and a large fitness centre. Play on the underwater scooters or enjoy a romantic picnic on W's private island.

28 Beach Oasis and Ocean Oasis and 46 aqua villas.

25 minutes seaplane transfer from Male.

 

 

MUSCAT-OMAN

THE CHEDI

Located on the stretch of Al Ghubbrahn and backed by mountain scenery, The Chedi blends naturally with the environment. Lying low within the immense grounds and having its own private beach, all the attractive rooms and suites are designed in the style of the traditional Omani architecture and provide an air of cool refinement and privacy.

Superior rooms are located in the three-storey Serai Tower, some looking to the Hajjar mountains and a few towards the Gulf of Oman whilst deluxe rooms overlook the water gardens or the Hajjar Mountains. All accomodation is air-conditioned and includes a minibar, satellite television and spacious bathroom.

Serai and deluxe rooms have shower only.

In the restaurant, contemporary Meditteranean, Asian, Indian and Arabic influenced cuisine is served, whilst the newly opened Beach Restaurant specialises in seafood.

Recreations include two swimming pools, one exclusively for adults, two tennis courts, private beach, eighty five thousand square metre lush palm gardens and spa.

55 Superior Rooms, 52 Deluxe Rooms and 36 Club Suites.

10 minutes private road transfer.

 

UDAIPUR

 THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS

Set on the banks of Lake Pichola and designed in the style of a golden-domed Rajasthani palace, Udaivilas captures the romance and splendour of a bygone era. Many of its richly decorated rooms give uninterrupted views of the old city of Udaipur, some with semi-private infinity edge swimming pools. Stroll through the landscaped gardens, relax with a drink or submit yourself to soothing aromatherapies at the spa. The main dining room serves international  and Indian cuisine, whilst the speciality Indian restaurant serves traditional Rajasthani food. Nearby Udaipur is known for its palatial architecture and colourful bazaars.

45 minutes by road from Udaipur Airport.

 

 

BORA BORA

 ST REGIS RESORT

One of the South Pacific's most luxurious resorts, and the very epitome of carefree elegance. Powder white sands form the setting for the stunning Beach Villas and Overwater Villas - some of the largest in the South Seas.

All feature state of the art technology, along with a terrace whirlpool or private swimming pool. Dedicated St Regis Butler service assures discreet attention, whilst three dining options include an overwater dining room  and the first sushi restaurant in Bora Bora. Experience the Tahitian spa treatments, swim or fish in the private lagoon.

15 minutes by boat from Bora Bora Airport.

 

 

DUBAI

AL MAHA DESERT RESORT & SPA

A model of conservation tourism, Al Maha is styled after a traditional Bedouin encampment-the great majority of its 225 square kilometres being a reserve for animals such as oryx,gazelle and fox.

Each individual suite boasts a large temperature-controlled pool and custom-made super king size beds. Live the opulent life of a sheikh, surrounded by Arabian antiques and fine furnishings , luxuriating in a sybaritic bathroom and relaxing on a wraparound veranda.

Dining means a choice between a gourmet venue serving Mediterranean and Arabic cuisine, a private affair in your suite or an elegantly set table amidst the dunes. Try your hand at falconry or archery - join a camel safari, a guided nature walk or historical tour. The Timeless Spa is a world -class sanctuary of health and well-being offering massage, beauty and spa treatments, steam rooms and Jacuzzi. Ideal for a two to five day stay combined with a beach resort in Dubai or the Maldives.

42 suites

45 minutes private road transfer.

 

 

PHUKET

BANYAN TREE

Bordered by the golden sands and gentle waves of the Andaman Sea, Banyan Tree Phuket is a retreat where halcyon days pass in blissful indecision. Should you try your hand at the watersports or simply laze by one of the pools?

Whatever your choice, you will enjoy making it from the splendour of your villa. Choose from One or Two bedroom Pool Villas - exquisitely furnished  and each accompanied by a private swimming pool, luxuriously appointed Deluxe Villas with their open -air-jet-pools or the unique DoublePool Villas.

Meal times are eagerly anticipated. Savour Thai specialties at the Saffron, Tamarind and Watercourt restaurants or opt for casual dining at the Banyan Cafe. Swim up to the pool bar for thirst -quenching drinks and creative fruit cocktails or experience private dining in idyllic locations

The all-pervading sense of relaxation is further  enhanced at Banyan Tree Spa where you can indulge yourself with massage and beauty  treatments. For golf enthusiasts, there is the 18-hole Laguna Phuket Golf club within the grounds of the property.

Complimentary activities include sailing, windsurfing, tennis and use of the fitness pavilion.

150 Villas

20 minutes from Phuket Airport.

 

 

CAPE TOWN

TAJ CAPE TOWN

 

An exciting addition to glittering Cape Town, Taj's first hotel in South Africa spreads over three exisitng buildings; the historic temple chambers, the South African Reserve bank and a new tower which rises above the heritage buildings into the city skyline.

Set adjacent to the vibrant St George's Mall precinct in central Cape Town, it is the ideal location from which to explore an enticing world of bars and cafes.

Originating from London, the legendary Bombay Brasserie is the signature restaurant, where skilled chefs create authentic Indian fare in the most sumptuous settings. Head to the Twankey for Champagne and oysters

177 rooms and suites

 

NAMIBIA

LITTLE ONGAVA

 

Little Ongava is quite possibly Namibia's most luxurious and exclusive safari destination. Perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking a waterhole, Little Ongava is known for its panoramic vistas of the surrounding African savannah.

With only 3 spacious, luxurious and private units, Little Ongava really does offer an intimate and exclusive experience for its guests. Each unit features its own plunge pool, a sala, and an en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers and a bath with a magnificent view. The dining and lounge areas share the same wonderful views of the waterhole below and lend themselves to relaxed, stylish meals under thatch or African sky alike.

Etosha National Park is Namibia's premier wildlife destination and one of Africa's largest game reserves. Large herds of wildlife teem around the waterholes and the endless plains offer breathtaking vistas. The Ongava Game Reserve shares a boundary with the Etosha National Park, where smaller game move between the two areas.

Activities at Little Ongava revolve around day and night wildlife-viewing drives, visiting hides that overlook waterholes and walks with experienced guides. A hide at the camp waterhole provides superb photographic opportunities. The Ongava Game Reserve features all the characteristic wildlife of the area, with both desert-adapted black and white rhino to be seen as well as lion.

Game drives and daytrips into the easily accessible Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park are rewarding, with sightings of lion, elephant, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, and white and black rhino. Guests at Little Ongava share a dedicated guide and Land Rover, ensuring the best possible nature experience at one of Africa's great wildlife destinations.

The Ongava Game Reserve is unique in that it is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where there is a chance of seeing both black and white rhino. For those who enjoy close wildlife encounters, tracking white rhino on foot with a guide is a highlight not to be missed.