In the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll in the Maldives lies an island hideaway offering relaxed luxury that draws on its beautiful natural setting. Surrounded by endless turquoise ocean views, Vakkaru, which means ‘coconut timber’ in Dhivehi, truly depicts the island as a home to over 2,000 fully grown coconut trees. Located just 25 minutes north of Male by seaplane within a diverse and lively reef, perfect for snorkelling and diving.
Only three hours from London, and set in 22 acres of country gardens, Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is the only 5* hotel in the beautiful Lake District and a perfect base from which to explore it. Owned and run by the Cunliffe family since 1987, the hotel offers luxury rooms, Garden Suites with private cedar-wood hot tubs and brand new self-contained luxury Spa Lodges as well as a Lake House which sits on its own private lake and features 6 suites and an indoor pool and sauna.
Imagine, a new venture for 2019 by Borgo Egnazia, is a luxury yacht designed by Ed Dubois with stylish interiors by Agnes Comar. It sleeps up to 7 guests with a crew of 5. The inaugural voyage started in the Caribbean and will then head on to Central and South America, Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand.
Tucked in the vineyards of Franciacorta, you are immersed into the beauty and stillness of the countryside. Combining the warm notes of amber with those of wood and leather, all the suites at L'Albereta are unique, with secluded balconies offering spectacular views of the calming waters of Lake Iseo. Spend your days exploring the gardens, relaxing in the Espace Chenot Spa and tasting the gourmet Italian dishes and famous delights of the Franciacorta winery.
Set in a 500-hectare wine estate in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma and with just 33 rooms and suites, L'Andana is a luxury hotel located in a former Medici villa where Grand Duke Leopold and his court resided during the summer season, providing a palatial sense of grandeur and typically-Italian romance. Guests can enjoy relaxed Italian cuisine overlooking the Tuscan countryside at informal restaurant La Villa or sample gourmet at Trattoria Toscana.
In the heart of Coteaux Varois in Provence wine country and within easy access to Monaco, St. Tropez, Nice and Aix, this superlative 10-bedroom country retreat borders a 12th century Benedictine Abbey. Enjoy gastronomic cuisine with a Michelin star and prestigious Provencal wines, close to the quaint village of Cotignac and all the activities of the region. A secret gem.
Whilst riding his motorcycle in Provence in 1994 Alain Ducasse discovered this home and lovingly converted it into a country inn with just 12 unique and elegant guest-rooms and delicious gourmet food. Surrounded by luscious gardens, olive trees and lavender, and overlooking the charming village of Moustiers Sainte-Marie, this romantic hideaway perfectly reflects the finest ingredients of Provence.
Perched on the hillside of the small island, part of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, the newly opened Mandarin Oriental, Canouan overlooks a beautiful stretch of white-powder beach with turquoise water surrounded by lush greenery. An exclusive destination which welcomes guests with friendly smiles and offers a picture-perfect setting for swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, wind surfing, sailing, golf and tennis. Mandarin Oriental brings to Canouan world renowned service, fine dining and spa as well as 7 brand new patio villas, with panoramic views.
Exclusive and secluded Masseria Le Carrube, located near the whitewashed town of Ostuni in Puglia, is located in a traditional 'masseria', or farmhouse surrounded by olive groves. The hotel is home to a Mediterranean garden in front of the Masseria and two orange groves vegetarian-vegan twist on Italian cuisine, using organic local and home grown produce. The restaurant has an ancient oil mill with an olive press and millstones.
A boutique 'Masseria' farmhouse located among 60 acres of ancient olive groves, the hotel is set in a historic building dating back to the 14th century used by the Knights of Malta. Family-owned and run, the hotel opened in 1996 as the first luxury 5-star Masseria in the region when Puglia was a little-known destination. Home to two tennis courts and its own 18 hole San Domenico Golf course with views of the Adriatic as well as a Thalassotherapy spa, the hotel is also perfect for sports enthusiasts to stay healthy and active on holiday.
Palazzo Manfredi is a rare gem of elegance and hospitality in a unique historical setting, with rooms and a large terrace overlooking the Coliseum, the Imperial Forum and the Domus Aurea. This luxurious property steps back in time into a perfect balance of old and new with exquisitely-appointed rooms and suites masterminded for an elite clientele which appreciates the highest levels of comfort and refinement.
The hotel is situated in one of the most charming and beautiful areas on the island of Capri, at the end of the road leading to the panoramic viewpoint of Punta Tragara. Thanks to the hotel's extraordinary location guests can admire the famous Faraglioni rocks from the comfort of the balconies in their rooms. This is a unique place with daring design, sculpted out of the rock face, where no two rooms are the same and where nature reigns supreme in a space of incomparable beauty.
Winner of Condé Nast Traveller's Best Spa in Europe 2010, Rosa Alpina - owned by the Pizzinini family - is a Dolomite delight just two hours away from Venice. As well as the wonderful Rosa Alpina spa with Sun Hydrator and Muscle Toning treatments, there's a spoiling three-Michelin starred restaurant, St Hubertus, and fantastic downhill and cross-country skiing. The area is renowned for its 130km of slopes in the 'Sella' massif - as well as hiking, biking and rock-climbing in summer.
Just short of the Austrian border and nestled among the firs of the South Tyrolian forest, sit the simple yet splendid chalets of San Luis. Luxury lodges perched high in the treetops or overlooking the serene lake give guests the chance to restore and renew their wellbeing in an organic environment. With home grown breakfasts delivered to your door, private hot tubs and cosy open fires, this retreat hotel offers some of the finest in peaceful pampering.
A sanctuary, framed by dramatic peaks, whispering forests and rushing streams, Schloss Elmau is a spa retreat & cultural hideaway, a family escape & romantic haven. A place to experience unbeatable music, literature & poetry, to feast on outstanding food & service – to relax, breathe deep and discover.
Alderney, Channel Islands, is a well-kept secret amongst those who have come to know and love it. At 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, visitors are never far from the beautiful coastline. New for 2020, The Blonde Hedgehog is made up of 9 rooms and suites set across 3 buildings. Originally a family home for Alderney’s aristocracy, the Georgian townhouse built in 1750 as the Rose & Crown pub, still retains some of its original features, using an eclectic mix of vintage and antique pieces designed to encourage guests to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.