Exciting hotels to discover in 2017

03 October 2017

Perfect for couples - One and Only Reethi Rah

One & Only Reethi Rah’s accommodation features some of the largest resort villas in the world with 128 private villas made up of 96 beach villas and 32 water villas. Each villa is detached, expansive and luxurious with generous exterior spaces ranging from beach verandas to large over-water decks.

Staying at the One & Only Reethi Rah you can indulge in a spa experience tailored to your specific needs with an extensive menu of treatments. Choose from treatments such as a Tropical Detox, a Hot Stone Massage or an Advanced Radiance Facial. If you want to keep fit, there are also many activities to choose from such as kickboxing, indoor cycling, aqua training and an island run.

There are an extensive range of private dining options here, either in the privacy of your own villa, on a stunning beach, or on a traditional dhoni. Choose from a range of private dining options including on a private section of beach or by romantic candlelight. You could even be whisked away by speedboat to a nearby sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean for a romantic retreat. Alternatively enjoy a unique dining experience aboard a Catamaran or Maldivian Dhoni under the stars. Sail the waters while sipping fine wine and champagne and enjoying a tantalising four course meal.

 Children are well catered for a One & Only Reethi Rah under the expert care of a team of fully certified nannies. Children can also enjoy their own section of the resort with separate dining facilities, a clubhouse and a swimming pool. KidsOnly is offered to children aged between 4 and 9 and children under the age of 4 can attend with a parent or guardian. The teens club One Tribe is for children between 9 and 11. Children’s activities include pirate cruises, football matches, scavenger hunts and dodge ball. For babies and toddlers there is also a professional babysitting service as well as convenience items available such as bottle warmers, sterilisers and baby monitors.

At One & Only Reethi Rah, the island is teeming with life and energy with dozens of activities to choose from each day. With reefs, drop offs, channels and wrecks – and swimming visibility of up to 50 metres – this is the perfect place to dive and the hotel offers diving courses. You can also choose from numerous excursions including a turtle adventure or a sunset champagne cruise. There are various water sports to take part in as well as land sports like volleyball, tennis, rock climbing and football.

 Perfect for couples - Bawah Island

Opening in 2017, Bawah Private Island is regarded as one of the hottest places to watch for the near future. Located just 150 nautical miles north east of Singapore, and easily accessible via private seaplane, this untouched beauty of 6 islands will open a whole new destination for discerning travelers. A playground of over 300 hectares, 3 crystal blue lagoons, 13 powder white beaches, lush jungle canopy for trekking and more importantly a philosophy of environmental and conservation policies, Bawah Island is a project of love to integrate people with nature and will set the benchmark for future destinations around the region.

Taking the route that “less means more”, Bawah Private Island will only accept a maximum of 70 guest at any one time. With 35 Safari Tented Villas the accommodation gives you the privacy of your own space but also invites you to enjoy the nature that surrounds Bawah Island. From 3 Garden Villas that embrace you in green flora, to 21 Beach Villas overlooking the lagoons and 11 Water Villas that catch unbelievable sunrise and sunset.

Perfect for families - Electra Palace, Rhodes

Located on the water’s edge, Electra Palace offers you amazing sea views as well as featuring its own private beach. With elegantly appointed rooms, a fusion of worldly cuisines, a collection of bars, a holistic spa and a professionally run crèche and children’s club, this really is a wonderful resort.

Rooms at Electra Palace range from the Classic Rooms surrounded by lush gardens and featuring a balcony with views of the pool or gardens to the Deluxe Seafront Suites which offer living and dining space as well as a master bedroom with en suite bathroom and two private balconies with spectacular sea views.

The hotel features six fantastic restaurants. Choose from casual a la carte at Al Convento, Chinese cuisine at A La Chinoise or Eastern Mediterranean fare at Orientalista. There are also several bars including the Lounge Bar overlooking the pool and the Waves Beach Bar, located on the beach.

Take advantage of the many activities, both relaxing and exhilarating, on offer at Electra Palace. The ElixSpa has wonderful modern facilities and a large variety of treatments to choose from including face and body treatments and massages. There’s a heated indoor pool as well as an outdoor whirlpool and fully equipped gym and make sure you take advantage of the relaxation area with a sauna and steam room.

If you want to be a bit more active, there’s plenty of classes to choose from including aerobics, Zumba, aqua aerobics, Pilates, dance classes, water polo and diving lessons in the hotel pool. For an extra charge, you can also take part in private boat tours, jeep safaris, scavenger hunts and many other activities!

Children are well catered for at Electra Palace. The Unicorns, Butterflies and One Dragon Creche are open for all children and babies aged between four months and four years. For children aged four to 11, there is the Summer Knights Kids Club with plenty of activities including arts and crafts and water sports. If you fancy a night to yourselves, why not take advantage of the babysitting service.

Perfect for families - Romanos Resort, Costa Navarino

Romanos Costa Navarino is a luxury boutique resort and family friendly destination set on the Peloponnese coast of mainland Greece. Beautifully situated by The Dunes Beach overlooking the Ionian Sea, the hotel offers style, serenity and privacy along with a full range of water sports, a luxury Spa and a brand new Explorer’s Kid’s Club making it ideal for families, friends and couples.

Largely untouched by mass tourism, Costa Navarino retains its cultural values, traditions with a history stretching back over 4,500 years. Discover some of the most scenic landscapes in the Mediterranean, elegant palaces, vaulted tombs, classical temples, historic churches and medieval castles all set in breathtaking, sun-drenched locations.

The Romanos Costa Navarino resort rests on a breathtaking stretch of sandy beach along the coast of the Ionian Sea and offers easy access to all that this stunning region has to offer. Accommodation is exceptional with unique architectural design features and calming earth colours to create a relaxing environment. Almost all ground floor suites boast individual infinity pools and glorious sundecks, whilst others offer stunning sea, beach or golf views. Why not upgrade to one of the beautiful villas set right by the seaside with direct access to the beach, butler service and private infinity pool.

Dining at Costa Navarino resort offers an exceptional dining experience in a stunning variety of exclusive dining venues. Award winning chefs use a wealth of fresh, organically grown ingredients to create a range of ethnic, continental, Greek fusion and local fare. Indulge the senses at Perovino where four-times Michelin starred chef Andrea Fusco creates a gourmet menu of Italian and Mediterranean delights or feast on the freshest fish, seafood and Greek culinary delights at Armyra by Papaioannou to name just two of the stand out restaurants here.

The Anazoe Spa at Navarino Dunes is a serene sanctuary with an exceptional menu of speciality treatments based on ancient beauty practices.  Professional therapists will tailor treatments to meet your individual needs for a total revitalisation of body and spirit. There is no shortage of things to do at Costa Navarino for both adults and children. The aqua park and adventure playground will keep the little ones entertained for hours, whilst family activities range from bike hire, snorkelling, diving, karting, bowling, surfing and exploring the local area. The resort also boasts two championship golf courses with spectacular views, full size tennis courts, indoor sports hall, Navarino Outdoors for cycling experiences, a bowling alley along with extensive water sports facilities including kayaks, waterski, wakeboarding, diving, snorkelling and kite-surfing to name just a few.

Perfect for an experiential getaway - Kamandalu, Ubud

It is the warm hospitality that has earned Kamandalu Ubud its remarkable reputation. Here at this luxurious home away from home, new guests become friends and repeaters are treated as part of the family. Everyone is welcome to come and discover the Kamandalu experience.

The name kamandalu is adopted from the sacred Sanskrit language and it refers to a vessel that holds holy water. The process of actually creating this container has deep spiritual meaning whereby the maker must break away from the attachments of the physical world and purify himself of self-desire. The appearance of the kamandalu is simple, but it bears great significance since it holds the holy water, which is considered to be the essence of life itself.

Kamandalu Ubud brings the same significant vision as its namesake to create a meaningful place where guests are able to break away from the frantic pace of daily life and experience true inner peace.

Kamandalu Ubud has been enchanting guests since 1992 with its traditional village concept incorporating luxury accommodation within a natural landscape that features productive rice terraces. The property underwent extensive renovation in 2011, which included the establishment of two brand new villa categories. All facilities and villa interiors were upgraded to anticipate the needs of modern travellers and provide an enriching experience on the island of Bali.

 Perfect for an experiential getaway - Dreams Las Mareas, Costa Rica


Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica is the newest vibrant beach getaway for couples, families and singles to enjoy an escape in a privileged location. Located on an expansive palm-studded beach and surrounded by lush green mountains and jungles on Playa El Jobo in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, guests of all ages enjoy an action–packed vacation featuring water-sports, land activities, and swimming pools while sunbathing or laying under a thatched palapa.

Continue the fun into the evenings with live nightly entertainment, outdoor bars and lounges, and so much more. Go far beyond the all-inclusive experience with Unlimited-Luxury®, where nearly everything is included.

Tempted to try somewhere new and exciting in 2017? Contact your Travel Counsellor today to plan your dream holiday!


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