15 January 2020
Anyone looking to pick up some tips on where to head on a luxury retreat should look no further than their preferred Travel Counsellor.
Blessed with a wealth of knowledge and expertise, as well as being able to offer exclusive benefits such as full financial protection and support from a 24-hour duty office, these seasoned travel specialists will go the extra mile to ensure your getaway is as relaxing as possible.
As such, we couldn’t resist asking a selection of Travel Counsellors to pick out their favourite luxury destinations and resorts and let you know exactly why you should book a break there.
The talcum powder white sands, the gently swaying palm trees and the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean make the Maldives the picture-perfect holiday destination of dreams. Synonymous with exotic lavish accommodation, inviting hospitality, and exceptional service, this chain of islands is the ultimate beach lovers’ paradise.
“I absolutely adore the Maldives – it is my favourite place on Earth. It is truly unique and having visited 14 islands in seven days I know how beautiful it is. If you’re a beach baby, then this is the place to go. It has the most stunning lagoons you will ever see, beautiful white sand beaches and dazzling underwater coral gardens with an array of different coloured fish, stingrays and even baby shark. In fact, the islands are home to three-quarters of the world's reef fish and it is one of the world’s top destinations for snorkelling and scuba diving.”
Joanne, Travel Counsellor
Where to stay: Atmosphere Kanifushi
“The Datai is situated in the middle of the most spectacular rainforest on the tropical island of Langkawi, Malaysia. Wander through the rainforest and you’ll find one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It’s a super-luxurious resort and has exceptional service, with staff that anticipate your needs even before you do. The dining options are amazing – from a tree-top stilted Thai restaurant to an authentic Malaysian-Indian restaurant located deep in the rainforest."
“I find their spa to be one of the most tranquil places on Earth, with individual spa villas located next to a gently flowing stream. Whether you want to be in the main building or have your own private rainforest or beach villa, you’re spoilt for choice. Wherever you stay, you’re almost guaranteed to have some friendly monkeys coming to say hello on your terrace."
“One of the highlights of a stay at The Datai is the daily complimentary nature tours with onsite naturalist Urshad, who gives a unique insight into the flora, fauna and abundant wildlife located here. There’s a reason so many clients immediately book to return to the Datai – it really is that special.”
Sarah, Travel Counsellor
Zanzibar sits off the east coast of Africa, surrounded by crystalline azure waters and lined by magnificent beaches. Less than 100km from mainland Africa, Zanzibar promises pure indulgence and paradise. Zanzibar is the perfect place for a post-safari retreat where guests can relax and recharge their batteries by lounging on the beach or around their pool. Or, for those looking to continue their wildlife adventure, Zanzibar serves up a year-round diving destination with some of the most magical underwater sights and marine life in the world.
“Make sure you stay at least a couple of days and wander the famous labyrinthine alleys of Stone Town, paying a visit to a spice plantation. After that, head for the turquoise waters and cresting reefs which flow over the white sand bridge."
“I adore Zanzibar – it is a scent-sational destination where on a warm, evening stroll you’ll pick up hints of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon in the air, as well as the fragrance of frying seafood in many of its street food stalls.”
Mebs, Travel Counsellor
Where to stay: Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is one of Dubai’s most opulent contemporary hotels – no mean feat in a city famed for its lavish lifestyle. Set in one of the world's most exclusive locations, on the beautiful Palm Island, this dazzling hotel is in a world of its own with extraordinary features, amenities and experiences that you’ll only find somewhere as extravagant as Dubai.
For the ultimate decadent experience, the peerless Signature Suites include the Royal Bridge Suite which spans across the East and West Royal Towers and presents panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and the Palm. Here, even the most discerning travellers will feel cosseted within the palatial surroundings of intricate Arabic design and contemporary style.
With complimentary access to the Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark – an adrenaline-inducing attraction boasting 24 tropical acres of attractions - the resort is the ideal place for fun-loving families. Kids and teens will also be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing from the programme of events and activities dedicated to keeping them engaged.
“The hotel has so much to see. There is the impressive lobby, avenues full of shops and the Lost Chambers, with floor-to-ceiling glass giving you a window into the fish- and shark-filled lagoon. There are also so many fantastic restaurants to choose from. Kaleidoscope serves the most fantastic buffet breakfast I have ever seen and also offers lunch and dinner. The pool bar is the place to go if you just want a snack or drink in the day, then there is an incredible choice of restaurants for your evening meal.”
Andrea, Travel Counsellor
Book your stay in one of these luxury destinations by contacting your Travel Counsellor today and taking advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.