23 March 2019
Anyone keen to head out 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.
With glorious white sands, swaying palm trees and glittering turquoise waters, the Maldives are a picture-perfect holiday destination. Synonymous with exotic luxury and exceptional hospitality, this chain of Indian Ocean islands are 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: Kuredu, Atmosphere Kanifushi, Naladhu
“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
Experience offshore Tanzania with a trip to Zanzibar. This beautiful island, which is also the birthplace of Freddie Mercury, is known for the exotic spices that it has been exporting for thousands of years, giving it a heady aroma.
Less than 100km from mainland Africa, Zanzibar promises pure indulgence and paradise. Keen divers can head to the archipelago where an all-year diving destination awaits, serving up some of the most stunning underwater sights and beautiful marine life on the planet. The golden sands of Zanzibar’s beaches are the perfect contrast to thriving wildlife and the African plains, providing an ideal post-safari retreat.
“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: Constance Aiyana Pemba, The Residence 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 on the city’s 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 in opulence, the superlative Signature Suites include the underwater suites which look out into the Ambassador Lagoon and offer an experience unlike anywhere else in the world. Wake up to views of the ancient ruins of the mythical lost city of Atlantis through floor-to-ceiling windows looking straight into the waters.
It is also an ideal resort for families with complimentary access to Dubai Aquaventure Waterpark – an adrenaline-inducing attraction boasting 24 tropical acres of waterfalls, tidal rivers and slides, plus a newly-renovated small children’s area called Splashers Island.
“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.