A blissful tropical climate softened by Atlantic trade winds, pinkish-white, sugar-soft beaches, fabulous scuba diving, and laid-back catamaran cruises… These are just some of the fabulous experiences to be savoured in one of the Caribbean’s most popular and welcoming destinations - Barbados.
Indulge with Marriott’s Luxury Collection in Europe
With daytime temperatures reaching above 20 degrees right through October, there’s still plenty of time to plan your getaway to the Mediterranean this year. To help you choose where to visit, we’ve picked out some of our favourites from Marriott’s Luxury Collection that ooze class and deliver a real sense of place.
Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol
Covering almost 25 acres of thoughtfully crafted landscape, Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol delivers an excellent five-star stay with an elevated and varied offering that’s hard to find anywhere else on the island.
The resort’s diverse accommodation ranges from family-friendly to adult-only, some with private pools. Amongst its generously sized pools, one is seawater, another is reserved for adults only while a third is populated by cabanas, poolside dining and sun loungers.
Choose to dine from five distinct restaurants, serving everything from sushi to steak to traditional Cyprian dishes.
Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu
Named by The Telegraph one of the Greek islands’ best new hotels when it opened in its new incarnation in 2018, and holder of a Best of the Best badge in the TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards 2020, this chic adult-only property occupies a sleek Modernist building that was once owned by the Onassis family and that retains the glamorous spirit of their era.
Award-winning for its architecture and design, Domes Miramare includes a Haute Living section that embraces super-luxurious pavilion villas that share access to an elite lounge and an exclusive pool with an expansive sun-deck.
Domes Zeen Chania, a Luxury Collection Resort, Crete
Founded on the Greek philosophy of ef Zeen (the art of living well), this sleek but soulful modernist retreat, which opened in 2019, combines sociable open spaces with handcrafted earthy rooms, suites and villas with an organic, intimate, tranquil feel. Family-friendly, it blends chic with top-notch childcare from ages six months to 12 years, including kids’ sleepovers in a teepee under the stars.
In keeping with the emphasis on life’s special moments, evenings see tastings of traditional local sweets and Greek drinks such as koumpania (Greek donut balls with honey) and vissi-nada (sour cherry juice), and guests can also learn to make artisanal soap using organic local herbs, olive oil, dried flowers, beeswax, oil infusions and essential oils.
Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini
An exclusive, intimate property Vedema is a cosseting retreat occupying a 100-year-old mansion within a spellbinding medieval village, with light-suffused suites and villas nestled amidst lush gardens and vineyards. Its Alati restaurant has its own 400-year-old wine cellar, and there’s also laidback poolside dining and a stargazing terrace. For a change from the pools, in summer you can hop aboard a shuttle to volcanic-sand Perivolos Beach with its private facilities and services.
The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino
This luxury boutique and family friendly resort is set on the Peloponnese coast of mainland Greece. Largely untouched by mass tourism, Costa Navarino retains its cultural values and traditions with a history stretching back over 4,500 years. During your visit, you can discover some of the most scenic landscapes in the Mediterranean, elegant palaces, vaulted tombs, classical temples, historic churches and medieval castles all set in breath-taking, sun-drenched locations.
The resort 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, water-ski, wakeboarding, diving, snorkelling and kite-surfing to name just a few.
Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve
At the top of a dramatic red sandstone cliff surrounded by aromatic pine woods, this famous property is a family favourite with something for all ages: facilities and amenities include a nine-hole golf course, an Annabel Croft tennis academy, a state-of-the-art spa, and a huge kids’ club (ages 6 months to 13 years) and children’s village with two life-size pirates’ ships. A panoramic lift then a boardwalk take you to iconic Falésia Beach with its private lounging area for guests. This mighty resort embraces the Pine Cliffs Hotel, Ocean Suites, Residence, Pine Villas, Gardens, Suites, Golf Suites and Townhouses, giving masses of choice for all shapes and size of family.
To book your stay at one of Marriott’s European Luxury Collection Properties, get in touch today.
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