Where is the best place to go for luxury holidays?
Luxury all-inclusive leaves nothing out when it comes to catering to your whims and wants. The Ikos Oceania has redefined all-inclusive as Infinite Lifestyle, and provides everything you might desire onsite. At the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande cruise a hobie cat along the Ochos Rios shoreline and enjoy an English afternoon tea, all included. The Caribbean is a hot spot for all-inclusive hotels, but the most luxury way to visit St Lucia might just be to fly out of it. Instead, stay on nearby Palm Island, where Palm Island Resort & Spa by Elite has created its own 135-acre private paradise.
Share a magical experience together on a luxurious romantic getaway. Find true peace and quiet in the romance of the desert. The stylishly-designed The Chedi Muscat shows you how. Elsewhere in the Middle East, discover Ras al-Khaimah – Dubai’s more secluded neighbour. The Waldorf Astoria Ras al-Khaimah is fantastic for couples, with palatial rooms and an award-winning steak house; get a table for two. Stay at the Conrad Algarve in Portugal for fine dining, romantic grounds and a great spa. You can pop champagne breakfasts every morning in Barbados at The House, an adults-only resort on the Caribbean island. If Vegas calls, stay at the ultra-modern Aria Resort & Casino, in a stylish skyscraper with lots of surprising high-tech touches and luxury shopping on your doorstep at Aria Place, courtesy of Tom Ford, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
From kid’s clubs that care to activities that make everyone say ‘wow’, take your pick of luxurious family getaways. What about wakeboarding at the kid’s club at the Anassa, Cyprus, or, if you’re looking for a trip-of-a-lifetime in Florida, The Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers complimentary transport to the Walt Disney Parks. With warm waters and safe beaches, luxury hotels in the Middle East are often very family friendly. The Fairmont Ajman in the UAE puts on heaps of activities for little ones, so adults can hide away in the hammam. Greece is another place that’s great with kids. At Domes of Elounda luxury comes served with a view of the enigmatic Spinalonga island, just offshore, which makes a great outing for the whole family. Or stay at the opulent Domes Lake Algarve, where you can cycle the impressive nature trails or canoe across the lake. Upgrade to Haute Living for even more legendary perks.
Scrub up good or sink under the bliss of a massage at a luxury spa hotel. Consider the Caribbean spa-central. Get pampered in the sanctuary of Zoetry Agua Punta Cana. The cane-thatched boutique hotel is surrounded by wildlife. Galley Bay in Antigua provides treatments in rustic cabanas where you can be soothed by the sounds of nature. Nearby in Cancun, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun has an outdoor hydrotherapy circuit and a heap of indulgent restaurants. Across the Atlantic in Tenerife, the Bahia Del Duque Resort is dressed up like a beautiful Canarian village and its staff wear traditional dress. But the service and facilities prove it’s no gimmick.
Waves sparkling beyond the billowing drapes of a private cabana and horseback riding along the shore: luxury beach holidays deliver far more than just a sea view. For nearly-guaranteed good weather and white-hot sand, enjoy Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, an adults-only resort in Cancun. In Barbados, stay at the famously luxurious Sandy Lane retreat on the silky white sand of the island’s west coast. Leave its marbled halls to enjoy the Lime Grove shops nearby. In Turkey, the heavenly Hillside Beach Club has two great beaches – one adults-only – set under fragrant pine trees.
What is all-Inclusive and what is included?