Posts Tagged ‘island’

Raffles in paradise

Raffles in paradise

Offering their own special kind of paradise, Raffles’ first signature spa, Praslin Seychelles, is set to open on 1st February.

Situated on the island of Praslin, which is famed for the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Vallee de Mai and its lush fauna and flora, the all-villa resort boasts views of the Indian Ocean and the National Marine Park of Curieuse Island. (more…)

A private island paradise for Fiji

A private island paradise for Fiji

Dolpin Island, Fiji has relaunched following a major renovation by designer Virginia Fisher and landscape gardener Suzanne Turley.

The private island resort caters for a maximum of eight guests on an exclusive-use basis, in elegant bures (suites) within private garden courtyards. (more…)

Fairytale in Mallorca

Fairytale in Mallorca

Once upon a time on an enchanted island, a forgotten castle lay crumbling beneath a forest of vines and ivy. Then one day, about four years ago, a handsome German couple came along, hacked their way through, and transformed that dilapidated 19th-century castle into one of the smartest hotels on Mallorca. (more…)

Is this the hottest new island retreat?

Is this the hottest new island retreat?

“Would you like a foot ritual with your welcome drink?” asks Aslam, the villa host.

Welcome to Anantara Kihavah Villas. Take your seat looking out to the ocean on the terrace of your overwater villa while your flight-weary feet are tended to, sip your grenadine and lime juice while it sinks in… this is probably what paradise looks like. (more…)

Twice as nice

Twice as nice

From the air, the Whitsunday Islands are dreamlike, swirls of turquoise and palest blue-green. And from the ground, too, the sand so fine and pale it’s like white pepper. They are fiercely protected (no one looks after their national parks quite like the Aussies); not so much as a cone shell can be pocketed as a souvenir, not even a simple pebble. (more…)

Power of good

Power of good

As one of the most beautiful, diverse and extraordinary natural landmarks on the planet, the Great Barrier Reef is also, understandably, one of the best protected. So it’s not every day – more than 20 years, in fact, since the last – that a major new place to stay opens up on one of its idyllic private islands. (more…)

Borneo without the backpack

Borneo without the backpack

This summer, a stylish new resort opens up Borneo’s little-known Pulau Gaya to travellers looking for barefoot luxury. Until now, the few visitors to the island have been limited to rustic beach huts; but Gaya Island Resort is set to change that. (more…)

Manila on the map

Manila on the map

It didn’t take long for word to get out that some of the South China Sea’s most beautiful beaches are scattered along the 7,000-odd islands that make up the Philippines – and the luxury resorts were quick to appear. (more…)

A new retreat for spa-lovers

A new retreat for spa-lovers

Just off the east coast of Phuket, private island Koh Naka Yai has a new luxury resort.

Opening 1 November,The Naka Island Luxury Collection Resort & Spa will have 67 villas, all with private pools. (more…)

Solar eclipse over Easter Island

Solar eclipse over Easter Island

A lucky group of about 1,000 tourists, photographers and astronomers watched today as a full solar eclipse took place over Easter Island.

The Polynesian island off the coast of Chile is famous for its 887 monumental statues, called moia, believed to have been carved in rocks between the 13th and 15th centuries. (more…)

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