Forget winter blues and head to the beach
We’ve outlined below some of the destinations we know to be not only exotically beautiful but which have adapted with pride to new ways of working. Read on for our winter sun recommendations.
The best of the Maldives
The Maldives is drenched in beauty wherever you look. But to really get the lowdown, speak to our Sales Director Sarah – last year she visited fourteen hotels on one trip and can match you to a Maldivian wonder that suits you perfectly. Como Cocoa has just reopened after a luxe refurb if you’d like the cachet of being first through its doors, Joali has a brilliant kids’ club and is absolute design heaven while The Nautilus is winning awards left, right and centre for its flexible boho-luxe style.
"The Nautilus’ modus operandi is perfectly in keeping with today’s world of travel. With just 26 spacious houses, guests are free to do as they please with conscious minimal interaction. With the full services of a butler, create your own island idyll."
In our opinion, Como Cocoa’s newly renovated over-water villas are some of the most paradise-perfect in the Maldives. Each gives you utterly private access to the lagoon from your balcony and some have private pools. Sheer bliss for seclusion-seekers.
Sugar Beach, Saint Lucia
With direct flights all the way to Saint Lucia, this Caribbean island is attracting the attention of sun-starved families and couples craving exotic downtime. Sugar Beach encapsulates everything that is wonderful about Saint Lucia with its prime position on an enticing swathe of sandy beach framed by the iconic pitons. Throw in good old-fashioned service, a classy ambience and a few rum punches and you’ll forgot just how long you’ve had to wait for it.
“Speak to us about arranging your negative COVID PCR test before to travel to Saint Lucia, which can be arranged up to seven days before you go.”
There is an impressive range of accommodation at Sugar Beach – talk to us about what you need. You should know that each cottage, villa or residence comes with an outdoor plunge or swimming pool – perfect for lazy days in privacy.
Six Senses Zil Payson, Felicite Island
One of our all-time favourite for a tropical luxe escape is the Six Senses Zil Payson in the Seychelles. On luxurious Felicite Island the resort has plenty of space for everyone, and we can highly recommend their spacious residences which are large enough to cater for a three-generational family or group of friends. Built around volcanic rock promontories and encased in jungle foliage, not only are they extra private, but they have incredible, uninterrupted views to the Indian Ocean. Heaven for those that need their horizons expanded.
“All Six Senses resorts have taken huge effort to adapt to recent changes. Behind the scenes at Zil Payson, there are updated cleanliness schedules in all parts of the resort to ensure you can have the stress-free holiday you’re dreaming of.”
Make use of your personal butler at Zil Payson to make your holiday exactly how you want it – take a load off and have your butler arrange childcare, reservations, spa time, boat trips or something more unusual like a treasure hunt around the island.
Short Haul Sunshine
The Canary Islands
If you’re looking for a quick-fix of sunshine this winter, then the Canary Islands are a great option with temperatures often hovering above 20 degrees – definitely warm enough for the beach. Tenerife has a bad reputation but talk to us about our favourite five-star places, like Ritz Carlton Abama. Or consider exploring the lesser-known sides to the Canaries. You could start in five-star bliss in Tenerife before taking a ferry to La Gomera, a lost-in-time volcanic island where its prehistoric landscapes are heaven for hikers. Another little-known island is La Palma, accessible by plane from Tenerife to stay in authentic Hacienda De Abajo, a beautifully restored 17th-century plantation estate with historic bedrooms curated with artwork.
“In just four hours you can be in the surprisingly tropical surrounds of the Canaries. With warm temperatures over the winter months it’s an ideal sunshine top-up for those that missed out on summer holidays this year.”
When you arrive in the port of La Gomera, San Sebastián, imagine how Columbus felt when he visited on his way to the Americas. Stroll through the capital’s old quarter, and you’ll find numerous tributes to the famous explorer, including the well from which he allegedly took water to baptise the New World.
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The Nautilus, Maldives
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