LUXE ISLAND LIFE
Pack away your winter blues
If the thought of an oncoming UK winter is giving you chills, consider taking your winter blues to a gorgeous sun-soaked hotel that will really know how to look after you. Our MD Rory recently travelled to Antigua with his family and found the Caribbean warmth and colour to be just the ticket; equally the Indian Ocean’s tropical seascapes and luxe hotels are perfect for UK wintertime.
LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences, Mauritius
It’s been a good few years since Mauritius has seen an entirely new hotel so the eagerly awaited LUX* Grand Baie is set to create a big stir when it opens in December. Set to take top position, expect the very best of everything; dining taken to a new level for the island, totally tailored fitness and wellness and an incredible selection of super stylish suites, elegant villas and opulent residences overlooking a sheltered sandy beach, perfect for beach holidays with the whole family.
"LUX* Grand Baie is a sophisticated new take on island living, with a rooftop dining experience, an Asian bar-cum-club and a sharp focus on wellness for those that want it. The beach won't disappoint either - an exquisite sandy bay that's perfect for swimming."
If you like a little wellness while holidaying in paradise, then you’ll be impressed with LUX* Grand Baie. Alongside a cutting-edge spa, you’ll find plant-based choices for dining, a hydrating juice bar, fitness classes and spa treatments – all of which can be customised to suit you.
Brand New Wellbeing Retreat
Joali BEING, Maldives
Total renewal and wellbeing are what the latest offering from already much-loved sister property Joali is all about. The first property of its kind in the Maldives, Joali BEING is dedicated to transformational programmes ranging from health, digestive and weight rebalance, mental clarity and restorative sleep and movement and alignment – all tailored specifically for you by a resident team of experts including herbalists, naturopaths, therapists, movement experts and nutritionists.
Situated on the natural island of Bodufushi in the Raa Atoll, there are 68 private beach and overwater villas of varying sizes, each with expansive sea views. This holistic heaven combines the exquisite beauty of the Maldives with a forward-thinking approach to wellness, including an appreciation for the part architecture plays in our environment.
"An architectural masterpiece set in paradise is the backdrop for this transformative wellbeing retreat. Let yourself be totally immersed."
Whatever your reasons for choosing Joali BEING, you’ll find state-of-the-art wellness facilities with a laser-sharp focus on results. From overwater meditation decks to Russian Banyas, sensory deprivation rooms to herbology centres, there’s not much Joali BEING can’t fix.
A PRIVATE ISLAND PARADISE
Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
Two miles north of Antigua and just eight minutes by catamaran lies Jumby Bay, named after the Antiguan word ‘jumbee’, meaning playful spirit. Jumby Bay welcomes couples and families alike with its range of accommodation including chic suites for two, beachside villas and estate houses.
The warm waters that surround Jumby Bay, plus its seven pristine beaches mean that water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, snorkelling are very much on the agenda, as well as swimming or simply sunbathing. The resort has plenty of space, over 300 acres, which you can explore by bicycle (all guests have their own to use for their stay), weaving through the lush, palm-lined pathways to one of the three pools, to the breezy beach-side spa for a West Indian-inspired treatment or to the tennis courts, which can be lit in the evenings. A high-class Caribbean experience, Jumby Bay hits the spot with an incredible all-natural environment paired with top-notch service. Above all, it’s a place you’ll find easy to fall in love with.
"With idyllic beaches to explore, foodie options abound and azure sea views at every turn, Jumby Bay has everything you need for a luxe Caribbean escape."
The resort is all-inclusive, and one of the most generous and wide-ranging we’ve seen, which includes house champagne Taittinger. We’d recommend getting a taste for the local too with delectable cocktails such as an Antigua black daiquiri.
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