As temperatures drop and we begin to dream of sunnier climes, we thought we would share a round up of our favourite places to seek winter sun. From the silvery sands of a private island in the Maldives to an exclusive gypset hideaway in Brazil, there is something for everyone.
Niyama Private Islands, Maldives
Set across two spacious private islands, Niyama Private Islands is a truly special Maldivian resort in the south-western atoll of Dhaalu. Guests can enjoy the tranquillity and paradisiacal surroundings synonymous with the Maldives but will also find a refreshing sense of discovery, stimulation and fun. With an abundance of unique experiences on offer, the resort offers a luxury, contemporary, vibrant setting for the stylish aspirational traveller. From treetop dining at Nest, to underwater partying at Subsix, there is ample opportunity to expand on the traditional Maldivian itinerary. Rooted in the resort’s DNA is an inherent sense of fun, combining traditional luxury with a more contemporary perspective. Magical Maldivian service combined with stylish design, luxury villas and a host of fun dining, spa, active and once-in-a-lifetime experiences make Niyama Private Islands a refreshingly innovative Indian Ocean escape and perfect for some sought after winter sun.
Room rates at Niyama are from US$700 (approx. £530) per night for a Beach Studio (excluding 12% GST, 10% service tax and $6 Green Tax). To book, please visit http://www.niyama.com/en.
The Confidante, Miami
The playful Art Deco style of The Confidante reflects the mid-century glamour that put Miami on the map. Situated right on Miami Beach, The Confidante is perfectly located for winter sun lovers looking to make the most of everything the area has to offer – from restaurants and galleries to Miami’s iconic beaches. The hotel’s pool is surrounded by brightly coloured cabanas for day time lounging whilst more active guests can take part in morning boot camp or yoga on the beach led by celebrity personal trainers from V Art of Wellness. The Confidante’s newly opened chicken restaurant, Bird & Bone has a fabulous outdoor terrace, a much-coveted spot for people watching in the sun.
Room rates at The Confidante are from US$219 (approx. £168) per night. This is based on double occupancy and includes all taxes and fees. To book, please visit www.theconfidantemiamibeach.hyatt.com/en/hotel/rooms.html or call 01 305 424 1234.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico
Set on 206 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves and with the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort. Guests can choose among three separate ambiences in this Leading Hotel of the World, including adults-only oceanfront, family friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. Life on the Mexican Caribbean is indulgent at Grand Velas, where guests will feel pampered with private butler service, fun resort activities – from kayaking to scuba diving – and our Kid’s Club. Hugging the Riviera Maya coastline, the luxury resort is 5 minutes from downtown Playa Del Carmen and a 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport.
Room rates at Grand Velas Riviera Maya are from US$854 (approx. £650) per night. This is based on double occupancy and includes all taxes and fees. To book, please visit www.rivieramaya.grandvelas.com, or call 0800 917 659.
UXUA Casa Resort & Spa, Brazil
Located in the vibrant fishing village of Trancoso, on Brazil’s breathtaking Bahian coast. Wilbert Das, former Creative Director of fashion label Diesel, is the brains behind this eco-chic retreat and his eye for design is evident throughout the hotel and its collection of casas. Living among native families in the heart of old Trancoso delivers authenticity naturally, in style and comfort, and with an ethos of sustainability. Five-star hotel service, a stunning rustic beach lounge and an innovative organic spa create memories of a winter break like no other.
Room rates at UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa are from US$550 (approx. £440) per night. This is based on double occupancy and includes breakfast, taxes and fees. To book, please visit www.uxua.com, or call 0733 668 2277.
Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius
Located on the East coast of Mauritius, in one of the island’s most breath-taking bays, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa offers infinity views across the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The hotel boasts two swimming pools, an 18-hole par 72 championship golf course, a kids’ club and CHI, The Spa which focuses on Ayurvedic, indigenous and holistic wellness. Uniquely, the resort also has a private island – Ilôt Mangénie – which is reserved exclusively for guests wanting to walk its soft, white beaches or enjoy dinner in a private cabana with the finest champagnes and wines. Shangri-La’s Le Touessok is also home to three iconic beach villas which come replete with dedicated teams of staff and six trendy restaurants and bars with cutting-edge dining concepts, vibrant atmospheres and artistic collaborations.
Room rates at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa are from US$358 (approx. £283) per night. This is based on double occupancy and includes all taxes and fees. To book, please visit www.shangri-la.com/mauritius/shangrila.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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