Thailand's luxury boutique resort, Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa, has recently acquired its official medical licence as the hotel expands its ever-growing menu of enriching health and wellness offerings. With innovative, holistic wellness at its core, Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa has welcomed a resident doctor, a nurse, and a 'master healer' to support guests through tailor-made health and wellness programmes.
Situated on the unspoilt sands of the Andaman Sea and the pristine Natai Beach, just 25 minutes north of Phuket International Airport, the resort offers an intimate experience, operating on a suite-only basis.
Posted: 2 February 2023
Moskito Island, off the coast of Virgin Gorda in the Caribbean, has launched a new nine-bedroom grand estate called The Village. Delivering a luxury living experience, The Village joins three ultra-lavish estates that already call Moskito Island home. Crafted into the cliffside, The Village features nine bedrooms, comfortably accommodating up to 18 guests, a hidden DJ booth that rises from the outdoor deck overlooking a two-story infinity pool, a glass-bottom hot tub extended over a cliff, a slide that wraps around the edge of the estate and an advanced lighting and sound system.
Posted: 31 January 2023
Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som in Qatar has unveiled its new Mother-To-Be Retreat. Perfect for newlyweds who are expecting, the three to eight night holistic prenatal programme combines nurturing treatments to enhance well-being during all phases of pregnancy while providing parents with the necessary tools to support and empower them, leaving them feeling relaxed, in control and positive about the journey into parenthood.
The Mother-To-Be Retreat is open to women in all trimesters and can be tailored for couples or birth support partners who wish to be part of the journey.
Posted: 26 January 2023
Nestled in a lemur reserve on the north west coast of Madagascar and only accessible by air or sea, the new Lodge des Terres Blanches is one of the most intimate and serene hotels on the island. There are 10 exquisite lodges to chose from, each built using mangrove and rosewood trees, and the ultra-spacious interiors are finely decorated and furnished with handmade furniture and soft fabrics. This is the perfect place to observe the rich fauna of Madagascar in its natural environment. The luckiest guests will encounter the four types of lemurs who live in complete freedom on the island, as well as the many bird species.
Posted: 24 January 2023
An enchanting escape in Brockenhurst, nestled in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa has launched a Plant Power Spa Break, just in time for Veganuary.
After checking in to the gorgeous countryside hotel, head to SenSpa, Careys Manor's award-winning Thai spa boasting extensive hydrotherapy facilities and a 14-metre indoor swimming pool, alongside a range of Thai inspired treatments. Enjoy a four-hour session within the hydrotherapy suite, known to offer a multitude of health and wellbeing benefits, as well as full use of the health club facilities including the sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym.
Also included is a 60-minute Plant Power Face & Back Rejuvenation. The treatment begins with an anti-stress massage, designed to release muscular tensions across the back, neck and shoulders. Next, a facial using the remarkable power of the vegan Eminence Stone Crop range, which has superior beautifying potency. Not only does the stone crop plant help reduce pigmentation and lighten the complexion, it helps firm and tone the skin, reduce signs of ageing and calm sensitive skin.
Posted: 20 January 2023
Deserving of its UNESCO accolade, Japanese food is both an art form and an integral part of the country's heritage. With the new Taste of Japan Itinerary from Scott Dunn, couples can experience the many wonders and delights that Japan has to offer. The journey begins in Tokyo, where couples will enjoy a food tour of the lively Shinbashi district – packed with izakaya, bars and small eateries. Here, you will live like a local sampling regional delicacies such as savoury okonomiyaki pancakes. After exploring the city with an expert local guide, next on the agenda is mastering the art of sushi making during a private masterclass with a sushi master boasting over 45 years of experience.
Posted: 19 January 2023
With India finally open for international tourists, this season brings the perfect opportunity for couples to discover what the northern state of Rajasthan has to offer.
Recently opened after a luxurious refurbishment, SUJÁN The Serai, an oasis of calm set on a private estate of indigenous desert in Rajasthan, is the perfect place to stay when exploring the area. The camp comprises of 21 luxury tents, with private walled gardens and heated plunge pools, and the royal suite even has its own spa and private swimming pool.
Couples staying at SUJÁN The Serai can embark on a beautiful bird walk, visit a farm for a delicious al fresco breakfast, enjoy cooking classes and take part in craft afternoons where they can try their hand at pottery, weaving and woodwork.
Posted: 17 January 2023
Ikos Resorts has announced the sixth addition to its award-winning luxury all-inclusive portfolio, with the opening of Ikos Odisia in Corfu on 19 May 2023.
With 395 bedrooms and an iconic location, protected in a secluded bay across from globally awarded Ikos Dassia, the new resort is elevated for dramatic views and landscaped vistas across the Ionian Sea.
Guests at the new Ikos Odisia can look forward to the all-inclusive Infinite Lifestyle concept, with 10 heated outdoor and indoor pools, menus created by Michelin-star chefs, signature spa experiences by Anne Semonin Paris and 24-hour room service.
Posted: 12 January 2023
In Spring 2023, the Dao By Dorsett brand is set to expand into North London with the opening of Dao by Dorsett Hornsey Town Hall.
Following a significant investment and meticulous restoration project, the aparthotel will be housed in the fully restored Grade II* listed building that is steeped in history, with a rich heritage stretching back almost 80 years.
The building will feature 68 high-quality, fully-serviced apartments and suites, impressive co-working spaces, restaurants and cafes, a panoramic rooftop bar, an Arts Centre for events and a cinema.
Posted: 10 January 2023
Maisons Pariente has chosen the heart of the Marais for its new five-star hotel: Le Grand Mazarin. Located at the corner of rue des Archives and rue de la Verrerie, near the Hôtel de Ville, this first urban hotel of the collection embodies the cosmopolitan eclecticism emblematic of the Marais.
With 61 uniquely decorated rooms and suites, a spectacular restaurant and bar, and a swimming pool, Maisons Pariente has created a festive, unexpected and privileged experience that's an ode to the City of Light.
Posted: 5 January 2023
After a short time away, The Drummond at Albury has opened its doors once again with a new menu. This classic English inn, situated in the village of Albury in the heart of the glorious Surrey Hills, is officially welcoming new and old faces alike back to its sociable bar, interior and freshly-landscaped riverside garden.
"The beauty of The Drummond is that you can pull up a chair literally anywhere, inside or out, and enjoy a bite to eat, a well-made cocktail or a glass of award- winning wine from our extensive list," says general manager, Dan Arrow. "We serve inventive dishes made with quality ingredients that are inspired by the seasons from our talented head chef, Abi Sims."
Posted: 3 January 2023
Regarded as one of the best resort hotels in Southeast Asia and the 35th best place to stay in the world according to the prestigious Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2022, the new Standard, Hua Hin is the brand's first seaside retreat in Thailand. Nestled in a lush landscape and tropical environment on Hua Hin's most famous beach strip, the hotel boasts a fresh, contemporary and mid-century design.
With a colourful collection of 199 rooms, suites, and villas, ranging from standard to private pool villas, couples can enjoy an enticing range of food and beverages. The resort also offers one-of-a-kind culinary and cocktail experiences at four on-site restaurants and bars, seamlessly paired with an innovative spa program that melds the traditional with the alternative.
Posted: 29 December 2022
Blue Apple Beach, a boutique hotel and beach club on the island of Tierra Bomba, Colombia, is now offering couples the chance to discover the enchanting city of Cartagena from its beach-side base. At the forefront of current trends, the property's twin city and beach experience has been thoughtfully created for those who are eager to hit the road as the world enters a new era of exploration. Ranging from urban culinary journeys to active beach adventures, this new immersive programme captures the essence of Cartagena whilst allowing couples to connect with nature, discover the local culture and participate in responsible tourism from the nearby island of Tierra Bomba.
Posted: 27 December 2022
Luxury resort, Le Meridien Maldives, has launched the ultimate proposal package for those looking for an unforgettable way to pop the question in 2023.
The stunning resort in the Indian Ocean boasts its own private island, Bodu Finolhu, and is now offering this beautiful haven as the picture-perfect location for proposals.
Bodu Finolhu is an untouched idyll with a flourishing tropical forest, pristine beach and crystal clear waters accessible only by private boat. The bespoke bridal concierge team at Le Meridien will work exclusively with those looking to propose to create a unique offering to make the moment as special as it should be.
Posted: 22 December 2022
Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam, located in the heart of the city, is in the final stage of an extensive renovation as part of its transition to join the luxury hotel brand. The hotel's refurbished rooms and suites embrace a contemporary style with Anantara signature touches, whilst celebrating Dutch heritage and the infamous canals. The interior sees the guest rooms and suites swathed in luxury tones and soft, tactile fabrics that create warmth and texture.
In keeping with Anantara's wellness philosophies, the new Anantara Spa offers a warm, local welcome with premium products. With its relaxation area overlooking the Summer Garden, a charming outdoor space tucked away within the hotel, the spa's design is influenced by the country's costal dunes, with tranquil interiors incorporating natural wood and stone to help guests achieve the utmost state of relaxation.
Posted: 20 December 2022
Exclusive to the Fish&Pips collection, Chalet Le Cygne is a new four-bedroom apartment perfectly located to access the centre of Meribel and Courchevel.
The contemporary alpine apartment sleeps eight guests comfortably with plenty of spacious communal areas and boasts a sauna, private hammam, underfloor heating throughout and breathtaking panoramic mountain views.
Head over to the Chalet Le Cygne website or social media for more information.
Posted: 15 December 2022
The Tampa EDITION, a new hotel in Florida, is the city's first five-star experience, revealing a high level of sophistication, originality and design alongside the personal, intimate, and individual experience that the EDITION brand is known for.
Spread over 26 stories, there are 172 rooms and 38 private residences, a rooftop terrace with a pool, an expansive spa and wellness facility, a fitness center, and seven bars and restaurants, including a signature offering from Michelin-starred chef, John Fraser.
From the outside, The Tampa EDITION is a striking addition to the Water Street Tampa neighbourhood, its combination of industrial elements, Art Deco-inspired curves and lush greenery seamlessly blends into the neighbourhood's organic, wellness-focused ethos.
Posted: 13 December 2022
Situated on Crete's tranquil coast, CAYO Exclusive Resort & Spa is launching a new mini-moon package for newlyweds seeking personalised, attentive service with exciting food, beverage and a laid-back romantic retreat to begin married life. The three-night stay includes dining on a gourmet Cretan cuisine by candlelight, an indulgent couples' spa treatment inspired by ancient Greek wellness practices and a traditional Melokarido ritual with walnuts and honey, all while staying in a spacious room with a private pool overlooking the shimmering Mirabello Bay.
Couples at CAYO can enjoy the resort at their own pace, away from the crowds of Crete thanks to the hotel's design, which prioritises privacy and seclusion. Each room and suite feature its own serene pool, set on a spacious outdoor terrace with views over the glistening Mediterranean.
Posted: 8 December 2022
The newly-opened Gatsby Athens Hotel brings a new lease of life and avant-garde design to a previously derelict building in the historical centre of Athens. Adding a renewed energy to the Greek capital, this contemporary boutique hotel balances sophisticated design and personalised, attentive service with exciting food, beverage and entertainment offerings.
First opening in Autumn 2021, Gatsby Athens Hotel has become Athens' premium gathering place. The all-day restaurant is the main social hub of the hotel, and the rooftop garden offers a casual-cool vibe, welcoming couples to dine with stunning panoramic views and a glimpse of the Acropolis.
Posted: 6 December 2022
If you're looking for a ski trip for your honeymoon, it can be difficult trying to choose a destination, however, being spoiled for choice isn't always a bad thing. Jane Bolton, MD of Erna Low, tells us about romantic resorts from flagship ski nations that are perfect for couples that want to swap swimsuits for snowsuits.
French ski resorts have much to recommend them, from the plethora of Michelin-rated restaurants in Courchevel to the relaxed and inclusive après scene in Val Thorens and the beautiful buildings and chic cocktail bars of Chamonix.
However, Morzine is also a fab choice with its friendly ambience, authentic Alpine architecture, tree-lined ski runs and convenient location just 30 minutes' drive from Geneva. There's diverse skiing available in the wider Portes du Soleil ski area, and the scenery is breathtaking in this beautiful location in the Haut Chablais mountains between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva.
Posted: 1 December 2022
Faern, a collection of alpine resorts in Switzerland are set to open two new properties; Faern Arosa Altein and Faern Crans-Montana Valaisia. Every guest will have the chance to explore both of the properties' various spellbinding elements including a variety of wellness concepts, destination food and beverage outlets and ski-in-ski-out access to the unbeatable Swiss slopes.
The brand name Faern has evolved from the German 'Feiern', meaning "to celebrate". Holistic health and wellbeing and enjoyment are pivotal to the brand's ethos where people come together to celebrate alpine living in a home away from home.
Posted: 29 November 2022
The five-star resort, Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi has launched the Maldives' first uber-luxury glamping experience offering all of the romantic ingredients for a perfect honeymoon. The new Beach Tented Villas, surrounded by lush tropical nature, pristine white sand and azure waters offer the special opportunity for newlyweds to reconnect with nature — without sacrificing the luxury of amenities and service.
Honeymooners can book the new Conscious Castaway experience, which transports couples to a retreat where nature is at the very heart of it. From storytelling around the campfire and stargazing on the beach to relaxing in-villa experiences and private beachfront barbecues, there is no better way to create lasting memories with a loved one.
Posted: 24 November 2022
As we settle into darker nights, it's hard for the mind not to wander to Christmas. Whether you're looking for a pre-wedding getaway or a family-moon, we've put together some UK properties that are ideal for a festive family getaway.
Wisteria Cottage is a late 18th-century thatched cottage set in a small hamlet on the edge of a picturesque Wiltshire village. Nestled between Salisbury Plain and the Vale of Pewsey, this is a perfect location from which to explore the tranquil surroundings of the North Wessex Downs.
Posted: 22 November 2022
Six Senses Victoria Falls is Six Senses' latest project, which will front Princess Elizabeth Island on the approach to the largest waterfall in the world. The partially concealed, tree-level lodges at Six Senses Victoria Falls will be ecological, tactile, and understated to provide a bird's eye platform for what's most important, an authentic connection with the verdant nature and wildlife all around.
The resort is part of The House of Chinhara initiative to recover the majesty of Zimbabwean tourism by elevating the available accommodation count and quality for visitors to the Victoria Falls National Park, as well as providing host accommodation facilities and hospitality training opportunities. Victoria Falls comprises five individual falls, four of which are located in Zimbabwe. Of course, the animals know no borders, and elephants, pods of hippos, buffalo, big cats, and primates will be doing their thing under the lodges.
Posted: 17 November 2022
Pioneering hospitality brand Soneva and international wellness enterprise ORGANIC INDIA have partnered to launch the first-ever SOUL Festival in the Maldives. Taking place from 29th September to 8th October, 2023, the health and wellbeing-focused festival will be held at the award-winning luxury resort Soneva Fushi, located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Over the course of 10 days and two weekends, the intimate festival retreat invites guests from across the world to explore wellness in all its forms, from personal to planetary.
A life-enriching festival with a purpose, SOUL offers guests a verdant space to move, eat, explore and be creative, while celebrating ancient healing traditions and modern innovations that benefit individuals, communities, and the planet. Each weekend, the festival will include a diverse programme of panel discussions with globally acclaimed health and wellness leaders, interspersed with group yoga and meditation classes, healing rituals, live music performances, and barefoot gala celebrations on the sand.
Posted: 15 November 2022