1. VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY
Resplendent Ceylon has launched a new collection of curated, hand-picked voyages across Sri Lanka that connect travellers with unique narratives across the country. The classic ‘Tea, Sea and Safari’ Journey takes guests to three stylish resorts - Ceylon Tea Trails, Cape Weligama and Wild Coast Tented Lodge - with insight into the cultural, natural and culinary heritage of Sri Lanka.
Now strengthened all the more with a new series of journeys: Active, Cultural, Wilderness, Culinary, Spiritual and Wellness. Each trip is fully-immersive and experiential, from riding waves on the Active Adventure in Motion Journey, to learning about mythical Gods and Goddesses on the Cultural Passage Journey to cooking up local delicacies with the Culinary Island of Flavours Journey, with journeys from four, seven 10 or more nights.
2. MOROCCAN NIGHTS
A true oasis of serenity and wellness, Riad Elegancia sits in the heart of the medina in Marrakech - a charming hideaway with scents of cedar wood, patios flooded with natural light, a 19th-century fountain, alcoves, an enchanting atmosphere and the magic of ancestral architecture. It has just 11 rooms, each with their own character, as well as a swimming pool with panoramic views of the ancient medina from the sun-drenched rooftop terrace.
The privacy of Elegancia’s hidden spa will help soothe minds and unwind even the knottiest of bodies, before refuelling with a medley of Moroccan-inspired flavours with a hint of Mediterranean influences under Chef Mi Fatima’s expert eye. Book a cookery course and she’ll teach you the secrets of a succulent tagine or a traditional couscous.
3. ISLANDS IN THE SUN
Relaxation, authenticity, understated luxury... All the buzz words you want when looking for the perfect holiday destination. This triumvirate awaits at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island - a twin-island resort nestled in the azure waters of the South Ari Atolls. A barefoot luxury haven, you can choose between elegant villas on Rangali Finolhu with their own private gardens, plunge pools and access to the powdery beach, or water villas set on stilts in the turquoise lagoon, with private sundeck and steps directly into the water.
At the adults-only Rangali, there are brand new water villas to discover too. Book your stay between May 9 and September 30 and enjoy complimentary half-board and 25 per cent savings on seaplane transfers, as well as 15 per cent nightly rate discount when staying four or more, and 25 per cent when staying seven nights or more. The perfect paradise package.
4. SUN, SEA & STARS
While Valentine’s Day might be behind us for 2022, there’s always room for a little more romance, especially when in the Indian Ocean. One way to bag some brownie points is with a treetop dinner in a private dining pod at Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi Maldives. The menu features the world’s finest ingredients, such as Miyazake Wagyu Beef and Alba White Truffle, all complemented by a huge collection of premium wines and the resort’s signature Krug Champagne, handpicked by the Maldives’ first Krug Ambassador.
If you want to keep your feet on terra firma, you can also book in a private sandbank dinner or, for cinephiles, there’s the Cinema Paradiso experience, for a movies and munchies evening under the stars.
5. THE MAGIC OF MEMORIES
Let it be said when it comes to holidays... Happy kids, happy parents! Understanding this unwritten rule, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa has unveiled an inspiring family escape with 100 different activities for kids. The multi-gen resort in the Shaviyani Atoll, has 60 beach and overwater villas, including the Duplex Beach Villa, which has its own lounge area, wooden deck and private pool perfect for families.
The FAMiLY by JW Little Griffin Kids Club is where the fun really begins, with its focus on activeness, culinary and creativity and a schedule of unique and stimulating activities aimed to engage bright young minds, with themes such as Under the Sea and Superheroes, activities. There’s also a swimming pool area, pirate ship, water volleyball, basketball, treasure diving, cooking classes and movie nights with popcorn.
6. MALDIVES MOOD ENHANCER
For anyone seeking equilibrium in their lives should gift themselves a stay at Milaidhoo Maldives, with the launch of its new Mood Dining experiences. Based on the theory that certain foods can affect body chemistry and, in turn, alter a person’s mood, the beautiful Indian Ocean resort has created a series of dining and wellness packages with thoughtfully curated food and drinks, paired with wellness activities, to evoke energised moods, increase concentration and help tackle ‘brain fog’ and any lingering post-Covid anxiety.
‘Moods’ include Rise and Shine, Get into the Milaidhoo Mood, Deep Sleep and Revitalise and Reset, with the experience elevated all the more with destination dining options including sandbanks in the middle of the ocean to beautiful private beach set-ups under the palms.