1. PEACE IN THE PELOPONNESE
Scattered with UNESCO-protected ruins, the beach-fringed Peloponnese has been at the heart of Greek culture for millennia. Amanzoe rests on the east coast of the Peloponnese near Porto Heli, a modern-day Acropolis from which you can drink in 360-degree views of olive groves and the Aegean sea. Cabanas, pavilions and villas all offer private pools, whilst speedboats zip guests between nearby islands. Opening for the summer season on April 1, there’s something mindful on the horizon for those seeking quietude. The Optimal Living Mindfulness Retreat offers five-nights accommodation, along with daily breakfast, daily talk sessions, Energy awakening sessions, Meditative movements and spa treatments, as well as complimentary water-sports and late checkout. And, breathe...
2. A BRAZILIAN ICON
Rio’s legendary playground of glamour, Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro is celebrating its centenary with the launch of a year-long programme of arts, gastronomy and cultural events. With cinematic views by day and legendary celebrations by night, the hotel is the place to be to really get into the party spirit. For something a little bit different, book the Grand Tour of Brazil package, where you get to party in Rio’s most star-studded hotel before exploring the rainforests of Iguassu. During your five-day tour, you’ll explore Rio, the lively city of mountains and sea, samba and carnival. Then travel deep into the jungle and stay at the only hotel located inside Brazil’s Iguassu National Park. The five-day itinerary includes luxury accommodation, a 30-minute massage per person per stay, transfers between both hotels, 20 per cent discount at the hotels’ bars and restaurants and an exclusive morning walking tour at Hotel des Cataratas, a Belmond Hotel.
3. EMBARK ON AN ODYSSEY
Bhutan is still a country shrouded in mystery, largely untouched by tourism, making it the perfect destination for a holistic holiday of culture, soul and serenity. COMO Hotels’ two beautiful Bhutanese properties – COMO Uma Paro and COMO Uma Punakha – make for a beautiful dual trip that takes in valleys, temples, and spiritual ceremonies. The six-night Historical Odysseys itinerary includes four days of guided walks around the Paro Valley, two days in the little-visited Punakha valley, where some of Bhutan’s most iconic temples are found, and a traditional butter lamp ceremony – in which darkness and ignorance are eradicated in place of wisdom and light. You’ll hole up for four happy nights at COMO Uma Paro followed by two nights at COMO Uma Punakha on a full-board basis.
4. A SECLUDED SANCTUARY
Ritz-Carlton Reserve estates are the most exclusive and private in the brand’s hospitality portfolio, ideal for travellers seeking exotic sanctuaries like no other. Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve captures the spirit of Bali and is as beautiful as the reserves come, framed by greenery, rice paddies and rolling hills. Mandapa, or ‘temple’ in Sanskrit, is an extraordinary portal into a world of wellness, culture and refined arts, especially when booking the Tranquility Awaits offer gives guests three nights in a suite, with daily breakfast and lunch or dinner, a one-time Mepijet Massage and private yoga session for two, and 24-hour butler service.
5. INDIAN OCEAN SERENITY
Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa has dreamt up a whole new roster of spa experiences, guaranteeing you an even more perfect slice of serenity in paradise. Introducing transformative journeys at Amingiri Spa, guests can choose from a Turkish Royal Ceremony, a Moroccan Ritual or Tradition Hammam, to facials, foot massages and more. Intuitive wellness specialists can also craft fully customisable multi-day experiences to include nutritional consultations and fitness sessions. Make the most of the magic with the Maldivian Bliss offer, that gives you a four-or-more nights’ stay, with an additional savings of 25 per cent, complimentary upgraded to the half-board meal-plan, and return premium speedboat transfers.
6. INTO THE WILDERNESS
Planning a family adventure with enough memories to last a lifetime? Take a look at Scott Dunn’s Family Fun In Costa Rica 13-night private tour, in which you’ll explore the stunning natural diversity of Costa Rica, whilst throwing yourselves – and the kids – into an action-packed trip across the jewel of Central America. Think rafting, paddle-boarding, sloth spying and kayaking with dolphins (if you’re lucky!), along with volcanoes, jungles, rivers, mangroves and gorgeous, golden sand beaches. You’ll stay in everything from a five-star hotel to remote jungle hideaways, gifting the family an authentic, nature-filled experience unlike any other.
7. STAY A WHILE LONGER
We probably don’t have to twist your arm too hard to stay a little longer in paradise, but just in case you need some persuading, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives has a Stay Longer offer which saves you 15 per cent on a minimum of seven nights, with daily dinner at the beachside restaurant. Book now and give yourself more time to soak up the Raa Atoll, where you can dive under the surface to discover stingrays, reef sharks and hawksbill turtles. There’s also dolphin cruises, cultural, artistic and culinary experiences and some of the best seafood at Umami. Book a Sunset Water Villa to enjoy an intimate overwater sanctuary, with a private pool and sun deck and mesmerising front-row view of the sunset.