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ver the past six years, our enthusiastic team of writers and reviewers have explored the UK and overseas. They have discovered fantastic locations featured in our books and in this EXPERIENCE issue we feature the very best of

Sussex, and further beyond to destination favourites including Ibiza, the Seychelles and the Maldives. Now, as we take a look back at our encounters and expeditions pre-Covid, with new experiences and businesses that have launched post-pandemic, we have narrowed down this extensive list to bring you our guide to the ultimate must-visit places. Add them to your bucket list! As we endeavour to return to normal life we encourage you all to dream and experience again, whether that be a staycation, a short hop to Europe or even somewhere much farther afield, the world is tentatively reopening. Let’s start living again. Absolute

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ussex by the sea, with 150 kilometres of glorious British coastline and acres of rolling countryside, is teaming with villages to explore, castles to escape to, stately homes to snoop around, gardens to roam and attractions to seek adventure. Whether you are a thrill seeker, an artist looking for inspiration, a day tripper looking for a taste of the Great British seaside, a discerning foodie or you’re in the market for some retail therapy, there are thousands of possibilities right here on your doorstep. www.sussexvisitor.com

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Completed in 2012 and now an iconic feature upon the London skyline, The Shard was designed by Renzo Piano and stands at 309.6 metres (1,016ft) high, making it Western Europe’s tallest building. Heralded by the developer, Irvine Sellar/Sellar Property Group, as being a vertical slice of city, the skyscraper encompasses offices, restaurants, residences, London’s highest viewing platform and Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London.

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t was in May 2014 that Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group, ShangriLa Hotels and Resorts, opened it’s first property in the United Kingdom, right up on levels 34 to 52 of the The Shard. As London’s first elevated luxury hotel, the five-star property offers 202 rooms and suites, all with unparalleled views, three signature dining and drinks venues, three riverfacing event rooms as well as an infinity pool and a 24-hour gym on level 52. From the moment you arrive and throughout your journey around the hotel, you are presented with ingenious and innovative design. In the main areas of the hotel, the designers have adopted a contemporary approach to present the sumptuous Oriental motifs, such a fundamental part of the Shangri-La Hotel brand DNA. Colours, textures and materials are used to harmonise the interiors with the cityscape view at each turn. Upon arrival at the ground floor entrance lobby on St Thomas Street, guests are greeted by four soaring feature artworks next to the welcome concierge desk. A strip of interlock-box- shaped crystal chandelier illuminates the whole area, adding a sense of modernity. Along with the lighting and layering effects, the shimmering gold-shaded artworks, featuring Chinese ink painting, exhibit the traditional Chinese poise in an innovative and artistic manner. The simple yet stylish furniture accompanies a pastel yellow floral patterned carpet evoking a warm and cozy atmosphere. In seamless fusion, the sky lobby on level 35 combines the design elements of both East and West influences. Stepping out of the lifts, guests are welcomed by grey marble floors reflecting unrivalled views of iconic London landmarks from floor-to- ceiling windows. Together with the cozy furniture and sculptures in the welcome area, the lobby presents a harmony of art and exceptional views. The hotel features 202 guest rooms that occupy levels 36 through 50 with unparalleled views across London. Although the design layouts are varied from room to room due to the spire- shaped architectural design, the hotel’s design theme is represented in all rooms. Here, the essence of Chinese Arts is reinterpreted in a modern and abstract way. Featuring a soothing colour scheme and mood lighting, all guest rooms are infused with cozy tranquility. The spatial planning, exquisite furniture and the distinctive materials create an unsurpassed living space. Amongst the 202 guest rooms are the Signature Suites, which include one of the largest and most extraordinary hotel suites in London, the Shangri-La Suite. At 188 square metres and residing on Level 39 of Renzo Piano’s iconic skyscraper, The Shard, guests experiencing this one-bedroom jewel in the Shangri-La crown enjoy access via a private lift, 24-hour personal butler service, sumptuous living areas with entirely custom-designed furniture and 180-degree views of London’s iconic landmarks from one of the capital’s most rare addresses.

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The prestigious Shangri-La Suite, designed by Francesca Muzio and Maria Silvia Orlandini, co-founders of lauded Italian design atelier FM – Architettura d’Interni Studio features exquisite custom-made furniture and high-grade silk wallpaper in a refined palette of champagne, citrine and bronze, designed and produced by Muzio, Orlandini and a team of over 250 highly skilled craftsmen from around the world. It also boasts the specially designed Shangri-La Bed featuring patented body-contouring technology and fitted with Frette 1,000-threadcount linen; a grand marble-clad bathroom with integrated television and mirror screens, an expansive walk-in dressing chamber, fine crystal glassware and a well- equipped private pantry, allowing for Shangri-La’s Dine by Design dining experience. The suite may also be connected to an adjacent room, enabling its conversion into a twobedroom suite with a total living space of 232 square metres. LÁNG, the hotel’s local café and wine bar is the perfect meeting place for locals and hotel guests looking for a relaxing spot to have breakfast, lunch, dinner or evening drinks. Located on the ground floor of Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, adjacent to London Bridge Station, LÁNG takes its name from the Chinese word for ‘pathway’ and links the leading high-rise luxury hotel to the local community. For those looking to visit for dinner, a new evening menu has now been launched at LÁNG. Fittingly named the Five Mile menu, all produce is locally sourced from within a five-mile radius of the hotel. LÁNG’s new menu is a celebration of the amazing artisan suppliers with the very best British ingredients located literally on the hotel’s doorstep. The Five Mile menu takes diners on an imaginary journey around the local area from the comfort of their seats at LÁNG. Organic vegetables, premium cured meats and the finest farmhouse cheeses are sourced from the hotel’s neighbours located down the road at Borough Market to those up the street at Bermondsey Street railway arches. Using the freshest ingredients, the hotel’s talented team of chefs have hand-crafted delicious dishes ideal for grazing or dining. From Mini Beef Sliders with Smoked Applewood Cheddar to Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Thighs with Kimchi Mayonnaise, dishes are packed with a multitude of flavours to delight any palette. Delivered directly to the hotel from Billingsgate Fish Market are the finest natural oysters, which can be ordered by the dozen or individually, and are served with a light Japanese ponzu sauce. Meanwhile, premium pork sausages from O’Shea’s butchers, based less than a mile away, make the Jumbo Hotdog with Caramelised Onions a popular guilty pleasure.

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The Five Mile menu takes diners on an imaginary journey around the local area from the comfort of their seats at LÁNG.


A Cannon & Cannon charcuterie board featuring British wild cured sausages, a selection of farmhouse cheeses from Neal’s Yard Dairy and honey from award-winning Bermondsey Street Bees, allow diners to sample a variety of LÁNG favourites simultaneously. For the perfect pairing, LÁNG serves several English wines, including a Bacchus, Foxhole white from the Bolney Estate in Sussex, as well as a pinot noir, Chapel Down Rosé from Kent. Freshly baked homemade cakes from Executive Pastry Chef Heather Kaniuk adorn the counter tops, as does melt-in-your-mouth Whirld Fudge – made using founder Justine’s family recipe that has been passed down through generations. TĪNG is a restaurant and lounge, where guests are invited discover a deliciously local dining experience, celebrating fresh ingredients sourced from suppliers in Borough Market. The name TĪNG derives from the Chinese word for ‘living room’, reflecting the casual elegance of this restaurant and lounge on Level 35, just off the Sky Lobby. The design is sophisticated and subtle, with an openplan finishing deck offering a glimpse into the kitchen’s lively buzz. The restaurant is a popular destination for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and late supper. No matter when you dine or what the occasion is, every dining experience is enhanced by 360-degree views, encompassing the River Thames, Tower Bridge, Maritime Greenwich, Canary Wharf and the historic counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Located at the pinnacle of the Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London at level 52, GŎNG is a curated sky lounge destination crafted by renowned architect Andre Fu of AFSO. Hailed as the highest bar in Europe, GŎNG is conceived as ‘a world of eclectic chinoiserie’, infused with Fu’s signature modern Asian sensuality. Bringing unparalleled elegance to the city’s social scene, this is the perfect place for sunset cocktails and late-night drinks, featuring the dramatic backdrop of London’s skyline, with views to the west, north and east. The bar offers two distinct areas: the cocktail bar and the Champagne bar. The name GŎNG derives from ‘dougong’, a traditional Chinese architectural element of interlocking wooden brackets, featured in the bar’s distinctive design. Working with the distinct architecture of The Shard building, the floor has been deliberately sectioned into a number of intriguing salons including the champagne bar and an infinity pool. Upon entering, guests are greeted with a series of full-height panels in silver-foil - each hand- gilded in patterns of chinoiserie sceneries. Behind them, guests discover the seven metre long Imperial Bar, made of solid Arabescato Orobico Italian marble. Next to it, the champagne Bar area is decked in hues of mauve purple and accented with a ‘cabinet wall’ in rustic hammered metal to provoke surprising textures. At the opposite end of the bar is the iconic infinity pool. Here, a pair of over-sized ivory ‘paint scroll’ appear to float directly above the entire pool - a design that is created to provoke a poetic contrast between the sleek infinity pool and the slanted curtain-wall façade. www.shangri-la.com/london

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A Brighton Icon On The Foodie Scene of Sussex

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The Salt Room is a modern British seafood and grill restaurant, its focus centres on celebrating the Fruits of the Sea, delivering the finest seafood and grilled meat cooked over charcoal to the table. With emphasis being on sustainability, championing local produce and continuing the ethos of sharing plates like its sister restaurants, The Coal Shed and Burnt Orange.

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ocated opposite the West Pier on the ground floor outcrop of the Hilton Metropol, this seaside dining retreat has uninterrupted sea views that can be enjoyed from the inside via its glass fronted windows, and for when the temperatures rise, outside on its vast outdoor terrace

which boasts amazing views of the Skeleton of the West Pier and i360. The luxurious interior of the restaurant consists of striking rustic-meets-industrial décor, in which no expense has been spared. Bare brick walls are sparsely adorned with a grandiose wine rack and the odd west-pier design blueprint, rustic iron downlights and stylish comfy teal leather backed chairs. The ambitious, cleverly designed and easy to navigate menu depicts a whole host of tantalising seafood small plates with delicious offerings such as charred scallops in Café de Paris butter with pickle, lemon and edamame, and grilled octopus, in XO, with seaweed and pomegranate. Irresistible seafood mains like Barbecued Cornish Monkfish and Loch Duart Salmon, as well as singed meaty offerings from the Josper Grill such as dry-aged ribeye steaks. The menu also boasts vegetarian dishes which could tempt even the most ardent carnivore.

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The Dessert menu deserves equal attention, the Salt Room’s signature showstopper “Taste of the Pier” dessert is not to be missed! A colourful sharing platter of seaside-themed treats is a masterful and thoroughly entertaining dessert showing off the chef’s technique and vision. Two sticks of cloud-like candy floss, icing sugar coated pebbles of black chocolate truffle, Mr whippy style ice-cream with hints of salted caramel in a wafer thin cornet, sinful iced doughnut’s filled to the brim with intensely fruity jam and chunks of honeycomb encased in white chocolate. The Salt Room is THE restaurant that tops everyone’s list. The extremely talented kitchen team turn out truly outstanding dishes made from fresh well-sourced seasonal ingredients. It is possible to give The Salt Rooms menu a serious and costly going over, though it is accessible to all, with a lunch and early evening menu set menu where you can enjoy three courses for just £20.00. The size and ideal location also make it the perfect place for functions and group bookings with a private dining room available year round. www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk www.coalshed-restaurant.co.uk www.burnt-orange.co.uk

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3:12 PM Praslin “The world is at a stand still – however our magical desires live on in paradise.”


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HARBOUR HOTELS

Forming part of a collection of 15 hotels with true British pedigree located in premier locations around the south of England from charming seafronts and harbours to royal parks and historic manor houses, Harbour Hotels features a brand new venue in Salcombe, the Harbour Beach Club & Hotel as the perfect year-round coastal retreat.

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This hotel offers a quality beach holiday on the British coast with its resort experience in a luxury, family-friendly, beachside retreat set to stamp its mark on the UK hospitality scene. Situated on the picturesque seafront of South Sands Beach in Salcome, South Devon, this characterful, 50-room hideaway nestles in stunning surrounds with many of its rooms boasting matchless seaside panoramas. Complementing existing accommodation at Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa, Harbour Beach Club & Hotel is all about celebrating holistic wellness and forging a soulful connection with Nature. This it achieves via its impressive suite of outdoor adventures, water-sports activities, alfresco cuisine and awardwinning spa where treatments are inspired by the Oceanside setting and its exclusive partnerships with such renowned luxury brands as Salcombe Distilling Co, Salcombe Brewery Co and Salcombe Dairy. Elsewhere in Devon is the Sidmouth Harbour Hotel & Spa with its heated, open-air pool and sweeping vistas that take in scenic Lyme Bay and the magnificent Jurassic Coast.

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Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa has benefited from an extensive, multi-millionpound refurbishment and sophisticated new look.

Re-launched since 1st June, Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa has benefited from an extensive, multimillion-pound refurbishment and sophisticated new look. Located atop spectacular Richmond Hill, this restored, iconic 18th century retreat proposes an exciting suite of experiences far from the hurly-burly of London. Improvements to the already impressive interior include a vibrant new colour scheme, a brand new spa with no less than 13 treatment rooms, state-of-the-art gym, extensive cardio suite, spin studios and a wellbeing juice bar and café, this tastefully-appointed refuge from hectic city life ticks all the boxes. Life in this particular venue revolves around the simple principles of holistic wellbeing and self-love as promoted by the facilities of worldclass HarSPA & Club and its wide choice of Fitness classes, meditation walks and running sessions through Richmond Park as well as a new Sleep Retreat Experience created in collaboration with the White Company. Specially created for the foodie in you is the Gate: an all-day neighbourhood restaurant serving up a memorable fare of seasonal, à la carte dishes.

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Representing the cream of Cornwall, the St. Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa can be counted among Cornwall’s finest properties whose recent refurbishment makes it a particularly appealing, countryside oasis close to pristine Porthminster Beach. The 52-room sea-view hotel’s recent facelift includes a fresh, new, interior colour scheme as well as embellishments to the exterior and, in particular, the outdoor terrace, all conspiring to make this property the perfect antidote to recalibrate body and soul. Other Harbour Hotels are located in Fowey and Padstow. Another property, Chichester Harbour Hotel & Spa, has also seen a one- million-pound renovation to all of the bedrooms. This 37-room boutique hotel complete with spa and in-house restaurant is set in a beautifully-restored Grade 11 listed Georgian property set in the heart of historic Chichester. Tastefully furnished to reflect the tones and features of the English countryside, the hotel is the ideal stepping stone to lovely walks and bike rides, setting the scene for a quintessential, British staycation. Other city hotels are located in Southampton, Brighton and Bristol. When it comes to fine cuisine, Harbour Hotels is proud to announce the creation of a new, foodie concept - Harbour Kitchen – to five of its properties: Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa, Padstow Harbour Hotel, St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa, Fowey Harbour Hotel and Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa. The concept of Harbour Kitchen revolves around promoting great British classic dishes but with unexpected twists while at the same time in-season, sustainable and local food produce. Group Executive chef, John Pollard, includes such dishes as wild-caught seafood, grass fed meat, and fresh seasonal produce in his menus, showcasing such fare as steamed mussels with Thai coconut chilli and lime, confit duck croquettes, miso pickled cucumber and crispy chilli oil and seabass fillet with mussels, pak choi and miso broth. For those in search of formal cuisine, The Jetty, where Chef Patron Alex Aitken is at the helm as one of England’s most respected chefs offers the chance to savour the famous Twicebaked cheese soufflé or an indulgent Surf & Turf platter with garlic tiger prawns, scallops, crispy squid and sirloin served with steak salad. www.harbourhotels.co.uk

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Rockwater Hove is the ultimate boutique bar and restaurant experience located on the picturesque Western Esplanade of Hove’s seafront. The menu caters for all diets with nourishing options to feed the soul, catering for vegan, vegetarian and glutenfree communities with the likes of Buddha Bowls, vegan burgers, and beer battered banana blossom.

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ROCKWATER t is an oasis about a half hour beach-front stroll or 5 minute drive from Brighton. It’s a stand-alone building that has a complete waterfront view, and no other buildings in the vicinity. An absolutely stunning three floored colossal community hub with a huge garden and seafront decking that provides something for everyone, from morning coffee on the deck to cocktails on the spectacular roof terrace, and everything in between. Each floor has something unique to offer. The venue’s roof terrace where serenity and tranquillity reign is designed as the perfect rendezvous spot for friends and family and an ideal location to enjoy an eclectic array of delicious, locally-sourced food and beverages in the form of seafood platters, handmade pizzas, charcuterie boards, divine pastries and plant-based delicacies accompanied by an extensive, wine, beer and cocktail menu. Designed to be able to operate in all conditions, the Rockwater Hove terrace features an attractive, retractable roof terrace to accommodate Covid-19 protocols and inclement weather. The stunning panoramic seafront views from the roof terrace are breathtaking, and to experience a Rockwater terrace sunset really is something else! With local DJ’s playing chilled Balearic beats, sublime bespoke cocktails and a super relaxed vibe, nowhere else comes close. The ground floor is host to the grandiose restaurant, with beautiful décor, more delicious food options, with hearty dishes like the delicious Rockwater signature burger or line caught beer-battered cod n chips, as well as a fantastic range of small plates and nibbles for those with smaller appetites. The menu caters for all diets with nourishing options to feed the soul, catering for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free communities with the likes of Buddha Bowls, vegan burgers, and beer battered banana blossom. A huge bar spans the entire north wall where you can sit and relax and enjoy a luxurious cocktail or two with some nibbles.


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The ground floor also has a decked beach area, with a good sized chunk of decking featuring lots of wooden tables and booths. They also have branded deck chairs out on the pebbles, perfect for chilled summer beers with friends. Serving the beach, decked area and deckchairs are individual shacks such as Jim’s place serving, hot drinks, Shack to the Future, serving cold beers, wines and spirits as well as refreshing frozen cocktails, and the Love Shack, serving up incredible seafood snacks, hot dogs and a range of pizzas. Downstairs on the lower ground floor is a decadent lounge bar with a huge rear garden, complete with pergola and fire pit area. The bar is perfect for cosy winter evenings and the area is great for hosting all manner of events. Recently a giant stage was erected in the garden, showing a host of musical and comedy acts for their hugely successful pride event HMS-Rockwater. With architecture reflective the heritage and character of Hove’s stunning beachfront, Rockwater Hove provides a unique opportunity for al-fresco dining on a walk-in basis and for lounging, all-day dining, long-evenings and good times with a wellness centre offering classes in collaboration with local fitness experts via Rockwater Life - a year-round timetable of health, wellness, fitness, sports, and hobbies. Bringing together Brighton and Hove’s finest trainers and instructors’ for sessions on your beach-side deck overlooking the water, on the lawns, and in the sea! From yoga, pilates and meditation to HIT, run clubs, and everything in between. Rockwater also becomes a natural hub for such community activities as chess, creative writing, a Brunch Club, retreat, talks, shows and a host of other activities besides. This wonderful haven by the seashore really has everything, and provides a much-needed antidote to the rigours of Covid-19 restrictions and the consequent disruption to family life by proposing a relaxing yet wellappointed culinary hot-spot where to pamper the palate and socialize safely after the long lock-down.

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biza is widely recognised as the party capital of the world, notorious for its round the clock clubbing and beach parties. From the moment you arrive at the airport, and all along the road into the city, you can see billboards for superstar DJs and nightclubs. However, as clubbers on half of the island rave in smoke and lasers and buy their way into VIP booths, there is a new set of island goers emerging. Loosely labeled as the islands “other side” Ibiza has become a hub for wellness and wellbeing, with restaurants, spas, fitness bootcamps and retreats. http://ibiza.travel/en/

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Listed as one of the ‘Top 100 Hotels in the world’ by Sunday Times Travel and winner of ‘Best Boutique Hotel’ by the prestigious White Ibiza Awards for three years running, Pikes hotel is set around sprawling fairytale gardens with a famous aquamarine pool. Lovingly restored in 2011 by Andy McKay and Dawn Hindle founders of the world-famous Ibiza Rocks brand, Pikes is a cultural hub and one of the few places worldwide that is genuinely steeped in a unique pedigree of authentic rock n roll history.

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awn Hindle and Andy McKay are founders of music brand Ibiza Rocks and owners of Pikes Hotel in Ibiza. They were also the co-founders of Manumission, the biggest and most famous club night in the world that launched in 1993 with over 1.5 million visitors over 15 years that gained global notoriety and redefined nightclubbing. In 2005 they recognised the shift in youth culture and launched Ibiza Rocks that pioneered the social rejuvenation of the island. Dawn Hindle is also co-founder of True Rocks jewellery. A rock ’n’roll meets kitsch designer jewellery label famous for their collaborations with Brit artists Gavin Turk and Polly Morgan available at Liberty in London and onlinetruerocks.com Pikes was originally created in the late 1970’s by the legendary Tony Pike. For the last few decades Pikes has been a playground for the music and film elite with regular guests including artists such as Grace Jones, Tony Curtis, Spandau Ballet, George Michael (who filmed ‘Club Tropicana’ in the pool) and Freddie Mercury who held his 41st birthday party there. Last year Primal Scream held their after-party at Pikes (attended by Kate Moss and Jade Jagger) and highlights included a photographic exhibition by fashion and celebrity and portrait photographer Diana Gomez, where illuminated images of icons such as Courtney Love and Jaime Winstone were dotted around the grounds and even sunk into the swimming pool. If you’re feeling sporty, there is a neon pink tennis court, whirlpool tub, and a variety of massages, fitness and yoga classes offered in the ‘Rockovery’ tent day to night. There are 25 comfortable and spacious rooms and junior suites as well as a gorgeous vast apartment ‘La Residencia’, with walls hung with stunning photographic images by Victor Spinelli, Jerome Ferriere and other artists. Each room has a whimsical character and sexy Balearic feel, with décor that gives a nod to the hotel’s rock’n’ roll roots with added extras such as one room with a vintage record player or a sunken bathtub inside another.

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Pikes Hotel represents the original creative, Balearic energy of the island and for 2018 Pikes will be hosting a raft of the best cutting-edge art, literary, food, music and popup events throughout the season. This year Pikes are celebrating 40 years since octogenarian founder Tony Pike landed on the White Isle way back in the late 1970’s. To mark the occasion a beautifully designed coffee table book about Tony’s life has been put together by author Matt Trollope packed full of glossy images that span the last few decades featuring a raft of iconic Pikes guests including Grace Jones and Freddie Mercury. The book will be available to purchase this summer from the Pikes website. On the arts and culture front for 2018, Pikes are raising the bar with a very special charity exhibition in September to raise funds and awareness for the The Hepatitis C Trust. Curated by long-time friend of Pikes, Gemma Peppe, Ibiza On A Postcard will be a huge collection of unique postcards of Ibiza photographs displayed in a giant Dome in Pikes’ famous neon pink tennis court. Expect a fabulous mixture of vintage club shots, famous faces and interesting Ibiza moments that have rarely been seen from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. The foodie credentials at Pikes act as yet another magnet to the discerning traveller and has recently been hailed as ‘Five-Star Delicious’ by ES Magazine. ‘Pikes Kitchen,’ Head Chef Lee Milne’s team is stronger than ever for the 2018 season with a number of passionate new Chefs with a wealth of culinary experience to add to Pikes kitchen. New this season are Sous Chef Kevin Brown (formerly from the Michelin starred ‘The Angler’ in Moorgate) as well as Pastry Chef Will Miles who will be baking some delicious new artisan desserts & breads. In terms of menu choices highly recommended this year is the Pressed Lamb Belly served with Roasted Sprouts, Fennel Flower & Black Garlic emulsion for the meat lovers or pescatarians, the ragout of cuttlefish with squid ink Linguini & lemon basil. Vegetarians will love last years winner the 11 spiced Cauliflower with toasted seeds, smoked Aioli & pickled grapes. Pikes will be continuing to promote above all Spanish wines. Red recommendations include the Hacienda Monestario Reserva from the Ribera del Duero. With a luscious, opulent palate & a velvety texture, it’s an experience from start to finish. In white, surprisingly good is ‘Forlong’, a Pedro Jimenez/ Palomino blend from Cadiz. Floral, perfumed & fresh with a lovely acidity that works really well with fish. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.pikesibiza.com

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Room 39 at Pikes has become ‘the’ place to go on the island for a sublime dining experience after winning the prestigious Best Restaurant Award in White Ibiza’s Best Of Ibiza Readers’ Choice Awards. Our destination restaurant, headed up by Gordan Ramsey trained Head Chef Lee Milne, has a distinctly British stance on cuisine that mixes classic dishes with modern cooking methods.

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Smart Charter Ibiza is one of the most famous places in world to charter a luxury boat and enjoy the stunning vistas the island has to offer from the sea. If it’s just for a day cruise to the small island of Formentera to have a swim in the crystal clear waters or a week long trip to explore the many hidden beaches around Ibiza - Smart Charter Ibiza is the largest boat charter company on the spot and they provide their clients with all they need for the perfect experience onboard.

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ight years ago Charlie Veale, a long time residents, started the company by buying an old boat which he restored and rented out afterwards. The foundation was laid. Today Smart Charter Ibiza still consists of these two parts: maintenance and charter. Both are linked and one wouldn’t work without the other and it wouldn’t work without the team behind both parts either; from Veale who grew up on the island and developed a passion for boats from a very young age to Alessandra Grisoni who was drawn into this dream of building a charter company when they’ve met. Six years ago they merged with another company that already owned a few boats even though they didn’t offer refitting or painting but they now had a proper little fleet that constantly grew. Today they have over 60 boats available for charter, Most of them are based in the city’s port but since there is not enough space for such a big fleet they are some also based around the island with more than a hundred staff looking after them in summer season. From Christina, who works in the Sales department and moved from Miami to the island to Ugne who left from her home country Lithuania to seek a new life on Ibiza to Fidi, Abraham and Dazzla who all put their hearts into the company and make it what is is today: a great success. Most of the team members are residents and know the island like the back of their hands. The company is very proud to provide this personal service with all crew members speaking both English and Spanish and many also French and German. No matter what requests a client has, this is the place to get customised service, a great choice of boats and insider knowledge about the best spots to discover. There are so many beautiful sailing routes around the island that are blissfully traffic free even in peak season. Exposing a coastline where the water is shimmering in all shades of blue and the beaches are unspoilt, with some of Ibiza’s best kept secret dining destinations tucked away in hidden coves and secret bays. Most of the holidayers go on a day cruise to escape the hustle and bustle of Ibiza in high season and to sail in and out of some of the most beautiful and bohemian beaches. The island’s north remains one of the last undiscovered bastions of Ibiza with Cala Xarraca, Cala Xuclar, or Cala d’en Serra. There are also a few tiny but stunning beaches that are only accessible by boat where there is a good chance of being completely alone. Whether you prefer to sunbathe on the deck of your yacht, to stretch out and bask on dry land or to swim and snorkel amongst the abundant marine life, there’s something very special about having all this beauty just for yourself. If you’re in a big group a full day out on a power boat will cost much the same as supper in a smart restaurant. Of course you can also invest into a bigger boat to take some more time to explore all the beautiful spots around the magic White Island. Many clients stay onboard for a week and putter about the quiet coves aboard a sleek yacht.

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It’s hard to top gliding over the waves with friends on your own private boat… even if it’s just for the afternoon.

The 10-person Sunseeker Tomahawk is a great choice to explore the shores of Ibiza in style: the sleek and sexy speedboat comes with a huge sound system and looks and acts the part. Have the cabin stocked with some cold sparkling cava and set off from the port beside Ibiza’s old town around Cap de Falco and Las Salinas towards the bay of Es Torrent. The same-named restaurant is the perfect place to disembark and go for a lovely lunch. Drop anchor beside nearby Es Vedra, the little rocky island which is Ibiza’s unofficial totem – it’s the third most magnetic place in the world. There is also a natural diving platform close by chiselled into the rock face of even tinier neighbouring island Es Vedranell. Smart Charter Ibiza boats all come equipped with snorkel equipment and towels, drinks and snacks, and catering can be arranged. For those who fancy an adventure, the fast and super sleek Sunseeker Superhawk 48 is probably the best water toy. Not only will you look like James Bond, this boat is fast enough to also escape any enemy you might have made by showing off with this eye-catcher. Sailing fans will love the Aiglon 122, a two-masted 45-meter schooner complete with sleek, classic lines that lend her her namesake, The Eagle. Take on some exhilarating coastal sailing in the sparkling Balearic Sea. Less experienced sailors can go on short trips between hidden calas - beaches - while strong winds make for rewarding longer voyages for more advanced crews. One of the newest and most luxurious additions to the fleet is the Blue Jay which comes with five cabins. This Tecnomar Velvet 120 might not be the most affordable option to just shipper around for a bit, but most certainly the perfect choice for a once in a lifetime experience on sea. Having this great boat added to their fleet didn’t seem to be enough for the ambitious young team around Veale and Grisoni. Very recently, they decided to actually take things even further and partnered up with Boatsetter, the biggest online platform for boat charter in the world. Based in Miami, Boatsetter is a three-party marketplace where private boat owners and professional charter companies, captains and renters meet. Like an Air BnB for boats, users can pick nearby ones, rent it with a captain attached or pick a separate crew, and quickly get out on the water at an affordable price. Since the private owners are just trying to make back some of the nonstop expenses of keeping a boat afloat, Boatsetter is easy and affordable and now also available on Ibiza. With this expansion the US-company made a big step into becoming more global while for the Spanish company on Ibiza it is a great success to be linked with the big player in Florida. It is the perfect merger in a world where a materialistic culture is slowly shifting into a more experiential one. People don’t want to spend a ton of money or learn the boating skills to get out on the water. They want to do amazing things they can capture on their camera phones and share on their social networks. They want memories. And it’s hard to top gliding over the waves with friends on your own private boat… even if it’s just for the afternoon. www.smartcharteribiza.com

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The dynamic new lifestyle brand OKU hotels has opened a second understated, luxury hideaway hotel for the traveller in search of a soulful experience on the island of Ibiza – a powerful invitation to travellers to reconnect with their inner self and embrace the ultimate in elegant, barefoot living.

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he hotel’s minimalist design is inspired by the Japanese philosophy of wabisabi and features signature use of earthy tones and natural materials to fashion warm and welcoming spaces. Among this new hotel’s standout features are Ibiza’s largest swimming pools (one of four); an enticing spa; 140 sq m signature suite; private, four-bedroom villa complete with private pool and the OKU restaurant. Nestled in verdant hillsides on the fringe of Cala Gracio Bay, OKU Ibiza focuses on living life at a slower than ‘normal’ pace while providing a rich variety of experiences for the inquisitive traveller. Accommodation comes in the form of 184 boho-chic guestrooms and suites; the 140 sq m OKU signature suite; standalone four-bedroom villa with private pool; and ocean-view penthouses. Hotel facilities include two hotel pools (with a further semi-private pool serving the six swim-up rooms); two fine restaurants and a spa. The overarching philosophy of OKU is inspired by the Japanese spiritual concept of ‘Inner Space’ that pervades the architecture of its hotels to offer understated luxury in captivating destinations accompanied by a suite of energising wellbeing practices as well as culinary and musical experiences to stimulate the senses. Here, eye-catching architecture and thoughtful design join forces in the overall plan of the in-house design team to reflect the innate, unplugged nature of the island beach scene as a definitive invitation to enjoy authentic barefoot living. OKU principles are brought to life through the hotel’s inspired, soulful use of space and further emphasised by the delicate play between natural light and shadows, echoing beautifully the wabi-sabi ethos of connecting to the earth and making maximum use of natural materials. The alchemist of the OKU architectural philosophy is the award-winning father and son team of MG&AG who have combined to work their magic on over 60 residential and hospitality projects worldwide. OKU Ibiza also showcases the work of acclaimed modern artists such as the bespoke commissions by LA-based painter and sculptor Steve Tepas and Belgian artist Tom Van Puyvelde. The resulting ambiance of elegant simplicity ensures that wherever guests are staying – in one of the swim up pool guest rooms, ocean view penthouses, epic OKU Signature Suite or the four bedroom villa – they are sure to feel relaxed as they pick up on the distinctive vibe of this unique Balearic Island retreat.

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Above all, OKU Ibiza is not simply a hotel but a way of life that proposes a different way of enjoying the renowned party island by championing a slower pace of life

Above all, OKU Ibiza is not simply a hotel but a way of life that proposes a different way of enjoying the renowned party island by championing a slower pace of life and encouraging guests to take the time to focus on themselves. This is achieved by offering daily, complementary yoga sessions held in the rooftop yoga shala and by the hotel’s unforgettable spa experience in five treatment rooms offering a carefully-curated menu of treatments that combine ancient traditions with modern techniques using all-natural products. The hotel also has a fitness studio with state-of-the-art equipment by NOHrd & Casall with personal trainers available for those wishing to engage with a more personalised programme. The signature Sunday brunch is certainly something not to be missed as a rotating programme of some of the island’s finest DJs and live acts perform while guests enjoy and all-day brunch by the main pool accompanied by a tempting array of fresh juices and mouth-watering cocktails. OKU’s amazing dining scene is to be found in the two main restaurants where destination dining is available at the OKU restaurant, with more relaxed fare available at the poolside TO Kima. The menus of both venues have been carefully drawn up by executive chef Mark Vaessen, formerly of Sushisamba, and well-known and respected for his wizardry in fusion Japanese cuisine. His deft touch ensures that guests embark on a delicious culinary adventure employing only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Diners can look forward to a more refined dining experience at the OKU restaurant that is open for dinner with its adventurous range of international fusion cuisine characterised by a strong Asian influence and tantalising choice of Asian-inspired tapas; grilled meats; fish; menu of raw Asian delicacies of sashimi and nigiri as well as extensive vegetarian and vegan options. The hotel’s impressive bar, located next to the restaurant and the 50m pool serves a selection of cocktails all day long and is also the ideal venue for that aperitif or after dinner night-cap, all enjoyed to the sounds of DJ beats till late. Meanwhile, To Kima provides a more relaxed backdrop for breakfasts and all-day lunches showcasing the finest Mediterranean cuisine with sharing-style platters and light bites, à la carte and poolside snacks. OKU Ibiza even has a juice bar where guests can enjoy fresh-pressed juices and smoothies all day long. www.okuhotels.com/oku-ibiza/

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Roughly a 20-minute drive from Ibiza town, Chiringuito Blue is located on Santa Eularia beach, a charming Mediterranean bay known for its crystal, shallow waters, lengthy promenade and spectacular views of Formentera in the distance.

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ith a fortified 16th century church, Puig de Missa, on the hill overlooking the town, a river-walk and a beautiful yacht marina and excellent range of shops, Santa Eularia offers the perfect balance between authenticity and modernity. The municipality also includes delightful inland villages such as Santa Gertrudis and Sant Carles as well as the only golf course on the island. In terms of its culinary offerings, Chiringuito Blue boasts an eclectic range of cuisines that showcases a divine fusion of exotic dishes from the East using only the most choice and high-quality local products taking diners on a journey of flavours. It also features a select list of the finest wines and premier selection of cocktails for that ultimate experience of first class gastronomy that is the responsibility of director of operations, Juanan Martinez and manager Alexis Carreno. This season’s freshly-conceived dishes include the tasteful ‘soft shell crab with salsa verde and homemade zhug mayonnaise’, a savoury, creamy salad made with ‘Charcoal cherry tomatoes, pesto and Stracciatella cheese’; or the exotic ‘yellowtail shawarma with roasted peppers, onions and lentils’. These are accompanied by a selection of starters and dishes designed for sharing: ‘warm chickpeas, tahini,

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grated tomato, turmeric’; the famous Shakshuka ‘2 sunny-side-up eggs in slow-cooked tomato stew served with pita bread and tahini’; or the favourite of many - ‘creamy soft Iberican Joselito Ham croquettes’. With a mouth-watering variety of fresh fish and select seafood, the varied menu offers something for every palate alongside a host of healthy, vegetarian and vegan options. Main dishes include such treats as a ‘charcoal-grilled, free-range whole chicken with sage and Ibizan lemons’ or ‘Mezzi paccheri pasta with calamari and Sicilian cherry tomato’ and grilled catchof-the-day. The extensive drinks menu features an enticing wine list as well as cocktails created from choice spirits and homemade syrups. Memorable desserts are another hallmark of the restaurant with such options as ‘ice cream sandwich’ made with vegan chocolate ice cream and crumble, corn crunch and wafer flake, vegan-friendly, lactose-free and with the possibility of ordering it gluten-free too. Other options include ‘Piña colada tart’ or ‘Cheesecake mousse’. Meanwhile, the promenade kiosk provides coffee, a range of delectable pastries and healthy snacks to take away - perfect for those on the run or picnickers looking for tasty treats. Children are always welcome and are entertained by one of the island’s

premier child-minding service companies every weekend at their eco-conscious kids’ corner. The Kids Menu offers a variety of tasty homemade dishes. Children are well entertained with games, face painting and crafts on the sand while the grown-ups relax on the shaded sofa. Chiringuito Blue’s overarching philosophy remains all about sustainability, placing an emphasis on organic produce from the island that is good for the soul at the same time that is of benefit to the planet. The restaurant collaborates closely with Ibiza Preservation Foundation working to preserve Ibiza and Formentera’s unique environment and cultural heritage and addressing several issues impacting the islands’ wellbeing including tourism, land use, water, energy, waste, biodiversity and transport. Furthermore, the restaurant collaborates with the fundraising initiative ‘1 Euro per Table for the Environment’ which IPF launched in 2013. Chiringuito Blue is an idyllic place to enjoy a drink as an après-beach treat as the sun goes down while evening meals at the restaurant, under the stars are simply the perfect way to end the day. Throughout the summer months, Thursday evenings bring ‘Jueves Blue’ a soirée of dinner, coctails and musical talent featuring a different artist each week. www.chiringuitoblueibiza.com


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Ve CAFé IBIZA Ve Café, situated on the promenade of W Ibiza Hotel in the most up-andcoming area of the island popular for its tranquil, authentic island vibe and glorious beaches and only a 20-minute drive from Ibiza town, is a venue that offers mindful nutrition as part of a holistic way of life.

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e Café proudly presents a whole new approach to healthy cuisine via a new range of cuisine and beverages designed to keep diners healthy and energised. Irrespective of whether it is post-workout or post night-out, the café offers an enticing range of plant-based breakfasts and lunches complete with a host of vegan options that clients will find not only to be ultra-nutritious but also delightfully delicious. Every single dish on offer features gorgeous aromas and arrive at your table packed with goodness thanks to its sourcing only the highest quality ingredients from the local farms of Ibiza and specialist suppliers who care deeply about how those ingredients are grown and soulfully prepared. Ve café is the place to go for the ultimate ‘green’ experience, transporting diners back to the very origins of food in a simple, natural and wholesome way that will keep them coming back for more. Commandingly situated in a location that enjoys not only proximity to the beach but also with stunning vistas of the sea, Ve café proposes a chic, urban terraced space and a stylish, light-filled interior complete with showcase chef’s kitchen that is an ideal venue for a casual rendezvous with friends within an upbeat ambiance of uplifting beats and positive vibes. With clients’ wellness our strict priority, an inspiring spotto encourages health and wellbeing with multi-coloured power dishes, cleansing juices, artisan beers and biodynamic wines. Beachnics, an exciting creation of Ve Café for active people on the go, is the ultimate way to savour a picnic on a beach, boat or terrace with their special range of takeaway picnics providing a wholesome, healthy and colourful feast to enjoy anywhere, anytime. To further compliment a healthy lifestyle, Ve café also fulfils the purpose of being a cultural and community hub and a venue for resting, learning or working, attracting tourists and Ibiza residents alike to participate in a new cultural movement and enjoy especially-organised events such as Green Mondays, Breakfast club, Family Days and Wine Tasting evenings. Inspired cuisine of the highest quality and innovation is ensured by award-winning Israeli top chef Haim Cohen whose passion and enthusiasm provides the flair behind choice vegetarian dishes created with consciousness, creativity and a great emphasis on seasonal, local legumes. Cohen is of the belief that a plant-based diet helps maintain a balance on the planet and at Ve Café he translates this into a delicious selection of unique and wholesome recipes.

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La Llama Restaurant W IBIZA One of the standout restaurants of W Ibiza, situated in the increasingly in vogue area of Santa Eularia, famous for its authentic, calming, island vibes and stunning beaches, is La Llama that opened its doors for breakfasts and dinners in June 2021.

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oasting a fortified 16th century church, Puig de Missa, on the hill overlooking the town, a river-walk and a beautiful yacht marina and excellent choice of shops, Santa Eularia offers the perfect balance between authenticity and modernity. The municipality also includes delightful inland villages such as Santa Gertrudis and Sant Carles as well as the only golf course on the island. A mere 20-minute drive from Ibiza town, La Llama is a place of contrasts where light and darkness interact in tantalising ways and where, in particular, sunrise is celebrated with a refreshing and invigorating breakfast - the ideal start to any new day. Our evening dining experience follows in the same vein as our guests are invited to eat, drink and relax to uplifting beats in a truly captivating atmosphere, entry via the Bridge Bar gives diners the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail or two prior to being seated all with the stunning backdrop of beach and bay. The timeless allure and potency of fire inspires cooking techniques that are a blend of old and new, whether the dishes concerned are prepared in a traditional Taboon oven or roasted on a modern, open-flame grill. Whatever the culinary method, it unfailingly gives way to a wonderful and flavourful experience designed for sharing or for keeping to oneself to the accompaniment of the beat of the DJ’s vibrant sounds. The La Llama chooses only the very finest cuts of meat available on the planet, selected by our discerning team of culinary experts alongside an exclusive array of sumptuous seafood, lovingly prepared to please the diner’s palate over flames in the open kitchen. Here is where to indulge your foodie side with a taste of local Galician blond, Wagyu and Finnish Ayrshire cuts, among other delicacies. The subtle aromas and rose buttery marbling of these exceptional world-class, cuts will transport diners to remote mountain pastures and rolling fields while warm, earthy spices are sure to tantalise their taste buds. Award-winning, Chef Haim Cohen, one of Israel’s top chefs, TV personality and leading judge of Israeli Masterchef for eight years provides the culinary inspiration to the cuisine at La Llama, characterised by instinct and passion and with a menu star-studded by unique and alluring combinations of flavours it’s the perfect venue for that special evening with friends, or for the ultimate dining experience ask about the chefs table options. La Llama is particularly proud of its wine cellar, one of the largest on the island and housing an eclectic selection of carefully-chosen international wines. Similarly, our list of mouth-watering cocktails is sure to please and make all the difference to the quality of your evening in this temple of flavour where a truly hypnotic ambiance is sure to seduce guests from table to dancefloor.

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W IBIZA

W Ibiza is a long-anticipated, off-the-beaten-track presence on the palm-fringed, sun-kissed beachfront of the island’s third-largest town, Santa Eulalia, with its cosmopolitan outlook where Hippy culture meets Club Culture in an intoxicating fusion of myth, legend and innate, island spirit exuded by the vibrant, local art galleries, trendy boutiques and amazing dining along shimmering beaches.

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onveniently located only 15 minutes from Ibiza town, 21 km from Ibiza airport and the daily boats leaving to Formentera from Santa Eulalia marina. At the core of its boho philosophy, W Ibiza aspires to be a magnet for free-spirits, clubbers and jet setters alike, blending their contrasting lifestyles into an escape that is savvy, soulful and stylish. In short, the ultimate stay and play. Echoing that philosophy are the hotel’s bold and playful architecture and vibrant interiors, a tribute to Ibiza’s Bohemian heritage, that cry out to guests to spark the imagination and make a connection with the soul of the place. However, guests will find that the hotel’s bohemian theme that is so synonymous with Ibiza is tempered by refined sophistication and further reflected through the spatial arrangement and selection of materials and finishes.

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W IBIZA W Ibizaʼs great advantage is its location and the fact that it is one of only a handful of hotels in Santa Eulalia with direct access to the sea.

Something that further defines the W Ibiza´s essence is its whatever/whenever culture that allows guests to enjoy the facilities of the hotel to the absolute maximum whether it’s a craving for a signature cocktail or planning that dream outing or excursion. This is complemented by the role of the W Insiders - mavens who thanks to their experience and knowledge of the very latest trends in fashion, music and design, are able to connect guests to the coolest experiences both inside and outside of the hotel, granting them privileged access to little known hotspots and the chance to really get beneath the skin of Ibiza. W Ibiza´s great advantage is its location and the fact that it is one of only a handful of hotels in Santa Eulalia with direct access to the sea, ideal for sun seekers and beach lovers, while those aficionados of water sports can always head in the direction of the Marina for a dive or a boat ride. For those wanting to stay closer to home, they may do so and still enjoy the music in two different spaces with two contrasting atmospheres: the main wet deck with a kid’s swimming pool and Glow Bar that is an adults-only area overlooking the bay and the mountains of Santa Eulalia. Meanwhile, the Wet Deck is a unique terrace enjoying direct access to the beach and combining a pool, bar, music and relaxing sunbeds – an ideal venue where to enjoy snacks, all-day food and cocktails. This is the place for chilled, theme events and weekly sessions led by renowned DJ’s. Away Spa is where the beauty bar team will pamper guests as they sip a glass of champagne. From their mantra of detox.retox.repeat, there are treatments available to dispel the cobwebs after a night out on the town or simply to help guests to relax and unwind. Away Spa has six treatment rooms as well as dedicated stations for manicures and pedicures. For those with a more active lifestyle, FIT with its state-of-the-art fitness equipment allows guests to recharge their fitness batteries.

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Glow Bar is a singular space of W Ibiza – an adults-only retreat where sea views and mountain vistas combine.

The W Ibiza meeting room, STUDIO, is a unique space that provides an innovative environment for any type of meeting or private event and able to host gatherings of up to 59 people in an atmosphere conducive to stimulating creativity. STUDIO comes equipped with a screen and integrated projector and allows for the adaptation of the space with different types of layouts. The facility allows for food and beverages to be ordered from any of the hotel restaurants. The hotel Games Room showcases flower power colours for kids and provides a playground, allowing the young to get those creative juices flowing. When it comes to food and beverage, W Ibiza offers a grand diversity of gastronomic experiences across its eight restaurants and bars. At the foundation of this foodie haven lies cutting-edge cuisine and the perfect combination of local products and international collaborations. Glow Bar is a singular space of W Ibiza – an adults-only retreat where sea views and mountain vistas combine to create the perfect ambiance for yoga and mindfulness guided by the best professionals on the islands. The Glow infinity pool provides an oasis of peace and the perfect opportunity to kick back and relax on one of the sunbeds, sip a delicious cocktail or snack on some sushi. In terms of accommodation, W Ibiza’s 162 rooms, including 52 suites, are designed as statements of islandstyle luxury with the hotel suites having terraces with commanding views of the sea or mountains – each one a perfect cocoon of comfort from where to savour the very best of the Ibizan vibe. www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ibzwh-w-ibiza/

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Presiding over one of Ibiza’s most iconic beaches, Elements Ibiza sits in pride of place on the south side of Benirras. The expansive, stylish concept space takes over an entire corner, incorporating an Ibiza beach restaurant, juice bar, lounge bar, treatment and massage room, boutique and more.

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reated with love by long-term Italian-born, Ibiza resident Kiko Malcarne, the open plan space is a unique fusion of all-white surfaces, modern furnishings and décor created from recycled materials to create a natural, organic feeling. Deep in the harmony of natural beach environment, Elements offers a modern, ecological approach to the world of restaurants and entertainment. You’ll experience a magical atmosphere of full energy with the necessary elements to enjoy from morning to night. Take breakfast and read in front of the sea, check your emails, enjoy the fresh natural juices selection, delight over the Mediterranean menu prepared with a variety of local fresh organic products and let the team take care of every little detail. The handmade pasta is prepared everyday as is the bread and pizza, creating a totally delicious Italian taste. The concept behind Elements supports absolute respect for the environment and nature that it blends into. The free spirit of the restaurant makes it a very special spot to share with family, friends, with a loved one, your children or alone. Elements offers a modern and ecologic approach to food hospitality and entertainment. The Elements philosophy is “from farm to fork” agriculture and eco-sustainable consumption. It is a counter trend to globalisation that presupposes that agricultural products cultivated in a certain area do not travel more than 70/80 kilometers before reaching the final consumer and brings with it a series of undisputed advantages such as having extremely fresh products that do not get particular labelling, packaging or other long and complicated distribution procedures. CO2 emissions are reduced to a minimum and natural agricultural methods are used that do not involve pesticides, synthetic or chemical hormones. Lastly, there is an important cultural aspect: the customer feels closer to the agricultural reality of the place, coming into direct contact with the local fauna and flora.

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Hailed as ‘an authentic place, a living place’, Elements Ibiza captures the spirit of Benirras and blends harmony, freedom, joy and laughter. A commitment to safeguard local food, defend wild species’ biodiversity and convivial places often high in artistic and historical value is undertaken. All these efforts all for a more careful tourism and cohabitation that respects the surrounding environment for a better future of the most valuable asset we have: Earth. Served from 9 am and all day long until the midnight (or more), the wide range of mediterranean delicacies offered by Elements Beach Bar and Restaurant, will provide all you need to enjoy a fantastic and complete beach day or, likewise, guarantee an elegant dinner during sunset accompanied by a menu elaborated with selected fresh and organic local product. The restaurant lives amidst other spaces: the Boutique dedicated to exclusive, trendy clothes and accessories chosen and brought from all over the world, a Cocktail Lounge Bar for time-out, a yummy outdoor Natural Juice Bar, and a Massage room with varied offers to enjoy in a neat and tidy, simple way charged with positive energy. “This place is overflowing with “good vibes” and no expectations. A “must” on the island of Ibiza” Elements Ibiza is renowned for its beach parties put on with that Spirit of Ibiza style and boast an incredible history of hosting top international guest and resident DJs, including the OpenLab team for two seasons. Elements Ibiza is also a wedding venue where couples and their guests can experience their special day surrounded by nature, from day in to night. Hailed as ‘an authentic place, a living place’, Elements Ibiza captures the spirit of Benirras and blends harmony, freedom, joy and laughter. It is this spirit, inspired by the four elements, that will guarantee your entertainment and satisfaction at Elements. For more information, please visit www.elements-ibiza.com

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NAGAIIBIZA Nestled in the tranquil countryside on the road from Ibiza Town to San Juan sits a truly remarkable restaurant. One whose story is nothing short of an amazing adventure, and is now in its ninth season, winning international awards the past 3 years. Nagai is cementing its reputation as a must visit for anyone descending on the white isle!

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he restaurant is made up of a team of four globe-trotting entrepreneurs who have been brought together by sheer fate and a love of international cuisine, to create this exciting and stylish restaurant which will stimulate all your senses and have you yearning for a return visit. Nagai’s story began in Thailand on the island of Koh-Pangang where Eleonora and her brother Luigi took the chance to open a sushi restaurant without having ever tried Sushi... a trip to Bangkok, a chance meeting with Reina Nagai, who was backpacking at the time and staying with some friends. a spontaneous dinner with seemingly nothing in the fridge, and...the rest is history! Eleonora, so impressed with Reina’s incredible talent for creating exquisite dishes out of the simplest ingredients, proposed a partnership that made a huge success out of the restaurant in Thailand, as well as two more in Italy, and most recently Nagai Ibiza! Nagai’s fourth member Melchior, grew up in Ibiza, has travelled the world, is an accomplished linguist, quantum alchemist and treasure trove of island lore. The foursome all have clear roles and manage to work in harmony as well as create a team of young, friendly, Ibiza-style staff. So much passion and imagination has been put into this venture. It is all completely family-run designing the layout to be as harmonious as possible, integrating art, music, light and nature into the decor. Everything in Nagai is designed to stimulate the senses. Light, sound, and stunning contemporary Geisha artwork all work in harmony to excite and inspire conversation, with the majority of Nagai’s seating being outside on their boutique summer terrace surrounding a beautifully lit olive tree.

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NAGAIIBIZA It’s not all about the food at Nagai. They do all they can to support local artists, sculptors, and jewellery makers, displaying and selling their work. The passion and creativity so evident in the look and feel to Nagai Ibiza extends to the exceptionally well thought out, and ever evolving menu. Often described as “Japanese Fusion”, there are many classic Japanese dishes such as Sushi and Nigiri made from the finest Japanese organic rice and freshest fish, plus favourites such as Teriyaki, Gyoza, and Karaage. The Chef’s creations also draw influences from Europe, Thailand, Korea, Europe, and all over the world, using only the best organic, most nutritious ingredients. Much care and attention to the finest detail is put into the presentation of each and every dish, and the combinations of flavours are designed to excite and rouse emotions. Everyone is catered for here, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options on the menu. It’s not all about the food at Nagai. They do all they can to support local artists, sculptors, and jewellery makers, displaying and selling their work. Local DJ’s, musicians and performance artists will entertain you while you eat or sample one of their imaginative cocktails. 2019 has already proven to be one of the most exciting years so far in Nagai Ibiza history, and there are still even more thrilling events in the pipeline, including their now legendary closing party at the end of the season. They have a great team ready to look after all who grace their terrace. They will continue to experiment and develop new and exhilarating concepts in the dishes they produce, utilising the wealth of international experience on offer from the team. They have even more exciting performance artists and musicians ready to entertain. On top of all this they will continue to support local charities such as the Ibiza Preservation Society and take part in beach cleaning. This year is their best season yet, so ensure you book a table! Although capable of seating many more, Nagai will book in less than 100 guests a sitting to ensure everyone has a good time and is well looked after! www.nagairestaurant.com

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The new kid on the block in Ibiza this summer is most definitely Six Senses Ibiza – a pioneer brand of world-class wellness and sustainability that looks set to catapult the Balearic party island to a new level with its offering of an island-style way of life that embraces music, art, spirituality, fashion, wellness and sustainability.

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s the first sustainable, BREEAM certified resort on the island, Six Senses Ibiza has partners with a team of prominent tastemakers to fashion a bespoke environment including world-renowned Israeli chef, Eyal Shani and Elaine Groenestein responsible for curating an evolving exhibition of Magnum Photography. Ideally situated on Ibiza’s tranquil northern tip and a 35-minute private transfer from the airport, this 20-acre, village-like resort captures the authentic spirit of the island complete with unrivalled sea views and direct access to Cala Xarraca, one of Ibiza’s most iconic bays. A constantly evolving programme of experiences will celebrate the island’s music, art, sustainable fashion, spirituality, wellness, culinary adventure and culture, all within a resort offering 116 guest accommodations, villas, suites, beachfront caves and village residences with intimate terraces, lush gardens and pools to suit the requirements of those discerning travellers in search of the perfect Mediterranean hideaway. Inspired by the Ibizan culture of community, spirituality and celebration, in the hot season that prevails from May to October, the community celebrates as they soak up the island vibe poolside, meet up with an extended family of islanders or gather at night to embark together on culinary adventures, festival pop-up events and full moon dinners. During the cool season, from November to April, is when the community participates together in deep, spiritual experiences via a series of teaser weekends and longer stay retreats featuring yoga, cleansing and fitness. Immersed in the bucolic ambiance provided by unspoiled caves and groves, Six Senses Ibiza epitomises the light, splendour and natural rhythms of the island so attractive to its visitors. Defined by the tactile, Finca-style aesthetic with its modern, sophisticated design and finish, the resort’s architecture is inspired by locally-sourced materials. The Farm at Six Senses Ibiza is a 400-year old agricultural estate and olive press where guests can participate in cultivating the abundance of organic produce supplying the resort’s restaurants, café and bars.

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Six Senses Ibiza has become the first European showcase for celebrity chef Eyal Shani, his sublime culinary creations in line with the Eat with Six Senses guiding principles of organic, seasonal, nutritious and delicious and enjoyed on the long tables of the Farmers’ market as well as at other signature venues such as The Orchard; The Piazza; Farmacy Bar and Live Cave, complemented by Grow-your-own-veg; chef’s table and even cooking lessons at The Farm. Echoing the natural, mellow, restorative tempo of the island, the Six Senses Spa houses both single and couple’s treatment room, steam room, hammam, and state-of-the-art fitness area, café and juice bar. The RoseBar offers an opportunity to roll back the years through a raft of healing and preventative longevity programmes that combines diagnostics, biohacking, nutrition and beauty treatments. In addition, there is an impressive, outdoor yoga deck and rooftop boxing ring. There also exists a programme of immersive retreats at the resort facilitated by Friends of Six Senses, visiting practitioners and partners.

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Six Senses Ibiza provides an exciting new venue for the iconic Ibizan music scene.

Six Senses Ibiza provides an exciting new venue for the iconic Ibizan music scene at the shorefront, Live Cave music hotspot at the heart of the resort. Here is where to enjoy live shows, events, emerging artist sessions, and an expansive vinyl collection. Notably, the Live Cave features avant-garde technology from McIntosh and Sonus faber through a partnership with McIntosh Group. There is also a Cave Royale guestroom with a secret door leading to the Recording Studio for when creativity strikes in the middle of the night. Fashion is celebrated at Six Senses Ibiza at the Agora, an innovative concept in retail that is part entertainment, part education and part shopping experience. Curated by famous fashion editors Daniella Agnelli and Tiffanie Darke, it strives to tell a story in a series of chapters: Reduce, Recycle, Rent and Restore. Highlights of the store will be a “Live Magazine” experience, a “Cinderella Room” for dress-up nights as well as an intention tree for customers to remember the change. An essential component of the Six Senses experience is Arts & Culture that allows guests to browse the resort’s galleries and the displays of Magnum photographers especially curated by Elaine Groenestein to reflect Ibiza’s quintessential themes. In addition to photography events and workshops, there is also a wide selection of fine prints available through the Magnum Gallery and an impressive library for guests to enjoy.

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High on your list of attractions for your next break in the Balearic Islands should be a day or evening well-spent at the Beachouse Ibiza located on the palm-lined Playa dén Bossa boulevard.

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his popular beach club and restaurant is now open to travellers and features a re-crafted, sensory experience and epitome of the classic Balearic lifestyle through its sumptuous, locally-sourced Mediterranean cuisine and the immersive experience of its kid’s club that help to make the ultimate day out for guests of every age. Balmy temperatures conspire with shimmering strands of ivory sand lapped by sparkling blue waters to make this relaxed but luxuriously-appointed retreat a refreshingly new and vibrant experience of this iconic island hideaway, while seducing you to reconnect with the primal rhythms of nature and, above all, with yourself as you absorb the unique island-style vibe, the glorious Ibiza sunshine, complimentary yoga sessions and, of course, the divine gastronomy on offer from dawn to dusk. At the throbbing heart of Beachouse Ibiza is an exciting new trend in Mediterranean cuisine that makes ample and discerning use of local produce and ingredients. This is a genuine, foody heaven guaranteed to please the most discriminating palate via its range of refreshing breakfasts, delightful lunches and memorable dinners by moonlight. At the helm of Beachouse gastronomy stands executive chef Gennaro Vitto with his talented local team - Victor Rodriguez and Sergio Cardenosa - together championing the cause of using locally-sourced produce from both land and sea. This internationallyacclaimed, outstanding culinary team never fails to breathe life into foody souls and their dreams of experiencing the very best fare that Ibiza has to offer with such signature dishes as Zucchini burrata and fresh mint; watermelon tomato salad accompanied by preserved lemon; charcoal grilled beetroot served with Greek yoghurt and toasted pistachio; whole wild seabass served with picked kumquat and green tomato and grilled carabineros, pluma iberica, spring onion and chimichurri. A sublime epicurean adventure for those seeking the ultimate Ibizan foodie experience is to dine beneath the star-spangled heavens as a part of Beachouse’s new Moonlit Dinner Series. This is a particularly soulful dining extravaganza combining food, art and music where guests are able to book their place in this magical weekly event lasting from dawn to midnight featuring seating at elegant, long tables and savouring select dishes from the á la carte menu while being serenaded by headline musicians and immersive, live performances.

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But Beachouse is about far more than this and is a place where aficionados of an active lifestyle can take their holistic well-being to an entirely new level thanks to the club’s daily beach yoga sessions. Here, guided by master instructors, guests are invited to surrender to the soulful Ibizan way of life and to the restorative benefits of exhilarating yoga sessions followed by breakfast at the open air restaurant. Embracing the natural elements of the island, Beachouse Ibiza’s ‘Nourish Menu’ boasts food for the soul, including breakfast bowls and other fine specialities. A signature feature of the Beachouse experience is the all-uniting spirit of its music where guests can escape and unwind to an eclectic blend of diverse talent and carefully-selected, quality musicians sure to bring the Balearic soul to life. Beachouse welcomes guests of all ages and particularly invites its younger visitors to enjoy its complimentary kid’s space known as the Little Beachouse that opens daily and with no prior booking required. Here, parents can lay back and enjoy some quality ‘me time’, sure in the knowledge that the needs of their little ones will be fully catered to by way of an inspired and highly-entertaining programme of arts and crafts, kiddies’ yoga, face painting, music classes with the in-house DJs and so much more besides. Beachouse’s catering for its younger clients also extends to their dining as the restaurant caters for the appetites of visitors of all ages with its varied and nutritious children’s menu. Beachouse Ibiza offers a singular experience of the Ibizan way of life and an unforgettable taste of its fiery soul via a suite of experiences designed to introduce its guests to the very best that the island has to offer by way of excellent cuisine, an effervescent ambiance and memories of great times that will have you coming back for more.

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“Barefoot In Paradise”

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cattered like summer blossom across the Indian Ocean, The Seychelles is a destination well-renowned for being the ultimate in luxury, celebrity escapes, family adventures and the honeymoon location that dreams are made of. The 115 islands are hailed for their exquisite natural beauty, the peaceful harmony enjoyed by the multi-ethnic society, heavenly beaches, luscious peaked backdrops and a near perfect climate where the temperature is always somewhere between 24 and 33 degrees Celsius, earning the islands a reputation as ‘land of perpetual summer’. https://seychelles.com/home P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y PA U L T U R C OT T E Le Studio Photo Gallery Anse Lazio Road Baie de Pasquière Praslin Seychelles w w w. s e y f i l m . c o m

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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for guests to reconnect with their environment according to the timeless rhythms of nature

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granite and coral-fringed beaches of picture-postcard splendour lies the Six Senses Zil Pasyon. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for guests to reconnect with their environment according to the timeless rhythms of nature while enjoying the very best that Seychelles has to offer in absolute comfort. Situated 30 miles (55 kilometers) northeast of Mahé International Airport, Six Senses Zil Pasyon is accessible only by a scenic 20-minute private helicopter journey or an

exhilarating one-hour boat trip on a private motor yacht. Both modes of transport allow guests to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Seychelles in the best possible ways. For guests travelling by private jet, landing permits are issued at the discretion of the Seychelles government and should be applied for directly by the client.

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The elevated pool with sundeck, yoga, and meditation pavilion enhance the personal journeys

Taking up less than one third of the total island, Six Senses Zil Pasyon is the only resort on Félicité island surrounded by a glittering necklace of satellite islands. Accommodation takes the form of 28 one bedroom and two two-bedroom, spacious pool villas alongside two striking three and four bedroom residences with ultra-sleek finishes, offering optimal seclusion within a uniquely beautiful tropical landscape and sublime, uninterrupted ocean panoramas made in heaven from the various private decks and swimming pools. Guest’s enjoyment of the ultimate in tropical island cocoons comes with their very own multi-lingual GEM or guest experience-maker to assist in navigating the many facilities and amenities available in the resort that include everything from hiking, excursions, island tours, sunset cruises and discovering nature and even learning Creole to water sports and beach activities in Seychelles and rounding the day off at Cinema Paradiso under the stars. At Six Senses Zil Pasyon there is something for every sun-worshipper, nature lover, thrill seeker, yogi, Insta family, foodie and lounger. Fine-dining together with more casual fare can be enjoyed at Six Senses Zil Pasyon’s eclectic choice of dining venues and private, immersive culinary experiences such as at the Chef’s Kitchen and Wine Vault or blending the idyllic setting of Seychelles with a traditional French afternoon with a game of pétanque accompanied by Pastis or rosé wine and a gourmet charcuterie board. There is also Lakanbiz with its fine selection of home-infused rums, punch and cigars; the Koko bar with its tempting range of bespoke cocktails; the Ocean Kitchen with nonmeat dishes inspired by local Creole cuisine and the Island Café with its fusion of European, Asian and African fare.

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a uniquely beautiful tropical landscape and sublime, uninterrupted ocean panoramas

Six Senses Spa Zil Pasyon features five double treatment villas (Rock, Cave, Ocean, Nature and Floating) that reflect the island’s eco-system, colours, textures and themes. The elevated pool with sundeck, yoga, and meditation pavilion enhance the personal journeys. The Seychelles spa’s wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation, local and African inspired treatments are designed around the natural beneficial properties of the island’s fauna and flora. There is also a sauna and steam room, outdoor infinity pool and yoga and meditation pavilion plus a state-of-the-art fitness centre at guest’s disposal. On this intimate jewel of Seychelles, it is the guest’s choice whether to step in tune with nature or take a dip with the turtles. The island is an ecological marvel, so everything revolves around sustaining its integrity. As part of the resort’s philosophy, social and environmental projects are not obligations, they are an essential part of the island ethos. For example and most encouragingly, in 2019 the resort produced nearly 39,000 kilos of organic herbs, fruits and vegetables to feed guests and hosts. The island is home to plants, shrubs and trees indigenous or endemic to Seychelles, setting Six Senses Zil Pasyon apart from the “artificial” landscapes of other resorts. The landscaping team has worked for a decade to eradicate invasive coco-plum and reintroduce authentic species of trees and plants. The habitats will, in the course of time, be rich and productive and a happy result will be the return of endemic birds including the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, Seychelles Whiteye, Seychelles Warbler and Seychelles Fody. As coastal habitats are also much improved, it is hoped to see seabirds returning in numbers to nest. Meanwhile, 1800 coral fragments have been harvested so far in the island’s nursery with 600 fragments transplanted to the Ocean as part of the resort’s coral restoration project.

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Even as the plane comes in to land, guests are greeted by incredible views- amazing hues of the blue ocean and the whitest sandy beaches.

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Bird Island

Seychelles Self Catering Villas In Touch With Nature

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he Seychelles is known as one of the most luxurious holiday destinations in the world, but it’s not all about the big expensive hotels. Whilst island hopping around this extraordinary archipelago, you’ll discover that the Seychelles is rich in history, in

culture, is abundant in nature and offers visitors some of the best beaches in the world. Each and every island has it’s own charm but one of the most compelling is Bird Island. Even as the plane comes in to land, guests are greeted by incredible views- amazing hues of the blue ocean and the whitest sandy beaches, leaving one with a sensation of excitement and also a state of wonder. This northern-most island of the Seychelles archipelago is only 101 hectares; a small island but the experiences guests take from here are far from this. Simplicity is key on Bird Island. The 7 self-catering villas are typically island style, giving off a relaxed atmosphere, encouraging you to feel at home. The spacious bedrooms each feature a corner lounge, a large bathroom and a verandah overlooking the natural gardens. The wooden louvered windows allow the cool breeze to flow through the bungalows, ideal for those who prefer to relax inside. A stone’s throw away is the magnificent West Beach, perfect for sunbathing or for a refreshing swim. Catering options for guests range from a shop where the necessities for one’s stay may be purchased, a Sandwich and Salad ordering service available throughout the day, possibilities for in-villa dining featuring local flavours and a restaurant which is open for evening meals. Safeguarding the island’s natural heritage is a priority for the owners, who have been working hard to ensure this since opening to guests nearly 50 years ago. Formerly a coconut plantation, the proprietors turned Bird Island into the first eco-lodge in the Seychelles and is to this day the only private island of its kind. With an awareness of man’s impact on the environment, the family-run establishment has been determinedly educating its visitors on its philosophy through its green practices; from the solar heated water, to its fresh locally sourced creole dishes.

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As you kayak or snorkel in the surrounding waters you may come across the juvenile sea turtles feeding.

A guided nature tour will open your eyes to all the natural wonders of the Island and all the conservation work undertaken by its custodians. As you kayak or snorkel in the surrounding waters you may come across the juvenile sea turtles feeding off the sea grass in the shallows or as you go for an afternoon walk, you may stumble upon the intriguing giant tortoises on their own exploits. The most phenomenal of all however, is the sooty tern colony when at its peak. Visitors come from the world over just to witness this spectacle. The northerly location of Bird Island also makes it an ideal ‘port of call’ for many passing birds, a sunny spot away from the winter weather of their homes, much like the human visitors. This allows Bird Island to become a sort of ‘summer home’ for a variety of interesting birds for a period of the year.

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Bird Island offers guests a place to get away from the busy, fast paced, modern world of today.

Bird Island offers guests a place to get away from the busy, fast paced, modern world of today and without phone signals and T.V. connections, they can do just that. Visitors come to immerse themselves into the island, into nature and into the people who live and work here. The wildlife is astonishing, from the birds in their thousands to the sea turtles nesting around the island daily; a humble reminder of just how precious such places are. On Bird Island, guests live, eat and sleep like true islanders. The island is accessible by weekly flights booked directly with Bird Island, Arrival by yacht is also welcome. Flight Times: Depart Mahé at 02:00pm (check-in 01:00pm), Depart Bird at 02:45pm (check-in 02:15pm) with arrival into Mahé at 03:15pm. 15KG Luggage allowance. Soft luggage recommended. Other Suitcases can be stored at the airport (for a fee). For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.birdislandseychelles.com www.birdislandseychelles.com Email: mailto:reservations@birdislandseychelles.com reservations@birdislandseychelles.com Tel: +248 4224925

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Escape to the Seychelles

Trekking through seemingly untouched green cloaked mountains. The pristine, white powdery beaches are amongst the softest on the planet, clear azure waters gently lapping at the edge.

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STORY HOTEL UNPARALLELED PARADISE

Tranquil, boutique and culturally connected, the resort offers guests a chance to create memories worth sharing.

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ocated on Beau Vallon beach which lays northwest on the island of Mahé; a mere 30 minutes’ drive from the international airport - Story is a contemporary & chic property featuring 100 rooms comprising of villas and suites, an award winning spa and 7 eclectic dining experiences. As your paradise home away from home, the resort offers you the opportunity to enjoy all the modern comforts in this beautiful tropical paradise entwined with chic décor, sumptuous food & beverages and spacious luxury to relax in. Whether it’s a fun holiday with the family, a romantic escape or the start of one, or to even look back and reminisce life with a loved one - Story Beau Vallon Beach is known for its turquoise ocean views, crystal white beach and lush emerald greenery where you can expect nothing but undisturbed sights, charming creole hospitality and new heights of life & style indulgence. Story Beau Vallon Beach offers an unparalleled collection of opulently appointed accommodations, relaxation and recreational spaces that showcase the true heritage of their Seychellois surroundings. The 100 villas and suites redefine paradise - they simply exude stylish opulence, stylish comfort and idyllic bliss. Designed to represent a blend between creole and colonial architecture - the resort is an epitome of tropical luxury. From plush furnishings and mesmerizing backdrops, to the spacious layout and beautiful finishing’s - all overlooking the topical tropical gardens leading to the beach. The beach facing private pool-villas offer an entirely new level of luxury. A unique product available only at this resort in the Beau Vallon beach area - each one occupies a private spot on the beach with direct access to the bay as well as a private pool, pool-deck, cabana, outdoor rain showers, luxury in-room amenities and personal pampering products. Similarly the suites include a comfortable double bed and lounge area with luxurious amenities of comparison. All suites have choice of private terrace balcony or a terrace that opens out onto the resort gardens, complete with sun loungers. Each villa or suite also features indoor and outdoor daybeds and dining areas; plush sofas, beds and seating areas; pristine bathrooms featuring oversized free-standing bathtubs and rain showers - as well as all the modern technologies such as a large screen LCD and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

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STORY HOTEL With seven eclectic dining experiences in the form of bars and restaurants to choose from – you’re spoilt for choice. The resort offers a wide selection of dining options. VASCO’s is the main restaurant featuring continental cuisine, that serves breakfast & themed dinner buffets is named in honor of the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. The 1502 Lobby Bar is your haven for for eclectic cocktails that compliment your meals throughout the day. Seyshima is the Japanese teppanyaki restaurant on the lagoon that serves up an excellent show and delectable sushi and Eden is the specialty Creole inspired beach-front barbecue restaurant. Ripples Pool Bar is ideal for some amazing cocktails and light lunch and Trader Vic’s the French-Polynesian tiki bar concept restaurant features Latin-American live entertainment. Guests can also choose the resort’s ‘pièce de résistance,’ a bespoke, romantic under the moon & stars dining on the beach coupled with the ambience of the soothing ocean waves. Customised options also include privatised group reservations for beach and/or in-villa barbecues as well as a luxurious in-villa floating pool breakfast. Holidays are meant for indulgence so guests are encouraged to pamper themselves at the award winning Sesel Spa or try some customised workouts at the Beau Vallon Gym & Yoga Studio to flaunt that beach body. Sesel Spa is a true heaven within a haven - whether it’s a results orientated treatment, or just an experience of utter relaxation you’re looking for, it is a must, to make it a part of your Seychelles experience. Explore the healing elements in nature and discover the true essence of being at one with yourself. Named as a tribute to its destination (Sesel is the Creole name for Seychelles), this blissful space features a total of seven treatment rooms including five single rooms and two couples suites, in addition to a Vichy Hydrotherapy room. We also have a salon for nails, hair and other beauty therapies. ‘Sesel Spa’ offers a selection of signature treatments that infuse the best of Western and Eastern techniques – all implemented by expert therapists who take a holistic approach to wellness. The luxury relaxation areas offer a tranquil setting for both pre and post massage treatments, so make sure you spend some time there to truly rediscover wellness. Open 24/7 and overlooking the lagoon, the Beau Vallon Gym & Yoga Studio is equipped with state-of-the-art Life Fitness cardio machines and free weights. The Beau Vallon Studio is perfect for syncing your body and mind with yoga. Guests can take advantage of the complimentary recreational schedule – ‘Fit Happens @ H’ which is designed for the holidaying guest’s fitness goals. In addition to our fitness and yoga programmes, recreational facilities are dotted throughout the resort with the stunning infinity pool taking centre stage. With ample sun loungers and parasols bordering it, the 24 meter long sapphire blue water invitingly tempts you to submerge. The accompanying kids’ pool is a safe 0.4 meter in depth. Also on offer is tennis, volleyball, pétanque, table tennis, a giant chessboard, masks, snorkels, paddle boards and kayaks to satisfy all your holiday recreational needs.

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It’s not only the grown-ups that are spoilt - a world of exploration and fun awaits the little ones at Treetops Kids’ Club. Happy kids make for happy parents and this is the main priority. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your child is well cared for by a team of professional caretakers who arrange fun-filled activities. Suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years, the club is open daily from 9am – 6pm. The resort also offers baby-sitting services and can prepare baby-food upon prior requests. Guests can also indulge in our weekly activities that includes a range of paid & complimentary options like transfers to Victoria city, drop-off for the Anse Major Hike, cocktails & conversations with the resort management, a scenic sunset cruise in a glass bottom boat, bi-weekly live-entertainment, Cinema Paradiso, sundowners and many more seasonal events – there’s always something for everyone to enjoy at the resort. This intimate, tropical island retreat is the perfect location for a destination wedding or honeymoon. When one thinks of the term ‘tropical island’, it conjures up thoughts of pristine ivory shorelines, a turquoise ocean and a backdrop of luscious greenery. This is exactly what you can expect at Story Hotel Beau Vallon Beach – the perfect destination to turn the dream wedding into a beautiful reality. Couples can choose to say ‘I do’ either along the beach, in the spectacular garden gazebo or in a number of secluded venues dotted around the resort. In addition to an idyllic backdrop, a customised wedding ceremony can be organized by the team of wedding specialists. From eclectic table designs, tiered wedding cakes and bespoke menus, to entertainment, bamboo ceremony archways and a civil ceremony officer, there’s no dream that can’t be made into a reality. The Story Hotel offers a number of packages that can be tailored to ensure that each and every wedding is both perfect and personal. If you are looking for the ultimate honeymoon escape or just a time away with family, then look no further than Story Hotel Beau Vallon Beach. Everything, from the moment you arrive, to the time you reluctantly depart, has been designed with the discerning traveler in mind. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.story-seychelles.com

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BLISS HOTEL A Paradisiac Hideaway

Hidden within a lush cove on the northern side of Mahe, Bliss Hotel overlooks a stunning beach caressed by cascading boulders and is cuddled within a lush backdrop of green forest.

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ne of the oldest hotels in Seychelles that was once called Vista Do Mar and was abandoned for some time, the owner Mr Alain Hazan renovated it and transformed it into the beautiful gem that it is today. The Suites are decorated with only natural materials found in Seychelles and as well as combining creole architecture with contemporary interior design, Bliss Hotel evokes an exotic, friendly and romantic space with 24 Suites, each with its own charm. Bliss Hotel believes in ‘real relaxing’ where the sounds and beauty of nature inspire the guest and provide them with a total escape. There are no paintings on the wall in this hotel, to promote tranquility and keep the focused attention on mother nature. Situated within the same building guests can also enjoy soothing natural massages and treatments at the Pure-Bliss Spa with Coconut Scrubs, Patchouli Sugar Scrubs and other delightful treatments on offer. The hotel is situated in the quiet area of Glacis that’s only 10 minutes’ drive away from the famous Beau Vallon Beach, home to the Bazaar Labrin Street Market, the Baobab Pizzeria, Boat House Restaurant and water sports activities. Travellers can enjoy varying ambience at Bliss, the Seaside and the Hillside. Both with its own unique features. Seaside Let the lapping of the waves on the shores delight you! The Suites overlook a stunning white sandy beach and the world’s most breath taking deep orange sunsets. The private beach is nestled within the cove and features a natural swimming pool made from the cascading boulders surrounding the shoreline. One of the pearls of the Seaside is the Junior Opuni Suite with its rustic furniture and a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean that can also be enjoyed in the outdoor bathroom. The Oceanfront Wave Suite offers a stunning view of the beach with a private terrace, and a personal sitting area ideal for socializing and relaxing. For a more inspiring blend of contemporary and creole architecture, the Suite Birgo would be the luxury escape. The white cement and polished granite plays beautifully with the setting sun creating deep shades of relaxing earthy colours. The Family Apartment, named The Shadow provides enough space and is ideal to accommodate up to 6 adults and somehow in the various spaces, the sails and the sun are having fun; the shadows and reflections somehow merge. The natural wood used to decorate the rooms give off a natural and organic feel, providing the perfect space for a relaxing and re-energizing holiday at one with nature. The hotel also offers Zumba and Yoga classes for the active clients!

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Hillside Nestled up in the Secret Garden, the Suites offer beautiful views of the Indian ocean and the relaxing sounds of nature. The Suites are surrounded by green vegetation, tropical flowers and the sounds of birds singing. Perched on the hillside, the rooms are spacious and plush with wooden furniture and white walls, some with beautiful shell curtains. The Charme Superior Room is spacious with a double view of the garden and the ocean with a private terrace/garden which melts in luxuriant tropical vegetation. Set amidst the vegetation, guests can enjoy the private pool or the choice of walking down just a stone throw away to the secluded beach.

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Dining at the Bliss Hotel is an unforgettable authentic experience of traditional creole cuisine using fresh ingredients from the island! Barefoot Terrace Restaurant Bliss Hotel offer their clients homemade Breakfast and Afternoon Tea found only on the islands in the stunning Barefoot Terrace Restaurant that boasts amazing sunset views, sandy floors and wood beamed ceiling covering the comfortable sofas. Once the sun has set behind the horizon and the sky is adorned by a tapestry of exotic colours, guests can enjoy happy hour sipping a tropical cocktail in tranquility. For Dinner guests can taste the exquisite authentic creole cuisine Buffet. The restaurant also offers an a la carte lunch menu that offers a variety of local dishes as well as snacks and coffee. Whatever time of day that you are enjoying a meal, you can do it soothing your toes in the sand, sitting back and relaxing with the amazing view and sounds of the waves. Rockpool Seafood Grill & Bar Another must try is the Rockpool Restaurant that is shaded just below the terrace offering a cozy and elegant atmosphere. The friendly team offer wonderful cocktails and some of the best Italian food on the island. Rockpool is the ideal venue to experience the perfect fusion of local and Mediterranean culinary delights with a hint of creole touch, whilst enjoying a stunning panoramic view of the Indian ocean. Be sure not to miss the majestic Silhouette Island in the far distance. The hotel offers a few attractive packages such as the Honeymoon Package, Wedding Package and Long Stay Package. To make your holiday to Seychelles exciting, snorkeling trips to beautiful secluded beaches can be organized on their very own boat. An opportunity not to miss to see colourful fish and corals in the alluring clear turquoise waters. As well as snorkeling, the team at Bliss Hotel can arrange for Hiking, Fishing, Island Tours, Diving and other activities to make your holiday moments memorable. At Bliss Hotel guests can experience mother nature in her truest form and marvel at the world’s most beautiful sunsets, all the while enjoying traditional creole cuisine and appreciating the rustic and creole inspired architecture.

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This sumptuous retreat charms its visitors with a delicate blend of modern architecture and Creolity, gibing a nod to the island’s heritage, but with a foot firmly in the future

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The Bliss Hotel, Praslin is an exotic, friendly and romantic escape is located in the heart of Praslin, lying between the romantic beach of Grand’Anse and the tropical land in the shade of the ‘Coco de Mer’.

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plendid and preserved, the island of Praslin offers an Edenic frame for a stay in the Seychelles archipelago. Just 14 minutes by plane or 45 minutes by boat from Mahé, Praslin is the second island of the archipelago with an area of 26 km². Less mountainous than Mahé, it owes its reputation to its exceptional Vallée de Mai, a nature reserve, classified in the UNESCO world heritage, where grows the emblematic coco-fesse, you can also find Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This sumptuous retreat charms its visitors with a delicate blend of modern architecture and Creolity, gibing a nod to the island’s heritage, but with a foot firmly in the future. Visitors to The Bliss Hotel can choose from a variety of accommodation, including 27 Rooms and Suites set within 15 chalets that hide away within nature’s paradise. The 15 Chalets available are built with local wood and granite and are set on lush tropical land, surrounded by island Fauna and Flora. The interior decoration of each chalet is inspired by Seychelles and Mother Nature herself, whilst the interiors of the rooms and suites themselves are breathtakingly exotic and a feast for the senses. Enjoy your stay in one of the 6 welcoming and homely ‘Charme rooms’ set in a Chalet. Let the tranquility wash over you the moment you enter this warm and Creole ambiance styled room, where you will be seduced by its simplicity. Each 22m2 room is accompanied by a vast 11m2 terrace; your ideal place for relaxation & reflection. You will wake up as birds sing and be greeted by colourful tropical flowers and luxurious shades of green.

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For those looking for even more room to kick back and relax, there are 18 ‘Charme Superior’ Rooms, (35m2) that feature an additional reading bed/sofa corner, a large dressing room, an office corner and, as with the Charme rooms, your very own terrace for relaxation and reflection. Families are made very welcome at The Bliss Hotel, with 3 ‘Suite Family Chalet’ available, at a huge 46m2 in size, plus a terrace at 15m2. As well as the bedroom area, these suites feature a relaxing living area that is sure to make you feel like you have arrived at your very own traditional Seychelles house. Sitting on your intimate terrace set in a chalet, families can simmer down and enjoy the sound of the birds, enjoy some refreshments and take in the huge variety of plants and exotic species that surrounds. Take a stroll out of your chalet and you will discover a white sand beach where the sun embraces your skin. As you relax by the waves, you’ll be able to glance upon the sea horizon, scattered with little islands such as Cousin and Cousine. Away from the beach, the Bliss Hotel Praslin Sea Side pool and bar is an ideal place to sip a cocktail of your choice while feeling the ocean breeze and enjoy a meditation moment. The gastronomy is as enticing and blissful as the accommodation. The Beach House Restaurant, set in a cozy, comfy and elegant ambiance, serves exquisite Mediterranean cuisine prepared by devoted chefs. With breakfast served 8AM to 10:30AM each morning, you can enjoy a breakfast buffet teaming with fresh local fruits and vegetable, daily pastries and choices of breads, Seychelles jams and paste, yoghurt and cheese, a choice of cereals and more. The team will welcome you for breakfast, be it for the buffet or all day dining with its a la carte menu. Always looking to please and accommodate, the Morning Chef will be delighted to cook your delicious early bright eggs at your taste!

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For those looking for even more room to kick back and relax, there are 18 ‘Charme Superior’ Rooms, (35m2) that feature an additional reading bed/sofa corner, a large dressing room, an office corner and, as with the Charme rooms, your very own terrace for relaxation and reflection. Families are made very welcome at The Bliss Hotel, with 3 ‘Suite Family Chalet’ available, at a huge 46m2 in size, plus a terrace at 15m2. As well as the bedroom area, these suites feature a relaxing living area that is sure to make you feel like you have arrived at your very own traditional Seychelles house. Sitting on your intimate terrace set in a chalet, families can simmer down and enjoy the sound of the birds, enjoy some refreshments and take in the huge variety of plants and exotic species that surrounds. Take a stroll out of your chalet and you will discover a white sand beach where the sun embraces your skin. As you relax by the waves, you’ll be able to glance upon the sea horizon, scattered with little islands such as Cousin and Cousine. Away from the beach, the Bliss Hotel Praslin Sea Side pool and bar is an ideal place to sip a cocktail of your choice while feeling the ocean breeze and enjoy a meditation moment. The gastronomy is as enticing and blissful as the accommodation. The Beach House Restaurant, set in a cozy, comfy and elegant ambiance, serves exquisite Mediterranean cuisine prepared by devoted chefs. With breakfast served 8AM to 10:30AM each morning, you can enjoy a breakfast buffet teaming with fresh local fruits and vegetable, daily pastries and choices of breads, Seychelles jams and paste, yoghurt and cheese, a choice of cereals and more. The team will welcome you for breakfast, be it for the buffet or all day dining with its a la carte menu. Always looking to please and accommodate, the Morning Chef will be delighted to cook your delicious early bright eggs at your taste!

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ike no other place on earth the Maldives are today’s epitome of a tropical island paradise. With their famously crystal clear waters, this Indian Ocean archipelago is a dream destination for travellers from all around the world. It’s not just honeymooners who choose the islands for a romantic getaway; the islands are top of the bucket list for families, nature lovers and anyone seeking peace and quiet. Divers and snorkelers find their mecca underwater: colourful coral reefs, schools of fish or even the gigantic manta rays are a common sight on any adventure in the ocean. https://visitmaldives.com/en

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JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa Bringing ultra-private super-sized villas, treetop dining and a former Nobu Chef to the Maldives, JW Marriott has finally arrived in style.

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eady to receive those in pursuit of luxury, elegance, adventure and above all privacy, the island of Vagaru, on the Shaviyani Atoll, has recently welcomed the opening of JW Marriott’s

first resort within the Maldives; The JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa. Synonymous with beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world, the global luxury portfolio caters to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travellers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. Edging the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa is a sanctuary of scenic luxury. With over 60 expansive and stylish overwater villas and beach villas, you can find total respite relaxing upon the plush bedding, cooling off within the private pools and sun seeking upon the decks, which all feature stunning views of the shimmering blue ocean beyond. The resort places a strong emphasis on privacy and so all private decks and pools are specifically designed so they can’t be seen from the outside. The villas themselves start at an enormous 234sqm – larger than the average London flat, and there are four ultra-expansive villa types, all with private pools. The two-bedroom, three-bathroom Duplex Beach Pool Villas sleep up to five guests and have upstairs living areas and direct beach access ideal for families, whilst the Duplex Overwater Pool Villas with upstairs living areas have unsurpassed views of the Laccadive Sea. Beautiful One-bedroom Beach Pool Villas and sunrise and sunset Overwater Pool Villas are also available.

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No matter which villa you choose, you can be sure that style and serenity comes as a given, with each room drawing inspiration from the natural surroundings and local Maldivian culture, incorporating colours and materials that highlight the island destination. Traditional charm is interwoven throughout the resort’s architecture, with thatched roof villas designed to be reminiscent of inverted Dhoni boats, the traditional Maldivian wooden fishing vessels, and slanted roof tips recalling white herons dipping their heads into the water. Headed up by food and wine expert, General Manager Marc Gussing, the resort has one of the most impressive culinary offerings in the Maldives. There are five restaurants with one in a treetop setting and one overwater, and top chefs from some of the world’s most celebrated restaurants. The plethora of exquisite restaurants are dotted throughout the resort; delight your palate with distinctive Japanese, Italian and global cuisine, along with treetop dining and buffet breakfasts at our diverse dining destinations. All tastes are catered for, with guests invited to feast on a wide range of cuisine that includes and goes beyond classic Maldivian dishes and features produce grown within the Chef’s very own garden. Highlights include vibrant Thai dishes created by a former Nobu Chef in a treetop restaurant, authentic Japanese Teppanyaki, poolside Woodfired pizzas made in a traditional pizza oven, and freshly caught seafood in a fine-dining, overwater restaurant. Meals are complemented with a choice of sake, Japanese whisky, rum cocktails, smoked cocktails, and both new and old-world wines. It is only right that the drinks offer is as impressive as the cuisine upon the resort and JW Marriott certainly achieve this with three fully-serviced bars that feature 98 different types of rum and an expansive wine cellar with over 300 labels - an exceptional offering for a remote private island with only 60 villas. For those special and more intimate occasions, in-villa dining and destination dining options are also on offer for couples or families. When you’re not gazing out at the pristine sandy beaches and stunning azure waters from your overwater villa, how about enjoying taking a dip yourself and taking the team up on one of the resort amenities, water sports, dive sites or a trip to the vibrant coral reefs around Vagaru Island. As the resort is situated in the untouched Northern atoll of Shaviyani, it is a 55-minute seaplane flight to the north of Male. The island’s surrounding natural reef benefits from the island being far from Male and civilisation and is therefore teeming with sea life, waiting to explored. Conservation is key and so the resort has it’s very own on-site marine biologist who ensures the pristine reef remains untouched and in perfect health whilst overseeing aquatic expeditions including diving and snorkelling.

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When you’re not gazing out at the pristine sandy beaches and stunning azure waters from your overwater villa, how about enjoying taking a dip yourself.

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JW Marriott resorts are highly regarded for their family-friendly feel and amenities and this resort is no exception.

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When it’s time for some essential rest and relaxation, the adults-only infinity swimming pool on the tip of the island is an ideal destination for adults looking for some peace. Meanwhile a chic adults-only club house with cigar room, shisha room, a billiards table and more is available to guests looking for some action and are over the age of 18. JW Marriott resorts are highly regarded for their family-friendly feel and amenities and this resort is no exception. The iconic FAMiLY by JW Kid’s Club called Little Griffin’s is the place to be for all those little nippers seeking adventure and activities. With a 13m pirate’s ship, kid’s sleeping areas, a servery, games, and educational animated activities, little ones will be kept entertained for hours. Led by qualified multi-lingual instructors, youngsters can partake in a series of educational activities including informative beach walks where they are taught how delicate the ocean environment is, the importance of keeping the beach clean and the impacts of plastic pollution on marine life. The instructors also take children on an island exploration where they are given an insight into the different animal and plant species on the island, designed to encourage a love for wildlife. Sparking the imaginations of the mini guests, the active experiences at the Little Griffin’s Kid’s Club include a Quidditch and Gaga Ball tournament inspired by Harry Potter, a high activity team sport combining the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping. Designed to spark creativity in children, Little Griffin’s also holds arts and crafts classes, and family pizza making and cupcake decorating for both children and their parents. After a day of activities, children can relax at one of the Little Griffin’s outdoor movie nights. With the children happily occupied at the kids club, there is no better time to visit the iconic Spa by JW, overwater gym and open-air yoga pavilion that offers cutting-edge and indulgent spa treatments and a daily schedule of yoga and fitness activities. Thats said, wellness is not just limited to adults at JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa. The Spa by JW offers treatments specifically tailored for children including facial and head massages, mini manicures and mini pedicures, whilst the Little Griffin’s Kid’s Club offers beach yoga. www.marriott,com

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Comprising of close to 1,200 islands spanning across the Indian Ocean, Maldives is a dream destination for many.

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uch is known about Maldives; a coveted holiday destination renowned for its pristine beaches and stunning scenery. It is also one of the places where time seems to stand still while you get busy with doing everything, or nothing. Comprising of close to 1,200 islands spanning across the Indian Ocean, Maldives is a dream destination for many, with most international airlines flying into the Velana International Airport. Experience your own paradise on earth at Grand Park Kodhipparu, Park Hotel Group’s first luxury resort and your exclusive address in beautiful Maldives. Located on the island of Kodhipparu in North Male Atoll, famous for its dive sites and abundant marine life, the resort is just a 20-minute speedboat ride from the airport allowing you to save time on seaplane transfers so that you get to paradise in double-quick time. This one-island-one-resort destination invites you into an oasis of tranquillity with its collection of beach and water villas, dining venues and recreational spaces. More than just a destination for couples and honeymooners, the location in the North Male Atoll makes for many enthralling underwater experiences with renowned snorkelling and diving sites including wreck sites just nearby. The resort is also familyfriendly with a wide array of children’s facilities including a kids club and kids activities. This is the ultimate island experience for the romantic, the active, the family and the foodie.

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Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives Whether it’s a peaceful getaway from the bustle of everyday life or a wonderfully indulgent holiday guests are after, Grand Park Kodhipparu has everything at hand to ensure guests will make the best memories for life. “The Maldives have long been established as a leading and exclusive resort destination. At Grand Park Kodhipparu, we have created a unique gem that will appeal to the most sophisticated travellers searching for a truly Maldivian journey and experiences of a lifetime,” Mr Raffaele Solferino, General Manager of Grand Park Kodhipparu. Designed by world-renowned hospitality firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates, the resort showcases sophisticated architecture, state-of-the-art interiors and high ceilings of palm fringed roofing. Contemporary exteriors with Maldives’ traditional influence of wood and rattan have inventive rustic appeal and invite a calming and peaceful atmosphere. Neutral tones, natural fundamentals and spacious social settings balance the unrivalled beauty of the cobalt sea and tranquility. Take in the beauty and charm of Maldives in any of Grand Park Kodhipparu’s 120 idyllic villas. Featuring traditional Maldivian elements and contemporary comforts, all the resort’s beach, ocean and lagoon villas come with spectacular sunrise or sunset views and 65 of them come with private pools. Luxury is to have the choice to bask in paradise the way you like it. With the ocean or lagoon water villas, unwind with the soothing sounds of the waves while lounging at your terrace or relaxing in the plunge pool, steps from the ocean – ready for you to explore the colourful marine life. Wake up to a beautiful sunny day in one of the private Ocean Water Villas, located near the island facilities, offering limitless views of the sky and sea. Featuring a private terrace with sun lounger, inviting steps to the underwater world and an expansive bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, this is your own haven where you can get reacquainted with nature. The resort’s Lagoon Water Villas are set amidst a calm crystal clear lagoon facing North of the island, with each private villa being perfect for a dip or swim around the shallow waters on the island. Unwind at the spacious private sun terrace or simply lie on the Maldivian hammock to bask in the sun. For the perfect private paradise experience, guests can request their own pool at their Ocean or Lagoon Water Villa. If, however, you prefer the sand and sea, how about choosing one of the beach pool villas surrounded by lush greenery and just a stone’s throw from the shoreline while remaining close to the resort facilities. Each villa comes with a private plunge pool facing the horizon. Listen to the waves lapping on the shore or walk on the beach to feel the white powdery sand beneath your feet as the beach is just steps from your terrace. For the ultimate luxurious experience, Grand Park Kodhipparu’s Grand Residences offer a dream holiday homeawayfrom-home with two bedrooms, an exclusive living room, inviting infinity pool with panoramic ocean views and outdoor private dining area. Luxuriate in the uniquely designed bedrooms, exclusive living space and two bathrooms. Take your time to enjoy Maldives to the fullest as you watch hundreds of fish swimming idly from the villa’s glass floor, take in the panoramic scenery of the Indian Ocean or simply stargaze as you dine in this private sanctuary after nightfall.

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At Grand Park Kodhipparu, we have created a unique gem that will appeal to the most sophisticated travellers When it comes to dining at Grand Park Kodhipparu, gastronomy is a subject not to be taken lightly, with the resort’s chefs producing exquisite and innovative dishes to inspire and delight. From casual dining at Breeze Poolside Dining & Bar and extensive buffet spreads at The Edge, to a feast of prime cuts paired with curated wine at specialty restaurant, Firedoor, the most discerning foodie is in for a treat at Grand Park Kodhipparu, all accompanied by unbeatable views. Situated next to the ocean, The Edge welcomes diners into its contemporary and open spaces designed to showcase unblocked views of its picturesque surroundings. Maldivian influences are reflected in the pinewood timbre flooring, roof and ceiling features and extended to the furniture and décor items created by local craftsmen. A variety of seating from cosy indoor lounge seating to overwater private pods is available, ideal for group mingling or those romantic dinners. For those looking for a more casual vibe, guests can enjoy a wide selection of international culinary creations from The Edge’s extensive buffet selection which also features live cooking stations where seasonal specialities are prepared on demand. Set against tranquil, panoramic ocean views, Breeze Poolside Dining and Bar serves lunch and light bites throughout the day. Offering modern, light menus with contemporary interpretations of Asian and Mediterranean classics, as well as old favourites like burgers, pasta and salads, Breeze is the perfect venue to refuel throughout the day. At sunset, Breeze transforms into an easy-going resort bar where inventive bartenders put together refreshing cocktails (and mocktails!) Fine wines and light snacks also feature alongside some easy beats at sunset. Breeze is also conveniently adjacent to the infinity pool with an adjoining wine cellar! Nestled in an intimate space away from the other resort facilities, Fire Door is a speciality restaurant that sets the stage for a special celebration. Upon entering, be greeted by a hive of activity at the show kitchen featuring an impressive Josper grill, set to fire up your appetite. At the heart of the restaurant, schools of colourful fish swim idly in the lagoon adding to the carefree and relaxed vibe as guests dine in privacy either indoors or alfresco.

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When it comes to a spot of rest and relaxation, leave your cares behind and enter a peaceful sanctuary looking out to the sea at award-winning The Spa. This idyllic setting advocates an holistic, healthy and sustainable lifestyle, ensuring that you step out from the signature spa sessions feeling restored and revitalised. Each session focuses on a renewed self after the session, body and skin care programs for a youthful and glowing self, or the Asian touch selection of Balinese or Ayurvedic for inner peace. The Spa features 7 over-water treatment rooms overlooking the crystal clear water of the lagoon and is partnered with Comfort Zone, the distinctive range of body and skin care treatments which are tailored to each guest and utilise natural-origin, paraben-free products. Established in Parma, Italy in 1996, Comfort Zone is one of the world’s most renowned brands for holistic products, using its range of eco-friendly creams and balms for all treatments. The brand promotes a soulful and healthy lifestyle and uses the finest natural-origin ingredients combined with science-based solutions to visibly improve skin, body and mind. The Spa also offers traditional salon services in its Beauty Salon, including classic manicures and pedicures, hair-cuts and styling as well as threading, ideal for guests celebrating their wedding or special occasions at the resort. No matter what signature session or treatment you have chosen, guests are invited to end their wellness journey in the Relaxation Room; a tranquil space with signature tea and healthy bites, or to embark towards a relaxing session of yoga. Be it the Hatha yoga or simple a sunset yoga, the session is perfect way to calm the mind and soul. The Spa offers an holistic wellness retreat program to recover, rejuvenate, and reactivate your senses with a mix of activities, spa treatments, and balanced cuisine to nourish the body. There’s a lot you can do when in paradise or you can choose to do nothing at all. For the adventure enthusiast, Maldives offers a wide array of water sports and worldclass scuba diving experiences. There are also a whole host of private dining experiences for the honeymooners and couples, and families are also welcome as the excursions and island explorations ensure your days are filled with fun and excitement. Maldives’ natural and beautiful landscape presents plentiful opportunities for many unique dining experiences. And how better to experience the destination than basking in the splendour of picturesque surroundings with one of the resort’s chef’s culinary creations from breakfast with champagne on a sandbank, an afternoon picnic at a private beach to an intimate gourmet meal in the privacy of your villa.

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From the moment a guest arrives at Grand Park Kodhipparu, the team make it their personal aim and pleasure to ensure every guest has an exceptional experience of the island

For those looking to explore beneath the waves, the Scuba diving and Snorkelling experiences available are second to none. Discover a dazzling underwater world in the North Male Atoll, home to a myriad of marine species, renowned dive sites and sharks’ point. The dive centre is fully equipped with what you require including a team of PADI certified professionals for a memorable diving experience. The island is also located in one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, whee you can learn and discover what the underwater world offers as you snorkel around the island. You may encounter hundreds of colourful reef fishes, just metres away from your villa. Even more action can be found at the Grand Park Kodhipparu water sports centre; a candy store for fans of the sun and sea. With an endless list of activities to choose from, sports aficionados would be kept occupied for days, including catamaran sailing, parasailing, kayaking, snorkelling, banana boat riding, water skiing, wakeboarding, fun tubes riding, kite surfing, windsurfing and jet skiing. Beyond the resort, there’s a lot more to explore in the Maldives, so be sure to set aside time to embrace the beauty of the Maldives’s nature and culture with a selection of offsite excursions. Be it fishing in the traditional Maldivian way, a cruise on a Dhoni (Maldivian traditional boat) to watch the dolphins and enjoy the romantic sunset, or a visit to the bustling island city of Male for more exploration of the Maldivian life, Grand Park Kodhipparu team will organise it for you. From the moment a guest arrives at Grand Park Kodhipparu, the team make it their personal aim and pleasure to ensure every guest has an exceptional experience of the island that they are so very proud of and irrespective of whether they are honeymooners, families or adventure seekers, they leave with memories to last a lifetime. www.parkhotelgroup.com/maldives

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ailed as Maldives’ best kept secret, Kandolhu is a small lush island and a sanctuary of tranquillity and beauty. The island is ringed by an intricate, pristine coral garden, renowned amongst snorkelers and divers as one of the

best in the Maldives. Intimate and tiny, encircled with white sand and surrounded by pure turquoise ocean, this haven of peacefulness is located in the heart of the Maldives, in North Ari Atoll, just a 20 minute seaplane flight from the airport, which feels a world away. Despite the resort’s impressive 5 star rating, the resort puts a great focus on giving its guests an ‘island experience’ instead of a typical hotel stay. Petite and perfectly formed, this island offers a real Maldivian experience where guests are enveloped in luxury. General Manager Abdul Latheef describes Kandolhu as, “...something very unique for the Maldives, where islands of this size are very rare. We offer guest the chance to experience a Maldives that is not typically seen. Kandolhu is the perfect combination of ‘small island Maldives’ and complete indulgence. It is an island that will make you feel like Robinson Crusoe, but with numerous luxuries at your disposal. Find quietude and peace, and enjoy absolute serenity with your loved one.” Exclusive and intimate, the island features just thirty luxury villas across five different categories, each distinct in design and many housing private pools. Villas are scattered around the island, on the beach with sea views or set over the water with direct access down to the sparkling ocean below. Each villa offers Maldivian architecture and distinctive natural elements, combined with modern interiors, and contemporary designer furnishings. Modern-day luxuries enhance the experience further with creature comforts including king-size beds, guest iPad, Go Pro, Wi-Fi, Bose surround sound system and an espresso machine. The flooring, by Parador comes from certified, sustainably managed forests. While outdoor pieces from Rausch Classics invite guests to relax in the alfresco areas of the villas, enjoying stunning panoramic views and complete privacy.

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Olive boasts sweeping ocean views complimented by Italian and Mediterranean dishes.

Guests at Kandolhu Maldvies are spoilt for choice as the resort offers highest restaurant-to-room-ratio in the Maldives, having recently opened its fifth restaurant; Mexican and Peruvian street food offering Ata-Roa. Serving up authentic, simple and light street food with classic and unique takes on ceviche and tacos, the mouthwatering menu was created by Executive Chef Mickaël Farina inspired by his recent trek across South America. The Sea Grill opens as the sun sets over the island and invites diners to savour fresh seafood, sizzling cuts and experience the unique taste of the tandoor, while for a flavour of the Far East, guests can dine at Banzai and indulge in vibrant sushi and fresh specialties cooked with flair on the teppan, under the starlit sky. Superb gastronomy from a range of cuisines is housed across a further four gourmet restaurants. The Market serves a selection of a la carte international favourites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast includes classic from ‘Breaky Bruschetta’ (tomato and avocado salsa and rocket herb on toasted country loaf) and ‘Garden Bagel’ (rocket, pickle, hot English mustard, grilled zucchini and eggplant) to Eastern Congee, whilst Lunch and Dinner feature mouth-watering essentials such as the re-imagined ‘New Nicoise Salad’ (green bean salsa, cherry tomato, kipfler potato, confit artichoke with olive vinaigrette) and ‘Scarpetta’ (Vegan spaghetti, tomato, basil and black olive). Olive boasts sweeping ocean views complimented by Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Starters include ‘Olive Tartare’ (cantaloupe melon dice and soup, blood orange vinaigrette, rice tuile and gold leaf, followed by ‘Red Paella’ (bomba rice, capsicum to ways, lemon and tarragon salsa) and finished with a delectable range of vegan ice creams and sorbets. For a flavour of the Far East, guests can dine at Banzai and indulge in vibrant sushi and fresh specialties cooked with flair on the teppan, under the starlit sky. For a lazy day, in-villa dining offers a menu featuring international and local specialties, to be enjoyed in your own private haven. While for pure romance, a Beach Dinner allows guests to feel the sand beneath their toes, while enjoying a bespoke gourmet meal.

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Kandolhu Maldives Varu Spa at Kandolhu indulges guests in an expansive wellness experience with 4 treatment rooms complete with beautiful wet areas set into private gardens.

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Kandolhu launched their Vegan offering across their four gourmet restaurants in 2018. Having always offered bespoke Vegan dining choices for guests curated around seasonal produce, the move to design the menus came as a response to veganism as a lifestyle and not just a dietary requirement. With Kandolhu’s team of internationally renowned, and award winning chefs constantly innovating exciting dishes the menu development has happened naturally through fresh flavour combinations that effortlessly complement the existing restaurants’ menus. Kandolhu offers three meal plans, to suit every need; Bed & Breakfast includes a sumptuous buffet breakfast either in The Market or in-villa, A La Carte Dining includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at any one of our exquisite restaurants. For complete indulgence guests can opt for the Ultimate All-Inclusive, which adds to the extravagance of dining at any of the restaurants, by including a wide range of drinks ranging from, beers, cocktails and fresh juices to a fantastic selection of bottled wines. Also incorporated with the Ultimate All-Inclusive plan is a wellstocked in-villa wine cellar with 26 handpicked, globally accredited wines, as well as the option of a private snorkelling tour, or sunset cruise with champagne and canapés. No Maldivian holiday would be complete without a beach bar and Kandolhu’s provides stunning panoramic views of the lagoon and the azure sea beyond. Guests can also enjoy the water sports centre which includes diving and nonmotorised sports (most on a complimentary basis), a gym and an array of excursion options, from snorkelling safaris to big game fishing. Varu Spa at Kandolhu indulges guests in an expansive wellness experience with 4 treatment rooms complete with beautiful wet areas set into private gardens. The spa menu, with a heavy focus on Voya products, brings guests “organic beauty from the sea” – the perfect partnership to the resort’s naturebased approach to the art of relaxation. Choose from a wide range of treatments including massages, body wraps, natural scrubs and much more. Guests can walk around the island barefoot in just minutes and snorkel one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, rich in both coral and fish life and just a stone’s throw from the beach.

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