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Welcome to the Indian Ocean Linara Travel was originally established when we found it nearly impossible to obtain quality travel information about resorts in the Indian Ocean and Dubai – even more difficult was finding travel professionals that had first-hand knowledge of these destinations. Accordingly, we personally visit the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, United Arab Emirates and Oman regularly to ensure that each client benefits from our unique perspective and the most up-to-date information available. Providing the highest level of service is of paramount importance to Linara Travel. Our team ensures every aspect of your experience is in perfect order, before, during, and after your vacation. Our clients enjoy numerous benefits highlighted by our service that includes access to a dedicated travel consultant throughout your journey, custom designed itineraries that best match your desires, and the assurance that Linara Travel has personal relationships with all the luxury properties in the region. This publication focuses on our passion for the magnificent properties offered throughout the Indian Ocean and United Arab Emirates. We’ve hand-selected the very best in the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, and the greater Dubai area. While the resorts vary widely in style, activities offered, and location, they all offer truly extraordinary and luxurious experiences. Linara Travel’s dedication to providing personalized and one-of-a-kind vacations has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler, which has continually named us the ‘Top Travel Specialist’ to the Maldives, United Arab Emirates, and Oman. Similarly, Travel & Leisure has recognized us as the ‘Top Travel Expert’ in the region. For additional information and photos of each of the properties in this brochure, please visit our website, www.linaratravel.com. Our website also contains detailed information about our other specialty areas – safaris in Southern Africa. If you would like to discuss planning one of our unforgettable experiences in more detail, please contact us or inquire through your preferred travel agent. We look forward to hearing from you.

Lindsey Wallace Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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About Indian Ocean, United Arab Emirates & Oman Jewels of the Indian Ocean and Middle East, the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, and Dubai offer some of the most exceptional and luxurious resorts – and unforgettable holiday experiences – anywhere in the world. Maldives is a collection of small, flat, coral islands that offer spectacular beaches and sensational snorkeling and diving. Each luxury resort is on its own island, which collectively boast the world’s best over-water villas, innovative resort features, and first-class spa facilities. Seychelles’ picturesque tropical scenery is due to its unique granite-island group. Huge granite boulders lining white-sand beaches create breathtaking visuals found only in the Seychelles. In addition to stunning shorelines, island hopping yields rare flora and fauna, pristine rain forests, and wonderful people. Mauritius differentiates itself as a large, volcanic island with rugged mountain peaks leading down to an azure lagoon that encircles the island. With numerous posh resorts raising the standards of luxury, Mauritian properties continually offer greater levels of service and amenities. Dubai and the surrounding areas of Abu Dhabi and the Musandam Peninsula in Oman are fast becoming the global destination for extravagant holidays, and seemingly no expense has been spared in the construction of its excellent resorts. With a tranquil desert backdrop, beaches galore, the World’s tallest building, duty free shopping, gold and spice souks, and even an indoor ski facility, Dubai offers an unmatched blend of culture and adventure.


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Icons Style of Luxury An influx of extraordinary resorts throughout the Indian Ocean and Dubai has set new standards of luxury over the last few years. Choosing the right resort is now more important than ever as architecture, dĂŠcor, facilities, size, and service combine to produce unique and very distinctive properties. Three equally exceptional, yet completely different types of luxury resorts have emerged and we call them: Elegant, Modern, and Barefoot.

Elegant Grand and spacious rooms are finely appointed and accompanied by extensive marble and granite in the bathrooms. Guests tend to dress up for meals and dine in impressive restaurants. Large lobbies and main pool areas often form the centerpiece of these expansive properties.

Modern Chic and trendy places to stay, these resorts feature rooms with cutting edge design and fashionable dĂŠcor.

Barefoot Smaller boutique resorts that are environmentally friendly, these intimate properties offer a more relaxed and casual atmosphere.

Resort Transfers Resorts in the region are accessed in various ways. From seaplanes to speedboats, helicopters to yachts, and cars to domestic flights; the transfer experience can be amazing in itself.

Plane Access to the resort is via seaplane, domestic flight, or helicopter. Boat Access to the resort is via speedboat or luxury vessel.

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HAA ALIFU ATOLL • Island Hideaway

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The Beach House Maldives •

Located southwest of India, the Maldives is a group of nearly 1,200 small coral islands that form an archipelago of 26 atolls spread out over the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Powder-soft beaches with spectacular ocean views lead to beautiful lagoons, and beneath the water, the coral coastline forms an intricate underwater paradise resplendent with marine life. With its warm temperatures and exceptional clarity, the water off the Maldivian coasts is renowned for breathtaking snorkeling and diving spots.

Options for transferring to resorts are based on distance, and short jaunts from the airport are achieved via speedboat or yacht, while resorts further out are reached by seaplane or domestic flight. Flights most often go through London, Dubai, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Bangkok and Qatar, though there are flights from other cities in Europe and Asia as well.

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The Maldives is in the forefront of resort development and there are a variety of superb resorts offering luxury's finest trappings. Each resort is set on its own island, offering seclusion and privacy, and many are well known for having some of the largest and most luxurious overwater villas of any island destination. Several features of note also include spectacular over- and underwater gourmet restaurants, underground wine cellars and some of the most expansive spa facilities.

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Naladhu •• Anantara Dhigu • Cocoa Island

Gaafu Aliuf ATOLL Jumeirah Dhevanafushi • Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa • • Ayada

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Jumeirah Dhevanafushi

PRIVATE ISLAND ESCAPE For those seeking exquisite bliss, far from the stresses of everyday life, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is a private island escape that offers its guests sumptuous luxury in gorgeous surrounds. Hidden away in the pristine Gaafu Alifu atoll in the southern portion of the Maldives, several miles from the nearest island, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is bound by a spectacular coral reef and is home to some of the most luxurious villas in the Maldives. Guests have the choice of spacious villas located along the beach or over the water – each with their own private pool and sala day beds for languidly soaking in sun-kissed seclusion. A personal butler is assigned to each villa to cater to every whim, whether it’s a refreshing cocktail as you bask in the sun from your secluded beach, or ordering from a personalized menu of spa treats from Talise Spa. For those seeking additional indulgence, the over-water Ocean Pearl villas are a special treat. Occupying an island a mere half mile from the main resort, this cluster of over-water villas give you the rare and delightful feeling of having the entire Maldives to yourself. The beautifully appointed spaces are decorated to embrace both Maldivian culture and ocean life and each provides bathrooms with marble plunge baths, full-length infinity windows and access to a private deck with inviting sun beds.

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PLEASURE AT WATER’S EDGE As soon as the boat docks at the over-water arrival jetty, guests will notice how Jumeirah Dhevanafushi uses the surrounding aquamarine water to its every advantage, as well as for guests’ enjoyment. The tropical surrounds encourage reclining on the indoor or outdoor daybeds, ocean breezes kissing sunwarmed skin. Stroll along sun-dappled paths that weave across the island to private beach spots. Relax in the Talise Spa, which specializes in treatment rooms for couples and is set in luxurious surroundings, including an over-water yoga platform and a viewing jetty that beckons pairs to catch breathtaking sunsets together. And of course, the resort offers a more upclose experience with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, from snorkeling, canoes and windsurfers to private charters and deep-sea fishing.

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Jumeirah Vittaveli

UNINTERRUPTED VIEWS A short 20-minute boat ride from MalÊ International Airport, Jumeirah Vittaveli emerges from the clear blue water like a green beacon covered in lush tropical foliage. Just steps onto the soft sand, the resort offers visitors the Jumeirah signature experience, from the warm welcome and seamless hospitality of its island colleagues, to meticulously crafted activities designed to excite and please. The captivating island escape houses 91 Beach or Lagoon Villas with stunning views of the lagoon or ocean. Residences are decorated with contemporary Maldivian touches and the latest modern amenities. Each also has a private swimming pool, outdoor rain shower and soaking tub, romantic sala day bed and direct beach or lagoon access. For any visiting family, the two-bedroom Beach Suites offer a separate outdoor dining area, rooftop terrace and 24-hour butler service. AWARD-WINNING CUISINE Whether you’re in the mood for a beach barbecue under the stars or a culinary masterpiece with the ocean beneath your feet, Jumeirah Vittaveli has three exciting restaurants to satisfy any craving. With meals crafted by award-winning chefs, guests can savor fresh seafood at Mu Beach Bar & Grill; Pan Asian flavors at Samsara; or a host of Mediterranean delicacies at the over-water restaurant Fenesse.

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The resort offers a unique combination of island chic with contemporary architecture...

Huvafen Fushi ISLAND CHIC Set within its own lagoon, Huvafen Fushi is a Per AQUUM Retreat that exudes a sophisticated modern vibe where the stunning environment – above and below the waterline – is an attraction in itself. The resort offers a unique combination of island chic with contemporary architecture, allowing guests to embrace the island’s gifts while relaxing in sensual indulgence. Every Huvafen Fushi villa, whether on the beach or over-water, has its own freshwater plunge pool. The villas are designed in upscale minimalism, but also come complete with plasma televisions, a pre-loaded iPod with docking station and the latest in modern conveniences.

When you’re ready to indulge in the resort’s culinary offerings, tantalize your taste buds with an evening in Vinum, the underground wine cellar, or at an oceanside table at one of the outstanding over-water restaurants. Any meal should certainly be followed by a visit to UMbar, the swanky water’s-edge lounge perfect for enjoying a designer cocktail. LIME SPA For any spa enthusiast, LIME Spa is a relaxation treat with intuitive treatments tailored to the individual. And what better place to wash your stress away than in the world’s only underwater treatment rooms – surrounded by clear saltwater views, teeming with ocean life – a truly unique experience.

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Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa FOSTERING NATURE With stars from two hemispheres dotting the clear night sky, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa enjoys a variety of natural gifts from its location just north of the equator. Situated on a remote island in the secluded North Huvadhoo Atoll – a previously untouched southern portion of the Maldives – the resort’s central lagoon plunges nearly 300 feet. It is believed to be one of the largest and deepest natural atolls in the world, offering exceptional bio-diversity for experienced divers. To help maintain the island’s unspoiled treasures, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa built its resort with great care, adhering to the standards for Green Globe certification. Nowhere is this more evident than in the meticulously detailed villas, which seamlessly blend cool, contemporary style with natural ambience. Nestled within the carefully preserved vegetation are 16 Park Villas and 20 Park Pool Villas, and an additional 14 Park Water Villas are perched above the ocean – each the perfect vantage point for dazzling sunsets and star-studded skies.

EXCEPTIONAL MARINE LIFE Underneath the waves, long stretches of pristine coral reefs allow for breathtaking snorkeling and diving unequalled by other locations in the Maldives. Still new to visitors, the marine life is delightfully curious and sightings have included blue marlins, giant groupers, moray eels, and manta and eagle rays.

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Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives

LUXURY SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR The first luxury resort to establish itself south of the equator, Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa makes its home in the heart-shaped Addu Atoll, which boasts some of the biggest islands in the Maldives. Rimming grand Villingili is a stunning coral reef formation that is also the largest in the country. The resort offers sizeable beach and over-water villas where touches of Middle Eastern and South Asian elements help set a serene mood. All land villas, even those perched on stilts high among the treetops, come with their own private pools. MEANDERING NATURE TRAILS Snorkeling gardens in the resort's house reef beckon explorers. For diving enthusiasts, there are also more than 25 dive sites teeming with marine life, including the dramatic 360-foot British Loyalty shipwreck just a half-hour boat ride away. Soft and hard coral cover the ship’s hull, nearly 110 feet below the ocean surface, while blue fin tuna and sea turtles make the deck a regular hangout. On dry land, guests can explore Villingili by bicycle via an extensive network of trails that weave through the jungle-like interior. For a longer jaunt, tour the five neighboring islands connected by a 10-mile road – the longest in the Maldives. The resort is also home to the Maldives' first true golf course, a nine-hole course at the tip of the island where spectacular sights await.

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Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

A TROPICAL OASIS IN ECOLOGICAL BALANCE Gili Lankanfushi Maldives practiced sustainable living well before being ‘green’ came into vogue. Every aspect of the resort – from the well-appointed residences to the over-water Meera Spa – is designed to embrace the natural beauty of the surroundings and provide you with an experience as relaxing as the warm blue-green water that laps against the island's shores. Just 20 minutes from the Malé International Airport and accessible by speedboat, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives boasts the largest over-water villas in the world, with none smaller than 2,200 sq. ft. If additional privacy is your desire, eight of the over-water residences are freestanding in the lagoon and are accessible only by boat. EMBRACE SUSTAINABLE LIVING Gili Lankanfushi Maldives created its tropical oasis in reverence to the ecological balance of the island. It uses sustainable woods, natural materials and traditional fabrics to recreate the island’s natural habitat while offering the modern-day amenities and creature comforts of true luxury. The resort grows its own organic herbs and vegetables, which add vibrant flavor to the fresh menus at its delicious eateries. Additionally, the underground wine cellar, with cheese room and chocolate cave, hosts a resident sommelier as well as visiting experts. It’s a must-try as a standalone meal or a complement to your epicurean adventure.

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One&Only Reethi Rah A GRAND, ELEGANT EXPERIENCE A truly elegant resort, One&Only Reethi Rah is grand in every sense of the word. The journey to bliss begins on One&Only’s 55-foot luxury yacht where guests check in while enjoying drinks and canapés en route to the resort. Upon arrival, the resort’s stunning floral design, featuring signature orchids bred by world famous London florist Stephen Woodham, sets the theme for your stay. Spacious guest villas are carefully placed around the island to maximize privacy and offer uninterrupted views of the surrounding lagoon. Beach residences mean mere steps to the sand, and beautiful ocean views from your bed; over-water villas are connected to the island via wooden walkways, and encourage blissful lounging in netted overhangs. In every villa, décor is sleek and elegantly tropical, using beautiful materials and contemporary styling.

The One&Only Spa – set apart on its own stretch of island shore – has more than 100,000 sq. ft. of space to relax and rejuvenate, and its over-water Chi pavilion will take any Yoga or Tai Chi session to a whole new level of spirituality. The resort also has an extensive variety of restaurants and bars to satisfy any appetite. Savor freshly caught sushi at overwater Tapasake, Mediterranean delights at Fanditha, or exotic international cuisine at Reethi Restaurant.

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Soneva Fushi BAREFOOT SOPHISTICATION Set on a 112-acre island in the remote Baa Atoll, Soneva Fushi exudes the theme of ‘intelligent luxury’ that has made it a legendary resort. The ultimate in barefoot sophistication, the setting beckons vacationing honeymooners as well as families in search of island adventures. Employing ‘no news, no shoes’ as its motto, the resort takes relaxation very seriously. A world away from your daily realities, the only difficult task will be choosing which of Soneva Fushi’s exciting facilities you want to see first. With a large underground wine cellar, jungle treetop restaurant, organic fruit and vegetable garden, observatory and outdoor cinema, guests are never lacking for things to do. For a special treat, make sure to visit the bar built over the coral reef – it offers both an enticing sunset view and an excellent snorkeling spot. Soneva Fushi has also invested considerably in maintaining the island’s natural state such that riding around on a bicycle feels like journeying through a lush jungle.

CASTAWAY FANTASY The variety of accommodations located on the beach, all with views of the surrounding lagoon, captures the essence of a Robinson Crusoe castaway fantasy. Several villas offer private pools, and both the Jungle Reserve and The Retreat are amongst the largest villas in the Maldives.

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Anantara Dhigu

BEACH HIDEAWAY Situated in the South Malé Atoll, Anantara Dhigu is a luxury hideaway set in a gorgeous private lagoon. Accommodations are stylishly designed with guests’ comfort and needs in mind, and with sister resort Anantara Veli across the lagoon, guests have use of both islands’ facilities during their stay. At Dhigu each of the 70 beach villas features a terrazzo bathtub as well as an outdoor rain shower to fully experience the warm island atmosphere. The 40 over-water suites are equally stunning with private sundecks featuring sunrise or sunset views, and have direct access to the lagoon should you want to take a dip from your deck. YOUR STAY, YOUR WAY If the mood hits, Anantara Dhigu has a variety of excursions and activities available: Book an Ayurvedic treatment at the Anantara Spa; enjoy a swim in the infinity-edge beachfront pool; schedule a private surfing excursion; or even sign up for cooking classes to duplicate regional delights. Anantara also offers a marvelous selection of dining experiences – possibly the widest range of delicious options in the Maldives. Toast the sunset with your favorite cocktail at the Aqua bar, or savor the Thai traditions of Lanna and Isaan by enjoying Far Eastern delights at the over-water Baan Huraa, nestled on the edge of a coral reef.

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Anantara Kihavah

LUXURIOUS SECLUSION Located in the lovely Baa Atoll, known for its fabulous snorkeling and scuba diving spots, the soft, white beaches of Anantara Kihavah are only 35 minutes away from the airport by seaplane. A haven of pool villas and residences, Anantara Kihavah offers the ultimate in privacy and luxury – your own sanctuary within a sanctuary. Large spaces open to brilliant tropical nature, with good-sized private pools, high ceilings, timber interiors and marble floors. UNDERWATER RESTAURANT Savor a glass of vino with the best bar view imaginable – amidst a panorama of aquatic life – in the world's only underwater wine cellar and restaurant. Wine pairings with exquisite menus and tastings from visiting regions are just a few of the savory experiences. Enjoy idyllic sunsets from your hammock or spend the day rejuvenating with a rigorous massage at the Anantara Spa. Try the signature Maldivian Coconut Exfoliation in one of the six over-water Kihavah Villas, accessible across the jetty. If you’re ready to explore dive spots, don’t miss a trip to Hanifaru Bay, which is one of the most famous spots for viewing elusive manta rays. Any way you plan it, Kihavah lets you discover new meanings of luxurious seclusion at this unforgettable Maldives resort.

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...a coral-fringed hideaway that exudes luxurious intimacy.

Naladhu Maldives A HOME AWAY FROM HOME Naladhu, Maldivian for ‘beautiful island,’ is set on Velighandu Huraa in the South Malé Atoll. With just 19 villas in this boutique resort, Naladhu is a coral-fringed hideaway that exudes luxurious intimacy. Enveloped in their own private sanctuaries, looking out to a clear emerald lagoon, guests can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of bliss. Each secluded residence is designed in contemporary luxe with hardwood decks and a private infinity-edge pool as the perfect vantage point for stargazing or toasting a picture-perfect sunset. Inside, the free-flowing spaces and timeless design encourage relaxation and induce a feeling of home. A house master (butler) ensures the details of your stay are perfect. Unwind at the end of the day in the house’s own private steam room, or schedule a pampering spa service to enjoy on the sun-bleached deck.

TANTALIZING CUISINE As with its other amenities, Naladhu’s cuisine takes every step to cater to guests’ cravings. Experience al fresco dining in The Living Room, which overlooks the sparkling lagoon, or take advantage of in-room or personalized dining options to enjoy a meal any place – aboard an elegant dhoni, on the beach for a picnic, or even a champagne brunch in your spacious bedroom.

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Coco Palm Bodu Hithi CONTEMPORARY MALDIVIAN LUXURY The beauty of Coco Palm Bodu Hithi is only matched by its surrounds. With coconut trees dotting the white, sandy beaches, the private island has stunning views of turquoise ocean in every direction. Snorkeling from the beach as well as first-rate diving spots lure visitors away from the spacious thatched-roof villas, which all offer their own pools and upscale amenities. Or you might prefer to relax in the privacy of your villa’s terrace and lounge on a chaise while enjoying a drink and taking in the spectacular views. For visitors that choose the seclusion of the Escape Water Residences – which are on their own jetty, providing a small private haven – the Stars over-water restaurant and bar is exclusively for their use. With its beautiful scenery and superb service, Coco Palm Bodu Hithi is a great choice for honeymooners or couples that desire an experience in paradise. Relax together in the romantic over-water Coco Spa with a side-by-side couples massage.

ENTICING CUISINE OPTIONS The resort offers an enticing variety of cuisine options, notably its over-water Aqua restaurant offering creative cuisine from the sea, or the Latitude beach bar that overlooks the lagoon and fiber optic-lit infinity pool. The Altitude Wine Room stocks a wide selection of varietals and a tasting with sunset views is a can't-miss experience.

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Cocoa Island INTIMATE GETAWAY To hole up at Cocoa Island is to discover escapism, or sweet serenity under a reliable sun. Private and intimate all at once, the resort is removed from the noise of modern living but focuses on satisfying every need, attending to every detail, and soothing away the stresses that belong to another life. Villas are inspired by dhoni boats, as used by local fishermen, and are adjoined to the island by a simple series of wooden walkways built above the shallow ocean. From your dhoni, the view from the wide platform bed is directly out to the watery expanse, and the bathrooms – all with double sinks, a bath and shower – share horizon views. After an afternoon of sunbathing on your private terrace, abandon the chaise for the warm Maldivian sea via the ladder access just off your sundeck.

Doing absolutely nothing is completely acceptable at Cocoa Island, and the relaxed atmosphere and accommodating staff are ideal enablers. But for diving enthusiasts one of the best areas in the Maldives, Kandooma Channel, sits off the west side of the island and offers numerous diving sites populated with manta rays, green turtles and a myriad of reef fish. On the other side, grab a snorkel and fins to enjoy the quiet reef flanked by a curl of soft, alabaster beach that tapers into a spit of sand.

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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

A SUMPTUOUS TREAT FOR THE SENSES Taj Exotica resides on the tropical isle Emboodhu Finolhu – once known as the Three Coconut Island – that sits in one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. Surrounded by stunningly clear ocean water, this long sliver of island offers elegantly appointed villas suited with the latest modern conveniences. With just a few beach villas, most accommodations at Taj Exotica are over-water (with or without freshwater plunge pools), connected in an elaborate jetty design to give each residence access to the lagoon and island services. The Rehendhi Presidential Suite offers a spacious, two-room villa to guests that require additional privacy. The main pool area is a popular place to pass the day with its spectacular lagoon views. Or take advantage of the enormous lagoon and spend the time swimming and snorkeling in its turquoise warmth. With its creative fresh seafood and vegetarian dishes, the Deep End over-water restaurant is another Taj highlight, as is the Jiva Grande Spa, which among other rejuvenating therapies offers a semi-outdoor suite with luxury Hammam. The signature Alepa treatment makes good use of the Hamman to open and detoxify pores, followed by your choice of therapeutic mud preparations to soften skin. An outdoor waterfall rinses you clean, and you'll leave feeling relaxed and balanced.

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Vivanta By Taj – Coral Reef AFFORDABLE LUXURY Vivanta By Taj – Coral Reef is a luxurious, yet affordable, solution to holidays in paradise. Chic, contemporary accommodations, coupled with innovative food and high levels of service ensure a memorable Maldivian getaway that won’t break the bank. Located on Hembadhu Island, just 50 minutes by speedboat from the airport, Vivanta by Taj welcomes your visit any time of the day or night. Set on its own coral reef and sheltered lagoon, the resort has been redesigned to offer a personalized holiday experience for families and couples alike.

Among the 62 spacious villa residences – two of which are Beach Villa Suites with private outdoor living areas – guests can choose from thatched Beach Villas with large beachside porticos or the Water Villas with private decks looking out to the lagoon. All offer unrivaled views of the sea and outdoor shower areas for private relaxation with ocean breezes. Boasting one of the best spots for diving, amateurs and professionals can explore the resort's own shipwreck in the house reef, or book an excursion to go in search of giant manta rays – a sure highlight of any underwater experience. The less intrepid can relax in the property's Jiva Spa, inspired by the Indian philosophy of wellness, where high-quality spa treatments have received rave reviews from satisfied visitors.

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Island Hideaway UNTOUCHED NATURAL LANDSCAPE If you’ve ever wanted to be lost on a deserted island in a far off place of the world, Island Hideaway is an ideal spot. Located in the remote Haa Alifu Atoll in the north Maldives, this luxury boutique resort is built on the virgin island of Dhonakulhi, a crescent-shaped isle large by Maldivian standards. The ample space allows Island Hideaway to offer its guests the largest and most secluded beach villas of any resort in the area – a privacy premium for guests who desire undisturbed relaxation. Most of the island was left untouched during building and thus, the island is lush and spectacularly beautiful.

A RUSTIC CELEBRATION OF NATURE The resort is a rustic celebration of nature with custom-made, hand-finished natural materials used throughout. Due to the unique coral formation around the island, the resort boasts a state-of-the-art, fully equipped marina. Additionally, these intricate coral expanses offer guests some of the most untouched snorkeling and diving spots around. Island Hideaway’s exceptional levels of attention to detail are obvious in the residencies as well as the restaurants, spa and service. In fact, its butler service receives some of the highest reviews of any resort in the Maldives. This is a place to really relax and get away from the stresses of everyday life.

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W Retreat & Spa – Maldives

EXCITING VIBE IN AN ULTRA-CHIC SETTING Set on the exotic island of Fesdu in the North Ari Atoll, W Retreat & Spa Maldives harmoniously unites its ultra-chic design and décor with the exquisite beauty of the Maldives. Guests of W Retreat Maldives can expect the same bold styling and exciting vibe of its city hotels, but with tropical relaxation and island landscapes as a soothing backdrop. W Retreat Maldives residences are an exciting blend of innovative architectural design and contemporary living esthetics with island-village simplicity. Both the bi-level beachfront and single-level over-water villas offer private plunge pools and their own barbecues for impromptu afternoon cookouts. POOL AND SPA FACILITIES The main pool is another popular favorite at W Retreat Maldives, with its restful chaises and the cool convenience of Wet – part swim-up pool bar with specialty cocktails and part poolside lounge gone gourmet. For intense relaxation, head over to the Away spa to indulge in any number of soothing therapies in its restful overwater treatment rooms. UNDERGROUND ENTERTAINMENT The resort’s three stylish restaurants offer creative gourmet cuisine, from jungle barbecue to Asian-inspired fish and fresh sushi. And its underground club lounge, 15Below, serves up guest DJs and creative concoctions on the dance floor or in the comfort of your own divan.

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Six Senses Laamu

REMOTE PARADISE Remote, private and surrounded by aquamarine ocean, Six Senses Laamu enjoys a prime location on uninhabited Olhuveli Island in the southern part of the Maldives archipelago. Each of the 97 stunning beach and water villas features outdoor rain-showers, private sundecks and outdoor relaxation areas. And if you’re planning a family holiday, the Beach Villa Suite with pool offers a second bedroom and treetop deck for a uniquely Maldivian panorama of jungle to seascape. A water lover’s panacea, the island has coral reefs that offer exquisite diving as well as an exhilarating surf break – the Yin Yang – that promises good waves for surfers of all levels. In addition, the luxurious Six Senses Spa and an open-air cinema will help fill any leisure time. INNOVATIVE DINING Dining experiences at Six Senses Laamu make the best use of the resort’s sensational surrounds. The Altitude wine cellar, with its 21-foot ocean-to-ceiling wine tower, serves tastings and dégustation dinners at its prime center table. Perched above the resort’s garden, organic restaurant LEAF provides sunset views to complement a la carte meals made with fresh garden ingredients or daily line-caught fish. Newly opened Zen offers organic, inventive Japanese cuisine in an intimate setting. And for a treat, Ice boasts a cocoa kitchen, crepe bar and 40 flavors of ice cream to satisfy any sweet tooth.

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Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa FAMILY ACTIVITIES Just as Sheraton is known on the mainland for its high-quality resort experiences, the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa brings that reputation to paradise in the Indian Ocean. The hotel’s 176 refurbished rooms and residences all feature creature comforts alongside subtle island touches. But for a special treat, the exclusive over-water Water Suite features a separate lounge area with its own deck, an appealing king bedroom overlooking a second deck area and direct sea access and sun lounges. And at the end of a long day hiking or snorkeling, take a dip in the private Jacuzzi plunge pool – perfect for relaxing and enjoying the never-ending ocean views. Aside from its romantic surroundings, the Sheraton Full Moon is a great place to bring any active family. Wakeboarding, waterskiing, banana boats, scuba diving, snorkeling, tennis, island excursions and dolphin cruises are just some of the activities that entice visitors to come out and play.

PRIVATE-ISLAND SPA Perhaps the most alluring diversion, though, is located across the water via a long footbridge. Sitting on its own island, Sheraton’s new Shine Spa is truly an oasis. Using influences from China, Thailand, India, Arabia and the Mediterranean, the spa menu is perhaps only slightly less worldly than its happy visitors.

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The Beach House Maldives SECLUDED INDULGENCE Sitting on Manafaru, a private island in the Haa Alifu Atoll, The Beach House Maldives is surrounded by a colorful coral reef perfect for soaking, snorkeling or just admiring from your villa. The Beach House Maldives' well-appointed villas, both beach and over-water, enjoy the use of their own private pools, outdoor dining areas and the services of a villa host who will tend to guests’ every need. Traditional Maldivian style is blended with eco sensibilities, celebrated in architectural details from the open-air en-suite design to the thatched roofing.

CULINARY DELIGHTS Gourmet meals prepared fresh by The Beach House Maldives’ international chefs are available at the resort’s delightful eateries – Medium Rare, an international grill, and Saffron, serving Asianfusion fare – or can be enjoyed beachside, served on a private island or on the romantic 30 Degrees over-water pavilion. DE'SPA The resort’s De'Spa is surrounded by lush vegetation and features treatment rooms dotted intermittently throughout the tropical foliage. A must-try treatment is the signature Maldivian Sand Massage. Relax as a therapist massages away any aches with pure Maldivian coconut oil, followed by a white sea salt sand exfoliation – an invigorating experience using nature's local gifts.

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NATURE’S PLAYGROUND Located in the South Western Atoll of Dhaalu and a 40-minute seaplane flight from Malé, NIYAMA is an edgy, modern resort that offers guests more than a romantic Maldivian escape, balancing tranquility with a sense of discovery, stimulation and fun. NIYAMA features 86 beach or over-water Studios and Pavilions. Beach Studios have stunning outdoor bathrooms, large deck areas and secluded beach views; Beach Pavilions offer 24-hour butler service, private fiber optic-lit pools and exclusive beach access. Water babies can choose from the expansive Water Studios or Deluxe Water Studios, both of which offer private pools, spacious living areas and stunning views of the Indian Ocean. For the ultimate treat, the Water Pavilions with private pools are available with one or two bedrooms, and come complete with private Thakuru, or Maldivian butler. UNWIND ON YOUR TIME Interaction drives the ‘Diversions and Journeys’ at NIYAMA. Think remote control boats and buggies, an art studio, weekly movie nights and a variety of water sports. This nature’s playground also boasts three restaurants, a deli and three bars including Subsix, the world’s first under water club. After a day playing in the sun, LIME Spa at NIYAMA offers guests the ability to schedule a reinvigorating spa treatment for any time, day or night – a unique concept in the Maldives.

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Viceroy Maldives Resort

SPACIOUS VILLAS, DISCERNING TASTES Set on the pristine Vagaru Island over 17 acres of palm-edged sand, Viceroy Maldives offers seclusion and rejuvenation within a world of total luxury. Encircling a lagoon of startling blue, the resort’s 61 villas are some of the most spacious in the Maldives and each is outfitted with private plunge pool, en-suite bath and a spacious outdoor area. Whether lounging in an oversized daybed overlooking the lagoon or socializing beachside at the resort’s Anguru Pool Bar & Grill, Viceroy Maldives exceeds the expectations of even the most discerning guest. The property recently appointed Executive Chef Kai Eick, who joined the Viceroy Maldives team with culinary experience at top resorts and restaurants in Europe, including the five-star Chesa Viglia at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland. His influence is evident through the Asian and European flavors, and guests will have the opportunity to sample his fare when they book the intimate chef’s table dinners or the underground wine cellar. Those looking to relax and rejuvenate can indulge in spa treatments at the resort’s over-water spa villas, which include seven treatment suites for individuals as well as couples. Natural elements such as the sun, sea and Maldivian culture are infused into holistic treatments, allowing guests to achieve an ultimate sense of healing and well-being.

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Ayada Maldives SERENITY ON THE HORIZON Located amidst a spectacular reef within the southern rim of the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the southern Maldives, Ayada Maldives occupies nearly 37 acres of undisturbed indigenous vegetation and offers uninterrupted views of the breathtaking Maldivian landscape. Showcasing the majesty of the resort’s natural surroundings, Ayada Maldives offers luxury accommodations that bring together both contemporary and traditional Maldivian design elements. The 50 over-water villas have been carefully placed on the uniquely shaped jetty to capture magnificent views of the horizon while the 62 beach villas offer an enclave of privacy and serenity fewer than 30 steps from the Indian Ocean.

With oceans views as a backdrop, guests can avail themselves to a variety of dining experiences found in the resort’s seven restaurants. From exotic Asian flavors to tantalizing Mediterranean specialties to the vibrant ‘Ottoman Lounge’ complete with specialty coffees, teas and shisha, a new taste adventure could be had at every meal. ISLAND EXPLORING Aside from various water-based activities, Ayada Maldives has three fantastic running trails that provide the best workout scenery imaginable. As a reward for a day full of adventures, make time for the solace of the spa facilities, which offer hydro baths, saunas and a Turkish Hammam.

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Seychelles Approximately 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa and just south of the equator, the Seychelles is composed of an archipelago of 115 granite and coral islands that span miles of Indian Ocean. The inner islands of the Seychelles are of the granite variety, bursting from the sea with tall rugged peaks and lush green vegetation. Rimmed by pristine white beaches dotted with granite boulders, the islands’ sublime beach scene is unique. With an abundance of rare indigenous animals, plants and birds, conservation is a top priority.

Seychelles is often visited as a single destination, though a holiday can be combined with stops in Europe, an African Safari or with neighboring Mauritius. Flights to the Seychelles are via Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Nairobi, and a few other cities.

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Island hopping is a great way to explore the Seychelles, particularly the three main islands. Home to the capital city of Victoria and the international airport, Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles. A short 15-minute flight from Mahé, Praslin is the second-largest island in the archipelago and boasts gorgeous Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette beaches. But one cannot talk about beaches in the Seychelles without mentioning the famous gem of La Digue Island – the silvery Anse Source d’Argent. With huge granite boulders spread across the sand, it is the most photographed in the area.

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Maia Luxury Resort & Spa

A SHINING GEM IN THE SEYCHELLES Resting on the pristine Anse Louis beach on the southwest coast of Mahé, Maia Luxury Resort & Spa utilizes the beauty of the natural surroundings to complement its lavish resort. Taking care to build around the delicate environment, Maia made certain that no stone was moved building the resort – the result being a seamless commune of fertile surroundings and lush repose. The resort is tucked into 30 acres of award-winning gardens, populated with lemongrass, cinnamon trees and a variety of palms. A stone footpath winds through the gardens, revealing 30 private villas discretely hidden among the greenery – each a mixture of Far Eastern influences combined with traditional Creole style. Bedrooms are adorned with exotic wood and fronted by large, private infinity-edge swimming pools, while bathroom suites feature walled garden showers, and exquisite outdoor bath pavilions with double sunken bathtubs for romantic bathing under the stars. PERSONAL BUTLER FOR FIRST-RATE SERVICE Service is a cornerstone of the Maia experience. Each villa comes with a personal butler, whose purpose is to provide first-rate, 24-hour service throughout the stay, whether it’s whisking you off to the resort’s delectable Tec Tec restaurant, cooking in-villa breakfast, arranging a massage at one of the Maia Spa's private open-air pavilions or packing your luggage.

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THE MAIA SPA Built around natural rock formations, the Maia Spa features three spacious treatment pavilions, each with an open-air treatment room, private garden and bath. The spa menu offers a variety of soothing treatments such as the Gentle Soul Massage – a series of slow massage strokes synchronized with breathing that is perfect for tired muscles. Guests who select beauty services will be treated to La Prairie products, which are exclusive to Maia in the Seychelles. And to help relaxation encompass both body and soul, Maia offers complimentary sessions of Qi Gong meditation, Yoga and Self-Shiatsu daily in the spa garden. DIP INTO TRANQUILITY At the heart of the resort is its beachfront pool that serves many purposes: a place to relax and enjoy spectacular views, a conduit to the beach area and snorkeling via quaint stone steps, or your entrance to the glamorous Sunset Pool Bar, which serves up fresh cocktails and light food throughout the day. If your appetite requires something more substantial, Maia’s chefs cover a variety of flavors for discriminating palates. Asian, French and Mediterranean cuisine can be prepared a la carte, and a local chef oversees a Creole menu with regional delights such as fish curry and grilled Cigale de la Mer.

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Raffles Praslin Seychelles BLISSFUL SECLUSION Tucked away in blissful seclusion on the northeast tip of Praslin Island, Raffles Praslin is just a 15-minute shuttle plane ride from MahĂŠ. Nestled amongst the greenery and gentle slopes of stunning granite formations, the resort is an oasis of calm and comfort, appealing to those seeking intimate residential charm in paradise. The 86 villas at Raffles Praslin are designed in contemporary residential style, each with a private plunge pool, an expansive outdoor pavilion and personalized 24-hour Raffles Butler service available to all guests. The one and two-bedroom Villa Suites are equipped with a barbecue grill in the outdoor pavilion for special island cookouts. The Raffles Spa has 13 Treatment Pavilions with spectacular sea views from every window, and a beautiful outdoor spa garden.

ORIGINAL GARDEN OF EDEN Vallee de Mai is a must see while on Praslin. A National Park and home to 400-year-old coco de mer palms, many believe it to be the original Garden of Eden. And Anse Lazio, widely acclaimed as one of the top five beaches in the world, is a mere five minute drive from Raffles Praslin. Fringed with coconut palms and takamaka trees, the renowned beach sets the scene for a lovely family picnic or a perfect spot to watch the sun set beyond the horizon with that special someone.

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Frégate Island Private

PETER PAN'S NEVERLAND Once a popular destination for pirates, Frégate Island is now a golden haven for exclusive tranquility in the midst of unique indigenous gifts. Within its tropical jungle, the island is home to rare and endangered birds as well as many giant tortoises, both which survive successfully due to the resort’s focus on preservation and protection of the island's resources. There are just 16 luxury, air-conditioned villas set on cliffs above the ocean – each measuring between 1,000 and 1,600 sq. ft. – appointed with exotic art and the finest furnishings. Providing a stunning view over the Anse Macquereau and Anse Bambous beaches, the villas maximize relaxation with their own private sun terraces, swimming pools, Jacuzzis and day beds. Additionally, the resort provides guests with their own personal island buggies to scoot from beach to peak, and a first-class personal butler to guarantee they receive the ultimate private island experience. Terrific spa treatments at the Rock Spa, with its entrance through a granite canyon, ensure guests are truly relaxed. PRIVATE DINING Tucked away throughout the resort are several private dining spots, and with options like imbibing on the beach under the setting Seychellois sun or even feasting among the branches of a grand Banyan tree, creating special romantic moments is never difficult.

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Banyan Tree Seychelles

STUNNING INTENDANCE BAY Nestled along stunning Intendance Bay on the southwestern coast of Mahé, Banyan Tree Seychelles stands on a piece of land acquired by the late George Harrison and Peter Sellers. From the white beaches below to the granite boulder-spotted hillside, the resort tucks its spacious villas within the lush vegetation to allow guests a personal experience with paradise. Each white, Victorian-style villa showcases the island’s colonial history with tasteful contemporary décor and fine touches of Creole furnishings. The villas also each have their own private pools, outdoor lounging areas, and many have Jacuzzis for a post-snorkeling dip. BANYAN TREE SPA The award-winning Banyan Tree Spa, set against the majestic granite mountains, offers guests a hillside reprieve where glasswalled treatment rooms invite Indian Ocean views to help melt the stress away. Or, if they prefer, guests can indulge in calming treatments like the signature Harmony Banyan and Royal Banyan carried out within their villas. ROMANTIC BEACH DINNER To satisfy an epicurean craving, a beach barbecue is a special event. Tuck your toes in the sand and enjoy the sunset with a glass of champagne while a waiter and chef prepare a gourmet multi-course dinner on a secluded section of beach, utilizing only the freshest local ingredients.

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North Island AN IDYLLIC PRIVATE SANCTUARY The essence of North Island is a sustainable, ecologically sensitive utilization of a precious natural treasure. One of the finest barefoot luxury resorts in the world, North Island provides a sanctuary for guests seeking an unspoiled tropical haven of peace and tranquility. The island offers four beautiful beaches located at each end of the compass with only 11 spectacular handcrafted villas dotting its white sandy expanse. Nearly 5,000 sq. ft. in size, the oceanfacing residences sit off the ground to capture cooling island breezes and each come with their own private plunge pools.

MEET THE LOCALS Using the villas' designated Island Buggies, guests can explore the island and seek out amazing snorkeling spots just steps from the beach. Or, spend time with the island's oldest inhabitants – giant tortoises that freely roam the landscape – then enjoy a dazzling sunset while sipping a freshly made cocktail at the West Beach Bar. PERSONALIZED SERVICE Exceptional service is key here, and your dedicated Villa Host will ensure your every desire is exceeded. Some unique perks include dining in new venues each night; an underwater specialist accompanying your scuba adventure through the coral reefs; or a local environmentalist trekking on your hike to share about the local flora and fauna.

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Constance Ephelia Resort

TWO BEAUTIFUL BEACHES Constance Ephelia Resort in the Seychelles enjoys a unique location set within nearly 300 acres of land, with an abundance of luxuriant and rare vegetation and plants. The large resort – located over two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahé and overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay – offers private seclusion with breathtaking views. Whether you choose one of the suites or a hillside, spa or beach villa, each of the residences is impeccably furnished with modern conveniences to make your stay as stress-free as possible. Some feature additional rooms and private pools, but all provide fantastic views of heavenly surrounds. Where Constance Ephelia excels is in its wide variety of activities. For reinvigorating down time, the resort features the renowned Spa de Constance as well as a Shiseido Spa – the largest within the Indian Ocean. It also has an extensive water sports and dive center, several shopping boutiques and four separate pool areas for choice lounging. For flavor connoisseurs, the resort has five restaurants and bars to satisfy any culinary curiosity. And don’t miss the Chef’s table experience, which allows guests to enjoy the action of the kitchen, as well as a specially created menu.

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Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

EXPANSIVE VIEWS FROM TREETOP VILLAS From the Seychelles International Airport, a 30-minute drive along brilliantly green coastline reveals the spacious pool villas of Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, perched on a jungle-like hillside. Upon your morning arrival, a basket of Creole-inspired and international breakfast selections will welcome you to feel at home. Or if your schedule allows for a later check in, enjoy fresh seasonal fruit while you get settled. All 67 villas and suites are grounded in traditional Creole design featuring natural timber and brick, with views that reach above rocky granite outcroppings to the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean or the island’s landscape. These extensive accommodations include roomy outdoor spaces cradled by tropical vegetation, where coconut, mango, jackfruit and cinnamon trees scent the air. Lounge by your plunge pool, then stroll to the powder-sand beach for a quick dip or afternoon bite at the Kannel Bar. POOLSIDE RELAXATION Four Season Resort Seychelles enjoys a prime location that reflects the symphony of contrasts that characterizes the island’s natural surroundings. The jogging trail through the foothills is a great way to see the island, or grab a lounger around the 5,565 sq. ft. main pool, located just steps from the sand, to take in views of glorious Petite Anse.

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Desroches Island, Seychelles TRANQUIL PRIVACY As the only resort occupying a lusciously green, coral island in the southern part of the Seychelles, Desroches Island offers visitors exceptional privacy and a tranquil environment. Flying directly in to the resort is simple via the daily scheduled flight or private charter to the island’s private paved runway. The 20 luxuriously spacious suites are great for convenience – close to the central area, dining room, swimming pool, Spa and gym. Set amongst palm trees and tropical gardens, each suite faces west and sits just a few feet off the beach. Over on the unblemished north west-facing beaches, the 24 four-bedroom Beach Villas and four new Beach Retreats offer a higher standard of luxury with personal pools and additional privacy for families and those seeking a quiet respite.

A DIVING TREASURE Desroches is a great resort for activities. With steep underwater cliffs replete with rich sea life, Desroches is known for some of the very best diving in the Seychelles. Curious creatures like sea turtles flourish off the island’s shores. Fishing enthusiasts will also be thrilled with the world-class diversity offshore. Wahoo, Kingfish, Sailfish, and Tuna are prevalent, and record-setting Marlin catches have made this a destination for deep-sea fisherman. Fly-fishing is also first-rate in the area, with Bonefish and Giant Trevally in abundance.

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Constance Lemuria Resort of Praslin

LOST PARADISE Constance Lemuria Resort enjoys an idyllic location on the northwest coast of Praslin Island overlooking the beaches of Anse Kerlan and Petite Anse Kerlan. The entire property is designed in complete empathy with its natural surroundings to provide an ambiance of total tranquility and refined elegance. The 96 thatched suites, eight villas and presidential villa are situated along the beaches and use natural materials of marble, limestone, wood and granite – a true celebration of the island’s gifts. Constance Lemuria Resort has a wide range of activities. The beautiful three-level main swimming pool, flowing from the hotel to the sea, is a highlight as is the championship golf course – the only one in the Seychelles. With green fees included, your 18 holes wind their way up and over hills to maximize ocean views. Just behind the 18th hole is a path that will take you to Anse Georgette, the resort’s hidden gem. Only accessible to guests, this pristine beach is as picturesque as they come – palm trees, white sand and nesting tropical birds – and is considered one of the most beautiful in the Seychelles. Wind down from your time on the links by enjoying a treatment or massage in the resort’s exclusive Shiseido spa. The Legend Bar overlooking the Indian Ocean also has a great selection of cocktails and aperitifs, and is a popular spot for a drink in the evenings.

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Many marvelous five- and six-star resorts are located on the island, creating competition that has bred even better quality, service and amenities. Its breathtaking views and posh resorts make Mauritius a romantic hideaway perfect for tropical weddings, honeymoons or anniversary celebrations. Mauritius is accessible from many global locations and can serve as a relaxing end to a safari, or in combination with trips to Dubai, Seychelles or a European stopover. Paris and London are the most popular originating cities, and there are regular flights from Johannesburg, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Australia.

• Constance Le Prince Maurice

• The Residence Mauritius 38.5 Miles

Situated in the Indian Ocean approximately 560 miles east of Madagascar, Mauritius is a volcanic island with large rocky peaks almost completely surrounded by coral reef – an exotic composition that yields beautiful views above and below the water. Considered the quintessential tropical paradise, Mauritius invites visitors to experience crystal-clear lagoons that flow into silky beaches dotted with casuarinas and coconut palm trees. Higher up, waterfalls cascade over ancient volcanic rock. A unique combination of natural elements, Mauritius is also a fusion of cultures with Indian, French, African, Asian and British influences. This amazing diversity is apparent not only in the island’s architecture and people, but also in the variety of exceptional cuisine.

• Le Touessrok

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AN INTIMATE AND ELEGANT RESORT The Oberoi Mauritius lies along Turtle Bay, on the northwest coast of Mauritius, amidst 20 acres of lush sub-tropical gardens that front nearly 2,000 feet of coastline leading out to a turquoise lagoon. One of the smaller and more intimate luxury resorts on the island, the Oberoi employs unique architecture that reflects the diverse African and Asian heritage of the Mauritian people. Indigenous materials have been used wherever possible: Sugarcane thatch for the roofs, volcanic boulders as natural garden walls, and tropical plants and shrubs throughout. The Pavilions, Villas and main structures have all been integrated to harmonize with the surrounding exotic foliage, trees and flowers. The rooms are some of the largest and most secluded in Mauritius, most of them having private gardens and some with exclusive pools. The resort’s two main pools are stunning with uninterrupted views of the ocean beyond, and guests often spend a good portion of their days enjoying one of them. THE OBEROI SPA The Oberoi Spa is a true treat, offering a wide range of massages, skin therapies and complete spa journeys. Embrace and reawaken yourself in the beautiful surroundings of The Oberoi Spa and enjoy all the elements by taking a journey over several days in a haven of serenity.

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Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa LUXURY GETAWAY An exclusive haven of tranquility and luxury, this beautiful beachside getaway spans 27 scenic acres at Wolmar Beach, overlooking the serene, blue waters of Tamarin Bay and its own private half-mile beach. Maradiva's villas are some of the largest and most secluded in Mauritius, all with their own private plunge pools and outdoor living areas. No detail has been overlooked in considering the relaxing ambiance, with interiors inspired by French Colonial, Indian, African, and Arabic designs.

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR Coast2Coast is the main restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a mix of international, Mediterranean and Mauritian cuisine. The fine-dining Cilantro Restaurant features a cross-section of Pan Asian/Japanese cuisine and a variety of rich Indian flavors. For a lively experience, reserve a spot at Cilantro’s interactive live-cooking teppanyaki counter adjacent to the restaurant. The contemporary-Indian Maradiva Spa invites guests to rediscover themselves through yoga and meditation, as well as Indian and Ayurvedic therapies. In addition to its treatment menu, the spa facilities include a Hammam, a Saunarium and a whirlpool. For a romantic spa escape, there are two spacious couples suites – each with a steam shower and private Jacuzzi, leading to a secluded private garden and outdoor patio ideal for sharing a special experience.

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Le Touessrok SEXY, MODERN, CHIC Sexy, Modern, Chic – a vibrant trifecta of adjectives that speak volumes of this supremely stylish resort that sits on the east coast of Mauritius, overlooking the tranquil Trou d'Eau Douce bay. Le Touessrok, with its two adjacent island retreats, is built in the style of a Mediterranean village and is the epitome of understated luxury and refinement. The property is linked by a beautiful wooden bridge to Frangipani Island on which suites are located in a circular pattern around the island, giving each residence uninterrupted views of the sea. Frangipani also has a wonderful beach restaurant, Barlen's – which serves fresh sushi and other Japanese fare – as well as a Givenchy Spa and a separate lap pool. On the mainland, the Hibiscus and Coral wings offer beautiful rooms and suites designed and finished in cool, contemporary interpretations of Mauritian style. The hotel's private retreat island, Îlot Mangénie, is a Robinson Crusoe-style hideaway reserved for the exclusive use of guests, and just three minutes away by private boat.

CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSE Another short ride away by private boat is the beautiful island of Île aux Cerfs where a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Bernhard Langer, entices golfing enthusiasts.

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Shanti Maurice, A Nira Resort

ELEGANT BOUTIQUE A boutique resort situated on a horseshoe-shaped coral cove in St. Felix, Shanti Maurice offers its guests an unforgettable stay with personal touches. It celebrates the many facets of Mauritian culture – Indian, African, French and Chinese influences – through its cuisine, design and award-winning spa services. Additionally, Shanti Maurice supports local industry, sourcing the majority of its restaurants’ ingredients from the island’s farmers and fishermen, to supplying artisans’ hand-woven beach carriers. Shanti Maurice comprises 61 spacious Suites and Villas, spread across a 36-acre landscape of fragrant tropical gardens. All 17 villas – including the Shanti Villa (Presidential Suite Villa) – are located on the beachfront overlooking the Indian Ocean, and have a private pool, outdoor rain shower and dining pavilion. Design is a contemporary blend of Mauritian and African culture and style. AWARD-WINNING SPA One of the largest and most comprehensive facilities in the Indian Ocean, the award-winning Nira Spa is an impressive 75,000 sq. ft. with an enchanting tea pavilion at its center. The spa offers an extensive menu of body and beauty treatments integrating traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda & Yoga with Thalassotherapy and contemporary International Spa Treatments. There are 25 treatment rooms with specialized areas for each discipline.

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The Residence Mauritius

TIMELESS ELEGANCE Situated on the east coast of Mauritius in Belle Mare, The Residence Mauritius blends timeless elegance with modern luxuries to create a sophisticated retreat. Inspired by turn-of-thecentury mansions and plantation houses, the resort’s colonial architecture is best displayed in its stunning lobby, where cold towels and fresh iced tea await guests’ arrivals. The deliciously nostalgic décor continues in the rooms and suites, each opening onto a private balcony or terrace, and with the service of a personal butler. The shining gems of the resort, the Colonial Ocean Front Suites, each offer a second bathroom as well as a grand terrace with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. The spacious main pool area is a popular spot for respite, added to by complimentary fresh fruits and bottled water. The Sanctuary spa is a large temple of relaxation offering an extensive menu of skincare treatments, massages and custom-made programs. PLANTERS KIDS CLUB, FOR FAMILY HOLIDAYS If it’s a family holiday, the resort’s Planters Kids Club – inspired by a sugar-cane plantation house – is dedicated to the entertainment of children and the relaxation of their parents. The program includes treasure hunts, snorkeling classes, hikes and picnics, glass bottom boat tours and pony rides, among other fun diversions.

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...brings the flavor of Mauritius indoors.

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius At Anahita SANCTUARY IN PARADISE Situated on the island’s unspoiled east coast, the Anahita Wilderness Sanctuary stretches along four miles of uninterrupted shoreline with the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita occupying one of its most brilliant settings – a vast lagoon sheltered by coral-reef barriers, resplendent with fish for fantastic diving.

The resort's private island houses 60 Lagoon Pool villas and a two-bedroom Presidential Suite as well as the infinity-edge main pool with picturesque lagoon vistas. With the breathtaking effect of floating above the lagoon, the pool is an ideal place to enjoy a relaxing swim or tropical cocktail while appreciating the beautiful view of the ocean and nearby main island. With the green-blanketed Bambou Mountain as a backdrop, the Garden Pool Villas, Mangrove Pool Villas and 32 two- and three-bedroom residence villas with private pools are situated on the mainland. All Four Seasons villas were thoughtfully designed in tranquil décor, rich with natural woods, volcanic stone and other indigenous materials, that brings the flavor of Mauritius indoors. ERNIE ELS CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE Golfers will enjoy unlimited, complimentary play on the Ernie Els-designed championship golf course with six oceanfront holes, private clubhouse and Golf Academy. Built to USGA standards, it is the first of its kind in Mauritius.

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Constance Le Prince Maurice LUXURIANT VEGETATION Located on the island’s northeastern coast, Constance Le Prince Maurice is situated on 60 acres of unblemished private land blessed with rare and luxuriant vegetation that ensures maximum privacy for its guests. The turquoise lagoon complements the fresh, green surroundings and secluded beaches of brilliant sand. A natural fish reserve, positioned on the western part of the resort, adds to the natural beauty of the location. The reserve accommodates the only over-water suites in Mauritius, sitting high on stilts, while the resort’s other generous suites are located along the beach or in a sub-tropical garden facing the sea. Fill your days relaxing poolside, or try one of several activities like squash, snorkeling or even a glass-bottom boat trip. For the little ones, Le Prince Maurice invites children ages 4-12 to experience Les Petits Princes Mini Club.

THE FLOATING RESTAURANT Constance Le Prince Maurice’s gastronomical efforts are guided by the chef’s ‘culinary spirit’ principle, which samples from the kitchens along the spice route, blending flavors from Asia, Africa and Europe. Le Barachois is a one-of-a-kind floating restaurant specializing in seafood and Mauritian delicacies – a culinary experience not to be missed. Guests can also enjoy spectacular views of the pool and beach from the Laguna Bar while sipping cocktails to a light sitar melody.

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...known as the most prestigious address on the island.

Royal Palm Hotel

THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS ADDRESS IN MAURITIUS Located on the sheltered, sun-drenched northwest coast of Mauritius, this boutique hideaway is known as the most prestigious address on the island. Its stunning location – overlooking a beautiful azure lagoon fringed by alabaster sand – and unparalleled service make Royal Palm Hotel a very special place. The Royal Palm's generous suites are exquisitely appointed and command dazzling views over the beach and water from their own private terraces or balconies. They are architecturally designed and situated so no one suite overlooks another, thus ensuring privacy for every guest. If effortless repose is your ideal, the main pool is a nice spot to relax, or head down to the sand and enjoy the sunshine, further enhanced by the resort's attentive beach service. LA GOÉLETTE RESTAURANT The resort's La Goélette restaurant has achieved international status for its creative blends of sophisticated world cuisines with the flavors of fresh Mauritian products. While it serves a tasty breakfast menu in relaxed environs, the dinner atmosphere in La Goélette is memorable for the tuxedo-clad waiters serving decadent dishes to candlelit tables, with the sounds of piano keys tinkling in the background. The multi-course meal will delight even the most finicky eaters.

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• Armani Hotel Dubai The Palace - The Old Town •• The Address Downtown

Atlantis The Palm •

A city of alluring contrasts, Dubai is a combination of old and new, deserts and beaches, and blended cultures that create an exciting, cosmopolitan metropolis. Its elevation as a business, travel and economic hub of the Middle East has also inspired a fun, safe and lavish environment.

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Desert Palm by Per AQUUM

Burj Al Arab • • Jumeirah Beach Hotel • Madinat Jumeirah • One&Only The Palm

The city prides itself on offering guests a bigger and better experience than its luxury-playground counterparts: Accommodations are unparalleled, service is outstanding, meals are a gastronomic delight and the activities are endless. The Jumeirah beach area boasts stunning resorts that take advantage of the gorgeous white shoreline. Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – heralds the bustling downtown area, which offers gold-and-spice souks, high-end shopping and exciting nightlife. Inland, the salt-crusted coastal plains give way to a north-south running line of dunes where premium resorts offer guests a more tranquil experience amidst desert beauty. There are also notable resorts just outside of Dubai in Abu Dhabi and across the border in Oman that make the greater Dubai area a truly one-of-a-kind destination.

• Six Senses Zighy Bay

Gulf of Oman dubai Abu Dhabi to Dubai – 78 Miles

Long thought of as a stopover city, Dubai is now easily a destination in itself. It can also be combined with any number of cities and islands as flights arrive into Dubai from New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas and Seattle in the U.S, as well as Toronto, Canada.

Oman

Al Maha A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas • • Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara • Al Yamm & Al Sahel Lodge by Anantara

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• Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

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Armani Hotel Dubai

UPSCALE STYLE IN A GRAND SETTING Instead of gazing at the world’s tallest building, imagine gazing from it. As the only hotel inside the Burj Khalifa, The Armani Hotel Dubai occupies 11 floors of the monolith, offering guests a unique opportunity to take in surrounding Downtown Dubai from a completely new aspect. Designed and built by world-famous designer Giorgio Armani, each piece of fabric, choice of marble and spectacular embellishment for the hotel was hand-chosen to accomplish a vision of what style and service should be. All of the 160 guest rooms and suites are furnished in the Armani/Casa home furnishings collection, providing guests with designer luxury within their home away from home. Even with the comforts of home and the best in convenient luxuries, physical restoration is a must for any weary traveler or busy visitor. For an immersion into decadence, book time at the world’s first in-hotel Armani/SPA – 12,000 sq. ft. of tranquility where guests can enjoy tailor-made treatments, hydrothermal facilities, a fitness center and outdoor swimming pool. The Armani Hotel Dubai also tempts guests with six mouthwatering restaurants, each a worldly culinary experience from some of the globe’s top chefs. For after-hours excitement, look no further than the Milan-imported Armani/Privé lounge – one of the city’s most popular hotspots – which serves up top shelf and creative mixology with hypnotic beats provided by a house DJ.

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...providing guests with designer luxury within their home away from home.

DOWNTOWN DUBAI AT YOUR FEET If you’re inclined to explore beyond the grand offerings of the hotel, the surrounding downtown area embraces equally impressive edible and entertainment diversions. Set in the 30acre Burj Lake, the towering Dubai Fountain puts on a show that melds light, water and music to spectacular effect. And the 12,000-million sq. ft. Dubai Mall is something of a shopper’s paradise. With thousands of retail establishments, a worldclass aquarium, fashion show arena, gold souk and ice rink, it helps make the area one of the most exciting in Dubai.

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Burj Al Arab UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS OF OPULENCE Rising from the sea, the billowing sail shape of the spectacular 1,053-foot tower of Burj Al Arab stands as the world’s tallest allsuite hotel, resting on its own man-made island 920 feet offshore. The attention to detail is evident throughout Burj Al Arab, which is often touted as the most luxurious hotel in the world. It offers unprecedented levels of opulence and comfort to its guests, visible first by a private reception on every floor with excellent butler service. A comfortable chaise awaits you at Burj Al Arab's beautiful main pool area and guests of the resort have access to an exclusive private beach. LUXURY SUITES Each of the luxury suites, which range in size from 1,829 to 8,395 sq. ft., have been lavishly decorated with materials drawn from the finest suppliers throughout the world and incorporate floor-to-ceiling windows for breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf.

EXQUISITE DINING From the Al Muntaha restaurant suspended 650 feet above the sea, serving contemporary European cuisine, to the underground Al Mahara restaurant that offers fresh ocean delights complemented by the floor-to-ceiling aquarium of exotic fish, restaurants at Burj Al Arab are some of the finest and most unique in the world.

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...a resort where historical beauty meets new-fashioned luxury.

Madinat Jumeirah

THE ARABIAN RESORT OF DUBAI Madinat Jumeirah, almost a city within a city, consists of three magnificent properties on a resort where historical beauty meets new-fashioned luxury. Both Mina A’ Salam and Al Qasr are grand boutique hotels while Dar Al Masyaf offers a smaller, more intimate atmosphere. Displaying authentic Arabian architecture, Mina A’ Salam rooms and suites all have private balconies with sensational views. As the centerpiece of the resort, Al Qasr was built to resemble a Sheik’s summer residence, with rooms that have a distinctively Arabian flair. Surrounded by water, Al Qasr forms a virtual island looking down upon a multitude of fascinating aspects: ancient wind towers, pools, meandering waterways that stretch across areas of the resort, and a superb beach. PRIVATE LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS Dar Al Masyaf is designed for the guest who seeks additional privacy within intimate enclaves, yet with easy access to resort facilities. Two-story summer courtyard houses offer luxurious rooms and suites with butler service. RESORT ACTIVITIES The resort also boasts a traditional Souk (shopping bazaar), the Talise Spa, two main pool areas, and gondolas to transport guests around the luxurious oasis. Madinat Jumeirah offers an outstanding array of over 45 cafés, restaurants, bars and lounges, each with a distinct theme, location and decorative style.

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One&Only The Palm

SECLUDED ENCLAVE OF IMPECCABLE STYLE Located on the peninsula of Palm Dubai, one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes, One&Only The Palm offers an exclusive and secluded enclave of impeccable style. Rimmed with white sand beaches and boasting immaculate gardens, intricate fountains and sparkling pools, this intimate boutique resort offers privileged views of the soaring New Dubai skyline. Chic and refined, One&Only The Palm brings a sophisticated air of contemporary island elegance to the bustle of Dubai. Blending Moorish and Andalusian architecture with modern Arabian interiors, accommodations include six low-rise mansions and four private beachfront villas surrounding the main Manor House and pool. One&Only The Palm has three restaurants and a Lobby Bar & Lounge. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows create a decidedly elegant and inviting ambience in ZEST. Deep earth tones, rich marble floors and an intricately patterned crystal ceiling provide an atmosphere of lavish romance for evening dining at STAY, the signature restaurant headed by 3 Michelin Star chef, Yannick Alléno. The chic, overwater 101 Restaurant Bar & Lounge brings a sophisticated vibe to the resort’s exclusive island-feel atmosphere. Under sweeping white canopies, al fresco dining opens onto a fashionable chill-out lounge with daybeds, seaside tables and bar.

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...a harmonious blend of Arabian heritage and contemporary Dubai.

The Palace – The Old Town IN THE HEART OF THE CITY The Palace – The Old Town is a harmonious blend of Arabian heritage and contemporary Dubai. The centerpiece of Old Town Island, The Palace is a resort within the city, at the heart of a traditional Arabian village contrasted by a striking symbol of modernity. The luxurious hotel is ideally situated in the Downtown Dubai area, a short distance from nearly all of the area’s leisure attractions: the Souk Al Bahar, the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa – the world's tallest tower. It’s also just steps away from The Dubai Mall – one of the largest shopping and entertainment destinations in the world.

The Palace – The Old Town offers 242 luxurious guest rooms, including 81 magnificent suites, all featuring balconies with views of The Dubai Fountain, Burj Lake or Old Town. Interiors are tailored with captivating Middle Eastern themes both rich in color and regional textures. With an Argentinean Grill, an Oriental-themed outlet, a luxurious Thai restaurant and a comfortable lounge serving indulgent afternoon teas, The Palace – The Old Town offers an array of food and beverage options from across the globe. The hotel also houses a luxury spa, a diverse range of recreational amenities, a large swimming pool and a comprehensive business center.

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The Address Downtown Dubai LUXURY ON A GRAND SCALE Set in the heart of the city, The Address Downtown Dubai is luxury and convenience harmoniously combined. Reaching 63 stories up, the hotel offers sweeping views of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, and the breathtaking Dubai Fountain. In addition to serviced residences, The Address Downtown Dubai maintains 196 high-end contemporary rooms and 25 suites. When you're not enjoying cityscape views from your room, the hotel also offers a multitude of diversions. Wind down with a massage at the Spa at The Address; take a dip in the five-tiered chilled infinity pool; or set your sights on a refreshing cocktail, sipped in the confines of Neos, the 63rdfloor panoramic sky lounge.

SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT PARADISE Just 15 minutes from the Dubai airport, the hotel is within walking distance of a bevy of entertainment and shopping destinations. Just steps out of the grand lobby, explore the bustling atmosphere of Old Town Island, a vibrant market of meandering alleyways and courtyards that play host to boutiques, stalls, cafĂŠs and coffee houses. If you're in the mood for something on a larger scale, the Dubai Mall does not disappoint. The mall's 41,000 sq. ft. dedicated to haute couture will warm the heart of any fashionista, and the more than 2,100 retail outlets make it almost impossible to not find something to take home.

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...a perfect fit for families on the go.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel STUNNING ARCHITECTURE AND FAMILY FUN Sitting on an unspoiled beach with views of the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab resort, Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s glass structure of a stunning breaking wave is the hotel’s signature. The interior theme of the hotel draws upon the four elements of nature – earth, air, fire, and water – to divide the hotel into different areas reflected by vibrant color schemes, culminating in the Atrium, which features a wall sculpture almost 300 feet high. The resort’s sea-facing rooms, suites and villas are comfortably furnished with classic design complemented by exotic accoutrements. RESORT ACTIVITIES With a broad assortment of activities to choose from, the resort is a perfect fit for families on the go. Jumeirah Beach Resort offers five sizeable swimming pools – including a special kid’s pool with rock wall and slide situated next to Sinbad’s Kids Club – a choice of sporting facilities, as well as unlimited access to Wild Wadi Park (Water Park).

A PLETHORA OF DINING CHOICES Featuring over 20 restaurants, cafés and bars, the hotel’s various options can take you on an around-the-world culinary journey, unique to your particular craving. Experience the famous hospitality of Arabia, the Latin flavors of Argentina, the traditional dishes of Italy and modern German cuisine.

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Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

A UNIQUE DESTINATION Dubai is best at creating luxury on a grand scale and Atlantis The Palm is no exception. Covering a massive 113 acres, this unique resort hotel is located at the end of Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island created to look like a dazzling palm tree. Reachable by tunnel or via the Palm Monorail, there’s virtually nothing this resort does not have. With a private beach and a non-stop lineup of water-themed recreational activities – an extensive marine habitat, water park and spa – Atlantis Dubai is an aqua-lover’s paradise. Accommodations are split into 1,373 rooms and 166 suites situated across the building's Royal Towers. Every room is designed with subtle oceanic and Arabic influences, and all offer spectacular balcony or terrace views of either the Arabian Gulf or the expanse of Palm Jumeirah. For a completely new resort experience, book one of the Neptune/Poseidon Suites, which welcome guests into sumptuous bed and bathroom areas with amazing underwater views. If guests are unable to tear themselves away from watching the nearly 65,000 marine animals swim by their suite, a 24-hour dedicated private butler is available to serve refreshments. Atlantis The Palm also features 16 lovely dining venues, where guests will find gourmet experiences including sophisticated seafood, innovative sushi and sumptuous bites from worldrenowned and Michelin-rated chefs.

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...elegant local architecture and design set amidst palm trees...

Desert Palm by Per AQUUM AVANT-GARDE ARABIA Desert Palm’s chic luxury emerges from the dramatic downtown Dubai landscape in contrasting harmony with the lush green surrounds of its extensive polo property. In addition to showcasing four championship polo fields, the estate features a riding school, stables, rare birds and endless sunshine. Sporting elegant local architecture and design set amidst palm trees, Desert Palm offers sensually designed accommodations – Arabia touched with the avant-garde – in its 38 ‘naturally modern’ guest suites and private pool villas, each showcasing its own distinctive design.

The infinity swimming pool is a prime place to lounge, where after a dip guests can enjoy a gourmet bite at the Epicure café, overlooking the pool with dazzling views stretching to the polo fields. For a more complete culinary outing, guests can relish the savory flavors of award-winning Rare, where a top-class chef expertly prepares fresh seafood and vegetables, woodfired steak and game from a show kitchen. A delicious view of the Dubai skyline complements the fragrant aromas mingling in the desert air. The exclusive LIME Spa offers an integrated wellness approach: healing spa therapies, relaxation and fitness, and healthy organic cuisine. Spa treatments consist of therapeutic water and heat experiences as well as traditional massage techniques.

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Jumeirah Zabeel Saray BEACHSIDE PALACE A luxurious beachside resort located on the west crescent of the iconic Palm Jumeirah archipelago in Dubai, the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray puts the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s impressive skyline on full display. Ancient palaces inspire the lavish interior of the resort, which features hand painted finishes, Turkish artwork and stunning murals that conjure up images of the Ottoman Empire. Particularly impressive are the 38 exclusive Residences. Built with impeccable attention to detail and adorned with exquisite marble, dark woods and exterior ceramics, the residences are situated around a magnificent lagoon pool set in lush tropical gardens with tennis courts.

The resort features a variety of restaurants from fine dining to chic nightlife settings. There are four upscale eateries, offering an incredible combination of food, service and ambience. Or relax at the four casual dining restaurants while indulging in sumptuous cuisine in an informal atmosphere. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray also features two bars if you’re looking for a hopping social setting or simply delicious cocktails. Talise Ottoman Spa is one of the most elegant Turkish-style Hammams in the region. Spread over two floors, including separate ladies’ and gentlemen’s areas as well as VIP private suites, the interior is lavishly furnished with marble and intricate mosaics for a truly authentic experience.

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...an experience of elegant and contemporary luxury.

Park Hyatt Dubai LUXURY WATERFRONT RETREAT Park Hyatt Dubai resort hotel is a luxury waterfront retreat adjacent to the world-famous Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club as well as the Dubai Creek and Marina, and just minutes away from the Dubai city center, luxury shopping precincts and prime business districts. The Park Hyatt provides its guests an experience of elegant and contemporary luxury. All 225 guest rooms offer stunning views across Dubai Creek from their balconies and terraces, and each of the rooms and 35 suites is graciously appointed with sumptuous materials and modern conveniences.

Park Hyatt Dubai’s restaurants and bars bring drama to dining, both indoor and al fresco, with an array of venues serving worldclass cuisines. The Thai Kitchen offers an authentic culinary experience prepared by native Thai chefs; Traiteur showcases classic as well as contemporary French cuisine; Café Arabesque celebrates the culinary influences of the Levant region; and the Terrace offers a lounge-style environment where guests can relax and enjoy the sunset over the majestic Dubai Creek. The hotel also has plenty to do outside of its proximity to the city. Unwind in the luxury Amara Spa, steal a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, or schedule a private charter yacht for a memorable fishing adventure. The resort’s highly attentive personal service will assure that every need is thoughtfully met.

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Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

THE ROMANCE OF ARABIA Forty-five minutes outside of Dubai, Al Maha Desert Resort combines the traditions of Arabian heritage with supreme levels of personalized service and luxury set in 140 square miles of pristine desert landscape. As the only resort within the reserve, guests can experience the true beauty and majesty of the desert and observe indigenous wildlife in comfort and privacy. Al Maha’s spacious villas offer sizeable pools facing out over the desert where guests can possibly catch a glimpse of the elusive Arabian Oryx. Guests also receive a choice of two daily activities ranging from guided wildlife drives or nature walks, dune driving, falconry, camel trekking, horseback riding and archery – all of which can be arranged with your Field Guide on arrival at the resort. For sheer excitement, a drive over the dunes in a rugged four-wheel-drive vehicle cannot be beaten. In contrast, guided nature walks offer a quieter and more informative way to experience the desert, as does a visit to the spa for a relaxing massage or stress-reducing hydrotherapy session. SUMPTUOUS FIVE-COURSE DINING After a long day relaxing or exploring the preserve’s natural wonders, Al Maha treats discerning appetites to a delicious five-course dinner, ensuring guests are well energized for the next day’s adventures.

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...embraces the epic adventures of indigenous desert culture with renowned luxury.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

CONNECT TO THE DESERT Located in legendary Liwa Desert in the Empty Quarter – the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world – Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara embraces the epic adventures of indigenous desert culture with renowned luxury. Unwind in the unsurpassed comfort of 206 beautifully detailed rooms, spacious suites and palatial-style villas with private pools. By fusing Bedouin culture with modern and refined luxury, each space and feature is designed to connect you with the desert, its great beauty and timeless magnificence. With Thai massage, aromatherapy and lavish body scrubs, the exceptional Anantara Spa offers a wide selection of massages and rejuvenating body treatments designed to leave you relaxed and centered. Special facilities include a Vichy shower, a Moroccan Hammam with double-heated marble beds, Jacuzzis and steam rooms. ACTIVITIES GALORE Guided excursions have been developed to offer you a true taste of desert adventure. Gain a personal perspective of what nomadic life might have been like amongst the Bedouin, as they journeyed by camel from oasis to oasis. Explore the fauna of the area in exhilarating fashion by motoring up and down sand dunes in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Or set off on foot to experience the beauty of the desert with nature as your soundtrack.

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Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas SUMPTUOUS CONVENIENCE Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas is an exclusive sanctuary for the discerning business and leisure traveler, located on an extensive stretch of environmentally protected beach on Saadiyat Island. The resort is adjacent to the famous Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, minutes from the city’s prime business district, the Abu Dhabi Corniche, and 25 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The hotel’s 306 spacious rooms, suites and private villas are generously sized and offer exceptional views of Saadiyat Beach, the golf club or the hotel gardens. Guest rooms are contemporary, with subtle Arabian touches integrated into the design, and each features a separate balcony or terrace. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas presents a wide selection of authentic cuisines from different parts of the world – The Park Bar & Grill, The Café, Beach House and The Library – complemented by unrestricted views of Saadiyat Beach and the beautifully landscaped hotel gardens. The luxurious Atarmia Spa, spread over two levels, offers exclusive privacy for both ladies and gentlemen. The day spa features an extensive range of unique health and beauty treatments based on ingredients steeped in Arabia’s aromatic and opulent history, as well as an exclusive swimming pool and relaxation area.

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The resort and its surrounds encourage visitors to revel in the history of a once-royal retreat...

Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara

AN ARABIAN SANCTUARY Set on the verdant Sir Bani Yas Island, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara offers guests an unforgettable island escape in the glittering waters of the Arabian Gulf. The resort and its surrounds encourage visitors to revel in the history of a once-royal retreat amidst traces of seafaring folklore from bygone days of sultans and explorers. Once the Royal Nature Reserve of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the island’s offshore wildlife sanctuary teems with both indigenous and imported animals. A number of outdoor activities allow guests to further immerse themselves in the beauty of Sir Bani Yas Island. Get up close to gazelles, oryx, antelopes, cheetahs, hyenas, ostriches and giraffes in a Nature & Wildlife Drive through the Arabian Wildlife Park. Or enjoy a leisurely kayak through the mangroves amongst migratory birds, the resident pink flamingos and an occasional gazelle strolling along the water’s edge. ROYAL FURNISHINGS With 64 luxuriously appointed rooms, suites, one-bedroom villas and truly majestic two-bedroom villas, Desert Islands Resort & Spa is a destination that is anything but ordinary. The spacious residences, featuring private terraces with tropical garden and sea-facing views, are decorated with indigenous touches of Arab decor and feature original pieces of Middle Eastern art.

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Al Yamm & Al Sahel Lodge by Anantara

IDYLLIC ISLAND RESERVE Located in different parts of Sir Bani Yas Island, a private nature reserve just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, both Al Yamm & Al Sahel Lodge by Anantara make the most of the island’s rugged beauty and diverse wildlife. Guests at either resort will have the opportunity to explore Sir Bani Yas, whether climbing salt domes to admire the island’s diverse topography, taking in scenery by horseback, or snorkeling the bountiful reefs of the Arabian Gulf. AL YAMM LODGE BY ANANTARA On the eastern sandy shores of Sir Bani Yas Island, Al Yamm Lodge by Anantara fits seamlessly with its environment while the interior is carefully selected to offer five-star comfort in a natural setting with expansive sea views. Unwind in one of 30 luxurious villas boasting either a lagoon location or a beachfront setting overlooking turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf. AL SAHEL LODGE BY ANANTARA Situated in the heart of the 10,000-plus-acre Arabian Wildlife Park, Al Sahel Lodge sits on the western part of the island. The resort is committed to creating an environmental haven for endangered species and designed its 30 villas with ecological solutions in mind. With traditional thatched roofs, exteriors complement the natural surroundings while interiors embrace comfort in simple elegance. From these luxury villas, the wildlife park is practically out the front door.

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...Six Senses Zighy Bay sits on an isolated cove in the Musandam Peninsula...

Six Senses Zighy Bay INNOVATIVE OMANI HIDEAWAY Tucked between dramatic mountain peaks and a broad sandy beach, Six Senses Zighy Bay sits on an isolated cove in the Musandam Peninsula, a territory of the Sultanate of Oman and a 90-minute drive from Dubai. Guests have a choice of arrival experiences: A scenic 10-minute speed boat trip into the resort’s private marina, a dramatic drive down from the peak overlooking the bay, or even as a companion passenger with the resort’s professional paraglider. The innovative accommodations of Six Senses Zighy Bay are a blend of the surrounding Omani traditional style with modern amenities to provide luxury amidst local cultural themes. Each of the 82 spacious villas has a private infinity pool with cozy terrace, as well as 24-hour butler service to accommodate any need.

HILLTOP DINING A choice of delicious dining experiences includes a modern brasserie showcasing a multitude of international flavors, a waterfront seafood restaurant, the Vinotheque wine cellar, and Dining on the Edge – a stunning dinner experience high atop the mountains overlooking Zighy Bay. SIX SENSES SPA For a relaxing pursuit, an afternoon in the resort’s awardwinning Six Senses Spa offers an oasis of bliss via a full menu of holistic and rejuvenating treatments, including the four-hands signature Sensory Spa Journey.

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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara


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