ADVERTORIAL • August 2023
Whether you’re yearning to unfurl your beach towel on a Maldivian paradise island, between the desert and mountains in the UAE, on the French Riviera, or along the sun-drunk Caribbean coast, IHG Hotels & Resorts has the stay for you. Life’s a beach at these four finds…
Where: Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
Make all your overwater – and underwater – fantasies come true at Six Senses Laamu, which set the blueprint for barefoot luxury when it opened in 2011. Long before sustainability became a buzzword, this private island hideaway championed conservation. It’s understandable, given its paradise setting in the remote Laamu Atoll, where the milky sand sparkles like strewn diamonds and the glassy ocean reveals technicolour treasures below. Between refreshing dips over untouched corals, tropical gelato at the Ice and Chocolate Studio, and decadent feasts at the Overwater Village, guests can support the resort’s conservation work at the new Sea Hub of Environmental Learning in Laamu (SHELL).
Insider tip: Realign your chakras at the futuristic Six Senses Spa. Treatments begin with a Wellness Screening to analyse your key biological markers, which are used for personalised programmes.
Where: InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa, UAE
Can’t choose between the desert, mountains and sea? Combine all three in vibrant Ras Al Khaimah, where island days meet Arabian nights. Adventurous pursuits include flamingo-spotting, dune-buggy rides in the rose-gold desert, trips to rugged Jebel Jais mountain, cultural excursions to Dhayah Fort and watersports along the mangrove-fringed coastline. Such varied pursuits merit a restorative hideaway: step forward InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa. Count the sea and sky’s shifting shades of blue from the trio of swimming pools, tantalise taste buds at the hotel’s sextet of dining options and relax with a signature spa package in a peaceful, pearl-shaped treatment room.
Insider tip: Frazzled parents can unwind in the lavish Turkish hammam while little explorers play away the day at the Planet Trekkers kids’ club.
Where: Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Grand Cayman
When it comes to addresses, Seven Mile Beach is hard to beat. With bath-warm waters, this crescent-shaped stretch of coral-sand regularly receives ‘the Caribbean’s Best Beach’ accolades. Admire its beauty from every turn at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, named for the blaze of glory that heralds sunset. A deliberately open-plan design invites the outdoors in, and winding gardens lead to tucked-away sanctuaries, sparkling swimming pools and the glittering Caribbean Sea. Guestrooms, suites and bungalows spy on the waves through floor-to-ceiling windows; private balconies are your cue to sit back and enjoy the breeze on your skin. For added inner peace, don’t miss the resort’s annual Wellness Festival, with sunrise yoga, guided meditation, fitness sessions and more.
Insider tip: Savour seafood and steak at Ave; tapas-inspired dishes at Avecita; and margaritas and ceviche at Coccoloba Bar & Grill.
Where: Carlton Cannes, A Regent Hotel, France
With its Belle Époque glamour and modern charm, Carlton Cannes is the kind of place that wouldn’t tremble if Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones just happened to pop in. All the Côte d’Azur swag you’d expect is present and correct: a prime perch on La Croisette, a regal façade, chunky palms, perfumed gardens, azure vistas and refined French interiors courtesy of Tristan Auer. Yet there’s a lightness and airiness that keeps things from feeling stuffy. We’re talking relaxed service, ripe-for-Instagram pantones in putty and peach, plus pleasing mod-cons. Feast on Turkish cuisine at Rüya Cannes (one of three tempting restaurants), perfect your punch with a boxing session at the C Club Fitness and indulge in tension-melting massages at the spa.
Insider tip: Sip your way through 20-plus custom-brew blends at the tea lounge, paired with perfect pâtisserie, or enjoy something stronger – Champagne cocktails, perhaps – at Bar °58.
*T&Cs apply. Deposit balance due seven weeks in advance for long-haul holidays and 28 days in advance for short-haul holidays. Travel restrictions may apply.