ADVERTORIAL • October 2022
Whether you’re hopping to Porto for dinner by the Douro or dreaming of Caribbean sands, IHG® Hotels & Resorts has just the hotel for you.
What’s more, you’ll scoop all kinds of extra perks by booking with British Airways Holidays, from ATOL protection to a 24-hour holiday helpline. Book now, pay later plans take the pressure off, while bonus Avios (you must also be a member of IHG® Rewards to be able to collect) will send your balance soaring. With all that taken care of, you can ponder the big question: where your next adventure will take you...
Pretty Porto ticks every city-break box, with its cultural buzz, pastel-painted waterfront and impeccably stocked cellars (make ours a chilled tawny port). Get the most from your stay by checking into the InterContinental Porto – Palácio das Cardosas on the stately, couldn’t-be-more-central Avenida dos Aliados. Beyond its Neoclassical façade, this five-star does things in style, starting from its soaring marble lobby. Hit the terrace for oysters and small plates or book dinner at Astória – a masterclass in modern Portuguese cuisine. In the library-inspired bar, meanwhile, the cocktail list is essential reading: sip a spot-on whisky sour or white port-fuelled River & Sea.
Need to know Don’t bother poring over your phone – the clued-up concierge has the lowdown on arty boutiques, cool canteens and where to snack on pastéis de nata.
There’s nowhere in the world quite like Bangkok, with its pulsing street-food scene, swerving tuk tuks and serene, spire-topped temples. The hottest place to stay? The Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok, the brand’s first foray into Southeast Asia. Happily, it lives up to the hype: a sculpture-dotted hideaway by the lush, green Lumphini Park. Rooms are calm and cocooning, with all sorts of thoughtful extras (think yoga mats, cocktail-stocked minibars and sleek freestanding tubs). The food and drink are equally on point, whether you’re sipping single-origin coffees in the lobby or heading to the 40th floor, where the rooftop bar and BBQ serves up skyline views and stellar tacos.
Need to know Bring your swimmers. Perched above rustling treetops, the third-floor outdoor pool is a standout.
Now’s the time to get a first glimpse of the InterContinental Sydney, newly reopened after an epic refurb. Bronze lions still guard its historic sandstone entrance, but inside it’s all change, starting with the atrium’s buzzing, chequerboard-floored bar. The guest rooms are a symphony in blue, while smart new windows showcase front-row vistas of the harbour and botanic gardens. Take a morning swim with Opera House views from the 31st-floor pool, or catch sunset from the reinvented, rooftop Aster Bar. Come New Year, the hotel’s harbour-facing rooms are the place to be.
Need to know Stroll after breakfast in the neighbouring Royal Botanic Garden, whose 30 leafy acres span rose gardens, lakes and dragon tree-dotted lawns.
Swap grey skies for balmy breezes with a Caribbean sojourn. Your home from home is the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Seven Mile Beach, whose powder sands and turquoise shallows live up to their world’s-best-beach billing. Floor-to-ceiling windows in its pared-back rooms and suites frame stellar sea views and sunsets, while three secluded bungalows offer barefoot beachfront living. The vibe’s hip but hospitable, with flawless facilities, from the lagoon pool and blue-tiled spa to a trio of polished restaurants. After a day spent paddleboarding, snorkelling or sailing, claim a table on Coccoloba’s deck for citrussy ceviche and grapefruit-spiked margaritas.
Need to know Cool this place may be, but families are made welcome, with a slide-filled waterpark, Camp Seafire kids’ club, and free dining for toddlers.
Book your stay at one of these stunning hotels from InterContinental Hotel Group with British Airways Holidays and benefit from ATOL protection, low deposits and a 24-hour helpline for peace of mind while you’re away
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