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5 Beautiful Islands You Must Visit In 2020

If you are already planning your holiday for 2020 – then you will definitely want to look into some of the most beautiful islands you can choose as your destination.  We have done all of the work for you – so you can have some great ideas for your next trip.  

Seychelles

The Seychelles almost need no introduction.  Although there are seasons – generally you can experience great weather all year round.  One of its most attractive qualities is that the beaches are literally unspoiled – with blinding white sands and clear blue seas.  If you are a bit of an adventure seeker – you may also like some of the hikes you can take advantage of at the Seychelles. There are different trails for novices and more experienced hikers.  For those of you who are nature lovers – you will also get to experience some endangered species such as Aldabra giant tortoises.

There are 65 different endangered species that are home to the Seychelles.  If you are planning on a holiday later on in the year – you will definitely want to go the Creole Festival where there is a fantastic party atmosphere. If you are looking for looking for ultimate luxury – you can even rent your own private island.  

Mykonos

Despite its reputation – Mykonos isn’t only a place where you can enjoy a party atmosphere – it’s also a fantastic destination as a family holiday.  They have various beaches with golden sands that fit into any criteria. There are beaches to go to for DJ’s and parties – and quieter options for families. It’s also home to some amazing accommodation.  There are fantastic Mykonos luxury villas you can rent out that have epic views.

If you are going to stay in the island – we would recommend you definitely check out some of the Mykonos luxury villas instead of a hotel.  One of the things you will notice in Mykonos is that it is full of whitewashed houses which makes for a beautiful setting, and if you are a foodie – you will most definitely want to taste some of their local culinary delights such as baklava or amygdalota.  

Hawaii

Hawaii is on most people’s bucket list and is perfect for a romantic break away.  Much like The Seychelles – Hawaii has some of the beautiful beaches in the world. The waterfalls are also a sight for sore eyes.  The beautiful rainforests will have you feeling as if you are in an enchanted island. Maui is definitely best for that. Adrenaline junkies will love the activities that are on offer at Hawaii.  There are lots of water sports to enjoy such as scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing and more.  You can even go on an underwater cruise.

Hawaii is also home to Haleakala, which is one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, based in Maui.  If it is a romantic vacation, you are looking to enjoy – then you will love the scenery. As well as the lush beaches, you will find spectacular sunsets and sunrises that look as if they have come straight out of a postcard.  

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Capri

If you haven’t been to Capri – it should definitely be on your list of destinations for 2020.  There is so much to enjoy including the world famous Piazetta.  Here you will find different cafes that are open for early risers to enjoy an early morning cappuccino – to those of you who would like a late-night glass of wine. 

If you really want to experience the island of Capri, you should do you can do so by boat. You could spend a few hours exploring their coves and grottos and experience something a little different.  There are also regular boat tours that you can enjoy to take you around the island. You can indulge in some fantastic food dishes when you head to Capri. There is of course the caprese salad that contains, mozzarella, basil leaves, tomatoes and olive oil which can be fond pretty much everywhere you go.  The home of pizza also isn’t too far away. In fact, it’s an hour away in Naples. There is also lots of nightlife in Naples. Dinner time is normally around 10pm – and you will find that some of the nightclubs don’t even open until 12am. Most people who stay in Capri tend to have a bit of a disco nap during the day so they can stay out later at night.  If you love your wine, then Capri should also be on your list of destinations. Sit back, relax and enjoy a Chianti.  

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If you want to make your next holiday a bit more special – then make sure you research these fabulous islands for a trip of a lifetime.

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5 Luxury Travel Escapes For The New Year

There are two kinds of holidays. There’s the typical, annual package holiday (sun, sea and sand)… and then there’s the city break. That’s it, right? Not exactly. Nestled somewhere in the middle is a vacation that takes the basic concept of the former and the explorative spirit of the latter – the luxury holiday. 

“Luxury” is a word that conjures up different things for different people, of course, but in this context, we’re referring to the kind of holidays where you really get a chance to spoil yourself. So, if you’re thinking of indulging in a luxury getaway before the end of the year and catching some winter sun, where’s looking good this time of year?

Cyprus

The third largest island in the Mediterranean is a hit with younger and older travellers, thanks to its reputation as both a relaxing haven and a partiers paradise. In truth, however, what it really offers is a little of something for everyone. The crystal-clear waters surrounding Paphos and the party capital of Ayia Napa, the historical monuments (some of which are over 10,000 years old) and a rich and varied culture all add up to one of the most interesting luxury holiday destinations.

Dominican Republic

One of the most diverse and celebrated islands in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic boasts not only stunning mountains but vast desert scrubland, vibrant city life and some incredible colonial architecture. It’s also one of the most popular honeymoon destinations on the planet and that is primarily because everything about it screams luxury – from the exclusive resorts to the exotic wildlife and everything in between.

Mauritius

The jewel of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a multicultural island paradise with eclectic landscapes that take in everything from rainforests to endless white sandy beaches. World-famous for its diving experiences as well as its exclusive oceanside resorts, Mauritius is all about water sports and sunbathing. If that sounds like your idea of luxury, then jump right in.

Thailand

Thailand is a country where you can live like a king on a pauper’s salary and it’s for this reason that it is so full of British expats. It’s also a remarkably rich and diverse country that acts as a gateway to Southeast Asia and the rest of what the region has to offer. Come for the temples and the full moon parties but stay for the beaches and the incredible river cruises. Indeed, take a river cruise on the River Kwai and you’ll experience the entire country from a completely fresh perspective, all whilst basking in the lap of luxury.

Egypt

The Middle East and Africa’s most popular tourist destination is also brimming with luxury potential. It’s got so much more to offer than just the pyramids  and if you really want to experience the country at it’s best, consider an epic cruise along the Nile. It’s an experience that we promise will stick with you for the rest of your life.

Hotels Luxury North America

Hotels We Love: Four Seasons Chicago

With newly renovated rooms and views overlooking the Magnificent Mile, John Hancock tower, Lake Shore Drive AND the Chicago skyline, it’s no wonder why the Four Seasons Chicago is considered one of the best hotels to stay in the Windy City. It doesn’t just stop at the bird’s eye views, the building of the hotel offers indoor access to The Shops at 900 North Michigan (VERY convenient during Chicago’s cold winters), is equipped with a full organic spa, is decorated with original Art work from famous photographers and artists alike, a world class restaurant and more.


Room
With a multi-million dollar renovation unveiled last year, the Four Seasons Chicago‘s 280 guest rooms are shining brighter than ever. With light and airy tones and hints of blue inspired by its neighbor, Lake Michigan and plenty of natural light shining in from its massive windows, the rooms will make you never want to leave the hotel.

Lakeview Executive Suite
This room offers a sliding door that separates the bedroom from the living room offering the ultimate privacy and making this room feel like home. Windows cover the walls from the living room to the bedroom that boast views of Lake Michigan, Michigan Avenue and the city skyline.


Room Service
A wide selection of (delicious) options are offered in the hotel’s breakfast, all-day dining and late night menus.


Martini Man
The Four Seasons is always a winner when it comes to creative experiences making every stay at their hotels more than just a place to rest your hear. Case in point, the Four Seasons Chicago offers an in-room bartender in the evenings that will create a martini to your liking with tons of options and fun garnishes!


Allium
The Modern American Restaurant at Allium has just topped my list of favorite restaurants in the Windy City. We sampled a ton of delicious dishes from  from Chef Sean Murray: and the Lobster Nachos with avocado, goat cheese, pickled jalapeno and corn tortillas and the Brick Chicken were some of my favorite highlights.

Healthy juices to kick start your day: Turmeric Tonic (orange, cayenne, apple cider vinegar, sea salt) and Green with Envy (kale, honeydew, fennel, pear, lime, ginger).

Power Grain Bowl (wild rice, freekeh, kamut, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, cranberry-miso dressing)


Spa
With a 50 foot indoor pool (that was actually the location where the cannonball scene in the movie Home Alone 2 was filmed by the way!) is a pure dream with views of Michigan avenue from its windows. The Spa also offers world-class organic treatments where you can relax in the spa lounge, whirlpool and or steam room before and after. The Lake Shore Hydrating Facial was the perfect solution to our super dehydrated skin being exposed to the cold winter months in NYC. The Spa uses Sothys, one of the best product lines in the skin & beauty industry.

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I was invited as guest by the Four Seasons Chicago. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Hotels We Love: Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Hong Kong is home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels but the centrally located Island Shangri-La is truly one of its gems. Perfectly located in the Central District,  the Island Shangri-La boasts some of the most magnificent views of Hong Kong from almost every angle and this 5-star hotel also features a stunning outdoor pool, 8 restaurants and a coffee shop/café.


Rooms
With 56 floors, 531 exquisite guestrooms and 34 suites, which are among the largest in any hotel in Hong Kong, all of the rooms have magnificent views of the  city, the Peak or the world-famous Victoria Harbour. We stayed in the Horizon Harbour View Room which granted us access to the Horizon Club, always my favorite perk when staying at a Shangri-La property.

Horizon Club
Although the views are amazing from almost every perspective within the hotel, the views of The Peak and Victoria Harbour from the Horizon Club are sure to take your breathe away. The Horizon Club lounge comes with many perks such as complimentary breakfast at the lounge or at the adjacent Restaurant Petrus, private check-in and check-out, personal concierge and secretarial services, complimentary beverages, snacks, evening cocktails and champagne, one complimentary suit pressing per stay and more.



Restaurants
Pétrus
Perched 56 floors over the dazzling city, Restaurant Pétrus is pure glamour, serving up the best French cuisine in town.

Lobster Bar and Grill
I absolutely loved having lunch at this super chic and stylish restaurant. The interior design is mesmerizing and the concept is unique, featuring lobster in almost every dish and a lobster tower before the small plates come out. Such a great place for lunch meetings or just catching up with friends.


All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I was invited as guest by the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Hotels We Love: Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris

You know one of those “pinch me” moments when you’ve seen a place on Instagram or in the movies so many times and then you finally see it for your self and you can’t believe your eyes? Well this is how I felt the moment I walked onto the most romantic balcony in the world located inside the Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris. I had the opportunity to stay at both of the Parisian Dorchester Collection properties and although Le Meurice and Plaza Athénée, Paris offer two very different experiences, the staff made me feel right at home and both places offered unforgettable memories.

Whehter you’re into window shopping or serious shopping, the Plaza Athénée, Paris is located in the heart of Haute Couture Paris on the ritzy Avenue Montaigne with stores like Gucci, Armani and Christian Dior leading up to the popular Champs-Élysées avenue.


Rooms
The hotel caters to many styles by offering classic rooms in the French Regency style or the more modern Art Deco design. Nonetheless, the Plaza Athénée is known for being one of the most stylish hotels in the world so you can’t go wrong with either. Whether you stay in a suite or a deluxe/superior guestroom, you’re bound to have a ton of space and either a view of Avenue Montaigne or of the hotel’s stunning courtyard. iPads are also in each room making the 24/7 room service seamless.


La Terrasse Montaigne
Since our visit fell during the month of October, the courtyard terrace was closed and replaced by a beautiful art installation but we ended up having lunch on the terrace that lines Avenue Montaigne and it did not disappoint. Great for people watching and a light lunch, we ordered the sashimi which was super fresh and the club sandwiches.
 

Alain Ducasse
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I caught a glimpse of the hotel’s Alain Ducasse restaurant, newly redesigned by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku. It’s truly something out of a dream.

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All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I was invited as guest by the Dorchester Collection. As always, all opinions are my own.

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