Kwessi Dunes Lodge, Namibia

Kwessi Dunes Lodge Main area and swimming pool
Opening in March 2020, Kwessi Dunes is located deep in Namibia’s striking NamibRand Nature Reserve, a vast desert wilderness of over 200,000 hectares. With its rolling desert plains and backdrop of craggy mountains and iconic red dunes, this is a place where time seems to stand still and the space is never-ending. Here, it’s not about chasing big game but rather soaking up the beauty of the colourful landscape, admiring the antelope that scatter the sand, and gazing at the stars the light up the night sky. At Kwessi Dunes, you’ll find 12 cool and comfortable (and air-conditioned) chalets all with canvas walls and thatched roofs. Each bedroom has a separate ‘star gazer’ room, completely open to the sky, and the perfect spot from which to watch the celestial theatre show above. Read More...

Grotta Giusti Tuscany

Grotta Giusti Tuscany Garden Pool
A nineteenth-century villa, restored to its original splendour with meticulous care and attention to every detail. Today it welcomes guests with inlaid wood floors, refurbished rooms, parquet flooring, new lighting, new colours that enhance the rooms and the mood, and all the comforts of a beautiful hotel. It is elegantly furnished, decorated with frescoes, surrounded by an age-old park, and has a unique thermal spa. Inside unexpected treasures await: a unique and wonderful grotto, a thermal spring, a deep, warm underground lake and spectacular chambers, where the temperature is set as if it were a living and breathing organism. Grotta Giusti is surrounded by a beautiful park that was landscaped in the 1800s and to date stands proud as a icon of art and design. Originally a grand residential villa, Grotta Giusti serves as an elegant resort and spa in Tuscany today, with a charming historical aura and a unique natural wonder, the age-old thermal cave. The villa above the grotto is now a place where you can experience a kind of new harmony, with the Equilibrium method. Water, stone, heat, art and history all make it a place that heals and comforts. Discover the splendid new Grotta Giusti where you can reconnect with nature, like a new discovery and a new revelation. Read More...

Atlantis by Giardino Zurich

Atlantis by Giardino Zurich Outdoor Pool
An architectural jewel as well as a hotel of the stars like ABBA or Queen – the Hotel Atlantis was already a special part of Zurich in the 70s. Today, 50 years later, the house is retreaded and reopened as a 5 * design hotel. Situated slightly elevated, you can look out over the rooftops of Zurich or into the green of the Üetliberg. A city ​​hotel with nature connection . Once special, always special.Hidden in the shadow of Uetliberg mountain, Atlantis by Giardino feels like a secluded countryside retreat. It’s surrounded by green treetops, furry cows graze nearby and a quiet envelops the grounds. But you aren’t in some remote location — Zurich is only 15 minutes away. Completed in 1970, the heritage-listed postmodernist hotel received a facelift by London-based design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates, creating an elegant cosmopolitan vibe, all while staying true to its early Scandinavian influences. Adding a touch of celebrity glamour are the black-and-white photos of past guests, such as Muhammad Ali and Freddie Mercury, who gave an impromptu private concert in the bar. Whether you are looking to relax by the heated outdoor pool, rejuvenate at the spa or spoil yourself with a nine-course meal at the hotel’s Ecco Zurich restaurant, Atlantis by Giardino provides a calming haven of Swiss elegance. Read More...

Vista Palazzo Lago di Como

This lake’s edge retreat oozes effortless glamour; its designer interiors somewhere between aristocratic mansion and luxury modern yacht. And with the city at its back and Lake Como at its door, Vista Palazzo Lago di Como has the perfect anchor point. Pitch up to this apricot-coloured villa with romantic balustrades and Juliet balconies. Then step indoors to discover polished parquet floors, glass walls and the kind of marble bathrooms you only find in Italy. While there’s just a small collection of rooms and suites at Vista Palazzo Lago di Como, they’re palatial in size. Stretch out further at the Infinity Bar or over dinner at Sottovoce. Both located on the top floor with breath-taking views across the water and two outdoor rooftop terraces. It’s easy to see how this landscape has drawn everyone from Verdi to da Vinci, Europe’s monarchs to Hollywood royalty. The clue’s in the name – Vista Palazzo Lago di Como is all about views. See the lake from aboard the vintage glamour of a Riva, a classic bicycle, seaplane, or even helicopter. However you choose to travel, the hotel will make sure it’s in style. Dress to impress with a personal shopping experience in downtown Como or nearby Milan. And enjoy VIP access to some of the Lakes’ most exclusive addresses: Villa Perego, Villa Balbiano and Villa Carlotta. You’re a strollable two minutes from the Cathedral too. Read More...

Grand Hotel Portovenere

Grand Hotel Portovenere Hotel
Grand Hotel Portovenere overlooks the marina and the historic center of Porto Venere. Your 5-star hotel on the Italian Riviera is nestled between the famous Cinque Terre and the inspirational Gulf of Poets in eastern Liguria. Once upon a time, the building hosted the Convent of Saint Francis. Following careful renovation works, today it features a charming hotel with sea-view rooms, a Mediterranean restaurant and luxury services. The seafront hotel is just steps away from the boats that take you to the Cinque Terre and the Bay of La Spezia, which inspired poets such as Lord Byron and Mary and Percy Shelley. Just steps from the village center, the Grand Hotel Portovenere offers remodeled rooms in the soothing shades of sea green, sand and yellow to reflect the light and colors of the environment surrounding the hotel. Our large panoramic terrace is home to our restaurant Palmaria and Venus bar, both open to resident and non-resident guests alike. Portovenere has been a destination for elite tourism for over a century. Today, as before, its call has remained unchanged. The surrounding nature provides a scenery that astonishes travellers from all over the world. At Grand Hotel Portovenere, our guests will be charmed by the elegance and beauty of the hotel with panoramic sea views from most rooms and the restaurant. The passion, attention and dedication of our staff will make your Italian vacation unforgettable. Read More...

Hôtel Casadelmar, Porto-Vecchio

Hotel Casadelmar Porto Vecchio Pool
Nestled in almost three hectares of gardens overlooking the bay of Porto Vecchio, Casadelmar boasts a dream location by the sea, minutes from the town centre and the most beautiful beaches of southern Corsica. The minimalist wood and glass architecture, understated decor and spectacular views throughout create a serene atmosphere for a truly relaxing stay. An intimate, contemporary resort, its design blends seamlessly with its environment. The 34 elegant rooms and suites and luxurious private villa all have magnificent terraces with panoramic sea views. The water of the 25m outdoor pool blends into the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Porto Vecchio. Read More...

Mara Nyika, Maasai Mara

Mara Nyika Great Plains Conservation
Mara Nyika, meaning “Large Plains or Great Plains,” is an intimate four tent camp is set in a valley, straddling a small stream on the western side of the Naboisho Conservancy bordering the Maasai Mara. Mara Nyika’s four light-coloured canvas tents were designed to sit under the canopy of umbrella thorn trees while still offering guests views out over the plains. Walkways from the tents to the main area evoke the feeling of a treehouse under canvas and the camp’s ethic and inspiration is one of exploration and adventure. Privacy is the key to Mara Nyika. Privacy to live, think, explore, be romantic and be pampered – all the while with one of the most spectacular backdrops Africa can provide. Mara Nyika allows guests to explore the private and exclusive 50,000-acre Naboisho Conservancy, the second largest conservancy in the greater Maasai Mara region. The conservancy model combines the conservation of nature and cultural heritage, tourism and the enhancement of livelihoods for the local communities. Each guest’s stay supports over 500 Maasai families with a sustainable livelihood and helps to ensures the conservation of this vital corner Maasai Mara eco-system. Many guests may opt to spend a few days in Mara Nyika combined with a stay at either Mara Expedition or Mara Plains Camp to get exposure to all three wildlife areas, namely the private Olare Motorogi and Naboisho Conservancies and Maasai Mara Reserve. Read More...

Wa Ale Island Resort

Wa Ale Island Resort View
With eleven luxury tents and three treetop villas, all with views over the sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea, the Wa Ale eco-resort blends sympathetic design with top notch service to create a sumptuous, yet remote, island escape. Lying on one of the 800 islands that make up the Mergui Archipelago, the Wa Ale Island Resort is a luxury eco-resort that takes inspiration from the breathtaking natural beauty of its surrounds to create an unassuming yet exclusive island retreat.With just 14 tents and villas dotted throughout the jungle foliage that fringes the white sands of the beach, the resort prides itself on leaving a minimal footprint on the natural environment. Its design echoes this eco-friendly ethos, with tented beach villas and stilted treetop villas, thatched in local materials.Nestled into the lush jungle, but with spectacular ocean views, the villas and tents mirror the beauty of the landscape, their natural materials and muted tones creating a calm, restful retreat and allowing the spellbinding beauty of the exterior to come to the fore.Despite its small size, Wa Ale boasts two dining options, with the Main Pavilion serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the River Cafe and Bar offers light meals and drinks, as well as special BBQ evenings. Read More...

Khwai Tented Camp

Khwai Tented Camp Moremi Relaxing
Khwai Tented Camp located on a beautiful site within this community-run concession on the eastern border of the Moremi Game reserve, on the banks of a lagoon flowing into the Khwai river, acts as a boundary between the reserve and the community area, offering visitors staying here several unique ways to experience Africa. Khwai Tented Camp has modern and spacious Serengeti-style tents, with stylish and comfortable interiors and private bathrooms with running water. The camp maintains a genuine safari camp feel. The camp comprises of 6 elegant tents perched on wooden decking overlooking the tranquil waters of the lagoon. The camp exudes the charm and aura of the old Africa in a new era, and provides a truly authentic African safari experience.

Besides the day-time drives which can feature Africa’s big attractions – lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe – guests at Khwai Tented Camp are able to explore nature after sunset with a night drive. This activity, along with the guided walking safaris, is not usually permitted in the National Parks or Game reserves and allows guests to get an up-close and personal experience with some of Africa’s nocturnal and/or more elusive animals. Read More...

Palacio Estoril Golf And Spa Hotel

Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa Pool
The Hotel Palácio Estoril is one of Europe’s great hotels which has been enchanting successive generations of guests from the four corners of the globe since 1930. Its long existence is intertwined with the history of Europe and the world and with changing attitudes. Now, in the 21st century, the Palácio is still grand but at the same time is a completely renovated, up-to-date hotel with modern facilities that manages to be welcoming and cosy despite its grandeur. Located in the heart of Estoril, just 20 minutes from the centre of Lisbon, the Palácio is a five star hotel set in beautiful gardens and with outstanding views over Estoril and the Bay of Cascais. The 191 rooms come in several styles and sizes, with desks, armoires, nightstands, and bed frames that vary quite a bit from room to room. Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf & Spa’s restaurant is open for dinner, offering guests a pleasant dining experience near their room. In the evening, guests are welcome to relax in the comfortable lounge bar. A wide selection of dining options are also found in the area. The hotel is conveniently located for discovering Cascais with Casino Estoril within walking distance. Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery are an easy car ride away. The Estoril Wellness Center has a gym with cardio and weight-training equipment as well as steam rooms. The Asian-inspired Banyan Tree Spa offers massages, facials, and fitness classes such as yoga and pilates. A Turkish bath, a sauna, a hydrotherapy pool, and a hot tub are also available to spa guests. Read More...

Le Tahaa Island Resort And Spa

Le Tahaa Island Resort and Spa Pool
Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa is an elegant resort and a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux Collection. Located thirty minutes by boat from the island of Raiatea, this luxury hotel is situated on a small, private islet with spectacular views of Taha’a and Bora Bora and easy access to an extraordinary coral garden. Each overwater bungalow features a large deck with privacy enclosure, while the beach villas feature their own secluded courtyard with plunge pools hidden behind rock walls. Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa is a world of its own. Set on beautiful Motu Tautau, a private islet looking onto the lush shores of Taha’a on one side and the majestic silhouette of Bora Bora on the other, our intimate resort offers 58 remarkable suites and villas inspired by timeless traditional Polynesian architecture and style. At the center of Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa is an impressive lobby resembling an outrigger canoe. The building extends two stories and features a wooden staircase leading to the resort’s main bar and two restaurants. The more casual dining option, Le Vanille, provides a fabulous setting with tables arranged on an outdoor terrace beneath the trees. The infinity pool, lunchtime restaurant, poolside bar, tennis courts and spa reside on the other end of the resort, away from the vicinity of the bungalows, for optimum peace and privacy should you choose to remain in your own private oasis during the day. Read More...

Jao Camp, Okavango Delta

Jao Camp Pool
Jao Camp is a luxury safari lodge in the heart of the Okavango Delta. With just nine superior thatched cottages, each with its own veranda, Jao Camp is the perfect destination for excellent game viewing and a uniquely sophisticated safari experience. Located on a remote island in the Okavango Delta, Jao prides itself on exclusivity and first-class game viewing opportunities. The nine thatched tented cottages are individually handcrafted and built under a canopy of shady trees, raised off the ground to enhance the wonderful views that surround the camp. Spacious open rooms with rolltop baths add a feeling of romance and Jao is a justifiably popular destination for honeymooners. Aside from game drives, activities include massage treatments from the full-time resident therapist, relaxation in the two plunge pools, fishing, walking and game viewing by boat or mokoro (traditional dugout canoe). During an unusually high flood season, game drives begin by boating out to a nearby Hunda Island where the vehicles are waiting, and the drive begins from there. Huge herds of red lechwe can be seen, followed by their primary predator – prides of lion. Other game typical of Botswana include elephant, buffalo, leopard, tsessebe, zebra and wildebeest, hippo and crocodile. Many bird species are resident such as Meyer’s Parrot, African Harrier Hawk, Black egret, Coppery-tailed Coucal, Malachite Kingfisher, Hamerkop and Black Crake being some of the avian treasures found at Jao Camp. Read More...