Is there anything more Scottish than Burns night? Bagpipers, haggis, and readings of Robert Burn’s famous poems usually make up a traditional supper. Luckily, for London-based Scots, there are many options for where to spend January 25th. Skylight Rooftop Bar, Docklands tobaccodocklondon.com/skylight/ London’s rooftop ice skating rink and bar is organising an alternate Burns night
Where do you send a principal who seems to have holidayed everywhere? We asked Osborne & Denée, one of UK’s most exclusive travel agencies and our PA Collective® partner, to share their top trending hotel destinations for 2020. From traditional glam through to minimalist contemporary destinations, there’s something on the list for your principal’s next jaunt.
Six Senses – Kaplankaya, Turkey
The Turkish Aegean coast is known for its clear blue waters, beaches and ancient olive groves. Just north of Bodrum (a city fast becoming known for its celebrity visitors), there is quieter Kaplankaya, an oasis for those who want to leave the hustle and bustle behind. Breathtaking mountains and sea views surround the Six Senses hotel resort and spa, a five-star complex with sustainability at its heart. Initiatives like its onsite water filtration and bottling facilities, fruit and vegetable garden and funds for local projects come part in parcel with the Six Senses name. The property itself is a modernist dream with floor-to-ceiling windows in suites and residential villas with all the mod-cons.
Aman Resort – Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
If your principal has a penchant for the beautiful, historical and isolated, this is the place to book. Sveti Stefan is an area along the central coast of Montenegro that has the best of wild mountains and the beautiful Adriatic Sea, all less than an hour from Tivat airport. The area of the resort is spread across Villa Milocer, a refurbished former royal residence on the mainland, and Sveti Stefan island, a historical fishing village filled with refurbished luxury cottages and suites.
On the island, each residence has been uniquely repurposed for ultimate luxury, in keeping with the charm and serene atmosphere of the area. If you choose a suite within Villa Milocer on the mainland, there is a communal living room, meeting room and a library. There are also three restaurants, two pools, a full-equipped spa, Turkish bath and, for ultimate relaxation, a yoga pavilion, to provide a holiday fit for former owner Queen Marija Karadjordjevic herself.
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Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc – Antibes, France
The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is a legendary resort along the glittering Cote d’Azur, but is included on this list because old-world glamour is never out of style! With luxury rooms, suites and villas, as well as 33 private, secluded cabanas on offer, there is a room perfect for every family’s needs. Opulence is the word, with the grand hotel flanked by beautiful gardens, six bars and lounges, and two restaurants with incredible views. The spa caters for both adults and children, so even the littlies can be pampered. Concierges are on hand to share specific knowledge of the area, so your principal can make the most of their time in the French Riviera.
Cheval Blanc – St-Tropez
You can’t go wrong with a weekend in St Tropez, but the Cheval Blanc will guarantee an uber-luxe experience for your principal. The hotel has recently renovated their rooms to the highest standards with blue and gold accents, floor-to-ceiling windows, sweeping balconies and incredible views. The hotel also promises extreme privacy with their Exclusive Privacy rooms. Their stunning private beach will complete the relaxing experience.
Mandarin Oriental – Canouan
Accessible only from Barbados or St Vincent, the sprawling Mandarin Oriental resort is located along Godahl Beach on the tiny island of Canouan – and offers a true Caribbean oasis to those seeking complete seclusion. In comparison to popular Barbados, St Lucia or Grenada, the island has all the benefits of crystal-clear water, white-sand beaches and mountain views, without the tourists. The hotel showcases a limited number of suites and villas, thereby providing an exclusive hideaway for your principal. That said, the resort doesn’t lack in amenities: it boasts five restaurants and bars within the hotel complex, with a further four restaurants on the 1200-acre estate.
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Eden-Rock – St Barths
Re-opening in November 2019 after Hurricane Irma devastated the French Caribbean in 2017, everything at Eden-Rock is brand new. Its 37 rooms and villas have been rebuilt with modern styling and contemporary décor, all the while maintaining its luxurious ambience and rich history. Eden-Rock is your best bet if you want to send your principal somewhere chic and unexpected, as the hotel is full of surprises (the hotel being built on an actual rock is just the beginning).
Joali – Maldives
With over 1000 islands to choose from, deciding on a destination in the Maldives can be a daunting task. If your principal is looking for something that is unique in personality within a luxury setting, take a look at Joali on the tiny island of Muravandhoo. This five-star resort boasts uniquely-decorated villas, guaranteeing you the perfect room for your principal’s individual taste. The resort also offers a host of special excursions and wellness activities around the island alongside a children-friendly spa.
Jumby Bay – Antigua
Imagine a candlelit dinner on a secluded beach at dusk, paired with a delicious five-course bespoke tasting menu. If your principal is looking for a romantic holiday like no other, Jumby Bay in the tropical West Indies should be on your list. Isolated but beautiful, the island is a car-free zone and only accessible by boat. Four restaurants service 40 rooms, 21 private residences and a handful of luxury villas, in addition to the Jumby Bay farm which offers an organic kitchen farm and garden. It’s the perfect hide-away escape!
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