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The Elegant Resorts luxury travel blog has been set up to keep you posted with interesting bits and pieces we’ve heard from our hotel partners, insights from our Travel Consultants’ latest trips and anything else that we think you’ll find inspiring. We hope that you think it’s an enjoyable read and, if you wish, you can subscribe to our update service and we’ll email you whenever we upload something new.
Christmas markets are a chance to let yourself indulge in the magic of the holiday season. Read on for details of the best Christmas markets all over the world in 2016.
07 November 2016
With luxury hotels set all along its coastline, Lake Como offers the discerning traveller the chance to explore the beautiful villas, islands and woodland areas whilst taking in the picture perfect views.
05 November 2016
From beaches lined with palms to the mist shrouded forests and tiered tea plantations of the interior highlands, a luxury holiday in Sri Lanka comes defined by sheer tropical beauty.
04 November 2016
A veritable playground for those that appreciate luxury, culture, and the spectacle of F1® racing.
28 October 2016
The Maldives - 1,192 beautiful coral islands grouped into 26 atolls. Find the private island that's perfect for you...
24 October 2016
As the ever-expanding list of things to do in Dubai continues to impress, the opening of Dubai Parks and Resorts brings to the region the Middle East's first theme park experience of its kind. Read on to discover what is on offer.
18 October 2016
Heavenly shores, sightseeing delights, and sunset beach strolls. Create a lifetime of memories in Mykonos.
10 October 2016
With the irresistible Mediterranean summer approaching, we think a luxury villa in the sun makes for a dream destination. If you need more convincing, read our top five reasons to take a villa holiday in Europe this summer.
18 April 2016
Golf swung into the spotlight this weekend with the Masters, here’s our pick of the finest luxury hotel fairways
12 April 2016
If combining luxury travel with exclusive adventure expeditions sounds like a holiday dream-come true, Elegant Resorts’ partnership with elite adventure experts, The Adventure Boutique will take your travel opportunities to new heights in 2016.
07 April 2016
It could be said that the Caribbean was made for couples. Private islands just for two, champagne sunsets to melt hearts and a peaceful pace of life, perfect for indulging in quality time and making memories to treasure.
01 April 2016
Providing an insider's perspective, Chris Gough, from the Healey Water Ops team, explains what makes HWO so unique, and why Mark Healey is exceptional in his field.
22 March 2016
With so many fantastic options, choosing a family holiday to the United States can be overwhelming. Allow us to assist, with our favourite places to take kids in the USA this year.
21 March 2016
Longer days, lighter nights and the clocks springing forward. April is the ideal month for an adventure and Elegant Resorts Expert Travel Consultants have compiled a selection of April’s best destinations.
11 March 2016
If the leap year has inspired you to pop the big question to your beloved – and he said yes! – let us suggest to you some more unconventional honeymoons to match...
29 February 2016
Romance and luxury are a match made in heaven. If you are seeking a special spot to cherish your beloved, we’ve picked five destinations that go above and beyond the call of cupid, where you truly will feel love is in the air.
04 February 2016
Combine the exclusivity of the British Virgin Islands and action packed Antigua for a family holiday to remember forever
04 January 2016
For couples seeking to combine a luxury adventure with exclusivity and privacy, stunning St Lucia and magical Mustique provide a very romantic and regal experience.
For privacy-seeking couples or adults looking for a chance to let their hair down, the glamorous world of sailing in Antigua and Anguilla makes the perfect dual-island combination.
31 December 2015
A family favourite, the pretty chocolate-box destination of Megève is a winter haven for ski enthusiasts. Established as a popular ski resort in the 1920’s, it sits idyllically close to nearby Chamonix and the iconic Mont Blanc, in the French Alps.
17 December 2015
Located in the prestigious mountain hideaway of Verbier, in the Swiss Alps, The Lodge, is a luxuriously stylish, exclusive-use chalet with plenty to offer both on and off the pistes, and is most definitely an Alpine paradise for all the family.
With captivating snow-capped mountains and a plethora of activities around the iconic resort of Verbier, guests can explore 412 kilometres of enticing ski runs, enjoy world-famous free-riding terrain.
If you’re seeking to broaden your luxury travel horizons in 2016 and be more audacious in your pursuit of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, a prestigious and tailor-made travel escapade is the perfect choice
16 December 2015
Venture into the less-explored desert areas of Oman to discover stunning Al Hajar mountain backdrops, hidden wadis and authentic local treasures, along with a fine selection of stylish hotels and resorts..
11 December 2015
The luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train provides the same allure as it did during the Golden Age of Travel, as Paul Britchford, our Senior Sales and Product Manager for Europe, recently found out…
17 November 2015
The Six Senses brand is so-called because each and every property touches all five senses and when all five senses combine it makes the incredible 'sixth sense'. I experienced exactly what this means on my recent trip...
11 June 2015
I have just come back from a stay at this fabulous hotel in Barbados, where I discovered that the reputation it boasts for its fabulous food, beautiful views, lazy lunches and gourmet dinners, is one-hundred per cent deserved...
03 June 2015
I didn’t really know what to expect of Bermuda, as you generally think of it as part of the Caribbean, but it’s not at all. The houses are immaculately painted in their famous pastel colours and the iconic images....
15 May 2015
This fantastic resort in St Lucia certainly gave me the feel good factor. Not only did I have the opportunity to get healthier and recharge my batteries, but there was no strict menu, I could eat whatever I liked, without having to count the calories
13 May 2015
From above, the tiny islands and 27 atolls of the Maldives appear like random turquoise ink droplets smudged on top of a darker blue canvas − or a tie-dye artwork with irregular atolls as rings! They are far more luminous than I expected ...
07 May 2015
I recently visited with my colleague, Travel Consultant, Debra Masters. Here are some of my top tips for exploring the capital of the USA’s history, museums and great restaurants.
01 April 2015
I love Thailand. It’s a great touring destination and the islands are home to much more than just beautiful beaches. On my most recent visit I stayed on Koh Samui and Phuket in the south.
30 March 2015
I recently visited Royal Palm in Mauritius and was given the guided tour of the new look resort...
17 March 2015
As the only luxury hotel in Miami of its kind, built completely open to the sea, Acqualina is an oasis of serenity, sophistication and luxury nestled along the breathtaking South Florida coastline. Caroline Beckett tells us why...
13 February 2015
Caroline Beckett lists her top reasons why you should seriously consider a vila holiday with Elegant Resorts for your next break...
23 January 2015
Our Travel Consultant, Alison Gearie, was absolutely ‘blown away,’ by Peter Island Resort & Spa in The British Virgin Islands. She tells us it’s an incredible destination and well worth a little more travelling to get there...
20 January 2015
For Caroline Beckett the highlight of her trip to California was her visit to Universal Studios in Hollywood. She upgraded to the VIP Experience which she thoroughly recommends as the best way to tour the park...
16 January 2015
When our Travel Consultant, Myra Jones, visited China, she discovered a host of wonderful hotels and was lucky enough to stay at some of the country’s very best. Her report will prove very useful if you’re planning a trip to this part of the world...
08 January 2015
During their trip to Australia, Julie Sturzy and our Travel Consultant, Gill Leonard, were invited to Qualia, Great Barrier Reef where they enjoyed a brief tour and a lovely lunch. Here are some of their highlights...
31 December 2014
We have some great relationships with our hotel partners and on her Christmas visit to see us, Andrea Millar, who represents Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, brought in her delightful children........
19 December 2014
Product Manager for Australasia, Julie Sturzy has just returned from an incredible trip to Australia. They highly recommend making the journey at least once in your life, and say that now is a great time to be thinking about a holiday 'Down Under'.
04 December 2014
Travel Consultants Debbie Evans and Jacquie Jenke visited northern Italy to check in on some of our favourite hotels, as well as one that’s brand new to our portfolio for this year. Debbie told us all about it...
27 November 2014
Whether it's the theme parks in Orlando - for children big and small - the beautiful beaches in Miami or shopping in Palm Beach, Florida has far-reaching appeal as Debra Masters Caroline Beckett, soon realised on their visit to the 'sunshine state'..
13 November 2014
Travel Consultants Anika Edwards and Lizzie Steele recently returned from a wonderful trip to Dubai and the Maldives to check out our featured One&Only Resorts. They are pleased to report that they are just as fabulous as they expected...
12 November 2014
The Elegant Resorts team visits the world’s very best luxury hotels, so as you can imagine, our Travel Consultants have plenty of choice when it comes to making their personal recommendations....
11 November 2014
Idyllic, white sand-edged islands lapped by turquoise lagoon waters are the hallmarks of the Maldives - the ultimate Indian Ocean retreat and the perfect destination for incurable romantics and to experience some of the world’s finest diving.
10 November 2014
On their recent trip to Dubai, Jessica Abrams and our Travel Consultant, Dale Harris, got a sneak preview of the latest Four Seasons Resort just a few days before its grand opening and were very impressed...
India is a mesmerising destination, offering rich culture and diverse landscapes. Our Travel Consultant, Vanessa Moore, enjoyed a bit of everything on a special itinerary staying at the luxury Leela Palace hotels and resorts...
09 November 2014
Dale says that for couples, families and groups of friends who are looking for a truly get-away-from-it-all escape, where nature and some of the world’s best beaches play a large part in the experience, Frégate Island Private could be the answer...
07 November 2014
Our Americas Travel Consultant, Debra Masters, has rounded up highlights from her trip to California into an itinerary suggestion incorporating vibrant cities, the great outdoors and gourmet dining opportunities. It's sure to whet your appetite...
06 November 2014
Langkawi and Borneo are perhaps two of Asia's more remote holiday destinations, but there is no need to compromise on luxury as our Travel Consultant, Hayley Groves and Product Manager for Asia, Julie Sturzy, discovered.
05 November 2014
As a true fan of Asia and Indo-China, Hayley Groves, was eager to explore Vietnam in more depth. Here she shares her memories of her thrilling trip with us and she would be happy to discuss all the possibilities available to you.
04 November 2014
France is one of our most popular Luxury Ski destinations and whether you’re looking for a romantic boutique-style property, a larger resort right by the slopes or a cosy
chalet to share with family or friends, we’re sure to have something to suit.
03 November 2014
There is little like yacht charter for freedom, flexibility,
relaxation and adventure. It’s something that many of us
dream of, but because we don’t know what to expect and where
to begin, it can seem overwhelming.
27 October 2014
Set in the heart of Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of the Cape Winelands, Mont Rochelle (part of the Virgin Limited Edition Collection) is one of those ‘must stay’ properties for anyone looking to enjoy fine dining, fine wines and fine living.
21 October 2014
Barbados is one of the most straightforward destinations to 'tie the knot'. Couples wishing to get married in Barbados don’t need to be resident in the country, so you have the 'green light' as soon as your marriage licence is granted.
17 October 2014
Caroline Beckett was first lucky enough to travel to Jamaica in 2000 and fourteen years later she loves the island more than ever. After a recent trip there with Alison Gearie and Nick Jackson she reminisced about old memories with us...
15 October 2014
Sally Chapman regularly makes visits to Barbados to check on the properties we feature and to find new additions for our portfolio. Here she picks some of the highlights from her most recent trip that are sure to tempt you for the winter season...
13 October 2014
For an intimate wedding, a luxury villa in Barbados offers plenty of privacy and personal touches for your big day. Sally Chapman has selected some of her favourites that each come fully staffed to cover all your needs...
07 October 2014
Our Barbados Team suggests something a bit different for you to try on your luxury holiday to the island…
30 September 2014
Read how a recent trip to Indochina, encompassing three Aman properties, transformed Julie Sturzy from mere fan to complete Amanjunkie...
19 September 2014
On her return from her stay at luxury lodge, Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti, our Travel Consultant, Gill Leonard said that it's well worth the effort to get there. Here's why...
03 September 2014
We pride ourselves on arranging fuss-free luxury villa holidays, but unfortunately we can’t help you to round up your friends or family. Here, sally Chapman offers her advice to help make booking a group villa holiday a bit easier...
27 August 2014
Read on for the final post from Sally Woolley's luxury Caribbean trip that also included Carlise Bay and Jumby Bay...
11 August 2014
On her recent trip to Antigua, our Travel Consultant, Sally Woolley, visited many of our featured luxury hotels, including Carlilse Bay that was just as good, if not better, than she remembered.
04 August 2014
Our Luxury Ski Specialists, Lorraine Earl and Lisa Groome, jetted off to Italy for a short but sweet luxury ski trip to Cervinia − one of Europe’s most snow-sure resorts...
31 July 2014
Planning a winter ski or snowboarding holiday? If you’re new to winter sports, or even if you’re experienced, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with some tips to help get the most out of your luxury ski holiday and be safe on the slopes.
30 July 2014
Travel Consultant, Sally Woolley, can't express just how 'wow' the 'wow factor' is at luxury resort, Rosewood Jumby Bay, but she gave it a very good go when she told us all about her recent Antigua trip...
29 July 2014
Check out our suggestions for things you just shouldn’t miss...
22 July 2014
Star treatment for your little darlings...
16 July 2014
Book a private guided tour or two and you won’t waste a minute exploring one of Morocco's most well-loved destinations.
14 July 2014
Whether it's somewhere you've always longed to visit one day, or perhaps you've been inspired by the stunning television series 'Coast Australia', in order to make the most of any luxury Australia trip, Julie Sturzy suggests the following itinerary.
10 July 2014
The world-renowned Singita boasts two luxury lodges in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve, located in prime wilderness offering opportunities for game-viewing and we’re delighted to share pictures with you of Singita Boulders Lodge's new look.
09 July 2014
Our Travel Consultants Mandy Wood and Sally Woolley, along with our Product Manager for The Americas, Caroline Beckett, visited some of our featured luxury properties in Mexico and discovered there is something for everyone.
08 July 2014
When Travel for a few days, they discovered a delightful capital city, excellent cuisine and some of Italy's most breathtaking views, not to mention a selection of luxury hotels.
07 July 2014
A road trip is the best way to explore a combination, or all, of Las Vegas, Utah and Arizona as our Travel Consultant Debra Masters discovered when she travelled there with Travel Consultant Jacqueline Smith and Product Manager, Caroline Beckett.
04 July 2014
It’s a three-hour drive from Bangkok Airport to luxury health resort, Chiva-Som, in Hua Hin, but that just makes it even more special and exclusive. A true private retreat, this is where those 'in the know' come to rejuvenate, relax and recharge.
03 July 2014
Sally Woolley spent a blissful week in the Maldives − a wonderful refresher of some of the most luxurious resorts on Earth and she couldn’t wait to tell us all about it...
02 July 2014
Since it opened in September last year, the Air Mauritius Terminal at Mauritius’ Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam International Airport, continues to smooth the arrival and departures process to visitors on a luxury Mauritius holiday.
30 June 2014
For a family holiday with a near-perfect climate, a breathtaking location and relaxation, Rosewood Jumby Bay, is a wonderful private island resort located two miles off Antigua. Only accessible by boat, it’s almost like a private playground.
26 June 2014
Julie Sturzy, and Myra Jones, travelled to the Thai island of Koh Samui, which they say is quite simply a world away from Bangkok; far quieter than the popular island of Phuket, and it’s blessed with the most breathtaking sea views imaginable.
25 June 2014
Our Travel Consultant, Jacqueline Smith, flew from London Heathrow to Los Angeles with Air New Zealand for a luxury tour of California. Here are some of the highlights...
23 June 2014
For anyone planning a holiday to Coral Reef Club, Barbados, the new walkway along the beach not only offers a lovely walk alongside the sea, but it means that guests can take a leisurely stroll all the way to the small, but vibrant town of Holetown..
20 June 2014
Our Travel Consultants Lisa Groome and Jacquie Jenke, visited the luxury villa resort of Porto Zante Villas And Spa on the delightful Greek island of Zakynthos, which is renowned for its rich flora, aquamarine waters and stunning white sand beaches.
18 June 2014
Join us for a round up of some of the best villas for dining and relaxing with your family and friends...
16 June 2014
If you’re planning a luxury family holiday to Barbados, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is a good choice* because there are complimentary activities, great Junior Suites, free meals for under fives and selected half price meals for 5 to 12-year-olds...
11 June 2014
Food and drink to savour...
09 June 2014
For a luxury holiday in Abu Dhabi, flying with Etihad and staying at one of Elegant Resorts’ featured resorts is the perfect combination, as our Travel Consultant Louise Newton discovered.
02 June 2014
Paul Galloway flew from London Heathrow to Mauritius in Business Class and enjoyed a stress-free, peaceful flight, with friendly service.
30 May 2014
Fun in the Mediterranean sun...
28 May 2014
When does your holiday start? The moment you arrive at your hotel and slip on one of those extra fluffy white robes? Or, the first time you put on your new bikini and sit down by the pool, maybe?
26 May 2014
There are lots of fantastic restaurants in Barbados and our team in our Barbados Office have helped us to pick out the crème de la crème of those that are the perfect complement to a luxury Barbados holiday.
23 May 2014
A villa is a great choice for families and friends because they offer an incredible amount of space and privacy. Guests can enjoy the best of both worlds, there is ample space to enjoy being together, as well as plenty of private areas.
21 May 2014
Useful insights from our recent travels...
19 May 2014
Etihad Airways launches a new sleep programme on its long-haul flights
16 May 2014
Six Senses Laamu is the only luxury resort in the Maldives’ southern Laamu Atoll and is a very peaceful place − with no seaplane traffic to disturb the tranquil atmosphere − as our Senior Product Manager For Indian Ocean, Tara Taylor soon realised.
15 May 2014
Introducing the world’s first and only three-room private luxury suite in the sky, from Etihad Airways.
07 May 2014
Michelin Stars, al fresco dining and plenty of people-watching
05 May 2014
Our Sales Manager, Pam Rutherford and our Travel Consultants Myra Jones, Clare Broster and Stephanie Evans enjoyed a fleeting visit to New York, so they could road test the new British Airways Dreamliner for us on their return flight.
29 April 2014
Hayley tells us about her South Africa trip where she enjoyed a luxury itinerary including a stopover in Johannesburg, a trip aboard the famous Rovos Rail, a few days exploring the vibrant city of Cape Town and the gourmet delights of Franschhoek.
24 April 2014
A memorable family holiday to the 'Sunshine State'
22 April 2014
Live, breathe, eat Italian
14 April 2014
The benefits of a luxury villa resort for a family holiday...
09 April 2014
Put Etihad's Flying Nanny Service to the test
01 April 2014
A mini cruise aboard Belmond Road To Mandalay...
18 March 2014
How does enjoying delicious tailored menus on a beautiful Indian Ocean island sound?
11 March 2014
Soothe your soul at this divine monastery turned boutique hotel
History-lovers should make a beeline for the Garrison UNESCO World Heritage Site
Discover the real Thailand...
All aboard The Eastern & Oriental Express...
Carlisle Bay, Antigua is a firm favourite with Elegant Resorts clients, and our Product Manager, Caroline Beckett and Travel Consultants Anna Rowlands and Mandy Wood, who visited recently, reminded us exactly why...
Apes Hill Club offers luxury villas for both...
All aboard the Pacific Wave
A place to unwind in the pretty Peloponnese...
When we’re talking places like the luxury resort of One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives, you must think again!
26 February 2014
For lovers of the great outdoors, Canada is one
of the most exciting destinations and Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, located at the mouth of the Bedwell River, is an incredible place to stay as Caroline Beckett couldn't wait to tell us...
A voyage through the Nambian wilderness...
Tara Taylor recommends this luxury rail journey from London to Venice as an excellent way to celebrate a special occasion, perhaps as a start to a spectacular Italian holiday. Here is her diary of her fantastic experience...
A trip into the heart of Burma...
21 February 2014
Our Travel Consultants visit our luxury hotels, villas and resorts personally.
They can offer recommendations on where and when you should travel, as well as genuine insights, gathered from their personal experiences, into the hotels, villas, resorts, journeys and destinations we feature.
As the foremost British pioneer of luxury travel – and boasting an ever-increasing collection of prestigious accolades that celebrates this – Elegant Resorts is a tour operator with the expertise, knowledge and reputation to deliver only the very finest tailor-made luxury holidays to our clients, honed by almost thirty years of experience in this niche travel business.