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Tranquility. Romance. Adventure.
Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy created a hotel that makes the foliage and the flowers, the perfumes and the peaks, the sea and the bird song an integral part of your vacation experience. The estate encompasses 600 lush tropical acres bordering two soft sand beaches. Not only do you get a World Heritage Site anchored by the twin peaks on land, but the resort's two crystal-clear bays house colorful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish.
A dozen rooms are tucked in behind the coconut palms that line the beach and the remainder tiptoe up a flower decked hillside. To make the most of the panoramic views octagonal whitewashed cottages come with wraparound flower draped balconies and louvered windows. The extra-large deluxe and premium suites are visionary, innovative, and sometimes whimsical.
Guests can experience St. Lucia through the many available activities: yoga, snorkeling, scuba diving, tennis, sunset sailing, sea kayaking or jungle biking, hiking and bird-watching among the ruins of an 18th century colonial plantation.
Fiji's Premier Private Island Resort
Royal Davui Island Resort offers guests a level of Fijian luxury, elegance and privacy not found in the larger resorts of today. With just 16 Vales set across 10 acres of lush tropical landscape, every guest enjoys the best of both worlds - the genuine care and warmth of staff who know you by name, as well as the ability and freedom to be secluded in your own tropical oasis.
Each exquisitely appointed Vale is set apart from one another and oriented in such a way to ensure maximum privacy and indulgence. Your sun decks and private plunge pool face the sea and enjoy complete seclusion from other Vales and common areas on the resort. Any and all meals can be served in your Vale, where our attentive staff will do a full setup on the dining deck, before leaving you to dine in ultimate privacy for an incredibly romantic experience overlooking Beqa Lagoon.
Pure Fiji Spa treatments, private plunge pools in all Vales, and optional helicopter transfers from Nadi airport are just a few of the extra touches that make Royal Davui special and unique.
Caribbean hospitality in a pristine setting
Four Seasons Resort Nevis preserves and pays homage to the island's rich heritage, culture and natural environment with architectural and design elements as well as dense tropical foliage. Built to resemble a Colonial Plantation home, the central, open-air lobby is reminiscent of a Great House found in the island's former plantations. The plantation chic guest rooms with mahogany furniture and photography of local scenes are in beachfront buildings with exteriors resembling traditional West Indian cottage-style homes with gingerbread trim. Keeping with Nevisian law, all buildings must be a maximum of two stories ensuring no structure rises above the height of a palm tree. The award winning spa in a lush tropical garden features therapeutic mountain views, golfers spot stone windmill remains by the second tee, and locally sourced cuisine plus herbs grown on property are woven into five restaurants on property. But the abundant Nevisian smiles, delicious rum drinks, and the predominantly Nevisian service professionals keep guests returning to enjoy authentic hospitality in this pristine setting.
An unbeatable location with historical memories
Situated between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, Hotel de Russie is an integral part of Rome. The historical importance of its building is linked to the neoclassical architect Giuseppe Valadier who redesigned our Secret Garden in the context of a general refurbishment of Piazza del Popolo and the Pincian Hill slopes. Within this setting of historical memories, the Hotel is a fascinating mix of old and new, with modern design that respects the classical architecture of the building. It's a green oasis at the very centre of the city, where the 122 rooms, including the 34 suites, overlook the Valadier Secret Garden or the city's rooftops. The Nijinsky Suite, located on the top floor, is the most prestigious of the hotel. Le Jardin de Russie is the is one of the most romantic places to dine in Rome where you can savor celebrated chef Fulvio Pierangelini's simple yet refined dishes. The Stravinskij Bar offers the best gathering spot for a leisurely aperitif or light Mediterranean dishes. The hotel also boasts the De Russie Wellness Zone with a marine hydro pool, sauna, Turkish bath and cutting-edge beauty rituals like Swiss Perfection, not available anywhere else in Rome.
Inspired by Culture, Well-Being and Genuine Aloha
Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, a 32-acre, AAA Four Diamond luxury resort located on the Kohala Coast of the Island of Hawaii. Stay in one of our 540 recently renovated guest rooms and suites. Relax with a treatment at our unique Spa Without Walls. Savor our wide variety of dining options. Visit the Fairmont Orchid Hui Holokai Beach Ambassadors and be sure and meet the native Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles that bask on our shoreline every afternoon. Or discover island-style fun and culture as you paddle an outrigger canoe, hike through the largest petroglyph field in the Pacific, learn to weave a coconut leaf basket -all guided by our Hui Holokai. Decades ago, visitors to the islands were intrigued by the Aloha, charm and warm hospitality of the Waikiki Beachboys. Their cultural knowledge, ocean skills and storytelling talents were legendary. This tradition -- and the spirit of old Hawaii -- thrives at Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii through the Hui Holokai program.
Matangi is the ultimate Fiji Island Getaway
Matangi Private Island Resort is a family owned and operated 4 star boutique resort on a 240-acre privately owned island located in the lush tropical northern part of the Fiji Islands.
This unique horseshoe-shaped island paradise boasts virgin tropical rainforest, and white sand beaches. It is no surprise that Matangi Island was voted in ISLANDS Magazine as one of the "Top 10 Private Islands in the World" and their famous Horseshoe Bay was featured in "1,000 Places to See Before You Die".
The Island resort caters to adults only with 9 luxurious bures and 3 unique tree houses. Rates include all meals, complimentary laundry service and non-motorized activities.
Activities include complimentary daily guided snorkeling and hiking trips, SUP, sailing, kayaking, fishing, cooking classes, cultural dinner and dance shows, village visits, school and church visits. The resort offers an over water spa and a PADI dive facility for additional fees.
LOCATED ON THE FABLED NORTH SHORE OF OAHU
Find your North Shore. It's here. And it's yours to experience.
Turtle Bay offers the kind of endless, unbelievably unique activities that most resorts can't ever claim to offer: surfing, stand-up paddling, kayaking, snorkeling, Segway tours, horseback riding, helicopter adventures, spa, tennis, and golf. Imagine setting off on horseback pre-breakfast, a surf session after lunch, and a hike at sunset.
At Turtle Bay, we take the concept of "getting away from it all" literally. As the most spacious resort anywhere on Oahu, we offer guests extra room to explore, stretch out and soak up the scenery. With a massive span of 840 acres, all of Waikiki can fit on our property, with room to spare. It simply makes your visit even more relaxing.
Our idyllic location is the perfect base to get fully immersed in the authentic North Shore experience. Situated on a majestic outcropping with panoramic views of the breathtaking shoreline from every room, we're proud to say you won't find anything in the world that even comes close. The North Shore is as authentic as they come, a true standout among island destinations anywhere in the world.
Authentic Hawaiian Culture at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
For visitors looking to experience Hawaii beyond the surf, sand and sun, The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua offers cultural programs providing a forum to gain a greater understanding of the rich Hawaiian culture and heritage that pervades the Aloha State. Cultural Advisor Clifford Nae'ole created a lineup of activities encompassing history, music, crafts and artisans, and most importantly, sharing the story of the hotel's location next to the Honokahua Preservation Site. The Ambassadors of the Environment is an educational program dedicated to engaging people of all ages with the natural and cultural environment while creating opportunities for each participant to learn about Hawaii's unique ecosystems and nurture exploration of alternatives for a sustainable future. In addition, the hotel hosts an annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival, Celebration of the Arts, where visitors are invited to experience the "Hawaiian heart and soul" through interaction with artisans, cultural practitioners, workshops, films, hula performance, food and music.
Tahiti's Hidden Paradise
Located on the secluded Motu Tautau facing the vanilla fragrant island of Taha'a on one side and the magnificent silhouette of Bora Bora on the other, the resort inspired by Polynesian architecture and style, is a true South Pacific Hideaway.
The boutique-style decor of bamboo, exotic woods, stones, corals and woven coconut ropes creates a sense of barefoot luxury in paradise surroundings. Suspended above the lagoon, overwater bungalows feature a wrap-around deck with steps down to the crystal clear waters, while opening out to the white sands, Beach Villas secrete a sparkling plunge pool within their own walled tropical gardens and thatched roof cabanas.
Le Tahaa's restaurants provide a delicate and exotic culinary experience. Le Vanille is beautifully nestled among the trees, the Ohiri is the intermit gourmet and La Plage feet in the sand is the meeting place for lunch.
Surrounded by a crystal-clear lagoon featuring a magnificent coral garden ideal for drift snorkeling, Le Tahaa is at the center of this perfect marine playground.
Revel in the magic of a Maldivian garden village
Designed as a traditional Maldivian village, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa draws on the heritage of generations of craftsmen. A total of 96 locally styled accommodations flank the island, either side of a wide garden promenade filled with bright, fragrant flowers. Stone walls imbue a true sense of place, while lattice features, turned timber columns and curved roof forms capture the ambience and essence of Maldivian Islamic culture and architecture.
In addition to exemplary diving, surfing and water sports, there's a distinctly local flavor to the offerings: guests can embark on an authentic Maldivian cookery course with one of the country's top chefs; learn the skill of Maldivian hand-line fishing; experience the thrill of bodu beru (big drum) singing and dancing; or tour the neighbouring island of Bodu Huraa, with its ancient tradition of building dhonis (hand-crafted wooden boats). Kandu Grill serves local tuna and barbecued Maldivian reef fish poolside, while the multi-award winning Baraabaru showcases home-style cuisine from neighboring India including organic specialties.
Distinctively designed, authentically Saint Lucian
The only resort in St. Lucia overlooking the Pitons, two volcanic spires and a recognized World Heritage Site, with the shimmering Caribbean Sea below, Ladera is the ultimate romantic retreat. Each of the resort's iconic suites are distinctively designed with the fourth wall missing that lends the feeling of being in harmony with the lush surrounding rainforest. The 37 suites and villas offer complete privacy, with spectacular views and private pools. The resort's Paradise Ridge accommodations boast individually decorated suites, spacious, with local artwork and custom crafted furniture made on site, and offers bespoke Butler Service. Dasheene, its renowned restaurant, serves authentic Caribbean cuisine, headed by Executive Chef Nigel Mitchel, using fresh home grown ingredients, from the island's farmers and fishermen. Enjoy our range of indulgent spa treatments or relax by the infinity pool. Off-site pursuits can be arranged by the concierge including a visit to the Sulphur Springs on the World's only drive-in volcano, a mere five minutes away, rainforest tours, hiking, sailing and island tours.
South Seas retreat on a spectacular 10-acre lagoon
Nestled between the island's Cook's and Oponohu Bays, Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa embraces the white sandy beach along its brilliant, ten-acre, turquoise lagoon dotted with bright purple coral.
Guests have a choice of garden and overwater bungalows with interiors designed in a modern island motif. Bathrooms feature sleek Italian granite countertops; marble tubs and a rain cascade style shower.
The Overwater Bungalows, especially popular with honeymooners, the "island on an island" overwater rooms are connected by winding, wooden walkways built on stilts over the lagoon. On land each fare (Tahitian for house) stands amidst luxurious gardens and has its own private plunge pool.
The resort offers three different dining experiences: the ocean view "Arii Vahine" that hosts live Polynesian shows twice a week, the "Rotui Bar & Grill" located between the swimming pool and the white sand beach, and the overwater creperie "Toatea" is a famous spot for French Crepes and for watching sea life swim by in the "natural aquarium" just below.
The true Florentine centre
Located in Piazza della Repubblica, Hotel Savoy is built on the site where the Mercato Vecchio and church of San Tommaso once stood, right opposite to the Column of Abundance, which marks the center of Florence. Works on the building started in 1893 and once they were completed, the hotel was praised for its modern and luxurious touches. The Hotel's building seems hewn from the same materials as Florence itself and will always be embedded in Italian culture and Renaissance style. The attention to detail is evident in the 102 guestrooms, including the signature suites, which are decorated with carefully chosen ceramics, artworks and fabrics in a classic contemporary style by Olga Polizzi. With a spectacular view over the square, the two-bedroom newly refurbished Repubblica, located on the piano nobile is the most prestigious suite. The Signoria and Brunelleschi suites are equipped with Turkish bathes and can offer to their guests an exclusive in-suite spa treatment. Dining is superb at our Restaurant & Bar, where you can savor simple yet refined dishes by Fulvio Pierangelini while enjoying a spectacular view on the piazza.