The Best Hotel Openings For 2021

It’s been a tumultuous year for travel, but there’s finally a little light at the end of the tunnel, which makes the idea of a holiday not quite so far-fetched. From suites overlooking the gardens of Versailles to treehouse hideaways in verdant jungles, these are the hotel openings to have on your radar.

Airelles Château de Versailles, France

Tipped to be the hotel opening of this year, this opulent addition to the Airelles portfolio is set within the grounds of Versailles, offering an experience like no other. Four years in the making, the ultra-luxe boutique hotel features 14 rooms and suites, an Alain Ducasse restaurant, Valmont spa and 15-metre indoor pool. The hotel will occupy a trio of buildings all designed in 1681 by Louis XIV’s favourite architect, with rooms featuring original wood panelling, flooring restored by some of France’s most talented artisans and 18th century chandeliers. To replicate the Versailles vibes, all technology has been carefully tucked away (telephones are hidden and rooms don’t have TVs) although guests won’t be devoid of entertainment, thanks to exclusive access to the Palace itself and its sprawling gardens.

Opening: Early 2021

Bethlen Estates, Transylvania, Romania

Sitting in the heart of Transylvania, nestled amongst alpine meadows and wild woods dotted with medieval citadels and fairytale castles lies Bethlen Estates. For the last several years, the Bethlen family has been transforming ancient ruins into modern marvels while supporting local communities through employment and education. Choose from three immaculately restored houses, available to rent for exclusive use or by the room. Expect stunning rustic interiors – think original wooden beams, Tom Dixon lighting, antique kilim rugs and sculptural staircases – and a five-star culinary experience with breakfasts, picnics and dinners sourced from the family’s orchards, farmlands and forests. For those not of the vampire-hunting disposition, the surrounding area offers horseback riding, vineyard visits, bird watching and historical tours of UNESCO Heritage sites.

Opening: Spring 2021

Can Ferrereta, Santanyí, Mallorca

In the quaint rural town of Santanyí in the south east of Mallorca, Can Ferretera is getting ready to open its doors. From the team behind Palma’s popular Sant Francesc, this new opening is reminiscent of a grand summer house, featuring a simple, light design: picture rustic wooden beams and original stone contrasted with sleek furnishings and an eclectic collection of modern art by local and Spanish artists. Many of the 32 rooms will feature private patios, while the hotel’s signature suite will offer a private garden and swimming pool. This Mallorcan hideaway will also be home to a Mediterranean restaurant, two bars, a 25m pool, gym and spa with a hammam and indoor pool. Santanyí is next to the second-largest nature park in the Balearics, a paradise for nature lovers, and offers easy access to some of Mallorca’s most beautiful beaches.  

Opening: March 2021

Nirjhara, Bali

Cocooned in a private enclave surrounded by rice paddies, a tropical forest and waterfalls, Nirjhara is the ultimate far-flung adventure. Consisting of 25 villas – including treehouse suites – this eco-luxury destination has been constructed to make as little impact on the environment as possible, with locally sourced timber, rattan and stone. At restaurant Ambu, regional specialities are served in a pavilion overlooking the largest of four waterfalls; and at the spa, there’s the opportunity to enjoy Balinese massages, open-air meditation sessions and reflexology. The hotel is minutes from volcanic beaches and Tanah Lot, a Hindu temple with some of the best sunsets in Bali. There’s also the option to charter Vela, the property’s six-cabin yacht, to take you to some of the most remote corners of the Indonesian archipelago.

Opening: January 2021 

OKU Ibiza, San Antonio, Ibiza

The coolest new launch for the Ibiza summer season, OKU is a laid-back hotel for those who want the best of the White Isle on their doorstep. Rooms include penthouse suites with impressive views; swim-up pool rooms and a private four-bedroom villa for exclusive hire. Don’t be put off by the San Antonio location – this secluded spot oozes Ibizan bliss and is one of the area’s hidden gems, just moments from Cala Gracio bay and beaches. Ideal for those looking for a tranquil escape, the spa is well worth a visit – think full-body massages as well as daily yoga and Pilates classes. 

Opening: May 2021

Hotel Castello di Reschio, Umbria, Italy

Surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and ancient forests, the Reschio estate lies on the border between Umbria and Tuscany, coined Italy’s forgotten heartland. At the heart of the estate lies a thousand-year-old castle, which has recently been restored into a seriously stylish 36-room hotel. Rooms boast sumptuous Italian fabrics, bespoke furniture and curiosities hand-picked from local antique markets, and guests can feast in two restaurants, with produce coming from the estate’s garden, vineyards and beehives. Spend your days exploring the nearby meadows and forests on horseback, swimming in the lake, or having an Italian cooking lesson, or book a treatment at the Bathhouse, where you’ll find a hammam and sauna as well as tranquil treatment rooms tucked away in the castle’s vaulted stone cellar.

Opening: April 2021

Six Senses New York, USA

Six Senses’ first urban hotel in the US, this hotly anticipated opening will also be the first five-star hotel in Manhattan’s West Side, spread across ten floors with 137 rooms. Located in buzzy West Chelsea, the hotel rises above the Hudson River and the world-famous High Line, where the roof doubles as an organic vegetable patch. The style is touted as contemporary and calm with natural-hued fabrics and furnishings throughout, and guests will also have access to the Six Senses Spa, which will offer a range of high-tech treatments with a focus on medical wellness. The spa will also offer a meditation dome, yoga centre and magnesium pool – the ideal place to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing in The Big Apple. 

Opening: Late 2021

The Farmyard at The Newt, Somerset

If you’ve struggled to book a room at The Newt – the staycation destination of 2020 – you’ll be pleased to hear the Somerset-based hotel is expanding its accommodation with the opening of The Farmyard, a renovated former dairy farm offering a further 17 bedrooms. Hidden in a secluded corner of the estate and accessed through cider orchards, The Farmyard has all the charm of the main hotel as well as its own farm-to-table culinary experience, indoor pool and bar and games room. 

Opening: Spring 2021

The Harper, Langham, Norfolk

Set to open in March, North Norfolk will soon be home to one of the UK’s newest boutique hotels, The Harper. Set in an old glass blowing factory in Langham, this unique hotel has embraced its history by adding bespoke glass features throughout and incorporating an artfully mismatched design. No two bedrooms are the same and with categories coming as ‘big’, ‘bigger’ and ‘biggest’ there’s something for all budgets. The perfect spot for a weekend break, the team’s mission is to make guests feel as though they’re staying in a home away from home. The hotel also has its own bikes and for keen ramblers, the hotel has devised its own walking routes, taking in the very best of Norfolk’s tranquil countryside.

Opening: March 2021

Three Mile Beach, Cornwall

For something a little closer to home, look no further than Three Mile Beach, a collection of 15 beach houses on the northern Cornish coast, just four miles from the bustling town of St.Ives. Tucked away on the coastline but easy enough to get to, these three and four-bedroom self-catered beach houses feature open plan lounge spaces, log burners and wrap-around terraces with sunken cedar hot tubs, barrel saunas and barbecues. Well-equipped kitchens make feasting at home a breeze, but if you don’t feel like cooking, the team can offer private chefs or send homemade dishes straight to your door. A stone’s throw from some of the UK’s best beaches (on a sunny day, the turquoise water can look like the Caribbean), the team can also arrange wetsuit and surfboard hire for adrenaline-fuelled adventures.

Opening: Spring 2021

Nobu Marrakech, Morocco, Africa

Nobu’s first outpost in Africa, Nobu Marrakech will bring a slice of luxury to this exotic city. Opening late this year, the hotel will be tucked away in the heritage-steeped Hivernage district, a stone’s throw from the historic heart of the city, various souks and the vibrant Djemaa el-Fina, Marrakech’s main square and the most important part of the Medina. Boasting 71 bedrooms and suites, an array of dining venues and rooftop spaces, a 2,000 sq ft spa and gym, indoor and outdoor pools, we predict this stylish spot will fast become the minibreak name to know. If you’re a fan of the Nobu brand, keep an eye out for openings in Chicago, Warsaw and Riyadh, also set to open later next year.

Opening: Summer/autumn 2021

CAYO Exclusive Resort, Elounda, Crete

For a seriously chic Greek getaway, look no further than CAYO, a new five-star resort situated on Elounda Bay overlooking the islet of Spinalonga – the perfect spot if you want to get away from it all but still have the option of day trips to some of the island’s northern sights. With UNESCO-listed sea views and plush facilities – think four gastronomic restaurants (the menus were designed by the first Greek chef to be awarded with a Michelin star), a mind-body balancing spa and its own private swathe of seafront – CAYO ticks all the boxes when it comes to warm weather luxury. Bedrooms are awash with natural daylight and bedecked in a soothing palette of cool greys, soft blues and greens with brushed marble, glass and stone. The little touches aren’t forgotten here either – with a strong eco-focus, guests are greeted with a seedling on arrival, which they can plant anywhere in the resort.

Opening: Early 2021

Ikos Andalucia, Estepona, Spain

In recent years, the Ikos brand has redefined the all-inclusive experience, with an emphasis on detail and quality as well as plenty of grown-up elegance. The group’s fifth hotel, and its first in Spain, Ikos Andalucia occupies a prime beachside position between Marbella and Estepona. An all-inclusive holiday with a luxury twist – we’re talking Michelin-starred menus, 300-option wine list and five-star accommodation – this new opening is perfect for couples and families alike. In the name of local discovery, guests are also gifted a MINI car for 24-hours to explore the area, tickets to the best museums in Malaga and free green fee passes for keen golfers.

Opening: April 2021

The Cloudveil, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA

Situated in the alpine climbing and skiing playground of Jackson Hole, The Cloudveil is the ultimate paradise for keen adventurers. Just one hour south of Yellowstone National Park, The Cloudveil is moments from endless green spaces and world-class ski resorts. With 100 bedrooms, a bistro restaurant and bar, expansive rooftop terrace overlooking Jackson’s Town Square and Snow King Mountain, an outdoor pool and gardens, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre, this new opening has it all. Leveraging raw, natural materials to create a connection to the local landscape, rooms have a warm, neutral palette, with plenty of wood and leather, and you’ll find crackling fires in every corner, too. 

Opening: Spring 2021

Six Senses Kitzbuehel, Austria

Featuring 80 bedrooms and 15 stand-alone chalets, this village-like resort is the first of its kind in the Austrian Alps. Offering ski-in, ski-out access to some of the best pistes in Europe (Kitzbuehel has been named the best ski resort in the world three times), and just 90 minutes from Innsbruck and Salzburg, this is the perfect spot for a long weekend in the mountains. Offering everything you’d expect from a Six Senses hotel, you’ll find stellar restaurants focusing on local dishes with ingredients supplied from nearby organic farms and a second-to-none spa, the ideal place to rest weary legs after a day on the mountain. The hotel will also organise unique experiences – think destination dining in igloos and tree pods, forest bathing and glacier skiing. 

Opening: Late 2021/2022

*DISCLAIMER: Travel restrictions are changing daily, so please check the latest government advice before you book. Please ensure you are aware of the social distancing guidelines in place.

For more information on the above list, please contact your lifestyle manager.

How To Do A Winter Staycation In Cornwall

Cornwall might be one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in the UK, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great option during the off-peak winter season too. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed weekend by the sea or an activity-filled minibreak post-lockdown, here’s what to do and where to stay…

Penzance

Just ten miles away from Land’s End, Penzance is one of the largest towns in south Cornwall. A future weekend away or short minibreak will be best spent exploring the interesting coastal architecture, walking along the beautiful beaches (which are practically deserted during the colder months), and eating your way around the restaurantsPenlee House Gallery & Museum and The Acorn Theatre in a converted chapel are all worth a visit, but for some of the best things to do in town, head to the historical Chapel Street. There you’ll find the Egyptian House and other beautiful Georgian buildings, as well as a range of boutique shops. Penzance’s stunning landscape is also worth a visit during a winter staycation – Tanglewood Wild Garden and Madron Holy Well (a natural spring from ancient times) are a must-see, while Minack Theatre, overlooking the rugged Porthcurno Bay, has breath-taking views of the coast. When in Penzance, seafood lovers should make a beeline for The Shore and Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn – two of the best restaurants in town. 

Where To Stay:

Chapel House is a boutique townhouse hotel in the centre of Penzance. Set in a beautiful Georgian building, it has six stylish bedrooms and two new suites that only opened in the summer. All the bedrooms overlook the sea, with elegant touches throughout, such as handmade oak beds, minimalist furniture and modern en-suite bathrooms. For a special stay, book one of the new suites which offer views of Penzance harbour and Mount’s Bay. Chapel House also has a lovely dining area in which to enjoy delish Cornish fare from the on-site kitchen, including a seasonal weekend supper menu and a great Sunday brunch.

St Ives

Known for its beautiful coastline and rich history, St Ives isn’t just a summer holiday destination. During the winter, holidaymakers can take advantage of the great surfing opportunities, head on a picturesque coastal walk, and visit the art galleries and museums in town. Winter is a fantastic time to explore the many beaches in St Ives –Porthminster, Porthgwidden or Porthmeor are three of the best, although if you want to ride the waves, head to Fistral beach in Newquay which is supervised by lifeguards year-round. The town has a number of cultural hotspots, including the Tate St Ives and the Waterside Gallery – a museum of fine art. Once you’ve seen the sights, sample local Cornish cuisine in the award-winning restaurants and cafes. Rum & Crab Shack on Wharf Road serves delicious Caribbean-inspired food with artisan rums – the perfect place to warm up after a chilly day exploring – while Porthminster Kitchen just down the road serves a selection of tasty seafood plates, including mackerel paté, smoked fish chowder and Goan fish scurry. 

Where To Stay:

For a stunning bolthole by the sea, head to Alba Beach House. Located on Porthmeor beach, this pink cob cottage is the ultimate retreat for a group trip. Inside the cottage, which sleeps up to eight, each bedroom has distinctive nautical flair with characterful extras – think reading nooks, plush decorative accents and Jack-and-Jill bathrooms. During the winter, guests can cosy up by the indoor wood burner, watch the sunset over the harbour, and listen to the rolling waves at night. There are plenty of activities and places to eat nearby, most notably Porthmeor Beach Café, which is a lovely brunch spot. 

Bude

If you’re looking for a quiet staycation, skip the larger towns of St Ives and Penzance and head to Bude. This small seaside town is a hidden gem on the north east Cornish coast and is the go-to place for water sports enthusiasts or those looking for a restorative weekend away. The colder months are some of the best to surf in Bude thanks to quiet waters and a mild sea temperature. Book lessons at the Freewave Surf Academy, or if you want to relax, book one of their yoga retreats that take place on several beaches in the area – Summerleaze being one of the top-rated. Outdoor pursuits, such as kayaking and rock climbing can also be enjoyed if you wrap up warm, but for a cosier affair, visit Crackington Orchard & Cidery on Tremayna Farm to try some mulled cider. Life’s a Beach is a lovely bistro diner which serves comforting seafood like grilled skate and salt and pepper squid, while Scrummies Café does a mean fish and chips. 

Where To Stay:

For a luxury seaside retreat, book a room at the plush Beach Hotel. Overlooking Summerleaze Beach, it boasts 16 newly-renovated rooms, all with impressive sea views. After a day spent exploring the beautiful Cornish coast, relax at the bar for evening drinks before heading to the on-site restaurant run by ex-MasterChef contestant, Jamie Cole. For a romantic trip, ask for Room 11, where you can watch the sunset on a stylish terrace with a glass of English sparkling wine.

Padstow

Contrary to popular belief, the best parts of Padstow can be appreciated during the winter when the roads are clear, the beaches are empty, and the restaurants have an abundance of fish. During a winter staycation, visitors should head to Padstow Harbour (a cosmopolitan hotspot) to look around the boutique shops and sample delicious local produce at the many pubs and restaurants in town, before catching a boat to the nearby town of Rock. Families should head to Camel Creek Adventure Park, which has a huge indoor play area, and walk around the beautiful gardens at Prideaux Place. The Camel Trail, a 17-mile route which starts in Padstow and ends in Bodmin, is a stunning coastal walk where you can spot local wildlife and take in some of the best views in Cornwall – walk or hire bikes for the day and stop off at the few villages along the way for refreshments. Back in Padstow, some of the best fish can be found at Prawn on the Lawn – a bar that serves small plates and sharing platters including hake with truffle oil, crispy chilli monkfish and deep fried oysters, while the Cornish Arms owned by chef Rick Stein does a great Sunday roast. The newly-opened Tarquin’s Gin Distillery, where you can book a hands-on distilling masterclass, is also worth a visit.

Where To Stay:

When in Padstow, going to The Pig at Harlyn Bay is a must. Set in one of Cornwall’s oldest houses which dates back to the 15th century, this boutique hotel is just a ten-minute drive from Padstow Bay and a short walk from Harlyn beach. Inside, there are 30 characterful rooms with views of the garden and the bay, plus seven Garden Wagons outside – ideal for a romantic getaway. Book a beauty treatment, such as a bespoke massage or a spiced mud wrap, in one of the Potting Shed Treatment Rooms, before dining at one of the on-site restaurants – The Lobster Shed is your go-to for seafood treats including lobster thermidor, baked scallops and roast mackerel. 

Bodmin 

Located in central Cornwall, Bodmin is a small town steeped in history. The beautiful local architecture, historical buildings and stunning countryside views make it an ideal destination for a winter staycation – there’s no shortage of things to do. Lovers of the outdoors should head to Bodmin Moor, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, for a brisk winter walk across the vast moorlands. Stop at the pretty villages of Blisland and Altarnun on the way and climb to the top of moors for the highest point in Cornwall. Make your way down through Tamar Valley before heading back to Bodmin. There, visit the many historical buildings including Bodmin Beacon, Bodmin Jail, Lanhydrock House and Gardens (a National Trust estate), and Pencarrow House – a beautiful Georgian mansion with lavish interiors and stunning gardens. A relaxing afternoon is best spent visiting the multi-award-winning Camel Valley Vineyard to try their excellent English sparkling wines – Annie’s Anniversary Brut is an SL favourite. 

Where To Stay:

Nestled away in the quaint village of St Neot near Bodmin Moor, Damselfly is a luxury wooden cabin overlooking the River Warleggan. A romantic staycation for two can be spent cosying up by the wood burner in the lounge, bird watching at the outdoor deck and exploring the natural beauty of the area. Inside, there’s a stylish master bedroom, bathroom with a luxurious free-standing bathtub, and a well-equipped kitchen. Request a fire-pit on the grounds for a cosy evening outdoors and enjoy the welcome hamper featuring delicious Cornish produce. Damselfly is an ideal hideaway for couples, so bookmark it for your next romantic trip. 

Falmouth

Falmouth attracts thousands of visitors each summer thanks to its stunning coastline, quaint shopping streets and excellent seafood restaurants, but it’s a great place to visit during the colder months. Set on the south coast of Cornwall, the town has several good walking trails to explore – Penrose Walk and the Helford Passage pass stunning views of the coastline and woodland areas in Falmouth, while Kenneth Vale, a huge forest just north of the town, is a great day out. For the cultural hotspots, head to the town centre to visit the National Maritime Museum, Pendennis Castle (built by Henry VIII) and Falmouth Art Gallery. There are also two lovely beaches within walking distance of the town centre – Gyllngvase beach the more popular of the two has a great coastal walk and a stylish cafe, while Swanpool beach is ideal for long dog walks. At the top of the old high street, The Star & Garter is a gourmet gastro pub where you can spend a cosy afternoon in front the fire, and Wheelhouse is a popular shellfish bar that has an extensive selection of delicious freshly caught fish, but you’ll need to book early to secure a reservation.

Where To Stay:

Merchants Manor is a boutique five-star hotel and spa just a short walk from the two main beaches in Falmouth. The ‘seaside country house’ has maritime influences throughout and a selection of stylishly decorated bedrooms. The on-site restaurant Rastella serves a range of delicious seafood treats, while the well-stocked bar is a lovely spot to unwind in the evenings. For a special stay, book the Big Comfy Balcony – a generous sized room with a super king bed, lounge area, and a private balcony with views of Pendennis Castle and the sea.

If you wish any further information or to make a booking, please contact our lifestyle managers.

The best autumn getaways in the UK if you’re dreaming of an end-of-year luxury escape

First, you have got to decide where to go. Within just a couple of hours from London, you will find miles upon miles of unspoilt coastline, as well as cute and quaint villages. There’s Cornwall, Devon and the beautiful coastline of the Gower Peninsula which are stunning even in the cooler weather. Or how about a trip to the New Forest? Further afield – and more tempting in the autumn – here is our selection of the UK’s most beautiful cities.

STAYING IN CORNWALL

With beaches to rival the Mediterranean and a largely unspoilt landscape, Cornwall is the ideal place for a seaside retreat. The wild moorland and the tiny fishing villages feel straight out of a storybook – and despite the remote atmosphere, there is no shortage of things to do.

With beaches to rival the Mediterranean and a largely unspoilt landscape, Cornwall is the ideal place for a seaside retreat. The wild moorland and the tiny fishing villages feel straight out of a storybook – and despite the remote atmosphere, there is no shortage of things to do.

GWENDOLYN, PERRANPORTH, CORNWALL

Nestled above the sand dunes of Perranporth beach, Gwendolyn is the epitome of laid-back coastal living. With an understated design edge, this luxury self-catered cottage is a haven for those seeking a family-friendly escape to the Cornish coast. A truly tranquil setting, combining sea views, a hot tub and a calming interior scheme, Gwendolyn is a property for those looking for a beach house less ordinary.

Sleeps Up to 6 guests (+ 2 children)

STAYING IN SOMERSET

As one of the larger English counties, Somerset has stunning beaches, green countryside, woodlands, lakes & more, covering a wide range of landscapes & environments.

VIOLA, BUTLEIGH, GLASTONBURY, SOMERSET

Between the rolling hills of bucolic Somerset near Glastonbury lies a luxury country house of two wildly different personalities. A Jekyll and Hyde of elegance and chinking chandeliers on one side, and a dark, heart-racing cave where escapism is the name of the game on the other, Viola is a luxury self-catering home to satisfy all. With a heated swimming pool, Formula 1 racing simulators, tennis court and hot tub; this home is hedonism embodied.

Sleeps Up to 12 guests

STAYING IN THE COSTWOLDS

One of the most picturesque pockets you will find in all of Britain, the Cotswolds are where you will fall in love with chocolate box villages, miles of rolling countryside and grand stately homes. Covering 800 square miles of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, you can only imagine how much there is to explore – from ‘England’s prettiest village’ Castle Combe to the gardens of Prince Charles’ private residence Highgrove House.

EVANIA, BENTHAM, CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, THE COTSWOLDS

Built from Gloucestershire stone but with a beating heart firmly in the Mediterranean, this luxury self-catering holiday home in the Cotswolds is a calming oasis of luxe tranquillity. Enjoy breakfast in bed under Romanesque columns, recline in the shade of 300-year-old olive trees and float beneath the stars amidst waterfalls in the outdoor swimming pool. Evania (meaning ‘serene’) is a true paradise found.

Sleeps Up to 10 guests

STAYING IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

We cannot think of a better place for an isolation-inspired break than the Lake District, where you can make the most of the great open spaces and soak up the views of England’s wild beauty.

SKYLINE, STAVELEY, THE LAKE DISTRICT, CUMBRIA

Like a bird soaring the skies, this luxury self-catering home sits high above the Cumbrian village of Staveley behind a gated entrance, boasting both peaceful seclusion as well as 180-degree views across the valley to the fells. With a traditional Lakeland stone façade, sleek contemporary interiors, and tennis court along with 11 private acres of fields and secret woodland to explore (and its own helipad); this is the ultimate secret escape for lovers of the Lake District.

Sleeps Up to 10 guests


For more information on the properties or to make a booking, please contact your travel manager.

The world’s most incredible and sustainable private islands

If what you want is utter seclusion and perfect peace, in a location off-limits to everyone but the resort staff and a few other guests, then a private island is the only place to go. Here are our favourites selection for you from around the world.

BAWAH RESERVE, INDONESIA

Opened in July 2017, Bawah is one of the world’s most exciting hideaways: remote, beautiful and with bar-raising environmental policies. Days can be spent hiking through butterfly-filled primary rainforest, gliding over pink, purple and electric-blue corals and snorkelling. The 36 villas, 11 of which are stilted above the water, are made from recycled teak and local bamboo and fit effortlessly into the scheme of things.

The best time to visit this island is between May and September.


GLADDEN, BELIZE

This is probably the most reclusive island escape out there – and yet also the most indulgent, too. A place where it feels like you are the only people on the planet, but a Daiquiri is only a wave of the hand away. From the roof terrace, the Maya Mountains shimmer in the distance and all around the island is calm blue. This is in a protected marine reserve, with whale sharks and pods of dolphins.

The best time to visit the island is between March and May.


VOAVAH, MALDIVES

Already known for running one of the loveliest hotels in the Maldives (Landaa Giraavaru), Four Seasons has taken things up a notch with the opening of Voavah. With seven bedrooms set across the five acres, it’s an extraordinary all-singing, all-dancing playground of a place. This is in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, so the best-in-the-world snorkelling is taken as read.

But there are surprises too.

The best time to visit this island is between November and April


CEMPEDAK, INDONESIA

Its 20 villas, peppered across rugged beach and through a jungly interior packed with soaring fig and pandan trees, are the brainchild of hotelier Andrew Dixon, who opened eco-trailblazer Nikoi Island in the same archipelago a decade ago. Regulars clamoured for an adults-only escape, and here is his answer. Dixon’s commitment to environmentalism means solar panels and waste-water gardens, zero plastic waste and no air-con. Indonesian bamboo has been used to build the villas, breath taking raised walkways and a restaurant that stretches oceanward in frond-like tendrils.

The best time to visit this island is between January and February and May to October.


KOKOMO, FIJI

Few places in Fiji combine culture with a barefoot vibe like Kokomo. It sits on the edge of the Kadavu archipelago, encircled by the Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the largest and most immaculate reefs in the world, far away from the mainland crowds. The 21 beachside bures and five hilltop villas are filled with authentic Fijian touched and have walled gardens heady with the scent of frangipani. Kokomo is a feast of a place, putting this speck in the South Pacific on the epicurean map.

The best time to visit this island is between late October to early November.

For more information on the above islands or to make a booking, please contact your travel manager.