From a four-poster bed on a private beach in Mozambique to a brand new adult-only sanctuary in Victoria, this is what’s new in the world of hotels right now.
Sleeping under the stars has taken on a whole new meaning on a remote African island off the coast of Mozambique, where for the first time, you can sleep in a four-poster bed on a private beach.
The first experience of its kind on Quissanga Island, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort takes guests to the uninhabited private island for sunset and dinner, before leaving them in solitude. With no fresh water on the island, there aren’t even mosquitoes to disturb you.
A new resort promising to be ‘era-defining luxury’ is soon to open in the Maldives.
LUX* North Male Atoll, at Olhuhali North Male Atoll, will be home to 67 penthouse villas, each with a minimum of 350sqm when it opens in January 2019.
Traditional thatched roofs have been replaced by white-washed double storey designs featuring solar roof panelling, energy saving cooling systems, recycling systems to reduce waste and eco-friendly water heating systems. For the first time in the Maldives, each residence has a sky-lounge, as well as a private butler and pool, and as with all of its properties, the resort will follow extensive sustainable tourism philosophies and LUX*’s‘tread lightly’ program.
Meanwhile, Conrad Maldives The Muraka, the world’s first underwater villa, is about to open its doors, complete with a below the surface bedroom, bathroom and living space. The idea has been more than a decade in the making, after the resort launched an undersea restaurant.
The resort has many firsts. It was the first to introduce water villas on stilts, and the first to create a 500-metre suspended footbridge, which connects the main island to its smaller neighbouring island.
Long known as the leaders in luxury resorts, Abu Dhabi has recently seen a huge peak in new properties.
The newest, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, on its island namesake, overlooks 400 metres of protected sand dunes and ocean. The 293-room hotel has three infinity pools that merge into the sand dunes, a spa and eight food and beverage outlets.
The newly opened Rixos Saddiyat Island is the island’s first all-inclusive, all-exclusive concept in Abu Dhabi, which means guests can literally eat non-stop from the ten restaurants. There’s also direct access to the beach and a butler service.
Jumeriah Al Wathba Desert Resort and Spa, which takes bookings from January, is a quintessential Arabian-style hotel set in the desert 50km to the Southeast of Abu Dhabi. Spread over more than 20,000 sqm, it has 90 hotel rooms and 13 villas, with all-day-dining, rooftop bars, spa and an off-site desert camp.
Meanwhile downtown, the Abu Dhabi EDITION opened in October on the waterfront of Al Bateen in the Abu Dhabi Marina. The highlight of the property has to be its three-storey nightclub and spa with seven treatment rooms.
Another new resort has opened its doors in the tourist hot-spot of Phu Quoc, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve off the Southwest coast of Vietnam.
Intercontinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort is the latest addition to the island: a 459-room resort 15 minutes from Phu Quoc International Airport, and 20 minutes from Duong Dong town.
The resort has six restaurants and bars, including the highest bar in Phu Quoc, INK 360.
The resort’s spa is inspired by traditional Asian medicine and naturopathy, with cultural experiences including local produce tours to the island’s renowned pepper and pearl farms.
Hidden behind the sand dunes of Point Lonsdale, on more than 200 acres of farm and conservation land, is the new jewel in the Bellarine Peninsula’s crown, Lon Retreat.
The sandstone property, which has been in owner Claire Gemes’ family for seven generations, recently underwent a complete renovation, and now features seven luxury suites, each individually styled with coastal or bush views.
A cosy communal guest lounge, with plush sofas, hanging cane chairs, an open fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows sets the tone of the retreat, where guests are encouraged to ‘switch off’. On site is an indoor heated mineral pool and day spa, offering facials, massages and body wraps.
Enjoy the complimentary breakfast hamper (which is overflowing with delicious goodies from local caterer, Annie’s Kitchen), and then head outside to one of the many private walking tracks to Point Lonsdale back beach and beyond.
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