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Ravishing Retreats

Hannah Stewart
Ravishing Retreats
In between boardroom meetings and business trips, it’s important to find time for a little rest and relaxation—a chance to enjoy the fruits of your hard-earned labors. Here, UK-based luxury travel retailer, Elegant Resorts, offers up a luxurious line up of crème-de-la-crème destinations for all seasons.

THE PENTHOUSE SUITE AT THE SETAI MIAMI

Available exclusively upon request, The Penthouse situated beautifully atop The Setai’s soaring Ocean Suites, spans the entire 40th floor and embodies the pinnacle of luxury. This illustrious four bedroom 10,000-square-foot sanctuary boasts a private roof-top pool with panoramic city and beach vistas, a gourmet kitchen and dining room for 10 guests.

THE THREE BEDROOM DUPLEX SUITE AT ENCORE LAS VEGAS

Indulge in the majestic, 5,829 square-foot Encore Three Bedroom Duplex Suite. Both the billiard room and the private massage and exercise room are surrounded, like most of the suite, by floor-to-ceiling views of Las Vegas. The gem of the duplex is the lofty living room and dining area which highlight a two-story cityscape and can comfortably seat sixteen guests. Along with a private bedroom, the first floor offers a dining table, work space, wet bar with buffet, separate powder room, butler's pantry with refrigerator, and elevator to the second floor.

THE HANS BADRUTT’S SUITE AT BADRUTT’S PALACE, ST MORITZ

The spacious entrance hall in Italian marble, library decorated in ‘Engadin’ wood and breath-taking views across the Engadin Mountains and Lake St. Moritz from the spacious terrace, give this suite exclusivity and a timeless charm. Guests have a choice of bedrooms with steam baths and Jacuzzis, offering panoramic views.

CHALET L’APENSIA AT L’APOGEE, COURCHEVEL 1850

Chalet L’Apensia is an architectural jewel over five floors, immersed in the beauty of the Jardin Alpin and directly connected to the hotel. The chalet has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a spa, home cinema and a window onto snowy scenes from its unique vantage point at the top of the former ski jump. A butler and private chef remain at your disposal to ensure a restful and enjoyable time for you and your family, while a private lift brings guests straight back to the chalet's ski in/ski out facility.

NORTH ISLAND, SEYCHELLES

Located a 15 minute helicopter flight northwest of the Seychelles’ largest island, Mahe, North Island is the ultimate in private island luxury. Though at the higher end of the price scale, everything at this unique destination—from meals to activities—is included in the price. Only the spa and helicopter transfers are excluded. The island which is 2.5km long by 1km wide is bursting with flora and fauna and boasts a chic Robinson Crusoe-inspired style. Each Villa has its own plunge pool and direct beach access.

THE PENINSULA HONG KONG

Created in 1928, and Hong Kong's oldest hotel, the legendary "Grande Dame of the Far East" continues to rank amongst the standard-setters worldwide, offering a blend of the best Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of classical grandeur and elegance. A stay at the hotel allows you to re-live the glamour of a by-gone era and explore the many antiques and historical artifacts on display around the hotel. The hotel boasts a fleet of fourteen Rolls-Royce Phantoms, a private helicopter and twin helipads on the roof, while its nine bars and restaurants are amongst the city’s most stylish gastronomic venues.

THE FOUR BEDROOM & DEN RESORT RESIDENCE AT THE FOUR SEASONS WHISTLER, CANADA

These bi-level or single-floor suites offer spacious comfort for families and groups of friends. Residential-style furnishings are complemented by a gas-burning fireplace and private furnished terraces feature panoramic views of the surrounding forest, valley or mountains. For a luxurious mountainside lodge stay, the rustic yet contemporary décor inspired by nature’s palette brings the outside in.

BLANKET BAY, NEW ZEALAND

Whether you wish to enjoy a romantic or action-packed holiday, Blanket Bay is the ultimate hideaway, perfectly positioned to allow guests to experience all that this region of New Zealand has to offer, from alpine wilderness to gourmet cuisine. Built in the style of a grand alpine lodge, the remote destination boasts a lofty, thirty-foot-high Great Room at its heart as well as a games room and spa.

AMANZOE, CRETE

Amanzoe is a pavilion-style resort and, in true Aman Resorts style, exudes sophistication and elegance. Each guest pavilion features a courtyard entrance, living and sleeping areas, a bathroom terrace with pergola and a private swimming pool. Meanwhile, a short distance away is the resort’s beach club, set in a stunning bay. From its hilltop location, surrounded by olive groves, with panoramic views, Amanzoe is also just a ten-minute drive away from the town of Port Heli, which is peppered with tavernas and bars. Amanzoe is a destination for quiet, laid-back luxury holidays, with the opportunity for discovering historical sites, Greek villages and islands, countryside walks or water sports.

THE CAPRI PALACE, ITALY

Forget a room with a view—this is a palace with a view. Reminiscent of the Mediterranean palaces of the 18th century, this residence boasts cool, cream-colored floors, columns and vaulted ceilings, antique artifacts and a fabulous collection of modern art. Every guest room and suite (many with a private pool and garden) enjoys breath-taking views over the islands of Ischia and Procida and the Gulf of Naples, or the hills of Mount Solaro. It’s well worth exploring the charming village or surrounding seas on one of the hotel's private boat tours, before heading back to the hotel for a relaxing treatment in the spa as the sun sets over the bay.
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