Paradise Boutique Retreat Koh Yao is a delightful easy going first class retreat. Wonderfully tropical setting, with forest clad mountain backdrop leading down to a secluded cove beach. Koh Yao is located in the Andaman sea, 35 minutes by hotel speedboat from Phuket (daylight hours only) or 45 minutes from Krabi, passing numerous limestone islands en route.
Lifestyle Choices: Beach | Hide & Chic | Romance | Spa
Soneva Fushi Maldives is a luxurious deliberately understated resort, wonderfully natural and simple elegance. The original “ no news – no shoes “ hide and chic resort in the Maldives, frequently copied but never bettered. It s located n the Baa Atoll, 30 minutes by seaplane ( daylight hours only ) from Male. One of the largest islands, 1400 m long by 400 m wide, wonderfully tropical with lush vegetation and soft sand beaches.
The Skiathos Princess is lush & green, with several super golden sand beaches. It is the largest of the Sporades Island and one of the few that is inhabited. It still retains a very natural, deliberately simple style that makes it a rather pleasing contrast to the ultra sophistication of the islands further south. The Skiathos Princess is probably the most established and popular of the few resort hotels, beautifully located on a long sand beach with a pine forest backdrop. Family owned and managed, with great attention to detail and personalised service. The airport is 20 minutes, Skiathos Town 10 minutes drive.
Location: Koh Phangan & Koh Tao
Lifestyle Choices: Beach | Hide & Chic | Romance
The Beach Club at Haad Tien is under the same management as the Haad Tien Resort with whom they share many facilities, and the same fantastic beach. The Beach Club offers a more contemporary design style, particularly emphasised in the bright modern rooms. To arrive at Koh Tao we suggest travel to Koh Samui, and then daylight high speed catamaran for 2 hours (see the feature on Haad Tien Resort for more information ).
Location: Koh Phangan & Koh Tao
Haad Tien Beach Resort offers Robinson Crusoe style barefoot luxury. Stripped down elegance, thatched roofed individual villa cottages dotted around the extensive 45 acres of tropical estate, leading down to a 380m soft sand beach. Travelling here is part of the experience, a 2 hour catamaran ride from Koh Samui usually transit stop at Koh Phangan (see http://www.lomprayah.com/), or you can fly to Chumpon on the mainland and then take a 90 minute Catamaran ride to Khao Tao pier and then a short road transfer to the resort. The Catamaran operates daylight hours only. Koh Tao is lush, tropical and still wonderfully authentic. For years it has been the island of choice for divers and backpackers, but the Haad Tien brings a new level of resort comfort and style, without detracting from the essential simplicity of the island.
Ikos Oliva is a new deluxe all inclusive hotel, due to open in May 2015. Located at the northern tip of the first finger of the Halkidiki Peninsula, 35 minutes from Thessalonki Airport. Built on an extensive 22 acre olive tree plantation leading down to an extensive sandy beach. A traditional village is just a short walk away.
Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona is one of the most famous and acclaimed resorts in Southern Spain, particularly known for its high service levels and sub-tropical gardens. The design style is traditional Andalusian, with terracotta walls, usually decorated with unique works of art from around the region. Malaga airport is 50 minutes drive, the international resort of Marbella 20 minutes, and the attractive village of Estepona a 5 minute walk.