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JULY - AUGUST 2024 ISSUE

A Timeless Oasis

of Moroccan architecture and design

Nestled within the UNESCO protected old Imperial City Walls of Marrakech, La Sultana Marrakech stands as a testament to timeless elegance and architectural mastery. This iconic hotel holds a rich history At La Sultana Marrakech, attention to dating back over ten centuries and has been meticulously designed to blend traditional Moroccan craftsmanship with contemporary luxury. As soon as guests step through the first riad, they are exposed to its distinctive architecture steeped in culture and heritage, incorporating more than ten centuries of history from the Almohad, Saadian and Alaouite dynasties.

The property itself was lovingly restored in partnership with the Ministry of Culture to ensure that exact standards and traditional methods were used. Expert craftsmen relying on centuries-old practice were brought into preserve its architectural integrity and pay homage to its rich historic ties. One of the most notable features about the hotel is the wall it shares with the Saadian Tombs, which were only revealed to the public in 1917, and restored having been hidden for several centuries. When guests step foot into the hotel, they are brought back to a period of time which had once been lost, but now lovingly revered.

Detail is of the utmost importance, with many elements meticulously crafted to honour its original history. The Riad Saadia exemplifies this commitment, whereby skilled craftsmen delicately re-arranged the intricate patterns of the zellige mosaics to mirror the original tiles.

To celebrate the zellige mosaics, the team at La Sultana offer guests the chance to try their unique lemon, fig, and cognac cocktail, ‘Zellige Cocktail’. Available at The Odette Bar, the rooftop offers panoramic views of Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains, the ideal place to sip and take in the beauty.

To complement this exclusive cocktail, the team has remained committed to keeping centuries-old techniques alive. To do so, after years of refurbishment, they’ve curated a unique Living Architectural Heritage Guided Tour led by their in-house curators who divulge stories from the past and take visitors through the various design and craftsmanship techniques around the property. This extraordinary tour is a testament to the hotel’s cultural significance and overall commitment to ensuring the legacy of Morocco resides within the confines of its walls.

Located within five adjoining riads (traditional Moroccan houses with a central patio), La Sultana’s sprawling corridors and hidden chambers ensure guests have access to the ultimate privacy and a place to escape from the bustling city beyond its walls. This boutique, luxury hotel defines Moroccan charm and glamour. With 28 individual curated rooms and suites featuring high vaulted ceilings, marble columns, precious woods, and tadelakt (a traditional Moroccan Plaster technique), the design evokes sophistication and opulence.

The flowered patios and palms, use of silks, intricate metalwork, and carved wood are juxtaposed against the shiny patina of the antiques. Design and architecture remain bound to the identity of La Sultana Marrakech and is evident to all visitors who walk through its doors..

Rates at La Sultana Marrakech start from £485 per night for a Riad Room.

MAY - JUNE 2024 ISSUE

Tropical Romance

with YTL Hotels' Exquisite Destinations

From tropical island takeovers to laid-back luxury beach ceremonies and even underwater unions, tie the knot in paradise with YTL Hotels.

An oasis of spiritual tranquillity, Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali is set against the backdrop of majestic peaks and the Bali Sea, inviting couples to exchange vows in a setting free from modern distractions. Embracing the island's spiritual essence, Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali offers an intimate sanctuary for weddings, where partners can unite amidst lush gardens, overlooking the sun-kissed sea and sacred mountains.

The Balinese Wedding Ceremony package enriches the experience with authentic Balinese dancers, traditional music, and tantalizing local cuisine. In harmony with the region's healing traditions, couples can receive a special blessing at a nearby ancient temple and partake in a purifying body cleansing ritual - a cherished spa experience preparing them for life's journey together.

Nestled amidst the protected mangroves and vibrant coral reefs of Malohom Bay, Gaya Island Resort offers a haven of luxury on the pristine coast of Borneo. Perched atop the hillside of an ancient rainforest, this five-star beachfront retreat presents breath-taking villas with panoramic views of Mount Kinabalu, mangrove forests, and lush canopy, inviting guests to immerse themselves in Borneo's natural wonders for an unforgettable wedding and honeymoon experience. Tailored to each couple's desires, weddings at Gaya Island Resort promise a harmonious blend of relaxation and adventure.

Choose from a selection of distinctive packages, including the serene Private Beach Ceremony, the culturally rich Kadazan Blessing Ceremony infused with traditional Bornean elements, the enchanting Golden Sunset Ceremony aboard a luxurious yacht, or the extraordinary Marine Wedding Ceremony, where sea-loving couples can exchange vows beneath the waves, with the mesmerising underwater world as their witness.

MARCH - APRIL 2024 ISSUE

Beachfront

Luxury at Sani Resort in Halkidiki

Sani Resort is welcoming guests to the new era of Sani Asterias with the most exclusive Beachfront Residential Suites opening in June 2024.

Combining design and nature, the new concept suites offer direct beach access, expansive indoor and outdoor spaces, private infinity pools and idyllic views over the Aegean - all just a step away from the beach. Crafting Memories at Sani Resort Multi-awarded for offering unparalleled experiences to guests for over half a century, Sani Resort is set to bring to life guests’ stories by defining their experiences and crafting them into memories. Whatever they imagine their story to be, Sani is here to craft it to perfection.

The “Crafting Memories” campaign highlights the values of dedication, inherent hospitality and caring nature, while Sani Resort invites guests to embrace nature’s symphony, reconnect with loved ones and nurture spirits of adventure amongst the tranquil setting of Sani. Making memories through personalised, authentic experiences from world-class gastronomy and sports to cultural events and well-being activities in nature, all come to life to entice guests into a more mindful and meaningful style of holidaying in 2024. Sani Resort will continue to stand proud as the pinnacle of hospitality and service as it has done for over 50 years, delivering true Sani magic to all guests. With endless options for gastronomic excellence, guests can delight in over 40 bars and restaurants, as well as world-class academies to learn and train like a pro and sumptuous spas that offer the highest quality treatments.

World Class Academies and the Great Outdoors

The majestic setting of Sani Resort in a 1,000-acre ecological reserve with 7km of Blue- flagged sandy beaches, over 20km of forest trails and 270 acres of wetlands to explore, encourages guests to reconnect with nature within a sustainable mini self-contained world.

About Sani Resort

Sani Resort is a world-class luxury holiday destination in Halkidiki, Greece, featuring five award-winning beachfront hotels: Sani Beach, Sani Club, Porto Sani, Sani Asterias and Sani Dunes. Nestled in a 1,000-acre nature reserve, Sani is the first certified carbon-neutral resort in Greece offering world-class facilities including a private marina with over 40 restaurants and bars, luxury boutique stores, the Rafa Nadal Tennis Center, the football academy in association with Chelsea FCF and the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. A leader in sustainable hospitality, Sani has developed an ambitious ESG agenda and has been receiving “World’s Leading Luxury Green Resort” and “World’s Leading Family and Beach Resort” awards at the World Travel Awards for four and five consecutive years respectively and also won the “World Leading Sustainable Resort” award in 2023.

Additionally, Sani Resort recently won the “Best Sustainable Destination” and “Best Sustainable Holiday with Kids” awards in the Marie Claire Sustainability Awards for the second year running. Sani Resort belongs to the Sani/Ikos Group, an innovative and fast-growing group of luxury resorts in unique beachfront locations across the Mediterranean.

JAN - FEB 2024 ISSUE

Tropical

Paradise at Samujana in Koh Samui

Famed for its exclusive villas, all with private infinity pools, Samujana in Koh Samui excels in hosting weddings with breathtaking backdrops and simply stunning sunsets.

As Koh Samui's reputation as a destination beloved by global jet-setters grows, so too does the island’s popularity as an event location for romantic weddings. And with White Lotus slated to be filmed in Koh Samui this year, its popularity is sure to grow even more. With a wonderful year-round climate with consistent tropic temperatures of between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, the island is in high demand as an outdoor wedding location. According to the expert events team at Samujana, the best months of the year for such events are from February to October, with the ideal time of day being late in the afternoon, right before sunset.

Known for its exclusivity and respect for guests’ privacy, Samujana is the perfect property to hold a wedding for 30 to 60 guests, but it also has the capacity for up to 250 guests if desired. Besides the property’s postcard-worthy location, another big draw is the fact that some of the villas, boasting awe-inspiring spaces, can be transformed into fabulous event settings.

Rates at Samujana start from $1,100 per night for a 3 bedroom villa

NOV - DEC 2023 ISSUE

ROMANCE & SECLUSION

in the Seychelles

North Island is 30km from the mainland and can only be reached via boat or helicopter.

THE ISLAND

North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort, has been expertly designed with pioneering conservation programs to offer the highest standards of hospitality. With a mission to demonstrate that luxury with a conscience can co-exist, sustainability lies at the heart of North Island’s philosophy and will be further embraced and supported with The Luxury Collection. North Island offers an inimitable experience that seeks to offer a contrasted way of life; rough and smooth, old and new, casual and refined, where footprints are the only trace on the island’s untouched beaches. It is a place that unashamedly aims at providing the very best in ‘barefoot luxury’: privacy, accommodation, services, facilities and experience, yet has restored its environment to a place of verdant plenty.

WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS

he discreet service on North Island is so unobtrusive, couples can feel as though they have an entire island to themselves. The beauty of the sea and striking sunsets provide unparalleled romance for the perfect honeymoon destination. Whether it be private picnics on the beach or couple massages in the villa, the North Island team delights in creating special moments for couples and ensuring that your experience is exactly what you want from your time on the Island.

North Island is also available for sole-use booking of the entire island for wedding purposes. Pristine powder-white beaches form an idyllic setting for an elegantly simple, barefoot wedding ceremony. North Island offers outstanding luxury, privacy and exclusivity combined with outstanding natural beauty. In keeping with North Island’s flexible philosophy, they do not offer wedding packages, but instead will consider each request and create a bespoke, tailor-made offering for each couple.

THE VILLAS

North Island houses 11 private villas, each created using local materials harvested during the island’s rehabilitation process. Lovingly and individually handcrafted by Seychellois and African craftsmen from wood, local-hewn stone and glass, each is nestled discreetly in the tree-line, facing onto Ase d’est Beach. Beachfront Villas 1 to 10 have two bedrooms, a main bedroom and a second bedroom for families. When the Villa is occupied by only one or two guests, the second bedroom is set up as a luxurious, air-conditioned lounge room. At night the lounge can be converted into a private cinema complete with projector, screen and surround sound.

The fully retracting sliding doors allow for uninterrupted views onto the lawns and the turquoise seas in front of each villa. A private plunge pool and sala are the finishing touches to this private sanctuary.

The 11th villa, Villa North Island, is tucked away at the far end of East Beach in the takamaka forest. The ultimate honeymoon villa with a multitude of secluded spaces and unparalleled sea views, the privacy of this villa is unimaginably decadent, cascading down granitic boulders with direct beach access to the ocean below. Designed just for two, Villa North Island is the quintessence of exclusivity.

KEY FACTS

• 11 private guest and family villas

• North Island is a conservation-oriented,

ethically driven company

• North Island joined The Luxury Collection in December 2019, the first private island in the portfolio

Rates start from €5,500 per night

SEPT - OCT 2023 ISSUE

The Wilds of Africa

Experience Africa with Great Plains’ Best of Botswana Safari

From gliding along in a poled mokoro at sunset down the Okavango Delta and a champagne helicopter safari to private bush dinners under the stars, there’s something for every couple with Great Plains.

Available at a selection of stunning properties, including the brand-new Sitatunga Private Island Camp, these wildly romantic safari experiences will see guests fall in love all over again. 'Whether couples are renewing their vows, planning to pop the question or honeymoon in style, there’s nowhere more romantic than our camps across the Okavango Delta in Botswana’, says Great Plains co-founder Dereck Joubert.

‘We have created a selection of memorable offerings for our guests which aim to bring them closer to nature, and each other. With sunsets straight from the movies, floating sundowners and dinners in the bush with only the stars, wildlife and each other for company, our team takes huge pride in creating an entirely bespoke safari experience that will see all of your romantic dreams come true.’

The experiences include... Magical Mokoro at Sitatunga Private Island

At the new Sitatunga Private Island, opening mid-July 2023, couples can swap the hustle and bustle for complete silence with being personally poled along the waters, and along the channels, of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Couples will gently drift through the shallow channels of the Okavango Delta system, surrounded by water lilies and colourful birds nesting on the banks, towards a private sundowner setup.

The ultimate spot for a truly unique proposal or a toast to recent nuptials, if a moment of peace and calm is what’s desired, a trip on a mokoro is a must. Set to open later this month, Sitatunga Private Island will provide guests with the most authentic Robinson Crusoe experience and a refuge for the soul in the Okavango Delta.

Réserve-Collection safari camp

The new Réserve-Collection safari camp, is made entirely out of recycled materials, designed by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Providing adventurers with the opportunity to explore the scenic area’s permanent channels by mokoro, stretch their legs on guided morning walks, take part in fishing or photographic safaris, it is one of the few locations in the world where one can spot the rare aquatic antelope – Sitatunga – from camp and on the water.For the ultimate hideaway experience, couples can check into the two-bedroom Sitatunga Private Island Suite. Built on a raised, wrap-around railway sleeper private deck complete with plunge pool, the Suite can accommodate up to four adults (or two adults and up to three children).

Nightly rates at Sitatunga Private Island start from $1,550 per person, per night based on two sharing.

Private Bush Dinner Under the Stars atSelinda Camp

 Accompanied by a bottle of bubbly, fine dining, the sounds of the bush and a sky full of stars overhead, aprivate bush dinner for two on the Selinda Spillway is the ultimate setting for a celebration of love. This Relais & Châteaux culinary experience, available at Selinda Camp, can be tailored entirely to couples’ tastes by expert chefs, from bringing in special sparkling wine preferences for the occasion or whipping up a personal favourite dessert.Resting on the banks of the Selinda Spillway as it enters the Linyanti River, Selinda Camp is situated on the private 118,000-hectare Selinda reserve. This pristine area is home to elephants by the thousands, wild dogs, and the famous Selinda Lion Pride, recently featured in Birth of a Pride, the National Geographic film by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The camp can accommodate up to six guests sharing three tented suites, including the 2-bedroom Selinda Suite is also perfect for families. Children are welcomed to Selinds Camp aged 8 and up. Each suite has a private pool and in-room exercise equipment to assist in working off the sensational food and wine served at the camp's fine dining show kitchen. Activities include morningand evening game drives, guided walks, and motorised boating opportunities. In-room spa and wellness treatments can be arranged at an additional cost.

Nightly rates at Selinda Camp start from $1,820 per person, per night based on two sharing

Private Dining in the Wine Cellar at Duba Plains Camp

The ideal pick for loved-up duos who enjoy the finer wines in life, Great Plains’ private dining in the wine cellar offers a chance to sample a gourmet tasting menu accompanied by wine pairings selected by Dereck Joubert himself. As guests dine, surrounded by the history and beauty of the finest winemakers in the world, couples can toast to one another while reminiscing on the day’s adventures.Duba Plains Camp is located in the centre of the Okavango Delta among a matrixof palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland on a 33,000-hectare private reserve boasting incredible game viewing. The exclusive camp evokes classic African 1920's style and accommodates up to 10 guests sharing tented suites. Guests will enjoy their own plunge pool with veranda and shaded sala, indoor showers and sweeping views of the surrounding floodplains and passing wildlife from the privacy of their own room. An interactive kitchen allows guests to relax around the bar area whilst the camp chefs whip up culinary delightsin front of them. Activities available include morning and night game drives, mokoro and motorised boating activities.

Nightly rates at Duba Plains Camp start from $1,820 per night based on two sharing.

Floating Sundowners at Zarafa Camp

The phenomenon of the Zibadianja Lagoon in the Selinda Concession is an experience like no other and the private sunset cruise from Zarafa Camp, which provides a floating bar and dining experience, is the most indulgent way to enjoy it. Couples will take to the waters of the lagoon as they drift on a floating bar fully equipped with everything needed for a romantic sundowner. Here, lovers can watch the sky change colour by the second as the birds fly home overhead, while they enjoy a selection of gourmet dishes and wine pairings.Zarafa means “the beloved one” in Arabic and comes from a giraffe that was presented to Charles X of France in 1826 by the Viceroy of Egypt. Today Zarafa, Botswana’s first Relais & Châteaux property, is an exquisite camp located on the private 118,000-hectare Selinda Reserve. The Reserve links the Okavango Delta with the Linyanti and Savuti water systems.   Every area of the camp offers stunning views over the Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the Savuti Channel. Each of Zarafa Camp’s recently refurbished four guest suites are 1,000 square foot (100m2), set on raised decking, under flowing canvas. Entering through a Lamu door, guests will find a lavish space of deep reds and browns, where the bedroom is connected to a full lounge and open layout bathroom complete with copper claw-foot bath. Outside, extensive decking includes a private plunge pool and outdoor shower.

Nightly rates at Zarafa Camp start from $1,820 per person, per night based on two sharing.

Champagne Helicopter Safaris, In-Suite Dining, Couples Massages, Decadent Bubbles and more

In addition to the camp-unique offerings, Great Plains provides a menu of ‘Wildly Romantic’ experiences available across all Botswana camps, ensuring there is truly something for everyone! These include:

• Champagne Helicopter Safaris. One of the most breathtaking ways to see the magic of the Okavango Delta is to see it from above. The meandering water channels, the ambling elephant herds, the open space for wildlife to explore, seeing the Delta from above brings a different level of feeling connected and in awe of nature. Great Plains’ helicopter scenic flights include the option of a romantic island stop-off where guests will land on a remote island to a champagne stop in the wilderness, providing a jaw-dropping setting for a vow renewal or spontaneous proposal!

• Private In-Suite Dining. The feeling of being connected and present, the ‘us united against the world’ moment, comes true with the in-suite private dining experience at Great Plains. Guests are welcomed home from their game drive to a bubble bath and private dining setup from the comfort of their private suite, where they can expect mouth-watering culinary dishes, expert pairings of wine and some extra special touches from the team.

• Couples Massages. The ultimate way to unwind post safari, couples can enjoy a massage à deux with Great Plains’ expert on-site massage therapists. Spacology products and essential oils help one unwind and loosen any tension, while the sounds of nature all around soothe the soul, providing a truly grounding experience.

• Decadent Bubbles. The most indulgent way to experience Great Plains’ iconic large copper baths is with a bubble soak! Explorers will arrive back at camp to a prepared bubble bath with a bottle of champagne and two glasses at the ready. The perfect way to wind down after an exciting game drive spotting elephants, lions, leopards and more, couples can soak up the memories of their day.Nightly rates at Zarafa Camp start from $1,820 per person, per night based on two sharing.

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