A Little Luxury
Enjoy the good life and splash out on a luxury holiday you’ll never forget
Posted: 26 January 2009
by Jane Anderson
The Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland
Glamour rating: Classic grande dame-style hotel – Switzerland’s finest for nearly 150 years.
Who goes there? Noel Coward and Coco Chanel in the early days. More recently, Mia Farrow, Mel Gibson, Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere.
What’s best for children? Children get a special welcome and their needs are individually catered for: the hotel’s mascot, Bori, arranges everything from treasure hunts to skiing trips.
What’s best for parents? La Rotonde, the celebrated restaurant, is starred by the Guide Michelin Suisse. The Cinq Mondes Spa has great views over Lake Geneva and the dramatic mountains beyond. Unique suites include rooms such as the Art Deco suite.
What do you get for your money? When a family of four stay, with two children under 12 in a superior junior room (which is interconnected), the more expensive room receives a 50
per cent discount, making the total cost £1,473 per night for a superior room and £5,500 for a suite duplex per night. Tel: 00 41 21 613 3333;
Glamour rating Nestled in the South Ari Atoll, across two private islands, the glam factor is high, whether you stay in a water, beach or spa villa.
Who goes there? Paul McCartney and Heather Mills (once upon a time...)
What’s best for children? The new Ice Cream Spa, where children can choose from a range of treatments from the Super Sundae Supreme Body Scrub and Massage to a Princess Me Facial. The new Maaja (fun in Maldivian) children’s club offers a fish-shaped splash zone with water jets.
What’s best for adults? The world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant, Ithaa, where gourmet dinners are served. Couples’ treatments in the luxury over-water spa.
What do you get for your money? Kuoni offers seven nights with breakfast in a beach villa, including flights, seaplane transfers and airport lounge in the UK from £2,164 per adult and £1,034 per child. Earlybird saving available if booked before February 28, 2009. Tel: 01306 747008; www.kuoni.co.uk
Forte Village Resort
Glamour rating Sardinia is the playground of the rich and famous. Zoë Ball and Norman Cook have a yacht there and Kate Moss is a regular. Forte Village Resort has seven hotels – The Villa Del Parco is a member
of Leading Hotels of the World – and 21 restaurants to choose from.
Who goes there? You might see
football stars, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham hanging out.
What’s best for children? One super-luxurious children’s playground. Leisureland has tennis courts, a huge go-cart track, trampolining, outdoors ice-skating rink and ten-pin bowling. The Mini Club is so cool, even parents hang out there. The superb Fortino Restaurant is totally child-friendly, with low tables and chairs, and some alfresco, child-friendly cuisine.
What’s best for parents? The famous Thaermae Spa is a must for parents. Relax in a therapeutic seawater pool and indulge in an extraordinary water massage with the monk-like Guido. Parents can hire the spa suite for themselves, with its canopy bed, and indulge in treatments, champagne and oysters. Shopping at the Piazza Maria Luigia has everything from Bulgari to Diesel for you and Laura Biagiotti, La Perla and Moschino for your children. There’s live entertainment every night and a credible nightclub or you can dine at the new Cala Luna.
What do you get for your money? Citalia offers seven nights at Il Villagio, Forte Village Resort, from £2,725 for a family of four sharing a family bungalow on a half-board basis. This includes British Airways flights from London Gatwick, ten per cent early booking discount and free accommodation for one child. Tel: 0871 664 0253; www.citalia.com
Glamour rating This former sugar estate of Bel Ombre, set between the Indian Ocean and the lush Plain Champagne Hills, captures the colonial spirit of Mauritius with its plantation architecture, floor-to-ceiling French windows and tropical gardens.
Who goes there? Ewan McGregor and his children enjoy the sun and sea here.
What’s best for children? Younger children will enjoy the Kid’s Club that offers arts, crafts and nature trails.
The child-friendly pool is a hit with mini loungers and has a special bar offering virgin fruit cocktails. Older children can enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling and quad biking through the Valriche Nature Reserve.
What’s best for parents? The Six Senses Spa has an array of holistic treatments; yoga classes begin at dusk and end under a starry sky. There’s a championship golf course and you can dine at Gin’Ja, the Japanese fusion restaurant on the beach or the romantic Chateau del Bel Ombre.
What do you get for your money? Virgin Holidays offers seven nights from £1,699 per adult and £559 per child half board, including flights and private transfers. Tel: 0844 5573 861; www.virginholidays.co.uk
Mandarin Oriental Miami
Glamour rating This highly glamorous resort combines Asian influences with a Latin and Caribbean feel, all besides the Biscayne Bay.
Who goes there? Hollywood’s elite – from Jennifer Aniston to Ben Affleck.
What’s best for children? The Mini MO Club (for five- to 12-year-olds), where children can learn origami, jewellery making and Tai Chi.
What’s best for parents? Superb dining at signature restaurant, Azul.
What do you get for your money? Luxury family travel package costs from £629 per night and includes accommodation in a two- or three-bedroom suite, child access to Mini MO Club, adult access to Casa Casuarina (a former Versace mansion), personalised mini bar, welcome cocktails for adults and an unpacking service. Tel: 001 305 913 8383;
at One & Only
Glamour rating Possibly Dubai’s most stylish beach resort, with lovely views overlooking the Arabian Gulf.
Who goes there? Casino Royale was filmed at the Royal Mirage, hence Daniel Craig, Judy Dench and Eva Green stayed for a few months. Brad, Angelina and clan love the nearby Wild Wadi waterpark.
What’s best for children? A fairytale location with the magic of Arabia. KidsOnly programme (four- to 11-year-olds), with exotic activities such as henna hand-painting and belly dancing. During school holidays, children can explore Al Koufa, the resort’s Arabian fortress.
What’s best for parents? The palatial Givenchy Spa and traditional Oriental Hammam; plus beautiful restaurants and sublime service.
What do you get for your money? Luxury Holidays Direct offers seven nights from £3,335 for two adults,
one child and one infant can be
with a deluxe room in The Palace, including breakfast, flights and transfers. Tel: 020 8774 7299;
Pangkor Laut Luxury Private Estates
Glamour rating Set amid a rainforest on a private island off the west coast of Malaysia, the Estates at Pangkor Laut are world-renowned. Every guest is made to feel like royalty.
Who goes there? From Joan Collins on her honeymoon to Ulrika Jonsson.
What’s best for children? Each Estate has a private pool perfect for water games, landscaped jungle or private beach for exploring. Personal chefs cater for the pickiest tastes. Activities range from batik painting (a technique of using wax on textiles) to snorkelling off an oriental junk and jungle exploring with naturalist, Uncle Yip.
What’s best for adults? As each Estate comes with a personal driver, chef and housekeeping staff, you’re free to enjoy family time or take up the services of the resort’s babysitters and relax in your personal jacuzzi or pool. You can also visit the Spa Village.
What do you get for your money? Bailey Robinson has a special offer for £9,360 for two adults and two children, under the age of 12, for
seven nights in a two-bedroom
Estate, full-board with flights
and transfers Tel: 01488 689700;
Raffles Resort Canouan Island
Glamour rating This secluded island resort in The Grenadines is totally glam. It has a private jetport and families can fly from London on the Gulfstream V private charter and then settle into their large Raffles Villa, with private infinity pool and chartered yacht for exploring the Tobago Cays.
Who goes there? Guests include Keira Knightly, Leonardo Di Caprio, Cynthia Nixon and Donald Trump.
What’s best for children? The Sugar Plum Kiddies Club (for four- to 14-year-olds) has two play areas, with all sorts of toys, games, interactive television, craft tables, reading areas and Playstations. The club also organises treks, nature trails, poolside games, nature quizzes and rallies for children to learn about the flora and fauna of the island.
What’s best for parents? Aside from the luxury accommodation, enormous pool and five beaches (Mauhault is perfect for secluded picnics and turtle-watching), there’s snorkelling, windsurfing, jet skis and scuba diving. There’s a tennis centre at Godhal Beach, boat trips to Mustique and Petit St Vincent among others, and an 18-hole golf course. The Raffles Amrita Spa has two glass-bottom treatment rooms set over the water.
What do you get for your money? Seven nights in a one-bedroom, ocean-view mezzanine suite, with breakfast, costs from £8,750 for a family of two adults, one child and one infant, including shared jet transfers and British Airways flights from London with ITC Classics. Tel: 01244 355 537; www.itcclassics.co.uk
Sainte Anne Resort & Spa
Glamour rating A sumptuous private island of 87 luxury villas situated in a national marine park, 29 of which have their own private pools. When visitors arrive at the airport on Mahé they will be whisked away by private transfer to the jetty, where the luxury pleasures of Sainte Anne are just a ten-minute boat ride away
Who goes there? The epitome of island bliss, the area attracts A-listers such as Michael Douglas, Pierce Brosnan and Jennifer Anniston.
What’s best for children? The Bob Marlin Mini Club is open from 9am until 10.3opm for those aged three to 12, ensuring the children get a luxury break, too. The club organises their meals and activities including cycling across the island, glass-bottom sailing trips and coconut tasting.
What’s best for parents? Four stylish restaurants under the direction of Executive Chef, Sebastien Vincent. There’s also a Clarins Spa, featuring nine treatment rooms and a plunge pool, saunas and yoga pavilion. A Sports & Activities Centre features kinesis cycling, power plate muscle toning and a cardiovascular fitness room – all overlooking the
beautiful azure ocean.
What do you get for your money?
The price for eight nights’ half board in a Villa Beau Sejour, including return flights with Air Seychelles, transfers and taxes is from £8,408, for two adults and two children. Book via Beachcomber Tours. Tel: 01483 443 685; www.beachcombertours.co.uk
Glamour rating One of the original luxury hideaways and still one of the best. The resort’s original classic coral stone facade remains, and each of the 112 guest rooms, suites and villas feature wall-mounted plasma screen televisions, spacious marble bathrooms and private balconies. There’s also a landscaped swimming pool.
Who goes there? Who doesn’t? Hugh Grant, Jemima Khan, Tiger Woods, David and Victoria Beckham, Michael Winner and Richard E Grant, to
name but a few.
What’s best for children? The Tree House Club hosts myriad events, from the Caribbean Carnival to nature trails for children aged from three to 12,
and Santa even makes a beach visit
at Christmas time. The Den is a dedicated area for teenagers.
What’s best for parents? Superbly designed Tom Fazio golf courses, plus spa – catering for all ages. The Caribbean, Asian and Mediterranean specialities of the Bajan Blue restaurant are enhanced by the French cuisine of L’Acajou – named after the beautiful mahogany trees nearby.
What do you get for your money? Seasons in Style offer seven nights for the special price of five from £8,810 per family of five (two adults and three children under 12), including accommodation in two Orchid Rooms, breakfast, transfers and flights with British Airways from Gatwick. This offer also includes the Family Fun package that features unlimited use of children’s Tree House Club, one family lunch and one complimentary gift for each child on arrival. Tel: 01244 202000; www.seasonsinstyle.com
Sheraton Grande Laguna
Glamour rating Romantic and restful – the Sheraton Grande Laguna is surrounded by deep blue lagoons and can only be reached by boat. It also
has lush greenery and a dazzling beachfront. Spacious rooms offer garden, lagoon, pool or ocean views.
A further 126 Grande Villas include two-bedroom Island Villas; and there are also three- and four-bed Private Pool Villas and Residences, set either on the edge of the undulating 18-hole golf course or near a tranquil lagoon.
Who goes there? Kate Moss and Cheryl Cole have both been spotted.
What’s best for children? The hot spot for guests aged four to 12 is the Very Important Kids Club, where entertainment, games and crafts are guaranteed. A favourite among young guests is the daily visit from Lucky
and Lilly, the resort’s baby elephants. Family fun in the games area includes life-sized chess and water sports. The Quest Laguna Phuket Adventure Centre has a rock-climbing tower and a great family challenge programme.
What’s best for parents? Nine restaurants mean plenty of choice at mealtimes. There are floodlit tennis courts, as well as a huge swimming pool and pampering at the Angsana Spa. Guests of the Grande Villas can enjoy exclusive privileges, including deluxe in-room amenities and cocktails at sunset.
What do you get for your money? Pure Luxury offers eight nights for a family of four for £3,446. The price includes four free nights, return flights and private transfers, as well as a room upgrade. Tel: 0844 472 0100;
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