Don’t these dark, cold nights and overwrought central heating just drive you mad? Us too. That’s why we devise a plan each winter to escape our shivering shores and look further afield for a dose of much-needed Vitamin C. Here’s our rundown of the best locations to top up that tan over the coming months…
THE CHEDI, MUSCAT
Located on the stretch of Al Ghubra and backed by dramatic mountain scenery, The Chedi benefits from its own private beach. Designed in the style of traditional Omani architecture mixed with Asian Zen-style, all accommodation boasts spacious bathrooms and the latest technology. In the restaurant, contemporary Mediterranean, Asian, Indian and Arabic influenced cuisine is served with the Beach restaurant specialising in seafood. With three magnificent swimming pools, tennis courts, sauna, steam and fitness room they also have a spa with thirteen elegant treatment rooms. The hotel can arrange a variety of tours including a trip to a desert safari camp in the Wahiba Sands or a Wadi trip accompanied by a guide. Alternatively head out into the Gulf of Oman for dolphin watching, fishing or snorkelling.
Rooms from £305 per night
Anyone with even a passing interest in James Bond should make a trip to Goldeneye, where Ian Fleming created and wrote 13 of the Bond novels. This retreat oozes Caribbean style with private beaches, luxurious pools, state of the art technology, a cave and even a lagoon that’s home to paddleboards and jet skis. There are 21 cottages and villas in all and 26 beach huts styled in boho-chic with locally made furniture. Choose between the open air treehouse restaurant Gazebo or the Bizot Bar on the seafront. You can also make a visit to nearby Firefly, Noel Cowards’ one-time Caribbean haunt. Tennis, mountain biking, fishing trips and boat trips are all available for guests.
Rooms from £492 per night
SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY, OMAN
A secluded fishing village on the Sultanate’s northern Musandam Peninsula is the location for these stunning pool villas. Located on an expansive sandy beach, the property has been designed to look like an authentic Omani village. With various restaurants ranging from the Spice Market to the Summer House bistro, the Zighy Bay bar and Six Senses Spa means you are living in the lap of luxury. Water sports are non-motorised and there is also a fully equipped gym, petanque and tennis courts. All pool villas boast a large terrace with sun loungers, shaded dining area, private pool and butler service.
Rooms from £715 per night
BELDI COUNTRY CLUB, MARRAKECH
Hotel by Beldi is the perfect retreat when in Marrakech. Situated just 10 minutes from the medina it’s arranged as a traditional villa with souks, gardens, pools, restaurants and a spa. With only 28 bedrooms designed in the traditional Moroccan style, most boast a private garden or terrace. Three restaurants serve authentic Moroccan dishes as well as French cuisine, they have 4 swimming pools and a decadent spa with hammam. You can play tennis, shop in their souks (that all help support the local community) or play golf at the nearby Royal Golf and Country Club Samanah. Staff can also arrange lakeside picnics at their Atlas Mountains Kasbah with snow-capped peaks shimmering in the distance.
Rooms from £170 per night
Located 7km southwest of the medina, the Selman is set in 15 acres of landscaped grounds. With gorgeous views of the Atlas Mountains, this tremendous terracotta palace offers it all to their glamorous guests: A sprawling Henri Chenot spa, rooms designed by La Mamounia’s architect Jacques Garcia and an Olympic-size swimming pool. They also house purebred Arabian horses in the stables out back. Drink and dine in opulent splendour in the Selman Bar and Selman Restaurant. Sophisticated Moroccan fare can be found in the Assyl dining room, and lighter Mediterranean dishes are served in the shaded, poolside Pavilion Restaurant.
Rooms from £230 per night
RITZ CARLTON ABAMA, TENERIFE
This luxurious Moorish-style private estate is located on Tenerife’s west coast. Boasting breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean and La Gomera, it offers guaranteed winter sun. With a train shuttle to the resort’s beach and an award-winning spa, you might just spend most of your time by the pool. With ten restaurants to choose from (some with Michelin stars), it’s also home to the famed El Mirador seafood restaurant. Choose between views over the resort or golf course or sea views, all with balconies.
Rooms from £310 per night
CONSTANCE PRINCE MAURICE, MAURITIUS
Lapped by the Indian Ocean’s waters, Le Prince Maurice has beachfront or lake-edge luxurious suites set in sprawling grounds. With a free-form pool, gorgeous spa and spectacular floating restaurant with attentive service, they can’t fail to charm. Additionally, the private beach with water sports and kids club also makes it the perfect all-round family hotel. Babysitting is available for 12 EUR an hour. The hotel has four restaurants, two bars and 24-hour room service. But it’s the main pool where you’ll probably spend most of your time. Shading from the sun in the welcome shade of the nearby palm trees.
Rooms from £720 per night
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