Everyone’s ideas about luxury can differ a little. While we have a Luxe Collection that spans excellent four and five-star complexes, you might find your exacting standards are similar to our esteemed Indulgent Escapes portfolio. These show off our most supreme settings and heavenly hotels, with nothing short of five stars and exceptional ratings to their name.
We understand that you might be in need of a treat this year. That’s why we wanted to explore all the elements of our very best hotels, to make sure you have a bumper holiday that leaves no stone unturned. A choice of pools and restaurants might be top of your luxury hotels wish list. How about a large room with stylish furnishings? Upmarket toiletries and all the mod cons might be just as important as an on-site golf course. And family-friendly facilities? Well, why don’t we take a look at what you can expect?
In no particular order, here’s what you can tick off your luxury hotels wish list.
A warm welcome
First impressions count, which is why many of our luxury hotels will welcome you with a glass of fizz or fresh juice on arrival. You might even be handed a cold towel to refresh your hands with after your journey. While these gestures may differ between complexes, the warmth and friendliness you’ll feel as you check in, speak to concierge and give your luggage to the porters certainly won’t. Think service with a beaming smile.
The promise of pools
Is unwinding by the pool your number one? Whether you want to float in soothing saltwater, enjoy a whirlpool’s bubble bath feeling, plunge into a lagoon-style expanse surrounded by palm trees or gaze out from an infinity pool, you can bet on your luxury hotel having standout pools. You might have a choice of indoor and outdoor, one showstopping option or even a room with a swim-up pool, so prepare to mark this box as ticked.
Location, location, location
A sensational setting is a crucial ingredient of any holiday. Imagine yourself staring across to the glittering sea or a lush landscape that envelops your hotel from your own room. Rich, leafy gardens dotted with bougainvillea and swaying trees might embellish the complex, while wooden terraces and shaded areas provide places to soak up the experience. As for the wider destination, each of our properties is placed in a remarkable resort that has character in spades.
Spacious rooms and suites
This is basically the tick-box for style. What’s yours? Four-poster beds, colonial-style interiors, original fixtures, reclaimed wood and more will all entice fans to time-honoured buildings that have tales to tell. But how about modern minimalism? If that’s more up your street, muted monochromes might mingle with vibrant pops of colour throughout the décor. Glam glassware and chic ornaments will also be commonplace, alongside twin sinks and deep bathtubs. What’s it going to be?
Beyond the warm welcome you’ll receive when you arrive and the all-smiles service you’ll become accustomed to during your stay, thoughtful touches in your room go a long way. Opening the door to your room or suite to unveil a complimentary fruit bowl, bottle of wine or maybe even locally made chocolates adds a touch of thoughtfulness and decadence. You’ll feel like a VIP guest.
It wouldn’t quite be a luxury hotel without the toiletries to match. If you don’t pack much in the way of shampoo or shower gel because you’re holding out for gorgeous smellies, you’ll soon see that was a wise move when you set down your suitcase. Molton Brown, Rituals and even Guerlain are known to grace some of our properties’ en suites, alongside Clarins and L’Occitane, which are often the aromas of choice in the spas too.
Serene spas and wellness centres
Take R&R to another level during your luxury hotel getaway. Prep yourself for a full pampering in the on-site spa, where calming, scent-infused massage treatments, body wraps and skin-nourishing therapies will be available to book in idyllic centres. Allow your mind to unwind as you focus on your own well-being in the sauna, Turkish bath or steam room – all three are typically features of our properties’ spa and beauty offering. Aaand breathe…
Although some people would steer clear of the gym on holiday, we think it’s nice to have one readily available if you fancy it. A huge portion of our luxury hotels boast their own state-of-the-art gyms with market-leading equipment, from cardio machines to designated weights areas, which makes staying active easy. But it isn’t just adults who have routines – if you’re taking youngsters, they might enjoy playing in the children’s clubs!
Please your palate all holiday long. Thanks to the outstanding array of international cuisine and expertly mixed cocktails, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to wining and dining. A mix of modern and traditional à la carte options will allow your senses to be stirred as you go on a culinary adventure. Degustation menus and Michelin star dishes might also be available to you. How about an ice-cold tipple while you eat?
Relaxing can be just as key as making time for sports, so why not tailor your holiday around which luxury hotel has an on-site golf course? Some world-renowned greens and immaculate fairways are all part of the package when you head away to the Algarve and Bodrum Area. Picture vast 18-hole plots among forested surroundings with majestic mountains or the shimmering sea out ahead. Driving ranges and top-notch clubhouses are also bundled in.
Posted: 3rd Aug 2020.