When it comes to escaping and forgetting the fabric of everyday life, a holiday can be a panacea – especially if it’s taken in a far-flung, sun-soaked resort, rich in luxury, ripe for relaxation and just waiting to help you surrender your senses to a few weeks of glorious indolence. Read on for suggestions of luxury breaks at a Club Med resort – one for each corner of the world, whether you fancy romantic Italy, sensual South America, majestic Asia or mysterious, historic Egypt, there’s a place in paradise for you.
Set in the Calabria region of the Italian peninsula, this designer resort offers guests a bona fide taste of Italy as well as every effort to ensure your complete surrender to relaxation, with plush accommodation, gourmet restaurants, the deepest, coolest pool, baby clubs and beachside nightlife. There are two hotels and many bungalows, all located at the heart of the resort and surrounded on all sides by lush foliage. The hotel rooms all have balconies.
Kayaking, sailing, tennis and Pilates are available, and there are two swimming pools and a Decelor spa, which offers polysensorial baths, body scrubs and a tranquil tea room. While you’re indulging, the kids can channel their energies into the activities offered by Junior, Petit or Mini Club Med, specialist clubs for the care and nurture of your very youngest. When the sun sets, head to the contemporary restaurants for some international cuisine and enjoy a nightcap in the seafront bar.
Just south of the bustle of Rio de Janeiro in the Mata Atlantic, Brazil’s second biggest nature reserve, Rio DAS Pedras, is a place of astonishing natural beauty. The resort itself is ideal for families and those seeking a deluxe tropical experience; the beauteous forest has a staggering 25,000 different varieties of trees, including lemon, orange and pintanga. Accommodation comprises of club and deluxe rooms, set in neo-colonial buildings and featuring bright decor in green, fuchsia and white.
The 600 yards of custard-coloured sands are shaded in part by the palm trees. The freshwater infinity pool overlooks the beach and sparkling ocean, and for adults only, there is also a quieter pool. If you’re after some water-based activity that requires a little more effort, then kayaking, water skiing and wakeboarding are available in the bay. Once your appetite is well and truly stoked, you can then head to one of the two restaurants for Brazilian specialities, which you can eat in the open air if you wish. The wellness centre has a Hammam, Turkish bath and jetted tub, and there are kids’ clubs offering diverse activities for those aged 2 to 17.
This really is something special. In a country with a history that’s second to none, this resort sits between Mount Sinai and the Red Sea, surrounded by colossal volcanic slopes with a 600-yard private stretch of flat, silken sands. Sinai Bay offers the last word in privacy, seclusion, and customised luxury. The five-trident luxury Oasis space offers guests concierge services, Wi-Fi access, mini bar and daily continental breakfast. The family suites have two bathrooms and a solarium. At the luxury space, there is also a dedicated champagne lounge. Decor is contemporary, with dark wood and wine tones, and some rooms overlook the Oriental gardens. Kayaking and windsurfing are available in the bay but scuba diving is highly recommended above all else – you’ll see and swim alongside clown fish, morays and reef sharks.
There is a Cinque Monde spa, with Japanese and Turkish baths, and if that isn’t quite enough pleasure already, you can then head to El Qitun for French cuisine, which can be eaten whilst overlooking the modernist-style pool, framed by palm trees that reach high into the azure skies.
A famed location and a glorious resort, Phuket is set in Kata Bay, south of the Thai capital of Bangkok. The beach here is stunning – 13,000 yards of pearly white sands lapped at by waters of the deepest blue. Further inland, the natural beauty of the landscape comprises of paradisiacal gardens replete with Hibiscus, ficus and palm trees, as well as ornamental ponds, too.
The restaurant, bar, pool and Paytot spa have all been recently made over by French designers. Accommodation comes in the form of teak bungalows with contemporary decor, all set within the palm grove. There are trapezes and golf academies, children’s and adults’ pools and a contemporary, five-pavilion, air-conditioned restaurant.
The Bay of Phang Nga, close by, is worth a visit – you may even recognise it, as it was where the climatic scenes of the Bond adventure, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ were shot in 1974. So take the plunge into luxury this year – wherever in the world suits you. It’s a decision you’ll never regret.