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Reviving The Senses At Constance Ephelia

Upon arrival, the sheer size of the resort is soon revealed – 120 hectares of absolute bliss! Spanning two large beaches (one situated in a marine park), a vast mangrove forest, cliff-side views, hiking trail, spa-village and several restaurants, Constance Ephelia certainly leaves one spoilt for choice.

Our spacious senior suite was on the north beach and had a very large balcony with views overlooking the picturesque Port Launay bay. A pillow menu was provided to ensure optimum rest – essential if one aims to explore all that Constance Ephelia has to offer.

The boathouses and fitness centers ensure hours and hours of activities – from zip lining and rock climbing to diving and sailing. Canoeing is a must! From an exclusive mangrove tour to the gentle sway of the open ocean, the views are a sight to behold. The Ros Lepa hiking trail will take you back in time to the age of discovery through lush palm groves, ancient boulders, and wild vanilla.

When you’ve had your fill of action packed adventure, head to the secluded spa village for some well-deserved relaxation, where you are sure to be pampered with exotic natural products by the finest masseuses.

Situated on the western side of the island, Constance Ephelia makes for breath-taking sunsets. When the day is almost spent, head to the helipad for an intimate picnic as the hues of twilight adorn the evening sky overlooking the bay. For a more festive sunset experience, Seselwa Bar at the north beach is the perfect place to kick off your shoes and embrace the night ‘a la Creole’ style!

The resort has 5 fine restaurants to choose from, each with different themes – from the signature dishes at Cyann to the buffet at Corossol. A truly entertaining culinary display are the chefs at Asian restaurant Adam & Eve, as they lure the enormous flames from the fire pit to the wok to achieve a smoky taste otherwise unattainable.

As with everything at Constance Ephelia, the breakfast buffet certainly presents a luxurious selection with a variety of exotic fruits.

With several boutiques at your disposal selling day to day necessities and handmade traditional crafts to a unique line of clothing, be sure to take a little bit of Constance Ephelia home with you when you leave. A magical place to revive the senses indeed!

Guest Signe Da Silva – Awards Representative

Contact information

To book contact Info@epheliaresort.com

Or view this beautiful award winning hotel online via www.constancehotels.com

 

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Constance Lemuria an escape to paradise…

As the giant wooden doors opened to the strike of the gong, our ceremonious reception at Constance Lémuria certainly set the tone for the paradise that we would soon step into. Boasting 3 pristine beaches, the fabled ‘coco de mer’ palms, 3-tier swimming pool, serene spa, 4 lavish restaurants, 5 bars, and the only 18-hole championship golf course in the Seychelles, this truly is paradise revealed!

Ideally situated on the northwest coast of the quieter Praslin Island, this resort is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle that tires the soul. Despite the size of the resort, the personal touch of friendly staff manage to make every guest feel esteemed. Mr Arumugam, our butler personally ensured that we were treated like royalty for even the smallest request.

Suits are designed with complete comfort in mind – a trait that is echoed by the excellent room service.

A visit to the concierge will soon reveal the extent of activities on offer, and it would be worth your while to explore the wealth of marine life that lies below.

Not only does the island act as nesting ground for sea turtles, but Lémuria has an active turtle conservation program. Before long, we were whisked away to the scene where a hawksbill turtle was laying her eggs – a precious and exclusive experience never to be forgotten. The Constance Hotels and Resorts group also combine environmental responsibility and sustainable management by Energy and water saving, recycling, composting or protection of the local fauna and the flora which is incorporated into each of the hotels in the group.

Whether a golfer or not, the scenery alone is sure to get you strolling up the hills. We had the privilege of an unforgettable sundowner at the famed and scenic ‘tee 15’, where it was our pleasure to have met the Food and Beverage Director of the Constance Group, Mr. Giany Bundhooa and having gained insight into the many challenges faced by luxury restaurants on secluded islands, we can truly say that Giany and his team have found a way to turn challenges into masterpieces.

“We spare no expense to provide each guest with an ultimate luxury experience.” Said Giany

Of the many restaurants available, the Nest certainly was a treat for the senses! True to its name, the Nest is a very exclusive deck restaurant, perched upon the rocks almost entirely surrounded by the ocean. It quickly became clear that the bartender, Karthick, has mastered the art of mixology when he designed two new cocktails before our eyes – the making of which was as enjoyable to watch as the taste! Of the set-seafood dinner menu, so much can be said, yet words will never truly capture a culinary experience that must be lived and not spoken – superb!

As expected, good wine is certainly held in high esteem at any of the resort’s elegant restaurants, with Diva boasting an award winning 58 page wine menu and in-house sommelier.

Arranged especially for our wedding anniversary, we were treated to an exclusive picnic at Anse Georgette Beach. What a marvellous experience!

As the rumour goes, Praslin is a little piece of paradise that broke away from the Garden of Eden. Based on our experience at Lémuria, we certainly won’t disagree! Thank you Press Liaison, Isabelle for making our stay an unforgettable one!

Guest Signe Da Silva – Awards Representative

Contact information

To book contact resacoord@lemuriaresort.com

Or view this beautiful award winning hotel online via www.constancehotels.com

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A modern chic experience at Carana Beach Hotel

As one of the new hotels in the Seychelles, Carana Beach Hotel is certainly expected to raise a new standard in luxury accommodation. Boasting 40 private chalets, it is the only boutique hotel on Mahé’s azure north shore.

The chalets are spacious and stylishly furnished with modern accents and true attention to detail, each with covered decks offering spectacular views that promise to keep you captivated! The bathrooms are marvelously designed to convert into a steaming sauna room, complete with mood lighting and ample seating.

The architects and designers have truly succeeded in integrating the splendour of the Seychelles into the look and feel of the hotel – lying on your bed you can almost feel the gentle waves breaking at your feet as the fresh air breathes through the chalet.

The resort boasts gardens that are not only beautiful but also provide an organic privacy barrier between the chalets, which keeps in line with the resort’s commitment to ecological preservation.

Dinner at Lorizon Restaurant was an absolute delight. With many of the ingredients being regularly flown in from the owners’ Denis Island, and the dinner menu rotating at least 2 dishes every night, it is clear that Food and Beverage Manager, Chia, is dedicated to providing a culinary experience that is fresh in every sense of the word.

Likewise, the aroma of freshly baked croissants set the scene for a breakfast buffet that is laden with delicacies.

The beach bar presents a lovely laid-back atmosphere with live music on certain nights – be sure to try barman Danyl’s very own ‘Le Diz’ cocktail made with spice-infused rum.

“Special compliments to front-of-house team Dean and Martin for tending to our every need, and Public Relations Manager Nicole for creating an authentic Seychelles experience!”

Guest Signe Da Silva – Awards Representative

Contact information

To book contact info@caranabeach.com

Or view this beautiful award winning hotel online via www.caranabeach.com

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The Tintswalo Atlantic – A Magical Escape in the Table Mountain National Park

The meaning of Tintswalo is “The intangible feeling of warmth and gratitude you bestow upon someone who has given you a worthy and meaningful gift”.

Tintswalo Atlantic is a magical luxury escape with ocean-facing views in the Table Mountain National Park.
Upon arrival, we were greeted personally by the operations manager, Tatum. She showed us to our suite and gave us an interesting history of the property while making sure we were as comfortable as possible. Impeccably restored from the ravaging Cape fires – this exquisite lodge gleams with new dreaminess and luxurious flair.

We checked into the Ithica Suite, a gorgeous room designed in the traditional Greek blue and white colour scheme, also reflecting the ocean and its classic hues. The fireplace and 300-year-old tree just beyond our private balcony were my definite favourites.


Later we arrived for canapes and dinner to be greeted as well as served by the friendliest staff member, Vuyu. While we enjoyed some flavourful sundowners on the deck we took in the stunning sea views. To our surprise and absolute delight, we enjoyed front-row-seats watching whales splashing about from our table which was truly awe-inspiring. Life does not get better than this!

Sundowners with a view of the bay

The chef prepared an iconic South African inspired, 5-course meal with tastes to suit each palate, not a bite was wasted.
The special for breakfast was one of the most amazing meals my husband and I have ever shared.

During breakfast, we were greeted by General Manager Team Ryno and his lovely wife Melissa.

Upon checking out we were graciously met again by Melissa and we did the traditional wishing stone ceremony with her. Each guest who visits the boutique lodge is presented with a stone from the pebbled beach when they leave, it is then thrown back into the ocean accompanied by a special wish from the heart.

“My wish is to visit again! Thank you to the Tintswalo Atlantic team, your 5-star reputation is well deserved.”

Guest Adele Hamman

Book via Email: reception@atlantic.tintswalo.com or  Website: www.tintswalo.com/atlantic

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Luxurious Suites in Singapore City

 

After having spent many hours travelling, we were warmly welcomed by this magnificent and serene luxury hotel the Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road situated right in the heart of bustling Singapore. We were wrapped up in style and gracious hospitality – the perfect landing spot for our jetlagged selves. The 6 am early morning arrival was met with sunny smiles, efficient and professional staff.

Stepping into our luxurious contemporary styled suite, we were blown away by the most exquisite views sprawling the urban landscape.

The Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay and the world-famous giant Ferris wheel, Singapore Flyer, can be seen in the distance, delighting its passengers. We stayed in the in the Deluxe King Suite, which boasts every luxurious amenity discerning guests would want, whether for business or leisure.

The hot Singapore sunshine drew us straight up to the rim-flow rooftop swimming pool for a refreshing dip while we gazed at the city below. This was our ‘go-to’ spot especially after a day of island exploration and discovery – sensational!

The on-site gym is well appointed and a very inviting space to workout, which we did only once as our leisurely pursuits kept us indulging in more relaxing and laid-back activity. Speaking of laid-back… the buffet breakfasts are an absolute feast and highlight of our day – expertly prepared and beautifully presented. A truly exceptional experience that ticked all the boxes and delivered well beyond our expectations, the Pan Pacific Serviced Suites in Beach Road is highly recommended!

Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road is my first stop when visiting the busy island of Singapore.

Guest – Jana Stoman

www.panpacific.com reserve this beautiful hotel via enquiry.ppssbr@panpacific.com

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One of the world’s most secret tropical hideaways…

The Viceroy Bali is situated in the “Valley of Kings,” a name that was given to the area by locals as generations of Balinese royalty resided in nearby villages.

The resort is located near the charming village of Ubud and is known as one of the world’s most secret tropical hideaways.

“While we knew it would be an extraordinary experience to visit this resort, we really did not expect it to be so breathtakingly beautiful”

The Viceroy Bali had a view like no other, I  could almost always see the tropical jungle, so raw, beautiful and untouched. Upon arrival we were greeted with big smiles, warm hearts and a flower necklace, we were then escorted to the highly acclaimed CasCades Restaurant for a refreshing welcoming drink.

“Our villa was something out of this world, the villa was spacious and offered everything one could need”

With a pool and a beautiful view, we spend most of our days enjoying the villa and all it has to offer.

The resort also offered complimentary transport to the magnificent town of Ubud and while we were excited to get to the town to explore, we were even more mesmerized by the stories that the drivers told us about Ubud and its culture. There truly is nothing quite like Balinese hospitality.

Viceroy Bali also offers a valley-top infinity pool, boutique, complete and modern gymnasium, library and the luxurious spa and beauty centre, Lembah.

The staff were friendly and helpful throughout our stay, the food was spectacular and the view was breath-taking. Everything about this property is phenomenal.

A special thank you to Diah who showed us around and told us the history of this amazing resort.

Guest – Jana Stoman

www.viceroybali.com Reservations can be made through the hotel at res@viceroybali.com

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A Night at the Plaza Athénée, Paris

As the car turns onto avenue Montaigne, I immediately notice the perfectly tree-lined street with festive Christmas lights and ornaments. I pass by glamorous stores such as Gucci, Prada and Dior and fabulous restaurants where people sit in the cold winter sun with their fur coats and hats sipping on French champagne at 1 pm in the afternoon. This street symbolises the spirit of Paris. As I pull up in my chauffeured vehicle, I see in the distance an outline of the legendary Eiffel Tower not too far from where I am.

As the car door is opened by a distinguished young gentleman dressed in a beautifully tailored suit, his words are “Bonjour Madame, welcome to The Plaza Athénée”.

As I step out into the crisp icy air, I receive my first visual of the immaculacy that is the Plaza. This historic luxury hotel is the epitome of palace distinction that is perfectly positioned near the Eiffel tower and River Seine and the Champs-Elysees only a block away. This hotel is referred to as ‘The Haute Couture address in Paris” and the building itself looks like a fashionable historic piece of artwork painted in green ivy and red roses.

The door to this spectacular palace is opened by another smartly dressed host with a top hat and I am greeted with a charming smile – I feel a sense of “celebrity” and importance as I walk through. The foyer ceiling is draped in glistening chandeliers with massive mirror doors centering the exit to the foyer. Everything is immaculate and elegant – from the beautiful white marble floors to the tiniest intricate detail of the design of the light fixtures on the walls.

Immediately a young French hostess checks me into the hotel and I’m given a tour. She walks me through the colossal mirror doors and I notice a sort of glitzy lounge where stylish people sit having their tea and cake. This is the “Les patisseries de Christophe Michalak” that it is said to be the finest patisserie in all of Paris. I take a glance outside the window – there is a gorgeous miniature ice-skate rink in the courtyard and it gives me the impression that this hotel is straight out of a fairytale.

The corridors are lined with framed mirrors, white walls and exquisite carpets cover the floor. The hostess shows me to suite number 204, named “The Eiffel Tower suite”. As she unlocks the double doors, I enter what could only be a room fit for a Royal – I am in awe. There is a spectacular crystal chandelier hanging from the high ceiling in the lounge of the suite, gorgeously crafted sofas with a large glass coffee table that centers the room. Windows, that stretch from ceiling to floor, surrounding the entire room, with beautiful soft flowing crème curtains – the décor in this room is reminiscent of what one would find in a vintage Victorian palace – a picture-perfect suite. The lounge leads out into the bedroom, with a king-size bed draped in luxurious bed covers which include a walk-in cupboard and a stylish lounger covered in delicate white and beige material. Although this interior seems to have been taken straight out of a king’s castle in an era before my time – every bit of technology is state of the art in this room. From the enormous slim flat screen, SMART TV with HD picture, a tablet that controls most operations in the room and a light dimming system that can change the ambiance of the room at the touch of a button. The bathroom is spacious and inevitably luxurious – chic marble walls and mirrors, fine accents and textures create an atmosphere of tranquil sophistication.

 

My doorbell rings and fresh flowers are brought into my room, instantly brightening the room in a swirl of colour. The Plaza Athénée certainly goes above and beyond to make sure your stay at their palace is not only aesthetically pleasing but inter alia a sense of complete cleanliness and relaxation.

I have a dinner scheduled for 8:30 pm, by personal invitation of Food and Beverage manager, Louis-Gabriel Fichet, at the Famous Alain Ducasse at The Plaza Athénée. Alain Ducasse is a renowned culinary genius that I’ve only ever read about and dreamt about experiencing. He follows a “naturalist” approach in his restaurant using a trilogy of fish, vegetables and cereal. Frequented by celebrities and other A-Listers and Parisian high society, this restaurant has a dress code. I decide on a beautiful white off the shoulder bodysuit paired with a flowing gray skirt, stockings, and black Louis Vuitton heels. I feel confident as the manager arrives at my door and shows me the way to the culinary experience of my dreams. Before I head to the restaurant I take a drink at the contemporary “Le Bar”, designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku. The ceiling is draped in a deep sea blue material creating a wave-like surface and the lighting which is strategically positioned to reflect off different areas in the material giving the room a romantic depth and ambiance. There is a striking sculpted resin bar in the corner of the room, which immediately draws in my attention. I take a seat at one of the high chairs and order one of their deliciously imaginative cocktails.

As I anticipate a delectable feast I see only fit that I get in a workout at the Dior Spa Institute located on the lowest level of the hotel. The chic spa is synonymous with the relationship between Christian Dior himself and the Plaza Athénée. I take the opulent carpeted steps down into this exclusive spa and it’s as if I were walking into a stunningly crafted Dior handbag, clean white walls, crystal accents and a magnificent round blue roman bath centres the room and on the bottom of the bath – a detailed mosaic of the Christian Dior emblem catch my eye. I proceed to the fitness area where I complete a quick 5-kilometer run to entice my appetite to indulge.

The manager ushers me into the restaurant. I am stunned by what I see – I stand beneath 10 000 crystals. The beauty of this immaculacy almost cannot be put into words. Soft greyish white carpets with round reflective sofas exemplify the opulence of this room.  I am greeted by the head executive chef who kindly offers me a tour of the kitchen, I of course accept. The Kitchen is spotless, this is my first behind the scenes experience of the environment in which all these extraordinary dishes are created. He shows me a room just off the kitchen, which is referred to as the chefs table. You need to be exclusively invited to dine here, and surely this would be a dream come true for anyone who truly appreciates the culinary arts.

I am placed at the center table and I feel all eyes are on me as I take my seat. Within seconds, I am introduced to my ‘head waiter”, a handsome young gentleman. He then insists that I try a vintage wine from a magnificent crystal bottle and he expresses to me that only special guests get to taste this lavish wine. I am taken through a 3-course meal, included with an amuse-bouche in-between. Delicious langoustines and caviar for starters, for the main an impeccably prepared cereal crusted cod and ended off with delightful hand-made dark chocolate with cereal bits. All the dishes were wonderfully inventive, surprising and delectable. A culinary adventure that utterly awakens the taste buds to new heights.

To stay at the Plaza Athénée really grants a person the privilege of feeling what true luxury is. This immaculate property is the pinnacle of achievement in excellence and elegance and is deserving of its immaculate reputation in the hotel industry. The Plaza Athénée is an experience, it goes beyond the aesthetic, luxury facilities and exceptional services it has to offer – the meticulous workmanship, the sumptuous atmosphere, and the discerning good taste raises people’s expectations and bring dreams to life – it’s a full experience that’s more than the sum of its parts – pure indulgence.

Guest Derryn Lester

Book Now via reservations.hpa@dorchestercollection.com or check out their website Here

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A tropical Bali experience at the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali

This breath-taking property overlooks the Jimbaran Bay and gives every guest a true Balinese experience.

Arriving at the RIMBA Jimbaran Bali was like stepping into a dreamy tropical fairy tale. Adorned with the most beautiful flower necklace and delicious welcome drink

“We were immediately refreshed, relaxed and energized.”

Our stay was met with exceptionally friendly, warm and attentive staff, which provided a great sense of care and hospitality that Bali has become famous for.  Imagine our delight at our towels being magically transformed into gorgeous animated jungle animals… a touch of humour is always good for the soul!

If the luxurious and spacious rooms were not enough… we were totally captivated by the heavenly views stretched out from our honeymoon abode. Forested oceanfront and sunset horizons set the tone for a surreal travel experience.

“A culinary gold mine”

We were spoilt for choice by collection of unique on-site restaurants… seventeen to be exact! Our favourite was the Rock Bar, superbly situated on the rocks serving up the freshest seafood and cocktails. The immaculate beach was rivalled by eleven sparkling swimming pools dotted around the resort, but we preferred the sand between our toes for this romantic time away.

The resort has a secluded white sand beach, 11 swimming pools, an 18-hole putting course and an award-winning spa, Thermes Marins Bali. It offers a truly relaxing experience for anyone who wants to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life.

“A magnificent resort, a paradise within paradise.”

The RIMBA Jimbaran Bali is uniquely positioned inside the Ayana Resort and Spa

The Breath taking views across Jimbaran Bay guarantee a holiday experience of a lifetime.

Guest : Jana Stoman (World Luxury Hotel Awards Representative)

www.rimbajimbaran.com.  Reservations can be made through the hotel at booking@rimbajimbaran.com.

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Whalesong & Hydro – Thatched jewel on the Southern African coastline

The World Luxury Hotel Awards had a wonderful opportunity in interviewing and experiencing Whalesong & Hydro, an understated gem perched on a hill in the world famous Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Majestic views overlooking the Indian Ocean, surrounding mountains and lagoon provide a luxurious nest in which guests from all over the world come to find rest, rejuvenation and explore this beautiful part of Southern Africa.

Warmly welcomed and lovingly managed by Manuela Teuscher, we were introduced to her hospitality style and received some insight on what makes her property so unique. Manuela shares with us her secret to success in keeping guest satisfaction levels high and attracting new and repeat guests, which ultimately lies in their staff selections. This cannot be emphasized enough as being the key to a thriving hospitality destination. Her focus is on recruiting staff that are passionate about this industry, as opposed to being motivated by earnings, and this certainly seems to be a winning approach.

Excellence is what we experienced – money could not have bought the level of service and heart that was infused into every minute detail of our stay. Luggage was carefully transferred to our first story cottage which had breathtaking views, we dined at the on-site @Whale Restaurant and enjoyed impeccable service and an outstanding meal. Upon return to our luxurious abode, we were surprised by a room laden with delicate rose petals and lit candles in honour and celebration of our honeymoon. Understanding guests needs and exceeding expectations is all true of the Whalesong and Hydro.

This chic African inspired thatched property combines lush landscaped gardens teeming with prolific birdlife – a major attraction for birding and outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to its natural features, it offers a magnificent spa, salon, bar and pool. The hotel is also just minutes away from the town center which has top restaurants and boutique shopping outlets. Pristine beaches, golf courses, the Tsitsikamma National Park, the world’s highest bungee and a diverse range of attractions including whale watching, dolphin encounters and diving are on your doorstep.

If personalized service, spectacular scenery and gracious hospitality are important to you, make sure you put the Whalesong and Hydro on your travel itinerary.

To Book Contact

reservations@legendlodges.co.za
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Plettenberg Park Hotel and Spa – Romantic Getaway

This luxury hotel Is situated on a cliff side, overlooking the Indian ocean in a nature reserve, featuring ten exquisitely decorated rooms. The décor can be described as pure elegance. All suites have underfloor heating, flat screen TV, DVD player, in room safe, gowns, slippers and a fully stocked bar with drinks and snacks.

The restaurant and spa are a must in this grand hotel. One can enjoy cocktails on the sun deck, a tantalising dinner or a visit to the fantastic spa with its array of treatments. The hotel also features a library which includes a big screen tv and many board games for the whole family.

Plettenberg Park Hotel and Spa

“We felt Honoured to have stayed in a hotel that has hosted so many distinguished guests, such as Nelson Mandela and Richard Branson.”

The Team Told us about all the local activities in Plettenberg bay as well as helped us book. For breakfast excite your palate, one can enjoy a lovely buffet of fresh fruit, cheeses and freshly baked pastries, as well as many hot breakfast dishes to choose from.

For breakfast, we had an exquisite selection of tantalising food with a selection of fresh fruit, cheeses and freshly baked pastries, as well as many hot breakfast dishes to choose from which changed on a daily basis throughout our stay.

On our stay, we were welcomed by ‘Beauty’ she presented us with a lovely glass of port after our long trip. The room we stayed in was impeccable, to say the least with a balcony overlooking the ocean. We thoroughly enjoyed the daybeds which faced the fireplace and looked out into the night sky. We lay there with a glass of wine, mesmerised by the stars.

“A perfect romantic getaway”

Plettenberg Park Hotel and Spa

The bathroom featured his and hers basins, a large bathtub, bath oils, bubble bath and bath salts and the shower overlooked the ocean. We felt like royalty throughout our entire stay. What stood out the most was the gracious staff, that presented exceptional work ethic and service delivery. World Luxury Hotel Awards highly recommends Plettenberg Park Hotel and Spa for a romantic South African getaway.

To find out more please visit: www.plettenbergpark.co.za

Guest – Melissa Hofmann