Vacations in the Maldives, its most luxurious side

The Maldives is one of the main holiday destinations chosen for its luxury.

It is located in the Indic Ocean, made up by more than 1200 islands and is considered as one of the most beautiful and exclusive places in the world.

The Maldives is one of the most demanded destinations for luxury tourism and it has been growing in the last years by opening incredible hotels and resorts.

Buildings in the middle of the water with infinite pools, dinners under the stars, exotic nature and tons of details make it the real paradise.

It becomes hard to pick the right hotel because the vast majority of them are luxurious with exclusive and personalized service for every client´s expectations.

In the following lines, we will show you the most relevant hotels and resorts in order to hel you pick the right one.

Soneva Jani Maldivas

It is not your typical resort, it is built in a 5 km private lagoon, it can be considered a private atoll, surrounded by 5 uninhabited islands.

It is the resort with the lowest room density ratio in the world.

Also, it has one of the largest on water villas among the resorts in the Maldives and in the world, with 1245 sq meters and 4 bedrooms.

Lux North Male

It banks on modern architecture leaving behind the hay roofs to enjoy the most out its villas´ roofs.

The villas were designed by the Singapore based Miaja Design Group.

Each one of the 67 residences is just a few minutes away from the capital on fast boat.

The private terrace in every villa where clients can enjoy a movie in a big screen, practice yoga, have some drinks or some dinner under the stars.

Each one also has a pool, a sauna and hammam.

On the other hand the common facilities offer different restaurants options from Glow´s international food to japonese-peruvian food from Inti and Barium´s signature food.

The resort offers bars, cafés, pools, 24 hour butler service, a private yacht for excursions, tennis and beach volleyball courts, water sports, workshops directed by experts and a children´s club.

JW Marriott Maldives

The first JW Marriot Maldives accommodation is situated on an idyllic moon shaped islet in the Saviyani atoll (an hour away from Malé by seaplane).

A total of 60 villas form the complex which are known for being some of the roomiest in the Maldives, each of them is equipped with a private pool and all sorts of comforts.

Its offer is completed by five restaurants from different parts of the world, also three cocktail bars, spa and all kinds of activities to get involved in the island live.

Intercontinental Maldives Maamunagau

It is located in Raa atoll close to a UNESCO biosphere reserve which hosts exuberant wildlife, from majestic manta rays to playful dolphins.

The complex has 81 villas which are distributed among the beach, the lagoon and the water.

It combines private white sand beaches, contemporary designing and spectacular views of the Indic Ocean bottoms.

The whole hotel was designed around the idea of sustainability.

It is collaborating with different conservation organizations.

It encourages its guests to discover the ecosystem by participating in its preservation.

There is no need to renounce to luxury or sophistication.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

In the middle of a coralline bottom lagoon the Fairmont Maldives is found and it offers itself as an exquisite destination only 55 minutes away from Malé by seaplane.

It is also known as “the underwater secret island” and it hosts a complex of 120 rooms and villas erected over the water and with their own private pool.

The hotel offers an extra attraction:

  • The Coralarium.
  • An underwater museum which has sculptures and structures made by the artist Jason de Caires Taylor that, besides art, holds a local program for the recovery of corals.

This original space is ideal for snorkeling and getting in touch with the region´s marine life helped by biologists and other specialists.

 The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

The designing is Peia Associati´s work, this Italian firm is behind the construction of buildings such as Katara in Doha or the Ikeda Cultural Center for Peace in Milano.

70 villas over the water and islands close to the Hanifaru bay, inside the single UNESO biosphere reserve there is in the country.

The villas have a very original shell shaped design which favors a sustainable perception.

The design contributes to avoid the heat and keep the temperature steady, reducing the use of the air conditioning and minimizing the impact in the environment.

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The best luxury safaris

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It is summer holiday season and most of you would already be enjoying them or, at least, thinking about your destination this year. However, if you are one of those who leave planning for the last minute or are interested in adding some more activity to your vacation, pay attention! Today we propose an ideal choice to enjoy this summer:  luxury Safaris.

Why choose a safari?

If there is something that defines safaris, it it’s of course, the possibility of living an extraordinary experience. Thus is a way to enjoy nature that will surely surprise not only you but also your whole family or whomever you decide to share the trip with.

If the safaris are luxurious, better!

As well as hotels or restaurants, there are also luxury safaris that offer many additional possibilities that differentiate them from usual safaris. Certainly, if you book any of them you will be able to discover and approach the habitat of several wild animal species. However, in luxury safaris that’s not all. You can have the same experience in a comfortable way, they offer high-end accommodation and service standards. Additionally, the food that you can taste in them, included in the price, always come from gourmet recipes.

And if this seems interesting to you, it is also necessary to point out that they wont be content with taking you to the typical and crowded sighting areas, which are full of tourists. The areas where you will go with this type of safaris are private places, which will offer you the exclusivity you are looking for.

What is a culture trip without a tour guide? Luxury safaris offer you the best tour guides, trained and knowledgeable people who will inform you about everything you need to know and answer all your questions.

Now that we have convinced you about the wonders of doing a safari, we recommend you some of the most appealing ones. Its routes located in Africa, land of safaris par excellence, will not disappoint you.

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Bisate Lodge, Rwanda

It is a perfect way to see monkeys and silverback gorillas more closely. Along its 27 hectares of forest, there are six private cottages with terraces. From there you can also see the amazing views of the volcanoes Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno. The price is around 900 Euros per person and night.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Botswana

It located in the Moremi Game Reserve of the Okavango Delta, where you can spot lions, giraffes and leopards and, later, relax in its facilities that consist of 12 pavilions with private pool and outdoor terrace. The price is around 6,000 Euros per person for 9 nights, flights included.

The Highlands, Tanzania

It has eight vaulted suites, with large beds with views, thanks to the huge windows that surround the room. The sighting areas are some of the richest in the African continent. You will not leave without having contact with flamingos, leopards, black rhinos, lions, elephants and golden jackals. The price is around 400 Euros per person and night.

King Lewanika Lodge, Zambia

We can find this safari in the Liuwa Plain National Park, west of Zambia. This is a wilderness  area where it is easy to find blue wildebeests, lions and cheetahs. There are also zebras and endless number of birds. Spending your vacation in one of its six luxury cottages is a perfect choice.

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Matetsi River Lodge, Zimbabwe

It is located on the banks of the Zambezi River, just 40 kilometers from Victoria Falls. The hotel presents nine private suites and a swimming pool with impressive views. After having a fun day watching different animals in the area such as elephants and wildebeests, you have the possibility to continue the fun on a night cruise. Its price, which includes food and two safaris a day, is around 400 Euros per person and night.

Miavana, Madagascar

It is located on the private island of Nosy Ankao, and it goes one step further. Here you can reach its facilities by helicopter. In addition to the land routes, which highlight the search for gold lemurs and black sifakas, it allows you to spend an unforgettable day thanks to another activity:  whale watching, which is one of its great attractions. This is an eight-day tour that you can have for just over 20,000 Euros per person. Flights and helicopter trips are included in the price.

Saruni Rhino, Kenya

As its name implies, this safari is designed to see rhinos. In this case, it is an endangered species that had already disappeared once and now has been  recently reintroduced in this part of Kenya: black rhinos. You can spend 4 nights in one of its only two luxury houses. These are made of stone and the stay has an approximate price of 500 Euros per person and night.

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The four most prestigious cruising companies

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Taking a break for vacation and combine them with the fact of how fast time goes by when we travel, it’s an experience to try with cruising companies in a very successful way. Beholding the sunset at the Carribean or Mediterranean sea while you have a cocktail, just after visiting a country and waiting very pleasantly until the following to wake up in a different one. A cruise is one of the most complete and satisfying entertainment experiences to travel.

We can find all kind of cruising companies, in case we have to go with children or without them, or with a certain theme. But what we will never lose is the luxury sensation which sorrounds the whole environment inside any of these cruises. No matter what season of the year, and for the most beautiful landscapes offered by nature, it’s one of the greatest adventures that a natural-born traveler could ever face.

Yearly, Cruiser’s Choice Awards are celebrated. These awards are granted by the website Cruise Critic. This website is the reference for cruisers’ lovers. Here, community members write extense reviews about their experience with each shipping company in crisp detail. These awards differentiate between two basic standards: the kind of feature which users appreciate the most and the cruise’s size.

This way, categories for valuing cruising companies in this awards are: Best Overall, Best for cabins, Best for dining, Best for Embarkation, Best for Entertainment, Best for Fitness and Recreation, Best for Service, Best for Shore Excursions, Best for Values, Best for families and Best for first timers. In order to avoid discrimination for obvious reasions a to unify guidelines, each of these categories is evaluated for same size ships, being those: Large Ships (2000 or more passengers), Mid-Sized Ships (1200-1999 passengers), Small-Mid Ships (400-1199 passengers) and Small Ships (399 passengers or less).

But the cruising companies which take the awards charts by storm in all of the categories are those with higher fleet capacity and more experienced in the industry. It also corresponds with those with more quantity of spread lines in different continents.

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According to this year’s ranking from Cruiser’s Choice Awards, the Best Overall cruising companies in 2018 are:

 

  • Celebrity Cruises: It is Royal Caribbean luxury line. Their corporate philosophy is clear. ‘All that you can expect from a luxury large ship: high quality, superior design, roomy accomodations, great style, attentive host, and extraordinary gastronomy’. In the category ‘Large Ship’ we find its Celebrity Equinox ship. Inside Solstice class, it travels different routes through the Caribbean during the whole year. With 10 different dining rooms with varying themes, a country club, several Spa, etc. And the ‘Cellar Masters’. A room dedicated to the world of wine where you can enjoy of several exclusive wines tastings and learn with the best professionals.
  • Oceania Cruises: It’s a company founded on 2002 by 3 luxury cruising guru: Frank Del Rio, Joe Watters and Bob Binder. The values of the company are base don respect, integrity, trust and excellence in all of its procedures. In Mid-Sized Ships category, Oceania Riviera is the star. With 6 dining rooms, menus preapred by Jacques Pépin Master Chef and cooking lessons inside the ship. Most of the cabins are suites with balcony overlooking the sea. The ship usually sails through Europe, although there’s a season of the year in which this cruise makes a round-the-world trip.

For smaller cruises:

  • Viking Cruises: This company is the absolute winner in all the categories for Small-Mid Ships. It’s a Russian company which bases its lines on geography, culture and history passionate travelers. Its most prominent ship is the Viking Sea. It usually makes the route through Europe, but it also sails to the Caribbean and through United States’ East Coast. Among its facilities we can find spas, saunas, fitness centres, several restaurants and several entertainment rooms.
  • Silversea: This luxury cruising company owns a fleet of 9 ships in all. It outstands for sailing through all the continents but in an exclusive way. The small size of the ships make possible to dock them in the very centre of some cities. It stands out the Silver Galápagos, in which you can reach one of the most recondite and most environmentally valued places of the planet as it is the Galapagos Islands. Among its facilities you can enjoy of a library, beauty and massage salons, gyms, and snorkel areas.

These are the most valued cruising companies by the users.

But any of them is a great option to spend some unforgettable luxury vacations. Where it prevails the escape from daily routine, that one we are always trying to hide from. And it’s a safe bet.

 

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The best luxury holidays destinations

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According to a research ‘Luxury Tourism’ made by the University of Bocconi in Milan and the International Tourism Bourse, this industry is worth a billion of euros worlwide and it grew a 4,5% between 2011 and 2015. So, if you want to give yourself a treat and spend some luxury holidays you have plenty of options. You can stay at exclusive villas, homes located at stunning archipelagos, medieval castles, huge resorts or amazing yachts.

Which are the most exclusive holidays destinations in the world?

  • Saint Barthélemy Island- Caribbean Sea

This luxury destination is at the Caribbean Sea, near to Guadalupe’s archipelago and it belongs to France. It’s a very popular touristic destination especially during the winter.

The weather keeps a constant temperature between 20º and 30º (C) during the whole year. It’s the favourite place for many famous personalities as Beyoncé and Jessica Alba.

Therefore Saint Barthélemy Island stands out  by its gastronomy with gourmet restaurants, its elite bars, beautiful beaches and a wide variety of design boutiques.luxury holidays

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  • Moritz – Switzerland

St. Moritz is one of the most exclusive ski resorts in Europe. If you ever dream of some luxury holidays in the mountain, this is definitely your place.

It’s a Swiss county inside the Canton of Grisons, in Maloja district, and an Upper Engadine’s village.

So, if you want to get to St, Moritz with glamour, you have to take the Glacier Express, departuring from Zermatt and which panoramic route through the Swiss Alps is really worth it.

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  • Namibia

Namibia is a SouthWest African country which covers the territory of what until the 60’ was called Southwest Africa.

In addition, the name of the country comes from the name of Namib desert, considered as the oldest desert of the world. It’s completely sorrounded by beautiful landscapes. One of its more characteristic features is the reddish hue of its sand. It’s a unique place in the world to live a wonderful African adventure. It also counts on a matinal park, called Waterberg Plateau National Park.

This fantastic place to spend your luxury holidays counts on plenty of luxury resorts which follow the path of a desert landscape. You can’t miss a safari in order to live one of the great experiences by watching all kind of savage animals and knowing different cultures. Africa always gives stunning things to discover.

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  • Zanzibar

Especially relevant is Zanzibar, a semi-autononomous region of Tanzania which covers a couple of islands distant from Africa’s East coast called Unguja (Zanzibar) and Pemba. They receive the name of Moluccas too.

As postcards pictures, its beautiful beaches with white sand and a blue turquoise sea. The extraordinary beauty, magnificent landscapes and its variety of fauna are elements which better feature it. One of the activities par excellence are the Safaris, which make us discover the existing savage life in this huge region.

Also, other of the star plans is go trekking to the Kilimanjaro, an unforgettable experience. And we can’t either forget about a visit to its incredible seafloors. Zanzibar is known as the crown jewel of Africa.

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  • Musha Cay

It’s a private island at Exuma Islands archipelago (Bahamas) with some dream beaches of white fine sand, turquoise water and tropical exuberant vegetation. The owners of the island, John and Jan Melk, are in charge of the flawless conditions of the island in order to make it one of the most exclusive destinations in the world.

It isn’t that easy to reach this offbeat place, because it’s 40 minutes away flying from Miami or 3 hours from New York or Chicago. Those travelers who can  afford this treat are received by the owners at the closest island’s airport, Rutter Cut Cay, to translate them by zodiac to Musha Cay.

To live this luxury holidays you have to rent the whole island for $40.000 per night.

Bahamas’ sorroundings, aslo known as Exumas, these have always been the preference of rich and famous personalities. Both Ernest Hemingway and David Copperfield spent a while in the island. It was said that the Fountain of Youth was hidden in one of these islands.

The island counts on crystal-clear waters to dive, to fish, and also it includes a fireworks’ show and the hunt of a hidden treasure. Apart from a wonderful all-inclusice resort complex.

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As a result, there are many places to enjoy of some holidays sorrounded by luxury and glamour. In this post we’ve left 5 of them. So the high price make of them exclusive paradises.

 

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