Find every shade of turquoise on a crescent beach in the Maldives or enjoy the vibrancy of London with these leading hotels.
Soneva Fushi Maldives
A 30-minute seaplane ride from Maléwith no shortage of views, Soneva Fushi has set the industry standard for barefoot luxury. An eco-friendly resort surrounded by pristine blue sea and white beaches, guests certainly won’t be at a loss for things to do. There is a superb Six Senses spa, a spellbinding house reef, a private beach with water sports facilities, bikes to borrow, an open-air cinema, a floodlit tennis court, a snooker table, group yoga and tai chi classes, jogging trails, board games, and the list goes on. However, perhaps the greatest indulgence of all is taking in the spectacular daily sunrises and sunsets.
SPECIAL OFFER: This year, Soneva Fushi in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand will be showing all of the Rugby World Cup matches but with a Soneva twist. Three of England’s rugby heroes, James Haskell, Jason Robinson and Austin Healey, will be commentating live and in-person on select matches. All games will be show at the resort bars and are complimentary for Soneva guests.
St Barths: Cheval Blanc
There is no shortage of choice when it comes to views – white-sand beach, tropical gardens, or rolling hillsides – amidst these luxurious rooms, suites and villas at Cheval Blanc St Barths. A member of the esteemed LVMH collection, rooms have a vintage French influence with designs that are intimate, refined and not overly wrought. Signature Cheval Blanc touches, the likes of rose- and taupe-marble baths, can be found throughout. Once inside, guests will be met by the signature Guerlain fragrance that has been created especially for the property. The beachside La Case de l’Isle restaurant serveslocally inspired French cuisine alongside exquisiteviews. If health and wellness is a priority, there is a stunning and serene spa led by high-end beauty brandGuerlain; a the state-of-the-art Technogym offering sea views and personal trainers at an additional cost. For those who want to unwind entirely, there is a 69-foot yacht for exploring private coves and caves at your disposable.
The Lanesborough London
Every detail is attended to in this resplendent Neoclassical property with views across Hyde Park. Every room at The Lanesborough exudes elegance and is paired with a private butler. The entranceway is pure decadence with over 42,000 sheets of 23-carat gold-leaves that line the ceilings. The in-house restaurant Celeste has a Michelin star and serves British cuisine with an international flair – the scotch egg being an absolute standout. The Library Bar thrums with life each night, thanks to the live pianist from 6pm followed by a DJ in the later hours. The Club and Spa are vast, offering guests a well-appointed list of complimentary classes inside the spectacular gym; a spa restaurant for healthy bites, a slick hair salon, sauna, steam room and small pool with a whirlpool.