Mauritius, sun and well-being by the Indian Ocean
In the shade of Mauritius' palm trees, white sandy beaches spread over miles of deserted blue lagoons… Welcome to this postcard-worthy landscape, where nature, golf and water sports lovers as well as anyone looking for well-being will find smiles, luxury and exquisite pleasures amid the Mauritian hotel offer.
The Heritage Le Telfair hotel, which has reopened after five months of complete renovation, offers service of the highest quality. There is no place more magical for a break from everyday life, whether with your family, loved one or friends. Icing on the cake, it offers a 2,000 sqm spa of blissful proportions! This holistic travel can be customised in 3, 5 or 6-day packages. The best way to reconnect with the senses and find harmony between body and mind.
Heritage Le Telfair
B9 Bel Ombre
+230 601 5500
Rooms: from 10,630 MUR
Relax in the Tuscan country
Florence, Siena, Pisa… Tuscany is always a marvel, whatever the time of the year. Architecture is just sublime, food divine and the country of the utmost beauty. If you're looking for a calm and relaxing place to recharge your batteries, Castel Monastero is what you need!
This chic and luxurious hotel is located amid an ancient medieval village, less than 100 kilometres away from Florence.
In this enchanting location, no stone is left unturned when it comes to your well-being. Gordon Ramsay's gastronomic restaurant is an experience in and of itself. Carry on with a lesson in Italian cooking and a visit to the neighbouring vineyards. Grant yourself a moment of well-being while strolling around the nearby country before being pampered in the hotel's superb spa. You'll enjoy customised care developed around physical activities and thalassotherapy sessions. A truly invigorating stay!
53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga
+39 0577 570570
Rooms: from 330 EUR
The Maldives Islands and the essence of dreams
Endless blue, white sand under your feet and magical nights on stilts… Take a break amid the most beautiful atolls of the Indian Ocean: Kaafu for instance, only a few miles north of Malé, offers a unique experience with pride of place given to the regeneration of both body and soul. You won't find any rooms there, but large villas discreetly camouflaged by lush vegetation, equipped with private swimming pools, Jacuzzis and overlarge terraces.
Facing the pool, you'll be able to stretch in sumptuous outdoor “day bed”, filled with soft cushions. Not far from there, a small winding path will lead you to a white sandy beach for yoga training or simply a relaxing time facing the ocean. There's also no way around the multi-awarded spa, perfecting that exceptional experience in the Maldives. Shut your eyes and dream!
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
North Malé Atoll
+960 664 3147
Rooms: from 9,400 MVR
Club Med, relaxing parenthesis on the Santo Domingo sands
The pioneer of all-in holidays offers original and customised packages, only two hours away from Santo Domingo by car. Make the most of 70-sqm family suites in the Tiara 5-Trident space and relax in the “Oasis Zen” area, a village in the village, for adults only. While remaining true to the friendliness on which its reputation is based, Club Med has built a little cocoon with its own beach, where you'll find the best elements to reenergise. Rooms all come with private gardens or a terrace that opens onto the swimming pool or the lounge bar. At a stone's throw away, the L'Occitane Spa will provide a bubble of well-being, and the “Creative by Cirque du Soleil” area a playful and dreamlike one. Your only concern will be to choose between the yoga palapa dome facing the horizon, the idleness of your deckchair and the swirling water of the Jacuzzi.
Apt Postal 106 Higuey
+1 809 686 5500
Stay: from 70,100 DOP per week
Chill out in Costa Rica
Lined with the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is the third country in the world in terms of biodiversity. This preserved gem houses twenty-eight national parks and various private reservations that have started to open up to ecotourism. The best way for you to discover this lush nature is to set up home at the Punta Islita Hotel, a simple and genuine eco-resort which is only 200 kilometres away from San José.
Blended into the thick vegetation, the rooms and villas are all turned towards the Pacific, paradise of so many surfers. The extremely comfortable “Junior Suites” are equipped with Jacuzzis and each villa offers a private pool. For family enjoyment, the houses looming over Islita beach are offered at preferential rates. The hotel's largest swimming pool is just as pleasing, a promise of idle hours before ending the day at the Spa to enjoy skincare and massages. Expect a muy bonito stay at Islita Bonita!
Hotel Punta Islita
Provincia de Guanacaste
+506 2656 3500
Rooms: from 112,000 CRC
A palace of well-being in the Gascony region
Make a stop by Eugénie-les-Bains, somewhere at the crossroads of the Gers, Armagnac and Landes regions, and about 50 kilometres from Pau. This is where you'll find the new favourite in the French luxury hotel category: Les Prés d'Eugénie. In this magical place, calm, good manners and well-being are paramount, crowned by the peerless cuisine imagined by chef Michel Guérard!
You have just entered the poetic world of the “Maisons Guérard”. This large domain offers seven houses, eight water and rose gardens, as well as several restaurants – including a three-starred Michelin one – and a spa, reputed for its therapeutic properties. Your program will surely consist in a nap under the trees of the park, a few delicacies at a healthy and refined restaurant, as well as the obvious possibility to “take the waters”, as Empress Eugénie – wife of Napoleon III – used to say, she who regularly blessed the establishment with her presence. Beware, you too are about to be addicted!
Les Prés d'Eugénie
334, rue René Vielle
+33 (0)5 58 05 06 07
Rooms: from 130 EUR
Silence and wonder in Rajasthan
In Rajasthan, about 250 kilometres from Delhi, you will find a magical place with an atmosphere like you've never seen before… Situated in the shade of the Aravalli mountains, this wild stretch was the Alwar Maharajah's former haveli (manor house) and has now been turned into a prestigious luxury hotel. The Amanbagh, which could be translated into “peaceful garden”, pays tribute to the Indian tradition of the 17th century.
The 24 Haveli suites and the 16 Pool Pavilions look like palaces standing among the gardens filled with palm trees and eucalyptus. The wonder they convey harks back to the traditional architecture of the golden age. Adorned with pink stones and sublime domes, the huge bedrooms challenge the notions of elegance and beauty. The travel continues in the spa, for an exhilarating immersion amid ancestral cultures. There, pleasures abound, topped at dinner time with culinary feasts showcasing Indian flavours. Whether you ride a horse, a bike, a jeep or even an elephant, you'll venture into this Eden and discover the remains of Rajasthan's beauty, there in the “land of kings”.
District Alwar, Ajabgarh
+91 (0)14 6522 3333
Rooms: from 54,000 INR
Recreation in Mallorca, between beaches and sun
Not far from the Palma de Mallorca airport and about 100 metres from the Playa de Palma, take a look at the Hotel Java. If the establishment offers all the comfort you may wish for, the real attractions are the Finnish sauna and the Turkish baths, the gym, the massage parlour and the Jacuzzi, all dedicated to your getting back into shape.
Comfortably set up on the Ca'n Pastilla beach – of which you'll have no trouble making out every grain from the balcony of your bedroom – rediscover the true meaning of relaxation! Entirely renovated in 2013, the Java's quality of services is unparalleled in Mallorca, yet affordable. Only a few miles away from Palma's city centre, you'll easily visit its most emblematic monuments like the Santa María Cathedral or the Royal Palace of Almudaina. If you love aquariums, do not miss Palma's, which is one of the biggest in Europe. It is only a few minutes away by foot from your hotel and offers majestic views of rays and other impressive sharks.
Calle de Goleta, 7
07610 Palma de Mallorca
+34 971 26 27 76
Rooms: from 76 EUR