Sojourn | Sovereign Magazine Autumn 2021


Welcome to the Autumn 2021 issue of the Sovereign Luxury Travel magazine, Sojourn.

There’s nowhere hotter right now than the UAE, as it literally has something for everyone, as you can find out in our cover feature, Meet the Middle East (page 8).

We’re also sharing our top picks with you in our What’s Hot for Summer 2022 (page 15), and Our Favourite Hotels (page 43) so that you can get ahead of the surge by booking early to avoid disappointment.

The first European country to be on the green list, Portugal has received a lot of attention recently. We take you away from the popular Algarve to Discover Sintra: Portugal's Fairytale Town, where you can enjoy a self-drive holiday (page 19).

If you’ve not been able to get away anywhere this summer, then why not consider some Winter Sun (page 36) with our amazing offers?

We’re also feeling joyous as festivals and events begin to open again, as seen with our Celebratory Traditions of the World feature (page 45).

Perhaps you’ve been delaying marriage plans until there’s more certainty? Our How to Plan The Perfect Holiday Proposal article (page 38) is here to help.

If you have any reservations about travelling to any specific countries on the green and amber list, please talk to our Personal Travel Planners - we’ll be honest with you. You’re also protected by our Book with Confidence guarantee.

Embrace the sunshine with a Sovereign Luxury Travel holiday.

Summer/Autumn 2021 issue

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Meet the Middle East

What’s Hot

Plan the Perfect Proposal

Spotlight on Portugal


for everyone

Where to go

for Summer 2022

Popping the big

question abroad

A fairytale town meets

a self-drive holiday



to you

Many of us share a mixture of feelings surrounding the realities of going on holiday once again.

At Sovereign Luxury Travel, we are committed to working with trusted partners and making sure

their hotels meet our standards to give you the peace of mind that you can holiday safely.


Free amendments

Be able to change your holiday up to three

times with no amendment fee (any extra

holiday costs incurred are payable).

Free cancellation

If COVID-19 has affected your travel

plans you can cancel your holiday up to

three weeks before departure for free.

Refund guarantee

If we have to cancel your trip,

we will refund you.


Curated by experts

ABTA and ATOL bonded, we’ve been

creating holidays for over 45 years, offering

a 24/7 concierge service for peace of mind.

Trusted partners only

We make sure that our partners

have your safety and wellbeing

at their core.

Privacy options

Private accommodation and dining

options are available. All holidays

come with private transfers to resort.

Destination knowledge

We will only offer you destinations

that we know are safe to travel to,

underpinned by FCDO advice.

Health and safety

All of our partners must adhere to

local health and safety standards,

which we closely monitor.


noun: a temporary stay

verb (used without object ): to stay for a time in a place; live temporarily


HEAT IT UP | Summer/Autumn 2021

I’m delighted to bring you the latest issue of

Sovereign Luxury Travel magazine, SoJourn.

I’ve just returned from Corfu, where I had an

amazing holiday. After the initial effort of ensuring

we had our vaccination certificates and getting

our lateral flow tests, it was smooth sailing.

My entire family came back refreshed, saying,

“Thank goodness we did that!”

Our local partners are brilliantly adept at health

and safety measures - from social distancing and

guest hygiene stations to ongoing deep cleaning

of all the facilities.

It’s easy to forget just how great the experience

of travelling is when you’ve not been away for a

while, but a sunny holiday really is a rejuvenating

experience. That’s why this issue of Sojourn is

dedicated to sunshine.

There’s nowhere hotter right now than the UAE, as

it literally has something for everyone, as you can

find out in our cover feature, Meet the Middle East

(page 8).

We’re also sharing our top picks with you in

our What’s Hot for Summer 2022 (page 15), and

Our Favourite Hotels (page 43) so that you can

get ahead of the surge by booking early to avoid


The first European country to be on the green list,

Portugal has received a lot of attention recently.

We take you away from the popular Algarve to

Discover Sintra: Portugal's Fairytale Town, and

recommend a self-drive holiday (page 19).

If you’ve not been able to get away anywhere this

summer, then why not consider some Winter Sun

(page 36) with our amazing offers?

We’re also feeling joyous as festivals and events

begin to open again, as seen with our Celebratory

Traditions of the World feature (page 45).

Perhaps you’ve been delaying marriage plans

until there’s more certainty? Our How to Plan The

Perfect Holiday Proposal article (page 38) is here

to help.

If you have any reservations about travelling to

any specific countries on the green and amber list,

please talk to our Personal Travel Planners - we’ll

be honest with you. You’re also protected by our

Book with Confidence guarantee.

Embrace the sunshine with a Sovereign Luxury

Travel holiday.

Helen Adamson

Managing Director

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Meet the Middle East

Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah all offer something

everyone. Take our quiz to find your perfect destination.







What's Hot for

Summer 2022

Spotlight on




Bali Beach Bliss





Winter Sun:

Destination Map


Guest Story:

A Sunny

Second Home


Into Tenerife with

Hotel Botanico

& The Oriental

Spa Garden


Meet the

Middle East


Spice Island:



Chic Retreat

with Ikos


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Sojourn is a publication of Sovereign Luxury Travel |

Travel with Confidence |

Managing Director: Helen Adamson

Publisher: Madhatter Creative Co. – Jen Marsden

Design: K8 Design & Marketing Ltd – James Palmer

Front cover image: Woman on holiday, Dubai (Dmitry Lobanov, Shutterstock)

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What’s Hot for

Summer 2022

Get ahead in planning next

year’s holiday as we share our

top picks.


Spotlight on Portugal

Head to the fairytale town of

Sintra and find your own pace

during a self-drive holiday.


Spice Island: Grenada

Enjoy an adventure in spice and

chocolate during a laidback

Caribbean holiday.



Mediterranean Meze

Know your dolma from your

sarma as we take you on a

historic journey of sharing


How to Plan the

Celebratory Traditions


Perfect Proposal

of the World

Our Personal Travel Planners

share their top tips for a

romantic proposal abroad.


Festival fun is back and do we

have some incredible cultural

occasions for you to experience!


Feel Well with


Resort & Spa


How to Plan The

Perfect Holiday




Traditions of

the World


10 Ways to

Holiday in




The Perfect

Holiday Proposal

with Jumeirah

Port Soller & Spa


Jungle Paradise:

Black River Gorges

National Park


Exclusive Luxury

with Hotel Don

Pepe Gran Meliá


Bear Grylls

Survival Academy

at Sani Resort


Why Sovereign

Luxury Travel


Where to go

for Winter Sun

Title goes here


Expert Picks:

Our Favourite



Travel Further


with Sovereign’s


Images courtesy of: Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism (UK), Anantara The Palm, Dubai Resort, Annabelle Hotel, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, Blue Waters & Cove Suites Antigua, Bob Green, Calabash Luxury

Boutique Hotel, Casale Panayiotis Traditional Village Hotel & Spa, Coyaba Beach Resort, Desert Gate, Domes of Corfu, DoubleTree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah, Emirates Palace by Mandarin Oriental, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr,

Grand Hyatt Bali, Grecotel Kos Imperial, Helen Adamson, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort, Hotel Botanico & The Oriental Spa Garden, Hotel Don Pepe Gran Meliá, Ikos Andalusia, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island

Resort, Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm, Lagoon Attitude, Lopesan Baobab Resort, Madinat Jumeirah, One&Only Royal Mirage Resort Dubai, Palacio Estoril, Pestana Cidadela Cascais,

Peter Moore, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, Royal River Luxury Hotel, Sani Resort, Secrets Bahía Real Resort and Spa, Shutterstock, Silversands Grenada, Sofitel The Palm,

Spice Island Beach Resort, The Address Beach Resort, JBR, Dubai, The Oberoi Bali, The Olivar Suites, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort,

The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm, VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, Vincci la Plantacion del Sur, Waldorf Astoria Dubai.

Prices are estimations based on 2021/2022 travel and are correct at going to print but are subject to change. Please note that any flight or travel times included are approximations.

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We’ve got your luxury winter sun holiday sussed!

More than ever, you deserve a holiday. Leave the cold behind and escape

to where the heat is! There’s a whole world of safe and luxurious holidays waiting

to be discovered with our handpicked collection of hotels and destinations.

Speak to one of Sovereign Luxury Travel’s Personal Travel Planners today. Let’s go!



















Dominican Republic


St Lucia


• Cancun

• Playa Mujeres

• Riviera Cancun

• Riviera Maya


• Montego Bay

• Punta Cana

• Uvero Alto

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• St. John’s

• St. Mary’s


• Labrelotte Bay

• Soufrière

• Eau Piquant


• Christ Church

• St. James





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• Paphos

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• Florence

• Rome

• Venice


• Lake Como

• Lake Garda

• Lake Maggiore


• Belek

Mo Morocco

• Atlas Mountains

• Essaouira

• Marrakech

Gr Greece

• Halkidiki

• Athenian Riviera

• Peloponnese

• Skiathos


Greek Islands

• Corfu

• Crete

• Kefalonia

• Kos

• Rhodes

• Mykonos

• Santorini

• Zakynthos






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Portuguese Islands

• Madeira

Spain & Spanish Islands


• Costa Del Sol

Balaeric Islands:

• Menorca

• Majorca

• Ibiza

Canary Islands

• Fuerteventura

• Gran Canaria

• Lanzarote

• Tenerife

• La Gomera


• Liguria

• Neapolitan Riviera

• Puglia

• Sardinia

• Sicily

• Tuscany



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• Abu Dhabi

• Dubai

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• Félicité Island

• Mahé

• Praslin

• Silhouette Island



• Bangkok

• Chiang Mai

• Khao Lak

• Khao Sok

• Koh Phangan

• Koh Samui

• Krabi

• Phuket

• Koh Yao Islands

• Nusa Dua

• Sunup

• Seminyak

• Ubud






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THEMiddle East


Welcome to the decadent and diverse world of the UAE.

Sovereign Luxury Travel’s hand-picked selection - Dubai, Abu Dhabi,

and Ras Al Khaimah - literally has something for everybody.

Fifty years ago, seven countries in the Middle East combined to form an elective monarchy

as one united country that today is best known as the United Arab Emirates, often simply

referred to as the UAE or the Emirates.

Situated on the Arabian Peninsula, the UAE has land borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia, and

maritime borders with Qatar, which is hosting the next FIFA World Cup in 2022.

There are three distinct emirates within the UAE that are ideal for a luxury holiday from the UK: Dubai,

Abu Dhabi, and Ras Al Khaimah. Each emirate is very different, offering unique holiday options.



The UAE is an incredibly safe destination for solo travellers,

couples and families alike. If you were to accidentally leave

your wallet and phone on the table, it’s more than likely to

be there when you return.

Many of the activities found in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and

Ras Al Khaimah are high-tech and innovative and you can

always expect high standards of health and safety.

Even though Arabic is the UAE’s official language,

everybody speaks English and everything is written in

English, which makes it really easy for you to navigate and

get around.

The UAE has been globally praised in its quick response to

the COVID-19 pandemic and was one of the fastest countries

in the world to roll out vaccinations. All the hoteliers and

attractions boast an impressive track and trace system.


You can enjoy sunshine all year round as the UAE only has two seasons - winter and summer. The

most popular time to travel to the Emirates is from October through to April, when you’ll find average

temperatures of 30°C.

The summer season from May to September, when temperatures are closer to 40°C, is still a perfectly

good travel time, as you don’t need to spend all day in the heat, and you’ll often find more affordable

accommodation options.




You don’t need to fly to the other side of the world for a beach paradise - flights from the UK to the UAE

are frequent and direct, taking just seven hours, and easily accessible from all main UK airports.

Not only is it really affordable to get to, you’ll also find that the UAE is economical once you arrive. Less

than a decade ago you might have felt limited to hotel fine dining and the associated costs, but now

the Emirates offers all-inclusive options and a vast selection of affordable dining options.

You’ll find getting a drink is much easier than it was a decade ago too, as there are many more

licensed restaurants. Plus, you can purchase alcohol at MMI liquor stores where all you need to do is

show your passport to buy alcohol, which you can then take back to your hotel to dine within your

room and balcony.


The UAE is constantly innovating, and nowhere is

this more evident than in the fabulous buildings and

entertainment areas. Not only does the UAE boast

the world’s tallest building, it also has some of the

most iconic hotels in the world.


Multi-generational family life is ingrained into Emirati culture, so the entire nation has been set up

to support activities that suit every hobby and interest imaginable. Never one to shy away from

world firsts, there are always new and exciting attractions to explore, which is why you’ll find yourself

returning time and again.

The entire infrastructure of the UAE has been developed so that getting from A to B is straightforward

- you can drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in under one hour - and you’ll find many environments all in

one space. Beach, city, desert, mountains, you name it, the UAE has it all.

Underlying all the epic modernisation you’ll observe a really rich Arabian and Islamic culture that

dates back 7,000 years, allowing you to delve into historic encounters.


Falcons are the national symbol of the UAE, celebrating

strength and heritage. They are even legally allowed

to fly first and business class on planes!

Part of the traditional culture, falcons have been

used for hunting by the Bedouin, Arabic-speaking

nomadic peoples, in the desert landscapes for

hundreds of years.

There are plenty of falconry activities to enjoy during

your holiday. Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi have

specialist veterinary hospitals dedicated to falcons

where you can enjoy a guided tour and see these

incredible birds of prey in flight.

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Partner and/or friends

Who are you bringing with you?

My family (inc. children)

Is this a honeymoon?


Over-water villas at Anantara

The Palm, Dubai Resort, Dubai

Would you like adults-only?

It’s not


How active do you want

your holiday to be?

It’s not important




Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi

Would you like a

buzzing nightlife or regal experiences?

Watersports, health

& wellbeing

What type

of activities?



Turtle sanctuaries in Jumeirah at

Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Eco experiences

Desert activities

Gold cappuccino or gold ice-cream

at Emirates Palace by

Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi

Are you seeking more luxury

or immersive experiences?





Buddha Bar at The St Regis

Saadiyat Island Resort,

Abu Dhabi

Instagrammable luxury at Qasr Al

Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Archery, equestrian and

falconry experiences at

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al

Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, RAK

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi,

Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi



Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort


I don’t mind!

Would you like a villa

with a private pool?


Are you looking for all day family entertainment?

It’s not important


Would you like



What’s more important,

affordability or luxury?

Would you like to have

dine-around options?


What kind of leisure

do you seek?

Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Affordability at DoubleTree

by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah

Luxury at Sofitel

The Palm, Dubai

All day sun

on the beach

Premium beach club

& spa experiences


Incredible views


infinity view pool

Waldorf Astoria, Dubai

DRIFT Beach at

One&Only Royal

Mirage Resort Dubai

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray,

The Palm, Dubai

The View at The St. Regis

Dubai, The Palm

The Address Beach

Resort, JBR, Dubai

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Glitz & Glamour

Dubai remains to be the glittering Emirati nation, with its high-rise

glass-fronted buildings and opulent lifestyle, but dig a little deeper

and you’ll find so much more.

Within the centre of Dubai City is Dubai’s main spectacle, the iconic

Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It’s well worth taking a trip up

to the top of the Burj Khalifa for the views. We recommend you visit first

thing in the morning or in the evening after the daytime heat haze lifts.

In downtown Dubai, you’ll also find many luxurious malls, which go

beyond the tax-free shopping of designer labels - you can enjoy real

snow ski slopes, ice-skating rinks, aquariums, and virtual reality parks.

Feast at the hands of the world’s best celebrity and

Michelin-starred chefs, from Gordon Ramsay and

Nobu Matsuhisa to Massimo Bottura and Heinz Beck.

Close to Dubai City is the neighbourhood of Jumeirah and Jumeirah

Beach, which is overlooked by Dubai’s mesmerising skyline.

Did you


Many neighbourhoods of Dubai use

the word Jumeirah in their name. This word is loosely

derived from the Arabic word Jumr, which means

ember or glowing, and also beautiful.

Take a jaunt out of the city into Dubai Desert, where you can go for

sundowners in the sand dunes by camel back or on an exhilarating

4x4 ride. For a truly special morning, head out on a sunrise hot air

balloon cruise and witness the wild desert animals.

Throughout Dubai you’ll find the world’s most extraordinary restaurants

that boast incredible backdrops, whether it’s a floor-to-ceiling

aquarium at chef Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant, to native flavours in

the desert restaurant of Al Hadheerah.

Dubai is known for The Palm Jumeirah, a series of breathtaking

artificial islands, which simulate a palm tree. You can see the structure

when you fly into the city, or you could head to the city’s newest 360

observation deck, The View, at the top of The St. Regis Dubai, The

Palm hotel.

Dubai’s ultimate family resort is undoubtedly Atlantis The Palm, a

vast oceanic resort filled with non-stop entertainment, including

watersports, tennis courts, the exhilarating water park Aquaventure,

and The Lost Chambers Aquarium. You can even swim with the

dolphins or snorkel in the Ambassador Lagoon!

The Palm Jumeirah is bursting with licensed rooftop bars and

restaurants, and is a perfect place after a day spent soaking up

the Arabian sun on the beach or enjoying a massage in a luxurious

traditional hammam.

Just south of The Palm Jumeirah is the gold star of beach life, Jumeirah

Beach Residence (JBR), which plays host to amazing premium beach

clubs and watersports. Take a leisurely walk around the pedestrianised

JBR and discover many fabulous shops and places to dine.





Culture & Entertainment

Abu Dhabi, the Emirates’ capital city, is located just one hour away

from Dubai and is slower paced. It’s a triangular city made up of three

bridged main islands, although you wouldn’t know unless you fly over

it. The streets are linear and connect easily, making most attractions a

short 15 minute drive from each other.

Yas Island is the home of family entertainment in the Middle East. You

can ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi,

a Ferrari-branded indoor theme park that’s got incredible rides and

shows that bring the Italian motoring dream to life.

Encounter all things Formula One at the amazing Abu Dhabi Grand

Prix, where you can walk the acclaimed circuit track.

What’s more, you have the many rides, slides and attractions at the

splash-filled Yas Waterworld, and fun for all the family at the indoor

theme park Warner Bros World. Golf is also really big in Abu Dhabi,

with championship courses such as the indomitable Yas Links.

In the heart of Abu Dhabi is the Corniche, the city’s pedestrianised

waterfront where you’ll find a wide selection of restaurants, children’s

play areas, shops and esteemed buildings such as Emirates Palace,

a former presidential palace turned hotel with a grand afternoon

tea experience.

Next to Emirates Palace you’ll find the newly opened Qasr Al Watan, a

fascinating working presidential palace that showcases Arab history.

Saadiyat Island, on the other hand, is the UAE’s natural paradise, with

its beautiful white sand beaches and big-name luxury resorts.

Saadiyat is a completely natural island and you’ll

find wild dolphins in the nearby Arabian Gulf

and turtles nesting on its beaches. Due to

its commitment to wildlife conservation this

tranquil island has no motorised watersports

but plenty of kayaking, paddle boarding,

scuba diving and surfing opportunities.

You’ll find loads of traditional and contemporary culture in Abu Dhabi.

First, you’ve got the white marble Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one

of the world’s largest mosques that boasts incredible contemporary

Islamic architecture. It's one of the few mosques in the world where

non-Muslims are welcome to enter and explore.

You’ll also find globetrotting art collections at The Louvre Abu Dhabi,

another architectural feat with its giant netted metal mushroom structure.

Venture into the souks (markets) in the old part of Abu Dhabi and feast

on authentic Arabian food.

Perhaps surprising to see in Abu Dhabi are its vast waterways of

Eastern mangroves, where you can go kayaking. If you’re lucky you will

be able to witness flamingos, herons and scuttling crabs.

Take your mangrove adventure one step further

and sail on a traditional dhow as you explore the

UAE’s prized pearl diving history.

Saadiyat Island is also home to the renowned Buddha-Bar Beach

at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, ideal for sundowners.

Another exhilarating experience is to head out on a desert safari.

Immerse yourself in the Bedouin traditions and have a sandboarding

adventure on the golden sand dunes.

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Ras Al Khaimah

All-inclusive & Outdoor Adventure

Ras Al Khaimah, often known as RAK, is the lesser-known hidden

gem of the UAE that’s just a 45 minute drive from Dubai International

Airport. It was the first city in the world to receive the Safeguard

Assurance label, which recognises heightened safety and hygiene

protocols and standards.

What you probably don’t know is that RAK is the epicentre of allinclusive

luxury accommodation in the UAE, making it an affordable

alternative to swanky Dubai. Stay in affordable resorts with enormous

suites and enjoy fine dining, impeccable service and private beaches.

Get the best of both worlds with a combined stay at Ritz-Carlton’s two

RAK properties - one is on Al Hamra Beach, while the other is within

the terracotta dunes of Al Wadi Desert where you can go horseback

riding or learn more about the Bedouin culture.

Ras Al Khaimah is also big on outdoor adventure, and you’ll be able

to enjoy plenty of hiking and mountain biking in the Hajar mountain

range with its sweeping views. It’s 10°C cooler in the mountains, and

you can enjoy a picnic on an observation deck or take the entire family

on a fun survival experience at the Bear Grylls Explorers Camp.

You might like to witness the local camel racing traditions, or you can

kayak through salt flats and discover pink flamingos en route.

Ras Al Khaimah holds its own philosophy of RAKashida. Just like the

‘kashida’ in Arabic calligraphy, which is the line that connects letters

to form a word, RAK links the natural elements of the sea, desert and

the mountains for uniquely personalised experiences.

With almost 40 miles of white sands stretching along the turquoise

waters of the Arabian Gulf, RAK is an idyllic place to get your winter

sun as you enjoy watersports and chilled-out trendy beachside cafés.

Like Abu Dhabi, you’ll find authentic culture in the old city’s souks and

at a fascinating pearl farm. There are also championship golf courses,

heritage museums, beautiful mosques and an 18th century hilltop

fortress, Dhayah Fort, to discover.

If you’re a thrillseeker then one of the biggest

pulls to Ras Al Khaimah is the fact it's home

to the world's longest zipline, which is almost

two miles long. From the region’s highest peak,

Jebel Jais, at a height of 1,680 metres

above sea level,the zipline can reach

dizzying speeds over 90 miles per hour

but only takes a few minutes!

Alternatively, enjoy the seven zipline Sky Tour, or the Jais Sky Maze,

the UAE's highest rope course. You’ll also find loads of health and

wellness in Ras Al Khaimah, whether that’s having a yoga class in the

mountains or an indulgent spa day.

A 5 night holiday in the UAE, staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, starts from £799 per person.

Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004










If you’re anything like us and trying to make up for lost time and missed

holidays, then you’re probably already looking ahead to Summer 2022.

It’s the smart thing to do, as we find it’s always the best hotels and

direct flights that are quick to get snapped up first! That’s exactly

why we wanted you to hear first about our top picks for next summer.

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FOR 2022







Situated in cosmopolitan Corfu on Messonghi Beach, tucked

away in a 300-year-old olive grove, the original building is

actually a converted late 18th century olive oil mill, adding a

touch of Greek pazazz to the ambience. Every single room at this

five star sustainable boutique hotel is actually a spacious suite!

From the moment you arrive you’ll be tempted to

dive right into the cool pool area, complete with

stylish sunbeds and umbrellas.

Tuck into fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced dishes at the allday

restaurant, Flya. For the perfect summery vibe, there are

themed dining nights and firepit beach barbecues, poolside

meze, and moonlit dinners under the stars. The hotel’s own

mixologist knows how to shake up a swanky cocktail too.

Experience tailor-made private spa treatments from the comfort

of your suite, or enjoy a yoga or pilates class. There are even

personal training programs available, should you wish to make

the most of the hotel’s high-tech gym.

When you’re not lounging around and dreaming over the

gorgeous views of mountains and the deep blue Ionian Sea,

venture into Corfu's gorgeous Old Town, or soak up the bars,

shops and restaurants in the New Town.

A 30 minute drive from Corfu International Airport.

We’re really excited about our latest addition, Royal River Luxury

Hotel, in sunkissed Costa Adeje. Nestled between gorgeous

mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, this is a blissful and

romantic retreat with a characterful twist.

Firstly, there are 50 luxurious pool villas for you to choose from,

and each one boasts handpicked interiors offering up their own

unique personality.

It’s easy to lose yourself in the villa with

your own panoramic terrace or sun deck,

and a private plunge pool too.

Secondly, while keeping to its Canarian traditions, the decor

has been blessed with a globally eclectic flavour, with nods

to Asia and Africa throughout. For example, the Lagoon Villas

have traditional African thatched roofs and bold, warm colours.

Even your meals will take you on a culinary journey around the

world, with imaginative and original restaurants, which use

local, organic ingredients as part of the hotel’s commitment

to sustainability.

At the stunning rooftop brasserie and restaurant The Top,

you’ll be able to feast on amazing views and food while a

white giraffe dangles a chandelier. You can also choose from

the heart-stirring Asian food found at Kokoro, and an exotic,

vivacious oasis at the French bistro, Flamingo.

You’re welcome to tee off at the golf course right next door to

Royal River Luxury Hotel, or enjoy a chakra head massage or

other pampering affairs at the hotel’s own Serenity Spa.

From May 2022, the hotel will only accept guests aged 16 years

and over, making it a strictly adults-only retreat.

A 30 minute drive from Tenerife South Airport.

7 nights from £959 per person 7 nights from £1399 per person






Not only do you get the lush green landscapes, sandy natural

beach and gorgeous sea views, this newly renovated resort

now comes with a state-of-the-art wellness centre.

Domes of Corfu really is the only place in Corfu where you can

immerse yourself in laidback boho luxury with its down-toearth,

relaxing tones. What’s more, you’ll always have your own

spacious veranda or private patio from your room.

Spend time together as a family enjoying watersports right from

the fully-serviced Blue Flag beach. Or, head to Stivos Hybrid

Activity & Leisure Park, which is opening in 2022, for fun with

utility scooters, yoga, or a sunny picnic in the meadows.

Domes of Corfu always knows how to balance

family fun with adult time, and there are

designated areas for everyone.

Your kids have the Domesland club and Teenage Zone to enjoy

with daily activities and facilities, while you can relax at the brand

new adults-only pool, conveniently located right in front of the

award-winning Soma Spa.

Spend your evenings enjoying wine tastings and theme nights at

Agora, or head to The Core, a hotspot for social gatherings and

creative expression, with a few luxury food trucks and boutiques.

For the full VIP experience, including premium rooms, an

exclusive lounge, and indulgent touches along the way, we

recommend you try the Haute Living Selection.

A 25 minute drive from Corfu International Airport.





Secrets Bahía Real Resort and Spa is located right on the golden

sands that stretch out into the Atlantic Ocean. It doesn’t feel like

you're moments from the historic and lively town of Corralejo

with its fabulous café culture, but you are!

Relaxation is the priority here, and your suite accommodation

tastefully combines Moorish traditions with beach chic decor,

while surrounded by the resort’s own lush tropical gardens.

You can unwind from head to toe at the spa by

Natura Bissé ® , with its offering of massages,

facials and body wraps.

If you’re feeling peckish after a day of catching sun rays around

the swimming pools or on the beach, then you’re in for a treat.

Not only are there beach bars for casual dining, you’ll find formal

and al fresco terrace restaurants serving up Mediterranean,

Asian and international cuisines with Michelin-starred menus.

For a touch of exclusivity, we recommend you join the Preferred

Club for access to private club areas and personalised service.

A 40 minute drive from Fuerteventura Airport.

7 nights from £849 per person

7 nights from £999 per person

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FOR 2022




We had to add Grecotel Kos Imperial to our Summer 2022

hotlist, because the experiences are of the same high standards

you’ve come to expect from the other Grecotel resorts in our

handpicked collection.

Grecotel Kos Imperial is a spacious resort tucked among

sprawling tropical gardens. It curves around a beautiful beach

lagoon and out into the sparkling Aegean Sea where you can

watch local yachts and fishing boats bob about.

Everything about your accommodation sings of summer with

smooth cool fabrics, fresh white raffia and bamboo, and your

own gorgeous wide veranda.

With the sound of rippling waterfalls

as your soundtrack, you can choose to dine

on a number of outdoor terraces that are

swathed in the warming sun.

With its breathtaking views, The Fincia restaurant offers fine

dining, while the jungle-ensconced Lagoon Mediterranean

buffet-style restaurant and all-day Food Court is ideal if you’re

enjoying an all-inclusive stay. We also recommend Tavernaki, a

Greek family restaurant.

There’s plenty for all the family, with fitness classes such as yoga

and aqua gymnastics, water polo, and beach volley, as well

as trekking or biking in the nearby Plaka Forest. For an extra

charge, you can join the watersports school, tennis coaching or

PADI certified diving courses.

Relax the way you want, whether that’s in an open-air massage

room, bathing in one of the six fabulous swimming pools, or with

nights filled with toe-tapping music and dance.

A 40 minute drive from Kos International Airport.




We love Lopesan Baobab Resort for its African-inspired

architecture and wilderness theme, which has been brilliantly

combined with inner comfort and convenience for all the family.

You’ll notice that a few of the bars are named

after famous explorers - and that’s because the

resort wants you to do just that - explore!

With meandering walkways, pools and waterfalls, this entire

earthy resort feels like paradise under the Canarian sun, starting

with when you arrive in the jungle reception at the main lodge.

You’re near to the sunny sands of Playa Meloneras, which boasts

calm waters ideal for swimming in, and just a 15 minute coastal

walk away from the famous rolling dunes of Maspalomas.

If you’re like us, the highlight of your stay will probably be the

huge lagoon swimming pool, which includes a lazy river, and

slides in the children’s pools for splashing in.

You can also enjoy aerobics and fitness at the gym, tennis, golf,

and plenty of table games, such as ping pong and billiards.

Sip on your sundowner beside grottos and a waterfall at the

elegant Henry Stanley Bar, or tuck into a la carte meals or

buffets. This is what holidays are all about.

A 25 minute drive from Las Palmas Airport.

7 nights from £775 per person 7 nights from £849 per person

Where will you go in Summer 2022? Plan now to avoid disappointment.

Our Personal Travel Planners are here to help! Call us now on 01293 765004




Portugal's fairytale town

Fairytales can come true when you explore

the magical Portuguese town of Sintra.

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A flight from the UK takes around

two and a half hours to Lisbon,

followed by a drive to the Lisbon

coast, which takes approximately 40


ust an hour’s drive north of the coastal

Jtown of Estoril and west of Lisbon, you

will find an almost magical location: Sintra.

Tucked away in the foothills of the Sintra

Mountains, this is the place where dreams

are made of, with its decadent royal palaces,

stunning gardens, and grand houses.


The crowning glory of Sintra, Palácio da Pena

is a rainbow-coloured Moorish-influenced

castle that perches atop a hill high above

the town. This impressive construction was

said to begin after an apparition of the Virgin

Mary appeared in the hills.

Originally a monastery, the palace was

purchased by Portugal’s royal family in

the 19th century, who evolved it into the

romantic structure you see today. Palácio

da Pena is influenced by medieval and

Islamic architecture, and has a fondness for

deep-blue patterned tilework, gleaming red

turrets,elaborately winding walkways, and

eclectic saffron colours.

During your tour of the palace’s splendid

interiors, you’ll notice that each grand room

is more splendid and dramatic than the last.

The grande finale is found in the palace’s

upper courtyard.


As you would expect in a fairytale kingdom,

Sintra has her own enchanting gardens.

Quinta da Regaleirais is a grand five-storey

house close to the town’s historic centre,

where you will find sprawling gardens tucked

behind the property.

A former residence of a noble family, today

the house and its estate belongs to the local

government and is open to the public.

The gardens are the showstopper here,

spanning almost 10 acres, with ethereal

walkways, hidden tunnels, and deep grottos

just waiting to be explored.

The gardens were inspired by mysticism,

and are said to represent dark alchemy and

secret orders like the Knights Templar.

You’ll feel like a ruler of your

own kingdom for the day,

with the breathtaking views

of tiny villages, verdant fields,

and the glittering coast

far off in the horizon.


After ambling around Sintra’s cobbled

streets, you’ll no doubt want to pause and

tuck into traditional Portuguese treats.

Look no further than Café Paris, located in

Sintra’s historic centre opposite the minimalist

gothic Palåcio Nacional de Sintra.

Café Paris has become the most emblematic

eatery in Sintra and is a great spot for

watching the action taking place in Praça da

República. Be sure to tuck into the regional

speciality while you’re here: caramelised

pumpkin dessert.


The Lisbon Coast enjoys plenty

of bright and breezy weather.

Temperatures can hit the high 20s

during the summer months - ideal

for beach days and city sightseeing

- and spring and autumn are also

pleasant seasons to visit.


Pestana Cidadela Cascais


Palacio Estoril

Include Sintra in your

next holiday in Portugal

Speak to one of our Personal

Travel Planners on 01293 765004






While Algarve is Portugal's most popular destination, there's so much more to explore in Portugal,

and it’s really easy to combine different destinations, including Sintra.

This is why a self-drive is the perfect holiday to consider.

Driving in Portugal is hassle-free, and you’ll be surprised by just how

easy it is once you get acquainted with driving on the right.

We’ve got an amazing two-week-long, self-drive holiday that covers

Portugal’s cosmopolitan cities, historical highlights, hidden wonders, and

amazing beaches. With our tried and tested luxurious accommodation

thrown in for good measure along the way, what are you waiting for?

Starting in Lisbon, you’ll be able to discover Portugal’s nostalgic soul with

a Fado in Chiado show, a classical guitar and song performance in the

musical style epitomized by Amália Rodrigues.

Start your second day in one of the city’s iconic pastry shops with a culinary

tour that lets you sample Lisbon’s speciality food and drink, from Iberian

ham and bacalhau (salt cod), to cherry liqueur and regional cheese,

before finishing the day with a sundowner cruise on Tagus River.

You’ll then head to Portugal’s Alentejo region, where you can discover

the historic capital of Evora and the renowned ‘white city’ of Estremoz,

exploring sites dating from the Roman times to the Renaissance. You’ll also

get to savour a local winery tour and masterclass, before staying a couple

of nights in the medieval village of Monsaraz.

Sintra is next on the itinerary so you can explore our favourite fairytale

town, before you head to sunny Santa Cruz to spend time by the pool or

on the beach.

After a few days of pure relaxation, venture to Coimbra, a picturesque

medieval town that’s filled with architectural and academic delights,

followed by a drive out to Portugal’s highest mountain range, Serra da

Estrela (Mountain of the Stars). You can enjoy self-guided walks through

granite peaks and glacial valleys, or simply gaze at the majesty from the

comfort of your hotel.

Spend the next couple of days in the famous wine region of Douro Valley,

where you’ll embark on relaxing cruises, discover the scenic town of

Pinhao, and enjoy plenty of vineyard visits, port and wine tastings, and a

rustic picnic lunch under the olive trees.

Spend your final full day in the coastal city of Porto, where a local guide

will navigate you through the narrow cobbled streets as you visit historical

wine cellars, beautiful churches, and get an introduction into the local

azulejos tile-making. You’ll even get to explore a few city attractions that

other tours don’t access!

Finish your incredible holiday tucking into Portugal's famous pastries,

followed by an evening cruise along Douro River, and a fabulously local

three-course meal.

Our 14 day self-drive holiday in Portugal, starts from £2,499 per person.

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There are some hotels that you find yourself returning to time and time again, and for

Sovereign Luxury Travel guest Bob Green and his wife Sue, that place is Iberostar Grand El Mirador

in Costa Adeje, Tenerife. Bob shares with us why it’s his holiday destination of choice.

Now that our children are grown up, my wife and I spend three

months of each year on holiday, both in Tenerife and also in

Thailand, which have both become our second homes!

We first visited Costa Adeje with friends over a decade ago. We

stayed at Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort, which is really luxurious.

I found myself wandering next door to Iberostar Grand El Mirador,

and immediately liked the look of this hotel. I love that it’s adults-only,

and we’ve been staying there ever since!

We have now been traveling with Sovereign Luxury

Travel to Tenerife for 10 years, visiting our favourite

hotel three times a year. We normally book a year in

advance to benefit from the early booking discount.

What I like about Sovereign Luxury Travel is that they put the entire

holiday together for us, arranging all the details we like: lounge

access at the airport, private transfers, extra leg room on the plane.

We don’t have the hassle of booking all the components separately,

which makes it really easy for us.

Our Personal Travel Planner Helen Lippe is the

face of Sovereign Luxury Travel to us, as she’s the one

who arranges the details. We can’t thank her enough

for her professionalism and service.

We give Helen the dates we’re interested in and she emails straight

back - we usually have quotes for the entire year within an hour.

She’s great at making recommendations and giving us different

options - for example fly out on a Saturday or Sunday - so that we

can get a better deal.

With the uncertainty of COVID-19, I’m especially glad I booked with

Sovereign Luxury Travel, as I’ve not had any hassle in the last two

years - Helen simply offered us the option of a refund or to move

dates. We chose to move dates, which we’ve done a few times now,

as we’re keen to get back out to Tenerife. Other holidays booked

independently were sadly not that easy to change.

We always stay in the Star Prestige La Balconada, which is a private

area of the hotel with just 30 suites. These come with a concierge

service and a personal butler who takes care of everything.

You can’t book these rooms online, so Helen always checks the

availability for us.

Iberostar Grand El Mirador is so brilliantly designed that it never

seems to be busy even when it’s 100% occupied and, in the Balconada

area, there’s no chance of bumping into anybody!

One of the reasons we keep returning is the hotel

team, who are fantastic. Several of the staff are now

friends with my wife on social media. It’s definitely

a home-from-home. We always receive a lovely

welcome, with a glass of champagne on arrival.


Because we’re returning guests, we receive really

good treatment - we can request a specific room,

and we’ve also been upgraded to the pool bungalow

before. When my wife came down with pneumonia

several years ago, the staff did an outstanding job

taking care of her, arranging for a doctor and a

hospital stay, and our hotel manager visited her every

day, acting as a translator and reassuring us both,

it was a first class service.

What I love about Costa Adeje is that it

doesn’t matter what time of year we visit,

more or less we have consistently good

weather so it’s possible to dine out all year

round. It really is a microclimate.

Sue usually celebrates her birthday during our

September holiday and the staff always make a big

fuss of her, singing happy birthday, decorating our

room, and giving us a complimentary birthday cake.

Because we’ve been to Tenerife so many times now,

we prefer to just chill out at the resort. My wife likes to

sit by the pool and read books, but I always go for a

walk each day along the seafront.

As we’re on half board, most of the time we eat at the

hotel. The a la carte restaurant is lovely and quiet,

and right next to the pool.

In the Balconada area, there are two pods serving

snacks, champagne, good Spanish wines, and beer

all day long, including afternoon tea. By the evening,

we sometimes only feel like a light meal and our head

waiter David is great at arranging a cheese or fresh

tropical fruit platter for us.

Over the years, we’ve made friends with other guests,

including a Swiss and an English couple who visit

the hotel at the same time of year as us. In fact, Jim

and Maggie, the English couple, also book through

Sovereign Luxury Travel, so Helen keeps both parties

in the loop on dates!

A 7 night holiday at Iberostar Grand El Mirador in Tenerife starts from £1,095 per person.

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Spice Island:

The small island nation of Grenada has a spicy history.

It’s a hidden gem for a laidback Caribbean holiday with a bit of kick.

Grenada is made up of eight small satellite islands and one

main island, known as the Spice Island. The reason for this

name is simple: the country is a major producer and exporter

of spices.

When the value of sugarcane dipped in the 18th century, King George

III’s botanical advisor decided the best boost for Grenada’s economy,

which was under British colonial rule, was to grow spice.

To this day, the most popular export in Grenada

is Britain’s favourite pudding spice: nutmeg,

and you’ll even find the nutmeg seed depicted

in Grenada’s national flag.


You’ll find many spices growing in Grenada, including nutmeg’s

close relation - mace, as well as cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, allspice,

turmeric, bay leaves, ginger and pepper.

Spices are liberally used in the island’s pungent cuisine, both in sweet

and savoury dishes. The national dish is a flavourful stew known

as oil down, which includes breadfruit, salted meat, coconut milk,

and turmeric.

You might also like to try Grenadian Spice Cake, which is packed with

local nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice.

Get your hands on Grenada’s famous Morne Délice Nutmeg Syrup,

a natural sauce made from the nutmeg fruit. It can be used over ice

cream, pancakes, and even barbecue chicken.

Cocoa is also produced in Grenada, and you’ll

find plenty of opportunities to tuck into organic and

handcrafted chocolate around Spice Island.

Why not enjoy a spice or chocolate tasting tour during your holiday?

Belmont Estate offers tours of its authentic 17th century plantation,

where you can delve into the organic farm, gardens, heritage

museum, and cocoa processing facilities. There's even a goat dairy

farm, petting farm, a traditional Grenadian restaurant and a craft

cooperative that showcases local artisans.

Spices and chocolate aside, Grenada is your

typical Caribbean paradise, with incredible

beaches and plenty of sunshine.




The best time to visit Grenada is from January to April, however there

are plenty of reasons to travel to Grenada during the low season too,

which is typically between June and November.

Firstly, you can benefit from much lower prices while still enjoying high

temperatures. When the rains do come, they last for only a short time

and dry up quickly.

Another reason is you’ll get to witness the amazing turtle hatching,

which takes place on Grenada’s beaches at the end of June and July.

For spice fans, you can experience the famous

Spicemas Festival, Grenada’s famous carnival,

which takes place at the end of July to early

August each year and offers parades, steel pan

orchestras and musical soca competitions

(which is considered the soul of calypso).


For a livelier holiday, head to Grenada’s

most famous beach, Grand Anse Beach,

which boasts a wide array of watersports.

With calm waters, it’s really easy to swim

and snorkel right off the shore, and the

vibrant coral in the waters is very much

alive, making it a popular diving location.

If you want the main focus of your holiday to be watersports then

the traditionally-styled low-rise Coyaba Beach Resort is ideal for

you, as it boasts a five star PADI dive centre. From here, you can

explore an incredible underwater sculpture park and no less than

10 shipwrecks. A few evenings a week, the resort boasts retro music

and dance nights.

Alternatively, you can enjoy a truly premium home-from-home

all-inclusive stay at Spice Island Beach Resort, which includes

six course dinners, full bottle mini bars, and complimentary golf,

tennis and bicycle use.



L'anse aux Epines is located at the southernmost point of Spice Island,

and is a secluded and privileged spot just a 10 minute drive from the

capital, St George. It’s the perfect place for you to enjoy Grenada’s

weekly Gouyave Fish Friday celebration, where you can enjoy live

music and stalls.

While hops don’t grow in Grenada, L'anse aux Epines still manages to

boast a microbrewery, the West Indies Beer Co, which makes for a fun

evening out. We do however recommend you stick to the mini-flutes to

sample the beer as it can be surprisingly potent!

Stay at Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel on L'anse aux Epines beach.

With a casual and relaxed atmosphere by day, Calabash becomes

a dressy occasion in the evening as you tuck into delicious dinners at

their renowned Rhodes Restaurant.

At the northern end of Grand Anse Beach is the contemporary,

high-tech and minimalist Silversands Grenada. At 100 metres, the

hotel boasts the longest swimming pool in the Caribbean, which is

wonderfully edged by swaying palm trees and breezy cabanas. You’ll

be just a few minutes' walk to the local Craft & Spice Market too.

Are you ready for a delicious

Caribbean holiday with a difference?

A 7 night holiday in Grenada, staying at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, starts from £1,189 per person.

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Bali has the most incredible beaches. While your footprints

in the sand may be brief, your memories will be eternal.




Located on the southern tip of Bali, the white

sandy beach of Nusa Dua stretches for

miles. The calm, shallow waters invite you

to paddle or swim in them, and just off the

coast you’ll find vibrant coral reefs, so scuba

diving and snorkelling make for exhilarating

experiences. If you fancy stepping out of your

resort, you can discover artist studios dotted

around in the nearby villages.

You’ll find the most incredible serenity and

an authentic Balinese vibe at Grand Hyatt

Bali. The resort has been designed to

mimic a cluster of four traditional villages.

Each village has its own swimming pool

and restaurant, and you’ll find your

accommodation is enhanced with touches

of Balinese design, which look out over the

ocean or onto a gorgeous tropical oasis.

At the heart of Grand Hyatt Bali, you’ll

find Pasar Senggol, which has been

designed to resemble a contemporary

Balinese night market. Each night, this

open amphitheatre comes to life as local

artisans showcase their handicrafts, served

up with delicious Indonesian dishes and

cultural performances.

A 7 night holiday at Grand Hyatt Bali starts from £1,299 per person.



On the west coast of Bali, Seminyak is the

place to go if you want the buzz of local

life all around your resort, as this area is

brimming with sophisticated world-class

restaurants and a sparkling nightlife. As the

sun sets, Seminyak’s golden beaches empty

of their casual surfer and sunbathing crowd

into a delicious cocktail of snazzy bars and

hedonistic beach clubs.

Find your sanctuary from all the vivacity

at the luxurious resort of The Oberoi Bali.

Backing right onto the beach with the Indian

Ocean as your glorious backdrop, you’ll

immediately feel soothed by the 15 acres of

sublime tropical gardens, which are strewn

with Balinese temples. The Oberoi Bali is

similarly inspired by Balinese design, and

all the rooms and villas feature traditional

thatched roofs, and giant king-sized beds

with hand-carved headboards. By day,

indulge in relaxing treatments in openair

massage pavilions at the outstanding

Oberoi Spa. By night, head to the resort’s

natural stone amphitheatre for local music

and dance performances.

A 7 night holiday at The Oberoi Seminyak starts from £1,869 per person.

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Mediterranean Meze

The Mediterranean is famed for its amazingly fresh food culture. Whether you’re in the Canary Islands enjoying

Spanish tapas, or in the eastern Mediterranean tucking into meze, you’ll find one common theme: sharing.

Both tapas and meze are a traditional and casual way of

gathering together, most often al fresco.

Rather than a single-plated meal for each diner, you receive

an inviting number of small plates and large platters, filled with

appetising treats, spread out across several pushed-together tables,

that everyone can, quite literally, dip into.

The pace for eating meze is always leisurely, and this

atmosphere suits all ages and food habits, which is why

it’s such a great way to eat during your holiday!

The word meze comes from the Persian word mazze or maza, which

means to taste, relish, or snack.

While the origins of meze are very much in the Middle East, you’ll find

meze across the Mediterranean, from the Greek Islands and Turkey to

the Balkan islands of Croatia and Montenegro. Similarly, in the Canary

Islands, Portugal, Spain and Malta, you’ll find a rich tapas culture,

with similarities between traditional, regional dishes.

While us Brits might consider meze or tapas more as a pre-dinner snack

or appetiser, in places such as Turkey and Cyprus, this continuous

grazing is considered substantial enough to replace the main meal.

You’ll find several essential components to each meze or

tapas selection, and the sign of a good platter is that there’s

plenty of variety in colour, textures and flavours.


The bare minimum required in a meze is some quality, locallyproduced

dipping oils and vinegar, but you’ll also find other classic

and creamier dips too.

Hummus, made with chickpeas, tahini and sometimes with a

smattering of the spice sumac, is found across the Mediterranean, as

is the cucumber and yogurt salad, best known as tzatziki in Greece

and cacik in Turkey, and tarama (or taramasalata), a fish roe spread.

Also in Turkey you’ll find a thick yogurt flavoured with dill called

Haydari, and muhammara or mhammara, a spicy red pepper and

walnut dip, as well as fava (broad bean) dip.

Greece enjoys its cheesy dips, including the yogurt cheese dip

known as labneh, and the spicy feta dip of tirokafteri, as well as olive

tapenade. Similar to babaganoush is the traditional Greek roasted

eggplant dip of melitzanosalata.


To keep the freshness of meze, you’ll find fresh tomatoes and

cucumbers, as well as raw carrots and peppers that are ideal for

dipping. You’ll also find sprigs of fragrant herbs, such as mint, basil

and rosemary, and lemon slices that add extra depth.

You’ll also find grain and bean salads, which add rich

sources of protein. Turkey serves up kisir, a bulgar wheat salad

similar to tabbouleh but with a thick tomato base, and piyaz,

a white bean salad.


From marinated artichokes and pickled mushrooms to sundried

tomatoes and peppadew peppers, pickles add the tang element to

the platter. Don’t be surprised if you find pickled nuts either.

What’s a good meze without some

local olives? You’ll find them stuffed

or in their pure form, like Greek’s

renowned kalamata olives.

You might also find cooked seasonal vegetables, such as roasted

courgette, fried aubergine, and grilled asparagus.


An important dipping accompaniment are warm pita and flatbread,

but you’ll also find crunchier options, such as the Middle East’s answer

to breadsticks, lavash, or colines in Spain, as well as Italian crostini,

and bruschetta.


A selection of cheeses is a must, whether it’s salty crumbly feta, or

other hard Greek cheeses such as kefalotiri and kasseri, Spanish

manchego, mahón of the Balearic Islands, or majorero, a firm goats

cheese of the Canary Islands.

You’ll find more rubbery cheeses like halloum in Cyprus or saganak in

Greece, which are either grilled or fried and served warm.

For softer cheese there’s mozzarella balls or the even creamier version

of burrata, which you’ll find in Italy, or kajmak, a type of clotted cream

found in the Balkan islands of Croatia and Montenegro.

The Balkans add to the table smetana, a delicious sour cream spread.



Fruits help cleanse the palate, which is why figs, grapes,

pomegranate, watermelon and melon are added to meze.


You can expect a rich array of meats, whether it’s Italian prosciutto

and salami, or Spanish Iberian ham, or pršut and pancetta in The


Sausages are a firm favourite on the meze board, from sliced sausage

that’s been seasoned with orange peel in Greece, to the dry spicy

sausage of sudžuk, and the paprika-flavoured cured sausage of kulen

from the Balkans.

In Croatia, why not try a version of pork crackling called cvarci?


If you’re holidaying by the coast then seafood will undoubtedly feature

in your meze, whether that’s cocktail shrimp, grilled octopus, or fried


Turkey has an affection for stuffed and fried mussels, while Greece

promotes marithes (fried smelts), and you’ll always find puntillitas

(grilled cuttlefish) in Andalucía.


It’s the more substantial bites where you’ll find more regional differences

in your meze, however you will find a few common inclusions:

• Falafels: the deep-fried balls or patties of ground chickpeas

or other beans.

• Vine leaves: usually stuffed with rice and sometimes with ground

beef or lamb.



• Souvlaki: skewered grilled meat, sometimes

with vegetables

• Kofta: spiced ground meat kebabs

• Keftedes: traditional meatballs

• Tiropites: filo triangles filled with cheese

• Patates lemonates: fried potatoes drizzled

with lemon


• Patatas bravas: fried potatoes in a spicy

tomato sauce

• Patatas alioli: fried potatoes in olive oil and garlic

• Tortilla de patatas: the classic Spanish potato and

onion omelette

• Croquetas de jamón: small, lightly-breaded and fried

béchamel and Spanish cured ham fritters

• Huevos rotos /huevos estrellados: fried eggs served

over ham and fried potatoes


In Turkey and Greece, stuffed

vine leaves are known

as dolma or dolmathes,

while in the Balkans

they’re known as sarma.

The vegetarian version of

dolma has its own name

in Greece, called yialantzi.


• Icli kofte: deep-fried meatballs made with bulgur,

potato, spice and ground meat

• Börek: thick handmade pies made with layered

buttery filo (also known as burek in the Balkans)

• Sarma: stuffed peppers

• Çiçek dolmasi: courgette blossoms stuffed with rice,

dried fruits, and pine nuts



• Cevapi: sausage meat-filled flatbreads topped with

sour cream, onion and feta.

You’ll often find that meze and tapas go hand in hand with an aperitif,

whether that’s the anise-flavoured ouzo in Greece, raki in Turkey or

rakija in Croatia, or the sweeter drink of sherry in Spain.

Develop a taste for meze on your next Sovereign Luxury Travel holiday. Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004

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Sovereign Luxury Travel’s Destination Executive, Simone Glatthaar, used to live in Tenerife while

working for our partner, Hotel Botanico & The Oriental Spa Garden, and so she knows the island

intimately. With very different characteristics to be found in North and South Tenerife,

Simone explains why you might prefer a combination holiday.


Guests who know the Canary Islands are usually more familiar with

southern Tenerife, as this is where the holiday resorts are based.

While the crowds flock to Los Cristianos and Las Americas, at

Sovereign Luxury Travel we prefer to recommend the resort areas of

Costa Adeje in the south, and Guia de Isora in the southwest, as these

are much quieter and more exclusive for our discerning guests.

“I recommend you combine both North and South

Tenerife, so that you can indulge in the magnificent

resorts and relax on the sandy beaches in the south,

without missing out on getting to know authentic

Canarian life and visiting some really attractive places

in the beautiful north.”

Costa Adeje used to be an arid area before being established as

a luxury resort with its glorious sandy beaches. You’ll find some of

Tenerife’s most extravagant hotels located here, and you can tuck into

some excellent cuisine. If you’re looking for relaxation and pampering,

then this is the place for you. Costa Adeje is also great if you wish to

spend the day playing golf at its various golf courses, or browsing its

luxury shops.

Guia de Isora, on the other hand, has small villages dotted around

its luxurious hotels and has a more old-school vibe. You’ll find some

wonderful spas here, as well as a golf course.


Most people don’t consider North Tenerife, and that’s a real shame as

it's so beautiful. Its set between mountains and valleys and there's an

abundance of gorgeous vegetation. It's the real Tenerife and there’s

so much to see here.

You can visit La Orotava with its vineyards and bodegas, or take a trip

to Garachico, a fishermen’s village with small restaurants by the sea

offering really delicious fresh fish and seafood. If you enjoy being out in

nature then this area is perfect. There are lots of diverse and beautiful

hiking paths and you can visit Teide National Park with its stunning

volcanic landscapes.

If you time it well, you can enjoy amazing local fiestas in the north’s

villages, including a carnival that's second largest in the world to the

famous Rio Carnival! I also suggest you take a trip to the old town of

La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Puerto de la Cruz was the first resort town in the Canary Islands

developed especially to welcome tourists. You’ll find a typical and

historical Canarian town bustling with small cosy restaurants offering

local food, located next to volcanic sand beaches, all framed by palm

trees and flowers.

For a luxury experience where you can meet the local people and

experience the culture, my recommendation is the Hotel Botanico

& The Oriental Spa Garden. Set within large tropical gardens with

private corners, a carp pond, water fountains and even home to two

black swans, it was a great pleasure working for this hotel when I lived

in Tenerife.



One of the Leading Hotels of the World, Hotel Botanico & The Oriental Spa Garden

reopened its doors in early September this year after a major renovation.

If you’ve visited this five star hotel before, you’ll notice how the property

has been completely modernised, and offers a much airier feel with a

greater prominence being given to natural light.

From the moment you arrive you’ll find a fresh white facade with

wooden and steel elements that seamlessly compliment the

surrounding tropical vegetation.

Prestigious works of art, an aquarium, and a spectacular sculptural

chandelier suspended above amethyst creates an impressive

welcome in the reception area.


Throughout the property you’ll find panoramic windows that offer

impeccable views over the Atlantic Ocean, and enhanced views of

the gorgeous botanical gardens, which are now lit up at night in the

style of One Thousand and One Nights.

“You can enjoy breathtaking views either to

Mount Teide and the Orotava Valley or to the

Atlantic Ocean overlooking the beautiful historical

town of Puerto de la Cruz. It is an experience

you shouldn’t miss.”

You’ll find high-tech amenities, including large smart TVs and

Nespresso machines in rooms and suites, as well as excellent

WIFI coverage.

“The hotel is a beautiful place for guests

wanting a perfect honeymoon or wishing to

relax in an astonishing location with a spectacular

award-winning spa. Children are also very

welcome with a kids' menu, children’s pool,

and special rates up to the age of 15 years.”

Health and safety protocols and sustainability have also

been incorporated into its heart, with the hotel awarded with

the environmental standard ISO 14001, and Biosphere and

EMAS certification.

“Sustainability is big at the Hotel Botanico

as they are firmly committed to protecting

the environment and conserving nature.”


One of the highlights of your stay at Hotel Botanico & The Oriental

Spa Garden could be the Botanico Slim & Wellness, a four to eight

day-long programme designed to support weight loss and detox.

Alongside treatments at the Oriental Spa Garden, including

massages, hydrothermal and aesthetic techniques, you can tuck

into incredible food at the hotel's unique diet restaurant, The Slim.

During your wellness stay all your meals will follow a special

organic and natural diet and you’ll be supported by a nutritionist

and thorough body analysis monitoring. There’s also an amazing

daily activity program, from walking and the spa’s thermal circuits,

to yoga, tai chi, qi gong, pilates, and meditation classes.

A 7 night holiday at Hotel Botanico & The Oriental Spa Garden starts from £999 per person.

Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004

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With Ikos Andalusia

Discover the newest addition to Ikos Resorts collection, with the

super stylish Ikos Andalusia on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol.

Perfectly positioned between

cosmopolitan Marbella, historic

Estepona and nautical Puerto Banús,

and less than an hour’s drive from

Malaga Airport, lies Ikos Andalusia,

a gorgeous beachfront location

on the serene shores of Playa de


Enter into this luxurious resort to discover

21 acres of cool and calm chic among

beautiful landscaped gardens, eight

outdoor and indoor swimming pools,

and leisure facilities.

There are designated quiet zones where

you can get away from it all and, as with

all Ikos Resorts, you can unwind at the

Ikos Spa, equipped with Anne Semonin


You’ll know you’re in the Mediterranean

with Andalucía's glorious beating sun

and all the al fresco dining on offer.

In addition to the main Mediterranean

buffet-style restaurant, there are six

a la carte restaurants to choose from

that boast Michelin-starred and worldrenowned


The Ikos Dine Out Service also allows

you to venture into specially selected

restaurants outside of the resort and

tuck into traditional local fayre, subject

to COVID-19 protocols.


Ikos Andalusia is home to the awardwinning

Infinite Lifestyle, which combines

five star service with the ease and comfort

of all-inclusive luxury. Stay in the exclusive

Deluxe Collection Suite area and enjoy

premium benefits and services, including

a personal concierge, a special beach

dinner, and a private Deluxe Collection

swimming pool.


You and your family get the chance to rub

shoulders with premier football stars at Ikos

Andalusia’s exclusive football academy.

Children up to the age of 15 will receive a

full Football Escapes kit as they brush up

on their football skills. Upon completion,

they’ll walk away with a medal and signed

certificate. Goal!


Experience the beauty of Costa del

Sol, along a stunning, five mile long

coastal path. Ikos Andalusia arranges

complimentary and exclusive guided treks

and cycle routes where on a clear day, you

can see as far across the Mediterranean

Sea to the northern coast of Africa.

A 7 night holiday at IKOS Andalusia starts from £1,299 per person.






After months of being stuck at home, are you in

search of a revitalising retreat? Somewhere warm,

welcoming and wonderful? Look no further,

as VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa in the Algarve

has a wellness package just for you.

Step into a fresh, contemporary sanctuary at VILA VITA Spa by

Sisley Paris, which was extensively renovated in 2019 and won

the much-coveted World Luxury Spa Award in the same year.

VILA VITA Spa by Sisley Paris is different to other resort spas,

as it has been reimagined to beautifully personate its location.

The Algarve provides you with the perfect backdrop for a relaxing

and revitalising wellness retreat, with its gloriously golden

beaches, lofty cliffs, and scalloped bays.

It is, however, the Algarve’s enchanting sea

caves that have inspired VILA VITA Spa by Sisley

Paris. You’ll find a unique design with natural

stone, tumbling waters embellishing the lounge

wall, and many hues of aquamarine that reflect

the colours of the Atlantic Ocean.

Partnering with iconic French skincare company Sisley Paris,

all your treatments will benefit from advanced science and

exemplary natural ingredients, including plant extracts and

essential oils. We highly recommend you experience Sisley’s

signature Phyto-Aromatic facial and body treatments!

You’ll always be welcomed at the spa as there are 14 treatment

rooms available, all of which are fitted with state-of-the-art

Gharieni spa beds.

The spa also has a HYPOXI ® STUDIO, the only one of its kind in

Portugal, and which resembles an astronaut’s training room with

its minimalistic decor.

The HYPOXI ® Method is an innovative pain-free body contouring

method that targets undesired fat deposits, tones skin, and

strengthens your connective tissues.

You’ll also find a Health Club and Gym, featuring a spacious

and bright fitness centre where you can enjoy both private and

group fitness sessions from aerial yoga and power yoga to chakra


Each month the spa hosts wellness experts from across the

world, and it’s well worth planning your holiday around these

special events.

For convenience, stay in one of the resort’s recently renovated spa

suites, which are perfectly positioned right next to the spa.

Now is the time to relax.

A 7 night holiday at Vila Vita Parc starts from £949 per person. Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004

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Sunshine, authentic Andalucían charm, and mouthwatering cuisine provide the perfect welcome

to Marbella in the Costa del Sol. But there’s so much more to discover right outside your luxury resort.

Here’s our top tips to make the most of marvellous Marbella.


Create holiday envy among your friends by clicking photos during your 4X4 tour of the historic whitewashed villages of

Andalucía, such as Casares and Gaucin, which perch over valleys with breathtaking views. While you’re here you’ll get a

glimpse into traditional olive oil and leather production.


Among all the Andalucían whitewash is the village of Júzcar, which was painted a vivid blue for filming the 2011 film, The

Smurfs. Hike through or rock climb this playful backdrop to find fun remnants left from the movie.


Puero Banús is Marbella’s fashionable marina, where you’ll find upscale designer boutiques. Spend the day here with

a personal shopper and celebrate your new purchases with a bite to eat and a decadent glass of Möet in a waterfront

restaurant as you watch the yachts bob away on the harbour.


Join the jetsetting marina crowd yourself! Charter a luxury yacht or state-of-the-art catamaran and enjoy sailing the

Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar.


We did! Southern Spanish wines are amazing, from Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to the famous

Andalucían tipple of sherry. Venture to local vineyards, such as the Finca Descalzos Viejos winery, and other local

bodegas (wine cellars). Hic.


Partly ensconced by the ruins of Moorish walls and Alcazaba fortress, Marbella’s quaint Old Town is teeming with

fascinating attractions. Head to the beautiful squares of Plaza de los Naranjos and Plaza de Altamirano, the 18th

century park of Paseo del Alameda, and the 16th century Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación. There’s also a

Spanish Contemporary Engravings Museum, which boasts a permanent collection of art from the likes of Goya, Picasso,

Miró, and Dalí.


Speaking of Andalucía’s surrealist genius Salvador Dalí, you can experience an art gallery under the sky as you stroll

down the promenade of Avenida del Mar, which hosts 10 of the artist’s sculptures.


The golf scene is big in Marbella. In fact there are over forty golf courses, including a few world-class fairways, less than

an hour away. You’re not a true golfer until you’ve experienced Mediterranean clubhouse culture!


Marbella is ideally positioned for exciting full day trips, whether that’s to the Andalucían cities of Seville and Granada,

the coastal town of Mijas, or the birthplace of the modern Spanish bullfight, Ronda. You can even spend a day over in

Gibraltar or Morocco!


Did we mention that Marbella - the town named after its ‘beautiful sea’ - also has beautiful beaches? Many - such as

Guadalmina, Linda Vista, and San Pedro Alcántara - are Blue Flag certified. There are so many public beaches to

explore, which come with beach lounger and parasol rentals, restroom facilities, and lifeguards on duty.





With Hotel Don Pepe Gran Meliá, Marbella

ituated right on Marbella’s beautiful waterfront is the Hotel

S Don Pepe Gran Meliá, where you’ll find stylish rooms with

wonderful sea and mountain views, and Balinese four-poster beds.

For the next level up in luxury, you must try Hotel Don Pepe

Gran Meliá RedLevel service, an exclusive offering where you

can enjoy a more personalised and privileged experience.

Ideal for discerning guests, the RedLevel service begins the

moment you arrive, with a private check-in featuring a welcome

gift, and a tailored concierge service in which you receive

preferential reservations and access to all the facilities.

Staying within a premium room, you’ll benefit from a private

reception area, and the RedLevel Lounge, which is available to

you all day, starting with a daily breakfast buffet and offering

complimentary Nespresso coffee, tapas, and alcoholic beverages,

including champagne, until 9pm.

There's even an open bar where as a RedLevel member you

can sip on complimentary Spanish drinks from 6pm to 8pm

each evening, as well as a private corner that boasts a library,

complimentary newspaper, music, and board games.





Perfectly positioned with the backdrop of the Mediterranean

Sea, this amazing pool bar holds Brigitte Bardot, the 1960s

French Riviera beauty, as its muse. Savour Mediterranean dishes,

fresh seafood, and irresistible premium-brand drinks.

The main restaurant centres around the hallmark of Basque

cuisine, the barbecue. Various woods infuse the dishes with

subtle smoked aromas following local traditions: oak for meat,

olive for fish, and orange tree for vegetables.



Experience the latest technology in beauty treatments at Hotel

Don Pepe Gran Meliá’s brand new TACHA aesthetic beauty

centre. Founded by the celebrated beauty hunter Natalia de la

Vega, the TACHA brand boasts a global celebrity following.

What’s your tipple? Sip on exquisite cocktails from all over the

world in the luxurious setting of Hotel Don Pepe Gran Meliá’s

new outdoor terrace and lobby bar.

A 7 night holiday in Marbella, staying at Hotel Don Pepe Gran Meliá, starts from £849 per person.

Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004

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Winter Sun

If you're anything like us, you're probably more than ready

for a holiday! Don't let the winter blues get you down.

Head to our top spots for winter sun.


We love Lagoon Attitude, a luxury, tranquil

adults-only eco resort, which is tucked

between fishing villages and situated by a

gorgeous shimmering lagoon in the north of

the island nation of Mauritius. Embrace the

Creole culture and cuisine and visit the local

artisan market or a rhythmic sega show as

part of the resort’s Otentik Experiences, or

simply soak up the plentiful sunshine on the

powdery white sands, with swaying palm

trees as your backdrop. As the locals say -

it’s time to kaz poz - chill out!

7 nights from £1349 per person



Does the idea of being on a Caribbean beach this winter sound

good? Then we recommend you head to the chic beach style of

Blue Waters & Cove Suites Antigua, where you’ll find secluded white

sands and uninterrupted ocean views right on your doorstep. It’s an

amazing all-inclusive resort that features fabulous dining choices,

tennis, watersports, and fun for all the family. You’re near enough

to the candy-coloured buildings and vibrant culture of Antigua’s

capital, St. Johns, where you can enjoy upmarket shops and

restaurants and bustling markets.

7 nights from £2,699 per person


Get plenty of rays and a sense of history with a stay at Vincci la

Plantacion del Sur, a former banana plantation just minutes from

Costa Adeje’s Playa el Duque. You might choose to make the most

of your winter sunshine and spend the day relaxing on a lounger,

enjoying watersports, or dipping into the hotel’s swimming pools

that are surrounded by gorgeous gardens. Or you might like

to explore Tenerife’s unique volcanic landscapes or hit the spa -

the choice is entirely yours. Just make sure you make the most of the

delicious Canarian and international cuisine that’s served up here.

7 nights from £599 per person


If you want nothing more than to relax in style this winter then

Annabelle Hotel in Paphos is ideal. This fully renovated hotel is

bursting with glamour with its winding waterways, chic furniture,

and cool views. Nearby there are Blue Flag awarded beaches,

secluded coves and Paphos’ marina and cobbled old town. You

don’t have to go far to make the most of your holiday though, with

wine tastings, cookery classes, afternoon tea, and fine dining all

offered at the hotel. If that doesn’t tempt you, then perhaps the

gorgeous rooftop bar and spa, and a swim-up bar laden with

champagne and cocktails will.

7 nights from £549 per person

Plan your winter sun holiday today! Book by 31 October 2021 to benefit from all our fabulous offers.

Prices are based on 6 December departure 2021 and include flights from London Gatwick.

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Perfect Pr posal


You plan to pop the big question and want to make

it memorable. Why not propose on your next

Sovereign Luxury Travel holiday? Our team is here

to support you all the way.

Getting engaged is a magical time. There’s a fundamental

question that gets asked every time: where and how did you

propose? This story is one you’re going to tell time and time again

throughout your life, so it’s worth making it count.

If you’re full of nerves then you might find proposing abroad easier,

as nobody who has vested interest in the outcome knows you.

Instead, you’ll find locals celebrating and supporting you with the

occasion. You can make the proposal as public or as private as you

wish, and it will still be very special.

This may seem obvious, but only propose if you know the answer

will be a positive one or if you know any knockback won’t create

any awkwardness between the two of you for the rest of your

holiday. Ideally, you should have already had conversations

about your future together and whether marriage or a civil

partnership is on the cards.

Destination Dreams

Do you have a specific place where you want to propose, such as

the first holiday you went on together where you stumbled upon a

pretty little bistro? Or perhaps there’s a place your partner has always

wanted to visit?

"You could pop the question to a backdrop of majestic

mountains, or be barefoot on a golden beach as the

palms sway in the background, or on a romantic

sunset cruise, or while scuba diving among

vibrant corals. The opportunities are endless!"

Leanne Hall, Senior Personal Travel Planner

It might be fun to propose in a place that is completely new to both

of you - there’s thrill in the unknown and it can be as amorous as it is

exhilarating, plus it can become your own special place to return to

and relive your romance in the future.

The most important thing is to pick somewhere that you know you and

your partner will both feel comfortable. Even if you only have a vague

idea of the scene, we can still help you.


Plan Ahead

You might have already planned a holiday with us and decided you

want to propose, which is great. Or, you might be thinking about

planning a holiday around popping the question. Either way, you’ll

want to plan ahead and think about what kind of surprise will blow

your partner away.

Ideally, choose luxury accommodation that is intimate and private,

and offers sleek service where every whim is taken care of, so you don’t

have to worry about anything else except asking the big question.

“Why not consider inviting friends and family to join you?

When I got engaged last year, I invited our best friends

out halfway through the holiday to celebrate with us.

We can help you with these arrangements and keep

them as an extra surprise!”

Ben Stratton, Regional Destination Manager at Sovereign Luxury Travel

“I recommend you take a direct flight to your

destination, as proposal nerves tend to have a way

of building up during long airport connections.”

Caitlin Keeping, Senior Personal Travel Planner

Travelling with the Ring

Are you planning to propose with an engagement ring? If so, avoid

misadventures that would give Frodo and Bilbo Baggins a run for their

money, and keep the ring safe. You’d be amazed how many rings get

lost in loose pockets or in checked-in luggage.

Be sure to keep the engagement ring within your carry-on luggage

and keep it on you at all times. To avoid suspicion, you can hide it in a

false book, or pop the ring box into something less conspicuous like a

travel first aid kit, watch box, or toiletries bag.

So that you don’t get stopped at customs, who could let the cat out of

the bag, double check you’ve removed all liquids and gels, and if you

do get stopped, you can always ask to be inspected in a private room

away from your partner.

“Don’t wrap it up in bundles of clothes, as that’s

the first thing customs unpack. You might want

to add a secret message: 'Shh! Help keep

the secret - engagement ring inside'.”

Raggy Singh, Senior Personal Travel Planner

If your ring is worth a fair bob then be sure to add extra travel

insurance before you leave. Often your jeweller can help you arrange

loss or damage insurance for your ring.

If for some reason the ring doesn’t fit your partner’s finger, then keep

it stored safely away in your room’s safety deposit box, or take a chain

with you, so that they can always wear it around their neck.

Timing Tips

Time of year is another important consideration, as you don’t want to

be on your engagement holiday during the rainy season.

Our best accommodation and exclusive rates always get booked

up quickly and, with the industry playing catch up on missed 2020

holidays, we recommend that if you haven't already booked your

holiday that you try to do so six to 12 months in advance so as not to

miss out on our most popular offerings. This will also reduce the stress

and give you plenty of time to plan.

We generally recommend you plan your itinerary so that your proposal

takes place at the start of your holiday. This means you don’t have any

pressure to keep up a pretense or feel anxious about keeping the ring

or other proposal provisions hidden. The longer a secret is held, the

harder it is to avoid arousing any suspicion, and the less time you have

to celebrate together as fiancés.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t make sure you’ve done a recce of the

location you’re planning to propose. We recommend you do, so that

you feel relaxed and know what to expect in the moment.

Once the Yes is out of the way, you can spend time celebrating,

relaxing, and romancing. You might find you want to keep your

engagement news between yourselves for a few days before

announcing it to your loved ones.

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Helpful Hoteliers

Don’t be afraid to lean on us for extra support ahead of your holiday.

We’ll work with your hotel staff to help plan all the details in advance.

Filled with local knowledge for scenic spots, our partners have all

the right connections to get you the best table with the best view in

the restaurant, and can decorate your room romantically during the

turndown service.

They’ll arrange the bottle of bubbly once the question has been

answered, or a secret photographer or videographer to capture

the moment, not to mention the fresh flower bouquet you need to

complete the look. From fireworks to serenades, these are the little

touches that you won’t find at home.

“For some reason, most hoteliers are born romantics,

and so they like nothing better than being involved

in executing surprises. It’s second nature to them,

and so you’ll find they always have a creative

idea up their sleeve.”

Erin Bridewell, Personal Travel Planner

Go With the Flow

Sometimes the simplest and straightforward proposals are the most

profound. You might not need the big speech when you’ve already got

a breathtaking location.

Occasionally, moments don’t turn out how we expect them. If you’re

planning an outside surprise, for example, then we can’t control the

weather. And, if your partner, who normally likes looking their best,

doesn’t understand your wish for them to dress up for their special

dinner date, it can get overwhelming. Don’t panic, your Personal

Travel Planner is always on hand to work out a Plan B.

“We once had a guest who went down on one knee

to propose on a gorgeous rock by the sea. Just at

that moment his spouse swung around, and her arm

accidentally punched him in the nose. On impact,

the ring dropped into the waters below. Luckily,

the hotel’s scuba dive team were able to locate the

ring and the couple returned 18 months later

for their honeymoon with us!”

Raggy Singh, Senior Personal Travel Planner

Remember that proposals that don’t quite go to plan often make

for the best story and laughs later.

Timing Tips

You might need to buy some time to set up the engagement scene.

If that’s the case, plan in some activities to keep your partner occupied

without rousing any suspicion.

“Our tried and tested suggestion is to send

your partner for a massage or pedicure at the

hotel spa. It works every time, and will put

your future spouse in a great mood.”

Louise Burling, Personal Travel Planner

Make memories

Your actual proposal is just one part of your engagement holiday, so

don’t focus all your attention on the proposal and forget about the

rest of your holiday. Think about what other activities you might both

like to experience to ensure you return home with a treasure chest of

memories for the rest of your lives together.





Pr posal


Extending out of Majorca’s emerald

green mountains in a dramatic clifftop

location, Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa

is an idyllic place for you to escape away

for a romantic proposal.

Overlooking rolling farmlands and the

sparkling Balearic Sea, you can enjoy sea or

mountain views right from your room, which

boast luxurious king size beds and giant

bathtubs, all decorated in a contemporary

style with local touches.

There are so many activities to enjoy at

Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, whether

you’re seeking out a candlelit dinner, a wine

tour of the local vineyards, cooking classes

and gin tastings, watersports from the

beach, or hiking or cycling around Majorca’s

north coast. Tucked behind the local beach

you’ll find swaying palm trees, luscious hills,

and whitewashed buildings.

Begin your morning mindfully with a yoga

class before tucking into a leisurely breakfast

on one of the hotel’s panoramic al fresco

terraces. A really relaxing treat, of course,

is spending the day together at the hotel’s

award-winning spa.

Return home with a Majorcan tradition

by taking part in one of the hotel's unique

workshops that are organised by local

people, such as ceramic making, a drawing

class, or floral distillation and aroma


A 7 night holiday in Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa starts from £1,289 per person.

Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004

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At Sani Resort

Would you and your family like to expand your survival skills? Then have we got an activity for you!

What we love about Sani Resort in

Halkidiki, Greece, is that there

really is so much to do for all the family.

From the resort’s incredible leisure facilities,

such as the complimentary treetop experience

of Adventure Park, to plenty of complimentary

activities both in and around the resort, such

as daily sunset cruises and The Olive Taste or

Beekeeping Trips experiences, you’re spoiled

for choice!

You can, of course, add a whole new layer of

fun to your holiday at Sani Resort.

Your whole family has the chance to play

and develop sporting skills by joining

one of the Sani Academies. These are

chargeable, unique classes that have been

established by legendary experts and are

conducted in a fun and safe environment

with professional coaches.

Your kids could join the Rafael Nadal Tennis

Centre or the Chelsea FC Foundation, or you

might like them to learn how to scuba dive at

the globally-recognised PADI certified Scuba

Diving Academy.


Our favourite Sani Academy of the moment

has to be Bear Grylls Survival Academy,

where all your family are invited to develop

expert survival skills.

Taking place in the expansive, natural

surroundings of the resort, you can come

together for an active adventure. All of the

instructors have been hand-picked by Bear

Grylls himself!

Do you know how to build

shelters and fires from scratch,

signal for help or navigate your

way without a mobile phone?

This survival expedition provides

you with not only skills, but a fun

and memorable adventure.

Camp out under the stars and learn how to

navigate by the night skies on a thrilling night

walk through the forest. You’ll get to enjoy

a proper campfire meal of fresh fish and

toasted marshmallows!

A 7 night holiday at Sani Resorts, staying at the Sani Beach Hotel, starts from £799 per person.

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You can be rest assured that all the accommodation offered by

Sovereign Luxury Travel is tried and tested by our team,

so that we know all the finer details of the hotels we recommend.

With an exceptional knowledge of our collection, we asked our

expert Personal Travel Planners to share their favourite hotels.

“I love Casale Panayiotis

Traditional Village Hotel &

Spa in Limassol, Cyprus. It's so

rustic and traditional and there’s lots of

history to discover. The hotel is incorporated

among the local houses and businesses in the

village, so your room could be next door to the local

seamstress for example. The walking trails and tours that

can be done from here are amazing, as are all the activities,

such as wine tasting and honey harvesting.”

Caitlin Keeping, ​Senior Personal Travel Planner

5 nights from £649 per person

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“My favourite hotel has to be Annabelle Hotel in Paphos, Cyprus. Just

a short ride from the airport and in no time you are sitting by one of

the lovely pools on a luxury sunbed with a cocktail in hand. The hotel

staff offer exceptional service - it always feels like nothing is too much

trouble. It’s such a fantastic destination close to the harbour, where I

like to go for a lovely evening stroll, some dinner, and even a little bit

of shopping. I highly recommend the hotel’s Mediterraneo Restaurant,

which is a traditional Greek taverna in a stunning location on the

seafront. The restaurant has weekly theme nights so you can really

get a taste of all the local cuisine.”

Claire Wood, ​Personal Travel Planner

7 nights from £549 per person

“Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Majorca is one of my

favourite hotels because it’s in such a beautiful, romantic

location, with dramatic mountains on one side and crystal

clear waters on the other. The sunset lounge is the perfect

location to enjoy a cocktail and is where I observed one of

the best sunsets that I have ever seen. This is a really good

hotel choice for couples seeking somewhere romantic.”

Leanne Hall, ​Senior Personal Travel Planner

7 nights from £1,289 per person

Let us help you find the perfect hotel for your next holiday. Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004




There’s always joy in travelling somewhere new as you create memories that

make you smile. What makes our world extraordinary are all the exceptionally unique

traditions. Why not celebrate with us on your next Sovereign Luxury Travel holiday?

Celebrations can be small street or community festivals that

you happen upon with a turn of a corner during your holiday.

Or, they might be large cultural and religious events full of pomp

and spirit that become the main attraction. Regardless of size,

they always seem to leave an indelible impression.


Songkran is probably best known as the water splashing festival.

Taking place in mid-April each year, it’s a celebration of the Buddhist

New Year, which has ancient roots as a Hindu spring festival.

Lasting five days, you’ll find young Thai people sprinkling water over

the hands of Buddhist monks and elders as a sign of respect, and

sculptures of Buddha being bathed, while in the streets, you’ll find

huge and jubilant water fights.

Ben Stratton, Regional Destination Manager, says, “I don’t think

anything can match the festivities of Songkran. I celebrated with

the local people in lively Patong on the island of Phuket, and it was

such a real experience for me, with quite a wet tuk tuk ride back

to my resort!”

A 7 night holiday in Thailand, staying at the Cape Panwa Hotel in Phuket, starts from £1,079 per person


The best way to feel the spirit of Portuguese folklore is at Festa dos Santos Populares, the

Popular Saint’s Festival, which brings together Portugal’s three major saints, St. Anthony, the

patron saint of Lisbon, St. John, the patron saint of Porto, and St. Peter, the saint celebrated

in many smaller cities. Taking place in June each year, you’ll find street parades and

arrairal, open-air parties that continue throughout the night and are complete with barbecued

sardines and smoked sausages, folk music, and free-flowing beer and wine. In Lisbon there’s

a mass wedding at the cathedral. In Porto, people wallop each other’s heads with small play

hammers, an evolved ritual dating back to the Celtic harvest festival. Watch coloured lanterns

in the skies, a fireworks display, and dawn dips in the Atlantic Ocean.

A 5 night holiday in Portugal, staying at the Palacio Estoril, starts from £799 per person

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Known locally as Dia de los Muertos,

Day of the Dead is the ultimate way to

pay your respect to your ancestors and

departed loved ones. While connected

to the Catholic celebration of All Souls’

Day, taking place on the 1st and 2nd of

November each year, its traditions date

back to earlier indigenous rituals, which

believed the dead would be offended by

melancholic mourning. Cemeteries are lit up

with offerings to loved ones across Mexico.

You'll find a party spirit within the towns and

cities as families reunite to don costumes

and parade through the streets, singing

and dancing, and feasting on food and

drink. Even if you’re not Mexican, you're still

invited to celebrate the beauty of life and

death from your resort in Riviera Cancun or

Playa Mujeres.

A 7 night holiday in Mexico,

staying at the Dreams Riviera Cancun,

starts from £1,699 per person


A celebration of all things floral, Funchal’s enchanting Flower Festival

is made possible thanks to its subtropical climate, allowing the

region to grow the most spectacular flowers. To kick off, thousands of

colourfully-costumed children congregate in Colégio Square to build

a mural of flowers, known as the Wall of Hope, to symbolise their

hope for a more peaceful world. Then there’s a great flower parade

as floats take to the streets. Artists create intricate floral carpets and

canopies, and there’s a competition for the best decorated shop

window. Traditional and classical music concerts and variety shows

continue the festivities. The air is filled with a delicately perfumed

fragrance. Usually an annual event during the springtime, this year,

the festival is happening in October.

A 7 night holiday in Madeira, staying at the

Quinta da Casa Branca, starts from £779 per person


To mark the end of three historical sieges made on the Malteste

archipelago, Victory Day coincides with the birth of the Virgin

Mary - so both occasions are celebrated with equal fervour with a

ceremonial public holiday in early September. You can experience

a traditional regatta and watch some serious boat races in Malta’s

Grand Harbour, which brings oarsmen from across the archipelago’s

towns and villages. You can also enjoy a perfectly-timed military

parade, before joining an evening procession through decorated

streets to watch a festive fireworks display.

A 7 night holiday in Malta, staying at The Phoenicia Malta,

starts from £799 per person




To honour its Creole ancestral traditions, the Seychelles holds a seven

day festival, usually during the month of October, which features a

serenade parade. There’s so much to discover about creole culture,

which you can do by sampling the delicious food on sale, or watching

the amazing musical, dance and fashion shows that take place on

the beaches throughout this island nation. You can watch a kanmtole

competition, a Creolised style of European ballroom dancing, head to

the Creole bazar, enjoy traditional games and family-friendly events,

or visit the special exhibitions at the museums. This year the festival is

postponed due to COVID-19 but we look forward to its return!

A 7 night holiday in Seychelles, staying at the

Constance Ephelia, starts from £1,979 per person


As a predominantly Hindu nation, the festival of Maha Shivratri is a

popular celebration in Mauritius. Observed according to the Hindu

calendar, this festival takes place around February and March each

year to worship the god of destruction, Lord Shiva, who on this night

is believed to perform a heavenly dance. Worshippers fast during

the day before spending the entire night performing puja (prayers).

You can witness the marvellous sight of thousands of pilgrims all

dressed in white as they carry on their shoulders colourful kanwar,

which are homemade decorated structures made from papers,

mirrors, flowers, and bells. Join the devotees' journey on foot to the

sacred lake of Ganga Talao, as devotional songs are sung and the

kanwar are immersed in the lake.

A 7 night holiday in Mauritius, staying at the Heritage Le Telfair

Golf & Wellness Resort, starts from £1,399 per person

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Black River Gorges

National Park

If you fancy some adventure away from the

beaches of Mauritius, then why not take a day

excursion to a jungle paradise?

When you think of the island nation of Mauritius, you probably

imagine yourself daydreaming on white sands as you sip on a

tropical cocktail and look out over the horizon of the dazzling

Indian Ocean. Rightly so, and there’s no better place to do this

than in upmarket Bel Ombre. However, there’s one trip not to miss.

Did you know that two percent of Mauritius is covered by a single

national park? Black River Gorges offers an incredible expanse

of dense jungle and highlands that has been a protected reserve

since 1994.

You’ll find a hiking paradise here, with over 30 miles of trails

crisscrossing through this wild expanse allowing you to delve

deep into nature. Along the way, there are exceptional panoramic

viewpoints with the most fabulous breathtaking views sprinkled

about, from wild canyons and dramatic mountains of rolling forest

to spectacular waterfalls.

Whether you prefer a gentle stroll through flat ground or an uphill

climb to the Black River Peak, the highest point in Mauritius, there

are plenty of options.

The birdlife in Black River Gorges National Park is varied

and striking. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a flash of colour appear

among the verdant green and discover native endangered birds

including echo parakeets, pink pigeons, wide-eyed Mauritius

olive white-eyes, and Mauritius kestrels.

There’s so much unique flora to swoon over, including established

black ebony trees, wild guava, and the rare 300-year-old

tambalacoque (dodo tree), named for the fact they are only found

here in Mauritius, just like the now extinct flightless bird.

The park is brimming with life and if you tread quietly you may

just spot wild boar, deer, and macaque monkeys. As day turns

to dusk, giant fruit bats, known as Mauritian flying foxes, start to

make an appearance.

Perhaps the most spectacular attraction of Black River Gorges

National Park is the Seven Coloured Earths, a small area of sand

dunes that have seven distinct striped colours. Incredibly, even if

you hold a handful of each of the different coloured sands, they

will eventually separate out into this awe-inspiring spectrum.


A 7 night holiday in Mauritius, staying at Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Wellness Resort, starts from £1,399 per person

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accommodation, and provide full flexibility.


Your luxury holiday is crafted just for you,

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Expect personalised service as standard,

for a smooth and hassle-free holiday.


You’ll always benefit from exclusive offers and

upgrades thanks to our great, long-term partnerships.

Enjoy various perks, including

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We stand for affordable luxury.

You’ll always receive exceptional

experiences at competitive prices.


We’ve been crafting luxury holidays for our guests

for over 45 years and know the industry.

We are fully ATOL and ABTA bonded and strictly

managed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).



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