Summer/Autumn 2021 issue
Sovereign Luxury Travel's magazine
Meet the Middle East
Plan the Perfect Proposal
Spotlight on Portugal
Where to go
for Summer 2022
Popping the big
A fairytale town meets
a self-drive holiday
Many of us share a mixture of feelings surrounding the realities of going on holiday once again.
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their hotels meet our standards to give you the peace of mind that you can holiday safely.
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times with no amendment fee (any extra
holiday costs incurred are payable).
If COVID-19 has affected your travel
plans you can cancel your holiday up to
three weeks before departure for free.
If we have to cancel your trip,
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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
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
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
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HEAT IT UP
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
Bali Beach Bliss
Into Tenerife with
& The Oriental
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What’s Hot for
Get ahead in planning next
year’s holiday as we share our
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
Know your dolma from your
sarma as we take you on a
historic journey of sharing
How to Plan the
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
VILA VITA Parc
Resort & Spa
How to Plan The
10 Ways to
Port Soller & Spa
Black River Gorges
with Hotel Don
Pepe Gran Meliá
at Sani Resort
Where to go
for Winter Sun
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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!
• Playa Mujeres
• Riviera Cancun
• Riviera Maya
• Montego Bay
• Punta Cana
• Uvero Alto
• Jolly Harbour
• St. John’s
• St. Mary’s
• Labrelotte Bay
• Eau Piquant
• Christ Church
• St. James
• Troodos Mountains
• Lake Como
• Lake Garda
• Lake Maggiore
• Atlas Mountains
• Athenian Riviera
•0 Lisbon Coast
Spain & Spanish Islands
• Costa Del Sol
• Gran Canaria
• La Gomera
• Neapolitan Riviera
•0 Gozo St Julians
• Belle Mare
• Bel Ombre
• Flic En Flac
• Trou d’Eau Douce
United Arab Emirates
• Abu Dhabi
• Ras Al Khaimah
• Félicité Island
• Silhouette Island
• Chiang Mai
• Khao Lak
• Khao Sok
• Koh Phangan
• Koh Samui
• Koh Yao Islands
• Nusa Dua
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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.
FIVE REASONS TO VISIT THE UAE
1 SAFETY AND INCLUSIVITY
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
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.
2 YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION SUNSHINE
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
3 WITHIN EASY REACH
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.
4 MODERN-DAY ARCHITECTURAL MARVELS
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.
5 SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY
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 FLYING FIRST CLASS
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?
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?
Turtle sanctuaries in Jumeirah at
Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
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,
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
MEET THE MIDDLE EAST
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
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
infinity view pool
Waldorf Astoria, Dubai
DRIFT Beach at
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.
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
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
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.
MEET THE MIDDLE EAST
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
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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MEET THE MIDDLE EAST
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
THE ROOFTOP INFINITY POOL
ROYAL RIVER LUXURY HOTEL
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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ROYAL RIVER LUXURY HOTEL TENERIFE
A LITTLE PLAYFUL, A LITTLE QUIRKY AND VERY CHIC –
TENERIFE’S NEWEST LUXURY HOTEL HAS ARRIVED!
THE OLIVAR SUITES CORFU
TRANQUIL, ELEGANT AND CRISP.
THAT’S OLIVAR SUITES IN A NUTSHELL
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
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
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
WHAT'S HOT FOR SUMMER 2022
DOMES OF CORFU CORFU
THE LATEST ADDITION TO DOMES -
A FANTASTIC BEACHFRONT FAMILY RESORT
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
LOOKING FOR A STRICTLY ADULTS-ONLY HOLIDAY?
YOUR OASIS HAS BEEN FOUND!
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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WHAT'S HOT FOR SUMMER 2022
GRECOTEL KOS IMPERIAL KOS
WE LOVE AUTHENTIC GREEK CHARM
AND THIS HAS IT
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
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.
LOPESAN BAOBAB RESORT GRAN CANARIA
AN ADVENTUROUS AFRICAN SAFARI IN THE
CANARY ISLANDS? YES PLEASE!
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.
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Portugal's fairytale town
Fairytales can come true when you explore
the magical Portuguese town of Sintra.
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GETTING TO SINTRA
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.
PALÁCIO DA PENA
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
QUINTA DA REGALEIRA
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
WHEN TO GO
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.
WHERE TO STAY
Pestana Cidadela Cascais
Include Sintra in your
next holiday in Portugal
Speak to one of our Personal
Travel Planners on 01293 765004
SPOTLIGHT ON PORTUGAL
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
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.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
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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
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.
ADVENTURES IN SPICE
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,
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.
COYABA BEACH RESORT
WHEN TO VISIT
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).
GRAND ANSE BEACH
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.
WHERE TO STAY
L'ANSE AUX EPINES
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.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
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Bali has the most incredible beaches. While your footprints
in the sand may be brief, your memories will be eternal.
NUSA DUA: ARTISTIC CHIC
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
A 7 night holiday at Grand Hyatt Bali starts from £1,299 per person.
SEMINYAK: SUAVE SPIRIT
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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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.
DIPS AND SPREADS
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.
MARINATED AND PICKLED VEGETABLES
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,
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.
DRY AND CURED MEATS
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.
CLASSIC MEZE & TAPAS DISHES
• Souvlaki: skewered grilled meat, sometimes
• Kofta: spiced ground meat kebabs
• Keftedes: traditional meatballs
• Tiropites: filo triangles filled with cheese
• Patates lemonates: fried potatoes drizzled
• Patatas bravas: fried potatoes in a spicy
• Patatas alioli: fried potatoes in olive oil and garlic
• Tortilla de patatas: the classic Spanish potato and
• 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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NORTH OR SOUTH?
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.
SOUTHERN TENERIFE IS MOST POPULAR….
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
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.
...BUT NORTHERN TENERIFE IS MORE AUTHENTIC
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
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 IS AMAZING!
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
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
“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
“Sustainability is big at the Hotel Botanico
as they are firmly committed to protecting
the environment and conserving nature.”
SLIM & WELLNESS
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.
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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
IKOS FOOTBALL ESCAPES (FE)
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
IKOS GOLDEN MILE EXPERIENCE
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.
WITH VILA VITA PARC RESORT & SPA
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
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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TO HOLIDAY IN
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.
1 EXPLORE ANDALUCÍA’S WHITE VILLAGES
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.
2 ...OR DO YOU FEEL MORE BLUE
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.
3 HIT THE BOUTIQUES OF EXCLUSIVE PUERTO BANÚS
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.
4 SAIL AWAY WITH US
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.
5 DID SOMEONE SAY WINE TOUR?
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.
6 WANDER IN CASCO ANTIGUO
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.
7 DELIGHT IN 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.
8 TEE OFF
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!
9 TRIP AWAY FOR THE DAY
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!
10 BE DAZZLED BY THE BEACHES
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.
DISCOVER OUR FAVOURITE SPOTS AT HOTEL DON PEPE GRAN MELIÁ
BARDOT POOL BAR
ERRE & URRECHU RESTAURANT GRILL-WINE BAR
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.
AUDREY LOBBY & TERRACE BAR
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.
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WHERE TO GO FOR
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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HOW TO PLAN THE
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.
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.
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.
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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HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT PROPOSAL
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
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.
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
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.
WITH JUMEIRAH PORT SOLLER HOTEL & SPA
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
A 7 night holiday at Sani Resorts, staying at the Sani Beach Hotel, starts from £799 per person.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
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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EXPERT PICKS: OUR FAVOURITE HOTELS
“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
TRADITIONS OF THE WORLD
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
POPULAR SAINTS’ FESTIVAL PORTUGAL
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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DAY OF THE DEAD MEXICO
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
A 7 night holiday in Mexico,
staying at the Dreams Riviera Cancun,
starts from £1,699 per person
FLOWER FESTIVAL MADEIRA
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
VICTORY DAY MALTA
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
CELEBRATORY TRADITIONS OF THE WORLD
FESTIVAL KREOL SEYCHELLES
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
MAHA SHIVARATRI MAURITIUS
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
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
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,
based on your interests and needs.
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
complimentary airport lounge access.
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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