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BEACH LIFE | Summer 2022
Sun-soaked days await! We bring you the latest inspiration with
another edition of the Sovereign Luxury Travel magazine, SoJourn.
There’s beaches, and then there’s beaches.
Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to
visit some of the world’s best, and in this issue
we celebrate the soft sands that imprint on
Starting with our cover story, Holidaying with
Jane McDonald: The Caribbean (page 8), our
team takes you behind the scenes while filming
the recent Channel 5 series. Off camera, from
Barbados to Grenada, the beaches were much
admired. We also share our Best Beaches for
2022 (page 46).
In the Indian Ocean, our guest Lin Johnson
shares her holiday memories when she went
Into the Maldives (page 38), while we spotlight
the Island Paradise that is the Seychelles
Islands (page 42).
Closer to home, we worship the Greek Islands,
as we take you into pretty streets with a Day
Out in Corfu Old Town (page 14), and where
our Personal Travel Planners fight it out for their
preferred island in The Great Debate (page
19). Plus there’s all the untamed beauty of the
Canary Islands, from Out of this World winter
sun experiences in Lanzarote (page 28), to the
unsung Canary of La Gomera (page 40)!
And, how can we forget Portugal? A favourite
of mine that remains constantly delightful.
Discover more in Welcome to the Algarve
We’ve been helping guests for 50 years,
yet our luxury holidays remain the same:
tailor-made with personalised 24/7 service
and perks at every stage of the journey.
And, if plans change, there’s always our
Book with Confidence guarantee.
It’s time to wipe the cobwebs from your suitcase
- and you can now pack it perfectly with
Erin’s tips (page 12)! Where will you go with
Sovereign Luxury Travel this summer?
Holidaying with Jane McDonald: The Caribbean
We were thrilled to be involved in the recent Channel 5 series.
us as we take you behind the scenes of Jane’s trip of a lifetime!
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The Great Debate
The Greek Islands are all so
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natural world in the wonderfully
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Holidaying with Jane McDonald:
Did you watch Holidaying with Jane McDonald: The Caribbean on
Channel 5? Well, Sovereign Luxury Travel were thrilled to be featured
in this series and our Marketing Executive, Ellie Harding, was with Jane
throughout the filming, island-hopping across the Caribbean with her.
Join us as we take you behind the scenes of Jane’s trip of a lifetime and
highlight the special experiences you too can enjoy as our guest!
The first stop on Jane’s luxurious Caribbean island-hopping holiday
was Barbados. This island is a fabulous introduction into the
Caribbean, with its happy and welcoming spirit.
Speaking of spirit, one of the absolute musts of your Barbados holiday
is to embrace the rum culture at the 350-year-old St. Nicolas Abbey
where Jane had a rum tasting experience.
“We all took the heritage steam railway up to Cherry Tree Hill,
which not only has amazing views across Barbados, but also had
some charming stalls to explore at the summit," says Ellie. "I highly
recommend you cool off with a fresh coconut to drink!”
With the waves of the Caribbean Sea lapping up onto this island
nation, it’s no surprise that many of the activities here involved water.
Jane took a trip on a catamaran where she was able to go snorkelling
with sea turtles and had the chance to visit an old shipwreck.
“Tiffany, who is incidentally The Fairmont Royal Pavillion’s yoga
instructor, invited Jane to a yoga class with a difference: yoga on a
paddleboard!” reveals Ellie. “Jane did an excellent job balancing on
the boards, but I stuck to Tiffany's on land sessions!”
In order to further explore the island, Jane took a 4x4 jeep ride excursion
that took her across mixed terrains to discover several hidden gems,
including Edge Cliff, Bathsheba, Joe’s River Forest, and Little Bay.
One of the pit stops was Animal Flower Cave, which despite its
unusual name is a large waterside cave that can be accessed by
steps leading to a coral floor, where you’ll find natural rock plunge
pools. Jane, like most of our guests, took the opportunity to go
swimming here among brightly-coloured sea anemones.
While taking a break from filming, Ellie headed north of Holetown
to enjoy lunch at Local & Co in Speightstown, a farm to fork eatery.
“The marketplace at Local & Co was amazing," says Ellie, “It was hard
to say no to the homemade and often unique produce available for
sale, such as banana and rum jam and watermelon rind pickle.”
One night, Jane dropped into Harbour Lights, an open-air club
in Carlisle Bay, with renowned Caribbean Dinner Shows. The
entertainment here is always soul-stirring, with live music, stilt walkers,
fire eaters and limbo dancers, plus there’s free-flowing drinks and a
traditional Bajan-style BBQ dinner to tuck into. The perfect place for all
the family to party under the stars? You be the judge!
Jane experienced a tranquil sunset dinner at Lone Star, which is known
for its celebrity clientele.“You never know who you're going to run into
here, which adds to its allure, and the beachfront setting offers some
of the best sunsets on the island.” says Ellie.
Our top recommendation? A holiday in Barbados is incomplete without
a visit to the institution that is Tides Restaurant, where Ellie and the
Sovereign Luxury Travel team enjoyed dinner one night. It’s a charming
post-WW2 home with impeccable sea views, local coral stone and
mahogany decor, not to mention a mouthwatering menu, from
Caribbean grilled lobster to jerk-spiced cauliflower. While there, feast
your eyes on vibrant artwork from talented Caribbean artists.
WHERE TO STAY
Jane stayed in the Beachfront Junior Suite at The Fairmont
Royal Pavilion in St. James. The hotel boasts guaranteed
sea views from every room. Relish the access to soft white
sands where you can enjoy complimentary non-motorised
watersports in turquoise waters, or enjoy a yoga session
overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
A 7 night holiday staying at The Fairmont Royal Pavilion
in Barbados, starts from £2,439 per person.
The Pitons, St Lucia
Framed by the dramatic mountains of the Pitons, St Lucia is a dreamy
Jane took a boat ride, arranged by her resort BodyHoliday, to witness
the beautiful Piton peaks. Along the way, she stopped at the historic
landmark of Marigot Bay, which is where both the 1967 adaptation of
the Doctor Dolittle books, and scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean
were filmed. Jane also visited the island’s famous sulphur springs and
mud baths (see more on page 34).
The original Love Island, St Lucia is a popular destination for
weddings, honeymoons and plain old romance, so Jane embraced
the island’s amorous nature with an opportunity to attend a vow
Jane and team headed to the popular Rodney Bay, home to a
yacht-lined marina and a waterpark. North of there, they visited
Cas En Bas Beach, a well-known spot for kitesurfing and horse
riding. It’s here that they enjoyed a drink at the St Lucian institution,
Marjorie's Restaurant and Beach Bar, with its funky community vibe
and marvellous sea views. We highly recommend you feel the sand
between your toes as you sip on a cool rum punch!
St Lucia’s eastern coast is home to a vast rainforest and has become
an adventure eco-park, which Jane explored during her stay.
“The Aerial Tram was absolutely tranquil,” says Ellie, “The whole team
were gliding among the treetops in an open-air gondola, keeping an
eye out for parrots and other wildlife while admiring incredible views
across the island.”
WHERE TO STAY
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is in the picturesque valley
of the Pitons and set among 100 acres of rainforest and
garden, making it your ideal tropical haven in St Lucia.
Get pampered in the treehouse Rainforest Spa (see page
34), enjoy watersports from the blissful white sands right
on your doorstep, or sip a rum cocktail by the pool!
An 7 night holiday staying at Sugar Beach in St Lucia,
starts from £2,559 per person.
The Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados
The Caribbean’s very own spice island remains a quieter yet
equivalently sun-soaked destination.
“There’s no high rise development here, and much of the island is home
to nutmeg, ginger and pepper plantations, so there’s always a moreish
hint of spice in the air,” shares Ellie.
Naturally, given its history with spices, Jane visited both the island’s
renowned fish market and spice markets to shop for ingredients with a
chef, before heading to The Tower Estate to create a delicious, typical
Jane then visited the esteemed Belmont Estate, a huge organic cocoa
plantation where she saw cocoa being processed and tried her hand
at chocolate-making. (It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it!) As
highlighted before in Sojourn, this 17th century estate is a must-visit
during your Grenada holiday, with its vast gardens, heritage museum,
petting farm, and craft cooperative.
Jane ventured further into Grenada’s hinterland, with a jeep ride to
Grand Etang National Park. Jane and team then took the 30 minute
hike to the cooling waters of Seven Sisters Waterfalls.
If you’d prefer to explore the azure waters surrounding Grenada then
why not dive to the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park, where you’ll
find a stunning collection of figures five metres deep? Off-camera, Jane
took a diving refresher course at the four star Coyaba Beach Resort,
another favourite of Sovereign Luxury Travel guests.
“Embracing Grenadian culture, we joined Jane to watch the Bélé
drummers and dancers at Silversands,” tells Ellie. “Bélé is a folk dance
that we were told may be one of the oldest Creole dances and is
influenced by African fertility rituals - it was hypnotic to watch.”
WHERE TO STAY
Located right by the white sands of the Grand Anse Beach,
Silversands is a luxurious haven that’s popular among
celebrities, so it was an obvious accommodation choice
for Jane. This five star resort has such a great culinary
reputation that many non-guests choose to visit for their
evening meals. What’s more, the swimming pool that Jane
swam in is the longest swimming pool in the Caribbean!
Jane stayed in the Silversands Ocean View Junior Suite
on the top floor, which boasts an open plan living and
sleeping space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a
A 7 night holiday staying at Silversands in Grenada,
starts from £2,899 per person.
HOLIDAYING WITH JANE MCDONALD: THE CARIBBEAN
Last but not least on Jane’s Caribbean itinerary was Antigua, with
its coral reefs and exquisite beaches. Amid its colourfully Caribbean
villages and laid-back character, Antigua has a distinctly English
nature to it.
Antigua’s many bays were once popular with pirates and naval fleets
alike, including Admiral Nelson. This famed flag officer has been
immortalised in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nelson’s Dockyard
in the English Harbour, which Jane toured during her stay.
Did you know that Antigua is home to an impressive 365 beaches,
meaning you could technically have a different beach for every day
of the year? Guests at Curtain Bluff get to undergo their own beach
personality test, which identifies the perfect beach for you.
“Jane’s perfect match was Pigeon Point Beach in the English Harbour,
so naturally she had to visit it,” explains Ellie, “And the good news is she
wasn’t disappointed - it was glamorous and popular!”
While there, Jane dined at Catherine’s Café, a beachside brasserie that
meets Parisian chic, and is an incredible place to spend a lingering,
leisurely lunch with your loved ones. Think daybeds sprawled on white
sands, classical French sharing platters, and fragrant greenery of neem
trees and orchids - and you’re almost there!
“Beach-loving aside, a speedboat ride out to Stingray City (read more
on page 26) gave Jane the opportunity to swim with stingrays, before
her and the team ventured to what the locals call ‘Jurassic Park’, aptly
named because it’s home to one of the world’s oldest living animals,
the Giant Aldabra Tortoise - as well as parrots and iguanas.”
WHERE TO STAY
The all-inclusive Curtain Bluff is located on a beautiful
stretch of beach. This family-run resort used to be a family
house but has been expanded into this stylish Caribbean
haven. You can even try something new with a game of
‘Pickleball’, or discover one of the Caribbean’s finest wine
cellars! Jane stayed in the One Bedroom Bluff Suite, which
boasts fresh chic interiors and indoor-outdoor living with
exceptional patio space.
A 7 night holiday staying at Curtain Bluff in Antigua,
starts from £3,299 per person.
Sovereign Luxury Travel was proud to feature in Holidaying with Jane McDonald: The Caribbean, which is still available to watch on
My5. Which Caribbean island is next on your bucket list? Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004.
Having the arduous (ahem) task of travelling for work, the Sovereign Luxury Travel
team certainly knows a thing or two about what a perfectly packed suitcase looks like.
Our Marketing Director, Erin Johnson, shares her top tips for smart and light packing.
After years of travelling for both my own holidays, and for work, I truly
believe that packing a perfect suitcase is a real skill that needs time
to be mastered. Each trip I take brings up a new tip for me, but most
recently, the old adage of less is more has definitely come into fruition.
Let’s start almost 25 years ago when I holidayed with a friend after
taking my A-Levels. The bag I packed that included basically my
WHOLE wardrobe was heaved onto the baggage scales at Bristol
Airport by my long-suffering father, and off my friend and I went
It was a green and purple holdall that was big enough for even
me to fit inside, and during those seven days, I think I only wore
Fast-forward a quarter century and my own space is now at a
premium after the needs of my husband and children. I’ve come to
realise in these years though that efficiency plays the biggest part in
making the process easy, and most importantly swift.
I used to hate packing but now I live by a few simple rules that really
help – plus it makes the whole process enjoyable and exciting – just
what you want before a well-deserved holiday.
PACK FOR THE TRIP
This sounds obvious but you will need different items for a week’s
Greek Island holiday compared to a combined Portugal city and
beach escape. Think about the activities you’ll be enjoying during the
day and the evening, and pick multi-tasking pieces. More wear per
item has become one of my biggest packing saviours.
PICK A COLOUR THEME
This would be my foremost tip – pick a colour palette for your trip and
try hard to stick to it. Keeping colours limited is a simple way to make
sure pieces can be mixed and matched easily, for maximum wear.
Try and mix in a few prints and textures to complement the overall
theme and add some interest.
LAY OUT THE CLOTHES – OR EVEN TRY ON THE OUTFITS
This step drives my husband mad but it really does work! Take
everything you are thinking of packing and place together so you
can see everything at once. This will ensure that you don’t have too
many of one thing, and you can also see what goes together. This is
really important to avoid over-packing or forgetting something.
PACK OUTFITS NOT ITEMS
Ensure you pack whole outfits and have in mind where you want to
wear them. This is a fail-safe for me and one that I always live by. It’s
so important to think about the outfit as a whole as I never want to
be the Green and Purple Holdall Girl again!
YOU NEED LESS SWIMWEAR THAN YOU THINK
Keep swimwear to a small selection and coordinate it with the colour
palette from the rest of your packing list. It’s good to take a mixture of
one and two pieces. You can perhaps do what I do, which is to treat
myself to something new for my holiday, but you definitely don’t need
one costume or bikini per day!
ACCESSORIES WILL MAKE THINGS FUN
Accessories can make an outfit and on holiday, sunglasses are a
favourite of mine.
I tend to take three or four pairs for a different look and find they can
really transform an outfit.
Pack them in their original protective cases and place them into gaps
in your suitcase. Jewellery too can add a transformational touch.
It’s wise to stick to a theme and pack an edit of pieces that can be
added to outfits with ease.
I always gravitate towards beach-inspired pearls, shells and beads,
and a few more glamorous pieces for evening wear. To keep them
safe, keep them in a small rigid jewellery box that you carry in your
In summer, I tend to choose flats, keeping my selection to a pair of
beach flip flops, a pair of leather sandals, and some dressy sandals
that can go from day to supper. However, for heels I like to take
wedge espadrilles with me – they offer the height but always feel
summer appropriate. If you do want to take heels, I find a block heel
works better for those walks along the promenade to dinner.
PACKING CUBES ARE A SAVIOUR
I’ve become a big fan of a packing cube. Cubes make packing and
unpacking so much easier and it means you can separate your items
easily. Once you reach your destination, you can simply remove each
cube and put them in a drawer or shelf. Pack your shoes in bags and
you won’t damage your perfectly-picked clothes, and you can store
them tidily away too.
BAGS AND SHOES
For summer trips, I would always recommend taking bags that can
be used to easily go from the beach-to-bar, and choose bags that
will pack flat, thus saving you space.
Use textures that are appropriate for your trip – think straw, raffia and
cloth in colours that complement your outfits.
As for shoes, after years of travelling, I can say with certainty that no
holiday requires a lot of shoes, and I LOVE shoes! I once went to Las
Vegas with my husband for five nights and he constantly reminds me
that I took 14 pairs of shoes with me. CRAZY!
IF YOU CAN, TAKE HANGERS
It’s a bugbear of mine that hotel rooms don’t have enough hangers
for men and women. If you have space, pack dresses and pieces that
crease easily on space-saving hangers. I like the thin velvet ones and
use them at home anyway! This way, you’ll always have enough.
AND YOU’RE GOOD TO GO
The final step? Wear your holiday hat to the airport to prevent it from
getting misshapen - and you’re all set. Happy travels!
Do you have any extra packing tips? Share them with us on Instagram @sovereigntravel
A day in
CORFU OLD TOWN
We highly recommend you spend a day away from
your resort and discover a myriad of cultures in the
UNESCO World Heritage site of Corfu’s pedestrian-only
Old Town. Here’s how to best spend your day!
As we highlighted in the last edition of Sojourn,
Corfu has an incredible heritage that’s brimming
with centuries of influence from the Byzantines,
French, Greeks, Venetians, and British.
Before we jump into details, know one thing: the
streets of the Old Town, or Kerkrya as it’s known in
Greek, are a labyrinth and it’s best to simply wander
around and allow yourself to get lost - because with
all the narrow alleyways or kandouni, you probably
will! (For a quieter spot to wander in, head to the old
medieval and residential quarter of Campiello.)
As you roam around cobblestoned streets that
pop with the pink of blossoming bougainvillaea,
you may come across British legacy in the form of
Guildford Street, named after a former British High
Commissioner, or perhaps a game of cricket in
the grass-filled square of Spianada, which is used
as an informal cricket pitch. Arguably two of the
most impressive British historic sites are the Ionian
Academy, which housed modern Greece’s first
university, and the Ionian Parliament.
We recommend you start early in the neighbourhood of Porta
Remounda, and sit out in the sunshine of a local bakery as you
enjoy a typical Greek breakfast. Starenio Bakery and Panetteria
are both institutions in their own right, as you tuck into delicious,
homemade spanakopita (spinach pie) or eliopsomo (olive bread)
with your morning coffee.
From here, wander a few minutes to the 17th century Venetian
architecture of Platia Dimarchiou, which over the centuries has
been used as a social club, opera house, and town hall. Right next
to it, you can nip into the 19th century Catholic cathedral of Saint
James and Saint Christopher, which feels like you’re stepping
back in time.
We then suggest you stroll the 10 minute walk across the moat
to Palaio Frourio, the 14th century Old Fortress, which becomes
busier as the day goes on. Started by the Byzantines but completed
by the Venetians, this is one of several forts on the island. For
excellent views, climb to the top of the Tower of the Sea where
you can see across the terracotta roofs of the town, and over the
glittering Ionian Sea towards mainland Greece and Albania.
South of the fortress sits one of the largest churches in Corfu,
the Church of Saint George, which despite being built by the
British in the 19th century resembles an ancient Greek temple.
You can also stroll around the tranquil Boschetto Gardens, and
visit the neoclassical Palace of St Michael and St George, which
houses a leading Museum of Asian Art.
You can then wander into the old Jewish quarter and visit Corfu’s
only surviving Jewish synagogue, before enjoying a typical Corfiot
lunch. We highly recommend Marina’s Taverna where you can
tuck into local specialities such as pastitsada (chicken and tomato
penne), bourdeto (fish in a spicy red pepper sauce), as well as
lighter dishes such as taramasalata and salads.
The Church of St George
After lunch, perhaps you’ll want to visit the Archaeological
Museum before it closes, a 10 minute stroll away, where you can
witness a fabulous bas relief of Medusa.
Or maybe you prefer to head straight for some light retail therapy
in the most cosmopolitan part of the Old Town?
Liston is a 19th century promenade with elegant colonnades and
arches that were inspired by the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. Around here
you’ll find many boutiques, jewellery, and craft shops selling local
products, including ouzo! Cool off from the beating sun with
a pit stop in one of the cafés for an espresso or a tsitsibira
(ginger beer), a British influence. Or, you might prefer
to wander to another institution, Papagiorgis Patiserie-
Gelateria, for delicious pistachio gelato?
Refreshed, you can then venture to the neighbourhood
of Kofineta, which is teeming with Venetian and
Neoclassical architecture. In the pink facade of the
Ionian Bank, learn about the drachma, one of the
world’s oldest currencies, in a unique Banknote Museum.
Moments away is the Old Town’s most important church,
the 16th century Cathedral of Saint Spyridon, which
houses relics of Corfu’s patron saint, and an
eye-catching bell tower.
Cathedral of Saint Spyridon
A DAY IN CORFU OLD TOWN
“Corfu Old Town is a fascinating place due to
all the influences from many different countries.
It has Venetian facades and a cricket ground in the
middle of the town, a castle with a moat full of little
boats and a beautiful pedestrianised centre of town
with some lovely shops and restaurants.”
Personal Travel Planner
As the sun sets and birdsong fills the air, the Old Town
cultivates a new energy. For a pre-dinner treat, dip into one
final Corfiot establishment, Lazaris Distillery & Artisan Sweets
Brand Store, to try some kumquat cream liquor, a tasty
alcoholic beverage inherited by the traders of Venice.
There are several restaurants to suit your mood for dinner.
Romantics should look no further than the intimate and
atmospheric Venetian Well, or if you’d prefer to continue
a traditional taverna vibe, head to Prosalendou Street,
where you can enjoy meze and spirits to the beat of
live music and dance. We also recommend Salto Wine
Bar-Bistro with its marina views. For a special occasion,
book dinner ahead of time at Pomo d’Oro, with its seasonal,
After an amazing time in Corfu Old Town, the following day
you can dream poolside in your resort as you revel in all
A 7 night holiday in Corfu starts from £745 per person. Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
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which hosts a collection of 35 exclusive boutique
properties across Greece and its distinct islands.
Every Grecotel property is individual and reflects
its unique location, and Sovereign Luxury Travel
currently offers six of these luxurious resorts.
EAT LIKE A GREEK
Gastronomy at Grecotel Hotels & Resorts is focused around
fresh, organic vegetables authentic Greek flavours from talented
executive chefs, whether you are eating à la carte or at a
The half board basis Dine Club allows you to dine around at other
Grecotel restaurants and choose from a fabulous curated menu,
as well as tuck into beverages and snacks throughout the day.
If you wish to delve into the Cretan culture then visit Grecotel’s
very own traditional Agreco Farm in Rethymnon, which practises
centuries-old organic farming, complete with an olive press,
water mill, winery, church, village square, and farm shop!
You can either tuck into a traditional Cretan lunch in the taverna,
or, you can spend the full day exploring and engaging in hands-on
activities like bread-making, cheese-making or treading grapes
and crushing wheat.
THE DURRELLS EXPERIENCE
Unique to Grecotel is the 1930s heritage site of Danilia Village
in sun-drenched Corfu, which is the stunning film location for the
TV series, The Durrells. Danilia Village also featured in the 1981
James Bond classic, For Your Eyes Only.
You’ll get a real sense of tradition within this quaint replica village
that was built using reclaimed materials.
This is quite literally a living museum, as you explore the open-air
village squares and narrow lanes, as well as an outdoor and huge
A 7 night holiday staying at Grecotel Kos Imperial in Kos, starts from £839 per person.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
The Great Debate
The Greek Islands
The Greek Islands are all so diverse and unique,
how do you choose where to go?
We thought we’d ask our Personal Travel Planners to fight it out!
Crete? Santorini? Zakynthos? Corfu? Rhodes? Kos?
Between all the Greek Islands, there really is something for every personality.
Perhaps you’re looking for somewhere undiscovered and off-the-beaten track? Or perhaps
you’d rather explore rugged coves than laze away the day on sandy beaches? Maybe
you’re a cultural traveller looking to unearth history and traditions? Or simply a foodie, who
wants to relish regional Grecian flavours?
The truth is, there’s not a single Greek island that outdoes its rivals, as they all offer an array
of experiences. Even within each island you’ll find very different experiences. Some might
suit a family sojourn whereas others may be perfect for a romantic retreat away.
With our tried and tested approach, our Personal Travel Planners intimately know the
Greek islands and are keen to share with you their preferences, from destinations and
accommodation to experiences and hidden gems.
Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas
Domes Aulus Zante
“For an authentic family holiday it has to be Crete”
“I just love the Blue Palace in Plaka, you must try the meze
in the Blue Door Taverna by the water’s edge. Looking over
Spinalonga Island and eating delicious Greek food as you
hear the waves come in, this is my idea of Greece.”
“Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas has a lovely Beach
Lounge Bar that’s open all day and is a must in the evening.
After enjoying a meal in their fine dining Ocean Restaurant,
this is the perfect end to a fantastic evening as you sip on
cocktails, relax on the sofa, and listen to cool tunes.”
“However, the privacy and service you get at Domes of
Elounda for a family is second to none. Imagine the scene:
a villa with your own pool to enjoy during the day, then in
the evening while the children sleep soundly you can relax
with a nightcap on your own terrace as you watch the
sunset. This is the home-from-home holiday lifestyle!”
“Yes, but Zakynthos is a natural wonder!”
“Zakynthos has such picturesque coves and emerald green
waters. It’s home to the famous loggerhead sea turtles, so
a boat trip to see these majestic creatures should definitely
be on your to do list. I went on this excursion, and it was
amazing to see the turtles in their natural environment.
The new Domes Aulus Zante is a natural area near to the
turtle breeding ground, so your chance of seeing these
beautiful creatures up close is a real possibility.”
“My other favourite hotel in Zakynthos has to be Lesante Blu.
It’s a haven of peace and quiet and has the most stunning
views from its infinity pool across to the Peloponnese on one
side, and Kefalonia on the other.”
Louise Burling-Cooper, Personal Travel Planner
Helen Lippe, Personal Travel Planner
“But Santorini is stunning and romantic!”
“Santorini by far has the most stunning views! All the hotels
we feature are built into the cliff face and overlook the
renowned Santorini Caldera, where you can experience
some of the most amazing sunsets, with Oia and Imerovigli
fighting it out for the best. I suggest you wander the
cobbled streets of the capital, Fira, with its selection of
traditional Greek shops, restaurants, and cafés.”
“All the hotels we feature here are small, boutique style
hotels, which makes it particularly great for honeymooners
or a romantic break. Also, Santorini is well positioned for an
island hop, so you can easily add on Mykonos and/or Crete
for a varied Greek island holiday."
“Well, for culture, it has to be Corfu”
“It’s definitely worth a visit to Corfu. Did you know it’s the
greenest Greek island with lots of beautiful sandy beaches?”
“You cannot leave without a visit to the UNESCO World
Heritage site of Corfu Town, which is great for shopping
in a relaxed and chilled environment and has wonderful
restaurants. For that truly memorable experience, I recommend
you hire a yacht for the day and live the high life!"
Samantha Grist, Personal Travel Planner
Karen Knight, Personal Travel Planner
THE GREAT DEBATE: THE GREEK ISLANDS
Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel & Spa
“You can unearth treasures in Kos”
“Rhodes is best explored by foot”
“My all-time favourite Greek island has to be Rhodes.
The Elite Suites in Ixia Bay is a firm favourite of mine as it
has a sunset bar, which is the best place to go for sunset
cocktails. From here you can arrange a private yacht
rental to take in the unique views of the beautiful coast. We
hopped in a taxi and arrived in no more than 10 minutes at
the beautiful old town, and it was easy to get the taxi back
to our hotel too. There are little streets to explore, where
you’ll find lots of lovely traditional Greek restaurants and
boutiques for a fun day out feasting and shopping.”
“Given that it’s the third largest of the Dodecanese Islands,
there are many ancient sites to explore and activities to
keep the family busy in Kos, which is why I love it. Close to
Kos Town, which has plenty of shops and bars, is Lambi
Beach, a family-friendly beach with parasols and sunbeds
that has something for everyone.”
“If you’re travelling as a couple then I suggest you stay at
Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel & Spa, as it will definitely have the
peace and quiet that you’re looking for.”
“One thing unique to Kos that I don’t think many of our
guests realise is that you can combine a holiday here with
Turkey, as there’s a catamaran that runs daily with just an
hour and a half voyage!”
Claire Wood, Personal Travel Planner
Deborah Hayley, Personal Travel Planner
HOP AROUND THE GREEK ISLANDS!
Why choose one Greek island when you can combine
several? Our Personal Travel Planners are experts at
creating tailor-made luxury holidays that take in more
than one destination, so that not only will you have a
varied holiday, you don’t have to miss out on anything!
You may wish to Coast the Cyclades and take in the glittering
sights of Mykonos with its famous windmills, the whitewashed
wonder of Oia in Santorini, and the beaches and local fishing
villages of coastal Crete. This can include a half day trip to the
uninhabited island of Delos, home to the ancient and mystical
Temple of Apollo.
You could Discover the Dodecanese by combining the islands
of Rhodes, Symi & Kos, exploring medieval attractions and a
sacred monastery, discover a natural sponge-making industry,
and visit the Tree of Hippocrates.
Or you could head Into the Ionian Islands, basing yourself in
Corfu to take a luxury catamaran cruise to the smaller unspoilt
islands of Paxos and Antipaxos that are riddled in Greek
mythology, before finishing up in blissful Parga.
A 10 night luxury island-hopping holiday in the Greek Islands starts from £3,735 per person.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
We’re so thrilled to share with you the latest new resort from one of our preferred partners,
Domes Resorts & Reserves - where you can rest by tranquil waters in the Algarve!
Synonymous with luxury, you’re always guaranteed a
stylish stay at Domes Resorts & Reserves, and in locations
teeming with soul-stirring nature and history. That’s due to
the handpicked approach of each and every destination.
Your time can be peppered with immersive CORE
programmes, where everything from food and wellness
to even art can be explored through fabulous signature
experiences. Add in the Domes Haute Living Selection
where you can embrace exclusive spaces, and your
own private concierge service, and you’ll find it hard
to return home!
You may be most familiar with the incredible collection
of Domes Resorts in the Greek Islands that has made
this brand legendary, but more properties are springing
up across the Mediterranean, and the latest addition is
the soulful Domes Lake Algarve!
In the heart of the Algarve just five minutes from Vilamoura, as the
name might suggest this five star resort is set next to its own private
The natural beauty encourages al fresco
living, as you’re ensconced by gardens
and lawn that are dotted by exotic blooms,
fragrant fig and almond trees, pergolas,
and lakeside restaurants that are connected
by a wooden walkway.
There are three outdoor swimming pools in both designated family
and adults-only sections, including a natural sand bottom pool that
is an experience in itself!
Inside the hotel, you can enjoy the fruits of fresh and opulent -
yet unpretentious - interiors. These perfectly harmonise with the
peacock blue and green hues of the skyline and marine outdoors:
think marble floors, painted domed ceilings, nature-inspired
wallpaper, and a bounty of natural light.
In addition to the spacious retreat rooms and family suites, and
villas, there are also self-catering apartments to choose from that
add extra flexibility.
When you’re not embracing Domes Lake Algarve’s surroundings,
such as taking the complimentary shuttle to nearby award-winning
golf courses, going kayaking or cycling, and exploring Vilamoura,
you can tuck into fresh, local cuisine at one of three restaurants
- with a glass of Portugal's own Vino Regional, of course! Plus,
there’s the signature Soma Spa to unwind in, and a choice of three
bars to settle in and watch fabulous sunsets.
Whether you’re seeking a family holiday where your children can
play at the fabulous kids’ club or on a romantic couple’s retreat,
one thing you will feel is endlessly inspired.
A 7 night holiday at Domes Lake Algarve starts from £1,299 per person.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
Welcome to the
A cosmopolitan town home to a marina filled with luxury yachts,
fine wine bars, boutique shops, two golden beaches, and four
championship golf courses nearby.
The most-southerly region of Portugal are home to all-day
sunshine, fabulous beaches, cosmopolitan marinas,
and prestigious golf resorts. It’s time to explore!
Under radiant sunbeams you’ll find whitewashed sleepy
villages that poke out from the cliffside, and pristine beaches
where you can find your own secluded bay.
Pretty little family-run tavernas and chic bars on the side of
glittering marinas invite you in for fresh seafood, a delicious
bite of the famed Portuguese pastel de nata (custard tarts),
or a glass of vinho verde.
A pretty village with old world charm, from its cobblestoned streets
and forts to its unusual lighthouse and sweeping beach paradise,
This is the Algarve - and it’s easy to reach with a short flight
from the UK. With so much to choose from, here are our top
places to discover.
A tiny village famed for its local arts and pottery scene, quiet coves
and beaches, and home to VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa!
A traditional village where you can take a leisurely boat tour
to an amazing and picturesque formation of sea caves.
A historic town alive with a watersports hotspot on the soft sands
of Meia Praia Beach, theme parks, a fabulous nightlife, and medieval
CABO DE SÃO VICENTE
Once considered the end of the world and home to an iconic red
lighthouse museum, this dramatic and historic headline is the perfect
place to watch the sunset.
WITH VILA VITA PARC RESORT & SPA
Discover how VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa are preserving
Portuguese traditions and showcasing local flavours through their
marvellous farm to fork cuisine. This time we look at The Fork.
You’re destined to have a gastronomic experience at VILA VITA
Parc Resort & Spa. As we learnt in the last issue, ingredients are
carefully picked from the resort’s own Herdade dos Grous Organic
Farm, and from local suppliers, so you can always enjoy fresh,
naturally, locally-sourced, and organic produce.
This local bounty - from Algarvean oranges from the Silves area
and hand-harvested Flor de Sal to the Monchique enchidos
(sausages) and almonds - is thoughtfully enhanced with luxury
items, such as rare caviar, to create exquisite dishes.
This is then paired with the resort’s philosophy of celebrating
diverse cuisines. You’ll find an incredible six bars and 11 restaurants,
all with their own flavours and style, topped off with impeccable
yet unpretentious service.
Experience clean and crisp Japanese cuisine
at Mizu Teppanyaki. There’s also the deliciously
sustainable Atlantico restaurant, which focuses on
modern Portuguese flavours inspired by nature,
and has a menu that changes based on what’s
available from the local fishermen and farmers.
You can discover Portugal’s regional specialties and traditions at
Adega restaurant, including classics from the islands of Madeira
and Azores, where every dish tells a story.
The pièce de résistance, however, is the two Michelin-starred
restaurant, Ocean, which reimagines authentic Portuguese food
at the hands of culinary superstar Hans Neuner. To top off your
sublime culinary experience, Ocean boasts brilliant views of the
It would be rude of us not to mention VILA VITA Parc’s incredible
wine cellar, which is stocked with over 11,000 bottles, the largest
private wine collection in Portugal. It’s an experience in itself as
the first-class sommeliers are always on tap to suggest the perfect
pairing! Why not enjoy a romantic private dinner or intimate wine
tasting under the vaulted ceilings?
What are you waiting for? Visit VILA VITA this year and tuck in!
A 7 night holiday at Vila Vita Parc in the Algarve starts from £1,395 per person.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
WILDLIFE ADVENTURES IN
Some of the most magnificent travel experiences happen
when you pause to reconnect with the natural world.
Antigua is a favourite of ours for its wildlife attractions.
Did you know that Antigua has an unusually large donkey
The British imported donkeys into Antigua in the 17th century as
working animals for the sugar industry and on farms, but the mules
were left to their own devices in the 1970s. This caused an explosion
in their population, and there’s now an estimated 400 wild donkeys
in Antigua. They can often be spotted meandering along roads,
eating up crops, or even grazing in the grounds of the country’s
principal sports stadium!
The Antigua & Barbuda Humane Society is a non-profit animal
welfare organisation that shelters over 150 rescued and injured
donkeys at its Donkey Sanctuary.
If you ever find you’ve had enough of the beautiful beaches, you
might like to visit the 43 acre sanctuary for a family day out, which
is also fully wheelchair accessible. Spend time getting to know the
donkeys, as they all have different personalities, and you can even
help feed and groom these gentle equines.
ECO DESERT ISLAND
For a truly wild experience, you may like to visit Great Bird Island.
It’s a tiny, uninhabited private islet that measures just 20 acres,
but is brimming with unique wildlife species. In fact, it was named
by passing sailors who were astonished by the sheer number
of birds nesting and living on this desert island with its blissful
white sugar sands.
You might like to stay on the beach, go snorkelling around the coral
reefs that are alive with activity, or hike into the islet’s highlands on
Great Bird Island is the only place on earth where you might see the
harmless and rare snake, the Antiguan racer. Plus, there are several
endangered species of lizard, brown pelicans, and exotic red-billed
tropicbirds to witness.
If you holiday between December to May, then you may be lucky to
spot some whales from the top of the hill, as well as hawksbill and
green turtles in the bay.
Our favourite donkey is Stevie, who was blinded by a vehicle
collision and really appreciates the attention he receives from
guests. Admission is free, but while you’re there you may like to
adopt one of the Antiguan donkeys to support its ongoing care.
A WORLD OF BIRDS
Antigua’s number one bird spot, Frigate Bird Sanctuary, is only
reachable with a short boat trip. Tucked away in a vast mangrove
lagoon on the neighbouring island of Barbuda, there are over
170 species of birds to observe here, including one of the world’s
largest colonies of frigate birds.
The most extraordinary bird species are the magnificent frigatebirds,
also known as the man o’war bird, which are instantly identifiable
thanks to their impressive wingspan, which can be up to eight
feet in length, not to mention their giant size. Given that they can
comfortably soar in the sky for long periods at a time, they are easy
The male frigate boasts a red throat pouch, which he can inflate
when feeling threatened, or as part of his mating dance, which
you can see between the mating season from September to April.
These same birds migrate to the Galapagos Islands each year.
Aside from frigates you’ll also be able to spot pelicans and terns
on the beach, as well as the endemic tropical mockingbird, the
Christmas bird. If you’re lucky, you may even spot the rare and
endangered West Indian whistling tree duck or Barbuda warbler.
Nesting Frigate Bird
SWIM WITH STINGRAYS
You’ve heard of swimming with wild dolphins, but what
The fact they have the word sting in their name, you may think
of stingrays as fierce sea creatures, yet the southern rays found
in Antigua are friendly and gentle - and definitely worthy of
spending time with during your holiday.
Start your wildlife adventure with a five minute speedboat ride
zipping through the country’s offshore islands, before you reach
Stingray City, located in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. This is a
non-enclosed area of shallow, clear warm waters where you can
see down to the white sandy seabed, which is surrounded by coral
reefs and tropical fish.
Stingrays come to this spot as they are attracted by the sound
and vibrations of the boat, knowing that they’ll receive a free
feed of calamari!
“Stingray City is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
I will never forget meeting one of my favourite
animals, the angelic southern stingray, in the crystalclear
waters of their natural habitat. They’re free to
come and go as they please but they are incredibly
friendly and want to come and say hello.”
Marketing Executive, Sovereign Luxury Travel
Once your boat has been moored, with a guide always by your
side you can step into the water from a wooden floating platform,
where a fever of wild stingrays will glide in to greet you in their
natural environment. Female stingrays are the largest, spanning
three feet long.
Despite being related to sharks, stingrays aren’t aggressive. They
have a venomous barb at the base of their tails, but stingrays
will only sting if they’ve been stepped on or feel threatened. Your
guides will teach you how to be careful in their presence and
to walk on the seabed in a ‘stingray shuffle’ - where you shuffle
without lifting your feet. The southern stingrays at Stingray City
are used to having visitors gently swim around them, so any risk
You can choose to stand, snorkel or swim with the stingrays, and
can even feed or touch them - plus you’ll probably be surprised
by just how accommodating the rays are to selfies!
While snorkelling, you may also get to witness shoals of small
barracudas, boxfish, and jacks.
After rinsing off the ocean under a convenient shower, enjoy a
rum punch to end a fabulous day out.
A 7 night holiday in Antigua, staying at COCOS Hotel, starts from £2,199 per person.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
Out of this World:
Beyond the warmth of the Canarian sunshine and your
luxurious resort, Lanzarote is an untamed and dramatic
wilderness that has been shaped by volcanic eruptions of its
distant past and today is simply bursting with landscapes
that feel out of this world.
With its somewhat surreal terrain of lava flow and ash,
parts of Lanzarote are often compared to planet Mars.
In fact, the European Space Agency trains its astronauts
here, and the island was selected by NASA to practise
driving lunar buggies for moon landings!
Lanzarote is the perfect luxury holiday destination all year
round, including for winter sun with its comfortably warm
climate and average temperatures of 20°C from December
Your idyllic days of sun, sea and sand will be amplified as
you explore the treasures of this unique Canarian island.
Astronautical Ambience in Timanfaya National Park
You’d be mad to go to Lanzarote and not take a trip into Timanfaya
National Park, a seemingly desolate and somewhat eerie moonscape
that was forged by cooling lava from now dormant volcanoes. The
locals call this place Montañas del Fuego - the Fire Mountains.
It’s easy to understand why the park was featured in the 1996
adventure fantasy film set in prehistoric times, One Million Years B.C.,
as well as the location of a hostile planet in the 1985 space war drama
Enemy Mine, among others.
With its massive craters of rocky earth, it’s unstable underfoot and so
the main and popular coach tours are not permitted to walk around.
Our advice? Go on a small group walking tour with a ranger. As
there’s no shade, this is best experienced in the winter months.
Visiting here is a favourite travel memory for Sovereign Luxury Travel’s
Head of Commercial, Jon Hill. “It’s literally like being on a different
planet! You can stop inside the park at El Diablo Restaurant with
amazing panoramic views, and tuck into dishes cooked by the natural
geothermal heat, or you can watch a straw burst into flames when it’s
dropped into a hole at the visitor centre.”
Crystal Vision at Salt Pans
From bubbled barren terrain, another otherworldly experience is
to be found at the Janubio Salt Pans. Waters from a natural lagoon
formed by the volcanic eruptions are left to evaporate and crystallise
into our favourite mealtime seasoning. Salt was an important industry
in Lanzarote in the late 19th century and today the salt pans are a
protected national heritage site.
Salt is an important part of Canarian culture and is dyed vibrant
colours and used in street displays to celebrate the island’s traditional
Corpus Christi festival each year. Even in its natural form, the
patchwork of salt flats are wonderfully picturesque with their rising
white pyramids. These pile up until they are harvested by hand during
Thorny Bites in Cactus Garden
Let’s now move to the prickly and imaginative world of Jardín de
Cactus, a quarry-turned-garden that was the last endeavour by the
illustrious Canarian architect-artist, César Manrique.
Wonderfully arranged with its traversing paths, you’ll find over 1,100
cacti varieties of many shapes, sizes, spikes, and flowers from around
the world. At the chic terrace café/bar, why not try a green-tinged
cactus burger featuring prickly pear cactus? Out. Of. This. World!
OUT OF THIS WORLD: LANZAROTE
Into the Dark at Los Hervidores
& El Golfo
Not all the lava from the violent volcanic
eruptions of the 18th century stayed on land.
Los Hervidores is a rugged landscape of caves
and cliffs that stretches as far as your eye can
see, forged when the roving lava collided with
the crashing and cool ocean waves.
Not far away, you’ll find El Golfo, one of
Lanzarote’s renowned black sand beaches.
Experience pure drama as you watch the
powerful Atlantic Ocean swell as it smashes
into the volcanic black rocks. While you’re here
it’s hard to miss and not be awed by the large,
vibrant green crater lake right by the beach,
coloured by a unique algae within its waters.
For their awe-inspiring grandeur, your heart
may skip a beat in these two spots.
Parade the Prom by Playa Blanca
Quite the opposite of black sands, discover
the resort town of Playa Blanca where inviting
restaurants line the harbour.
“There’s a long promenade that you can stroll
down and absorb the bustling atmosphere in
the evening, while by day you can wander the
pretty yacht-lined harbour of upmarket Marina
Rubicón”, reveals Jon.
You’ll find the large beach of Playa Dorada,
right in front of Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel
Resort. For kids and big kids alike, there’s also
Aqualava Waterpark nearby, which celebrates
the volcanic landscapes, with pools that are
heated geothermally and perfect for colder
winter days, as well as a saltwater wave pool
among the water slides, lazy river, and play
Sail Away to Papagayo Beach
More beach bliss is to come your way at
Papagayo Beach on Lanzarote’s southern
coast. Tucked within Monumento Natural de
Los Ajaches Park is a cluster of seven small
beaches that are sheltered among craggy
and bulbous lava rocks. Step onto divinely
soft sands where you can safely go swimming
in the warm, azure ocean waters.
Our recommended way to reach this beach
is with a private half day sailing trip on a
catamaran, where along the way you can
enjoy a delicious local lunch or tapas and
refreshments on board, before arriving at
Papagayo Beach. You can even go kayaking,
snorkelling or paddling using the equipment
Dizzying Jaunts in Lava Tubes
Lanzarote is teeming with lava tubes - underground cave systems
formed when lava travels beneath the surface. At La Cueva de los
Verdes, you’ll find one that was formed over 4,000 years ago and is
four miles long, although only one mile is open to visitors. This section
is wonderfully lit up, so that you can enjoy a spectacle of light and
shadow as you wander through several connected galleries.
Near Cueva de los Verdes is the lava tube envisioned by César
Manrique, Jameos del Agua, where you’ll find an underground
wonderland! There’s a cool, curvy open-top swimming pool,
restaurant and bar, as well as an auditorium that hosts live music
events by night. Always joining you in the cave are a cast of teeny
tiny native albino crabs!
Walk the Crater of Volcán El Cuervo
Would it be rude to come all the way to volcanic Lanzarote without
going to see one up close?
You be the judge, but that’s where our final out of this world
experience comes in handy. At Volcán El Cuervo you can actually
climb into the mouth of a volcano! Don’t worry though, there’s little
chance of an eruption! Not only is it a fascinating way to learn
about the island’s historic geology and a great holiday hike, you’ll be
rewarded with the most incredible panoramic birds-eye views.
A 7 night holiday in Lanzarote starts from £859 per person. Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
OF A HOTELIER
From winter sun to the perfect summer holiday,
there’s one five star stay in Cyprus that has it all.
Sovereign Luxury Travel caught up with Costas Malaou,
Sales Manager of the Amara Hotel in Limassol.
The moment you arrive at Amara Hotel,
located just outside the coastal city of
Limassol, you feel like you’ve jumped
into the picture-perfect images that
you’re tempted with on their Instagram
channel. Having opened its doors in
2019, Amara Hotel is the third and
latest addition to the world-class yet
Cyprus-owned hotel group, Stademos.
Costas Malaou started working in tourism
aged 15 years, working in local restaurants.
“It warmed my heart and I realised early
on that welcoming guests is something
I always had to do.” He’s been with
the Stademos group for five years,
and now finds it hard to imagine
being anywhere else.
Amara Hotel is very much a beach
destination, sitting on one of arguably the
best beaches in Cyprus, where you’ll find
sunbeds, umbrellas, and a beach team to
cater to your food or drink needs.
“Our owner had great vision for Amara, he
didn’t want it to be a run-of-the-mill five
star hotel,” explains Costas. “He wanted
it to have the biggest rooms in Cyprus,
extraordinary facilities, and a huge spa with
dozens of treatment rooms.”
This aspiration was attained, and begins
within the very fibre of the property, which
was designed collectively by an awardwinning
trio of architects and interior
designers. Amara Hotel boasts crisp clean
lines that’s generous with space.
“Amara feels so alive, as it’s always
changing and transforming itself for
the seasons, be that in the unique
artworks sourced from international
and local designers, to the plants
and the furniture that move location
depending on the time of year.”
“People don’t realise that Cyprus has
more than 150 Blue Flag beaches, which
is something we are very proud of and
grateful for. We made a point of ensuring
the hotel was situated right next to a 400
metre stretch of sand. Not only is it spacious
but it’s easily accessible and ideal for
families, as when you enter the water it's
smooth and shallow, making it very safe.”
With regular clean up days, the team
takes great care to ensure that their beach
remains clean and inviting, and even in the
peak of the summer holidays, there’s still
plenty of quiet areas for couples to enjoy
their own space.
The hotel is incredibly close to the
archaeological city of Amathunta where
guests can learn about the ancient royal
city, which is a popular activity for guests
visiting in the winter. But if you don’t feel like
stepping out of the hotel, you can always
find history within it.
“Guests are always surprised to learn that
we have a genuine restored and preserved
wall that dates back to Cyprus’s ancient
history that you can physically see within
Arguably, the star of the show is this
impressive spa, which spans 3,000 square
metres. “Our spa really is the launchpad into
our hotel, as we have nine spa treatment
rooms, and multiple treatments available in
what we call our Spa Bar.” explains Costas.
“Our team custom makes every single
scrub to suit a guest’s needs using
natural and fresh ingredients, such as
locally-produced carob and olive oil,
as well as carefully-sourced organic
coffee, sugar and essential oils, so that
guests really go on a wellness journey.”
When it comes to dining, you’re also spoilt
for choice. You’ll find the Michelin-starred
chef Giorgio Locateli who is very much
hands-on with creating Italian dishes
at Ristorante Locatelli, as well as Nobu
Matsuhisa’s famous Japanese-Peruvian
restaurant Nobu, the only one of its kind on
the entire island.
“The restaurants are a destination in their
own right, and our global Michelin-starred
chefs and menus attract high-end visitors.”
“One of our biggest ongoing challenges is
that we have guests who book to stay in one
of the Amara suites or Cabana rooms for a
week, but on their last day ask us to extend
their stay, which isn’t possible in those rooms
as we just don’t have availability. So, if we
could change one thing we’d have more
suites and ground floor cabanas with the
private pools, as they are so popular.”
The Amara Hotel team are always creating
unique experiences for guests, whether
that’s arranging 300 red roses, a room full
of balloons, a private dinner with a piano
player, or a meal in which their expert chefs
build a menu specifically to a guest’s tastes.
“If a guest wants a specific fish, our chefs
will personally go to the fish market to select
the best catch that morning.”
And what’s the best location for one of
these legendary private dinners? “The
Rooftop Duplex Suite”, says Costas. “It’s an
adults-only, two level suite with a private
pool and is just such an amazing place for
a private dinner! You have a magnificent
view of the whole Mediterranean Sea, and
“Everywhere you go, you have your eye on
the Mediterranean Sea, so you are always
left with a feeling of freedom and calm. The
rooftop bar is very elegant and stylish, and
in the summertime it’s a perfect place to be
as you enjoy live lounge music and amazing
cocktails. But everywhere is wonderful - the
terrace, the lobby lounge, everywhere!
“Our hotel motto is
‘Own your horizon’
and it really is true.”
“Our hotel is a perfect place for holidays
throughout the year and there are no
language barriers here as everyone speaks
English and we even drive on the same
side and have the same road signs! You
can chase the winter sun from November to
March, without having to venture as far as
the Caribbean or Indian Ocean, and enjoy
a range of activities, from cycling and skiing,
to winery visits.”
“Cypriot wines are now winning global
medals and the nearest winery to us has
just invested €8 million, which makes it
the perfect marriage with Amara’s
A 7 night holiday at Amara Hotel in Limassol starts from £1,795 per person.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
Unwind with our selection of curative spa treatments
that come completely from nature.
Are you ready for a natural spa experience? Cocoon yourself in
a mineral mud bath, or soak in waters that come from thermal
mineral springs and you’ll be tapping into time-honoured wisdom,
as natural springs are believed to soothe and revitalise not only
your mind but also your body, healing chronic health conditions
or injuries. We can’t guarantee you’ll look ten years younger, but
you might just gain a new spring in your step!
SLOW DOWN IN THE TROODOS MOUNTAINS
When you stay at Casale Panayiotis Traditional Village Hotel &
Spa at Kalopanayiotis, high in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus,
you’ll be unearthing several centuries of healing at the sulphur
springs in this historic spa village. This unique luxury resort has
redefined the area’s ancient traditions so that you can experience
restful bathing rituals in a sumptuous and award-winning
In a special hydrobath massage tub with over 100 microjets you’ll
be steeped in the natural local spring waters, known as theouha.
Embrace a traditional thermal circuit as you make your way
through a sauna, mint ice mist, herbal steam room, snow cabin,
tropical rain, and foot baths. There’s also a cabin where you can
relax with a detoxifying all-body rhassoul mud treatment.
For a special spa moment that’s truly bathed in romance and
offers bubbles in more ways than one, then we recommend
the Night Spa Journey, where you can enjoy a private couple’s
after-hours spa experience that finishes with a candlelit dinner.
Add on a 3 night stay to your Cyprus holiday from £425 per person.
LAZE BY LAKE GARDA
Hotel Caesius Thermae & SPA Resort in Bardolino is a true haven
of relaxation, perched by the crystal-clear waters on the eastern
shore of Italy’s largest lake. Its lush Caesius spa sources pure,
thermal water that gurgles out from the natural mountain springs
of nearby Monte Baldo.
This water is brimming with minerals, including calcium, magnesium,
iron, silicon and potassium, which can provide you with an array of
health benefits. The best way to embrace its hydrotherapeutic and
cleansing effects is in the spa’s two hydromassage pools, which stay
at a constant warming temperature of 34°C.
This spa oasis, which sprawls across 3,000 square metres, boasts
an on-site doctor to tailor personalised health and medical spa
treatments during your stay.
A 7 night stay starts from £1,149 per person.
BASK IN ST LUCIA
For a truly tropical experience, head to Sugar Beach, a Viceroy
Resort, where you’ll find the delightfully serene Rainforest Spa,
nestled among verdant foliage with a stream running through it, and
offering soaring mountain views. Unwind with bamboo massages,
scrubs and hot rock therapies in a dreamy thatched stone or
treehouse treatment room.
If it’s ever at all possible to tire of this lush, sunny haven, then less
than a 15 minute drive away are the Sulphur Springs, allegedly the
only place in the world where you can drive into a dormant volcano,
which last erupted over 200 years ago!
Dive into the potent rejuvenating mud baths, which are great for
soothing aching joints, sunburn or other skin conditions. You can then
wash the mud off at a refreshing natural waterfall. With both full and
half day experiences, this is a place you’ll remember.
A 7 night stay starts from £2,559 per person.
Soak up your natural spa bliss with us! Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
Rooms with a View
Dreamy views make for a fabulous start to each day on your holiday.
You’ll be pinching yourself with our pick of rooms with a unique view.
GRAND PARK HOTEL ROVINJ
Grand Park Hotel Rovinj provides epic views to the gem that is Rovinj. Gaze across
tranquil yacht-lined waters to terracotta tiled roofs and the pop of emerald cypress trees.
Grand Park Hotel Rovinj
Breathtaking. That’s the only way to describe your view at
MarBella Elix, as your private infinity pool floats out into
the endless horizon blue of the Ionian Sea.
Your magical island haven is uplifted by the calm tropical views
from your pool villa at Raffles Seychelles, where bountiful
palm trees and the Indian Ocean glitters before you.
FAIRMONT BAB AL BAHR
The lush green fairways of Victoria Golf Course provide
a soothing and serene picture to wake up to from your
room at Anantara Vilamoura.
Embrace the regal spectacle of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
with its spherical domes and reaching minarets right from
your room at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
with Lin Johnson
We used Sovereign Luxury Travel for our Maldives trip in December
last year. This was our first time getting away since November 2019
and we kept pinching ourselves to make ourselves believe we were
As a family we usually enjoy self-catering holidays. Now our children
are adults and it’s just my husband and I travelling together, we like
to stay in boutique style hotels, and we go to Gran Canaria at least
once a year if we can. We do not do highrise large hotels!
We tend to independently book our holidays but it was nice on
this occasion to have it organised by someone else. We found our
Personal Travel Planner, Antonia Coppolella, very helpful and it
made life easier.
Kuredu Island Resort & Spa suited our budget and had everything
that we wanted from a holiday. We had a wonderful time there -
the white soft sand and warm turquoise water will stay with me
forever. We stayed in a Beach Villa, which was lovely and had
great uninterrupted views over the ocean.
The sea plane ride to the island was amazing and definitely
something ticked off the bucket list and on arriving at the
island we were welcomed with drums beating and staff
clapping their hands. It made us feel very welcome.
You could literally kick off your shoes and relax. On arrival there was
a bottle of sparkling rosé wine waiting for us. We were allocated
an 'island host' and he was very helpful, and we could contact him via
Whatsapp, which we thought was great. The staff were friendly
at all times.
We took advantage of the spa, which I would thoroughly recommend!
I have never stayed anywhere with an outside bathroom before so that
is also an experience ticked off the bucket list. Having a shower while
fruit bats flew from tree to tree nearby was quite something.
We brought our own snorkelling gear from home
and it was amazing to be able to snorkel off the beach
and witness sea turtles, reef tip sharks, stingrays,
and lovely colourful and large fish!
While the island is the third largest in the Maldives it still had an
exclusive feel to it and never felt too busy. There are four restaurants
on Kuredu, including one à la carte restaurant. On arrival we
were allocated to one of them but we could also use the other
restaurants if we made a reservation, which we did.
The food was of excellent quality at all the restaurants, and there
was plenty to choose from. I can recommend both the red and
white wine and local beer to have with dinner. We also had yummy
cocktails - pina coladas and daiquiris, which were included in our
all inclusive stay.
We had two fridges in our room that were restocked daily and were
very generous. They included wine, beer, soft drinks, fruit juices,
snacks and, at extra cost, sparkling wine and spirits.
Our favourite thing to do was to wander back to the room at about
4pm and relax on the daybed on our deck, watching the sea while
enjoying a glass of wine before we got ready to go to dinner. There
were a number of shops where you could also purchase limited
supplies as well as souvenirs and clothes.
We spent our days around the pool, with our loungers looking
towards the beach. We loved watching the sea planes coming in
and leaving. And we could choose to swim between the pool or the
sea! The palms gave great shade when needed.
On our last night we had a special table that
had been decorated to say farewell to us. It was a truly
magical and beautiful time away.
A 7 night holiday at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives starts from £1,799 per person.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
Did you know that there’s an unsung Canary Island?
The second smallest of the eight Canary Islands,
La Gomera is relatively forgotten about, making it
a haven for nature lovers and boasting old-world
Canarian charm and traditions.
With mild yet warm temperatures throughout the year, La Gomera
lives in what the locals call an eternal spring. It has a more demure
and tranquil vibe than other islands in the archipelago - in fact
La Gomera only gained mains electricity and water after 1975.
It's surprisingly easy to reach La Gomera - just a 40 minute ferry
ride from Tenerife’s Los Cristianos Harbour, which takes you into the
island’s picturesque capital of San Sebastián, where pretty pastel
cliffside houses seem to almost spill into the sea.
Incidentally, the island was Christopher Columbus's last stop before
he sailed to the Americas in 1492. La Gomera’s most recent global
claim to fame is that it was the location of the 2015 film, In the Heart
of the Sea, which was set in the mid-19th century.
La Gomera was a former hippie hangout too: in the 1960s and 1970s
the island attracted Americans who would hide in its caves to avoid
military conscription during the Vietnam War.
One of La Gomera’s most unusual customs is Silbo Gomero, a
whistled language that shepherds and other inhabitants of the
island have used for many centuries to help communicate to one
another across the rugged volcanic landscapes of deep ravines
and narrow valleys. It’s believed that this whistling can convey
messages over three miles. Even today, school children still learn
If you enjoy hiking then you’re in luck, as there’s over
400 miles of zigzagging walking trails that take you
into incredible landscapes, including up to the island’s
highest peak, the Alto de Garajonay.
In the heart of the island, you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage
site of Garajonay National Park, which is mostly made up of a vast,
fairytale-esque and foggy laurel forest that you can easily venture
through and discover gnarled trees, horizontal rain, and unique
animals, including a giant lizard species.
Like the other Canary Islands, La Gomera also boasts a homegrown
winemaking culture, producing a whopping 30,000 litres every year
with its own designation of origin. You can visit vineyards and
bodegas in Vallehermoso and Hermigua.
We recommend you watch rather than partake in the somewhat
eccentric folk sport of salto del pastor or shepherd’s leap, where
shepherd’s nimbly pole-vault across mountaintops. It’s quite a feat!
Spend your time unwinding on the island's many unspoilt beaches,
including the three Blue Flag beaches - Playa de Santiago in
Alajeró, and both Playa de La Cueva and Playa de San Sebastián
de La Gomera in San Sebastián. Tapahuga Beach is easily reached
by a direct walkway from Hotel Jardín Tecina.
Go whale watching off the Atlantic Coast, or on
guided walks, such as a historical stroll, a wander
under the stars, or a walk through banana plantations.
You’ll also find unusual rock formations, such as Los Organos,
which resembles a set of church organ pipes.
There are many villages to discover, such as the hilltop village
of Agulo, which is ensconced by the ‘yellow gold’ of banana
plantations, and the hamlet of Chipude, which is bursting with history.
Driving around you’ll find people in straw hats tending to the land,
low-key settlements, and terraces sprawling with prickly pears,
aloe, and palms.
La Gomera really does feel like the place that time
forgot - but you’ll be so glad you’ve found it.
The now-dormant volcanoes really shaped La Gomera, creating
natural treasures of black sand beaches, palm-filled valleys,
and almost ethereal mountainous slopes.
WHERE TO STAY
HOTEL JARDÍN TECINA
There’s only one place we recommend you stay in La Gomera,
as it offers such an array of fantastic experiences.
Situated on a clifftop, Hotel Jardín Tecina is a flower-filled haven
that feels like a pretty Canarian village with its botanical gardens,
swaying palm trees, and typical architecture. Backed by mountains
with mesmerising panoramas of the Atlantic Ocean, there are
steps and lifts down to the shingle beach, where you can splash
in the crystalline waters, play beach volley, a game of boules or
even mini golf.
There are five swimming pools and two solariums to unwind in,
as well as the adults-only Spa Ahemon with its open-air terrace
and glittering views.
All the rooms have a brilliant beach spirit with their bright,
contemporary interiors. When you’re not playing a game of
tennis or golf on the hotel’s own fairways, you can explore the
100% organic garden, Eco Finca Tecina, which provides El Laurel
Restaurant for a garden-to-table meal.
You’re spoilt for choice here, as you can tuck into global flavours
and traditional Canarian dishes at any one of Hotel Jardín Tecina’s
11 bars and restaurants, or have a special, private meal dining in
candlelight in a natural cave.
A 7 night holiday at Hotel Jardín Tecina in La Gomera
starts from £975 per person.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004.
The Seychelles Islands
Breathe in bliss with an island paradise that delights with adventure, wildlife,
and heritage. The Seychelles is that once-in-a-lifetime barefoot luxury experience
that will likely entice you back for more.
There’s an almost ethereal aura about the Seychelles. Unlike other
destinations in the Indian Ocean, this archipelago of 115 islands
is brimming with nature. Perhaps it’s due to the close proximity to
East Africa, or maybe it's the remoteness of its location that
creates this sprawling Garden of Eden.
Whatever the reason, if you’re someone who loves to break up
your beach time with activity and one-of-a-kind experiences,
then the Seychelles is where you need to be.
Every divine Seychelles holiday begins in the archipelago’s
largest island of Mahé, and from the moment you arrive you’ll
be mesmerised by the sway of verdant palm trees, dazzlingly soft
white sands, and shimmering turquoise waters.
“The beaches are delightfully wild and untouched,
remaining unchanged for centuries, which is why
it’s possible to find critically endangered hawksbill
sea turtles nesting on them, a breathtaking sight
that will stir your heart for a lifetime.”
Regional Destination Manager at Sovereign Luxury Travel
Cultural Treasures, Unearthed
Space out your days between relaxing
on the sands and exploring. Known for its
exotic spices, Mahé is home to the small
capital city of Victoria that houses the
wonderfully tropical botanical gardens,
and the many cultural markets where you’ll
be welcomed by warm and kind-natured
There’s also plenty of roaming to do.
Visit the hilltop retreat of Le Jardin Du Roi
Spice Garden, where you can surround
yourself with organic spices and delve
into the island’s historic spice trade, or
get a taste for rum at the Takamaka Rum
Distillery. (The rum drinking culture is
understandable. Many of the islands of
the Seychelles were used to bury
treasure by passing pirates, before being
transformed into coconut and vanilla
plantations in the 18th century.)
Head for dinner at Marie Antoinette,
a traditional colonial mansion that serves
up deliciously authentic Creole cuisine
from a menu that hasn’t changed in 50
years - think battered parrotfish and
Meet wise and friendly
100 year-old giant Aldabra
tortoises in the breeding wildlife
reserve of Mayenne Island.
In southern Mahé, there are also plenty of
local Creole beach restaurants, where you
can feast on freshly-caught fish, prawns
and crab and the Indian influence of
curries, lentils and chutneys while your
feet sink into the divinely warm sand.
If you’re travelling to a resort island, you
might find you’re joined on your journey by
glittering flying fish who quite literally fly
alongside your speedboat.
With all there is to do in Mahé alone, it’s
understandable why most visitors stay here
for the duration of their holiday. But, to
really make the most of the Seychelles, our
advice is to island-hop around three or four
islands in one trip so that you don’t miss out,
as each island has a different vibe, both in
terms of activities and character.
What's more, it’s easy to get around, with
short travel times between islands, making
it suitable for travelling with youngsters.
A Brilliant Brush with Nature
To really get up close to nature, venture to
the small island of Praslin, where at its heart
lies the tucked away Vallée de Mai Nature
Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site
that is brimming with endemic birds, flora,
“It’s possible to develop an entirely
new relationship with wildlife,
particularly when you hear the
distinctly human-sounding whistle
of the Seychelles warbler.”
Even if you’re not much of a walker, head
out on one of three hiking trails that take
you into this emerald forest and you’ll be
rewarded with views to die for. This is one
of only two places on earth where you’ll
find the renowned coco de mer, the world’s
largest seed from a palm tree, which is
steeped in fascinating legend and can
weigh up to 36 kgs!
The Seychelles has no poisonous or
dangerous wildlife, and no predators, so
it’s quite possible to connect with millions
of years of evolution in one holiday, be that
with dinosaur millipedes, the Seychelles
bulbul, skinks and geckos, or fairy terns.
Across the Seychelles you can take day trips
to islands that are dedicated specifically
“Praslin arguably holds the world’s
most beautiful 18-hole golf course
at Constance Lemuria, which is
edged by mountainous jungle
and the azure ocean.”
ISLAND HOPPING FOR…
Constance Ephelia, Mahe & Hilton Seychelles
Labriz Resort & Spa, Silhouette Island
Where Time Stands Still
The one island you must take a day trip to
is the delightfully tiny La Digue.
Everything here runs at a much slower
pace, and life here is as wonderfully
archaic as it is laid-back. In fact, the only
way to get around the island is by bicycle,
even if you’re a president or royal!
La Digue truly takes the cake with its
beaches, such as the secluded Petite Anse
Beach, home to powdery white sands
and granite boulders. Some of La Digue’s
beaches are so well hidden that it’s best to
go with a local guide, and a few can only
be reached by foot, such as the remote but
hauntingly attractive Anse Marron.
INTO THE OCEAN:
Adventure always seems to meet nature
in the Seychelles, not least when you’re
indulging in watersports. The waters
are safe and wonderfully warm here,
with average temperatures of 28°C.
With six marine parks that are home to
colourful marine life and corals, there’s
so much to see!
If you’re lucky, you can witness
bottlenose dolphins while you’re day
tripping on a catamaran, or witness
schools of clownfish while scuba
diving or simply snorkelling near the
You may leave her behind, but the
Seychelles will forever imprint on
Anantara MAIA, Mahe & Raffles Seychelles, Praslin
Carana Beach & Hotel L’Archipel, Praslin
A 7 night holiday in the Seychelles starts from £1,899 per person. Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
Soak into the spirit of Rhodes with a stay
at Sheraton Rhodes Resort.
SHERATON RHODES RESORT
Located on the northern tip of the island, less than two and a half miles
from the city centre and Old Town, Sheraton Rhodes Resort is ensconced by
gorgeous landscaped gardens, and has a light, contemporary air to it that’s
sprinkled with classical Grecian elements.
You’re perfectly positioned to explore the 2,400 year history around you, as you
venture into ancient cobbled towns, or dig into awe-inspiring UNESCO World
Heritage archaeological sites.
All the resort team are brimming with local knowledge and able to suggest
unique activities, whether that’s renting a bike to head into the city, walking
through the Valley of Butterflies, visiting local vineyards, or hopping on a ferry to
the nearby island of Symi, home to multicoloured houses and hidden coves.
The resort is your ideal home-away-from-home spot, as you stay in breezy
rooms that boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the native flora and
Aegean Sea, not to mention crisp marble en suite bathrooms.
Of the four resort restaurants, our favourite has to be Thèa. It has a fabulously
authentic chic vibe as you sit among grand olive trees witnessing breathtaking views
and feast on fresh Greek local produce and flavours. This is what holidays are all about!
What’s more, Sheraton Rhodes Resort is set by its own private beach,
so you can feel sun-kissed as you relax on complimentary sunbeds with
umbrellas, or dive into the sea where you can enjoy an array of watersports,
including stand-up paddleboarding, and windsurfing.
Families will feel really welcome here, with daily fun programmes, live evening
entertainment, an all-day buffet restaurant, family rooms, and a dedicated kids’
pool and menus.
The three sports courts are an ideal place for you to come together to play
a game of squash, tennis or basketball. There are three magnificent outdoor
swimming pools for you to cool off in, including a peaceful outdoor pool on the
sixth floor. You can also find a sense of wellbeing in the soothing spa with its
Jacuzzi, sauna and indoor pool.
At the heart of the resort set within olive grove gardens is the Main Pool, the
Pool Bar, and the Mediterraneo Restaurant, where you can enjoy poolside
plates of fresh, local bites for leisurely afternoons.
By sunset, when you’re not enjoying the social lounge of Knight’s Bar with its
ambient music and deep sofas, you’ll love the authentic Italian flavours found
at L’Onda. Situated on the terrace, if the delicious antipasti, traditional dishes,
seafood, and refreshing salads don’t blow you away, then the views over the
Aegean Sea will!
A 7 night holiday staying at Sheraton Rhodes Resort starts from £999 per person.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
AT EAGLES PALACE & VILLAS
Freshness and flavour are always on the menu
at Eagles Palace & Villas in Halkidiki.
At the five star beach resort of Eagles Palace
& Villas, you’ll find some of Halkidiki’s
finest dining, making it an ideal stay for
The resort’s restaurants really are one of the
perks of staying here, so you might want
to choose the half-board premium dine
around option, which includes both varied
international buffet meals as well as divine,
fine dining experiences. Catering to all the
dietary requirements and wishes of guests of
all ages, it’s an easy choice to make.
Start each morning with a delicious
breakfast buffet that’s filled with fresh and
local specialities. By evening, you can tuck
into authentic Asian dishes overlooking
the pool, or feast on Italian cuisine as
you watch the sun go down. There’s even
a traditional taverna at the beachfront
Armyra, which honours Greek tapas and
the fresh catch of the day. Here are just a
ELEONAS BY FUGA
You’ll get a taste of Italy at this pretty
al fresco restaurant next to Eagles Villas.
Don your chic apparel and tuck into
award-winning authentic Italian flavours
of wood-fired pizza and succulently fresh
pasta while you look across the bay of
Mount Athos. Time your reservation with
sunset for some memorable views!
KAMARES BY SPONDI
One of the most special spots of Eagles
Palace, Kamares by Spondi is an adultsonly
restaurant located on a wooden
balcony where you can enjoy delightful sea
views across to the island of Ammouliani
while tucking into a gourmet feast. There’s
a three course tasting menu that has
been designed by the esteemed two star
Michelin chef, Arnaud Bignon, and features
seasonally-inspired dishes from around
the globe. For celebratory occasions and
candlelit romance, this is the place to be.
Whet your palate with aromatic and spicy
dishes at the resort’s decadent Asian
restaurant. Elevated on an elegant terrace
that looks over the outdoor pool, this is a
majestic space where you can dream away
the night, should you wish to! The pinnacle
of dining here are the live cooking stations
where you can witness the theatre of the
resort’s very talented chefs.
A 7 night holiday staying at Eagles Palace
& Villas starts from £945 per person.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners
on 01293 765004
There are beaches, and then there are elite beaches.
We know what you want! Soak your toes into the finest golden
sands, as we share our favourite beach destinations for 2022.
SAADIYAT ISLAND | ABU DHABI
In one of the world’s most exclusive locations, Saadiyat Island
boasts a most beautiful natural coastline where a tropical spirit
meets sophistication and premium service.
Saadiyat Beach is home to five miles of pristine, silky white
sands that are carefully preserved and undeveloped.
Native wildlife is allowed to thrive here, such as the critically
endangered hawksbill turtles, which use parts of the beach to
nest from March to September, and their hidden hatching sites
are protected and patrolled by expert naturalists. Protection
of its surrounding dunes means you access the beach by
elevated wooden boardwalks.
Once on the beach, you have magnificent views over the
Persian Gulf, where if you’re lucky you might spot playful
humpback dolphins in the waters.
Slow down and breathe with a beach yoga class, or take
to the waters for thrilling non-motorised watersports like
windsurfing and sailing. Linger until dusk to embrace the
stunning sunset sights over the sea.
You only need to wander a few minutes to find your own sandy
spot, plus there’s an exclusive beach club where you can
lounge in contemporary comfort while you enjoy exceptional
hospitality. However, to make the most of Saadiyat Beach,
there are several luxury beachfront resorts you can choose.
The eco-conscious Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort has
adopted a revolutionary plastic-free approach, and even
features an on-site marine biologist who shares local wildlife
and sustainable initiatives with guests.
Speak to your Personal Travel Planner about
a luxury beach holiday in Saadiyat Island.
CORRALEJO | FUERTEVENTURA
In the northeast of Fuerteventura is one of the largest and
most idyllic of beach destinations, the Grandes Playas (Big
Beaches) of Corralejo, located within Corralejo Natural Park.
Five and a half miles of powder white sands are sandwiched
between dunes and hidden coves, and lapping turquoise
waters. The waves here are ideal for surfing and kite surfing,
and you can enjoy the sunshine all-year round.
Across the Atlantic Ocean, the neighbouring Canarian
islands of Lanzarote and Los Lobos shimmer in the distance.
To experience this beach beauty, look no further than the
adults-only oasis of the newly renovated Secrets Bahía
Real Resort & Spa, which opens right onto the sands. Just a
minute’s walk to the beach through tranquil exotic gardens,
the soothing sound of waves will be your heavenly holiday
A 7 night holiday staying at Secrets Bahía Real Resort
& Spa in Fuerteventura, starts from £1,199 per person.
Sun-drenched Sardinia is your perfect summer and winter
sun holiday spot. However, beyond its warm rays, the south of
this Italian island is also home to some of the Mediterranean’s
For your ultimate family holiday in style, there’s one resort that
triumphs: the multi-award-winning Forte Village, which is just
a 45 minute drive from the international airport.
This sprawling resort on the Cagliari coast is actually a
resort within a resort, with a total of eight five and four
star hotels and 13 luxurious pool villas tucked away within
beautiful gardens.There are an infinite number of restaurants,
swimming pools and activities tailored to all ages to
appreciate, but one of its main highlights is undoubtedly its
Its private beach is already set up with umbrellas and
loungers so you can just show up! Edged right along
powdery white sands with a mountain that protects it,
Forte Village benefits from its own tropical microclimate,
ensuring it’s never too windy but never too hot.
Even the crystalline turquoise waters feel perfectly heated,
and boast shallow shores that allow non-swimming visitors
to wade safely. If you’re seeking an adrenaline rush then
you can hire a kayak or catamaran, or even receive scuba
Once you’re in this sublime corner of Sardinia, you’ll find it
hard to leave.
A 7 night holiday staying at Forte Village in Sardinia,
starts from £1,679 per person.
Spring / Summer 2022
BELLE MARE | MAURITIUS
GRAND ANSE | GRENADA
Winning the crown for this year’s best Caribbean beach
has to be the award-winning Grand Anse, located in
the exclusive southwest area of Saint George Parish.
This beach was also featured on Holidaying with Jane
McDonald: The Caribbean.
It’s hard to believe, but this amazing sweep of sparkling
fine sands is only a few minutes’ drive from the international
airport. Sandwiched between verdant hills and the vibrant
blue of the Caribbean Sea, the beach stretches across two
miles in a striking crescent moon shape, allowing it to never
feel too crowded.
One of our standout Indian Ocean beaches is Belle Mare in
Mauritius, which literally translates as Beautiful Sea! Situated
on the wild and unspoiled east coast of the island, you’ll find
miles of tree-lined soft white sands stretching out, dotted with
chic restaurants, bars and resorts.
One of our favourite resorts here is the thatched-roof
haven of LUX* Belle Mare, where you can dip into in-house
watersports, beachfront yoga classes, or a glass-bottom boat
ride. Close to the beach, a beautiful lagoon is teeming with
protected coral, which you can discover while snorkelling.
When you’re not embracing your beach bliss, you can tee off
at one of three nearby top-notch golf courses, luxuriate in the
spa, or visit the resort’s own organic farm, located a short five
minute walk away.
A 7 night holiday staying at LUX* Belle Mare
in Mauritius, starts from £1,665 per person.
It’s so easy to fill your days as you flit between swimming in
the sea and sunbathing in your tropical surroundings, with
swaying palms and almond trees as your shade.
For your dreamy stay in Grand Anse, it’s got to be the
family-run Coyaba Beach Resort, where you can enjoy
a premium, all-inclusive stay, which boasts an on-site
PADI diving centre.
A 7 night holiday staying at Coyaba Beach Resort
in Grenada, starts from £1,365 per person.
WITH BLUE PALACE
Find a sense of stillness in your own Cretan haven at the ever-so elegant Blue Palace.
Crete’s popularity might make you think it’s crowded and busy,
but all you need to do to challenge this view is head to Blue
Palace, where you can soak in the Greek island’s wild beauty
and timeless essence.
Tucked away between the chic port town of Elounda and the
sleepy fishing village of Plaka, Blue Palace lulls you into a slower,
You and your family will find genuinely warm hospitality as you
unearth the region’s local culture and historic roots, be that
through learning to make dolma (stuffed vine leaves) in an al
fresco kitchen, or sailing off into the Aegean Sea on a caique
(a traditional fishing boat).
You’ll feel a million miles away from reality as
you reconnect with your family - with watersports
lessons, open-air cinema nights, beachside BBQ
parties at Blue Palace’s own Isola Beach Club,
or when visiting the organic garden together.
This is what we call luxury redefined.
To elevate your stay, choose the Haven Collection, the resort’s
premium collection of exclusive and discreet suites and villas,
where you’ll immediately feel at home - yet won’t have to lift
Revel in VIP service and amenities, such as an in-suite check-in
and unpacking service, in-room dining, a private heated pool,
a pillow menu, high-tech in-room entertainment with streaming
services, complimentary daily stretching or yoga sessions by the
beach, and a complimentary premium minibar that’s replenished
every day, to name but a few!
The ideal way to start your day? Tuck into a scrumptious and
secluded Haven Breakfast at the seasonal, à la carte pebblemosaic
courtyard of the resort’s star eatery, Anthós Restaurant.
Enjoy exclusive access to The Beach Haven, a private section
of the beach with top-notch beach service and amenities.
The Haven Concierge will be on hand throughout your stay
to create bespoke services and activities for you.
The Haven Collection is your dream-come-true, authentically
Greek family holiday.
A 7 night holiday staying at Blue Palace in Crete starts from £1,479 per person.
Speak to one of our Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765004
Spring / Summer 2022
SOVEREIGN LUXURY TRAVEL
We stand for affordable luxury. You'll always receive
exceptional experiences at competitive prices.
All our prices include flights, complimentary lounge
passes, and private transfers as standard.
We’ve been crafting luxury holidays for our
guests for 50 years and know the industry.
We are fully ATOL and ABTA bonded and strictly
managed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
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.
You’ll have a single point of contact with
your own assigned Personal Travel Planner.
Benefit from our destination expertise, 24/7
support, and up-to-the-minute travel advice.
Book with confidence with our high
guest satisfaction rates.
Your safety is our priority. We use tried and tested
accommodation, and provide full flexibility.
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