Imagine a holiday where all you have to do is show up. And we’re not talking package holidays where all-inclusive means buffet dinners, wicker furniture, and a solitary complimentary cocktail. Eschewing the crowded coach tours, Kenwood Travel is reinventing luxury escapes with its personalised service, expert advice and curated edit of some of the finest hotels in the world.
When it comes to holidaying in tropical locations worldwide, the reassurance of expert on-the-ground knowledge is essential. Kenwood Travel’s 45-year legacy in the luxury travel industry means a holiday crafted specifically to your tastes. As well as offering a choice of some of the best luxury hotels across the globe, Kenwood Travel goes the extra mile with perks like free room upgrades, exclusive deals, and kids-stay-free offers to make your stay extraordinary.
Whether you’re planning a little family downtime in Oman, a hen do in Dubai, or a luxurious romantic retreat in the Maldives, Kenwood Travel has your dream trip covered. Need some inspiration for the next time the travel bug bites? We’ve curated an edit of opulent hotels worth serious consideration.
Atlantis The Royal, Dubai
Among the lavish hotels spread across Dubai, Atlantis The Royal is the newest and most breathtaking addition to the city, having opened in early 2023 with a stellar launch party featuring a performance by Beyoncé. Fit for pop royalty, the awe-inspiring hotel boasts sophisticated facades while rooms and suites are elegantly crafted, with a few even offering private terraces and infinity pools. In keeping with the luxurious theme, rooms are also kitted out with amenities from brands like Hermès, Frette, and Graff, while the signature penthouses promise utter opulence with panoramic views of Dubai.
Soak in one of the swimming pools or experience the largest privately-owned stretch of continuous beachfront in Dubai. For an Instagram-worthy soak, head to the sky-high Cloud 22 infinity pool with its views of the Dubai skyline and relax in its elegant duplex cabanas. Indulgent food is available aplenty with the hotel boasting the largest collection of celebrity chef restaurants in the world, including the world’s first Nobu by the Beach. Elsewhere, take a little me-time at the Awaken Wellness spa where a vast Hammam Sensorium and unique experiences, like moon manifestations, sound immersion and hypno-healing, promise ultimate wellbeing. Make time to squeeze in some unadulterated fun at the Atlantis Aquaventure: the world’s largest waterpark boasting 105 slides.
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
The Maldives – with its pristine white sand beaches and clear blue waters – is rightly at the top of a lot of bucket lists. Beloved by travel influencers and honeymooners lured in by lush over-water villas, the Maldives is definitely a destination that needs to be experienced in the lap of luxury. To make the most of your stay in the island paradise, choose the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. Located a 45-minute seaplane ride away from the hustle and bustle of Malé, the resort offers a choice of over-water villas with direct access to the alluring Indian Ocean or on-land options ideal for those who prefer the beach.
Furnished with exquisite island-inspired designs, the resort boasts stunning culinary offerings including the al fresco Orientale, Japanese-style T.Pan, and underground wine cellar Decanter. Take a break from admiring the expansive sea vistas to visit the hotel’s relaxing spa or take personalised scuba diving lessons and explore a world of marine beauty.
The Chedi Muscat, Oman
Experience warm hospitality and elegance at The Chedi Muscat. Oman’s first contemporary beach hotel, it is nestled amidst a sprawling oasis of symmetrical gardens, palm trees, water ponds, and traditional falajs (water channels). This sublime natural oasis is located close to the city’s central Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque while cultural attractions, such as the Royal Opera House Muscat, are only a short drive away.
The hotel’s gorgeous facade is designed to reflect the perfect mix of Omani architecture and a profound Asian Zen-style – an inspiration that continues throughout. For a uniquely relaxing experience, The Chedi Muscat boasts a 103-metre-long pool made of lava stones in addition to a private beach haven. Elsewhere, the eight-suite Balinese spa is sure to lull you into a zen state while the hotel’s remarkable collection of six restaurants and lounges promises scrumptious fare – The Beach Restaurant is a definite must-visit.
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
Occupying its own private island in the Shiviyani Atoll, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi redefines the quintessential island holiday. Fringed with white beaches and crystal clear waters, the all-villa resort combines traditional Maldivian elements with contemporary style in chic villas that all feature private and secluded terraces and pools. Indulge in some R&R at the Fairmont Spa followed by delicious fare at one of its three restaurants featuring seasonally inspired menus – the hotel offers a premium all-inclusive rate that means you never need to worry about having that extra glass of wine.
When it comes to activities, swimmers are spoiled for choice between diving in the sea, plunging into the 200 metre-long infinity pool or sunning themselves beside the adults-only pool with a jacuzzi area. If lounging by the water isn’t your idea of a good time, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy – from yoga and beach volleyball to snorkelling and kayaking. You can even swim up to the hotel’s Coralarium – the Maldives’ first and only underwater museum where live corals are grown naturally and regenerated – or book your stay between November and April to bask in the sight of the manta rays that make their home a short boat ride from the hotel.
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