Time for Five-Star Holidays
Summer is just around the corner and we can’t wait to get away from it all. We want to relax – with sunshine, sand and sea. So here are some hotels that will spoil us rotten – just what we’re looking for!
The heart of Japan’s Ise-Shima National Park is where the Aman Group is opening its first hot spring resort: the Amanemu. This second Aman location in Japan attaches utmost importance to three things: luxury, relaxation and tradition. The 2,000-square-metre spa, which is located in the middle of the forest, is a particularly secluded place to relax. Highlights include the Watsu Pool and, of course, the onsen. That’s what the Japanese call their hot springs, which are believed to have special healing powers. Tradition can also be found in the design of the Amanemu: optically, the villas are reminiscent of old minka farmer’s houses and ryokans, classic Japanese inns. In line with tradition, it is the okami, or female manager, who calls the shots at the Amanemu.
Palazzo Versace, Dubai
No, we haven’t time-travelled to 16th-century Italy. Quite the contrary: this is Dubai Creek, at the heart of the Culture Village of this Middle Eastern metropolis. All the same, the Palazzo Versace could be confused with a classic Italian palazzo. But the inside is somewhat more up-to-date: high-quality Italian furniture adorns the lobby, rooms and suites. The furnishings and decoration are – naturally – by Versace, all of it exclusive and tailor-made for the Palazzo. Each of the eight restaurants has a terrace and you can swim in the shade of palm trees in the three mosaic-covered outdoor pools.
Atmosphere Kanifushi, Maldives
Does an all-inclusive luxury holiday in a tropical paradise appeal to you? The “Premium Plus” package at the five-star resort Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives can make that dream a reality. Not only does this premium package include arrival by seaplane, but also cocktails and wines. Which taste particularly good in the bathtub in the partly roofed bathroom. Physical activity is also provided for: whether you’re after strolling along the beach, playing tennis or working out in the gym. Relaxation is guaranteed in the Cool & Relax Spots, which are spread across the entire resort – each with an outdoor minibar and an ocean view.
Peninsula Paris, France
On the top floor of this city palace, Peninsula has created five exclusive garden suites with their very own roof garden. With its 360-degree panorama, here the city on the Seine lies at the feet of the hotel’s guests. Surrounded by blooming lavender bushes and luscious green hedges, the suites’ roof gardens – up to 270 square metres in size – double as open-air salons, perfect for an al fresco lunch, a sundowner or a romantic dinner for two with a view of the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur and Notre Dame. Alongside the spectacular outlook, the Peninsula serves the suites’ guests picnics, barbecues, aperitifs and tapas.
Grace Santorini, Greece
The Grace Santorini is being given a new lease of life this summer, with its rooms and suites shining in new splendour. The Grace Group has even splashed out on a holistic wellness area for the boutique hotel, complete with a yoga and Pilates studio. The view hasn’t changed – and that’s a good thing. It’s not for nothing that the Grace Santorini is a paradise for fans of romantic sunsets. From the champagne and cocktail bar “363” (it’s located at 363 metres above sea level) the panorama also includes the local volcano. At the in-house restaurant, head chef Spyros Agious serves Mediterranean dishes. Tastes that you will never forget. Bespoke by Grace is the name of the initiative: the aim is for guests to enjoy unforgettable experiences there.