Published: 02 January 2018 by: Jane Wright

Indonesia's Bawah Island

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Bawah Island, Indonesia

A short hop by ferry and seaplane from Singapore will transport you to a secret world that couldn’t be more removed from the chaos of a sprawling city. Here in peaceful Bawah (pictured above), six unspoiled islands offer 13 white sandy beaches, three crystal-blue lagoons and lush jungle canopy for trekking and adventure, all presided over by a thoughtful conservation philosophy.

With a maximum of 70 guests, 35 spacious villas scattered around the property allow you the privacy of your own space, a special place to unwind, relax and immerse yourself in nature. Choose from 21 beach villas, 11 over-water villas and three garden villas, each in their own spectacular natural surroundings. This lovingly created retreat seeks to gently integrate with the land and seascapes, where abundant flora and fauna, pristine coral reefs, clear turquoise waters, big skies and endless stars offers a truly peaceful paradise.  

Hotel Eden

Hotel Eden, Rome

Few cities match the Eternal City for romance, ancient history, dolce-vita vibes and memories of Audrey Hepburn on a Vespa in Roman Holiday. Bring your very own Gregory Peck to the extremely swish, newly reopened Hotel Eden, a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps, with sweeping views over this lively and atmospheric city. It’s classic Italian style at its best – swirling marble bathrooms, luxurious furnishings and soaring ceilings, but married with on-point technology and climate control for sultry Roman evenings.

There’s a gorgeous spa offering wellness treatments and the delights of Santa Maria Novella, herbal-based beauty products from one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, originally created by 17th-century monks. Come aperitivo time, there’s a ‘secret’ bar where dark-eyed bartenders will expertly mix you a pre-dinner cocktail. Most romantic of all is the lofty dining terrace, a magically secluded spot amongst Rome’s terracotta rooftops, bell towers and thick green umbrella pines.  

The coffee shop at Made

Made NYC, New York

Made is the latest addition to the Big Apple’s innovative hotel scene, bang in the middle of the buzzy NoMad district at the intersection of 29th Street and Broadway. A high-energy, tight-knit enclave, NoMad offers a plethora of interesting foodie experiences, like the gigantic Italian emporium Eataly, the hip Stumptown Coffee Roasters and the original Shake Shack.

The beautifully crafted Made Hotel offers pared-down luxe, with bold design and interesting public spaces, from the lobby bar to the coffee shop. The comfortable bedrooms are simple and stylish, expertly mixing raw bronze shelving, rich fabrics, polished stainless steel mirrors and hand-carved benches. Come dusk, the rooftop’s the place to be with spectacular views over the twinkling lights of a city full of possibilities.  

Bisate Lodge 

Bisate Lodge, Rwanda

For a sense of high drama, check out Bisate Lodge, a clutch of six thatched villas perched in the eroded cone of a volcano on the edge of Rwanda’s aptly named Volcanoes National Park. Guests at this thoughtful boutique eco-resort are treated to spectacular views of the Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno volcanoes and the thick jungle habitat of the region’s famous mountain gorillas.

These luxury rounded ‘huts’ blend Rwandan craftsmanship with modern design and each has its own en suite bedroom, living room and private deck. With a volcanic stone fireplace, stunning recycled glass chandeliers and plenty of cow-hide rugs, the hotel’s cool rustic aesthetic really captures the vivid local flavour. And, thanks to Bisate’s commitment to conservation and sustainability, you can expect your table to be graced with the abundant produce of the lodge’s kitchen garden and local farms. While a gorilla trek is surely the highlight of the experience here, rising early to catch a drifting mist wreathing the distant volcanoes would have to come a close second.

Six Senses Fiji

Six Senses, Fiji

With its own gourmet food market, wine-tasting cellar and wellness spa set against a tropical paradise in the South Pacific, Six Senses Fijihas created something special. The 100% solar-powered resort sits on the edge of a spectacular bay on Malolo Island on its own private beach.

Offering 26 spacious villas, all with private plunge pools, and 60 luxury residences on the west side of the island, each balcony and terrace is the perfect spot to catch a romantic Fijian sunset. Wellness lies at the heart of this resort for both guests and their environment: the spa creates tailored programmes including exercise, nutrition, massage, sleep therapy and meditation, while reforestation, coral reef regeneration, biodiversity and solar power all do their bit for the planet. Meanwhile, the restaurants offer inspired meals using produce from local farmers and fishermen. For a truly memorable experience connecting with nature at its serene best, take a yoga class on a treetop platform overlooking the ocean.  

Wild Coast Tented Lodge Yala

Wild Coast Tented Lodge Yala, Sri Lanka

Close to Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, famous for its leopard population, Wild Coast Tented Lodge overlooks the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean. This unique resort offers 36 arched fabric structures, combining the comforts of a luxury hotel with the excitement of a safari camp under canvas.

Channelling ‘colonial expedition chic’, each room has teak floors, huge four-poster beds, freestanding copper baths and private decks. Choose a cocoon suite with vaulted ceilings and panoramic jungle views, or opt for one of the more private beach-facing pods, each with its own plunge pool. An open-air bamboo restaurant wraps around a huge free-form swimming pool with views over the ocean –a lovely place to dine at dusk. A haven for nature lovers, guided bird-watching treks are on offer, as well as the chance to see wild elephants, sloths and the elusive leopard in their natural habitat. An unforgettable experience, the lodge allows you to immerse yourself in the biodiversity of Sri Lanka in a luxurious setting.  

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