It’s that time of the year again with Eid around the corner, and for those looking for a last minute destination QMIN brings you some ideas. Whether you have your heart set on a short getaway or a long beach escape, here are some of our best picks
- Maldives – Cheval Blanc Randheli
Situated on the unspoiled Noonu Atoll, the 46-villa Maison has been designed for stylish island barefoot living. Cheval Blanc Randheli naturally blends in with the islands landscape and great attention has been given, by celebrated architect Jean-Michel Gathy, to the privacy of guests, offering the perfect secluded getaway for couples.
The Garden Water Villas are unique to the Maldives and combine both overwater stilt architecture with a private tropical garden space. The iconic Water Villas are perched over the crystal-clear sea whilst the Island villas are hidden amidst mature gardens and open onto their own private beach. Each villa at Cheval Blanc features its own stunning 12.5m private infinity pool overlooking the ocean, as well as a dining pergola where dedicated chefs can prepare guests with a private evening meal, perfect for a romantic evening for two.
- Bali – Alila Villas Uluwatu
Alila Villas Uluwatu is located along the southernmost coast of Bali, close to the Uluwatu Temple; Bali’s most spectacular temple high on a clifftop overlooking the Indian Ocean. Contemporary design and an innovative eco-friendly architectural framework seamlessly integrate with the magic of Bali’s cultural richness, continuing the Alila tradition of a total destination experience that is serene, sensual and surprisingly different.
Each of the 56 villas have been styled in a contemporary way with a brilliant use of traditional Balinese materials and comes with a private pool and butler. There are special morning yoga sessions, a 164ft cliff-hanging infinity pool and treatments in the Alila Spa.
Rates at Alila Uluwatu start from £581 – AED 2,858 for a one-bedroom villa with private swimming pool on a room-only basis, excluding tax. For more information please visit: www.alilahotels.com/uluwatu
- Turkey – Club Marvy, Izmir
Club Marvy, located in Kesre Bay in Izmir, Turkey is a new haven for luxurious, curious and bohemian travellers where spiritual and creative needs are met. With family-friendly and adult only areas, this barefoot luxury retreat caters for all guests, from families looking to reconnect and spend quality time together to couples seeking a romantic retreat or a group of friends seeking the coolest new place to explore.
The sea-facing Mar SPA is a peaceful place to relax and unwind whilst the more active guests can enjoy the fully equipped gym or set sail around Kesre Bay with the Marvy sail club. The waterpark will also keep the teenage and littler visitors well entertained whilst the adults-only Boho beach club offers a serene and laid-back environment. Drawing on its local surroundings, Club Marvy encompasses the local culture in everything it offers from the onsite art gallery which showcases the work of Turkish artists. Much of the food and wine served at the hotel is sourced locally from the owners nearby farm to ensure it is of the freshest and highest quality.
Rates at Club Marvy start from £245 – AED 1,200 per night for a comfort room with garden view, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, excluding tax. For more information please visit: www.clubmarvy.com
- The Merion, Dublin
Created from four magnificent Grade 1 listed Georgian townhouses, The Merrion sits at the very heart of Dublin surrounded by the city’s galleries, museums and the ‘golden mile’ of lively pubs, ships and restaurants. Guests can expect traditional but stylish interiors with bespoke antiques and rich period colour schemes. The Merrion is also home to one of the most important private art collections in Ireland – meaning there is ample opportunity to soak up the rich culture of Dublin, even when roaming the hotel.
Rates at The Merrion, Dublin start from £271 – AED 1,340 per room per night based on two sharing with a full Irish breakfast. For more information please visit: www.merrionhotel.com