Five fabulous luxury escapes for Eid-Al-Fitr
ALILA Jabal Akhdar, Oman
The hallmark of the Alila brand is stylish, relaxing environments and superb hospitality to create a unique time for visitors, providing a bespoke experience with the very best elements of contemporary luxury lifestyle. It's name 'Alila' actually comes from Sanskrit meaning "surprise" – which pretty much sums up the refreshing character of this modern-on-the-inside property in Jabal Akhdar in Oman, and subsequently the reaction of the guests upon arrival there.
ZIGHY BAY, Oman
A well-known and frequented spot for those who reside in the neighbouring country of the UAE, and beyond – the Six Senses resort at Zighy Bay is like hidden treasure located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman.
The setting of these beautiful indigenous village-style rooms and villas, plus private marina is spectacular, especially with the dramatic mountains on one side and the sandy beach of Zighy Bay on the other.
If there were such a thing as a playground in paradise, this would surely be it. In just 40 minutes by seaplane from Malé airport, Per Aquum collection (creator of the Desert Palm resort in Dubai, home to the Cartier Polo) has built a wondrous place called Niyama. Think overwater pavilions and an underwater nightclub, stand-alone room studios on the beachfront, in postcard perfect surroundings. The resort includes Per Aquum's Lime Spa, which is open 24-hours and absolutely worth visiting for 5-star treatments across the board. Throughout the resort you'll feel a sense of modern Maldivian living, tailored to you – and who can argue with that?
OBEROI RAJVILAS, Jaipur, India
Located just a 15 minute drive away from the city centre of Jaipur, The Oberoi Rajvilas is the perfect base from which to explore one of India's most exotic cities. Ranked as one of the top five resorts in the world, this is an idyllic award-winning retreat that happily marries princely Rajasthan with luxury villas and royal tents in a fort setting – situated on 32 acres of lush green gardens. There's also an Ayurvedic spa to try.
For a true getaway, we recommend the Kohinoor Villa with its own private pool, and whilst there you should stop by the 280-year-old Shiva temple and a Rajasthani haveli mansion on the premises...
VERANDA, Chang Mai, Thailand
Referred to as a, 'total zen experience', the Veranda Resort in Chang Mai in Thailand is divided into two zones, on one side representing the cultural heritage of the north of the country, and the other the 'Contemporary Veranda' style with stop-you-in-your-tracks views.
A boutique retreat of just 80 rooms, all guests are ensured of the best personal service, operating 24-hours a day from thoroughly warm and friendly local staff. The Veranda is located outside the vast city of Chang Mai and conveniently away from any hustle and bustle – leading to it being awarded a 'Certificate of Excellence' by travel authority TripAdvisor last year.