January hot spots: The ultimate luxe travel guide

January hot spots: The ultimate luxe travel guide

Buro 24/7 Middle East's destinations du jour

Editor: Faizal Dahlawia

Whether you want to relax at a spa, shape up your silhouette or stimulate your mind, these travel destinations are the go-to this month...

W ith a new year, comes an energetic urge to discover the world around us. To culminate culture, spa experiences, private getaways and fabulous food, Buro 24/7 Middle East shares the go-to luxury resorts and their scheduled calendar of chic events, for an experience that cannot be rivalled.

Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco

The uber chic five-star Royal Mansour Marrakech hotel, which recently nabbed five international travel awards, now has an indulgent spa experience available. Begin with an hour MarocMaroc Hammam or a massage of your choice, then enjoy a Sisley facial and a nourishing Leonor Greyl hair treatment. In between a light lunch will be served at the Spa Tea Lounge, which consists of wholesome ingredients prepared by the expert chefs to ensure a glow both inside and out.

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For more information visit Royal Mansour Marrakech.

Chalet Shar Pei, France

If you're still pining for that white winter holiday, jet to Scott Dunn's brand new Chalet Shar Pei, located at the base of some of the world's finest ski runs. The generously spacious chalet not only sleeps eight but features an indoor swimming pool, hammam and spectacular views across the Alps from the large top floor terrace. This January also experience luxury coach transfers, a private chef, host and the ultimate Scott Dunn in-resort driver service.

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For more information, visit Scott Dunn.

Velaa Private Island, Maldives

If you want to get away from everything, there's no better place than the Velaa Private Island. This exclusive getaway is not only picture-perfect but also a haven for sports enthusiasts, making it the ideal fitness retreat to kick start your new year. There is a variety of sporting options from a climbing wall and squash courts to biking tracks and watersports. On request team up with the golf or tennis pro to help you perfect your swing. After sweating it out, retreat to your suave villas, each one built using local materials combined with contemporary finishes, and take in breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean views and serene aquamarine waters.

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For more information, visit Velaa Private Island.

The Hideaways Club, Sri Lanka

The Hideaways Club's Maliga Kanda is the perfect place to stay as you explore the Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The magnificent villa, which can house 14, offers not only lush tropical surroundings but also the ultimate in privacy and an immaculate service with a team of in-villa staff. Happening this month in the cities of Kandy, Galle and Jaffna is the ninth edition of the Galle Literary Festival, where a host of high profile figures from around the world congregate to celebrate the arts. Get ready for discussions, theatre performances, fort walks, night jazz, garden tours and poetry readings that will set the cities abuzz.

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For more information, visit The Hideaways Club.

The Safari Collection, Kenya

The Safari Collection, proud owners of the award-winning eco safari lodge Sasaab and the iconic Giraffe Manor, have introduced 'Spasafari for the Soul', the ultimate way to spa and safari at the same time. Located in the cultural Samburu region, Sasaab offers stunning villa accommodation, each with its own private plunge pool and breathtaking views across Kenya while the Giraffe Manor offers the unique giraffe feeding experience, straight from your window. The spa package includes five hour-long massages at Spasaab, a candle-lit bush dinner under the stars and a visit to the colourful Samburu tribe.

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For more information, visit The Safari Collection.

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