Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NEW SELECT COLLECTION: GUIDE TO LUXURY HOLIDAYS




Our luscious Select Collection 2012-2014 brochure is now out. The size of a coffee table book, the new Select Collection is dripping with luxury lifestyle, sensuality and enchantment. It has been a labour of love for over a year …

HOW FAR TO PARADISE?
Packed with CEO Leija Graf’s pick of hotels from around the world, it is enhanced by scintillating images of top models and pristine beaches. The leading pages also feature hot tips and useful information to help holiday planning – like where to find the best weather on your honeymoon, and how long will it take you to get to paradise…

Among many hotels new to the Collection are:


FRANCE – PARIS – MANDARIN ORIENTAL


A new magnet for the beautiful people, surrounded by haute couture and steps from the Louvre. The hotel has created Oriental magic with extraordinary expensive details in a modern interior wedged between Parisian town houses. Attractions include: gourmet dining, lush garden, Bar 8, and holistic spa, but its top points come for Asian-style service – said to be the best in Paris.






Deserts are hot fashion – haunting and powerful. Blending into a raw environment in Utah, this Aman resort offers all the pools and pampering you need after a day of discovery among carved rocks and canyons. . Built around a dramatic pool, the resort revels in views of the desert, a spa offering colour therapy-enhanced floatation, and a desert lounge for flaming sunsets.
DUBAI – ONE&ONLY THE PALM







Dubai is not just hot, hectic and extravagant, but getting “cooler” and classier too. One&Only the Palm is an intimate resort on Palm Island, offering relaxation for families and couples, without the glitzy stuff that Dubai can proffer. Food outstanding. Great wellness facilities, extensive beach, big pool area, and if you need to splurge – cabanas for EUR 500/day.
MARRAKECH - LA MAMOUNIA








Exotic as ever, the rose-tinted city of Marrakech performs increasingly well for luxury visitors. The revamped hotel La Mamounia evokes a mystical and intoxicating Arabian feel with its pools and intricate d├ęcor, amidst a lush garden of flowers, palms and ancient olive trees. Walking distance and yet a world away from the souks and intrigue of the Medina.THAILAND – KOH SAMUI – BANYAN TREE SAMUI






Koh Samui is Thailand’s “in” place for ravishing palm-fringed luxury. Offering probably the largest private pools on the island, superb villas perch on a verdant hillside that cascades down to a white sandy beach. The highest villas give endless ocean views, true love nests. Great for couples and families, the resort offers Kids Club and adult delights like hydrotherapy spa.THE MALDIVES – ANANTARA KIHAVAH VILLAS

Stranded in paradise – with much more than coconuts. A new resort offering sophisticated dining choices, it includes an underwater restaurant where you dine exquisitely watching fish swim freely by. Plenty swimming for couple or family too – with 49m pool, snorkling and diving. Besides that the villas, beach and overwater, all offer private pools. Seaplane Male’ 35 min.
See also our last blog entry.

ITALY – APULIA – BORGO EGNAZIA


The heel is now the hottest destination on the boot of Italy for festivals, food and Italian vivacity. Borgo Egnazia lies between mountains and sea, in pale stone, with the scent of lemon trees. Apart from rooms and suites, there are 28 villas with private pools and sea views. It sports a links golf course, a few minutes’ drive from charming Apulian towns.
ITALY – SICILY – VILLA SANT’ANDREA


In sizzling Sicily, tucked into rocky hills that cradle a private beach, this Orient-Express hotel exudes traditional Italian style and refinement. Facing a sparkling turquoise sea, the exclusive haven offers restaurant, pool and spa – only 5 minute’s free shuttle from Taormina with its culinary adventures. Exciting complimentary boat tours offered.
GREECE – CRETE – DAIOS COVE


Overlooking the turquoise waters of its private cove, this resort offers villas & suites tiered down the slope for perfect views. A village style design in raw stone blends harmoniously with the hillside. The villas are our top choice – offering own pools and VIP service. Pleasant ambience, infinity pool, beach, kids club, spa, 3 restaurants – 7 km from Agios Nikolaos.

That was just a little hors d’ouvre. For the feast of more than 400 luxury hotels and resorts – the brochure can be ordered from our website or fetched free of charge from one of our offices.
See http://www.selectcollection.com/









The spa at Anantara above, restaurant complex below, snapped during our hotel inspections involved in choosing our Collection.

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