Surrounded by the Al Hajar Mountains, Alila Jabal Akhdar is perched on the “Green Mountain”, 2000 metres above sea level. This resort makes the perfect base for adventure activities along with magnificent views of the rugged desert beyond. Experience authentic Omani luxury on the edge of a clifftop. Savour Arabic dishes, or learn how to create the flavors of the region. As the sun sets behind the mountains, relax in the softly lit, cosy ambiance of their restaurants, ending with a rose water bath to soak in.
b) Seychelles – This nation comprises of 115 small islands despite looking like a tiny dot on the world map! Seychelles’ stunning topography of coral reefs, wrecks and canyons, coupled with the rich marine life, makes it one of the best diving sites around the world. Not to forget, Seychelleois beaches are consecutively voted as the best beaches of the world!
ATD Recommends: Six Senses Zil Pasyon
A private island where massive granite rocks and white sand beaches create an air of drama and beauty, Six Senses Zil Pasyon is a very personal destination that embraces nature while offering exceptional pursuits for every kind of a couple. Stay on the earth and take nature trails, watch cinema under the stars; enter the ocean if all you need is Vitamin Sea and; explore Seychelles with a Helicopter Scenic Tour. Zil Pasyon’s 30 pool villas offer an oasis of serenity encircled by the Indian Ocean.
c) Philippines – Philippines is one of the largest island groups in the world with 7,107 islands. Warm locals, stunning beaches, nature, flora and fauna, tropical weather and most of all the fact there is no language barrier are the reasons enough to keep drawing back to Philippines.
ATD Recommends: AmanPulo
Cerulean sky and turquoise sea merge at Amanpulo. Guests arrive by private plane to the island’s own airstrip into this whisper-quiet private island retreat in the Philippines. Amanpulo’s allure is undeniably romantic. It is home to just a handful of secluded casitas and villas tucked into the tropical canopy. While it offers a host of aquatic and land activities, it is equally wonderful to do nothing at all!
d) Sri Lanka – A nation famed for serene smiles, happy greetings & helpful nature; discover a country filled with the essence of a paradise. Gaze at the enchanting sunsets and walk hand in hand through the tea plantations. This neighboring country is a hop away for a quick yet relaxed romantic sojourn.
ATD Recommends: Cape Weligama
Laid out village-style over an Indian Ocean headland, each butler-attended contemporary villa sits within a flower-scented garden, steps from a cooling pool. Bays and beaches are a short meander away, and the crescent-shaped, cliff-edge infinity pool promises panoramas worth mooning over. Embark on a voyage into the southern waters off Sri Lanka, one of the best places in the world to witness Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. Explore neighbouring coves by kayak or learn to surf on Weligama’s legendary curls. Away from this idyllic coastline, explore Sri Lanka’s lush rural hinterland of sleepy villages, paddy fields, meandering lagoons and ancient temples by guided bicycle ride.
e) Maldives – Lovebirds always wish to travel to the Maldives in search of unrivaled luxury and extraordinary experiences. With its dreamy over-water bungalows and impossibly soft sands fading into shallow, emerald waters, the Maldives is everyone’s image of tropical bliss.
ATD Recommends: St Regis Maldives Vommuli resort
Boasting pristine beaches on a private island, this resort promises majestic over-water accommodations and world-class diving and recreation. Sip on a cocktail while relaxing in your private pool, watching the sun go down or; enter one of their 6 couple treatment suites for a transformative journey in an oasis of tropically inspired sophistication that ensures relaxation enhanced by fresh ocean breezes. With its distinct heritage and signature Butler Service, this newly opened St. Regis address offers uncompromising luxury and bespoke service.
f) Dubai – A short flight away from India, this Middle Eastern cosmopolitan offers a generous dose of glitz, glamour and excitement. With some of the most relaxing beaches, and the barren beauty of the desert, there are many unforgettable escapades that you can experience here.
ATD Recommends: Six Senses Zighy Bay
Wind, sand, and stars meet divine luxury at Six Senses Zighy Bay, a secluded mountain getaway perched on crystal waters. It is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. The setting of these beautiful indigenous village-style accommodations and private marina is spectacular, with the dramatic mountains on one side and the sandy beach of Zighy Bay on the other. The resort’s 81 villa-style accommodations blend seamlessly into the desert landscape, the Omani-style brick insulating from daytime heat and giving off warmth at night. The private pool villas each have their own infinity-edged pool, direct beach access, sundeck, shaded day-bed, personal wine cellar and a 24hr personal butler. Sunset cruises on the bay and phenomenal snorkeling expeditions into the reef await more adventuresome couples, but the Six Senses Spa is an absolute must. The spa combines peace, tranquility, fitness and health with ancient and modern holistic treatments from expert in-house and visiting wellness practitioners.
**Even though Six Senses Zighy Bay is located in Oman, the only way to access the resort would be from/via Dubai. The closest airport is actually Dubai International, a 120km drive (two hours) away in the neighboring UAE, and not Muscat (Oman’s capital), which is at least five hours’ drive.
Upcoming Hotels in 2017
1. Rosewood Phuket
The exquisite, secluded Emerald Bay is an ideal setting for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to debut its first Asia resort. It’s innovative architecture with subtle Thai influences will blend organically and sensitively into the hillside forest landscape while uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea will be visible from 71 spacious villas and 32 residences. Rosewood Phuket will also have 4 in-house restaurants and Rosewood’s renowned ‘Sense’ spa.
2. Bulgari Hotel and Residence, Dubai
This luxe property will be located on the exclusive Jumeirah Bay Island, off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Road, sculpted in the shape of a titanic seahorse. The luxury marine 1.7 million sq ft. complex will be framed by lush landscaped gardens and it will be defined by 100 rooms and suites, 20 residential villas and a marina, all accompanied by a full range of luxury amenities.
3. Wild Coast Lodge, Sri Lanka
Ceylon has been formed to create and manage a collection of small, luxury resorts offering a unique ‘trail’ across Sri Lanka. Their newest offering would be the Wild Coast Lodge, a luxurious camp on a secluded beach at the edge of Yala National Park, the Leopard hot spot in south-eastern Sri Lanka. Their 28 custom designed, air-conditioned tents will offer the adventure of a jungle camp with the comfort of a deluxe hotel room.
4. The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa
The Silo Hotel is a magical space towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City. The Silo is located in the centre of Cape Town and is the ideal base from which to explore all that Cape Town has to offer. At the hotel itself, guests can relax at the spa, take afternoon tea overlooking Table Mountain, quaff champagne on the roof, swim in the glass pool, work off the city’s fine dining in the gym or enjoy a private tour of the museum.
5. Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, Portugal
The Anantara group is about to debut in Europe with the stunning Vilamoura Algarve resort. The Algarve is undoubtedly one of Europe’s best kept secrets, with a spectacular coastline and some of the region’s best beaches, wineries, olive groves and luminous fleur de sel fields abound, providing a wealth of experiences to share. These, coupled with more energising experiences such as yachting, deep sea fishing and playing on the 40 world-class championship golf courses in the region, ensure a true Anantara journey of discovery.