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Asia is famed for their three wheeled taxi, otherwise known as a tuk-tuk. Zipping through the traffic from one beach to the next is by far the most stylish way to get around in Asia. Why not rent a tuk-tuk for the day and explore your chosen island at your leisure.
Step back in time twenty years and welcome to the idyllic island of La Digue where bicycles and horse and cart are the main mode of transport. Discover your very own deserted beach by bike, a place where you can hear nothing but the occasional thud of a coconut.
For the ultimate arrival experience, paraglide into Six Senses Zighy Bay! For the thrill seekers out there, there is no better way to see the hotel than from 960 feet above the ground. Don’t worry, it’s a tandem flight with the Six Senses’ professional paraglider, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
Set between the Malaysian peninsular and the western coast of Borneo, this Indonesian private island is one of the most out-of-this world new hotels on our radar. Why not see the island from the water and kayak between the 13 pristine beaches and find the perfect one for you.
Experience one of the most scenic train rides in Asia! Enjoy 3 and a half hour journey from Kandy to Hatton, through the dramatic landscapes of Sri Lanka, the highlands, whisk alongside lush tea plantations, over the majestic peaks and past rushing waterfalls.
What other way to travel to your private island in the Seychelles than by helicopter. This 20 minute scenic journey from Mahe to Felicite is worth the plane ticket alone! Fly over the glistening ocean creeping around the giant granite rocks and discover the true beauty of the Seychelles before stepping foot on Zil Pasyon.
A big part of a holiday to the Maldives is the seaplane experience. Board your 9-seater seaplane which, believe it or not, takes off and lands on water, fly below the clouds, over hundreds of picture-perfect islands, one of which will be your island home any moment now. The array of turquoise colours below are some that you will have never known existed before.
Horse riding – Kenya Horseback Safaris
Enjoy the wildlife in its most natural form – on horseback. Without the sound of an engine or the sight of a road, it’s a truly unique experience. Get up close and become a part of the wildlife experience, ride across vast planes amidst herds of giraffe and through the bush seeking out the ‘big 5’ in true style.
This lovely stir-fried rice dish served with fried egg is incredibly versatile. Presented with lots of extras to make it as spicy as you like, Nasi Goreng is delicious served with a variety of meats, tofu or vegetables, so it’s a great dish that can work for anyone with any dietary requirements catered for. Choose ‘Mie Goreng’ for the same flavours but noodles instead of rice.
If you want to banquet until the buttons on your trousers ping off, then you cannot beat a Maori Hangi Feast. An expansive variety of meat and vegetables cooked underground, and brought up several hours makes for a great experience to be shared with fellow New Zealand explorers
Much like the Maori Hangi, this is a very natural and honest way to cook and eat – it’s been done the same way for centuries and you don’t need anything except fire and natural materials. For melt in the mouth meat, ingredients are wrapped in banana leaves for natural seasoning and flavour and a hint of smokiness is added from the wood. Best enjoyed sitting on the ground and eating by hand rather than at a table with a knife and fork. This meal is perfect for having “quality time” with family and your new South Pacific friends!
One of the best-known Caribbean dishes, Jerk Chicken speaks volumes in spicy deliciousness! Jamaican jerk seasoning is made up primarily of dried pimento fruit and peppers, but other ingredients cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and ginger. The flavour is addictive but don’t reserve it just for chicken- pork and fish are incredible with this spice. Serve up with rice and beans and healthy callaloo!
Fish curry is one of the most popular and loved dishes of Sri Lanka, using coconut milk, tangy goraka fruit, chili powder, and a fresh catch of the day. As with other curries, you can enjoy it with rice, traditional hoppers and yoghurt if you’re anti-spice!
Californians are obsessed with s’mores, from luxury hotels to beachside fire-pits – everyone eats them! You grab a couple of sweet biscuits (any true Californian will know it has to be a Graham Cracker!) and toast a marshmallow over a fire pit. You then sandwich the melting marshmallow between the biscuits along with a chunk of chocolate and hey presto, you have a heavenly treat! You’ll definitely want ‘some more’ (get it?!)
It would be a crime to travel all the way to Thailand without eating their national dish. The flavours in a Pad Thai include stir fried eggs, dried shrimp, garlic, chilli, palm sugar, lime and peanuts. This wonderful mixture is stirred through rice noodles and your choice of meat. Absolutely lip-smacking!
This is the classic South African version of our lasagne or shepherd’s pie. Minced meat is mixed with raisins, spices and chutney, and topped with a milk and egg mixture which when baked, forms a wonderful golden topping. Finish your dinner off with a sweet ‘melktert’ pastry dish or if you really want to indulge your sweet tooth, then the fried dough ‘koeksisters’ are a sugary treat!
Fragrant, fresh, healthy Pho ‘pronounced ‘fur’ by the Vietnamese, is a delight on the occasional rainy day in Vietnam. We enjoyed sipping the broth in a local café listening to a monsoon pelt down on the pavements outside in the beautiful cultural town of Hoi An. Pho is a real Vietnamese comfort dish and made us feel right at home!
Poisson Cru is the French Polynesian take on South American ceviche. The raw fish (usually tuna or a similar local species) is marinated and ‘cooked’ in lime juice whilst the coconut milk adds a creamy sweetness and chopped veggies add a crunchy kick. Absolutely delicious and so fresh! Washed down with a local beer, it’s the perfect lunch and slightly addictive! Usually served in coconut shells – this dish looks amazing and tastes divine!
The Oberoi Mauritius, located on the north-west coast of Mauritius is one of our favourite retreats on the island. With 20 acres of lush tropical gardens and a turquoise lagoon, The Oberoi offers you a chance to relax your mind and challenge your soul with a daily experience showcasing the very best of the island.
Wine Mondays – Recognise and distinguish different wines and their characteristics with a wine tasting experience.
Star Gazing – A clear night allows for a close observation of various constellations and planets
Hindu Ceremony – Discover philosophy and mythology of the Hindu religion in which the entire universe is seen as one divine entity.
Henna Painting – express your passion for style and design with henna painting
Painting Class – Create your own personal vision encouraged by a true artist
Cooking Class – Learn how to cook a true Mauritian dish whilst the chef shares his mothers favourite recipe.
Nature Walk – explore the subtropical gardens of the Oberoi and learn all about the flora and fauna around the resort.
Why stay on land when you can stay overwater? Whether a romantic love-nest for couples or a pirate-ship playground for families (NB not for tots!) treat yourselves to a few nights perched high on stilts over an azure lagoon, waking up each morning to the sound of the gentle waves beneath. Overwater villas can be found in all shapes and sizes, all over the world! Some have private pools, some have two bedrooms, some (almost all!) boast jaw-dropping views and some even have waterslides which take you whizzing from the top floor straight into the water below…. here is a guide to our top six!
If you are looking for quintessential Polynesian island paradise it doesn’t get much better than the Four Seasons Bora Bora. The overwater bungalow concept was born in Tahiti and therefore Bora Bora and the islands beyond boast some of the best villas and views in the world. From your room at Four Seasons, enjoy a private vista overlooking Mount Otemanu, the sparking turquoise lagoon or a stunningly white beach… the views are worth the flight ticket alone!
Sibling to Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani does the family proud. Each villa has it’s very own 13-meter private pool and some even have a water slide from the upper floor straight into the lagoon below! Relax in your private water villa and watch the roof retract for a once in a lifetime star-gazing experience.
The stylish island of Likuliku (meaning ‘calm waters’ in local dialect) is home to Fiji’s very first and only overwater bungalow, or Bures as they are known there. This laid-back, adult-only hotel effortlessly captures the natural charm of Fiji.
The overwater villas at the Rosewood Mayakoba, (located in Tulum?! on the east coast of Mexico), float graciously above the resorts water ways, giving stunning views of the lagoons and mangroves which twist and turn throughout the hotel. On arrival, enjoy the unique experience of stepping aboard a luxurious river boat, which will take you from reception, straight to your new abode – taking arriving in style to a whole new level…
The overwater villas are perched on stilts, with private decks from which you can step down into the turquoise waters of the gulf of Thailand. This paradise island boasts Cambodia’s only over-water villas and are certainly some of the best we have seen in the world. Each villa comes with a private pool, thatched roofs and oversized baths, all together creating the perfect island getaway after a busy Asian adventure.
Unique for Mauritius, which is known for it’s beachfront boltholes and private villas, Constance Prince Maurice is home to 11 stunning and unique overwater suites. Slightly different to the others in our collection, you cannot swim in the lagoon over which these rooms sit, purely because it is a natural fish reserve and home to a number of rare species! This doesn’t take anything away from the overwater charm though. We love the jungle-feel surrounds and the spacious private balcony – positioned perfectly to enjoy those stunning sunsets, G&T in-hand.
A great spot for accommodation in Dubai is in the JBR area (Jumeriah Beach Residences), as this is right on the beach and is a cool and happening place for kids and adults. I stayed at the Sofitel Jumeirah (recommended by Antony at Turquoise Holidays) which was amazing! It had an all you can eat breakfast with tonnes of pancakes, waffles and crêpes. It also had a really awesome, super warm infinity pool overlooking the sea.
Make sure you go to Jumeirah Beach to swim, sunbathe and go mental on the world’s biggest Wibit aqua inflatable assault course! This costs 120 AED (£22) for kids and 150 AED (£30) for adults and is perfect for the entire day – a great thing for children to do whilst parents recover from a flight! For those adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers like me, there is always skydiving, as there is a purpose-built runway just off the beach. Jumping out of a plane attached to someone else just seems so fun, and would give a great view of The Palm and the new islands that are being constructed! The only down side, other than coming back down to Earth, is the price as it is around 1600 AED (£320) – eek!
The cheapest but definitely not the quickest way around Dubai was with The Big Bus Tours, oraq Sightseeing Dubai. You can buy anything from a one day pass to a weeks’ pass depending on your requirements. We bought a seven-day Big Bus Dubai pass for one adult and two children for 1100 AED (£220) which gave us three tours around old and new Dubai. We took in all the major sites including The Palm Jumeriah, The Burj Al Arab, The Burj Khalifa, Atlantis, Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai Gold Souk, Silk Souk and all the other souks!! In addition, we got free entry to Motiongate theme park, The Green Planet, Hub Zero (a major gaming centre with all the latest technology) a camel safari and two cruises on a traditional dowe boat around Dubai Marina and Dubai Creek (I would say this is more suitable for the adults as I found it a little boring!)
To be honest I only think you should buy a two-day ticket so you can get your bearings by looking around, taking in the sites, and then just take a taxi to the areas of interest because it got really boring sitting on the bus for ages trying to get to a destination and having to do the entire loop to come back! Taxis were actually really reasonably priced and they were very good to return any items left in the taxi – providing you get a receipt!
Ascending up the world’s tallest tower of 830m in a lift that goes 18m/s is just one of the greatest things to do in Dubai. The view from the top of the Burj Khalifa is mind blowing especially seeing all the cars on the ground looking like ants. If you aren’t much of a heights person, I would still suggest that you go up it just to be able to tell all your friends that you’ve done it – and also to get some sweet looking photos of the top! If you go up after 1pm, you’ll be able to catch the fountain show from a bird’s eye view. Don’t forget to keep yawning whilst going up in the lift if your ears hurt so you can equalise the pressure – YES, just like in an aeroplane it’s that high! The price for this is around 160 AED (£32) for one person, but I would suggest booking it through Turquoise Holidays before you get there to avoid the queues as it is crazy busy each day and tickets sell out quickly! Also aim for midday so any early morning mist would have had the chance to burn off so doesn’t spoil the views!
Whilst you are in Dubai you could go skiing with Ski Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates so you could say you went skiing and sunbathing in one holiday. However, I would suggest only doing it if you have young children (up to 8yrs) as it didn’t offer much for the thrill seekers (boring alert) unless you got the polar express ticket which gave you skiing or snowboarding too. If you did want to have a lesson I would suggest booking ahead of time as they sold out quickly! There were a number of different tickets to get and very different prices depending on what you wanted to do. I would definitely bring gloves and a snood or hat because it’s -3ºC and the gloves they give you aren’t really warm enough. If your kids are happy playing in the snow by themselves, or you don’t want to spend all your time sitting there in the freezing cold, you could watch them from Costa or TGI Fridays, or even do a spot of shopping.
My absolute favourite thing to do in Dubai was going to the Atlantis Waterpark. We got there from when the water park opened at 10:00am until when it closed at 18:00. The rides were amazing, the pools were amazing, the wave river was mental – the buildings were amazing, everything was amazing! You must go on the Leap of Faith before the queue gets too big. It may look tall and it may look like a thriller but really, it’s a smooth fast ride that everyone must go on just to see the view. I would also suggest doing Poseidon’s Tower but maybe skip Poseidon’s Revenge (the one where the floor drops away) because my back was red for 30mins afterwards and it is a bit nasty on your neck – maybe wear a rash vest?! Saying that, my mum loved it as the feeling of falling was a real rush! The Ringo Rides are really smooth and the ride where you go through the shark tank is great – the queue will get big quickly so go to that one first. The food there is very, very expensive so load up on breakfast if you don’t want a big food bill. The price for Atlantis is based on your height and being over 1.2m meant you are classed as an adult and had to pay 340 AED (£68), children under 1.2m were 275 AED (£53) but you can get them cheaper if you buy them with the Big Bus pass (275 AED for adults).
If you feel like you want a bit of a break from all the activities, maybe you might like to go on a cruise (which is free with Big Bus Tours) for an hour, travelling up and down the marina or up and down Dubai creek on an old fashioned Arabian dowe. It’s not much fun for children as we would far rather be doing stuff more mental or tiring, but parents can sit back and look out to sea on a boring boat ride and for some reason they really enjoy it! With the Big Bus Dubai, you can also have a yacht adventure around Yas Island and see the formula one circuit, but by this time I was done with boats!
We also did a dinner safari in the desert which was a great experience. Hammering a 4×4 through sand dunes and skidding everywhere was exhilarating and the sand boarding and henna tattoos were cool. The camel ride was very short and the queue was very long, but you got the idea of what a camel ride felt like and again it was an experience. The food however was not great for kids and the show only really peaked my interest at the end when the fire breathers came out!
So, Dubai actually has quite a lot to offer everyone. You have the beach, amazing pools and the sunshine of course, but also some history, great shopping, skiing, skydiving, waterparks, tallest buildings, ‘biggest this’ and ‘largest that’. Overall a great holiday destination with something to suit everyone’s tastes but best of all…guaranteed sunshine!
Be a jungle VIP in one of these beautiful Tarzan and Jane-esque resorts. If you’re looking to get back to nature then enjoy browsing our favourite Treehouses for a Turquoise adventure that Mowgli would be proud of.
Located in northern Fiji, Matangi Private Island Resort is tucked away on the world-famous Horseshoe Bay. The treehouses here have magnificent views, relaxing day beds and Jacuzzis- the perfect romantic place to wind down after an active day of snorkelling, diving, hiking and sailing. We love Matangi for a real taste of the South Pacific- Fijian techniques are used in the Ocean Spa and make sure you indulge in the underground cooked local feast!
Tiny Tioman island on the east coast of Malaysia is a complete retreat from the outside world. Be Jane at Japamala and sleep amongst the trees in one of their 13 boutique suites. Wake up and jump in the emerald sea surrounding Tioman island, visit local villages and for avid divers, Japamala has the entire playground of a beautiful marine park.
For a contemporary and stylish take on the rustic treehouse, Post Ranch Inn offers treehouses with cosy fireplaces and inspiring vistas over the dramatic California coastline. Relax in the knowledge that the resort has been built with full respect for the environment, from the sustainable materials behind the design, to the friendly surrounding habitat for endangered species. This luxury retreat has exceptional creature comforts, and puts this stunning area of California at the top of its priority list.
This elegant lodge in Plettenburg is a wonderful antidote to those looking for a hideaway setting out of Cape Town. Relax in your stylish treetop suite surrounded by the canopy of the Tsitsikamma forest, or wonder over the elevated walkways to dine alfresco.
Kaikoura’s stunning rugged coastline is home to one of the best places in the world to swim with wild dolphins and spot whales. If this isn’t enough to draw you to the southern hemisphere, then perhaps a stay in your very own romantic treehouse between snow covered mountains and the wonders of the ocean will inspire the journey.
If you’ve ever wanted an absolute escape from reality, then the island of Sumba belongs is a rare and untouched jewel of the Indonesian archipelago. Stay here for a few nights and without a doubt, you will want to extend your stay. The Mamole Treehouse at Nihi Sumba is just one of their gorgeous accommodations, perfect for a large group who want to learn to surf, discover local culture and monkey around together in paradise.
Each of the 79 villas at Anantara Kihavah boasts a private pool, either overwater or tucked away on the beach. The layout means for spacious living, whether you are in a 1,2,3 or 4-bedroom villa, with indoor/outdoor bathrooms and an open concept living space. Crisp white linens and tasteful furnishings have been combined with splashes of colour and subtle yet ultra-modern technologies… the ultimate in Maldivian hygge.
2. The Food.
For a remote tropical island in the heart of the Indian Ocean, we’re not quite sure how Anantara have created no fewer than six mouth-watering restaurants, on top of numerous bucket list dining experiences. From the depths of the world’s first under-water wine cellar to the heights of the new stargazing bar and observatory (plus Asian, Japanese, Creole, seafood, south-east Asian and Mediterranean options in between), food and wine lovers will need at least a week to make the most of the drinking and dining experiences on offer here.
3. The Details.
We love Anantara Kihavah for all the little details which make it unique. The carefully planted orchids decorating the palmed pathways, the cinema under the stars experience complete with paired menus to films (think nachos for Don Quixote and chicken wings for Top Gun), the glass bottomed bathtubs in the overwater villas, the bicycles which come with every villa, the ice cream and sweetie carts…we could go on forever but we don’t want to ruin all the surprises…!
4. The Activities.
We’re not just talking diving and snorkelling here… although Anantara does have an excellent PADI dive centre, expert guides and a coral adoption programme… no no we’re talking Muay Thai boxing, boot camps on the beach, a trampoline park, yoga (on land and overwater), meditation, Pilates, aqua aerobics, tennis, badminton, archery, cookery lessons, art classes, rock climbing and new for 2018… a floating water park. You could never worry about not having enough to do here, the worry is only having enough time to do it all!
5. The Family Fun.
It’s rare to find a remote tropical island with such a vast array of accommodation options and activities to suit all ages and group sizes than Anantara. Sleeping up to 12 people, the four-bedroom residence is ideal for multi-generational holidays or big celebrations. On top of the enormous abundance of activities we’ve already mentioned, the kids club opens daily for those between 3-11yrs and programmes can be individually tailored by villa hosts and the experience team.
6. The Wellness.
Join Chef Eric for a Raw Spoons cookery class and learn how to add a touch of Ayurveda into your diet at Anantara. With a focus on holistic therapy and a vegan lifestyle you are sure to #gettheglow. Beyond the kitchen, enjoy meditation, yoga and palates or check-in to the sumptuous overwater spa – complete with 6 treatment rooms and a unique collection of therapies, our favourites being the ‘Essence of Kihavah Signature Experience’ and the ‘Slumber Guru’ – an in-villa ritual designed to set you up for an excellent nights sleep.
We want to whisk you away from the festival atmosphere you’ll find when glamping in the British Isles, where rain, mud and the cold is enough to dampen anyone’s mood! Our Turquoise glamping resorts are very special, so if you want a tented camp with a difference in warmer climes and sunny smiles, then look no further! There’s a glamping experience for us all.
We are very happy that the beautiful Anegada Beach Club is back up and running after the devastation of Hurricane Irma in the British Virgin Islands. If you want an exclusive quiet escape with powdery sand at your feet, ocean views from your patio and a wonderful array of activities to choose from including volleyball, kite-surfing and kayaking, then this is the place to escape to!
For Balinese charm, Sandat Glamping Tents offers a gorgeous authentic experience on the outskirts of busy Ubud. Tents are filled with decorative furniture, and the bell hanging up in the garden makes for a quirky and old-fashioned way to call one of the lovely members of staff to your tent for refreshments. Choose Sandat for a romantic countryside retreat.
Another Indonesian gem, we have recently added Bawah Island to our Turquoise portfolio and we love this untouched paradise for its barefoot-luxury and exclusivity. The tented beach suites are only steps away from powder white sand and the crystal-clear lagoon. Bawah is the perfect island escape after a couple of nights in Singapore and for those who want an island with activities. Snorkelling, trekking and diving are the stars of the show at Bawah.
Nestled amongst the banks of the Talek River in the Masai Mara, the Naibor safari camp is a Kenyan glamping retreat for true wildlife fans and those looking to fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush. Game sightings from Naibor are excellent, and we suggest making the most of your surroundings with sundowner cocktails or a dinner under the stars.
Offering one of the best elephant interactions in Thailand and incredible natural surroundings, Elephant Hills is a simple glamping experience located in the jaw-dropping Khao Sok National Park. Highlights include waking to the sounds of the jungle from your tent, kayaking around the lagoon admiring the spectacular surroundings, and spending an afternoon making friends with the wonderful rescued elephants.
If you’re looking for the untouched beaches of Thailand’s past, local style and awe-inspiring views of Phang-Nga Bay, then the tented pool villa at Koyao Island Resort offers peace, seclusion and romance. This is a wonderful place to add to a Thai island-hopping holiday or honeymoon, and Koh Yao Noi still has the relaxed atmosphere of Thailand 30 years ago but with an abundance of experiences to fill your day with!
Do you dream of Arabia? Desert Nights Camp is a unique experience in Muscat offering traditional Bedouin tents, authentic Omani BBQs and an unparalleled desert location. Start the day dune bashing, camel riding or visiting a local family, and watch the stars appear at night surrounded by pure silence.
This exceptional lodge boasts luxury quirky tents on the golden sands of Sri Lanka’s south coast. The wildlife of Yala National Park lies on your doorstep, so keep an eye out for the beautiful Sri Lankan leopard before relaxing in style in this wonderfully untouched area of Sri Lanka.
The overall experience of Longitude 131 is out of this world. Waking up to sunrise over the red Australian desert with majestic views of Uluru combines with exceptional historical knowledge of the area, and some of the best food you will taste anywhere in the massive country of Australia. If you want a glamping stay on another level, Longitude 131 will stay in your memory forever.
Forget your worries, and your wallet! As a new era of premium all-inclusive hotels take the world by storm. The term ‘’all-inclusive’’ has undergone a makeover. Forget the days of overcrowded swimming pools, canteen-style buffets and syrupy cocktails. Let us introduce you to a truly ‘luxury’ all-inclusive experience, where quality is no longer jeopardised by quantity…
At North Island, menus do not exist. You simply chat to the head chef regarding your preferences and he will go away and put together a bespoke meal just for you! You will also have the chance to choose your wine from the world-class wine cellar to accompany your meal, or simply be guided by the islands very own sommelier to help find the perfect wine for you.
Discovering Thailand has never been so easy! When you stay at Anantara Golden Triangle you will not only enjoy all-inclusive food and beverages but numerous daily activities included during your stay. Some of our favourites include the ‘Learn to be a Mahout’ elephant experience, the Golden Triangle discovery experience, an authentic Thai cookery class or a 90-minute spa treatment!
Why have three meals a day when you can also have afternoon tea and make it four!? At Ol Lentille, a hidden safari gem Kenya’s Laikipia region, afternoon tea is included for those tiring days on safari, it is the perfect mid afternoon pick me up (to boost energy levels for the afternoon of exhilaration ahead) while you decide on your evening meal restaurant choice.
Known as one of the most exclusive resorts in the world, The Brando takes all-inclusive and wow factor to a new level. Whilst staying here, all-inclusive really does mean everything is included. Each day you will receive a 50-minute spa treatment as well as one activity per person, so when staying here you really can leave your credit card at home!
At Song Saa, it goes without saying that the food is incredible but for us what really makes this island stand out is the locations where you can enjoy your food. Included in the all-inclusive price you will get the choice of four different spots around the island. From their signature restaurant ‘’Vista’’ to dining on the beach under a star-lit sky!
The Maldives is known for having a large price tag on their food and wine, however when staying at OZEN you will not need to worry about a thing! When staying here, along with all the normal food and drink inclusions, you can enjoy a number of once-in-a-lifetime activities and adventures without worrying about the final bill. We highly recommend the sunset fishing trip and the Aqua Club’s snorkelling tour.
Last but not least, the magical private island of Jumby Bay in Antigua is a Turquoise favourite through and through. Nothing (and we literally mean nothing!) is too much trouble for the Jumby Bay staff, who go above and beyond to ensure every guest, couple, family and group have the holiday of a lifetime. From bespoke cocktails to day to day itineraries, spa treatments to celebration dinners…leave your worries behind…. everything will be taken care of.
Although we love many of our Turquoise hotels for their service, style, delicious food and welcoming people, the varied history of a few really make these places stand out from the rest! From cocktails to chocolate, celebrities to authors, wars to Lords and music to mountains, here’s four of our favourite facts about these hotels steeped in history…
This elegant icon of a hotel was built in 1887 by the Sarkies brothers and named after the founder of Modern Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles. Raffles has seen a lot over the years: from an original beach house the property turned into a high-end hotel with exceptional service, in 1931 the Great Depression caused bankruptcy for the Sarkies brothers, in 1942 the Japanese occupied Singapore, and in 1987 at 100 years old, the hotel was declared a National monument. The hotel itself has faced a lot of history, but for the fun part, the Singapore Sling cocktail was created in Raffles Long Bar (and you can learn how to make it here today!) and some of its most famous guests include Charlie Chaplin, Ava Gardner, Rudyard Kipling and Noel Coward.
There’s something rather magical about a hotel being built from the ideas of a book’s pages. Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris founded the Hotel Chocolat company in 2004 and one of their customers Michele Clare sent them a beautiful 1920’s copy of Cocoa & Chocolate: Their History from Plantation to Consumer. This sparked the idea in Angus that Hotel Chocolat should grow their own cocoa and the perfect opportunity arose at the Rabot Estate in St Lucia. Boucan by Hotel Chocolat was born out of the programme, so that a boutique retreat and cocoa growers in St Lucia could merge together to create the very delicious experience of the real Hotel Chocolat.
The name’s Bond. James Bond. Goldeneye boasts the beating heart of Ian Fleming’s 007 books, and with its secret cove location on Jamaica’s north coast, it’s easy to understand why the James Bond author chose to set up base in this gorgeous Caribbean destination. You can now stay in the Fleming Villa built in 1946 for your inner author, or if you’re feeling more musical make the most of the alternative reggae history of Goldeneye which was bought in 1976 by Chris Blackwell. To this day, Blackwell is known for being the founder of Island Records in Jamaica- taking care of stars from Bob Marley, Grace Jones and U2.
The Pink Palace of Cape Town is a colonial sanctuary from the bustling city. Mr William Maude was let the property in 1806 and he named it after our very own Lord Admiral Nelson who had died the year before, and the dramatic Table Mountain of Cape Town. The building opened as a luxurious hotel for passengers travelling to Cape Town with shipping lines in 1899 and then shortly became British headquarters in the South African Second Boer War. In the 1900s through to today, the beautiful garden estate surrounding the picture-perfect hotel has drawn the likes of Winston Churchill, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and John Lennon.