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10 of the worlds best nudest beaches

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Below are 10 of the worlds best nude beaches with some hotel recommendations of where to stay. (Updated 27 September 2012)

Drake & Cavendish show full contact details for all of the luxury hotels that we feature. Contact any of the luxury hotels directly for their best prices and special offers.

In addition to the luxury hotels featured below, you can also see a complete list of all our luxury hotels at this link: http://www.drakeandcavendish.com/luxury-hotels/

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Red Sand Beach

Crete, Greece

Where to stay: Paradise Island Villas

Just 12 luxury & elegant villas, 12 minimalist marvels with their own gorgeous grounds & private pools, scattered between mountains and Mediterranean. Luxury villa accommodation is uniquely combined with the charm and the facilities of a 5 Star Boutique Hotel! For those wanting to take the concept of discrete luxury & personal service one step further, the majestic island of Crete may hold the answer, in the form of Paradise Island Villas – an innovative family owned and run Boutique Villa Hotel that redefines the boundaries of hospitality.

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Es Trenc Beach

Majorca, Spain

Where to stay: Palacio Ca Sa Galesa

Palacio Ca Sa Galesa offers an unprecedented concept of hospitality and service: totally tailor-made, personal and with exquisite taste. The palace has just 12 rooms, all of which are different and each identified by the name of a famous musician. On the main floor, we have communal lounges and a beautiful inner courtyard, as well as a dining room and the Monet Kitchen.


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Cap-d’Agde Naturist Village

Carcassonne, France

Where to stay: Hotel De La Cite

Set within the circular walls of the citadel and amidst the most romantic gardens, the hotel presents each guest with a unique experience. Whether sipping wine under the towering trees or sampling some of the region’s most cutting-edge cuisine at La Barbacane, Hôtel de la Cité offers a magical mixture of the medieval and the contemporary.

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Paradise Beach

Mykonos, Greece

Where to stay: Mykonos Grand Hotel And Resort

In harmony with its awesome setting rises Mykonos Grand. A luxury beach resort inspirationally conceived to capture the essence of surrounding natural wonders and host the most welcome and appreciated guests with world class luxury. The Mykonos Grand Luxury Hotel & Suites offers the perfect setting for rare moments of romance, adventure, and excitement…and memories to last a lifetime.


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Costa Natura Naturist

Estepona, Spain

Where to stay: Kempinski Resort Hotel Estepona

Resting on the southern shores of enchanting Andalusia, embrace the spirit of Mediterranean cultural heritage and art; glimpse the essence of Moorish tradition and gaze across the waters towards the mountains of Africa – Kempinski Hotel Bahía. Offering modern luxury beyond compare, at the five-star Kempinski Hotel Bahía you will find that refined elegance and luxury is what we provide, and our services and amenities is what sets us apart.


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Valalta Naturist Camp

Rovinj, Croatia

Where to stay: Hotel Monte Mulini

This extraordinary boutique hotel is only a 10-minute walk from Rovinj, a town with many unique attractions. The Monte Mulini Hotel is a synergy of design, functionality, harmony and elegance. An impeccable blend of beauty, luxury and cultural heritage turns each moment of your stay into something special.


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Little Banana Beach

Skiathos, Greece

Where to stay: Aegean Suites Hotel

Aegean Suites Hotel is a hidden retreat, synonymous of private Residential Luxury with Mediterranean island architecture and an exclusive air of personal service, attention to detail.Superb sea views, modern art and tranquility unite at Aegean Suites Hotel, an intimate, exclusively Adults only, all-suite hotel, overlooking the Aegean Sea.


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Bolonia Beach

Cadiz, Spain

Where to stay: Barcelo Sancti Petri Hotel Cadiz

An exclusive, avant-garde style hotel, right on the seafront at “La Barrosa” beach. If offers 191 luxury rooms, most with views of the sea or its tropical gardens, 3 themed Suites and 1 Presidential Suite. Relax in its extensive 3,650-square metre Spa & Wellness Center, with different thermodynamic swimming pools, sensations showers, saunas, Turkish bath, Roman thermal bath, etc., and practise your swing on the local golf courses.


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Plage de Pampelonne

St Tropez, France

Where to stay: Chateau Hotel de la Messardiere

The exclusive Château de la Messardière is Saint-Tropez’s largest hotel, featuring a Spa, gourmet restaurant and poolside restaurant, bars, an art gallery and magnificent 25-acre grounds. Chateau de la Messardiere’s heated pool offers breathtaking view over the Bay of Saint-Tropez; of quasi-Olympic dimensions (24m x 12m), the hotel’s mirror pool is heated to 28° allowing guests to bask on comfy and stylish sun loungers and couches set around the vast solarium.

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Grand Saline Beach

St. Barthelemy, Caribbean

Where to stay: Hotel Le Toiny

Privacy and exclusivity have always been the defining characteristics of l’Hôtel Le Toiny. Situated in the area of the island referred to as Côte Sauvage, the 15 pastel-colored bungalows, called Villa Suites, are set on a gentle slope overlooking the bay of Toiny and the Caribbean Sea. Each is surrounded by tropical vegetation, has its own gated entrance and a red mailbox flag that serves as a “Do Not Disturb” sign. It is this emphasis on privacy that has always seduced our clients who are looking for a unique and privileged place.

Top 10 Best Hotels in the Maldives

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Below is the Drake & Cavendish Top 10 best hotels in the Maldives. (Updated 26 September 2012)

We last published our top 10 Maldives hotels back in December and since then we have 3 new luxury hotels that have made it onto the list; Gili Lankanfushi Maldives comes in at number 5,  Anantara Kihavah Villas comes in at number 9 and Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Hotel Male takes the number 10 spot. Banyan Tree remains the best rated luxury hotel in the Maldives followed by Soneva Fushi Resort and Naladhu Hotel.

We show full contact details for all of the luxury hotels in the Maldives that we feature. Contact any of the best hotels in the Maldives for their best prices and special offers.

In addition to the best hotels in the Maldives that we’ve featured below, you can also see a complete list of luxury hotels in the Maldives at this link: http://www.drakeandcavendish.com/luxury-hotels/indian_ocean/maldives/

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Banyan Tree Maldvies

Maldives

Cast away on the main atoll in the paradisiacal Maldives archipelago, you experience a sense of magic and romance at the quintessential Maldives resort, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. Enjoy the best of Maldives on land and in the water as Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru offers up the best of all worlds including one of the best house reefs in the Maldives that is easily accessible from your villa.

Scores 4.96 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Soneva Fushi Resort And Six Senses Spa

Maldives

Fringed by white sand beaches that shelve gently into the azure blue sea, legendary Soneva Fushi looks like a Robinson Crusoe idyll, however the finest creature comforts are always at hand. Its remoteness is central to its charm, offering the ultimate in barefoot sophistication for which the oft borrowed expression – No News No Shoes was coined. Welcome to a luxurious experience in which the natural reality of the destination unites understated yet sophisticated style. This is Intelligent Luxury..

Scores 4.93 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Naladhu Resort Maldives

Maldives

Naladhu is designed to be as familiar as a favourite vacation home by the sea, but with surprise hints of the islands. In its soul is the spirit of the local Maldivian culture, drawing on the rich traditions of our island paradise. It is a place where everything is as it should be. Where everything is familiar – not because you’ve been here before, but because it is just as you’d imagined it to be.

Scores 4.88 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Cocoa Island Resort

Maldives

Cocoa Island is a small, private island resort designed for those seeking an easygoing, foot-in-the-sand experience. The rich, warm waters and bountiful coral also promise some of the world’s best beaches, snorkelling and diving. Wake up to an empty horizon from your over-water bungalow. As evening approaches, watch a tiny fishing boat ply the cobalt ocean. Cocoa Island offers indulgent therapies,Yoga, diving, gourmet cuisine and exciting excursions.

Scores 4.88 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

Maldives

Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives is an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the water out to spacious villa accommodations. Everywhere you look, marine life abounds. And the gleaming waters beckon. This 5-star resort is set on the private tropical island of Lankanfushi in the Malé Atoll, one of the 19 atolls that stretch over 800 kilometres through the Indian Ocean. It is one of the 1190 islands that make up the Maldives.

Scores 4.87 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Baros Maldives

Maldives

On a small private island in the middle of the Indian Ocean is Baros Maldives Hotel, a heavenly Eden overlooking a glistening blue lagoon. Cool, secluded villas with palm thatched roofs are either over water or facing the beach while a PADI diving centre, a spa with a tranquil water garden, several restaurants overlooking the sea and gentle sea breezes are all ensure a holiday in paradise.

Scores 4.81 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa

Maldives

Welcome to Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. A short speedboat ride from Malé, this Maldives resort, infused with Maldivian village charm, has a vibrant garden island all to itself. Sail to the Resort’s Island Spa for an afternoon of natural bliss. Embark on a snorkelling shark safari, find your perfect wave at our Surf School, or cast away for a day on a Robinson Crusoe adventure.

Scores 4.79 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

Maldives

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa spreads idyllically along a pristine beach and the serene lagoon. The award-winning resort, now re-launched, seamlessly extends the magic of the island’s blessed natural beauty in its design even as it offers the finest contemporary luxuries and services. Jiva Grande Spa, an authentic Indian spa, offers a range of signature wellness experiences. A choice of gourmet cuisine, water sports, and recreation make for a complete and exclusive destination.

Scores 4.78 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Anantara Kihavah Villas

Maldives

The morning sun dappling the crystal clear waters of a secluded lagoon. Afternoons spent sunbathing by your private infinity pool, just steps from the ocean. An evening stroll across soft white beaches, the moonlight casting shadows on the sand. Nights spent dreaming to the sound of the waves in an overwater villa. Imagine life on a luxurious deserted island – an island of swaying palm trees and unending horizons of blue.

Scores 4.77 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Hotel Male

Maldives

With 102 spacious villas spread across a remote jungle wilderness in the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru combines impeccable service, five-star facilities and world-class cuisine with a real sense of discovery..

Scores 4.74 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

Top 10 Must See Islands according to TripAdvisor

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

TripAdvisor just released their top 10 must see islands as voted by TripAdvisor users. There are some great islands within the list and we’ve listed the best luxury hotels in each of the locations featured.  (Updated 07 August 2012)

As usual, you can find the full contact details for all of the luxury hotels featured on the Drake & Cavendish site, please contact any of these luxury hotels for their best prices and special offers.

We’ve added links to our main location pages where you can see a full list of the luxury hotels that we feature in each area.

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Santorini, Greece

Where to stay: Andronis Luxury Suites

Reflecting traditional Aegean architecture and overlooking the island’s volcanic crater or caldera, the Andronis Luxury Suites represents the most luxurious, dreamy escape in a Mediterranean setting beyond compare. The multi-villa property gently cascades down the side of this unparalleled Greek island, forming part of the traditional landscape yet with Zen-like sophistication and discrete luxury that make transform these 22 award-winning suites into a lifetime experience for its elite visitors.

Scores 4.87 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Madagascar

Where to stay: Anjajavy L’Hotel

Set along the Mozambique Channel in an extremely diverse environment where flora and fauna offer a perfect reflection of Malagasy nature, the hotel comprises an outstanding complex of 25 rosewood villas facing the sea.

Scores 4.87 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Bali, Indonesia

Where to stay: Four Seasons Bali At Sayan

Renew your spirit in an elegant villa nestled in the jungle above Bali’s sacred Ayung River. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is proud to be recognized as one of the world’s very best resorts on the Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2012.

Scores 4.74 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Koh Samui, Thailand

Where to stay: Napasai by Orient-Express

Set in a grove of cashew trees, Napasai is a true Orient-Express paradise on the north coast of Thailand’s Koh Samui. This secluded hideaway nestles beside a beautiful sandy beach in lush tropical gardens.

Scores 4.71 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Easter Island, Chile

Where to stay: explora Rapa Nui – Posada de Mike Rapu

Opened in 2007, Posada de Mike Rapu is designed to have minimal impact on its surroundings and is set on a 24 acre site overlooking the ocean. The hotel only has 30 rooms, and all of them have excellent ocean views and provide a warm feeling integrating aspects of the local culture.

Scores 4.64 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Where to stay: Isabela II

With a capacity of only 40 guests, Yacht ISABELA II offers a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying  an unforgettable Galapagos expedition, where guests fully experience their sense of discovery and bonding with nature.

Scores 4.63 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Sri Lanka

Where to stay: Saman Villas

The hotel is situated in the quiet, sleepy fishing village of Aturuwella in the outskirts of Bentota. Saman Villas boasts the most stunning views of the Indian Ocean along with one of the best stretches of golden sandy beaches on the entire southern coastline of Sri Lanka.

Scores 4.62 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Maui, Hawaii

Where to stay: Halekulani

Halekulani has been hosting visitors to Waikiki Beach for nearly 100 years. Today its reputation for gracious hospitality, impeccable service and magnificent cuisine is unequaled on Oahu and renowned, throughout the world.

Scores 4.54 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Anguilla, Caribbean

Where to stay: Cap Juluca

If there is one place that embodies the romance, serenity and physical beauty of the Caribbean, it’s Cap Juluca. Located along the intimate crescent of Maundays Bay on the exclusive island of Anguilla, Cap Juluca’s Greco-Moorish architecture is as timeless as the sea itself.

Scores 4.36 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Ischia, Italy

Where to stay: Albergo San Montano

If your idea of a holiday resort is a secluded island atmosphere, Albergo San Montano meets your needs. It seems to hang suspended between sky and sea and the breathtaking sea view nearly overwhelms the senses.

Scores 4.11 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Barbados

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Below is the Drake & Cavendish Top 10 luxury hotels in Barbados. (Updated 16 July 2012)

We first published our top 10 list of luxury hotels in Barbados back in June 2011. Here is a summary of the movers: Little Arches Boutique Hotel – new entry, The Sandpiper – up 1, Lone Star Hotel – down 2, Cobblers Cove – down 2, Coral Reef Club – non mover, Sandy Lane – up 2, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion – down 3, Colony Club – down 1, The House – up 1, The Crane – up 1.

Drake & Cavendish show full contact details for all the hotels that we feature, so please contact them directly for their best prices and special offers.

In addition to the properties shown below, you can also see a complete list of Barbados luxury hotels at this link: http://www.drakeandcavendish.com/luxury-hotels/caribbean_and_bermuda/barbados/

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Little Arches Boutique Hotel

Barbados, Caribbean

This unique award winning Conde Nast Johansens recommended property is for adults only, and features many exceptional elements from bespoke furnishings to celebrated international dining. Our outstanding affordable luxury and ambiance will beckon you back forever.

Scores 4.73 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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The Sandpiper

Barbados, Caribbean

The Sandpiper is discreetly one of the most exclusive small hotels in the West Indies. The hotel is embraced by lush gardens filled with tropical flora, creating an atmosphere of ultimate privacy. The hotel is situated on a beautiful sandy beach gently lapped by turquoise waters and bordered by a tree shaded wooden deck.

Scores 4.67 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Lone Star Hotel

Barbados, Caribbean

The Lone Star is an exclusive boutique hotel, restaurant and bar, where its British owners have created a stylist retreat. Here’s where Jimmy Choos are often
seen, but certainly not necessary; just pack a sarong, they have everything else you need to chill out at the Lone Star..

Scores 4.64 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Cobblers Cove

Barbados, Caribbean

Cobblers Cove blends the charm and elegance of an English Country House with the tropical beauty and character of Barbados. As a result of the secluded setting and tranquil ambience of Cobblers Cove, many of our guests return again and again. Cobblers Cove is a premier Barbados hotel and Caribbean resort.
It is an ideal holiday location for an elegant and relaxing Caribbean holiday.

Scores 4.62 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Coral Reef Club

Barbados, Caribbean

Set amidst twelve acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on the calm west coast of Barbados, Coral Reef Club is the epitome of West Indian elegance. Renowned for its special ambiance and classic island style, this family owned and run resort is one of the finest in the Caribbean. Accommodations are traditionally designed with wooden balustrading, fretwork and shuttered windows.

Scores 4.39 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Sandy Lane

Barbados, Caribbean

Sandy Lane conjures up images of serene style in an idyllic setting. From the moment we welcomed our first guests in 1961, Sandy Lane has been considered the premier address in the Caribbean – a haven of tranquility, a romantic retreat or the perfect location for families who desire the finest holiday experience with endless possibilities for recreation.

Scores 4.39 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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The Fairmont Royal Pavilion

Barbados, Caribbean

Perched on the Eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion hotel in Barbados is a magical oasis of luxury and privacy, romantically presiding over 11 acres of gardens, with an unrivalled beach presence. An iconic five star luxury award-winning resort, The Fairmont Royal Pavilion for decades has become the epitome of luxury; an elegant retreat resembling a Barbadian home.

Scores 4.36 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Colony Club

Barbados, Caribbean

Days of endless relaxation unfold before you as your enchanted island sojourn has only just begun. An afternoon of indulgence awaits, every moment made perfect… simply…naturally…at the Colony Club Hotel – A Barbados resort like no other. From savory dining and sun-swept beaches, to relaxing poolside activities and casual elegance of evening cocktails, each Colony Club guest finds a personal retreat and memorable moment to call their own.

Scores 4.20 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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The House

Barbados, Caribbean

Discover a world of endless possibility, a sophisticated yet refreshingly simple retreat. A sanctuary of balance and beauty, The House is your passage to a secluded enclave. The House makes Barbados your private island – just for the two of you. Tranquil, adults-only environs ensure you can never feel more together than you do right here.

Scores 4.16 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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The Crane

Barbados, Caribbean

Lounge on the spectacular powder-soft, pink sand, caressed by the rays of the Caribbean sun and fanned by gentle Trade Winds, and you will understand why The Crane Resort is regarded by those that know it as one of the most beautiful places anywhere in the world.

Scores 4.14 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Zanzibar

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Below is the Drake & Cavendish Top 10 luxury hotels in Zanzibar. (Updated 17 May 2012)

We first published our top 10 Zanzibar hotels back in April 2011 and since then there have been few changes to the list:  Essque Zalu Zanzibar – up 3, The Residence Zanzibar – new entry, Mnemba Island Lodge – down 2, Baraza Resort & Spa – up 1, The Palms – up 1, Hotel Melia Zanzibar – up 2 (was Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski), Sea Cliff Resort & Spa – new entry, Fundu Lagoon – down 5, Diamonds La Gemma dell’ Est – new entry,
Serena Inn – down 3

Drake & Cavendish show full contact details for all of the hotels in Zanzibar that we feature, so please contact them directly for their best prices and special offers.

In addition to the list below, you can see a full list of the luxury hotels in Zanzibar that we feature at this link:
http://www.drakeandcavendish.com/luxury-hotels/africa/tanzania/zanzibar_and_islands

 

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Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Welcome to Essque Zalu Zanzibar. Discover a destination off the coast of Tanzania, steeped in legend and mystery, an evocation of the exotic . Stroll the tumbling streets of Stone Town, be lulled by the Arab tones of Swahili, inhale the lingering fragrance of the spice plantations. At Essque Zalu Zanzibar, create your own personal paradise, your own kind of luxury, an experience of a lifetime.

Scores 4.88 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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The Residence Zanzibar

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

For those seeking serenity and privacy, The residence Zanzibar offers uncompromising luxury. Each of its 66 Stand-alone villas has its own private swimming pool in which to unwind. Enjoy the ultimate luxury to be pampered by a personal butler trained to anticipate and attend to your every need.

Scores 4.85 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Mnemba Island

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Mnemba Island Lodge, an award winning jewel is situated on the breathtakingly beautiful private island of Mnemba, a mere 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) off of the north–eastern tip of Zanzibar. Mnemba Island Lodge is a beach dreamer’s ultimate paradise experience, surrounded by an atoll of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. Romantic views, exclusivity and rustic luxury are reason enough to enjoy the unparalleled beauty of this barefoot island paradise.

Scores 4.85 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Baraza Resort & Spa

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Located along the beach that was named as one of the top 30 in the world by the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller magazine, Baraza is Zanzibar’s most exclusive boutique resort. With just 30 villas, this stunning fully inclusive resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans.

Scores 4.78 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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The Palms

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

We welcome you to Zanzibar’s most exclusive, private resort with just six villas in a personalized and intimate setting….the perfect, romantic getaway. The Palms is a sanctuary for those in search of tranquility…a place to stimulate the senses and experience the very best of the Island of Zanzibar.

Scores 4.75 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Hotel Melia Zanzibar

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

This time the first impression is most definitely not deceptive. If you have the feeling that the Palacio Ca Sa Galesa is more than just a hotel then that’s because that’s exactly what it is. Here you won’t feel as if you’re at home, you’ll feel much better than you do at home. Infinitely better thansks to your excellent standards of service, hospitality and desire to to provide a truly unique experience.

Scores 4.51 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Sea Cliff Resort & Spa

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Driving into Sea Cliff Resort & Spa you know you have found something special. The 4 km road through a coconut plantation that leads to the hotel is a reminder of the Zanzibar of old. Peace and tranquility, no other hotels or busy roads just open space and palm trees. This 120 room resort located on the West Coast of the exotic Island of Zanzibar, conveniently located 20 minutes from the historical town of Stone Town.

Scores 4.50 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Fundu Lagoon

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Fundu is on Pemba Island, the sister island to Zanzibar lying across the Pemba Channel to the north. The hotel is situated on a remote and beautiful beach on the south western side of the island and is only accessible by boat. We aim to provide the perfect environment for an idyllic vacation, an untroubled haven of tropical sunshine.

Scores 4.50 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Diamonds La Gemma dell’ Est

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Set within exotic tropical gardens and waterfalls inviting guests to enjoy the pristine view over the Indian Ocean, Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est is located on the north-western shores of magical Zanzibar. This enchanting, luxurious and environmentally friendly resort has a total of 138 rooms, all with private terrace and with sea views.

Scores 4.78 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Zanzibar Serena Inn

Zanzibar & Islands, Tanzania, Africa

Idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan’s palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Inn is a haven of tranquillity and opulence amongst the bustle of one of Africa’s most ancient and most enchanting towns. A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the inn has been styled to represent the epitome of Swahili style, ethnic elegance and Arabic opulence.

Scores 4.00 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Sicily

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Below is the Drake & Cavendish Top 10 luxury hotels in Sicily. (Updated 10 May 2012)

We first published our top 10 Sicily hotels back in April 2011 and since then there have been few changes to the list:  Hotel Villa Carlotta – new entry, Villa Sant’Andrea – new entry, Palazzo Failla Hotel – down 1, Hotel Principe Di Fitalia – down 3, Timeo And Villa Flora Grand Hotel – new entry, San Domenico Palace Hotel – down 3, Caol Ishka Hotel – down 3, Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza – up 2, Hotel Signum – up 1, Hotel Villa Sonia – down 5

Drake & Cavendish show full contact details for all of the hotels in Sicily that we feature, so please contact them directly for their best prices and special offers.

In addition to the list below, you can see a full list of the luxury hotels in Sicily that we feature at this link:

http://www.drakeandcavendish.com/luxury-hotels/europe/italy-italia/italian-islands/sicily/

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Hotel Villa Carlotta

Taormina, Sicily, Italian Islands, Italy

Villa Carlotta is a luxury boutique hotel situated in a 1860 sicilian aristocratic villa in the panoramic centre of Taormina. Villa Carlotta’s success is down to the winning combination of personal service and attention to deal. Taking the number 1 spot in our list, that combination is clearly working. The Villa is also a member of Small Luxury Hotels.

Scores 4.78 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Villa Sant’Andrea

TaorminaSicily, Italian Islands, Italy

Set on its own exclusive beach, beside one of the most beautiful coastlines in all of Italy, Villa Sant’Andrea overlooks the aquamarine sea. Built by an aristocratic family in 1830 among lush, subtropical gardens, this Orient-Express secluded retreat retains all the charm of a private residence.

Scores 4.77 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Palazzo Failla Hotel

Modica, Sicily, Italian Islands, Italy

The Failla Mansion is presented well to offer guests an unforgettable time in a place where the old traditions fit in well with the most sophisticated modern comforts. Over the years the Hotel has maintained the characteristic of a noble Sicilian building, for its interior design such as the majolicas (hand-made ceramic typical of this area), elements in wrought iron, the vault frescoes, the antique furniture and its welcoming and kind atmosphere situated in an elegant and sophisticated context.

Scores 4.77 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Hotel Principe Di Fitalia

Siracusa, Sicily, Italian Islands, Italy

A refined late 19th century historic residence, restored according to tradition with a touch of Mediterranean creativity, provides a charming setting for the Hotel Principe di Fitalia. Located in the quiet countryside, just 800 meters from the seaside of Parco Marino Plemmirio, and 4 km from Ortigia, the ideal spot for a fascinating vacation in Syracuse.

Scores 4.76 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Timeo & Villa Flora Grand Hotel

Taormina, Sicily, Italian Islands, Italy

Set high in the rocky hills on the east coast of Sicily, Grand Hotel Timeo has long been known as one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats. The first hotel to be built in Taormina, it sits in the most perfect location, directly in front of the Greek Theatre. Sweeping views of the coastline and majestic Mount Etna stretch out beyond.

Scores 4.64 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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San Domenico Palace Hotel Taormina

Taormina, Sicily, Italian Islands, Italy

The San Domenico Palace has become one of the most famous monastery-hotel in the world. An air of enchantment lingers in the spacious white corridors where for nearly half a millennium before only the soft steps and whispered prayers of the friars were heard. A luxury hotel within ancient walls where much recalls monastic life creates a startling contrast, but it is all the more fascinating for it.

Scores 4.47 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Caol Ishka Hotel

Siracusa, Seychelles, Indian Ocean

On the bank of river Anapo beside Fiume Ciane natural reserve, Caol Ishka Hotel pleasantly combines the traditional Sicilian masseria with a warm modern design. Only five minutes from the old town of Ortigia, a 4 star hotel with restaurant immersed in a beautiful garden with swimming pool.

Scores 4.47 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza

Mazara del Vallo, Sicily, Italian Islands, Italy

Enjoy a 5 Star Luxury Hotel experience in Sicily. The Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza is one of the best family resort with private beach and Spa in Hotel. Luxury rooms and suites offer a timeless experience and a liberating sense of space. Designed to inspire, their tranquillity connects you with the breathtaking environment of olive groves and vineyards.

Scores 4.45 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Hotel Signum

Malfa, Sicily, Italian Islands, Italy

This charming and magical four-star hotel is situated on the greenest of all Aeolian islands, Salina. With panoramic views of the sea, Hotel Signum was created from a group of antique houses, and is surounded by two beautiful inactive volcanoes, and the most lush greenery and aromatic perfumes of the island’s exquisite jasmine and citrus trees. It is also a short walk from a beautiful beach.

Scores 4.33 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Hotel Villa Sonia

Taormina, Sicily, Italian Islands, Italy

Hotel Villa Sonia is a historic rural home situated in Castelmola in the district of Taormina where a real corner of “Paradise” awaits you. A charming residence surrounded by green vegetation and having as much tranquility as one would desire, ideal for romantic escapes or family holidays.

Scores 4.21 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Mexico

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Below is the Drake & Cavendish Top 10 luxury hotels in Mexico. (Updated 02 May 2012)

Drake & Cavendish show full contact details for all of the hotels in Mexico that we feature, so please contact them directly for their best prices and special offers.

In addition to the best hotels in Mexico that we’ve featured below, you can also see a complete list of the luxury hotels in Mexico at this link: http://www.drakeandcavendish.com/luxury-hotels/central_america/mexico/

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Hacienda De Los Santos Resort And Spa

Alamos. Mexico

Privacy is one of the ultimate luxuries offered by Hacienda de los Santos Resort and Spa. Enchanting stone walkways curve throughout the property, inviting guests to indulge in a leisurely stroll amongst the fragrant citrus and exotic foliage. Beautifully appointed guestrooms, estate suites and villas are set in this oasis, inviting serenity and quiet reflection.

Scores 4.89 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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La Casa Que Canta

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. Mexico

As you arrive you will discover an intimate, private and romantic hideaway on the ocean. From almost every angle full panoramic views of the bay, and the picturesque, peaceful fishing village of Zihuatanejo will enchant you. Like an exquisite cliff-side village, the dramatic multi-tiered architecture is fashioned with adobe, native colors, palapas, tropical woods and Mexican handicrafts. Taking a swim in the infinity pool is similar to a dream-like experience and the salt water pool on the ocean is simply unique.

Scores 4.80 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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The St. Regis Mexico City

Mexico City. Mexico

With the best location in the city, the hotel presents a landmark and a destination in itself. Refined style and sumptuous decoration, bespoke, unconditional service define St. Regis.

Scores 4.77 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort

San Jose del Cabo. Mexico

As its name implies, Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort, is a window to Paradise. A Ty Warner Property and one of the most acclaimed resorts ever, Las Ventanas has redefined luxury and pampering, reaching out with special touches that are the hallmark of refined hospitality. The desert beach hideaway in Los Cabos captivates guests with expansive suites, inspired cuisine and The Spa & Salon at Las Ventanas, the resort’s recently unveiled sanctuary of renewal and revitalization.

Scores 4.75 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Rosewood Mayakoba Hotel

Playa del Carmen. Mexico

Surrounded by the jungle’s emerald embrace, Rosewood Mayakoba is imbued with the spirit of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. A journey to this serene world captivates the soul with stunning natural beauty and pure refinement. Situated along a mile-long arc of white Caribbean sand, Rosewood Mayakoba is the heart of a 1,600-acre luxury resort enclave located south of Cancun and north of Playa del Carmen. Voted Top 100 in the World and Top 7 Mexico Resort in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2011.

Scores 4.72 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

Punta Mita. Mexico

Sequestered on 22 lush acres on a tranquil isthmus with spectacular Ocean views, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort with its signature Butler Service offers all luxuries of a private, intimate hideaway where art and nature beautifully entwine. Indulge in a residential-style oasis of pampering, world-class tennis and golf, and bespoke service on the alluring Pacific Coast of Mexico.

Scores 4.72 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

Baja California Sur. Mexico

Situated on a land where tranquil desert meets the untamed waters of the Pacific Ocean. This all-suite and all ocean view resort is adults-only. Secrets Marquis boasts the exceptional amenities of Unlimited-Luxury with unlimited food and premium beverages, immaculate facilities and countless daytime and nighttime activities.

Scores 4.71 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Casa De Sierra Nevada Hotel

San Miguel de Allende. Mexico

A cluster of historic buildings at the centre of the city, this charming Orient-Express hotel offers the ultimate Mexican experience. Cool, leafy gardens, stone arches and traditional wooden doors surround pretty courtyards lit by lanterns as night falls. Peaceful though this is—especially when within the tranquil Laja Spa—just step outside and you are surrounded by San Miguel de Allende’s many colors, scents and sounds. The hotel has its own cooking school, Sazon, where you can learn to create traditional Mexican treats. To savor the local cooking at leisure there is a choice of two exceptional restaurants.

Scores 4.71 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Casa Velas Boutique Hotel

Puerto Vallarta. Mexico

Enjoy tropical, all-inclusive vacation packages to beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Experience a romantic retreat, a glorious golf getaway, sensational spa vacation, and cultural tours or sports adventures on Mexico’s breathtaking coast. Discover magnificent sunsets, emerald waters of Banderas Bay, magical jungles, and the rich heritage of Mexico. A tropical oasis of luxury and tranquility, the adults-only Casa Velas offers elegant suites, gourmet dining, beaches and pools, spa treatments and world-class service as part of every all-inclusive Puerto Vallarta vacation package.

Scores 4.70 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Hotel

Riviera May. Mexico

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun offers adults an extra measure of romance and sensuality in an exquisite luxury setting. Immerse yourself in Unlimited-Luxury where everything is included: Elegantly appointed rooms and suites with 24-hour concierge and room service. Multiple gourmet restaurants and lounges serving premium beverages. Endless day and evening activities, all in a spectacular setting.

Scores 4.69 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


10 Luxury Hotels celebrating Easter and all things Chocolate

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

10 Luxury Hotels celebrating Easter and all things Chocolate fed to you by Drake & Cavendish! (Updated 4 April 2012)

Drake & Cavendish show full contact details for all of the luxury hotels that we feature. Contact any of the luxury hotels for their best prices and special offers.

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Four Seasons Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Far East

Easter at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Chocolate treats and holiday eating. With fun and colourful creations by Pastry Chef Gregoire Michaud and his team, The Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong promises to put on its annual Easter treat in the way of all things sweet.

Scores 4.77 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Hotel D’Angleterre

Geneva, Switzerland

For many, Switzerland is the capital of chocolate – the place where each inhabitant eats an average of 12 kg per year, and they know why!  So why not, during your Easter stay, discover this beautiful city and indulge yourself.  Add “un je ne sais quoi . . .” by staying at the Hotel d’Angleterre.  Extreme attention to details ensures no request is too large, no detail too small to make your stay the most enjoyable experience.

Scores 4.77 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce

Bruges, Belgium

With around 40 specialist chocolate shops in Bruges, you may be spoilt for choice finding your perfect egg! One decision that will be a little easier is where to stay… Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce is a brilliant Bruges hotel situated along the canals in the most historic and picturesque area of Bruges.

Scores 4.68 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Hotel Imperial Vienna

Vienna, Austria

Home of the ‘Imperial Torte’. Legend has it that a kitchen apprentice created the Imperial Torte in honour of Emperor Franz Joseph I on the occasion of the Hotel Imperial’s opening. Though the recipe is a closely guarded secret, so much can be revealed: fine milk chocolate first melts on the tongue accented by the delicate bitterness of almonds, while marzipan and cacao cream complement perfectly the irresistible creation.

Scores 4.65 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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explora Rapa Nui

Easter Island, Chile

Need to burn off some Easter calories? No problem, Easter Island provides some outstanding exploration opportunities. Located 3,700 kilometers from the American continent, surrounded by the world’s most transparent waters, Rapa Nui is the cradle of an unusual and enigmatic culture which persists to this day. The language, music and many traditions remain alive amongst the island’s inhabitants, while the enormous carved stone moai tell of a more remote past.

Scores 4.58 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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The New York Palace

New York, USA

This spring, The New York Palace has teamed up with global leader of premium chocolate, Lindt & Sprüngli, to create a themed weekend package.  Guests can indulge in a custom Gold Chocolate Weekend Brunch featuring raspberry lemon pancakes made with white chocolate mousse and almond brittle crumble or Lindt chocolate fudge sauce and crème patisserie crêpes with hot chocolate affogato, vanilla bean gelato and shaved Lindt chocolate among other treats. Celebrate the Easter season and spring weather with us in Istana.

Scores 4.53 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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La Bobadilla

Loja, Spain

A bit of European Chocolate history! Although Christopher Columbus was the first one from The New World who discovered cacao beans in 1502, but the first man who brought chocolate to Spain and The New World was Hernán Cortés Pizarro who discovered the precious tree in the early 16th century. The Spaniards originally kept the discovery of the cocoa tree as a secret from the rest of Europe for almost a century, and in the meantime, they had added something that the Mayans and Aztecs could not, cane sugar, in order to increase its deliciousness. In 1631, the first recipe for a chocolate drink was published in Spain by an Andalusian physician, Colmenero de Ledesma, and soon other chocolate recipes were created, this made chocolate become a fashionable drink enjoyed by the rich in Spain. (thanks to http://www.chocolate-world.net).

Scores 4.46 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Rocco Forte Brown’s Hotel

London, England

Brown’s Hotel personifies the refined sophistication of modern British luxury. Each room and suite is individually decorated and many feature antiques and contemporary artworks, creating an elegant and fashionable air. To sweeten the deal, stay at any Rocco Forte Hotel this Easter and receive a third off the Best Available Room rate when you book THREE nights or more. Breakfast is included and the promotion will be available on selected room types only and subject to availability.

Scores 4.44 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Hotel De Crillon

Paris, France

To celebrate Easter, the Hotel de Crillon invites you to discover the wonders of its restaurant ‘LesAmbassadeurs’ with a special brunch dubbed ‘Delices d’Enfance’ (Childhood Delights), featuring live-cooking crepes, mini pastries and a luscious chocolate fondue. The dreams f sweet mouths will come true on Sunday 8th April. An exciting egg hunt will also be held on Sunday at 11am for all the children staying at the hotel or attending brunch.

Scores 4.37 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Dom Hotel a Le Meridien Hotel

Cologne, Germany

Cologne is home to the ‘Stollwerck chocolate company‘ who have been making chocolate for the last 150 years… they even have a museum dedicated to all things chocolate right in the heart of Cologne and close to the Dom Hotel. Check out the Dom Hotel for their special Easter rates.

Scores 4.30 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


10 of the world’s most romantic luxury hotels

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Below is the Drake & Cavendish Top 10 list of the World’s most romantic  luxury hotels. (Updated 3 March 2012)

Drake & Cavendish show full contact details for all of the luxury hotels that we feature.

In addition to the top 10 list we’ve featured below, you can also see a complete list of the luxury hotels that qualify as ‘romantic hotels’  at this link: http://www.drakeandcavendish.com/resorts/romantic_hotels/

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Andronis Luxury Suites

Santorini, Greek Islands

Reflecting traditional Aegean architecture and overlooking the island’s volcanic crater or caldera, the Andronis Luxury Suites represents the most luxurious, dreamy escape in a Mediterranean setting beyond compare. The multi-villa property gently cascades down the side of this unparalleled Greek island, forming part of the traditional landscape yet with Zen-like sophistication and discrete luxury that make transform these 22 award-winning suites into a lifetime experience for its elite visitors.

Scores 4.87 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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East Winds Inn

St Lucia, Caribbean

Nestled on the lush, tropical island of St. Lucia, East Winds Inn is a true Caribbean paradise. One of the oldest and most established resorts in St.Lucia, East Winds Inn is set amongst 12 acres of lush tropical gardens bordered by the golden beachfront of one of the most pristine bays of St. Lucia. This traditional resort boasts an exclusive experience to those who value simple luxury.

Scores 4.81 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Taj Lake Palace Hotel

Udaipur, India

The Vintage coupé glides to a stop at the lake’s edge. It’s hard to believe the floating vision in marble is real. Blink, and indeed, there is a luminous palace emerging from the mist. Suddenly you are in a boat, drifting ever closer and the reality doesn’t disappoint. With the Aravalli Mountains and city palaces as a backdrop one gets an impending sense of enchantment.

Scores 4.80 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Tiara Yaktsa Cannes

Theoule Sur Mer, Cote D’Azur, France

Inspired by the wealth and diversity of Mediterranean culture, the Tiara Yaktsa Cannes is a boutique hotel endowed with a unique style of comfort and intimacy. Its fine views of the deep-blue sea, intoxicating fragrances and well-manicured gardens, provide truly personal experiences. At the exclusive Tiara Yaktsa Cannes, time is controlled by your innermost feelings.

Scores 4.73 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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St. Regis Resort Bora Bora

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Inhabit a private villa and experience bespoke service on one of the most beautiful and romantic islands, set amid endless Pacific waters. From the Oasis Pool, our own natural wonder; to the central pool, with a swim-up bar; to the saltwater private lagoon, full of native fish and stingrays—dive into the many pleasures of paradise.

Scores 4.68 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Royal Davui Island Resort

Lami, Fiji, Pacific Islands

At Royal Davui Island Resort Fiji, the shell symbolises our invitation for you to come to our island paradise. Just a few guests can be accommodated at Royal Davui, so be prepared for an exclusive and exceptional experience from the moment of your arrival. Here the world-renowned warmth and hospitality of the Fijian people awaits you. Royal Davui Island Resort is an adults only resort, offering an ideal tropical island escape, vacation, honeymoon or wedding.

Scores 4.57 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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St. Regis Princeville Resort

Hawaii, USA

The St. Regis Princeville Resort marks the legendary brand’s first resort in Hawaii and introduces an unparalleled level of sophistication and serene luxury to one of the most remarkable destinations in the world. Located in the 9,000 acre resort community of Princeville at Hanalei, this luxury resort on Kauai resides on the northern shore of the “Garden Island” and provides visitors all the amenities expected from an island destination considered to be one of the most spectacular in Hawaii.

Scores 4.49 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Castle Hill Inn

Rhode Island, USA

Guest quarters at Castle Hill Inn retain the warmth and quiet luxury of 19th century seacoast life. Take a tour of our grounds, or explore our accommodations on your own – stay in the Agassiz Mansion (The Inn), the location of the award winning Turret Suite, Harbor House Rooms, Beach House Rooms, the Chalet or Beach Cottages. Whatever your choice, Castle Hill Inn delivers an unmatched getaway in a superb oceanfront location.

Scores 4.39 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Little Palm Island Resort And Spa

Palm Island, Florida

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is a piece of paradise discreetly located off the fabled Florida Keys coastline so remote it’s only accessible by sea-plane or boat. A best-kept secret for US presidents and celebrities, your escape is simply waiting to drink you in.  No phones, no TVs and no shortage of fun and romance.

Scores 4.31 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Las Brisas Ixtapa

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Las Brisas’s most popular resort now has a new contemporary look with major changes in its guest rooms, hallways, meeting space and restaurants. Nestled into the side of a mountain and surrounded by tropical vegetation on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mexican Pacific Riviera is where you will find this secluded tropical paradise that offers the perfect balance between recreation and relaxation.

Scores 4.27 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Top 10 Best Luxury Chateau Hotels in France

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Below is the Drake & Cavendish Top 10 Luxury Chateau Hotels in France. (Updated 31 January 2012)

Drake & Cavendish show full contact details for all of the Luxury Chateau Hotels in France that we feature. Contact any of these luxury chateaux for their best prices and special offers.

In addition to the luxury chateaux featured below, you can also see a complete list of French chateaux at this link: http://www.drakeandcavendish.com/resorts/french_chateaux/

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Chateau De La Barre

Le Mans, France

A Private view to the Loire Valley and France. Château de La Barre, less than 2 hours from Paris. Hidden amidst a private park with romantic gardens and XVIth century fortifications. All the rooms, replete with magnificent antiques, luxurious furniture, family portraits and designer fabrics, ornate chandeliers, grand fireplaces and Versailles parquet floors, combine elegance, authenticity, understated refinement with all the important modern comforts.

Scores 4.89 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

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Chateau de L’Isle-Marie

Bayeux, France

Within three hours drive from Paris lies the Chateau de L’Isle-Marie, set in the heart of rural Normandy. A majestic, tree-lined avenue leads to a romantic castle. Surrounded by a one hundred acre estate with rivers, meadows and woodland. Guests can choose between Bed and Breakfast accommodation in five individually personalized luxurious guest rooms in the Château or three luxury self catered apartments in the Manoir de Bellefonds.

Scores 4.84 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Chateau De Mirambeau

Bordeaux, France

Located between land and sea, at the crossroads of the vineyards of Bordeaux and Cognac, Château de Mirambeau is the ideal residence to discover and share the flavours of this famous region. Entirely refurnished with sumptuous fabrics, antique furniture and crystal chandeliers, this grand residence with its 22 rooms and suites expresses an “art de vivre à la française”, between dream and reality.

Scores 4.79 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Chateau De Germigney

Port Lesney, France

Cedar wood parquet floors, period furniture, silky wall hangings… renowned interior designers Roland and Véréna Schön have turned this home of a Marquis lost amongst wild lakes into a delicate and astonishing hotel. Here, each room is like an art gallery. The armchairs invite you to sink into them to read a book or sample the best wines of the Jura before sitting down to savour generous, subtle cuisine.

Scores 4.77 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Chateau d’Adomenil

Luneville, France

“It didn’t feel like you’d changed settings when you went from Versailles to Lunéville”, wrote Voltaire. A stone’s throw from the “Little Versailles” of the Dukes of Lorraine, the Baccarat crystal works and the famous Stanislas square in Nancy, the Château d’Adoménil boasts the same elegance and invites you to discover the charm of an 18th century residence, enhanced by subtle touches of modernity.

Scores 4.64 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Chateau De Castel-Novel

Varetz, France

Ideally located 10 minutes from BRIVE la GAILLARDE in Corrèze, on the borders of the Limousin, Perigord, and Quercy, the Château de CASTEL NOVEL overlooks a vast estate including an arboretum of 25 acres. The Château’s rooms and suites are of a very high standard of comfort and decorated in varied and original ways.

Scores 4.63 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Chateau De La Treyne

Lacave, France

Overhanging the Dordogne, the castle combines the authenticity of past, with the stamp of comfort and quality of a luxury hotel. The French formal garden is surrounded by 120 hectares of forest. Your hosts, Philippe and Stéphanie Gombert handle the art of living to perfection: rich and refined bedrooms, breakfast in the shade of ancient cedars, then dine in the Louis XIII lounge or on the terrace overlooking the river.

Scores 4.54 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Chateau Les Crayeres

Reims, France

The Domaine Les Crayères was built in 1904 in Reims, the mythical champagne capital. Today, as a member of the Relais & Châteaux chain, Les Crayères is the world’s unique illustration of French-style art de vivre dedicated to the celebration of champagne. An exceptional location that combines charm and elegance, relaxation and wellbeing, pleasure and generosity.

Scores 4.51 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Chateau De Locguenole

Hennebont, France

The Château offers the charm of a historic house with its wood panelling and authentic furniture. All suites and some of the rooms have a spa bath. The Château is located in the heart of 120 hectares of woodland overlooking a unique and ever-changing landscape,  reflecting the ebb and flow of the tide.

Scores 4.47 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


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Chateau De Bagnols

Lyon, France

Dating from the 13th century, the chateau features impressive towers, the original dry moat, honey-coloured stone known as pierres dorées and a dramatic entrance across a drawbridge. The Château de Bagnols is one of France’s major historic monuments as well as a unique luxury hotel with 21 of the most superb rooms and suites in France.

Scores 4.40 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers