Travel Chic

From Mexico to the Maldives, discover the world’s best spots for a luxurious escape, and what to wear there

Words Elle Timms + Maddison Glendinning  • Artwork Nour Algharabally

Cheval Blanc, Maldives.

Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc
Spending the next few weeks in the South of France is a well-heeled tradition for many, and with hotels like Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, it’s obvious why. Covering a huge nine hectares of land, the hotel is one of the area’s most prestigious, steeped in history thanks to its 140 years of business. Legends of history including Picasso and Chagall have stayed at the hotel, so too have foreign royalty and celebrities including Bella Hadid, Lupita Nyong’o and Leonardo DiCaprio. Find out more.


Cavo Tagoo
Think summer, think Greece. Nestled into a hillside on the island of Mykonos, Cavo Tagoo provides guests with the ultimate in Grecian luxury, making it the perfect destination for a long weekend stay. Boasting endless views of the Aegean sea from the 38-metre long infinity pool that runs across its front (as well as from many of the rooms), Cavo Tagoo also finds itself in a stellar location that is within walking distance of the island’s main area. Stay in the Diamond Pool Villa, at 325 square metres, it has five bedrooms, its own gym and hammam, an expansive outdoor deck with its own private infinity pool and a Jacuzzi. The best part? The entire living room opens out onto the deck, ready for the sunset. Find out more.


Famous for its opulent architecture and abundant wildlife, Cuixmala is in one of the most bio-diverse spots in western Mexico.

Famous for its opulent architecture and abundant wildlife, Cuixmala is in one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse spots in western Mexico. A 25,000-acre estate has long been a magnet for high profile visitors – Kissinger, Reagan and Nixon all holidayed here when it was home to British magnate James Goldsmith, and it’s now in the hands of his daughter, Alix. Pacific-facing, it’s a paradise transformed into a lavish, eco-friendly resort with a sense of privacy that still attracts A-listers. The buildings alone are spread over almost 5,000 acres, and the wider estate is brimming with wildlife-rich land and pristine beaches. Find out more.


The Azure

By night, relax in the delightfully named 'Love Pumpkin' villa at Como Parrot Cay

Como Parrot Cay
If a resort set on its own private, 1,000-acre island with over 1.5km of white sand beach sounds like your idea of holiday heaven, then Como Parrot Cay is something to explore. Surrounded by the sparkling blue water of the Caribbean and focusing on all things relaxation, it was designed with legendary interior designer Keith Hobbs. Think luxe, modern beach-house vibes that makes you feel instantly at home the moment you step ashore. The hotel incorporates Shambala philosophies where possible, mainly in its spa, but also at its two restaurants through dedicated menus. Spend your days by the water, or take a day trip to the nearby Iguana Island. By night, relax in the delightfully named Love Pumpkin Villa. With a three-bedroom main house, as well as a two-bedroom guesthouse, the stunning space also comes with its own oversized infinity pool, private beach access, a personalised butler service and uninterrupted views of the Caribbean ocean. Find out more.


70s Glamour

Constance Belle Mare Plage
Due to its Southern Hemisphere temperatures during high summer, Mauritius is a slightly cooler-than-other-island option. Book in to the Constance Belle Mare Plage, which stretches itself along 2km of private white sand beach, and enjoy a few tranquil days away. The sweeping property has its own 18-hole golf course, seven restaurants and bars so you’ll never be stuck for a top-notch culinary experience and 278 great rooms on offer. However, its Presidential Villa is by far its most outstanding accommodation offering. The newly renovated, 852 square metre space has five bedrooms, a private beach area and two terraces that are perfect for sunbaking and each comes with its own pool. You’ll also have your own dedicated Villa Master who can help make restaurant reservations, book excursions and is on-hand to make your stay as relaxing as possible. Find out more.


Cheval Blanc Randheli
With the 50-degree heat of the summer almost upon us, there’s no better time to escape to the idyllic surrounds of the Maldives than across Eid. With a myriad of luxury resorts on offer in the country, choosing one can often be a difficult task but Cheval Blanc Randheli is a standout offering. A veritable paradise in paradise, Cheval Blanc offers guests a truly luxurious stay. If you can tear yourself away from the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, you’ll want to book in for a treatment at the Guerlain spa, not least because it is located on its own island just off the main island the resort finds its home on.  And speaking of seclusion, if you want to truly experience the height of private luxury, book into The Owner’s Villa, which sprawls across one hectare of private island and comes with four bedrooms, its own spa, a 25-metre pool and dedicated chef. Find out more.


Nobu Ibiza Bay
Situated on Talamanca Bay, the imposingly beautiful white four-storey complex that makes up Nobu Ibiza Bay has rooms arranged around the two swimming pools and the terraces of the various restaurants. Prepare for serious ‘wow’ factor as you walk in, thanks to a cleverly-designed, light-filled atrium that sweeps your gaze through to the seemingly never-ending Mediterranean. It’s instant relaxation, whether you’re planning on downtime or party-filled nights on the island. Natural materials – stone, marble, teak, ceramics, linen and cotton – are used in a cool palette of ivory and taupe hues, with stunning pops of Klein blue, jade and gold adding Ibizan flair. In the inside-outside lobby, chairs and sofas are suspended by ropes for a bit of soothing swaying. This is a five-star destination bringing a fresh take to the luxury hotel – think sleek design, a spectacular setting and superb gastronomy. A Six Senses spa and a John Frieda salon seal the deal. Find out more.


Go au naturale with your wardrobe choices, a cool palette of ivory and taupe hues says summer elegance

Bvlgari Hotel & Residences 
Marrying high-octane Italian glamour against the dynamic background of Dubai, Bvlgari’s UAW resort is a must visit for any discerning luxury traveller. Featuring over 100 rooms and suites, 20 exclusive pool villas, various signature (and naturally, uber chic) dining options, a 1,7000 square-metre spa with indoor pool, a private beach, a Little Gems Club and the first world’s Bvlgari Yacht Club and Marina, you’ll be hard pressed to find any reason to leave. Find out more.


Act Natural

Hotel Esencia
Beloved of Hollywood A-listers for its privacy, situated just between the jungle and the beach, and surrounded by perfectly manicured lawns studded with lofty palm trees, this former holiday home of an Italian duchess is like something from the pages of a design magazine. A traditional hacienda-style bright white façade is decorated on the inside with carefully curated contemporary furniture and art. Complimentary yoga is on offer here daily, as are water sports (paddle boarding, snorkeling and Hobie Cat sailing. Other important elements to know about are its adult-only palm-lined pool and an organic spa, plus plenty of tours of the surrounding area – Mayan ruins visits, diving and horse riding included. Within the resort consider your dress code kaftan essential, shoes optional… Find out more.


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