Whether you’re a water baby, a nature enthusiast, a city stickler in pursuit of the finer things in life, or simply seeking an idyllic location to unwind, these comprehensive hotel picks for this Eid Al Adha include something for everyone.
FOR DESIGN AFICIONADOES
Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London
One of the British capital’s most revered properties has recently been revamped – and the results are stunning. It’s all down to design expert Joyce Wang, the innovative designer responsible for the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park’s brand-new face.Commissioned to oversee the property’s overall design concept, the designer took her inspiration from the building’s Edwardian heritage, the hotel’s peaceful park side location, as well as the glamour of the early 20th century’s Golden Age of travel. With a warm and inviting environment in all 181 new rooms and suites, guests from the GCC will be particularly impressed by the brand-new penthouses. Each of the hotel’s 40 suites ranges from the smallest, at 47 square metres, located within the turrets of the hotel, to the largest, at 444 square metres, which comprises the new three-bedroom Mandarin Oriental Penthouse with private terraces.
For more information visit: www.mandarinoriental.com/london/hyde-park/luxury-hotel
FOR THRILL (AND CHILL) SEEKERS
Velaa Private Island, Maldives
An ultra-luxurious boutique hideaway in Maldives, Velaa Private Island is inviting GCC guests to unwind in style this Eid Al Adha. With 47 private abodes, this is one of the most unique resorts in the Maldives, with its oversized residences popular amongst GCC travellers travelling with family.
Set on their very own strip of beach, the secluded four-bedroom Velaa Private Residences – of which there are four – are ideal for larger groups. Embracing indoor-outdoor living, the slick and stylish residences can sleep up to ten. An Indian Ocean playground, Velaa also offers an exhaustive array of the latest high-tech water sports gadgets including seabobs, jet skis, flyboards, hoverboards, jetpacks… With excitement and relaxation offered in equal measures, this is an excellent option this Eid Al Adha.
For more information visit: www.velaaprivateisland.com/webmng
FOR COUNTRY AND CITY LIFE
Arambrook Boutique Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
One of Cape Town’s most exciting new openings, Arambrook Boutique Hotel is offering guests a new style of holiday this Eid Al Adha. Nestled in the foothills of the famous Table Mountain in one of the city’s most upmarket neighbourhoods, Arambrook’s scenic location affords guests a taste of the relaxed life, while allowing them to experience the city’s vibrant social and cultural scene. It is also just a short distance from some of the oldest and most prestigious wine farms in the Constantia region.The unique property has eight spacious suites with offers including breakfast, refreshments and airport transfers. Guests are also invited to roam around the property’s stunning gardens and make the most of the oversized swimming pool.
For more information on rates and inclusions, please visit www.arambrook.co.za
FOR NATURE LOVERS
Avani+ Luang Prabang, Laos
Home to mystical caves and exotic wildlife, Laos offers a unique taste of South East Asia.
Unwind and explore this fascinating ancient capital while staying at Avani+ Luang Prabang, which serves as a perfect base, offering the opportunity to get up close with its untouched, natural beauty. Most of the city can be explored on foot; the perfect way to take in this UNESCO World Heritage site home to temples, monk monasteries and waterfalls.Inspired by the contemporary French neo-classical architecture that runs through the historical neighbourhood, Avani+ Luang Prabang features 53 guest rooms and suites. Each one enjoys an intimate, open-plan feel with French-styled louvered wooden doors that open onto a balcony or terrace overlooking either the pool or a private courtyard.
For more information visit: www.minorhotels.com/en/avani/luang-prabang
FOR GLAMOROUS JET SETTERS
Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum,Turkey
With Bodrum rapidly developing a reputation for being the ‘St Tropez of Turkey,’ there’s nowhere more glamorous to revel in the Turkish Riviera charms than at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum.
The hotel’s new villas and suites, some of which include their own private pool and sauna, make it an ideal spot for larger groups from the GCC. Guests are invited to unwind in the luxurious accommodation while taking in the delights of Bodrum. The perfect destination for adventurous visitors, explore the shoreline on jet skis, test your strength fly boarding or race around on Seabobs. Younger guests, meanwhile, will love the educational, confidence-boosting activities offered in partnership with Gymboree Play & Music, a world leader in childhood development.
For more information visit: www.mandarinoriental.com/bodrum/paradise-bay/luxury-hotel
FOR A LAID-BACK PACE OF LIFE
Avani+ Hua Hin Resort and Villas, Hua Hin, Thailand
For travellers looking for a tropical escape, the perfect holiday destination awaits just two hours south of Bangkok. With long stretches of golden sand beaches, lush gardens and sensational just-caught seafood, the pretty town feels miles away from the bustle of the capital while being easily accessible.
Amongst the newest hotels in town, Avani+ Hua Hin Resort and Villas is nestled in a tranquil spot on the coastline, immersed in nature. Facing on to a large lagoon pool, the 196 guest rooms, suites and villas offer stylish accommodation options, with the Superior and Deluxe Guest Rooms featuring a private balcony and Villas and Suites have either a plunge pool or Jacuzzi and gazebo, while the outdoor rainforest shower in select suites encourages guests to stay in touch with nature.
For more information visit: www.avanihotels.com/en/hua-hin