It is time to relax, recharge and prepare for the year ahead. Here are some of The Peak’s top destinations you should check into this December.
Align the five core senses of the human body and achieve the sixth sense at Six Senses Bhutan’s four main lodges, with the soon to be fifth lodge opening in 2020. Spanning across the west and central valleys of the Himalayan Kingdom, guests can book up any of the 82 villas from the lodges – Six Senses Thimphu, Six Senses Punakha, Six Senses Paro and Six Senses Gangtey – in Six Senses Bhutan. Each individual lodge offers its a variety of harmonious experiences for guests to tailor into their schedule that offers the best of Bhutan. Early risers may appreciate the sunrise meditation or even a hike through the verdant natural parks and famous forests within the area while those seeking a reprieve from the madding crowd could attend a monastic school and receive a private astrology reading or book several slots of holistic spa treatments. Due to sustainable practices that the resort abides by, gourmet spreads available at the in-house restaurants are inspired by local, seasonal produce allowing every visitor to take away with them a personalised epicurean meal.
NIGHTS IN TUNISIA
Located on the edge of the Sahara desert, the Anantara Tozeur resort in Tunisia provides an insight into the local culture from the Moorish and Berber architecture of the resort to the luxury hammam rituals and tours through palmeries on regal horse and carriage. With 93 guest rooms and villas lushly decorated that open up to the vast desert vistas and the speciality restaurants that offer both Tunisian and Thai cuisine, it is truly the activities made available to you on your trip that place the Anantara Tozeur on a pedestal of its own. Guests are recommended to drive across the Sahara desert’s largest salt lake, Chott el Djerid, as it glitters like a brilliant diamond in the sunlight and Star Wars aficionados rejoice, as day trips offered by the hotel take guests to the abandoned villages of Chebika, Tamerza and Mides, all film locations used by the original Star Wars crew.
MAD FOR MALDIVES
The Maldives truly is paradise found with its collection of lodges and resorts. The latest addition is Raffles Maldives Meradhoo. Located on two private islands a 55-minute flight and 15-minute speed boat ride away from the International and domestic airports, the Raffles Maldives marries the classic hospitality of the 5-star brand with the resplendent beauty of Maldivian nature. Greet the Indian Ocean every day directly from your Overwater suite or park yourself on the sandy shores of the private beach as the Raffles Marine butler service waits on your every holiday whim. The hotel hosts a plethora of enjoyable activities such as windsurfing or diving, as well as yoga and fitness. For the bon vivant of food, the Raffles Maldives hosts three restaurants that serve a diverse spread ranging from BBQ prime cuts to Nikkei cuisine, or maybe an after-hours tipple, in which case the bars offer crafty cocktails and local tapas to finish off the day.
Gorgeous George stands true to its moniker in both aesthetic and architecture, garnering attention for being the first design-centric hotel to open up in historic downtown Cape Town. The hotel offers 20 rooms and 12 suites all bedecked in a mix of Art Deco, Industrial and New Edwardian decor styles, highlighted by statement pieces chosen from a diverse array of local and international artists. The mix of new-age glamour and vintage interiors have enamoured the hotel to young and old alike. Gorgeous George also boasts a playground for sophisticates with Gigi Rooftop. The rooftop restaurant, located poolside, was brought to life by Executive Chef Guy Bennet whose curated menu will delight and astonish the palate of both local and international customers. Hand in hand with Executive Chef Guy Bennet’s epicurean menu are the whimsical and handcrafted cocktails made by renowned inhouse mixologist, Jody Rahme at the Gorgeous George bar. Despite melding into the history of downtown Cape Town, Gorgeous George stands proud as a maker of its own.