Can you believe that it is already November? This month is the perfect month to go travelling with the year-end holidays looming on the horizon. But if you can’t decide on where to stay for your luxury getaway why not check out The Peak’s travel highlights for this month?
WALDORF ASTORIA ON THE SEA
The iconic luxury hotel brand, Waldorf Astoria, finally opens doors to their first property in the Maldives with the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. The resort sets a new standard of luxury, not just with its 122 villas that each come with an infinity pool and uninterrupted view of the beach, but also by offering the chance to stay in a 32,000sqm private island for a stay that is the definition of exclusive. The Ithaafushi Private Island is accessible only by yacht and features a four bedroom residence, a three bedroom beach villa and a two bedroom overwater villa, and is complete with dedicated chef and concierge team, spa & gym, five pools, and entertainment centre so you never need to leave your private respite. Along with that, the hotel also introduces 11 dining venues, including The Ledge, a barbeque grill restaurant headed by chef Dave Pynt of Burnt Ends fame.
LIVE LIKE A LORD
Hotel Café Royal in London invites you to experience a weekend of aristocracy with their special stay packages in celebration of the release of Downton Abbey’s big screen debut. First opened in 1865 and located in the heart of London, the Café Royal is a landmark that played host to some of England’s greats, including Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and Virginia Woolf. Now, make your own mark in the hotel’s long history with the Royal Package, a two-night stay with exclusive experiences set to transport you straight to the Edwardian era. Start your weekend with a trip to Highclere Castle, the Crawley family estate in the popular show, followed by a spot of Royal Warrant shopping, a private etiquette class and a masterclass in 1920s mixology at The Green Bar. The Royal Package is available from now till March 2020.
The Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Thailand’s Hua Hin region proudly reopens their doors to invite guests and visitors to enjoy their new and improved wellness & hospitality offerings. After an extensive renovation that first started in early 2018, the health & wellness resort finally completed the fourth and final stage in the first major renewal project since it first opened 24 years ago. Now the resort steps into a new era of wellness through a whole host of improved facilities such as the Spa and Physiotherapy treatment rooms and the Niranlada Medi-Spa, with reimagined signature interiors that employ the use of teak, Thai silk and bamboo. The in-house restaurant Taste of Siam also gets a facelift and can now seat up to 100 guests at a time, while reconfigurations means guest will always get a view of the sea from any seat in the place.
Bust out your hiking boots and take to the trails with Amangiri, a sure hit for travellers looking to explore the local terrain by getting hands on. Located in the rocky desert of Utah, Amangiri is a private, luxurious retreat set into the local red sands of Canyon Point. Not only is it a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, Amangiri provides exclusive activities to take guests closer to the majestic natural rock formations that occur in the region. The best and most exhilarating goes to their Via Ferrata routes (Italian for ‘iron way’) which has climbers scrambling over narrow bridges and iron ladders permanently fixed into the rockface to allow easy access across the otherwise treacherous rocks. With the introduction of their newest Vertigo route, guests to Amangiri can choose from several trails that span all levels, so novice climbers and seasoned hiker can get their thrill all the same.