If ‘wake me up when September ends’ is your motto for the month cast it aside! Make this month a September to remember with these hotel check-ins.
A TUSCAN RENAISSANCE
The Belmond Group of Hotels welcomes a new hilltop retreat in the heart of Tuscany’s lush greenery with the opening of the Belmond Castello di Casole. A true retreat it is, as the resort is located at the end of a road to ‘nowhere’, where a cypress-lined avenue takes guests to the born again 10th century hotel. A host of activities await that will surely please the tongue for the hotel sits on fertile ground, letting guests dine al fresco on flavours of the land that features local produce, meats and cheese as well as the Castello di Casole estate’s own brand extra virgin olive oil and homegrown red wine. Nature lovers rejoice, for the oak forest that surrounds the estate is open to experience, from wildlife spotting with Leica to truffle hunting with expert hunter Mauro Nesi. The Belmond Castello di Casole has something for everyone looking to experience all that Tuscany’s land has to offer, while making great memories along the way.
The gorgeous shores of Maldives welcome the brand new InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort marking InterContinental’s first property on the hotspot vacation island. Officially opening its doors on the first of this month, the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort offers 81 villas and residences to luxuriate in, as unobstructed views of the ocean from your room’s private terrace keep you company throughout your stay. The InterContinental Maldives is also the first and only All-Club InterContinental resort, which means guests are treated to personalised service and complimentary benefits across the island of Maamunagau. The resort also offers six gastronomic experiences on the grounds, such as the adults only The Retreat, with private bar and infinity pool. Be sure to drop in to one of the six AVI Spa villas for a treatment after an exciting swim alongside the island’s manta rays, an experience made available by the resort’s partnership with the Maldivian Manta Ray Project.
For this month only, The Sanchaya in Bintan Island invites fitness buffs to their beachfront resort for a host of fitness residences happening throughout the month. Coinciding with the second annual Bintan Marathon happening in the first weekend of September, The Sanchaya is welcoming Camilla Knight, a Singapore-based Yogi who will be on hand to help guests with their pre- and post-race deep stretching through yoga. The Sanchaya’s kitchens will also be preparing nutritious meals designed to help with recovery, which are the Estate Super Salad and Vegan Crunch Salad. Later in the month from 18 to 22 September, Singaporean athlete, certified trainer and sports nutritionist, Natalie Dau will be on the Sanchaya’s sandy grounds to host daily fitness classes right on the beach, for the true fitness retreat experience.
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ROUND THE CAMPFIRE
Satiate your hunger for a jungle adventure in style in one of Capella Ubud’s luxurious one-bedroom tents. Carefully designed by the celebrated architect, Bill Bensley, each of the 22 tents celebrate the spirit of adventure and are themed around the many skills that can be found around the camp of an explorer’s expedition such as The Captain’s tent, The Cartographer’s tent and The Naturalist’s tent. For stays between the first and third of November, guests can also join in an exclusive weekend with the architect himself, as Bill Bensley leads guided tours around the campsite and various spots across Bali, as well as walks guests through his creative process at his studio in Sanur. An experience not to be missed for design enthusiasts and fans of his approach to creating bespoke hospitality experiences, the weekend with Bill Bensley is a once-in-a-lifetime escape with a tour de force of the hospitality world.