BAGLIONI RESORT SARDINIA TO LAUNCH IN JUNE 2021

Luxury Italian hotel brand, Baglioni Hotels & Resorts, expands its Mediterranean footprint with the opening of Baglioni Resort Sardinia

We are delighted to announce representation of Baglioni Hotels & Resorts. The group is famed for its collection of luxury boutique properties, with outposts in Venice, Rome, Florence, the South of France, London and the Maldives. As the world moves towards the return of international travel, Baglioni Hotels & Resorts is pleased to introduce its latest property located just north of San Teodoro, Sardinia. 

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Baglioni Resort Sardinia is expected to welcome its first guests from 1st June 2021. With 78 rooms and suites, the new resort brings the brand’s timeless Italian luxury to the Mediterranean island for the first time. Set within Tavolara marina, a protected natural landscape, the hotel offers a blissful union of authentic Italian luxury, with the majestic and wild surroundings of Sardinia’s unspoilt coast.

Guests are invited to enjoy the resort’s coveted private beach, which stretches over 1km, boasting the fine white sand and crystalline sea the region is renowned for. Meanwhile, the signature 25m pool is designed within a leafy garden, with cabanas and loungers artfully positioned for sunseekers and a cocktail and poolside menu available on request; two separate children’s pools are also on hand for younger guests.  For those looking for further rest and relaxation, the hotel’s spa will feature a Finnish sauna, steam bath, ice fountain, two sensory showers, four treatment cabins, relaxation area and Technogym fitness centre. Bedrooms and suites offer garden or sea views, showcasing the refined elegance for which Baglioni is renowned; with tasteful modern furnishings reflecting the colours of the natural surroundings.  

From a culinary perspective, the signature restaurant Gusto by Sadler presents fine Italian dining at its light and sophisticated best. Created in collaboration with the Michelin-starred Claudio Sadler, the eatery is designed for authentic, memorable experiences.  In addition, Baglioni Resort Sardinia is also home to a second Italian restaurant, Sunset Terrace Bar, and pool bar for evening and daytime apertivos. 

For lovers of the sea, the hotel offers unrivalled canoeing, kayaking, kitesurfing, snorkelling and fishing experiences. And a tour from above – aboard an ultralight aircraft – affords a spellbinding bird’s-eye view of the spectacular surrounding area. Baglioni Resort Sardinia guests can also discover Sardinia’s landscapes from an Azimut Atlantis 34 yacht, with day excursions offered to explore the magnificent Tavolara archipelago, its idyllic coves and the neighbouring isles of Spargi, Tavolara, La Maddalena and the picturesque Porto Rafael. 

For those preferring to stay on the shore, the private estate and surrounding country make a unique setting for mountain biking, horse riding, trekking, yoga or running. For golf lovers, the international favourite Puntaldìa Golf Club is a mere 3km away. The nearby Mount Nieddu offers excellent opportunities for hiking or strolling, with nature trails for all ages and abilities, punctuated by waterfalls and pools en-route to the 970-metre peak.

“Sardinia is an area of incredible natural beauty, and it is an honour to bring the Baglioni Resorts brand to this special place. In Baglioni Resort Sardinia, we are delighted to present a property that simultaneously brings the unique heritage and Italian luxury that Baglioni exudes to this island; whilst also offering our guests the chance to connect with the natural beauty and everything that the island has to offer.” said Guido Polito, CEO of Baglioni Hotels & Resorts.

For more information about Baglioni Resort Sardinia, please visit https://www.baglionihotels.com/branches/baglioni-resort-sardinia-san-teodoro/ 

NEW PARFUM Eden-Roc Christian Dior

The Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc is a storied luxury resort residence in the south of France, a series of extravagant holiday villas set within a chateau by the sea. For those in the know, and with the sufficient funds, it is said to be a kind of paradise: Chagall sketched it, F Scott Fitzgerald wrote about it, Prince wooed Kristen Scott Thomas there in Under The Cherry Moon. Picasso sat drawing the menu in the hotel bar. Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth had affairs there.

While it might seem unusual for Dior to release a pure aquatic, , there has always been an archival freshness to much of the classic fragrance from the house, from the bright luminescent florals and citruses of Diorissimo and Diorella, through to the recent prettifications of the Francois Demachy creations for Maison Dior: Souffle de Soie, Holy Peony, Lucky, Diorissima, and the oceanic pebble fig breezes of Balade Sauvage. The bright morning ablutions of the upper crust blearily flinging open the shutters of their magnificent chambers to the sight, and smell, of the sun on the waves. The tennis courts below. The stories that these long white corridors could tell….

The new perfume is a pure aquatic sea air creation, with Mediterranean citruses and a solar sea promenade jasmine with hints within of troubling indoles; otherwise, all is saline, sun-bleached, clear and dreamy, except for a note of pine that grounds the proceedings in a slight hint of dry virility. I like it. Although I would personally find a stay at an exclusive place such as the Du Cap somewhat exhausting; all the clothes you would need to pack (or buy in the first place) for each sighting in the bar; at breakfast, at dinner, while relaxing with grenadine cocktails on the oceanside cabana – for me it would necessitate suitcases and suitcases; a valet, a personal shopper and stylist and several bellhops to just select and lay it all out for me each day like Audrey Hepburn and her grand entrance at the beginning of Charade : the scent itself – simple, harmonious ; is pleasing. As a fan, in very hot summer weather, of Il Profumo’s beachwalk Aria Di Mare, to which Eden Roc bears some resemblance, I can imagine this being quite cooling and gentrifying to the senses when the heat gets too much (though for me it hardly ever does); I was teaching the word ‘exhilarating’ yesterday, and instinctively, the first example that came to mind for me of how to use the word from personal experience was one August day last year at Ishiki beach; down from the Emperor’s summer residence in Hayama, where for the first time in several years, I went running along the jetty – and dived straight into the ocean.

Eden-Roc de Christian Dior este un parfum Ambra Floral unisex. Acesta este un parfum nou Eden-Roc a fost lansat in 2021. Creatorul acestui parfum este Francois Demachy. Notele de varf sunt citrice, sare de mare si note minerale; notele de mijloc sunt iasomie, nuca de cocos si mastica; Notele de baza sunt pin si labdanum.

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DRIFT OVER TO ONE – ONLY ROYAL MIRAGE, DUBAI

Besides the possibility to rent a private beach cabin, the courteous service as well as the view of the Dubai Marina skyline and the Arabian Gulf make the DRIFT Beach Club a place of relaxation. But for those who don’t want to just relax, numerous workouts as well as SUP-Fit courses or HIIT workouts on SUP boards offer the opportunity to work out.

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Located at one&only royal mirage, Dubai

KÖNIG LUDWIG WELLNESS & SPA RESORT ALLGÄU

THE WELLNESS HOTEL IN BAVARIA

The König Ludwig Wellness & Spa Resort is an impressively located hotel in Schwangau near Füssen, the village of the royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Embedded in the landscape around the Schwanensee is our Ludwig SPA covering 6,600 m² with a luxurious wellness landscape plus 21 bathing, sweat and relaxation attractions and a large beauty farm – including views of the mountains of Allgäu and Tyrol.

Singles, couples, friends and families with children over the age of 14 all feel at home in our lovingly designed rooms, chalets and suites. As far as cuisine is concerned, we will pamper you during your wellness holiday in the Allgäu with the finest regional – and healthy – delicious treats. The „Royal Corner“, the Allgäu region and neighbouring Tyrol, have innumerable leisure and cultural activities to offer you for hiking and skiing holidays in Bavaria.

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New Opening: Duma Tau Botswana

Brand-new DumaTau’s extensive lagoon frontage ensures that each ultra-spacious 142 m2 guest suite has uninterrupted views over Osprey Lagoon, and the movements of the mega-herds of elephant the Linyanti is so famous for.

All seven guest suites and one family suite have a private plunge pool and a comfortable lounge, and feature a large bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers. The main dining and lounge area boasts its own wide-angle vistas overlooking the wildlife-rich lagoon, while the Osprey Retreat consists of a wellness centre and gym – shared with Little DumaTau – includes an inviting shaded deck, a lap pool, spa, snack deli and safari trading store. DumaTau runs on 100% solar energy.

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These are the world’s most popular romantic attractions…

Romantic attractions around the world have seen millions of lovers flock to these most desired destinations to pay tribute to love every year. Looking at attractions across the world and right here in the UK, our new research compiled by our engagement flower specialists reveals where these attractions are, that keep romance very much alive.

The Most Romantic Attractions in the World

1. Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
1,303 romantic mentions
There really is no surprise that topping the list is the Eiffel Tower in Paris as the most romantic attraction in the world! Paris is known as the City of Love and this particular monument is seen as a symbol of love due to its incredible construction and breathtaking views across the city, with many couples every year getting engaged under this spectacular attraction. Oh là là!

2. Trevi Fountain – Rome, Italy
1,265 romantic mentions
Coming in second is one of the most famous fountains in the world, the Trevi Fountain, in Rome. The legend of this fountain is all about love and says that if you toss one coin into the fountain you will return to Rome, tossing two coins means you will return and fall in love, and tossing three coins means you will return, find love and marry. Amore.

3. Grand Canal – Venice, Italy
1,154 romantic mentions
The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy comes in third. The Floating City, that it has come to be known as, is known for its vast winding pedestrian streets, seemingly endless canals, couples on gondolas and the beautiful Italian food and drink. It would be hard not to get caught up in the romance of this city.

4. Seine River – Paris, France
1,130 romantic mentions
The Seine River in Paris ranks fourth. Known for inspiring famous painter Monet, the river that stretches through Paris is truly a romantic one. With couples strolling alongside the river or travelling along it on boats, it captures the light of the city beautifully, in both the day and that night.

5. Fountains of Bellagio – Las Vegas, USA
1,120 romantic mentions
The Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas come in fifth on the list. Set inside the 8-acre lake between the hotel and the famous Las Vegas Strip, the fountain combines pyrotechnics and music to create a very impressive water fountain display. Many couples opt to get married on the Bellagio’s balcony overlooking the fountain.
Methodology
Looking at reviews from Tripadvisor at attractions around the world, we analysed the number of reviews for each landmark that mentions romantic and romance to give us a total number of mentions about a location’s viability as romantic.

5 Reasons Why Paris Is the City of Love

Paris – the city of love! But why? We searched for the most romantic places and highlights in Paris. Find out more below.

1. THE EIFFEL TOWER IN PARIS

So, what does the Eiffel Tower have to do with love? You won’t ever understand until you stand in front of it! Solely the sight of this unique landmark will put you in romantic enchantment. Therefore, it’s no wonder that thousands of people have already proposed at this magical place. Especially after dark, the atmosphere is breathtaking. Then, the Eiffel Tower is brightly illuminated and the more than 20,000 lamps glitter for 5 minutes at every full hour.

2. THE LIGHTS IN PARIS

Not only the Eiffel Tower, but the whole city is transformed into a sea of glitter at night. But before nightfall you should definitely watch the sunset, preferably from the Pont des Arts. This bridge is famous for its „love locks“ – more information can be found at number 3. A nocturnal walk through Paris has its special charm, as does a boat trip on the Seine. On the boat you can lean back and let sights like Notre Dame or Louvre pass by. On some boats it is also possible to have dinner during the trip. Information about these boat trips is available in most hotels.

3. THE LOVE LOCKS IN PARIS

The Pont des Arts connects the Quai du Louvre on the right side of the Seine with the Quai de Malaquais on the left side and is considered as one of the most romantic places in Paris. Why? Because, until recently, thousands of lovers have sworn their love here, with love locks. At the Pont des Arts, countless of these locks were installed. However, the city council had them removed, as the bridge is not designed for the additional weight of the padlocks. Nevertheless, many lovers still come here to swear eternal love.

4. THE CULINARY DELIGHTS IN PARIS

Paris is not only an aesthetic pleasure, but above all a culinary one. As we all know, love goes through the stomach and the French know this, of course! France is a true paradise for all of those who love food and value good cuisine. Especially when it comes to desserts, the French are true masters. All over Paris you will find numerous patisseries where you can indulge in sweet pleasures.

5. THE LOVE LETTERS IN PARIS

The most beautiful sentence in the world was immortalized in Paris in 311 languages, on the „Mur des je t’aime“. The wall of love is, so to say, a must for all couples in love who come to Paris. The wall was designed by the artists Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito. It is located on the Place des Abbesses, on the Montmartre Hill. The Montmartre Hill is the highest natural elevation in the city. On the „summit“ (130 m) you will find the beautiful Basilica Sacré-Cœur – one of the most important sights with a great view over the entire city.

New OPENING: TEMBO PLAINS CAMP – ZIMBABWE – AFRICA

“Tembo” meaning Elephant and reflects more than just a place and a name honouring the animals on these plains. It speaks to long and unique relationships we have with elephants. We draw on their pace and their essence for the atmosphere in camp.

The ‘territory’ of this camp is built into the thick riverine forest located on the Zambezi River’s edge, in the private 118,000 hectares (291,000 acres) Sapi Private Reserve east of Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. Tembo Plains fits into our highest level brand, the Réserve Collection of camps alongside our other camps like Zarafa Camp, Selinda Camp, Duba Plains in Botswana; Mara Nyika, Mara Plains and ol Donyo Lodge in Kenya. It is also a proud member of Relais & Châteaux – the only camp in the whole of Zimbabwe given this honour.

Tembo Plains has four double or twin bed configuration tents, each with its own private indoor lounge area, outdoor swimming pool, (with exercise bikes on a wide veranda) and outdoor dining area. Stunning, handmade bathtubs and indoor and outside showers give the tent a sense of ‘home’ where you can move in and live. The Wi-Fi and working areas also provide space for you to catch up on business or just manage the images from the day. Each tent comes complete with a Canon professional camera and lenses, plus Leica binoculars for guests to use whilst they are with us in Sapi.

The beautiful 2-bedroomed family Tembo Suite comprises two tents with shared lounge and dining area and pool, ideal for two couples, a family or a couple looking for the ultimate private safari. All rooms enjoy expansive en-suite bathroom facilities as in the other tents, with indoor baths, showers and double vanities.

“When I designed Tembo Plains’ it was with a view to reference the famous Zimbabwe Ruins but not lose sight of our love of canvas and exploring. So we ended up with a unique combination of canvas and stone walls. The semi-circular walls inside each tent isolate the bath and shower from the bedroom, and indoor lounge areas bringing that architectural reference inside as well. Outside this pack-stone wall design continues along the back of the guest bedroom, and that really gives you a greater sense of privacy, often an issue in tents. Still, I didn’t want a completely ‘built room’, so the front has these uninterrupted views of Zambezi river flowing just meters away from the canvas ‘tented’ portion.” – Dereck Joubert, Great Plains CEO

In the main area, the wine cellar and interactive 5-star kitchen feature this stone design, including the spa and curio store which are hidden discreetly behind beautifully weathered Zanzibar doors.

“There is a long history of exploration from the coast into this area, as traders came in search of gold, so we used these Arab influenced doors to reflect that in the design.” – Dereck Joubert, Great Plains CEO

Painted dogs (wild dogs), lions and leopards are common around Tembo Plains whilst buffalo, and of course, elephants, are seen up and down the river, sometimes swimming the river itself.

The Sapi Private Reserve, established by Great Plains as part of our mission to convert vast tracts of Africa into pure conservation land, is now a beautiful private photographic reserve that borders the Mana Pools National Park. It is recognised as one of the finest wildlife destinations in Africa today. This fantastic wildlife sanctuary and the Mana Pools National Park that we can access if we want to, offer a combined range of over 337,000 hectares of prime, protected wilderness for our guests. It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and a core area of the middle-Zambezi biosphere reserve.

Enjoy the privacy of a safari, so rare today, in a wildlife-rich sanctuary along the Zambezi River with us where you don’t have to worry about anything else except how best to soak up every moment.  Your safari with us includes everything, day and night wildlife-viewing drives, boating, and canoeing or tracking, drinks and of course our Relais & Chateaux level cuisine and service.

(c) 2021 Great Plains Conservation

SFAT : Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is a luxurious sanctuary of peace and harmony without compromises with luxury standards, promises an unforgettable barefoot experience.

THE EXPERIENCE

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa is a luxury boutique resort situated on the pristine sands of Paje beach, on the East coast of Zanzibar. It is  the first Tanzanian property which joined the prestigious label Relais & Châteaux.

Here it is all about sharing common values and ambitions to share the arts of living while preserving local culture and diversity, to commit to respect for the culinary arts, to provide you with an genuine, humane experience of luxury hospitality.

The property is privately owned by a passionate family.

It includes 11 high-end villas and 3 Cinnamon rooms, nestled within lush gardens, facing 200 meters of beachfront. The resort (4 hectares) is desidgned to ensure the maximum space for each of the guests in an undisturbed harmony of senses.

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa, as a sanctuary of peace and harmony without compromises with luxury standards, promises an unforgettable barefoot luxury experience.

A stay in Zanzibar is all about being outdoors and the resort offers activities and excursions as well as options for authentic and high end dining in 2 restaurants and 3 bars.

The flat lagoon water and steady breeze in season is the perfect Kitesurfing spot for beginners and advanced riders alike.

VILLAS

Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa includes 11 villas (spread over 4 hectares (10 acres) of tropical garden.

The luxury villas (from 500 sqm), with their pools and recreational areas, ensure the utmost privacy in a natural setting.

The amenities deliver the highest standard of service, including spa treatments and facilities (sauna, hammam), a restaurant, a rooftop champagne bar, a beach bar and a lounge, as well as a high-end kitesurfing and watersports center.

SFAT : Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort

Nestled on a beautiful west-facing beach overlooking the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and designed with an African touch.

Nestled on a beautiful west-facing beach overlooking the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and designed with an african touch and enviromentally-friendly architecture.

The resort offers an amazing beach experience and the lush greenery and local landscaping completely embrace the essence of Zanzibar.

A truly unique concept away from the stresses of their normal day-to-day life.

THE EXPERIENCE

The hotel is a villa and bungalow based concept.

The well-known designers Jestico + Whiless have elegantly combined 21st century luxury tourism requirements with environmentally friendly architecture and the unique atmosphere of the island of Zanzibar.

The property is an outcome of 10-year passion of  Czech entrepreneur, art lover, and filmmaker Václav Dejčmar, who while creating the project took inspiration from a typical village atmosphere, epitomizing modern-meets-traditional African design.The high-luxury experience features seven sunset-facing restaurants and bars, a full yoga and wellness center, an infinity pool, a water sports center, and a book and movie collection specializing in rare art house films.

Each villa and bungalow is separated from another to attain absolute privacy, and all of them outfitted with outdoor showers and large terraces. The size of the plot could easily accommodate twice as many houses, but the owners decided to build only 55 of them.

Nestled on a west-facing slope, most of the units enjoy direct sea-views whilst a few offer a partial ocean view or are located amongst the tranquil tropical gardens.

The ceilings reach for the sky: African-style roofing delivers a breathtaking cathedral-like feeling over your bed and cannot be compared to anything you would find in busy Western cities.

On the other hand, being so far away from civilization, the owners do not want to compromise the quality of your connection with the rest of the world, which is why own dedicated fast internet line was built to the mainland.

BUGALOWS, SUITES & VILLAS

The property offers 46 bungalows6 suites and 3 private villas, all surrounded by tropical garden to help the guests relax and rejuvenate.

Some of the villas offer full or partial vie to the Indian Ocean, once the others heal the senses within the lush greenery. Lay down on your private terrace to disconnect yourself from the world.

The property is 100% non-smoking property, hence you may stay assured that you will clear your mind here.