Hotels with a difference
Whether it’s a Spanish-Chinese fusion restaurant or a bar serving chocolate flavoured beer, the 21st Century has encouraged us to think outside the box and put a twist on classic ideas.
And hotels are no different, here we pick our favourite spots around the world that have tried something just a little unexpected…
Mom Tri’s Villa Royale, Phuket, Thailand
A well-stocked multi award winning wine cellar is probably one of the last things you’d expect on the gorgeous exotic island of Phuket, but with over 750 wines to choose from, Mom Tri’s exclusive boutique hotel may surprise you. Book a meal at the Owner’s table and have your food-matched bottle handpicked by the hotel’s wine director.
The BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia
There are a plethora of fantastic All Inclusive properties all around the world offering food, drinks and activities allowing you to completely switch off and relax. By adding complimentary daily spa treatments, sports instruction, and fitness and yoga classes, the BodyHoliday have also taken the guilt away from All Inclusive!
Bellagio, Las Vegas, USA
"A luxurious oasis of calm with some of the most comfortable sun loungers I’ve ever experienced! You wouldn’t believe that the vibrant Las Vegas strip is just the other side of the hotel."
Tessa Colman, Kuoni Norwich
What’s your game? Roulette? Blackjack? Are you here to see a show like Cirque de Soleil or Penn & Teller? Las Vegas has plenty to keep you indoors, but with average summer temperatures touching 40°C, maybe you should get outside. The Bellagio have realised how important a Las Vegas pool area can be. And with private cabanas, poolside massage and premium drink service, you can enjoy the sun in style.
Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius
Mauritius boasts many fantastic golf resorts, but few can claim to have their own private golf island! Ile aux Cerfs is a breathtaking course surrounded by sandy beaches and an azure lagoon. And it’s not just for show, this is an 18 hole championship course designed by Masters Champion Bernhard Langer. Treat yourself by arriving for tee-off by helicopter!
Rembrandt Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
One of the many draws of the enchanting Kingdom of Thailand, is of course, it’s food. Not only has it fabulous unique dishes such as Massaman curry or Pad Thai, but the capital Bangkok has now built a reputation for international cuisine too. So when the Rembrandt hotel was looking to open a gourmet Indian restaurant, they decided to give it a sky line twist, with tables overlooking the city from the 26th floor. The food has won multiple awards too.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives
The idea of Maldives conjures up images of pure white sand, blue lagoons, and barefoot luxury, and you will get that and more at Landaa Giraavaru with added Four Seasons service. But if you are looking for a little adventure alongside your relaxation, the island is home to the Maldivian Manta Ray project and you can join some of the world’s leading ray experts on a day of science and discovery.
Mélia Marina Varadero, Cuba
Cuba remains one of the Caribbean’s most cultural highlights, from the old fashioned charm of capital Havana to the beautiful beaches of Varadero. But whilst the Mélia shows off the Cuban heritage in it’s authentic Cigar lounge ‘Vuelta Abajo’ and you are just a short walk from the gorgeous beach; the big difference here is it’s stunning marina setting. Stroll along the promenade to view the moored yachts or sit, relax and people-watch.
Grand Hotel Capodimonte, Sorrento, Italy
If staying on the vibrant Amalfi coast, a trip up to the smoking peak of Mount Vesuvius is an absolute must. This active volcano is the backdrop of many Neapolitan vistas, and Sorrento has some of the best. The Grand Hotel Capodimonte took advantage of this view when it designed it’s multi-level lemon grove lined gardens that comprise of 5 pools to relax and take in this iconic scenery.
Andaman White Beach Resort, Phuket, Thailand
The boutique Andaman White Beach offers everything you’d expect from a Thai beach hideaway: incredible service, excellent food, and even private pool villas. But what makes this hotel stand out from the others is it’s location. The beach is in a small cove nestled between lush coconut groves making it a beautiful and secluded sanctuary. So stunning is it in fact, that it was a location used in the movie The Beach.