A place in the sun
Fancy soaking up some rays and kicking back to the smooth sounds of the ocean? Look no further. We have six luxurious getaways prepped with sun, sea and sand, all waiting to take you to a new state of relaxation. The best bit? They’re just a few hours away.
No matter the month, barefoot warmth is a high-priority holiday objective and, thanks to Marriott International’s global portfolio of exquisite hotels and resorts, a stunning, sun-drenched escape is just around the corner. Whether it’s a romantic getaway for two or a family vacation on the cards, these stunning retreats basking beneath cloudless skies await you.
Kalamata: The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino
Greece has it all: fabulous year-round weather, mouth-watering cuisine and an abundance of historical highlights. This winning combo makes for a perfect family destination and you can have it all with a pampering stay at the Westin Costa Navarino. While the kids slide their way through the redesigned Aqua Park and learn about archaeology and gardening at the on-site Kids’ Clubs, adults can unwind in peace on the resort’s 1.5km sandy beach or practise their swing on one of two 18-hole golf courses that overlook the stunning Messenian Gulf. Be sure to sample the culinary delicacies at the hotel’s range of restaurants, which include Japanese, Italian, Middle Eastern and seafood. And, whatever you do, be sure to taste the delicious locally grown kalamata olive oil.
Malta: The Westin Dragonara Resort
You’d think an island with seven megalithic temples, three Unesco World Heritage sites and two Caravaggios housed in a 400-year-old co-cathedral would have enough to brag about but, with an average of 300 days of sun a year and some of the best dive sites in the world, Malta is just about the perfect Mediterranean getaway. Experience the island’s extraordinary history, geography and nightlife from the ideally located Westin Dragonara tucked away on its own private peninsula in the vibrant hub of St Julian’s. Secluded, serene and featuring the largest standard rooms of any hotel on the island, The Westin Dragonara is within easy reach of all the best land and sea adventures, including direct access to the ocean from its two exclusive lidos.
Crete: Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection
From mountainous gorges and spotless sands to Minoan ruins and Bronze Age temples, Crete is a sure-fire win in the holiday stakes. To ensure the ultimate experience, however, luxuriate at the five-star Domes of Elounda, where escape takes on a whole new meaning. Immerse yourself in views of Unesco World Heritage site Spinalonga from the translucent waters along its private beach or relax in the privacy of the Jacuzzi or exclusive pool featured in every villa and suite. Don’t skimp on your time here, as cinema nights, BBQs and Aqua Yoga are all part and parcel of a stay, while CORE, the hotel’s green urban space, offers 40,000sqm of gardens, walking paths and the ‘Greek Monsters’, a series of striking sculptures by design studio Beetroot.
Tenerife: The Ritz-Carlton Abama
When Nasa gives a location a ‘best climate in the world’ stamp, you know it’s got to be good, and Tenerife is just that. To experience it at its best, check into The Ritz-Carlton Abama, where you can enjoy true mental, physical and gastronomical indulgence. Its ‘Wellness Experience’ takes guests through Roman and Turkish baths, a ‘world of showers’ and an Arctic rain moment in the cold cabin. Let the kids learn about astronomy, wildlife and underwater exploration at the largest Ritz Kids club in Europe, while you tantalise your taste buds with Michelin-starred red tuna sashimi at Kabuki (which also offers a vegetarian menu).
Corfu: Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu
Staying well in the 20s until November and boasting some of the most beautiful flora in Greece, the Emerald Island is the perfect place for an autumnal vacay. Take in astounding sea views and rugged mountains vistas from the luxurious Domes Miramare, a historic adults-only hotel that’s hosted such glamorous guests as Jackie O and Maria Callas. Experience true serenity as you wander beneath 6m-tall palm trees, soak in the huge, marble bathtub that comes with every room, or take the hotel’s private yacht for a leisurely spin around Unesco-protected Corfu. If tingling flavours are what you’re after, sample sushi at Raw Bar, try local Corfiot cuisine at Makris or venture into any one of the hotel’s three other haute-cuisine restaurants.
Cyprus: Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol
As the birthplace of Aphrodite, Cyprus has got some high standards to live up to. Luckily, this souvlaki-specialist, beach-bedecked island exceeds all expectations. Grab a villa at the Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol, for the ultimate Cypriot stay. Each is furnished with a private pool, walk-in wardrobe and decadent free-standing bath (if you decide to bathe in anything other than the sea, that is). Children can explore pirate ships and castles in the Park Kidz club, while parents spoil themselves with the extensive spa offerings, including five thalassotherapy treatment pools, and generous eatery options.
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