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The Science of Holidays

Three places to enjoy the ultimate escape

Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados

Spread out in the sweet heat of the platinum coast, Fairmont Royal Pavilion is so close to the beach (half a mile of white sand) that you can practically step on to your paddle board from your ground-floor suite. It’s the embodiment of natural warmth, from salmon-pink walls to gracious and instinctive staff always ready with a rum punch. This award-winning hotel flourishes in a tropical paradise of more than 11 spectacular acres and offers 72 new guest rooms and suites and a dazzling array of leisure facilities.

Daios Cove, Crete

It won’t be hard to ignore your gadgets at Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas. This five-star locale offers a slice of serenity away from everyday life in supremely comfortable accommodation. Arrive via its olive gardens, bask in the views of the crystal Mediterranean ocean and feel at peace with the sensitively symbiotic architecture (the buildings are made from rocks excavated from the cove). Satisfy those culinary cravings with everything from sea bream carpaccio to handmade Cretan pasta, then top it off with a bespoke cocktail made by The Clumsies, top mixologists imported from Athens. 

Pine Cliffs Resort, Portugal

Dr Mort advocates getting active while away, and there are plenty of opportunities to do so at Pine Cliffs Resort. Whether it’s racquet, water or team sports you’re after, everything goes at this family-friendly venue situated within 72 hectares of fragrant pine woods in the Algarve. The hotel’s Kids Club features crossbow, mini-golf, darts and water ball, while adults can choose from golf, tennis, paddle-boarding and more. Once the team is tuckered out, retire to the first-rate spa before experiencing a blissful night’s sleep in one of 217 sumptuous rooms.