We may not be able to travel just yet, but we can put ourselves in a vacation state of mind. We can tune in to those things that make us feel good. Better yet, we can start thinking about what we truly love to do, and where we absolutely want to visit, once we can. By now, most of us are suffering #stayathome fatigue, even though we understand the life-saving necessity of it. Still we can allow ourselves to dream. It’s a positive step towards making it happen.
seek new horizons
Originally slated to open in April 2020, the Alamayah boutique retreat is more than ready to receive guests once travel bans lift. The five-star all-inclusive resort offers a genuine chance to step away from the city, whether to refresh our souls or embark on an adventure of discovery. To keep things intimate for guests, as well as to tread more gently on nature, it offers only six private suites. These exquisitely appointed suites are supported by a wellness spa, a fitness centre, entertainment rooms, blooming gardens and a restaurant.
Alamayah is located on the south-western side of the Indonesian island of Sumba. Its surrounding landscape offers an abundance of gifts to travellers searching for an unspoilt destination. According to the good folks who run it, there are vast stretches of pristine beach, untouched waterfalls and sparkling mangroves. More intrepid souls may like exploring ambient caves and secret lagoons. These and more are waiting for you to discover. In fact, you could well plan your very private photo shoot. We’re sure the missus would love it.
Preview the gorgeous retreat here.
a secret hideaway in southeastern europe
A former fishing village on the Adriatic, Villa Geba is easily the most photogenic resort in Sveti Stefan, Montenegro. There are eight suites, each named after a goddess and decorated accordingly with its own divine theme.
There is lots to do besides making Instagram posts that would make anyone envious. For a start, take an invigorating dip in the infinity pool. You’ll find out how it feels to be suspended in water above the Montenegrin coastline while surrounded by ancient ruins.
Be sure to indulge your senses at the Muse Restaurant & Bar too. It serves French cuisine prepared by Olivia Méli, a protégé of the late Joël Robuchon (who is still acutely missed by epicureans the world over). Naturally, bespoke activities and private excursions to heritage sites can be organised by your personal butler.
Preview the resort here.
Part of the Dorchester Collection of beautiful resorts, Hotel Eden Roma shines as a benchmark for Italian hospitality. Its glamorous suites are furnished with luxurious touches representative of Italian artisanal craft.
The property is especially beautiful in the summer light. From its balconies, you can see virtually every important building in a city that is steeped in history and culture. Apart from experiencing true luxury at the hotel, you can also use it as the base from which to explore Rome and all it has to offer.
When you’re ready to recharge, indulge yourself at Eden’s Philosophia Botanica wellness oasis. Curiously, its signature treatment is inspired by traditional Chinese medicine. This Gua Sha Facelift Ritual, which involves the use of rose quartz and jade to improve blood circulation, is but one of a slew of treatments to enjoy.
See more here.
a greek summer
Overlooking the idyllic Elia Beach in Mykonos, Greece, the new Panoptis Escape is opening just in time for summer, when travel bans will hopefully have relaxed.
The property is an ensemble of boutique villas that offers a 360-degree view of the Aegean Sea. From its exclusive, hilltop vantage, surrounded by the wild, natural beauty of Mykonos, Panoptis Escape shines as a beacon of imaginative contemporary architecture, minimalist styling and artisanal craftsmanship.
Each villa features its own outdoor spa Jacuzzi or private infinity pool, as well as a unique room design. Through these elements, Panoptis Escape aims to elevate the hospitality experience to divine standards. It invites guests to make themselves at home, but with all their needs attended to by its experienced staff.
Preview the hotel here.