Having opened in December 2011 Jumeirah Vittaveli is already gathering outstanding reviews and itís little wonder with the Beach Villa lead-in room types spanning an interior of a whopping 184 sq m. Itís space, comfort and luxury all the way as each villa comes with its own private L-shaped swimming pool with furnished sun deck, fully stocked wine cellar, exclusive stretch of beach, massage and dining Sala and a host of in-room gadgets like the Apple media centre and BOSE sound system with iPod and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Deep breaths…
Due to open at the end of May is the latest offering from Anantara who brought Qasr al Sarab and Desert Islands Resort & Spa to prominence in the Abu Dhabi desert. Eastern Mangroves will be an inspired Arabian and Colonial styled fusion hotel of 224 rooms and suites across five levels. The hotel forms part of an integrated hotel, marina, retail and residential zone known as the Eastern Mangroves district which is set away from the city life of central Abu Dhabi and its Corniche. Here youíll find invigorating spa, expansive infinity pool, retail shops and an intimate Thai restaurant serving the finest Asian cuisine.
The brilliantly named Impossible Beach is the destination for this stunning new spa resort with cliffís edge infinity pool and modern hillside moored penthouses with floor to ceiling glass windows. A secret cave is available for private dining experiences and despite the classic luxury concept, a kids club will sway those travelling with families looking for a deeply romantic, spiritual escape. From guided elephant trekking excursions to sunset temple tours and diving and water sports to Indonesian cookery classes, guests have a wide range of activities should they wish to venture away from the pool or spa.
Set to open on 1st March is this new Indian Ocean offering from the group responsible for the lavish Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Located on Mahe around 30 minutes from the international airport, Kempinski will boast a long stretch of white sand beach, a casino, spa with five treatment rooms and a host of leisure facilities including a kids club to tempt families. Business facilities will include banqueting and conference rooms for up to 200 delegates Ė and a total of 144 sea view rooms and suites, including an opulent Presidential Suite.
The newest addition by Per Aquum who brought us Huvafen Fushi Maldives and Desert Palm Dubai are set to open this exciting double island luxury retreat at the end of February. Itís certainly going to be special; unwind with a treatment at their signature Lime Spa and utilise the services of your own personal Thakuru (butler)- included for all room types. Expect luxury outdoor bathrooms, resort wide Wi-Fi and the piece de resistance Ė Niyama LIVE Ė a floating restaurant above the water and below it the very first underwater nightclub in the Maldives which will play host to emerging international DJís and musical artistes.
With its anticipated opening this spring, Jumeirahís portfolio hits Spain for the very first time with this luxury Cliffside resort surrounded by traditional pine forests on one side and the Mediterranean on the other. Guarded by the UNESCO Heritage Tramuntana mountain range, the resort is designed to sensitively blend into the environment with each of the eleven buildings being no taller than three storeys high. World class service will enhance the experience for every guest, the Talise branded Spa will offer a wealth of treatments and 5 restaurants all with perfect sea views will provide the perfect indulgence.
No less than 40 acres make up the Gaya Island Resort, Borneoís newest addition expected to open in April 2012. Location wise itís a dream, where a combination of coral reef, golden beach and lush rainforest makes the destination triply enticing Ė visuals of this island paradise are simply breathtaking. Hill Villas and Two Bedroom Suites form the accommodation in clusters to the expected high specification and when you factor in the integrated spa village and fine Malaysian dining into the equation you begin to realise this is quite some proposition.
Jumeirahís portfolio expands further still with the creation of this contemporary 5 star business hotel in the heart of Old Town of Dubai. Key highlights include its signature rooftop bar and lounge where you can gaze out over the Creek and golf club as well as a choice of 8 bars and restaurants. If you are visiting here on business then no less than 23 conference rooms are available to book as well as a contemporary ballroom accommodating up to 1000 people.
The prestigious Viceroy hotel chain plan to open their latest luxury resort in the Maldives on the 2nd April, and this will be located on the 17 acre island of Vagaru accessible by seaplane from Male in around 1 hour. Epic bungalows at 192sqm are the lead-in room types, featuring oversized plunge pool, secluded garden, private sundeck with chaise longue and a luxurious living area. The resort is fully Wi-Fi compatible and a range of water sports and PADI diving trips as well as a luxury spa and boutique must be taken advantage of.
A sparkling new concept resort by the Per Aquum group, Nurai defines the height of style and elegance and will be situated on a 130,000sqm private island to the north east of Abu Dhabi city. Comprising of glass walled private waterside residences Ė each seaside estate will include a concealed beach rooftop garden with spa pool, infinity swimming pool, indoor reflecting pools, concealed service quarters, entertainment patios, outdoor dining areas, chef and show kitchens and outdoor showers. Nurai is reached in 5 minutes by helicopter from Abu Dhabi airport. Expected to open late 2012 or early 2013.
Carole Booth is Commercial Director at†Destinology.