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Follow In Pep Guardiola’s ‘Golfing Shoes’ And Swing By The Maldives For Putting In Paradise

With white sand beaches and year-round sunshine, it’s no surprise the Maldives is popular with celebrities across the world, including Manchester City Football Club’s manager Pep Guardiola, who publicly announced this week he would move to the Maldives to play golf if he no longer managed football teams. Continue reading

10 luxury hotels to have on your new year’s wish list

As another year draws to a close and we enter a new decade, those with a passion for travel will most likely spend the days in between Christmas and New Year’s Eve recovering from one too many mince pies by dreaming of their 2020 trips. However, with so many hotel options and online booking companies to choose from, finding the perfect luxury getaway can sometimes be a challenge.

Here are 10 new luxury hotels we have on our 2020 travel wishlist:

Four Seasons Philadelphia

Discover the U.S. city of Philadelphia from its tallest tower. Occupying the 12 top floors of the impressive new 60-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, the new Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia is providing guests with breath-taking and unobstructed 360° views of the city and outstanding service. If a sky-high hotel with a sleek minimalist design and incredible views is not enough to convince you, then maybe starting a new day with a morning swim at the infinity pool on the 57th floor will! Furthermore, the spa and lobby bar atop the hotel are luckily open to the public, so you do not have to be a guest of the Four Seasons Hotel to experience the incredible views. Whether you go to the lobby, the restaurant, the infinity pool or to your bathtub, you will be able to see the city right before you in all of its glory.

JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa

With a choice between five different villa categories, all of which feature private pools, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa offers guests unrivaled luxury in the Indian Ocean. If privacy is what you’re looking for, then you’ll be pleased to know that 29 of the 61 villas in the resort are secluded one and two bedroom beach villas, nestled amongst the island’s greenery and each with their own private beach area. What makes the new JW Marriott Maldives Resort stand out is the variety of facilities on offer to its guests, ranging from a treetop restaurant, an overwater gym and open-air yoga studio, plus an expansive wine cellar that offers over 300 types of wine.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland

Imagine arriving at your destination and being able to collect your bags, check into your hotel and soak in a private lagoon with a chilled glass of champagne, all within 45 minutes. If you think it sounds too good to be true, you’re wrong! The Retreat at Blue Lagoon is just a 20-minute drive from Iceland’s international airport, Keflavik, making it the perfect post-flight stop. Built within the legendary geothermal spring, The Retreat is a place where the powers of geothermal seawater create transformational spa journeys, giving a new meaning to the concept of switching off. For those looking for a next-level luxury experience, the Lagoon Suite offers  guests their own private lagoon that can be entered straight from their room.

Earl’s Regency, Sri Lanka

If experiencing life like royalty is on your wish list for 2020, the Earl’s Regency in Sri Lanka is the ideal choice. Transport back to the times of the country’s last and most exotic monarchy. A premier five star getaway among luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, Earl’s Regency offers the perfect hideaway, overlooking forested mountains and the nearby river. Located just four kilometres from the city centre of Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka, the hotel transports guests to the times of the last and most exotic monarchy provides the perfect base for guests to venture out and explore from. The unusual property is built into a rock face and set in lush tropical gardens with tranquil views and a huge pool, perfect for enjoying a lazy afternoon in a peaceful setting.

Raffles, Singapore

Every cocktail connoisseur has tasted a classic Singapore Sling, but only a few have enjoyed a masterclass at the birthplace of this vibrant drink – Raffles hotel. Raffles has always been synonymous with Singapore, just like the Plaza is with New York, or the Ritz with Paris. The 132-year-old colonial hotel, which has recently reopened after a two-and-half-year restoration project, is inviting guests to rediscover what makes this hotel so special, while creating their own personal memories. As the oldest still-operating hotel in the island nation, the renovated Raffles is full of stories and still maintains the distinctive design and architectural elements of the past, while making itself attractive to a new generation.

Sonop Lodge, Namibia

Fancy living the life of yesteryear’s wealthy explorers? Nestled in the heart of the Namib Desert, ten lavish tents, located on the top of a group of boulders, provide guests with unparalleled views of the desert and its inhabiting wildlife. Sonop Lodge offers a taste of living in complete isolation while enjoying the comfort of luxury accommodation. In addition, guests who want to have an even better view can go on a hot air balloon trip, and for the ones who prefer to unwind, the property has double treatment spa rooms and an infinity pool for ultimate relaxation.

Six Senses Bhutan

Booking a stay at Six Senses Bhutan comes with a few perks. Firstly, their guest suites are distributed between five intimate lodges, with each individual lodge representing the heritage and hospitality of five different locations in Bhutan – Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro. Guests will find the breadth of activities here extraordinary and refreshing. Those interested in birdwatching can do so from a bridge at the Gangtey lodge. Or simply admire the forest views, from the expansive windows in the Bumthang suites. If you want to discover meaningful and uplifting experiences at every turn, this Himalayan Mountain Kingdom has no shortage of them.

The Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Full of designer boutiques, cocktail bars and concept stores, the historic Jaffa neighbourhood in Tel Aviv has become known for its hip vibe. It’s therefore only appropriate that the hotel bearing the same name matches the atmosphere of its surroundings. Located on a hilltop, with panoramic views of the 4,000-year old port and Mediterranean Sea, The Jaffa Hotel is a slick modern space with dramatic architecture. Renowned British designer John Pawson was tasked with the interiors of this historic former hospital and monastery. He seamlessly blended a section of the 13th century Crusaders Wall from the courtyard into the contemporary lobby. The smart restaurants, stylish cocktail bars and relaxed pool area perfectly match the overall aesthetic of the place.

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, France

Uphill from the pretty village of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon once lived, is the Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa, where Napoleon Bonaparte supposedly stayed overnight. With Michelin-star feasts on offer and a top-floor bar that has access to the cellar’s 257 champagnes, there’s plenty to savour here. But however you choose to spend your days here, make sure you don’t miss a visit to the sleek, seductive spa, which we have been told is a destination in its own right. The large bedroom terraces, indoor and outdoor pools and jacuzzi all offer panoramic views of the world-famous vineyards and you can also borrow an electric bike for an effortless cycle through those same vineyards to a glass of champagne in Hautvillers, its supposed birthplace.

Awazi Iguazú, Argentina

Surrounded by Atlantic rainforest, over the Iguazú River, with blue morpho butterflies and capuchin monkeys the only neighbours, the small lodge of Awazi Iguazú awaits. The lodge has just 14 bright, airy villas built from sustainable hardwoods, and the entrance to the Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, is just 20 minutes away. A personalised experience at Awasi is guaranteed, since the property provides its guests with their own private guides. Experiential travellers can expect unique adventures like kayaking on the Yacu-i stream, as well as venturing into off-radar forests. The resort’s restaurant offers some of the best gourmet meals from locally sources farms and freshwater fish, and with a maximum of 28 guests, it will never feel crowded.

GEC PR’s Review of World Travel Market 2019

The 40th edition of World Travel Market London was busy for GEC PR, with the team meeting with industry partners and media to update them on the exciting developments taking place with our clients. Key travel trends were also discussed during seminars at WTM, and we learnt all about the latest environmental concerns faced by the industry and the rise of conscious travel, as well as the changing role of the digital landscape in promoting destinations.

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The Maldives Brings The ‘Sunny Side Of Life’ To London With The Destination’s Largest Outdoor Advertising Campaign In The UK

The Maldives brought “The Sunny Side of Life” to the grey skies of London this autumn with the launch of the advertising campaign on London buses and bus stops, and at Waterloo train station. Continue reading

The Maldives Sponsors Gala Dinner At Celtic Manor Resort’s 2019 Celebrity Cup Golf Event

The Maldives sponsored a gala dinner and drinks reception at Celtic Manor Resort’s Celebrity Cup in Newport, South Wales, from 13th – 14th July 2019, marking the first time a tourism brand has got involved in this prestigious golf event.

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Why The Maldives Isn’t Just For Honeymooners

The picturesque beaches of the Maldives have long topped the wish lists of newlyweds looking for a location for their honeymoon. However, with a wide variety of accommodation and activities on offer, the Indian Ocean destination is now suitable for all types of holidaymakers. Here’s our insider tips on why the Maldives isn’t just for newlyweds.

Thrill Seekers Paradise

Because of its marine location and due to the fact that 99.6% of the Maldives is made up of sea, the destination is a haven for water sports fans and divers. Visitors can take part in a range of water-based adventure sports, from stand-up paddle boarding to canoeing to being propelled below the surface of the sea by underwater scooter.

Fabulous for Families

The one island, one resort model in the Maldives creates a safe environment for families and many resorts are now well-suited for those travelling with a baby. The clear waters surrounding each island are relatively calm so this means they are ideal for parents to paddle with their children.

Escape the Daily Grind

The peaceful and serene surroundings of the Indian Ocean are ideal for escaping daily life for a wellness break and numerous resorts boast outstanding spa facilities. In fact, the first underwater spa opened in the Maldives in 2017. Many treatments across the country now also incorporate local ingredients and techniques.

Top Five Tips for Travel to the Maldives

  1. What currency do I take? Although the official currency of the Maldives is the Rufiyaa, dollars and credit cards are accepted at resorts and on local islands popular with tourists.
  2. How many islands are there are how do I get around? There are 1,190 islands in the Maldives but only 142 are home to resorts for tourists. 99.6% of the Maldives is made up of sea so the best way to get around once you arrive is by seaplane, speedboat or a domestic flight.
  3. What do I need to pack? The average temperature in the Maldives is 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year so be sure to pack light clothing and lots of swimwear. Holidaymakers will also want to pack sandals as much of their time on the island may be spent barefoot due to the sand. Many of the resorts in the Maldives have UK plug sockets in the rooms but it’s worth packing a universal plug adaptor just in case.
  4. What wildlife can I expect to see in the Maldives? Nature lovers can explore an island’s surrounding house reef and expect to see a wide range of tropical fish. In deeper waters snorkellers can see whale and nurse sharks, manta rays, dolphins and hawksbill turtles. Common island creatures on land include lizards, fruit bats and crabs.
  5. Is there Wi-Fi in the Maldives? Yes, many resorts offer guests free Wi-Fi on the island but to guarantee internet access during your trip, consider purchasing a SIM card when you land at the airport. There are Dhiraagu and Ooredoo internet provider shops in the arrivals hall and these can provide tourist internet SIM cards for as little as £12 ($15) for 4GB of data to use over seven days.

The Maldives Showcases Its Offerings For Holidaymakers At Five Leading Travel Trade Shows

To further develop and strengthen the Maldives’ position as a leading destination for European holidaymakers, representatives from Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) met with travel industry contacts and travel trade media at five prestigious industry shows throughout the first quarter of 2019. Continue reading