A luxurious hillside retreat perched above Mykonos’ popular beaches of Psarou and Platys Gialos, The Palladium Hotel offers sumptuous accommodation in 46 tastefully appointed rooms and suites. Complementing the hotel’s exquisite food and beverage outlets are a lovely white and blue pool bar, and a wonderful Mediterranean restaurant overlooking the Aegean Sea. Inside, elegant rooms decorated in earthy browns overlook the sparkling Aegean while the artful suites offer the ultimate in privacy and relaxation with their glistening pools, soothing Jacuzzis and vibrant splashes of blue dotted around the stylish, Greek-inspired interiors.
Picturesquely located on Rarotonga - the largest of the splendid Cook Islands, Rumours Luxury Villas & Spa is an idyllic complex of luxury beachfront villas, pools, waterfalls and magnificent tropical gardens. Its swanky accommodation units are delightfully furnished and boast treats such as private plunge pools, Jacuzzis, fully-equipped kitchens and modern entertaining facilities. The award-winning spa welcomes guests with cascading waterfalls, a soothing Vichy Shower and an outstanding range of treatments and therapies.
Situated in Paris’ 15th arrondissement, Vice Versa Hotel is the creation of luxury lingerie designer Chantal Thomass and stands out for its sensual interiors that pay homage to the Seven Deadly Sins. To give you an idea, Gluttony rooms come with sweet macaroon-shaped cushions; Greed is represented by walls covered in bank notes; Pride dazzles in gold and marble; and Anger is done in black and fiery red with evocative paintings and gun-printed carpets. A sexy boudoir feel prevails throughout the hotel, from the hell-inspired basement with its steam room to the dreamy all white living area to the eccentric suites.
Picturesquely located on the European shores of the Bosphorus, in Istanbul, the exclusive Ciragan Palace Kempinski offers its guests the opportunity to choose from three types of accommodation units: stylish rooms with balconies overlooking the Bosphorus or the garden, lavish suites with sumptuous décor, and superb Palace suites with spectacular custom-made furnishings that resemble a luxurious Ottoman Imperial Palace. The hotel is complemented by four magnificent restaurants and top-end spa services inspired by the ancient water therapies of the Turkish Hamam.
Combining traditional Cycladic architecture with posh designer details, 5-star services and an astonishing location in ancient Akrotiri, the Astarte Suites in Santorini epitomizes all that is beautiful and unearthly about this island created by Gods. The luxurious boutique hotel offers accommodation in 11 stylish individually designed suites with unforgettable views, plush King-size beds and Swarovski stones glistening above the private Jacuzzis. The centerpiece is definitely the glistening infinity pool that seems to merge with the horizon while falling into the endless blue waters of the Aegean Sea.
Spanning two paradise islands and an outstanding patch of marine environment rich in dolphins, whale sharks, manta rays and turtles, Conrad Maldives is definitely one of the world’s most exclusive, romantic and luxurious resorts. Moreover, it offers the only all-glass underwater restaurant in the world, a sensational glass-floored over-water spa designed as a resort-within-a-resort and the widest range of lodging in the Maldives. The resort’s stylish contemporary designed accommodations range from exquisite beach villas and suites with plush amenities and glorious outdoor spaces to astonishing water properties appointed with inspiring exotic decors, fully-furnished terraces, top-notch facilities and even private treatment rooms.
Wednesday night, the BBC’s current affairs show Newsnight interviewed Dame Helen Mirren for her thoughts about the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare (which, as we discussed, is around about now).