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Spa and sea

Celebrity Cruises has a third ship to add to their Celebrity Edge series: Celebrity Beyond (pictured above). The impressive structure has been designed to bring a closer connection between you, the sea, and the adventures beyond. To deepen this connection further, the AquaClass Sky Suites are an inviting cocoon of comfort mixing spa facilities with indulgent interiors. Flop into a king-sized bed, curl up in a Frette bathrobe, take in the views on a private veranda and indulge in complimentary access to the spa services, including the Sea Thermal Suite and a personal consultation.

Restorative island life

Opened October 2021, Rosewood Le Guanahani St Barth is opening a new haven of casual luxury and comfort in the Caribbean. Every element of this resort has been designed to take in the surroundings to ensure a stay here reaps all the rewards. Cottages are scattered along garden paths that wind through lush bougainvillea, hibiscus, and palms with views of sweeping beaches and the reef-protected lagoon. Make the most of the tropical terrain with an array of watersports, the Rosewood Explorers club for kids and a championship tennis court.

Recharge in Bermuda

Slow down and stop the clock at the recently opened The St Regis Bermuda Resort. Swap highpaced and anxious days in the office with languorous afternoons around the infinity pool. Sprawl across cushioned lounge chairs with a cocktail in hand and revel in slow dinners overlooking the ocean. Start your evening the right way with the St. Regis ritual of sabering. Inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte, who famously opened champagne with his sword, you can watch bubbles flow in the most lavish of ways and make sure you have a glass to celebrate.

A modernist marvel

Another resort that debuted in November 2021 is the LUX* Grand Baie Mauritius. The resort has teamed up with British designer, Kelly Hoppen, to curate calming colour palettes for an array of suites and villas. Be seduced by the slow pace of island life on the Bisou rooftop, which is decked out with an infinity pool, bar, and restaurant overlooking the expansive ocean. After some quiet stargazing, liven up your evening at the nightclub Ai KISU with Asian inspired drinks and dishes.

The force of nature

Biophilic design leads the way at JOALI BEING MALDIVES which opened November 2021. Set in the secluded natural island of Bodufushi in the Raa Atoll, the stunning architecture designed by architect Cuneyt Bukulmez combines 68 beach and water villas – each with a pool – with untouched wild forest as the backdrop. What’s more, the wellbeing programme here is tailored around four key pillars – mind, skin, microbiome and energy – to reach results for every individual, from women’s health to weight rebalance and restorative sleep.

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