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Luxury Resorts

It’s paradise found at these luxury resorts, from turquoise waters in the Maldives to spa treats in St Kitts

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Caramel by Grecotel is a new luxury resort on Crete’s longest beach, close to picturesque Rethymno. The resort has 69 suites and villas, from open-plan suites for couples to beachfront summer villas sleeping up to 10. Dining experiences include the poolside Gourmet à la carte restaurant, or dine al fresco at Grecotel’s nearby Agreco Farm, where guests can witness centuries old organic farming methods – there is a traditional olive press, flour water mill, wine press and giant vat for crushing grapes – and even get hands-on.

Travel-May08-02-590Caramel, the new luxury resort on Crete

Luxurious double rooms cost from £203 per night, including breakfast. Bailey Robinson can also tailormake a trip for you: seven nights’ B&B costs from £1,630 per person including flights and transfers.


Surrounded by coconut groves, white sand and turquoise waters, the fivestar Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa has reopened on Dhonakulhi Island after a multimillion-pound redevelopment, to include 50 over-water villas with personal butler service.

The spa is one of the largest in the Maldives, and dining ranges from contemporary à la carte to Teppanyaki-style. Water sports include jet-skiing, kayaking and windsurfing.

Travel-May08-01-590Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa in the Maldives has reopened after a multimillion-pound makeover

Seven nights’ B&B in a Sunset Beach Villa costs from £2,325 per person, which includes all flights and speedboat transfers.


Sun Aqua Pasikudah is a five-star boutique resort in Pasikudah Bay, on Sri Lanka’s unspoilt east coast. There are 34 suites and two grand beach villas with floor-toceiling glass doors, plus a range of restaurants as well as in-villa and destination dining where you choose where you’d like to eat: a table for two on the beach, perhaps. There is also a spa and dive facility, and the Unesco world heritage site of Sigiriya, ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa and Minneriya National Park are close by.

Experience Travel Group offers seven nights’ half board from £1,751 per person.

020-7924 7133,

Opened in 2014, Belle Mont Farm on the island of St Kitts is situated in 400 acres of organic farmland and lush tropical forest. Guests stay in farmhouses and guest houses with spectacular ocean or forest views. Food is at the heart of a stay here, with daily menus featuring delicious produce sourced directly from the estate.

Travel-May08-03-590Enjoy heavenly ocean or forest views at Belle Mont Farm on St Kitts

Western & Oriental offers seven-night, all-inclusive holidays from £4,269 per person, including BA flights, all meals, in-room minibar, unlimited golf at Irie Fields and a daily $200 spa treatment credit per couple.

020-3733 9041,

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Prices are correct at the time of going to press.

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