While constantly changing travel restrictions may be making a summer getaway challenging, winter represents a fantastic opportunity to get away from it all.
ACC has teamed up with our friends at Inspiring Travel Co., the tailor-made travel specialist, to bring you ten exquisite holiday resorts ideal for when you’re considering swapping winter weather for sunshine and silk sands.
This two-part blog features a host of idyllic destinations, from perennial Caribbean favourites to enticingly exclusive retreats across Central America, the Middle East, Indian Ocean and Asia.
Paired with exceptional private jet flight options from ACC’s luxury jet charter experts, for the utmost in comfort and security, there’s something to suit every travel palette.
Set on the enchanting island of Muravhandoo in the Raa Atoll, this Maldivian paradise, fringed by pristine white-sand beaches, is an oasis of tranquillity nestled in the Indian Ocean’s sapphire-blue waters.
A range of excursions provides guests with opportunities to enjoy the area’s abundant natural and cultural treasures, while the Espa spa offers rejuvenating wellness and treatment programmes, and there are plenty of water and marine activities to keep the more adventurous occupied.
Families won’t be left wanting either – island treasure hunts, kid-friendly cookery lessons and spa treatments, and storytime readings from local residents are just some of the activities on offer for little ones.
Dining options, too, are plentiful – Vandhoo offers a broad selection of tantalising international cuisines; Her Kitchen is a personalised culinary experience, providing the opportunity to prepare and taste local dishes under the tutelage of experienced chefs; and the Table of Joy allows guests to relax and enjoy a shared dining experience in the true Joali tradition.
Accommodation comes in all manner of shapes and sizes, from lavish beachside and iconic on-the-water villas to residences boasting up to two infinity pools and, of course, uninterrupted ocean views.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best months to visit the Maldives are between November and April, when temperatures average between the high 20s and low 30s, with January through April being the peak season for resorts.
Direct private jet flights to Malé for up to eight passengers start from £120,000 each way, based on a Bombardier Global 6000 ultra-long-range jet.
NB: Please note that guests will need to transfer from Velana International Airport to the hotel via private or shared seaplane flight or domestic flight to Ifuru Airport, followed by a 15-minute boat transfer.
For more information on the JOALI resort and amenities available, or to make a reservation, visit the Inspiring Travel Co. website.
Personalised service, sophisticated cuisine, distinctive design – and did we mention that this Caribbean haven is situated on its very own private island?
When it comes to secluded luxury escapes, COMO Parrot Cay ticks pretty much every box you can think of.
The natural light-filled accommodations combine colonial and contemporary styles – choose from ocean-facing suites, beach villas or private residences, including The Sanctuary, COMO Parrot Cay’s ultimate villa experience.
Wellness is something of a speciality, with the resort’s award-winning COMO Shambhala Retreat offering Asian-inspired treatments, combined with outstanding views overlooking the North Caicos Channel. Or, if you’re looking for more than just an opportunity to relax, activities, eco-tours and cultural experiences are abundant.
The resort’s cuisine draws on the Caribbean’s natural cornucopia of fish and seafood, emphasising fresh, locally sourced, organic ingredients, with a selection of top-class restaurants and intimate private dining options.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The Turks & Caicos islands’ equatorial climate means that temperature fluctuations are minimal, however, the cooler and most popular months tend to be from December to April.
Direct private jet flights from London to Providenciales for up to eight passengers start from £110,000 each way, based on a Dassault Falcon 7X ultra-long-range jet.
NB: Please note that guests will need to transfer from Providenciales International Airport to the hotel via a 15-minute private car transfer to Leeward Marina, followed by a scenic 35-minute private boat transfer.
For more information on the COMO Parrot Cay resort and amenities available, or to make a reservation, visit the Inspiring Travel Co. website.
The only property outside of mainland France to be awarded the prestigious “palace” designation, the Cheval Blanc offers customer service on an entirely different level.
The Maison employs a team of Alchemists, whose “raison d’etre” is ensuring each moment is as unforgettable as the last. Enjoy an entirely bespoke programme of activities and experiences, allowing the young and the young at heart to explore the very best that the French West Indies has to offer.
The rooms, suites and villas at the Cheval Blanc are the very definition of exclusivity and privacy – guests can drink in picture postcard ocean views or enjoy the verdant seclusion of a jungle hideaway.
Or, for the ultimate indulgence, there’s the Maison’s premier residence, the Villa de France, offering direct beach access, a dedicated Majordome and villa chef, private spa and fitness facilities and the use of two dedicated Mini Coopers or Mokes, for whenever the mood for exploration takes you.
The Maison offers two distinct gourmet experiences – fine dining at the French West Indies-inspired La Case, with a menu designed by celebrated cuisiniere, Jean Imbert; and La Cabane – a laid-back beachside restaurant perfectly complementing the carefree rhythm of island life.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Most establishments are closed through the rainy season in September, October and November, with the most popular times of year being between December and April, when visitors can make the most of the cooling trade winds and lower humidity.
Private jet flights from London to St Maarten for up to eight people start from £120,000 each way, based on a Bombardier Global 6000 ultra-long-range jet.
NB: Please note that guests will need to transfer from St Maarten to the hotel via an inter-island flight or private boat transfer.
For more information on the Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France resort and amenities available, or to make a reservation, visit the Inspiring Travel Co. website.
Located in the heart of the Grenadines, the tiny island of Canouan is just five square miles, and it is this intimate setting that sets the Mandarin Oriental apart.
With just 26 suites and 13 villas, this all-ocean view retreat redefines the idyllic tropical island getaway. Guests may choose from glamorous suites, blissful Italian-designed Patio Villas or colonial style three-storey Lagoon Villas, boasting their own full-service kitchens and private infinity pools.
The Mandarin Oriental’s atmospheric on-site restaurants leave diners spoilt for choice, offering up a cosmopolitan array of epicurean delights. However, if you do fancy a change of scenery, the surrounding Grenadine Estate is host to four more restaurants, just a short golf cart drive away.
And, while Canouan may be small, guests will find plenty to keep themselves occupied should a change of pace be in order. Golfers will find themselves in their element on the stunning 18-hole course, designed by Jim Fazio. Explore the Tobago Cays by catamaran, or enjoy some of the Caribbean’s most diverse snorkelling and scuba diving. Or, simply surrender yourself to relaxation in one of the hillside spa treatment suites.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
St Vincent and the Grenadines enjoy a hot, tropical climate year-round, although the driest months tend to be February through April. Christmas is a particularly popular time of year to visit, with the area having regained its lush, colourful flora following the rainy season from June to November.
Direct private jet flights from London to Canouan Airport for up to eight people start at £130,000 each way, based on a Dassault Falcon 7X ultra-long-range jet.
For more information on the Mandarin Oriental Canouan resort and amenities available, or to make a reservation, visit the Inspiring Travel Co. website.
If pressing pause on the rest of the world is called for, there are few better places to do it than the Datai Langkawi.
Cocooned within lush, tropical rainforest, this captivating resort was designed by visionary architect Kerry Hill, who pioneered the use of sustainable construction methods and materials.
A celebration of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultural heritage, the Datai Langkawi blends seamlessly with its surroundings, giving guests the opportunity to reconnect with nature.
When it comes to accommodation, the resort offers three distinct collections: Canopy rooms and suites, ideal for those who prefer to be closer to the main amenities; Rainforest Villas, nestled within the heart of the rainforest – ideal for nature lovers; and Beach Villas – private, secluded and just steps away from the white sand of Datai Bay.
As you’d expect, activities draw on Langkawi’s myriad natural treasures, including experiences curated by the resort’s resident team of naturalists and marine biologists, while the spa and well-being centre are on-hand to soothe body and mind.
Dining options are diverse, ranging from award-winning authentic Malaysian cuisine, served in The Gulai House, to traditional Thai dishes, complementing the Pavilion’s spectacular treetop views.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The driest, and most popular, time of year to visit Langkawi is between November and March, with temperatures rising to the mid-30s. Although this is considered the dry season, humidity can remain high.
Direct private jet flights from London to Langkawi International Airport for up to eight people start from £150,000, based on a Bombardier Global 6000 ultra-long-range jet.
For more information on The Datai Langkawi resort and amenities available, or to make a reservation, visit the Inspiring Travel Co. website.
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*All prices listed are estimates based on one-way flights only, excluding VAT, transfers, accommodation and dining, and are subject to availability and slots at time of enquiry.
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