While constantly changing travel restrictions may have made a summer getaway challenging, winter can also represent 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.
The largest of Thailand’s islands, often referred to as “The Pearl of the Andaman Sea”, Phuket is home to some of most magnificent beaches the Land of Smiles has to offer.
Nestled within its own 600-metre stretch of Emerald Bay’s palm-fringed silk sands, you will find the Rosewood Phuket.
The resort elegantly marries innovative, Thai-influenced architecture with its lush, natural surroundings, and guests have a range of luxurious, contemporary accommodations to choose from, including exceptional pavilions, exquisitely appointed villas and the outstanding Ocean House, complete with private pool, gardens and exclusive beach access.
When it comes to cuisine, the Rosewood Phuket offers a selection spanning the full dining spectrum, from Ta Khai’s authentic Thai seafood and contemporary Italian cuisine at Red Sauce to more relaxed, casual dining offerings at The Shack and Mai.
Whether indulging in enriching cultural experiences, immersive culinary masterclasses, sightseeing discoveries by air and sea or the resort’s extensive menu of spa and wellbeing programmes, the Rosewood Phuket promises a stay that is nothing short of unforgettable.
PHUKET – THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Its proximity to the equator means that Phuket experiences little variation in temperatures, with an average annual high of 32 and annual low of 25. The best months to visit Phuket are between November and April, with the driest months being between December and March.
Direct private jet flights to Phuket for up to 13 passengers start from £140,000 each way, based on a Bombardier Global 6000 ultra-long-range jet.
For more information on the Rosewood Phuket resort and amenities available, or to make a reservation, visit the Inspiring Travel Co. website.
Instantly recognisable, the Burj Al Arab is a global icon, redefining the standards of modern luxury.
Resembling the billowing sail of a dhow, a traditional Arab sailing ship, and rising 321 metres into the Dubai skyline, from its man-made island to the infinity pool terrace and 180-metre high grand atrium, the Burj Al Arab is a testament to architectural innovation.
From palatial suites with panoramic views to decadent duplexes, accommodation at the Burj Al Arab offers next-level luxury, including commanding ocean views, world-class amenities and 24-hour butler service and concierge.
The hotel’s in-house culinary artisans are among the most celebrated in the world, offering up a plethora of palette teasing cuisines and justifying the Burj Al Arab’s reputation as Dubai’s premier gastronomic destination. Choose from nine signature restaurants, including refined French fine dining at Al Muntaha; innovative seafood dishes at Al Mahara, complemented by the restaurant’s vast floor-to-ceiling aquarium; or traditional Arabian fare at the opulent Al Iwan.
And, if you need a change of pace from soaking up the glorious sunshine and enjoying the Burj Al Arab’s signature service, the city offers plenty of opportunities for exploration, and the Wild Wadi Water Park and Sinbad’s Kids’ Club are on hand to ensure unforgettable experiences for families too.
DUBAI – THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Perpetual sunshine and warm temperatures make Dubai a true year-round destination, ideal if you are trying to avoid Britain’s traditional wintery conditions. However, bear in mind that the summer heat from June through August can be intense.
Direct private jet flights to Dubai for up to 13 passengers start from £58,000 each way, based on an Embraer Legacy 650 heavy jet.
For more information on the Burj Al Arab and amenities available, or to make a reservation, visit the Inspiring Travel Co. website.
If privacy and seclusion are paramount when considering your next holiday destination, look no further than North Island in the Seychelles.
With just 11 guest villas adorning this pristine tropical paradise, built using local materials harvested during the island’s rehabilitation process, the resort’s signature architectural style of “barefoot luxury” reflects its conservation-oriented philosophy.
North Island prides itself on delivering highly personalised experiences and, while the island offers a number of dining venues, from candlelit affairs in the Piazza Bar & Lounge restaurant, Laid Back, to casual shared eating experiences at Sunset Beach, guests are encouraged to discuss culinary favourites and special requests with the resort’s chef.
The bespoke nature of the North Island guest experience continues through the array of activities on offer – explore the Seychelles’ myriad natural wonders by land and sea, discover the island’s fascinating history and on-going rehabilitation and conservation efforts, or just enjoy some R&R in one the most devastatingly beautiful corners of the world.
SEYCHELLES – THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
While temperatures rarely dip below the high 20s year-round, they are at their warmest during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer months of December through February.
Private jet flights to the Seychelles for up to 14 passengers start from £125,000 each way, based on a Dassault Falcon 7X ultra-long-range jet.
NB: Please note that guests will need to transfer from Seychelles International Airport to North Island via a 20-minute helicopter transfer.
For more information on North Island resort and amenities available, or to make a reservation, visit the Inspiring Travel Co. website.
Set within its own exclusive 100-hectare enclave, One&Only’s legendary Baja retreat, Palmilla, represents the epitome of Mexico’s luxury hospitality.
Imagine shimmering sands, swaying palms and the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez stretching to the horizon – that’s the view that awaits from One&Only Palmilla’s beautifully appointed, all ocean-view accommodations. Choose from lavish rooms, exquisite suites and the resort’s residential jewel, the 10,500 square foot Villa Cortez, boasting a private cinema, fitness suite, spa room and state-of-the-art kitchen (with dedicated chef, of course).
Palmilla’s distinctive dining options are reason enough to pay a visit. Succulent steak cuts paired with ocean-fresh seafood and an extensive wine list await at signature restaurant, Seared. Indoor-outdoor Agua offers Mexican-Mediterranean specialities served alongside dramatic sea views. Breeze’s poolside setting and vibrant menu make for an al fresco dining experience that’s as refreshing as the name suggests. And the sophisticated Suviche combines Japanese fusion with Mexican flair.
When it comes to activities, once again, guests will find themselves spoilt for choice – from the exhilarating to the inspiring, adults-only couples’ experiences to the resort’s KidsOnly day programme, allowing little ones’ imaginations to run wild. Or, if you’re idea of relaxation involves hitting the fairway, there’s the award-winning, Jack Nicklaus designed course at the Palmilla Golf Club.
MEXICO – THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The most popular time to visit is from December to February, and for good reason. The region enjoys abundant sunshine and milder temperatures around the mid-20s, as well as fantastic opportunities whale watching. If you can be flexible, the shoulder season of May-June is also a great time to visit.
Private jet flights to Los Cabos for up to 13 passengers start from £140,000 each way, based on a Bombardier Global 6000 ultra-long-range jet.
For more information on the One&Only Palmilla resort and amenities available, or to make a reservation, visit the Inspiring Travel Co. website.
Just a short, 15-minute boat ride off Abu Dhabi’s coast lies the boutique private island resort of Zaya Nurai Island.
Incorporating luxurious, contemporary finishes and state-of-the-art technology, a stay in one of Zaya Nurai’s private villas is an experience in itself. Choose from Beach Villas and Beach Houses, elegantly designed to blend into the landscape, natural light-filled Water Villas, or an Estate Villa, the ultimate in exclusive seclusion.
Resort dining draws on the rich culinary heritage of the Middle East, as well as inspired influences from Asian, Mexican and Western cuisines. In contrast to the minimalist sophistication of the resort’s accommodation, dining venues are decidedly more relaxed, ranging from Frangipani’s rustic chic to the laid-back boho charm of Smokin’ Pineapple.
Zaya Nurai provides the perfect playground for the young and the young at heart – thrilling watersports, engaging outdoor pursuits, and Petit Z, the resort’s kids’ club, offering bespoke programmes tailored to each age group. Salute the sun with a morning yoga session. Carve out some time for quiet contemplation in the outdoor relaxation area. Or, simply take the opportunity to decompress in the award-winning Nurai Spa.
Looking for an experience that goes beyond exclusivity? Talk to the Inspiring Travel Co. team about Zaya Nurai Island’s buyout options.
ABU DHABI – THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
For sunny days without the intense summer heat, the cooler mid to high-20 temperatures make winter and spring the perfect time to visit Abu Dhabi.
Private jet flights to Abu Dhabi for up to 13 passengers start from £58,000 each way, based on an Embraer Legacy 650 heavy jet.
NB: Please note that guests will need to transfer from Abu Dhabi International Airport to the Welcome Centre, with a 15-minute boat transfer to Zaya Nurai Island.
For more information on Zaya Nurai island 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.
Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, entry and return from certain destinations may be subject to travel restrictions and quarantine periods – please consult the FCO website for up-to-date information.
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