These Magical Hotels Will Inspire You To Book A Holiday

From homely hideaways to boutique elegance...

28/09/2017 11:08 BST | Updated 28/09/2017 15:07 BST

Everyone deserves a little indulgence from time to time, and that’s especially true on holiday. But everyone’s idea of luxury is different. These magical beach hotels, recommended by British Airways Holidays, each offer a unique take on the idea of indulgence, whether that’s complete tranquillity, perfect service, breathtaking locations, or a mixture of them all.  

  • Best for tranquillity: Domes of Elounda, Crete
    Domes of Elounda
    The beautiful and peaceful Domes of Elounda resort takes architectural inspiration from Greece, Carpath and Syria, with domes and pyramids that provide natural cooling for its elegant and spacious suites. Privacy and tranquillity are the priorities in a location that overlooks the glistening Mediterranean and the historic island of Spinalonga. The food is fabulous – Domes of Elounda features four distinct eating experiences, including Topos, a Greek seafood restaurant located right on the seafront – and the on-site spa is the very definition of indulgence.
  • Best for activities: Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun
    Le Blanc Spa Resort
    What do you want from a luxury break? At Le Blanc Spa, located on one of Mexico’s most pristine stretches of sand, there’s no need to miss out. By all means, lie on the beach and paddle in the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, or relax by one of the resort’s infinity pools. But Le Blanc Spa is prized for more than just luxury. The resort runs its own signature Jack Nicklaus golf course, and is within easy reach of the Yucatan jungle and its awe-inspiring Mayan ruins. All the fun of downtown Cancun, meanwhile, is just 15 minutes away.
  • Best for privacy: Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort and Spa, Mauritius
    Shangri-Las Le Touessrok Resort and Spa
    This little piece of paradise has been described as ‘Mauritian perfection’, and it’s easy to see why. Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort and Spa offers everything you would expect from a luxury resort – wonderful sea views from every room, a cool contemporary style and exemplary service – and far more besides. Residents have exclusive use of the paradise island of Ilot Mangenie, perfect for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing. The resort’s excellent par 72 golf course, considered one of the finest in the region, is located on its own private island, a ten-minute boat ride from your room.
  • Best for history: Elysium, Paphos
    Elysium
    Elysium is where history and luxury meet, with a private beach location and views over the magnificent Tombs of the Kings, an underground necropolis dating back to the 4th century BC.  The waterfalls, mosaics and colonnades of Elysium are sympathetic to its location, blending in with its timeless surroundings. The centre point of the resort, its circular outdoor pool, is a wonderful place to relax, especially after you’ve checked out Elysium’s floodlit tennis courts, dive school and state-of-the-art fitness centre.
  • Best for views: Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, Mallorca
    Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel Spa
    If you are looking for breathtaking views, the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa takes a lot of beating. The resort is built on a cliff above the pretty fishing village of Port Soller, with panoramic views over the shimmering Mediterranean in front and towering Tramuntana mountain range behind. The resort’s 11 separate buildings are linked by delightful scented gardens, and tailor made off-site experiences include sunset boat trips, a gourmet walk and wine experience and an off the beaten-track exploration of this incredible landscape.
  • Best for service: The House, Barbados
    The House
    Simply named and delightfully realised, The House is a luxury, adults-only boutique resort on Barbados’ chic West Coast. At The House, it is the attention to detail that surprises. Every guest enjoys delicious evening canapés, the services of a beach and pool ambassador, and refreshing afternoon tea. A jet lag massage, to soothe tight muscles and prepare you for the indulgence to come, is also complimentary. Every suite is a picture of minimalist elegance, featuring local handcrafted furniture and granite bathrooms with rain shower and body jets.
  • Best for play: ME Ibiza, Ibiza
    ME Ibiza
    ME Ibiza is the only luxury hotel on the glamorous island of Ibiza to be a member of Leading Hotels of the World. The acclaim it attracts is easy to understand. ME Ibiza is a microcosm of the best the island has to offer, boasting both an exclusive beachside setting and the chance to sample Ibiza’s renowned party lifestyle. This is a place for both relaxation and play, where a soothing rooftop spa can be followed by an afternoon and evening at nearby Nikki Beach, famous for its international cuisine and top-rated live acts.

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