Of exotic lands

Soul-soothing and heart-warming, our pick of luxury destinations has something for everyone - nature lovers, adventurers and history buffs.
     Print Edition: Feb 16, 2014
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik

History Calling
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, famously referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic', is tangibly cloaked in heritage, and retains much of its medieval charm. Lose yourself in the history-soaked atmosphere of the Old Town Centre, which has a sizeable cluster of museums and a thriving theatre scene. Charming bistros line the square where culinary delights abound - in the form of artichoke and ricotta ravioli and glazed rabbit with hazelnuts and wild mushrooms. Another must-try is the fish, caught fresh from the Adriatic

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STAY AT Villa Dubrovnik, a renovated boutique hotel, has gorgeous suites overlooking the Adriatic and two private villas that come with their own exclusive services.

MUST-VISIT SPOTS
Lokrum, Franciscan Monastery, Lovrijenac


Medieval Muse
Mallorca
Mallorca
Mallorca
Mallorca, the jewel in the crown of the Balearic Islands, is a patchwork of cosmopolitan glitter and rustic charm melded into a beautifully amalgamated Spanish extravaganza. Laid out in seemingly alternating stripes of chicness and tranquility, sprawling boutique hotels stand sentinel over olive groves and golden wheat fields. Charter a yacht with provisions for snorkeling to explore the ostentatiously picturesque and uninhabited islets, replete with towering escarpments and azure waters. Sun-dappled villages lining the rugged coastline shelter quaint fincas (private farms converted into luxurious agroturismos) among the pine groves.

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La Residencia set in the hilltop village of Deia, the Mallorcan cradle of art, has gorgeous individual villas set amidst lush orange orchards and olive groves.
MUST-VISIT SPOTS
Valldemossa, Soller, Formentera Fornalutx

Tropical Paradise
Seychelles
Seychelles Photo: Fregate Island Private
Seychelles
If you are in dire need of unwinding, immerse yourself in the depths of nature at Seychelles - soaking up the balmy, tropical weather and breathing in the wild yet pristine beauty of the islands. The archipelago of 155 islands, lined with granite and coral, embodies unearthly beauty brimming with the secrets of the sea. When you have had your fill of staring at stretches of white beaches daintily petering into gorgeously turquoise waters, go scuba diving or snorkeling. Try your hand at fishing at one of the low-lying coral atolls and marvel at the sheer variety of marine life.

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Feel one with nature at the luxurious Fregate Island resort, developed in harmony with the natural surroundings, where giant Aldabra tortoises and sea turtles roam free.

MUST-VISIT SPOTS
Curieuse Island, Petite Anse Beach, Mahe, Sainte Anne Marine National Park

Dose of Aphrodisiac
Cyprus
Cyprus
Cyprus
Cyprus, believed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, beautifully personifies the ethereal allure of the Greek goddess. Its scenic secluded beaches are dotted with hip nightclubs, making the haven of historic and archaeological wealth a daring example of harmony through contrast. Paphos is one of the most remarkable traditional harbour towns you will ever anchor at. Akin to an uncut diamond, it is home to the rock of Aphrodite as well as the majestic tombs of kings. The traditional Cypriot charm catches you unawares during your wanderings among quaint fishing villages and bustling tavernas - warming the cockles of your heart.

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Anassa, (Thanos Hotel group) designed in the style of a luxurious Byzantine village straddles a low cliff top overlooking a long stretch of beach.

MUST-VISIT SPOTS
Limassol, Troodos Mountains, Ayia Napa, Coral Bay

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