Romance and luxury go hand in hand. There’s something about not having to worry about the little things and knowing that everything is taken care of that gives you more opportunity to spend some quality time with your other half.
There are many luxury resort chains around the world, offering spectacular accommodation options in destinations such as the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and the Emirates. So, whether you are looking for a romantic honeymoon or just some time alone on your own private beach break, these are some of the brands to consider when you book with us.
Found exclusively in the Caribbean, Sandals is one of the most popular luxury resort chains and have hotels in destinations such as Jamaica, St. Lucia and the Bahamas. At these unique accommodations, everything is unlimited and all-inclusive. That means that you don’t have to worry about small things like transfer fees and gratuities or bigger things like water sports and fine-dining. Everything is included and you’re never restricted as to how much of it you’re allowed – whether that’s alcoholic drinks with your meals or scuba diving trips.
Sandals also have a range of different offshore private islands that you can explore and, if you plan to bring the little ones too, some of their resorts are also family-friendly.
As well as beautiful beach locations such as the Maldives and Mauritius, One&Only has resorts in other exotic and opulent destinations. This includes two hotels in Dubai, the One&Only Cape Town and the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in Australia – complete with horse riding excursions and stargazing nights by the fire.
With a focus on sumptuous cuisine cooked by some of the world’s best chefs and providing you with a chance to explore the local heritage and culture, One&Only resorts encourage you to relax, rejuvenate your mind and body, and indulge to your heart’s content. Plus, with the addition of the One&Only One Za'abeel to the Dubai skyline, their urban portfolio will be expanded to include a shopping and entertainment paradise.
Shangri-La has the most extensive collection of hotels out of all the chains on our list – there are 56 different resorts in mainland China alone. These stretch across much the world, from Canada to Cambodia have helped the name Shangri-La become synonymous with luxury. The array of options proves that a romantic break doesn’t always have to be spent laying on the beach. The urban locations offer the chance to explore the inner soul of a city, before retiring to a lavish hotel room at the end of the day.
Particular highlights include the palatial, cliff-top location of the Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa in Oman and the tranquillity of the 3,000-sqm garden amidst a bustling city at Shangri-La Beijing. Wherever you choose to stay, you will experience grand décor, a very warm welcome and dishes that dance on your palate.
Exclusive to Jamaica, Couples has four resorts in total – two in Ocho Rios and two in Negril, on the westernmost tip of the island. Each appeals to a different kind of travellers, with Couples Swept Away offering great adventure activities for those who like to explore, Couples Sans Souci attracting guests who like hiking and history, Couples Negril providing an intimate and relaxing atmosphere for romantic trips, and Couples Tower Isle boasting a chic island vibe.
As the name suggests, all of these hotels are specifically for couples. Therefore, there are no children and no single guests. The all-inclusive offering ensures that you will want for nothing whilst you’re away. It covers everything from breakfast in bed to evening entertainment and much more. There is also a wide range of water sports; a sunset catamaran cruise; spa treatments; excursions to nearby points of interest; and swim-up bars with unlimited beer, spirits and cocktails.
Oberoi is another chain with a large number of hotels, but this time restricted to Asia, Africa and the Middle East. There are 22 properties to choose from (with one more on the way soon) but over half of these can be found amongst the breathtaking landscapes of India. There is a big focus on unrivalled service, earning the passionate staff multiple awards over the years. So much so that the Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development was established in 1966 and now around 100 people graduate from here every year.
As well as the grand architecture and jaw-dropping settings that you can look forward to at every Oberoi hotel, the chain offers a number of experiences that are unique to each property. This could be anything from watching the sunset at Naila Fort to Wildflower Hall to enjoying your own private picnic amidst the cedar forests of the Himalayas.
If you would like to plan your own luxury holiday at any of these resorts, our team can offer all the information and advice that you need to make it a trip to remember. Call us on 0800 021 3237 or click here to submit an online enquiry.