In an increasingly hectic world, sometimes a holiday just needs to be about sheer escapism – be that from the Great British weather (those rainy days just keep coming), the office, from the city, or even from the children. The exclusive escapes suggested here all incorporate more than a little indulgence, and the time and space to take time out from reality back home.

The emphasis here is often more on the hotel and the in-house facilities than on some of our more adventurous trips.

Spa facilities feature prominently, and top class food and wines also play their part in many of these destinations in creating an ambience of sybaritic sophistication. These exclusive escapes will hopefully guarantee you head home revitalised.

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Original Travel consultants can guide you in getting the most out of our exclusive escapes, from advising which room would suit best and where to eat if there are any local restaurants worth a visit.

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Where to go

Maldives

Maldives

Paradise islands don’t come much better than the Maldives.

Maldives
Anguilla

Anguilla

Possibly Original Travel’s favourite hangout in the whole Caribbean, Anguilla oozes laidback charm.

Anguilla
The Namib Desert

The Namib Desert

It doesn’t get much more dramatic than the gigantic dunes of Sossusvlei, in the heart of the Namib Desert, and one of the most iconic sights in Africa.

The Namib Desert
View of Florence, Italy

Tuscany & Umbria

Historic towns and cities, peaceful county retreats and outstanding regional cuisine.

Tuscany & Umbria
View of a vineyard in the shadow of a moutain

The Winelands and Cape

Sample the many delights accessible via scenic drives from Cape Town, from wine tasting to whale watching, and countryside retreats.

The Winelands and Cape
Caribbean

Caribbean

Original Travel knows the region well, and can recommend the highlights from the best bars in Havana to the best dive sites in the British Virgin Islands, and everything in between.

Caribbean
Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago

The most striking feature of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Southern Mozambique is its remote untouched beauty.

Southern Mozambique & Bazaruto Archipelago
Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

The remote Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the last untouched wilderness areas on Africa’s Indian Ocean coast.

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago
Mauritius

Mauritius

This tiny Indian Ocean island has long set the standard for tropical luxury holidays.

Mauritius
Seychelles

Seychelles

An ideal choice for anybody looking for lower-key beach time than is provided by the glitzier Maldives or Mauritius.

Seychelles
Vietnam

Vietnam

The 20th century saw Vietnam successively fighting off the French, the Americans and the Chinese, and it is now one of the most appealing destinations in South-East Asia, welcoming a new invasion – tourists, this time – with open arms.

Vietnam
Portugal

Portugal

Portugal is a little place with a lot to do.

Portugal
Dubai

Dubai

Shop the souqs and the malls, stay in a luxury hotel and enjoy water sports and a desert safari.

Dubai
Morocco

Morocco

Morocco is an immediate and exciting immersion in another world, where Arab and Berber blood, history and culture are inextricably bound.

Morocco
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

The teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka, at the southern tip of India, is a small country with a great combination of attractions – culture, beaches and nature.

Sri Lanka
Borneo

Borneo

One of the most alluring destinations in the Far East, the island of Borneo offers an unparalleled diversity of activities and cultures, and is a destination in its own right, even when not combined with mainland Malaysia.

Borneo
India

India

Utterly original, which probably explains why we love India so much.

India
Japan

Japan

Quite possibly the most 'other' destination on Earth, and in our humble opinion a must for everyone's bucket list.

Japan
Mexico

Mexico

Forget Cancun, Mexico is a truly diverse country, with a vast array of attractions for travellers of all tastes.

Mexico
Jamaica

Jamaica

The most distinctive Caribbean island, in terms of landscapes and cultural influences, Jamaica works equally for romantic breaks and family holidays.

Jamaica
Oman

Oman

A wonderful destination combining beautiful beachfront properties and dramatic mountain and desert landscapes to explore.

Oman
Wicker chairs at the water's edge - Marbella

Coastal Andalucia

Welcome to the Sunshine Coast. (Sounds better than the Costa del Sol).

Coastal Andalucia
Hawaii

Hawaii

Aloha. Welcome to the 50th State of the U S of A and one that is completely unlike any of the other 49.

Hawaii
Redwood Trees

California

A continent's worth of luxury travel in one very, very special state.

California

Where to stay

Viceroy Anguilla, luxury hotel in Mexico

Viceroy Anguilla

The Viceroy Anguilla is arguably the best new hotel to open in the Caribbean for a while, and on one of our favourite islands, too.

Viceroy Anguilla
Amanpuri

Amanpuri

Accommodation consists of traditional Thai-style pavilions and villas scattered amongst the towering coconut palms; all rooms feature king-size beds and private outdoor terraces.

Amanpuri
Garden at The Chedi, luxury hotel in Muscat, Oman

The Chedi

The award-winning Chedi is one of the top hotels in the Gulf region.

The Chedi
Interior at  Corral Del Rey, luxury hotel in Spain

Corral Del Rey

The hotel's original 17th century building has been meticulously restored and incorporates an atrium patio, Roman marble columns and original carved wooden beams, with the bedrooms situated around the galleries of the central courtyard.

Corral Del Rey
Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel has set itself a modest goal - to be the finest luxury family resort in Europe. We like what we see so far.

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel
The Viceroy Maldives

The Viceroy Maldives

The latest addition to the Viceroy Hotel collection, Viceroy Maldives is certainly one to rival its Maldivian neighbours. Located in the remote Shaviyani Atoll, it is an hour’s seaplane flight from the capital Malé.

The Viceroy Maldives
Four Seasons Lana'i Manele Bay, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay is perched on top of a red-lava cliff overlooking the lovely Hulopo'e white-sand beach. The resort borders a marine preserve and is coloured with waterfalls, gardens, streams and ponds.

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay
Terrace at Four Seasons Santa Barbara, luxury hotel in Santa Barbara, Big Sur

Four Seasons Santa Barbara

The Four Seasons group acquired this Spanish-style 1920's hacienda during the Reagan era and restored the 22-acre property to make the most of its historic charm.

Four Seasons Santa Barbara
Hotel Amadeus, luxury hotel in Seville, Spain

Hotel Amadeus

Located in the historic centre of Seville between Santa Cruz neighbourhood and the Juderia, Hotel Amadeus is way more music themed than even the name might suggest.

Hotel Amadeus
Strawberry Hill

Strawberry Hill

There’s more to Jamaica than sandy beaches, nice as they are. The island’s fertile internal slopes are a haven from the heat with spectacular views of the coastline and sparkling Caribbean Sea beyond, and also home to the Strawberry Hill, a seriously elegant plantation house hotel.

Strawberry Hill
Shangri-La Rasa Ria

Shangri-La Rasa Ria

The resort is set beside the beautiful Pantai Dalit beach, north of Kota Kinabalu, and surrounded by lush tropical forest.

Shangri-La Rasa Ria
Bab al Shams

Bab al Shams

The resort is styled as a traditional Arabian fortress, with the rooms located in clusters of two-storey buildings around the atmospheric complex.

Bab al Shams
Six Senses Zighy Bay, luxury hotel in Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Zighy Bay has a dramatic setting on the Musandam Peninsula, an exclave of the Sultanate of Oman, separated from the rest of Oman by the United Arab Emirates.

Six Senses Zighy Bay
Park Hyatt Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Occupying the top 14 floors of Shinjuku Park Tower, Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel is an elegant oasis of space and calm overlooking Tokyo and the Kanto Plain, all the way to – on a clear day - Mount Fuji. Located in the Shinjuku district, the hotel has easy access to downtown.

Park Hyatt Tokyo
The swimming pool at Finca Cortesin, luxury hotel in Spain

Finca Cortesin

Finca Cortesín is a five-star hotel and golf resort on the Mediterranean coast of Andalucía, between Gibraltar and Malaga.

Finca Cortesin
Interior at Hawksmoor, luxury hotel in South Africa

Hawksmoor

There may be smarter places to stay in the Winelands, but we guarantee none have as much character as Hawksmoor.

Hawksmoor
Castello di Casole

Castello di Casole

Castello Di Casole is part of one of the largest private estates in Italy, with 4200 acres of pristine Tuscan countryside surrounding a beautifully restored 19th century castle.

Castello di Casole
Luxury bedroom at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, luxury lodge in Namibia

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Perched high on a ridge of red sand dunes, Wolwedans Dunes Lodge consists of nine individual chalets strung out on either side of the central lodge building.

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
Jade Mountain

Jade Mountain

Set into a mountain with spectacular views over the Pitons and Caribbean Sea, Jade Mountain is made even more special by the fact that the entire fourth wall is missing from all of the rooms.

Jade Mountain
L'And

L'And

This truly original retreat is situated in 66 acres of fabulous Alentejo countryside, and combines old school Portuguese vineyards with a 21st century design hotel.

L'And
White Pearl Lodge

White Pearl Lodge

With the Indian Ocean to the East and the Maputo Elephant Reserve to the West, the new White Pearl Resort is the perfect location for guests seeking an active beach break, a post safari ‘chill out’ or a relaxing and restorative retreat.

White Pearl Lodge
The Oberoi Mauritius

The Oberoi Mauritius

The Oberoi is where one heads for privacy and pampering. It is very, very beautiful.

The Oberoi Mauritius
Tent at Leopard Safari Yala Camp, luxury camp in Sri Lanka

Leopard Safaris Yala Camp

Leopard Safaris camp in Yala National Park is one of the only places to stay actually in the Yala park itself; a key advantage because it means that the first and last parts of the day are always enjoyed in blissful isolation as external visitors have to leave the park.

Leopard Safaris Yala Camp
Malabar House, luxury hotel in India

Malabar House

Malabar House is situated on a peaceful green in Fort Cochin. In 1996 Malabar House became India’s first boutique heritage hotel.

Malabar House
Maroma Resort Spa, luxury hotel in Mexico

Maroma Resort & Spa

Belmond property Maroma Resort & Spa is a former coconut plantation turned idyllic beach resort located on a secluded stretch of the Riviera Maya, on the Yucatán peninsula.

Maroma Resort & Spa
 Denis Island

Denis Island

Named after Denis de Trobriant, the French explorer who was the first European to discover it in 1773, Denis Island is located some 60 miles north of the main island of Mahé.

Denis Island
Banyan Tree Al Wadi

Banyan Tree Al Wadi

We know, we know – the Banyan Tree Al Wadi is not technically in Dubai but actually neighbouring Emirate Ras Al-Khaimah, but it’s a mere 28 miles from Dubai Airport so we’re going with it!

Banyan Tree Al Wadi
Amanoi

Amanoi

Amanoi is – surprisingly – Amanresorts’ first venture into Vietnam. We say surprisingly because it seems amazing that it took the hotel group until 2013 to jump on the Vietnam bandwagon. They’re playing catch up pretty well, though, as Amanoi sits in an enviable position looking down on the exquisite Vinh Hy Bay.

Amanoi
Six Senses Con Dao

Six Senses Con Dao

Six Senses Hideaway Con Dao sits on a mile long sandy beach surrounded by dramatic mountains and has significantly raised the bar for beachfront properties in Southern Vietnam.

Six Senses Con Dao

Travelling for us is not only a matter of price but also trust, and we are really happy with the way you work and deal with us. You have been very helpul and also honest about all the possibilities.

Juan

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