Holidays in the sun

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There are two types of people: those who dream of mountain ranges and skiing on fresh,
powdery snow; and those who would rather dream of sunshine and warmth all year round. If
you’d like to escape from winter in New Zealand, but you’re not sure where you’d like to go, or
where the latest and greatest destinations are, Concierge NZ is here to help.

Planning and booking a holiday is a time-consuming business, especially when you are not
familiar with your destination, and the suppliers you are dealing with are on the other side of the
world.

If you don’t have the time to spend hours on the internet or on expensive international
phone calls, let us do the research and booking for you. We are very knowledgeable about
international destinations and can take the stress out of organising your perfect sunny getaway
this winter.

If you’re not sure where to start, consider these destination accommodations - they are a few
of our favourite places and we’ve chosen them because of they offer the unique and luxurious
style we know you are looking for.
 

Le Royal Monceau entranceLe Royal Monceau

Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris re-opened at the end of 2010 after a two-year transformation
by the legendary designer Philippe Starck. It’s just been named ‘Best New Hotel 2012’ in this
year’s Tatler Travel Guide and, even in a city as stylish as Paris, it really stands out from the
crowd.

The luxury hotel combines a modern, artistic sensibility with a sense of its own history. It’s in a
beautiful old building just minutes from the Arc-de-Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées in Paris'
8th arrondissement, but the public spaces within are dedicated to contemporary art and culture.

There is a bookstore ‘La Librarie des Arts’, with a collection of 700 books and collectibles; a
screening room ‘Le Cinéma des Lumières’; an art gallery and ‘Art District’, complete with an art
concierge to introduce guests to the works on display.

Add to the mix the popular Long Bar on the ground floor, two fine dining restaurants (La Cuisine
for French food and Il Carpaccio for possibly the best Italian in Paris), and the sanctuary of the
in-house Spa, and you’ll have to force yourself to leave the premises to explore the rest of Paris’
famous galleries, gardens, and cuisine.
 

The Inn Above Tide

This charming hotel is built on pilings over San Francisco Bay - and the views of the bay,
Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the city skyline are unbeatable. You can happily stay in your room
and watch the ferries, kayakers, sea lions, and sea birds go by all day.

Most of the 29 rooms feature fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and there is also a terrace
that’s ideal for enjoying that view. Furnished with comfy wooden chairs and canvas pillows, the
terrace catches the morning sunlight and crisp bay air.

Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report calls the Inn Above Tide “a beautiful and romantic hideaway
that is widely praised for its exemplary staff”. Located in Sausalito, the hotel is just a two-minute

walk from the ferry to San Francisco, and is also a great base from which to explore Marin
County’s redwoods, beaches, and wine country.
 

Borgo Enazia resortBorgo Enazia resort

Set in 40 acres, with vast corridors and walls lined in the pale local tufa stone, this
contemporary, low-lying resort manages to be both super stylish and family-focused. It’s located
in Savelletri di Fasano, in Italy by the Adriatic Sea, and built in the style of a traditional Apulian
village.

There are a range of accommodation styles, including 72 two-storey townhouses in a village-
style complex (with a kids' club and shallow pool) and, 28 three-bedroom super-villas with
private gardens and pools. For couples without children, there is a boutique-style hotel in the
main building with 63 rooms decorated in quiet cream-on-cream, lit with glass lanterns.

Guests have access to a private beach and a vast central pool complex. There are two beach
clubs, two restaurants, an associated 18-hole golf course, one cookery school, a gym, an
enormous, world-class spa and, to keep the children happy, one of the most adrenalin-fuelled
kids’ clubs in the world.
 

Devi Ratn suiteDevi Ratn

Rajasthan’s ‘pink city’ of Jaipur has a sensational new jewel - the Devi Ratn which combines a
traditional façade with a completely contemporary interior.

The property has three villas (with private pools) and 60 sprawling suites. Walls painted ruby
red and turquoise blue reflect Jaipur’s status as the gem capital of India, and the vast bedrooms
combine jewelled colours with black-and-white zigzag terrazzo floors and sunken baths.

Indian dishes are served under golden arches at Vajra Restaurant, while the resort’s Jal Café
serves sherbet and other refreshments by the pool. There is also the 20,000-square-foot Devi
Spa, and the Chakra Bar, a circular watering hole modelled on Jaipur's Jantar Mantar, the
astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1728, where gigantic arcs and blocks
of stone calculate the movements of the stars and planets.

It’s been described as having cutting-edge bling, with an “immaculate finish, strong and savvy”.
We’re pretty confident that you won’t have experienced anything quite like it before.
 

Dolphin Island, FijiDolphin Island

Every New Zealander is familiar with the exceptional hospitality and beautiful location of Huka
Lodge. For the same level of service on a private tropical island, look no further than Huka
Retreat’s Dolphin Island.

A 13-acre personal playground, set on a palm-dotted tropical isle in Fiji, this is the ideal getaway
for a couple or an intimate group of up to eight family or friends. It has just four double rooms
and a generous living/dining bure that combines modern luxury with traditional design.

Styled by talented Kiwi designer Virginia Fisher, the interiors are a sophisticated weaving of
traditional Fijian details with contemporary touches, covetable coffee-table books, fragrant
candles and flowers.

True romantics should forego the comforts of the main complex for at least one night
of “glamping” at the Hilltop Sleep-out Bure – a secluded, partly open-air thatched bower where
you can wake up to sea views.

Snorkelling, scuba-diving, sailing, and fishing, as well as pool lounging, will fill your days,
while freshly caught fish and tropical fruit will your stomach. Surely, the ultimate tropical island
escape...

For more information on any of these amazing properties, contact us here at Concierge NZ. Or,
if you’re after something different again, we’re bound to be able to help you out.