Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
The likes of George Clooney, Katie Holmes and Kate Moss have all given this heavenly retreat the celebrity seal of approval, and with a private beach, clear azure waters and deluxe bungalows with not one, but two private plunge pools, we can see why.
The stunning hotel reopened at the end of last month, after an extensive renovation, bringing it back up to all-star standards, so if you can afford to check into the Huvafen Fushi this year, you’ll find a brand-new collection of menus at the glamorous eateries and a fresh new colourful look in the rooms.
In true supermodel style, you can dine in the resort’s signature restaurant, Raw, which serves up exclusively raw cuisine, or you can chill at the new outdoor bar and lounge, which is situated over a stunning reef, guaranteeing breathtaking views day and night. The hotel is 100 per cent dedicated to your relaxation, so lie back on modular sofas and ottomans on the restaurants’ terraces, or get comfy in The Lair, which we rate as the most chilled-out spot in the (already very chill) hotel.
The special loungelike zone is totally dedicated to relaxation, and whether you do that with one of the best-selling books on offer, listening to tunes on the seemingly endless playlist, or watching one of the many DVDs, the chillout area in the heart of the island (which has super comfy seating) will guarantee an unwind.
When it comes to selecting your room, you’ll be spoilt for choice, as there’s a James Bond-worthy Ocean Pavilion, which has an indoor/outdoor infinity pool that’s divided by a stunning glass wall, and boasts luxe touches like a private cocktail bar and a Kenneth Cobonpue art installation called Little People. The most luxe option, however, is the Cube, a two-level, three-bedroom residence with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, two semioutdoor bathrooms, a yoga pavilion and its own private pool. Meet you there?
Submerge yourself for a massage at the resort’s Lime Spa, which boasts an underwater treatment space, the first of its kind in the world. As you drift off with a blissful massage, you can watch nature pass you by and enjoy total pampered solitude. Make sure you don’t leave without trying the signature experiences, Lime Light and Turquoise Explosion, both of which are performed in the aquarium-style room.
Rooms from Dh7,200 | + 960 6644 222 | huvafenfushi.peraquum.com
Surrender at Encore, Las Vegas, USA
When Lil Wayne, the Kardashians and Calvin Harris rate a club as one of their Vegasmust- visits, you know it’s a special spot. There’s an indoor section and an outdoor poolside club, all kitted out in glamorous and opulent decor. Need further convincing? Expect to find the biggest DJs in the world, including David Guetta, Deadmau5 and Tiësto, on the decks. +1 702 770 7300 | surrendernightclub.com
Singapore Zoo, Singapore
Singapore’s animal fest has to be one of the best zoos in the world. There’s more or less every animal you could think of (there will be pandas joining in September!) and special experiences, too – we have our heart set on a jungle breakfast alongside the animals at Ah Meng Restaurant. Plus, if you happen to be lucky enough to be heading there in the next month and were born in August, you’ll get free entry. But if you’re not an August baby, entrance will set you back Dh72.