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SWM Recommends | Summer Travel

Top Luxury Hotels

For Summer 2024


It’s the season for dining, dreaming and sun searching. For the first time ever, this is SWM’s ultimate guide to the best summer holiday destinations across the world, from beacons of Barbadian luxury to pockets of paradise across the Algarve.

These hotels provide guests with impeccable service, world-class facilities and the utmost levels of luxury. They have been handpicked for their dedication to customer care and guest experience.

Sandy Lane



Quintessential Caribbean Class

As far as iconic resorts go, Sandy Lane sets its own standards. Widely-renowned as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, this landmark address is nestled idyllically on the Platinum Coast of Barbados, overlooking pristine white sands and turquoise waters where every view is as perfect as a postcard. Dip your toes into decadent relaxation, exclusive privacy and unrivalled Barbadian hospitality that redefines the art of good service – think sunglasses cleaning around the pool, help with packing and unpacking and a VIP fast-track service at the airport. Unwind in sumptuous neo-palladian guest rooms, suites, penthouses and even a five-bedroom villa concealed within lush gardens and beneath a canopy of ancient mahogany trees for private group bookings. Other standout features include three golf courses (buggies are kitted out with GPS systems), a colossal multi-tiered swimming pool, a state-of-the-art gym featuring peloton bikes and ten floodlit courts for tennis and padel.

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One&Only One Za’abeel



The new ultra-luxury Dubai resort, One&Only One Za’abeel is the ultimate urban oasis of discovery. Exceptional dining, innovative wellness and extraordinary experiences combine in a resort beyond your wildest dreams. This breathtaking property captivates guests with its striking architecture and panoramic views of the city’s stylish skyline, while each suite offers a haven of comfort and sophistication, showcasing modern amenities and personalised service. Step inside The Link at One Za’abeel, a futuristic boulevard floating 100 metres above the city where Michelin-lauded chefs scintillating nightlife and a chic rooftop pool create an unrivalled dining and lifestyle destination. Or, find your inner zen at the Longevity Hub by Clinique La Prairie, a three-story health and wellbeing centre dedicated to unlocking lasting vitality through the latest in health science and cutting-edge wellness. With its prime location in the heart of Dubai’s cultural centre, One&Only One Za’abeel provides guests with effortless access to the city’s iconic attractions and a welcome haven of relaxation.

The Conrad Algarve



Sitting pretty in the centre of Portugal’s picturesque Algarve region, the Conrad Algarve is a modern Mediterranean escape renowned for its beauty. Surrounded by lush gardens and just minutes away from golden beaches, this award-winning resort offers a tranquil escape for those of a more refined disposition. Immerse yourself in the elegant ambience of the spacious guest rooms and suites, each carefully designed to provide the utmost comfort and sophistication. Indulge in a world-class dining experience at the resort’s signature restaurants, where innovative cuisine and impeccable service reign supreme. Unwind and rejuvenate at the luxurious Conrad Spa, featuring an array of indulgent treatments and wellness facilities, or get active on the championship golf courses and exhilarating water sports on the beach. The opportunities for relaxation and adventure are endless. Whether you are seeking a romantic getaway or a memorable family vacation, this all-encompassing retreat promises an unforgettable experience amidst the stunning beauty of the Algarve coastline.

Atlantis, The Royal



Nestled on the iconic Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis The Royal exudes opulence and luxury at every turn. Boasting breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai skyline, this architectural marvel offers an unparalleled experience of extravagance and sophistication. Guests can enjoy luxurious accommodations, including grand rooms and signature penthouses, kitted out with the finest modern interior design pieces and luxury toiletries, ensuring a lavish and comfortable stay. The resort’s world-class amenities cater to every whim, from the awe-inspiring Dolce&Gabbana x Ounass by Cloud 22, La Mar by Gastón Acurio and Ariana’s Persian Kitchen to the serene white-sand beaches. There are many culinary delights to discover, including Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, ensuring a gastronomic journey like no other. Whether seeking relaxation in the lavish spa or adventure in the vibrant city of Dubai, Atlantis The Royal promises an unforgettable escape for families or travellers searching for the pinnacle of luxury.

Puente Romano



Situated along the sun-kissed shores of Marbella’s Golden Mile, Puente Romano is the epitome of Mediterranean luxury. This iconic beachfront resort captures the essence of Marbella’s allure with its distinctive Andalusian architecture and lush tropical gardens. Offering a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity, Puente Romano’s meticulously-designed suites and villas provide a sanctuary of style for modern travellers who yearn for comfort. Guests can indulge in a plethora of amenities, from the renowned Six Senses Spa to the exclusive Beach Club, where azure waters meet pristine sands. Culinary delights await at the resort’s eclectic dining venues, including the award-winning Dani García restaurant, Bibo, which serves up tapas with a twist and trendy cocktails. With its unparalleled location and first-class service, Puente Romano invites guests to immerse themselves in the vibrant culture and leisurely pace of life on the Costa del Sol, making it the perfect choice for discerning travellers seeking an idyllic Mediterranean retreat.

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