Employees all look forward to rewarding themselves with an annual break, with much anticipation. We believe your staff should be able to treat themselves for their hard work in the ultimate lap of luxury, which is why we’ve put together this list of 5-star holiday destinations to inspire you with your vacation plans for 2020.
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Singita Ebony Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa
According to the award-winning safari group, “Ebony Lodge stands steadfast among enormous trees on the banks of the Sand River and offers guests a fresh and contemporary interpretation of classic safaris.”
The African bush and wildlife are a sight you will not tire from watching. Game drives with an experienced guide are available at the rise of the sun and sunset each day. They will reveal sightings that you may only see once in your life. Between safari sightings, lounge under the African sun at the pool or indulge in a day at the spa. Should you feel more energetic and eager to see The Big Five up close, guided bush walks are available. You’ll want to take your camera along to capture the moment. The camp also offers a fitness centre as well as a boutique and gallery.
With 12 luxury suites each including a private plunge pool and an outdoor deck that perches over the river, this is the perfect place to take a breather.
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Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman
Anantara is situated high in the Omani mountains, with 360° panoramic views. The most common sound you'll hear at Anantara is silence. It's only two hours drive from Muscat or four and a half hours drive from Dubai.
The area is a cultural haven with many authentic experiences on offer. Activities include hiking, cultural tours, abseiling, rock climbing, archery and mountain biking. After an adventurous day, experience a sensual Omani journey at the spa with their signature pomegranate treatment to recharge your entire being. “Rich in antioxidants, Jabal Akhdar pomegranates have long been revered for their ability to regenerate, nourish and protect the skin.”
The resort is a gastronomic delight as it offers 6 different dining experiences including, all-day dining overlooking the Green Mountain at Al Maisan, poolside dining at Bella Vista and premium beverages and shisha at Al Burj.
Rosewood, Hoi An, Vietnam
Designed by renowned resort architect Jean Michel Getty, and still under construction, Rosewood’s latest offering is where we will be travelling in 2021. Located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town has an abundance of lanterns hanging across traditional Vietnamese streets. In days gone by, the lanterns were used to guide the boats into the port.
The hotel will offer 70 guestrooms and 30 private residences of which five will incorporate exclusive spa treatment rooms. Also available is a wellness lounge, fitness facilities, yoga pavilion and indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy. It will also be home to an 18-hole championship golf course. While you're In Hoi An make sure you benefit from the melting pot of Asian and colonial culture by sampling the local cuisine. The fusion of fresh flavours will leave your taste buds wanting more.
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Amanera, Playa Grande, Dominican Republic
Aman resorts are situated all over the world, renowned for their synchronisation with nature without sparing any form of luxury.
Pristine beaches on the Caribbean sea, surrounded by lush jungle gives Amanera the unique ability to offer a range of water-based sports such as kiteboarding, kayaking through mangroves and fishing. Hone in on your golf skills at the 10 hole golf course admiring the sea views while you play. The spa, at any Aman resort, is not to be missed. This one offers local shamanic healing which is inspired by the traditions of the Taino Indian tribe. Image courtesy of Four Seasons
Four Seasons, Firenze
Four Seasons is a name synonymous with luxury, situated all over the globe, all you have to do is pick the location off your bucket list. The area that caught our attention is Florence and Four Seasons Firenze. Originally a Papal residence, it has now been restored to reflect the Renaissance artistry that once existed. Home to the city’s biggest private garden, a stroll through the ‘tranquil haven of statues, fountains and centuries-old trees’ will leave you feeling rejuvenated … and hungry for authentic Italian food. A hot air balloon ride will reveal endless views of Tuscany after which you can enjoy a private picnic prepared by a Michelin-starred chef. You have the option of hiring a 1960’s convertible and touring the countryside at your own pace.
Room upgrades, breakfast for two and $100 spa credit are available when booking at Four Seasons using the Staff Treats discount portal.