Three new far-flung spots to explore
- Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo in Mexico has begun welcoming guests. The property is set within a pristine coastal reserve that for centuries has been completely off the grid. Only 2 per cent of the surrounding 1,200-hectare private reserve is being developed, promising guests a true immersion in nature. The resort offers 157 cliff-side and beachfront rooms, many with private pools, along with a golf course, transformative spa and wellness experiences, three communal pools and three nearly deserted beaches for water sports and long days spent lounging in the Mexican sun.
- The first spa to be built in Victoria Falls has opened on the grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge complex, which includes Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls Safari Suites and Lokuthula Lodges. Set within indigenous woodland, The Victoria Falls Safari Spa was built in response to growing demand for wellness travel. Its bold and colourful design incorporates traditional Ndebele elements and is furnished to reflect the rich textures of Africa. It offers authentic wellness experiences built on indigenous botanicals, seed oils and healing practices, and is open to residents, in-house guests and visitors from other hotels.
- Situated on Cuba Street, in one of Wellington’s most charismatic neighbourhoods, Naumi Wellington is the newest boutique hotel to open in the New Zealand capital. It offers 62 oversized rooms, more akin to studio apartments than traditional hotel guest rooms. Statement furniture and artwork by local creatives adds to the property’s eclectic vibe, while bold colour-blocking takes its inspiration from nature, incorporating shades of lilac, avocado green, rusty red and subtle turmeric. Restaurants include Lola Rouge, a celebration of South-East Asian flavours, and The Parlour, a pastel-hued space inspired by light-filled Parisian conservatories.
THE LAST WORD
“Tourism has made a substantial contribution to humanity’s social and economic progress. Whether you belong to Saudi Arabia, China, the US or South Korea — there are no boundaries. We need to become global citizens. We have so many problems — health issues, political issues, environmental issues — but with global citizenship we can solve them.”
Ban Ki-moon, former UN secretary-general