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New beach villas unveiled at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

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Ushering in the New Year with a bright contemporary look, Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort has unveiled luxuriously refurbished beach villas…

Nestled among lush foliage and silvery shores, the Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort has opened 75 new beach villas retain the resort’s relaxed beach ambiance, whilst now offering guests a refreshed palette of sophisticated neutral tones that reflect the island’s natural hues.

“Darker timbers have been lightened with soft ivory and beige.”

The new beach villas have undergone a striking transformation. Darker timbers have been lightened with soft ivory and beige, brightening the interiors and creating a refined beach-house vibe with infusions of tropical charm synonymous with Maldivian getaways.

Outside courtyard area in the beach villa

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Bathrooms have also been rejuvenated to offer sleek indoor and outdoor spaces. Guests can sink into a deep oval tub in their courtyard garden, or retreat to the cool of a glassed-in air-conditioned area. On each villa terrace, a traditional Maldivian swing has also been added, lending an authentic touch of local culture, inviting guests to enjoy balmy island breezes in their own private sanctuary.

Aside from the visual transformation, villas also feature modernised amenities to reduce energy consumption, including an electricity system that shuts off when the room isn’t in use as well as bathtub designed to save water. These amenities work in line with Anantara’s wider sustainability goals, ultimately aiming to preserve this amazing destination in the 110 villas on the island.

To experience an idyllic Maldivian holiday immersed in contemporary island style, guests can choose from Sunrise Beach Villas, Sunset Beach Villas, Anantara Pool Villas, Sunset Pool Villas, Two-Bedroom Family Villas and Two-Bedroom Anantara Pool Villas. In addition to the refurbished beach villas, Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort offers guests Sunrise Over Water Suites, Sunset Over Water Suites and Anantara Over Water Pool Villas, for those looking to relax above the turquoise waters of the Maldives.

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Four Seasons Fairways

Four Seasons Fairways, Algarve to begin €2m refurbishment project

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In Quinta do Lago, nestled within the privacy and security of the Ria Formosa nature reserve, lies Four Seasons Fairways.

This discreet and elegant private resort and clubhouse – with 132 colonial style villas and apartments set in beautifully landscaped gardens is currently undertaking a major €2 million (£1.84 million) investment programme, designed to ensure the resort maintains its prestigious status.

Four Seasons Fairways
Last Winter, 32 of the villas underwent a complete refurbishment marking the beginning of a total overhaul of the entire resort. These extensive villa renovations cleverly blend authentic Portuguese style with a modern and vibrant interior décor and furnishings, new state-of-the-art kitchens and lighting design that is both functional and atmosphere-enhancing. Fresh blues and greens bring the beauty of the outdoors into the living space.

Designer furniture, granite bathrooms, bespoke artwork and custom interior fittings personalise each villa in individual, comfortable and stylish fashion. The focus is on easy living, relaxation and a home from home villa lifestyle.

By the start of the 2018 summer season a further renovation of another 20 villas along with the entire club-house facilities including the restaurant, bar, indoor and outdoor pools, kids club and fitness suite will be completed.

What sets Four Season Fairways apart is the privacy guests are given whilst enjoying all the facilities of an established and well-connected resort. Unlike anyone else in the area, Fairways offers private pools or Jacuzzis within each of its accommodation options, that range from two and three double bedrooms villas or apartments, catering for individuals, couples or family groups. With the Algarve enjoying 300 days of sunshine a year, each villa is also equipped with its own BBQ for al fresco dining all year round and the modern kitchens are fully-equipped for every culinary task.

Four Seasons Fairways is much more than a villa complex. Its clubhouse has a reputation for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. There are large indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, steam room, a well-equipped gym, tennis, golf booking office and a beauty & wellness centre as well as a restaurant serving local and international fare.


Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa introduces new villas

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This year, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is excited to offer families more space and couples more privacy with the launch of two new luxury villa categories, including the resort’s first two-bedroom family villas and more villas with private pools.

Since the five-star resort welcomed its first guests in 2009 it has undergone several refurbishments to offer guests the ultimate luxury Maldivian experience and this latest project, expected to finish in October 2017, is no different.

Hadahaa’s renovation work is currently underway and will take place in two phases while the stunning Maldivian resort stays open to guests. Once complete, guests will have the choice of six room categories, including the new Deluxe Park Pool Villas and 2 Bedroom Park Pool Villas. In addition to the resort’s babysitting, yoga, snorkelling and junior PADI diving already offered for children, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa will launch a brand-new family offering, including daily kids activities, new kids’ welcome packs and a complimentary babysitting service to allow parents to enjoy some quality time as a couple. These additional family offerings will compliment these new villas, which are ideal for families looking for a holiday in the Maldives.

Park Hyatt Maldives HadahaaDeluxe Park Pool Villas
With an additional 100 square metres of space, the eight new Deluxe Park Pool Villas will offer guests a more spacious and luxurious experience than Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa’s existing Park Pool Villas. Nestled within natural lush vegetation, the new 265 square-metre timber and stone villas will boast floor-to-ceiling windows and a private outdoor bathroom, with a terrazzo bathtub and rain shower. The villa’s very own plunge pool and semi submerged sunbeds will offer guests the ideal place to cool off in ultimate comfort, surrounded by peaceful and idyllic surrounds. Guests can relax and enjoy an intimate evening drink in the villa’s tranquil outdoor seating area or take advantage of the soft sandy beach with two loungers just a few steps away via a private pathway.

2 Bedroom Park Pool Villas
For the first time, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is delighted to offer families the chance to stay at the resort under the same roof, with the introduction of three new 2 Bedroom Park Pool Villas. Set within Maldivian greenery, these villas will include a second bedroom with twin beds and an additional bathroom, so families can enjoy precious time away together, without compromising on space, style, luxury or comfort. Both bedrooms are designed with floor-to-ceiling windows and the master bedroom features a king bed with an outdoor terrazzo bathtub and rain shower. The private plunge pool is perfect for children to play in, while parents can relax on the two semi submerged sunbeds or cosy up with a book in the outdoor seating area. With private beach access, fun and games in the sand and sea are only a stone’s throw away.

Park Hyatt Maldives HadahaaWith these exciting new villa options and much more planned to accommodate families, there has never been a better time to take time out for a family holiday and visit Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.

Summertime Villas in Goa, India

Summertime – luxury villa in Goa – wins World Boutique Hotel award

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Summertime, a luxury holiday villa in Goa, is thrilled to announce that it has won the award for Best Romantic Boutique Hotel 2016, from World Boutique Hotel Awards (WBH) in London; this highly prestigious international award was presented in London earlier this month.

Hans Tuinman, a Dutchman who together with his Indian wife Sucheta built this spectacular villa, said: “It is very rewarding to be recognised in this way after just one year of operation as a very special place to stay, as a place that has character, an intimate feel and most importantly, a place that offers guests a unique experience.”

He adds “All this is especially humbling as we are not professionally-trained hoteliers or architects, and Summertime is simply our personal idea of the perfect holiday home: relaxing from the moment you enter the gates, but also sumptuously comfortable.”

Summertime is a luxury holiday rental villa in Goa. Secluded, yet very easy to get to from the popular Calangute and Candolim beaches, Summertime perches on a hilltop overlooking paddy fields and a lush tropical garden. Summertime is a rare villa which enjoys two acres of private gardens, shared with birds, butterflies and tranquility which is fast disappearing even from Goa. There is a large infinity pool which overlooks the gardens and the valley, a waterfall and a koi pond.

Inside, a double-height living-dining area is filled with light and breeze. The three generous master suites – identical in size but charming and individual in character – have large dressing areas, palatial bathrooms and choicest of furniture sourced from travels to Bali and places in India. Fully staffed with a cook, gardeners and security, Summertime is the perfect place for a family or a group of friends to relax and recharge their batteries. Though Summertime has been designed to give six guests a private, serene experience, the views it commands and its abundance of delightful nooks are what make this villa such a perfectly romantic getaway as well.

Summertime’s owners also run the Solita, a classic luxury yacht available for exclusive charter. A completely different way of exploring Goa, the Solita will take you out to sea to spot dolphins and down Goa’s secret backwaters and past quaint villages – an experience from a more elegant time.

Both the Solita and Summertime can transport you into a novel world, into the Goa you dream about, one filled with balmy sea breezes, soothing greenery, gently lapping water and birdsong.

Secret Bay, Caribbean luxury villas

Secret Bay adds two new treehouse-style villas

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Secret Bay, an exclusive eco-luxury boutique resort located on the pristine, unadulterated island of Dominica, is pleased to debut two new villas.

The new guest accommodations, described as a “bower of bliss” or “magical tree house escape,” are an architectural accomplishment — standing up on a single “stem,” or one, primary support.

The nearly 1,600 square foot villas feature one bed and bath, two decks, an elevated pool directly accessible from the bedroom, an outdoor shower, a barbecue and a hammock sofa—the ideal setting for an unforgettable retreat.

Secret Bay, Caribbean luxury villas

The villas are thoughtfully named “Ylang Ylang” because their exterior shape is inspired by the eponymously named legendary flower, one that first originated in Indonesia, yet these days can be found growing around Dominica. Best known for its aroma – the plant’s essential oils are extracted to make some of the world’s most sensuous perfumes including Chanel No. 5 – it’s said to have a calming effect, reducing blood pressure and aiding in relaxation. Shrouded in mystery, either meaning ‘wilderness’ or ‘rare,’ few plants better capture the essence of Secret Bay than the Ylang Ylang.

With the addition of these two new villas, Secret Bay now features a total of eight secluded and sustainable villas and bungalows that are nestled in nature and positioned on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Secret Bay, Caribbean luxury villas

Offering a wealth of unique experiences, completely personalised fine dining, architecturally stunning treehouse-style accommodations and night and day access to remote beaches, Secret Bay provides guests the ultimate five-star hideaway experience.

Secret Bay is has received numerous accolades, including Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2016, Condé Nast Johansens’ Best Green Hotel 2016 in the Caribbean & Pacific, TripAdvisor’s 3rd Best Small Hotel in the Caribbean, as well as being featured as part of Caribbean Journal’s Coolest Hotels for 2016.

Bintan Villa

Sneak Peak: Bintan Villa priced at $10,000 a night

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As the ranks of the ultra-wealthy swell across Southeast Asia, so does the heightening expectations for accommodation that costs thousands of dollars per night. So, one Indonesian resort has just priced its top suite at US $10,000 per night.

“Seems like a lot to pay for one night, I know,” said The Sanchaya’s estate manager Anshuman Narayan. “But when money is no object, and you’re shopping for a memory to last a lifetime, the cost may very well turn out to be a bigger bargain than you’d thought.”

So what does one get for $10,000 per night at the Bintan Villa?

So what does one get for $10,000 per night at the Bintan Villa?

A four-bedroom beachfront presidential suite, the Vanda Villa, to start. The luxe accommodation comes with an around-the-clock butler, a dedicated chef in its kitchen, private infinity pool and a separate guest house. The Sanchaya is located 45 minutes from Singapore by ferry, on a secluded stretch of beach whose powder white sands rival those made famous by The Maldives. All of that beach is but a few steps from the Vanda Villa’s sprawling terrace.

So what does one get for $10,000 per night at the Bintan Villa?

Spanning a total of 1045 square metres, The Vanda Villa has already played host to royal families from the Middle East, celebrities from around the world, private wedding parties and major product launches.

The villa is bedecked with neutral, crisp and earthy tones, polished parquet floors, Chinese-style cabinets, and rare pieces of art and furnishings that open windows on Singapore’s history and culture. Other exquisite touches include customized Luzern bone china designs and table glassware from Austria’s House of Riedel. Named for Singapore’s national flower, the Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’ orchid, the hotel’s premier accommodation draws inspiration from the Lion City’s black and white houses, tropical beauty and architectural heritage.

So what does one get for $10,000 per night at the Bintan Villa?

Each of the two-storey villa’s four bedrooms boasts king size beds and customised encaustic tiled bathrooms with separate Lefroy Brooks clawfoot baths and showers. The clawfoot baths anchor The Sanchaya’s ‘romantic bath ritual’, Featuring chocolate strawberries and champagne, or cheese and port, or canapés and single malt or wine. Candlelight and customised bath salts round out the ritual.

So what does one get for $10,000 per night at the Bintan Villa?

Other luxuries on offer include wine and cheese tastings with the estate’s sommelier, in-villa massages with your choice of customized chakras oils, and private sessions with the yoga instructor. Plush Singaporean Ploh bed and bath linen and a pillow menu offering an array of European neck, body and reading pillows amplify the comfort levels.

So what does one get for $10,000 per night at the Bintan Villa?

The Vanda’s technological charms include a Bang & Olufsen TV and sound systems, iPads with a broad spectrum of pre-loaded movies and Apple TV. On the 9.6 hectare Sanchaya estate, the facilities include a croquet lawn, Olympic-size infinity pool, two restaurants and The Bar, replete with vintage prints, antique telescopes, porter chairs and other trappings of a 19th Century Explorer’s Club.

So what does one get for $10,000 per night at the Bintan Villa?

Housing birdcage chandeliers, pith helmets, large brown tufted lounges and a vast selection of handpicked books, The Salon and Library is The Sanchaya’s wine, cheese and cigar lounge. An adjacent glass-walled space, called Decanter, stocks hundreds of wine labels.


Portonovi, Montenegro

First properties at Portonovi, Montenegro launch for purchase

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The hotly anticipated, exclusive first properties at Portonovi, Montenegro – the Adriatic’s newest luxury lifestyle destination – have been released for purchase this week (14th July).

The €650 million luxury development at Portonovi, set to make Montenegro the next destination for the discerning global traveller, is being built on the secluded shores of Montenegro’s picturesque Boka Bay, with the first phase due to open in the second half of 2017.

The sophisticated properties will sit on a narrow and exclusive part of the bay, affording spectacular views from the properties and the perfect location for superyachts to explore 300 kilometres of stunning fjord-like coastline as well as quick access to the Adriatic. The 26 hectare resort will comprise of 290 properties from luxurious, spacious town houses and apartments set in the heart of its Mediterranean-style village, to stylish villas in its landscaped gardens, to sleek penthouse apartments and sky villas with infinity pools overlooking the marina.

Portonovi, Montenegro
Property owners at Portonovi are being offered a selection of layout options by renowned architects, Harper Downie and CallisonRTKL. In addition Harrods Interiors has completed an entirely bespoke interior design scheme for the show apartments in Portonovi’s Lower Village. Portonovi’s discerning clients will be able to select elements, from furniture to wall coverings, or the whole scheme and the highly reputed and exclusive Harrods Interiors will dress their new Montenegrin home.

The 113 properties being put on sale today consist of 89 properties in the Lower Village and 24 in the Marina Apartments. All will be completed and ready for occupation by residents in the second half of 2017. Ahmet Erentok, Chairman of Azmont Investments, owners of Portonovi, says: “We are creating a destination which will exceed expectations, providing some of today’s most enriching experiences that will become tomorrow’s benchmarks.

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“From the high level of pre-registrations we have already received, we have every reason to expect ‎strong sales from the outset, and we look forward to welcoming the first residents to Portonovi next year.”

Portonovi will also be home to Europe’s first One&Only resort, One&Only Portonovi. Opening in 2018, it will feature approximately 140 ultra-luxury guest rooms, suites and villas, the Espace Chenot Health Wellness Spa, restaurants by award-winning chefs and world-renowned boutiques. The Portonovi Marina will feature 220 berths for yachts and superyachts. It will be one of the most naturally protected marinas in the region, and offer excellent access to the Adriatic with the islands off the Dalmatian Coast just a day’s sail away.

Portonovi, Montenegro
A focal point of the Marina will be the members-only Portonovi Yacht Club. Designed for the exclusive use of yacht owners, it is being created by the award-winning British design studio Winch Design.

The development will also include upscale retail options such as designer boutiques from premium international luxury fashion brands.


Viceroy Anguilla to become Four Seasons resorts

Four Seasons takes control of Viceroy Anguilla

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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Starwood Capital Group have announced that Four Seasons will assume management of the Viceroy Anguilla resort, which is owned by funds affiliated with Starwood Capital Group.

Following the Resort’s annual closure from August to October, the property will reopen as Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla.

Viceroy Anguilla to become Four Seasons resorts
The 35 square-mile (91 square-kilometre) island of Anguilla is one of the only islands in the British West Indies to maintain an embargo on cruise ships, casinos and high rise hotels, preserving the natural beauty, culture and tranquility of the island. Framed by endless white sand beaches, serene bays and rugged coral coastline, Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla is located along the island’s northwestern shore, offering 3,200 feet (975 metres) of pristine beachfront and unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea’s breaking surf.

Viceroy Anguilla to become Four Seasons resorts

Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla will feature 166 accommodations including dedicated resort guest rooms, whole-ownership beachfront private residences, 5,000 square-foot (465 square-metre) villas, and holiday rental units.

Viceroy Anguilla to become Four Seasons resorts
Offering secluded luxury amid a high-end atmosphere popular with families and celebrities alike, guests and residents of Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla will enjoy access to world-class dining, an 8,100 square-foot (753 square-metre) spa and a wide range of pool and watersport activities. Casual yet chic, the property will elevate seaside luxury on the island, combining sleek, modern design and stunning natural surroundings with Four Seasons legendary quality and service.

Four Seasons has had a presence in the Caribbean for more than 25 years, having operated Four Seasons Resort Nevis since 1990. Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla will be the second resort in the company’s Caribbean collection.

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Puente Romano - Villa Pereza

Puente Romano, Marbella launches villas for summer 2016

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Luxury resort Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa in Marbella, has announced the launch of three deluxe new villas for summer 2016. Complementing the resort’s recent refurbishment of its facilities and guestrooms, the new villas combine authentic Andalusian design with modern luxury to provide a sumptuous retreat from which to explore the resort’s world-class facilities.

Ideal for families, Villa Margarita incorporates three bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchenette with dining area for up to six guests, entertainment room, and private pool with a dazzling backdrop of white Dolomite rock landscaping and hanging bougainvillea.

Puente Romano Villa Margarita
Just moments from the beach, the four bedroom La Pereza villa features a large private landscaped garden with outdoor dining area and a pool. Two bedrooms offer spectacular sea views, whilst the master bedroom’s ensuite bathroom features a deep soaking Jacuzzi, double vanity and rain shower with sea views.

The vision of interior designer, Jean Pierre Martel, La Pereza’s sophisticated design presents Greek marble throughout, blended with soft sand beiges, natural tones and warm greys reminiscent of beach pebbles and shells to reflect the property’s shore-side location. Guests can explore the locality in luxury too, with the use of a Mercedes A-Class.

Puente Romano Villa Margarita

Opening later this month and perfect for those travelling in larger groups, Villa Armonia is a five-bedroom property offering sea views as well as a beautiful spacious private garden and pool.

Located on the famous ‘Golden Mile’ on the south coast of Spain, Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa is situated between Marbella and Puerto Banus, just 45 minutes from Malaga airport. The resort imitates a traditional beachside Andalusian village, and is surrounded by tranquil sub-tropical gardens.

Guests may choose from nine restaurants offering gastronomy from all over the world and 2 Michelin star cuisine, as well as extensive health & leisure facilities including the Tennis & Fitness Club – one of the most prestigious in Europe which has hosted several major international tennis tournaments.

The premier location of Puente Romano allows guests to enjoy a day on the beach with an abundance of water-based activities. Several swimming pools overlook the Mediterranean, and those seeking relaxation can visit the Six Senses Spa to choose from a wide range of therapies and treatments.


'Ryanair Rooms'

Ryanair to launch accommodation service with ‘Ryanair Rooms’

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Ryanair has announced that it will launch a low price accommodation offer ‘Ryanair Rooms’ from 1st October, offering its 116 million customer-base the widest choice of hotel, hostel, B&B, holiday villa and homestay options, but at Ryanair prices.

Ryanair is currently inviting all interested accommodation providers to submit proposals to become partners in ‘Ryanair Rooms’. This latest customer initiative follows the launch of Ryanair Car Hire last August, (in partnership with CarTrawler) and will be the latest digital improvement delivered by Ryanair Labs.

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: “Ryanair’s low fares revolutionised air travel for Europe’s passengers – now with ‘Ryanair Rooms’, we’re going to transform booking accommodation. Launching on 1st October, ‘Ryanair Rooms’ will offer consumers the biggest range of accommodation, including hotels, hostels, B&Bs, homestays and villas, via the Ryanair.com website, but all with the same lowest prices we guarantee with our flights.

“More and more customers are looking to Ryanair for products other than flights, and we see this as a natural progression towards Ryanair.com becoming the Amazon of air travel. It also echoes the change in demand from customers for different types of accommodation, which in turn will be reflected by the varied range ‘Ryanair Rooms’ will offer – from five-star hotel rooms to independent homestay. We look forward to receiving proposals from interested partners who want to help us disrupt the travel industry once more,” he added.

Baron Villa at Regnum Carya

Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort opens fifteen new luxury villas

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Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, an all-inclusive retreat on the southern coast of Turkey, has unveiled fifteen new luxury villas this month. Two ‘King Villas’ and thirteen ‘Baron Villas’ add to the resort’s extensive accommodation offerings, from the elegant rooms and suites in the main hotel, to The Golf Residences, overlooking the resort’s championship golf course.

Sporting sprawling views of the Regnum Carya Golf Club, the Baron Villa offers travellers the upmost in style, comfort and accessibility. Complete with sun-drenched decking area and heated infinity pool, the 350sqm properties are hedged, offering more intimacy. From the three spacious bedrooms and the chic living area to the American kitchen and luxury bathrooms, each villa is furnished with stone-washed, neutral hues, peppered with splashes of Regnum’s signature blue, reminiscent of the Mediterranean Sea, which boarders the south side of the resort.

Baron Villa at Regnum Carya

The neighbouring King Villa, housing a swimming pool and open-air hot tub, boasts five bedrooms, including a master-suite with Jacuzzi, living room, kitchen area and five bathrooms, each equipped with luxury amenities and Bulgari cosmetics. When guests aren’t lounging by the pool, they can take advantage of the villa’s spa and gym, complete with treatment area and state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

Baron Villa at Regnum Carya

The new villas add to the resort’s already comprehensive accommodation offerings, from the 438 elegant rooms and suites located in the main hotel, each offering either a sea or golf course view and a balcony, to The Golf Residences, comprising of 100 stunning private villas, each with a private swimming pool. The jewel of the resort is the Crown Villa, a 3,500 sqm space that includes 5 luxury bedrooms, 5 private bathrooms and dressing rooms, meeting rooms, bar and entertainment area, 440sqm heated outdoor pool, Jacuzzi area and panoramic views of the Championship Golf Course.