The Chic Collection

04 May 2014
3 min read
The luxury travel industry is changing. Gone are the days where a desk-bound worker gives you a generic deal with a few add-ons if you’re lucky. Welcome The Chic Collection, an online exclusive portal providing tailor-made, luxury getaways for the high-net traveller. We give you FOUR of our favourite trips this summer…

Barefoot Chic

Enchanted Island

The last word in luxury, Enchanted Island in the Seychelles is an exclusive private island resort. The newly created resort, situated just off the coast of Mahe, is constructed in the middle of a designated National Marine Park. Just 5 acres wide there are 10 private villas, each with their own infinity pool jutting above the shore, and palatial waterside terraces with walkways leading directly onto the beach, plus the now obligatory outdoor rain showers.
Think white sand, lush vegetation and stunning views of the Indian Ocean’s multi-hued turquoise waters. This resort successfully blends into the natural environment with not a tree uprooted or a boulder rolled from its natural resting place. Vegetables and herbs are home-grown in the hotel’s own greenhouse, with the pared-back hilltop spa focusing on unique wellness experiences and yoga. For the more adventurous snorkelling and kayaking are on offer – that’s if you can bear to leave this wonderful sanctuary…

Hide & Chic

Jumeirah Vittaveli

Spread over 26 silk-sanded coral atolls lost in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives arethetextbook desert-island paradise. Fit for any Prince and Princess worth their salt, this is an idyllic island experience: lie on pristine white sandy beaches, re-boot in the hotel’s all-natural signature spa – a destination in itself, feast on decadent dishes or simply relax. Alternatively if you can drag yourself away from your sunlounger for just a few hours, take advantage of the stunning, sea-facing trails or try your hand at snorkelling, canoeing, windsurfing or diving.The resort offers the ultimate honeymoon experience complete with four course candlelit dinner on the beach, couple’s signature massage, private champagne breakfast, boat transfers plus the requisite late check out.

PetitSt. Vincent, The Grenadines
This 115 acre private island resort epitomiseseverydesert island fantasy – think talcum powder sand, swaying palms, frangipani, hummingbirds and just the right amount of isolation. If you require room service raise the yellow flag on the driftwood pole – handily positioned just outside your door or if you feel like being left alone, simply raise the red one (more likely during your honeymoon, lets face it!). Hire out one of the palatial Ocean View Cottages, complete with butler on hand and take in the panoramic views of the Atlantic. The main restaurant, beach restaurant with live lobster pool and Balinese influenced hillside spa are just a short walk away from each of the cottages, as are no less than 4 other beaches. Adventurous types can partake in the vast array of water sports on offer, including, kayaking, windsurfing, scuba diving or even deep sea fishing.

Safari Chic

Elephant House

Elephant House is a exclusive thatched lodge – which can be hired in its entirety – situated near the main entrance to the Addo Elephant National Park, in the fertile Sundays River Valley. The wide verandas (filled with comfortable sofas) forming a series of courtyards are a defining feature of the 11 bedroomed house, whilst the decor has a distinct colonial feel – the owner’s private collection of antiques, Persian rugs and Africana art on display. With its own safari vehicles and guides, guests are able to join daily game drives into the National Park in open top vehicles. Cultural, historical and agricultural tours are also offered, with other more unusual options including horseback safaris and even helicopter trips to the various private game reserves in the area – such as, Shamwari, Amakhala and Kariega. After returning from a dusty safari, guests can cool off in one of the 2 pools before a enjoying a sundowner (or two) on their veranda. Only 40 minutes from Port Elizabeth airport, the accessibility of this area coupled with its close proximity to the Garden Route and Cape Town makes the Addo Elephant Park and its surrounding areas a perfect destination for couples.

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