What do a gorgeous golf resort in the Algarve, a contemporary beach destination in Turkey and a lush Jamaican getaway all have in common? They’re all top holiday properties managed by the world’s leading timeshare resort operators.
We spotlight some of the best winter sun resorts that put the “ahh” into spa. Beautiful scenery, relaxation and unlimited battery recharging – guaranteed!
HILTON AS CASCATAS GOLF RESORT & SPA, VILAMOURA, ALGARVE
Why go? For the five-star golf, food and unique 7 Circuit Spa
The experience: Relax and enjoy the spa treatments or do the 7 Circuit Spa which will take you through a cool water plunge pool, a leisure pool and cascades, relaxation pool, hydro-massage pool, Jacuzzi and jets. Try a nourishing Hydration Facial Massage or indulge yourself with a pampering anti-aging wrap.
Around and about: It’s about yachts, golf, and beach life at Vilamoura, one of the prettiest resorts on the Algarve. Its smart but relaxed harbour is lined with cafes and restaurants although with 40,000m2 of stunning Algarve scenery right on your hotel doorstep – between the Pinhal and Old Course golf clubs, you may not need to venture anywhere. Kids will love the adventure park and pools.
PALMYRA RESORT & SPA, MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA (RCI Exchange/The Registry Collection)
Why go? The Palmyra Resort & Spa at Montego Bay joined RCI earlier this year and this exquisite Jamaican hideaway is also part of
The Registry Collection www.registrycollection.com which has a reputation for resorts offering world-class service, superb amenities and exceptional vacations in highly desirable destinations all over the globe.
The experience: Privacy and pampering are the highlights here – Palmyra is one of the Leading Hotels of the World. The resort nestles in 16 private acres among lush tropical greenery and breathtaking mountain scenery yet it’s just minutes from Montego Bay. There’s a luxury spa, two seafront swimming pavilions, and restaurants and bars where you can while the breezy hours away until it’s time for dinner under the stars.
Around and about: With a private beach and three PGA-ranked golf courses to test-drive during your stay, you may not feel like straying far, but the sights and delights of world-famous Montego Bay are not far away.
The Registry Collection: Owners who are members of the Registry Collection can exchange into more than 180 properties in approximately 30 countries around the globe.
RIMONDI GRAND HOTEL & SPA RESORT, CRETE (Interval International)
Why go? Rimondi Grand is a grand Greek getaway. The new resort has 137 residences and is one of the newest members of Interval International’s global vacation exchange network.
The experience: Accommodation is spacious with large furnished balconies or terraces, and the interior décor reflects traditional Crete stone features alongside sleek modern touches such as HD plasma TVs and contemporary kitchens. There’s a wonderful, secluded beach as well as a modern wellness spa, indoor pool and exercise room.
Around and about: Crete is famous for being the birthplace of Zeus and for its perfect picture postcard scenery and incredible 650 miles of varying coastline. The Greek Islands ranked second in a Daily Telegraph newspaper poll of the Top Six Best European Destinations and fourth on Lonely Planet’s list of “Must Visit” destinations in 2010.
APOLLONIUM SPA & BEACH RESORT, TURKEY (Club La Costa)
Why go? For a taste of sun-lounger heaven on the pretty south-west coast of Turkey.
The experience: Relaxation meets vibrant nightlife. Soak up the Turkish sunshine from the comfort of your sun bed, indulge in an authentic hammam spa treatment, or see how many water sports, rounds of mini golf and tennis you can squeeze into one sunny day.
Around and about: Apollonium offers its guests a beautiful coastal base from which to explore the sparkling scenery, sun-drenched beaches and must-not-miss historical landmarks. Nearby highlights include Akbuk with its illuminated tree-lined promenade, perfect for early evening strolls, and Altinkum which is within easy reach. Just a short distance away are the equally popular seaside towns of Kusadasi and Bodrum, and the market town of Söke with a bazaar which still competes comfortably with the modern-day mall.
RADISSON BLU RESORT & SPA, MALTA (a Silverpoint member resort)
Why go? Malta’s mild winter climate makes it a tempting winter destination and its ancient architecture is unique. The hotel is perched on a rocky cliff so the beautiful views come free and the hotel leads directly to one of the few sandy beaches on the entire island.
The experience: Explore a menu of Ayurvedic treatments at the Myo Ka Golden Sands Spa where the spa therapists treat the five senses, using aromatherapy and phytotherapy. The Ayurvedic treatments include Abhyamgam, using specific herbal oils to detoxify the body and it’s a deeper treatment than most massages. Sirodhara, one of the most relaxing therapies, involves a continuous stream of medicated warm oil slowly and gently poured on the forehead, which is wonderfully relaxing for the nervous system.
Around and about: Food is another highlight at the luxurious Radisson Blu Golden Bay resort – four restaurants and four bars offer plenty of options including the Italian trattoria Agliolio and Essence, with its spectacular Mediterranean views. In town, you’ll find great shopping and dining and if day trips are on the agenda why not hop across on a boat to the nearby islands of Comino and Gozo? The capital Valetta is 16 km away.