Travelzest’s new Hotel & Villa Collection, launching this week, is the company’s first brochure incorporating a mix of its boutique travel brands. Singling out only its most extraordinary properties and experiences – in terms of luxury – the photography is utterly compelling and the insider knowledge is invaluable.
Comments Jonathan Blizard, Senior Vice President of Product (UK): “We’re extremely proud of our Hotel & Villa Collection. A great deal of passion and expertise has gone into producing this epic brochure, full of places we’ve been individually inspired by. For discerning travellers looking to really feel a destination, we hope this will become their bible”.
Specialising in Greece and Turkey since 1992. New brochure details 21 hotels and villas in Turkey – almost all newly added – across the Bodrum Peninsula, Cappadocia, Istanbul, Kalkan and Kas, including:
Hotel Cachet, Kas
New to the collection, this stylishly-refurbished boutique property is something rather special. From the sweeping, balustraded terrace, the views over the Mediterranean are magnificent. There’s a beautiful elevated swimming pool with steps leading down to the hotel’s private beach platform, and a locally-celebrated restaurant serving a fabulous mix of Turkish and international cuisine.
Anatolian Houses, Cappadocia
In otherworldly Cappadocia – a gnarled and knobbly terrain of fairy chimneys, red rock canyons, peaks and pinnacles – this is the ultimate in bedrock boutique. Following six years of restoration, a collection of village dwellings in Goreme has been transformed into 19 sumptuous stone-carved suites (most with Jacuzzi or hydro massage bath), plus an elegant indoor/outdoor swimming pool, spa and wellness centre.
The Best of Morocco
Moroccan specialists since 1967. Dars, riads, maison d’hôtes, villas and hotels dotted across Marrakech, Fes, Taroudant, Essaouira, Oualidia, Mirleft, Massa, The High Atlas, The South and The Sahara, including:
Road Opale, Marrakech
Located in the Jewish quarter of the medina, an easy walk to the compulsive chaos of the main square, Riad Opale is especially well suited to couples with its intimate ambience and personal service. There are just seven rooms and suites, and an unusually large swimming pool for the old city.
Heure Bleue, Essaouira
A former palace in Morocco’s most captivating little coastal city, this Relais & Châteaux property is situated in the heart of the medina and has a large rooftop heated swimming pool and sun deck, a hidden courtyard with trickling water and towering palm trees, beautiful suites, hammam and spa, small cinema, and an exquisite restaurant.
Pioneer of the gîte holiday concept in the UK and award-winning French specialists since 1970. Offers country hotels, character cottages and villas throughout France. New Corsica properties include:
Villa Altana (sleeps six plus baby), Southern Corsica
Certainly one of the island’s most exclusive properties, this über-elegant, seriously hi-spec villa has a private pool, south-facing garden, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and spacious, oak-floored living areas. With a beach and the bustling harbour town of Porto-Vecchio just up the road, Villa Altana is a big hit with families who appreciate serious home comforts.
Le Pont Génois (sleeps six plus baby), Northern Corsica
A former olive mill on the banks of a stream, Le Pont Génois, with private pool, is an immaculately-presented property, privately located at the foot of a hill leading up to Lama, one of the island’s most photographed villages. Inside, the period detail - for example the original millstone and olive press forms part of the kitchen table – gives a great sense of authenticity and adds warmth to any stay.
The Wow House Company
Offers an exclusive portfolio of prestigious homes across the globe, including well-appointed manor houses, stunning castles, luxury villas and chic mountain retreats available in the summer and winter.
Chalet Spa (sleeps ten), Verbier
This really is something else. The most attentive five-star service you can imagine in your own private, mountainside, state-of-the-art sanctuary. Designed to redefine luxury, the chalet uses the latest technologies and has its own spa area with hammam, a cinema, indoor pool, Jacuzzi and outdoor hot tub. The chalet’s professional and discreet team includes a concierge, chef and therapists. Price on application.
Villa Bond (sleeps 16), Dominican Republic
A short stroll from one of the island’s most exclusive stretches of powder-white sand, 20,000 sq. ft. of oceanside dreamland is all yours. The aptly-named Villa Bond is sublimely minimalist and has a 156 ft dramatic triple-edged infinity pool (with luminescent lighting for night swims) and a cliff-side Jacuzzi. A private chef and barman are, of course, at your disposal. Price on application.