‘Chic’ is a feeling not a formula – a concept embraced by The Chic Collection, a luxury travel resource for discerning independent travellers. The Chic Collection is the savvy solution for ‘in the know’ travellers who choose to book their own flights, choose not to use a tour operator and who are eager for up-to-the-minute information on what’s new and exciting in the world of chic travel. The Chic Collection partner hotels tend to be smaller, stylish properties that are not necessarily the most expensive but offer the traveller an authentic insight into local customs, history and culture of the cities and countries they are in.
Herewith The Chic Collection’s top 5 barefootchic hotels for this summer:
The Atlantic, Jersey
The Atlantic Hotel is situated on one of the most stunning sites in the Channel Islands, combining breathtaking ocean views with a Michelin-starred restaurant. As one of the top hotels in the British Isles, the combination of timeless elegance and secluded location makes The Atlantic the perfect Channel Islands hideaway on an island rich in culture, heritage and natural beauty. The dining experience at The Atlantic is considered exceptional, even by Jersey’s high standards. Recently awarded a Michelin star for the seventh year in a row, Ocean Restaurant combines fine dining at its best with stunning views across extensive gardens to the bay.
Indigo Pearl, Phuket, Thailand
Indigo Pearl is set against dense rainforest on Phuket’s sheltered northern shore. Lush jungle pools and flower-draped beach marquees contrast with industrial chic, avant-garde lighting, and the kind of fantasy interiors that leave guests feeling transformed before their bags arrive at their luxuriously appointed rooms. There are eight restaurants and bars to choose from, offering a wide range of Thai and international dishes. For romantic ocean front dining, book a table at the Côtémer Beach Club, while connoisseurs of fine whiskies, or guests curious to try rare drinks from around the world will enjoy the spacious snooker hall and bar.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives
Surrounded by a spectacular coral reef and 12-hectare jungle, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa gives you a taste of paradise. The villas, many of which are suspended over the water, are spacious and all have stunning views of the surrounding natural beauty, making the most of the outdoors with daybeds, sundecks and lounging areas. Snorkelling and scuba diving give you a chance to delve deeper under the surface of the waters around you, and a guided local island bicycle tour provides the opportunity to discover unspoilt Maldivian villages. There is even a nine-hole golf course for golfing enthusiasts.
Tintswalo Atlantic, Cape Town, South Africa
Tintswalo is tucked away beneath Chapman’s Peak on the way out of Hout Bay just half an hour south of Cape Town. This is an incredible location – there is no other building anywhere near Tintswalo and you are right by the water’s edge. You can walk extensively in the area or better still just lie there and watch the ocean whilst being pampered by the superb staff. The suites are themed on different islands around the world, each with a supreme ocean view set in total privacy so you can shower whilst gazing out to sea and wishing you never had to leave. If you can drag yourself away from your suite then you have a treat in store with the informal personal kitchen and dining room. You can even learn to cook but we would suggest you just sit there and enjoy!
Mykonian Mare, Mykonos, Greece
Soak up the sheer beauty of the Aegean Sea from the comfort of Mykonian Mare, a suite hotel on Mykonos Island. Only 150-metres away from the famed Agios Stefanos beach, Mykonian Mare features 38 opulent rooms and suites, decorated in white, in cool contrast against the surrounding Mediterranean waters and sky. The bed forms the focal point of each suite – a tribute to Eros, the Greek god of love. Each suite is equipped with a hydro jet shower or indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi and some suites have private pools. Locaya Restaurant is the place to be for traditional Greek and Mediterranean cuisine while trendy cocktails are served up at Sky Bar.
Thank you to The Chic Collection for an insight into their luxury world – what fantastic destinations!