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What’s your plea­sure: a mod­ern ur­ban nest, swish Ibe­rian re­treat or dreamy trop­i­cal re­sort? By Akash Arora.

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TRIBE PERTH ho­tel.qan­

When it comes to bou­tique ac­com­mo­da­tion, Perth is on a roll. Slick in­ner-city den Alex (ho­tel.qan­­ho­tel) ar­rived on the scene in 2015, promptly fol­lowed by the el­e­gant Como The Trea­sury (co­mo­ho­tels. com). Now, the launch of Tribe ho­tel means only one thing: the Western Aus­tralian cap­i­tal is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down. A vast min­i­mal­ist lobby awash with day­light, thanks to floor-to-ceil­ing glass win­dows, sets the mood at this nine-storey West Perth es­tab­lish­ment next to Kings Park, about 10 min­utes’ drive from the CBD. The 126 rooms – dec­o­rated with art­works, Jean Paul Gaultier cush­ions, Moroso chairs and dra­matic Tom Dixon light­ing – are just as stylish. Set­tle in to one of the park-view rooms with smart TV, com­pli­men­tary wi-fi, movies on de­mand and Kevin Mur­phy ameni­ties in the bath­room. Or make your way to Tribe Foods, a day­time café that morphs into a bar at night and of­fers a sea­sonal/re­gional/eth­i­cal menu by chef To­bie Put­tock.


Algarve, the south­ern­most re­gion of main­land Por­tu­gal, is a land of golden beaches and green water, soar­ing cliffs and white­washed towns. Amid the lush sweep of one of its golf cour­ses is this brand-new Anan­tara re­treat. Check in to one of the gar­den-view rooms of­fer­ing pri­vate bal­conies with day beds and spa­cious en­suites with rain show­ers. Or make your­self at home in a Ju­nior Suite (with or with­out a view of the green), which has a sep­a­rate liv­ing area and but­ler ser­vice. There are many eater­ies to choose from: Emo is ideal if you’re af­ter an ex­pan­sive wine list and made-to-share menu, while Ria is per­fect for seafood-lovers. Ac­tiv­i­ties range from yoga and tai chi to lux­u­ri­ous body treat­ments at the Anan­tara Spa. The ho­tel also or­gan­ises ex­cur­sions. Take a chef-guided tour of the Loulé mar­ket, which dates back to the early 1900s and sells gourmet lo­cal pro­duce in Neo-Moor­ish ar­chi­tec­tural sur­rounds.

FIJI MARRIOT T R ESORT MOMI BAY, FI J I ho­tel.qan­­ji­mar­riott

It’s im­pos­si­ble to pick the most pic­turesque part of this new re­treat on the west coast of Fiji’s main is­land, Viti Levu, just 45 min­utes from the air­port. Is it the child-free in­fin­ity pool, where you can com­pare your patch of cool blue against the cerulean wa­ters of the Pa­cific Ocean? The main lobby’s cathe­dral­like ceil­ing, in­spired by the tra­di­tional bure? Or your over­wa­ter villa with pri­vate deck and steps de­scend­ing to the tran­quil la­goon? What­ever it is, be sure to set aside time for the Fish Bar ocean­front eatery, which serves stel­lar cock­tails and seafood.

(From top) One of four sparkling pools at the Anan­tara Vil­am­oura Algarve Re­sort; chic ur­ban ho­tel Tribe Perth; Fiji Mar­riott Re­sort Momi Bay’s over­wa­ter vil­las

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