SOFITEL TAMUDA BAY BEACH AND SPA, MOROCCO

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Where Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach and Spa, M’diq, Morocco

Why While mix­ing Côte d’Azur glam­our with tra­di­tional Moroc­can style may seem con­fus­ing at first, like av­o­cado and Vegemite, it works. The Galal Mah­moud (and GM ar­chi­tects) de­signed Sofitel Tamuda Bay cel­e­brates the French l’art de vivre, with art­works and shapes rem­i­nis­cent of Matisse (and oth­ers in­flu­enced by the area), while draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the cobalt blues and stark whites of north­ern Morocco. De­spite the bold colours and size of the ho­tel (104 rooms and suites plus bun­ga­lows and vil­las) there’s a sense of calm, and a kind of dreamy meld­ing be­tween in­door and out­door spa­ces. But, the real star of the show is M’diq it­self. Open­ing out onto golden beaches, the ho­tel is framed on one side by the glit­ter­ing wa­ters of the Mediter­ranean, and on the other, the beau­ti­ful Rif moun­tains. Which­ever way you look you have a view that makes you want to pinch your­self to make sure you’re not dream­ing. How much Room rate from $190 per night. Worth not­ing If you’re af­ter com­plete cul­tural im­mer­sion, this may not be for you. Con­tact Sofitel.com

Where Alila Vil­las, Uluwatu, Bukit Penin­sula, Bali Why Bali may be a quin­tes­sen­tial beach des­ti­na­tion, but here’s a place to rest your head that’s far from clichéd. There’s not a bam­boo wa­ter fea­ture or wooden carv­ing in sight. In­stead, clean lines, flat lava rock roofs and mer­ci­fully empty white-sand beaches abound. The 64 vil­las each have their own pri­vate pool, ca­bana and breezy open-plan de­sign. Up­grade to a twobed­room villa for 2000 sq m of space or go all out on a 3000 sq m three-bed­room be­he­moth for to­tal deca­dence. It’s pure in­dul­gence, with all the aerial yoga, pri­vate din­ing you could want and an in­cred­i­ble Sun­set Ca­bana (a plat­form sus­pended over a lime­stone cliff) for that must-have predin­ner Ne­groni. In fact, if it’s lux­ury you’re af­ter, now is a good time to men­tion ev­ery villa’s pri­vate but­ler and 24-hour room ser­vice. This is the five-star re­sort other five-star re­sorts want to be. Best of all, there’s not a tacky sou­venir in sight. How much Vil­las from $1320 a night for two. Worth not­ing 24-hour med­i­cal as­sis­tance is in­cluded in your room rate. Con­tact Alila­ho­tels.com/uluwatu

THE VIL­LAS SIT ON CLIFFS HIGH ABOVE THE IN­DIAN OCEAN AND THE IN­TE­RI­ORS HAVE BEEN DE­SIGNED TO BRING THE AMAZ­ING NAT­U­RAL SET­TING IN­DOORS, MAKING IT THE PER­FECT PLACE TO CHECK OUT OF THE DAILY GRIND

THE IN­TE­RI­ORS USE TRA­DI­TIONAL MOROC­CAN COLOURS THE LUX­URY SUITE

THE 3-BED­ROOM POOL VILLA THE SUN­SET CA­BANA THE 2-BED­ROOM POOL VILLA

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