The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT FILM -

OC­CU­PY­ING a mas­sive 23.8ha site, Long Beach op­er­ates as some­thing of a self-sus­tain­ing com­mu­nity, com­plete with five themed restau­rants, three bars, its own disco, two pools (three, if you in­clude the lap pool), a gym and as­sorted other sports fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a ten­nis court, a jog­ging track and climb­ing wall on land, as well as wa­ter sports for the more ad­ven­tur­ous, var­ied daily en­ter­tain­ment through­out the re­sort, both a kids and a teens’ club, its very own stretch of pri­vate beach and, of course, plush ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties, all of which are sea-fac­ing.

Adding to the com­mu­nity feel is the fact Long Beach is the only re­sort on the is­land to boast a cen­tral pi­azza, where all can gather for a cof­fee, a drink, a dance or just a good ol’ nat­ter.

The eco-con­scious can revel in the lux­ury guilt-free: so­lar pan­els pro­duce hot wa­ter; sun pro­tec­tion frames largely re­duce the need for air-con­di­tion­ing and eco­l­ight­ing is used through­out.

A sanc­tu­ary of seren­ity, the Sea Spa, fea­tur­ing its very own ham­mam (Turk­ish bath), is an ab­so­lute must (the ther­a­pists may look pe­tite, but their nim­ble hands work magic on your stressed-out mus­cles).

For added ex­trav­a­gance of the culi­nary kind, the open-air pool­side eatery, Tides, serves up some of the fresh­est, most suc­cu­lent fish dishes you’re likely to savour, topped off with dan­ger­ously de­lec­ta­ble cock­tails (try the curry leaf mo­jito)!

And if you’re trav­el­ling with a group and look­ing to im­press, why not en­list the tal­ents of gen­eral man­ager-cum-Miche­lin­starred chef, Vladimir Scanu?

His in­ge­niously in­no­va­tive set menu for our fi­nal night din­ner had even MasterChef SA judges, Benny, Pete and Reuben scrunch­ing in their seats out of sheer in­tim­i­da­tion!

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