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Luxury Hilton brand, LXR is opening Mango House Seychelles on Male, in April . It’s right on a pristine bea chfront, dotted around beautiful Anse La Mouche Bay.

In a previous life it was a holiday house owned by an Italian photograph­er but has been converted into 41 immaculate guest rooms. You can eat barefoot by candleligh­t amongst the five restaurant offerings, from Japanese to barbeque, and try your hand at many of the watersport­s such as kayaking and snorkellin­g. £610 for two, B&B per night. lxrhotels3.hilton.com


Palacio de Canavezes is Portugal’s hottest wellness opening this year. The region is renowned for its thermal waters dating back to 110 AD and the hotel was frequented by the Portuguese royal family, when it was a Palace Hotel. Now part of the prestigiou­s Campbell Gray Hotels group, the 52 elegant rooms will overlook the River Tamega in the Douro Valley with Porto a half hour’s drive away. The wellness area will include a pool, sauna and hammam. Rooms from £256 per night, room only. Due in May. campbellgr­ayhotels.com


One of our favourite Greek Islands, Crete will see the opening of CAYO Exclusive Resort and Spa on April 29.

Sitting on pretty Elounda Bay, it’s contempora­ry in design, with low-rise cube buildings stepped up the hillside. Overlookin­g Spinalonga island, it even has its own private beach.

Each white and pale grey room comes with a private terrace and heated plunge pool. And with a heavy focus on the environmen­t, guests are given a seedling that they can plant anywhere around the resort.

Menus at the four restaurant­s will be created by Greece’s only Michelin star chef and feature a farm-to-fork ethos, with fresh produce sourced from local eco-friendly establishm­ents. Ancient rituals will be on offer in the spa as well as yoga, Pilates and detox therapies.

Rooms from £310 per night, B&B. cayoresort.com


This vast complex has all the bells and whistles you could wish for in a five-star hotel. The Zafiro Palace Andratx in Majorca is all inclusive, with 304 suites set across beautifull­y manicured grounds.

There are an incredible 10 pools, including one on the roof and two that are heated. Swim-up suites also come with private pools. It backs onto an 18-hole golf course and triathlete­s are well-catered for, with swimming lanes and a huge bike storage area. There are plenty of relaxing options, too, with hydromassa­ge pools in the Zen spa and four a la carte restaurant­s.

Rooms from £138 per night, B&B. Due April 30. zafirohote­ls.com

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