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Lead image: The Carlton Tower Jumeirah 

Wellness in the Maldives

Feeling the need for some mind, body and soul reconnection – preferably within an island paradise setting? Luxury destination resort, Amari Raaya Maldives – which opened on one of the largest natural islands in Raa Atoll in August – has launched a new holistic wellness package. Starting with daily sunrise or sunset yoga and healthy smoothies, the experience also includes a private art therapy session, a 120-minute signature massage at maai spa, and a special private dinner at the sky-high watchtower, one of the island’s highlights.

The ‘Reconnect Mind, Body and Soul’ package starts from approx £717 per villa, per night for a minimum 3-night stay 

Venetian versatility

Avani Hotels & Resorts have launched into Venice with their latest opening. A mix of laid-back and lavish, Avani Rio Novo Venice offers curated experiences, set against the backdrop of Dorsoduro’s ancient canals and centuries-old bridges. Close to Campo Santa Margherita, the hotel’s interior encompasses Italian Rationalist architecture with decor that celebrates Venice’s film connection, including 8 Millimetri Cicchetti & Wine – a cinematic-themed restaurant with black-and-white photos of Italian cinema icons

Avani Double Rooms start from approx £161 per room, per night based on two sharing. Breakfast and taxes included

Festive feasting

Are we in Christmas mode yet? If you’re in the mood to start planning some festive frolicking, The Carlton Tower Jumeirah have announced their yuletide theme – ‘The Season for Dreams’ – which will see the Knightsbridge hotel transformed into a spellbinding winter utopia. The hotel will launch a Festive Afternoon Tea, (£75 pp), including treats such as a chestnut, truffle and cranberry tart, smoked salmon and caviar, cheese crème brûlée and an orange and cinnamon butter powder tart. ‘The Season for Dreams’ special offer includes 10% off the Jumeirah Flexible Rate, a bottle of champagne, breakfast, festive afternoon tea for two and ‘Santa’s Grotto by Anya Hindmarch’ tickets.

Golden ticket

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting across to Australia anytime soon, the Gold Coast has a number of gorgeous new openings – including boutique accommodation The Villas (pictured), Kirra Beach Hotel right beside surf-famed Kirra Beach, and The Vistas, within the lush rainforest of Tamborine Mountain.

Aegean vistas

Susona Bodrum, situated on Turkey’s south-western coast, is inviting guests to extend that summer feeling into the autumn with their ‘Stay Longer’ package – offering discounts of up to 25% for stays of a minimum of 3 nights until October 31st. The luxury seafront hotel, located on its own private peninsula, features award-winning restaurants, the option of sunset boat experiences and relaxing treatments at Spa by Spa Soul.

Nightly rates at Susona Bodrum start from £250, based on two people sharing a room on a bed and breakfast basis