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The ultimate Polo Experience in Berkshire; underwater yoga in the Maldives; the reopening of Malaysia's Datai Langkawi; France's Le Relais de Chambord unveils its new look; luxury rentals courtesy of the Gift Club
2018-07-03
Destination

Sport of

KINGS

The Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park, a 70-room country house in Berkshire, has created the Ultimate Polo Experience. The package includes helicopter transfers from London, a polo masterclass for two and access to Guards Polo Club. Between chukkas, there’s a tasting menu by chef Adam Smith (recipient of a Michelin star for Restaurant Coworth Park), 240 acres of parkland and a superb spa.

GO WITH

The flow

Master your dolphin pose surrounded by actual dolphins – and manta rays and reef sharks – in Hurawalhi Island Resort’s underwater yoga studio in the Maldives. Despite being 5.8 metres below sea level, breathing is simple, thanks to vinyasa flow classes from fitness expert and author Jessica Olie. And for those who prefer to find their zen on dry land, the hotel’s Duniye Spa, which offers treatments inspired by Asian and African healing traditions, is an enchanting retreat.

Nature &

nurture

after a 10-month renovation – the largest enhancement undertaken since its inception 25 years ago – The Datai Langkawi in Malaysia will reopen itd doors in July. The project sees treatment rooms added to the award-winning spa, a new Nature Centre – run by a team of naturalists and marine biologists for guests who wish to discover more about the marine and rainforest environment that surrounds them – and three new Rainforest Pool Villas overlooking the Datai River.

Bon séjour

As one of France’s most recognisable châteaux, Château de Chambord provides a romantic backdrop to the newly refurbished hotel Le Relais de Chambord. Despite the renovation, the 55-room hotel’s 19th-century authenticity and warm, country feel have been maintained through the use of local materials, with new additions such as the spa adding to the tranquillity. To top it off, there’s alfresco dining in the summer, complete with a magical view of the château itself.

Home from

home

The 2006 film The Holiday presented the idyllic house swap; super-swanky LA mansion traded for cosy Surrey cottage. The Gilt Club has made such scenarios a reality with its luxury rental and exchange service. Members have access to extraordinary places, from villas in Monaco to stately homes in the Scottish Highlands – as well as the security of knowing that all the properties have been vetted by the club’s owners.

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