Once the preserve of cloistered Penthouse Suites and their lucky guests, private plunge pools are becoming ubiquitous in hotels of all shapes and sizes. Despite this increasing presence they still represent the utmost in comfort, providing a decadent perch for relaxation and romance. With some of the world’s best hotels among our roster, we’ve donned our bathing suits to take a deep dive into seven of Kiwi Collection’s dreamiest private plunge pools.
As recently as 1968, Dubai’s meager infrastructure had to accommodate a fleet of just 13 cars. The city’s oil boom had yet to make its mark, and it could generously have been described as a provincial backwater. Its transformation since then is staggering, going from parched outpost to one of the world’s premier cities for leisure, business and shopping. As skyscrapers and man-made islands rose in the desert, so too did a thirst for tourism, birthing some of the world’s most extravagant hotels and experiences. We take a closer look at six properties providing that above-and-beyond guest experience.
Traveling nowadays usually involves a roster of gadgets to keep everyone dialed into their daily routines. Picking up on this, hotels are introducing tech to meet guests’ digital needs. We hone in on nine properties that have kept on the cutting edge and their impacts on the travel experience.
Far too often there’s a feeling of arriving home from vacation in need of more time off. Sometimes this is a hangover from our holiday excesses, but often it’s because we haven’t addressed the reason why we took a vacation in the first place — to get away from it all. Carving out some time to decompress can be difficult on a city break, so we’ve searched the globe for eight havens where one can escape from civilization.