Take it from the celebs and pick a holiday destination with #NoFilterNeeded
by Claire Muffet-Reece
Stacey Solomon exclusively shared with us how filters can affect our sense of reality. But what if you could holiday in a resort that didn’t need a filter on your phone? Here’s our pick of the best celebrity hotspots for those very moments
Hire your own private submarine
Where? The Maldives
Who could I see? Rihanna, Paris Hilton, Liz Hurley
For the ultimate extravagance, climb on board this mesmeric private submarine that fits just two people! Found at Velaa Private Island, it allows guests to explore the beauty and depths of the Indian Ocean in style.
Hidden away within a collection of islands known as the Noonu Atoll, at the most northern point of the Maldives, Velaa Private Island is possibly the most private island in the world. The only resort in the Maldives that has a strict no drone rule, in-room dining direct to the ocean, a ratio of 1:8 guests to staff and dedicated butlers; it is privacy personified.
The Submarine Exploration is £300 per person for an overall one-hour session. Visit velaaprivateisland.com
Enjoy a Nordic walk up Mount Olympus
Who could I see? Alesha Dixon
Set to be one of the fastest growing fitness trends for 2018, Nordic Walking is now increasingly popular with all ages and levels of fitness. Having just launched an extraordinary 30 routes for the New Year, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort in Halkidiki offers one of the most picturesque destinations in Europe for exploring this fitness trend.
The views from this unique Greek peninsula are nothing short of spectacular. Miraggio experiences can take guests to the Nordic walk at Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and the second highest in the Balkans with 52 peaks, breathtaking deep gorges and exceptional bio-diversity. Guests can opt for a 14km (5-6 hour) Nordic walk on Enipeas canyon, a long stream running along the Eastern slope or to the Mavrolongos gorge, one of the most beautiful landmarks of Mount Olympus.
Rates start from £429 for a Junior Sea View room on a bed and breakfast basis, based on sharing. Book online at miraggio.gr
Be a F1 driver for the day
Who could I see? Geri Horner
If you fancy yourself as a racer for the day, get in on the action at the 2018 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, with a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. Whilst enjoying world-class luxury amongst the desert dunes and clear turquoise waters, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is offering guests an exclusive Grand Prix experience with requested stays.
Held at the Bahrain International Circuit, fans will enjoy exceptional views from the Main Grand Stand, watch cars head into the desert, before coming back into the oasis-styled infield. Arriving two days ahead of race day, guests kick start the day with an extravagant Arabian breakfast, and for those staying in a Club Suite, enjoy complimentary access to the Club Lounge that is ideal for those seeking an exclusive extra level of exclusivity and comfort.
Room rates start from £338. For more information visit ritzcarlton.com
Dine under the sea
Where? The Maldives
Who could I see? Frankie and Wayne Bridge
Since its highly anticipated opening last December, the stunning Hurawalhi Island Resort, with its world-class snorkelling, breath-taking island setting and organic spa have set it apart as one of the world’s hottest new hotels. More than just an island paradise, it is also a gastronomic heaven, playing host to three divine eateries, including the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant.
Hurawalhi’s scene-stealer and seminal chef, Bjoern van den Oever’s pride and joy is ‘5.8’, the world’s largest, all-glass undersea restaurant which sends senses soaring in this unparalleled setting, located 5.8 metres beneath the sea. Surrounded by out-of-this-world marine views, the minimalist-designed restaurant keeps the focus outside; and rates high on romance – every table is set for just two.
Rates at Hurawalhi Island Resort start from £350 per night for a beach villa on a bed and breakfast basis. Visit hurawalhi.com
Kite surf on an amazing beach
Who could I see? Bear Grylls
Kite surfing is currently taking the world of water sports by storm and Phuket is fast becoming the go-to destination for those looking for an adrenalin-filled, extreme workout on holiday. A tropical and stunning location, with warm waters, white sand beaches, crystal clear seas, sunny skies with enough wind to get in the air, it’s the perfect place to learn or improve your kitesurfing.
After a day on the water, bodies will invariably be weary and limbs tired, but the luxury hotel The Nai Harn invites guests to stay and relax. Rejuvenate exhausted muscles at the hotel’s newly launched spa with Andaman inspired treatments amidst minimalist East Hampton style glamour.
The Nai Harn offers a four-night kite surfing package from £1,047 for two people. Visit thenaiharn.com
Enjoy a virtual reality facial
Who could I see? Maria Sharapova
Spa technology has become increasingly sophisticated, which includes the 43 The Spa at Hotel Arts Barcelona, offering a new dimension in beauty experience with its Mindful Touch facial at 43 The Spa.
Complemented by an immersive virtual reality video inspired by the concept of mindfulness, guests are gently nudged into a state of thoughtful awareness that helps them clear their mind from everyday stress. The Mindful Touch is an innovative and trailblazing venture within the spa sector, in which the results of the 360º experience combines Natura Bissé’s effective facial with virtual reality, mindfulness and the power of touch.
With wrap around views of Barcelona city and the azure of the Mediterranean, 43 The Spa at Hotel Arts Barcelona is located on the 43rd floor and offers open air terraces offering panoramic views, eight fully equipped treatment suites, hydrotherapy pools, saunas and steam baths and extensive menu of treatments by the prestigious luxury Spanish skincare brand Natura Bissé.
The Mindful touch treatment is €190 and lasts one hour. Read more at hotelartsbarcelona.com