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Designs for the three most luxurious yachts in the world.
Instead of turkey and tinsel with the family, millions of Brits head off to sunnier climes for the festive season. Big favourites include far flung Caribbean sunspots, but according to the Association of British Travel Agents, for sun-seekers, the destination at the top of the list lies closer to home: the Canary Islands.
Life on the Thai island of Phuket is clearly shaped by the warm seductive waters of the Andaman Sea. Here, where the turquoise waves lap at the white edge of Nai Yang beach, set amid the lush green of a plantation, lies the Indigo Pearl, one of the most unique resorts on these tropical shores.
Gateway to the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is a clear favourite with Johnny Depp, who filmed 'On Stranger Tides' there as well as his newly-released movie, 'The Rum Diary'. With palm-lined silver beaches, misty mountains and beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, the tropical archipelago has more to offer than rum and pirates.
In the Turks and Caicos Islands lies this beautiful private isle, with a mile-long beach of fine golden sand lapped by turquoise waters. This place, where time seems to stand still, is a haven of tranquillity that draws the rich and famous to relax and indulge themselves with the range of eastern therapies available at the luxurious Asian-style spa.
In this land covered in vast natural parks, ecological reserves and rainforests, with volcanoes and spectacular beaches, Mother Nature is the undisputed star, and green is the ubiquitous colour. Take a look at our photo gallery and marvel at just how many shades of green there are in the Costa Rican landscape.
On a beach in a country far away, whose name, Tubkaak, means 'home for visitors', time seems to stand still. Between the sparkling sea and the verdant mountainside, a clever handling of eco-conscious techniques and traditional Thai architecture has produced the small, paradisiacal universe of this beautiful boutique hotel.
History and legend meet and mingle on Crete, the largest of the Greek isles. This is the land where the baby Zeus was kept safe from Kronos, and where later, disguised as a white bull, he brought his beloved Europa. It is a land at the very roots of European civilisation. Today, the island, with its beautiful natural scenery, warm hospitality and delicious cuisine pays witness to this ancient heritage.