October 2016


Comment on The ultimate honeymoon in Morocco by Stephanie Parker

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa

This sounds unbelievable! My fiancé and I are looking into Morocco for our honeymoon and this sounds perfect, especially since we are huge Game of Thrones fans (so much so that our dog is called Stark!). How did you go about organising and booking this trip? And if you don’t mind me asking roughly how much did it cost for the holiday and how much spending money did you need?

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Comment on The 5 best breakfast tacos in Austin by Steven

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa

I think Taco will be great meal to start the day during traveling season especially if we are visiting Austin right? i would love to try those 5 tacos and which one is the best according to ur opinion Adam?

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Every single bit of Maldive is romantic, Its clear sunny days, Turquoise lagoons and its warm water, White sandy beaches and its surrounding environment and natural music, Photo by Asad

LUX* Belle Mare is delighted to announce that, at the Food and Travel Reader Awards 2016 ceremony held last night in London, the resort was awarded “International Hotel in the Year”.

The much respected and world-recognised Food and Travel Magazine addresses an audience in search of the ultimate gourmet destinations, discovering the many unique flavours that make up an area’s culinary identity.  Over the past two months, Food and Travel Magazine has been asking their readers to nominate their favourites in the world of food, drink and travel for their 2016 Reader Awards, and LUX* Belle Mare whisked the trophy.

Ashish Modak, General Manager of LUX* Belle Mare shares, “It is a privilege to see that the talent, creativity and hard work of our dedicated team members is being recognised.  The whole team at LUX* Belle Mare has one objective which is to help people celebrate life by making each moment matter.  This award comes as a statement that what we try to achieve is acknowledged and enjoyed by our guests.”

Fresh in feel, look and style, LUX* Belle Mare’s mod-colonial suites and private thatched villas are set along an exquisite coastline, with crystal clear waters and the best beach of the island. LUX* Belle Mare has recently been refurbished throughout, with London-based designer Kelly Hoppen breathing new life into the resort with her fresh take on Mauritian hospitality. At the heart of our resort, the island’s largest swimming pool is overlooked by MIXE, a forward-thinking destination for foodies. Gently buzzing by day and vibrant by night, Beach Rouge is a restaurant-bar with soul. Expect excellent service everywhere: from the skilled baristas of Café LUX* to the experts of the Dive Shop. Guests can refine their swing at three nearby golf courses (all world-class), while local water sports include big-game fishing, scuba diving, and excursions in traditional pirogue fishing boats. In its fragrant spa, highly qualified therapists ensure that guests return home feeling their best – through treatments, yoga or Tai Chi.

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LUX* Resorts & Hotels is delighted and proud to announce its success at the TTG Travel Awards 2016. The group was named, for the third time, Luxury Hotel & Resort Operator of the Year by TTG, the global authority on luxury travel in the UK and the world.


“It is with great honour that we accept this prestigious award on behalf of everyone at LUX* Resorts & Hotels. It is through the passion and dedication of our fantastic teams that the Group is today performing at such levels and it is a strong testament on our unwavering commitment to deliver the best experience for our guests. LUX* Resorts & Hotels now look forward to 2017 where we will aim to continue creating unforgettable moments for all our guests,” said LUX* Resorts & Hotels Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Julian Hagger.

“It’s incredible that our brand is being recognized once again by such a reputable industry expert.  We are extremely grateful to the team for the work that goes in delivering incredible level of service and unique experience in each of the destination where we operate,” continues the Chief Sales & Marketing Officer.

All the nominated hotel operators in this category had received high ratings by TTG agents and as part of the awarding process, each operator was assessed by panels of industry figures. The agent rating made 50% of the score and judges’ decisions the remaining 50%. TTG Travel Trade Publishing is regarded as one of the world’s most influential trade publishers. The TTG Travel Awards is reputed as the most coveted and influential awards to be won in the travel industry.

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World-renowned luxury resort and hotel operator LUX* Resorts & Hotels is known for a different style of holidaying – a lighter, brighter way of celebrating life – and its newest resort LUX* South Ari Atoll opened last week in the Maldives.

The brand’s latest five-star resort has been entirely reimagined, with a chic beach-house style. Innovative and trend-setting, it features a contemporary atmosphere while protecting the cocooned tropical-island atmosphere. LUX* South Ari Atoll is not just about luxury and aesthetics: it’s a resort with a soul. Playful, fun, modern this is paradise ­­­for travellers looking for a distinctive experience in the Maldives.

Dotted at the water’s edge along two miles of pure white sand beach and perched on stilts above a crystal-clear lagoon, are 193 super-spacious pavilions and villas designed by P49 Deesign. The seductive flood-lit over-water villas promise freedom, privacy and intimacy. 46 Romantic Pool Villas each have private 7m suspended infinity pools, and three Temptation Pool Water Villas boast a 14m pool and this forms the resort’s adults-only sanctuary. These villas enjoy twin showers, private terraces incorporating a unique couples’ love nest, and a deck with steps down into the sea, perfect for enjoying the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

The spectacular range of eight restaurants and five bars includes a sophisticated take on a bustling night market; guests can head to East Market where they can enjoy flavours from Vietnam, Thailand and Sichuan among others. Umami promises fine dining from the open sushi kitchen, teppanyaki and robata counters as well as the Maldives’ largest selection of sakés and Japanese whiskies. Allegria, Senses and MIXE satisfy international palates with Mediterranean to Maldivian specialities and the new Beach Rouge introduces fresh beach-club dining experience to the island. Visit for more information.

The LUX* Me spa and its overwater treatment villas set the tone for a Zen-inspired reboot of its own. The facility incorporates a traditional Chinese teahouse, a dedicated zone for brand new skin and body care experiences and an extended lagoon-view relaxation area. For those in search of the ultimate personalised spa experience, try the once-in-a-lifetime 10 hands massage. A Zen wellness pavilion accommodate a wide range of alternative wellbeing activities including yoga, meditation, pilates, tai chi and qigong, all of which are overseen by an expert wellness concierge. LUX* Me is all about a tailored approach to your wellbeing, whether it be spa, fitness, yoga, meditation, nutrition or a unique combination tailored especially to your needs.

Graced by one of Maldives’ most spectacular lagoon of crystal-clear waters, LUX* South Ari Atoll offers the finest choice of water sports of any Maldives’ five-star resort. LUX* was the first to offer flyboarding and hoverboarding and once again introduced the Maldives’ first: jet-surfboarding. No wonder the resort is referenced as #ThePlacetoBeMaldives.

LUX* South Ari Atoll promises a lighter, brighter, more enlightening holiday experience. Stay tuned for events worth travelling around the world for as Beach Rouge, the East Market, and even a sandbank hosting music and culinary celebrations. Where else can guests dance to a DJ with their toes dipped in the warm ocean or taste the best of South-East Asia in a suspended over-the-water night market?

Paul Jones, CEO of LUX* Resorts & Hotels confides: “The focus around the creation of a new LUX* South Ari Atoll has been as much about the transformation of the property as it has been about the enhancement of the guests’ experiences. For this, our team has worked effortlessly on enriching the moments that matters, and we have created new and exciting Reasons To Go LUX*. I am convinced that places you remember are the ones that inspire you; those that have a soul and caring people. LUX* South Ari Atoll has this magical mix.”

LUX* South Ari Atoll will of course include all of LUX*’s popular features and Reasons To Go LUX* including a LUX* Me Spa, a dive centre with a property marine biologist, a Café LUX*, ICI ice-creams, a gym, a kids’ club, organic gardens, a Tree of Wishes and an outdoor Cinema Paradiso to name a few.

On top of that, the opening of this new resort was the perfect opportunity for the brand to present a series of more Reasons To Go LUX*. Stay at a conventional resort, and before long you know where everything is. That doesn’t happen at LUX*. Spontaneity and surprises are in our DNA with the new Reasons To Go LUX* making a debut at LUX* South Ari Atoll this month.

  • LUX* Photo Fanatics — LUX* means light, and so it is also in spirit, so it should come as little surprise that LUX* is a brand that loves the art of photography. Introducing Photo Fanatics, a unique image-capturing experience that will help guests seeking to create and capture the moments that matter, using a smartphone or a traditional camera or SLR.


  •  Junkart Studio & Gallery — Many regret the lack of time during their everyday lives to learn a new skill or revive a forgotten hobby.
    LUX*  believes that a vacation can be the perfect time to explore something new or revisit old skills and passions. Guests at LUX* are invited  to have fun making one-off artworks and sustainable souvenirs from upcycled materials.


  • Wanderlust Library — Make up for that last-minute pre-holiday book buy at the airport or magazine selection limited by how much your hand luggage can take. LUX* understands the desire to try new things, especially on holiday. To encourage this LUX* has curated the ultimate collection of books and magazines, to be enjoyed in a cocooned air-conditioned place which will stimulate your travel senses and expand your horizons.


  • Master Chef — The joy of cooking and the fun of the whole family getting involved is unrivalled. Cook with a professional chef and take home some new tricks.


The remodelling of LUX* South Ari Atoll doesn’t just mean a contemporary, characterful new look; guests can also expect a remarkable and insightful cultural calendar. Entirely new for the Maldives, LUX* South Ari Atoll hosts short expert-led workshops throughout the year, with leading practitioners from diverse, creative and inspiring walks of life. It’s always a privilege to spend time with inspiring individuals who are happy to share their unique wisdom and skills.

The brand vision is to offer our guests different luxury hospitality experience; helping people celebrate life, by making each moment matter. In this context, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy themselves with a series of workshops which could reveal innate talents, hidden talents.

The workshops are as varied as they are numerous. There are painting lessons with Jeannine Platz, a motivation workshop with Ron Kaufman, food art with Samantha Lee and photography with world-renowned travel photographer Michel Freeman. For the ones looking for some healthy and fitness options, this has also been taken care of with masterclasses from fitness guru Anna Victoria, and also the opportunity to explore underwater with the freediving world record holder William Winram. For more information,

What makes LUX* South Ari Atoll so special is its spirit, team members, and entirely different approach to helping you have the best-ever holiday. LUX* promises a journey for the senses, where – in true LUX* style – you can expect the unexpected.


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Comment on A guide to LA’s anti-coffee culture by John Parker

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa

Coffee is part of daily life,Everyone takes coffee in a day 2- 4 times. Thanks for share LA’s anti-coffee culture in this post

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Comment on Raising the (mini)bar: the world’s best in-room amenities by Marguerite

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa

You should check out the Temple House in Chengdu, China. Awesome snack jars with options depending on your mood.

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Comment on The 5 best places for London street food by Kieron

Honeymoon Couple in maldives Chris & Venessa

Great post guys, we love Borough Street Market. So many foods to try! Never been to Tottenham Green before but will have to try that before we leave to start our travels.

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