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6 bucket-list One&Only escapes

With ‘revenge travel’ on the rise, more clients are ready to dream big and spend more on luxury holidays

‘Revenge travel’ refers to the holidays people want to get back after the pandemic stole their right to travel. Consumers are prepared to spend more to indulge their pent-up demand and make up for lost time. Revenge travel is just what the luxury sector needs.

For Montenegro to the Maldives, One&Only offers a world of options for bucket-list summer escapes that qualify as revenge travel opportunities. The luxury hotel group also offers significant support for trade partners. Tour operators and travel agents can find resort information, training courses and regional incentive programmes at the dedicated One&Only Incentives hub.

In the meantime, read on for Connecting Travel’s top selection of trips to blow your clients’ minds. Revenge never tasted so sweet…

1. One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro
Located in the heart of Montenegro’s Boka Bay, One&Only Portonovi is a year-round haven to explore cultural sites and curated adventures along Europe’s most fashionable new riviera. Surrounded by dramatic coastline and spectacular mountain views, those keen to explore further will discover hidden beaches and the preserved mediaeval towns of Kotor and Perast. Alternatively, those looking to relax can retreat to one of the resort’s picturesque swimming pools or private beach.

For the GCC travellers looking for a secluded space to spend the summer with their families, One&Only Portonovi’s 10 Signature Villas each boast a beach, dedicated jetty and private pool set in a secluded garden, all paired with exceptional service from a dedicated team of butlers, chefs and valets. With two-, three- or four-bedroom options, there’s ample space for large families. For more information, visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com/portonovi 

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2. One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Surrounded by blue waters, nestled within lush tropical gardens and fringed with white sand beaches, One&Only Reethi Rah is an expansive all-villa resort sprawling across one of the largest private islands in the North Malé Atoll. Perfect for families, guests can enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling amid vibrant sea life, while more experienced swimmers can try their hand at PADI dives and jet-ski rides.

A peaceful retreat in a serene and tranquil setting, the One&Only Spa boasts private treatment villas nestled beneath thatch roofs and relaxation pavilions overlooking the Indian Ocean. Harnessing rejuvenating therapies from East to West, One&Only Spa guests are taken on a journey of wellness, combining ancient therapeutic rituals with modern technology. For more information, visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com/reethi-rah 

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3. One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
Cradled between an aquamarine lagoon and the Indian Ocean, the iconic One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius is a timeless destination. Offering seclusion on its own private peninsula, One&Only Le Saint Géran provides a host of one-of-a-kind experiences, from vibrant culinary journeys to thrilling deep-sea fishing excursions. Thrill-seekers can ride the wake of a high-powered speedboat while waterskiing or cruise the waves kitesurfing, while those seeking serenity can enjoy the calmer waters of the lagoon with complimentary paddle boards and kayaks. For more information, visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com/le-saint-geran 

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4. One&Only Desaru Coast, Malaysia
Between the sea and Malaysia’s lush rainforests, One&Only Desaru Coast is set within 128 acres of unspoilt flora and pristine stretches of private white-sand beaches. This resort offers the perfect summer sanctuary. Those looking for an adrenaline rush can venture out to a nearby surfing spot, under the careful guidance of knowledgeable instructors, and ride the waves. Those who prefer to gaze at the water can rest in a One&Only signature swing overlooking the beautifully landscaped beachfront and infinity pool or suspended in the shade of a jungle canopy.

Perfect for groups celebrations, Villa One offers 1,500 square metres of luxury living. Located  in  its  own  enclave,  the  two-storey  villa features a  private spa room, and generous indoor and outdoor space, including a central courtyard garden with ocean-facing lawns surrounding the 27-metre swimming pool. For more information, visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com/desaru-coast 

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5. One&Only Mandarina, Mexico
Retreat to the rainforest this summer at One&Only Mandarina. Set on an undiscovered stretch of coastline along Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, this ultra-luxury resort overlooks the Pacific Ocean from a beachfront rainforest setting. A hidden retreat complete with eco-designed treehouses, clifftop villas, swimmable shores and exciting activities, One&Only Mandarina is crafted for reconnection.

Guests can find serenity amid lush tropical foliage at the One&Only Spa. Built in a natural volcanic rock garden, the spa has a collection of six enclosed treatment rooms, cocooned  beneath a canopy of Higuera  trees. Sample indigenous traditional treatments and potent organic products. 

In addition to the fully equipped fitness studio and the open-sided yoga palapa, there’s an outdoor gym carved from the surrounding landscape. For more information, visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com/mandarina 

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6. One&Only Cape Town, South Africa
One&Only Cape Town is a serene enclave a stone’s throw from Cape Town’s vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The resort has recently undergone an extensive makeover, introducing a new design that honours the destination’s ocean, land and heritage. Cape Town is home to a number of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from cage diving with sharks to visiting the resident penguins of Boulders Beach. For the ultimate experience, take a private helicopter trip to Hermanus, one of the top 12 whale-watching locations in the world where the whales often come within metres of the shoreline. After exploring, guests are invited to immerse themselves in a personalised spa journey at One&Only Cape Town’s award-wining Spa Island. For more information, visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com/cape-town 

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