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Conrad Maldives, a perfect vision of paradise

Conrad Maldives, a perfect vision of paradise

When you travel, sometimes the place you visit is so beautiful and interesting that, no matter where you’re staying, it will be memorable (ie: Paris, Venice, Bhutan). Some others, the hotel itself is so amazing, that no matter where it is placed, it will make your journey unforgettable.

I visited the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort in december 2009, and I can assure that both aspects match in such way that they become a perfect vision of paradise. Twice voted “Best Hotel in the World”, this barefoot resort spreads across two private islands, surrounded by idyllic white sand beach and a vibrant coral reef and lagoon.

We spent one week enjoying romantic dining experiences with its fine cuisine and stunning dining venues (undersea restaurant, dreamy sunset at a private beach…), indulging in the two spas, diving in one of the world’s most remarkable waters or just reading a book and doing absolutely nothing while we enjoyed the sunset at our overwater villa’s jacuzzi 🙂

Perfect place for honeymooners and sybarites.

To learn more about Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, visit their website

Photos by Pedro Sagüés

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Ksar Massa, a paradise of peace and serenity

Ksar Massa's beach. Photo: Pedro Sagüés

Ksar Massa, a paradise of peace and serenity

In 2006 I was invited to a wedding in Morocco. We stayed for four nights in a paradise called “Ksar Massa“, in the heart of the National Park Souss Massa, forty kilometers south of Agadir (Morocco). The hotel has a sandy beach of nearly 7 km that is a paradise for walkers, bird watchers and surfers.

My experience at the hotel was great: the service, the food, the rooms (they all look different to each other)… but before organizing your trip, take a look a Trip Advisor’s reviews. Many people say it offers a low value for money and a disappointing experience. Some of my friends repeat year after year. They simply love the place. The hotel has an average price of 180$/night. Don’t expect it to be as luxurious as a “Four Seasons”. It has nothing to do with that. Ksar Massa is an attractive place full of peace and serenity, in the middle of the nature and with an amazing beach just for yourself.

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Photo credits: Pedro Sagüés. I am not very proud of these pictures. I think they were taken with a mobile phone… 🙂

Holbox Island. Paradise in Mexico

Holbox Island. The best places in Mexico

Holbox Island. Paradise in Mexico

Just a 2 hour drive from Cancun you’ll find this paradise considered to be “Mexico’s best kept secret” and, in my opinion, one of the best places in the world. On the North coast of the Yucatan Peninsula with tiny and smart hotels, few tourists and no cars you’ll have the perfect vacation and the chance of swimming with the whale sharks. One of the best trips in my life!
www.holboxisland.com/

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