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    News bites – 6 Jan 2020

    COMO Cocoa Island Wellness Relaunch


    Image courtesy of COMO Cocoa Island Resort

    Do your New Year resolutions include ramping up your wellness practice? Luxury Maldives resort, COMO Cocoa Island, are set to do the same. Reopening on 9th January after an extensive renovation, COMO Cocoa Island are offering a renewed focus on holistic wellness.

    The renovation and facilities have been designed to maximise feelings of privacy and tranquility. There are even hammocks and swings strung from the trees to give guests a quiet place to relax (or take the perfect Insta shot). A third of the private island is occupied by COMO Shambhala Retreat.

    The renovations of COMO Shambhala Retreat have seen updates to the four treatment rooms, two of which have been expanded to accommodate couples. There is a new Pilates studio, and the yoga studio is set in an elevated position so guests can take in the 360-degree lagoon views while participating in their wellness practice. The hydrotherapy pool is a favourite for those visiting the Maldives, and is used for specialized, water-based treatments, including joint-mobilising massage and injury-free exercise.

    To complement the wellness experience, COMO Shambhala cuisine is available on all menus, allowing guests to pursue vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, nutritionally-rich and additive-free wellness diets during their stay. COMO Shambhala wellness juices, infusions and teas are also available for in-room dining.

    Physical activities to complement the more meditative heart of the resort’s COMO Shambhala Retreat will continue to be available through Cocoa’s on-island, PADI-certified dive centre. Reef diving, wreck diving, UV night snorkelling and whale shark expeditions are all on offer, alongside complimentary watersports like kayaking, paddle-boarding, and snorkelling.

    COMO Cocoa Island is located in the South Malé Atoll, a 40-minute speedboat ride from the international airport. For guests with their own private yacht, the Maldives are an easy-access destination where luxury and wellness are the focus.

    Auberge Resorts Collection set to open in Spring 2020


    Image courtesy of Auberge Resorts

    The New Year always means new luxury hotel openings. In Spring 2020, Auberge Resorts Collection will launch its first urban retreat in Austin, Texas. The Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection has drawn inspiration from old school glamour, soul and luxury to create a modern interpretation of a residential estate from yesteryear.

    The original Commodore Perry Estate was built during the Jazz Age in 1928. The estate was originally the country home of Commodore Edgar and Mrs Lutie Perry, and it served as a place for them to entertain family and other guests. Imagine Gatsby-esque soirées, never-ending champagne, and music to set your soul on fire.

    Keeping true to its history, guests will feel as though they’re arriving at the stately home of an old family friend.

    The five bedrooms from the Perry’s original mansion have been transformed into charming hotel suites. Edgar Perry’s Suite features a safari-inspired play of patterns, reflecting a love of world travel and high culture, and Lutie Perry’s Suite offers a softer feel, with a palette of pink velvet, faux fur and muted leopard print carpet.

    The new cocktail bar and Solarium, with original tile floors, is found in the downstairs Living Room, where guests can try some of the exceptional cocktails and have a small bite to eat. The Dining Room and Breakfast Room are dedicated to informal dining experiences throughout the day.

    Adjacent to the Mansion is the Inn, a newly-built, three-storey hotel with 42 new guest rooms and seven terrace suites. Guest rooms and suites feature private balconies, custom furnishings and regionally-sourced period pieces. Inside, the guest rooms and amenities envisioned from conception by Ken Fulk offer an elevated hotel experience with an eclectic mix of mid-century Italian and 1920s Spanish pieces, a collection of vintage rugs and framed artworks.

    The signature garden restaurant, lush gardens and grounds, members’ club and outdoor pool are all exciting features of the resort for guests to enjoy.

    For more personalised information, tips and advice, or to book these incredible holiday experiences, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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