The Oitavos - Portugal

Inspired by the timeless beauty of the Atlantic coast, The Oitavos seeks to embrace rather than compete with nature. Its bold design, sleek lines and elegantly simple interiors focus attention outwards on the historical and natural elements of the surrounding landscape and the drama and romance of the Ocean. The blue of the sea and sky combine with the yellows and greens of the wild flowers and trees to touch your senses, while contemporary sculpture and paintings by Portuguese artists provide an extra flavour.

The Oitavos has 142 guest rooms all of which have a private balcony with views of the ocean or golf course. There are 16 suites which are all large and spacious, and have an area of at least 64 square metres.

More information is available at www.theoitavos.com
and www.quintadamarinhaclube.com

Dar JL - Marrakesh

DAR JL is a unique resort in Marrakech with private luxury villas in a 14 acre lush palm grove. The resort consists of four luxury villas with 11 suites. All of them offering that special mix of Moroccan craftsmanship together with contemporary design and modern comforts. Every suite has found its inspiration in a different European, Asian or African country. The Mali Suite, for example, is furnished with rich mud cloths, cut-brass lamps, raw-silk curtains, and wooden masks. All the luxury villas come in the highest international standard and provide total privacy and high security.

Dar JL with its four luxury villas was built a few years ago as a private residence to a design loving Swedish couple. They have welcomed countless of international celebrities, royalties and artists over the years. The original idea was to make this a permanent home. However, the owners changed their minds and wanted to share this place with others who also appreciate the beauty of Moroccan architecture, design and lush gardens.

More information is available at www.darjl.com