September 2016 · From the remote and less frequented islands of Thailand to the unending expanse of the Caribbean beaches of the Dominican Republic, there is so much in between to see and be humbled by. World Travel Magazine highlights a selection of 50 luxury properties across the world that are currently pushing the trend in opulence and style. The beauty of nature and the temptation of exploring the wilderness has been man’s basic instinct. Capitalising on this potential, governments, hoteliers and naturalists have come together in many of the properties on this list to preserve the environment and at the same time make it accessible. Many of the properties are designated UNESCO protected sites. Beaches, forests, vibrant cities, popular tourist friendly townships and old restored properties are featured here as well. It is a fascinating read for it reveals not just options for the traveller but also the zest, endurance and passion that went in to transform a vision into life." />

JW Marriott Resort & Spa (Venice)

Hotel on a private island with its own church, facilities and a green carpeted terrain that combines the best of tropical and Mediterranean flora and fauna make JW Marriott Resort & Spa exclusive and romantic.

Right in the midst of a Venetian lagoon, this palatial resort is easily accessible, being just 13-minutes by a boat shuttle from the Piazza San Marco and a 9-minute boat shuttle from the Bridge of Sighs. Weddings and private celebrations are planned year round and so are conferences and meetings. The resort which opened in 2015 boasts 266 contemporary-styled rooms and suites, four restaurants, including a Michelin-starred one, and as many bars offering both international and local cuisine. The Sapori Cooking Academy is a special draw for those wanting to learn how to whip up the perfect pasta, pizza bread and other Italian favourites.

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