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Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Today’s Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Lily Beach Resort & Spa

As those of us in the northern hemisphere head into colder weather, it becomes okay to dream about distant, warmer lands. For us, that somehow seems to keep landing us somewhere in the majestic Maldives Islands, lost in the Indian Ocean. The Lily Beach Resort & Spa set in Huvahendhoo island in the Alifu Dhaalu Atoll is an all-inclusive luxury resort and accessible by seaplane. The resort’s marvellous design, capped off with unobstructed views of the glimmering ocean – be it from your own private infinity pool, the Jacuzzi bath tub, or the comfy loungers – will raise the bar for what you consider a true five-star experience to be.

The favorable location in the spectacular Ari Atoll places Huvahendhoo island, on which Lily Beach is set, in close proximity to some of the most amazing dive sites in the world.

Your days in paradise will fly! Besides devoting full time to floating in the balmy Indian Ocean or pampering yourself at the haven of well-being, Tamara Spa, there are still plenty of relaxation options at your disposal. Be it a restful holiday, a much-needed family beach break or a celebration of love, the affordable luxury that is Lily Beach Resort & Spa will set your mind at ease and allow for a true 5-star all-inclusive Maldives experience that will set your heart racing long, long after your holiday has ended.

The setting and the house reef within the lagoon are ideal, and perfect for a honeymoon or other romantic getaway. There are also family activities and facilities, so those coming in groups should also find themselves more than satisfied with the offerings. The Lily Beach Resort is consistently ranked among the finest Maldives all-inclusive resorts. They seem to have little trouble in filling up even with high room rates, so don’t wait for a promotional rate to book this one.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, consider this a literal definition of romance.

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Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Shangri-La Toronto

Today’s Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Shangri-La Toronto

This week’s Wanderlust Wednesday takes us to AFA’s hometown of Toronto, Canada. As a reflection of the best Toronto has to offer, the bottom portion of the 66 storey building is a hotel for visiting guests, while the upper portion is a condominium for Toronto residents. Shangri-La Toronto residents have access some of the best amenities in the city which include a 24-hour fitness center on the fifth floor complete with a yoga studio, 20-meter lap pool, hot tub, infrared sauna and the award-winning Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris.

From the Shangri-La’s unique vantage point, you can watch Toronto evolve into a world-class cosmopolitan city.

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Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Blanket Bay Lodge

Today’s Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Blanket Bay Lodge

This week’s Wanderlust Wednesday takes us to the far-off shores of New Zealand. Blanket Bay Lodge is nestled amidst rugged snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. On the Lodge’s lower ground level the Blanket Bay Spa features a therapy suite, steam rooms, gym and a Jacuzzi with magnificent lake and mountain views. In this spectacular corner of New Zealand discover endless ways to restore your physical and spiritual well-being. There is nowhere else on Earth where there are so many activities so close by – fly-fishing and heli-skiing, the country’s best hiking on the Routeburn or Milford Tracks, jet boating and kayaking, 4WD tours, horse riding, art trails and vineyards, plus flight-seeing over the World Heritage Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. Hidden away beside the Lodge, the 18m x 6m Outdoor Heated Lap Pool captures the alpine environment with glorious lake views to the south. The pool is open during the summer months.

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Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: La Mamounia

Today’s Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: La Mamounia

This week’s Wanderlust Wednesday takes us to the elegant shores of Morocco. The opulent, Moorish-inspired La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech elevates Moroccan style to radiant, royalty-worthy heights. Surrounded by cultivated gardens, this elegant palace – with its dramatic drapes and plush sofas – has earned nods of approval over the years from notable guests including Winston Churchill. A recent refurbishment called on luxury-lifestyle experts and award-winning chefs to up the pampering even further.

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Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Youth Sports Complex

Today’s Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Youth Sports Complex

This week’s Wanderlust Wednesday takes us along the banks of the beautiful Belaya River, in the Volga region of Russia. Youth Sports Complex is a multi-sports facility right along the waterfront in the booming city of Ufa. Despite the athletic name, it’s also a wonderful place for leisure. The warm water 25m outdoor swimming pool has a majestic view of the stars on a crisp winter evening. After your swim you can relax in the sauna, and then sit in the cozy juice bar for a cup of tea.



Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Four Seasons Lodge Serengeti

Today’s Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Four Seasons Lodge Serengeti

This week’s Wanderlust Wednesday shows us the literal definition of glamping. Deep within Africa’s finest game reserve, Four Seasons Safari Lodge welcomes you to a sanctuary of comfort. Get up close and intimate with lions, leopards and elephants – yet always feel safe and pampered. Elevated wooden walkways keep you safely above the animals while providing a superior viewing perspective. There are plenty of pools with views of city skylines, but a swim with a view of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park is on a different level altogether.



Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Cheval Blanc Randheli

Today’s Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Cheval Blanc Randheli

You can shake the sand from your shoes, but not from your soul. This is the exemplification of Cheval Blanc Randheli’s approach to life. Bathed by the turquoise waters of the preserved Noonu Atoll, in a secluded lagoon, Randheli offered an experience of exclusive privacy. The striking 25 metre long square infinity pool and its beautifully landscaped surroundings provide an ideal getaway from the villa’s privacy.


Cheval Blanc Randheli

Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Tropical Islands Resort

Today’s Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Tropical Islands Resort

At the intersection of German efficiency and the German yearning for warmer weather lies Tropical Islands Resort. Located in an old airship hanger, which also happens to be the world’s largest freestanding structure, Tropical Islands is home to the biggest indoor rainforest in the world, a beach, many tropical plants and a number of swimming pools, bars and restaurants. It is open around the clock, every day of the year.


Tropical Islands Resort

Euro 2016 Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Stade Nautique

Today’s Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Stade Nautique

Even though we’re swimmers, we also love soccer! If you’re in France for the Euro Cup and need something to do between games, try dropping into the Stade Nautique in Auxerre, just south east of Paris. It boasts four heated indoor swimming pools with jacuzzi, and three outdoor swimming pools, one of which is olympic sized. If you’re coming in from a board short country, beware: the fashion police... I mean lifeguards… will make sure only Speedos are worn in the facility. Oh, and there’s a water slide. 


Stade Nautique

Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Laucala Island Resort

Today’s Swimming Wanderlust Wednesday: Laucala Island Resort

A private island refuge in the South Pacific, Laucala unites dramtic rainforest-laced landscapes and white sandy beaches with unparalleled levels of luxury and privacy. Impeccably furnished bedroom and living areas open to private gardens, each with an infinity-edge pool lit by Tikki torches come dusk. Villas come with a buggy, so guests are free to explore the resort at their leisure.


Laucala Island Resort