The allure of hidden gems

Sian Pages – Travel Planner

Luxury takes on diverse and inspirational forms.

For some, it’s the exclusive experience of being seen in the most coveted locations, indulging in blissful moments on pristine sands, with every desire met seamlessly.

Yet, for others, true luxury is discovered in seclusion, in unearthing hidden gems in unexpected corners where the exclusivity of fewer guests is treasured.

From sun-soaked Bulgarian vineyards to the golden canyons nestled within Middle Eastern mountains, these are the places we hold dear for those seeking inspirational retreats away from the bustling crowds.

Sonora Resort – Canada


Sonora Resort is nestled in the pristine wilderness of Canada’s Discovery Islands, surrounded by lush forests and majestic mountains.

Here, you can connect with nature in complete tranquillity. Explore the forest trails in search of grizzly bears, drift on the calm island waters while waiting for Orca whales or soar above in a helicopter for a glacier tour.

Time seems to slip away in this luxurious take on a classic cabin-in-the-woods retreat. When the surroundings are this spectacular, who needs to keep an eye on the clock?

The Rooster – Antiparos, Greece 


If you believe you’ve explored all of Greece’s wellness retreats, think again.

The Rooster offers a relaxed approach to wellbeing with its 17 stone-walled houses, villas, and suites along Antiparos’ coast.

Unlike its busier Cyclades counterparts, Antiparos offers unspoiled beaches and vast fields, providing ample space for relaxation. Here, the focus is on savouring life’s simple pleasures of comfort, enjoyment, and satisfaction.

Wrapped in stylish modern spaces with a relaxed charm, The Rooster is now at the top of our travel desires.

Zornitza Estate – Bulgaria


While famous vineyards in places like France and Portugal often steal the spotlight, this hidden treasure nestled in the heart of Bulgaria’s countryside emerges as an unparalleled destination of exclusivity.

Zornitza, a tranquil family estate that effortlessly combines the allure of a luxury hotel with a laid-back ambiance, chooses the path less travelled, far from the bustling crowds.

With only 15 rooms, Zornitza exudes an intimate and cozy atmosphere. Imagine embarking on a private sommelier-guided tour, indulging in wine tastings, and culminating your day with a gourmet meal featuring locally sourced ingredients from the resort.

It’s a luxurious experience devoid of any pretentiousness, where contentment reigns supreme.

Alila Jabal Akhdar – Oman


When you arrive in Oman and step off the plane, prepare to leave behind any preconceived notions about the Middle East.

While you’ll still find the enchanting desert and bustling souks, venture two hours southwest of Muscat into the mountains, and you’ll uncover the awe-inspiring rocky canyons of Jabal Al Akhdar.

Perched on the edge of one of these ravines are the rustic yet luxuriously designed buildings of the Alila resort. While the accommodations and amenities offer everything you’d expect from a top-tier luxury resort, it’s the breathtaking natural beauty that truly steals the spotlight.

With mesmerizing vistas of the surrounding Al Hajar mountains at every turn, it’s easy to understand why this destination is nothing short of aspirational.

Get in touch

If you’d like to discuss future travel plans you have in mind, get in contact with our in-house travel consultant, Sian Pages, on

Sian will be more than happy to spend time talking you through your options; remembering her service is delivered at no cost to clients and professional connections of Longhurst.

Happy Adventures!