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The Verta experienceThe next time you're UK-bound, steer your helicopter to London's Vertical Gateway andland at the Hotel Verta where you can literally step from the heliport into your five-starsuite or, even better, into the subterranean Spa Verta. Opened in September 2010, the hoteland spa already have a celebrity following, hardly surprising with the stylish Bar Vertilon andfine-dining Patrisey restaurant overlooking the heliport and River Thames. The hotel is perfectlysoundproofed throughout, but the real oasis is down in the spa where thermal rooms,experience showers and a hydro-vitality pool await. Particularly recommended is the AnneSémonin London-Paris two-hour treatment complete with scrub, massage and intriguingbubbling mud mask, propelling you to new heights of pure indulgence.www.hotel-verta.co.uk A small gem in the Caribbean The small private island of Petit St Vincent, or PSVto those in the know, has recently changed owner-ship, marking a fresh chapter in the island's history.The 113-acre destination, currently home to aboutique-style resort, first opened in 1968 with 22cliffside and beachfront villas. It was visited by the new owners when they weresailing through the Caribbean and they instantly fellfor its charms. Without losing the resort's appeal,the owners plan to create one of the region's mostattractive high-end destinations by upgradingexisting accommodation, building a new relaxedbeach restaurant, a spa pavilion with six treatmentrooms and a children's club. PSV will be open as usual until 30 April 2011before closing on the 1 May until 31 October 2011while the work is carried out.www.psvresort.com WINTER 2011I sea&iI35travelnewsAbu Dhabi gets gorgeousThe Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi is following theexample of the Metropole Monte Carlo,Gleneagles in the UK, and the Peninsula NewYork by opting for an ESPA oasis of tranquillityand relaxation at its property. Designed around a traditional Hammam, thespa has been conceived with Arabian architectureand features eight private treatment rooms. Divided over two floors, it is an impressivespace with separate male and female areas anda dramatic, double-height marble stairway. Treatments combine the best of ancientand modern therapies and use only the finestquality ingredients and skincare products. Thespa menu includes the likes of The UltimateHammam - an indulgent 80-minute therapywith a massage, mask and bath.www.theyashotel.com

36Isea&iIWINTER 2011Viceroy After reaching completion on the 1 October, Viceroy AnguillaResort & Residences in the Caribbean unveils its full rangeof facilities, including a spa, fitness centre, infinity pool andmany restaurants.The private residences give access to allthe resort's facilities, as well as offering investors thebenefit of owning a piece of island luxury. Acclaimed designerKelly Wearstler's inimitable style and talent for luxury ispresent throughout the resort. The décor features organicelements such as driftwood lamps, wood tables and vasttravertine marble floors, coupled with textiles and designtechniques from all over the world.The residences can also be offered for rental when not inuse by the owners, which makes the option of ownership atempting investment. www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com If you are looking to rent a holiday propertyworldwide, tune your radar to the finestresidences in the Caribbean and UKPROPERTYFOCUS