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Authentic Luxury Holidays

When the Turquoise journey first began in 2002, there were five words on which we built our brand; Authentic, Discerning, Refreshing, Original and Unique. From day one, these words have been the foundation of all things Turquoise and indeed, they remain on our business cards, in our brochures, on the walls of our offices and at the forefront of our minds in all we see and do. Therefore, we are delighted to introduce 'Turquoise Authentic', a small collection of our favourite jewels which have been hidden in the riverbed of modern travel. We want to take things back to where we began, to reignite our, and hopefully your, passion for authentic travel experiences.

All of the islands, hotels and resorts which have been hand-picked for this collection have less than fifty rooms, they all have a story, a sense of place and most importantly, they all offer our guests the opportunity to experience something truly unique. Like Turquoise, many are independent and family owned, ensuring that you and your loved ones receive the personal service you deserve. It might not be with white gloves or on silver platters, but it will be with a smile and a story, from one friend to another. 

Home Away From Home

  • Le Domaine De L'Orangeraie

    La Digue is justifiably proud of its reputation as the most authentic and original island in the Seychelles and for those who find pleasure and solace in the immersion of local culture and the gentle vibes of village life, this island is a must.

  • Little Good Harbour

    A chic and charming boutique hotel, Little Good Harbour is situated in a quiet location on the north-west coast of Barbados. This haven of tranquillity conjures up images of the old Barbados.

  • The Sandpiper

    From its prime location on a beautiful beach, the lush tropical gardens to the low rise buildings, blinding white against the almost impossibly blue sky, The Sandpiper encapsulates relaxed elegance perfectly.

  • Boucan by Hotel Chocolat

    Welcome to Boucan, a boutique property created from an idea born by chance and the finding of an old book. From this, and their passion for an old cocoa plantation – the oldest on Saint Lucia, the founders of Hotel Chocolat have created Boucan.

  • Bequia Beach Hotel

    Regarded by many as the ‘jewel’ in the Grenadines, the relatively unknown island of Bequia retains an old-world charm and a style of its own. Bequia Beach Hotel lays claim to the best spot on the island, on the picturesque beach of Friendship Bay.

  • Sala Lodges

    Authentic and enchanting, Sala Lodges resembles a rural Cambodian village. This unique collection of lodges features eleven traditional Khmer wooden houses on stilts, collected from villages in the Cambodian countryside and lovingly rebuilt and restored in the countryside just a mile outside Siem Reap. Amid mature gardens of sugar palm and banana plants and with views across palm trees and rice paddies, the rustic rooms boast high ceilings, sprawling verandas, wooden furniture and handmade fabrics. Contrasting with the slick and contemporary style of the reception, restaurant, bar and swimming pool this resort is intimate, romantic and unusual – definitely a new Turquoise favourite! 

  • Bunga Raya

    As sensual and exotic as the hibiscus flower from which it takes its name, Bunga Raya is a hidden paradise just off the coast of Borneo. A secluded retreat that we think is a real hidden gem, this beautiful boutique resort is a cross between jungle-chic and being ‘at one with nature’. With the dense green jungle canopy and divine white beaches, you feel a million miles away from civilization – the reality is you are only 30 minutes from the airport making this an easily accessible island hideaway.

  • Tamarind Village

    Located in the heart of Chiang Mai, Thailand’s cultural hub, Tamarind Village is a charming and unique Lanna-style boutique property.  Found at the end of an inviting bamboo lined driveway just off one of the main streets that runs through the walled old town of the city, the resort is typically northern Thai architecturally set around a series of garden courtyards.  One of the courtyards is home to a 200-year-old Tamarind tree from which the resort takes its name.

  • Tubkaak

    Tubkaak translates as ‘home for visitors’ and in a hidden corner of Thailand, facing an archipelago of islands that rise dramatically from the Andaman Sea, this little known resort is set against a backdrop of fine white sand and aquamarine waters.

  • Zazen

    If you crave the intimacy and charm of a boutique family-run establishment then look no further than the truly enchanting Zazen.

  • Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa

    Known as the ‘Vanilla Island’, the lush, fertile and alluring island of Taha’a produces Tahitian vanilla so fragrant it is sought after by the best chefs around the world. Breathe in this flower’s sweet scent as you arrive at Le Taha'a by boat. 

  • Nuku Hiva Keikahanui Pearl Lodge

    The view from the air when flying into Nuku Hiva is truly breath-taking. Located on the largest of the Marquesan Islands, Keikahanui Lodge sits on the island’s south coast, overlooking the village of Taiohae and the black sand beach of Taiohae Bay.

  • Matangi Private Island Resort

    A haven for divers, honeymooners and romantics, Matangi Private Island boasts virgin tropical rainforest, white sand beaches, volcanic rock faces rising from crystal clear waters and fringing coral reefs.

  • Royal Davui Island

    This romantic hideaway promises the ultimate desert island experience, with just 16 privileged couples staying at any one time. Live out your Robinson Crusoe dreams whilst being cocooned in absolute luxury, designed with complete privacy in mind.

  • Yasawa Island Resort & Spa

    The simple pleasures of this idyllic island are captivating and make for an unforgettable tropical honeymoon. The spell of the turquoise waters, the powdery white sand palm-fringed beaches and the charm of the people and culture lure guests back to Yasawa Island Resort year after year.

  • Eagles Nest, Russell

    Nestled on a private peninsula just minutes from Russell in the Bay of Islands, this secluded retreat comprises five truly unique, self-contained villas, each boasting stylish, contemporary accommodation with eclectic but casually elegant interiors. Set in extensive tropical gardens surrounded by native bush, this 75 acre estate enjoys spectacular views overlooking Tapeka Point and the Bay of Islands with each villa offering privacy and an opportunity to unwind and relax.

  • Little Tom's Cottage, Hawke's Bay

    If you have ever dreamed of finding a rustic hideaway where you can escape for a while and enjoy peace, quiet and romance in a picturesque valley – then this is it! Overlooking the Tuki Tuki River and with spectacular views of Te Mata Peak in the distance, this characterfully renovated cottage boasts wooden decks and a secluded open-air bathtub… just fill the bath with water, heat the fire beneath and soak up the beautiful surroundings! 

  • The Boatshed, Waiheke

    Inspired by the early-settler boatsheds which scatter the shores up and down New Zealand, this contemporary ‘boatshed designed’ boutique hotel is an idyllic sanctuary in the heart of beautiful Waiheke Island. 

  • Bay of Many Coves, Marlborough Sounds

    This delightfully relaxed and stylish retreat nestles amidst some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds. Allowing a maximum of 34 guests at any time, the spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments are set on a hillside and boast uninterrupted views of the surrounding blue waters and native bushclad hills. 

  • Hapuku Lodge, Kaikoura

    Nestled in the canopy of a manuka grove with spectacular views of Kaikoura’s dramatic mountains and surf-washed coastline, the five unique and stylish Tree Houses are the undeniable jewels in Hapuku Lodge’s crown. 

  • Garonga Safari Camp & Little Garonga

    Garonga is an intimate tented camp situated on the banks of the Makhutswi River, in the private Makalali Conservancy, west of the world acclaimed Kruger National Park. 

  • Alfajiri Villas, Diani Beach

    This stunning collection of three exclusive use individually-styled villas is considered one of the most luxurious hideaways on Kenya’s glorious south coast, just five minutes from the local Ukunda airstrip.

  • Ol Malo

    This unique and striking bush-home-cum-lodge nestles into the curves of a rocky escarpment on the edge of the Laikipia Plateau overlooking the ancient landscape of the Northern Frontier District.

  • Montpelier Plantation

    This charming, boutique property is set high in the foothills of Nevis Peak, surrounded by the most incredible tropical gardens. The site of an 18th century sugar plantation, it has a wealth of history hidden in its old walls.

  • Ellerton

    This boutique hideaway located on the hills above Kandy still retains the charm and character of its colonial pastimes.  A home away from home, guests soon become part of the family.

  • Lakaz Chamarel Resort

    ‘A magical place in the midst of nature’ is the perfect way to describe Lakaz Chamarel. This boutique family run lodge is the perfect escape for anyone looking for a unique concept located with dramatic views and surroundings of the nature reserve, the Black River gorge. Sit back and relax in your beautiful setting on top of the mountains of Chamarel whilst enjoying views of the tropical gardens and clear blue ocean below. This impressive lodge attracts guests wanting to relax in a serene environment, explore the local surroundings and indulge in a luxury retreat.

  • Qamea Resort & Spa

    A jewel in the north of Fiji, Qamea is a breathtakingly beautiful island of dramatic, jungle-clad peaks and dazzling beaches. The island is skirted by pristine white sand,
    azure waters with stunning coral gardens and world class surf.

  • The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

    Perched on one of the highest points of Laikipia in northern Kenya (at just over 6,000 feet), this is one of those special places in the African wilderness – a private and hidden gem for the discerning few.

  • Ninamu Resort, Tikehau

    From the moment you are met at the small tropical airport on Tikehau you know you are heading somewhere special. A secluded islet situated just five minutes by boat from the mainland, the island escape of Ninamu is one of Polynesia’s most stunning yet undiscovered gems. It offers a true rustic Tahitian experience, from the welcoming hosts to the plethora of water sports and authentic Polynesian style.

  • Annandale, Banks Peninsula

    Just over an hour’s drive or a 15-minute helicopter flight from Christchurch, this working coastal farm takes luxury to a new level. Set in 4000 acres between rolling hills and the Pacific Ocean, each of the four indulgent villas offers a very private, very remote and totally unique experience.

  • Minaret Station, Wanaka

    Only accessible by helicopter from Wanaka or Queenstown, Minaret Station sits at the heart of a remote glacial valley, surrounded by the wild beauty of the Southern Alps. A working high country farm, home to deer, sheep and cattle, this secluded alpine sanctuary provides a unique personalised experience in a magnificent setting.

  • Anegada Beach Club

    Set on the north coast of beautiful Anegada, Anegada Beach Club is a rather unique place to stay and beach living at its finest. Experience ‘Glamping’ in a luxury beachfront tent and take time to explore this little gem of an island. The only coral atoll in the British Virgin Islands, Anegada has the fourth largest coral barrier reef on the planet and is fringed with unspoiled white sand beaches. Conch and lobster are found in abundance here so expect lots of fresh seafood!

  • Sandat Glamping Tents

    Just a 10 minute drive from central Ubud and surrounded by jungle and rice fields, Sandat Glamping offers a twist on the usual boutique hotel.

  • Farmhouse Inn

    Brother and sister duo, Joe and Catherine Bartolomei, are the vision and passion behind the idyllic and highly claimed Farmhouse Inn, a family run, super stylish, boutique retreat in the heart of Sonoma. Like a comforting hug, the attention to detail and soft subtle luxuries of the Farmhouse Inn experience instantly relax you into the Sonoma pace of life. The effortless style and class of both the architecture and interior design that runs throughout the hotel make it a truly special place you may find hard to leave!

  • Post Ranch Inn

    A jewel in the Pacific Coast Highway’s rugged crown is Post Ranch Inn. Perched atop a Californian cliff edge, the 100-acre Post family estate was formerly a working cattle farm. Now home to an exclusive, eco minded luxury retreat, Post Ranch Inn boasts what can be simply described as one of the best ocean views in the world. Every wall and window has been placed with the view and the environment in mind. Once inside your recycled redwood cabin or tree house, if it weren’t for the fine dining restaurant or award winning spa just a few steps away, you might find it hard to leave the comfort of your room.

  • Ashburnham Estate

    Located an hour north-east of Kandy, in the midst of rolling hills and tea plantations, Ashburnham Estate is a stunning boutique hotel set on a 100 acre tea estate. Enjoy spectacular views over the Knuckle Mountains.

  • Lewa Wilderness

    Situated near Mount Kenya, Lewa Wilderness is one of Kenya’s original bush homes. Guests enjoy a very personal experience where your base is the Craig family home which has been passed down through the generations.

Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Mozambique is Africa’s undiscovered jewel where chic barefoot escapism is luring those in search of castaway living. Idyllic Benguerra Island in southern Mozambique is home to Azura Benguerra - our all-time favourite Robinson Crusoe eco-retreat where off-map seclusion and ‘fresh-from-the-ocean’ cuisine is offered in abundance. The white sand, turquoise water and dune-backed shoreline are utterly irresistible – this is laid-back luxe at its African best!

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Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Mozambique is Africa’s undiscovered jewel where chic barefoot escapism is luring those in search of castaway living. Idyllic Benguerra Island in southern Mozambique is home to Azura Benguerra - our all-time favourite Robinson Crusoe eco-retreat where off-map seclusion and ‘fresh-from-the-ocean’ cuisine is offered in abundance. The white sand, turquoise water and dune-backed shoreline are utterly irresistible – this is laid-back luxe at its African best!