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Waterworld : Three Of The Best Water Sports Destinations

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Three of the best water sports destinations

Hotel Eden Roc Ascona, Switzerland

Influenced by its close proximity to Italy, Ascona is the charming Swiss town graced with a unique micro-Mediterranean climate that appears to escape the rest of Switzerland. Though the snow-peaked landscape provides a striking backdrop, its other claim to fame is Lake Maggiore, the 68km-long wonder which sits majestically in all its splendour at the foothills of the Alps. Ascona is also the home of the Hotel Eden Roc, from where a visitor can enjoy the mountainous scenery, the inimitable character of the place and the watersports the lake affords everyone. In fact, at the hotel, a grand complex boldly decorated by interior designer Carlo Rampazzi in eccentric luxe décor, getting on the water is a must. Among the many activities, there are team-building exercises on sailboats and fabulous speed boat jaunts to the quaint daily markets found in the nearby Italian town of Cannobio. Undoubtedly, the main draw here is the hotel’s for-hire private yacht, on which guests can sip champagne, watch the sun setting between the peaks above, while meandering around some of Lake Maggiore’s prime spots – principally the stand-alone island, Isola Bella. Perhaps not a place for jet-skiers; after all, is water-sports Swiss style.

Description: Hotel Eden Roc – Ascona, Switzerland – 5 star luxury resort

Hotel Eden Roc – Ascona, Switzerland – 5 star luxury resort

Doubles on a B&B basis at Hotel Eden Roc available from CHF 190 (£127) pp per night, price based on two adults sharing and includes service, taxes and VAT. To book contact +41 917857171 or visitedenroc.ch

EasyJet flies to Milan Malpensa from Edinburgh, London Gatwick and London Luton. Prices one way start from £23.99 and include all taxes (prices are subject to change). Book at easyJet.com

One & Only Le Saint Géran Mauritius

Under swaying coconut palms and an ever-brilliant sky, visitors to Le Saint Géran may feel reluctant to do much else but to kick back in this effortlessly chic and happily soporific resort. But that would be to miss the point; Mauritian waters are some of the finest in the world, and this One & Only hotel knows just how to take advantage of the natural beauty that surrounds the resort all around. It is one of the reasons why, therefore, all water-sports available at the hotel are offered on a complimentary basis. The pedalos, banana boats, tube rides or even kayaks, are yours free of charge for day-long hire at Le Saint Géran. Water-skiing is also hugely popular, as are not-to-be-missed day-trips to The John Battleday Waterski and Wakeboard Academy or the Kite & Stand Up Paddle School, where daredevils learn how to kite surf with all the helpful and necessary seasoned professionals they’d want around them. For those looking for something even more spectacular, why not try the unique snorkelling and windsurfing on the coral-sea lagoon close by? There are also mon-hull lasers and small catamarans to take out into the choppier water, if they take your fancy. Of course, if you’re keen to put your feet up at this resort, there are always the myriad of irresistible boat trips on offer which mean that you can do all the sunbathing, snoozing and reading you like while cruising the waters, which is, of course, the very best of both worlds.

Description: One & Only Le Saint Géran Mauritius

One & Only Le Saint Géran Mauritius

A room at One&Only Le Saint Géran starts from £520 per night including taxes, based on two people sharing a Junior Suite King on a half board basis; oneandonlyresorts.com

Wyndham Rio Mar Beach, Puerto Rico

There are no less than eleven restaurants in which to indulge at the wondrous Wyndham Rio Mar. gastronomic adventures can try American, Peurto Rican and Caribbean fusion culinary delights at the resort, which sits happily in the middle of both the El Yunque National Forest and the Atlantic Ocean, on the north eastern coast of the country’s main island. After all, one soon discovers that the food is a necessary requirement in order to help sustain you through the multitude of activities which await all visitors at this paradisiacal tropical spot. For as well as the merengue classes, beach yoga, sailing classes and wave runner afternoons that can be arranged here, the most popular activity is that of the Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Tour – which can be booked directly via the Rio Mar’s reception desk on arrival. It’s an unforgettable and much-sought-after experience: beginning at sunset, participants paddle out on a kayak with a tour guide and are taught how the dinoflagellates – the single-celled organisms which create a unique blue glow by releasing energy – bring this bioluminescent bay’s ecology to surreal life. Surrounded by a deafening silence and beams of marine blue in every direction, it’s an imformative and peaceful trip. The Rio Mar is one of those rare multitasking hotels, while the three-hour Bio-Bay tour, is an inexpensive way to ensure your trip to Puerto Rico is as memorable as can be.

Description: Pool at Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Rico

Pool at Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Rico

Prices at the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort start at US $159 (approx: £102) per night for a standard room, minimum 5 night stay; wyndhamriomar.com

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