Where To Go On Holiday 2018: The Stanwells Dream Destination Guide

The Stanwells team gets around. We love to travel and find exciting new designer brands to introduce our customers to, so we’ve seen a lot of amazing places. But when it comes to relaxing in the sunshine we’ve each got our own dream destinations in mind for summer.

If you need some ideas on where to go on holiday in 2018, take a look at our suggested dream destinations from the team here at Stanwells. Plus, we’ve also provided bonus tips on the must-take boutique fashion pieces to suit your trip, so you can enjoy the sunshine in designer style.

Here’s where we’re jetting off to this year:

Julia, Owner & Buyer

Dream Destination: Oman
Staying At: Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

Mountains of Oman

Ever in the shadow of the glittering heights of tourist-magnet Dubai, UAE nextdoor neighbour Oman is a little-appreciated jewel in the Middle Eastern crown. This stunning, rugged country is more about culture and beautiful scenery than the glitz and glamour of its neighbours, and is packed with secluded and luxurious resorts where you can lose yourself in a good book and a few cocktails.

The Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar resort is perched atop Oman’s fabled Green Mountain with breathtaking views of the rocky canyons below. Sample a range of exotic and traditional Omani cuisine, stargaze from rooftop platforms, scale the canyon’s rugged walls and relax in pure luxury in the beautiful infinity pool and spa facilities – and all less than a two-hour drive from the bustling Omani capital city of Muscat.  

Julia Couldn’t Go Without: The Mes Demoiselles Matrioshka Dress.

Mes Demoiselles Matrioshka Dress in Floral Combo

In the hot Middle Eastern sunshine you’ll need something light, airy and comfortable to while away your care-free days, and the Matrioshka dress is just the ticket. We love the gorgeous, earthy colours and exotic floral print, which will work perfectly against the breathtaking Omani mountain backdrop. Match it up with an oversized sun hat (another must-have for this destination) and a pair of chic designer sunglasses to complete your look.

Alice, E-commerce Manager

Dream Destination: The Maldives
Staying At: The Four Seasons


When you hear the word ‘Maldives’, the images of white sand beaches, crystal blue water and pure luxury come swimming into the mind’s eye, and for good reason. The Maldives is a total paradise, which is why it’s our eCommerce manager Alice’s ultimate dream destination for summer 2018. Home to a few world-firsts including the famous underwater restaurant, underwater spa and underwater nightclub, the Maldives is a collection of beautiful islands and resorts filled with nothing but immaculate scenery, delicious food and welcoming locals.

Alice’s choice of resort is the Four Seasons – what else? A fittingly luxurious collection of resorts for such a paradisiacal location, the Four Seasons includes a choice of two island resorts, a luxury cruiser and a private island, so you can pick the ideal type of holiday for you. From snorkeling and kite surfing to mouthwatering BBQs and sea turtle conservation participation, you might be surprised at just how much there is to do in this idyllic, unspoiled part of the world.

Alice Couldn’t Go Without: The Cecilie Smash top and matching Cecilie shorts.

Cecile Womenswear

Lounging on pristine beaches and dining in exotic restaurants calls for breathable-yet-chic style, and these matching Cecilie pieces are the perfect fit. Made from super lightweight cotton and featuring the brand’s signature print, these summer must-haves will keep you cool and comfortable while creating a perfectly coordinated and stylish beachside look. Off the shoulder and high waisted styles are key spring summer trends, after all. Wear with your favourite pair of designer sandals to complete the look.

Louise, Westbourne Store Manager & Buyer

Dream Destination: Tanzania
Staying At: Singita Faru Faru Lodge

If you didn’t know it already, Tanzania is the home of safari. And, alongside the breathtaking wildlife spectacles, it’s also a place to enjoy fascinating cultures, idyllic beaches, luxurious accommodation and the company of very friendly people. And let’s not forget the unforgettable sight of Mt Kilimanjaro – beautiful to look at and an exciting challenge to climb, if you’re that way inclined. However you choose to experience Tanzania, you’ll be completely won over by its wild beauty and cultural charm.

Louise’s choice of resort is the stunning Singita Faru Faru Lodge in Northern Tanzania. Positioned right along the renowned Serengeti migrationary route, staying here will fill your time in Tanzania with wonderful wildlife surprises, which you can admire close up or from your luxury poolside perch on the hillside. Faru Faru is about as remote as it gets, making it the perfect place for a total technology switch off and a reconnection with nature.

Louise Couldn’t Go Without: The 120% Lino off the shoulder dress in blue.

120 Lino Off Shoulder Dress in Cielo

In the sizzling heat of the African sun you’ll need something fresh, airy and light to stay comfortable, and this stunning off the shoulder dress from 120% Lino is the perfect choice. We’re not sure there’s anything more elegant than the bardot style, and this delicate dress with its pretty tie cuff sleeves and lace hem detailing takes the look to new summer heights. Pair it with colourful statement jewellery and strappy sandals for an effortless luxury safari look for your Tanzania vacation.

Wherever you spend your summer this year, make sure your holiday wardrobe is topped up with all the latest spring summer 2018 styles from our SS18 collection here at Stanwells.

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