1 – The St. Regis Bali Resort – Nusa Dua, Indonesia
Boasting uninterrupted views out over the shimmering Indian Ocean, with lush green gardens and pristine white sands all around, The St. Regis Bali Resort offers a luxurious slice of paradise for those keen to get away from it all. Set in stunning Nusa Dua, there are 123 stylish suites and villas to choose from, some with private access right onto the beach and all providing the ideal retreat for guests seeking tropical bliss.
Take a dip in the crystal blue saltwater lagoon or lie back on a lounger and listen to the waves gently lapping at the shore, relaxation comes easy here, with the pace of life slow and your agenda your own. Indulge at the spa or take time out in the well-stocked library, you’ll find this a peaceful place indeed. With no detail overlooked and all needs catered for, you’ll never want to leave.
2 – The Nam Hai – Hoi An, Vietnam
Guests head to Vietnam’s Central Coast for a slice of the fine life, a luxurious retreat that boasts a private kilometer-long beach and everything you could ever wish for available on tap. Close to three enchanting UNESCO World Heritage sites, this is a location to savor, although the greatest treats are discovered within the hotel grounds, with coconut trees aplenty, three stunning infinity pools and tranquil tropical gardens to explore.
Plump for a pool villa or, better still, a private retreat, which comes with its own butler, who is always on hand to answer your every call. Take a stroll on the sands, kayak on the East Sea or enjoy a beachside barbecue, you’ll never be short of something to do here. With the sun shining on the glimmering ocean and lush greenery all around, you might just think you’ve died and gone to Heaven.
3 – Katikies Hotel – Santorini, Greece
Gleaming in the Santorini sunshine, Katikies is a sight for sore eyes, set on a stunning hillside, with views out over the glistening azure ocean that must be seen to believed. Guests head here to relax in style, with three inviting infinity pools and countless luxurious loungers, all perfectly positioned amongst the manicured bougainvillea and ideal for soaking up the afternoon sun.
Opulent and elegant, this is a romantic spot, with facilities galore and the emphasis on personal service. Like to take a break from the sun? The rooms here are a delight, with fine cottons that rustle in the cooling breeze and verandas that look out over the caldera and the shimmering seas beyond. The Oia Santorini sunset makes for the perfect end to a dreamy day and is best enjoyed with a glass of Champagne from the sophisticated poolside bar.
4 – Kebek Cave Hotel –Goreme, Turkey
Perched above the quaint village of Goreme, The Kelebek Special Cave Hotel offers magnificent views over the village, and to the valleys and mountains beyond. Kelebek offers the best views of the hot air balloon rides amongst the cave hotels in Cappadocia. With specially-crafted rooms, it offers the cave or cave stone experience, helpful & knowledgeable staff, and all the amenities a modern traveler requires. The fairy chimneys* in the hotel have cave rooms over thousands of years old.
The hotel was the ancestral home of the owner, Mr. Ali Yavuz and started off as a small guesthouse for weary backpackers. Over the decades, with Ali’s vision and love for preserving the heritage of Goreme – the Kelebek Hotel has grown into a mix of traditional fairy chimney rooms at the top of rock formations to luxury suites – and many styles in between. With sweeping views over the heart of Cappadocia, a tranquil rose garden, refreshing outdoor swimming pool, luxury spa Hamam and a restaurant serving traditional local menus – the Kelebek Special Cave Hotel in Goreme is the place to relax and enjoy life while exploring all that Cappadocia has to offer.
5 – Londolozi Tree Camp – Kruger National Park, South Africa
Londolozi’s powerful combination of geography and wildlife creates the famous atmosphere that returning guests call the ‘Londolozi feeling’.
The lodge is situated on the Sand River in the very heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. This reserve forms part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a growing area that currently covers six million acres and incorporates the famous Kruger National Park. Wild animals move freely across this vast space, offering spectacular game viewing and true wilderness experience.
Breeding herds of elephant and buffalo roam throughout Londolozi, while white rhino and lion concentrations are among the highest recorded on the African continent. Yet it’s the leopards of Londolozi that make them world famous for wildlife and lie at the heart of the Londolozi feeling.
6 – Cocoa Island Resort – Maldives
COMO Cocoa Island is an understated private island resort in the Maldives, with 34 overwater villas allowing you to slip from your balcony into the turquoise lagoon to explore the sealife-rich house reef.
This resort can truly provide: peacefulness, privacy and the opportunity to do very little – very little, that is, aside from stroll on silk-soft sand, snorkel in a world of colorful marine life and simply relax, whether that’s on a massage table or on a daybed staring out at the hypnotic azure ocean.
7 – Jade Mountain Resort – Saint Lucia
Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain Resort on St. Lucia’s south-western Caribbean coastline is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty.
Expect grand sweeping spaces where bedroom, living area and an extravagant private infinity pool glide into one another to form extraordinary platforms floating out into nature. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain’s sanctuaries are stage-like settings from which to embrace the full glory of St. Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site, and of course, the eternal Caribbean Sea.
Wrapped around an infinity pool with a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors, the Jade Mountain Club celebrates James Beard Award winner Chef Allen Susser’s “Jade Cuisine.” Hovering in space above the Jade Mountain Club is the Celestial Terrace, perfect for sunset cocktails or star-gazing.
A wide range of spa services can be enjoyed in the privacy of the Jade Mountain sanctuaries or at Kai en Ciel, Jade Mountain’s boutique spa and fitness studio. The resort major domos and a dedicated resort team ensure outstanding service around the clock.
8 – Hotel de Glace, Quebec, Canada
The first (and only) true ice hotel in North America, Hotel de Glace opened in 2001 and has been rebuilt every December since. With a three-month lifespan, the features of this hotel are different each year, but it’s famous for its recurring chapel, bar, and a grand ice slide.
9 – Ngorongoro Crater Lodge – Tanzania
Divided into three camps, 30 suites with banana leaf ceilings and grass roofs provide an intimate and exclusive experience. Each camp has its own sitting and dining areas, with private butlers who provide warm, personal service. With ever-changing views as mists swirl over the huge wildlife cauldron below, the location is truly breathtaking. Guests can be forgiven for losing track of which era, or even continent, they are experiencing at this lodge. Everything is chosen to delight the imagination and enhance the spectacular views of the magnificent surroundings.