When it comes to wonderful places to stay during your holiday, location is everything. We bring to you luxury hotels tucked away in the most unimaginable places. Caves, lakes, deserts, meadows, mountains – you name it, we cover it. But their location does not reduce their luxury quotient. You can have a good timein the lap of opulence while you enjoy the locales with child-like curiosity.
1 Capella Singapore
For those looking for sun all year around, Capella on the beautiful Sentosa Island in Singapore is a most natural choice. The guests can stay in beautiful colonial buildings built in the 1880s while children can hit the beaches. Completely safe and well managed, this is the ideal place to align your body-mindsoul sensibilities. Pamper yourself with beach massages, devour a most exotic spread of sea food and walk on unspoilt beaches and pathways, far far away from the maddening crowds.
2 Four Seasons, Chiang Mai Thailand
Thai culture has a soothing and reinvograting feel, beckoning foreigners with a warmth rarely seen elsewhere. Chiang Mai with its hills and quaint cottagelined avenues is a pretty postcard picture. At Four Seasons, you experience the best of Thailand: the culture, rice fields, balmy weather, food, personalised service and high quality hospitality and more. This luxurious jungle hideaway means you can relax and get a nice massage as birds chirp all around. Submerge your olfactory senses with local herbal aroma therapies, tea and Thai food. Ask for a special cooking lesson or just walk around the Mae Rim Valley.
3 Qualia Australia
This is a great place for those fascinated by the Great Barrier Reef, for here you are virtually ensconsed in the middle of it! Clinging to the northern tip of the tropical Hamilton Island, in the midst of the Great Barrier Reef, the resort is one of Queensland’s most serene and beautiful escapes. The idyllic luxury property has a noexpense- spared feel with a sprawling 30 acres of immaculately landscaped grounds that spell class and elegance. The place boasts of excellent guest services and a VIP chauffeur service besides two swimming pools and a spa. Meals are served with care and you can choose from their casual and formal fine dining.
4 Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur India
The Oberoi, Udaivilas is a fine luxury hotel located on the banks of Lake Pichola. The property that is more than 200 years old belonged to the Maharana of Mewar. Patrons can enjoy the royal splendour of a classic heritage hotel that is spread over 50 acres of landscaped greens and architectural splendours. Wild boars and deer can be spotted in the wildlife sanctuary that lies within the hotel territory. This experience takes youback in time, bringing alive fairy tales of maharajas and maharanis, princely clashes and court dancers.
5 Dhara Devi, Chiang Mai Thailand
This place is purely inspired by the Kanna Kingdom of Thailand. Spread over an immaculately landscaped and planned 60 acres, Thailand’s Rose of the North – Chiang Mai. Rich heritage is dotted with ancient palace-like structures, Lanna-style villas and colonial mansions that are reminiscent of its recreational kingdom. Enjoy your time in the famous Dheva Spa which offers holistic treatments or check in to the special Ayurveda Centre in the hotel. If wanting more vigorous activity, there is the fitness centre and an array of jogging paths around the hotel.
6 St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Lhasa Tibet
Tibetan culture vibrates with a spiritual serenity that St Regis Lhasa Resort captures in a most uplifting and soulful manner. Enjoy the healing treatments at the Iridium Spa or indulge in quiet contemplation at the Meditation Garden. You can also explore the areas around, checking the best options with an in-house travel agency that is at your service any time of the day. The option of joining in for a daily session of morning yoga or being part of the St. Regis tradition of champagne savouring must be part of your daily regimen at the resort. This is a place to get in touch with your inner self and to cleanse the body, mind and soul.
7 The Puli Hotel & Spa, Shanghai China
The Puli calls itself Shanghai’s first urban resort. Here, guests can be part of both the traditional and contemporary Chinese culture. With its 193 rooms and 36 suites, there is more than enough room for those wanting to live the Shanghai experience. Shanghai is a city of contrasts. From Gothic architecture to modern imposing skyscrapers and remnants of the old fishing village it once was, there is a similar contradiction here at the Puli. Housed within the bustling metropolis, this is an oasis of calm, serenity and relaxed luxury that has a comforting feel. Backed by excellent service and hospitality, it surpasses your expectations.
8 Lakshman Sagar, Rajasthan India
This heritage resort is located near the Indian town of Ajmer in the Western state of Rajasthan. It presents a sliver of Indian royalty and takes its guests to a bygone era where palace intrigues and court dramas were plots around which complete dynasties were run. Spread over 32 acres and overlooking the magnificent Fatehgarh fort, you can pick a private dining and lounging space and enjoy delectable traditional Rajasthani cuisine served in a gentle and hospitable style. Have fun cooking a meal on a float deck and live the life a Maharajah and Maharani.
9 Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island Australia
This is a place for those who are taken in by all things Australian. The buzz, energy and youthfulness associated with the typical Australian lends itself spontaneously to this luxury destination too. Those seeking a natural experience with the right dollops of luxury thrown in can safely pick Southern Ocean Lodge as their holiday destination. An exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island, the lodge has a picturesque view of the Southern Ocean and Kangaroo Island wilderness. This intimate setting is definitely for those with a taste for the sophisticated and refined.
10 Saffire- Freycinet Lodge,Tasmania Australia
Australian outback is one of the best places to have a luxury adventure holiday. This lodge which gives its guests the best of both worlds provides the perfect opportunity to explore Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast. You can go hiking for a day in the Freycinet National Park or just lounge around on the sparkling sand while staying at the lodge. Enjoy the Wineglass Bay by Water experience that takes you on a tour of the sea and lets you fish too. The coastal luxury sanctuary provides a spectacular view of the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the aqua waters of Great Oyster Bay.