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The 100 List 2018

THE 100 LIST 2018

The 100 List represent some of the finest, most exclusive and luxurious hotels and resorts around the world.

World Travel Magazine unveils its sixth edition of The 100 List. This annual editorial selection covers the best hotels in the world. The properties are shortlisted with focus on service, desirability, exclusiveness, appeal, unique attributes and facilities. The 100 List represent some of the finest, most exclusive and luxurious hotels and resorts around the world.

ASIA

Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah
Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah

Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah

No limits

Surrounded on all sides by white sands and blue sea, relax and rejuvenate at this oasis by diving a few forgotten shipwrecks then enjoying deep sea, big game or hand-line fish for dinner. The Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, on the shores of the Arabian Sea, finds you spending the nights in an over-water hammock, resting in an over-water villa, or seeking seclusion in a mezzanine suite. Perhaps you’d prefer the relaxed extravagance of the beach house with its gorgeous pool. The Ocean of Consciousness Spa lavishes guests with unique treatments featuring tuning forks, music bowls, and even smoke cleanses. Dine your way, any way, because it’s your private island. No paparazzi means you set your own limits.Baa Atoll, Maldives

www.fourseasons.com/maldivesvoavah

 

Park Hyatt Saigon
Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon

The art of remembering the colonial elegance of a bygone era

Colonial accents at this historic site located in Lam Son Square, in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, features one of the most luxurious spas in town along with gracious service. Now a distant memory, a silver plaque recalls Park Hyatt Saigon’s once-troubled past in the mid-1960s, then known as the Brinks Hotel. 244 tastefully appointed guest rooms filled with muted colours and hardwoods feature historic photos of Saigon and private terraces with city views. The city’s best breakfasts and brunches are served at Opera, while Square One features an incredible combination of French and Vietnamese cuisine. Delightful private dining spaces filled with luxurious leathers and textures provide intimate culinary experiences. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/vietnam/park-hyatt-saigon/saiph

www.instagram.com/parkhyattsaigon/

 

Nihi Sumba Island
Nihi Sumba Island

Nihi Sumba Island

Remote living with all the luxuries

Escape to wild, breathtaking landscapes in this tropical paradise situated on Sumba Island in the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. Enjoy the connections to the Sumba people while admiring the artistry of their Ikat weavings, learning of the religious, traditional and social significance where every cloth tells a story. Let the style and surf seduce you then enjoy your luxurious tree house accommodation at Nihi Sumba, perfect for adventure lovers, complete with private pool and contemporary rustic outdoor living. Fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle. Barefoot luxury retreats include transformational mind and bodywork with Tatiana Boncompagni Hoover, co-author of The Model Trainer Method, to shed pounds and build lifelong wellness. Sumba Island, Indonesia

www.nihi.com

www.instagram.com/nihiwatu

 

SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace
SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace

SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace

Stylist’s haven in the Pink City

Built as a love letter from a husband to his wife, the daughter of the Maharana of Mewar, two hundred and fifty years ago the private palace remains a romantic garden retreat recalling the region’s regal past with suites named after famous guests, including the Princess of Wales suite and Kennedy Suite. In a region known for extravagance, Sujan Rajmahal Palace includes 14 unique lavishly decorated suites with various themes and artistic elements like the buta, or paisley, of Persian origin, cypress, and geometric inspirations from local stone carving motifs on forts and palaces. Exquisite tea service on manicured lawns and open terraces evoke the spirit of the raj when everything slows down for the quintessential afternoon tea. Jaipur, India

www.sujanluxury.com/raj-mahal

www.instagram.com/sujanluxury

 

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

Malaysian hospitality meets the Andaman Sea

Evoking the sensibilities of the ancient crossroads––a cavalcade of Asian, Indian and Arabic influences, every room at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi enjoys the tranquil views you came for, including mangrove swamps, lagoons, pristine rainforest, and plenty of deserted beaches. Live luxuriously in one of 90 villas hidden on 48 hectares of open-air living full of outdoor terrazzo soaking baths and showers that fall like rain. Get your adventure on with a visit to Geoforest Park, part of a 550-million-year-old rock formation. Then indulge your senses at the spa where the healing powers of the park’s minerals nourish a variety of ancient Balinese and Indian healing treatments. Stunning sunsets and Malaysian cuisine add to your pure bliss. Langkawi, Malaysia

www.fourseasons.com/langkawi/

www.instagram.com/fslangkawi

 

The Siam
The Siam

The Siam

Colonial vibe and all that jazz

Art Deco with a touch of whimsy along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, the Siam Bangkok welcomes you with elegant vintage touches. Gramophones and old time travel trunk accents invite you to journey to a playful past. Enjoy colonial luxury accommodations in rooms that feature an antique teak house called Connie’s Cottage––shipped from Ayutthaya by a silk merchant and curio collector––with an upstairs bedroom and opulent living area below. An exclusive pool villa, Opium spa, cooking classes, river cruises, and Muay Thai boxing ring round out the lavish offerings. Enjoy breathtaking river views from the outdoor infinity pool by day then indulge in riverfront dining at Chon Thai Restaurant featuring local delicacies. Bangkok, Thailand

www.thesiamhotel.com

www.instagram.com/thesiamhotel

 

The St. Regis Singapore
The St. Regis Singapore

The St. Regis Singapore

Frenetic luxury

Decadent and gilded, the St. Regis Singapore is unapologetically grand. And so are her guests. Upon arrival, an almost frantic state of luxury unfolds, from the lobby interiors featuring one of the largest private collections of masterpieces to delectable French cuisine to St. Regis Butlers and Bentleys. Only steps away from the national pastime of haute couture shopping, guests also enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage Singapore Botanic Gardens and the colonial neighbourhood of Dempsey Hill filled with dynamic nightlife and antiques. The St Regis Suite, perfect for families, enjoys panoramic views of the Lion City and the ultimate in comfort. Seek sanctuary at Remède Spa ready to restore those shopping muscles so you can shop another day. Singapore

www.stregissingapore.com

www.instagram.com/stregissg

 

137 Pillars Chiang Mai
137 Pillars Chiang Mai

137 Pillars Chiang Mai

Architectural wonder

137 Pillars House steps out of history as the former headquarter building for the East Borneo Trading Company to provide an elegant, historical backdrop for luxurious, spacious accommodations set in the timeless beauty of nature. They just don’t make hotels like this anymore. 125-year-old architectural details of the historic teak house flavour the exotic tropical setting, paying homage to the heritage of the property with suites named for members of the trading company. Enjoy a tranquil swim in the 25-meter lap pool snuggled against a stunning giant wall of jungle ivy, where complimentary sorbets are served to help tame Thailand’s heat. Enjoy a relaxing nightcap at Jack Bain’s Bar, Cigar Divan and Wine Cellar. Chiang Mai, Thailand

www.stregissingapore.com www.137pillarschiangmai.com

 

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Whimsical playground

Exquisitely whimsical, the design of St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort takes its inspiration from the natural beauty of the atoll and its creatures of the sea––including a whale bar, the lobster-shaped Iridium Spa, and villas in the form of manta rays all elegantly silhouetted by the clear blue Indian Ocean. Constructed with a muted palette allowing the natural world to shine, exquisitely comfortable furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows offer you an exotic way to witness some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Indulge with a stay at the John Jacob Astor Estate Presidential Water Villa, one of the largest overwater villas in the Archipelago at 1540 square meters! A playground with 3 rooms, terraces and private infinity pool, cinema room, jacuzzis, 24-hour butler service and your very own yoga studio!Dhaalu Atoll Vommuli, Maldives

 www.stregismaldives.com

www.instagram.com/stregismaldives

 

The Peninsula Hong Kong
The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hong Kong

The art of elegance redefined

The home of luxury for 90 years, The Peninsula Hong Kong is a global icon that has defined opulence and extravagance in the Far East. Everything is better here, even the afternoon tea. Your chauffeur and pilot attends a fleet of fourteen Rolls-Royce Phantoms, one Vintage 1934 Phantom II and a Squirrel twin-engine helicopter. Say the word, and you are off on the adventure of a lifetime in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. 300 newly-renovated guest rooms include 53 suites, featuring the 377-square meter, stylish and sophisticated Presidential Suite with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour from a fully landscaped terrace. Take your pick of culinary marvels in nine award-winning bars and restaurants including award-winning Cantonese cuisine at Spring Moon. Hong Kong, China

www.hongkong.peninsula.com

 

Naka Island

Pampered in paradise

Get your pamper on at this tropical island paradise with a stay at the Royal Horizon Pool Villa which sounds as amazing as it is––featuring endless views of the Andaman Sea from lounges that seem to hover at the horizon line above the private pool. Be as inspired and busy as you want by learning exotic skills like weaving and folding palm leaves, crafting handmade toys, perfecting your Thai curry recipe in an interactive class or learn how to boost circulation through ancient Thai bodywork. Afterwards recharge mind, body and spirit with a candlelit picnic dinner. Adventures include stand up paddle boards, windsurfing and kayaking. Phuket, Thailand

www.nakaislandphuket.com

 

Trisara 

A state of green bliss overlooking the Andaman blue

“The garden in the third heaven” greets guests on the shores of the Andaman Sea among the glories of nature. The secluded cove of Trisara helps set the stage for relaxation and a focus on slowing down. Elegant multi-bedroom villas, suites and residences provide the perfect backdrop to gather the family and create life-long memories. Feel free to explore the sea on a range of luxury motor yachts where an encounter with one of the many beautiful islands and bays around Phuket might invite a closer look. Enjoy destination dinning excursions, farm-to-table cuisine and in-villa BBQ services. When you’re ready for serious indulgence, enjoy the Royal Trisara 6 Hand Massage at the Jara Spa. Phuket, Thailand

www.trisara.com

 

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

Endless jungle adventure

Enjoy your exquisitely furnished, individually decorated tree-top tent with amazing panoramic jungle views bordering Thailand, Burma and Laos while at the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. The adventures are endless. Set sail on a riverboat to visit Chiang Rai, walk among tea plantations, and discover Burma’s Scorpion Temple. Or take a ride in Northern Thailand along the Craft Route, known for its local artistry in craft making featuring textiles and carving. The ultimate in personal service will arrange your heart’s desire, be it breakfast atop a mountain, a cooking class by the organic garden, feeling the spray of majestic waterfalls, or simply savouring the ultimate private candlelit dinner at Elephant Camp. Chiang Rai, Thailand

www.fourseasons.com/goldentriangle

instagram.com/fstentedcamp

 

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

A timeless legend

The Sofitel Metropole Hanoi’s stately building hides 64 elegantly-appointed, neo-classical rooms and suites behind its iconic green shutters. The lobby’s local hardwoods and travertine provide an elegant colonial richness to the luxuriously beautiful space, ideal for displaying Vietnamese artwork. The outdoor patio cafe’s wrought iron details recalls Paris, a stage set for a century of stories that have taken place there. The dramatic past also comes shining through at Le Club Bar where jazz takes centerstage. Enjoy an indulgent spa treatment where essences from the legendary French region of Grasse meets the best of eastern massage. After shopping in the city relax with a fine, sommelier-selected French wine at Le Beaulieu. Hanoi, Vietnam

www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-1555-sofitel-legend-metropole-hanoi/index.shtml

 

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

Playful alfresco elegance with exceptional style

Enjoy alfresco living at Intercontinental Danang on the rocky shores of Danang Bay in sophisticated bi-level villas. Luxury terraces featuring stylish, playful LONG bar, the colonial elegance of the Buffalo Bar and oceanfront Citron invite warm, sophisticated ways to embrace nature and new friends while at InterContinental Danang. The exceptional settings find you lingering seaside in the infinity pool and planning a local cultural immersion experience. Lavish suites with Vietnamese-inspired interiors and intricate latticework come with, amongst other things, a personal chauffeur. Sophisticated La Mason 1888 serves up elegant bay views and culinary delicacies which have earned it the reputation as the destination for French cuisine in Vietnam. Danang, Vietnam

www.danang.intercontinental.com/

www.instagram.com/intercontinentaldanang

 

The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu
The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu

The Ritz-Carlton Chengdu

Oasis of luxury perched high above the city

Enjoy the palatial, luxurious 324-square-meter Presidential Suite of the Ritz Carlton high atop the Sichuan capital featuring stunning panoramic city views. One of the city’s first luxury hotels, you will enjoy its central location near Tianfu Square. A UNESCO City of Gastronomy, the hotel’s Li Xuan restaurant shines with the delicacies of the region featuring exotic spices and Sichuan peppers, so hot you’ll eyelids will sweat. Nearby attractions including the Giant Panda sanctuaries that draw in the crowds. After your encounter with the world’s most adorable animal, enjoy harmonic healing and pampering at Silk-Road-inspired Chengdu Spa. Chengdu, China

www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/china/chengdu

www.instagram.com/ritzcarlton

 

Oberoi Udaivilas

Mewar nights amongst the Rajpoots and moonlight

Unforgettable majesty on the banks of Lake Pichola, becomes your kingdom. Built in the 15th century, the enchantment of Oberoi Udaivilas begins when historical elegance meets legendary modern conveniences in the lavish Kohinoor Suite featuring its own private pool, gold-domed ceilings, elaborate mirror mosaics and hand carved, marble privacy screens. A castle apart, enjoy the moat-like pool and stunning views from your spacious, 241 square metre slice of heaven. Explore the many nearby cultural treasures such as the Chittor Fort, Mount Abu and the Ranakpur Temples. When exploring turns to indulging, the lavish hotel spa features signature indigenous and Ayurvedic inspired rituals, the sure cure for modern stressors. Udaipur, India

www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-udaipur-udaivilas-resort

www.instagram.com/oberoihotels

 

Taj Falaknuma Palace

Royally exotic

Taj Falaknuma Palace is your definitive palace away from home. Enjoy an extravagant arrival at this exotic scorpion-shaped refuge where architecture meets adventure. Meticulously restored by a princess, the Grand Royal Suites located in the feminine Zenana Wing stun while the opulent Nizam Suite features a private pool and a personal butler. Once home of the monarch and the world’s richest man of that era, live like royalty among the private gardens and take your tea on the Jade Terrace as the Nizam once did. Breathe in an array of flavours served in an exquisite handcrafted hookah at the Hookah Bar, and enjoy slow-cooked Indian Hyderabadi fare at enchanting Adaa. Hyderabad, India

www.taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj-falaknuma-palace-hyderabad

https://www.instagram.com/tajhotels

 

Umaid Bhavan Palace

Where dreams come true

Constructed of the same palm court marble used at the Taj Mahal at Agra, this grand palace on 26 acres of meticulously maintained gardens dotted with dancing peacocks, and a subterranean Zodiac Pool, houses a family museum as well as the breathtaking Umaid Bhawan Palace. Get a taste of the royal life in one wing of the palace where 64 Art Deco luxuriously splendid rooms and suites are set among one of the most extravagant homes ever constructed with three hundred and fifty rooms to explore, making thus palace amongst the world’s largest private residences. Make your dreams come true with sunset royal spa retreats like no other where healing aromas of therapeutic oils linger in the Jiva Spa. Jodhpur, India

www.taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/umaid-bhawan-palace-jodhpur

www.instagram.com/tajhotels

 

The Oberoi Amarvilas

Romance amongst marble and silhouette in Agra

A stay in The Oberoi Amarvilas’s romantic Kohinoor Suite will make any woman feel like a queen with ceiling-to-floor views of the Taj Mahal from every room, white marble elephants and columns under golden ceilings. A king-sized bed opens to stunning sunrise and sunset views of the iconic monument. After touring the Taj Mahal, enjoy your own undying love by savouring a sensual traditional foot cleansing ceremony and full body massage using poultices packed with Ayurvedic herbs, soaked in therapeutic oil to bring tranquillity to the body’s meridians. A private dinner under the stars ends the perfect day or indulge in a four-course candlelit dinner on your private terrace as you admire the Taj awash in pinks and purples. Agra, India

www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-agra-amarvilas-resort

www.instagram.com/oberoihotels


 

Taj Lake Palace

Spend the night in a floating marble palace

Just a short sail away from shore, the opulent Taj Lake Palace appears like a mirage, a marble palace that welcomes guests with rose petals. The fairy-tale continues at one of the world’s most tranquil of romantic getaways, as you enjoy lily-pond views and locally-sourced traditional Indian fine dining at Neel Kamal. 24-hour personalised butler service and all the opulence you could wish for abound at The Shambhu Prakash Presidential Suite, featuring sweeping lake and monument views, even from your incredibly large bathtub. The private library wows with an excellent selection of curated editions. Why not have the pleasure of saying you stayed in the same suite as Mick Jagger and Nicole Kidman. Udaipur, India

www.tajhotels.com

www.instagram.com/tajhotels

 

Como Shambhala Estate

Capturing the meditative moment amongst nature

Take it from world-renown yogis and beauty experts who frequent this stress-busting mecca; you can buy happiness. At least the kind that comes with luxurious waterfalls, revitalising massage treatments and your-wish-is-our-command service. Kudos house at the Como Shambhala Estate, a 19th-century Javanese villa, welcomes you to decadent Indonesian dinners, a production in a meal. Take in the incredible Agung Valley views at sunset for something extra special to write home about. One-bedroom Retreat Villas, each with their own private treatment rooms make pampering easy. Or feel like a god in the Tirta-Ening residence with its own private entrance, balé, Jacuzzi and six-ton carved stone bath. Bali, Indonesia

www.comohotels.com/comoshambhalaestate

www.instagram.com/comohotels

 

One&Only Reethi Rah

Exceptional, Perfect

Twelve beaches, endless perfect coastline and corals steps away make One&Only Reethi Rahone of the most exquisite island playgrounds in the world. Begin your day with breakfast at the Beach Villa on its shady veranda then lounge in a white hammock under the palm trees while admiring the practically deserted beach. Don’t get up. There’s plenty of time to explore the vitality pool beside the impressive Espa spa. Let the vintage rum flow at Rah Bar where good times continue their roll with endless views of the horizon. If you like your liquid adrenaline-filled, cast off in banana boats, canoes, paddle boards, water-skiing, windsurfing, and boating excursions. North Malé Atoll, Maldives

www.oneandonlyresorts.com/one-and-only-reethi-rah-maldives

www.instagram.com/ooreethirah/

 

Amanemu
Amanemu

Amanemu

Sacred ancient healing

Elegant simplicity is a hallmark of Amanemu from meticulously cared for gardens, sophisticated interiors and woven textile shutters that open onto spacious verandas with stunning views of the Ago Bay, the pearl rafts and oyster divers. Along the holy shrine-dotted ancient UNESCO World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, partake in an onsen, an old Japanese bathing tradition in thermal springs that is well-known for its healing properties. These ancient secrets have been applied to all the Wellness Immersions at Amanemu which you may enjoy in a peaceful ryokan retreat, your own private healing sanctuary. Enjoy Matsusaka Wagyu, one of Japan’s most renowned dishes, at The Restaurant under vaulted ceilings with endless bay views. Shima-shi, Japan

www.aman.com/resorts/amanemu

 

Fairmont Peace Hotel
Fairmont Peace Hotel

Fairmont Peace Hotel

Soaring views over the Bund

The building that makes up Fairmont Peace Hotel goes back eight decades. The hotel’s North Building was the former mansion of Sir Victor Sassoon and later incorporated the famous Cathay Hotel at the end of the roaring 1920s. Extravagant architectural details include Lalique glass, a dramatic copper-sheathed roof and Italian marble floors. Nine National Suites take their spacious, lavish inspiration from countries all over the world including The American Suite’s Old Hollywood glam interiors and deep, claw-foot tub; as well as a matador-inspired Spanish Suite with whirlpool. Partake in one of the world’s most elegant afternoon teas in the Art Deco wonder of The Jasmine Lounge. The Cathay Room’s discerning wine list makes this restaurant sparkle high above the Huangpu River. Shanghai, China

www.fairmont.com/peace-hotel-shanghai

www.instagram.com/fairmonthotels

 

The Upper House

Tranquillity and zen

Architect Andre Fu’s stunner, The Upper House located in the heart of the city, surprises with a luxurious twist in space-constrained Hong Kong. The hotel is a treasured oasis amongst travellers, providing spacious rooms with exceptional views of both the Harbour and the mountains. Enjoy stunning panoramic views at Café Gray Deluxe from Level 49 with all of Hong Kong at your feet. Bask in the joy of a personalised food menu, original artwork and the finest furnishings add to the excellent ambience. Hong Kong, China

www.upperhouse.com

www.instagram.com/upperhouse_hkg/

 

One&Only The Palm

Arabian opulence

Enjoy a secluded Beachfront Villa on white sand beaches overlooking The Persian Gulf. With only four such villas available at One&Only The Palm, exclusive pampering has never looked so beautiful, complete with Arabian decor and unique accents. Lounge at the private pool after a wonderful shopping excursion at Mall of the Emirates, a truly opulent way to start the day. And by night you’ll want to discover delicacies created by renowned Chef Yannick Alléno at Stay, known for his inspired take on beloved French cuisine. End of the night cocktails at 101 Bar is even more fantastic while basking in breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline. Dubai, UAE

www.oneandonlyresorts.com/one-and-only-the-palm-dubai

www.instagram.com/oothepalm

 

The Norman

The art of luxury

Rooms feel more like sanctuaries here at The Norman with 50 different experiences to choose from in two separate buildings, creating a magically, intimate experience while in the city. Antique accents up the glamour here. The King Albert Suite’s romantic, retro charm features a French balcony with garden views and cafe seating. Enjoy staying in bright, contemporary rooms focused on well-being, featuring all the technological goodies you’ve come to expect. With an art collection featuring outstanding Israeli artists, the hotel’s art concierge is available to add to your collection easily and effortlessly, as well as coordinating artist studio tours and gallery tours. Wind down a day in the city with a casual, yet fine dining restaurant and nightcap at the rooftop bar featuring Japanese tapas. Tel Aviv, Israel

www.thenorman.com

www.instagram.com/thenormantlv

 

EUROPE

Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Artful cuisine in romantic Venice

Brimming with elegance and charm, Belmond Hotel Cipriani basks in the glow of historical St. Mark’s Square and the storied canals of Venice on the shore of Giudecca Island. The Palladio & Dogaressa Suites offer opulent furniture and artwork with the grandeur of the Laguna Veneta at your feet in all directions. Garden and lagoon views abound, providing the perfect oasis with a private plunge pool and jacuzzi. With forever views of the lagoon, Oro restaurant designed by Adam D. Tihany channels the romance of Venice and casts a spell with cuisine inspired by a love of contemporary art. Venice, Italy

 www.belmond.com/hotels/europe/italy/venice/belmond-hotel-cipriani

www.instagram.com/belmondhotelcipriani

 

Les Sources de Caudalie
Les Sources de Caudalie

Les Sources de Caudalie

Commune with nature and Vinotherapie in wine country

Joie de vivre and vino greet you here in the world-renowned wine region of Bordeaux where you will enjoy grapes unlike ever before. Contemporary buildings that make up Les Sources de Caudalie, designed by Yves Collet, feature recycled local natural materials in tune with the surroundings. Welcome to a world that not only celebrates the senses but is devoted to them. At Vivothérapie Spa, grapes feature in the most luxurious of body massages and therapies. Or immerse yourself in the neighbouring forest with José Le Piez, the tree whisperer who’s known to “make the trees sing.” This knowledgeable arborist and sculptor provides a unique magical encounter with nature that will help awaken your inner hippie. Top your visit off with a sail to the Port of the Moon, in the city of Bordeaux to explore its marvels, a classified UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bordeaux, France

www.sources-caudalie.com

www.instagram.com/lessourcesdecaudalie


 

Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Chagall and red carpets in Eden

Marc Chagall, a regular guest at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc for fifteen years, speaks to the legacy of creativity, wanderlust and self-expression this extraordinary setting evokes, set between Nice and Cannes. Shaded by centuries-old pines at the southern tip of Cap d’Antibes the exquisite Napoleon III style buildings graciously open to stunning Mediterranean views of the Lérin Islands and Esterel coastline. Get ready to walk the red carpet at Cannes in one of the 118 unique classically-styled rooms and suites featuring beige marble bathrooms. Enjoy Eden-Roc’s private 9-hectare garden estate featuring a saltwater swimming pool nestled into the rock. Côte d’Azur, France

www.oetkercollection.com/destinations/hotel-du-cap-eden-roc

 

Aman Venice
Aman Venice

Aman Venice

Fairytale fabulous

Aman Venice, the 16th-century former Palazzo Papadopoli, famous for holding the wedding of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, complete with Giovanni Battista Tiepolo frescoes and opulent Rococo rooms, will turn your vacation into a fairytale. A private jetty stands ready to receive your yacht upon arrival. Alcova Tiepolo Suite sets a great scene to begin your happily ever after filled with cherub-packed frescos and Chinoiserie paintings. Stunning canal views rule here especially at Spritz by the Grand Canal, a perfect spot to enjoy Venetian cuisine on the banks of the canal while the hotel bar could be one of the best places in town to take in sunset views of the floating city. Venice, Italy

www.aman.com/resorts/aman-venice

www.instagram.com/aman/

 

Hotel Danieli
Hotel Danieli

Hotel Danieli

Intrigue, love affairs and the artistic 

Three palaces floating in the Adriatic, some since the 1400s, make up Hotel Danieli––all scenes of various intrigue, secret love affairs and artistic exploration. 204 suites and rooms have been expertly restored and are a treasure trove of art pieces and antiques with contemporary, timeless touches. A stay at the legendary Doge Dandolo Royal Suite features 180-degree views of The Grand Canal and makes guests feel like royalty. Home might be your castle, but this is your palace. Enjoy locally-sourced Venetian delicacies and some of the best views in the Lion City at Restaurant Terrazza Danieli, billed as an emotional tasting journey. Venice, Italy

www.danielihotelvenice.com

www.instagram.com/hoteldanieli

 

Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles
Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles

Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles

Keeping it regal 

The most luxurious destination for exploring Louis XIV’s splendid estate, bask in views of Trianon Palace’s lush lawns and gardens in the tranquil three-acre Parc de Versailles. The entrance to the palace grounds is located only a short stroll away. Built by Jules Hardouin Mansart in 1687, the Grand Trianon is among the most refined set of buildings in the entire Versailles Estate. Feel like a king or queen in the magnificent Terrasse Suite and Versailles Suite, a bastion of real-world elegance with amazingly spacious layouts including dressing rooms and living rooms with fireplaces and hardwood floors throughout and stunning views of Château de Versailles. Versailles, France

www.trianonpalace.fr/en

www.instagram.com/trianonpalaceversailles

 

Hotel d'Angleterre
Hotel d’Angleterre

Hotel d’Angleterre

Historically stylish

Founded in 1755, Hotel d’Angleterre survived two world wars and hosted centuries of celebrations including Amundsen’s return from the South Pole in 1912. Today she greets guests with 92 spacious rooms and suites all individually decorated with stylish interiors and hand-picked artworks with an eye to her historical elegance and contemporary grandeur. Her grand scale includes various stately accents like extravagant chandeliers, sophisticated colour schemes and dramatic floral arrangements. The Michelin-starred restaurant, named after the hotel’s famous founder and hairdresser Jean Marchal, offers small plates with artfully prepared Nordic and French cuisine. Copenhagen, Denmark

 www.dangleterre.com

www.instagram.com/dangleterrecph

 

Four Seasons George V Paris
Four Seasons George V Paris

Four Seasons George V Paris

Of French grandeur and kings

This palatial institution is a flagship of style in its very capital, residing in the storied golden triangle of the 8th Arrondissement. Journey back in time to the days of Paris in the 1920s as you step into the Four Seasons George V. Decades of elegance and extravagance have set the stage for luxury beyond compare. The lobby’s extravagant floral pieces add to the festival of colours and romantic flavour which would give anyone la vie en rose. Rich textures, exquisite tapestries and period furniture reminiscent of royalty fill the roomy suites, with the Penthouse topping out at 160 square meters. The Pop Up Spa by Jeff Leatham, providing the perfect pampering after a day on the Champs d’Elysee, will welcome guest to its newly renovated swimming pool, sauna and hammam in 2018. Paris, France

www.fourseasons.com/paris

www.instagram.com/fsparis

 

Belmond Hotel Splendido
Belmond Hotel Splendido

Belmond Hotel Splendido

Charming indulgence overlooking the bay

Once in a lifetime everyone should indulge in the Presidential Suite of Belmond Hotel Splendido.

Portofino living defined, large verandas provide panoramic views of The Bay as well as the fishing village of Castello Brown. La Terrazza brings culinary masterpieces to life with a side of stunning vistas, some of the most romantic in all of Italy. For your pleasure, the resort’s private Chris-Craft Corsair 36 can sail eight guests around the Gulf of Tigullio, sail to Cinque Terra, take a film-inspired road trip tour of Sicily, or cruise to Mallorca. Other luxurious activities include kayaking along the Italian Riviera, hidden shopping wonders of Genoa, and romantic sunset dinners. Portofino, Italy

www.belmond.com/hotels/europe/italy/portofino/belmond-hotel-splendido

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Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Beauty in the details

The award-winning Mandarin Oriental Barcelona has mastered the art of the luxurious with flawless detail that defines the luxury experience. Contemporary Patricia Urquiola interiors feature a neutral palette of creamy whites and beiges enhancing the natural light, creating elegant experiences in every room. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the majesty of the city, set on the historic Passeig de Gràcia. Enjoy a spa that caters to the foot, overseen by renowned podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez. Two Michelin starred Moments restaurant not only wows with Catalan specialities, but will undoubtedly become one of your special moments in Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain

www.mandarinoriental.com/barcelona

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Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat

Elegance in the French Riviera

Open since 1908, you don’t need to be famous to be greeted by name atGrand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera, perched on seventeen acres overlooking the Mediterranean with 74 guest rooms, all with white interiors designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, and marble bathrooms. Some feature private ocean view swimming pools and private terraces. The spa includes a VIP room for couples, an ice fountain, and 1,200 meter Spa Garden dotted with terraces and panoramic views of the sea. Enjoy a private seaside cabana at Club Dauphin by day then a splendid repast at Michelin-starred Le Cap featuring 600 wine varieties paired with the best of French haute cuisine. Côte d’Azur, France

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Hotel Plaza Athénée

Dior, Dietrich and diamonds

Elegant, yet playful, this beautiful stalwart of French and Art Deco style finds you relaxing in elegant furnishings with pampering amenities like high-end linens and a wide-ranging pillow menu. You’ll leave your heart in Hotel Plaza Athénéewhen you stay at the Signature Eiffel Suite with spectacular uninterrupted views of the storied, romantic landmark––even from your own hammam. The Dior Institut au Plaza Athénée, an haute couture spa, soothes the spirit and relaxes the body. Nowhere does beauty like Paris, and no one knows Paris like Dior. The Rose de Granville a secret ingredient because it continuously blooms despite its harsh seaside climate––a key ingredient in Dior products. Paris, France

www.dorchestercollection.com/en/paris/hotel-plaza-athenee

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Cheval Blanc Courchevel

Whimsy and Dom Perignon

Stunning contemporary, whimsical design in the jewel of the Alps includes ski-in and ski-out thrills, Michelin-starred food, and the incredible Guerlain Spa. The family lodge vibe here at the Cheval Blanc Courchevel has a decidedly cutting edge thanks to Sybille de Margerie’s inspired uses of animal skins, soft leathers, and cowhide as well as art and design from Gilles Hoang, Lars Zech and Macduff Everton. Innocent diversions like card games keep the feeling warm. Rooms feature a private chromotherapy hammam in the bathroom––better-called sanctuaries–– with balconies overlooking the slopes and the alpine. The subtle interiors set the scene for an excellent contrast to the raw beauty of nature outside. Courchevel, France

www.chevalblanc.com/courchevel/en

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Le Bristol Paris
Le Bristol Paris

Le Bristol Paris

Refinement, fashion and Sacré Cœur

This historic property has served celebrities like Charlie Chaplin and Rita Hayworth as well as literary and fashion icons. Beautiful fabric and Louis the XV and XVI furniture give a certain refinement to the retreat atmosphere here at Le Bristol Paris. Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie features a gorgeous indoor rooftop swimming pool with panoramic views over Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower. The Penthouse Suite with views of Sacré Cœur and the hotel’s beautiful garden has a breathtaking terrace where you can enjoy outdoor dining and tranquillity, creating an elegant private residence in the heart of the City of Lights. Paris, France

www.oetkercollection.com/destinations/le-bristol-paris

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Portrait Firenze

Portrait of intimacy

You’ll experience the joy of surprise at Portrait Firenze, one of the most stylish destinations in Florence. Providing a portrait in intimacy, they seek to go beyond the normal concept of concierge and instead raise the bar to provide guests with an entire lifestyle team dedicated to providing guests with a unique transformative experience beyond compare. Included in this service are playful and intuitive amenities the team creates to make your stay most memorable. Have it all with a stay at the Portrait Penthouse Floor, a combination of all the sixth-floor suites, featuring stunning views of the Ponte Vecchio and the river. Enjoy aperitivos while watching the sunset on the full-facade terrace. Florence, Italy

 www.lungarnocollection.com/portrait-firenze

 

Il Salviatino

If life were art, Il Salviatino would be the canvas

Jet-lag recovery and Florentine Ritual spa treatments in a virtual museum of 19th-century frescoes, art and antique bathtubs nestled in the Florentine hillside? Yes, please. The Il Salviatino takes the form of a 15th-century villa set on verdant green grounds and is the perfect setting for wellness and longevity. Post-pamper indulgence is found at La Cucina del Salviatino with candlelit dining in the hotel’s formal library and in the summer on the outdoor terrace underneath star-filled skies. A rooftop Jacuzzi with views of the Tuscan hills and private balcony await in the two-floor Ojetti Suite. After visiting the Campanile and admiring the Duomo, enjoy concierge-arranged adventures including private painting classes and visits to craftsmen to have custom shirts and shoes made. Florence, Italy

www.salviatino.com

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Villa Cora

A love letter to romance

The ideal honeymoon hideaway, a Forties-themed suite comes with its own private elevator while rooms on the first-floor feature government-protected frescoes and the Imperial Suite, once frequented by Emperor Akihito. Built by a Baron for his Baroness in the late 1800s, the Villa Cora

features extravagant interiors, art, architecture and marvellous statuary. A terrace leading off the ballroom overlooks roses in summer when you will also be able to enjoy the classic seasonal cuisine at Le Bistrot restaurant in the winter garden by the side of the swimming pool. The spa “Béne” partners with Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, founded in Florence in 1612, for body rituals. Florence, Italy

www.villacora.it

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St Regis Florence

15th century Bentley experience 

If you like your travel served up with a fleet of Bentleys and Florentine suit makers, look no further. This Brunelleschi-designed palace filled with detailed woodwork and stained-glass ceilings has 100 equally stunning, regally restored guest rooms designed in Florence’s classic renaissance and Medici styles full of bold frescoes and brocades. Located in the heart of Florence sights like the Ponte Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery are only a charming stroll away. Or take the Bentley for the day and venture into the storied towns of Tuscany. Upon your return to St Regis Florence, enjoy dinner in the lavish, Michelin-star winning Winter Garden By Caino where culinary marvels are created in the Tuscan tradition. Florence, Italy

www.salviatino.com

www.instagram.com/stregisflorence

 

Le Sirenuse

Living la dolce vita

Sip cocktails in Murano glasses with views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and summer where the ancient Romans did on one of the most famous coasts in the world that’s inspired artists from Fellini to Steinbeck, Bergman and Rossellini to Nureyev. Do it all here at Le Sirenuse because you can. Rock climb in Italy’s premiere sport-climbing hub, swim, sail, shop then rest your tired limbs at Gae Aulenti designed Le Sirenuse Spa that leaves the Moorish architecture of the hotel behind for and essential space featuring a Bio-sauna and a granite steam bath. 58 unique rooms with whitewashed walls, a symphony of east meets west design, welcomes you home and offers some rooms with private balconies. Positano, Italy

www.irenuse.it

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Rome Cavalieri
Rome Cavalieri

Rome Cavalieri

Residence worthy of Caesar in the Eternal City

Located on Monte Mario, everything is heightened at this lavish enclave that is the Rome Cavalieri. From the 345 guest rooms with private terraces––some with views of Rome worthy of a Caesar––to the Salvatore Ferragamo bathroom products. Take a step into the sensory explosion of more is more with design details like violet travertine surfaces, plush carpets, gold plumes and dramatic drapes among a vast art collection of nearly 1,000 pieces, from the 16th to the 20th century. The Petronius Suite features jaw-dropping panoramas of The Eternal City’s famous landmarks, evoking the Roman baths of yore. Grand Spa Club provides unique ancient treatments so you can feel timeless. Make your evening escape into the boisterous brilliance of La Pergola, the Michelin-rated three-star rooftop restaurant. Rome, Italy

www.romecavalieri.com

  www.instagram.com/romecavalieri

 

Gstaad Palace

Elevation and elation

Cinematic and fashionable, catch stunning vistas of the Swiss Alps high above the storybook village of Gstaad. Enjoy strolling through the village and hunting for one-of-a-kind gems to bring home, from diamonds to delicious cheeses. And speaking of diamonds, access to 125 miles of slopes provide the right amount of challenge for every skier from double black diamonds to beginners. Among the Venetian chandeliers and sommeliers of Gstaad Palace, surrounded by hunting trophies and vintage alpine memorabilia you can almost sense the presence of famous guests like Louis Armstrong and James Bond’s witty Roger Moore. Enjoy the decadent comfort of The Penthouse, located on the hotel roof, with a sauna, forever views from the private terrace, and an outdoor whirlpool. Gstaad, Switzerland

www.palace.ch/en

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Soho House Barcelona

Seafront fun

Soho House, a Spanish-designed wonder infuses your stay in Barcelona with the beauty of the sense of place as an element of design. Get the party started with poolside views of the Port Vell Marina and maybe check out the daily screening at the 36-seat theatre. Called The Cowshed, the spa features an indoor pool inspired by the design of a 1930 Spanish pharmacy. Cecconi’s boasts century-old pizza ovens from a nearby bakery in Badalona and vaulted ceilings. Club, a social space, features a Mediterranean restaurant serving up traditional specials like tapas, sea bass and mango ceviche, Iberian pork and ham. Because all social butterflies need some rest, you’ll love the peaceful vintage feel of your Medium Marina room with marvellous Marina views. Barcelona, Spain

 www.sohohousebarcelona.com/en

www.instagram.com/sohohouse


 

Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa

Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa

An age-old retreat that excels in creature comforts

Located on a park and arboretum on the River Oos is Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden Baden, a spa town, home to many natural hot springs, gourmet restaurants and luxury shopping. The one place in the world where you’d rather drop before you shop as people have sought out the natural curative powers of the waters for centuries. The spa focuses on four elements of heath––beauty, detox and nutrition, emotional balance and medical care. A grande dame of luxury with Michelin-starred dining, you will fill your days with relaxation and nights with culture at Festspielhaus, Germany’s largest opera and concert venue. Exquisite accommodations include a 100 square meter Royal Suite, with its own private entrance. Baden Baden, Germany

www.oetkercollection.com/destinations/brenners-park-hotel-spa

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Ballyfin

Ireland’s sensual garden romance

Welcome to heart of the simple life––a walk through romantic gardens set at a luxurious Irish country house among the sensual landscapes once observed by artist Thomas Moore––full of medieval watchtowers and waterfalls of flowers. Ballyfin’s storied, nearly two-hundred-year history includes adventurers and reads like a James Joyce novel. Twenty rooms provide a private venue for guests or can become the lavish backdrop for the ultimate intimate event. Natural and manmade features in the vast, secluded gardens include grottos that captivate the imagination with impossible beauty and are only open to residents. County Laois, Ireland

 www.ballyfin.com

 

AFRICA

Tongabezi Lodge
Tongabezi Lodge

Tongabezi Lodge

Natural beauty, capped a majestic waterfall

With Livingstone Island and Victoria Falls as a backdrop, there is enough raw natural beauty here for a lifetime of exploration and adventure. Romantic Tongabezi Lodge provides a luxurious base camp to experience the power and majesty of the Zambezi River. Enjoy stunning views of the waterfalls and misty rainbows by day at the falls, then indulge in lavish accommodations. The most extravagant Tangala House can be your own private home in the bush along the Zambezi, just 15 km upstream of Victoria Falls. With four bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms and award-winning gardens and design Tongabezi throws in a vehicle and boat, a chef, waiters and private guide all for your own personal use. Livingstone, Zambia

www.tongabezi.com

www.instagram.com/tongabezi

 

La Residence
La Residence

La Residence

Wine tasting on horseback

Nestled in the valley of this storied wine region, lies incredible beauty and amazing gastronomy. La Residence is artfully and luxuriously decorated by owner Liz Biden, her loving attention to detail abounds in warm hues that bring the outside beauty into every room. With 11 rooms in the hotel and 10 more rooms in the vineyard, you are sure to enjoy enchanting views. Producer of three wines, you won’t have to travel to sample the region’s best varietals. Work off your culinary discoveries with world-class mountain biking and trekking, or take in the many museums in Franschhoek, only a few minutes away. Franschhoek, South Africa

www.theroyalportfolio.com/la-residence/overview

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Royal Mansour Marrakech
Royal Mansour Marrakech

Royal Mansour Marrakech

While here, every hour brings its own moment of pleasure

A celebration of Arabian architecture, heritage and the culinary arts, this one of a kind resort marries beautiful local craftsmanship and materials like cedar, metalwork and sculpted plaster echoing the famous landmarks of Marrakech including the Thursday Gate promise of “happiness, wealth and prosperity.” Medina Gardens surround luxurious riads and The Spa, where spiritual journeys often accompany wellness. A feast for the senses, the combination of flowers and trees evoke a secret-garden feel. Riads can include three floors of secured privacy and up to 850 square meters with traditional rooftop terraces and a private hammam. After adventures in Marrakech, enjoy reinventions of traditional dishes by three-Michelin-star rated chef Yannick Alléno that delight and surprise. Marrakech, Morocco

www.royalmansour.com

www.instagram.com/royalmansour

 

Birkenhead House
Birkenhead House

Birkenhead House

Champagne air, Whale watching and spectacular cuisine

On the East coast of Cape Town lies the spiritual seaside hamlet of Hermanus. Known for its clean air, breathtaking views, and peaceful walkable beaches which find you sighting whales breaching just off the shore. With a light, bright luxurious decor, owner Liz Biden has styled the 11 rooms of Birkenhead House with a touch of the whimsical bringing a sense of adventure to relaxation, like the location itself. Enjoy spacious, dramatic baths with freestanding bathtubs. Located at the trailhead to the Garden Route you will have instant access to nature’s wonders. The more adventurous will enjoy swimming with sharks, surfing, and enjoying the thrill of horseback riding on unobstructed beaches. Hermanus, South Africa

www.theroyalportfolio.com/birkenhead-house

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andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Breathtaking landscape outside and a cocoon of luxury inside

Experience the call of the wild from the edge of the Moremi Game Reserve on the Okavango Delta––a UNESCO World Heritage Site––from your cocoon inspired by an anteater’s body armour with the texture of a birds nest. The contemporary architecture &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Delta Lodge provides a luxuriously intimate, sustainable home in the bush. Eight nest-like suites nestled in fig and wild palm groves featuring their own plunge pools with interiors that include copper, sculpted wooden tables, light fabrics and intricate baskets celebrating the best of Botswana artisans. Take your pick of game, river and helicopter safaris for the ultimate in Big Five viewing. Excellent cuisine accommodates every dietary need, served up with a side of forever views of the savannah. Okavango Delta, Botswana

www.andbeyond.com/our-lodges/africa/botswana/okavango-delta/andbeyond-sandibe-okavango-safari-lodge

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andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Remote elegance

In the shade of a dense ebony forest, nine tents ruggedly welcome you home to excitement and adventure unlike any other. The elegant, sophisticated construction made of thatch and timber sets the stage for beautiful candlelit dinners and cocktails with lagoon views at the andBeyond Nxabega. Expansive viewing decks give a new meaning to al fresco living, where guides make sure you stay off the menu. Indulge in Big 5 viewing at watering holes as the sun sets, then relax with a private bush dinner. Water cruise adventures bring you closer to the animals and lower so you can really see how giraffe spots are like fingerprints, no two are the same. Okavango Delta, Botswana

www.andbeyond.com/our-lodges/africa/botswana/okavango-delta/andbeyond-nxabega-okavango-tented-camp

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Duba Plains Camp

Watching the beasts go by

Everything just seems to make sense in the bush, even the timeless fights between lions and buffalo, an epic battle fought every day here. Along with some of the best lion viewing in all of Africa, you’ll stay at Duba Plains Camp, one of the most luxurious camps in the delta shaded by large ebony, fig and garcinia trees, a sanctuary from the African heat. Open-air living at it’s most romantic with netted canopy beds, forever savannah views, and el fresco showers take your breath away. As will soaking in the tub while zebras stroll by. Enjoy fresh meals on a raised deck where you can enjoy a mystical dinner lighted with lanterns while experiencing nocturnal wildlife. Okavango Delta, Botswana

www.andbeyond.com/places-to-stay/africa/botswana/okavango-delta/duba-plains-camp

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Jack’s Camp

Vintage call of the wild

One of the largest salt flats in the world, Makgadikgadi Pans provides a dramatic landscape for wildlife viewing amidst the dried-up bed of an ancient lake, once the size of Switzerland. Watch The Great Migration from Jack’s Camp in updated luxurious vintage safari tents from the 1940s. Something beautifully decadent about dining with silver and china on elegant linens in the bush, and sleeping in soft white cotton sheets on feather beds. Have the privilege of walking with the Kalahari Bushmen, our oldest relatives and expert trackers while gaining insight into their ancient ways and rituals including their customs and day-to-day life. Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

www.andbeyond.com/places-to-stay/africa/botswana/makgadikgadi-pans/jacks-camp

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Segera Retreat

Bespoke luxury amongst golden savannah plains and rocky waterfalls

On the Laikipia Plateau in the central Kenyan highlands, timber thatched villas of the Segera Retreat sit in an oasis on a vast savannah reflecting a bygone colonial elegance infused with contemporary artistic accents. Accommodating anywhere from two to ten people you’ll enjoy amenities like hanging outdoor swing beds to romantic outdoor nature baths. Botanical gardens and contemporary African art dot the landscape topped off with a wonderful salt-water swimming pool, perfect to take the edge off the afternoon heat. Enjoy ideal wildlife viewing on the plains in the shadow of Mount Kenya. Sure nature is a tonic, but you’ll discover the Rasul Steam Tower, an Arabic method of herbal cleansing, revives the body and spirit in unique ways too. Laikipia, Kenya

www.segera.com

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Little Kulala Lodge

Sailing the red sand sea

Sail the red sand sea of Sossusvlei and climb the dune known as Big Daddy, rising a fabulous 300 meters above the valley floor. Little Kulala is the ideal place for a silent hot air balloon safari with dramatic backdrops for spotting mongoose, quiver trees, jackals, ostrich, gemsbok and springbok. Experience the Milky Way and the Southern Cross on your kulala’s rooftop star bed for the ultimate in romantic star gazing. Visit the fascinating Sesriem Canyon, an ancient, deep ravine eroded by water and time. The organic camp incorporates gorgeous textures and serene natural light to evoke the desert’s pastel tones. Each thatched villa has a private bleached deck complete with its own plunge pool. Sossusvlei, Namibia

www.andbeyond.com/places-to-stay/africa/namibia/sossusvlei-desert/little-kulala-lodge

 

Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Luxurious hideaway on a private island

If life has left you in need of glorious white sand beaches and stress-reducing sundecks you’ve adventured to the right place. Here at Six Senses Zil Pasyon you will be blown away by extreme pampering. Never heard of Terres d’Afriques’ lymph wands? No problem, you’ll be able to cross that off your bucket list. Outcrops among shaggy palms and Hideaway Villas under cover of the jungle provide exotic privacy while erasing all your to-do lists. Your job should you choose to accept it, is to relax at this eco-conscious getaway by snorkelling and lazing the day away at oceanfront pools while sampling the house-made rum at sunset. Begin your day with an elegant sun salutation in the beautiful yoga pavilion. Felicite Island, Seychelles

www.sixsenses.com/resorts/zilpasyon/destination

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Delaire Graff Estate

Diamonds and forever views

Just outside of Cape Town, Delaire Graff Estate’s eleven climate-controlled units merge impeccably into the desert landscape and offer forever views, private plunge pools, and modern, sophisticated furnishings. Named after the Chairman of Graff Diamonds, the estate is tucked away into the Helshoogte Mountain Pass, home to one of South Africa’s most visually stunning vineyards. An on-site greenhouse produces its own organic vegetables and the restaurant sources only locally caught fish and serves antibiotic free meats. Shop until you drop at the estate’s boutique where you’ll find everything from Graff diamonds to their luxury watch collection.Stellenbosch, South Africa

www.delaire.co.za

www.instagram.com/delairegraff

 

The Victoria Falls Hotel

The smoke that thunders

Facing the distant, roaring falls, enjoy the grand colonial decor of The Victoria Falls Hotel as well as quick access to wet and wild, heart-pounding tours of The Smoke that Thunders. The Stables Signature Wing features 42 lavishly-large rooms with central courtyards and a private lounge. Be sure to grab a spot of afternoon tea on the house. This historic icon provides regal, elegant accommodations at a place so enchanting Dr David Livingstone would exclaim, “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Everything about the setting of the hotel intrigues because it speaks to the courage needed and sacrifices made to discover Africa’s mysteries. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

www.victoriafallshotel.com

 

La Mamounia, Marrakech

The art of intimacy

A cavalcade of colours, cultures, shapes and textures, the romantic interior of La Mamounia features zellige tile work and sculpted wood. Take a walk back in time in the Gardens of Enchantment, where you can stroll among 2000 rose bushes and imagine the property during the 12th century when it stood protected behind medieval ramparts. Seek out the vegetable garden where Borji mint grows, then savour a Morrocan tea later that afternoon. Riad’s rule here, with the luxury of space arranged in three bedrooms around a courtyard, other features include a patio, terrace, and private pool. Enjoy the ultimate in intimacy, discretion and luxurious pampering at the Moroccan Spa.

www.mamounia.com/en/

 

SOUTH AMERICA

Tierra Chiloé Adventure Spa Hotel
Tierra Chiloé Adventure Spa Hotel

Tierra Chiloé Adventure Spa Hotel

Explorers heaven in the Southern Hemisphere

Chilean artists incorporated the myths and legends of the island into the hotel where 24 picturesque rooms enjoy endless water views. An on-site greenhouse and garden, with views of coastal mussel farms and the Pullao wetlands, is a perfect place to dream about the next adventure. Embark on the Williche, the hotel’s private boat, and sail among Chiloé’s breathtaking coastline including islets and fjords. Enjoy viewing marine life, especially spotting dolphins along the way. Back in town, take a leisurely stroll while listening to festive local musicians and enjoy a traditional curanto—seafood stew cooked over hot coals in the ground. Chiloé Island, Chile

www.tierrahotels.com/chiloe/tierra-chiloe-adventure-spa-hotel

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Palacio Tangara Sao Paulo
Palacio Tangara Sao Paulo

Palacio Tangara Sao Paulo

Art de vivre

Enjoy a peaceful retreat in South America’s largest city with refined contemporary décor, bathed in natural daylight throughout 141 spacious guest rooms, including 59 suites, all with beautiful views of Burle Marx Park. Opulent and luxurious The Grand Suite São Paulo defines exclusive privacy and artful living, opening onto an enormous terrace ideal for celebrations coordinated by their “artisans of paradise.” You’ll be in excellent culinary hands with acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the helm for all food and beverage at Palácio Tangará featuring a play on a lighter Asian twist to Brazilian delicacies at Tangará Jean-Georges where wonderful views of the tropics captivate. Sao Paulo, Brazil

www.oetkercollection.com/destinations/palacio-tangara

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Explora Rapa Nui
Explora Rapa Nui

Explora Rapa Nui

Isolate, wondrous, infinite are the only words here

In the middle of the Pacific, stand with history and create an interesting chapter of your own among the mysteries of ancient Polynesian culture. Off the Chilean coast, and set near the island’s only town, the 75-room eco-chic Explora Rapa Nui’s curvy, grass-roofed pavilions frame stunning ocean views with floor-to-ceiling windows. Explore the archaeological remains, and local topography including volcanoes, beaches, prairies and cliffs, or snorkel and dive in clear waters. After a day of intense exploration or mere contemplation settle down for a swim in the infinity pool with infinite views of the Pacific, then enjoy a champagne toast with all the trimmings on the most memorable private picnic of your life. Easter Island, Chile

www.explora.com/hotels-and-travesias/easter-island-chile

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UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa
UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa

UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa

Step back into hippie history

At this unique spot by the sea, the idyllic setting for Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, slip into barefoot chic in two-bedroom Gulab Mahal casa, with a private garden, cosy mezzanine, open-air bathrooms and views of the Quadrado, the UNESCO-protected square of Trancoso. Some among the historic casas date back 500 years, with many featuring Indian-style stained-glass and carved-wood, recalling its bygone hippie days. Romantics will enjoy a stay at Casa do Arvore, the honeymoon suite, set up in a canopy of trees and created from recycled wood. Almescar Spa uses therapies incorporating local ingredients indigenous like almescar and cacao, and other rich, sought-after Amazonian healing remedies. Trancoso, Brazil

www.uxua.com

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Alvear Palace Hotel

Five-star fabulous

Heavy on the opulence, Alvear Palace Hotelisn’t shy to roll out the plush red carpet and don white gloves to welcome you to its twinkly world of chandeliers, antique porcelain and exquisite surroundings. Sure, they’ve covered the bases with luxurious amenities like Hermes products, whirlpool baths and luxurious robes, but it’s the way the staff draw your bath or press your jacket that impresses––old-school habits that herald from a history of serving international diplomats and trendsetting citizens of the world. You’ll be right at home in their assortment of luxury suites like the Royal Suite featuring a reception hall, dining room for eight, and marble bath with hydromassage. Buenos Aires, Argentina

www.alvearpalace.com

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Palacio Duhau — Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

So good, you’ll do the tango

Classic and sophisticated, the Palacio Duhau unassumingly surprises offering oversized modern rooms with an extra helping of beautiful, exquisite terraces and the Ahin Wellness Spa––named in a local dialect, meaning a welcoming ceremony for an honoured visitor. Relax and rejuvenate in the indulgent at this busy Buenos Aires oasis. The ultimate in refinement, The Duhau Suite on the top floor refreshes with 360-degree views and a wrap-around terrace. If you require anything at all, your butler will see to every lavish request. Buenos Aires culinary scene, synonymous with beef, finds Duhau Restaurante hitting a home run with the best of Argentinean cuisine, so good you might want to do the tango. Buenos Aires, Argentina

www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/argentina/palacio-duhau-park-hyatt-buenos-aires/bueph

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Belmond Copacabana Palace
Belmond Copacabana Palace

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Tall and Lovely on Ipanema

Across from world-famous Ipanema Beach, make yourself at home at the Belmond Copacabana Palace where glamour vacations and parties all night. Slip into your Havaianas and slide into a poolside seat at Pérgula, the perfect place for early evening cocktails, tapas and South American delicacies. Ken Hom and Kazuo Harada take the helm at one-star Michelin Mee, serving pan-Asian cuisine, with delicacies like Wagyu sirloin with seared foie gras and spicy miso sauce. While next door, Cipriani serves formal Italian cuisine. Get ready to party all night in one of 147 extravagant rooms filled with polished Brazilian hardwoods and a vibe so retro you’d expect Frank Sinatra to show up with a serenade. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

www.belmond.com/hotels/south-america/brazil/rio-de-janeiro/belmond-copacabana-palace

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Insólito Boutique Hotel & Spa

Laid-back luxury, where anything goes 

A few hours north of Rio de Janeiro this stunner sits on the edge of beautiful Ferradura beach on the Búzios peninsula. Take a picnic and explore the majestic Brazilian coast and the area’s secluded lagoons aboard one of Insólito’s two boats. By night, enjoy delicious, exotic French-Brazilian cuisine served in an alluring setting. With only 24 guest rooms, this truly feels like a home away from home if your home felt like a fairytale where anything goes and caipirinhas flowed like water. Unusual suites include the Orfeu da Conceição Suite, named after the theatrical play where guests may immerse themselves deeply in the world of the characters.Búzios, Brazil

www.insolitohotel.com

www.instagram.com/insolitohotel

 

Fasano São Paulo

Bon Appétit and Bossa Nova

The best Italian cuisine is served in the heart of São Paulo at Restaurante Fasano in Fasano São Paulo, one of the top culinary destinations in South America featuring Italian classics with a Brazilian flare. Enjoy pairings with exclusive Barolos. Come to see and be seen when the city’s trendiest head to Baretto bar for live jazz and bossa nova. Families will enjoy trattoria-style Nonno Ruggero, open from breakfast through dinner. The hotel’s magnetic, modern vibe and clubby interiors energise, helping you to give into your inner fashionista and up your family vacation game. Suites feature extra lounging space and enormous walk-through wardrobes. São Paulo, Brazil

www.fasano.com.br/hoteis/fasano-sao-paulo

 www.instagram.com/fasano

 

Explora Atacama

Mesmerizing mysteries of the desert

Located in the Ayllu de Larache, near the village of San Pedro de Atacama, Explora Atacama’s Catur suites boast accommodations almost as big as the great outdoors with balconies that bring mesmerising desert views of Chile to life, redefining indoor-outdoor living. Dozens of different adventures await so enjoy your own flavour of exploration––hiking, biking, horseback riding, or peering through the telescope of the observatory. Experience the freedom of discovering the desert’s ancient mysteries of contrasts, geography, topography, the heavens, the wilds, and local culture. After a day of exploration, enjoy the hotel’s private hot spring pool. Atacama, Chile

www.explora.com/hotels-and-travesias/atacama-hotel

www.instagram.com/exploratravel

 

NORTH AMERICA

Hotel Bel-Air
Hotel Bel-Air

Hotel Bel-Air

Old Hollywood glam

If you like your farm-fresh California cuisine served with a side of major celebrity, enjoy strolling past some amazing black-and-white Norman Seeff shots of Tina Turner and Ray Charles on a walk to Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant that gives a new definition to California dreaming. Mission-style meets old Hollywood glam at the ultimate in outdoor living where even the roof over the restaurant retracts for fantastic alfresco seating in the bar, and patios at La Prairie Spa. Alexandra Champalimaud designed the 103 guest rooms of Hotel Bel-Air featuring breathtaking luxury at a dozen Canyon View Rooms, many with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, balconies or patios. Los Angeles, USA

www.dorchestercollection.com/en/los-angeles/hotel-bel-air

www.instagram.com/hotelbelair

 

Four Seasons Resort Lanai
Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Transformational tropical adventures

The transformational experiences offered at Four Seasons Resort Lanai reads like the summer camp of your dreams––sail and snorkel, aerial yoga, horse and carriage rides, mixology tasting classes, archery, 4×4 off-roading, and sporting clays to impress the most accomplished competitive shooter. And you thought you just wanted to lay in the sand, drink Mai Tais and play the ukulele in paradise. Well, there’s that. Enjoy a large, private lanai and double Japanese soaking tub, with views of the Hulopoe Bay marine sanctuary in your Alii Royal Suite with Pacific panoramas fit for King Kamehameha. With beachfront Nobu Lanai and Malibu Farm you can rest assured of world-class Hawaiian and Japanese cuisine, along with Hawaii’s best in class world-renown coffee. Hawaii, USA

www.fourseasons.com/lanai

www.instagram.com/fslanai

 

Auberge du Soleil
Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil

Savour and indulge 

Upon arrival at Auberge du Soleil, stunning vineyard views wow almost as much as the glass of your favourite wine in your hand. Enjoy walking the gardens taking time to consider whether you’d enjoy purchasing one to bring the spirit of Napa home. California meets Provence in luxurious earth-toned villas and private mansions, like the Champagne offering 167 square meters of indoor-outdoor living. An afternoon plunge in the sensual pool finds you working up an appetite after your limo chauffeured wine tasting. Earning back-to-back Michelin stars, Chef Robert Curry of the famed Napa Valley restaurant satisfies by pairing the best of Napa’s wines with farm-fresh California cuisine. Afterwards, enjoy the resort’s romantic labyrinth of walkways under the stars. Napa Valley, USA

www.aubergedusoleil.aubergeresorts.com

www.instagram.com/aubergedusoleil

 

Amangiri
Amangiri

Amangiri

Wild, timeless beauty

This lavish sandstone hotel blends into the timeless beauty of the wild mesa. Stunning views of windswept canyons inspire as do the rustic interiors of this Southwestern American gem––only a charter flight away from Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, and Monument Valley. Amangiri’s dramatic, canyon-hugging pool refreshes while stimulating the senses. View fiery desert sunsets in the Amangiri Suite while enjoying a private pool and the kind of peace and quiet only found in a remote desert canyon. Retire fireside in the evening on your private terrace gazing at an impossibly star-filled sky. The spa administers the healing wisdom of the Navajo incorporating the earth’s four elements to bring healing and tranquillity to body, mind and spirit. Canyon Point, USA

www.aman.com

www.aman.com/resorts/amangiri


 

Baccarat Hotel
Baccarat Hotel

Baccarat Hotel

Glorious, eye-popping luxury 

Baccarat serves up a kind of artisanal service reminiscent of the attention to detail their craftsman give every crystal creation, experts in whims come true be it transformational cultural experiences or wonders of entertainment. The Baccarat Suite indulgences with a Parisian flair, including a Chinoiserie entryway, white marble bathroom, Butler’s pantry and free-standing soaking tub. Enjoy Spa de la Mer, where they capture the healing properties of the sea. Looking for Baccarat full immersion? The hotel offers the Heritage Experience, where you can delve deeper into the legend on a twelve-day voyage for $300,000––including private aviation and 5-star accommodations around-the-world. New York, USA

www.baccarathotels.com

www.instagram.com/baccarathotels

 

Chateau Marmont Hotel and Bungalows

Lights, camera, action

Let’s get down to show business at Chateau Marmont, ideal for people-watching since the guest list reads like a who’s who of Hollywood royalty. The castle on the hill is only a five-minute walk to The Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd., world-class restaurants and access to hiking trails for the ultimate Hollywood sign selfie. You’ll enjoy getting ready for your close-up–be yourself, only more glamorous. Garden cottages include private entrances and landscaped courtyards next to the pool while the two-bedroom Penthouse includes a beautiful terrace and opens up to stunning Hollywood views. Los Angeles, USA

www.chateaumarmont.com

 

The Beverly Hills Hotel
The Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Pretty in pink 

A favourite of Hollywood’s mover and shakers, more deals have been made in the storied Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel than perhaps anywhere in LA. Enjoy a sweet Sunday jazz brunch here before hitting the scene at the pool, where beauty is a sport and glamazons will have you working up a sweat in no time. Enjoy a high-tech workout at one of LA’s best gym’s to see and be seen, offering delicious California fresh juices. 23 unique bungalows provide the perfect refuge from prying eyes with exquisite design elements including handcrafted furniture and romantic canopy beds. It’s California dreaming under a Venetian glass chandelier, in pink-and-white soundproofed rooms and among aromatic Mediterranean gardens in full bloom. Los Angeles, USA

www.dorchestercollection.com/en/los-angeles/the-beverly-hills-hotel

www.instagram.com/BevHillsHotel/

 

Calistoga Ranch

Definition of the American dream

When they toss you the keys to take a Mercedes-Benz for a test drive through the storied vineyards of Napa you know you’ve arrived. Sure, Northern California is the definition of the American Dream and the epitome if not definition of luxury, but Calistoga Ranch stands out. Complete with private lakes and enchanting wine caves that even brings healing, and we’re not talking about world-class wine therapy here, but historic onsite mineral pools and lakeside spa treatments. Enjoy a stay in your own lodge with drool-worthy floor-to-ceiling views, fireplaces to take the chill off, private verandas, and outdoor showers. Romantic dining at The Lakehouse overlooks Lake Lommel and marries the bounty of the world’s finest wines with the best in farm-to-table California cuisine. Napa Valley, USA

www.calistogaranch.aubergeresorts.com

www.instagram.com/calistogaranch

 

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Life is a cabaret

Miami sizzles with sensuous Cirque Cabaret shows staged in theatres that evoke the heyday of old Hollywood. Perfectly gracious, you’ll enjoy colourful accents in your South American inspired room––featuring The Penthouse Suite, a getaway Tony Montana would love, filled with leopard and tiger accents, a baby grand piano and forever turquoise ocean views. Celebrate wellness at Tierra Santa Healing House with their Basic Pranic Healing Course of Master Choa Kok Sui. No one does nightlife like Miami, and Faena takes its place offering stellar international cuisine at Pao, a fusion of Filipino, Spanish, Japanese & French fare; South American grilling at Los Fuegos; sexy late-night mixology and live weekend DJs at Saxony bar. Miami, USA

www.faena.com/miami-beach

www.instagram.com/faena

 

The Langham Chicago

Magnificent fun

Fun in the friendly city begins just a few luxurious steps away from historic Millennium Park, featuring The Bean, a famous chrome sculpture, and a variety free concerts at the one-time home of the Central Rail Yards. High above the metropolis, enjoy cosy views from the sophisticated one-bedroom River Suite, featuring minimalist furnishings evoking Mies van der Rohe sensibilities. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal stunning architectural views of the city’s icons as well as a sweeping river view, perfect for when it turns green on St. Patrick’s Day. Take the edge off with a Chuan bathing ritual at the spa of the same name, where hot and cold flowing water stimulates relaxation and invigoration. Chicago, USA

www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/chicago

www.instagram.com/LanghamChicago

 

The Robey

Less is more

Stunning art deco in the heart of Chicago, The Robey is a masterpiece of reinvention by Belgian designers Nicolas Schuybroek Architects and Marc Merckx Interiors who transformed the 1929 office building. Both the 69 Tower Rooms and 20 Annex Lofts wow with custom-designed furnishings, and an urban modern living vibe with a love of natural light. Rooftop cocktails and Cabana Club rooftop pool offer stunning views of the Second City, soothing and refreshing the spirit after a day on the town. The neighbourhood reflects wonderful culinary treasures from the many immigrants that have called Wicker Park home including Irish, German, Scandinavian, Polish and Jewish. Chicago, USA

www.therobey.com

www.instagram.com/therobeychicago

 

Twin Farms

Romantic utopia 

Discover country elegance nestled in a romantic forest on 300-acres with plenty of privacy and the ability to reconnect with nature and each other. Enjoy stepping into literary history, once a wedding gift from Sinclair Lewis to Dorothy Thompson, a journalist. Don’t worry about the menu, it’s all included. Your private cottage, tucked away in the forest provides a welcome retreat with an indoor stone hot tub, fireplace and loft. Curl up and read a book or cycle, ski and sledge to your heart’s content. After a day of relaxation, rejuvenation or adventure enjoy farm-to-table seasonal delicacies in the intimate, candlelit dining room. Barnard, USA

www.twinfarms.com

www.instagram.com/twinfarms

 

The Carlyle

An address synonymous with luxury and glamour

Become a part of Upper East Side history at the address synonymous with luxury and glamour, taking your place along with American Presidents and royalty. Let the Sisley-Paris spa at The Carlyletransform your wellness through Phyto-Aromatic Treatments that combine the world’s best massage rituals. Then enjoy another transformation at iconic Yves Durif Salon, where trends are born. Roomy, light and sophisticated suites provide the perfect oasis from hectic days and long nights with hardwood floors and traditional English furniture. Contemporary American cuisine in a beautiful setting at The Carlyle Restaurant delights, while the more casual Carlyle Cafe with a cabaret feel hosts wonderful live music by regular Woody Allen and the Eddy Davis New Orleans jazz band. New York, USA

www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/the-carlyle-new-york

www.instagram.com/thecarlylehotel

 

The Lowell

Madison Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Central Park

A world of genteel pleasures awaits at this one-time 1920s apartment-hotel, the family-owned Lowell appeals to people with long-term gigs in the city and famous guests who require the kind of discreet service the hotel provides. Feel pampered in the two-bedroom penthouse with wood burning fireplaces, four private terraces with million-dollar views of upper Manhattan, as well as seven suites, and 27 deluxe rooms furnished in a regal English traditional style. After making the rounds on Fifth Avenue, do not miss afternoon tea in the Pembroke Room with selections from champagne to caviar. New York, USA

www.lowellhotel.com

www.instagram.com/thelowellhotel


 

Blackberry Farm
Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm

Smoky Mountain Southern comfort

Nine thousand peaceful pastoral acres in Dixie with sweeping views of the rolling countryside lay claim to an on-site creamery, charcuterie, bakery and scores of intimate estate-chic suites featuring stone chimneys, fine art and wooden chandeliers. The seasonal produce that grows in this fertile region inspires head chef Sarah Steffan who literally wrote the book on Foothills Cuisine, yes, it’s a thing. Enjoy sweet-tea brined fried chicken and slaw and pairings from a 180,000-bottle wine cellar, not to mention six hundred Bourbons, Ryes, Scotches and Japanese whiskey at the Barn Bar. Adventure highlights at Blackberry Farm include a healing woods immersion hike and Sportsman’s weekends where you learn how to prepare your game. Walland, USA

www.blackberryfarm.com

www.instagram.com/blackberryfarm

 

Laucala Island
Laucala Island

AUSTRALASIA

Laucala Island

Remote and carefree

White beaches and brilliant blue lagoons are hallmarks of Laucala Island resort, a private island refuge. Let the outstanding fresh organic island cuisine and hospitality restore your health and tranquillity. 25 luxury, free-flowing villas with thatched roofs welcome guests to carefree, dramatic outdoor living among coconut plantations and secluded beaches. Sail, jet ski and snorkel your heart out at this preserved tropical paradise or enjoy a few rounds of golf with breathtaking vistas. Kick back with rain forest hikes and culinary tours to local farms. Adrenaline-junkies will enjoy some of the most beautiful scuba diving in the Caribbean. Go as remote as you dare on the catamaran. Taveuni, Fiji

www.laucala.com

 

Matakauri Lodge
Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge

Sail into the sunset in the mountains 

From its secluded location on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge is only minutes away from Queenstown and an excellent location to enjoy the great outdoors with the whole family in a mountain paradise setting. The area is perfect for short walks and perhaps high adventure for the explorers amongst us. Glide across the lake aboard a Bristol MV Yvalda, a classic 48-foot yacht after being collected from the Matakauri jetty for a day on the lake. The Owner’s Cottage provides a perfect spot to holiday with gorgeous panoramas, private balconies and hot tubs offering the ultimate in relaxation. Luxurious suites nestled in the forest have beautiful lake views and elegant, comfortable furnishings. The Dining Room hovers on shore, featuring Chef Jonathan Roger’s modern New Zealand cuisine. Queenstown, New Zealand

www.robertsonlodges.com/the-lodges/matakauri

www.instagram.com/matakaurilodge

 

Park Hyatt Sydney
Park Hyatt Sydney

Park Hyatt Sydney

A symphony of elegance

It is this contemporary gem’s beautiful rooftop pool with an interrupted view of the iconic Sydney Concert Hall that makes one overlook the notion that the rest of The Rock needs exploring as well. A symphony of elegance, Park Hyatt Sydney’s clean lines and natural colours of the interior and organic curves of the exterior perfectly combine to allow the famous harbour’s stunning views to take centre stage. It is the Sydney suite, all 350 square metres of it featuring floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening to a private terrace for the ultimate urban oasis, contemporary harbour living at its most extravagant. The dining room serves up family-style meals or will arrange chef table experiences on request all served up with panoramic views. Sydney, Australia

www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/australia/park-hyatt-sydney/sydph

www.instagram.com/parkhyattsydney

 

Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay

Blanket Bay

Alpine wonderland

Blanket Bay brings you closer to joy. Atop a world of fresh powder there’s only you and the mountain. It is the cumulation of the pristine setting, nature and open skies that brings true relaxation and exhilaration. Adventurers have plenty to choose from here, including trekking the Fiordland national parks to golfing to taking a custom tour of the region’s art and wine. One thing is certain, you will enjoy the serenity of your Chalet Stateroom featuring wilderness views, huge fireplaces and elegant, comfortable furnishings all accented with gorgeous distressed wood and local artwork. Chef Cory Hume prepares a fresh menu every day from the bounty of the fruit bowl of the South Islands. Glenorchy, New Zealand

www.blanketbay.com

www.instagram.com/blanket_bay

 

CARIBBEAN

Jumby Bay Island
Jumby Bay Island

Jumby Bay Island

Sun-kissed castaways

Experience tropical paradise the old-fashioned way at Jumby Bay Island, with private picnics and barefoot walks on long sand bars along turquoise waters. Turn up the adventure as far as you dream here with kitesurfing, sailing and snorkelling discoveries. A marvel of private island getaways, enjoy the four-bedroom, oceanfront Seaside Villa or the more intimate Tortuga Villa all with stunning Caribbean views. The spa features The Castaway Experience where guests board the yacht Yennecot to the uninhabited shores of Maiden Island. Spice up a sunset on the shores of the Caribbean with island, al fresco cuisine at The Verandah featuring locally caught seafood. Antigua, West Indies

www.oetkercollection.com/destinations/jumby-bay-island

www.instagram.com/oetkercollection

 

Eden Rock St. Barths
Eden Rock St. Barths

Eden Rock St. Barths

Seaside creativity 

Perched on the cliffs of St. Barths, secluded and extravagant private villas of Eden Rock ensure your holiday is tranquil. And nothing is more peaceful than dining at On the Rocks which offers exotic, fine tropical island fare with seaside seats and a side of endless romantic Caribbean views. The beautiful thing about life is our creative side and nowhere unleashes yours quite like Eden Rock. Hip and eclectic villas include Villa Rockstar where guests can record their own soundtracks in partnership with Oceanway Recording Studios of Hollywood. For inspiration artists in residence are on hand for painting lessons or take to the sea with a voyage to Antigua. St Barthélemy, French West Indies

www.oetkercollection.com/destinations/eden-rock-st-barths

www.instagram.com/oetkercollection

 

Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

Simple savoir-faire

Elegance and simplicity combine at Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France where Flamands’ powdery white sand beach meets the turquoise sea of the Caribbean with 40 private rooms, suites and villas that exude an exclusive West Indies charm. Fall in love with the two-bedroom Hillside Villa, an enchanting walk up 65 winding steps through tropical gardens with stunning bay views, outdoor kitchen and private pool. The French island paradise, home to prestigious boutiques and world-class restaurants, also offers various sports and aquatic activities for your pleasure, such as tennis, archery, hiking, diving, jet skiing, surfing, laser sailing or water skiing. Settle into a bit of island paradise at the White Bar for a festive sunset signature cocktail. St Barthélemy, French West Indies

www.chevalblanc.com/stbarthisledefrance

 

Pink Sands Club Canouan
Pink Sands Club Canouan

Pink Sands Club Canouan

Island inspirations

Near the top of the hillside on the northern part of Canouan Island overlooking Godahl Bay, facing a splendid coral lagoon and sparkling Caribbean, the sophisticated architecture of the Patio Villas seeks to draw inspiration from the structure of nature and natural elements like stone, wood and glass, and the best of contemporary Italian design. Enjoy tennis, water sports and swimming as well as exploring the Grenadines archipelago, which is made up of 32 islands and cays, a shooting location for Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Sail and snorkel in Tobago Cays, go deep sea fishing, or walk the beaches of Mayreau. Canouan Island, Saint Vincent

www.mandarinoriental.com/canouan/pink-sand-beach/luxury-hotel

www.instagram.com/thepinksandsclub_

 

The Other Side
The Other Side

The Other Side

Glorious glamping

Small and secluded, solar-powered glamping finds you under its spell of a quaint harbour town. The home-meets-safari vibe instantly soothes the spirit finding you seeking the nearest hammock in the shade at The Other Side. Four communal tents for reading, drinking, eating and playing give the resort an intimate vibe. Spacious sleeping tents feature understated elegance with hardwood floors, romantic four poster bed and an outdoor bathtub perfect for a candlelit moment under the stars. Three shacks are the epitome of barefoot luxury with a focus on enjoying the stunning views of the Caribbean on large sundecks. Harbour Island, Bahamas

 


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