October 2017 · The 50 luxurious hotels that grace our annual feature incorporate all that is new and grand. Among some of the most dramatic settings in the world, these magnificent hospitality beacons reimagine the elegant and exotic–seamlessly blending gracious hospitality and local cultures, aesthetics and ecotourism. In the ever-evolving luxury travel landscape, these properties reinvent existing sweetheart destinations and facilitate the opening-up of new locations including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Another year, another list, you say. We disagree. Luxuriously living in the moment is an ever-changing art form. Welcome to this year’s best in show–the newest exceptional properties in luxury travel." />

Four Seasons Private Island (Maldives)

Playful paradise on the shores of the Arabian Sea

This journey to paradise begins as the hydroplane lands on your private beach at Voavah, a private island in the Maldives on the shores of the Arabian Sea. It’s the kind of secluded spot where you could imagine a message in a bottle washing up in the surf. With nothing but the azure sea to keep you company, you’ll be able to focus on what’s important – each other. Surrounded by white sands and blue sea, open-air lounges are the perfect oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation while enjoying deep sea big game or hand-line fish for dinner after diving a few forgotten shipwrecks. There’s plenty of options for spending the nights – swing in an overwater hammock, rest in an overwater villa, seek seclusion in a mezzanine suite, or perhaps you’ll enjoy the relaxed extravagance of the beach house at the heart of the island, with its gorgeous pool. All provide sophisticated island elegance and easy access to the crystal lagoon for diving, snorkelling, or X-jet blade pleasure. Amenities include a private yacht and The Ocean of Consciousness Spa, where you can choose from unique treatments with tuning forks and music bowls, or enjoy a soothing smoke cleansing. Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah, Baa Atoll, Maldives

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