The concept of packing our bags, catching a plane, and heading far away from our routine activities is extremely tempting when you consider the extraordinary locations around the world that you can explore. Stepping outside our comfort zones and facing the unknown can often times be intimidating, until we realize the insurmountable enjoyment that exists in some of the world’s most luxurious resorts. Here is a list of some of the best international resorts for your consideration, and, of course, your enjoyment.
The Datai, Langkawi resort is owned by General Hotel Management Ltd., and it is located on the northwestern tip of the beautiful and luxurious Langkawi Island. The resort features 54 deluxe rooms, 40 villas, and 16 suites nestled between the mystical rainforests and a private beach. The Detai features modern hotel facilities, a deluxe spa, and an 18-hole championship golf course. For an even more secluded experience, The Detai also runs a private, four-bedroom villa which is located less than a mile away from the main property. The hotel’s spa is a beautifully integrated into the lush surroundings of the tropical rainforest to maximize relaxation and authentic island feeling. Signature treatments at the exclusive spa include The Detai massage, Balinese Massage, Warm Stone Massage, and Rainforest Harmony.
One&Only’s Cape Town Resort, in South Africa is located at the epi-center of the city’s renowned Vitoria and Alfred Waterfront. The contemporary urban resort “embodies a chic island design and African flair.” Featuring 91 spacious rooms and suites, there resort also has two skillfully landscaped islands at the centre of the waterfront which are home to 40 Island Suites and the magnificent One&Only Spa. This South African luxury hideaway is truly an oasis of cosmopolitan style establishing an unprecedented level of comfort in South Africa.
If you’re looking for a romantic resort getaway, the Amanyara resort, located on the island of Turks and Caicos, offers travelers a modern yet relaxing retreat on a breathtakingly beautiful tropical island. Resort pavilions and villas are scatters throughout the tropical vegetation and ponds providing a peaceful state of mind and a perfect way to savor the authentic tropical surroundings. As a private and exclusive hideaway, Amanyara resort is an elegant solution to a desired couples retreat surrounded by pearly soft beaches.
As part of The Waldorf Astoria Collections, Las Casitas Resort, Puerto Rico, is certainly a top spot for families looking for a luxury escape. Las Casitas Resort is an enclave of private villas that feature magnificent views, equipped kitchens, and 24-hour butler service. For the children (or adults) the resort also has a water park, scuba-diving, horseback riding, golf, and of course, the all-important spa. The resort has 157 one- to three-bedroom spacious cottages for families wanting to spread out, or couples hoping to stay close.
As part of the Starwood Luxury Hotel and Resort group, the Blue Palace, in Elounda, Greece is a true haven for visitors who cannot get enough of olive groves, terracotta landscapes, and marble shores. Looking out over the azure seas and iconic beaches, the resort is situated between the Elounda coast and the remnants of the historic Spinalonga Island. Blue Palace also features five leading restaurants, including the award-winning L’Orangerie, a private beach, water sports, and unbeatable access to the Elounda Spa. There are 251 contemporary guest rooms which include elegant bungalows, exclusive suites, and private villas. Many of the rooms have private pools which are infinity pools giving the illusion of flowing directly into the adjacent sea.