Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
Where: North Male Atoll, Maldives
What: Hands down, one of the best seaside resorts on the planet, this resort comprises of 45 luxurious stilted villas hovering over one of the prettiest lagoons in Maldives. With their rustic Hawaiian style roofs, wooden beams, and sleek glass panelled floors, these eco-friendly villas feature a perfect blend of comfort and rustic charm.
Bonus: Each villa has a private water garden and sun deck, opening out to the glistening, azure sea. Other striking features include yoga programmes, Ayurvedic and spa treatments, scuba diving, and more.
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, Costa Rica
Where: Costa Rica
What: A breath-taking boutique hotel tucked away inside the Arenal Volcano National Park and set against the backdrop of the Arenal Volcano, Nayara hotel will make any die-hard romantic or nature lover go weak in the knees. The hotel offers a cluster of luxurious villas, suites and casitas surrounded by the lush Costa Rican rainforest and surreal natural beauty. Private gardens, a pool bar, private terraces, secluded Jacuzzis – Nayara has it all.
Bonus: Enjoy an array of activities here like a volcano walk, a night forest walk, canoe wildlife safari, birdwatching, La Fortuna waterfall hike, volcanic mud treatments, and more!
Al Maha, Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
What: A beautiful resort located on a lush palm oasis, amid the enchanting desert landscape of Dubai. Showcasing the rich heritage and architecture of the Bedouins, all suites are adorned with authentic Arabic antiques, artefacts and furnishings, and have private pools looking out to the idyllic desert dunes.
Bonus: Apart from facilities like spa, sauna, hot tub and steam room, the resort offers exciting activities like four-wheel drive desert safaris, camel treks, horseback riding, falconry, and guided nature walks.
Dar Al Masyaf Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
What: Emanating the old-world charm of the summery courtyard houses of ancient Arabia, Dar Al Masyaf is an idyllic, luxurious resort that offers a perfect combination of luxury, tranquillity and premium accommodation. This elegant resort is located along the Dubai waterfront and features indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, numerous specialty restaurants, and even a private beach!
Bonus: Dar Al Masyaf is located just next to the Wild Wadi Water Park – the ultimate entertainment spot in Dubai! The resort also offers a host of other activities including tennis courts, golfing, horseback riding, water skiing, and more!
Constance Moofushi, Maldives
Where: South Ari Atoll, Maldives
What: A dreamy resort surrounded by emerald lagoons and powdered white sands. Located on its own secluded island, the resort itself is a jewel. With its thatched rooftops, unmatched luxury, and exquisite cuisine, this resort offers beach villas and water villas featuring a perfect blend of simplicity and luxury.
Bonus: If living here wasn’t a lifetime experience in itself, enjoy other activities like natural spa treatments, dolphin search, Maldivian style fishing, diving, beach volleyball, and lots more!
The Gritti Palace, Venice
Where: Venice, Italy
What: Set in the former noble residence along Venice’s Grand Canal, The Gritti Palace is a luxurious hotel which leaves visitors stumped with its intimate and historic feel, along with exceptional art and elegance. Hundreds of precious painting, antiques, vintage fabrics, and frescoes are studded across the rooms of this hotel, making it one of the most beautiful places to stay while in Venice.
Bonus: Savour some of the most stunning views of the Grand Canal from the hotel’s rooftop terrace. Famous hotel guests from the past include Ernest Hemingway, Somerset Maugham, and John Ruskin.
Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius
What: Tucked away amidst a secluded and intimate setting, Constance Le Prince Maurice is a romantic hideaway surrounded by quiet beaches and lush tropical greenery. Oozing with sheer luxury, this resort offers lake-edge, palm-shaded and beach-front suites where style, romance and tranquillity collide. Get charmed by the thatched roofs, turquoise waters and lush palms here, while you soak in the tranquillity or savour a romantic getaway.
Bonus: Relish delectable seafood at the resort’s exclusive floating restaurant, and enjoy activities like spa treatments, windsurfing, snorkelling, and golfing.
Haymarket Hotel, London
What: Sporting a perfect mix of glamour, funkiness and style, the Haymarket is a cutting-edge London hotel that packs a punch with its chic colours, offbeat art pieces and of course, its elegant accommodation. The suites here have all the modern amenities one can ask for, including spa, gym, swimming pools, and exceptional service.
Bonus: The Haymarket Hotel is located just next to the Theatre Royal, and is just minutes away from top landmarks like St. James Park, Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
The Oberoi, Mauritius
What: Just about fifteen kilometres from Port Luis, lies the Oberoi hotel, nestled amidst a lush, sub-tropical oasis along the sun-kissed shores of the scenic Turtle Bay. The resort is surrounded by immaculate beaches, a natural marine park and a colourful coral reef. Besides private gardens and swimming pools, the luxurious rooms and villas here offer breath-taking views of the bay and magnificent sunsets.
Bonus: The resort offers a library, a kids club, as well as myriad activities like windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkelling.
The Royal Savoy, Egypt
Where: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
What: Strategically located near Soho Square, the Royal Savoy is a luxurious 5-star hotel that offers opulent honeymoon suites, executive suites and furnished villas, with views across the shimmering Red Sea and the distant mountains. Be it private gardens, private pools, massage rooms, sauna, a rooftop resting area, a multitude of bars and restaurants, this elegant hotel has it all.
Bonus: High on recreation, the hotel is home to 7 outdoor swimming pools, tennis clubs, and also a nightclub! Activities offered include snorkelling, diving, and desert safaris.