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A luxury resort hotel should be in a beautiful setting, but the property itself should also be stunning. All the five-star (and plus) amenities you expect from a luxury property, such as fine dining, excellent service and a world-class spa are de rigueur. Whether you choose an all-inclusive luxury resort, a spa resort or a mountain resort, your options are many. Look to Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler and other luxury magazines for their favorites.
The Reefs, open since 1947, has just 65 guest rooms and suites, including seven cottages with outdoor jacuzzis and an infinity pool. It made Forbes Traveler “World's Very Best Hotels and Resorts” list in 2007, but that's just one of many accolades the property has received. The Reefs has the highest repeat visitor rates of all the luxury hotels on
Coconuts, according to Frommers, is described as such: “no finer or more romantic spot in
La Serena specializes in Thai massage. Beyond massage, La Serena offers a full menu of luxury spa services ranging from reflexology to facials. Pedicures and manicures use paraffin wax and Gehwol products, known internationally for their herbal ingredients.
Stay in one of the Point Suites (680 sq. ft.), located at the tip of the property jutting out over the ocean with stunning views. There's an attached sitting room opening onto a patio with a private hot tub. Bathrooms include a large jacuzzi and separate rainwater showers.
56 South Shore Road
Southampton, Bermuda SN02
Tel: 800 742 2008 (toll-free)
Tel: 441 238 0222
The Hayman is Australia's most celebrated private island destination, beautifully situated in the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and presenting an array of unique and memorable resort and Reef experiences.
Surrounded by coral-fringed beaches and waters of the
A Hayman team member will greet you on arrival at
La Fontaine, with Louis XVI furnishings,
Spa Chakra Hayman is part of Guerlain-Spa Chakra Alliance - a luxury spa network created by Spa Chakra Inc. and Guerlain Paris. It has received a number of prestigious awards, including the UK Conde Nast Readers' Spa Awards in 2007. The spa offers an exclusive selection of personally-tailored beauty and well-being programs designed to restore wellness and balance.
Instead of flying to the island, take the one-hour luxury launch from the mainland. Hayman operates a fleet of white cruisers, beautifully appointed and provide a unique start and finale to your vacation. During the launch crossing of the Whitsunday Passage from
Great Barrier Reef
Tel: 61-7 4940 1234
The Halekulani, located on a gorgeous
After 100 years in this prime beachfront spot, the hotel has grown to 455 rooms, but it still manages to feel like the most intimate, peaceful hotel on the island. There's an excellent spa offering lavender-orchid body wraps and hibiscus-infused scalp massage and a special Vera Wang–designed honeymoon suite. Those are some of the top-notch features, but even basic amenities are pretty lavish. For instance, all Halekulani guests have VIP access to some of
La Mer is
SpaHalekulani uses the healing cultures of the
Why not stay in the amazing Vera Wang suite? The one-bedroom suite, more than 2,000 square feet in size, was designed by Wang. It includes a selection of Vera Wang beauty products, private butler service, a signature cocktail menu designed by Dale DeGroff and Vera Wang and “Vera's favorites” movie library. Try the 24-hour private fine dining services, with meals served en-suite or on the oceanfront private lanai, all served on exclusive Vera Wang china and tableware.
2199 Kalia Road
Tel: (808) 923-2311
Rayavadee is located on Krabi's secluded Phra Nang headland in
Walk down to the
Rayavadee Spa offers an extensive range of treatments, from facials, exfoliating body scrubs, body boosters, massages, hands and feet spa programs and hair treatments.
Stay in a hydro-pool pavilion, where you'll have your own fresh-water hydro-pool situated in a spectacular enclosed tropical garden with umbrella-shaded dining table and private BBQ terrace.
214 Moo 2, Tambol Aonang
Banyan Tree properties are always highly regarded and the Banyan Tree Bangkok is no exception. Located in the heart of
Vertigo, aptly named, is 61 floors above the streets of
Banyan Tree Spa draws on Asian traditions that date back centuries. Massage treatments are based on evolving techniques that have passed through the hands of many generations. Health and beauty remedies make use of aromatic oils, herbs and spices with ancient healing powers. For an over-the-top day, try the seven-hour “Banyan Day,” which includes various treatments and spa lunch.
Stay in a Spa suite, where perks include your own spa treatment room, so you can enjoy your favorite treatments in your own suite. You have a choice of bath salts, scrubs, essential oils and scented incense. A daily deluxe fruit basket and chocolates at bedtime are also included.
21/100 South Sathon Road
Tel: +66 2 679 1200
|Sheri Ann Richerson|