The last holiday of the year is fast approaching, so if you have saved up enough money to pay for a luxurious getaway in any part of the world, then our countdown is for you. We give you five luxurious holiday destinations around the world that promise to give you a feel of paradise on earth.
1. Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort, Sri Lanka
The Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort is a luxurious hub, hidden on a stretch of Sri Lanka’s southern coast.
Set inside a 42 acre coconut plantation, the tranquil venue provides brilliant views of the Indian Ocean and a chance to catch whales umping waves, take yoga on its golden beach, play tennis or enjoy its spa. Whatever takes your fancy.
For us at SPICE, it’s more than the range of activities on offer (and did we mention, it has a kid’s club, to give adults a little freedom, too?) but look of the place. In fact, we’ve a pic of one of the Tangalle Anantara’s 152 rooms set as our desktop background for Summer escape-planning inspiration…
2. Keemala Hotel, Phuket, Thailand
This one-of-a-kind get away is definitely on our bucket list, baring on of the most unique settings for one’s Summertime escape.
Bird’s nest-style huts, designed to recall mythical early Phuket settler’s living quarters make up the Keemala Hotel, with the whole venue woven around woodland, streams and waterfalls.
Each of the 38 villas come equipt with its own private pool but we at SPICE reckon it’s worth taking a dip in the common pool or frequenting in one of the hotel’s three restaurants for a chance to show off your best “look at me, staying in this lavish, unique hotel” face.
3. Six Senses, Qing Cheng Mountain, China.
Whoa. This is a hotel worth emptying your account for.
The Six Senses of Qing Cheng Mountain in China is a thing of beauty, that’s so hot, it hasn’t even opened yet but has all the top travel junkies thirsty for a stay there.
Breath-taking grounds and hints that it may even possess its own Panda should entice you, and if you get through its doors after its expected Summer’15 opening, you’ll have all the best names in travel turning the hotel’s theme shade: green.
4. The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
Again, whoa. This is definitely the place to soak up some sun and have a great time looking hot by the sea.
The Brando – set 30 miles from Tahiti on a reef owned privately by Marlon Brando, by the way – boasts 35 thatched-roof villas with their own plunge pools, and rooms that look out into the sea.
Wow on all levels and well worth booking for the plunge pool selfies alone.
5. Aro Ha Wellness Retreat, New Zealand
With a name that translates to “In the presence of divine breath,” the Aro Ha in New Zealand is the place to be if you’re looking for more than just somewhere to relax, but somewhere to achieve inner peace.
With careful attention given to your health, diet and overall well-being, the breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu can’t be ignore, and nor can the hotel’s Zen-inspired luxury.
As well as promising a great place to heal, refresh and unwind, with its roster of wellness activities and outdoorsy adventures, you’ll likely come back looking hotter than ever, too.