Every so often, new luxurious hotels and resorts are constructed and revamped to join an already diverse list of ‘things to do’, and ‘places to see’. While destination-style vacations may seem like a thing of the past – especially in light of what feels like a never-ending global pandemic – the news of vaccines being steadily distributed, has sparked hope that eventually the future will look brighter than it did before. As such, here are a list of unforgettable destination hotels and resorts worth revisiting once the Covid-19 storm has passed.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Rosewood Little Dix Bay, a historic resort on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, opened by Laurance Rockefeller in 1964. Long regarded one of the world’s greatest getaways, this resort offers a level of refinement, seclusion and untamed beauty that is unrivaled in the Caribbean. Encompassing over 50 islands, islets and cays, the Rosewood Little Dix Bay offer a variety of private spa treatments, and culinary experiences including Caribbean tapas at Sugar Mill, flavorful farm-to-table creations at Reef House, and wholesome slow food at Pavilion, plus a multitude of luxuriously private suites, complete with a patio, ocean-view plunge pools and outdoor showers. Promising intoxicating beauty and panoramic sea views, the Rosewood Little Dix Bay represents effortless relaxation and renewal.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay, P.O. Box 70, Virgin Gorda, B.V.I. VG 1150
Designed by former Fosters + Partners duo, Andy Miller and Richard Scott Wilson, Capella Bangkok showcases over 101 guestrooms, suites and villas, with interiors crafted by the esteemed tastemakers BAMO. Boasting uninterrupted views of the national river, alongside world-class gastronomy, and revitalising wellness, underpinned by the highest levels of personalised service, Capella Bangkok is dedicated to providing authentic, cultural experiences for its guests, alongside maintaining a legacy of thoughtful design.
Home to Mauro Colagreco’s highly-anticipated Côte, the first Southeast Asian outpost for Chef Mauro, the Italo-Argentinian culinary icon whose three Michelin-starred restaurant in France, Mirazur, voted number one in the world at The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in 2019, and Phra Nakhorn, the enchanting alfresco riverside dining destination that showcases the time-honoured Thai recipes of this storied district – the resort brands itself as a unique melting pot for world flavour and invites guests to embark on an inspiring epicurean journey.
The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Home to a wide range of services, and activities, alongside restaurants and bars, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is regarded a highly recommended romantic getaway, prioritizing serenity and solidarity, amidst one of the most picturesque destinations in the world.
Worth an estimated US$ 1900 per night, the destination get-away showcases an in-resort library, water sports pavilion, jogging trail, outdoor pool, children’s playroom, and an open-air spa backdropped by incredible hilltops views of Petite Anse, the Caribbean Sea, and beaches of Sauteurs Bay. Celebrating earthly beauty and cultural bounty, through the pursuit of knowledge, and exploration of inclusivity, local ingredients and traditional rituals, the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is characterized by a warm color palette of exposed woods, wicker furnishings, raw linens, and woven rugs interspersed with bright pops of color.
Featuring prime views of the Indian Ocean and tropical forest, Serenity Villas offer the most beautiful views in the resort, along with an unprecedented sense of privacy. Complete with one full bathroom, and one king bed, daybed or one crib, the residence rests along a hill, on the upper section of the resort, measuring at least 186 m2 (2,002 sq. ft.), with enough space to accommodate two adults and one child.
Petite Anse, Baie Lazare, P.O Box 1397, Victoria, Mahé Seychelles
The Saint Hotel
Stepping downward on a seaside cliff, to provide unobstructed views of the island’s volcanic bay on every level, the Saint Hotel features rooms built snug into the steep hillside, and encompasses a total of sixteen suites, including private terraces with pools and loungers, separated by white concrete walls.
Designed and conceptualized by Greek studio, Kapsimalis Architects, the cliffside Saint Hotel incorporates the Bronze Age’s rich, classic Cycladic aesthetic – spanning over six floors with the entrance positioned at the uppermost level to be easily accessed on foot, with exterior staircases creating a central path for guests and staff to navigate the space.
Referencing the area’s authentic cubist morphology, Kapsimalis Architects were careful in ensuring the renewed contemporary space blended seamlessly into the surrounding caldera landscape. Through restoring caves and maintaining the significant motifs of traditional Cycladic design, the architects heavily-incorporated the use of white and a human scale throughout the construction process.
Enhancing the existing contours and terrain of its natural environment, the Saint Hotel is uniform in its minimal, bright white approach. Featuring the slightest touch of gold and green, the hotel’s interior draws an undivided attention to the mesmerizing scenes of outdoor Santorini, whilst providing guests with a great sense of opulence, relaxation, privacy and comfort.
Saint Hotel, Oia, Santorini, Greece
Embark on the journey to one of South Asia and the Arabian Sea’s tiny island nations. Boasting some of the best beaches in the world, the Joali Maldives is a gorgeous resort surrounded by tranquil lagoons, pristine white-sand beaches, lush landscapes of coconut palm trees and translucent turquoise water.
With over 73 private beaches and over-water villas, guests are treated to private infinity pools, butler services, buggy rental, personal drivers, bicycles, curated in-villa libraries and an array of handpicked interactive and experiential art pieces.
Whether you’re diving into open water for a swim amongst sea turtles with the resort’s dedicated marine biologist, sipping champagne at artist Porky Hefer’s Manta Ray Tree House bar or digging into Table of Joy’s specially curated menu, Joali Maldives is the epitome of all natural and luxurious travel experiences.
Joali Maldives, Muravandhoo Island Raa Atoll, Maldives
The Langham Nymphenburg Residence
Regarded the most exclusive residence in Munich, the Langham Nymphenburg Residence by Langham Hospitality Group and Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, is housed within a meticulously restored 18th century manor. Revived as a bespoke private residence, the property features seven bathrooms, four bedrooms, three living rooms, an airy dining room, a fully-equipped kitchen, fitness centre, conference suite, home cinema and wine cellar. Complete with a private sun-dappled terrace, the Langham Nymphenburg Residence is bordered by a beautifully landscaped garden, capable of accommodating up to 100 guests.
Luxuriously classic with hints of European elegance, more contemporary that one would expect for a property dating back to 1761, the Langham Nymphenburg Residence exudes an air of elevated and tasteful living, complemented by the inclusion of an exquisite dinnerware and tableware collection, a variety of decorative art pieces, and coveted Nymphenburg porcelain painting elements – which in 2016 was added to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage by the German Commission for UNESCO.
Schloß Nymphenburg 1, 80638 München, Germany
This 22-tent retreat is Indonesia’s ultimate upscale sanctuary in Bali. The Capella Ubud, designed by Asia’s wackiest luxury hotel designer, Bill Bensley, is inspired by the nation’s early European settlers. Notably, not a single tree was felled during The Capella Ubud’s construction.
Nestled amongst a jungle of the neighbouring Keliki village’s rice paddy fields, the Capella Ubud rests in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature with a strikingly eco-conscious design and is albeit with modern amenities such as old-fashioned copper, stand-alone baths, and a plethora of handpicked antique artefacts, books, drawings and furniture.
While each room represents a unique theme based on the characters and professions of early explorers, Capella Ubud’s five terrace tents feature sizeable outdoor decks with daybeds and poolside sun loungers and a salt-water plunge pool – all of which overlook the surrounding rainforest.
Showcasing one-of-a-kind items from Jakarta-based businessman and owner, Suwito Gunawan’s private collection, the hotel’s other recreational facilities include an innovative spa with treatments which represent each phase of the moon, and a tented gym.
Capella Ubud, Jl. RY Dalem, Keliki, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Dedicated to passing down the traditional ethos and culture of the Amamian people, through preserving nature, architecture and villages, DenPaku offers a variety of tourist accommodation across the Japanese islands of Amami Oshima, Kakeromajima and Tokunoshima.
Ranging from resorts to boutique hotels, the first two DenPaku inns were established in the northern region of Amami Oshima in 2016. Conceptualized and designed by Atelier TEKUTO’s principal architect Yasuhiro “Hiro” Yamashita, DenPaku inns are a product of the restoration and conversion of abandoned houses. Complete with congenial furnishings, DenPaku strives to maintain each home’s original build and provide guests with an air of familiarity, warmth and comfort through well-equipped bathroom and kitchen facilities.
With thirteen villas stretched across the west coasts of north Amami and seven villas situated at south Kamesaki, each home features a modern interpretation of Amamian traditional wood roofs, origami-like concrete structures, four distinct floor patterns, and an enormous floor-to ceiling connecting window.
DenPaku MIJORA, 861-4 Kasaricho Oaza Sotoganeku, Amami, Kagoshima 894-0513, Japan
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An
Offering portals into three of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites such as the ancient Hindu temples, open-air museums of the former imperial capital the Perfume River – The Nam Hai is a supremely luxurious Four Seasons property located on Vietnam’s most celebrated central coast beach.
Once the largest harbour and trading port in Southeast Asia, Hoi An was known for its stoneware kilns, Christianity and Buddhism – which have become part of the island’s ever-present heritage. With an eclectic collection of over 87 pagodas, temples and communal houses, plus 82 ancient and unaltered tube-shaped houses – spirituality, architecture and an appreciation for the past have played an immense role in the evolution of Hoi An.
Featuring oceanic sights and sounds, The Nam Hai boasts private villa pools, bedside eggshell lacquer bathtubs and a 360-degree meditative, mindfulness experience. Grounded in stability and creativity, the resort is a judgement-free space with amenities such as the Heart of the Earth Spa. The spa offers guests “interbeing” in-villa wellness kits which include the small singing bowl used by Vietnamese monks known as the “bell of mindfulness”, mindful meditation tracks accessible through in-room iPods, bespoke bathing rituals for a sensory soak, prerequisite mindfulness and meditation classes, AntiGravity Yoga, plus routine visits from well-being experts.
Block Ha My Dong B, Điện Bàn, Vietnam
Greenspur, Lost Whiskey Cabin
With love for all things that are old and natural, like wood, steel, people, buildings, landscapes, and even a good story or two, design firm Greenspur has built a reputation based on their peculiar perceptions of the world. Through seeking to inspire, simplify, and cultivate joy, in all that they do, the firm never shies away from stimulating thought, and disrupting the status quo. It then comes as no surprise, that Greenspur are the ingenious minds behind the Lost Whiskey Cabin.
Set out to explore the personal limits of slowing down and simplifying, the Lost Whiskey Cabin is a reflective space, conceptualized to value time and experiences over information and accumulation, in a technologically pervasive and advanced world. Spanning a full 160 sq.ft., this full concrete structure is one part Scandinavian minimalism and two part Virginia countryside. Featuring a crackling fire which fuels the hot tub, solar panels, cisterns, murphy bed, shower and compost toilet, this off-grid structure is virtually maintenance free and is expected to look and function the same 100 years from now.
2811 Merrilee Dr Suite D, Fairfax, VA 22031, United States
Dhoni Loft Water Villas
In the heart of a year-round destination with a near constant temperature of 86°F (30°C), the Dhoni Loft Water Villas of Como Coacoa Island, Maldives, present a tropical paradise ideal for adventure and rejuvenation. From its personalised service and sophisticated cuisine, to the resort’s distinctive design, authentic culture, orchestrated cruise trips and innumerable out-and-indoor activities, Como Coacoa Island maintains exceptional luxury standards.
Showcasing 34 overwater accommodations, Como Coacoa Island is revered for its most notable Dhoni Loft Water Villas. Shaped like a traditional ‘dhoni’ fishing boat, this 1184 sq ft floating residency features an expansive lower level living area and a master bedroom on the mezzanine, making it an ideal dwelling for families. Enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows and a private terrace, which overlook the ocean, each Dhoni Loft Water Villa comes complete with a private sundeck, loungers, a dining table, bathtub, separate shower stalls, air conditioning, antique colonial ceiling fans, a private bar with snacks, coffee and tea making facilities, a 42” LCD plasma satellite television, a DVD player, an in-room safe, international direct dial telephone, complimentary Wi-Fi, and iPod docks.
Topped only by the resort’s unique experiences which include, whale shark expeditions, UV night snorkelling, sunset fishing, sailing and windsurfing lessons, sandbank breakfast and dinner, sunset cruises, and local excursions – Como Coacoa Island provides an in-depth cultural and ecological experience, for an estimated $1050++ per night with breakfast.
Amangiri Utah Resort
The 600-acre sanctuary of wilderness and isolation of Canyon Point, Southern Utah has long represented the ultimate hub for bespoke adventure and cultural activities. Offering privileged access to National Parks and Lake Powell, Amangiri Utah showcases a 25,000 square feet Aman Spa with a water pavilion, sauna, steam room, cold plunge, and an array of other private outdoor pavilions.
Regarded the ideal escape in a pandemic-ridden world, the retreat is conveniently located a mere 25 minutes away from Page Municipal Airport, Amangiri Utah Resort provides guests with private transfers and sustainable, seasonal menus inspired by the culinary heritage of the Navajo and the American Southwest, served both indoors and alfresco.
With a wide variety of accommodation to suit each weary travellers unique needs, Amangiri Utah boasts a multitude of suites, home residencies, and its most popular – Camp Sarika tented Pavilions. Ranging from one-bedroom sunset pavilions to two-bedroom grand view pavilions, the Camp Sarika tented Pavilions present a collection of 10 elegant and spacious spaces to recuperate. Elevating each guest’s wilderness experience to one of peerless comfort and maximum privacy, every tent comes complete with fully furnished and generously proportioned indoor living and dining areas, as well oversized terraces with fire pits and heated plunge pools.
1 Kayenta Rd, Canyon Point, UT 84741, United States