with regards to our recent India trip....as usual it was a wonderful trip, but as you will see some bits were better than others.
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Set within spacious grounds featuring centenary old Sycamores, Elms and Pines, Candelaria del Monte is a charming, family owned estancia, located in San Miguel del Monte, some 110 km away from Buenos Aires. Dating back to the 1830’s, the estancia retains its historic yet homely character throughout with charming colonial furniture and family heirlooms.
DumaTau, meaning ‘roar of the lion,’ is luxury tented camp located in the Linyanti Private Wildlife Reserve which borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park.
The camp is also situated close to the Savute Channel on Osprey Lagoon, one of the many lagoons that is used as an elephant ‘corridor’.
Kings Pool Camp is a spectacular property located in the heart of the Linyanti Private Wildlife Reserve, featuring 8 luxurious tents and 1 family suite.
Jack’s Camp is set on the Pans of the Makgadikgadi and was the original spot chosen by Jack Bousfield in the 1960’s. A relic of one of the world's largest super-lakes, formed some five million years ago, the lake dried thousands of years ago leaving a vast salt pan.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is located in the Mombo concession on Chief’s Island, in the Moremi Game Reserve.
The region is known for its excellent game viewing and predator population, and the camp commands exquisite views over the Delta’s floodplains.
Tubu Tree lies on the western side of the isolated Hunda Island.
Situated on the southern tip of Chief’s Island on a private concession in the splendid Okavango Delta, Sandibe boasts exclusive traversing rights over a vast stretch of land adjacent to 270 Square Kilometre private Moremi Game Reserve.
Set beneath ancient sycamore fig trees, overlooking a large lagoon is Abu Camp, named after a very special bull Elephant.
Each of the 6 en-suite tents blend seamlessly into the natural surrounding and have their own unique furnishings and fittings and feature indoor and outdoor showers, an outdoor copper bath and a private plunge pool sunk into the elevated teak deck.
A short, light aircraft flight from Salvador sets the tone beautifully for the Kiaroa Eco-Luxury Resort, Marau’s most exclusive coastal retreat set amidst the peninsula’s golden beaches and untouched Atlantic Rainforest.
Song Saa Private Island lies secluded just 35 minutes by boat from the port of Sihanoukville on the west coast of Cambodia. Most of the islands in the Koh Rong Archipelago remain undeveloped – deserted oases of virgin rainforests, tropical reefs and glistening white beaches.
An award-winning retreat amidst magnificent rainforest and pristine beaches, Flora Blanca is a chic boutique hotel that offers a slice of luxury at the heart of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Wildlife, adventure and simple luxury at the heart of the Talamanca mountains! The Pacuare Lodge is a beautiful jungle retreat overlooking the pristine Pacuare River shrouded in glorious rainforest. To arrive, guests raft in through the river’s steep canyon walls negotiating an exhilarating series of class 2-3 rapids.
This newly renovated, iconic hotel is located overlooking the glittering Victoria Harbour. The hotel has been the centre of Hong Kong’s social and business scene since 1963 and this glamorous past is echoed in the lavish redesign which saw whole hotel completely transformed into the vanguard of modern luxury.
This wonderful hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the business, entertainment and shopping area of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. It overlooks the breath-taking Victoria Harbour and enjoys spectacular views across to the iconic skyline of Hong Kong Island.
Located just 600 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal, and with every guestroom offering views of the magnificent monument, the luxurious Amarvilas is one of the world’s best hotels.
Located just half an hour’s drive from Jaisalmer the Serai is a luxurious desert camp offering a spectacular unique experience.
Set on the shores of picturesque Vembanad Lake the Kumarakom lake resort is a stunning retreat set amidst swaying palm groves and glistening canals.
Situated on the edge of Ranthambhore National Park surrounded by the striking Aravalli Hills is the luxurious Aman-i-khas wilderness camp.
Set within 30 acres of former hunting grounds on the banks of Lake Pichola, the Udaivilas combines unrivalled views with opulent accommodation and facilities. The property can be reached either by car or by a short boat ride across the lake where guests are greeted at the magnificent arched entrance.
Nestled on the banks of the Mara River, Sanctuary Olonana is the idyllic location to experience a quintessential African safari.
This exclusive luxury safari camp features a library, swimming pool, and the freedom to enjoy a three course dinner deep in the bush or on the private river-view terrace of one of the 14 luxurious canvas pavilions.
Located in a private concession where the riverine forest meets the open plains, &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp provides an authentic African wildlife experience combined with legendary Kenyan hospitality.
There are 12 classic tents, 20 superior tents and 8 superior view tents all offering a clean and contemporary feel.
Sasaab is located on the banks of the Eyaso Nyiro River close to the Buffalo Springs National Reserves in the Northern Frontier.
It is a place of rich natural diversity with elephant, lion, leopard and cheetah and the ‘Samburu Special Five’: Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk and Somali ostrich.
Tucked away on top of a hill overlooking the, beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang, the Luang Prabang View Resort is a charming and peaceful oasis that offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Using locally sourced materials the design concept is modern with lots of light and air complemented by sensational views.
This sanctuary of opulence and well-being is situated on the picturesque east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, between Kuala Terengganu in the north and Kuantan in the south, approximately one hour drive from Kuala Terengganu Airport. The resort is built on a lush 17-hectare site overlooking the South China Sea.
The Datai takes pride of place on a long stretch of powdery white-sand beach carefully secluded in a 750 hectare virgin rainforest on the northwestern tip of mystical Langkawi Island. The resort is, justifiably in our opinion, renown as one of the best in Malaysia – if not the whole of Asia.
Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia along the Straits of Malacca. Travel to the resort is either by air – fly to Pangkor Island and ferry to Pangkor Laut - or a 3 hour drive from KL followed a ferry ride to Pangkor Laut or if you really want to arrive in style take a helicopter journey from KL’s Subang Airport.
This special resort, tucked away in remote corner of mystical Borneo one hour from Kota Kinabalu, is set in 400 acres of lush tropical vegetation - which includes a unique nature reserve - on Pantai Dalit beach. Here you can come face to face with Borneo’s “man of the forest” the Orang-utan, as well as a remarkable array of indigenous flora and fauna.
One&Only Le Saint Géran rises anew from the private peninsula of pristine white sand, surrounded by tropical palms and lapped by impossibly blue, tranquil seas.
Nestled along the untouched eastern coast of the verdant island nation, Trou d'Eau Douce Bay's tranquil, uncrowded world-class beaches are found. Here, the resort offers an unrivalled standard of privacy and personalisation in an atmosphere of refined island luxury.
On the east coast of Mauritius, lapped by turquoise waters perfect for water sports, our relaxing Resort is filled with lush greenery and dramatic views everywhere you turn. Each stylish villa and residence features its own private garden and pool – just like the home for the Resort’s resident giant tortoises.
Located on the sheltered north-west coast, stretching along a pure white sandy beach, Royal Palm Beachcomber is a tranquil tropical haven with an uncompromising commitment to excellence.
Common areas and suites at Royal Palm Beachcomber enhance the ultimate luxury experience. The hotel has a unique atmosphere, natural charm and timeless elegance.
Hotel Esencia is a beautiful beachfront property and intimate boutique hotel just south of Playa del Carmen.
La Sultana is a sumptuous boutique hotel and amalgamation of 5 separate riads at the heart of the medina overlooking the Saadian Tombs just ten minutes’ walk from Jemaa El Fna square.
A tropical paradise tucked into a lush indigenous forest and looking out onto a picturesque crescent of sandy beach, &Beyond Benguerra Island is the quintessential luxury island retreat.
Imagine an unspoilt island within a National Park, deserted beaches of pure white sand, sparkling turquoise seas crisscrossed by local dhows plying their trade, swaying palms, sunny days and starry nights, and you have Azura Benguerra.
Inspired by the rich coastal biodiversity of the area and beautiful Indian Ocean reefs, the guest areas offer laid-back beachside chic, with spaces designed to relax and enjoy. The beautiful beach bar, set against a backdrop of white and turquoise, is at the heart of this unmatched beach experience.
Azura Quilalea is a hidden gem, somewhere to retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, with a relaxed and understated ‘Robinson Crusoe’ castaway style that belies the comforts and experiences on offer in the 9 handcrafted seafront villas.
Set like a jewel within the glittering Quirimbas Archipelago, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa is a small private island only one km long and 350 metres wide. The ultimate tropical island idyll, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa’s 12 Beach Villas blend into the natural environment and front onto dazzlingly white sands and a translucent sea.
This spectacular resort is nestled amongst coconut palms on the pristine beach frontage of Ngapali Beach in the Bay of Bengal. The hotel has been designed by a famous Italian architect and everything purpose built. It is just a 45 minute flight from Yangon to this wonderful 10km long stretch of beach.
Little Ongava is designed for privacy, luxury and an intimacy with the land. Perched high on a rocky outcrop overlooking a waterhole with pristine views across the plains.
A long boardwalk meanders over rocks and trees, connecting the beautiful main lounge and dining area with one of three breathtaking, secluded thatch roofed bungalows.
Wolwedans Dune Camp is nestled on the edge of a 250m high dune. Located within the vast privately owned NamibRand Nature Reserve covering almost 200 000 hectares bordering the Namib Nauklufy Park, south of Sossusvlei.
The charm of the camp lies in its tranquil, intimate atmosphere, capturing the romance of a bygone era.
Nestled in the remote area of the Kaokoveld, in a land of towering mountains, gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating wildlife, lies Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.
Only accessible by light aircraft this remote camp is located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession.
Little Kulala is a luxurious desert retreat situated on the dry Auab riverbed within the private 27 000-hectare (67 000-acre) Kulala Wilderness Reserve. It offers magnificent dune scenery to the west and rugged Namib mountains to the north with golden grassy plains filling the space in between.
Alphonse Island features a single resort comprising of Beach Bungalows and Suites built alongside the water’s edge, each with scenic ocean views. Freedom of movement around the island on foot or bicycle permits self-discovery of the wonders of this special place.
Nestled into the lush hillside overlooking the sea, Cerf Island Resort is a cluster of 24 lovely spacious villas, each of which have been built to high standards and designed to blend into the naturally elegant surroundings.
Cousine Island is a private nature reserve in the Seychelles, a wildlife sanctuary that offers you the chance to not only see nature but to live amongst it and to have a true island experience. The Pavillion offers fine dining where the two Seychellois chefs prepare mouthwatering cuisine to order.
The mere 25 free-standing cottages and villas on Denis enjoy total privacy, scattered at various walking distances from the beach and separated by the island’s natural vegetation.
On Desroches Island, there is nothing to distract you from tranquillity, save for the sound of birds singing and an ocean breeze that invites you to come a little closer. We’re the only resort on this captivating coral island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, where the beaches belong to no one and everyone at the same time.
With seven entirely private beaches around the island and just 16 Villas, yours can often be the sole footprints in the sand, flip the ‘Beach Occupied’ sign to ensure absolute privacy. Whenever you arrive there is always a cooler box with iced drinks, towels spread on loungers, a freshwater shower and you can call your PA for anything more you wish.
Located in La Digue, Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie is by the ocean, a 2-minute drive from Anse Severe Beach and 6 minutes from Anse Patate Beach. This 4-star resort is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Source D'Argent Beach and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Anse Cocos Beach.
Guests will experience every aspect of luxury at the Maia Luxury Resort & Spa. Set on the secluded Anse Louis overlooking the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the private twelve-acre property is lushly landscaped with hibiscus, lemongrass and cinnamon.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is a remote, hillside retreat that embraces the natural simplicity of treetop living. It occupies an isolated position overlooking the idyllic bay of Petite Anse, just 18 km (30 minutes drive) from Mahé international airport.
Savoy Resort & Spa is ideally nestled on Beau Vallon, the most popular beach on the island of Mahe in Seychelles; thanks to its calm, crystal clear waters and coral reefs.
In the heart of the island of Praslin, aptly referred to as the mythological and idyllic ‘Garden of Eden’, are 86 contemporary and luxurious villas, among the most spacious in the Seychelles. Each villa at Raffles Seychelles features a private outdoor pavilion, plunge pool and balcony to soak up breathtaking views of the opal-hued ocean, white sandy beach and lush green hills.
Nestled on the northwest shore of the idyllic island of Praslin, Constance Lémuria is an exclusive retreat with its own 18-hole championship golf course -- unique to the Seychelles.
Discover an exclusive island hideaway at JA Enchanted Island Resort by JA Resorts & Hotels. This Seychelles luxury resort in the Sainte Anne National Marine Park inspires magical moments to remember forever. Just off the coast of Mahé, imagine abandoning your cares in this blissful sanctuary. Lounge in your own pool or explore the islands on a boat before returning to world-class cuisine.
The resort is situated within a Marine National Park dedicated to environmental protection. Explore the island's breathtaking flora and fauna, go hiking in the rainforest or enjoy water sports at our Eco-Concept PADI diving centre. Go fishing or unwind at the old plantation house, Grann Kaz and sample delicious Creole cuisine.
Towering over the V&A Waterfront in a spectacular manner, the Silo Hotel has brought a fresh edge to the Cape Town hotel scene, surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City.
Built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo, the hotel occupies six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA).
Set in the picturesque mountain and sea landscape of the Hermanus area in the Western Cape, the exotic, stone and thatch retreat of Grootbos Garden Lodge is one of two lodges in the private 2,500 hectare Grootbos Nature Reserve. Perched on a slope of the Duineveld Mountain, Garden Lodge is surrounded by multi-hued flowers and lush fynbos foliage.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is located in the south western sector of the private concession of Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.
Adjoining the unfenced Kruger National Park, game rambles freely between the reserves and the slightly elevated position of Bush Lodge provides uninterrupted bushveld views.
Against the dramatic backdrop of the Korannaberg Mountains, Tswalu Motse is an isolated oasis which lies baking beneath the Kalahari sun.
Overlooking the stretches of semi-desert grasslands the property is scenically beautiful, its natural stone, thatch and wood structure illuminated by the changing light of day.
Against the dramatic backdrop of the Korannaberg Mountains, Tswalu Tarkuni is an isolated oasis which lies baking beneath the Kalahari sun.
Overlooking the stretches of semi-desert grasslands, the exclusive-use property is scenically beautiful, and ideal for families or small groups.
A peaceful haven set back from Franschhoek’s popular High Street, Akademie Street Guest House offers boutique accommodation and exceptional personal attention.
The property consists of 5 charming buildings surrounded by exquisite gardens.
6 rooms are uniquely configured and tasteful contemporary décor merges seamlessly with quaint historic structure.
Delaire Graff Estate is situated just outside Stellenbosch on the Winelands scenic Helshoogte Pass, nestled between mountains and surrounded by vineyards.
This beautiful property consists of striking Cape Dutch architecture, beautifully landscaped gardens and contemporary African flair.
The renowned service of The Oriental Bangkok dates back almost 130 years to when it was first opened as a seaman’s lodge along the Chao Phraya River. It typifies a golden age of travel and attends to guests needs at the highest level. All 358 stunning rooms and 35 suites have been designed with traditional Thai flair and are luxuriously appointed for your utmost comfort.
In the 10 years or so since the hotel opened, the lavish riverside Peninsula Bangkok has quickly established itself as not only one of Bangkok's premium hotels but one of the world's best hotels, winning many awards and honours along the way.
Dhara Dhevi Hotel is spread over 60 acres of stunning natural landscapes, incorporating lush verdant paddy fields and exotic plantations. It offers a self contained world of beauty, wellness and a cultural museum dedicated to the Lanna kingdom.
Located within the walls of the old quarter of Chiang Mai, this stylish, intimate retreat is laid out over a sequence of courtyards, bordered by carefully tendered frangipani trees and flowing bougainvillea. Many of Chiang Mai’s most important temples are within walking distance.
The Sarojin is nestled in an enchanting garden setting with direct private access onto a secluded 11km white beach beside on the shore of the Andaman Sea. The Sarojin beach by virtue of being sheltered by Pakarang Cape, a coral cape headland, provides year-round swimming and water sports. The resort is accessed via Phuket Airport approximately one hour drive away.
Surrounded by pristine white sandy beaches and alluring turquoise waters this is one of Thailand’s (and in our opinion – the world’s) most awe-inspiring luxury resorts. Set nestled within 40 hectares of pristine rainforest this unique resort is situated on the remote island of Koh Kood, in the Gulf of Siam very near the Cambodian border.
Koh Lanta has long been a well kept backpackers secret in the same way Pimalai Resort and Spa has been a little known luxury retreat. However, with the arrival of a few more better quality resorts the secret is out. Pimalai was the first upmarket resort to open and is still widely regarded as the bench mark level its competition is trying to match.
In short Zeavola is one of the most unique and luxurious boutique resorts in Thailand. Situated on the outrageously pretty Phi Phi Island, Phi Phi Don to be precise as there are in fact a number of islands, the resort has set new standards for this corner of Thailand.
The Paradee is a located in a unique idyllic double seaside location, on a narrow neck of land between the east- and west-facing beaches of secluded Ao Kiew at the remote and peaceful southern tip of Koh Samet, an area renowned for its pristine sandy beaches.
For anyone looking for the most ultra chic resort in Samui, look no further than The Library! This elegant, minimalist resort is set in a lush environment that fronts directly on to Koh Samui’s premier beach, namely Chaweng. Once you enter the resort the frantic pace of the bars and restaurants outside seems to disappear.
Napasai is a secluded resort on the island's stylish north coast. Nestling on gentle slopes leading down to the unspoilt white sand of the small beach, it offers a selection of beautiful Thai-style cottages and private two and three bedroom pool villas.
Phang Nga Bay is celebrated for its outstanding natural beauty and particularly for its stunning limestone karst island outcrops. It is these awe-inspiring limestone pinnacles that make up the view from this, the newest, offering from the ultra luxurious Six Senses group.
Nakamanda means “the sacred sea-dragon’’. It is said you will feel his protection as you embrace the pleasures of his lair. Every room here is seen as temple, a secret door to the mystical, as they describe it “your personal Zen den”!
This breathtaking luxury resort is set on the stunning Railay Peninsula overlooking the Andaman Sea. Close proximity to Phuket and famous islands like Phi Phi as well as the stunning seascape of Phang Nga Bay make Rayavadee the perfect base for discovering this enchanted corner of the Kingdom.
Location: North Male Atoll
• Distance from Male Airport: 2kms
• Transfer: 10 minutes by speedboat
Kurumba Maldives Resort is located in the North Male Atoll and is conveniently close to the airport, eliminating long arduous transfers after the international flights!
• Location: South Male Atoll
• Distance from Male Airport: 30kms
• Transfer: 40 minutes by speedboat
• Location: North Male Atoll
• Distance from Male Airport: 6km
• Transfer: 20 minutes by speedboat
• Location: Baa Atoll
• Transfer: 30 minutes by seaplane
• Distance from Male Airport: 24km
• Location: North Male Atoll
• Transfer: 30 minutes by speedboat
• Distance from Male Airport: 24km
• Location: North Male Atoll
• Transfer: 40 minutes by speedboat
• Distance from Male Airport: 29km
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this chic resort epitomises barefoot luxury in a flawless setting edged by white sand beaches and coconut trees and surrounded by turquoise seas and isolated sand banks.
• Location: South Male Atoll
• Transfer: 35 minutes by speedboat
• Distance from Male Airport: 21km
Nestled on Dhigu Island, fringed on all sides by powder-white sands and surrounded by the warm, shallow waters of the lagoon lies the beautiful Anantara Dhigu.
Located on the idyllic Con Son Island, a forty five minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City, the Six Senses Con Dao offers the ultimate luxurious Island experience.
The Victoria Hoi An, part of Oasis’ favourite Vietnamese hotel chain, the Victoria Group is located just 5 km from the ancient town of Hoi An, along a unique private white sand beachfront. The resort replicates a traditional fishing village with intricate streets, small ponds and traditional style village houses with red clay-tiled roofs.
The resort location is on a pristine stretch of China Beach close enough to the town of Hoi An to allow an easy 15 minute drive for those wanting to explore all that Hoi An has to offer, and yet far enough out of town to provide tranquillity and privacy.
Located on a secluded hillside overlooking the tranquil waters of Ninh Van Bay, the L'Alyana Ninh Van Bay offer a luxurious island experience.
This fabulous resort is located in the dramatic Ninh Van Bay. Its impressive rock formations overlooking the South China Sea, white sand beach and towering mountains behind, all add to the sense of being luxuriously at one with nature. The exclusive property is built in an architectural style reflecting the traditions of Vietnam.
Located around an hour’s drive south from Nha Trang airport in the spectacular conservation area of Vinh Hy Bay, the Amanoi is a very welcome addition (Sep 2013) to Vietnam’s luxury hotel scene. Backed by a national park and overlooking a marine nature reserve, Amanoi embraces nature while providing a serene beachside retreat.
Nestled in the centre of the Busanga Plains, close to permanent water and within easy access of the teeming plains is Shumba Camp.
Shumba is named after a large pride of lion that are often seen right next to camp – or even, remarkably, in trees.
Equidistant from Botswana and Zambia, Royal Chundu’s Island Lodge lies in tranquil, private waters, an island lodge in the middle of the mighty Zambezi River.
A celebration of all things Zambian, this is the only Relais & Chateaux lodge in the country, and its elegant warmth reflects the spirit of the land whilst maintaining an intimate feel ideal for honeymooners.
Warmly welcoming, Tongabezi on the Zambezi River merges quirky luxury, tranquil ambiance and a communion with nature.
The use of natural fibres, thatch and wood, blend with flowing, romantic touches and influences from the African continent.
With commanding views overlooking the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park, is the new generation of Zambian bush camps, Chinzombo.
Nestled within the shade of ancient trees on a wildlife rich ridge, Chinzombo brings levels of comfort, style and elegance previously unseen to the Luangwa Valley.
Linkwasha Camp is situated on an exclusive private concession in Hwange, Zimbabwe’s largest reserve.
The camp overlooks a flat plain and waterhole, the open landscape ideal for watching the animals drawn to the waters, especially during the dry season.
Contemporary elegance and safari style are skilfully blended in the décor and structure of this appealing property.
Little Ruckomechi’s picturesque location embodies Mana Pools National Park in all its abundance.
The camp is all about the intimacy of being close to nature and amongst the iconic Albida trees that characterise the area.
Ruckomechi Camp, situated in a private concession with access to the western areas of Mana Pools National Park, accommodates guests in 10 spacious en-suited tents units, including a family unit, all of which overlook the magnificent Zambezi River.
The camp is set amongst broad-canopied Ana trees, much loved by the elephants for their rich nutritious seeds.
Nestled along prime Zambezi River frontage, in a private concession, the &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge is a safari oasis upriver from the majestic Victoria Falls.
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