1. Ladera Resort- An Unique Design with Amazing Natural Surroundings
Taking full advantage of its natural surroundings, Ladera offers a unique design in guest accommodations. The 9 villas and 23 suites all have an “open wall” – the west side of each unit is left open to expose the breathtaking view, and the orientation of the buildings maintains complete privacy. The villas and suites are constructed of tropical hardwoods, stone and tile, furnished with 19th century French furniture or replicas, wicker and accessories crafted by local artisans. All units are decorated with local artwork and feature magnificent views of the Pitons and Caribbean Sea.
2. Le Ta’ha – French Polynesia
Since its opening in July 2002, Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa has gathered its share of industry honours and has been praised by several publications, including Condé Nast Traveler’s GOLD LIST of “The World’s Best Places to Stay” in January 2012. Part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux collection, Le Taha’a welcomes you to a world of immaculate beauty, a timeless universe of sophistication and authenticity.
Located on the secluded Motu Tautau islet, facing the lush island of Taha’a on one side and the majestic silhouette of Bora Bora on the other side, the resort, inspired by traditional Polynesian architecture and style, hosts 57 remarkable suites and villas. Defined by the Relais & Chateaux philosophy, Le Taha’a is the promise of a total change of scenery, a way of life of its own, in harmony with its preserved environment, people and local culture.
3. Longitude 131º – Australia
Guests gaze upon “the magical Ayers Rock” from “luxurious elevated tents” on the edge of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a perfect-scoring location. The camp’s Lilliputian size allows for “personal attention” from “friendly, informative, and instantly likable staff.” The Dune House serves contemporary Australian dishes such as peppered kangaroo carpaccio. “The pool is a bit petite, but it’s a small price to pay for the overall experience.”
4. Saffire Resort in Australia
Saffire is a luxury coastal sanctuary on Tasmania’ East Coast in Australia, capturing the essence of this unique region. Designed by Circa Architecture, Saffire connects with its environment to generate an authentic, enriching, rejuvenating and uplifting experience. Suites can be booked all year long from $1,450 to $2,450 per night, depending on the season and the suite size.
5. Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel in the middle of Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
The ultimate jungle trip, right in the middle of the Amazon Forest. This boutique hotel is the brain-child of eco-visionary, Dr. Francisco Ritta Bernardino and has welcomed luminaries from Bill Gates to Prince Charles. You can canoe through the flooded forest, past pink Dolphins, gasping in wonder at the primeval rainforest you experience on the way. Cultural tours and night walks let you experience the jungle for yourself. Or perhaps a spot of dangerous piranha fishing is more your thing. Incredibly, the hotel packs 4-star luxury into this rustic setting. There are two treetop amphitheatres, banqueting facilities and even a health club. A thousand tropical birds call the colours of the rainbow. Friendly monkeys scamper in ancient trees past low-hanging sloths through farms of butterflies. These are the sights and sounds that greet you as you walk across a jungle catwalk, 70 feet high in the Amazon treetops.
6. Post Ranch Inn – California
The Power of Big Sur and all its literary incarnations, some of the best views in the wordl but what I like the best about it are its fabulous Tree Houses.
7. Dunton Hot Spring Resort – Colorado
For the nostalgics and the Western films lovers, the cliché “America” for us Europeans. Dunton Hot Springs is a small and exclusive resort nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies. This perfectly restored ghost town thrives on contradictions; hand- hewn log cabins exquisitely furnished, a life-worn saloon serving food of startling quality, lung torturing trails followed by pampering massages, sensuous hot springs beneath shimmering snow banks. Free of cell phones, this romantic old mining town still provides high speed wireless internet access in every cabin and video conferencing in our dance hall to the comforting sound of a tumbling waterfall.
8. The Ice Hotel – Sweden
You all probably heard about it by now and it sounds cliché but no, it is a real, unique, experience.
9. Il Pellicano – Italy
The elegant five-star hotel, located in Tuscany’s Maremma region, was built in the mid-1960s as a love nest for Michael and Patricia Graham and it is today part of The Leading Hotels of the World. The home, called Il Pellicano as a tribute to the first time the couple met at Pelican Point in California, was initially a club for the Grahams’ friends, but was subsequently expanded and opened to friends of friends.
10. Kirini Santorini – Greece
No better place to start than Santorini, one of the most picturesque island in the world. It’s white, it’s blue, it’s black, it’s beautiful. It is conveniently located, only 30 min. from Santorini international airport .