The wealthy and most discerning travelers travel around the world in search of most beautiful all-inclusive luxurious resorts. These days’ nature lovers prefer high-end and low-impact eco-resorts while animal lovers look for hideaways in the wilderness. The accommodation, meals, beverages, recreational activities are all inclusive of the rates offered in these beautiful, serene locations.
Let’s find out the top 10 most luxurious resorts for 2018 out of which some came into existence from this very year.
Chiva-Som, HuaHin, Thailand
Chiva-Som is world’s one of the premier spa destinations. This remarkable beachfront resort with seven acres of banyan-filled gardens opened in HuaHin in the year 1995 as a wellness club. This one of its kind resort offers treatments including spa (more than 200), medispa, physiotherapy, reiki gemstone therapy and other holistic beauty and fitness treatment. The famous American architectural guru Ed Tuttle designed the light wood and white extremely luxurious ocean room suites with a floor-to-ceiling view of pool, beach, and Gulf of Thailand. All meals and beverages, daily massage, consultation for wellness, water therapy and other leisure activities are offered at an all-inclusive rate.
Jumby Bay, Antigua
Surrounded by dazzling beaches, Jumby Bay is a palm-studded private island off the coast of Antigua. The whole island is car-free and is accessible only by boat. It has 40 air-conditioned luxury guest rooms and villas that come with a romantic ambiance like wrap-around terraces, private outdoor gardens with rain showers and well equipped with all the modern amenities you require. The Red-roofed villas and houses provide extra luxuries such as private chefs, personal butlers, and swimming pools. You will get five-star service with world-class cuisine. The resort has three tennis courts, two pools, a spa, a beach stretching more than four miles, and club for kids. This all-inclusive island will no doubt keep you busy all day.
Royal Malewane, South Africa
It’s not easy to visit the most popular safari destination, the Greater Kruger National Park as big as the size of Wales. But when you are in Royal Malewane, it is achievable, and you can exclusively experience the intimate beauty of this place. Royal Malewane lies in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve alongside Kruger National Park. It is one of the top safari lodges in South Africa and a favorite spot for world’s most wealthy wildlife admirers. It has only six Luxury Suites, two Royal Suites, and if you travel in groups, there is an Africa House with six bedrooms and a private chef. The wild animals are the center of attraction of this resort which includes a large number of resident lions, elephants, and other wildlife. Besides, there are game drives twice daily with expert trackers to let you experience the real wildlife action.
North Island, Seychelles
It is an exclusive eco-resort on a remote North island of Seychelles. The slogan of this island is “Barefoot luxury.” Restoring the island’s natural state, the guests participate in the conservation programs and know about the unique ecology of this far-flung isle. There are two picture-perfect beaches, where you can find turtle nests on the shores. Besides, there are eleven private highly sophisticated open-plan villas made out of plenty of textural elements and natural materials by the beautiful beach that bristles with coconut palms. This resort is also an ultimate honeymoon hideaway with Plunge pools in large decks, netted beds, and deep soaking tubs. The water sports, guided walks to other islands along with the yoga and holistic treatments at the spa are mention worthy. Bicycles and golf carts are available as means of transport. Cuisines are delicious with fresh creole flavors and butler service to eat just anywhere.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is the most romantic hotel in the world. It was built in 1746 as the pleasure palace of Maharana Jagat Singh II. Taj Lake Palace is one of the most recognizable residences in the world since it has been featured in many films and TV serials, most notably, Octopussy and The Jewel in The Crown.
Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
It is a “radical new concept for a luxury camp experience.” Shinta Mani Wild has been created in partnership with The Cambodian Government, the Wildlife Alliance, the Royal Phnom Penh University, and Flora and Fauna International and designed by renowned hospitality designer Bill Bensley. It opened in the year 2018 itself. It is set up right at the heart of the Cardamom Mountains beside the largest wildlife expanses of South East Asia, The Cambodian national parks of Kirirom, Bokor, and Cardamom where Indochinese tigers, elephants, gibbons, bears, and macaques are found. There are 16 luxurious tents set up on stilts of 1,000sq.ft each with the splendid view of rivers and waterfalls. Even the ambiance here is fully immersed in nature and wildlife. There is a full arrangement of beautiful beds, in-room bars, and a spa for the complete entertainment of guests.
The Brando, Tahiti
The Brando, a Tahitian tropical paradise was built by the screen legend Marlon Brando on a pristine private island, and all possible attempts were made to preserve its beauty and biodiversity. In the thatched villas, the recycled and local building material like thatch, stone, and wood are mixed beautifully with all the modern furnishing and fixtures. There are two and three bedroom villas with kitchens, dining areas, media rooms with TV and Wi-Fi, private pools, and outdoor bathtubs. You can also take a bicycle to explore the island. The food is simply divine with seafood making a mark and all the fresh produce used are from the organic gardens of the island. The other attractions to indulge in are Lagoon School for the children, tennis, deep-sea fishing, dancing, fitness classes, holistic treatments at the soulful spa, and water activities in the crystal-clear waters like paddleboard, snorkel, dive, and kayak.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives
Lily Beach Resort & Spa offers the extreme luxury over the water to enjoy the ultimate fun with family and friends. It lies on Huvahendhoo Island in the Maldives, a coral island surrounded by thriving coral reefs and few worlds’ best dive sites. There are a variety of options like Beach villas, water villas, family villas, deluxe over-the-water villas and sunset suites. All the modern conveniences like flat-screen satellite TVs, home theater systems, and outdoor bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs are available, and suites have private plunge pools and 24-hour butler service. There are different dining venues with excellent fusion cuisine. It offers two excursions per person per stay, such as snorkeling, sunset cruises, visits to the village, fishing and there are also pools, the court for volleyball and tennis, gym and Tamara Spa to give you the divine pleasure you always wanted.
Six Senses, Fiji
Six Senses in Fiji was opened in 2018 in the volcanic island of Malolo, ringed by turquoise water, white sand beaches, and palm trees. It is 100% powered by solar energy supplied by Tesla battery well complemented by the use of LED lighting keeps the energy consumption low. Six senses is a 35-minutes boat ride from Port Denarau, or you can take a 10-minute helicopter ride to reach the resort directly. There are 24 spacious pool villas and suites and also ten residences with private pools to spend time in ultimate exclusivity. They also have fully equipped kitchens. You can spend your time sunbathing and surfing, or at the yoga pavilion. There is sophisticated dining option with fresh South Pacific cuisine using ingredients from the gardens and farm of the island. You can also take away stone-baked pizzas to watch a movie at the outdoor cinema, or going snorkeling, fishing, or kayaking.
Amanyangyun was opened in the year 2018 in a forest of ancient camphor trees outside Shanghai. The village complex of Ming-and Qing-dynasty homes and gardens was renovated sensitively and transformed into a sanctuary for travelers. It has 26 reassembled houses with original carvings and reliefs in view for visitors. Designed by Kerry Hill Architects, there are 13 4-bedroom Antique Villas with swimming pools and 24 single-bedroom club suites with fireplaces and courtyards, six restaurants, a spa of 30,000sq.ft, a fitness center, a cigar lounge, and a banquet hall in a bamboo grove. (Image courtesy of Aman.com)
Zuri Zanzibar, Tanzania
Located in Kendwa Village on the west-facing shores of the island of Unguja, Zuri Zanzibar provides a fantastic natural setting along with white-sandy beach, incredible shades of Blue Ocean, crystal clear water, and unforgettable sunsets. You can choose from 55 bungalows, suites and beach villas with the stunning view of the beach near the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. It has been designed by the well-known designers Jestico + Whiles to provide ultimate coziness with outside showers, suites with spacious private terrace, and villas with private beach and of course, Jacuzzi. The cuisine has the flavors of different cultures like Persians, Arabs, Chinese, Indians, Portuguese and others.
Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece
Inspiring deep emotions of enchantment and fascination, Katikies Hotel in Oia Santorini (Greece) is renowned for its unparallel services, warm atmosphere and sense of romance uniquely combined in an exceptional setting and natural environment, inviting its guests to experience moments of pure luxury.