Thanks to my friend and fellow travel writer Roxana for another great post, this time telling us all about luxury hotels beyond our wildest dreams! Check her out at stylebyasia.com and highstylife.com.
Far away from expensive city centers, luxury has found its place even in the most remote and least visited places on the planet – apparently, reserved just for those ready to travel that far to experience it. Although many would start their journey without the desire to be pampered in the first place, these intoxicatingly beautiful destinations have their own way of enchanting their guests into staying an extra night, or much, much longer.
Take a look at what human creativity combined with some of the strangest, most wondrous places on Earth can do to create unparalleled luxury!
Under the sea in the Maldives
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Of course, the Maldives are already well-known for lush living and even more opulent service to their tourist friends, but the reason this particular location has found itself on the list is rather unique and intriguing on its own – Ithaa is a fine-dining restaurant where the finest lobster is served as an entrée, and dessert is chocolate enriched by lime panna cotta. But the kick is, it’s underwater.
Yes, you are submerged five meters below the surface of the Indian Ocean, and with a 180-degree glass allowing you an unforgettable view of the marine life. Think sharks, exotic fish, coral, and turquoise iridescence more mesmerizing than any romantic candle in the world.
A desert escape in Oman
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Proudly resting in the Al Hajar Mountains of Oman, and in the embrace of the Omani desert, the resort by the name of Alila in Jabal Akhdar is everything a traveler could ever hope for. The intimidatingly awe-inspiring vistas of the endless desert and what the locals call the Grand Canyon of Oman, your suite sits comfortably 2000 meters above sea level and with a view to die for.
Designed with spotless precision and immaculate sense for indigenous Omani culture, every room is a reflection of the country’s traditional architectural style, perfectly blended with the modern levels of comfort. The location alone imbued with such invaluable sense of belonging makes this spot timeless and unforgettable.
Hidden in plain sight in Sydney
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Perfectly cradled away from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city of Sydney, yet tantalizingly close to all of its diverse cultural events, foodie spots and natural reserves, age has found a perfect spot to rest. Along the shores of the soothing Georges River, and hidden in the branches of the surrounding bushland, there lies one of the best retirement villages in Sydney you could possibly envision – it is a little slice of Eden on Earth.
Spending your golden years immersed in the fragrance of eucalyptus, a panorama of blues and greens and with all the upscale perks of a modern lifestyle (such as a cinema, fine dining restaurants, pools and a spa), it’s the serenity of retirement wrapped into a luxurious resort getaway.
A castle in the Himalaya mountains
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Perched 8,000 feet above sea, Shimla’s unique escape spot for the bravest, most dedicated travelers in the world is, quite literally touching the heavens with its age-old towers. Wildflower Hall is the epitome of historic beauty merged with Mother Nature, an authentic castle that transformed into a hotel for the sole purpose of pampering.
The outdoor pool overlooks the endless forests and the Himalayan breathtaking vistas, and the lavish rooms are as extravagant as the castle’s mighty exterior. Just imagine yourself by the flickering fire in the middle of winter, soaking in the magnificent views and basking only in the sounds of the Himalayan wild winds.
The crown jewel of Iceland
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Its rustic, man-made look and feel have lured the richest among the richest names to visit what is known as the best kept secret of Reykjavik – a small, luxurious hunting lodge nestled right below Langjokull glacier. You’ll know you’re there by the crushing roars of the Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir hot springs nearby, and the frost-laden hot tubs in the snow.
It’s an intimate resort with a handful of available rooms, exquisite dining service and a surrounding unlike any other. The Trophy Lodge is so private, online bookings are not available for tourists as of yet, so in case you’re wealthy and interested in spending a few days with the lovely Aurora, ice, and meadows of stunning emerald green, you will need a strong referral and reach out to the Tower Suites hotel.