The Best Resorts in the World

The Best Resorts in the World

Moon Palace, Cancun Mexico

What makes a vacation great? There are a lot of factors that can make your trip enjoyable. The length of your stay. This will vary from person to person. According to research published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, An eight-day vacation is the ideal length of time to spend away from home. According to the researchers, a vacationer will experience an increase in happiness over the first several days of their trip, with the feeling reaching its zenith on the eighth day. For me, five to seven days work well. Eventually, I start yearning for home. I love to travel but I love to be in my house.

The type of vacation is essential, too. To name a few, city, beach, mountain, and resort are very popular. There are also road trips, hiking trips and cruises. You don't have to only do one type of vacation and a change-up can be refreshing.

I am the type of traveler who enjoys staying on nice resorts at the beach. There are those who like to be in the city near all of the activity and I've done these types, too, but there is nothing like luxury resorts with all of the activity and access to great food and drinks.

Many are high-end, low-impact eco-resorts that place sustainability and conservation at the forefront of their operations. While others pamper guests in luxury beach villas on some of the world's most beautiful islands, from over-the-water bungalows on one of Fiji's most beautiful islands to eco-chic nature resorts in Indonesia, the majority of them are located in the Pacific. Some of the resorts are among the most expensive in the world, while others provide excellent value — with everything, including activities, included in the price.

Many of these resorts will make it onto most people's bucket lists. Any will give you an experience that will be worth remembering for the rest of your life.

Here is a list of some of the best resorts in the world.

Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia

Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
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Known for being environmentally conscious and breathtakingly beautiful, Nihi Sumba Island, a former surfing haven, is consistently ranked among the world's best beach destinations. It presides over a wild and pristine palm-fringed stretch of coastline on the remote Indonesian island of Sumba, which is about an hour's flight from the popular tourist destination of Bali.

When you consider that the resort's philosophy is "The Edge of Wildness," it's a fitting location. Because of the resort's location within a nature reserve, it has more than 2.5 kilometers of white-sand beach that extends beneath the cliffs below and offers excellent opportunities for surfing, fishing, and snorkeling, among other activities. There are no televisions here; instead, you'll find cool ocean breezes, island adventures, warm and friendly staff, and breathtaking ocean views.

Each of the 33 air-conditioned villas captures the essence of this tropical hideaway, with soaring thatched ceilings that peek out from among the palms and sweeping ocean views from every room. One- to five-bedroom configurations are available, all of which include amenities such as spacious living rooms, private infinity plunge pools, outdoor showers, and impeccable butler service, among other things. Families can reserve a three-story treehouse that is delightfully eccentric.

Even if you can't tear yourself away from your villa and beach, which boasts world-class surfing, diving, and fishing, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained. You can go horseback riding on the beach (the resort has an equestrian center), go mountain biking, go on a Land Rover safari, visit a chocolate factory, or simply relax at the beach club and swimming pool.

Spa Safaris offer the ultimate in pampering, with multiple treatments and healthy meals included in the price of your ticket. Yoga is also available for free every day in a pavilion with a view of the sea.

All meals, snacks, and some beverages, as well as some activities, are included in the rates. Children are welcome, and a portion of the proceeds from your stay will be donated to the Sumba Foundation's community projects, which include providing fresh water, medical care, and communal farms for local villages, allowing you to live in luxury while also doing good for the world around you.

 

More information can be found here.

 

 

Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club, Hamilton, Bermuda

Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club, Hamilton, Bermuda
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The private beach club at the Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club is a 20-minute shuttle ride away from the hotel's accommodations, but previous guests have said it is well worth the trip. White sand beaches, hammocks on the beach and in the water, as well as all of the necessary amenities like bathrooms and showers, make this Bermuda club an ideal destination for beachgoers of all ages and interests. Relaxation seekers can lounge on the chairs and hide from the sun's rays under the umbrellas provided. Children can use shovels and buckets to construct sandcastles on the beach. Paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment are available for those who like to be active. Furthermore, all facilities and equipment are provided at no additional cost to hotel guests. The hotel's airy guest rooms provide a refreshing respite after a day at the beach. Guests can also charter a boat from the hotel's marina or wander the manicured grounds to discover the hotel's extensive collection of art.

 

More information can be found here.

 

The Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa, Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Spain

The Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa
The Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa

 

The Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa, which is located on the south end of Platja d'en Bossa in the Spanish village of Sant Jordi de ses Salines, provides a welcome respite from the island's pulsating nightlife. After a restful night in your luxurious accommodations, which include king-sized beds and private hot tubs, spend your morning relaxing just steps away from your room on the beach... (Parents can take comfort in the fact that there is a lifeguard on duty at the beach). Finish the day with a game of beach volleyball, a round of mini-golf, or a show in the evening. There is a program called Infinite Indulgence at the resort that includes all of these activities. It is just one of the many reasons why travelers plan to return to the resort. Many visitors also mention the incredible service provided by the hotel's staff as one of the highlights of their visits.

 

More information can be found here.

 

The Hamilton Princess
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The Brando, Tahiti

The Brando
The Brando Tahiti

 

For those looking for a tropical paradise in Tahiti that is environmentally conscious and low-impact, The Brando is the resort for you. This carbon-neutral resort is located on a pristine private island surrounded by a three-mile lagoon and offers the ultimate in laid-back luxury and relaxation.

It was founded by film legend Marlon Brando to preserve the island's beauty and biodiversity while also serving as a model of sustainability — solar power, seawater air-conditioning systems, and other renewable energy technologies are used to power the entire resort.

It should come as no surprise that nature lovers will be in heaven here. Reefs abound in the lagoon, birds swarm to the shorelines, whale migration routes cross the lagoon, and sea turtle nesting sites dot the pristine white sand beaches.

The thatched villas, which are set back from the beach and surrounded by pandanus and palms, are unobtrusively beautiful. Thatch, stone, and wood are all used as building materials, and modern furnishings and fixtures blend seamlessly with recycled and local building materials.

Private plunge pools, outdoor bathtubs, and media rooms with TVs and Wi-Fi are all available in the villas. Larger families will appreciate the additional space provided by the three-bedroom villa, which includes a kitchen and dining area. All of the villas are equipped with bicycles, allowing you to explore the island entirely by pedal power.

The cuisine, which incorporates fresh produce from the island's organic gardens and incorporates French, Polynesian, and East-meets-West styles, is delectable. Local seafood is prominent on the menu, and the fluffy, flaky breakfast croissants are a favorite among the patrons. There are also vegan options available.

It goes without saying that activities revolve around water, and the resort provides everything you need to paddleboard, snorkel, dive, and kayak in the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. If you're interested in learning more about the ecology and conservation of the island, you can pay a visit to the eco-station and speak with the researchers.

In addition, the resort offers lectures on Polynesian culture and history. Lagoon School keeps the little ones occupied, while tennis, deep-sea fishing, dancing, and fitness classes are available for those who prefer to be more active.

Although all-inclusive rates are not required, this full-board plan includes coverage for all island activities as well as holistic treatments at the soulful resort's spa.

 

More information can be found here

 

Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, Cancun, Mexico

Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun
Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun

 

Vacationers looking for a child-free getaway should consider Le Blanc Spa Resort, which is ranked as the third-best hotel in Cancun. Adults only are permitted to stay at this all-inclusive resort. Though the resort offers a wide range of activities (including hydrotherapy in the on-site spa and a variety of fitness classes at the gym), you'll probably want to spend the majority of your time on the beaches. Guests can enjoy the view of the beach, which features beautiful white sands and aquamarine waters. Among the palm trees, you can unwind in a hammock, on a chair, or beneath a cabana as you relax. You can also take advantage of food and beverage service on the beach, which has been particularly well received by previous visitors. When you want to see more of Cancun, your concierge can assist you in arranging a tour of the surrounding area for you.

 

More information can be found here.

 

St. Regis Bali Resort, Nusa Dua, Indonesia

St. Regis Bali
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It will be difficult to drag yourself away from the beach at this St. Regis outpost. This tropical paradise, with its inviting white sands and unbelievable azure waters, is a welcome respite from the stresses of everyday life. To be precise, the hotel lobby depicts the Balinese concept of Nyegara Gunung, which describes a sacred journey from the mountains (which are represented in the design of this resort) to the sea. This Bali retreat's breathtaking scenery, combined with its comfortable sunbeds, will make the long journey there well worth it. You'll also have access to the Vista Bar, which is located right on the beach, so you'll never be more than a few steps away from a refreshing cocktail. When you're in the mood for some physical activity, stop by the water sports center to rent a kayak and explore the surrounding water for yourself. Previous guests praised the resort's excellent service and breathtaking surroundings, but they were particularly pleased with the food, particularly at breakfast.

 

More information can be found here.

 

Cap Maison, St. Lucia

Cap Maison, St. Lucia
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There are a variety of factors that contribute to Cap Maison's ranking as one of the best hotels in St. Lucia. As the sun begins to set, guests can relax with a massage or take a guided hike through the forest. They can also simply sit back and listen to music while the sunsets. And, of course, no trip to St. Lucia would be complete without some time spent on the water. With complimentary use of water sports equipment like kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkeling gear, visitors can spend the entire day having fun at Smugglers Cove Beach. When you're ready to relax, you'll also find beach umbrellas and chairs available. Guests in the past have praised the beach for its seclusion, but have cautioned that there are steep steps to get to the immaculate shore. Members of I Prefer Hotel Rewards can take advantage of perks and special deals while staying here, despite the high cost of a stay here.

 

More information can be found here.

 

LUX South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Lux South Ari Atoll, Maldives
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Are you dreaming of a romantic tropical island honeymoon? Lux South Ari Atoll in the Maldives is the place to go if you want to get away from it all. Imagine yourself on a beautiful, unspoiled island with silky-soft white sand beaches and translucent turquoise water. That's exactly what you'll get. Imagine thatched bungalows perched above the shimmering sea, each with its own private plunge pool — this is what you'll find at LUX, along with much more.

All 193 villas are perfectly situated over the beach and the sea, and all are decorated in "beach house chic" style, with sun-bleached woods and crisp white linens, as well as the modern luxuries you would expect from a 5-star hotel.

Families are also welcome in this establishment. You can keep your children entertained throughout the day at the children's club, and you can choose from eight restaurants to satisfy even the most discriminating palate.

When it comes to things to do, the possibilities are virtually limitless. Do you want to go diving with whale sharks or sea turtles? It's not a problem. Luxe South Ari Atoll is a marine protected area that boasts more than 50 fish-rich dive sites as well as excellent snorkeling opportunities. On the beach, how about some pop-up movies? Have breakfast while floating in your own private plunge pool? Spa treatments, perhaps? Tennis? You can sign up for any or all of these things and more.

LUX South Ari Atoll is a stylish and serene retreat that is ideal for couples looking for romance — or for anyone who simply wants to relax on a private island paradise in the Indian Ocean.

 

More information can be found here.

 

Jumby Bay Island, Antigua

Jumby Bay Island, Antigua
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Jumby Bay is a private island resort in Antigua that is surrounded by dazzling beaches and surrounded by palm trees. It is the epitome of tropical elegance. It is one of the most luxurious all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, and it provides all of the expected luxuries and modern conveniences of an all-inclusive luxury resort while remaining hidden away in a tranquil corner of paradise. The entire island is devoid of automobiles, but you can explore it on a bicycle and take in the laid-back atmosphere.

This resort is renowned for its devoted staff, who provide impeccable service with a warm smile on their faces. Dining options include a fine-dining restaurant with world-class cuisine infused with tropical flavors, as well as dining by the swimming pool and on the beach.

Despite the fact that you are in a remote location, you can still maintain contact with the outside world. A total of 40 air-conditioned luxury guest rooms and villas are equipped with all of today's amenities, including large flat-screen televisions, Bose sound systems and Nespresso coffee makers, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. Their timeless romantic features, such as four-poster beds draped in Italian linens, wraparound terraces, and private outdoor gardens with rain showers, make them a popular choice for couples.

Private chefs, personal butlers, and swimming pools are available in red-roofed villas and houses, as well as in other types of properties. It's no surprise that this is one of the world's most luxurious resorts.

When you're not soaking up the rays on the beach under the shade of rustling palms, you can work out in the gym, swim in the infinity swimming pool, play tennis or golf, or indulge in a pampering treatment at the spa.

Recycling programs and conservation projects, such as the Hawksbill Turtle Preservation Program, will be particularly appealing to environmentally conscious visitors.

 

More information can be found here.

 

El Dorado Maroma, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

El Dorado Maroma, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
El Dorado Maroma, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

 

El Dorado Maroma, located approximately 10 miles northeast of Playa del Carmen, provides all of the tranquility and beauty that you would expect from a Mexican vacation. Couples looking for relaxation should schedule a massage appointment on the beach (complete with chocolate-covered strawberries or drinks, depending on which massage you choose).

Alternatively, the After Sun facial, which helps to repair sun-damaged skin, can be tried out. Meanwhile, active travelers will appreciate the variety of sports on offer, which include beach volleyball, kayaking, Jet Skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding, among other activities. Papitos Gourmet Beach Club, which serves everything from light bites like tacos to heartier entrees like paella, is a great place to refuel after a long day on the beach. Opt to spend your evenings in one of the overwater bungalows, which offer direct access to the ocean and glass-bottom floors, among other amenities, rather than one of the resort's traditional suites.

 

More information can be found here.

 

Salinas Maceió All-Inclusive Resort Maceió, Brazil

Salinas Maceió All-Inclusive Resort Maceió
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Families with children should look no further than Salinas Maceió, an all-inclusive resort located on the Ipioca Beach in northeastern Brazil, for their next vacation destination. The Alagoas resort offers complimentary accommodations for children under the age of 12 when accompanied by two paying adults in the same room. The resort also offers a special kids buffet, a kids club, and amenities for infants such as cribs and strollers.

Furthermore, because the room rate includes all meals, you and your children will be able to refuel throughout the day without having to worry about blowing your budget. Even though the property is equipped with several kid-friendly pools, the shoreline is the property's main attraction. For parents looking to relax, Ipioca Beach offers white sand and clear blue water, as well as chairs and umbrellas. Be aware that Salinas Maceió is approximately 150 miles southwest of Recife and approximately 1,500 miles northeast of both So Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, so plan accordingly.

If you want to visit one of these cities while on a trip to Brazil, allow yourself at least a few days in each place you visit.

 

More information can be found here.

 

Santa Caterina, Salerno, Italy

Santa Caterina, Salerno, Italy
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At this Amalfi Coast property, you won't find long stretches of sand to relax on. Instead, the Hotel Santa Caterina invites guests to take in the breathtaking views of the region's renowned cliffs from a lounging platform perched atop rock formations near the shore. Swimming in the Mediterranean's aquamarine waters is made possible by a series of stairwells, while padded chaises provide a comfortable place to rest between dips.

The Beach Club is home to a bar as well as the seasonal Ristorante Al Mare, which serves Italian classics such as pizza, ravioli, and carpaccio throughout the year. The hotel's beauty and staff have received high praise from guests. In spite of the property's high room rates, guests recommend spending a little extra to get a room with a sea view to make your stay even more enjoyable.

 

More information can be found here.

 

The Cloister at Sea Island, Sea Island, Georgia

The Cloister at Sea Island, Sea Island, Georgia
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Visits to this resort in Georgia's Golden Isles have been described as an indulgent vacation experience complete with incredible food, service, and accommodations by previous guests. The Cloister at Sea Island is located on the southernmost portion of Sea Island, right along the shoreline, which is appropriate given its name.

Located on 5 miles of private beach, the Cloister Beach Club offers lounge chairs and umbrellas strategically placed along the soft sand. When you've had enough of the beach, take advantage of the other amenities available at the Beach Club, which include beachfront pools, splash pads, a basketball court, and a bowling alley. Featuring exposed beam ceilings, white linens, and soaker tubs, the Beach Club's accommodations are decorated in a Spanish Mediterranean style.

 

More information can be found here.

 

Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, California

Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, California
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Spa, three restaurants, and two pools are just a few of the amenities available at this Preferred Hotels & Resorts property on 30 acres of land, which also includes other essential resort amenities. The fact that the Montage Laguna Beach is situated on one of California's most picturesque cliffs does not detract from the fact that you will have easy access to the beach thanks to both a set of stairs as well as a winding ramp built into the cliff Because the property provides beachside service, you won't have to worry about getting your own refreshments while you're lounging in the sun.

The variety of water sports activities available on-site and nearby, including stand-up paddleboarding, kayak tours (which depart from the hotel next door), whale watching tours, and snorkeling, will appeal to sports enthusiasts. Previous guests praised the property's stunning Laguna Beach location as well as its excellent service. Others, on the other hand, have warned that a stay here is prohibitively expensive.

 

More information can be found here.

 

Ikos Olivia, Halkidiki, Greece

Ikos Olivia, Halkidiki, Greece
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Ikos Olivia, a beach resort in northern Greece's Halkidiki region, offers a relaxing beach vacation suitable for people of all ages and interests. A game of badminton, tennis, or volleyball on the resort's Blue Flag beach is likely to spark some friendly competition among the family members. -

While their children spend time with their peers at the resort's kids club, parents can take advantage of the opportunity to relax on sunbeds beneath large umbrellas (available seasonally). Previous visitors gushed about the property, describing it as "the perfect getaway." They also praised the resort's all-inclusive rate – which Ikos Olivia refers to as "Infinite Lifestyle" – as well as the exceptional service, which they said only added to the overall experience.

 

More information can be found here.

 

Rinela Beach Resort & Spa, Crete

Rinela Beach Resort & Spa, Crete, Greece
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The beaches of Crete are world-renowned for their beauty, and the shoreline adjacent to the all-inclusive Rinela Beach Resort & Spa is no exception to this rule. It has been designated as a Blue Flag beach, which means it has met a series of environmental, safety, and accessibility criteria established to promote sustainable tourism. To that end, you'll find a lifeguard on duty as well as beach towels in your room, in addition to the soft sands, umbrellas, and lounge chairs. (Please keep in mind that this beach is also open to the general public.)

Furthermore, you'll have a variety of activities to choose from, including beach volleyball and water sports such as water skiing and wakeboarding (for an additional fee). Despite the fact that the resort is family-friendly, it does provide an adults-only section of the beach as well. Previous guests have consistently praised the resort and its staff, but some have expressed concern that the property is undergoing renovations and that some of the rooms are out of fashion.

 

More information can be found here.

 

Esperanza, an Auberge Resorts Collection property, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Esperanza, an Auberge Resorts Collection property, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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This resort in Cabo San Lucas caters to travelers who want more out of their beach vacation than just sunbathing and swimming in the ocean. The Spa at Esperanza, located on the property, offers oceanfront massages in open-air cabanas.

Other options include taking a horseback ride along the shoreline and posing for photographs during a beach-themed photography session (complimentary with your stay). Another must-do activity, according to reviewers, is a beach dinner at sunset. Customers have raved about the delicious cuisine and enjoyable atmosphere created by dining next to crashing waves in the past.

It is possible to host anything from a romantic dinner for two to an elaborate party (complete with a bonfire) for hundreds of people at Esperanza. You can't get enough of the sand, can you? Choose from two-story beach palapas that include daybeds, butler service, and optional add-ons such as massages and meals prepared by a private chef, among other amenities.

 

More information can be found here.

 

The Breakers Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida

The Breakers Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida
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Most of the previous guests had positive things to say about The Breakers Palm Beach, though some had minor service issues. This South Florida property has received rave reviews from previous guests who have praised the perfectly manicured lawns, intriguing architecture, and exquisite beach experience available.

The Breakers has its own private beach club with a half-mile of secluded sands, which is only accessible through the resort. Despite the fact that basking in the sun is the most popular activity, adventurous travelers will appreciate the water sports rentals available on site, which includes kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and snorkeling equipment. Guests can cool off in one of the four pools, five private hot tubs, or dine at the Beach Club's acclaimed Beach Club Restaurant once they've had enough of the seawater.

 

More information can be found here.

 

Constance Ephelia, Mahé, Seychelles

Constance Ephelia, Mahé, Seychelles
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The Seychelles are an idyllic African destination thanks to their beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and balmy temperatures. In order to make the most of her impressive credentials, Constance Ephelia goes above and beyond. It is located on the island of Mahé's northwest coast and has two beaches, Lans Lilet and Port Launay, which are both popular with tourists.

Boating, kayaking, windsurfing, and canoeing are just a few of the watersports available in this area. In addition, you won't want to miss out on the opportunity to explore the pristine waters while snorkeling or scuba diving. Then relax with a spa treatment, refuel at the beach's Kabana restaurant, or retire to your modern accommodations, which include outdoor sitting areas, showers encased in smart glass, and private outdoor pools in some of the more luxurious accommodations. In the past, guests have praised the Constance Ephelia for its welcoming staff and breathtaking views.

 

More information can be found here.

 

Baoase Luxury Resort, Willemstad, Curaçao

Baoase Luxury Resort, Willemstad, Curaçao
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Previous travelers have referred to Baoase as "paradise" on numerous occasions. Curacao's most beautiful resort boasts its own private beach, which is equipped with cots, hammocks, snorkeling gear, and beach towels. When hunger strikes, you won't have to travel far: the Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant is located right on the beach, just steps away. Guests can sink their toes into the sand and feel the waves brush against their heels while enjoying a variety of dishes ranging from seafood to salads to hamburgers.

If you're traveling with your significant other, consider spending a little extra money on a romantic dining package: Picnics, multicourse meals with wine pairings, and other options are available (all are served on the beach). After a day in the sun, relax in your luxurious accommodations, which include king-sized beds, rain showers, and views of the surrounding resort.

 

More information can be found here.

 

LUX Grand Gaube Resort & Villas, Grand Gaube, Mauritius

LUX Grand Gaube Resort & Villas, Grand Gaube, Mauritius
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Getting a perfect tan will be no problem at this resort on the island of Mauritius's northern coast. Both of the resort's lagoon beaches are equipped with sun loungers and towels, as well as a restaurant on the shoreline of the lagoon. Water skiing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, and sailing are all popular activities for active travelers who prefer to soak up the sun while participating in a heart-pumping activity (all of which are complimentary).

Following that, guests can relax in the spa with a treatment, sauna, or steam before dining at one of the property's six restaurants. In addition to praising the resort's activities and amenities, previous guests have praised the resort's comfortable accommodations, particularly the fact that each room on the property has a view of the water.

 

More information can be found here.

 

Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia

Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
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St. Lucia is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, and Jade Mountain Resort takes advantage of this by offering breathtaking views of the ocean and St. Lucia's twin volcanic peaks, the Pitons. This is one of the best all-inclusive adults-only resorts in the Caribbean, and it is also one of the largest.

Constructed along the cliffside, this resort features a series of open-sided rooms and common areas that take advantage of the breathtaking views, allowing you to feel like you're a part of your surroundings at all times. Despite their spectacular views, the luxury suites provide complete privacy, making this a popular honeymoon destination.

The 24 open-sided guest rooms here, which are dubbed "sanctuaries," are spacious and airy, thanks to 15-foot-high ceilings, large living rooms, and a smattering of locally sourced stone and tropical hardwoods. Private infinity pools, four-poster beds, Frette bathrobes and towels, 24-hour butlers (known as "Major Domos"), and jalousie windows allow the tropical breezes to flow freely through the rooms are all standard features. Instead of private pools, the SKY suites are equipped with hot tubs.

 

More information can be found here.

 

Royal Malewane, South Africa

Royal Malewane, South Africa
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In addition to being one of the best safari lodges in South Africa, Royal Malewane is a destination for travelers who want to trace their footsteps in the footsteps of some of the world's most discerning and wealthy wildlife enthusiasts. The lodge is located in the Thornybush Game Reserve, which is bordered by the spectacular Kruger National Park, which boasts some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the world.

The atmosphere is set by old-world colonial elegance, and the animals take center stage — particularly the relatively large number of resident lions — in this national park.

Eight exquisitely decorated and air-conditioned luxury suites evoke the opulence of Hemingway's heyday in the 1920s. Typical decor includes oriental rugs, antiques, thatched roofs, and four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting, among other things. Water features such as outdoor showers and plunge pools on expansive decks blend seamlessly with the wilderness, which includes views of elephants and other wildlife.

The two-bedroom Royal Suites are ideal for families, and for even greater exclusivity, groups can book Africa House, a six-bedroom villa with a private chef, which can accommodate up to 12 people.

 

More information can be found here.

 

The Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lanai City, Hawaii

The Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lanai City, Hawaii
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It's no surprise that the Four Seasons Resort Lanai is ranked the No. 1 Best Hotel in the United States. A short walk from the resort is Lanai's Hulopoe Bay, which is a popular surfing spot. Despite the fact that this is a public beach, guests will enjoy snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters: Previous visitors have commented on the excellent visibility and wildlife viewing, which they attribute in part to the bay's status as a protected marine site, according to their observations. In addition, the Four Seasons Resort provides complimentary snorkeling equipment.

This is followed by a round of golf at the Manele Golf Course, which boasts spectacular ocean views from its Jack Nicklaus-designed greens and fairways. Previous guests praised the resort's luxurious atmosphere, and they praised the resort's amenities, which included tennis courts and on-site restaurants. Previous guests, on the other hand, have expressed dissatisfaction with the resort's inconsistent service.

 

More information can be found here.

 

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, Phuket, Thailand

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort, Phuket, Thailand
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Visitors to this Phuket resort are wowed by the stunning stretch of sand on its beach. Additionally, many people believe that this is an excellent property for families because of the variety of kid-friendly amenities available. The resort is located on the popular Kata Noi Beach, which is known for its golden sand and aquamarine water. The beach is cleaned by the staff on a daily basis, so you can be confident that it will be immaculate whenever you visit.

You won't have to travel far to get your meals. Many of the on-site restaurants and bars have views of the ocean and are only a few steps away from the sand. In addition, families with young children will appreciate the property's kids club, which offers daily craft projects and is outfitted with a ball pit, a playground, and a small water park, among other amenities. While the children are having fun, parents can unwind with a treatment at the on-site spa.

 

More information can be found here.

 

These are the best resorts in the world and you cannot go wrong staying at anyone of them.

Honorable Mentions

These may not have made it into our list but they are just as bucket-list-worthy as all of these properties presented in this article.  Check them out, too.

The Edge Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

It's impossible to miss The Edge, a spectacular collection of private residences perched on the cliffs of Uluwatu that is set against the breathtaking backdrop of Uluwatu's towering cliffs. With only eight villas spread across a magnificent 1.5-hectare property, this secluded hideaway is a masterclass in exclusivity and extravagance. Perched on the very edge of Bali's southwestern corner, in the traditional village of Pecatu, this secluded hideaway is a masterclass in exclusivity and extravagance. Given that there is so much to see and do on-site, venturing out into the surrounding area is entirely optional - although eager surfers will discover some of Bali's best breakers just a short drive away.

 

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Kura Boutique Hotel

A small, adults-only boutique hotel perched high above the Uvita rainforest. Kura is a destination in and of itself, and as such, it is highly sought after.

Tropical minimalist design, panoramic views, and eight Luxury Suites set the tone for ultra-personalized luxury, relaxation, and privacy.

 

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Resort with the best feature:  La Valise Tulum

Not only is La Valise Tulum a beautiful resort, but, it also has the amazing feature of having a king bed that rolls out onto the balcony so you can wake up to an amazing sunrise or sleep the night away under the stars.

 

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