When you splash out on any of the following luxury escapes from around the world, you may want to ensconce yourself in the lush accommodation and never even venture out to do any sightseeing. In fact, some resorts in this big wide world are so beautifully positioned that from your own private window, plunge pool or terrace, you can see more gorgeous panoramas than you might have dreamt possible. With that in mind, why not slip on your thick cotton robe and allow yourself to be spoiled by the space and explore the sights another time?
Asian ocean, Mediterranean cliffside, American hot springs or Indian history?
Just to whet your appetite for luxury travel, we’ll introduce you to four very different styles of escape. It may never have occurred to you that upmarket accommodation comes in the form of a log cabin. Or you may not have considered an architecturally-designed treehouse for your five-star retreat. Allow us to colour your imagination a while. Here are four lesser-known luxury escapes that’ll make you want to pack your bags today.
Gaze out from your own hilltop plunge pool villa in Vietnam
When privacy and serenity are top priority and you want to be by the ocean, Six Senses Nimh Van Bay in Nha Trang, Vietnam is a divine option. It is only accessible by boat so you can fantasise that you are romantic castaways, left behind on an island you can call your own for however long you desire.
Surrounded by a mountainous backdrop and looking out to the glorious, calm waters of the bay and the East Vietnam sea beyond it, you will enjoy the round-the-clock services of your own private butler who will attend to your every need. Your open plan villa is a generous 158 square metres and features a handcrafted wooden bath tub plus a sparkling plunge pool, for your use only. The décor takes cues from the environment, with wooden floors, walls and ceilings so you feel as though you are in an elegant, adult version of a treehouse. There is nothing for you to do but relax and inhale the clean ocean breezes while enjoying sumptuous food delivered to your villa by your butler. Or, dress up for an intimate dinner for two in the authentic hillside rock cavern. Feast on local lobsters and the fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs grown in the resort’s own garden.
Awaken all your senses from your luxury suite in Greece
The Grace Suite in the stylish Grace Santorini property offers a treat for all the senses. The resort itself is set into the Cliffside on the island’s western rim and if you were asked to decide on your favourite visual feast, you’d be torn between the magnificent Aegean Sea with its sprinkling of lava islets, and the man-made glamour of the infinity pool that makes you feel as though you could dive off and into the ocean.
Comfort and luxury are all around, starting with the Pillow Menu, from which you can select from seven different pillow styles. Lounge through your days in the sumptuous bathrobe and slippers and choose which fragrance you’d like to burn in the oil vaporisers. The oversized showers and lush bed linens will ensure you are pampered at every turn. Your suite also offers wi-fi and full connectivity for your iPod through the large satellite TV and speakers. Surround yourself with your favourite music or watch a DVD at your leisure.
When you’re hungry, you can venture to the champagne and cocktail lounge or dine under the open sky and enjoy chef-created meals from the restaurant.
Hot spring water on tap in your private log cabin in the mountains
Dunton Hot Springs is a unique and exclusive resort in Dolores, Colorado (nestled in the San Juan Mountains), where you can stay in your choice of individual rustic log cabins with open fireplaces and period accents. Choose the 'Well House Cabin' where you can turn on the tap and fill the incredible plunge tub with water from its own on-demand hot spring. More of a decadent adult cubby house than a sterile resort room, Well House Cabin offers extraordinary mountain views and total comfort. Though it is set in a romantic ghost town, Dunton Hot Springs features a saloon where the impeccable food is created from local and regional ingredients, some from the nearby farm and vineyard.
Spa treatments are offered and include the Dunton Hot River Rock Massage, a Mountain Glow invigorating body scrub and customised facials. Soak up the cosy atmosphere of the resort and revel in the majestic river and mountain views that will leave you wanting to return every year.
Revel in history while languishing in luxury in India
The Oberoi Cecil in Shimla in northern India dates back to 1883 when it was known as the Tendril Cottage and frequented by author Rudyard Kipling. It’s understood that Kipling wrote at least one of his novels there, Plain Tales from the Hills, inspired by the region. Today, you can stay in this luxurious property and take afternoon tea on your private balcony as you gaze out over the glorious Shimla valley.
You’ll adore the colonial style of the room, harking back to early British rule and the warmth of the polished floors and rich carpets add to the sense of history. Stretch out in the full length bathtub and take your rest in the superb king sized two-poster bed with 12” pillow-topped mattress as you await the delivery of your room service trolley, laden with treats fit for royalty. Of course, your every wish is the command of your 24-hour duty butler who will ensure you want for nothing.
Treat yourself to the style of luxury you deserve
For some travellers, this kind of luxury accommodation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be spoilt. For others, it happens once a year. Whoever you are and however you choose to holiday, the best luxury escapes around the world await your reservation.