Taking time out of life’s busy schedule to relax is something that should be self indulgent and thoroughly enjoyed. There’s no better way to do this than booking a luxury holiday to a destination you know will deliver the highest quality experiences and long lasting memories. However, with so many destinations to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start when looking for your ideal location. Berkley Travel’s handpicked luxury holiday destinations will provide you with the perfect starting point.
1. Four Seasons Langkawi, Malaysia
Surrounded by breathtaking gardens with beachfront settings, the Four Seasons Langkawi is ideal for those looking for a holiday dedicated to fun and rejuvenation. With all of the stunning features of a tropical island, immersing yourself in its fine beaches, ancient rainforest and labyrinthine mangroves will bring you pure relaxation. The fabulous resort also offers a mouth-watering range of Malay specialities, an exclusive spa and endless stretches of natural beauty.
2. Banyan Tree Koh Samui, Thailand
Sometimes all we want is to switch off from modern life and Banyan Tree Koh Samui provides the perfect place to do just that. With hill coves and tranquil waters that invite you in, the resort is steeped in natural beauty which soothes and calms visitors upon arrival. With unparalleled views of the Gulf of Thailand and horizons where the water meets the sky, Banyan Tree Koh Samui is effortlessly luxurious.
3. Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica
At this resort, exploring your surroundings through your senses is strongly encouraged and easily done. A resort inspired by its natural environment, the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort provides a unique personalised service and an uncomplicated way of life which wins the hearts of all who visit. The resort embodies understated luxury and invites everyone to dine in its magnificent restaurants, relax in the idyllic Culebra Bay and enjoy the sights and sounds of the tropical rainforest.
4. Loisaba, Kenya
Nestled within the vast landscape of a 60,000-acre private reserve, Loisaba is truly breathtaking and perfect for those seeking a safari adventure. The outdoor resort offers a unique luxury experience with it’s ‘star beds’ in the form of authentic wooden huts, raised off of the ground and built to truly immerse guests in their surroundings. As for other safari holiday destinations, the reserve’s wildlife is completely wild and roam the landscape freely. Visitors may encounter a few curious guests as they stargaze, allowing for many memories to be made during their stay.
5. Ponta dos Ganchos, Brazil
For those seeking a luxury holiday in Brazil with a touch of thrill seeking and adventure, Ponta dos Gancho is the place to go. Overlooking the beautiful Brazilian Emerald Coast, the resort features a private island for guests and exclusive sea views. Guests can take part in a range of exhilarating experiences including helicopter tours, hiking and kayaking and snorkelling classes.
6. Ladera Resort, St Lucia
Upon arrival, the lack of a fourth wall in the Ladera suites may appear peculiar but are in fact the key element to your most luxurious holiday yet. The striking blue Caribbean Sea dashes against the volcanic Piton mountains whilst a tropical breeze fills the air and ushers guests towards their own private plunge pools. Reclining and relaxing with the backdrop of cascading waterfalls and the song of surrounding wildlife has never been easier.
7. The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland
Luxury holidays don’t always have to be hot; The Alpina Gstaad offers one of the best luxury skiing holiday destinations in the world. The hotel has received outstanding distinctions since its opening in December 2012 and is set to continue stunning its guests. The Alpina Gstaad is known as a unique establishment where Swiss refinement and authenticity are combined to create an outstanding Alpine experience like no other.
8. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai
This iconic sky-scraping hotel is certainly one to visit for those seeking a luxury holiday. Situated 280 metres from the Jumeirah beach, Burj Al Arab reaches a breathtaking height of 321 metres. Accompanied by stunning 360 degree views of the Arabian Gulf, the hotel offers the best in both luxury accommodation and experiences.
9. Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
This eco-friendly hotel is a modern hybrid of natural and classic materials, built from a clever mix of glass and tropical woods. Hidden in the forest cloud of the Andean foothills, the Mashpi Lodge is an outdoor lover’s dream with hummingbird and butterfly spotting on offer amongst a world of lush, untouched rainforest.
10. Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
There’s no better way to indulge whilst in the city of love than a the prestigious Shangri-La Hotel in Paris. Located amongst the historic landmarks of Paris, this luxury hotel was the former home of the Bonaparte family blessed with exclusive views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. The hotel exudes a sense of old-world elegance which flows seamlessly to the beautiful city below.