Where to Escape In 2018: The Best Beach Resorts Around the World
Whether you’re on a Greek island or in South East Asia, if you want to escape fully from the hustle and bustle of working life, you need the tranquility of an exclusive beach resort. The 7 resorts that follow let you focus entirely on rest and relaxation while you spend valuable time recharging and replenishing. We've focused on our favorite resorts around the world, chosen for their long stretch of white sand beaches, uniqueness, exclusivity and exotic locale. Some are unusual, some exclusive, and all are perfect for that next warm getaway.
Mykonos No5, Mykonos, Greece
From the blue and white picturesque towns in Santorini to exclusive resorts on Mykonos, Greece's islands are one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful assets. On a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Mykonos town across the azure Aegean Sea, this sensational boutique hotel offers privacy and exclusivity close to the crystalline waters of world-famous beaches such as Ornos and Aghios Ioannis. It’s just a ten-minute’ transfer from Mykonos International Airport or a 15-minute drive from the island ferry pier. Picture minimalist luxury, a gentle summer breeze and the relaxing sound of waves – these are the foundations of this chic oasis. Add to that image sea-view massages on Bali beds, fine candlelit dining around an outdoor pool and sipping cocktails as the sun slides gently below the horizon. Featuring balconies that open to magnificent Aegean views, the elegantly understated rooms offer all the modern amenities.
The Anam Villas, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Vietnam is the among the top resort paradises in South East Asia. Its beaches are surprisingly overlooked but, because of it, quiet and mostly untouched. Set in a tranquil location in one of the best private beaches in Vietnam, The Anam Villas offers an ultra-chic, romantic getaway. The Anam is the first five-star colonial-style beach resort in Vietnam – a sanctuary of contemporary luxury that harks back to earlier days. You will feel you have traveled back in time, outrageously understated service and serenity of a bygone era. In this resort, you will find a team, that will go another mile after the extra mile to fulfill all your wishes. Foodies can indulge in a sumptuous culinary concept tailored for those with an inquisitive palate. Take a dip in one of 3 expansive pools, experience the ultimate in pampering within the luxurious Balinese Spa and enjoy dramatic views of white sandy beaches and majestic coastal rainforests.
Finolhu, Baa Atoll, The Maldives
The Maldives… already the name promises private plunge pools, spectacular diving facilities, beachfront restaurants, perfect beaches and exclusive villas. At Finolhu, timeless chic meets unchanging beauty. The stylish resort is located in the UNESCO world biosphere of Baa Atoll. Finolhu is the ultimate island experience for chic couples, fun-loving families, and gatherings of friends with the most fabulously chic parties in the Maldives. Finolhu’s 125 villas come on the ocean, the lagoon or by the beach, with or without a pool in either one or two-bedroom options. Wake up to the ocean, blue skies and sunny days every day. Finolhu offers laid-back yet elegant dining options. The heart of the resort is the Baa Baa Beach Club, where you can spend the whole day in comfort. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, relax on one of the comfortable loungers and end the evening with an exotic cocktail.
The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Set amidst 160 hectares of lush tropical forest and beautiful landscaped gardens, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a five-star resort style hotel. Taking its name from the old Malay expression ‘sejauh di Sana’ which means – as far as the eye can see – this resort borders the two championship golf courses of Saujana Golf & Country Club. Many would say it is the best hotel in Kuala Lumpur, and few could argue. Experience oriental healing and pampering in the steam bath, sauna or in one of the massage rooms of the resort’s award-winning spa. Work out in the outdoor swimming pool, at the tennis court or rent a bike to explore the surroundings. Enjoy modern Italian cuisine, authentic Japanese dishes, and exotic Malaysian specialties, then end the day at the chic cocktail bar while listening to live bands and DJs.
Amatara Wellness Resort, Phuket, Thailand
With hundreds of beautiful tropical islands, Thailand has no shortage of fine beach resorts. Amatara Wellness Resort is the new benchmark for life enhancing wellness experience in a luxury resort setting. Overlooking the turquoise waters of Panwa Bay, the resort provides a pocket of tropical tranquility. Indulge yourself in the resort’s wellness programs blending traditional treatments with state-of-the-art facilities. Or reach a new level of happiness through balancing your body and mind through healthy activities, such as sea-view yoga or personal training at the high-tech fitness center. Relax at the expansive infinity pool or indulge in gourmet cuisine at the restaurants. The spacious room and pavilion suites provide a cocoon of private serenity, with boasting views over the endless blue of the Andaman Sea. Or enjoy the ultimate tropical hideaway in luxury villas with private pools and 24-hour butler service.
The Marmara Antalya, Antalya, Turkey
Turkey is a popular sun, sea and sand destination and Antalya has a hard-core army of fans who flock there every year for stylish beach resort vacation. The Marmara Antalya is a five-star hotel offering a spectacular cliff views. In addition to the main building, this hotel also has a unique rotating outbuilding that that slowly turns to allow you to enjoy a 360 degrees panorama of both the sea and the mountains. With clean lines and dynamic design, the Marmara Antalya is modern and elegant hotel that offers guests access to the beach, a fine-dining restaurant, a choice of bars and lounges. The rooms have particularly large windows with breathtaking sea views or views of the Taurus Mountains.
Al Nahda Hotel and Resort, Muscat, Oman
Surrounded by mango trees on thirty acres of serene gardens and sprawling greens, the Al Nahda Resort & Spa offers perfect relaxation and tranquility away from the hustle of the city. The resort’s location was, historically, a mango orchard. The original trees still remain providing the natural setting and extensive greenery across its thirty acres. The resort’s 109 rooms are designed in apartment, free-standing villa and bungalow styles. At the spa, you find one of the most unique spa concepts in the Middle East with 31 relaxing, medical and rejuvenating treatments offering wellness and healing therapies. Get active in the high-tech gym. at the two floodlit tennis courts or at the sand volleyball court or relax in the lush gardens and the lagoon-style pool flanked by palm and citrus trees.