Ladera Resort, St. Lucia – A thousand feet below, an intensely blue Caribbean Sea dashes against the volcanic Piton Mountains. Faintly scented tropical breezes cool your skin. Your private plunge pool beckons. Each offers fine linens, luxurious amenities and four-poster beds made of polished tropical hardwood. And each, deliberately without a fourth wall, invites the spectacular sunsets and astonishing views right inside, to be a part of your very private, very special retreat. Ladera is the only resort in St.Lucia located on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, overlooking the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. It is located on the Soufriere Volcano.
Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland – This hotel provides a unique experience in the Saariselkä Fell area of Finnish Lapland. It offers accommodation in glass igloos and has the world’s largest smoke sauna. The igloos are made from thermal glass, keeping guests warm in Arctic conditions.
All have luxury beds and a private toilet, while shower facilities are shared. Igloo Village Kakslauttanen has 4 restaurants, including 2 in a traditional Laplander hut. Staff is available to arrange husky and reindeer safaris, along with ice fishing.
Rayavadee Krabi, Thailand – Situated at the heart of the stunning Phranang Peninsular on the edge of Krabi Marine National Park, Rayavadee nestles discreetly amidst tropical gardens and coconut groves against a backdrop of sheer cliffs, lush jungle foliage and the clear waters of the Andaman Sea. In addition to stylish, five-star accommodation, Rayavadee boasts fine cuisine, one of the most unique relaxation spas in Thailand and warm, attentive service. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, the resort is also the perfect Thailand honeymoon destination and setting for intimate, personalized wedding celebrations.
Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island – Set on 2 separate islands connected by a bridge, the luxurious Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers spacious private villas. It boasts the all-glass underwater Ithaa Restaurant and an award-winning spa. Stretching up to 500 metres into the Indian Ocean, Conrad Rangali Island’s villas are packed full of creature comforts, including free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and DVD players. Beautiful sea or beach views are framed through wooden floor-to-ceiling windows. Total relaxation can be enjoyed at the lagoon Spa Retreat and Over-Water Spa. Conrad Maldives’ 7 world-class restaurants serve an assortment of international, Mediterranean and grilled dishes.
Juvet, Valldal, Norway – a meeting between raw Norwegian nature, cultural history and modern architecture. The first landscape hotel in Europe is situated in the farmyard of Burtigarden farm at Alstad in Valldal, on a steep, natural levee in between birch, osp, pine and age-old boulders. In this little village in rural Norway, modern architecture encounters the natural and cultural landscape – and shows that the modern and innovative can go hand in hand with local building traditions and good, old-fashioned handicrafts. The hotel consists of nine individual and unique rooms that are spread out in the landscape.
Panchoran Retreat, Bali – The estate has seven houses for private rental, all have private pools and indoor-outdoor bathrooms with spring water showers. There is an also 26 metre lap pool filled with spring water and a yoga pavilion. Scattered around the jungle-like estate are little hideaway bales where you can do yoga or have massage or just relax. It is a beautiful, harmonious place for those who like their luxe on the alternative side.
Magic Mountain, Panguipulli, Chile – Though the hotel is shaped like a volcano, spews water from its top, has a cable bridge leading to its front door, and often has an fantastic covering of moss and plant life making it look like a hobbit home, what makes the Magic Mountain Hotel truly magical is its location. The Magic Mountain Hotel itself is built from local wood and stone and each of the nine rooms are equipped with modern amenities, large windows to look out at the forest, and each room is named after a different local species of bird.