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by Andrew Bartlett
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With deluxe rooms, high-quality service and phenomenal locations, here is a selection of 5 luxury hotels from across the world that we think are certainly worth travelling for:
Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa, Panglao, The Philippines
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa is situated in a paradisal location, yet only an hour’s flight from Manila. With miles of pristine coastline, beautiful crystal-clear ocean and lush vegetation, a visit here will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Guests can relax and unwind in one of 24 contemporary Filipino-style bamboo-thatched villas which all boast either private or infinity pools. Guests can enjoy freshly-caught Filipino cuisine or a wide selection of international dishes in the renowned Lantawan Restaurant. For ultimate relaxation, guests can enjoy the Handuraw spa which offers a range of Filipino and Asian treatments which are inspired by centuries-old healing techniques.
What To Do: The ocean surrounding Eskaya Beach & Resort is a natural playground. Guests can swim, snorkel and dive in the water amongst the tropical fish or embark on a boat trip to see the dolphins off Panglao Island. For those that prefer land-based activities, the nearby Chocolate Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is well worth a visit.
Cost: Rates start from £467 per room per night on a B&B basis.
Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico
Nestled amongst a rainforest boasting an abundance of wildlife and greenery, Viceroy Riviera Maya is a haven for adults seeking a relaxed and peaceful break. Guests will stay in beautifully-decorated villas, each with their own private plunge pool and offering breathtaking views of the powder-white sandy beaches nearby.
You can choose to dine alfresco on your own private deck underneath the breathtaking star-filled sky, or enjoy dining out in one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants; choose fresh seafood or wood-fired pizza amongst other delicious cuisine.
What To Do: Only a short taxi ride from Playa del Carmen, guests can explore ancient Mayan archaeological sites, underground caves and theme parks. Those seeking a more relaxed trip can enjoy a spot of golf or relax on the beach with a book.
Cost: From £2,065 a person for seven nights in a Luxury Villa, including breakfast, flights and transfers.
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Six Senses Samui, Thailand
With panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand, the Six Senses Samui is spectacular and well-worth the trip. Inspired by nature and the natural scenery surrounding the resort, each bamboo-clad villa is expertly designed to parallel traditional Thai culture, yet is steeped in the utmost luxury. Each villa is open-planned and spacious with wooden polished floors and neutral interiors. There is a comforting and relaxed feel that will make guests feel right at home; a private butler for each villa is an added bonus.
There are several restaurants and bars to choose from which are open pavilions, allowing guests to take in the breathtaking surroundings. There is also a spa for the ultimate pampering which offers a huge variety of traditional Asian spa treatments.
What To Do: Take part in Thai cookery classes and learn how to make local delicacies or join a snorkelling tour and explore the ocean.
Cost: From £1,995 a person for seven nights in a Hideaway villa, including breakfast, flights and transfers.
The Legian, Bali
The Legian is a sophisticated and luxurious hotel situated in the heart of lively Seminyak. The suites offer views of the ocean and are of the highest-standard, boasting minibars, Bose sound systems and iPods for guests to enjoy during their stay. There are three tired oceanfront swimming pools to choose from, where guests can admire the views of the Indian Ocean during their swim.
Relaxation is at the focus of each guest’s stay; free yoga is offered along with pilates classes, and there is a spa offering Balinese treatments varying from mani-pedis to detoxifying body polishes.
What To Do: Guests may want to hire a private car and take a day trip to Ubud to see the Monkey Forest or visit local museums. Bicycles can also be hired for those wanting to explore Seminyak and nearby local towns.
Cost: From £2,140 a person for seven nights in a Deluxe Room, including breakfast, flights and and transfers.
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Inn at English Harbour, Antigua
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the Inn at English Harbour is an exclusive resort occupying its own glistening white sandy stretch of beach on the Southern tip of Antigua.
Each room contains a private veranda where guests can enjoy picturesque views of the azure-blue ocean and surrounding palm trees. The rooms are airy and are decorated in a tasteful, contemporary style.
The hotel boasts one of the best restaurants in Antigua, offering high-quality service and a vast selection of wine alongside delicious, fresh food. Guests can enjoy complimentary tennis, snorkelling, use of sailboats, windsurfing and access to the gym facilities at the hotel during their stay.
What To Do: Explore Nelson’s Dockyard, home to Antigua Sailing Week, which is just two minutes away by complimentary water taxi. there are a whole host of excursions for guests to choose from, from helicopter tours to deep sea fishing and scuba diving.
Cost: From £1,790 a person for seven nights in a Cabana Room, including half board, flights and transfers.
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Monday, 17th September 2018
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