Featuring the greatest hotels in the world, our guide will take you on a journey, transporting you to another world of luxury, ideal for an idyllic honeymoon.
This magical boutique hotel was built in the 1930s on the forested outskirts of Nairobi. The Rothschild giraffes, which have been carefully nurtured and bred by the manor in order to reintroduce them to the wild, are known for sticking their heads through the windows at meal times, or joining guests for afternoon tea on the terrace as the sun sets behind the Ngong Hills. Ten individually styled rooms have elegant furnishings, art deco features, and four poster beds.
With towering granite boulders fringing the shoreline, and picture perfect beaches, the unspoilt Seychelles island of Félicité is the dramatic setting for the newest Six Senses resort. Seamlessly blending the contemporary design into the native beauty of the island, the property is made up of 30 villas and 17 residences, plus six dining and bar venues. A highlight of any Six Senses hotel is, of course, the spa, which is spread over 19000 square feet of rock studded coast.
Como Point Yamu
Very different from the usual traditional Thai resorts on Phuket, the Como group have successfully created a Zen haven, spectacularly situated at the tip of Cape Yamu. This contemporary retreat features an impressive 330-foot-long infinity pool with stunning views of the Andaman sea and the famous James Bond Islands. However, those who wish to have a dip in the sea can take the boat to their oh so chic and newly opened beach club. The wellness element is very prominent here at Como, with bright and open spaces and calming interiors, as well as private yoga studios, a five-star spa and an impressive variety of healthy and clean options for breakfast and all day dining.
St-Barth Isle de France
With sugary sand leading down to the clear blue sea, Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France has won many loyal fans since its recent makeover by LVMH. The luxury goods conglomerate added this jewel of a destination to its new travel portfolio, and has preserved everything that was already perfect, so it remains serene yet chic. But the lightest touch of additional luxury has been sprinkles over the venue, from pink fluffy towels, subtle French lines, supremely stylish bathrooms, along with a very good Guerlain spa.
The Belmond group has done it again and has taken on another stunning property to add to their list of luxurious hotels. Boasting impressive views of both the mountainous countryside, and the stunning Amalfi coastline, this beautifully restored property exudes the charm and luxury that one would expect from a top five-star hotel. Ceilings are adorned with beautiful Murals and the lobby and guest lounges are perfectly fitted with ornate paintings and stunning antiques. The grounds are equally as impressive with beautiful gardens for guests to enjoy and discover, however, the selling feature of this hotel is indeed, its famous infinity pool.
Ulagalla Resort Anuradhapura
For those who seek nature and pure isolation, Ulagalla Resort is the perfect option to get away from it all. Once the ancestral estate of local Anuradhapura nobility, this hotel features a 150-year-old mansion at its centre, with 20 private ecologically-built villas spread across 58 acres of lush greenery. Guests can cycle to and from their villa or around the vast grounds, bumping into playful monkeys, peacocks, and water buffaloes along the way. Laze by the stunning and quirky infinity pool or pamper yourself at their intimate and hidden away jungle spa.
With floor to ceiling glass windows looking out over stark mountains and canyons, the suites at Amangiri embrace the raw Utah aesthetic. In the centre of the hotel sits a heated swimming pool at the base of an imposing sandstone cliff. Its waters are said to have a healing energy that emanates from the surrounding rocks, and a 25000-square foot spa takes its lead from ancient Navajo traditions. Relax in the sauna, steam room, or plunge pool, and recharge your batteries through restorative, candlelit yoga.
Santorini has come to epitomise the ultimate Greek island paradise, and this boutique hotel is proof that it deserves such a reputation. Refurbished last May, the whitewashed suites come with his and hers marble basins, ingredients for cocktail making, and private plunge pools. There is also a yoga and Pilates studio, and the largest infinity pool on the island. Yet the pièce de résistance has to be the out of this world views.
By Eliza Scarborough