How nice would it be if we all had an endless amount of money to spend on luxury resorts and cultural excursions all the time. There are so many beautiful luxury resorts to visit in the world that most of the time, one can only dream of spending a single night under their roofs. So this is for those looking to pinch-pennies and dream about a vacation or anyone who does not have a generous relative with a large pocket. Here are some luxury resorts across the globe to imagine visiting one day.
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Top Luxury Resorts from Every Continent
Luxury Resorts in Africa
Lion Sands Game Reserve – Sabi Sand Reserve/Kruger National Park, South Africa
This luxury resort is the perfect spot for couples or families looking for an adventurous vacation with the comfort of 5-star lodging, food, and spa. The Lion Sands Game Reserve is located in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park. This place has multiple lodges and villas with their own unique style, as well as gorgeous elevated treehouses. No matter where you stay, you will undoubtedly have the sights and sounds of Africa around you, as well as the wildlife.
Four Seasons Resort Marrakech – Marrakesh, Morocco
The Four Seasons Resort Marrakech is a 40-acre oasis filled with Moorish gardens, swimming pools, and calming fountains. Just by looking at photos of the resort you will instantly feel more relaxed. The Four Seasons Resort Marrakech is also conveniently located between the city’s “old town” and the “new town”, Ville Nouvelle. Although, the detail put into this resort is so exquisite that you might not want to even leave the resort. This self-described “garden sanctuary” is a resort anyone would dream of visiting.
Luxury Resorts in Antarctica
White Desert – Antarctica Interior
As far as anyone searching the internet can tell, this might be the only resort in Antarctica. The White Desert was started to give the opportunity to explore the almost-untouched lands of the South Pole. Using solar and wind power, this luxury resort has a minimal carbon footprint. Guests sleep in pods and can sign up for adventures exploring the interior or seeing emperor penguins. This is a luxury resort that offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences in an unforgettable setting.
Luxury Resorts in Asia
Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary – Phuket, Thailand
The Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary is completely centered around physical and mental wellness. Their daily activities include body awareness, mindfulness and life enrichment exercises, and physical fitness, as well as traditional spa offerings. Banyan Tree also offers nighttime tea and body scrub rituals that complement each villa’s ambient lighting to assist in a restful night’s sleep. If you would rather your dream trip to a luxury resort had more traditional recreational activities, you can try their other property The Banyan Tree.
Hakone Ginyu – Hokane, Japan
Hokane Ginyu is a Hot Springs Resort with beautiful views of the mountains of Hokane. Every guest room has its own outdoor hot spring that overlooks the mountain vista. The Japanese architecture and interior transports its guests and sets the tone for a rejuvenating and peaceful experience. One might break out into haikus at the sight of Ginyu…
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Luxury Resorts in Australia/Oceania
Blanket Bay – Glenorchy, Otago, New Zealand
Blanket Bay, New Zealand’s “ultimate alpine escape”. The Blanket Bay is made up of several lodges overlooking the beautiful mountainsides. This is the luxury resort to dream about for any outdoorsman. The resort offers heli-skiing, fly fishing, horse riding, and helicopter tours of the Fiordland National Park. The scenery is vast, but you cannot help but imagine that any experience at Blanket Bay will be intimate.
Four Seasons of Bora Bora – Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Who does not want a little bungalow on the water? This Bora Bora luxury resort lies next to Mount Otemanu. The Four Seasons of Bora Bora has special activities that speak to the beautiful setting. Guests can scuba-dive, jetski, parasail, have breakfast by boat, or dinner on your very own island. When day-dreaming about this luxury resort, it is hard to imagine anything better than this.
Longitude 131° – Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa, Australia
Longitude 131° is located in Australia’s Red Centre. The Red Centre is home to some of the most recognizable Australian land formations and aboriginal culture. This luxury resort wants its guests to get an intimate experience with the rugged outback. Excursions are personally made to fit your wants and can include camels, a motorcycle tour, or a multi-day “Walkabout”. A stay at this luxury resort is not only invigorating, but it is also cultural.
Luxury Resorts in Europe
Ballyfin – County Laois, Ireland
Have you ever wondered what it is like to stay in a castle? Of course, you have! At Ballyfin guests are welcome into the center of Ireland to stay in a neo-classical mansion that will make you feel like royalty. During the day, guests can stroll through the 614-acre estate and enjoy activities like clay shooting, horse riding, and archery. Otherwise, stay in and lavish in the historical house while doing a wine and whiskey tasting.
Six Senses – Lamego, Portugal
Six Senses is located in the oldest wine-producing region and UNESCO Heritage Site – Duoro Valley in Portugal. The resort is in a 19th-century manor with a contemporary aesthetic. Most of their experiences revolve around wine, food, and the spa. They do offer adventurous activities, but you will probably want to devote more time to the regional wine. It goes without saying that this Portuguese resort is absolutely stunning.
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Luxury Resorts in North America
The Point – Saranac Lake, New York
The Point is a renowned and rustic resort located in the Adirondacks that operates all year long. The Point was originally built as a woodland retreat by the Rockefellers. So it is no wonder that this luxury resort’s amenities make you feel like you are stepping into the Gilded Age. The resort has little access to WiFi, so coming to The Point is making a promise to tune-out work and tune-in to your surroundings.
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C Lazy U Ranch – Granby, Colorado
Take a trip to the Wild West and enjoy a luxury resort that doubles as a Dude Ranch. C Lazy U Ranch is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. During the summer they have horseback riding, ropes courses, archery, trapshooting, hatchet throwing, and more. During the winter, they have sleigh rides, snow-shoeing, snowmobiling, and that is just scratching the surface. How fun would it be to get in touch with your inner cowboy and then take an evening trip to the spa?
Playa Escondida – Sayultia Nayarit, Mexico
Any fans of Bachelor in Paradise out there? If so, then you will recognize Playa Escondida as the official location for the show. For those who have not seen Bachelor in Paradise, you can be assured that this beach destination has beautiful views, a beach-side bar, refreshing pools, and delicious food. Let us not forget that many people, or reality stars, fall in love on these shores every summer. So, this must be one romantic and luxurious resort.
Azulik – Tulum, Mexico
If you have ever seen an influencer post from a resort in Mexico. Chances are they were at Azulik. This highly photographed resort has an artistic bird nest, jungle aesthetic. That may seem like a strange way to describe a luxury resort, but take a look at their photo gallery and you will understand and crave a reservation.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – Lake Louise, Alberta
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is located deep in the Banff National Park and is known as one of Canada’s most recognized luxury resorts. No matter what time of year you decide to visit, you will know that the views will be absolutely incredible. This resort is a must-visit for any avid skier or snowboarder.
Fogo Island Inn – Fogo Island, Newfoundland
This is technically a resort hotel, but it is too intriguing to not include. As far as anyone searching the internet can tell, this might be the only resort in Antarctica. This resort hotel was created to improve the economy and quality of life in the community. It has done just that. Many activities are specific to the area and very unique. Guests can take an introduction to boat building class, seal and caribou watching, jam making, and that is just a sneak peek. The Fogo Island Inn seems like a truly unique experience.
Luxury Resorts in South America
Canvas Wine Lodge – Mendoza, Argentina
The Canvas Wine Lodge is the first luxury resort located at the foothills of the Andes. Take advantage of staying in Argentinian wine country and taste the fruits of labor or navigate through the winery on a bike or horseback. You could take a day to explore the Andes by whitewater raft or on a hike. Better yet, do it all and drink a glass of wine while overlooking the vineyards and the Andes.
Napo Wildlife Center – Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
Take a walk on the wild side and dream of staying at a resort in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The Napo Wildlife Center is a luxury eco-lodge that re-invests the proceeds of the resort into community projects that promote clean energy and quality of life for the Kichwa Añangu people. Not only is staying at the resort a fantastical experience in the jungle, but it promotes clean living and helps the local aboriginal culture.
There are just too many luxury resorts to name. Who knew that there were so many places across the world that we could one daydream about visiting? Maybe one day we will be able to drop everything, pack a bag, and visit one of these luxury resorts. Just do not forget that wealthy relative of yours.
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