World's most luxurious hotels: Cherry-picked resorts for your next vacation

Revenge tourism might soon be the new normal, as many of us set out for our first luxury getaway post travel restrictions. From stark Arctic landscapes to the azure blues of Indian Ocean, here’s our list of cherry picked resorts for that well-deserved vacation

arctic bath Arctic Bath, Sweden, Ramdalsvägen 10,960 24 Harads; Call: +46928 70 30 40; E-mail: booking@arcticbath.se

Arctic Bath Sweden 

One of Sweden’s most intimate new resort launched in the last few years, Arctic Bath is situated under the northern lights in winter, and the midnight sun during the summer months. This unique hotel and spa experience allows you to immerse yourself in the elements while leaving a minimal environmental footprint behind. The responsible luxury experience extends to the restaurant that focuses on local, pure and sustainable produce. The restaurant's set menus are served in a Scandinavian designed setting. Located just south of the Arctic circle, this natural spa retreat seamlessly integrates with the surrounding nature and is more particularly influenced by the timber floating era and alternates between frozen and floating depending on the season.

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amanoi vietnam pool Amanoi, Vinh Hy Village, Vinh Hai Commune, Ninh Hai District Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam; Call: +84 259 353 5777; E-mail: amanoi@aman.com; Website: www.amanoi.com

Amanoi Vietnam 

With 30 luxury villas spread over a 100-acre footprint, you don’t have to worry about social distancing at Aman’s only resort in Vietnam. Hidden along the country’s Southern coastline in Vinh Hy Bay just off the South China Sea, the resort shares its borders with a quaint fishing village and a marine reserve. The crystal clear waters near the resort are ideal for snorkelling or a short sailing trip. Most of the luxury villas come with their own infinity pools with sweeping ocean views. Just what you need for a lazy in-room breakfast. You could also opt for a champagne breakfast at Beach Club, the resort’s ocean facing dining venue.   

milan exterior Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como, Via Caronti, 69, 22020 Blevio (CO), Italy; Call: +39 031 32 511; E-mail: mocmo-reservations@mohg.com; Website: www.mandarinoriental.com

Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como 

it’s arguably Italy’s best known lake and lies at the end of one of the country’s famous driving routes that begins in Milan. Rustic villages give way to grand vistas and dramatic views of the sunlit shores of Lake Como. The Mandarin Oriental is nestled between this iconic lake and a botanical park, and is a brilliant blend of Italian style and natural beauty. The resort offers a choice of 52 elegantly appointed suites, 21 rooms and two spectacular private villas. You can ease yourself into lakeside living with a stroll through botanic gardens or hop on to a boat cruise that takes you through imposing villas and towns. The resort’s Michelin-starred L˜ARIA serves creative Mediterranean cuisine paired with breath-taking lake views. 

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ocean villa Pullman, Maldives , Maamutaa Island, 20219, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, Maldives; Call: +9606820909; E-mail: H9924@accor.com; Website: www.all.accor.com

Pullman Maldives 

You don’t have to cut corners with all-inclusive holidays. At least not at one of the Maldives’ newest resorts. The Pullman is located at Gaafu Alifu Atoll in South Maldives and tucked away between a mini-forest and a natural lake. Add the powdery white beaches and it all makes up for the perfect beach getaway. 

When you book into the Pullman, opt for one of the two aqua villas for their surreal underwater bedrooms. You’re spoilt for choice with six a-la-carte restaurants (all with great views) including Phat Chameleon, a vegan and vegetarian restaurant. 

saffron affair sunset Rosewood Little Dix Bay, P.O. Box 70, Virgin Gorda, B.V.I. VG 1150; Call: +1 284 495 5555; E-mail: LittleDixBay.Reservations@rosewoodhotels.com; Website: www.rosewoodhotels.com

Rosewood Little Dix Bay 

Dubbed the ‘Wilderness beach’ by founder Laurance Rockefeller, this resort’s half-mile crescent beach is one of the world’s finest. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Little Dix Bay is located on Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands archipelago. Accommodations are located just steps from the shore while a coral reef just off the shoreline is perfect for snorkelling. This resort is also surrounded by the untamed wilderness of Virgin Gorda, an island of volcanic origin featuring rugged hills, quiet coves and unspoiled beaches. It’s one of the first Caribbean resorts to promote sustainable luxury and has just been revamped. 

best hotel couple Four Seasons, Bangkok, 300/1 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Yan Nawa, Khet Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand; Call: +66 2 032 0888;Website: www.fourseasons. com/bangkok

Four Seasons Bangkok 

Urban energy meets riverside cool at the Thai capital’s newest luxury address. The Four Seasons allows you to embrace the spirit of Bangkok and the city’s lifeline — the Chao Phraya River. Indulge in kaleidoscopic views of the city and experience its pulse. Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston, the hotel offers an array of views from the glimpse of a fisherman’s sampan (fishing boat) in the early morning light to sweeping panoramas of the sublime, beautiful spectacle of river life. The choice of F&B venues includes the riverfront Brasserie Palmier with the relaxed allure of the French Tropics with a variety of seafood dishes and a unique oyster bar.   

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cheval blanc bedroom Cheval Blanc St-Tropez, Plage de la Bouillabaisse, 83990, Saint-Tropez, France; Call: +33 (0)4 94 55 91 00/; E-mail: info.sttropez@chevalblanc.com; Website: www.chevalblanc.com

Cheval Blanc St Tropez 

The dazzling panoramas of the Bay of Saint-Tropez and the open sky of the Côte d'Azur create the quintessence of a life at sea. Since its opening in 1936, this historic property cherished an iconic collection of works by celebrated ceramicist Roger Capron. An ambitious redesign programme has retained the original charm and the original vision of Capron remained, bringing vibrant pieces to every corner of the Maison. Every suite and corridor is now a living gallery enhanced by bursts of vibrant modernity. Designed by famed architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the Maison exudes the same iconic charm of comfort and seaside pleasure that initially made the property so iconic. 

me dubai facade ME Dubai, The Opus Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Call: +971 4 525 2500; Website: www.melia.com

ME Dubai 

Designed by Zaha Hadid, one of the most influential neo-futuristic architects, ME Dubai is one of the city’s most stunning architectural landmarks with interior masterpieces and an edgy exterior design. Located in the Burj Khalifa District, it’s five minutes from the Dubai Mall and a short distance from the city’s design and fashion hubs. You also have clear views of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. ME Dubai offers a range of culinary diversions that includes Spanish dishes at Central, The Maine Oyster Bar and Grill and Roka by Zuma. 

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