Dedicated 24-hour butlers, villas with private pools, incredible views and pristine sandy beaches are some of the pictures that come to mind when thinking about the ultimate luxury vacation. Whether you are going on a honeymoon, planning a once-in-a-lifetime romantic marriage proposal or celebrating your anniversary, these spectacular suite and villa resorts are a great starting point for planning your dream getaway. Escape to a secluded island resort or a riverside hideaway in New Zealand. Here are some of the best luxury vacations.
1. Petit St. Vincent - Private Island Resort in the Caribbean
© Petit St. Vincent, Photo Credit: Mike Toy Photography
With just 22 luxury cottages on 100+ acres, Petit St. Vincent is a dream getaway offering the ultimate privacy and five star service. Romantic guest cottages were built with native stone which blends with the beautiful natural surroundings. Disconnect from your worries and relax on a secluded tropical island, enjoying massages, romantic sunsets and fantastic food. Each cottage offers stunning views of Petit St. Vincent and the southern Grenadines from their secluded setting.
2.Indura Beach & Golf Resort
Indura Beach & Golf Resort is a 1,800-acre hideaway with 60 suites, a beautiful sandy beach and an eco-friendly golf course. The resort is located in a quiet beach town on the northwestern coast of Honduras. Couples can choose from many activities, including snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, beach yoga and Tai Chi. The resort Activity Center can arrange zip-lining, deep sea fishing, sailing and trekking tours. Nearby attractions include national parks, Capiro Bank coral reef and a botanical garden. After enjoy a range of adventures, couples can head to Maina Spa which offers a selection of Latin American and European therapies.
The hotel has 60 junior suites built with sustainable materials such as bamboo floors and Guanacaste wood accents. If you want to be just steps from the beach, ask for an Oceanview Junior Suite, perfect for honeymooners. Luxurious room amenities include a 42-inch flat-screen TV, complimentary WiFi and a wrap-around terrace. The golf course at Indura was designed by Gary Player and is the first championship 18-hole course in Honduras. The layout takes advantage of scenic beach views and native lush wetland vegetation. Junior Suites start at $226 per night.
3.SLS Hotel South Beach
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SLS South Beach has designer rooms with ocean views, luxury service and a fantastic restaurant. Lounge next to the roof-top pool or head to the famous South Beach just steps away.
For the ultimate indulgence, book one of the luxury cabanas with a private stairway into the pool.
4.Luxury Vacations: Banyan Tree Seychelles
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The 60 villas at Banyan Tree Seychelles offer panoramic views of the Indian Ocean from their hilltop location. Guest accommodations have high ceilings, spacious varandahs and unique decor with ethnic woven textiles. Book the romantic Beachfront Spa Pool house which offers direct access to the sandy Intendance Bay, a garden, private pool, massage pavilion, spacious veranda, outdoor jet pool and steam room. Book a massage in the privacy of your own massage pavilion.
5. Blanket Bay - New Zealand
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Blanket Bay is a stunning luxury lodge, surrounded by pristine nature in New Zealand. Whether you like to fish, heli-ski or hike in the great outdoors, Blanket Bay is a year-round adventure getaway. Ask for a room with a view of the lake or a suite with a private terrace and a fireplace.
6.The Twelve Apostles in Cape Town
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The Twelve Apostles in Cape Town, South Africa is a beautiful getaway for spa enthusiasts. Get a massage in a gazebo with glass walls which slide open to let in fresh ocean air. Before the massage, relax next to the outdoor pool which faces the ocean. The hotel restaurants serve delicious cuisine with spectacular ocean views (12apostleshotel.com).
7. Luxury Vacation: Ashford Castle - Ireland
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Ashford Castle in Ireland is a grand estate with elegant accommodations and many outdoor activities. Spend your vacation relaxing at the spa, taking romantic walks through the garden and enjoying fine cuisine. The resort has a scenic golf course, its own lake, horses, falcons and an archery facility. Read more
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8.Turtle Island - Private Island with 14 Beaches in Fiji
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On Turtle Island in Fiji you don't have to be around anyone if that's your dream. The island has 14 beaches and 14 guest accommodations. You can also rent the whole island and be there all by yourself. Enjoy spectacular scenery, romantic sunsets over the water and views of the neighboring Yasawa Islands. Vonu Point is the most luxurious bure on the island, a two-room thatched cottage crafted by Fijian artisans, elevated over the Blue Lagoon. There is a plush day bed and a hammock in the private bure garden.
9.The Beau-Rivage Palace - Switzerland
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The Beau-Rivage Palace in Switzerland is situated on the beautiful Lake Geneva. The luxury resort has a great European spa and offers many activities, including sailing, golf and water-skiing on the lake.
Jacuzzi rooms with lake views have some of the best views of the lake and the Swiss mountains.
10.Luxury Vacations: Turtle Beach - Barbados
Turtle Beach Resort in Barbados has an incredible sandy bay where you can relax in the sun and play in the Caribbean Sea all day long. Book one of the luxury suites with a view of the ocean and wake up to the sounds of the waves in the morning.
11.Miraval Spa - Arizona
Miraval Spa is one of the top destination spas in the world, offering visitors spa treatments, fitness classes and nutrition consultations.
Check into the spa for a week of relaxation surrounded by beautiful nature. The resort has many outdoor pools, a calm Zen garden and 400 acres of hiking trails.
12.French Country Waterways in France
A unique way to explore the spectacular French countryside is aboard
French Country Waterways which operates several luxury barges in France.
The barges accommodate only a few passengers at a time, providing guests with a personalized cruising experience.
13.Dukes Hotel - London
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Dukes Hotel is a luxury getaway near the Buckingham Palace in London. The hotel recently completed a renovation of its guest rooms and beautiful public spaces. Visit the famous Dukes Bar and join the Martini Masterclass to learn how to make the legendary Dukes martini.
14.Treetops Lodge - New Zealand
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Treetops Lodge in New Zealand is a luxury hideaway set on 2,500 acres. Guests are accommodated in elegant suites and villas surrounded by streams, forests and waterfalls.
Vacationers enjoy hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fly fishing, archery and many other activities.
15.Villa La Diouana in Morocco
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Villa La Diouana in Morocco is a quiet hideaway on the Atlantic coast.
Spend your days relaxing outdoors, reading a book on the roof-top terrace and taking romantic walks through the villa gardens.
Nekupe means “heaven” in Chorotega, the language of one of Nicaragua’s native tribes. Surrounded by dense tropical jungle on a 1,300-acre private nature reserve and shadowed by the Mombacho Volcano, Nekupe is a true heaven for guests who prefer tranquility and incredible natural beauty to the buzz of Nicaraguan beachside resorts. Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat is Nicaragua’s first countryside luxury resort. It features the main residence and four private villas with large furnished terraces and private staff. The Main Residence has four suites, two swimming pools, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room, and private staff. Each guest has the use of an ATV, a luxury spa, two tennis courts, the Casa Club lobby lounge, and other gathering areas. Guests are invited to enjoy horseback riding and hiking along the mountain trails, target and clay shooting, and wildlife and bird watching.
Nandaime (30 minutes from Granada), Nicaragua, Phone: 505-2254-7649
17.Sugar Beach - St Lucia
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Located on a sandy Caribbean beach, the Sugar Beach offers luxury amenities such as butler service, spacious villas and magnificent views of St Lucia's Pitons. Relax at the hotel's unique Rainforest spa, a mini-village surrounded by a lush tropical rainforest. Treatment rooms are spacious and there is an extensive menu of services. Dine at the Bayside Restaurant or choose from five other gourmet restaurants and bar.
18.Alila Villas Soori - Beach Villas with Private Pools in Bali
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Each of the Alila Villas Soori in Bali features a private pool, a dedicated villa host service, a gourmet bar and double His and Her vanity. Vacationers can let the hotel know their personal preferences before their arrive for the ultimate luxury personalized experience. For best views, book the one-bedroom Beach Pool Villa with direct access to the ocean, open-air inner courtyard and an outdoor relaxation pavilion. Alila Villas Soori is located on the southwest coast of Bali near the Tanah Lot Temple.
19.Sandy Lane - Luxury Resort in Barbados
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The Villa at Sandy Lane in Barbados is a 7,300-square-foot luxury enclave with its own garden in the heart of the resort. The Villa has a team of dedicated staff and five luxuriously furnished bedrooms. A great benefit of staying in a villa within a luxury resort is having access to all of the facilities such as the world-class spa, golf (free at the Country Club golf course for villa guests), tennis, restaurants, bars and the beautiful sandy bay. The Villas has a private courtyard entrance, a pool and oversized Jacuzzi. A dedicated butler and resident chef make sure that all of your desires are met.
20.Romanos, Costa Navarino - Villa on the Beach in Greece
At the Romanos, Costa Navarino each and every guest room has its own pool with a view. For the ultimate luxury experience, book the Koroni Royal Villa, a three-bedroom residence located right on the Dunes Beach, combining privacy with each beach access. The most difficult decision you'll be faced with is which terrace with a view of the sea to relax on next. Personalized butler service ensures that you literally don't have to lift a finger.
21.Jumby Bay - Beachside Suites in Antigua
The beachside suites at Jumby Bay in Antigua have beautiful vaulted ceilings creating a romantic atmosphere perfect for a honeymoon. There are both an indoor and an outdoor shower and a soaking tub set in the private courtyard where you can take relaxing baths. Explore sandy beaches, unwind with pampering treatments at the spa and dine with a view of the ocean at Jumby Bay.
The resort offers a diverse selection of activities.
There are three tennis courts with a resident tennis pro, three miles of hiking trails, a croquet lawn, a putting green and a 25-meter lap pool. The Pavilion includes a workout room with free-weights, cardiovascular and weight training machines. Choose from a variety of water sports, such as snorkeling, water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. The concierge can arrange scuba diving and deep-sea fishing trips to Falmouth Harbor on Antigua's southern side. Snorkeling enthusiasts can sign up for a morning snorkeling trip to Bird Island, offered three times per week. New to snorkeling? Attendants arrange a snorkeling lesson to get you started.
22.Huka Lodge - Riverside Hideaway in New Zealand
Huka Lodge in New Zealand has hosted many famous guests in its plush suites and cottages. The 17-acre hotel has just 25 guest accommodations, offering vacationers attentive service and privacy. Stay in The Owner's Cottage which offers spectacular views of Waikato River that flows through the property. The cottage is hidden from view and is the ultimate romantic hideaway for couples. There is central living room, dining area, kitchen and den. Have a private chef prepare meals while you relax in a natural setting.
23.Palazzina G - Views of the Grand Canal in Venice
The JD Suite at Palazzina G in Venice was the residence of Johnny Depp for 3 months. The JD Suite spans two levels, including two bedrooms, two living rooms and two bathrooms with Grand Canal Views. Enjoy scenic views of rooftops and the Grand Canal from Palazzina G, a luxury all-suite hotel. The hotel has a terrace lounge, restaurant and a bar where you can order Venetian drinks and relax in a unique setting.
24.Qualia - Villas with Plunge Pools on the Great Barrier Reef
Snorkelers and divers should hear to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and check into one of the luxury villas with magnificent views at Qualia on Hamilton Island. All of the villas have terraces, plunge pools and ocean views. The hotel has a spa with treatments that you won't find anywhere else in the world, including signature ceremonies for couples that will make you feel pampered from head to toe.
25.Amaonzoe - Private Pools in Greece
Amaonzoe is a beautiful hideaway overlooking the island of Spetses in Greece. Built and decorated in a contemporary style, the resort offers ultra-luxury private villas with their own swimming pools and spectacular views of the sea. The terraces of these villas are built with relaxation in mind, with plenty of shade, a dining area and a private pool. All of the villas include not one but two dedicated members of staff, making sure that every request you may have is attended to. Indoors, the bedrooms have ‘his and hers’ bathrooms and dressing areas in marble and oak. If you don't need a 4- or 6- bedroom villa on your vacation, book one of the luxury pavilions which also come with private pools and awesome views of the sea. Rates from Euro 825 (amanresorts.com).
25 Dream Luxury Vacations for Couples
- Petit St. Vincent - Private Island Resort in the Caribbean, Photo: Petit St. Vincent, Photo Credit: Mike Toy Photography
- Indura Beach & Golf Resort, Photo: Indura
- SLS Hotel South Beach, Photo: SLS Hotel South Beach
- Luxury Vacations: Banyan Tree Seychelles, Photo: Banyan Tree Seychelles
- Blanket Bay - New Zealand, Photo: Blanket Bay
- The Twelve Apostles in Cape Town, Photo: The Twelve Apostles
- Luxury Vacation: Ashford Castle - Ireland, Photo: Ashford Castle
- Turtle Island - Private Island with 14 Beaches in Fiji, Photo: Turtle Island
- The Beau-Rivage Palace - Switzerland, Photo: The Beau-Rivage Palace
- Luxury Vacations: Turtle Beach - Barbados
- Miraval Spa - Arizona
- French Country Waterways in France
- Dukes Hotel - London, Photo: Dukes Hotel
- Treetops Lodge - New Zealand, Photo: Treetops Lodge
- Villa La Diouana in Morocco, Photo: Villa La Diouana
- Nekupe, Photo: Nekupe
- Sugar Beach - St Lucia, Photo: Sugar Beach
- Alila Villas Soori - Beach Villas with Private Pools in Bali, Photo: Alila Villas Soori
- Sandy Lane - Luxury Resort in Barbados, Photo: Sandy Lane
- Romanos, Costa Navarino - Villa on the Beach in Greece
- Jumby Bay - Beachside Suites in Antigua
- Huka Lodge - Riverside Hideaway in New Zealand
- Palazzina G - Views of the Grand Canal in Venice
- Qualia - Villas with Plunge Pools on the Great Barrier Reef
- Amaonzoe - Private Pools in Greece
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