Holidays are necessary and should be one of life’s basic needs. Yes, no? Anyways, we are here to regale you with the adventure that awaits you when next you take that much needed break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to vacation in any of these destinations on our list. So, why not pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back on that comfy sofa, put your feet up, exhale, and smile as we take you on a joyful ride exploring some of the best places to be if luxury is your watchword for your next vacation.
North West Province, South Africa – Sun City Resort
Nothing spells opulence and luxury in the Sub-Saharan African tropics like Sun City Resort. Located in the Northwest province of South Africa, this one-of-a-kind resort will leave you wishing you were permanently based in the location. Sun City is packed full of various activities to indulge in after checking into one of the luxurious rooms at the exquisite and spellbinding Palace of the Lost City. There’s the Valley of Waves with its man-made sky-high waves, the gigantic city-size swimming pool with an adjoining smaller one for the young and not-so-professional swimmers. You can also explore the grounds of the resort and visit the many stores and boutiques displaying handmade ethnic jewellery, as well as some luxury ones–you’re in the land of gold, after all! Then there’s the casinos, if gambling games are your thing, or you’re feeling particularly lucky about winning some small fortune. After all that sightseeing, be sure to enjoy some meals at one of the many restaurants offering fine dining before retiring to your room for a much-needed rest.
Mykonos, Greece – Mykonos Grand Hotel and Resort
The Greek Islands is a favourite destination for so many holidayers and fun seekers. People from all around the world frequent its many islands, and a favourite of many is Mykonos. One spot that will make your stay worthwhile on the Greek Islands is the jaw-dropping Mykonos Grand Hotel and Resort. This luxury location is set on a sprawling property with views of the sands of Agios Ioannis Beach. The exquisite interior décor depicts opulence, while the exterior is a testament of architectural masterpiece. From your suites you can access the relaxing swimming pool, the colourful garden, as well as enjoy the majestic sea views. There are several restaurants offering fine dining where the choicest seafood and Mediterranean cuisine is served. After your meal, be sure to explore the location’s private beach, or enjoy a spa treatment to your body’s delight. The property also have an amphitheatre where you can indulge in the latest movie offerings before retiring for the night.
Mustique Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines – The Cotton House
The Cotton House is located in Mustique, a private island in the Grenadines. The Cotton House is also the island’s only full-service hotel. If you’re looking for the ultimate luxurious privacy, this beautiful retreat is your best bet to achieve that. Famous for its deluxe privacy, many of the world’s VIPS frequent this island retreat to relax and hide away from the rest of the world. Its architecture boasts of a combination of Caribbean and French West Indies. The Cotton House’s luxurious rooms and lodges range anywhere from cozy cottages with their adjoining private balconies, to deluxe suites with plunge private pools. There are also private bedroom suites with their own private pools, plus an open shower for those that enjoy showering outdoors whilst enjoying spectacular views of the magnificent L’Ansecoy Bay.
Maldives – Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
We can’t really be talking about holidays without mentioning the Maldives, right? This destination is a hot spot for vacationers because of the sheer joy that the whole island exudes.
Kudadoo is a private island in the Maldives and can be accessed via a 40-minute flight from the country’s capital—Male. Kudadoo is what is referred to as an all-inclusive luxury resort. Bespoke custom made meals and comfort are on offer for every single guest on their wish. Guests get personal butlers handling everything about their stay from the meals they need, to the activities they want to indulge in. Some of the activities available at Kudadoo include blue-light snorkeling, kitesurfing, diving, and private yacht excursions. The rooms and lodges all have large private pools where you can enjoy a dip in the pool whenever you feel like it. Plus, all the residences are equipped with the latest modern tech sound system, and flat screen TVs to indulge in a night of movies and relaxation.
Sonora Island, BC Canada – Sonora Mountain Resort
This spellbinding location emerged as the 2023 Traveller’s Choice Best Of The Best. Sonora Mountain Resort is the ultimate choice when it comes to wilderness luxury. This lovely location is nestled within one of Canada’s most pristine environments in the rainforest archipelago of British Columbia. The resort is equipped with elegant five-star facilities that are set to appeal to all types of holiday makers and fun seekers, from the adventurous to the relaxation enthusiast. The resort has countless activities for everyone to indulge in.
A 50-minute flight from Vancouver will get you to Sonora Mountain Resort, although it can also be accessed by sea. Sonora Resort is all about eco-natural environment, five-star luxury, and service to their guests. It’s the holiday destination where you can indulge in bespoke fun activities including observing various extraordinary animals in their natural habitat—such as sea lions, eagles, orcas, as well as grizzly bears. There’s also fishing, as well as a spa with mineral pools for that ultimate relaxation.
The rooms of the resort comprise lodges and private villas, as well as multiple room suites, from which you can observe the spectacular views of the ocean. The restaurant at the location serves world-class wines, meals, and desserts prepared with local organically grown ingredients.
Chinenye Emezie | Assistant Editor