Vacations mean something different for everyone. Where you travel and what you plan to do can vary greatly, but depending on where you’re headed, often times you can get everything that you want out of a destination in one place. Whether its a private lagoon surrounded by tropical forests, or a mountain retreat where you can bathe in the relaxation of hot saunas with a personal butler and masseuse, there are literally thousands of options available that will suit your own personal style and desires.
But if you are looking for the epitome of class and sophistication, you may be surprised where some of the best retreats in the world are located. From the coasts of Thailand to Southern Africa, the most remote and renowned escapes are found in the most bizarre places. When it comes to luxury and exclusivity, these hotels and resorts know what it takes to stay ahead of the game. So if you’re in the market to be treated like royalty, and you want to catch a glimpse of the most affluent families and Hollywood stars, take a look at these hotels and all they have to offer.
Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai
This 60 story, sail shaped luxury hotel on the coast of the Persian Gulf is one of the most exclusive and stunning destinations for wealthy travelers. Suites includes private in-room check in, personal living and dining rooms, whirlpool baths, and your own personal butler. And if you want to get out around town, they even offer a fleet of chauffeured Rolls Royce’s for your convenience. Burj Al Arab is one of the most expensive and extravagant hotels in the world.
Bulgari Bali Hotel & Resort
Situated on the coast of the Indian ocean, on top of the cliffs looking out over white sandy beaches in either direction, rests the Bulgari Bali Hotel & Resort. Capturing both contemporary and modern styles while introducing stunning works of art and architecture, this paradise resort has quickly become one of the most exclusive retreats in the world. The villas and mansions have been handcrafted from volcanic rock, using traditional Indonesian architecture, while the interiors boast contemporary Italian stylings and local art.
Mardan Palace, Turkey
Regarded as the most exclusive resort in Europe and the Mediterranean, Mardan Palace is a wonder to behold. The Palace retains its own personal zoo, private beaches, the largest indoor swimming pool in Europe, and eleven room categories to choose from, from Superior Rooms to Royal Suites. Located in Lara, Antalya, Turkey, the $1.4 billion dollar hotel offers a wide variety of options for relaxation, from their world class spa to the gondola service, a number of fine dining restaurants to amphitheaters and coral reefs, it’s no wonder how the Mardan Palace gained its name for luxury and style.
Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, South Africa
Near Cape Town and nestled in the foothills of the Twelve Apostles mountain range on the coast of the Atlantic ocean rests one of the most serene and relaxing resort and spas in South Africa. For the adventurous, there are tours and nature hikes available, but for those looking for only rest and rejuvenation, Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa offers some of the finest food delivered to your suite, a giant infinity pool, and a traditional spa offering holistic wellness treatments, all resting on the side of majestic mountains and beautiful coastline.
If you are looking to spend anywhere from a few thousand dollars to nearly twenty thousand for a one night stay, look no further than these four hotels for the most exclusive treatment and luxurious stay of your life. For those who have the pleasure of visiting these resorts, if you aren’t royalty, you will certainly feel like it. And chances are, you will even see true royalty while staying at any of these fine hotels. The area and placement of all four hotels leaves room for exploration through beautiful foreign lands, and the chance for rest and relaxation can hardly be matched by any other resorts in the world.