Looking for a little more room and privacy than a typical beach hotel can provide? The Alila Villas Soori has you covered. Set along the coast of southwest Bali, this luxury resort offers 15 one-bedroom Beach Pool Villas, 15 one-bedroom Ocean Pool Villas, 8 one-bedroom Mountain Pool Villas and 6 residential villas, all tastefully furnished. The resort itself is nestled between rice terraces and black sand beaches, and isn't far from the Tanah Lot Temple. In addition to the private villas, the report is also home to three unique restaurants, a world-class spa, a boutique, a fitness center, and plenty of places to relax poolside and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty.
Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, the River Rock Resort and Hotel has you covered. In close proximity to downtown Vancouver — and even closer proximity to the airport — River Rock offers over 200 suites ranging in size from 525 to 2,800 square feet, each decked out with a sofa bed in the living room, custom Euro-top cashmere beds, and modern baths. Outside your room, you'll find a 70,000 square foot casino, a 950-sear theater, a large fitness center, an indoor pool with water slide (hey, you're never too old for those), and three restaurants: the high-end Tramonto, an International Food Court with a bevy of culinary options from all over the world, and, of course, a buffet.
We can't all afford to rent out our own private islands, but a stay at Parrot Cay comes awfully close. This luxury resort sits on a 1000-acre private island, and offers a range of rooms, suites, and villas, all of which are decked out in contemporary island decor. In addition to the accommodations, it also offers two restaurants — including one poolside — 24-hour butler service, yoga, diving, and snorkeling excursions, a beachfront location, a world-class spa, and room service menus that let you enjoy private beach picnics, tiki hut dinners and poolside meals at your villa. No, it's not your own private island — but it's close enough that you're unlikely to notice the difference.
It might not be what you'd normally think of a resort — you won't find any five-star restaurants or infinity pools here — but that doesn't mean the Out'n'About Treehouse Treesort isn't worthy of the title. Set on 36 acres of private pasture and woods, this unique spot offers a dozen of so treehouse accommodations for you to stay in, plus a central kitchen/bathroom area, and tons of outdoor activities like ziplining, horseback riding, and river rafting. Surrounded by national forest land and old growth wilderness, it's as close to nature as you're likely to get without sleeping in a tent.
When most guys plan on a trip to Australia, the heavyweights Sydney and Melbourne dominate the itinerary. Enjoy a different side of the outback — literally — at the Pinctada Cable Beach Resort and Spa. Located on the northwestern tip of the country, this high-end getaway offers 72 studios, suites, and a two-bedroom family villa, all within walking distance of the picturesque Cable Beach. This being a resort, it also offers plenty of other amenities, including a fitness room, meditative garden, a pool, a world-class bar, and multiple eateries and lounges. Oh, and if you're into that sort of thing, it's also a perfect venue for taking in the yearly polo tournament, scheduled for May 18 & 19.
There are plenty of places in Hawaii we prefer over the oft-crowded Waikiki, but if you're going there, you might as well stay at the coolest place available. The Modern Honolulu is definitely in the running, thanks to its sleek, white contemporary decor that extends to the 353 rooms and suites, and its abundance of furnished terraces. The resort also plays host to a full-service spa, two pools designed to accentuate the sunrise and sunset, respectively, a restaurant from Iron Chef Morimoto, a nightclub, and the Study, the library-themed lobby bar.
Despite the name, there's nothing bitter about a trip to the Bitter End Yacht Club — except perhaps the feeling you get when it's time to go home. Perched on the North Sound, this luxury resort offers a number of one- and two-bedroom suites and cottages, as well as an Estate House with room for up to six people. Also on the grounds you'll find tons of outdoor activities — including wind sports, water sports, fishing, scuba diving, and even sailing lessons — a number of restaurants and bars, a pool, and a spa. All of which is good, because you're unlikely to be wandering once you arrive — the resort's only accessible by boat.
It's not exactly a party town, but if you're looking for somewhere to spend a quiet weekend this spring/summer, Kennebunkport is as good a pick as any. Hidden Pond is the place to stay while you're there. This quiet resort offers 36 bungalows and cottages spread across 60 acres, which also play host to the main lodge with a stone fireplace, swimming pool, Back Porch Bar, and Sand Bar Grille. Other features include the Earth restaurant, an on-site spa built into the forest canopy, and available paddleboarding lessons, guided bike excursions, mixology classes, and shuttles to and from the beach and downtown.
The best resorts often blur the line between the indoors and out — and Enchantment Resort is no exception. Set on 70 acres, this unique destination is set at the doorway to the red rock formations of Boynton Canyon that serve as the backdrop to the various rooms and suites that comprise the accommodations, each with designs that are contemporary yet pay homage to Native American traditions. Also on site is the Mii amo Spa, multiple dining and drinking spots, a fantastic pool, a pitch and putt golf course, bocce ball, croquet, tennis, hiking, and mountain biking. [Scouted by Marty]
We've already shown you a quiet place to stay on the backside of Maui — but if you're looking for something a bit more luxurious, the Travaasa Hana is the best place in town. Formerly known as the Hotel Hana Maui, this uniquely Hawaiian resort offers both all-inclusive sea ranch cottages with views of the Pacific and two levels of suites — some with garden views designed for shorter stays, and some designed for families that still provide ocean views. Also on site you'll find a world-class restaurant, Ka'uiki, terrific drinks at the Paniolo Lounge, and an award-winning spa; the fantastic Hamoa Beach, horseback riding, and glider experiences are all available nearby.
Set along the Pacific Ocean, Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa is a fine place to escape to south of the border. This secluded resort offers 73 units, including deluxe rooms and a mix of honeymoon, one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, as well as an enormous 5,345 square foot penthouse. Other features include two on-site restaurants, temperature-controlled outdoor jacuzzis, a private beach, an outdoor lounge, a large infinity pool, the on-site Hamara spa, and fantastic views of the water from practically everywhere on the property.
Worried about spending your holiday time surrounded by others at some mega-resort? That won't be a problem at Secret Bay. Hidden away on the northwest coast, this quiet retreat offers roughly a dozen individual villas and bungalows that offer plenty of luxury, fantastic views of the Caribbean, and all the privacy you could askfor. Nearby you'll find Fort Shirley, Cabrits National Park, the Indian River, the small town of Portsmouth, while the property itself offers an informal outdoor bar and personal chef service. And don't worry if you don't feel like leaving — you can always buy your own villa or bungalow and stay as long as you like. [Scouted by Josh]