Yes, technically, Sea Island is a resort. But it's really so much more than that. Located off the Georgia coastline in between Jacksonville and Savannah, this fantastic spot features multiple accommodation options, including the 40-room Lodge, the golf-focused Inn, hundreds of rental cottages ranging from three- to seven-bedrooms in size, and the elegant Cloister, which also encompasses a beach club and ocean villas. On the property, you'll also find seven dining venues ranging from casual to the award-winning Georgian Room, five miles of pristine beach, three championship golf courses, tennis and squash courts, a 65,000 square-foot spa, a fitness center, and opportunities for fishing, boating, shooting, and hunting. Or you could just lounge by the pool — totally up to you.
It's possible to do a vacation to Belize on the cheap, renting out small huts — or even hammocks — by the ocean for just dollars a day. But if that's not your style, Las Terrazas is a good option. This luxurious resort is located on the island of Ambergris Caye, just 30 miles north of Belize City, and offers 37 full-sized townhomes ranging in size from one to three bedrooms and from 983 to 3,000 square feet. Also on site are a restaurant, full-service spa, a gorgeous pool, and, of course, plenty of pristine beach.
Close your eyes and picture Tuscany. Got it? Okay, now open them — and we're betting the image in your mind looks something like Hotel Castello di Casole. Nestled on a 4,200-acre estate, this world class resort offers 41 suites featuring large, comfy beds, modern amenities, oil paintings, reclaimed terra cotta, and luxurious bathrooms. Also on site you'll find a wide range of eating and drinking spots, a fitness center, a full-service spa, an oversized pool with terrific views, and even a 10th century castle.
It doesn't matter what season it is — we're always up for a trip to the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. This upscale resort offers a mix of well-appointed over-water bungalows and spacious beachfront villas, some with private pools, but all with luxury amenities like down pillows, soaking tubs, complimentary snorkeling gear, a private bar, and king-size beds. Take a stroll around the grounds and you'll also find a holistic spa, a fitness center, an infinity pool, tennis courts, two restaurants, two bars, and, of course, immaculate beaches. The only downside? You eventually have to leave.
Enjoy all the benefits of a top-tier resort with all the privacy of a private residence with a stay at the Banyan Tree Samui. Perched on a private hill cove above the clear sapphire waters of Koh Samui, this unique resort consists of six different styles of villas, each with an attached private pool, comfortable bed, rainfall shower, minibar, Wi-Fi, and 40-inch TV. Also on site are a full-service spa, multiple dining and drinking venues — including the oceanside Sands — and a kids' club, so your children have something to do while you enjoy doing nothing at all.
As winter lingers on — seriously, go away already — it's okay to contemplate a sunny getaway to somewhere warm. Somewhere like La Samanna. This luxury resort boasts 56 suites, 25 bedrooms, and 8 three- and four-bedroom villas, all of which offer king size beds, private balconies or terraces, and either marble or Caribbean-style bathrooms. Also on site are two restaurants, two bars, a wine cellar, a full-service spa, tennis courts, a fitness center, two pools, and, of course, plenty of beachside cabanas. After all, you didn't come all this way to stay in your room, right?
Going on safari doesn't have to mean roughing it in tents and mosquito nets. At Lion Sands Game Reserve, you get to enjoy all the wildlife and natural beauty of a safari while resting your pampered head in a luxury accommodation. The property includes five lodges, each with multiple suites, as well as three treehouses that put you in the middle of the action while providing a more intimate stay. As for the animals you might see on your outings — they typically take place in the morning or early evening — there are too many to list, but some of the more notable species include elephants, rhinoceros, monkeys, zebra, hippos, giraffes, cheetahs, lions, leopards, and even honey badgers.
Sometimes being by the ocean just isn't enough. Sometimes you need to be atop the ocean. And for times like those, Velassaru Maldives is an ideal destination. Located in the Indian Ocean just a 25-minute speedboat ride from the airport in Malé, this private island resort offers a variety of accommodations, ranging from humble bungalows to over-water suites and villas, as well as five restaurants, two bars, a full-service spa, diving, snorkeling, and kayaking. Assuming you feel like doing anything more than just lounging in the water and taking in the views.
If your next vacation is as much about recuperation as it is about rest, consider making a trip to Spa Village Resort Tembok. This exclusive resort on the island's Northeast coast boasts 27 standard rooms, two suites, and two completely private villas, all of which merge elements from traditional Balinese dwellings with Western elegance. Also on the grounds are a plunge pool, a beachside restaurant, and various buildings dedicated to yoga, spa treatments, wellness workshops, and even creativity class, all of which are designed to replenish not just your body but your mind, as well.
The name sounds adventurous, and there's plenty of it to enjoy at the Bay of Many Coves — but with its 5-star accommodations, you don't have to get any more adventurous than you want. Set on the Marlborough Sounds, this luxury resort offers one- two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a high-end restaurant, an all-day lounge, a cafe, a day spa, a heated outdoor pool, a six-person cedar hot tub, and, of course, swimming at the Coves' private beaches.
If all you know of Tasmania is its location in the South Pacific and the Looney Tunes character inspired by its indigenous marsupial, it's time you experienced it for yourself. And a stay at Saffire Freycinet is a great place to start. Situated on a hillside overlooking Oyster Bay and the Hazard Mountains, this ultra-luxe resort features 20 suites arranged as to recall the breaking waves beyond, an impressively modern main lodge, an excellent restaurant and lounge, both boasting outstanding views, a full-service spa, outstanding service, and access to some of the best beaches in the world.
Hidden in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is an ideal getaway for foodies and outdoorsman alike. For the former, the 9,200-acre Farm is home to one of the best restaurants in the country, The Barn by Executive Chef Joseph Lenn, and offers farm-fresh breakfasts and lunches in the Main House, two bars, culinary classes, tastings, and an actual farm. For the latter, it offers access to equestrian activities, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, cycling, and fly fishing. Meanwhile, everyone can take advantage of the elegant accommodations, which range from well-furnished Estate Rooms all the way up to private cottages and even a four-bedroom house. One thing is certain: no matter what your interests, you're sure to enjoy your stay.