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Written by Jo Hombsch
Basking in the European sun or simply hopping over to New Zealand has felt a million miles away, but we’re finally back! International travel is back on the cards, and finally, those wanderlust hotel stays our Instagram feeds have been torturing us with can now become a reality.
Whether you’re looking to book yourself an ultra-luxe and fabulous getaway (because we all deserve it right about now), or simply looking to get lost in jaw-dropping stays, keep scrolling for a truly aspirational list of hotels that offer pure relaxation, restoration and adventure.
Otahuna Lodge, New Zealand
Here’s one to make the most of your first trip back to New Zealand. Otahuna Lodge, New Zealand’s oldest historic private estate, seamlessly combining both past and present together.
Perched up on a hill, the 126-year old, seven-suite lodge still evokes that romantic British Colonial sensibility from when it was first built back in 1895. Each suite has retained its original architectural features from the nineteenth century such as ornate original fireplaces, carved inglenooks, deluxe textiles, lavish bathrooms and stained-glass windows.
Wake up in the morning to find yourself basking in the sun on your balcony overlooking the gorgeous 30-acre gardens, the surrounding plains and the Southern Alps or take a wander through the 12 varieties of fruits and vegetables grown organically on the Lodge.
COMO Le Montrachet, Burgundy
As travel opens up for us down under, COMO Hotels and Resorts announces a new luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Burgundy. Hotel Le Montrachet, the historic 18th-century property that was recently acquired by COMO, is now COMO Le Montrachet.
Nestled around the charming village square of Puligny-Montrachet, the renowned 18th-century property is arranged across four heritage buildings, 31 rooms and suites each converted into chic sanctuaries.
Nanuku Resort, Fiji
Picture this, two miles of pristine white-sandy beaches, luxury villas overlooking the serene coastline of the South Pacific, infinity pools and open-air dining. Staying at Nanuku Resort, you’ll experience the very best of luxury, culture and adventure all in one.
Nanuku is the Fijian resort for every type of holidayer, from couples, families, groups to solo travellers who are looking for genuine local experiences and adventures at an island paradise that is nothing less than luxurious.
Having recently been awarded no.2 ranking in Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Resorts within Australia and The South Pacific, Nanuku Resort is the resort for your next Fijian cultural adventure.
For almost two years, this is the sort of holiday we’ve all been dreaming about. Imagine staying in a luxurious villa in the Maldives set within a lagoon of crystal clear waters with seemingly infinite shades of blue and green that laps white sandy beaches.
Soneva Jani, is a resort of pure luxury. Booking one of the villa’s you’ll experience a unique castaway experience like no other. Each water villa has its own lagoon-facing private pool, or wake up of a morning and dive straight into the ocean from your villa.
If you feel the need to leave your villa, Soneva Jani offers bikes to explore the island, make a booking at one of the resorts many restaurants or watch a movie from a hammock one evening.
COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany
For those looking for a truly Tuscan experience, Castello Del Nero in Tuscany is the hotel to add to your bucket list. The twelfth-century castle is set in the rolling hills of Tuscany’s world-famous Chianti wine region.
Walkthrough the hotel and you’ll pass terracotta flooring, frescoed walls, vaulted ceilings and antique fireplace all of which remain untouched. Dine at the hotel’s Michelin-starred La Torre restaurant, then walk it off around the properties rolling 740’s acres of vineyard, beehives and olive groves.
It’s the luxury jaw-dropping dessert hotel, nestled right in the heart of Canyon Point’s rocky landscape that will have you feeling like a star.
Amangiri is an uber lavish resort situated on 600 acres in southern Utah, boasting 34 suites all fitted with private terraces and fireplaces. Each room looks out onto dessert wilderness and is designed to make you feel like you’re cut off from the rest of the world.
If you’re looking for some serious wow factor along with remote relaxation and a touch of adventure, this is your calling.
Japan’s cosmopolitan capital, Tokyo has been front and centre on everyone’s minds well before overseas travel opened up. It’s the cultural fix and a new luxurious experience so many are after.
Aman Tokyo is the urban sanctuary for your stay situated adjacent to the Otemachi Forest. Each room offers a bird’s eye view of the Imperial Palace Gardens and surrounding Tokyo landmarks.
The hotel occupies the top 6 floors of a 38-storey skyscraper, with the interior inspired by Japanese design traditions with a touch of modernity that epitomises Tokyo.
Eichardt’s Private Hotel
The jaw-dropping hotel famed for its spectacular scenery and world-class luxury is one of New Zealand’s most exclusive South Island retreats. Eichardt’s Private Hotel roots date back to 1862, with the hotels interior now showing a modern take on the boutique hotels heritage.
Perched on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, it’s seen as the ultimate destination for those looking to escape but still explore.
For those here dreaming, look no further than ‘The Penthouse,’ it’s an experience most dream of and one that can only be described as pure opulence.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka
This is one for those looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of Yala National Park, for an adventurer who is looking to find sightings of elephants yet also a chance to truly relax in the surrounding Sri Lankan landscape.
Kokomo Private Island, Fiji
Kokomo Private Island is a truly undiscovered paradise and pure luxury private island resort that offers the ultimate in exclusivity. The moment you arrive at Nadi International Airport, Kokomo’s exclusive private aircraft will take you on a scenic 45-minute flight directly to the resort.
Choose from one of the 21 secluded beachfront villas or opt for one of the multi-room private residences which would literally be your luxury home away from home.
Kokomo follows a farm to table philosophy, Kokomo harvests from their own farm to serve guests fresh fruit and vegetables, free-range chickens and eggs, homemade honey and they even have a vanilla plantation.
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