We all deserve a really good holiday once in a while – why not go all out and treat yourself to a little luxury? First-rate service, gourmet cuisine, deluxe and exclusive accommodation in an exotic location. What’s not to like?
If you’re thinking about splurging on a luxury holiday, you’ll want to make it count. Boca do Lobo suggests its Top 10 Luxury Holidays List for you to travel in style.
Zanzibar is the beautiful island resorts in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Tanzania, a tropical paradise like no other. The very mention of Zanzibar seems to set the mind wandering to pristine white beaches, tropical waters, blazing sunshine and palm trees.
Stay at the Diamond Star of the East, a stunning barefoot sanctuary set on the north-western tip of Zanzibar. Its 11 delightful villas face a gleaming white sand beach that meets the Indian Ocean. With personal butler service, an African rain spa, a private beach and a wealth of water sports, this is the place for an exclusive beach holiday on this mysteriously exotic island.
Dive into the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, or stretch out and soak up the sun on the beach. It is the ideal retreat to the remote islands of Chumbe or Pongwe Bay where you can enjoy the coral gardens of Kizimkazi, go diving at the National Geographic Dive site and swim with the dolphins, turtles and visiting sharks. There are also regular ferry services to Dar es Salaam, on the mainland, and picturesque Pemba Island, part of the archipelago.
Great poets have sung its praises, a 4.000 year old history. And the eternal rock continues to stand, strong and majestic, rising proudly from the sea and guarding well the secrets of Atlantis… Santorini is a splendid Greek island famous by its amazing sunsets that envelop the Aegean Sea and the Cyclades Islands.
Grace Santorini is the new jewel of the Greek Islands. An exclusive boutique hotel located in the beautiful setting of Imerovigli in the northwest of the island, high above the Caldera, a place where elegance and serenity meet. The hotel is included in Tatler’s 2011 list of the 101 Best Hotels in the World and also in the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2012 for Best Location in Europe.
The hotel has a breathtaking infinity pool offering uninterrupted views. It accommodates two couples in a stunning 400 sq m of interior and exterior luxury. The Villa has its own private spa and kitchen, a huge private pool end extensive sunbathing areas. It is the ultimate expression of the Grace experience.
Phang Nga, Thailand
Phang Nga is one of the southern provincesof Thailand, on the shore to the Andaman Sea. Neighboring provinces are Ranong, Surat Thani and Krabi. To the south is the Phuket province, but without land boundary to Phang Nga. The province is located on the west side of the Malay Peninsula, and includes many islands of the Phang Nga Bay. The most famous one is the so-called James Bond Island, a needle formed limestone rock in the sea, which featured in the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun.
Wanakarn Beach Resort & Spa proud member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, is located on Thaimuang beach, 40 minutes’ drive from Phuket International Airport, and is situated on 15 acres of pristine beachfront land facing endless white beaches and the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.
Set in a tranquil and peaceful environment it offers the discerning traveler complete relaxation and an escape from the outside world while being pampered in true Thai style. The grounds are a natural botanical garden exploding with the colors of exotic flowers and lush greenery and utmost care is taken to preserve the natural beauty and the environment.
Society Islands, French Polynesia
The Society Islands are the paradise on earth. The became truly famous by the paintings of Paul Gauguin and by the words of James A. Michener. Most of these rugged islands are volcanic in origin, with a few small coral atolls mixed in. Of these, the most recognizable names are the legendary islands of Bora Bora, Huahine, Moorea and Tahiti.
Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa is a 5-star property, located on a “motu” islet. It is the most luxurious resort in French Polynesia. On Motu Tautau on the coral reef, the resort faces the famed “vanilla island” of Taha’a – a wild little paradise located 230 km west of Tahiti.
Le Taha’a Private islands and Spa offers 48 water suites and 12 beach villas and is a perfect base for exploring the surrounding islands. although the resort itself offers all on the diving and vacation activities you could ever ask for.
South Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives
Stay at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is a 62-villa luxury island resort in the Maldives. Surrounded by white sands and the iridescent waters of the Indian ocean, the Taj Exotica is as idyllic as they come. Comprised of thatched roof bungalows and villas, two restaurants, a scuba center and a traditional Indian Jiva spa, the resort offers everything a visitor looks for in an island getaway.
Antigua, West Indies
Jumbay Bay is a 300-acre private island retreat comprised of 40 suites and 11 villas. It’s accessible only by boat, arriving at Jumbay Bay really feels like you are eschewing stress and arriving at a resort where serenity reigns supreme.
Decorated in a sophisticated and elegant manner, with an emphasis on the luxurious, the villas and suites perfectly exemplify zones of utter indulgence.
Three white sand beaches surround the resort, from where visitors have the option of going sail-boarding, scuba-diving, swimming or sun tanning or on which they can enjoy a private evening meal, sampling the fusion of Caribbean and European cuisine from the excellent restaurant.
Turks and Caicos, Caribbean
The Palms is an 85-million dollar boutique resort featuring 72 spacious and luxurious suites filled with top-of-the-line amenities such as Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels, Acqua di Parma toiletries. The resort also boasts a range of first class facilities including an extraordinary spa offeringg unique, exotic treatments, restaurants and bars.
Set on 12 acres of lush landscape at the center of the world-renowned Grace Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales, part of the newly trendy Turks and Caicos, an unspoiled archipelago below the southern end of the Bahamas.
Situated on the island of Mustique in the archipelago of the Grenadines, the Cotton House is set on 13 acres of palms and grass between the Endeavor Bay in the Caribbean and L’Ansecoy Bay on the Atlantic sie.
The Cotton House, restored from an old cotton warehouse, is a small luxurious hideaway overlooking a white sand beach and the aquamarine blue of the Carribean, is comprised of 20 delightful rooms, suites and cottages all outfitted with balconies or verandas and thoughtful luxuries such as a choice of 11 different pillows for a good night’s sleep.
Placienda Village, Belize
Director Francis Ford Coppola, entirely supervised the building of Turtle Inn, an exclusive resort built in the rubble of a hurricane’s wrath. Coppola calls the resort “his personal joy”, explaining he used his personal ideas “to make the resort as rustic as I love and as luxurious as I could”.
This tropical paradise rests in the small Creole fishing village of Placencia, in Southern Belize, near the shores of the longest coral reef in the Western hemisphere. It’s a prime location for exploration: you can take a boat down the Monkey River to observe exotic wildlife.
Turtle Inn’s Balinese-inspired cabanas allow you to revel in the tropical sea air as you luxuriate in the simple yet beautiful surroundings.
Taupo, New Zealand
There are too many reasons for why you should visit the Great Lake Taupo region. Boca do Lobo will just let a one of these facts entice you: the luxurious Huka Lodge, one of the top 5 luxury lodges in the world.
Founded in the 1920s, Huka Lodge is considered to be the iconic NZ retreat. Located on the banks of the Waikato River upstream from Huka Falls, Huka Lodge offers superb hospitality for the world’s more discerning travellers.
Having played host to world figures from European royalty to the founder of Microsoft, Huka Lodge is obviously something vey special. In a magnificent though secluded location, it blends perfectly into its natural surroundings. Huka is a hotel of just 20 suites plus the Owners Cottage, it is the perfect place to achieve undisturbed repose in the most luxurious accommodation.
It combines luxury, first class service and the finest food and drink with a sense of privacy and serenity.
with spectacular views.
and has been named among the Top 10 Hotels for Romance in Europe in the Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Awards 2010.