The coronavirus halted travel plans for millions of people all over the world, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be ahead of the game by planning a future trip now! Some of these gorgeous, lavish hotels from around the world will provide the solace you need after surviving a global pandemic. Take out a pen because you’ll want to jot down these superb suites for your bucket list!
This extravagant hotel is actually a repurposed fortress located in the serene Bay of Palma. The fortress was built in the 19th century but was never used for its initial purpose. Years later, local architect Antonio Obrador set out to redesign the fort into a hotel and Cap Rocat was born. The reimagined setting now offers panoramic views of the sea, accents like bullet doorknob handles and gun carriage coffee tables, a spa that’s 39 feet underground, and both Mediterranean and Majorcan cuisine at their fine dining restaurants. Their Sentinel rooms have been carved out of the fortress’ rock that was formerly used to house cannons, making it a secluded, secret oasis. In these rooms, expect marble floors, wooden ceilings, two showers, mirrored doors, and your own private pool and hammock.
BURJ AL ARABE
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Regarded as the world’s only seven-star hotel, Burj al Arabe is known for pushing past its five-star rating to constantly offer heightened luxuries and amenities to its wealthy guests. The hotel is secluded on its own private, artificial island and stands at 1,053 feet tall—making it the seventh tallest hotel in the world. It’s home to a unique, man-made beach, an infinity pool terrace, and one of the tallest grand atriums. The hotel is dripping in luxe furnishings and designs—take a look at their Royal Two Bedroom Suite that includes touches like a private elevator, a lounge, a library, a cinema, butler service, a breakfast buffet, two master bathrooms with a full-size Jacuzzi, Hermès amenities, an iMac, and a selection of nine types of pillows. Don’t forget to check out their Talise Spa, which specializes in peaceful spa treatments like White Caviar facials, Awakening massages, and sleep therapy.
LAUCALA ISLAND RESORT
LAUCALA ISLAND, FIJI
Laucala Island Resort lies on 3,500 exclusive acres, allowing you to relax on private beaches and from within the lush mountains. The resort has 25 villas, all with different designs and inclusions that represent traditional Fijian dwellings—natural materials were used to craft them like “thatch roofs made from the leaves of sago palms, local doga timber, bala bala fern stems, and a traditional coconut husk weave known as magi magi.” Each villa opens up into a private garden and also comes with a private infinity-edge pool lit up by Tikki torches, overlooking the sparkling blue waters. Another inclusion? A golf buggy, for guests to explore the island efficiently. Use it to travel to the glass-sided lagoon-style pool, the spa, the 18-hole championship golf course, or one of the resort’s five restaurants and bars.
LEWA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY, KENYA
Sirikoi is an experience, not just a place to stay for a few nights. This safari lodge is surrounded by 68,000 acres of World Heritage Wilderness, allowing you to get up close with wildlife and truly bask yourself in the Kenyan sun and lifestyle. There are different options for accommodations—you can choose swanky tents, a house, or a cottage. The cottage has two en-suite bedrooms, a private living room and dining room, a kitchen, a deck, and two large bathrooms. The deck provides a spectacular view of the natural waterhole and wetland, where plenty of animals can be spotted daily like the reticulated giraffe, black and white rhino, and the Grevy’s zebra. Elephant, lion, cheetah, and leopard sightings have also been reported by guests. Game drives, as well as bush walks with a ranger, are also offered for more wildlife encounter possibilities. Sirikoi also presents farm-to-plate dining, an infinity pool, a lounge area, and adventurous activities like horse riding, helicopter excursions, and quad bike safaris.
This lodge with 13 en-suite bedrooms is placed in the Fljót Valley in northern Iceland, in a field surrounded by mountains and clear blue skies. Deplar Farm was once a sheep farm but has since been converted to the opulent, relaxing haven it is today. The property has a geothermal indoor/outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, a sauna and steam room, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a media room, two helipads, a bar and lounge, and a spa featuring two Isopod flotation tanks and three treatment rooms. Grettir, the lodge’s largest guest room, comes with a king bed, a living area, a fireplace, a private deck, and a mezzanine loft. The bathroom provides even more time for unwinding with a private sauna, steam shower, and soaking tub. When it comes to dinner, Deplar Farm doesn’t disappoint either. Expect ingredients that are sourced locally and prepared fresh by Iceland’s 2018 Chef of the Year, Garðar Garðarsson. The lodge even took care to organize included activities to enhance your stay like a hot springs tour, kayaking, horseback riding, whale watching, fat biking, and more!
THE OBEROI BEACH RESORT
SAHL HASHEESH, HURGHADA, EGYPT
The Oberoi Beach Resort sprawls across 48 acres on Egypt’s Red Sea shore, perfect for much-needed moments of serenity and bliss. In fact, the whole resort offers space for tranquility, like their infinity pool, which has two whirlpools and an adults’ swimming area. The Oberoi Spa has individual treatment rooms, a steam room, and a private garden with offerings like Aromatherapy, fully body exfoliations, indigenous rituals, and more. There’s also two restaurants, a poolside dining option called The Pergola, and a bar where guests can sip on cocktails and smoke cigars.
By Aaliyah Pasols