North Island, unconstrained luxury in the Seychelles
A local saying in the Seychelles states that the biblical Garden of Eden was located here, which is not hard to believe. This exotic archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean, north of Madagascar, and has no fewer than 115 islands. One of the middle islands is North Island, a private island full of exclusive luxury, amidst exquisite unspoilt nature that breathes peace and contemplation. North Island is a must for all those looking for a private and unspoilt tropical destination. On the bright white beaches of the island are 11 spacious villas built with local materials. The combination of rough and smooth textures, and simple and refined shapes create an authentic and lavish setting where you can completely unwind. This retreat is committed to providing its guests with a personalized and memorable experience and also offers numerous activities, including various water sports, yoga, island excursions and sunset cruises. North Island is also known for its “barefoot luxury” philosophy and won the 2019 Sustainable Destinations award, which rewards destinations committed to responsible and sustainable travel.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, fabulous architecture on the water
The brand new Ritz-Carlton Maldives with its impressive architecture and villas on the water, the Ritz-Carlton Maldives Spa is a real treat for the eyes. The resort is located on the magnificent Fari Islands, a group of coral islands located southwest of the Indian subcontinent. The pared-down yet ultra-chic design of the Ritz Carlton Maldives is in line with their minimalist vision of luxury. The circular waterfront villas feature a private pool and jetty from which one can immediately take a refreshing dip in the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Glass doors from wall to wall provide an integrated indoor-outdoor experience. In addition, a butler is at your service during your stay to help you fulfill all your holiday wishes. The resort features a Ritz-Carlton spa. The resort also has a tennis court, a photography studio and, last but not least, an art collection featuring works and paintings by world-renowned artists and local talent.
Cheval Blanc St-Barth, French class with a tropical twist
The Cheval Blanc St-Barth is on the other side of the world, but offers the same unrivaled class. This luxurious hotel, known for years as one of the Caribbean island’s top hotels, is sure to please art lovers. None other than the famous French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel created an impressive work especially for the hotel. The Constellation of Pegasus is a mobile creation that consists of pearls revolving around each other and following the movements of the Milky Way. It immediately attracts the attention of every visitor. It is not for nothing that the Cheval Blanc has been an icon of the fashionable West Indies island, located on Flamands Beach, for twenty years. The beautiful rooms and suites were recently given a new look and decorated by French interior designer Jacques Grange. The hotel, which is the only Caribbean resort to carry the Palace certificate, also regularly hosts special events such as an exclusive pop-up by Dior.
Como Laucala Island, the ultimate retreat from the emerald ocean
Como Laucala Island is known as the most beautiful resort in Fiji, the exotic paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The tropical climate has temperatures between 25 and 30°C all year round. This makes it an ideal destination during the colder winter months in the northern hemisphere. This luxury hotel is located on the private island of Laucala and features sunny residences nestled in lush nature, adjacent to private beaches of the finest powder sand and an emerald sea. The interior and exterior blend together at Como Laucala, creating a special experience where nature takes centre stage, without sacrificing luxury. The thatched roofs are made from the leaves of sago palms, floors are laid with local wood and the rooms also feature “balabala” fern stalks and a traditional weave of coconut husks known as “magimagi”. This luxurious resort also houses a remarkable swimming pool with transparent walls that is one of the most extraordinary pools in the world. Como Laucala Island is equipped with every conceivable luxury and offers numerous high-end facilities, tennis courts, a golf course, the Como Shambhala Retreat Spa and a fleet of 13 naval boats.
Alila Villas Uluwatu, laidback luxury on the alluring island of Bali
Bali, with its laid-back luxury vibe, is a magical destination and Alila Villas Uluwatu is equally special. This stylish resort was designed by award-winning architecture firm WOHA, renowned worldwide for its innovative projects in tropical locations. The hotel flows seamlessly into its exotic surroundings. The view from Alila Villas Uluwatu, situated on an elevated plateau with limestone cliffs that descend into the Indian Ocean, shows nothing less than the perfection of nature. The interior of this resort also exudes a relaxed luxury. Each villa is sustainably and contemporarily decorated, embracing not only nature but also traditional Balinese touches. In addition, each stay is equipped with a private pool and a cabana with 24-hour service. Other impressive facilities include the holistic and intuitive Spa Alila with experienced therapists, several restaurants and the already iconic Sunset Cabana bar.