“Work hard, play hard” is a common philosophy of many companies, but as an executive, do you really play as hard as you work? In fact, when was the last time you took a vacation? If you can’t remember, that’s a sign that you’re well overdue for one. If you’re not sure where to go, check out this list of some of the best luxury resorts in the world, based off the top hotels rated by Travel+Leisure.
Four Seasons Resort: Bora-Bora, French Polynesia
Nature surrounds you quite literally at this scenic island getaway. With some rooms boasting walls made from volcanic stone and other rooms right on the water, the resort makes you feel one with the outdoors while providing the ultimate in luxury. The nearby coral makes for the perfect snorkeling opportunity, and kids can even enjoy their own part of the beach, if they wish. For the most privacy, book one of the overwater bungalows; they give you a great view, and they’re placed along a deck that leads right into the water.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs: Matauri Bay, New Zealand
Golf courses? Check. Tennis courts? Check. Acres upon acres of scenic greenery? Check. This resort has plenty of things that would make it your standard getaway, but where it really stands out is its spa. Praised for its quality, this center of relaxation is located inside of a rainforest. When it’s cold outside, fireplaces both indoor and out will keep guests warm. Travel+Leisure recommends the Owner’s Cottage for its spacious lodgings (4,200 feet) and views of the golf course and forest.
Oberoi Udaivilas: Udaipur, India
To truly get away, there’s nothing better than a resort on its own island. Guests who stay in one of the Premiere Rooms here will enjoy beautiful terrace views and access to their own private pools. A nature preserve will also let visitors see animals like peacocks, deer, and wild boars. But that’s only after they’ve checked in by riding a boat along Lake Pichola and a butler has brought them to their room. As if all this weren’t enough already, you’ll receive special departure gifts if you choose to stay here again in the future. The hotel gives guests either a mirror-work coaster or jewelry box to repeat visitors.
Post Hotel & Spa: Lake Louise, Alberta
The five cabins at this resort are in such high demand that reservations are sometimes made a year in advance. If you know you want peace and isolation during your vacation, however, it’s well worth the wait. In the evening, wine connoisseurs can choose from the extensive wine cellar, which holds 26,000 bottles of wine. During the day, guests may choose to walk up to the peak of Mount Temple and get a great view of the Canadian Rockies. If the excursion leaves you a little sore the next day, you can relax in one of the whirlpool tubs, or just enjoy a cup of coffee sitting by the fire.
Stafford London by Kempinski: London, England
Variety is the spice of this posh resort, with three different houses, each representing different time periods. The main house has traditional decorations that provide a refined setting, while the Stafford Mews boasts a contemporary look, for those wanting more modern lodgings. If you want to feel like you’re getting away from it all, in spite of the urban landscape, stay in the Carriage House. It has an environment lifted straight out of the English countryside. For meals, stop by Lyttelton for entrées such as summer truffle pappardelle and sea bass with heirloom tomatoes.
Though it may be tempting to check your email, voicemail, and other messages during your trip, try to resist that temptation. While it may be hard to break the habit of logging in, updating your status, and making phone calls within the span of ten minutes, you’ll feel all the more refreshed from not doing any of those things—if only for just a little while.
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