Around the world, lavish resorts beckon travelers to soak in ultimate relaxation paired with sheer indulgence. From secluded island oases to palatial European villas, these luxury destinations raise the bar with stunning settings, pampering service, and amenities catering to your every whim.
When only the best will do for a dream vacation, here are four of the top luxury resorts in the world to experience at least once.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
If Tahitian tranquility tops your luxury wish list, escape to Four Seasons sensational thatched-roof bungalows hovering over Bora Bora’s lagoon. Each overwater villa features glass floors displaying colorful sea life swimming below plus large outdoor decks with infinity plunge pools made for gazing endlessly at iconic Mount Otemanu. Beyond plush amenities likeseven-layer beds, deep soaking tubs, and personal attendant service, true indulgence shines through genuine hospitality. Savor Polynesian-inspired flavors poolside then watch the sunset alongside locals with cocktails at the Beach Bar. For the ultimate bucket list splurge, reserve the two-story Royal Residence with three bedrooms, media room, infinity pools, massage pavilion, and private beach surrounded by Tahiti’s unparalleled natural beauty.
Ladera Resort, St. Lucia
On the lush tropical Caribbean island of St. Lucia rises the iconic open-air suites of Ladera Resort, a five-star sanctuary naturally sculpted from a historic cocoa plantation. All accommodations embrace the stunning landscape with just three fully open fourth walls showcasing the UNESCO Pitons and steamy jungle below. Suite highlights include private plunge pools, outdoor rain showers, locally-crafted furnishings and the pampering attention of a personal butler. Beyond amenities, Ladera exudes luxury through wellness offerings like sunrise yoga and treatments at the open-air spa sanctuary utilizing all-natural local ingredients and traditional techniques. Savoring gourmet cuisine highlighting St. Lucia’s incredible bounty of fruits and spices perfectly pairs with premium vintages from Ladera’s extensive wine cellar. This 37-suite escape defines barefoot luxury without a single closed-off wall obstructing its unparalleled Caribbean vista.
The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino, Greece
Discover Europe’s most acclaimed beach resort set amid olive groves in Messinia – The Romanos. Inspired by old-world Mediterranean culture, comfy couture surrounds sandy golden shores full of beach butlers ready to refresh guests with creative cocktails and culinary treats. By day, families and couples enjoy the multi-level infinity seawater lagoon pool while sports lovers play courtside tennis, golf and water sports. Sunset brings lively cocktail mingling at the iconic Dunes Beach Bar as vibrant music fills the summer air. After sunset, adults relish the buzzy nightlife at grinned Greek tavernas or savor Michelin cuisine at one of 15 divine restaurants. Tastefully modern rooms and suites with chic décor beckon your return, but after-hours temptations like cigar lounges and mixology tours make it hard to call it a night at this world-class Greek destination celebrating the glory of living fully.
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Extreme luxury meets wild African enchantment at Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Private Game Reserve bordering iconic Kruger National Park. Stay in one of two safari lodges, either perched along the Sabi Sand River or high up on stilts in the treetops. Bush walks and sunrise safaris reveal “Big Five” sightings – lions, leopards, elephants and more with the help expert trackers and guides. Back at camp, relax in the infinity pool, enjoy outdoor spa treatments, or share vivid sightings with fellow guests at communal dining areas that encourage warm camaraderie. Suites come thoughtfully adorned with steam showers, fire pits, panoramic views and the call of the wild as background music to an African-luxe adventure uniquely balancing rugged adventuring with Virgin’s signature pampered hospitality.