5 luxurious resorts to escape to once the planes start flying again

Niki Bruce
·3-min read

It may seem like we will never be able to go on holiday again, but actually, it might not be long before we are able to take off for a trip. And when we do go, we will be looking for something totally indulgent and relaxing, right? Which is why we have found five fabulous resorts for the ultimate in a private, luxurious holiday.

Grand Hyatt Jeju, South Korea

If you have been missing your favourite Korean delicacies, skincare and all-round fabulous shopping, plus you need a relaxing break, check out the brand new Grand Hyatt Jeju set on South Korea’s most popular resort island. The new hotel has 1,600 hotel and suite rooms to choose from, 14 restaurants and bars, dedicated shopping with over 200 Korean fashion designers and brands plus two in-hotel spas, a huge infinity pool and stunning views of Halla Mountain, which is the highest mountain in South Korea.

The hotel’s interior styling is stunning and features original Korean artworks as well. Grand Hyatt Jeju is a 10-minute drive from Jeju International Airport, 15-minute drive from the port and cruise terminals, and within walking distance from shopping and culinary hotspots such as Jeju Dongmun Market and Nuwemaru Street.

For more information, go to www.hyatt.com/south-korea/grand-hyatt-jeju

One&Only Desaru Coast, Malaysia

One&Only Desaru Coast is the first One&Only resort in Asia and is located on the south-eastern shoreline of Malaysia. Set in 128 acres of unspoilt wild flora, lush rainforests and golden sandy beaches, this resort is only a two-hour drive from Singapore! With only limited accommodation available - 24 junior suites and 2 grand suites with two bedrooms - this is the perfect spot for a luxurious escape.

For more information, go to One&Only Desaru Coast

Cheval Blanc Randheli, The Maldives

Part of the global luxury powerhouse LVMH Hotel Group, and sitting on the picture-perfect Noonu Atoll, in the Maldives, Cheval Blanc Randheli is pure, stylish luxury. The hotel concept is actually located on various islands that offer different experiences depending on your ideal holiday. There are 45 villas which all have a private 12.5m infinity pool, dining pergola, a private beach and a spacious overwater deck.

The overall vibe is like being on a fantasy, private island designed to be peaceful, elegant and ultimately relaxing. If you want to do more than just lounge around, there are lots of activities to enjoy like yoga, island tennis, a dedicated spa island with bespoke Guerlain rituals, and even a course in marine biology conservation.

For more information, go to Cheval Blanc Randheli

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, Thailand

The Social Club. (PHOTO: Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok)
The Social Club. (PHOTO: Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok)

Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, who described it as “Sometimes dramatic. Sometimes intimate. But always charismatic”, the brand new Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River is sure to be a winner with regional travellers. Created as a series of glass-fronted buildings that appear to cascade across 9 acres of courtyards, terraces and water features along Charoenkrung Road, this is a hotel that makes a glorious visual impact.

There are only 299 rooms that include stunning suites with garden terraces, a Presidential Suite that runs over two levels, a spa - of course - and two infinity pools that overlook the river. There is even a private boat dock, a waterfront ballroom and any number of world-class dining options. What more could you want?

For more information, go to Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok.

Patina Hotels & Resorts, Fari Islands, Maldives

(PHOTO: Patina Hotels & Resorts)
(PHOTO: Patina Hotels & Resorts)

Opening in Q2 of 2021, this stunning new resort by Capella Hotel Group is a unique holiday experience designed by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, to be an immersive and experience-led travel indulgence.

The resort offers 90 Beach and Water Pool villas that have one or three bedrooms, as well as another 20 studio rooms. Alongside the stunning nature-focused architecture, guests can experience interactive music programmes, targeted culinary experiences, and enjoy the James Turrell Skyspace pavilion.

For more information, go to www.patinahotels.com/maldives

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