Our pick of A list resorts that will deliver a grand adventure. Fabulous, discreet and super luxurious, these are the places those in the know escape to…
African Safari, Lion Sands Reserve
This resort includes four luxury lodges and three fabulous treehouses in both the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
It’s the only private reserve to feature lodges both in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park and there is plenty to do to keep you entertained, with morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles, bush walks, bird watching, river walks, hippo tours and local village tours just a few of the experiences available.
There is a wide range of accommodation available which includes the 5 star River Lodge, a spacious family-friendly lodge complete with two pools, a gym and an indulgent spa for the ultimate in luxury. Each of the 12 thatched Luxury Rooms features an en suite, mini bar and outdoor wooden deck, the six Superior Luxury Suites offer additional space, open-plan bathrooms and outdoor showers with some interconnecting, making them perfect for families.
The 5 star Tinga Lodge is located on a private concession within Kruger National Park and offers the perfect opportunity to spot the region’s most breathtaking wildlife. Again it features expansive suites, outdoor shower and wooden viewing decks and private plunge pools.
The 5 star Narina Lodge is settled beneath a 100-year-old canopy of trees overlooking the beautiful Sabie River. Built in the style of a luxurious treehouse, the nine private suites offer a spectacular view that can be enjoyed from your own private plunge pool or from the comfort of your bathtub. The evenings can be spent with a glass of Champagne, listening to the sounds of the bush and enjoying the Milky Way dancing across the blackened canopy.
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives
Set on a 30-acre island of towering Banyan trees with coconut palms, three natural lagoons and one and half miles of white sandy beaches, the resort sits in the far south of the Maldives, south of the equator and even runs on its own island time so that guests can enjoy an extra hour of sunshine.
Huge luxurious villas are secluded in the tropical vegetation, on the beachfront, overwater and even perched in the treetops. The villas have been carefully dotted around the jungle and beachfront so guests feel secluded and each comes with bicycles so it’s easy to get around. All rooms have an island host, state of the art facilities and glorious ocean views. Overwater villas have steps straight to the ocean while the on-island villas have their own private plunge pool.
The resort also features the gorgeous CHI, The Spa, as well as the Maldives’ largest 9-hole golf course and guests can also enjoy trips to four local islands where they can visit villages and farms with a local guide. There’s also world-class snorkelling and diving with incredible coral reefs and nearby dive sites including the British Loyalty shipwreck.
The resort has three restaurants which offer international dishes as well as specialities from the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean and Middle East and local produce from the ocean and neighbouring farms. Three bars include the stylish M-Lounge, the perfect beachfront venue to enjoy sundowners to the sound of chilled tunes.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
Nestled in tranquil Ninh Van Bay, this exquisite resort blends sustainability with an island hideaway feel.
This luxury resort is an eco-friendly masterpiece of modern design that blends harmoniously with its natural setting. Worlds apart from Vietnam’s buzzing beach resorts, you feel as though you have stumbled upon the country’s best kept secret. Follow winding paths, roped walkways and steps through the forest accompanied by the sound of birdsong. Signs point the way to hiking trails and stepping stones lead to the renowned Six Senses Spa. Each villa is equipped with bicycles so you can explore the beautiful grounds at leisure.
The resort’s spectacular setting means that all meals come with stunning views. Enjoy 360º views from the top floor of the Dining by the Pool restaurant; Vietnamese and international cuisine at Dining by the Bay; and fine dining with fusion set menus using western cooking techniques and fresh local produce at Dining by the Rocks. The natural wine cave offers an intimate setting for special meals or why not treat yourself to a private barbecue on the beach with your own chef and waiter?
The beautiful thatched villas blend with the dramatic rocks that stud the coastline with wooden shutters opening up to incredible views. Each boasts a dedicated Guest Experience Maker (GEM) who is on call 24 hours a day, a private plunge pool, outdoor shower and Wi-Fi.
Hilltop Pool Villas offer incredible views while the Beachfront Pool Villas and two-bedroom Family Villas offer direct beach access. The Rock Pool Villas have a remote and secluded setting while the stunning Water Pool Villas with Rockery offer direct access to the sea meaning that you can start the day with a private morning swim.
This intimate resort is on the elevated verdant outskirts of Ubud and is breathtaking. With just 25 pool villas secluded in lush greenery, it is secluded and feels like you’ve stumbled upon a secret hideaway.
The Viceroy combines elegance and luxury with the warmth and hospitality of a family-owned business. The Australian owners are on site each day to ensure that all guests have a memorable and personalised experience.
Overlooking a striking ravine, such is its beauty that the Viceroy Bali has been featured in magazine shoots and television adverts around the world. It offers a completely tranquil bolthole to relax and escape from the world. Sink into traditional Balinese balés by the infinity pool that appears to float mid-air with a glass of wine and unwind as you take in the breathtaking views over the valley. Fine dining comes as standard here. High in the treetop canopy, the award-winning CasCades Restaurant serves tempting French cuisine with an Asian twist and is one of the island’s best-loved eateries. The Viceroy Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy cocktails and fine wines while watching the sun set over the Petanu River.
The spacious villas all have a beautiful marble bathrooms, private pools and terraces with wonderful valley views. The tropical Pool Suites have a semi-indoor heated plunge pool. Terrace and Deluxe Terrace Villas have an outdoor heated pool and small Balinese pavilion perched above the pool and over the valley. These villas can be paired to create a two-bedroom family villa while the two individual Vice Regal Villas and the two-bedroom Viceroy Villa have a spacious outdoor area with garden and larger pool.
All holidays are from Kuoni www.kuoni.co.uk or see one of their travel advisors at Kuoni metrocentre or at John Lewis, Eldon Square, Newcastle.