7 Wow Factor Hotels
Locations so luxe you’ll never want to leave
The Hansar Samui: Ko Samui, Thailand
The Hansar Samui sits on the tropical stretch of golden sands and turquoise waters of Bo Phut Bay. Best described as The Beach sans Leo DiCaprio (hard to do, we know). Their giant saltwater pool, (which was named one of the top 10 pools in the world by Tripadvisor), terrazzo bathtubs, pillowtop mattresses, and heavenly welcome chocolates are just a few of the many things to look forward to.
The Datai Langkawi: Langkawi, Malaysia
The Datai Langkawi is tucked away in a pristine tropical rainforest, but is within a few minutes’ stroll to the most secluded white sandy beach you’ve ever laid eyes on. A cocktail awaits you at check-in, as well as a few friendly vegetarian monkeys, if you’re lucky. With a lounge, four restaurants, a beach bar, and Molton Brown amenities, there’s really no reason to ever leave. And come November, they’ll open 14 new beach villas with direct views of the Andaman Sea.
Travaasa Hana: Maui, Hawaii
Considered one of the most remarkable resorts in Hawaii, Travaasa Hana is set amid rolling grass fields and palm trees above Kaihalulu Bay. Upon arrival, a cool lightly scented towel and a traditional glass of Pog (passion fruit, orange juice, and guava) awaits you. The all-inclusive Sea Ranch Cottages offer a local Hawaiian experience filled with culinary classes, wellness programs, spa treatments, and cultural odysseys.
Fairmont Mayakoba: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Fairmont Mayakoba is an elegant escape with beachside suites and two-story casitas situated next to a stunning lagoon. Guest rooms offer private furnished balconies, spa-style bathrooms, and luxurious amenities. What more could a girl ask for? How about a 10,000-square-foot freeform pool with a swim-up bar and a secluded beach alongside one of the world’s largest reefs? The property is near many Mayan historical sites and ecological parks in case you’re feeling adventurous.
The Amangiri Resort: Canyon Point, UT
The Amangiri Resort was uniquely designed to blend into the landscape. Each suite has its private courtyard entryway and huge picture windows that open to a private terrace with an open fireplace. Guests can enjoy uninterrupted canyon views while lounging in their soaking tubs. And the L-shaped pool sits like a mirage in the middle of the desert.
Murano Urban Resort: Paris, France
We’d be more than happy to live at the Murano Urban Resort forever. Convenient to all of Paris’ famous cultural sites (can you say “Louvre this?”) and very stylish, it’s a winner in our book. Each room comes equipped with an essential oil kit, mood lighting control panels, and pillow menus (like a food menu, but for pillow firmness). And for an incredible level of security, the rooms are set up with fingerprint ID door access systems.
Home Ranch: Clark, CO
Don’t be fooled by the term ranch. Home Ranch is in fact a Relais & Chateaux property, which means luxury accommodations and Michelin-caliber food. Voted one of the best dude ranches in the world, expect extraordinary western hospitality and fantastic food experiences. Highlights include fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, yoga, and wine pairing courses. And views of the Elk River Valley are enough to make you want to stay forever.
Posted on August 15, 2012