There’s nothing like a luxury holiday to motivate us to work hard and save money. All that hard work deserves a holiday!
Why not make it an oceanfront vacay, with golden beaches and azure waters? Check out what we think are the five best luxury coastal accommodation options for right now.
We’ll take you to Vietnam, the Maldives, the Philippines, the Bahamas and Thailand, all popular destinations for high end pleasure seekers.
If you haven’t had any of these on your radar, you’ll probably start thinking about them once you read what’s in store when you arrive.
No. 1 Hurawalhi Island Resort, Maldives
Even the word ‘Maldives’ conjures sleepy waterside naps and endless relaxation massages. At the Hurawalhi Island Resort in the Lhaviyani Atoll, you can catch your forty winks beachside or in one of the coveted overwater villas. Having opened in December 2017, it’s fresh, new and exciting.
Plus, it’s for adults only! Imagine dining in the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant, as colourful fish swim by. The ingenious 5.8 restaurant – so called because it is 5.8 metres beneath the Maldives, offers a multi-course tasting menu.
Or, choose from two other restaurants and two bars, all with equally dazzling views. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find another unsurpassed corner of luxury and relaxation.
Book yourself in to the Duniye Spa for a treatment from their extensive menu. Perhaps an Indian coconut oil head massage for shiny hair or try the Full Moon Magic which is several hours of couples’ indulgences including a Tropical Bath Ceremony.
No. 2 Apulit Island, El Nido, Philippines
A two-level Loft Water Cottage on Apulit Island provides you with direct access to the sea via a set of stairs. Take a swim or go snorkelling without the need for any transport. El Nido is renowned for its sandy white beaches, lively coral reefs and soaring limestone cliffs.
If the whim takes you, you can actually rappel off a 60-metre cliff, with the gleaming turquoise sea beneath you for inspiration. You can go stand up paddle boarding, hiking or windsurfing, or simply relax and soak up the sun from your own private veranda. Sip luscious cocktails in the hotel bar or take a walk along the stunning beach.
On Apulit Island, you will feel a million miles from pollution, traffic and digital compulsions. All you have to concern yourself with is whether to wake up early to catch the sunrise, what to eat for dinner and what kind of massage to choose.
No. 3 Pink Sands Harbour Island, Bahamas
If the Bahamas seems a bit too ‘glitter strip’ for your liking, then Pink Sands Harbour Island is the antidote. Charming and chic, it appeals to those who would prefer a little refinement for their luxury accommodation. Instead of hotel rooms, the resort offers gorgeous one and two-bedroom ocean view cottages.
If your party is larger, you can book the three-bedroom villa, La Mer Azure, which combines beachy with British Colonial to create a serene, white-washed holiday residence, complete with state-of-the-art galley kitchen. Play tennis, rent a bike, choose a book from the library or go for a dip in the heated freshwater swimming pool. There are water sports if you’re feeling energetic but if not, settle in to a shaded beach cabana and order a snack and a cocktail to while away the afternoon.
The seafood at Pink Sands is so fresh, the restaurant promises “four hours from hook to plate”, and many of the fresh herbs and vegetables are grown onsite. Room service is of course available if you really can’t face the short stroll to the luxurious surrounds of the Malcolm 51 dining room.
No. 4 Six Senses Samui, Thailand
When you like your relaxation with an emphasis on privacy, look no further than The Retreat at Six Senses Samui. Sure, you could stay in the usual Villas but this is the ultimate in seclusion. With its very own private infinity swimming pool and sundeck, it’s more like having a whole resort to yourself!
Everything you could need is close at hand, from the Philips Bluetooth Sound Bar, LCD TV and DVD player to the espresso machine, personal wine refrigerator and even outdoor bathtubs with magnificent views.
Live it up with 24-hour in-villa dining or order up a personalised dining experience where the resort’s chef will create a menu just for you and it will be served in your choice of dining location.
With all that privacy on tap though, you may want to mingle with other guests in one of the restaurants. The teak and bamboo deck of signature eatery Dining on the Rocks provides uninterrupted views of the water.
No. 5 Princess D’Ân Nam Resort & Spa, Vietnam
Vietnam’s first all-villa boutique 5-star luxury resort offers a lush escape from the everyday. There are three villa styles to choose from: Mandarin, Princess and Empress. The latter is a luxe cocoon of space and calm, with 185 square metres of floor area and its very own pool and terrace overlooking Kê Gà Bay.
The master suite is appointed with a step-up bed, nestled into a stunning polished timber platform and the marble bathroom features a huge bathtub. Step out on to the terrace to be greeted by breathtaking views of the ocean, any time of the day.
A visit to the Zen Oasis day spa will be a treat for the senses. Aromatic and tranquil, it is the perfect environment in which to surrender to a deep state of pampered serenity.
When hunger sets in, dine in the Terrace restaurant, under the stars if you like, with the rolling waves a magical soundtrack to your evening.
Embark on a once in a lifetime trip to luxury
These properties were specifically chosen for their unabashed luxury. If only once in your lifetime, you desire to live like a king and queen and unpack your bags in an incredible location such as these, set your daydreams in motion and aim to make it happen.
A wedding, anniversary or significant birthday milestone is all the excuse you need.