The world is full of luxurious travel destinations. From the gorgeous hotels of London or Dubai to the beaches of Tulum, there’s always a new destination that awaits you. But there’s one thing that’s often missing from even the most delightful travel experiences: privacy. Sure, it’s great to be in one of the most exciting cities or iconic locations, but sometimes you want something different. Sometimes, you just want to get away from it all.
But with a little insider knowledge and a little research, you can get a truly exclusive travel experience. One that takes you away from the crowds and lets you really get away. From the ultimate private beach experience to traveling to the farthest corners of the globe, there are so many amazing options that will appeal to both the adventurous and the relaxed traveler. Here are 10 of the most private luxury travel experiences you can find, because sometimes privacy is the real luxury.
You may think of Fiji as a stunning island, but it is actually made up of a series of 332 islands. Though they’re all beautiful, some of them provide for a more exclusive experience than others. The treehouses at the Matangi Private Island Resort come with private verandas and a chance to sleep in the treetops — in style, of course.
2. French Polynesia
A resort that you can only access by helicopter? That’s exactly what you get with The Brando. Named after its former owner (the Marlon Brando) to get to this luxury eco-lodge you have to fly to Tahiti, where a private helicopter will deliver you to the resort. Don't worry if it sounds like a hassle — once you’re there, it’s more than worth the wait.
Alaska might not seem like your number one choice for luxury, but if you do it right then you can get a totally unique upscale travel experience. With untouched nature all around, you'll get resplendent views like nowhere else. The Ultima Thule Lodge is 100 miles from the nearest road and set within 24 million acres of protected wilderness with gorgeous gardens and views you simply can't find anywhere else.
Take a page out of Prince Harry’s book and check out the gorgeous landscapes of Botswana. The Selinda Explorers Camp is a remote option where every luxury is thought of and taken care of. Set in a huge private woodland, expect lions, leopards, and elephants and a lot of classic safari style.
5. Easter Islands
The Easter Islands technically belong to Chile — but lie 2,300 miles away. And there aren’t any nearby neighbors — in fact, the nearest inhabited land is Pitcairn, which is over 1,200 miles away, so privacy isn't an issue. Because of its destination, it's perfect for a luxury traveler. It’s not a popular destination amount tourists, but the Hangaroa Eco Village and Spa will still deliver you a 5-star experience every step of the way.
If you want some stunning modern architecture in a remote setting, the floor-to-ceiling windows of Fogo Island Inn will give you everything you need. Plus, not one, but two rooftop saunas mean that you have a totally unrivaled opportunity for leaning back with a glass of champagne and looking at the stars.
Though the Maldives isn’t exactly a secret for a luxury traveler, it’s become so popular that they off some truly exclusive travel experiences on offer, if you know where to look. If you want unmatched beaches and clear water without the throngs of tourists, check out the Niyama private islands, perfect for really taking a break from it all.
8. Solomon Island
If you want to be surrounded by nothing but sea and islands, check out the Tavanipupu Island Resort. Only accessible by boat, this resort offers complimentary trips to other islands when you please — but with the beaches, food, and weather, you’ll probably just want to stay where you are.
9. The Galapagos Islands
If you have an extra $10,000 or so burning a hole in your pocket, you may want to consider the Galapagos Islands. Pikaia Lodge not only gives you the ultimate luxury travel experience, but you can also keep an eye out for the oldest living vertebrate — the infamous Galapagos tortoise that roams the islands.
10. The Swiss Alps
If you like your luxury travel experiences to feel a lot more active, consider an over-the-top stay in the Swiss Alps. Chalet Zermatt Peak has breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, combined with every amenity and luxury you could possibly think of. The Swiss know how to do relaxation right.
No matter what corner of the world you want to visit, there's a way to have a truly magical, luxury travel experience. So the next time your booking a romantic getaway or even just a solo jaunt, think beyond the well-trodden path. If you have the means and the know-how, you can find a exlusive, private travel experience — because isn't that what luxurious travel is all about?
Let's face it; there are certain places around the world that melt the heart and make us want to fall in love all over again. If you and your loved one are up for such an adventure, you'll be glad to know that there are several weekend getaways that offer everything from romantic gourmet dinners to rose petal turndowns and candlelit baths. While there are a whole lot of romantic destinations throughout the world, this post will focus on 5 of the best romantic weekend getaways in the United States.
We hope you find somewhere that's sure to reignite the fire in your relationship — let's dive in!
1. The Westin Verasa Napa, California
Taking the first place is this luxury hotel in California — it's a classy, romantic getaway set in the heart of downtown Napa. This magnificent hotel measures 446 square feet in size and boasts up to 180 tastefully furnished guest rooms. You'll be glad to know that most of the rooms have a kitchenette coupled with a balcony where you and your loved one can enjoy a romantic breakfast with a picture-perfect view.
What's more, you won't be wrong to dine at La Toque Restaurant; it's the perfect spot to savor local flavors. And the good thing is, you can choose to stay indoors, outdoors or at a chef's table! It's also great to check out BANK Café and Bar — it's right in the hotel's main lobby and turns out to be the perfect spot to bask in the beauty of the Napa River. Finally, don't forget to treat yourselves to a poolside massage; it's the perfect way to relax after a long day of exploring all that Napa Valley has in store.
2. The Sagamore, New York
Planning to take your romance to New York? If yes, the Sagamore is a spot you wouldn't want to miss. For starters, this a romantic weekend getaway is set on its own private island in the Adirondacks and of course, offers just about everything you need to have a great time. The resort has luxury suites and historic rooms that gives you the opportunity to bask in the views of Lake George. For the most part, the property has up to 240 beautiful lodge rooms which come complete with romantic fireplaces and breathtaking views. It's also good to know that there are a number of onsite restaurants (up to 7) that offer romantic lakeside dining — the Pavilion is one of the finest spots you're to love! The Sagamore also have resort spa that offers a long list of treatments including couples massages — what more could you ask for?
3. Knob Hill Inn, Idaho
Head over to Sun Valley, Idaho and bask in the mind-blowing panoramic views of the magnificent Smokey and Boulder Mountain Ranges. At the Knob Hill Inn, you'll get a enjoy a perfect mix of European charm, and modern luxuries — its 29 guestrooms and suites are simply amazing. Every suite at Knob Hill Inn has private balconies that offer breathtaking views of Sun Valley. What's more, some rooms boast separate living rooms, fireplaces, and well-stocked — just perfect for those romantic nights.
Want to take the romance to the next level? Just head to the private Fireplace Room — you're sure to love the romantic scenery! It's also good to know that the rooms boast an indoor heated pool, sauna and hot tub — you and your significant other can be sure of relaxing all night long. Finally, if you're the active type, you'll be glad to know that the hotel got you covered; snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, ice-skating, mountain biking and more, it's up to you to choose!
4. Hutton Hotel, Nashville
Located in the heart of the West End with proximity to Vanderbilt University and Parthenon, Hutton Hotel gives you the opportunity enjoy romantic dining, spa treatments, and breathtaking city views. For the most part, the hotel boasts up to 247 rooms and 52 suites all of which come with super comfortable custom bedding and opulent granite bathrooms. If you're looking to enjoy a romantic dinner, you won't be wrong to check out the 1808 Grille; it's the perfect spot for mouthwatering dishes and good wine. And for the best part, Hutton Hotel Spa has the right selection of massages, facials, body treatments and other services that are sure to tickle your fancy. All in all, a great spot to reignite the fire and keep it burning.
5. The Alexander, Indianapolis
Last but definitely not the least is The Alexander — a super perfect getaway for lovers of art and good food. When you step into this hotel, you'll get totally immersed in mind-blowing works of art — they're everywhere from the lobby to the 157 guest rooms and 52 suites. So what about the food? Well, If you're a discerning gastronome, you'll be glad to know the Alexander has a great open kitchen that gives you the luxury to watch how chefs prepare your super tasty dishes. And of course, don't forget to check out Plat 99, it's the perfect spot to enjoy everything from artisanal sandwiches to handcrafted cocktails — what could be better?
So there you have it! Top 5 romantic weekend getaways you wouldn't want to miss — now it's up to you to stick to the one that works for you and the love of your life! Have fun!
There is something very sensual about relaxing in a mineral bath or hot springs with your loved one. While your body reclines into the natural healing waters, the mind can go blank while the two of you connect on a different level.
The whole hot springs fad started with the Roman Empire, which turned bathing in natural hot spring waters into a common pleasure. Since then, hot springs – which are geothermally-heated ground waters from the earth’s crust – were discovered all over the world. Water cures became popular and resorts and wellness spas were developed surrounding these naturally healing pools.
Today, there are so many luxury hot springs getaways it was difficult to limit our list to five. The luxurious feeling of floating and relaxing with your honey is worth finding just the right spot, so check further if none of our faves are located conveniently for your getaway.
1. Glenwood Hot Springs – USA
This is one of the world’s largest hot springs pools and is only steps away from your room, Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge is one in a million. It is located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado near the beautiful Colorado River. Partake in a holistic spa treatment or soak your cares away in the natural mineral springs. Eat breakfast poolside, take a class in the fitness center or treat yourselves to a steam room cleanse. The surrounding environment is basically the foot of the Rockies and provides a stunning backdrop so be sure to walk around the grounds.
2. Tabacan Grand Spa – Costa Rica
With six active volcanoes, Tabacon’s hot springs are a product of all of the geothermal activity. Although there are several hot springs locations around the area, relaxing on the Grand Spa resort’s grounds is even more laid back, as you’ll be near your room for intermittent refreshments. The hot springs in this part of the world are 97 percent rainwater that has sunk into the earth, been heated and brought back to the surface bringing minerals along with it. The water is said to increase and repair skin’s natural defense system.
3. Blue Lagoon – Iceland
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is one of the most famous geothermal hot springs in the world. The Blue Lagoon is filled with the bluest water because it’s composed of silica, algae and minerals, which reflect sunlight and add color. Although it is said that if the water is poured into a glass, it is actually a milky color. The temperature of the six-million liters of water is around 98 – 104 degrees and the pool is self-cleansing (every 40 hours). There are several packages, but we recommend the luxury package which will provide the ultimate experience. For a perfect romantic getaway, make reservations in one of the nearby luxury hotels.
4. The Hotel Royal – France
What makes The Hotel Royal in Evian les Bains, France, one of the top destinations in our book is its location. It is simply one-of-a-kind as it is situated on the French bank of Lake Geneva overlooking the French Alps. The city is known for its water, as most are familiar with Evian bottled water. Water spa facilities are available at the hotel or in the community day-spa. For an afternoon side trip, take a ferry across Lake Geneva and you’ll be in Lausanne, Switzerland in less than an hour. Or walk around the city of Evian, which is lovely and has all of the typical French fare from patisseries to boulangeries, where you can buy fresh bread to bring back to the room.
5. Terme di Saturnia – Italy
The Terme di Saturnia consists of several hot springs that are all within the Saturnia village in the Tuscany region of Italy. The water flows at 96.8 degrees in the thermal pools. To add to the enjoyment of being there, enjoy the rest of the resort’s and area’s relaxing possibilities. When the two of you are finished soaking in the therapeutic waters, there is a top-rated restaurant in the resort, an 18-hole golf course, spa treatments and, of course, plenty to do while wandering around the lovely municipality of Manciano.
Ranked the top Caribbean resort in Travel + Leisure’s World Best Awards survey, Jade Mountain has 24 luxury units each with 15-foot ceilings, private infinity pools, and striking views of the Piton Mountains and black sand beaches.
This Middle Eastern hotel, nestled in the West Bay complex in Doha, blends together cultures from around the world. Try the French-Lebanese “super grand buffet” at Brasserie, relax with cigars at Liberty Bar & Cigar Lounge, and groove to Bollywood music at the Hip India lounge.
3) Hotel Splendido & Splendido Mare – Portofino, Italy
Hotel Splendido provides the true Italian Riviera experience for newcomers and seasoned travelers. The hotel is on a hillside overlooking the Portofino cove, and most rooms come with lush balconies. Their heated saltwater pool is a relaxing treat, and La Terrazza specializes in local seafood.
Not to be confused with the mausoleum in Agra, this 107-year-old Florentine-inspired palace re-opened in 2010 and still retains its signature alabaster ceilings, silk carpets and onyx columns. Delectable Japanese cuisine is served at Wasabi by Morimoto.
At this unique resort, all rooms have a river view, silk-upholstered furnishings, and a television above the bathtub. The River Cafe and Terrace serves an international-inspired breakfast every morning, and the 3-tiered pool surrounded by island foliage will have you convinced you’re at a tropical resort.
Nestled at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, this adults-only resort is all-inclusive with 99 suites, some with private pools and exclusive beach access. Mexican and Caribbean dishes are served at Sabores; enjoy an afternoon cocktail at one of the poolside swim-up bars.
This historic and world-famous hotel, in the heart of London’s Mayfair neighborhood, combines wood paneling and peppermint green with silver leaf in each room. Hélène Darroze serves southwestern French cuisine and Saturday brunch, and afternoon tea is served at Espelette.
This lush Greek resort is filled with Mediterranean touches – palm and olive trees, views of the turquoise sea, and locally-inspired cuisine at Blue Door and Olea. For a splurge-worthy experience, try a suite with a private heated infinity pool.
This beachside Waikiki resort is considered by many the best on the island. Rooms have views of Gray Beach and Diamond Head, as well as soaking tubs and private terraces. La Mer serves French cuisine, and for a traditional Hawaiian touch, enjoy hula dancers at House Without a Key.
In the heart of Napa’s wine country, this resort is set on 33 acres of vineyards and olive groves with unprecedented views. Bungalows have wood-burning fireplaces and refrigerators stocked with wine and cheese – perfect for a Napa experience.
This quintessential all-inclusive New England lodge is known for its exclusivity – there are only 20 rooms. Each room is individually decorated in styles ranging from modern to Moroccan, all with contemporary and folk art. Animals lovers will like that Out of the Woods spa uses exclusively vegetarian bath and body products.
12) Qualia, Great Barrier Reef – Hamilton Island, Australia
Enjoy the beauty of the South Pacific at this Australian resort on the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island; hillside pavilions are spread over 30 acres for optimal views. Casual Australian lunches are served at The Pebble Beach, and if you like long and lingering dinners, the Long Pavilion serves seven-course meals every night.
It may in a remote location in South Africa, but that’s one of the draws of this game reserve resort. There are four lodges onsite, each with its own atmosphere. You can watch lions and giraffes during game drives, and the cuisine is quintessentially African, with local barbecue and vegetarian dishes for any palate.
Though they attract visitors from around the world, this resort is still very in touch with its community. The freestanding thatched-roof suites feature canopy beds and patios with coconut-shell tables, all with views of the resort’s infinity pools and the sea. The European and Indonesian cuisine is served onsite, as well as afternoon tea with ginger tea and Balinese coffee.
15) Eden Rock, St. Barths – Saint Jean, French West Indies
Formerly the home of St. Barth’s first mayor, this resort on a rocky point overlooks St. Jean Bay and is known for its flawless service. Guest rooms have antiques and rain showers; On the Rocks with Jean-Georges serves garden-fresh globally-inspired cuisine.
High-end travelers have come to rely on the luxury travel experience provided by Gulfstream, the best private jet money can buy. Since 1958, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation has produced more than 2,000 innovative private aircrafts, making them the world-class leader in the field of business aviation.
With the recent introduction of a new family of business jets, the Gulfstream G500 and G600, travelers can now experience the comfort and efficiency that has come to be expected from the aircraft line with the best-in-class performance.
For those with a love for travel and a taste for opulence, the Gulfstream G500 and G600 will undoubtedly fit the bill. These ultra long-range aircrafts offer top-of-the-line fuel efficiency and wide cabin comfort that will make your journey the most luxurious you have ever experienced.
Their sleek style and optimized wing design puts them far above the rest with regard to safety and high-lift capability, making the newest additions to the Gulfstream family some of the most reliable and productive private jets on the market.
The G500 will run you $43.5 million, but has the capability to fly 5,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nautical miles at Mach 0.90. With a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925, you will arrive at your destination in a fraction of the time it would take you aboard an ordinary commercial airline.
Time is our most precious asset, so for the price of $54.5 million you can own your very own Gulfstream G600 capable of traveling 6,200 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 or 4,800 nautical miles at Mach 0.90. The G600 also has a top speed of Mach 0.925, ensuring you have more time to spend doing the important things in life.
Both models feature an all-new Symmetry Flight Deck with10 integrated touchscreens, active control sidesticks, next-generation enhanced vision system, and Honeywell Primus Epic avionics; all of which give the aircraft a high-tech, futuristic feel.
The cabins for the G500 and G600 measure 91 inches wide and 74 inches tall providing wide-cabin comfort for up to 19 very lucky passengers. Both models offer living areas (three in the G500 and four in the G600) and an optional crew rest area, plus a full-sized galley that can be located in either the forward or aft portion of the aircraft.
Large oval windows that provide ample natural light, along with quietest cabins in the industry, make for the ideal distraction free environment for work or play.