5 Dream Hotel Stays

31 May 2018

Mulia Nusa Dua, Bali

South East Asia is always charming and unforgettable, but a stay at this award-winning, all-suite hotel is really giving you the best that Bali (and maybe Asia in general) has to offer. The whole place exudes tranquillity and peace, and you’ll quickly understand why visitors rave about the famous Balinese hospitality. The rooms are spacious, uncluttered and ultra-luxurious, with spectacular views and – wait for it – your very own butler on call at all times. With that kind of service at your fingertips, you’d think it’d be hard to drag yourself away from them, but the wafting smells from any one of the four restaurants (and five bars) might stir you quicker than you imagine. After that, the dramatic beachfront pool beckons. Seriously, it looks like something reserved for a Greek goddess. If for some reason you ever get tired of the view over the Oasis pool, you could try your hand at one of the many complimentary activities, whether on land or on water.

Chundu Island Lodge, Livingstone

If your idea of a dream holiday doesn’t involve European cities or fancy beaches, perhaps an African wildlife experience is more up your street? Chundu Island is reachable by boat, where you’ll find yourself on the magical Katombora Island, enveloped by the flowing waters of the Zambezi river only 21 kilometres upstream from the legendary Victoria Falls. There are only four villas on the island, so this super-exclusive lodge is really one for the books. There’s everything you could ever wish for on your dream holiday bucket list; spectacular sunset cruises, vic falls tours, game drives, bush walks or simply cocktails, riverfront baths and fine dining to the sound of nature all around you.

Club Med Valmorel, French Alps

This is the stuff that winter wonderland dreams are made of. Spectacular panoramic views of the French Alps, warm Jacuzzis, five star cabins and all-inclusive luxury mean that you can ski or snowboard to your heart’s content, then finish the evening around a roaring fire with a glass of wine or champagne. One thing about Club Med is that you’ll never go hungry – there’s always somebody offering you your next meal, and the talented chefs can whip up almost everything you could think of. Guests are known to take full advantage of their room service breakfast one morning and have a long lie in with a delicious breakfast delivered right to their door. Coffee with a side of mountain views, anyone?

Viceroy Central Park, New York

As the name suggests, a stay in this hotel ensures that you’re only steps away from Central Park. Though a brand new hotel, it oozes old-school glamour and sophistication. You’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into a 1930’s movie set with the retro-inspired décor and warm colour palettes. Get a room near the top floor to make the most of the views of buzzing Manhattan and the iconic New York skyline. You’re very close to all the major tourist attractions and are smack bang in the middle of the action as far as absorbing the big city life goes. For the young and young at heart, perhaps the most appealing feature is the hotel’s swanky rooftop bar, best experienced with cocktail in hand as take in the sights of New York the way you’ve always dreamed of.

LUX South Ari Atoll, Maldives

For picture-perfect beaches and blissful relaxation, this five-star resort is where you want to be. The only accommodation on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu, the hotel features luxury private villas perched on stilts rising from clear, bright blue waters. Dive with whale sharks, catch a screening at the in-house cinema, indulge in fine dining and sushi, or take a dip in one of two infinity pools. With a selection of eight restaurants and five bars, featuring cuisines from across the globe and a collection some of the world’s finest whiskeys and spirits. All that’s left for you to do is relax.

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