Unforgettable luxury escapes

Everyone needs a little luxury in their lives. Whether your interest is a beach holiday, relaxing on safari in the bush or doing something more adventurous, there are escapes all over the world to suit everyone’s wants and needs.

This also gives us a chance to treat ourselves after working hard throughout the year. There is nothing wrong with spending what you’ve saved on a holiday where you’ll be pampered and taken care of and it also serves to decrease your stress levels and gives you the opportunity to reset the batteries and take stock of what really matters.

Below you’ll discover six destinations from around the world that will transport you into a new realm of happiness and give you a new appreciation of life, while experiencing something you wouldn’t normally in your normal day-to-day.

Thanda Island, Tanzania

Have you ever dreamed of a getaway at a luxury private island? If your idea of luxury includes seclusion, then Thanda Island will make for the perfect holiday. It’s described as a remote island paradise nestled within Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve.

Sun, sand and sea await you at Thanda Island. They cater to every taste. If you’d like to spend your time relaxing and rejuvenating, then waste the days away on the beach. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, they also offer you the opportunity to swim with whale sharks and sea turtles. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll be treated to yacht or Arabian dhow rides, feast on traditional Swahili and Arabian cuisine and fully experience the largest marine protected reserve in the Indian Ocean.

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Peru

Located on the foot of the historic Machu Picchu, this Andean paradise is a mountainous holiday destination that will leave you breathless with its ancient beginnings and spectacular views. Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel offers five-star personalized luxury service, innovative Peruvian cuisine and a relaxing spa where you’ll be treated with traditional indigenous products.

Seeing as you’re in Machu Picchu, there are cultural experiences to be had all over. Taste the local cuisine and indulge in the mystical nature of the region by exploring Machu Picchu with a Shaman. There is also a Pachamama Ritual for you to discover and many quests that allow you to explore the Andes.

Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique, Mexico

For those who would prefer to get away without youngsters and children everywhere, this adults only resort offers you the rest, relaxation and peace of mind you need to truly escape with your significant other. Not only are there pristine white beaches, but also lush tropical jungle you can explore throughout your stay as it is built along peaceful river waterways, a mystical Mayan Cenote and the Mexican Caribbean Sea.

What makes Blue Diamond so luxurious is their attention to detail and focus on health and wellness. The spa treatments are unparalleled and additional experiences include wine tastings, horseback riding, cooking classes, yoga, Temazcal ceremonies and protected mangrove trails where you’ll become enamoured by everything the region has to offer.

Château de Bagnols, France

Historically, Château de Bagnols has existed for over eight centuries. Today it is regarded as a “Historic Monument” and is a fortification that even has its own drawbridge and moat, making it different from most luxury castle retreats. There is a real feel of royalty as soon as you enter its doors, which only ends when you leave.

You’ll be able to explore the grounds and walk throughout the countryside, or retreat to their spa and Beauty Farm where you’ll be pampered to the fullest extent. Not only is there a focus on health and fitness, but fine dining comes naturally with Michelin Starred chefs who create unique dishes for you to tempt your taste buds.

Bella Luce, Guernsey

Bella Luce is a 12th-century Norman manor near St. Peter Port on the island of Guernsey in the British Isles. Right on the edge of Guernsey’s coastline, here you’ll get away from it all and forgot about your worries while you take in the island.

This island getaway stands out from the rest as it has its own gin brand and distillery. Take the time out of your day to try their large selection of gin, whiskey and relax by the log fires as day becomes night. There is endless beauty to be experienced here with stunning views and fresh air and the tranquility of a spa to relieve all of your tension.

Amandari, Bali (Indonesia)

Bali has long since been a luxury retreat for holiday goers who want to experience Indonesian culture and the beautiful landscape. Amandari evokes the spirit of Bali as it is designed after a traditional village, hidden away in the Ayung valley’s jungle that offers seclusion and rejuvenation.

A sacred stone tiger protects the resort that has fine dining and adventures for the young and young at heart. The Ayung Valley holds sacred springs and statues that you will discover during your exploration, and whether you’re more inclined to see the temples or the surrounding rice terraces and tropical jungle, it is up to you. Finally, see the local fauna and flora by visiting Taman Burung Bali Bird Park that houses over 250 tropical species, as well as the famed Komodo Dragons.