Everyone’s idea of paradise is a little different – from the quintessential tropical island retreat, to a cozy cabin in a winter wonderland, or the chance to soak up beautiful natural surroundings and enjoy exotic wildlife. Here we’ve put together some diverse resorts from around the globe where you might just find your very own personal paradise! Get a slice of paradise at these amazing resorts!
Get a slice of paradise at these amazing resorts
Spa and wellness – the Lodge at Woodloch, two hours outside of New York, USA
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With 57 nature-inspired rooms, a 40,000 square foot spa and 150 acres of woodland complete with its own private lake, the Lodge at Woodloch is a true haven for busy New Yorkers and weary international travelers in need of a little R&R. Unwind with a heavenly selection of spa treatments, soak your worries away in a hot tub or hydro massage pool, stretch out with some yoga sessions or get active with kayaking, fly fishing, golfing and even archery. The resort boasts several tranquil gardens, including a farm-to-table veggie garden which provides ultra-fresh produce for the onsite restaurant and French Culinary Institute-trained chef!
Your very own luxury private paradise – Thanda Island
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What could be better than spending your vacation on a tropical island paradise in the balmy Indian Ocean? Why, having it all to yourself, of course! The luxurious villa and Tanzanian bandas of Thanda Island are yours alone to enjoy. Soak in the beautiful copper baths right on the beach, enjoy your own private gym, spa and tennis court, or take a trip out onto the waters to island-hop on a traditional dhow sailing boat. Scuba dive, snorkel, swim with turtles and the gentle giant of the oceans, the magnificent whale shark. On land, gourmet dining and opulent amenities like your own cigar humidor, wine cellar, indoor aquarium and sparkling infinity pool allow you to soak in the supreme ocean views in real style!
Family fun – Legoland Deutschland Castles and Resort, Günzburg, Germany
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Indulge your little ones in the adventure of a lifetime, complete with endless excitement at the Legoland theme park, mini golf fun, bowling alley, a trip out to the nearby Straussenfarm Donaumoos ostrich farm, and some of the quirkiest, most characterful accommodation out there. The colorful rooms include a king size bed and flat screen for the adults, with bunk beds for the kids and LEGO themes throughout. There are also cottages and campsites for more budget-conscious travelers, and four yummy restaurants to choose from, as well as evening entertainment for the grownups.
Food, wine and wildlife – Cape Town, South Africa
From the bustling nightlife of the inner city to the sprawling beauty of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the world famous wine routes and gourmet restaurants to its spectacular coastline and beaches, Cape Town is the kind of place you could easily spend a lifetime exploring.
Where to stay:
You’re spoilt for choice here, as Cape Town offers everything from glitzy five star upmarket hotels to charming wine farm guest houses, as well as a broad range of game lodges for nature lovers outside the city limits.
Winter wonderland – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
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Located in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage Site Banff National Park, this striking and truly iconic hotel enjoys one of the most breathtakingly beautiful settings out there. With a backdrop of soaring mountain peaks and the imposing Victoria Glacier behind, and overlooking its own glistening lake, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the perfect location to explore Canada’s natural riches.
In the summer months, hiking, guided mountain tours, canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking and river rafting are all on offer. During the winter, the landscape magically transforms into the ideal setting for a host of activities from downhill skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to enchanting horse-drawn sleigh rides!
Best for culture vultures – Bodrum, Turkey
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With the chance to see the remains of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus – one of the seven great wonders of the ancient world – as well as intriguing and impressively well-preserved Greco-Roman ruins, enjoy live music in an ancient amphitheater, explore the 15th century castle houses and treasures salvaged from Aegean shipwrecks at the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, Bodrum is a real standout destination for fans of Turkish resorts.
The yachts, whitewashed houses, vibey Bazaar and marina, and blue-spired minarets of the harbor are a photographer’s dream, and there are dozens of options for getting out onto the water for some island-hopping, swimming and sunbathing.