Travel Your Way
Travel Your Way
When the travel bug strikes, let the pages of our annual Destinations special feature inspire you. Our comprehensive guide highlights some of the globe’s best destinations for every type of traveler. Whether you want to retreat to a beach, dominate the slopes, master the fairways, indulge in culinary delights, find inner wellness or shop ’til you drop, we’ve got the luxury locale that’s right for you.
SUN & SAND
Combine beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters and endless below-the-surface activities, and you get idyllic destinations that impress beach bums, sun-worshippers and yachting enthusiasts alike.
Landing in the Maldives is like landing in a dream: The 1,192-island archipelago southwest of India has waters in unbelievable shades of aquamarine and turquoise, lines of coral reef and heavenly beaches.
STAY: Soneva Jani is a collection of overwater and island villas that only aerial photography can adequately capture; each has a retractable roof, its own infinity pool and a slide that drops into the ocean.
PLAY: COMO Maalifushi’s Surf Pass Program provides access to famous breaks on Thaa, Laamu and Dhaalu atolls.
ENRICH: Take Soneva’s unforgettable Astronomy Cruise into the Indian Ocean to learn the secrets of the sky from the resort’s resident astronomer. Or set sail from Hurawalhi Resort on a romantic escape to Dream Island.
UNWIND: Take relaxation to a deeper level at the five-star Huvafen Fushi, Maldives (gracing this issue’s cover), which boasts the world’s first spa with underwater treatment rooms.
TASTE: Eat superb seafood while watching marine life circle overhead at Hurawalhi Maldives Resort’s 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, the world’s largest all-glass underwater restaurant.
Famous for its pink-sand beaches and pristine shores, this remote 21-square-mile island in the mid-Atlantic is perfect for sun-seekers looking for an unspoiled slice of paradise.
STAY: Mid-island, the five-star Rosewood Bermuda occupies 240 coastal acres, including Bermuda’s largest private beach and premier public championship golf course. On the island’s southern shores, Fairmont Southampton soothes guests with its gorgeous bougainvillea and coconut palms.
PLAY: Protected by some of the world’s first environmental laws, Bermuda’s beaches (particularly at Horseshoe and Tobacco bays), dazzling nature reserves and unmatched diving and snorkeling locales are not to be missed.
ENRICH: Venture underground to see the stalactites and stalagmites of the awe-inspiring Crystal and Fantasy caves.
UNWIND: Grotto Bay Beach Resort’s Natura Spa takes subsurface treatments to scenic and superb new levels on an underground lake.
TASTE: Waterlot Inn, Fairmont’s historic AAA four-diamond steakhouse, and Rosewood’s Island Brasserie both provide splurge-worthy dining options.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
This tropical slice of Baja California, Mexico, is wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the shimmering Sea of Cortez, which Jacques Cousteau labeled the “Aquarium of the World.”
STAY: The adults-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort is one of the world’s most romantic all-inclusive resorts, complete with access to the Jack Nicklaus Signature Quivira Golf Club, which is cut into sheer granite cliffs and mountainous sand dunes. The new Towers at Pacifica offer additional luxury with private plunge pools and 24-hour butler service.
PLAY: Cabo Adventures offers numerous overwater and underwater adventures, including private yacht charters, sunset cruises, snorkeling excursions and more.
ENRICH: Stroll the colorful Gallery District of San José del Cabo for its eclectic and high-end galleries and admire the town’s colonial architecture and public art.
UNWIND: Pueblo Bonito’s Armonia Spa, named among the best spas in Mexico and South America, is a well-documented celebrity escape tucked within an exclusive residential development.
TASTE: The cliffside patio of Sunset Monalisa is a picturesque place to cap a perfect day on the cape.