TWIN FARMS, VERMONT, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Twin Farms is one of the top all-inclusive luxury resorts in the United States, nestled within 300 acres of pastoral Vermont countryside about a three-hour drive from Boston. This is your wildest country-estate fantasies’ home-away-from-home. The main home, built in 1795, is decorated with whimsical art from the owner’s private collection, and guests are greeted by crackling fires and picture-book views.
The relaxing spa treatments and excellent culinary delights maintain the resort’s high standards, and personal care is brought to a whole new level here.
The 20 individually themed accommodations, designed by renowned architects and designers, ranging from small guest rooms to log cabins, multi-level Scandinavian-style cottages, and mid-century hideaways. Many include fireplaces, antiques, custom paintings, and stone hot tubs, and all have stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
The charges include all meals, and the culinary creations stress healthy, fresh flavors with personalized tailored menus and a farm-to-table focus. Breakfast favorites include the lemon soufflé pancakes with Vermont strawberries.
The activities here fluctuate with the seasons. During the summer, you may go hiking and biking through the woodlands and flower-flecked meadows, play tennis, fly fish, swim, or paddle around on the quiet ponds. Fall in Vermont is one of the best seasons to visit because of the spectacular display of colors. In the winter, the resort’s private groomed trails and slopes are perfect for skating, snowshoeing, and skiing.
You can tour a working farm, shop for antiques, visit nearby artisans and historical sites, or take a spin in one of the resort’s BMW sedans if you can bear to leave the resort. There is also a fully equipped gym on the premises.
Except during the resort’s two annual family weeks, guests must be 16 years or older, and dogs are allowed in some cottages for a fee.
TAHITI, THE BRANDO
If you’re looking for a Tahitian tropical paradise with a low-impact, eco-friendly approach, The Brando is the place & all-inclusive luxury resorts to be. This carbon-neutral resort is set on a stunning private island surrounded by a three-mile lagoon and offers the ultimate in laid-back luxury.
Solar power, seawater air-conditioning systems, and other renewable energy technologies power the entire island, which was founded by movie legend Marlon Brando to preserve the island’s beauty and biodiversity and serve as a model of sustainability.
Not unexpectedly, nature enthusiasts will be in ecstasy here. In the lagoon, vibrant coral reefs sparkle, birds swarm to the coasts, whales pass past on their annual migrations, and sea turtles lay their eggs on the bone-white beaches.
The thatched villas, set back from the beach, emerge unobtrusively from pandanus and palm groves. Modern furnishings and fixtures blend seamlessly with locally sourced and recycled building materials such as thatch, stone, and wood.
Private plunge pools, outdoor bathtubs, and media areas with TV and Wi-Fi are all available in the villas. Kitchens and dining areas are included in two-bedroom villas, while the big three-bedroom villa is ideal for large family gatherings. All of the villas include bicycles, so you can pedal your way around the island.
The food is wonderful and features fresh ingredients from the island’s organic gardens, fusing French, Polynesian, and East-meets-West influences. Local seafood is featured, and guests rave about the airy, flaky breakfast croissants. There are also vegan options available.
As you might assume, the resort provides all of the necessary equipment for paddleboarding, snorkeling, diving, and kayaking in the crystal-clear seas. You can visit the eco-station and speak with the experts to learn more about the island’s ecology and protection.
Talks on Polynesian culture and history are also available at the resort. Tennis, deep-sea fishing, dance, and fitness courses offer more energetic options, while Lagoon School keeps the little ones occupied.
Although all-inclusive prices are not required, this full-board plan includes all island activities and holistic treatments at the soulful spa.
FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP – GOLDEN TRIANGLE, THAILAND
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle is a wonderful choice if your concept of paradise is an Asian wilderness trip. This all-inclusive luxury resorts camp on the border of Burma and Laos is Four Seasons’ first all-inclusive property, catering to adventurers and environment enthusiasts.
Think again if you think “tents” can’t be luxurious. These opulent safari-style tents peek out from hillsides engulfed in lush jungle, evoking an aristocratic 19th-century vibe with authentic Thai flourishes. Outdoor showers and rustic textures, like as bamboo and local hardwoods, compliment the gorgeous natural settings, as do handcrafted furnishings, clawfoot tubs, and comfortable netting beds.
Dining is an adventure in and of itself. On a foraging walk, gather fresh food from the property’s trees and leave it to the chef to prepare a delectable meal, or attend a Thai cooking class.
Animal lovers would adore this place. You can take a walk through the forest with rescued elephants and their mahouts, or cruise along the Ruak River in search of other species.
You can also take in some culture. Hillside bicycle excursions take you through rice terraces and pineapple plantations, and you may even go on a day trip to sacred shrines or discover Burma, among other things.
Do you want to be pampered? At the open-sided jungle spa, situated within a quiet bamboo grove, unwind with a mountain botanical treatment.
Guests depart with the impression of having been on a luxurious safari, but without having to travel to Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA’S ROYAL MALEWANE
Royal Malewane, one of South Africa’s best safari lodges, & all-inclusive luxury resorts which caters to visitors who desire to walk in the footsteps of the world’s most discerning and wealthiest wildlife enthusiasts. The resort is located in the Thornybush Game Reserve, which is bordered by the magnificent Kruger National Park, which offers some of the world’s best animal viewing.
The atmosphere is old-world colonial elegance, with animals taking center stage, particularly the unusually high number of resident lions.
Eight immaculately appointed, air-conditioned suites harken back to Hemingway’s glory days. Typical characteristics include oriental rugs, antiques, thatched roofs, and four-poster beds draped with mosquito netting. Outdoor baths and plunge pools on broad decks blend with the surrounding environment, which includes elephants and other wildlife.
Families will enjoy the two-bedroom Royal Suites, and parties can hire Africa House, a six-bedroom house with a private chef, for even more exclusivity.
Morning and evening game drives, when skilled trackers and guides take you to National Geographic-worthy wildlife action, are the mainstays of the day. In your spare time, you may unwind at the award-winning bush spa or tone up at the gym.
Children of all ages are welcome in the Royal Suites and Africa House, however those staying in the luxury suites must be at least 10 years old.
FIJI’S LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT
The only over-the-water bungalows in Fiji belong to adults-only Likuliku’s, which is incentive enough to visit, but this well-loved resort has so much more to offer. Likulike, which sits on the idyllic shores of Malolo Island in the Mamanuca Islands, is noted for its warm and welcoming hospitality, traditional Fijiian ambiance, and romantic atmosphere – it’s the ideal refuge for couples.
The bungalows (or bures) are built with local materials like thatch, wood, and stone, making the resort feel completely at home in its lush, tropical surroundings. Forget about televisions and phones. Instead, travelers here soak up the laid-back island vibes while snorkeling over multicolored reefs and chatting with the helpful staff.
The 10 light-filled over-the-water bures, which have spacious outdoor decks, separate bathing pavilions, air conditioning, and lagoon views from egg-shaped soaking tubs, are a favorite among honeymooners. The beachfront bures, with their lower prices, plunge pools, huge daybeds, and private outdoor showers, are very popular with guests. When the tide is low, these bures also provide direct access to the ocean, which is not always possible from the over-the-water bures.
Fresh fish, as well as gorgeous tropical fruits and produce from the island’s organic hydroponic farm, are featured in the cuisine. Daily canapes served to your room give you a taste of what’s to come for dinner.
You can relax with a Couples Indulgence package at the spa, get fit at the gym, learn to weave palm fronds, or sign up for village tours and island-hopping cruises in your spare time.
Accommodation, non-motorized water sports, meals, filter coffee, tea, and water are all included in the price, but other beverages are extra.
KENYA’S COTTAR’S 1920S SAFARI CAMP
Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp, located on a 6,000-acre private game reserve near the Tanzanian border, exudes Out of Africa splendor. The camp is located between the wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park and the Maasai Mara National Reserve, two of Africa’s top game reserves, yet you may avoid the throng by staying on private land.
Because of its commitment to sustainability and projects that benefit the local community, Cottar’s is one of only ten Global Ecosphere Retreats in the world.
Don’t let the word “camp” scare you away. The opulent tents are a far cry from those found on an average family camping trip, and the attentive crew treats you like royalty. The Maasai guides and trackers are some of the best in the business, taking you to see the typical African “big-five” animal activity, which includes lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo, and elephants. From July to November, you can also see the wildebeest migration.
The 10 palatial tents are strategically spread far enough to maximize solitude, allowing you to feel at one with nature without compromising any luxury. You can watch zebras and giraffes from your billowy four-poster bed, and fall asleep to the whoop of hyenas and the distant roar of lions reverberating through the night.
The suite bathrooms include flushing toilets and hot showers, and the antique furnishings, oriental rugs, candelabras, and steamer trunks add to the nostalgic Hemingway vibe. If you really want to go back to nature, a safari bath or shower in the heart of the savannah is a great way to do it.
Two bathrooms and living rooms with fireplaces are included in the family tented suites. A honeymoon suite or the Cottar’s Bush Villa, which sleeps 10 and has its own 25-meter pool, can also be reserved.
Fresh food grown right in the camp is used by the chef to create culinary masterpieces. Meals are frequently served communally in the massive dining tent or in stunning wilderness settings.
Aside from the fantastic wildlife drives and treks, you may also visit a Maasai community, swan around in the pool, or indulge in some relaxing spa treatments. All ages of children are welcome.
MALDIVES’ LILY BEACH RESORT & SPA
Lily Beach Resort & Spa offers over-the-water luxury and family-friendly activities, surrounded by a world of water in mesmerizing shades of blue. The resort is located on the Maldives’ Huvahendhoo Island, a coral island surrounded by thriving coral reefs and some of the world’s top dive spots.
The air-conditioned villas, which are perched over the water or stretched along the beach, have sleek contemporary furnishings and modern conveniences such as home theater systems, flat-screen satellite TVs, and outdoor baths with Jacuzzi tubs. Beach villas are nestled under palm trees along a lovely stretch of powder-white sand, while water villas provide additional solitude and direct access to the hypnotic sea.
The family villas, which have interconnected rooms, are ideal for families traveling with children. The sunset suites include private plunge pools and 24-hour butler service, while the deluxe over-the-water villas have glass floor areas so you can stare into the crystal-clear sea below.
Guests can dine in a variety of settings, including fusion food inspired by Chinese, Indian, and Thai flavors, as well as teppanyaki and themed buffets.
Water sports abound, and snorkeling is fantastic thanks to a thriving coral not far from shore. You may also swim in the two pools, play volleyball and tennis, work out in the gym, or relax at the Tamara spa, which is located above the water.
The all-inclusive package is an extra charge. Food (buffet-style and limited a la carte); beverages; and two excursions per person every night, including snorkeling, sunset cruises, village visits, and fishing, are all included.
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