The world is home to some truly incredible exotic locations, and in an ideal scenario you’d have time and money to visit each and every place. However, chances are this isn’t the case (sorry to break it to you) and not everyone has the luxury of a travel money card full of moolah. So we’ve created this guide which includes only the truly outstanding exotic locations from across the world, making your choice of where to visit a little easier. Use the table of contents to navigate the piece and find out more information about each location.
Sepilok Nature Resort
Situated within walking distance from the famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and surrounded by beautiful gardens, the location of Sepilok Nature Resort is certainly suited to anyone who has an appreciation for the beauty of nature. The resort itself overlooks the Borneo rainforest, so the chances of seeing some rare wildlife are extremely high. The gardens surrounding the resort are home to over 150 different species of orchid, giving them a uniquely colourful look.
Sepilok Nature Resort has 23 timber chalets on location, each with en-suite bathrooms, overhead fans and air-conditioning. The chalets also have private verandas which are incredible during the evenings. There is a restaurant at the resort which provides a combination of local and international cuisine, where guests can sit under a covered terrace or out in the open rainforest air.
Four Seasons Dublin
The Four Seasons hotel in Dublin, also known as the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin, is arguably one of the most exclusive hotels in Dublin, and has been considered so since it opened. With a timeless interior style, the hotel is often described as having a spacious and comfortable feel.
The hotel features a fully-equipped spa which includes a 14 metre pool and a whirlpool. All guests can enjoy specialist treatments such as massages, as well as other skin and body treatments. If you feel like having a workout, personal trainers are available on request. Rooms start from 200 euros per night (check here for best euro rates).
The Maldives is well known for being one of the most luxurious locations in the world, and Soneva Fushi Beach Resort perfectly captures the luxurious spirit of the island. Surrounded by white beaches and clear blue water, Soneva Fushi is one of the finest resorts on the entire island.
If the look of the resort wasn’t enough, the facilities are equally impressive. Butler services are included for all guests, and the resort boasts watersports facilities, bike rental, an observatory, open-air cinema, tennis courts, an ice cream parlour and more. The rooms are equally impressive, with flat-screen TVs and lots of other amenities included.
Ubud Hanging Gardens
Less than half an hour away from the capital of Bali, Ubud, lie the Ubud Hanging Gardens. This all inclusive luxury resort might look a bit wild (and it is), but it’s still extremely luxurious. The hotel sits atop forested slopes above the Ayung River, and is probably not for the faint of heart. Luckily a funicular avoids the need for any steep climbs. The hotel has 44 villas, a spa and a restaurant. Each villa has it’s own secluded terrace, as well as their own heated infinity pools.
If you want luxury right in the heart of Bali’s natural interior, then Ubud Hanging Gardens is a great place to head. Perfect if you want to chill out, but the secluded nature of the villas make it an equally great place for families.
One and Only Hayman Island
This five-mile by three-mile private island is situated in the very north of the Whitsunday Islands, half-an-hour by boat from the Great Barrier Reef Airport. The hotel underwent an $80million refurbishment, and it shows. The long, three-storied building, whose bedrooms expand out from a central public areas, is decorated in a clean and contemporary style.
The best thing about the resort is the food – there are seven restaurants, all of which offer their own unique take on local and european cuisines. As well as a providing an extensive in-room dining menu, offering classics such as gourmet burgers. The (inclusive) breakfast buffet is one of the best anywhere, with dainty fruit salads and fruit platters alongside exotic nuts, seeds and yoghurts, eggs to order, 12 kinds of bread and dozens of pastries, and freshly squeezed fruit juices and fragrant, thick espressos.
Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Conrad Pezula in South Africa offers an indoor pool, modern gym and indulgent spa treatments. Get active at The Field of Dreams Sports Venue providing professional courts, or enjoy 18 holes on the championship Pezula Golf Course.
Relax on immaculate Noetzie Beach, try out fun family activities, or immerse yourself in nature and local tradition; it’s all within your reach at Conrad Pezula. Embracing the Garden Route area’s bountiful natural larder and the resort’s very own gardens, dining options at Conrad Pezula offer a unique taste of the region.
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
Set half on land, half on water, this 5-star hotel is excitingly distinctive, both inside and out. There are two sparkling rooftop swimming pools to cool off in, a state-of-the-art gym and the ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi with its own traditional hammam and a team of highly skilled therapists to indulge your every whim! Steps away are the Yas Marina & Yacht Club, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and the first 18-hole links golf course in the Middle East. There is also Yas Marina Circuit which offers the opportunity to drive the famous race track in a variety of high speed vehicles. Guests can also enjoy complimentary access to Yas Beach which is only a stone’s throw from the hotel.
The mainland is easily reached via bridge with plenty more attractions to tempt you including the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. As one of the most exciting hotels in the world, you’d expect the restaurants to be nothing short of spectacular, and they are! There are eight restaurants and bars in total, each offering an incredible range of dishes from around the world. Feast on Indian cuisine with a modern twist at Angar, Kazu showcases the culinary talent of Japanese chefs and Amici offers rustic and unpretentious classic Italian fare. Origins is an all-day restaurant with international flair from distinctive regions including local specialties. Atayeb is known for offering delicious cuisine from the bordering regions of the Mediterranean and the Arabian Gulf. Latitude and Longitude rooftop pool bars are the perfect places to savour a cocktail
Hilton Bonaventure Montreal
In the heart of downtown Montreal, The Hotel Bonaventure Montreal is a true urban oasis. Located over the top two floors of the Place Bonaventure, a 17-storey commercial and business complex, the hotel combines the benefits of a working environment and a resort. An architectural gem in terms of judicious space planning, The Hotel Bonaventure Montreal offers first-class conference rooms for organising large and small meetings, exhibitions, conventions and weddings.
Offering 397 spacious rooms including 5 luxurious suites, with stunning views of the gardens or the city. All rooms at the hotel have an ergonomic work area and free high-speed Internet access.
360 Bar & Restaurant
360 is a legendary terrace bar based in Dubai. The name says it all really. This elegant, laid-back terrace bar boasts superb panoramic views of the ever changing, ever evolving Dubai skyline. Set out in the middle of the Gulf, at the heart of the vast, wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel, this effortlessly cool spot is a popular hangout with Dubai’s cocktail set. And it’s easy to see why, as the location is pretty hard to beat, perched on top of the Marina Seafood Restaurant at the end of a pier and, as the name promises, offering spectacular views in all directions, from Burj al Arab’s light shows to the luminous sunsets over the Arabian Ocean.
This is the perfect place to escape the sometimes overwhelming Dubai buzz and relax in a beautiful setting. Cool house tunes set the tone, playing until the early morning. This is where the beautiful people go to be seen and, as there are a lot of beautiful people in Dubai, it’s always busy. During the week the clientele sink into cosy sofas and sip a drink (or two, or three) as they take in the theatre of the setting sun, or relax outside with a shisha, lulled by laidback tunes. Come the weekend, however, the atmosphere is ratcheted up a notch or two and it becomes a hive or electronic hedonism with talent from near and far. A must-visit whether you’re a Dubai resident or just passing through. Be warned though, you’ll need to get your name on the guest list at the weekends.
Angsana Laguna Phuket
Set along the shores of Phuket’s Bang Tao Bay in the island’s northwest, Angsana Laguna Phuket, part of Asia’s first integrated resort, Laguna Phuket. Enjoy pristine beaches with warm white sand or laze in the more than 300 metre free-form pool around the resort. Have a fun-filled holiday with friends, a romantic getaway with your loved one or an enjoyable time bonding with family in this laidback luxury resort with endless activities.
Warm tropical sun, pristine white sand beaches and a shimmering blue sea. Angsana Laguna Phuket has it all. Play golf, snorkel, island hop, or bask on the beach, this is the ideal resort to spend a restful beach vacation, romantic rendezvous or a fun-filled family holiday.
Banyan Tree Bangkok
Set in the Central Business District, this sleek high-rise hotel is a minute’s walk from the nearest bus stop, 3 km from the MBK Center shopping mall and 9 km from the 18th-century Grand Palace. The chic rooms feature living rooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and essential oil diffusers. Upgraded rooms add access to a private lounge, plus complimentary breakfast and drinks, while suites also include panoramic views and/or whirlpool tubs. There’s 24-hour room service.
There are 6 dining options, including floating and rooftop restaurants. Other amenities include 5 bar/lounges, a spa, business and fitness centers and an outdoor pool. Like most of Asia, cash still rules and ATMs can be expensive. Save yourself some money by ordering your currency online before you go.
Banyan Ungasan Bali
Perched on a cliff overlooking the beach and the Indian Ocean, this upscale resort is 5 km from the Hindu sculptures of the Garuda Wisnu Kancana park and 13 km from the Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple. Luxe villas with garden or ocean views offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and private pools. All feature marble bathrooms and living/dining areas. An upgraded 3-bedroom villa adds a kitchen and a spa room, plus private butler service.
Breakfast is complimentary. Other amenities consist of 2 chic restaurants, including an ocean-view option, as well as 2 bars. There’s an infinity pool, a spa and a fitness room, in addition to a kids’ club and a gift shop.
Vertigo & Moon Bar, Bangkok (Banyan Tree)
Vertigo offers an al fresco dining experience set atop a roof terrace overlooking the glittering cityscape of Bangkok – a grill-and-bar experience that is Asia’s first. Dine on fork-tender seafood and premium steaks while feasting your eyes on the city’s vast skyline. Moon Bar puts you at ease in an informal setting 61 floors above the city and offers premium drinks, such as the classic Vertigo Sunset, a melody of pineapple, cranberry and lime juices blended with just the right amount of Malibu.
There is no lack of rooftop bars in town but Vertigo has always been amongst the favourites. With an unusual narrow and elongated shape, the entire top of the building is occupied by both the bar and the restaurant and gives the unusual impression of being aboard a spaceship in the sky. Located on Sathorn road, a very large busy avenue peppered with tall glass and metal skyscrapers and not far from the Lumpini park and Silom area, Banyan Tree is a name often associated with luxury. The hotel and its unusual design might be a bit aging, but once you step inside the lobby, you’re still aware of this sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. From the lobby, a fast lift will take you to the 60th floor where you find the popular Bai Yun Chinese restaurant, walk pass it and up a flight of stairs that leads you outdoors. You better not be afraid of heights, as Bangkok will be laid out below you the moment you step outside.
Viceroy Palm Springs
Set in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains, this sophisticated, Spanish Mission-style hotel is an 11-minute walk from Palm Springs Art Museum, and 7 miles from Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Chic, contemporary rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and Bluetooth speakers, plus minibars and Italian linens. Upgraded rooms add terraces or balconies, while suites and bungalows feature living rooms with wet bars. Some bungalows add kitchens and/or fireplaces.
There’s a trendy restaurant with a terrace, plus a spa and a gym. Other amenities include event space, 3 outdoor pools and multiple sundecks with cabanas, plus a formal mountain-view garden.
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa
Nestled against the dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains and pristine waters of the Gulf of Oman, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa consists of two hotels, Al Bandar and Al Waha. All guests have full access to facilities available across Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. Guest can enjoy free WiFi throughout the resort. Al Waha hotel, with a minimum room size of 32 sqm each is the ideal getaway for families. Guests enjoy a balcony or patio facing the sea or pool. Al Bandar hotel offers rooms with a minimum of 38 sqm of space, a balcony or terrace with views of the garden, sea or pools.
Guests have access to a total of 19 bars and restaurants across the resort. There are seven main restaurants, two all-day dining outlets, two pool bars, two lobby lounges, six cafes and bars. Bait Al Bahr is the seafood restaurant with splendid terrace views of the sea; BAB Lounge is hotel’s seaside rooftop bar; and Capri Court is contemporary Italian restaurant. Guests have access to two additional restaurants, Shahrazad and Sultanah, in the adjacent Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa.
Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok
Set in 2 high-rise towers on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this high-end hotel is 6 km from the Grand Palace and 5 km from Wat Arun temple. Featuring river or city views, the sleek rooms feature Thai-inspired accents, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars, and tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms and suites offer balconies, separate living rooms and/or access to a club lounge. Upgraded suites have kitchenettes and/or whirlpool tubs.
There are 9 dining options, including a dinner cruise and an elegant eatery with a riverside terrace. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, tennis courts and a gym, as well as a chic spa.
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa
This luxe beach resort is 2.4 km from Puka Shell Beach and 6 km from Bulabog Beach. Furnished with local materials, polished rooms, suites and villas feature verandas or balconies and garden or sea views. All come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and minibars, as well as tea and coffeemakers. Upscale suites and villas offer sitting areas, hot tubs, private pools and/or butler service. Room service is available 24/7.
A breakfast buffet and parking are free. Amenities include a spa, a gym and an outdoor pool, as well as 2 white beaches and a beach bar. There’s a seafood restaurant, a poolside eatery and a lobby lounge. (source- Google)
Number Twenty Nine Georgian Museum
This little museum might not seem like an exotic location, but the history of the house tells otherwise. Number Twenty Nine: Georgian House Museum is a preserved Georgian townhouse furnished to show how the house would have looked during the period of 1790 to 1820. Number Twenty Nine is run by the ESB Group and the National Museum of Ireland since 1991. The rooms are furnished to reflect the history of the building from 1790 to 1820, showing how the residents and their servants lived. A mix of replicas and authentic materials were used for the wallpaper and carpets. The furniture, fittings, and clothes are Georgian items from the National Museum’s collection.
The museum is currently closed to facilitate the building of a new Head Office complex for ESB, the museum’s owner. The museum has made a virtual tour available for viewing while it is closed.
Labadi Beach Hotel
Amid tropical gardens, this opulent oceanfront hotel on Labadi Beach is 8 km from the mausoleum and museum in Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and 7 km from bustling Accra city center. The chic, contemporary rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, plus minibars, and tea and coffeemakers. All have balconies, while upgrades come with Nespresso machines. Posh suites have living/dining areas; upgrades add kitchenettes. Room service is available 24/7.
Freebies include parking, and breakfast served in an elegant restaurant. There’s also a piano bar, a cocktail lounge, and a terrace overlooking an outdoor pool. Amenities include a sauna and meeting space.
Fore Abbey is the old Benedictine Abbey ruin, situated to the north of Lough Lene in County Westmeath, just 25km outside its county town of Mullingar.
The Abbey is also noted for what local populations call its seven wonders:
The monastery built upon the bog.
The mill without a race (St. Fechin reportedly induced water to flow from the ground and operate a mill that had no visible water supply – in reality water from Lough Lene flows through the ground).
The water that flows uphill. (St. Fechin reportedly used his staff to make the water flow uphill)
The tree that has three branches/the tree that won’t burn. Pilgrims place coins in it, giving it the name “the copper tree.”
The water that doesn’t boil in St Fechin’s holy well.
The anchorite in a cell
The lintel-stone raised by St. Fechin’s prayers.
Canyon Ranch Miami Resort
A unique hotel concept just 20 minutes from South Beach Miami, The Carillon Hotel and Spa offers a destination spa feel with healthy living and dining its speciality yet within easy reach of the fun and entertainments of this exciting corner of Florida.
All accommodation is suite style and offers either one or two bedrooms. Each suite has a contemporary feel and offers floor to ceiling windows with either views over the city, partial ocean or ocean front views. Each suite offers an equipped kitchen, lounge, separate bedroom and large en suite bathroom with separate shower and bath. There are two TVs, complimentary WiFi, bathrobes and slippers, coffee maker and hairdryer. Visit the Aquavana thermal suite featuring water therapies and state-of-the-art hot and cold experiences, two outdoor pools, two storey indoor rock climbing wall, unparalleled fitness centre including a two storey cardio studio with ocean views, conservatory, library and indoor and outdoor quiet spaces, and then afterwards take a trip to the Canyon Ranch Grill restaurant, which boasts nutritionally balanced gourmet cuisine and a cocktail terrace.
Augustine Hotel, Prague
Conveniently located in the radiant heart of Prague’s Lesser Town, right below Prague Castle and just steps away from Charles Bridge, our hotel is the quintessence of Prague’s history, character and beauty. As part of Luxury Collection, Augustine defines the destination with its deep history and energy inspired by 13th century Augustine monastery which is interconnected with the hotel and still active with 4 monks living there.
The hotel is directly connected to baroque St. Thomas Church and offers special tours where guests experience authentic Augustinian monastery and 13th century library without even stepping outside of the hotel.The property offers 101 individually furnished contemporary rooms and suites in various categories including 4 exquisite Signature suites that will inspire you, designed by Olga Polizzi in 2009. Let all your senses experience our local food and beverage in Augustine restaurant and Terrace, Refectory bar or tranquil Sundial garden and Arcades.
The Schaller Studio
In a colorfully accented contemporary building, this eclectic hotel, inspired by artist Mark Schaller’s working studio, is an 11-minute walk from Golden Dragon Museum and 1.6 km from Bendigo Art Gallery. Featuring balconies and bold artwork, the streamlined rooms and 1-bedroom suites offer 46-inch flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, minifridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers, as well as desks.
An urban cafe features a terrace and takeaway picnic options. Additional perks include a landscaped sculpture garden, bike and car rentals, and free parking, plus a gym. Mark Schaller’s artwork is also offered for sale.
Seoul Ritz Carlton
A 2-minute walk from Shinnonhyeon Station, this sophisticated hotel is 22 minutes from Korea Culture House by subway, and 47 minutes from Taegukgi-gil (palace) by subway. The elegant city-view rooms have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with premium channels, as well as marble bathrooms. Club rooms and suites offer private-lounge access, snacks and drinks, along with a dedicated concierge. Room service is available 24/7.
There are 4 culinary options, including an Italian restaurant with terrace dining, a jazz bar and a deli. There’s also a spa, an indoor pool and a fitness center with personal trainers, plus 1,400-square-meters of event space.
Ritz Carlton Buckhead Georgia
This luxury high-rise hotel is a 5.9-mile drive from the High Museum of Art and an 8.1-mile drive from Fox Theatre. Plush rooms come with flat-screens with premium channels, iPod docks and 24-hour room service, as well as marble bathrooms and luxe bed linens. Wi-Fi is available. Suites add separate living areas, kitchenettes and/or dining areas. Club-level access provides entry to a lounge with free food and drink, as well as a dedicated concierge.
Dining options include a refined restaurant serving American cuisine, and a piano lounge. There’s also a spa, an indoor saltwater pool and a fitness center, plus a business center and a ballroom.
The Hollywood Roosevelt
Located along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this hip, upscale hotel dating from 1927 is across the street from the TCL Chinese Theatre. Chic, modern rooms and suites (some named after famous former residents such as Marilyn Monroe) come with premium bedding, flat-screen TVs, designer toiletries and Wi-Fi (fee). Upgrades offer garden or pool views, hardwood floors and/or private balconies. Room service is available 24/7.
Amenities include a gym, and an outdoor pool with a fire pit. There’s a cocktail lounge, a nightclub and a beer garden, plus an upscale restaurant, a 24-hour burger joint and a game room with bowling.
The Steps Gallery, London, is recognised as one of the UK’s leading promoters and exporters of young contemporary art. Over the years, they have established a reputation for identifying pioneering artists. The comprehensive gallery program is inclusive of innovative media, technology-based work, photography, sculpture and site-specific installations.
Exhibitions of gallery and guest artists expose and explore critical themes within contemporary art. The gallery is dedicated to supporting the placement of important work in all markets and premiers talent through an international program of curated exhibitions, participation in art fairs and publications.
Rick Stein Padlow Restaurant
Opened by Rick Stein and Jill Stein in 1975, The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow is famous for establishing an international reputation for the very freshest fish and shellfish, often landed on our doorstep. Head chef, Stephane Delourme and his team create simple seafood dishes with classic flavours using Rick’s recipes.
There is a seafood bar right in the middle of the restaurant where you can watch chefs assembling platters of oysters, langoustines and sashimi. No reservations are required for the bar and you can order anything from the a la carte menu.