15. Sparkling Hill Resort – Okanagan, Canada
Over 3.5 million Swarovski Crystals decorate this gorgeous spa retreat. The 40,000 sq. ft. Kurspa is inspired by the health and wellness retreats of Europe and is pretty much the only place like this in all of North America. If you like Swarovski crystal chandeliers and spa treatments, this is definitely the place to go!
14. The Hummingbirdhouse – Montego Bay, Jamaica
Located on the hilltop at the famous golf resort known as the Tryall Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the Hummingbird House was recently renovated in 2013. With seven bedrooms, an infinity pool and view to die for, it is one of the most relaxing places in the world! Six of the seven bedrooms have views of the Caribbean Sea and the property has 4 outdoor showers. Not to mention, the villa comes with your own butler, private chef and maids. Afternoon tea is including in your stay at the Tryall Club Greathouse every day!
13. Villa Crew – Mykonos, Greece
Villa Crew are two private villas located on the magical Mykonos islands in Greece. With sugar cube architecture and contemporary white interiors, Villa Orpheus boasts one of the best sunsets on the entire island while Villa Eurydice has views of Ancient Delos and Mykonos town. We loved the selection of specialty cocktails and cuisine… but best of all is when you get to meet Villa Crew owner Katie Friedman. She always knows how to throw a good party!
12. The Royal Suite at the Imperial Hotel – Vienna, Austria
The Royal Suite is literally fit for a King! Once it was the master bedroom for the Duke when it was his home but now you can stay in it for a cool €3000-6000 a night depending on the season. Sit on your grand maharaja bed and gaze at your gold plated ceiling with a giant chandelier that hangs in your private palatial enclave.
11. The May Fair Hotel – London, England
The May Fair Hotel has been a staple of the London Hotel scene for years and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Keith Richards, Steven Tyler or Jon Bon Jovi having a cocktail in the lobby. During fashion week, the May Fair is infested with models and celebrities… not a bad place to be. We love London glamour with a rock and roll flavor — the May Fair is the place to see and be seen.
10. Damiani High Tea at The Langham Hotel – Shanghai, China
9. The Baros Resort – Maldives
The Baros Resort is the third resort ever built in the Maldives so naturally it has the best location! Stay in a tiki hut above the crystal clear turquoise water and watch the fish swim from your villa. Sail one of their traditional boats to your own private white-sand island and take a nap on your day bed… Actually this is the type of place where you don’t want to sleep. You want to absorb the magical energy of the Indian Ocean and let your body become one with nature.
8. Como Shambala – Bali, Indonesia
Heal yourself naturally at Como Shambala at this spa retreat with Ayurvedic doctors. Relax and unwind in tropical paradise and take an outdoor shower in the middle of tropical paradise. This is the place to visit because doctors will assess your body type and devise a plan for you to eat the foods that are optimal for your health. Peace, zen and energy are prevalent in the air.
7. Amanfayun – Hangzhou, China
Stay in a 1000 year old ancient Chinese village surrounded by seven holy temples! As one of the most peaceful and tranquil places in the world, Amanfayun is located in the mountains close to the famous Westlake. Practice Tai Chi with the monks and feast on the best vegetarian cuisine in the world. The vegetables will blow your mind! Amanfayun also has one of the best tea selections!
6. The Parker Hotel – Palm Springs, California
The Parker Hotel is an artsy oasis resort in the middle of the hot desert. Previously known as the Givenchy Hotel, the resort has been a destination for celebrities and trendsetters alike. The hip offbeat interior is filled with modern and retro items including knight’s armor, antique vases and classic crystal. On those hot desert days, guests will sip cocktails by the pool or in their private villas. The food is great too!
5. The Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island, Australia
The Southern Ocean Lodge is located on an eco-reserve perched on top of a cliff with an ocean view. The crisp clean ocean breeze has been home to kangaroos and koalas for centuries and now it’s your chance to actually live with them! With all the modern conveniences and contemporary design, basque in nature at its finest. Lofty style and pristine views make the Southern Ocean Lodge the place to go!
4. The Ritz Carlton Reserve – Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico
There are only two Ritz Carlton Reserves in the world… Puerto Rico and Thailand! This 1200 acre property was once owned by the famed Rockefeller family. Today it’s an incredibly lush resort! It’s no surprise that Jay Z, Beyonce and Mariah Carey have been spotted here. As part of the Conde Nast Hot List, the spa is to die for. Get a hot stone and bamboo massage and you will feel like you have been transported to heaven. Don’t forget to dine at Mi Casa by Jose Andres. You can even have a private bartender session there for some creative mixologist recipes.
3. Amanpulo – The Phillipines
Located in the Sulu Sea in the Phillipines, Amanpulo is the place to get away from it all. Walk almost a mile out in crystal clear waters that glisten with in sun. Relax in your villa and order fresh fish- which they will go out and fish for you personally! It doesn’t get fresher than that!
2. Le Tahaa – Tahiti, French Polynesia
This is definitely THE place to go and visit. As you arrive to Tahiti, you will see the resort from the plane, but getting there is another story! After you arrive by plane, take a private boat to paradise! Swim in the super shallow waters, get a massage and do absolutely nothing but admire the beauty of nature! Take Polynesian cooking lessons, go on a dive site and see the most colorful fish in the world or take a lagoon safari… the possibilities are endless!
1. Musha Cay – Turks and Caicos Islands
David Copperfield bought Musha Cay back in the 90s and developed his own private resort. It is most famous for its private sandbar which is a two kilometer stretch that forms for only two hours a day. Imagine running on this strip or having a drink with luxury service and your own chairs and umbrellas! Musha Cay definitely tops our list of places to go.
Editors note: This post originally appeared on Destination Luxury