Enter Mr Luke McCormick… founder of Edge Retreats – a site dedicated to the world’s best luxury boutique and design hotels – who we were lucky to catch up with this week, just long enough to get his top 10 round up of luxury resorts for winter sun:
Luke says: “If you’re looking to escape Europe in search of warm winter sun, this round-up of great luxury resorts from around the world is sure to impress.”
1) qualia, Australia
Perfectly located on the islands formally secluded northern tip, qualia is Hamilton Island’s luxury hideaway and every consideration has been made here to ensure guests experience the utmost in island relaxation and luxurious comfort.
2) Kamalaya, Thailand
Kamalaya Koh Samui is an award-winning spa resort offering wellness programmes for detox, yoga, fitness and weight control, stress and burnout on the serene southern tip of Koh Samui Island. An international team of naturopaths work with you to create your ideal health and fitness regime from an extensive range of holistic medicine, spa and healing therapies.
3) Desert Palm Dubai
Set in the graceful, manicured surrounds of a private polo estate, Desert Palm is surpassing expectations and challenging the stereotype of the towering city by introducing signature Per AQUUM chic to Dubai.
4) Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia
High on Morne Chastanet, overlooking St. Lucia’s Piton World Heritage site and the Caribbean Sea, Jade Mountain is Anse Chastanet’s exclusive ‘resort within a resort’.
5) Carlisle Bay, Antigua
The beautiful sweeping beach and backdrop of gently rolling hills make Carlisle Bay the perfect haven for a truly memorable Caribbean holiday – it’s one of the most gorgeous hotels in the region.
6) Song Saa, Cambodia
The Song Saa resort spans the tiny islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong in Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong archipelago, connected by a footbridge over a pristine marine reserve.
7) Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam
Situated on a private bay in a protected marine park on Con Son Island, Six Senses Con Dao is the first 5-star resort in this stunning archipelago just a 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City.
8) The Chedi, Muscat, Oman
This luxury hotel offers a 1,000ft private beach with views across the Gulf, an exceptional spa and an Asian and Mediterranean restaurant that’s one of the best in the city.
9) Pangkor Laut, Malaysia
A private island paradise two million years in the making, Pangkor Laut Resort is an incredible jungle island escape of secluded, pristine beaches and ancient rainforests.
10) The Leela Kempinski Goa
The Leela Kempinski Goa resembles a combination of Indian summer palaces and Portuguese-style villas, tastefully furnished with fixtures of marble and granite.