This year promises to be a big one for resort lovers. From an oasis-like retreat besides the Dead Sea, to two tropical getaways on the island of Sri Lanka and from a sun-soaked paradise on a private island to a family friendly Disney extravaganza in Shanghai, there’s something for every kind of traveler. This year’s resorts are stylish, luxurious and seriously gorgeous. Bookmark this list for when you start planning your holidays and don’t forget to check out our list of most anticipated Hotels too!
8. Four Seasons Oahu
The state of Hawaii is no stranger to luxury properties. But the newest one may just be something special. 358 guest rooms are on offer here, including 55 suites all of which offer panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the lagoons of Ko Olina. The spacious 640 square feet rooms feature Hawaiian inspired décor that uses traditional local woods and banana leaf headboards. The amenities are as diverse as you would expect. Go golfing at the Ko Olina Golf Club, try your hand at fishing at the Ko Olina Marina or enjoy a day of rest and relaxation at the Oahu Spa and Wellness Centre.
7. Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles
Surrounded by pristine turquoise waters, white sand and lush green palms the Six Senses Zil Pasyon on the private island of Félicité will thrill and enchant the beach lover in you. Located 30 nautical miles away from the island of Seychelles, Félicité is a location full of possibilities and adventures thanks to its eternally warm, tropical climate. This resort’s 30 pool villas with their low-fuss décor and beautiful views will quickly become a welcome sanctuary from the chaos of daily life.
6. Anantara Kalutara, Sri Lanka
141 guest rooms, suites and pool villas will comprise this beachfront property that boasts views of the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean as well as a private river. A variety of restaurants offer everything from Italian favorites to authentic Indian, Chinese and Sri Lankan fare. There are endless activities on offer from long soaks in the pool with Jacuzzi jets, to yoga sessions and tranquil moments spent in the lush tropical gardens. While the jewel in the crown is definitely set to be the Anantara Spa with its range of ancient Asian beauty and wellness therapies, holistic Ayurvedic rituals as well as western techniques, we’ll also be waiting for a glance at the One-Bedroom Presidential Pool Suite which will be complete with a personal plunge pool and sundeck.
5. Hilton dead sea resort and spa
Set to open its doors in summer, this Middle Eastern oasis is located in the Jordan valley over 1,312 feet below sea level – the lowest point on earth. This is also the only resort to feature a pontoon and sun deck floating on the Dead Sea. With seven on-site dining outlets, a solarium, infinity pool and the Eforea spa that features practices from Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and the Americas, there’s no dearth of things to do at this seaside paradise. One of the standout features of this resort is the direct lift access to the beach through the magnificent, Siq-like gorge that is afforded to guests.