Secluded Hideaways To Look Forward To This Summer
With travellers now dreaming of sun and solitude over skyscrapers and crowds, Great Hotels of the World have rounded up their favourite secluded hotels that provide guests with a luxurious break from reality. From the tranquil lakes of Lithuania to the fresh mountain air of the Swiss Alps, the sandy shores of Montenegro to the rolling Italian hills and calm lagoons in the Philippines, there is something to excite everyone this spring. Great Hotels of the World
Our picks include:
The island of Phuket has long been known as the Andaman’s greatest treasure and at Banyan Tree Phuket, it is not hard to see why. The newest addition to the GHOTW portfolio, the hotel is set around a saltwater lagoon and surrounded by lush greenery, where the resort’s 227 luxurious all-pool villas create a private paradise.
Guests can spend their days relaxing on the white sand beach, playing golf on the expansive course or practicing their swing at the Golf Academy, indulging in luxurious treatments at the Spa or taking part in a cooking class with world-renowned chefs. When it comes to food and culinary experiences, The Banyan Tree Phuket boasts two beautiful bars and six onsite restaurants serving both authentic local cuisine and international inspired dishes, ensuring guests are spoilt for choice.
For further information, visit www.ghotw.com/banyan-tree-phuket/
Majestically set in the picturesque Alpine village of Pontresina, away from the crowds in nearby glitzy St. Moritz, the award-winning Grand Hotel Kronenhof offers guests an unforgettable experience. The 112 luxuriously appointed guestrooms are spacious and the hotel’s common areas exude elegance. Hailed as one of the world’s top luxury and wellness resorts, the state-of-the-art Kronenhof Spa, wellness centre and indoor pool look out onto the mesmerising mountainside and picturesque Alpine village, making this a truly regal and serene setting to unwind in. Activities on offer include a wide array of Pilates, Yoga & Meditation classes, traditional bowling in the cosy alley and rounds of golf on the neighbouring Kulm Golf course. For further information, visit www.ghotw.com/grand-hotel-kronenhof/
The El Nido Resorts are in the province of Palawan in the Philippines – an archipelago comprising 1,780 islands and the least densely populated area in the country. Due to its untouched landscapes and extraordinary biodiversity, Palawan has often dubbed “the last ecological frontier of the Philippines”.
Lagen Island, one of four El Nido Resorts, is set between a lush 4-hectare forest and a tranquil, shallow and transparent lagoon, providing absolute repose and privacy. Guests can pamper themselves at the exclusive resort spa, with an array of Asian, tropical and European treatments. The 51 incredibly private guestrooms are clustered around the lagoon, allowing visitors to feel a sense of total escape.
Get active with an astounding array of sports and leisure activities, from mangrove exploration trails, and traditional Filipino games, island-hopping and lagoon tours, scuba-diving in the resort’s own PADI diving centre, snorkeling, or stand-up paddle in the crystal-clear waters.
For further information, visit www.ghotw.com/el-nido-resort/
As beautiful as Croatia but without the crowds, the Chedi Lustica Bay is the perfect all-in-one hotel in Montenegro, a jewel of a destination. Just a 15-minute drive from Tivat International Airport, with direct access onto the stunningly azure Lustica coastline, the newly built hotel offers 111 spacious and light-filled guestrooms that feature floor to ceiling windows and balconies, perfectly framing the breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea.
With a focus on seasonal Montenegrin ingredients, The Restaurant features modern takes on regional favourites and brasserie-style. The Spot offers Asian inspired creative cuisine. Guests can indulge in an elegant afternoon tea at the Lobby Bar, while The Rok beach bar serves up light bites and cocktails on the sand.
Guests will also enjoy the heated outdoor pool that cascades over three levels and offers a spectacular infinity view across the ocean, the fitness centre, indoor pool and spa, offering Eastern inspired rituals and exclusive access to an area of Lustica Bay’s private beach.
For further information, visit www.ghotw.com/the-chedi-lustica-bay/
In the rolling hills in the Province of Arezzo, a little-visited corner of Tuscany, Castello di Gargonza is a medieval hamlet steeped in history, charm and natural beauty. Thirteen ancient buildings, clustered around a central courtyard, have been thoughtfully restored to offer 47 unique bedrooms that feature traditional fireplaces and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, overlooking the Val di Chiana.
Guests hoping to relax and unwind should head to the tranquil swimming pool, just outside of the hamlet walls. For the more adventurous, the hamlet is surrounded by more than 600 hectares of forest, olive groves and vineyards, all waiting to be explored.
For further information, visit www.ghotw.com/castello-di-gargonza/
A peaceful countryside sanctuary offering unparalleled opportunities for rest, adventure and outdoor opportunities, Vilnius Grand Resort is set on a lake within 280 acres of sprawling grounds. The 193 guestrooms are spacious and elegantly decorated, with tranquil views of the surrounding countryside. With two restaurants and two bars, guests can enjoy a variety of culinary experiences, from an Italian style eatery to a unique floating restaurant in the middle of the lake.
Outdoors, guests will be spoilt for choice with two picturesque lakes, an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a boating station and a private sandy beach. For those keen to explore the city, Vilnius Grand Resort is just a twenty-minute drive from Lithuania’s capital and its inviting restaurants, local boutique shopping and many historical monuments.
ust half an hour from the centre of Dublin, Luttrellstown Castle Resort is a privately-owned 560 estate with a historic castle, which can be hired for exclusive use; ideal for extended family gatherings and get-togethers with friends. With twenty impeccably sumptuous bedrooms, an awe-inspiring library, magnificent ballrooms and manicured lawns, Luttrellstown Castle is a dream come true. The estate also features an 18-hole championship golf course, walled gardens, walking trails, fishing, falconry and much more, though guests are also welcome and often look forward to spending tranquil hours walking the woods and parkland, exploring and enjoying the many unique attractions of this historic estate.
For further information, visit www.ghotw.com/luttrellstown-castle/