As travel guidelines continue to change – alongside our level of comfort in taking said journeys – we've found ourselves more oft than not daydreaming about big, fabulous getaways. Call them 'bucket list' destinations, or maybe fantasies, but they're on our list and will stay there until we're able to actualize the travel dreams that have escaped us in 2020. So whether you are able to travel now, or are waiting until later, discover these truly magnificent destinations across the globe.
Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
This magical all-inclusive resort has a purpose beyond luxurious enjoyment – it supports the Wildlife Alliance. It is a leader of conservation efforts in the region, and each of the 15 tents along the river was placed with minimal disruption to the encircling wildlife. Intended to be an immersive experience into the jungle, from the tents to the activities (join an anti-poaching patrol and have a picnic next to a waterfall!) to the food, most of which is foraged, expect an experience unlike any other.
Cheval Blanc, St Barth
An exclusive island hideaway for the entire family, this luxurious resort is the perfect hybrid of relaxation and adventure. The airy and spacious suites and villas can comfortably accommodate everyone; excellent hospitality ensures each guest is taken care of and happy – even the dining options encourage either relaxed mingling or private, sophisticated dinners to satisfy all. A week spent here means ultimate rejuvenation.
One&Only Desaru Coast, Malaysia
In a secluded location surrounded by sea and jungle, One&Only's first resort in Asia marries East and West for a beautiful and unique atmosphere. Personal butlers enhance your level of relaxation – you won't need to lift a finger – and many activities encourage exploration of the Malaysian natural wonders that surround the resort. Plus, five dining options offer Mediterranean, Japanese and Malaysian cuisine.
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur
The view alone is worth a trip to Post Ranch Inn. Some of the 39 suites seem to literally float above the ocean, and others are nestled within the trees; to say the views are breathtaking would be an understatement. The activities on offer aim to connect guests with the surroundings further, and much of the produce used in the restaurant is grown in onsite gardens. We recommend engaging in a guided hike, followed by an aromatherapy massage.
Kachi Lodge, Bolivia
A visit to Kachi Lodge is very much a fantasy escape as it hardly feels real. Comprised of six domes near a cacti covered island on the Bolivian salt flats, the encompassing vistas are otherworldly. Explorations of nearby Thunupa volcano, llama farms, and the flats themselves via boat during the rainy season or by foot in the summer are complemented with fine dining and the best local wines. Better yet, the Lodge operates solely on solar power, and every functional resource from water to waste has been created in consideration of the surrounding environment.
Fregate Private Island, Seychelles
The penultimate luxury experience, Fregate Private Island features just 16 villas across the entire island. Each is beautiful and fully equipped, meant to accommodate the whole family, and is serviced by a personal assistant. Guests are encouraged to explore and immerse themselves in nature whilst visiting – to ensure this happens, white-tablecloth meals can be enjoyed anywhere on the island, from a banyan treehouse to a white sand beach. Unique beauty can be found in every corner of this incredible place.
Prana by Atzaro
Set sail on the Indonesian seas aboard the most luxurious phinisi yacht in the world. Nine breathtaking suites, plus a luxury dining room and spa, span four decks. Off the boat, the sea and shores are ripe for exploration; leave it to the mostly local crew to plan the perfect adventures for your group, but don't miss Komodo National Park, home to the legendary Komodo Dragons. Then, retreat to your floating abode for movie watching under the stars.
The Brando, French Polynesia
This dream paradise is just 30 miles from Tahiti and is home to abundant natural wildlife. Activities at The Brando don't only expose you to nature, they place you within it – and the experience is life-changing. Each of the villas has a private pool, and is built in traditional Polynesian style; the culture and heritage of Polynesia are present throughout the island, and the resort much encourages guests to learn more about it. Indulge and soak it in, take a Polynesian dance class and engage in a 'Reef Quest' – this experience is truly exceptional.
Shipwreck Lodge, Namibia
Located on Namibia's notorious Skeleton Coast, known for treacherous surf and many shipwrecks, this resort sits between the desert's sand dunes and the wild Atlantic Ocean. Created in consideration of the environment and aiming to leave as little footprint possible, each eco-friendly cabin operates on solar power and has a view overlooking the ocean. The nature outside your door is so varied and unique, though, you won't stay inside for long – ride a quad bike through the dunes or take a 4x4 to the river; fish off the coast and the chefs will prepare it for your dinner.
Cayo Espanto, Belize
Floating near the world's second-largest barrier reef, this beautiful private island off the coast of Belize features six waterfront villas and one over-water villa, accommodating up to 18 guests total. The ultimate group getaway, adventurous activities such as scuba diving and fishing complement complete relaxation. An onsite chef prepares every meal, taking the guesswork out of your day so that you can focus on enjoying the gorgeous surroundings.
To plan an escape to any of the above locations contact Quintessentially Travel – they'll have the most up-to-date travel guidelines for each country, and insider info and exclusives for many properties.