Top exotic resorts from across the world that will blow your mind

In the fast-paced world, solitude is the closest and most cherished luxury one can wish for – and, it doesn’t have to be the run-of-the-mill names or places. From exotic locales to a delightful culinary journey, there are many things one can do on a leisurely holiday. If you ask me, my idea of a perfect summer break is very Italian – the whole philosophy of “Dolce far niente” or “carefree idleness” is the way to go. Although, I would adjust the backdrop each time and pick some of the best resorts and hotels to soak in the sun.

Here’s a list of the top luxury hotels and resorts that are on our mind this summer, check it out:

The Residence, Zanzibar : Exotic untouched beaches

Nestled in 32 hectares of tropical gardens, fringed by an unspoilt mile-long beach, The Residence Zanzibar offers a true African hideaway. Guests are invited to embark on a conscious castaway adventure by exploring the nearby deserted islands of Pungwe and Kwale in the Menai Bay Conservation Area, surrounded by rich mangrove forests and pristine beaches, the conditions are perfect for snorkelling. Delve beneath crystal-clear waters to explore impressive coral reefs and encounter the region’s rich marine life. Those looking to further uncover Zanzibar’s underwater world can opt for an ocean safari, hop aboard a traditional sailing dhow to witness the beauty of humpback and bottlenose dolphins up close. For travellers who prefer to explore by foot, the resort can arrange a tour of the Jozani Forest, the last native forest in Zanzibar and home the red colobus monkeys – the rarest primates in Africa – or a visit to the nearby Kizimkazi Village to experience the local culture and authentic Zanzibari cuisine.

The Anam Mui Ne, Vietnam: On a beach vacay

Stay at a picture-perfect luxury resort in one of the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam away from the madding crowd. Opened in January this year on the Mui Ne beach, The Anam Mui Ne is the first Vietnamese property to join the exclusive selection of the globe’s leading boutique independent luxury properties – the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) portfolio. Borrowing deeply from the templates of architecture inspired by the grand old French villas in Hanoi and the garden homes of Central Vietnam, the resort pays homage to both colonial-era and classic Vietnamese aesthetics. This luxury hotel is also the best place to relish the famed Vietnamese cuisine. Join a guided tour to the centuries-old Phan Thiet city, learn about Hamu Lithit community, eat and shop at local market, visit fascinating landmarks from the erstwhile Champa dynasty that has an Indian connection.

Four Seasons Resort Maldives : In the lap of luxury

Four Seasons Resorts Maldives is one of the most distinguished hospitality groups in the world and offers four distinct luxury experiences in the Maldives; two stunning resorts on the islands of Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giravaru, a private island at Voavah for no more than 22 guests with ultra-luxurious rooms, a private spa, and legendary Four Seasons service.

The Residence, Tunis: Mediterranean delights

Set along the Mediterranean coastline, The Residence Tunis welcomes travellers to discover Tunisia’s hidden treasure, 50 hectares of verdant olive groves that provide the opportunity for guests to indulge their senses and discover the intricacies extracting liquid gold. Master the art of olive harvesting before enjoying a tasting session of the award-winning extra virgin oil, coupled with local culinary delights to cleanse the palette. Back at the resort, take a walk through the on-site Earth Basket to learn about the cycle of farming that includes a plant nursery and garden tour, animal feeding, compost making and herb-infused beverage tasting. Accompanied by the resort’s Chef, guests can pick their vegetables and plants before incorporating them into a delicious and nutritious lunch in a private cookery workshop.

Ol Tukai Lodge Amboseli, Kenya : Into the wild

For those who swear by nature and wilderness, a trip to Amboseli in Kenya is just perfect. Watch wild elephants from the comfort of your resort at Ol Tukai Lodge Amboseli. Go on a game drive or a nature walk to explore the landscape and wildlife. The best of African safari can be enjoyed at a slow pace before the tourist frenzy begins in September to watch the great migration. Come back to the resort for a delicious meal and sip on some cool cocktails at the Elephant Bar.

The Nautilus, Maldives : An island adventure

The Nautilus is your luxury bohemian hideaway in the Maldives. A highly personalised, immensely private ultra-luxury island resort with only 26 beach and ocean houses and residences, where every experience is tailored to you. Where nothing is fixed, and anything is possible; where you are free to set your own beat; free to do – and to be – as you please. It represents what ultra-luxury should be – not just in the Maldives but worldwide as part of the Pulse Hotels & Resorts hospitality group.

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