We've brought together a selection of the world's best waterside retreats for your perusal, so if you're a water baby or just can't take the heat, you'll only be a plunge away from your dream holiday.
Your bound to find your dream getaway amongst our selection of luxury destinations with views of some of the world’s most beautiful landmarks from the Swiss Alps to Coco beach.
If white sands and beaches aplenty make for your idea of the perfect break, then this is the one for you. And if the resort’s 12 beaches and 40 pools don’t satisfy your aquatic instincts, then the undisturbed views of the Indian Ocean are sure to. Perfect for a few weeks of R&R, we doubt you’ll need to travel much further than the carved-stone Jacuzzi beds to achieve true serenity.
Overlooking the traditional town of Gstaad, The Palace is the quintessential mountain resort, decked out with all the charm of open fires, cut-stone walls and natural wood. Thanks to being nestled among the Swiss Alps, the hotel is a great winter option if you are keen to indulge a taste for cold weather sports, from snow-shoeing to skiing. To ensure you have the trip of a lifetime, the hotel offers a bespoke service for guest excursions, so whether you want to go river rafting or take a balloon ride, your wish is their command. If you’re not a ski bunny or much of an adrenaline-junky however, there’s plenty of opportunity for relaxation with a multitude of spa treatments on offer, and of course the views from the outdoor Jacuzzi aren’t bad!
Life’s a beach, or at least it will be if you visit this stunning private island – fringed by seven beaches and thanks to its established horticultural tradition, the setting is beyond a dream, and a naturally beautiful one at that. The villas each have their own infinity pool and if you can’t bear to leave the water’s edge then you’re in luck, as the resort offers a bespoke dining service, so that your home-grown grub can be served at your beck and call anywhere you wish. The enthusiasm for natural ingredients doesn’t end at the food either, as the retreat prepares all natural products for use in its Rock spa.
Think high-tech aquatics and more gadgets than you can shake a stick at and you’ll have the right idea of the Intercontinental. And its wow-worthy credentials don’t stop there, it boasts unrivalled views of the Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong skyline, as well as housing Asia’s largest suite, at a whopping 7,000 square feet. Opt for a terrace room and you’re unlikely to want to leave your suite, especially once you’ve tested out your infinity-edge Jacuzzi. When you do feel inclined to leave your room, however, you’ll want to make the most of its private urban retreat, which features a feng shui-inspired I-Spa, fitness center, spa pools, three-temperature infinity spa pools and newly renovated pool terrace.
It doesn’t get much better than the Loisaba wilderness when it comes to stunning views. The rustic, thatched house is set on the very edge of the escarpment, opening out onto the bush and Mount Kenya beyond – this is certainly one for your wild side. While it will be more than easy to pass the evenings relaxing and watching the sun set across the desert, during the daytime you’ll want to unleash your adventurous side and make sure you get to grips with the stunning surrounding terrain, wild canyons and rivers. Camel trekking, mountain biking and horse-back riding can all be organised for you, as can treatments at the spa, which is set apart from the hotel to ensure the mesmerising views can be fully appreciated.
If you’ve always dreamed of a Caribbean getaway, then you couldn’t get a more perfect destination than Sugar Ridge. It’s within easy reach of the Jolly and Coco beaches and stunningly contemporary in style. The rooms are set in foursomes, to ensure unbelievable views from their individual verandas, and if you’re an adventurous type, then the Jolly Harbour Marina will indulge your desire for the life aquatic with everything from luxury boat trips to scuba diving.
You’re sure to be left open-mouthed as you step off the boat that whisks you across the Pichola Lake to the palatial Oberoi hotel. And the wow-factor doesn’t stop at the majestic exterior of the hotel – the private pools blend into a panaromic moat that showcases views of the surrounding lake and mountains, so you won’t be able to tear yourself away from the water.
With its unrivalled cultural oppurtunities, Mexico has become a hit holiday destination of late, and set amid 1,500 acres of coastal peninsula, the Four Seasons Punta Mita is no less than an idyllic getaway. Mexican-style casitas, decorated in traditional style, make for spacious accomadation, and boast views of the surrounding beaches and natural islands. Sports fans won’t be disappointed with the amenities on offer, including two impressive 18-hole golf courses, three pools, a yacht resort, tennis courts, a spa and cultural centre.
Great for families and the young at heart, Crystal Cove blends a laid-back Barbadian vibe with a sense of adventure perfectly. A lazy day, lounging alongside the tiered pool can be complimented with a quick dash to the waterfall-concealed bar where you can indulge yourself with your pick of all-inclusive drinks. The hotel also offers motorised water sports, so you can try waterskiing, wake boarding or banana boating. Guests return to Crystal Cove year after year, and once you’ve been, we’re sure you’ll be amongst them.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little secluded, then you can’t get much better than the Alfajiri retreat in Kenya. The romantic getaway plays host to just three exclusive villas, waited on by a butler-service – so you can expect the royal treatment. To catch views of the breathtaking Indian Ocean, you only need take a dip in the hotel’s infinity pool, or opt for a relaxing afternoon taking it in from your comfortably furnished verranda.
This one has the luxe lodge vibe sussed and is perfect for those looking to ski, soak up the sun and loose themselves in the naturally beautiful surrounds, come snowy peaks or lush green hills. Standing at a mesmerising 1,800 metres of altitude, it has unspoilt views of the surrounding UNESCO-listed Dolomite peak, which you can enjoy without even having to leave the luxury of the hotel, thanks to the indoor pool which hosts 360 degree panoramic views. Closeness to nature also extends to the hotel’s spa experience, with its Vitalis Dr. Joseph wellness centre using only raw, sustainable ingredients to leave you feeling naturally revitalised.
A convenient 15 minutes from Barcelona, but set 500 metres above the city atop Mount Tibidabo, La Florida offers a sense of secluded luxury. When you’re not taking in the culture of Spain’s most fashionable city, you will want to make a trip to the spa to take in the stunning views of the sea from its stainless steel indoor/outdoor pool.
If youre after enough five-star luxury to rival an A-listers holiday, then this is the one for you. The resort has just four luxurious villas, and youll experience the star treatment from a personal butler and 24-hour concierge service wholl cater for your every whim. Entertainment wise, the resort boasts a luxury golf course and spa, or, thanks to the stunning wall-to-wall glass bedrooms in each villa, you can take in 180-degree views of lush Dickenson Bay without even leaving your room. If you do want to venture outside, however, simply pull aside your glass doors to behold your three-tiered sundeck complete with infinity pool and Jacuzzi.
If you plan on having your little ones in tow, then Hotel Rainer caters perfectly for families and is neatly nestled in the woods of Val Pusteria in South Tyrol, the most northern province of Italy. From a children’s spa and aptly named Children’s Paradise play zone, to its sweet alpine zoo where they can get to grips with the local wildlife, it has endless entertainment to keep kids happy. Of course there’s plenty for grown-up tastes too – from its gourmet cuisine to the recently built two-storey Dolomit Panorama Spa.