Best Resorts Around the World

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This holiday season, it’s no surprise that we would all rather be jetting off to various locations around the world instead of finishing the semester with exams, projects, and papers. While there are hundreds of thousands of hotels in the world, only a few meet the strict criteria that make up the top resorts in the world. Although the list of luxurious resorts is quite long, the best from each continent will be reviewed, including Antarctica!

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Courtesy of Brush Creek Ranch

The top resort in North America isn’t in Las Vegas or New York City, but rather in Saratoga, Wyoming. The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch is located in the heart of Saratoga and includes a wide variety of activities for guests. Whether interested in hiking and spending time outdoors or staying in at the spa, this resort provides accommodations for everything. The resort activities include hiking, fishing, shooting, horseback riding, yoga, and of course, the beautiful spa. The resort also includes a variety of meal arrangements. From outdoor, more laid back meals, to formal sit down meals, any event or evening out can be accommodated for. This luxury resort in the middle of the country is a great mix between a country feel and a city feel, and make all guests feel welcomed and relaxed.

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Courtesy of Bushmans Kloof

The top resort in Africa can cost up to 25,000 dollars per night, but no need is left unaccounted for. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Resort in South Africa is a high end resort offering beautiful views, amazing spa services, and nature hikes unlike any other. The lodge sits on a large piece of land filled with animal life and offers activities such as hiking, canoeing, driving, and fishing. For a more laid back vacation, extensive spa services are available. The spa is known for its steam rooms, lounges, health bar, and fitness center. Another luxurious aspect of the resort is the gourmet cuisine and wine tasting. Meals are usually served in the main gathering space, but upon requests, guests can enjoy their meals on the River Boma, in the gardens, or someplace on the reserve. There is a variety of suites equipped with just about everything one could possibly need, but can cost up to $25,000. Though it is in the middle of a massive reserve, the resort has a homie feel designed to warmly welcome all guests.

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Courtesy of VisitGreece

There are thousands of beautiful resorts located across Europe, but it is no surprise that the top choice is in Santorini, Greece. Canaves Oia Resort is located in the heart of Santorini and features spectacular views, luxury living, and a full spa and fitness center. The resort offers hotel rooms, suites, and villas to guests, each with beautiful views and a clean, modern look. The breathtaking suites and villas have on sight balconies and small pools for guests to relax in, and hotel guests are free to use the resorts large pool overlooking the city. Canaves Oia’s spa opened just last year and was converted from a 17th century wine cave. The resort has a running fitness center and gym as well as yoga classes that overlook the city and ocean. This resort centrally located and filled with views from every angle is the perfect place to relax. The entire resort is clean and modern but feels warm and welcoming.

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Courtesy of Ponta Dos Ganchos

With so many different landscapes and temperatures in South America, it is hard to choose just one resort from the many. Ponta Dos Ganchos in Brazil is a beautiful beach get away with all the amenities one could ever want. The beach as well as the spa are both great places to relax. The resort also offers hiking, boating, diving, a game room, and a movie theatre. There are several different bungalows available for stay, some with just two areas for sleep and living, and some almost fully functioning condos. Whichever bungalow chosen, it is assured you will have a breathtaking view from the balcony. The gourmet cuisine is prepared daily by the resort chef and is ready cook at any time. Whether hanging out on the beach, or sitting in the formal dining area, one can order food from almost anywhere on the grounds. This cozy hideaway feels personal and unique in the small cove it sits in.

Courtesy of Grand Bharat

Courtesy of Grand Bharat

Asia’s best resort is located in Gurgaon, Haryana, India and shows off all the beauty India has to offer. With over 100 rooms and suites available, every guest lives luxuriously and has access to the endless amenities at Grand Bharat. Two of the most well-known activities include playing on the massive gold course, or enjoying a relaxing day at the spa. The massive resort grounds include both. The spa includes a wellness retreat focusing on tranquility, pools, detox therapy, and many other traditional spa services. Also, because India was the birthplace of yoga, the resort emphasizes the physical and mental well-being of all guests. The cuisine served at the resort is primarily Indian food. This massive resort feels more like a palace than a hotel, but is extremely luxurious and is welcoming.

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Courtesy of FourSeasons

Over water bungalows are becoming more and more common, but before they were all over the world, they were known in Bora Bora. The four seasons Bora Bora is one of the best resorts in the Australia area, and maybe even the world. The resort offers both bungalows built above the water, or on shore, but regardless both villas have beautiful views and amazing insides. The resort is mainly known for the over water bungalows, but they are also recognized for many other things. The grounds include a beautiful white sand beach, a massive pool, a spa, a fitness center, and a tennis court. Between staying relaxed in your suite, and keeping busy with the activities, there is no way to be bored at this resort. Along with the on sight restaurants with unique gourmet food, there are fun restaurants on the island worth a try! While the idea of staying right above the ocean may seem overwhelming, the four seasons resort does a fabulous job of making the rooms feel cozy and homie.

There aren’t a lot of “resorts” in Antarctica, but there sure is one that has caught the eye of thousands around the world. The white desert camp is a one of a kind camp in Antarctica with large sphere pods as living accommodation. The guest enjoys a nice cozy bed in the pod as well as an in suite bathroom. For meals and lounging, guests have to travel to another bod to eat or relax with the rest of their group. While in the past many people have just stayed in Antarctica for a day, this new hotel opens many new opportunities. For example, guests have more time to explore the unique continent and participate in many more activities. Some of the activities the resort offers are hiking, climbing, skiing, snowmobiling, penguin watching, and ice cave exploring. This resort is extremely cozy. Because it is in the South Pole, there are blankets and heaters everywhere to ensure each guest is warm and happy!

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