Luxurious Beach Escapes 2018: (TOP Five)

An Escape doesn’t truly serve its purpose if you’re taken from one overpopulated destination to another overpopulated destination. Picking a great beach vacation has always been a thing where the destination and the beach itself need to have exclusivity.

 

I’ve always found it, a fine line understanding the difference between picking a beach destination that offers exclusivity over inclusivity. Understanding the two can ensure you get exactly what you’re hoping for. Growing up in the Caribbean myself I’ve hopped my fair share of beaches throughout the West Indies before moving onto the scattered islands of the Indian Ocean and Oceanic regions.

One can grow accustomed to the idyllic lifestyle of a sunny beach destination that offers an uncluttered and very tranquil piece of paradise without neon distractions and overcrowded umbrellas. The simple enjoyment of peaking a subtle glow when sipping on a perfectly prepared cocktail overlooking some of the world’s best beach reefs with nothing to see but endless pristine water and a stunning sunset. That sort of freedom might put a special glow on just about anyone needing to escape. Particularly if you’re living in cold country Canada.

 

So, this brings me to a curated selection of five beach destinations, tried and loved with what I’ve come to note as my TOP 5 LUXURIOUS BEACH ESCAPES 2018.

Making this list, are beach destinations that are beautiful by nature, idyllic, pristine water visibility, the softness of sand and without a doubt exclusivity of location.

# 5 Sabah, Malaysia

Sabah is a Malaysian state occupying the northern part of the island of Borneo. It’s famed for its 4,095m-tall Mount Kinabalu, the country’s highest peak, crowned with distinctive granite spires. Sabah is particularly known for its beaches, rainforest, coral reefs and abundant wildlife, much of it within parks and reserves. Offshore, the Sipadan and Mabul islands are noted diving destinations. It’s uncomplicated lifestyle and ecological composition make it excellent for the tranquillity seeker that can handle a bit of adventure without a crowd.

# 4 Ora Beach, Maluku, Indonesia

Ora Beach, carefully hidden away on the North Coast of Seram Island. An exotic and extremely remote destination, Ora beach is perfect for Eco-travellers and honeymooners alike. A row of cosy, wooden cottages line the sandy, white beaches, overlooking the crystal clear waters of Sawai Bay, and with a backdrop of limestone cliffs and majestic mountains, covered in lush, tropical greenery.

# 3 Seychelles, Anse Georgette

The astounding natural beauty of this little bay will truly take your breath away. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it’s easy to see why Anse Georgette ends up as many people’s favourite Seychelles memory. Anse Georgette is hidden away in the grounds of Constance Lemuria Hotel. The hotel does allow a limited number of outsiders to access daily but you must call ahead to do so. Alternatively, you can take a hike from Mont Plaisir down to the beach. Its lack of coral or rocky formation leaves nothing but soft beach sand giving the water its most stunning colour.

#2 Mujdin Harbour, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands

 

The islands of the Turks and Caicos have built a reputation of attracting the super elite with its abundance of uninterrupted beach experiences hailed with the worlds best beaches and chic lifestyle. However, captivating my heart hidden is a beach along Mujdin Harbour within Middle Caicos. It takes a bit of planning to get there from the main island of Providenciales but not overly complicated. The waves can get pretty surfer ready but when visited at the right time of day offers a timeless beach experience filled with grand boulders and hidden caves holding rich history and photo points for a photographers dream day.

#1 Maldives

Making my #1 and holding a special place in my heart is the Maldives after calling it home for two years is – a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. This destination is branded with the ultra-luxe in mind, unspoken exclusivity, beautiful beachscapes, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. It is the epitome of exclusivity, crystal clear waters, stunning coral reefs and some of the world’s best dive experiences.

 

W Retreat & Spa Maldives: (Is Très Très Chic’)

Being whisked away in the dawn of the morning by Maldivian Air Taxi overlooking the majesty of the great Atolls is one that will widen your eyes and pave a peaceful smile on your face. A promising luxury experience awaited my arrival at the W Retreat and Spa Maldives but not before a young woman part of the W Hotel team requested to take my photo for their guest book. The seaplane ride is about thirty minutes over the spectacular Indian Ocean and resorts views.

 

Arriving at the W pier to greet my arrival was the Director of Operations, General Manager and Welcome Manager carrying a fragrant chilled towel and refreshing welcome beverage. Needless to say, the welcome was warm and wonderful.

I was taken to my secluded piece of tropical luxury in a Bi-Level Beach Oasis featuring a starry by night plunge pool, a gorgeous lazy swing to take in the breathtaking views on the upper suite and dipping my feet into the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean footsteps from my villa. The decor was uplifting by signature W beats, luxurious-chic pushing the boundaries of the chic design. As a pleasant surprise the photograph taken earlier was beautifully placed in a frame along with my bedside table and immediately I felt at home but more exquisitely. Thank you, W!

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When it comes to living life ‘well’ no one does it more in style than W Hotels. The W Retreat and Spa Maldives is an exceptional addition to a well-known lifestyle hotel brand with a très très chic approach on a playful side. The music is sexy, the staff is vibrant and energetic. The atmosphere itself is upbeat yet playfully relaxing.

Dining & Lounge

The resort runs three main vibrant concept dining options – Kitchen, an all-day dining with Bistro setting of eclectic cuisine, Fire, a casual foot-in-the-sand under the stars with palate-pleasing barbecues and Fish, a tasteful over-water style seafood experience. Two chill-out lounge bars – Wet, a swim-up pool bar and SIP a sexy cocktail heaven of signature cocktails and chill out beats. The hot scene comes alive by night with the trendy ’15Below’ nightclub – exactly 15 steps underground.

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Snorkelling

The crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean surround the island boasting some of the best dive spots of any resort and to my delight was right within footsteps of my private beachfront villa. Depths of beautiful reef fishes seemed to create a tranquil whirlpool surrounding me as I drifted afar.

Spa

My senses came alive at the AWAY spa offering treatments that revitalize, rejuvenate and relax. I felt utterly carefree and at peace enjoying a massage after a full day in the sun. The location is pure bliss and crafted to put one’s troubles far at away.

This is definitely a property of choice and one I visited many times simply because I love it. It’s a great place to go with friends and in romance.

Congratulations to the W Retreat & Spa Maldives for an exception journey.

Stayed and Confirmed (MY TOP 6 MALDIVES RESORTS)

Top-Listed

Making the ‘it-list’ in the Sunny Maldives involved – WOWING my taste buds for great food, artful presentations, creative luxury, unbeatable wellness retreats, personal service, entertainment and resort exculisivity.

The Maldives is a destination of ”ultra luxe” appeal and is not your average hop and go. It’s popular for its exclusiveness where the rich go to play and unwind. It is of undisputed beauty and world-class service. The people are charming and superb in their way of service. I count myself lucky to have lived this magical dream for two years and in its splendour, I give you my personal list of stayed and confirmed – most loved Maldives Resorts.

1 W Retreat and Spa Maldives

This très très chic lifestyle resort makes my personal #1. Great resort – vibrant and upbeat, exceptional and original dining options, sexy music, energetic people and an undoubted playful yet relaxing ambience is reflected in everything. Great diving and snorkelling around the island and in the Maldives making it a bonus spot for dipping your feet right off the foot of your beach villa. It’s your go-to resort for friends and couples. Everything is catered to make you feel like a superstar.

2 Four Seasons Resorts Maldives at Kuda Huraa

This resort has a special place in my heart. It is a gem and within close proximity to the capital island Male – a smooth 30 minutes speedboat ride and other magnificent resorts making it excellent for island hopping. Offers superb recreational facilities with a strong initiative on marine biology conserving the biodiversity of the precious Ocean life. Four Seasons Resorts Maldives at Kuda Huraa is my favourite ‘save the Indian Ocean’ resort and best in personal service for luxury. It’s also my personal pick for best family resort and has the absolute best for all ages ‘kiddos and tweens. The spa is to die for. Beautifully located on its own private island with a little Dhoni – a traditional Maldivian boat to transport guests between the Spa and back to the main resort island. The resort itself is on the smaller side, but I love that about it. Kayaking around the island, taking in every amazing view, sunsets and sunrise are truly amazing. The swim up infinity pool bar is a personal favourite of mine and one that is easily accessed to the tantalizing seafood, Indian and international flare cuisines.

3 Huvafen Fushi Resort and Spa by Per Aquum

I love this resort for its natural easy-going feel. Yet luxurious enough to take your breath away. This is one of my top pics of creative luxury. The villas are amazing, spacious with gorgeous open-air bath retreats, generous with personal plunge pools. There’s an easy ‘my spot’ anywhere on this resort to just get lost in its beauty. Cocktails are sexy and entertained with exceptional music and on occasion signature DJ affairs to liven this very exclusive destination. If you love to Spa, you’ll certainly do it in style with the ever talked about ‘under the sea’ LIME Spa. It’s surreal. My personal favourite is their legendary underground wine cellar. It’s great, oaky and a grandeur of the best wines to please any wine connoisseur.

4 Anantara Dhigu Resort and Spa

This is the most unwinding resort. Quieter and with a strong presence on wellbeing. It’s my personal pick to find your balance and be taken on a Spa Journey with signature Thai influences. It’s complemented with excellent healthy choices and great leisure spots to have as your own. Excellent wines and cocktails, signature beach service and flare of dining. The views are amazing from every angle.

5 Kandooma Resort and Spa Maldives

This is my ultimate chill out resort coupled with great cocktails, a rooftop lounge to envy, exciting dining and breathtaking sunsets. I found myself returning time and time again. Subtle luxury speaks within an unconventional design. Chic ambience and contemporary layout. A lounge style, foot-in-the-sand escape that is popular with the dive scene and with good reason. Some of Maldives best diving can be found here. Hanging hammocks dipping into the warm ocean are attached to breezy oceanfront villas.

6 One and Only Reethi Rah Resort and Spa

This is one of the ultra-luxe resorts from entry to exit. It’s an unspoken luxury that is very visible and serene. From grand entryways, a top-of-the-line spa, award-winning culinary affairs, personal butler service and the list goes on. Superb for family vacations and for me, it was the view from my private infinity pool overlooking the beach and vastness of the Indian Ocean.

This resort is an exclusive and luxurious a resort in the sunny Maldives as expected to be. You won’t find skimming here, serving the guests’ every need above and beyond expectations are paramount.

Naturally, the list can go on and on, but I found a special place in each of these resorts. The dining, wellness, and ease of service were paramount to my personal likes and these were the key features I loved about all six. The Maldives is a magical destination for me, two years weren’t enough and its one that must be enjoyed by making your own dreams come alive. I hope you enjoyed this piece and look forward to your comments.