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HOTELS TO VISIT BEFORE YOU DIE (TROPICAL EDITION)

A list of some of the best tropical resorts in the world

Mystique - Santorini Greece

Situated on Oia’s famous cliffs, the stylish Mystique features dazzling views of clear blue equatorial waters, the volcano, and the Aegean Caldera. Surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, our resort’s island-style design pays homage to nature in a climate of unabashed luxury. Our ideal location is just 18 kilometers from Santorini Airport and 20 kilometers from Athinios Port. 18 suites and villas are spread across more than 2,000 square meters, providing a sensorial experience in surroundings of understated elegance.

Qualia Great Barrier Reef - Hamilton Island, Australia

Qualia resort, located on the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island consists of 27 north facing windward pavilions and 33 west facing leeward pavilions. The luxury compound is gated and very private. In keeping with the natural beauty of the area only local native materials such as hoop pine and kwila hardwood and Bowen bluestone were used. The same is true of landscaping.

Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand

Amanpuri (which means “peaceful place”) was the very first Amanresort. It is located within a former coconut plantation overlooking the Andaman Sea on the west coast of Phuket. Amanpuri is entirely self-contained on a verdant peninsula sloping down to Pansea Beach and its pristine, sheltered cove.

Four Seasons Koh Samui

One need to look no further than the private infinity pools that each room of the Virtuoso property, Four Seasons Koh Samui comes equipped with to appreciate that this hotel in Thailand is the pinnacle of tropical luxury.

Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Bali

Bulgari Hotels & Resort Bali The Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Bali, a secluded all-villa cliffside retreat, the 59-villa resort is located on the southern tip of the Jimbaran Peninsula, close to the Temple of Uluwatu: an exclusive and intimate setting for guests seeking the ultimate in privacy and luxury.

Four Seasons Seychelles

Discover uncomplicated tree-house living in a lush island sanctuary. Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime views of the Indian Ocean from your sleek hilltop retreat, along with the sincere, sophisticated service of Four Seasons staff. In this lush castaway sanctuary, days promise barefoot ease as you stroll along the powder-sand beach.

Taj Exotica Resort and Spa - Maldives

Taj Exotica Resort and Spa Set in one of the largest lagoons in Maldives, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives is a paradise on an exclusive island. Romantics have fallen head over heels for the Jiva Grande Spa, for its authentic Indian wellness experience with yoga and meditation; eclectic gourmet dining options (in every atmosphere, from casual to formal); and the myriad watersports, including scuba diving, sea kayaking and catamaran sailing.

Viceroy Anguilla

On Anguilla's west end, where the landscape itself sculpts privacy and exclusivity, Viceroy Anguilla claims a prime resort location on 35 lushly tended acres. Set along more than 3,200 feet of exclusive Caribbean beachfront, where a few uninhabited islands glint on the horizon, the resort crowns the high coral point separating the azure waters of Barnes and Meads Bays, and lies within easy reach of Anguilla's slender 16-mile expanse of beaches, restaurants and hidden retreats.

Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

Ganesvoort Resort is on the west end of Grace Bay ond 3 miles from the Providencie airport. Guests arriving at this five-level stucco resort are struck immediately by the starck white and glass design. The lobby opens directly onto an immense, palm-studded pool that stretches out to gleaming white sand and turquoise water where white sunbrellas shade soft white lounge beds.

Las Terrazas Resort - Ambergris Caye, Belize

Revel in luxurious, laid-back island living at Las Terrazas Resort, where the exotic Belize landscape offers a splendid backdrop for endless outdoor adventure.

Lounge by the pool as you sip a tropical drink, embark on an expedition through the country's vast rainforest jungles, or scuba dive through the Northern Hemisphere's largest barrier reef- located just a quarter mile from five-star Ambergris Caye hotel.

Birkenhead House - Voelklip, South Africa

Huge shell-covered wardrobes in reception, deep sunken marble baths, art deco touches – it all works perfectly in this simple and elegant Hermanus hideaway, two hours from Cape Town. The hotel is perched on a peninsula on the Indian Ocean, so there is an overwhelming sense of privacy; it feels almost like being on an island.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa - South Africa

Azure, the hotel’s signature restaurant serves regionally inspired cuisine prepared using local ingredients. Navy glasses, sky blue fabrics, and even royal cobalt stripes on the walls make this restaurant one to remember. A 24 hour café is also on site to supply jetlagged guests with nourishment. The bar offers dozens of martini selections, a long list of ports and a formal afternoon tea.

Capella Pedregal - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

A private beach and elaborate Auriga Spa lavish guests in recreational and relaxation opportunities, many of which center on the holistic traditions of ancient Mexico. The enormous Capella Pedrigal's spa (designed by spa guru Sylvia Sepielli) features 10,000 sq ft of treatment rooms, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, exercise areas and lounging space.

Half Moon A Rock Resort - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Half Moon, A Rock Resort is a 400-acre luxury resort located on Jamaica’s North Coast. The 56-year-old resort features two miles of private, white-sand beach with 197 spacious rooms and suites. Additionally, the AAA Four-Diamond resort offers 33 expansive four-, five-, six- and seven-bedroom villas all with private pools and personal staff of butler, cook and housekeeper.

Anantara Phuket Villas

It is the beginning of a story, of island charm and tropical beauty. Of jasmine garlands, strung by a nimble hand. Of elephant treks through untouched jungle, morning dives into Andaman reefs brimming with life and romantic candlelit dinners. It is a story you'll live out at in a luxury pool villa set within the lush grounds of Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa.

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Perched on a ridge overlooking the hills of Myanmar and Laos and the confluence of the Mekhong and Ruark rivers, Anantara Resort and Spa Golden Triangle is as enchanting as the region in which it’s located. Explore the surrounding forest on an elephant. Spend the day rejuvenating at the spa. Anantara’s deluxe accommodations and amenities ensure that every moment is perfectly memorable.

Amandari, Ubud, Indonesia

Amandari (which means “peaceful spirits”) opened in 1989. It is located five minutes from the art community of Ubud, in Central Bali. The village of Kedewatan lies adjacent to the resort. Designed as a Balinese village, Amandari has river-stone walkways and high paras-stone walls. The open-air lobby was designed after a wantilan, a village meeting place. The pathway that runs through Amandari and down the valley to the river below is sacred land. Every six months for hundreds of years, Balinese have taken the path down to a pool of holy water. Just above this spring-fed pool sit three modest shrines and an ancient tiger carved into rock.

St Regis Bali Resort

Tranquility and barefoot elegance entwine on the soft, sandy beaches of Nusa Dua, the Garden of Bali. Swim through the calm blue lagoon and savour the feeling of a lavishly appointed private residence. This St. Regis address is like no other.

From seductive treatments in the spacious Remède Spa to exquisite dining within reach of azure waters, experience remarkably personalized, bespoke service on 8.8 HA of lush, private land, all adjacent to the magnificent Bali Golf & Country Club.

Hotel Punta Islita - Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Inlaid in a pristine mountain outpost of Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, Hotel Punta Islita interweaves nature, community, and art in a charming tapestry that cascades from the summit and unravels its beauty upon the intimate cove and namesake islet at the far end of the beach.

Bristol Panama - Panama City, Panama

As an unobtrusive hideaway, privacy is valued where guests can expect to be welcomed with classic elegance and embraced in a tranquil setting. The luxurious accommodations are accentuated by original print impressions by Panamanian and Latin American artists, and the sumptuous gourmet dining is nothing but inviting. The Bristol Panama is a rare jewel where luxury is emphasized and service excellence is a tradition. Honored with an outstanding reputation, experience this precious treasure, refined and cultured in taste.

Six Senses Con Dao - Con Dao, Viet Nam

The flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Son Island is about 45 minutes. When you land you’ll be in another world and maybe even create another time for yourself. You’ve dreamed of getting away and Six Senses Con Dao is a good choice. Here Six Senses has created another ecofriendly resort for those that like some solitude in a beautiful setting. One day will pass quietly to the next and the rhythm of life will slow down just enough to be rejuvenating.

St Regis Princeville Resort

St Regis Princeville Resort is a luxury resort on the North Shore of Kauai consisting of three separate buildings which terrace down from the top plateau of Princeville to the beach at Hanalei Bay. St Regis Priceville Resort is the perfect place for romance, ambience and understated elegance. St Regis Princeville is completely refurbished and reopened, October 1, 2009 which has 252 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, and Lihue airport is 32 miles, Princeville Airport is 5 miles away from St Regis Princeville Resort.

Cape Grace Hotel - Capetown, South Africa

The gentle elegance of a luxurious small hotel combined with the allure of one of the world's most beautiful cities provides a unique experience of hospitality. Independently owned and run by individuals who love Cape Town, Cape Grace provides the perfect setting for discovering Cape Town's enviable location, which offers both centrality and privacy combined with unrivalled views of Table Mountain, the yacht marina and a working harbor.

Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa - India

Beautiful views of the Arabian Sea and the resort’s lagoon welcome you to Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa. Guestrooms feature large verandas, contemporary artwork and spa-style sunken bathtubs and rain showers. Award-winning Sereno Spa, Goa’s most extensive, offers all manner of healing therapies inspired by ayurvedic and yogic traditions. Miles of sandy beach are ideal for sunbathing and such watersports as Jet Skiing and parasailing.

The heart of the resort is the Village Square, comprised of boutique restaurants, an elegant lounge bar, a poolside bar and stylish shops offering a range of local handicrafts and luxury goods.

The Casa Grande Hotel Resort & Spa - Guaruja, Brazil

The Casa Grande Hotel Resort And Spa is located in one of the most exclusive spots of the Brazilian coast, the Guaruja Island 44 miles from Sao Paulo City. The Casa Grande Hotel is a charming beachfront world-class resort set on 3-mile long white-sand beach of Enseada. The authentic Brazilian colonial architecture is a Casa Grande Hotel landmark. Splendid tropical gardens, excellent cuisine, full-service spa, meeting and conference facilities with attentive personalized service make The Casa Grande Hotel the perfect choice for leisure or business traveler.

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