Thanks to its former owners the Dukes of Serbelloni, each room is filled with a bounty of antiques

More reasons to spoil yourself this year…

THE ONE IN A PRIVATE ARCHIPELAGO 

Isla Secas Reserve & Lodge, Panama

Fifteen miles off the coast of Panama, you’ll find a private archipelago, which is humpback whales, sea turtles, and now the new Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge. This luxury resort features four luxury casitas (so if you are travelling in a group, you can have the place to yourself), the Terraza restaurant, a dive centre and more interestingly, a field station, where you can join researchers who are busy monitoring the island’s wildlife. Preview from January 2018. Grand opening January 2019.

 

THE ONE WITH A MUSEUM

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy

After a five-year renovation, the Grand Hotel Temezzo on Lake Como has revealed its biggest prize of all – Villa Sola Cabiati. Built in the 16th century, this villa is now available to guests to visit. Thanks to its former owners the Dukes of Serbelloni, who embraced the Grand Tour, each room is filled with a bounty of antiquities. Enjoy a private dinner in one of the mini museums before you return to your luxurious hotel suite. Opens March 2018.

 

THE ONE THAT CLINGS TO A CLIFF FACE

Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru

Four hundred metres above the Sacred Valley floor you’ll find the most breathtaking suites in Cusco. Guests need to climb the Via Ferrata or take a zipline to the transparent capsules that cling to the cliff face. Each capsule comes with a private bathroom, down pillows and endless, unforgettable memories.

 

THE ONE FOUNDED BY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHERS 

Zarafa Camp, Botswana

Quite frankly, we could just leave it there. It’s the one that was founded by photographers, conservationists and National Geographic explorers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. If you want to get a front row seat to all the wildlife action, you know that Zarafa Camp in Botswana is going to be hard to beat. When you’re not on safari, snapping animals from the 4WD or pontoon on the river, you’re relaxing in your luxury tent, which features a private plunge pool, veranda and state-of-the-art binoculars.

 

THE ONE IN ANTARCTICA

Whichaway Camp, Antarctica

You can follow in the footsteps of the explorers without leaving those little luxuries behind. At the Whichaway Camp in Antarctica you’ll find six state-of-the-art sleeping pods, which come with a sumptuous bedroom, glamorous ensuite and a writing desk upon which you can scribe your letters home. If that’s not enough, you can visit the dining room where you can enjoy dishes created by an award-winning chef.

 

THE ONE WITH THE RETRACTABLE ROOF FOR STARGAZING 

Soneva Jani, Maldives

Stretching out over the sea from an island in the Maldives is the luxury resort of Soneva Jani. It looks like Robinson Crusoe won the lottery. If you book into the four-bedroom villa you can expect a water slide, private pool, gym and butler. And at the end of the day when you’re thinking about all of your Maldivian adventures, you can press a button to make the roof retract on your villa so that you can do a spot of stargazing.

 

THE ONE IN A NATIONAL PARK 

Awasi Patagonia, Patagonia

Tucked away in Torres Del Paine National Park you’ll find Awasi Patagonia, a private reserve featuring 14 luxury villas. Each villa comes with a private guide and 4WD so that you can explore the forests, mountains and lakes at your own pace. Spend the day hiking through the Patagonian wilderness and the night enjoy a soak in your hot tub or having a drink by the fire, then indulging in a gourmet dish in the Relais & Chateaux restaurant.

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