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Facilities

•    Elevated restaurant and lounge
•    Wine/juice bar
•    16-metre infinity pool
•    Spa
•    Hydrotherapy facilities, salt bath, sauna and steam room
•    Yoga shala
•    Media room with 15-seater theatre
•    Computer facilities
•    Laundry facilities (free from three-nights)
•    48-acre grounds

Activities

•    Morning and evening yoga
•    Meditation
•    Lifestyle workshops
•    Walks and treks 
•    Nearby golf course
•    Excursions to Kandy 

Children

No

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Recent winner of Time Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places, Santani has made a huge impact to the wellness scene since its opening three years ago and has sealed its reputation as one of the best spas in Sri Lanka. 

Their programmes specialise in detox and weight loss, and treating specific health conditions with a focus on combatting aging and reducing age-related illnesses. At the start of each retreat, a consultation with the resident doctor will decide which treatments and fitness activities will most benefit your stay while also taking into account individual goals and aims. 

The on-site restaurant serves healthy gourmet ‘Keto’ meals which are low in carbohydrates to help reduce fat storage and are devoid of processed or refined ingredients.

The simple, rustic living spaces have been designed to create a holistic feel, and by removing stimulants they allow the mind to be still.
 

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Facilities

●    Indoor/outdoor pool
●    Spa Antumaco sauna
●    Restaurant Parque Antumalal 
●    Don Guillermo bar

Activities

●    Birdwatching and photography tours
●    Tours of the Pucon area
●    Guided and self-guided trekking
●    Mapuche cultural experience
●    Excursions to hot springs
●    Canopy tours
●    Fly fishing
●    Guided volcano ascents
●    Sailing, rafting and kayaking
●    Horse-riding
●    Husky tours
●    Ski tours

Children

Yes

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Set in lush, private gardens on the shores of Lake Villarrica, Hotel Antumalal offers a tranquil stay at the gateway to Patagonia. Its location at the base of Villarrica Volcano hasn’t deterred such esteemed guests as Queen Elizabeth II and Neil Armstrong. 

This Bauhaus-style building features wood-panelled rooms and suites, while chalets and a villa also dot the grounds.

Fireplaces and handmade Mapuche rugs and throws give a welcoming feel, and large picture windows offer spectacular views. 

The restaurant serves traditional Chilean and Patagonian dishes paired with excellent local wines. 

The hotel offers a range of activities from hiking, biking and horseback riding, to volcano ascents, husky tours, and skiing excursions. You can also bathe in hot springs, learn about the Mapuche culture, or see the local wildlife. After a day’s adventuring, relax in Spa Antumaco, before swapping stories over a pisco sour in the bar. 

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Facilities

●    Outdoor swimming pool
●    Heated outdoor Jacuzzi 
●    Restaurants
●    Explorer’s Bar
●    Library
 

Activities

●   The Moai carved-stone statues
●    Scuba and snorkelling 
●    Hiking and biking
●    Horse riding
●    Volcano trekking
●    Bird and wildlife watching
●    Archaeology

 

Children

Yes

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Cast adrift in the Pacific, 3,700 km from the mainland, Easter Island is the world’s most remote inhabited island, brimming with ancient mysteries. Explora Rapa Nui is the island’s most luxurious accommodation, offering an all-inclusive stay with a diverse selection of excursions and activities showcasing the island’s culture, landscape, wildlife, and archaeology.

The environmentally friendly lodge contains 30 rooms and suites with comfortable beds, bold fabrics, and huge windows peering over the landscape and ocean. The en suites have hydro-massage baths.

Enjoy meals of freshly caught fish, island-grown vegetables and classic Chilean dishes served with Chilean wines. Afterwards, retire to the Explorer’s Bar.

Choose from over 30 guided explorations including a visit to the famous Moai carved-stone statues. Go scuba diving, nature and wildlife watching, trekking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Refresh with a dip in the pool, relax in the Jacuzzi, or unwind with a massage.  

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Facilities

  • 2 de Enero Ranch and Quincho (traditional grill)
  • Heated indoor swimming pool
  • Spa Ona 
  • Restaurant 
  • Explorer’s Bar
  • Store 
  • Stable and horses    

Activities

●    Guided and self-guided hikes 
●    Bird and wildlife watching tours
●    Boat trips
●    Horseback riding
●    Glacier hikes
●    4WD tours
 

Children

Yes

Lighfoot perks

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Set on the edge of Lake Pehoe in the Torres del Paine National Park, Explora Patagonia is renowned for its pioneering architecture, awe-inspiring views, and understated luxury. Designed to blend in with the glacial wilderness, it’s the perfect base to explore this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. 

The rooms and suites are designed to complement the landscape. Blending Scandinavian simplicity with unlimited comfort, there are no TVs or WiFi here, only massive picture windows looking over the Salto Chico Waterfall, Lake Pehoe and the Paine Massif. 

The national park is the real star, and there is plenty to keep you occupied. Go on explorations by foot, horseback or 4WD, ranging from gentle walks to full-day horse treks. Alternatively, spend a day on the 2 de Enero Ranch experiencing gaucho culture. 

Unwind in the heated pool or sink into one of four outdoor Jacuzzis. Dine on Patagonian cuisine in the restaurant, before retiring to the Explorer’s Bar to swap stories. 
 

Price scale

Facilities

•    Restaurant 
•    Bar/lounge

Activities

•    Mountain biking
•    Bamboo rafting
•    Elephant riding
•    Boat trips
•    Canoeing
•    Cave exploring
•    Temple visits
•    Hiking
•    Village visits

Children

Yes

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The Float House River Kwai Resort is a luxury floating hotel on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, a two and a half hour drive from Thailand’s capital. Designed in harmony with the natural surroundings, and built from teak wood and bamboo, this charming, award-winning eco-hotel offers discerning travellers a unique and unforgettable experience.

Eighteen elegant and spacious floating villas are tastefully decorated in Thai folk style with thatched roofs, teakwood furniture, king-size canopy beds and all-modern amenities. Each villa also features a private balcony and pier with panoramic views of the river and mountains.

The resort’s floating Pontoon Restaurant serves up Thai and international cuisine. 

There are endless activities on offer from kayaking and swimming to elephant rides and mountain biking. Explore temples and caves and discover waterfalls. A visit to The Bridge over the River Kwai is a must. You can also experience a traditional Thai massage in the privacy of your villa.
 

 

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Facilities

●    Three restaurants 
●    Outdoor cinema 
●    Pool
●    Spa
●    Wine cellar 
●    Ice cream parlor 
●    Chocolate room 
●    The Den 
●    Fitness centre 

Activities

●    Treepod dining
●    Observatory
●    Thai cooking class
●    Koh Rang snorkeling
●    North Beach
●    Mushroom cave (Private dining in a cave with meals made with six varieties of mushrooms) 
●    Complimentary water sports
●    Koh Kood discovery
●    Koh Kood butterfly quest
●    Diving
 

Children

Yes

Lighfoot perks

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Remote but accessible aptly describes the Thai island of Koh Kood, on which Soneva Kiri is set amidst the lush tropical rainforest, off the south-east coast of the Gulf of Siam. International guests are personally met on arrival at Bangkok’s airport and transferred to the resort’s own airplane for the one-hour flight to the Soneva Kiri airfield. 

Soneva Kiri’s 29 oversized pool villas are set along the beachfront or hillside with outstanding views out to sea. The spacious and simple, yet sophisticated villas all blend perfectly with the beautiful, rustic environment.

Dining at Soneva Kiri is an integral ingredient in the experience of your stay here. Menus of authentic Thai cuisine are created by a Three Michelin Star chef, and you can opt for a treetop dining experience or private cooking classes.

There are also an abundance of activities available from nature excursions and water activities. The spa, offering a refreshing menu of holistic and traditional treatments, is out of this world.

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Located halfway between California and Australia, French Polynesia comprises 118 small islands and atolls and more than a thousand miles of azure ocean. Dominated by stretches of white, pink and black-sand beaches, tranquil lagoons and pineapple and vanilla plantations, a holiday to this luxurious tropical region with Lightfoot Travel leaves guests concluding that they have landed in paradise. 

The leading ladies here are undoubtedly The Society Islands which include Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, and as each island comes with its own customs, traditions and distinctive mana - believed by Polynesians to be an overriding positive energy - it’s nigh on impossible to pick a favourite. 

Tahiti offers cascading waterfalls, amazing archaeological sites and fascinating rock formations. A 50-minute flight west, Bora Bora is the queen of seduction, exquisite accommodation and magenta sunsets. Exploring Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu on guided hikes or a jeep safari tour are the more energetic activities on offer when you’re not black pearl diving, fishing, jet skiing or feeding sharks and rays. 

Surrounded by a bright blue lagoon, Moorea is likely to be one of the most naturally beautiful islands you’ve never heard of. A dream for snorkelling enthusiasts, Lagoonarium de Moorea is a protected area where you’ll find vibrant coral reefs. Elsewhere, guests can try kayaking, whale or dolphin watching, or trekking through lush hillsides. 

As the sun sets, the relaxed atmosphere gives way to romance. Top off a perfect day with a glass of something fun in your overwater villa, followed by dining on delicious French crêpes served alongside Tahitian poisson cru (raw fish) under a night sky filled with South Pacific stars.

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Facilities

  • Four restaurants
  • Swimming pool
  • Yoga and meditation centre
  • Spa
  • Wellness centre
  • Conference and wedding halls
  • Shopping bazaar

Activities

  • Cultural shows
  • Consult an astrologer at the Mewar Terrace
  • Royal heritage walks
  • Sunset cruise
  • Jiva Spa boat 
  • Enjoy an hour-long vintage car drive

Children

Yes

Lighfoot perks

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Taj Lake Palace rises majestically from a four-acre island in the centre of Lake Pichola with a backdrop of the Aravalli Mountains and Udaipur. Guests arrive at the lake in style in a chauffeur-driven car, before stepping onto a gondola for a short ride to the hotel.

The 83 rooms and suites offer superb views and round-the-clock butler service. Interiors are delightfully romantic, combining old world opulence with contemporary sophistication. Each room is decorated with the finest silks, richly coloured frescoes and ornately carved furniture. The Grand Royal Suites are the epitome of luxury and the exquisitely designed Chandra Prakash Suite is highly recommended.

This member of the Leading Hotels of the World offers a myriad of gastronomic experiences. Highlights include Rajasthani cuisine served overlooking the lake, and contemporary European delicacies at Bhairo. The high tea is not to be missed.

Take a sunset cruise; experience supreme pampering aboard the Jiva Spa Boat; enjoy some yoga; laze by the pool; or have a consultation with an astrologer. 

 

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Facilities

  • Three restaurants
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Private beach
  • Tennis court

Activities

  • Tennis
  • Yoga
  • Cooking classes
  • Rum tasting
  • Golf
  • Kite surfing
  • Horse rides 
  • Old colonial villages and historic museum visits
  • Nevis Peak hike
  • Snorkelling and diving
  • Sailing

Children

Yes

Lighfoot perks

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Montpelier Plantation & Beach is a Relais & Chateaux Hotel set in an 18th century sugar plantation on the slopes of Mt Nevis. Old sugar plantation houses have been made into this unique hotel which combines an old English country home with tropical Caribbean chic.

This charming hotel has 19 plantation-style rooms and two villas. All feature splashes of tropical colour – deep blue, neon green –and the cool whites and greys keep the feel contemporary. There’s an outdoor space where you can enjoy sea views.

Food is a delight at Montpelier, making it a destination for visitors staying elsewhere on the island, too. Start with cocktails in the Great Room before dining on the terrace on Caribbean-inflected dishes. Indigo, the casual poolside grill, serves tapas and salad.

Take a yoga or cooking class, play tennis or sip a rum punch by the pool. The private beach is a 20-minute shuttle ride away. 
 

Price scale

Facilities

  • Three restaurants/bars
  • Lounge
  • 24-hour in-room dining
  • Three pools
  • Spa
  • Beach club
  • Sport Pavilion
  • Basketball court
  • Tennis courts
  • Rock climbing wall

Activities

  • Hobie Cat sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Rock climbing
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Kitesurfing

Children

Yes

Lighfoot perks

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is the epitome of island chic. This luxury hotel features modern architecture and sophisticated interiors, and there is an air of refined elegance. 

Offering legendary Four Seasons service, stunning accommodation and outstanding facilities including three restaurants, a spa, a fitness centre and a sports pavilion, this resort offers 181 stylish and spacious rooms, townhouses and villas designed for maximum comfort and privacy. Suites come with a veranda and plunge pool, and are perfect for unwinding with a cocktail at the end of the day.

Cobà is the resort’s signature restaurant, with an emphasis on local seafood and a menu divided between grilled seafood, meats and vegetables.

There are endless activities on offer and you can do as much or as little as you wish. As well as windsurfing, kiteboarding and kayaking, you can go rock climbing or play tennis. Meanwhile, the two-storey spa is a true bastion of relaxation. 

 

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