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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

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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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Victoria is Australia's second-smallest state, yet the weather varies immensely across the 227,600 square kilometres, especially in Melbourne, host to some of Australia's most prestigious events throughout the year.

Capital city Melbourne is lauded for its sense of style and elegance, a diverse and lively restaurant and bar scene as well as its scenic location straddling the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. It is well worth spending a good few days to explore the quirky side of the city, there’s a hidden gem to be discovered in every basement, rooftop and laneway.

Beyond the city, drive out to the Great Ocean Road to tick the one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives off your list – coast through sleepy seaside towns and iconic surf breaks while marvelling at the 12 Apostles. For those who like their vino, escape to the Yarra Valley to indulge in life’s great pleasures of food, wine and nature.

Lightfoot Travel has sought out the most stylish boutique accommodation in the city, wined and dined at the best cellar doors and restaurants – get in touch to design your holiday with us.

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Facilities

  • Three restaurants
  • Fitness centre
  • Beach club
  • Three swimming pools
  • Private island
  • Spa

Activities

  • The Mayan ruins of Coba
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Snorkelling and diving 
  • Yoga

Children

Yes

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Surrounded by lush jungle and unspoiled white-sand beaches on Mexico’s stunning Riviera Maya, Rosewood Mayakoba is the ultimate tropical paradise. This luxury boutique resort is situated on the 1600-acre Mayakoba enclave, just north of Playa del Carmen.

Inspired by Mayan traditions, Rosewood Mayakoba provides 130 spacious and ultra-stylish suites made from Yucatán limestone and renewable woods. All suites overlook lagoons, mangroves or the sea, and feature contemporary furnishings, a private plunge pool, a rooftop sundeck, an outdoor shower and butler service. Most also have their own private dock. Interconnecting accommodation is available.

The property offers some of the finest dining experiences in the area. Savour contemporary Italian delights at Casa del Lago; enjoy regional specialities and international dishes at Punta Bonita; or feast on sushi and sample tequila labels at Agave Azul. 

Further facilities include three restaurants, an exquisite spa located on a private island, a fitness centre, a beach club and three pools.
 

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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

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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.
 

 

Price scale

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

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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.

Price scale

Facilities

  • Two restaurants
  • One cafe
  • One bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Fitness centre
  • Business centre
  • Spa

Activities

•    Windsurfing
•    Kayaking
•    Hobit cat 
•    Snorkelling 
•    Thai boxing
•    Learn the art of head massage 
•    Master Thai cuisine
•    Carving and drawing 
•    Walking
•    Yoga
•    Tennis

Children

Yes

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Belmond Napasai is an exquisite piece of Thai paradise situated on the secluded north coast of Koh Samui and is perfect for a quiet and secluded beach getaway.

The extravagant range of villas, villa suites and pool residences are a sophisticated combination of traditional Thai art and craft and tropical teak furnishings. Enjoy views of the turquoise-blue waters, and the nearby islands from the Seaview and Beachfront Villas or Oceanfront pool residences. Alternatively, retreat into the lush gardens and bask in the sun. 

Feast on the wide variety of cuisines; the superb Lai Thai restaurant serves a sizzling Thai menu fused with French influences.

The luxury resort boasts complete relaxation with its Napasai Spa, a serene sanctuary offering holistic treatments to ensure that your mind, body and soul are fully rested and restored. Pump up your adrenaline with the sea and sports activities just footsteps away, or just sit back, relax and let its picturesque views of the Gulf of Thailand pull you in.
 

Price scale

Facilities

●    Four heated swimming pools
●    Sauna, steam baths, and open-air Jacuzzis 
●    Turi Puri massage room
●    Puritama hot springs
●    Restaurant 
●    Explorer’s Bar
●    Private observatory
●    Stable and horses
 

Activities

●    Guided hikes
●    High mountain ascents
●    Horseback adventures
●    Stargazing
●    Mountain biking
●    4WD tours
 

Children

Yes

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Located on the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama, Explora Atacama is ideally positioned to explore the desert, Andean high plains, mountains and wildlife of this ancient landscape. One of the most luxurious hotels in the Atacama Desert, it’s renowned for its guided explorations, superb cuisine, and stunning location. 

The 50 rooms and suites are designed to offer a sanctuary from modern life with no TVs or WiFi, only sweeping views of the desert landscape. Exposed brick walls and unfinished wood blends with muted textiles and comfortable beds, while bathrooms feature hydro-massage baths. 

The restaurant serves gourmet Chilean cuisine made from locally sourced produce. There’s an open-bar policy with Chilean varietals, plus a premium wine menu. 

The bar is the hub for planning explorations. Choose from over 40 guided treks, horseback adventures or van tours. After a day’s adventuring, refresh in the pool, unwind in the spa, or retire to the observatory for uninterrupted views of the night sky. 

 

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