As you jet around the world, make sure you do it in style, a hotel or resort can massively enhance your experience and make life easier in the long run. Not only is location a major factor but also the facilities and services these places offer.
So don’t skimp, and check out our international guide below.
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino: Las Vegas
Rooms from 260 USD per room per night
This resort is based just out of the main hustle and bustle of the Vegas strip and is a perfect base of operations for all the activities that Vegas has to offer. Although with the amount of things there are to do in the resort you would never need to leave. With a family friendly atmosphere it’s more laid-back compared to other hotels in the strip. If you don’t have kids there is also the Light club to help party away the night with different themes every day. Being in the middle of the desert isn’t a good excuse to not go to the beach, so go check out the Mandalay Bay Beach. If you’re lucky you may even see a concert while you’re there. At the Moorea Beach Club you can also partake in “European sunbathing” aka going topless. When guests aren’t catching one of the 300 days of pure blue sky there is the aquarium and over 30 different restaurants to choose from.
Insider Tip: Nip over to the Skyfall Lounge at the Delano which is attached to Mandalay Bay via the downstairs casino. Grab a cocktail or three and enjoy the 180-degree view of the sun going down on the Vegas strip. Also the Rivea next door is a must if you want a great fine dining experience with great service and an extensive wine list.
The Terrace Club at Busena: Okinawa, Japan
Rooms from 52,000 JPY (Approx. USD491) per room per night
This Oceanside resort is located in a peaceful corner of the subtropical Okinawa Islands. Centred on health and wellness, the resort offers an extensive array of innovative spa treatments such as beachside climatotherapy, ‘aerosol napping’ and personalised treatment plans based on thalassotherapy. The resort also offers private yoga classes and invigorating Nordic Walking sessions along the sand. The resort has 68 rooms and suites all decorated in fresh neutral tones and flooded with natural light. Designed so that guests can take advantage of the stunning scenery surrounding the resort, all the rooms feature a private terrace offering views of the East China Sea. There are four restaurants and cafes in the resort – offering everything from light refreshments at the poolside bar to fresh seafood and Japanese/European fusion cuisine in the Fine Dining Restaurant.
Insider Tip: Book an Ayurvedic treatment at the spa – the Kati Vasti involves warm oil poured onto the lower back in a chickpea poultice and is an effective treatment for back pack and improves circulation and stiffness.
Le Clos Saint Martin Hotel and Spa: Île De Ré, France
Rooms from 190 EUR (approx. USD214) per room per night
Quieter than the Cote D’azur but with just as much charm, Île De Ré on the west coast of France is where Parisians go when they need a break from the city. Le Clos Saint Martin, a classic elegant French villa with a modern twist, is the perfect place to stay while enjoying the food, wine and picturesque views of this traditional French fishing village. Set in an 18th century house, this boutique hotel has 33 rooms and suites, two outdoor pools, beautiful manicured gardens dotted with eye catching sculptures and an exclusive Clarins Spa. The rooms and suites pair modern luxury with authenticity through natural oak flooring, large windows with traditional pretty blue shutters and white walls. The Lounge Bar, ‘Le Petit Bec’ serves light meals and afternoon teas in the sunshine by the pool or guests can order to enjoy in the comfort of their room.
Insider tip; Hire a bike and take the cycle path from Saint Martin through La Flotte to the Cistercian Abbaye des Châteliers, with cornfields to one side and the blue sea dotted with yachts on the other you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into a French impressionist painting.