Wishlist Luxury Destination 2017
1.Nihiwatu Resort – Sumba Island, Indonesia
Located on the island of Sumba and 400 km to the East of Bali, Nihiwatu is an outpost to world-class surfing, the best sport fishing in Indonesia, hiking through breath taking waterfalls, ancient villages and butterfly trails and Stand-up Paddling down the Wanukaka River. For wellness aficionados the stunning yoga platform and the unique Nihi Oka Spa Safari allow for healthful holidays. The resort focuses on unregulated freedom, understated luxury, and providing unforgettable memories that allow guests to reconnect with a life lived simply, healthfully and mindfully. The property and main resort on West Sumba encompasses 567-hectares of land. All villas are built on terraces with private verandas. Nihiwatu was born of a vision to protect and preserve the unique culture and empower the local communities to support themselves and their families and give them the opportunity to improve their own lives.
2.Finland’s Igloo Village (watching the northern light.)
A romantic night under the stars is one thing, but a crystal clear view of the Northern Lights from your own private igloo is definitely another treat entirely. The Igloo Village of Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland boasts 20 thermal glass igloos that allow visitors to enjoy incredible views of the Aurora Borealis from the warmth and comfort of their own hut.
Nestled in the wilderness near Finland’s Urho Kekkonen National Park, Hotel Kakslauttanen has one of the Arctic Circle’s best views of the Aurora Borealis. The sparse trees and complete lack of light pollution reveal millions of stars each night, and during the peak winter months the location offers incredible views of the Northern Lights.
One of the world’s seven natural wonders, Aurora Borealis results from the collision of gaseous particles from the earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun. The resulting burst of colored light can last from less than a second to nearly two minutes. Though the lights are visible from August to April, the peak viewing time is in the darkness of the winter months.
3.Experience The Orient Express
A work of art in itself and a true Art Deco icon, the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is one of the world’s most famous luxury trains. Step aboard and experience truly elegant travel, wrapped in timeless romance.
Adventure and style are all intimately bound in journeys that crisscross Europe, rolling through sublime scenery to some of the continent’s most alluring cities.
Delightful vintage cabins, gastronomic cuisine and lively onboard entertainment make a journey on this luxury train one of the world’s finest travel experiences.
Relive the golden age of travel aboard our luxurious trains.
Departing from stations throughout the UK, restored carriages transport you through the beautiful British countryside. Visit some of the country’s top destinations while indulging in gourmet cuisine and fine wines en-route.
The Belmond British Pullman and Belmond Northern Belle are just two in Belmond’s collection of luxury trains. Other icons include the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the Belmond Royal Scotsman, the Belmond Grand Hibernian, the Eastern & Oriental Express and the Belmond Hiram Bingham.
4.Atlantis The Palm Dubai, UAE
With a stay at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai (Palm Jumeirah), you’ll be minutes from Aquaventure. This 5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Ski Dubai and Mall of the Emirates. Make yourself at home in one of the 1539 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries. Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. After dipping into one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools, you can spend some time at the private beach. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Guests can get to nearby shops on the complimentary shuttle. Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel’s dining establishments, which include 20 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 3 bars/lounges. Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and express check-in. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free valet parking is available onsite.
The comprehensive, 360-degree brand campaign roll-out will encompass all elements of Crystal’s marketing and sales – advertising, brochures, website, direct mail and more. Leveraging high-end, stunning and stylish photography to evoke the feelings and sensations unique to the award-winning Crystal Experience, the imagery portrays a dreamlike state where imaginations are brought to life, where anything you want in travel is available to you, any time, all the time, creating the memories of a lifetime.
Crystal Cruises is the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line, having earned more “World’s Best— accolades than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Crystal Cruises has won “World’s Best Cruise Ship— in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 22 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line— by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 consecutive years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line— by Virtuoso for two-consecutive years (2014 & 2015). In summer 2015, Crystal embarked on the most significant brand expansion in the history of luxury travel and hospitality, introducing three new classes of cruising – the recently launched Crystal Yacht Cruises (December 2015), Crystal River Cruises (July 2016), Crystal Exclusive Class Ocean Cruises (late 2018) – and Crystal Luxury Air (March 2016).
Activities abound for adventurers who wish to explore the unimaginable, like maneuvering a personal Triton submarine through a lagoon, exploring the ocean’s depths as the passenger of a 1,000-foot luxury submersible, and scuba diving in pristine waters. Those who seek solitude will find the epitome of relaxation when indulging in marine-focused spa treatments and meditation under the gaze of only the moon and stars. Whether traveling alone, as a pair, or in a group, you will find what you seek.
Services available include two fine dining establishments, one on land and one below the sea, presenting plates of culinary excellence day and night. A dive shop and retail boutique will also be at your service, along with a library/lounge, theater area and conference room/wedding chapel. Fitness amenities include a nine-hole executive golf course, tennis courts, private splash pools and a fitness center.
And then there’s your definitive playground… the ocean.
Poseidon Mystery Island offers two means of guest accommodations, one above ground and one below the surface. Guests will have the opportunity to explore each comfortable, intimate world during the course of their stay, with full access to facilities in both areas.
7.Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas
This non-stop aquatic thrill ride features over twenty million gallons of water, incredible Atlantean-themed towers, thrilling high-speed water slides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges, 20 swimming areas, a spectacular kids water-play fort and 11 unique and refreshing swimming pools.
Aquaventure, Atlantis Paradise Island’s water park, is a one-of-a-kind 141-acre waterscape. This non-stop aquatic thrill ride features over twenty million gallons of water, incredible Atlantean-themed towers, thrilling high-speed water slides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges, 20 swimming areas, a spectacular kids water-play fort and 11 unique and refreshing swimming pools. Aquaventure is connected by a lush, tropical environment that is both immersive and interconnected, and perfect for all vacationers, whether young and older. The water park offers an extreme level of excitement and delivers an “aqua” adventure unlike any other.
With imagination and innovation Caribbean vacationers can only discover at Atlantis Paradise Island, the 120-foot tall Power Tower slides deliver sensory thrills unlike any other. Resort guests can take on The Abyss, a 200-foot body-slide that will send you plunging 50-feet into a lagoon. Try out The Drop, dare The Falls or dive into The Surge, a waterslide roller coaster of twists and turns. From the iconic Mayan Temple to the ominous Power Tower to the playful Splashers Island, Aquaventure boasts more than 18 thrilling water slides for kids of all ages.
8.The Castle Hotel at Dalian China
The Castle Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian commands an imposing presence as a palatial Bavarian-style castle set amid lush foliage on Lotus Mountain in Dalian, Northeast China. Overlooking Xinghai Square as well as Xinghai Bay and the Yellow Sea, The Castle Hotel offers 292 luxurious guestrooms and suites as well as 67 residences, offering stunning ocean views with meticulous interior designs. Reimagined by HBA Interior Design, the hotel boasts an opulent, contemporary design where each detail – from the wall decorations and furniture to the ornaments and art collections – tells a story.Following the hotel’s extensive renovation, the exterior of the hotel remains true to the original European-inspired architecture with hand-selected stones gracing the façade of the castle.
As part of The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, The Castle Hotel will offer The Luxury Collection Concierge service to help discerning guests explore and unlock the very best of the destination. Signature experiences include a tour of Fisherman’s Wharf and the Coastal Road; a memorable visit to historic Lvshun, site of the main battlefield of the Russo-Japanese War; as well as a day trip to Jinshi Bay to explore Golden Pebble Beach and the Jinshi Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by famed golf course designer Peter Thomson.