Our in-house hotel expert, Yasmin Fahr, shares her bi-monthly picks for newsworthy hotels to keep on your radar. These week’s picks show you the top private hotels in the world to simply get away from it all.
Try private game lodge Makanyi Lodge from sunset yoga to bush drives. Or sleep therapy in Bangkok at 137 Pillars with your own sleep butler and curator. Sleep in the middle of an architectural gem in the forests of Shanghai. Or jump into your private plunge pool in Seychelles.
Makanyi Lodge For getting into the wild
The all-suite rooms at this lodge in Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa, and each come with an outdoor shower, patio with lounge chairs, spacious bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and overlook a waterfall dam to create a tranquil setting in the wild. The lodge offers a variety of experiences, such as twice-a-day drives to see the wild game living nearby, bush walks, fishing and a must-visit spa. They recently added a condensed version of some of their best offerings into Energise, a week-long wellness program available at different times during the year: Think sunset yoga in the bush, drumming around the campfire, bush drives and massages.
137 Pillars Bangkok For those in need of a good night's sleep
When navigating the streets of chaotic Bangkok, sometimes all you want is a place to escape it all. Enter 137 Pillars. With 34 suites, all of which come with a dining room, private butler and thoughtful amenities, this is one of the best places to find peace and quiet in a busy city—especially with the hotel’s recent launch of a sleep therapy program. You can either undergo a carefully constructed 90-minute ritual at the spa or in the comfort of your suite, where relaxing essential oils, aromas and a massage that targets pressure points in your feet are used to ensure a deep and restful slumber. This is only made better by pairing it with the sleep down service that involves a bergamot bath drawn by a sleep butler, while a sleep curator optimises the room for sleep by preparing tea, adjusting the lighting and scents in the room to create the perfect night time atmosphere.
Aman Shanghai To find calm in an ancient architectural heaven
While you never need a reason to visit an Aman, their latest property is motivation enough to start looking at flights to Shanghai. Centred on the theme of light, introspection, history and earth elements, rooms are set in restored villas dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties with natural resources such as wood, bamboo and stone making up the internal structure. Spend days relaxing at the spa in the indoor and outdoor pools, hammam or take a yoga class, and finish it off with a walk through the camphor tree forest that surrounds the villas, breathing in the fragrant scent that they emit. It’s the perfect place to escape the pollution and noise of Shanghai, while still being able to access the city if you want to go on a shopping spree.
Casa Sandra Isla Holbox
Touted as the *new* Tulum, Holbox where Casa Sandra is based, lets you travel back in time to a slower pace of life, one where you’re encouraged to walk barefoot through sandy streets and get quiet. There are no cars on this island, which is around two hours from tourist-packed Cancun, offering guests the chance to truly escape. The boutique hotel itself was founded by an artist who encourages guests to adopt a bohemian lifestyle once on property, one that includes lounging in colourful hammocks, enjoying music, art and the ocean, while staying in rooms that are free of a TV, radio or alarm clock.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
If the idea of waking up to the sounds of the ocean, stepping off of your wooden deck barefoot onto the sand and taking a morning dip before speaking to a soul is a dream come true, then this brand-new property in Seychelles is the one for you. With all of the rooms offering direct beach access and varying degrees of luxury from outdoor showers to private plunge pools, this resort is the ultimate glamping version of Lost. Comprising of tree-house villas, each with their own private infinity pool, perched on a jungled hillside, the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles offers a tantalising glimpse into paradise. The powder-sand beach, considered to be one of the finest on the island, is just a short stroll away, scented en-route by cinnamon trees and frangipani. As well as indulging in water sports, there’s a lovely swimming pool to relax by with poolside dining and refreshments readily available. The spa is a treat for all, located at the top of the hill, overlooking spectacular Petite Anse, with both adults and children welcome. Utilising entirely natural ingredients, signature rituals include chakra rebalancing and jet-lag recovery (adults only), as well as a Fancy Fingers Manicure or a Sleepy-time massage for youngsters, the latter a wise investment as everyone enjoys a peaceful night!
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