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Edana Robitaille Content Writer 8 months, 2 weeks ago

7 Great Stays of Distinction Around the World

  • Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco

Winter is coming and it's easy to let the blues take hold. Maybe it's time to consider your next escape instead. With the world starting to open again, it's time to cash in all those unused vacation days and really spoil yourself with a dream vacation in one of world's most luxurious hotels.

Goway can take you to some of the world's best hotels in exotic locations all over the globe. Treat yourself to fine dinning, spa days and some of the best of local life, wherever it is you choose to go.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Peru

Located high above the town of Aguas Calientes, the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge offers luxury, relaxation, and unrivaled access to the Lost City of Machu Picchu as the only hotel located on the mountaintop. This exclusive hotel has only 31 rooms, giving you ample space to recharge and catch your breath after a day of exploring an ancient world wonder. Guests can (and should) take advantage of the exclusive amenities and activities. How does sunrise yoga overlooking dramatic Huayna Picchu sound? Maybe start your day with a cup of tea and a few minutes of reflection in the orchid garden. Enjoy the very best of Peruvian cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients and, of course, sample a pisco sour at the bar.

At the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, you will spend your days exploring recently-reopened Machu Picchu, a former Incan citadel rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The site is currently only allowing 650 visitors a day, so you will have all the space you need to explore the wonder in safety. Learn about the fascinating history of the Incas and enjoy watching llamas casually strolling around the stone ruins. At the end of your stay, you can take the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train back to Ollantaytambo and connect onward to Cusco.

Azur Lodge, New Zealand 

You will be pleasantly surprised when you arrive at this exclusive lodge just five minutes from downtown Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island. Overlooking Lake Wakatipu, and the surrounding mountains, this luxury hotel offers complete seclusion for those seeking an escape. The lodge has only nine individual private villas, ensuring lots of space, and in-villa dining options as well if you don’t wish to eat in the main lodge. Breakfast and afternoon tea are included.

Queenstown is touted as the adventure capital of New Zealand and the world. Adrenaline seekers can speak to the incredibly-helpful staff and arrange whatever activity gets your heart racing. The area is most famous for being the home of bungee jumping, but there is so much more to do, such as whitewater rafting, ziplining, and hiking. Those looking to take things slower can tour one of the local wineries or spend an evening stargazing.

Le Taha’a Resort, French Polynesia

A visit to the Society Islands of French Polynesia is everything it’s cracked up to be. A short flight from Papeete, these idyllic islands are a little piece of paradise. Lounge on the beach while enjoying a drink and the warm Polynesian breeze.

The hotel offers 45 private overwater suites as well as a few beach villas, which ensures lots of privacy and space. You can spend your days relaxing at the spa, souvenir shopping or enjoying a sailing tour of some of the more remote, outlying islands. Divers will also want to take advantage of the diving centre and explore the clear blue waters surrounding the resort.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Indonesia

Connect with nature while enjoying 5-star luxury at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan. The hotel is only a 15-minute drive from Ubud and hidden away in a dense, green jungle. A stay at this hotel will include either a suite or private villa to get the maximum amount of rest and relaxation. Take in the surroundings as you walk along the resort’s suspension bridge over the Ayung River Valley or kick back with a drink at the Terrace Restaurant. Start your day with a yoga class before getting out and exploring the beautiful landscape of Bali. Animal lovers should visit the monkey forest of Alas Kedaton and those wishing to experience Bali’s more spiritual side are spoiled for choice when it comes to temples. Perhaps the most popular is the Saraswati Temple, which features spectacular water gardens and a lotus-shaped fountain. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess of art and literature, Saraswati.

Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome, Germany

The Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome is a sophisticated choice for a stay in Berlin, Germany’s capital and most dynamic city. Once a national bank building, the Rocco offers guests spacious rooms, large beds, and fantastic city views. After a day of exploring, you can take it easy on the rooftop terrace with a cocktail and take in even more of Berlin from above. While in the city, visit popular attractions such as the Brandenburg Gate, or part of the Berlin Wall that still remains as a memorial and exhibition. You should also take the time to seek out some of Berlin’s off the beaten path attractions such as Tempelhofer Feld, an abandoned airport in the centre of the city that locals use as a public park. Berlin is also famous for its street art and a lively bar scene such as the one found in Friedrichshain. You won’t have to go far to encounter lively bars hidden in colourful alleys and courtyards.

Table Bay Hotel, South Africa

The stunning natural setting and temperate climate of Cape Town will create a South African vacation you’re not likely to forget. While you are exploring the city, surrounding wineries or maybe going to see flocks of penguins at Boulders Beach, you absolutely should treat yourself to a few nights at Table Bay Hotel. This opulent yet charming hotel is located on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and is within walking distance of some of Cape Town’s best shopping. The rooms offer views over the ocean or Cape Town’s cityscape. The restaurant is a fine dining experience that uses locally sourced fresh ingredients. Take a dip in the pool or enjoy a spa day before exploring more of this diverse country or heading inland for a South African safari.

Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco

The Kasbah Tamadot is located a roughly 45-minute drive from Marrakech. This luxurious hotel is guaranteed to exceed your expectations. Set in the Atlas Mountains, the natural setting of red, rolling hills and mountains takes on an otherworldly appearance. During your stay, you will get to experience some of the best of Berber culture and local dishes, such as a berber vegetable tagine.  Boasting only 28 rooms and suites, each of which is individually designed, you will have all the space you need to catch your breath. When not enjoying the 5-star amenities, you can spend time in the small village of Asni, which boasts a thriving market and is home to friendly Berbers.  One truly unique activity offered by the hotel is the opportunity to volunteer with local organizations such as the Eve Branson foundation, which encourages local youth to learn traditional artisanal skills. 

11 Nov 2020, 5:09 p.m.

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