Resorts Around the World
Collected by Kirsten Alana, AFAR Local Expert
These places to stay are far more than just a bed. These hotels and resorts offer great dining, incredible amenities and an entire experience. So much more than just a night's sleep!
Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica
The Parador Resort & Spa perched high above the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean near to Manuel Antonio National Park is an unusual mashup of architectural influences. Inside and out, scattered throughout the extensive property, Italianate...
Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder PH3 1NQ, UK
Part of the 'Leading Hotels of the World' group, Gleneagles is a destination in and of itself for visitors to Scotland. From their website, "Set within the gentle beauty of 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, this five star [resort] is home to...
Chemin Cambarnier N, 06650 Opio, France
I expected grand, sweeping vistas and a sunny sky dripping with cobalt expanses and puffy white clouds. Essentially paradise, landlocked. Expectations are a dangerous thing though and my time at Club Med Opio en Provence didn't provide any of...
3341 Caves Rd, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
Tony Howell might be the nicest Chef in Australia. Cooking primarily food that's locally sourced or grown in the garden just outside his kitchen, this Margaret River Chef begins most days by surfing. A family man who seems to have all his...
Avda. Zone Touristique B.P, 138, Morocco
From their website, "At an altitude of 1612m, surrounded by majestic mountains at the very spine of the Atlas range, whose impressive ravines stretch out to the winds in the sky, the Xaluca Dades Hotel, enjoys a panoramic view of the Dades Valley,...
Sidi Yahya La Palmeraie, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
French-owned Club Med has two properties in Marrakech. One is very near the old medina mere moments from the souk and the other is in the palatial Palmeraie area farther from historic Marrakech. I am not usually an all-inclusive traveler. It's not...
Jalan Raya Bromo, Wonotoro, Sukapura, Wonotoro, Probolinggo, Jawa Timur 67254, Indonesia
The main draw in Bromo, on the island of Java in Indonesia is sunrise at Mt. Bromo. However, having stayed at the modern-yet-luxurious guest house: Java Banana, I can now safely say Mt. Bromo isn't the only reason to visit Probolinggo. Java Banana...
Estació de Muntanya Vall de Núria, 17534 Queralbs, Girona, Spain
If nature is a religion then Vall de Núria is mecca. Situated in a small valley with a lake in the heart of the Pyrenees mountains, not far from the border of Spain and France in Catalunya - it is best known as a ski resort but delights visitors...
301 Little Ln, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
There's no place for renewal like Sedona, Arizona. The city surrounded by stunning red rocks is the perfect base for hiking, yoga, and pampering yourself at its many spas. The spa at L'Auberge de Sedona has always been known for its excellent...
290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804, USA
If you find yourself in Asheville, NC (and you should, as AFAR's recent feature pointed out - there's a lot to love in Asheville); stay at The Grove Park Inn. This historic hotel is part art deco/part arts and crafts with rambling porches and a...
103 Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands
Captain Don's Habitat is not your 'traditional' kind of all-inclusive resort. It is a small ocean-front property in Bonaire with a rich history and a familial feel, with some of the most gorgeous views of the island. Captain Don is legendary on...
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