Set in truly magnificent surroundings, these diverse resorts and hotels offer discerning travellers a brand-new outlook on luxury living.
BUSH CREEK RANCH, USA
Immerse yourself in the spirit of the great American West. Bush Creek Ranch is set in the grand landscape of a centuries-old, 12 000ha working ranch in south central Wyoming’s famed Platte River Valley. Nestled between the Sierra Madre Mountain range and the magnificent Medicine Bow National Forest, it promises the refinement of a boutique hotel, with breathtaking vistas, gourmet cuisine and endless adventure. It’s ideal for the whole family, with a range of stylish, rustic suites or luxurious, secluded cabins, a world-class spa and a host of activities on offer, including horseriding with genuine cowboys, fishing, mountain biking, skiing and more.
GILI LANKANFUSHI, MALDIVES
Wake up to the exquisite turquoise Indian Ocean on your doorstep – literally. Gili Lankanfushi offers the ultimate, picture-perfect, romantic escape. Its picture-perfect villas and residences, set out on the water, are designed to make you feel as if you have the entire ocean to yourselves. Privacy, luxury and relaxation are the name of the game here and with your own private butler, your every whim is indulged. If you can drag yourself away from your villa, you can snorkel, dive, visit the spa or enjoy the jungle cinema.
SILO HOTEL CAPE TOWN, CAPE TOWN
See Cape Town as you’ve never seen it before. The Silo Hotel’s 56 hand-cut pillowed windows extend about a metre, offering immersive, 360° views of the Mother City. With only 28 keys, this truly extraordinary hotel offers visitors an intimate stay in the heart of the V&A Waterfront. Built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex, the Silo occupies the six floors above Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa). It’s the ideal base from which to explore the city, but you may not want to leave when you can take a dip in the rooftop pool, hit the luxurious spa or simply sip Champagne, soak up the sun and take in the unparalleled views.
ASHFORD CASTLE IRELAND, IRELAND
Escape to a bygone era when you enter the grounds of this lovingly restored 800-year-old castle in County Mayo. You’ll feel like royalty whether you stay in one of the 83 remarkable suites or the Hideaway Cottage. Set on over 140ha of ancient woodland, the hotel is home to Ireland’s first School of Falconry. The magnificent décor will make you feel as though you’ve stepped onto the set of Downton Abbey and you can enjoy all the traditional activities of the English gentry: clay pigeon shooting, horse-riding, carriage rides, fishing and falconry. The state-of-the-art spa offers a wide range of luxury treatments. Anyone for tea?