Fall has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, tingeing leaves golden brown and causing temperatures to dip. Those who are already feeling nostalgic toward the departed summer can chase the warmth: read on for 10 destinations that offer year-round sun.
Delano South Beach, Miami
A fixture on the South Beach scene, Delano greets guests with grand public spaces and Philippe Starck interiors. An iconic outdoor pool area provides the perfect backdrop for people watching, while a selection of bars and restaurants await those eager to sample the legendary South Beach nightlife.
X2 KUI BURI, Thailand
The seaside town of Kui Buri has long been a vacation retreat for the Thai royal family, and X2 Kui Buri affords guests an opportunity to enjoy a slice of royal pampering in a beachfront location. Discover 23 private villas here, most with a private pool, and each featuring their own terrace or garden. A massive outdoor pool is housed steps from the beach, and weary guests are invited to take in a treatment at X2 Spa.
Ayada Maldives, Maldives
Live out your desert island fantasies at Ayada Maldives, a private island resort fringed by pristine coral reefs and turquoise waters. A sweeping sense of awe is a perfectly acceptable reaction when the 112 stilted villas of this island paradise come into view for the first time, each boasting a private plunge pool and dedicated butler service. Six restaurants offer guests a taste of the world during their stay, while a spa with Turkish hammam and eight private villas serve up world-class treatments.
Mount Cinnamon, Grenada
Allow the laid back vibes of the Caribbean to wash over you with a stay at Mount Cinnamon, a hilltop retreat located above the white sands of Grenada’s Grande Anse Beach. A welcoming “club-like” atmosphere percolates throughout the hotel, with friendly faces inviting guests to try their hand at snorkeling, dancing, or simply lounging to their hearts content.
Carmel Charme Resort, Brazil
Nestled snugly along an unspoiled expanse of private beach, Carmel Charme Resort offers a secluded retreat on Brazil’s sun-kissed northeastern coast. Relaxation comes easy at the resort, as daytime strolls along the beach compete with outdoor pools, a spa and tennis court for one’s attention. Given its location near the Equator, temperatures here are rarely less than balmy.
Nikki Beach Koh Samui, Thailand
Sexy, fun and laid-back, Nikki Beach introduces a luxe lodging option for visitors looking to explore the paradise island of Koh Samui. Guests here are treated to private access to the sparkling white sands of Lipa Noi Beach, while complimentary kayak, snorkel and bicycle rentals ensure one is never left longing for activities when relaxation proves too much work.
Secret Bay, Dominica
Proving itself not just a clever name, Secret Bay offers one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets for savvy travelers in pursuit of winter sun. The resort is spectacularly perched atop a cliff on the northwestern coast of Dominica, just outside the quaint town of Portsmouth. Picture-postcard sunsets are the norm here, while the presence of two beaches and a sea cave affords guests a chance to explore their surrounds.
The Racha, Thailand
The Racha represents a resort built very much in harmony with its surroundings. The low-key architecture and eco-friendly design strive to preserve the unspoiled nature of Racha Island, a small island due south of Phuket. Guests are ferried here via a 35-minute speedboat ride, and guided to one of 85 bright and serene villas after landing. Take the time to explore this spectacular island locale on a nature walk or bicycle ride.
The Landings, St. Lucia
Visitors in search of the finer things in life should make a beeline for The Landings, a luxurious resort set along a private white sand beach in St. Lucia. Opulence is the order of the day here, with a private yacht marina and expansive signature spa beckoning guests to step outside their spacious designer suites and soak up the atmosphere. Three outdoor resort pools and three dining options provide the icing on the cake
Mirihi Island Resort, Maldives
It’s often said that good things come in small packages, and Mirihi Island Resort lives up to the cliché (and then some) on one of the smallest islands in the Maldives. Reachable via seaplane only, Mirihi Island is just 50 meters wide at its widest point, but the amenities are densely packed in. Just 37 spacious accommodations are to be found here among swaying palms, all decorated in simple style with upscale extras. Once settled, take to the water and try your hand at a range of watersports, or relax at Duniye Spa.
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