Just because the summer days are coming to an end, it doesn’t mean that a getaway weekend is off the table. These luxury retreats can be enjoyed at any time of the year, just as long as your end goal is to have a relaxing time, away from the rush of big cities, but still maintaining the level of luxury associated with every exclusive destination we bring you.
The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle peers down at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers with Myanmar and Laos insight, in far north Thailand—all amid a rescued-elephant reserve. Conceived with eye-popping aesthetics, this luxury retreat of a culturally immersive property stretches across jungle expanses, riddled with winding paths and imaginative elements (such as suspension bridges) that are sure to transport the most stoic adults to the realm of childhood glee.
Catalan-speaking Mallorca, an island edged with stunning beaches, gets its fair share of tourists—including Spain’s royal family. But few know its popularity with serious cyclists, who pedal competitively to ascend its serpentine, bluff-verged roads. Lucky riders and others will set up base at Jumeirah Port Soller, an otherworldly luxury retreat that crowns a scarp above the characteristic beachside village of Soller.
Nesting on a canyon’s ridge more than a mile high, this luxury retreat two hours south of Muscat can be reached only by 4-wheel-drive or helicopter. Amid ruggedly captivating expanses, the resort both blends into the ochre terrain and stands out—as if it were one of the surrounding ancient regional forts or a citadel that plays anchor to a nearby mud-brick village. Conceived by French-Moroccan architect Lotfi Sidirahal of Atelier Pod to resemble the terrain’s indigenous construction, this luxury retreat exudes peerless opulence.
The family-owned Angama Mara is an intimate safari lodge with 30 tented guest suites, each poised on the Oloololo Escarpment, a berm above East Africa’s most storied reserve. Embracing the fact that angama means “suspended in air” in Swahili, architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens achieved an ethereal sense of levitation above the bush with partially glass-wrapped tent-style rooms that showcase boundless vistas, including animal sightings and mesmerizing morning hot air balloon flights along the horizon.
When Greek architecture firms Mplusm and Divercity collaborated on Grace Hotel Santorini, they wanted to reinterpret the norm. Fueled by a site hovering nearly 1,000 feet above the caldera, opposite Skaros Rock, they executed a modern version of Cyclades cave dwellings—with a five-star spin. With more horizontal lines than curved ones, including rooms that vaunt dark volcanic rock walls, this luxury retreat wedges into the cliffs, free from cliché. Don’t miss the infinity pool, its sawtooth outline a mirror of the island’s famous zigzagging pathways.
The luxury retreat which features 25 unique stucco terrace suites and two glamorous villas, tumbles down a steep hill toward the water. A myriad of ledges holds a warren of paths that snake from side to side, leading to various unique guest rooms, many with private pools. Each commodious suite brims with one-of-a-kind hand-crafted furniture, local art, weavings, handmade tiles, and little bright hues; no one room is like another.
Many visitors arrive at Portofino on the Italian Riviera by yacht, which means they’ll have to trudge up the hill to check into Belmond’s Hotel Splendid, which was once a 16th-century Benedictine monastery. A favourite of Hollywood’s jet-set crowd of yore, this luxury retreat continues to drop jaws today with gardens, an immense swimming pool, grape-vined terraces, and wisteria-drooping lattices slot into the slope-side grounds, invigorating a great house that exudes Belle Époque chic.
For Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose, a rustic sanctum high atop Cheyenne Mountain was a pet project. He built the steep road, as well as the Cloud Camp’s original structure—Cheyenne Mountain Lodge—in 1926. The hideout mouldered over the decades until Broadmoor’s current owner rebuilt a new luxury retreat on the same site in 2014. Part of the Broadmoor family, Cloud Camp, about 20 minutes from the classic hotel, sits on a verge approximately two miles high.
In a moody, West Coast nod to the 19th century’s wood-clad Shingle style architecture that’s most commonly found on the United States’ Eastern seaboard, Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay roosts above a riotous section of the Pacific Ocean on a dramatic rocky bluff, just 45 minutes from San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Often suffused in fog, with the crashing waves as perpetual backbeat, this luxury retreat feels like a hidden refuge from the city.
It started with a dream. The idea was a home that would meld into the terrain, a luxury retreat on a cliff that lorded over Secret Bay. What resulted was a sustainable masterpiece that seems to dance above the treetops, crafted from Guyanese-sourced hardwood, filled with unique handmade red cedar furniture and suffused with natural light. Measuring between 1,000 and 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, each extraordinary structure includes personal plunge pools, free-standing tubs, gourmet kitchens, and pillow hammocks.