Sure, the holidays are about giving, but what about you? If you're dreaming of your next trip, here are five epic getaways worth gifting yourself this new year. C'mon you deserve it.
Aloha from Hawaii! The enormous Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort on Oahu is the perfect respite for any weary traveler. Stunning views of the island can be seen from any perch in the beachfront Ali'i Tower, the property's most exclusive area, which has a plethora of luxury amenities including a private concierge, pool, and fitness center. With an endless list of activities to partake in on the property—a luau every night, firework shows, 18 on-site restaurants and bars, five pools, and a village of shops—there's no reason to leave the 22-acre beach resort.
The new Waldorf Astoria in Bangkok, Thailand has certainly made its mark on the city's skyline. When the hotel opened this past summer, it became Waldorf's first overseas property in Southeast Asia. Designed by ASFO's André Fu, the stunning hotel is a massive 430,000-square-foot development, which includes 171 rooms and suites, two restaurants, and a lounge. Upper floors, designed by AvroKo's William Harris, offer surreal escapes with sweeping views of the city as well as decadent dining options and more. Rooms are fitted with an electronic touchscreen tablet that allows you to control everything from the temperature to the lighting and curtains. Other highlights include the hotel's Peacock Alley and The Brasserie, both on the fourteenth floor, where guests gather for breakfast in the morning and a drink at night. A visit to the sixteenth floor spa is also enticing.
The stunning Bel Ami Hotel is a sophisticated respite in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Près.
When in Paris, stay at a B Signature Hotel, which offers luxury accomodations no matter what side of the Seine you're looking to explore. Book a room at Hotel de Sers, only a stone's throw away from the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Place du Trocadéro, to experience some of Paris' most visited attractions. The 5-star modern hotel is a serene escape with touches of classic French style in all of its suites. A visit to its on-site restaurant reveals sophisticated French dishes from chef Ricardo Lucio inspired by Portugal. In the romantic Saint-Germain-des-Près neighborhood, the Bel Ami stands out. Its art-forward ambiance lends itself to the contemporary feel of this 5-star hotel. Guests will be pleasantly surprised by the spirit of this hotel which embraces the rich history of its vibrant neighborhood to create a totally unique experience for travelers with downtime in the Left Bank. Don't forget to peruse the many galleries and boutiques that line the surrounding cobblestone streets nearby.
The master villas at Villa Marie St. Barth come with a private pool and some of the hotel's best views of the ocean.
The five-star boutique Villa Marie St. Barth, owned by the Sibuet family, is one of the island's most sought-after destinations. The 23-room property, which reopened in March of this year, is filled with French charm and style. The hotel also offers guests an onsite spa, a signature amenity of the Sibuet brand, and dining options at François Plantation Restaurant and The Garden, a lush tropical oasis perfect for lunch and a dip in the pool. Book a flight to San Juan, since their are no direct flights to the island, and take a connecting Tradewind flight to the island.