Our Top 5 - Seaside Resorts

by Melanie Hawkins September 12, 2016 1 Comment

AYANA Resort, Bali

Perched high above Jimbaran Bay, this expansive cliff-hugging resort is set in a truly magical location. An extensive array of restaurants, cafés, bars and lounges mean dining is a highlight of any stay. Well-known for its Rock Bar located 14 metres above the Indian Ocean at the base of the Resort, the breathtaking views make it the perfect sunset cocktail spot. After-dark, a chic ambience emerges as the DJ's grooves find a rhythm with the pounding ocean.

The Resort features several pools, including the two-tiered infinity-edged River Pool (considered AYANA’s ‘secret pool’ due to its secluded location) and some interesting and authentic activities. The extensive Spa complex features "Spa on the Rocks", two private treatment villas perched on rock outcrops surrounded by the lapping ocean waves and soft sea breezes.

The spacious Villa accomodations are private sanctuaries encased by stunning tropical gardens and extensive panoramic views. The ultimate for rebalancing and recharging the soul. 

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

The Maldives – now there’s a captivating name that suggest luxury! Then add the One&Only group and you have the makings of a truly exceptionally resort. Reethi Rah, which means ‘Beautiful Island’, is one of the largest in the region. An exotic paradise where no amount of money has been spared to create perhaps the world’s ultimate resort. 

The choice is a Beach Villa surrounded by lush tropical foliage and facing directly out to the glistening ocean on a private stretch of sand. Or a Water Villa, perched over a turquoise lagoon with ample decks, suspended hammocks and private pool.

The resort features extensive activities and relaxation options and with no less than 6 exquisite restaurants ranging from organic garden-to-table dining, Japanese and Arabian, you're not spoilt for choice.

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort, Oman

This exclusive resort is nestled between the dramatic backdrop of a rugged mountain landscape and the glistening blue waters of the Gulf of Oman.
The complex comprises three hotels - Al Waha, Al Bandar (both 5-Star) and
Al Husn (6-Star).

Al Husn means ‘The Palace’ and it certainly lives up to its name. The entrance greets you with a wafting aroma of incense. Following that, the presence of still water, a high atrium ceiling and expansive space in the lobby belies the plushly carpeted hallways and the lavishly decorated guestrooms that have secluded balconies overlooking the resort or private beach.

Guests are able to use the facilities at all of the hotels, which include boutique shopping, six restaurants, seven casual dining outlets and pool bars, several pools, three private beaches, the CHI spa and numerous land and water activities.

St. Regis Bora Bora, Tahiti

Undoubtedly the finest resort in the South Pacific, St. Regis Bora Bora is a stunning all-suite property at the high end of the 5-star rating. It enjoys a prime position within the famous Bora Bora lagoon spanning 44 acres and four separate motus. With 100 exquisitely designed villas, including the largest and most impressive over-water villas in the South Seas.


When it comes to dining, St. Regis offers four quality options, including the only sushi restaurant in Bora Bora and the Lagoon Restaurant, an over-water fine dining experience  and the 16th of celebrity chef, Jean-George’s seventeen  restaurants around the globe.

The extensive selection of villas range from 1,550 square feet, to 13,000 square feet and features that include private terraces, gazebos, whirlpools, plunge pools and private beach or lagoon access.

Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

This resort has an ever-present rustic charm with natural untreated woods and fabrics coloured with natural dyes. This nouveau-rustic charm merges with an ecological philosophy, a strong element of the Six Senses brand. Conservation of the natural environment is paramount with an extensive recycling program in place, biodegradable cleaning products and mangrove conservation programme. 

The selection of villas are all set within plantation foliage, each with private pool, outdoor showers and stunning views  across the glistening waters of Phang Nga Bay and its plunging limestone islands.

There are a number of eating options, from formal to casual including in-villa dining beneath the stars, with a personal chef and dedicated waiter.

Melanie Hawkins
Melanie Hawkins


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April 24, 2017

looking for a place on the beach in koh samui in september for two people

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