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World’s Most Luxurious and Exclusive Boutique Holidays

If money was no object, where in the world would you go? Let your imagination run wild with thoughts of spotting a mischievous cheetah in Africa or perfecting your warrior pose on a private island yoga retreat. Luxury holidays are as diverse as the exclusive clientele they cater for, with boutique accommodation and outrageous activities in every corner of the world. For the discerning traveller, you, we’ve tracked down best places to go for the most exclusive experiences. The world is your oyster on these luxury boutique holidays.

A Sumptuous Safari, South Africa 

Looking to tick the “Big Five” off your bucket list? It’s on safari in South Africa where you’ll witness the out-of-this-world moments that makes travelling so appealing. And getting close to nature doesn’t mean compromising on comfort when you stay at one of these swanky lodges. Rhulani Safari Lodge: You’ll never want to leave your bath as you gaze across the starry sky above the plans of the Madikwe, unless of course it’s to take a dip in your personal plunge pool, enjoy a massage in the open air, or dine by candlelight with the sound of Africa’s wildest residents in the background. From dawn to dusk, every moment at Rhulani breathes luxury.

Pondoro Game Lodge: Nestled adjacent to the Olifants River inside the famous Greater Kruger National Park, Pondoro offers explorers a chance to get acquainted with Africa’s Big Five animals and beautiful game like giraffes and zebras. The luxurious suites are blissfully air-conditioned and come complete with a spa bath built into the private wooden decks, so you can soak the dust from a day on safari away.

Makanyi Private Game Lodge: Exclusive is the order of the day in the seven open-plan suites in Timbavati. From free-standing baths, open fires and plush beds draped in mosquito nets with unparalleled views to the fine cuisine and even finer list of cocktails, every detail at this lodge demonstrates quality. The state-of-the-art experience extends to the expeditions and relaxing spa treatments on offer.

Secret Island Yoga Retreat, Greek Islands 

Anyone from backpacker to billionaire can bask in the strong sunshine off the country’s coast. So the Greek Islands may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a boutique yoga retreat, but the secrecy that surrounds this island haven is exactly what makes it so exclusive. Skip the popular party islands of Mykonos and Corfu and head to the azure waters and volcanic sands of Silver Island.

Silver Island Yoga: Surely a private island must be the world’s most exclusive studio in which to perfect your downward-facing dog. The hidden paradise, just a few hours into the Aegean Sea from Athens, accepts a mere 10 guests per week for a stay that includes healthy Mediterranean meals, yoga classes, equipment, and travel to and from the location. With gentle walks, mindful stretching sessions and beachside bathing on offer, this retreat is a lesson in relaxation.

A Royal Stay, London 

The United Kingdom’s capital has something for everyone, but as the home town of the reigning monarch, its little surprise that holiday makers looking to experience Britain’s famous upper crust have been favouring London for centuries. After a day of shopping in high-class ateliers and dining on some of the best Michelin-starred cuisine on Earth, you need a fitting place to rest your head. Look no further than the restored Georgian glory of posh Belgravia and Victoria districts.

Eccleston Square Hotel: A perfect harmony of restored Georgian architecture, luxurious interior design and state-of-the-art facilities make it hard for even the most discerning guest to find fault. This metropolitan haven comes equipped with high-tech helpers like a smartphone programmed with unlimited mobile internet and an in-room iPad to order room service or request housekeeping. The premium bathroom is decked out in marble and includes a hidden TV in the mirror and a rain shower. Want to know what luxury smells like? The air in the public areas is perfumed with a signature bespoke scent.

Boutique Shopping Jaunt, Sydney 

Known for its cutting-edge designers and emerging boutique shopping scene, Sydney is fast making its mark on the shopping map of the elite. Whether you’re in the market for a designer hand bag, a custom couture gown from an established fashion house or simply want to stock your wardrobe with the latest looks from Australia’s up-and-coming designers, Sydney has more options than you can point a diamond-clad finger at.

ADGE Apartment Hotel in Sydney: A stone’s throw from the upmarket boutiques of the Paddington district, ADGE Apartment Hotel is all about creating a home-away-from-home experience for its fashionable guests. The decor of this designer accommodation is as colourful as the city itself. The uber-posh split-level penthouse with its wraparound balcony offers more than enough room to store your purchases in a city where square meterage is at a premium.

A Relaxed Rural Retreat, Queensland 

From the urban elite to a rural retreat in Australia, the epic landscapes of Queensland’s bountiful nature make it an idyllic escape. Spend your days wandering through romantic fields, enjoying a spot of tennis or floating in an oasis-inspired pool. The true luxury in the countryside comes from having no claims on your precious time, simply inhale the fresh air and realise life doesn’t get much better than this.

Spicers Peak Lodge: Perched on top of the Cedar Mountain plateau and spread across 8000 acres of magnificent nature, Spicers Peak Lodge provides awe-inspiring views of rural Queensland. This intimate retreat oozes exclusivity, with room for just 26 guests. While drinking in the surrounding landscape will take up a large chunk of your time here, if you feel more action-bound why not schedule in some hiking, mountain biking or four-wheel driving? Spicer’s spa treatments and daily yoga sessions will be sure to complete the ultimate relaxation experience.

Alpine Adventure, Queenstown 

The doorstop to one of the world’s ultimate adventure playgrounds is also one of New Zealand’s finest cities. There’s a plethora of ways to drop cash in Queenstown, whether it’s fine dining, shopping or thrill-seeking. After days revelling in the winter snow or hiking the verdant peaks in summer, opt for an equally indulgent experience of a more tranquil kind by staying at one of Queenstown’s luxury boutique hotels.

Eichardt’s Hotel: For a luxury escape in the land of the long white cloud, look no further than one of the five swanky suites in Eichardt’s historic waterfront building. Nestle in front of a roaring log fire as the spectacular mountains compete with the bluer-than-blue lake for your attention. There’s no need to lift a finger here, the hotel can even organise a private chef to cook you dinner – perfect for a romantic date night.

Deep Diving in Tropical Paradise, Belize 

No luxury holiday list is complete without mentioning the Caribbean. Just off the shockingly blue coast of Belize lies the tropical paradise of lush jungle known as Ambergris Caye. Head out on a private tour of the gargantuan Belize Barrier Reef where you can swim with rays, sharks and millions of tropical fish. When not exploring natural wonders, most Caye-goers can be found chilling on a deck chair on a private jetty belonging to the exclusive resorts that stud the coast.

Xanadu Island Resort: This Caribbean sanctuary comes with the perk of a free conscious, as the eco-friendly resort strives to minimise its carbon footprint. Scale the indigenous trees of Ambergris Caye for the best view on the island from the spacious treetop suites and let staff treat you to some Belizean hospitality. You can tick watching the sun set over the Caribbean off your bucket list from the comfort of your very own poolside lounger.

A Dip in the Hot Springs the San Juan National Forest, USA  

This state-sponsored park in Colorado features sweeping mountain landscapes and pine forests with natural scenery that will have you gaping with wonder. History buffs will adore exploring the ruins of Puebloan cliff dwellings and pit houses, but the romantic whimsy of the region is sure to capture the heart of any traveller who enjoys a woodland retreat.

Dunton Hot Springs: Mobile phones aren’t allowed at the Dunton Hot Springs, an upscale hideaway village that wrote the book on getting away from it all. Hand-hewn log cabins are tastefully furnished with historic artefacts and cosy wood-burning stoves. But the real reason you’ll want to visit the alpine retreat is its private, indoor hot spring. While it snows outside, sooth your soul in a relaxing spa or with a yoga or Pilates class.

Whether it’s a mind-blowing honeymoon splurge or you just prefer the finer things in life, paying top dollar for a holiday tailored to your interests alleviates any planning stress. All around the globe luxury boutique hotels are delivering bespoke experiences fit for royalty. Simply sit back, allow yourself to be pampered and enjoy a trip that is truly like no other.