And here we are – at the dawn of 2017. Should one wish to usher this new year in blissful contemplation, partying with elan or just in a rather unique way, there are beautiful, off the beaten path places to go to. So, to celebrate this coming new year we have put together a list of exquisite places we love from 2016. To a new year of awesome adventures!
Written by François Correia
La Suite by Dussol
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In one of the most exquisite sites in Rio de Janeiro, La Suite is a place to be seen. Perched on the rocks of the Joá mountains in Rio, facing the turquoise green seas, the mansion turned hôtel du charme is very special: vintage furniture, bespoke-service and privacy. The parties here happen to be quite unforgettable as well. Staying here is like staying at a very, very stylish close friend’s home.
This exclusive and intimate holiday villa is set in the quaint village of Canggu. Reminiscent of a tropical retreat and an island home, the boutique villa showcases design that represents the marriage of traditional Balinese features and contemporary styled interiors. The villa complements open space and indoor/outdoor living, offering expansive views of rice fields, traditional temples and the Pancaran River.
Sen Wellness Spa
This magical retreat is one of the best luxury retreats in the world. Based on the principals of Ayurvedic medicine, Kundalini yoga and set in one of the most stunning locations in Sri Lanka, Sen Wellness is a unique spot to usher in the new year: think total rejuvenation with soulful approach to life and cultural immersion. The architecturally exquisite bungalows are inspired by the circular, vortex-like shapes of shells found on the pristine sands of the Tangalle shores. An enchanting experience.
Set in the historic Porto Seguro region, in the state of Bahia, Uxua is a collection of houses – some dating 500 hundred years back to the villa’s foundation. The one-of-a-kind design draws from the indigenous roots of the region and the hotel works closely and sustainably with local artisans and local suppliers, producing an experience immersed in cultural exchanges and bare-footed chic bliss. The highly is not only the houses but the green quartz holistic pool and the amazing cooking lessons.
Siwa Oasis, Egypt
This is definitely one of the most beautiful places we have ever been. Set in the great sand sea in the eastern desert of Egypt, Adrére Amellal is a place like no other: built entirely of mud and salt – the local materials for the houses – the hotel primes for its eco-credentials. Nights are lit by the hundreds of beeswax candles and oil lamps sourced in the Siwa Oasis and by the thousands of stars that flood the desert skies. The rooms are enormous and the service bespoke. A unique hideaway.
Pousada Zé Maria
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Fernando de Noronha is an exclusive island off the coast of Pernambuco in Brazil – an environmentally protected marine park. Arriving in the island is a thrill in its own right. Once you land on the island, Pouzada Zé Maria is the place to stay – the chic hotel is a family affair with experiences and food curated to showcase the finest of the north-eastern Brazilian hospitality with fish catch every morning by the owner of the hotel himself.
Palm Springs, California
Korakia Pensione is a hideaway in the desert of Palm Springs. Crafted to provide a retreat, the villas were built back in the 1920’s and 1930’s era for silent screen stars and painters. Enjoy the Tangier-inspired ambiance with a nod to the Mediterranean approach to life. Live the flamboyant lifestyle of its previous owners and give back in style – Korakia partners with many charities and part of its proceedings goes to wonderful projects.
Sextantio di Sessanio
In the ancient village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, a one-hour drive from Rome, you will find Sextantio, a magical place immersed in history. The hotel is composed of scattered medieval dwellings around the village, with original features. The beautiful rooms of this unique stay were completely restored to present an almost original experience – with all the comforts of this century. The heating is imbued in the walls making the spaces a warm affair: the fireplaces adding a magical touch as do the contemporary Italian bathtubs.
Atacama Desert, Chile
An exceptionally well-crafted experience. Spend nights staring at the milky way, drinking beautiful Chilean wine and fine dining around the fire – the 10 private rooms come with their own driver and guide service. With an array of bespoke experiences and exploration visits to the Atacama Desert, one will never be short of stories to tell back home about this otherworldly part of Chile.