Escaping from It All - Without Leaving Comfort Behind

Active Adventures

Some destinations boast such natural beauty that they inspire visitors to set out on explorations. These Leading Hotels of the World place an emphasis on the great outdoors, allowing guests to see the best of the region and to experience local activities.
FLOAT
Float in a hot-air balloon across the Andalusian countryside at this rustic but chic hotel, an ideal hub for exploring southern Spain.
GALLOP
Gallop on horseback during a polo match or down a trail at this contemporary Uruguayan hotel comprised of thirty-two glass-fronted bungalows.
CLIMB
Climb the Dolomites by day and enjoy Michelin-star dining by night at this family-run, South Tyrolean boutique hotel, which also offers soothing spa treatments for hiking-weary limbs.
MOTOR
Motor in a private launch under the azure-colored sky, admiring the gleaming white architecture of this Santorini resort built into a hillside.
FISH
Fish for trout and salmon, and explore emerald-green islands in the Killarney lakes at this elegant yet cozy Irish hotel, located near 25,000 acres of protected land.
SKI
Ski down Patagonian peaks (in June) at the nearby Cerro Catedral, and enjoy the exclusive mountain lodge at this hotel, an ideal year-round destination for thrill-seekers.
SOAK
Soak in the natural thermal springs at this romantic tropical hotel, surrounded by the sounds of the Costa Rican rainforest and Arenal volcano.
CANOE
Canoe around Lake Placid and relax on the private beach of this grand Adirondacks camp, ideal for a family getaway.
June is the perfect time to visit the French Riviera, as most French school children aren't yet out of school (locals typically take their summer holidays in July and August). Those looking for a sun-filled vacation, with a healthy dose of glitzy cosmopolitan energy, should check into one of these Leading Hotels of the World in Cannes, Saint-Tropez and Nice.

Leading Spa Château Hôtel de la Messardière

St.-Tropez, France

Those seeking rest and relaxation need look no further than the Château Hôtel de la Messardière, a 19th-century castle perched on a quiet hillside overlooking the stunning Bay of Pampelonne. Just three minutes from the village center, the Château is a peaceful sanctuary where guests can bask in a home away-fromhome atmosphere while pulsing to the Saint-Tropez beat from a distance. The famously warm climate can be enjoyed from the almost Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool and the Terra Cotta poolside restaurant overlooking the beautiful Bay of Saint-Tropez, or at the private sand beach Tropézina, just a few hundred meters from the hotel. Those in need of some action can hop aboard the hotel’s twenty-four-hour shuttle, which transports guests to the buzzing resort town.

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Hotel La Résidence de la Pinède

St.-Tropez, France

Just a five minute walk from the glamorous village of Saint-Tropez, this boutique property offers personalized service from the moment of arrival—which could be by boat to the hotel’s private beach. Overlooking the stunning Gulf of St. Tropez, the rooms and suites have an appropriately nautical theme, and many feature large balconies boasting views of the sea and pine forest. Away from the main building, the old windmill has been converted into two beautiful bedrooms, making it ideal for couples seeking privacy and romance. For all guests, the Arnaud Donckele restaurant provides a two-Michelin-star gourmet retreat with authentic Mediterranean cuisine, an extensive wine selection and, of course, dazzling views of the seaside landscape.

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Leading Spa Hôtel Majestic Barrière

Cannes, France

Just steps away from the Palais des Festivals, the site of the Cannes Film Festival, the Hôtel Majestic Barrière overlooks the city’s hub, La Croisette. Inside the Belle Époque palace, dramatic Art Deco columns dominate the neo-Pompeiian lobby, while Champagne-colored furnishings and polished antiques complete the interiors. The hotel's newest wing comprises a host of suites, including two penthouses, one with a private pool. The addition also houses cutting-edge U Spa, which offers treatments with Sisley Phyto Aromatiques. During the day, guests relax on the beach or private jetty, where there are a host of water sports. For cocktails, sunset viewing and dinner, the hotel’s brasserie, Fouquet’s Cannes, draws an equally fashionable crowd as its namesake sister on Paris’ Champs Élysées.

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Le Negresco

Nice, France

Many hotels claim to have a world-class art collection but in the case of the stunning Le Negresco, it is utterly true—and then some. Works by Moretti, Dalí and sculptress Niki de Saint-Phalle are strikingly mixed in with the interiors’ rare antiques and historical paintings. Owner Jeanne Augier is an art connoisseur who amassed a museum-worthy collection here (the Negresco has been family-owned for more than fifty years). The striking pink-andwhite building itself, complete with a domed tower, is a National Historic Monument and faces the Bay of Angels. The most sumptuous suites have balconies overlooking the sparkling sea, but all showcase Madame Augier’s exquisite taste. Guests inspired by the art here can visit such nearby museums as Musée Matisse and Musée National Marc Chagall.

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"Glamping" - a blend of glamour and camping - is a new travel trend taking the world by storm, proving that vacationing in the great outdoors doesn't have to involve roughing it anymore. Ranging from elegant tented camps to chic beachside bungalows, these Leading Hotels of the World provide the thrill of communing with nature but also the best in service and amenities.

Leading Spa Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The unspoiled coral reefs and lagoons that make up the captivating views around French Polynesia have remained virtually unchanged since 18th-century sailors first reported sightings of these stunning islets. Making the most of the spectacular vistas, the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa is located on 17 waterfront acres. Guest accommodations are in thatched-roof Polynesian-style bungalows scattered in lush tropical gardens and across the turquoise water. The natural splendor invites such activities as kayaking, outrigger canoeing and catamaran cruises. The serene Manea Spa also takes inspiration from the unique setting, offering such treatments as hot volcanic stone healing and taurumi barefoot bodywork.

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Maia Luxury Resort & Spa

Mahe, Seychelles

Guests will experience every aspect of luxury at the Maia Luxury Resort & Spa. Set on the secluded Anse Louis overlooking the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the private twelve-acre property is lushly landscaped with hibiscus, lemongrass and cinnamon. With just ten ocean-front villas and 20 panoramic villas, all with private pools, and a staff of 230, the resort insures an exceptional level of service. Pampering and wellness are also the focus at the Balinese-style spa, which offers instruction in Hatha yoga and Qigong, as well as restorative treatments performed in open-air pavilions. If guests can motivate to move beyond the resort's beautiful grounds, the variety of water-based activities available include snorkeling and canoeing, with diving and fishing at a fee.

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Leading Spa Leading Golf The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An/Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

For many travelers, exploring Vietnam involves the north-to-south circuit between Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Min City; but those in the know stop at the enchanting Nam Hai resort. Located close to the ancient trading port city of Hoi An, the resort has re-invigorated Vietnam’s luxury hotel scene. French architect Reda Amalou created a contemporary, design-focused aesthetic, while Indonesian designer Jaya Ibrahim infused interiors with an abundance of dark wood furniture, slate floors and sleek amenities. Outside, three symmetrical swimming pools cascade down the manicured lawns to Ha My Beach, a stretch of white sand looking across the South China Sea. The setting, service and cuisine have transformed The Nam Hai, and by extension Hoi An, into a Vietnam-must in its own right.

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Zulu Camp at Shambala Private Game Reserve

Vaalwater, South Africa

Zulu Camp at Shambala Private Game Reserve is located in the Waterberg Mountains, a pristine wilderness in the bushveld region of the province of Limpopo. The 30,000 acres of bush and savannah are home to abundant wildlife, including elephants, Cape buffalo, rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetah and antelope. The Zulu Camp’s eight chalets are studies in simple luxury constructed of local timber and thatch. Not-to-be-missed excursions include day and night game drives in open 4x4s and elephant-back safaris. Guests enjoy lavish meals accompanied by South African wines from the well-stocked cellar, as well as the special Shambala nightcap of mampoer, a potent farm-brewed brandy.

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