When luxury resorts come to mind, high-rise skyscrapers and shiny things usually come to mind. These five examples, however, think outside the box. Starting off, we have the Villa Sapio on Lombok Island, Indonesia, which “consists of two modern freestanding buildings, surrounded by a landscaped terrain with decorative fishponds.” Continue reading for more.

5. Naka Phuket Resort, Thailand

The exotic country of Thailand is a piece of paradise for those who are looking for a sweet escape, away from the routine. Ideal for relaxing the mind and refreshing the body, the Naka Phuket resort, together with its beachfront properties, offer a unique holiday experience. Each villa has direct access to the sandy beaches. The properties are beautifully integrated with the nature: nothing is too edgy or sharp.

4. Le Sereno, Caribbean

Le Sereno is composed of 37 exquisite villas and suites, restaurants, bars and even a spa. The project has been defined by the French designer, Christian Liaigre, as a breathtaking resort destination. Saint-Barthelemy is a magical contradiction, combining luxury with simplicity, which makes it the ideal spot for days of leisure, daze and pleasure.

3. Song Saa Private Island Resort, Cambodia

“Think intimate. Think luxurious. But above all, think harmony.” Located in the exotic Cambodia, in the unspoilt Koh Rong Archipelago, the inspiring and dreamy Song Saa Private Island resort is an ideal destination for recharging your batteries. The time stands still, so choose one of the 70 “floating” villas and enjoy your stay. The accommodation at the Song Saa Private Island consists of luxurious overwater inhabitable spaces, full service villas, each of them equipped with a private pool.

2. Jasri Beach Villas, Bali

Sixty miles east of the jostling streets of Kuta and Seminyak are the Jasri Beach Villas, a pair of pristine villas bordering the attenuating seas of the Indian Ocean and lush jungle of East Bali. The interior space is superbly functional, mashing together the best of digital-age comforts – flat screen televisions, infinity pool, spa, air condition, walk in showers, without redefining the architect’s original concept of bringing the true essence of Bali in and through each space.

1. Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines

Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa in the Philippines is set between the expanses of Puka Shell Beach’s white sand and the luscious hillside it adorns. The luxury beach resort boasts 219 rooms, suites and villas constructed to aid you in enjoying the perfect vacation. For example, the luxurious Seaview Suite promises to spark up your interest in prolonged awe-inspiring moments with Abaca weave rugs laid at your feet and local capiz shells composing an exotic atmosphere.

Honorable Mention – Marco Polo, France

Marco Polo has combined contemporary and traditional materials to create a chalet like no other. Situated in the heart of Val d’Isere, yet set back from the main road, the chalet gives you privacy plus easy access to the center of this high altitude resort. Bringing you 1000m2 of Alpine chic, Marco Polo comfortably sleeps 12 adults and 2 children in six beautiful en suite bedrooms.

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