Give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve successfully navigated the no-meat, no-alcohol tedium of January. Ready to remember what fun feels like? Show 2020 how it’s done by planning your next holiday adventure. What better way to promise the new decade you mean business than by seeing as much of the world as possible? We’ve put together a worldwide selection of 20 hotels for 2020, giving luxury travellers a taste of what’s out there should you wish to leave the January blues firmly in your rear view mirror.
1. Blue Waters, Antigua
The Caribbean island with a beach for every day of the year is spoilt for choice when it comes to hotels with seafront settings. Blue Waters, on the sunkissed northern shore of Antigua, is a privately owned resort ideal for honeymoons and weddings due to its private and secluded atmosphere. That said, kids are welcome too, with plenty to keep young islanders entertained.
2. Dreams Palm Beach, Dominican Republic
Great for jet-setters seeking the classic Caribbean retreat. Picture-perfect beach, swaying palms, wellness spa, sizzling local cuisine, and an 18-hole golf course are among the resort’s special features.
3. Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, iDrive, Orlando
Conveniently situated, with a first-class array of amenities and close to all the action, this resort hotel is the perfect International Drive abode. Shopping, nightlife and dining are all walkable from your doorstep here, while the famous theme parks are a little further via free shuttle bus.
4. Daytona Beach Oceanside Inn, Atlantic Coast Florida
With its enviable position flanking the sands at the quieter end of Daytona Beach, Oceanside Inn sports all-sea-facing rooms, an oceanfront swimming pool and a cool, laid-back ambience.
5. Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma County, California
Expect first-rate, luxury living in the heart of wine country at this characterful, upscale retreat, beating out the competition with Michelin-rated food, a thermal spring spa, complimentary wine tasting and more.
6. Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans
This culture-rich town deserves hotels to match, and this opulent property with a head-turning lobby, fine restaurant and a heated rooftop pool is under a ten-minute stroll from the famous French Quarter.
7. Banyan Tree Bangkok, Thailand
Known for its 61st floor open-air bar – the place to be for the big event, from marriage proposals to NYE celebrations – this luxury hotel in the heart of Thailand’s capital is an urban retreat and city escape in one.
8. Cape Dara Resort, Pattaya, Thailand
The 26-floor sail-esque façade catches the eye; the views of Pattaya’s scenic surroundinsg inspire; the super-modern and ultra-stylish Thailand hotel Cape Dara Resort is a real beauty.
9. Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi, Vietnam
With an art deco frontage that would fit right in on Paris’s left bank, the effortlessly charming Sofitel Legend Metropole provides a deluxe escape from the city’s hustle and bustle, before recharging and stepping out to experience its attractions all over again.
10. Atmosphere Kanifushi, Maldives
Modern-chic retreat with sublime restaurants, superb service and the generous ‘Platinum Plus’ plan – a premium all-inclusive package that treats guests to a comprehensive range of budget-boosting inclusions.
11. Constance Ephelia, Seychelles
Constance Ephélia defines the luxury family getaway, with tropical grounds, four glorious swimming pools, and direct access to the stunning, swimmable Seychellois waters.
12. Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
The original and only Ultra All Inclusive resort in Abu Dhabi has its own onsite waterpark. Brand-new, palatial: Arabia’s most sought-after holiday resort? Maybe.
13. Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort, Ajman
Excellent restaurants, rooms that transport guests to a new dimension of luxury, and a wonder-working spa: this resort is holiday perfection, just 30 minutes from Dubai.
14. Aqua Kauai Beach Resort, Hawaii
Say aloha to the ideal hotel for couples looking for love in paradise. Aqua Kauai Beach Resort is popular among honeymooners thanks to its air of privacy, romance and disturbance-free luxury.
15. Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia
Set tantalisingly upon the private, untouched island of Pangkor Laut, the award-winning Pangkor Laut Resort has all the ingredients of the classic Malaysian holiday experience.
16. La Rose Suites, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Discover the many charms of this boutique hotel and spa in the heart of scenic Phnom Penh. The intimate atmosphere is matched by a comprehensive selection of inclusions.
17. The Westin Miyako, Kyoto, Japan
With fantastic views of the one-time capital of Japan, The Westin Miyako, Kyoto enjoys a soothing setting in a Japanese garden. Not far from downtown Kyoto, guests can relax on the premises or explore further afield thanks to a nearby metro station.
18. Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Casblanca, Morocco
The pinnacle elegant luxury, the Magazan Beach Resort brings you the best of the Atlantic Coast in the most sophisticated environment. It boasts a spectacular beach, golf course and the largest casino in Morocco.
19. Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, Croatia
Sun Gardens Dubrovnik is surrounded by beautiful scenery and features spas, sports and serenity. Dreamy and luxurious, its ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ accolade is plain to see.
20. The Oberoi Beach Resort, Lombok, Indonesia
Unbridled luxury greets every guest at The Oberoi Beach Resort, Lombok. Highlights are the amazing spa and fitness centre, set against a secluded and romantic beach-side enclave.
Featured hotel image: La Rose Suites, Cambodia