Luxury in High Gear - Exclusive Resorts Around the World

Gone are the days when only the wealthy movie stars and heads of state colonised the world’s most picturesque, luxurious and exciting resorts. If you’re thinking of taking a trip to one of the four corners of the globe with Club Med luxury holidays, you might want to consider one of the following four resorts in which to rest, relax, live it up, drink, dance, swim, sunbathe and generally have the time of your life.

Sunrise at Azul Fives

Cancún Yucatán, Mexico

Sitting just north of the Mexican Caribbean coast and located on the Riviera Maya, this Yucatán Peninsula resort is a place of rare natural beauty, where modernity and luxury sit alongside the ancient: the Maya temples are close by.

This is a great family resort, offering a children’s club for those aged 11-17, with their own pool and even amphibious motor launch vehicles, they can ride on the waters of the local lagoon!

There’s a wealth of activities, including scuba diving in the sea and freshwater caves, kayaking, scuba diving, tennis, windsurfing and water-skiing. If you’re after a more relaxed time, there is a spa with treatment rooms and a Zen area.

As well as the Mexican Hacienda-style bungalows, there is also an exclusive, 5-trident space, with 18 suites and 37 deluxe rooms, a champagne lounge and infinity pool.

Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland

This Swiss Alpine resort is surrounded by pine-covered mountains and located 15 miles from the glassy beauty of Lake Geneva. It offers 100km of ski runs, including black, red and blue runs, as well as cross-country skiing and snowboarding.
There are comprehensive childcare and skiing classes for all ages around the clock. There is even a ‘snow garden’, where younger children can be taught skiing basics.

The Villars Palace hotel is a listed and majestic building, dating to the early 1920s. Cinematic in its grand Alpine beauty, there are six floors and even a steaming outdoor swimming pool with terrace, which looks down into the enormous valley.

There are high-altitude bars, a nightclub and restaurants ranging from the contemporary to traditional chalet-style and old-school luxurious, like Le Chammosaire, with its carved wooden ceilings and antique chandeliers.

Sahoro, Japan

This bijou family resort is set in the Hokkaïdo Mountains of Japan’s northernmost Island, which is also the second largest.

There are 17 ski runs here and five kilometres of cross-country ski trials. There are daily group and family skiing lessons available, which last a whole day. There are also guided snow shoe walks, allowing you to discover and relate to the beauty of the locale. Snowboarding is available, too.

The hotel sits at the foot of the magnificent slopes and offers deluxe rooms and suites, all of which have futons. There is also an astonishingly luxurious indoor pool with a huge glass wall, offering fantastic views. With a wellness area with saunas, a jetted tub and a Zen area, you’d be hard pushed to find a more relaxing location.

The restaurants serve fusion Asian cuisine and traditional Japanese culinary concepts such as ‘nabe’, which is a broth served in a heated pot, to which you add the ingredients individually at your table.

Hammamet open-air theatre

Hammamet, Tunisia

This luxurious seaside resort, just south of the country’s capital, Tunis, has a gorgeous silken sandy beach by a turquoise lagoon. It is an ideal place for families and offers clubs for children of all ages.

The hotel is a Spanish-Moorish vision, complete with three storeys of rooms as well as bungalows and grounds, which are rich with lush foliage.

Golf and kayaking are available and there are tennis and sailing academies. For the more adventurous, there is even a flying trapeze academy, which the children will love. Also for kids, is a creative and environmental project called ‘Clean Art Planet’ - a unique and fun way to raise their awareness of the beauty of nature. There’s also a kids’ tennis club.

While the kids are off having fun and getting fit, you can indulge in some R&R at the wellness centre, where there is a traditional Turkish bath and an array of massages available. There is even a teen spa.

Once the sun sets, you can ease yourself into a balmy evening by dining on traditional North African dishes by the pool.