With the end of the year approaching, many are rounding up their top lists of everything they loved during these almost 365 days. With a little help from the Robb Report, we have curated a selection for the best luxury travel destinations from 2019!
Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
Kudadoo Maldives Private Island offers an all-inclusive experience that makes everything under the moon available to you at any time and anywhere. Bound to impress even the most discerning traveller, this travel destination has been designed for escapes from the confines of everyday life. Moments of magnificence take the form of delightful culinary creations, unlimited leisure activities and wellness. Seize your days on this petite luxury getaway with the assistance of your personal butler who can help you curate the perfect holiday itinerary. Together with the architectural mastermind, Yuji Yamazaki, Kudadoo sets a new standard in sustainable luxury hospitality.
AndBeyond Tengile River Lodge
AndBeyond Tengile River Lodge, which opened in December, has cracked the code when it comes to ultimate game sightings, and it’s all due to its location. The solar-powered travel destination claims access to 26,000 acres of wilderness along the Sand River, just outside of South Africa’s in-demand Kruger National Park, which makes easy work of sniffing out leopards, lions and other predators—all without the hindrance of other safari-goers. And then there’s the camp itself, endowed with more luxury commodities than are necessary for the bush and yet impossible to turn down. Tengile means “tranquil” in the local Tsonga language, and that translates to nine massive suites with bespoke furniture and private pools, spa treatments by South Africa’s upscale Healing Earth skincare brand and gourmet plant-based meals served with wine pairings under the stars.
You might say it was frustration that led Marcy Holthus to open Washington School House. After years travelling the globe and staying at the world’s foremost properties, the San Diego–based investor realized something important was missing from the average hotel: originality. So she took matters into her own hands, converting a 19th-century limestone schoolhouse in Park City, Utah, into a 12-bedroom ski chalet that, in the eight years since it opened, has become a cult favourite among like-minded travellers. It was clear to Holthus she was on to something. In 2017 she set to work on her second luxury hotel—another conversion project, this time in the Loire Valley of France—and, in August of last year, announced the launch of Pilot Hotels.
Shinta Mani Wild
Hidden among Cambodia’s Southern Cardamom National Park, Shinta Mani Wild is, as Bill Bensley says, “the culmination of my life’s work,” set on a swatch of once-imperilled land that, as of last November, features a collection of 15 tents set along a mile of rippling river. Though the handcrafted textiles and elevated terraces with daybeds and hammered-metal bathtubs are as eye-catching as we’d expect, it’s the resort’s labyrinthine footprint—winding in and out of the canopy and balanced almost precariously on the edge of a thundering waterfall—that proves Bensley’s still got it. Everything in this travel destination is positioned perfectly for bird’s-eye views of the flora and fauna below, and nothing has been built at the expense of the ecosystem—not even the arrival, which isn’t via road or boat, but rather by a zip line that traverses more than 70 feet over the verdant river valley.
Rosewood Hong Kong
Soaring over Victoria Harbour, Rosewood Hong Kong is a new centre of gravity on the Kowloon waterfront; the crown jewel of the Victoria Dockside arts and design district. On passing the gate of this travel destination, and traversing the cobblestoned drive, the urban din falls away, revealing lush topiary and a serene forecourt that commands the harbour. A warm welcome heralds a stay of unparalleled comfort and distinctive hospitality at the Hong Kong luxury hotel.
Sunset Tower Hotel
A little over a decade since owner Jeff Klein first reinvented the landmark Sunset Tower, creating what is known today as the unofficial epicentre of Hollywood, 2018 marked a time for this travel destination to get a facelift. Klein embarked on a refresh of the luxury hotel and common areas with his personal touch; with the goal of restoring its heart and soul while not compromising the character of such an iconic building. The style is subtle, chic, understated and elegant.
Hotel Lutetia is an iconic travel destination situated in the vibrant Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris and the only luxury Palace hotel on the city’s Left Bank. Originally opened in 1910, the building’s design was a daring move from art nouveau to the emerging style of art deco. The luxury hotel delivers an authentic Parisian experience and has been at the heart of the local community for more than 100 years. The travel destination now features an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and lounges throughout the historical ground floor including the return of the Lutetia Brasserie under the supervision of three Michelin starred chef Gerald Passedat.
Located just 20 minutes from the world’s largest waterfalls, Awasi’s new 14-room luxury lodge is situated on the banks of the River Iguazú, surrounded by the Atlantic Rainforest. Each villa is assigned with a private guide and 4WD, allowing guests to explore at their own pace, visiting where they want, in their own time. Awasi Iguazú is the perfect travel destination to enjoy the world-famous National Park and its surroundings, while also enjoying especially crafted excursions that go beyond the falls. Built on stilts for minimal environmental impact, the 14 villas are spread throughout the jungle, each positioned for utmost privacy but within easy distance of the main lodge.
Belmond Cap Juluca
From the pristine sands of the famed platinum beach to the inviting, cool interiors of the rooms and restaurants, every part of this luxury Anguilla hotel is designed to enchant. Whether soaking up the sun, diving into the azure waves, or simply making the most of your downtime with family and friends, Belmond Cap Juluca has every facility to make your dream Caribbean getaway a reality.
If you prefer to roll out of bed and onto the mountain, you can’t beat the location of Caldera House. The eight-room luxury hotel in Teton Village is steps from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s iconic red tram. Four 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom suites and four 1,500-square-foot, two-bedroom suites feel like alpine penthouses, with furnishings by Hans Wegner and John Pawson. Collaborations with Olympians like Bode Miller help guests play out their adventure fantasies, while partnerships with Jackson Hole legends such as ski equipment guru Gov Carrigan and Italian chef Paulie O’Connor let them feel like locals.