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Hotels, Resorts & Spas 2019/20

By Elite Traveler |  December 4 2019

Where should I travel to next? It’s one of life’s most difficult questions. And reading this issue is not going to make your decisions any easier. And what to wear on your journey?

We show you how to look like a local in our fashion pages, whether that’s embracing the boho-chic vibe in St Barths or how to look like an expert skier on the pristine slopes of Whistler, Canada. As the world’s frequent travelers spend more time on the road, a focus on wellness and healthy food isn’t just a nice-to-have amenity at a hotel — it’s a requirement.

If you’re looking to maintain or improve your fitness, properties have dramatically improved their on-site gyms and incorporated outdoor programs. We take a look at how Technogym brings you into nature in Las Vegas (really). And many places are now offering more medical treatments with a roster of doctors advising.

Wellness has even extended to the high seas; we round up the best cruise lines for every kind of wellness journey, whether you’re looking for the best at-sea fitness classes, spa treatments or even a comprehensive raw-food program focusing on organic, vegan cuisine. And where to go? We’ve scoured the world, highlighting the best and most beautiful hotels and resorts for relaxing and exploring.

Expect divine spas with locally inspired treatments; superb restaurants with fresh, organic produce and local meats; and excellent insight into the surrounding culture and sights. In Mexico, find dreamy beach retreats with magical margaritas, heartfelt service and global cuisine. There are plenty of European jaunts as well, some that are a short drive from London but feel a world away, and seaside hotels in Greece, Croatia and Spain.

Of course, the resorts in the Maldives have perfected the art of barefoot luxury, whether it’s an overwater bungalow with private butler service or a midnight meal for two on a deserted beach. Wherever you choose, be well-prepared with the ultimate tech gadgets, such as a camera so precise it was used during the Apollo 11 mission, and what some deem the Rolls-Royce of telescopes so you can see the stars up close.

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The gadgets to use for the best stargazing on the planet


Keep up with your health on these luxury cruise lines


The best wineries around the world


Women’s Fashion

Style guides for Kenya, St Barths, Aspen and Los Cabos

Men’s Fashion

What to wear in Brazil, Italy, Patagonia and Whistler


Daily sport watches that are just as elegant as they are versatile


The benefits of cryotherapy and where to try it


Fitness on the go

Hotels and resorts are amping up fitness offerings and gym amenities for health-conscious travelers

Follow your gut

Gut and inflammation are intrinsically linked — these resorts offer top-notch treatments to get your health back on track


48 The Hay-Adams

49 Hotel del Coronado

50 Ocean House

52 Noelle Nashville

53 The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

54 Four Seasons Hualalai

55 Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa

56 Kamalame Cay

57 Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort

58 The St Regis Bahía Beach

61 The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

62 Grand Velas Los Cabos

64 Grand Velas Riviera Maya

66 Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

68 Hacienda Encantada

69 Vista Encantada

70 Marquis Los Cabos

72 Viceroy Los Cabos

Europe, Middle East, Africa

76 The Alpina Gstaad

77 Baden-Baden

78 Chewton Glen

79 Diaoyutai Mansion Frankfurt

80 Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa

81 Monkey Island Estate

83 Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay

84 The Phoenicia

85 Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa

86 Six Senses Douro Valley

87 Suvretta House

88 Villa Orsula

90 JA Enchanted Island Resort

93 Park Hyatt Zanzibar

94 The Royal Mansour Marrakech

Asia Pacific

98 Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi

100 Baros Maldives

102 JA Manafaru

103 Joali Maldives

104 Jumeirah Vittaveli

106 Miskawaan Health Group

107 Miskawaan Luxury Beachfront Villas

108 North Island

110 The Oberoi Rajvilas

111 The Reverie Saigon

112 The Ungasan

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