Tag: island resorts
- My room number has ﬁve digits.
As in, room number 11-544. Can I tattoo this number onto my hand? You know, so I can ﬁnd my room, or simply remember to keep looking for it? I’ve been distracted by a Maya temple, Chihuly glass sculptures, underwater ruins, 12-foot manta rays, shopping malls, slot machines and thousands of smiling kids — slipping and skipping through miles of water slides, rivers and aquariums.
Of course, all this is Atlantis, visionary Sol Kerzner’s take on the mythical sunken city, raised from the depths as a modern-day, semi-sunken resort. Perhaps the world’s most ambitious. I’m here for a travel conference. It’s an odd setting for one. Atlantis is decidedly not the Bahamas, nor travel. It’s a fantasy. A megasize one.
Now, if only I could locate my room in it all ... whoa, a race-car track?!”
- What does it take to get to a beautiful private island resort? Three planes, a golf cart, and a boat got us to Petit St. Vincent.
Open Floor Plan
I’d say this villa is decent in size. But when I slid two glass doors open, the place was basically down to two walls. The sea and constant breeze became an extension of the villa. I felt like an invisible king on the hill.
The resort has its quirks. No phones. No TVs. Quiet beyond belief. When I wanted a drink or a towel, I’d raise a yellow ﬂag outside, with a note. A guy would swing by in a Mini Moke, drop oﬀ what I requested and disappear.
Only once did I see a boat cruise past the shoreline. I did ﬁnd two restaurants on the other side of the private island, both within walking distance — or within reach of a Mini Moke with the help of that little yellow ﬂag.
- Surprising resort destinations on islands around the world, from sleeping on site at the Great Barrier Reef to the lap of eco-luxury on Ko Kood, Thailand.
Sleep on Site: Best of the Rest
Ladera, St. Lucia: Two volcanoes rise overhead from where I lay, a 1,000 foot drop to the Caribbean Sea. There's no safety net in site—and I've never slept better. Is it possible to feel cradled by St. Lucia's most iconic volcanoes? —Eddy Patricelli
Read the full article: Sleep on Site Escape: The Great Barrier Reef »
- Sleep in one of the world's natural wonders at Fantasea Reefworld in Queensland, Australia—a boat moored literally on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef.
SLEEP ON SITE: Awake in Wonder
LOCATION: Great Barrier Reef
RESORT: Fantasea Reefworld
NIGHTLY RATE: $650
"Fantasea Reefworld rests on the edge of the channel, also known as “the river.” The water’s blue tones are colors I’ve rarely, if ever, seen, so the boat and helicopter pad are strikingly white against the cobalt seascape. Upon touchdown, a smaller boat transfers me to my 'reef sleep.'"
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