She isn’t just looking to relax—today’s luxe nomad seeks to drop off the grid, take the plunge, feast like a queen and find inner peace... one plane ride away. Here are some of her best-kept secrets
For the real-life mermaid…
COMO COCOA ISLAND IN THE MALDIVES
Nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean, COMO Cocoa Island is a perfectly formed slice of heaven in the Maldives. This sundrenched private resort boasts inviting blue waters and pristine white sand beaches where holidaymakers can truly switch off and disconnect from the world. With its inimitable hospitality and elegantly designed surrounds, it is easy to slip into the relaxing lull of island life. But that is not to say that there is a lack of things to do here: Explore the crystal clear waters on a private catamaran snorkelling trip, or visit the house reef, where you can frolic with a plethora of marine wildlife. If it is pampering you are after, wander over to the group’s signature COMO Shambhala spa for its restorative massages, luxurious baths or even a spot of hydrotherapy to melt the stress away. In the evening, head over to the bar and watch the sunset disappear into a blaze of orange and dusty pinks as you sip a cocktail. It is truly an idyllic retreat to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.
Breathtaking blue views from above
Swim with the dolphins, baby sharks and manta rays
For the luxury-loving cosmopolitan…
FOUR SEASONS JAKARTA IN INDONESIA
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the financial district lies the Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta. Building on its 20-year heritage in the Indonesian city, the all-suite luxury hotel has gotten a new lease of life at a new location, in a light-filled, modern classic structure designed by award-winning architect, César Pelli. The interior is dotted with vignettes paying homage to the historical capital. Unwind with a cocktail or two at Nautilus Bar, with flavours inspired by the spice trade that operated out of Sunda Kelapa port—a scene reflected on the muraled walls. Palm Court, the all-day dining space in the hotel’s grand rotunda, offers Asian-fusion dishes with specialties like Javanese lobster laksa. Sitting atop the building is the hotel’s culinary highlight, Alto. The restaurant and bar boasts authentic Italian cuisine by executive chef, Marco Riva. Add to that the panoramic view of Jakarta’s surrounding cityscape, and you’ll get an experience like none other.
Lounge in villas with terraces that stretch out to the sand and sea
Lavish ways to lay your head await
Bag, Proenza Schouler
For the beauty-obsessed millennial…
COQUI COQUI VALLADOLID RESIDENCE & SPA IN MEXICO
This one-room hideaway isn’t just housed within a rustic mansion, it sits atop a working 1920s perfumery that’s basically yours after 8pm. Start this olfactory journey by creating your own fragrance in the lab downstairs, then indulge in a masage or hydrotherapy treatment at the scent-focused spa. Spend the rest of your stay with a camera in hand, for the suite is an Instagrammer’s dream—sunny, monochrome, minimalist—complete with a freestanding tub, chandeliers, stone walls and a private terrace, overlooking a plunge pool in the courtyard.
Chandeliers illuminate the minimalist spaces
The fragrance lab at Coqui Coqui Valladolid Residence & Spa
Bag, Kate Spade New York
For the adventurous sun-seeker…
CHENA HUTS IN SRI LANKA
Fronted by a private beach and nestled in the wildlife-packed Yala National Park, this is the place to get wet and wild, literally. Fourteen thatched pavilions, all of which are dotted through a patch of dense, protected jungle, boast luxurious safari interiors, plunge pools and climate control—just don’t expect room service, or visitors at night. Reflecting the emerald shades of the surrounding greenery is an outdoor heated pool, where you can sip cocktails from the bar under a waterfall when you aren’t sunbathing with elephants on the beach, or spotting crocodiles and buffalo by the property’s lagoon.
Chena Huts’ rustic chic interiors
Swimsuit, La Perla
For the overworked city slicker…
ANANDA SPA IN INDIA
Where better to align your chakras than at the birthplace of yoga, the Himalayas? Sitting within the 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda Spa is a sprawling 24-treatment room resort with all-inclusive wellness packages (from seven to 14 days) customised to the needs of your body, mind and soul. Pack light, but come with a list of goals and intentions, and let the expert team of ayurvedic doctors, spa therapists, nutritionists, yogis and spa cuisine chefs help you jumpstart your journey to better health and spiritual enlightenment.
Therapeutic massages in the great outdoors
Ananda Spa’s grand property