5 Secret Hideaways - Escape Everyday Life at these Idyllic Locations

5 Secret Hideaways - Escape Everyday Life at these Idyllic Locations

Discover some of the world's most intriguing destinations and best vacation spots with these luxurious and often little-known boutique hotels and resorts.

Villa Lala - Romantic Boutique Hotel in Puerto Vallarta

Villa Lala

At Villa LaLa, an exclusive boutique hotel, discover a haven of serenity and romance for adults only. Nestled in the captivating South Zone of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, this oasis awaits you with only 12 rooms, seamlessly blending unique architecture with natural beauty, accessible by both land and sea.

Indulge in a dining and beverage service exclusively crafted for guests. The hotel features two palapas and a terrace by the pool, where you will experience personalized attention. Authentic gardens surrounded by flowering plants, whispering trees, small streams, and ponds inhabited by fish, create a truly unique atmosphere. Hammocks, comfortable loungers, and strategically placed tables allow you to delight in bird watching to the gentle murmur of water.

The private dock is the gateway to a world of maritime experiences. Immerse yourself in the waters for swimming or kayaking, join a panga tour to discover paradisiacal beaches, snorkel, and spot whales during the season. When you wish to relax, enjoy a hammock surrounded by water, bask in the sun on loungers, or share a romantic dinner in this idyllic setting. You can relish in a romantic dinner under the stars, light a bonfire, and marvel at sunsets while watching pelicans and seabirds fishing, all to the rhythm of the ocean waves.

Porto Zante Villas & Spa - Zakynthos, Greece

Porto Zante

Porto Zante is the leading villa resort in Europe where guests enjoy the ultimate privacy of world-class villas, located directly on the beachfront, and exceptional five-star hotel amenities & services. Standing majestically on a private sandy beach of a secluded bay, on the island of Zakynthos, just west of Greece’s mainland and famous for its turquoise waters and Venetian villages, Porto Zante Villas & Spa is a boutique luxury hotel comprising world class luxury villas on the beach, all with private pools, exquisite Greek & Mediterranean cuisine at the Club House Restaurant, a luxury Asian Fusion Restaurant offering delicious fresh Sushi, Sashimi and Thai options, a fabulous waterfront Spa, 24-hour five-star hotel services, and an array of unique activities & experiences for families and couples alike.

Blue Waters Resort & Spa - Antigua

Blue Waters

Over the years, Blue Waters Resort has earned an enviable reputation as being one of the Caribbean’s finest resorts and prides itself on delivering a first class service to its guests. Nestled away in their very own private bay on Antigua’s northwestern coast, Blue Waters is a family-owned resort with roots dating back more than 40 years. Over the decades the resort has been lovingly modernized with 83 rooms, suites, penthouses, and villas, while remaining faithful to the timeless Colonial character that guests find so inspiring. Lounge under swaying palms by one of the pools or explore 17 tranquil acres of mature tropical gardens. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at the three secluded beach coves, where crystalline waters and powder-soft sands sparkle as brightly as the sun. Inspired spaces where passion, excellence and personalized service combine to create a signature style of laid-back luxury.

Grand Hotel Portovenere - Cinque Terre, Italy

Grand Hotel Portovenere

The Grand Hotel Portovenere is located on the most panoramic point of Portovenere, directly overlooking the sea and Palmaria Island. In the 16th century the structure was home to a Franciscan monastery and was transformed into a hotel in 1970. After careful renovations with special attention to maintaining the original architectural features, revisiting them in a modern way to provide guests with maximum comfort, the Grand Hotel Portovenere has reopened its doors with its new design and understated elegance. The charming village of Portovenere, which sits on the point connecting the renowned Cinque Terre and the inspiring Gulf of the Poets, is the perfect place to experience the serenity of Eastern Liguria. The village has been noteworthy since Roman times as it has provided protection for the gulf and acted as a safe harbor to those sailing the Mediterranean. Portovenere was also the preferred home-away-from-home for many famous poets, hence the name “the Gulf of the Poets,” as well as elite travelers since the end of the 19th century. The region is known for its brightly colored fishing villages, pristine waters and marine reserves, and a wide variety of hiking trails, offering visitors endless options during their visit. Portovenere, sitting along the borders of Liguria and Tuscany, is the ideal location to explore the Cinque Terre, Portofino, Lerici, Carrara and many other near-by destinations.

The Kayon Jungle Resort - Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The Kayon Jungle Resort

Enveloped by lush valley greenery and perched above the flowing water of the Uwos River, The Kayon Jungle Resort is a sanctuary of tropical indulgence. Located within the traditional Balinese Village of Bresela, Payangan, the resort is just 25 minutes from the cultural heart of Ubud. Inspired by the splendor of nearby Tegalalang rice terraces, The Kayon Jungle Resort has been thoughtfully designed with luxury accommodations and high-end facilities -- it is a five-star heaven that blends island creativity with boutique sophistication. The Kayon Jungle Resort is attuned to the surrounding environment and respects the harmony and community spirit of the local village. It is a place where seasoned travelers can escape the pace of everyday life and feel renewed by the beauty of nature.