September 21, 2023 | Allison Robertson

Escape To The Unusual: Discover The World's 10 Most Exotic Destinations


Discover The World's 10 Most Exotic Destinations

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Get set for an adventure of a lifetime!

We're diving into a world of awe-inspiring landscapes, rich cultures, and unforgettable experiences.

From the enchanting lagoons of Bora Bora to the surreal salt flats of Bolivia, each location serves as a portal into a world bursting with vibrant cultures, eye-popping landscapes, and captivating wildlife. 

These aren't just holiday spots, they're once-in-a-lifetime experiences. And for each, we've handpicked the most exceptional accommodations that reflect their unique charm.  

Let's explore the world's most exotic destinations.

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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Sublime beauty is the hallmark of this small South Pacific island, with its lush greenery, pristine white sandy beaches, and azure waters.

Bora Bora's primary attraction is its luxurious overwater bungalows that offer privacy, stunning views, and direct access to the lagoon.

Go snorkeling or diving and witness the vibrant marine life or take a sunset cruise on a Polynesian outrigger canoe for an unforgettable experience.

Where to Stay: The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

The pinnacle of luxury in Bora Bora, The St. Regis offers stunning overwater bungalows and beachfront villas with incredible views of the turquoise lagoon and Mount Otemanu.

It's the epitome of a tropical paradise with a world-class spa, a selection of restaurants, and a private lagoonarium.

2. Marrakech, Morocco

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Venture into the heart of Morocco to experience a fusion of traditional and contemporary culture.

Marrakech is a city of juxtaposition – bustling souks, stunning palaces, beautiful gardens, and high-end boutiques.

The city's beating heart, Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, comes alive at night with food stalls, musicians, and performers.

Don't forget to stay in a traditional Riad for an authentic Moroccan experience.

Where to Stay: La Mamounia Marrakech

An iconic symbol of Moroccan hospitality, La Mamounia combines traditional Moroccan design with modern comfort.

It's a stone's throw away from the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa and features stunning gardens, opulent rooms, and a state-of-the-art spa.

3. Kyoto, Japan

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Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, is a charming blend of old and new.

Explore the tranquil zen gardens, visit the golden pavilion Kinkaku-ji, or stroll along the philosopher's path.

During the spring, cherry blossoms turn the city into a vibrant spectacle, while autumn paints the city with stunning shades of gold and crimson.

Where to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Overlooking the serene Kamogawa River, The Ritz-Carlton in Kyoto is an exquisite blend of modern luxury and traditional Japanese aesthetics. Its location is perfect for exploring the city’s historic Higashiyama district.

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4. Seychelles

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Located off the eastern coast of Africa, Seychelles is a chain of 115 islands known for their breathtaking beauty.

Renowned for its coral reefs, nature reserves, and rare wildlife, Seychelles is a paradise for nature lovers.

Anse Source d'Argent, with its unique granite boulders and crystal-clear waters, is one of the most photographed beaches in the world.

Where to Stay: North Island Lodge

One of the most exclusive resorts in the world, North Island Lodge offers just 11 private villas on a private island.

With its conservation-driven approach, personalized service, and stunning natural surroundings, it's a true tropical sanctuary.

5. Bhutan, Himalayas

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Bhutan, the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon,' offers an enchanting journey into the mystical Himalayas.

It's known for its dramatic landscapes, ancient monasteries, colorful festivals, and Gross National Happiness philosophy.

A trek to the Tiger's Nest Monastery, perched on a cliffside, is an absolute must.

Where to Stay: Amankora

With its five lodges spread across the most scenic valleys of Bhutan, Amankora offers a unique journey through the Kingdom.

Each lodge, combining rustic elements with modern design, serves as a luxurious base for exploring the cultural and natural treasures of Bhutan.

6. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat, is a surreal landscape that needs to be seen to be believed.

When wet, the flat creates a mirror-like illusion, reflecting the sky, which is perfect for capturing some unforgettable photographs.

Where to Stay: Palacio de Sal

A marvel of architectural innovation, Palacio de Sal is a hotel made entirely of salt. 

It offers comfortable, uniquely designed rooms and stunning views of the salt flat, promising a one-of-a-kind stay.

7. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

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Famed for their unique wildlife, the Galápagos Islands are a nature lover's dream.

Walk among giant tortoises, swim with playful sea lions, and observe the fascinating mating dance of the blue-footed boobies.

It's no wonder this archipelago inspired Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection.

Where to Stay: Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Just steps from the beach, Finch Bay Hotel offers an intimate connection with the Galapagos ecosystem while providing top-notch comfort, delicious cuisine, and a range of excursions for wildlife encounters.

8. Petra, Jordan

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Carved directly into vibrant red, white, and pink sandstone cliffs, the ancient city of Petra is a historical and architectural marvel.

Wander through the Siq to reach Al Khazneh, the iconic treasury, and explore the Royal Tombs, Monastery, and amphitheater for a step back in time.

Where to Stay: Mövenpick Resort Petra

Just steps away from the entrance to the ancient city, Mövenpick Resort offers comfortable rooms, several dining options, and a rooftop garden with spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley.

9. Madagascar

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Madagascar, the world's fourth-largest island, is a biodiversity hotspot with 90% of its wildlife found nowhere else on Earth.

Discover lemurs, baobabs, rainforests, deserts, and hiking routes in this untamed wilderness.

The Avenue of the Baobabs, with its gigantic, ancient trees, provides a magical landscape that will leave you in awe.

Where to Stay: Anjajavy Le Lodge

Located on a private nature reserve, Anjajavy Le Lodge offers luxurious villas along a beautiful sandy beach.

With its unique wildlife, forest trails, and community projects, it offers a comprehensive Malagasy experience.

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10. Iceland

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Iceland, the land of fire and ice, offers an array of natural wonders—glaciers, geysers, volcanoes, waterfalls, and the enchanting Northern Lights.

Relax in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, ride Icelandic horses through rugged terrains, or explore the vibrant city life of Reykjavík for an eclectic adventure.

Where to StayThe Retreat at Blue Lagoon

Situated within the volcanic landscape of the Blue Lagoon, The Retreat offers modern suites, a private lagoon, and a world-class spa.

With its stunning architecture and unique location, it's a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation.