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Luxury hotels and resorts that should be on your post COVID-19 bucket list

2020 will be remembered as the year when travel was put on hold whilst we collectively battled with the pandemic that has changed the world. There are times when we will have questioned our mortality and times when we seriously questioned whether life as we once knew it will ever return. As the middle of year passes it looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel and we can start to plan for our next travel adventure. We think that the following luxury hotels and resorts should be on your post Covid-19 bucket list. Each of them offer escapism in their own unique way; whether that be escape from the city or escape to the ocean, we feel that they’ve got you covered. Fusion Resort Cam Ranh Located just a short drive from Cam Ranh International Airport, you can be relaxing in your luxury pool villa at Fusion Resort Cam Ranh whilst booking your all inclusive spa treatments, less than an hour after touching down. With all villas featuring a private pool and breakfast served ‘any time, anywhere’ each day can commence with a poolside breakfast followed by some serious relaxing. This is perfect preparation for a day of yoga classes, massage treaments and facials all arranged by your very own ‘Fusionista’ who will ensure that every element of your stay is just fine. The Peninsula Bangkok Considered by many to be the leading luxury hotels in Bangkok you are in for a treat when check in to The Peninsula Bangkok. On the banks of the Chao Praya River this is a true urban oasis with an award winning spa, multi level, riverside pool and a selection of restaurants that will keep even the most demanding of foodies more than satisfied. Each and every room or suite boasts stunning river views and they are presented in a refined style that is both elegant and exquisitely stylish. Cordis Hong Kong Based in the heart of Mongkok, Cordis Hong Kong is located perfectly for access to everything that this vibrant city has to offer. Whether you are there for business or an exciting city break you will love the modern and stylish design of your room or suite; the supremely comfortable beds are exactly what is needed after an exhausting day. Dining options include the opportunity to enjoy a Michelin starred culinary experience at Ming Court, the Cantonese fine dining restaurant which has been impressing diners for many years. Six Senses Uluwatu Perched on the edge of a cliff with far reaching ocean vistas, Six Senses Uluwatu is an extraordinary resort in an extraordinary location. The uninterrupted sea views are truly breathtaking and as with all Six Senses resorts you can expect wellness and nutritional dining experiences to play a large part in your stay. Each of the well appointed suites and villas takes full advantage of the magnificent views of the Indian Ocean. For those who desire the ultimate in privacy and seclusion, why not book ‘The Retreat’ where you can enjoy more than 1500 square metres and 4 bedrooms of luxury living with friends or family. So as we move into the third quarter of 2020 we can all start thinking about travel again. For us, that is all part of ‘normal life’ and something that makes us smile during these times of uncertainty. We hope our suggestions make you smile too… Paul Eyers is Founder of Vegan Food Quest. Vegan Food Quest have become luxury vegan travel specialists as they continue to find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

Paul Eyers

Paul Eyers is co-founder of Vegan Food Quest who write about luxury hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia with a focus on sustainable travel, eco travel and vegan travel. Currently based in Malaysia, Paul also writes about sporting events and some of the finest golf courses throughout the region.

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  1. Breakfast, maybe straying into brunch, is always my favourite meal of the day. I love the “anytime, anywhere” breakfast offer at the Fusion Resort.

    1. 2020 has definitely been a year we will never forget. It’s so sad that we’ve had the freedom of travelling taken away from us! Thanks for the recommendations. I can’t wait to travel again some day!

  2. Until lockdown I didn’t appreciate how much I enjoy the pleasures of staying in a luxury hotel. As I travel a lot for both business and holidays, I think I was beginning to take it all for granted. I’m even missing all the different fragrances of the toiletries, how fluffy the towels and the luxury of room service.

    As I cooked for over 100 consecutive evening meals over lockdown – my wife doesn’t like cooking !!! – I’m really looking forward to some great restaurant meals.

    I love the hotels with 8 or 9 specialist restaurants where you can think “What style of cuisine shall I have tonight?”

    1. thanks for commenting Hamish. now that you’ve mentioned it, prhaps we were also taking this for granted. we’ve enjoyed cooking for ourselves but it would be nice to check into the finst hotel in town and have them conjour up something special for us…

  3. I’m really looking foward to spreading my wings again! Some great possibilites here for sure, thanks.
    Very informative as always.

  4. The Peninsula Bangkok has always been a hotel that I’ve wanted to stay at. Style, luxury, award winning restaurants and an enviable location. Sounds perfect for me.

  5. I don’t know how I’d choose just one of these because they all look pretty perfect to me. The six Senses Uluwatu one looks incredible perched on the edge like that, even though it would make me feel a bit uneasy going outside there! A wonderful view though. It’s been so long since I’ve been in a pool that just looking at all the water in these places make me feel desperate to go for a swim. Even 10 minutes in a hot tub would be nice. Hopefully the tide will turn soon with the pandemic or a vaccine will be available so we can get back to travelling and holidaying without the stress and worry, which I think kind of ruins the point of going. Some great suggestions here :)

    1. Thank you for your comment Natalie! Our two weeks of quarnatine when we got back to the UK were at a friends house who has a pool and this was an incredible luxury. We are missing swimming so much and can’t wait to return to Cambodia where we have plenty more swimming outside in th sunshine to look forward to!

  6. You only have to read these comments to sense how desperate we all are to get back to the good old days of living it up in five-star hotels. Though I’m hoping that it might be sooner than we think, we may not have to rely on a vaccine to let us travel freely again. Some researchers have evidence that Covid 19 is mutating and becoming milder but far more infectious. If we’re all coughing a bit as we cram onto planes it will be annoying but not much of a threat. There are a lot of us hoping that’s true so that we can get back to our much deserved holidays. That would be really good news for the travel industry.

    1. I think you are right about the number of people desperate to get away. As Paul says at the top there’s a lot of us who need our escapes.

      I don’t think though that eating in was all bad. We watched a lot of cookery programmes on TV and online which made us try out new recipes and techniques. Working from home without nearly two hours of commuting gave us the time to spend on cooking – though shopping was tricky at the beginning.

    2. The travel industry is desperate right now and things are hopefully moving in the right direction. Personally, i’m excited and a little anxious to fly again because of teh restrictions and guidelines that keep changing. Hopefully we will be able to put this all behind us soon though!

      We have also spent lots more time cooking at home which has been fun and a great way to use the extra time we have.

  7. Even though I don’t know where Uluwatu is I’m going to have a guess that it is in Asia and probably South Asia as that’s where most of the other choices are. Although I’m hoping to get to South East Asia next year it would be good to have some suggestions for the rest of the world too.

    Perhaps some of A Luxury Travel Blog’s specialist bloggers on Africa, America (north & south) could come up with their own dream list? Latin America’s another place on my list for next year. Australia and New Zealand would also make for interesting reading too!

    1. Hi Moya

      Uluwatu is in Bali, Indonesia. It’s a magical location at th Southern tip of the island with mesmerising ocean views.

      I am based in Southast Asia so most of my content is within this region. There are many other ALTB writers covering different regions though that i’m sure you will enjoy…


  8. Six Senses Uluwatu looks like a good escape being located by the sea. I love Bali ever since I first stepped foot in 2010. There were a lot less people then. I went back last year, and things have really changed. I can certainly imagine myself there enjoying the infinity pool and the views. Seeing posts like this makes wish everything was back to normal so that we can go back to traveling whenever we want. To enjoy the fruits of our hard work. For me at least, because I view my trips as a reward for all the hours I slave over the computer.

    1. Hi Brad,

      Bali has certainly changed over the years and now it is much harder to find that peace and tranquility that we all crave. Of course, a luxury resort like Six Senses Uluwatu can deliver this but it is also possible to find solitude if you head to the North where the coast is dotted with wonderful lcaotions that ar far from the busy beaches in the South. As you said, let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long before we can set off on a new adventure…

  9. I vouch for Six Senses in Bali! If you have not stayed there yet, you should try at least once. The exclusivity is something worth more and the service is excellent. We needed an extra adaptor for our devices and they provided it right away. We also ordered a lot of room service and all the servers that we had were very friendly and accommodating. Always with a smile on their faces. Eating your breakfast with the view of the Indian Ocean is also recommended if you want to relax and enjoy the view. If you really want a break from all the hustle and bustle of the city, Six Senses is the place to be.

    1. Thanks for commenting Sharman!
      We are also big fans of Six Senses and just loved the location of Six Senses Uluwatu. It’s great to hear that you had such a memorable stay at what is one of our favourite spots!

  10. As we transition to the new normal, we should be more cautions on the places that we choose to explore. We cannot jeopardize our health and safety just to enjoy a short time for leisure. I still think that private villas and resorts will be the best option for vacations since most of these places are exclusive use and multi-room resorts are regularly sanitized and strict with implementing the minimal health protocols. I also like that the properties on this list have large open spaces where social distancing is not hard to do. I’m not sure about swimming pools, so I still have to read more on that. I think we can really do travel in a new way for the time being.

    1. from what i’ve read swimming pool are safe but it’s the changing facilities that can present increased risk. i also agree that private villas and spacious resorts will be the favoured vacation of choice once we can safely travel again…

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