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These flights of fancy are more than real; they’re spectacular. Here are the best places to stay in 2024, world travel edition.

Decisions, decisions. With so many gorgeous global destinations, where does one begin? Do we return again and again to a particular favorite, or do we take a few chances, and try something new? At ICONIC LIFE, we’ve taken the leap, veering from our tried and true, “sure thing” resorts in order to explore a few farther reaches of the globe. And we’re here to report back with some of the best places to stay in 2024. From French Polynesia to Quebec, and from Thailand to the South of France, the world is our oyster and we invite you to come along as we relish all of it.

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand: Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas 

 

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James Bond fans will recognize this beautiful Thai bay as the site of Scaramanga’s hideaway in the 1974 classic The Man With the Golden Gun. Located in the Andaman Sea between Phuket and the mainland of the Kra Isthmus of southern Thailand, the tranquil bay, dotted with dramatic limestone islets, is home to the new Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas. Formerly a coconut palm plantation, the 27-acre, nature-ensconced sanctuary unfolds along a mile of unspoiled beach, where guests will find picturesque sunsets, amazing sea life, and lush jungles. 

It’s not only the picturesque views that earn this resort a spot as one of the best places to stay in 2024, it is also wonderfully undeveloped and devoid of mass tourism. The region and this luxury resort are the height of both tranquility and activity—ideal for a journey of healing and relaxation or for an energetic family vacation. 

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Its soothing Anantara spa, offering ancient wellness practices, features one of the largest hydro pools and hammams in Thailand. 

The Kids’s Club is also one of Thailand’s largest, featuring a dance studio, cooking classes, nature walks, and an outdoor cinema. Hike to tranquil Hong Island to discover a pocket beach with a crystal-clear lagoon, drift along mangrove canals in a kayak as native Hornbill birds soar above, take a cruise on a longtail boat, enjoy stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking and so much more.

Bonus: Anantara Koh Yao Yai places great emphasis on environmental preservation and in the nurturing of the abundant natural beauty found on the island.

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Providenciales, Turks & Caicos: Wymara Resort & Villas

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Located on the northeast coast of the Turks & Caicos island Providenciales is the world famous Grace Bay, where picturesque sunsets star in the Instagram accounts of most of its traveling visitors. Grace Bay’s crystalline turquoise waters and silky soft, white sand beaches are pristinely magnificent, and a stay at Wymara Resort & Villas puts you within arm’s reach. 

The whitewashed exterior of this sophisticated and contemporary oceanfront property is the ideal backdrop for the colorful bougainvillea that fills its four acres. 91 newly renovated rooms and suites surround a 7,000 square-foot, mosaic-tiled, infinity edge pool where floating island pods and chaise lounges beckon sun seekers. 

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Seven brand-new multi-room villas are less than a 10-minute drive from the main property; secluded and perched along the hillside, each offers dramatic, sweeping views over the bay’s electric baby blue hues. 

Wymara, known for unparalleled and exclusive personal service, offers a plethora of water sports. For those whose vacation means indulgent R&R, the Wymara spa offers organic and holistic signature treatments. Further unwind within the lovely relaxation garden and meditation space. It is no question that this dazzling resort makes the list for the best places to stay in 2024.

Nice, France: Anantara Plaza Nice Hotel

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The south of France has long captured the imaginations of creatives who’ve been drawn to the region’s ethereal light. Artists such as Picasso, Monet, Chagall and Matisse made the Côte d’Azur their home at one time or another, and their spirit can be felt along the shores and within the narrow streets of Nice’s old town. 

This capital of the French Riviera has it all and is a world travel hotspot: Michelin-starred cuisine, museums, galleries, high-end boutiques and gracious hotels, such as Anantara Plaza Nice. This rejuvenated 19th century, Belle Époque, architectural jewel on Nice’s boardwalk blends old-world elegance with contemporary luxury. 

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Its design honors the neoclassical style of the original hotel, which first opened in 1848 as Nice’s first luxury hospitality option. Centrally located, the heritage property is situated at the entrance to Nice’s Golden Square and overlooks the Promenade des Anglais and Le Jardin Albert 1er. Guest rooms and suite décor is inspired by the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and the golden era of the Côte d’Azur. Each offers views of the sea or the manicured gardens. 

Bora Bora, French Polynesia: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

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The jewel of the South Seas, Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s star attraction and easily one of the best places to stay in 2024. This small South Pacific island lies just north of Tahiti and is surrounded by a crystal clear turquoise lagoon protected by a colorful coral reef, home to innumerable exotic fish—at last count, 700 different species. 

This is scuba and snorkel paradise. The hospitality dream in a place such as this is a bungalow, perched just above the lagoon and Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora makes that dream a reality. 

Choose from a selection of overwater accommodations featuring traditional teak-wood furnishings and Polynesian artwork  and step directly from your bedroom to your plunge pool, and straight into the lagoon from your private deck. Enjoy views of the beach, the lagoon, or Mount Otemanu, the island’s majestic dormant volcano. 

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Though the resort’s seclusion makes it a favorite for those who truly want to escape, those seeking a bit of adventure will not be disappointed. Enjoy a variety of water sports, ray and shark snorkeling safaris, guided jet ski tours, ATV tours, fishing excursions and sunset cruises. 

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Queenstown, New Zealand: Rosewood Matakauri

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New Zealand is next on our list of best places to stay in 2024. With lush landscapes, untainted wilderness and rich cultural heritage, New Zealand has long held a spot on travelers’ wish lists. 

Its North and South Islands offer spectacular scenery; the north is known for its pristine beaches, Maori culture and geothermal activity, while the south is revered for its mountains and glaciers. Choosing a compass direction can be difficult, therefore many travelers opt for both north and south experiences, and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts delivers within multiple regions, offering a new level of luxury hospitality to “The Land of the Long White Cloud.” 

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Rosewood Cape Kidnappers is located in Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Rosewood Kauri Cliffs sits within a 6,000-acre coastal estate near the Bay of Islands, also in the north. If forced to pick just one location, Rosewood Matakauri can’t be beat. Located on South Island in Queenstown —known as the adventure capital of the worldRosewood Matakauri is an adventurer’s dream. 

The region offers a full spectrum of year-round experiences so world travelers will have something to do no matter the time they visit. People can experience snow sports in the winter, and hiking, wine touring and art experiences during spring, summer, and fall. Lauded as an alpine lakeside retreat, Rosewood Matakauri is surrounded by Queenstown’s big three peaks—Walter Peak, The Remarkables and Cecil. The resort celebrates these striking mountainscapes and the natural elements of the land through understated yet luxurious design and architecture.  

Eastern Townships, Quebec, Canada: Manoir Hovey

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Escape urban life and discover the old world charm within Southern Quebec’s Eastern Townships, a charming and historic region known for idyllic and picturesque villages and pastoral landscapes. 

The diverse topography includes mountains, lakes and rivers ideal for adventurous world travelers. Here, you’ll find four ski resorts, more than 30 vineyards, hundreds of hiking paths and 230 miles of biking trails, making it both a winter and summer sanctuary. Our home base choice for exploration? Manoir Hovey, a luxurious Relais & Chateaux in the heart of the Eastern Townships on the shores of Lake Massawippi. 

Best places to stay in 2024, Manoir Hover Gardens

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Enjoy English garden surroundings within a lakefront forest. A clapboard main house that dates to 1900 is modeled after Mount Vernon and cabins located beyond feature a mix of antiques and modern furnishings. You’ll feel like you’re at a private, romantic estate. 

Enjoy artful cuisine and fine wine at the resort’s celebrated Le Hatley restaurant and indulge in a variety of restorative and holistic treatments at the newly remodeled spa. Try the indoor-outdoor thermal experience for full immersion within the natural surroundings and experience first-hand why this destination is one of the best places to stay in 2024.

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