Living the Good Life with First Class Flights and Beachfront Eco-Luxury Resorts
Why bother taking a luxurious, relaxing first class flight to an exotic location only to stay in a crowded, noisy hotel? Eco-luxury resorts are the perfect antidote to those boisterous city hotels and overpopulated beachfront resorts. With plenty of peace, serenity and high-end services, eco-luxury waterfront resorts are just the place to recharge and rejuvenate.
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Unspoiled and picturesque, Song Saa’s Gulf of Thailand location offers all the beauty and tropical elements of legendary Thai beaches without the crowds. The resort spans the rainforest and the beach and encompasses two private islands and a marine sanctuary. On-staff marine biologists and conservation team members help preserve the area and provide information and activities for guests. Those activities include sea kayaking and snorkeling, rainforest encounter tours, marine safaris, sunrise yoga sessions and cultural and religious experiences that include Buddhist ceremonies and Cambodian cultural immersion.
Although Gili Lankanfushi seems remote, it’s easy to get here by booking discount first class tickets to Male International Airport and enjoying the quick, 20-minute speedboat ride to the resort.
Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
The “no news, no shoes” philosophy of the resort keeps guests relaxed in this ultimate tropical lagoon location. The spa is perched directly over the crystal-clear lagoon, offering guests soothing massage treatments, outdoor lounging areas and the tranquil sounds of Tibetan bowls. Dining is a delight, too, with an overwater bar, an underground wine cellar and two divine restaurants serving fare fresh from the sea or grown in the resort’s organic garden. With just 44 guest villas, the resort is always peaceful and private-feeling.
Six Senses Hideaway, Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
If seeing the dramatic cliffs of Ninh Van Bay is on your bucket list, the Six Senses Hideaway is the perfect vantage point. The resort is lush and peaceful with plenty of luxurious villas tucked into the rocks on the bay, along the waterfront and in the hilltop jungle reserve. Guests stay active with weekly treks to the private beach on Bai Nho, tennis matches, morning tai chi sessions, adventure tours and scuba diving. For a little downtime, traditional Vietnamese and signature resort spa treatments keep guests relaxed. With sustainability and the local community in mind, the resort also funds water wells and special projects for local villages and employs two biologists to protect and research the bay’s coral reef.
Wickaninnish Inn, British Columbia, Canada
Delightful beachfront holidays don’t all have to be in tropical locales, though, and Wickaninnish is a prime example. Set on the coast of Vancouver Island, the resort boasts panoramic ocean views as well as scenes of the verdant forest. Wickaninnish was carefully located and built to preserve as much of the forest as possible, and the guest rooms are furnished with pieces made of reclaimed wood. Guests can also indulge in the resort’s many spa services, knowing that the oils and lotions are produced responsibly. All ingredients for the resort’s meals are sourced locally, and special boilers were installed on-property to reduce carbon emissions. Even getting to the resort gives guests a chance to view the area’s natural beauty. Whether you take a last minute business class flight to Seattle or enjoy first class airfare to Vancouver, you can ferry over to Wickaninnish Inn while relishing all of the incredible tiny islands and forest scenery along the way.