Our Selection of the Top Resort Projects from Around the World

There are some incredible resorts throughout the world which have innovative architecture or layouts or unique facilities that make them truly stand out. Here is our pick of the best resort projects and what we think makes them so special.

The success of any resort is reliant on three things, the design and concept, the marketing and the service. These things in perfect balance create a resort that is truly spectacular.

Ancient Sands Golf Resort, El Gouna, Egypt

Relaxed ‘at home’ lifestyle

A stunning resort on Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera. It is primarily a residential project with some hotel style facilities offering an informal escape in an architecturally interesting setting where guests intermingle with residents. Facilities include an 18-hole golf course (9 holes currently constructed), restaurant, hotel bar, 5 swimming pools, hotel and shops. Future planned facilities include spa and wellness centre, tennis courts and meeting space.

  • Opening: April 2016
  • Developer: Orascom HD & IFB Resorts
  • Architect: SB Architects, EDSA, Alchemy, Litten Myers
  • Contractor: Orascom / Red Sea for Construction

Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai

Family friendly

This family friendly five star architecturally dominant resort can be found at the crown of the Palm islands in Dubai. The resort contains a 1,549 room hotel divided across two wings.  The resort includes its very own 17 ha. waterpark, an aquarium, beaches, swimming pools, spa and fitness facilities, mini mall, over 20 restaurants and nightclubs. This range of facilities is designed to attract both hotel guests and day visitors.

  • Opening: September 2008
  • Developer: Kerzner International Holdings Ltd & Istithmar
  • Architect: Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo (WATG)
  • Contractor: Laing O’Rourke

Laucala Island, Fiji

Ultimate Private Island

With just 25 villa suites, Laucala island is the ultimate private island escape. The island is privately owned and has its own golf course, airstrip, five restaurants and bars and a stunning spa and wellness suite. It is the perfect destination to escape for complete privacy and relaxation.

  • Opening: December 2008
  • Developer: Dietrich Mateschitz (Founder of Red-Bull)
  • Architect: Lynne Hunt London, Scape Design Associates, WATG, Architects Pacific
  • Contractor: Pacific Building Solutions

Sugar Beach, St Lucia

Transformatory Renovation

Nestled at the foot of St Lucia’s iconic Piton mountains, Sugar Beach is best known for its incredible scenery. Developed on a site that was previously a plantation, the hotel and resort originally known as the Jalouise Plantation was developed by Lord Glenconner. But it sadly failed and closed in 1996. Hilton stepped in to run it for a while before Roger Myers took over the reins in 2008 and after a substantial refurbishment Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort, was ready in 2012. The complete transformation refurbished the pool, added tennis course, restaurants and tree house spa. A selection of luxury residential villas is now being marketed on the site which are built to order. Sugar Beach is in an iconic site and also

  • Opening: 1992
  • Developer: Roger Myers
  • Architect: Michaelis Boyd Associates & Veronica Shingleton Smith
  • Contractor: Sugar Beach Projects Team

One and Only, CapeTown

Islands in the City

Table mountain rises up behind the One & Only Cape Town. The resort sits between table mountain and the infamous Robben Island. A key feature of the project is the two islands at the heart of the project, one home to a state-of-the-art spa and the other with 40 villa suites. Marina Rise is a 91 suite property of seven storeys with views of table mountain. The developer has also incorporated signature restaurants Nobu and Maze (Gordon Ramsay) in the project. Unusually, this project was so well managed, it was completed and opened ahead of its late 2009 scheduled opening.

  • Opening: May 2009
  • Developer: Kerzner International
  • Architect: Dennis Fabian Berman Architects & Ruben Reddy Architects
  • Contractor: WBHO construction in a JV with Stefanutti Stocks

Nexus Resort & Spa, Borneo Malaysia

Rainforest Retreat

Nexus Resort and Spa is hidden in the rainforest on the Karambunai peninsula. The Nexus Resort & Spa is a mixed use project that includes an 18-hole golf course, luxury spa, pools, tennis and squash courts, kids club, restaurants and a range of activity centres from watersports to trekking. The property is a combination of 485 private villa suites and hotel villas and typical hotel suites.

  • Opening: 2008
  • Developer: Karumbunai Corp

Segera Retreat, Kenya

Wildlife retreat

The Segera retreat is located on a 50,000 acre unique and sustainable ranch and wildlife sanctuary in Kenya with a focus on sustainable living. The redevelopment of the historic estate saw the creation of six thatched cottages, a refurbishment of the old cottage and the conversion of the barn into a gallery showcasing a unique collection of African contemporary art belonging to the resort owner, Jochen Zeitz (ex CEO of Puma).

  • Opening: 2013
  • Developer: Jochen Zeitz
  • Architect: LIFE Architects (South Africa)

Cheval Blanc Rendheli, Maldives

Island paradise

This stunning villa only hotel includes 45 unique villas each with its own private swimming pool. The design was made up of over water villas, island villas and beach garden villas. The open inside and outside living. One island is entirely dedicated to the resort spa which provides exclusive treatments from Guerlain, a hammam, a yoga pavilion and beauty centre. There are also five restaurants with dining at the centre of the Rendheli experience. There are also three bars and a fantastically stocked wine cellar.

  • Opening: December 2013
  • Developer: LVMH
  • Architect: Jean-Michel Gathy

Calistoga Ranch, California

Rural escape

The beautiful Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley embodies a fusion between indoor and outdoor living. The Calistoga Ranch is operated as a five star resort with guest lodges, spa centre, vineyard, hiking trails and much more on a 157-acre site.

  • Opening: 2004
  • Developer: Olympus Real Estate / Auberge Resorts
  • Architect: SB Architects

Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland

Historical palace

The oldest of our offerings, the Beau-Rivage Palace was designed in Belle Epoche style and opened in 1861. The property was extended in 1908 when the main Art Deco building opened. The resort offers a truly luxury experience and has been the home of some truly influential historical activities such as the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923. The resort has 10 restaurants and bars offering the best international cuisine. It provides 168 guest rooms including 8 luxury suites in addition to a 15,000 sq.ft spa with pool, as well as tennis courts and fitness facilities.

  • Opening: 1861


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