Great Escapes: Blue Paradise

Sail to these designer destinations by the deep waters and let your wanderlust spirit flow by Naressa Khan.

One & Only, Hayman Resort 

One & Only, Hayman Island

One & Only, Hayman Island

One & Only, Hayman Island

One & Only, Hayman Island

Enjoying Australia’s aquatic life in luxurious style is a feat to which the One&Only Resort on Hayman Island could testify. Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the resort holds a penthouse with interiors designed by none other than Diane von Furstenberg. Boasting a glass-filtered view of its azure surroundings, the two-bedroom suite is outfitted in the designer’s signature fabrics and patterns that “allow one to ‘wear’ the experience”. This destination is perfect for stylish travellers who yearn for experiential escapes.

Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Jamaica

Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Jamaica

Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Jamaica

Fans of Ralph Lauren would be pleased to know that the designer has extended his expertise beyond fashion design. Set in the lush confines of Montego Bay, Jamaica, the dreamy Round Hill Hotel and Villas proudly hosts 27 private villas and 36 oceanfront guestrooms that the American designer had helped transform into nautical perfection—evident from the white interiors and striped decors. Lauren, himself the proud owner of an adjacent villa, have added to the place’s fashionable history. Not too long ago, the resort played backdrop to Jackie Onassis and John F Kennedy’s stylish honeymoon. It’s the perfect vacation spot to seek long-awaited inspirations.

Farol Hotel, Portugal

Farol Hotel, Portugal

Farol Hotel, Portugal

Farol Hotel, Portugal

Farol Hotel, Portugal

Majestically perched atop cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean in Cascais, the Farol Hotel is the star of Lisbon leisure. Located next to the iconic Santa Marta Lighthouse and Museum, the villa was beautifully crafted from the existing remains of a 19th-century manor, thanks to the help of nine Portuguese fashion designers. Individually designed, the hotel rooms are equipped not only with state-of-the-art amenities, but also scenic garden views of the ocean. Bring your vacation up a grand notch with Farol Hotel’s penthouse suite, which boasts a private gym, relaxing spa, and 24-hour butler service.

Halekulani Hotel, Hawaii

Halekulani Hotel, Hawaii

Halekulani Hotel, Hawaii

The romantic nuances of Vera Wang are not just accessible via her empire dresses—“live” them now at the Halekulani Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. The designer lent her taste to the hotel by designing the Halekulani Suite, a breathtaking space with views of the Waikiki Beach. A blank canvas, the 2,135-square foot room is injected with colours by way of jewel-like accents and Asian-influenced décors that elegantly complement the island surroundings. Should you desire to indulge in a relaxing bath, look no further than its master bath, which features exotic woods and sleek stone finishing that call to mind the serenity of a holistic spa. After, enjoy the cool Hawaiian breeze by stepping onto the lanai outside the room. A personal butler and airport limousine services come included in the suite’s package, sealing the luxury factor in your experience.

The Villa Casa Casuarana, Miami

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Villa Casa Casuarina, Miami

Once upon a time the private home of Gianni Versace, The Villa Casa Casuarina is now Miami’s symbol of opulent leisure. Originally built in 1930 by renowned architect Alden Freeman, the entire mansion is as grand as it is nostalgic—definitely an architectural embodiment of the typical Versace decadence. Once inside, it feels like a maze, albeit a beautiful one with alcoves, baroque-style furnishing, and heavily muraled walls. When feeling existential come nightfall, feel free to climb up to The Rooftop Lounge to stargaze. Otherwise, mingle around and drink up at the Onyx Bar, or share conviviality over dinner at the restaurant, aptly named Gianni’s at the Villa.

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