7 luxury resorts you can’t reach by road (cue seaplanes and private yachts!)

02 October 2017

Bawah Private Island

Sometimes, the most luxurious spots can’t simply be reached by travelling across land alone. You may have boarded a plane to get to those far-flung shores but a car transfer won’t get you to these places…

Royal Livingstone Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zambia

Royal Livingstone Hotel, Victoria Falls

Recommended by Travel Counsellor Beverley

Arrive by: Boat

Nestled on the banks of the Zambezi River, the luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel is named after the intrepid explorer Dr David Livingstone. The incredible colonial-style buildings are set amongst indigenous trees and plants, while the stylish rooms come with a private butler service!

Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand

Recommended by Travel Counsellor Diane

Arrive by: Speedboat

Arriving by speedboat, you’ll get to experience the incredible blue of Thailand’s Andaman Sea and once you arrive, you’ll get to gaze out over the spectacular Phang Nga Bay. In an incredible hillside spot and surrounded by tropical forest, this is a stunning five-star resort with a breathtaking location.

The Berkeley River Lodge, Australia

Berkeley River Lodge in Australia

Recommended by Travel Counsellor Julie

Arrive by: Floatplane

In a truly stunning remote location in Kimberley, Western Australia, the only way to arrive at The Berkeley River Lodge is by air – a spectacular flight in a small plane from Darwin. Surrounded by a sweeping, rugged landscape, the beauty of this area can be experienced with the activities the hotel offers. Expect river cruises, hikes to the gorges, bush and beach tours, sea turtle viewing and more.

Bawah Private Island, Near Singapore

Bawah Private Island

Arrive by: Boat from Singapore to Batam, then private seaplane

Wondering what life on a private island is like? Head to Bawah Private Island to find out. Located at the southern end of the Anambas Islands, the Bawah Islands are 150 nautical miles north of Singapore, surrounded by stunning coral reefs. What can you expect from your private island escape? 13 glorious beaches, jungle and a maximum of 70 guests at any one time.

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

Recommended by Travel Counsellor Julie

Arrive by: Boat (you can also arrive by private jet or helicopter though)

Owned by Sir Richard Branson, this idyllic island is a dazzling paradise of turquoise waters, pristine beaches, and emerald green vegetation. Hidden amongst 74 acres, Necker Island has a maximum capacity of 28 guests and you can book individual rooms here at certain weeks in the year (rather than hiring the whole island).

Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia

Recommended by Travel Counsellor Diane

Arrive by: Speedboat or plane

Located off the west coast of Malaysia, the award-winning, five-star Pangkor Laut Resort lies on a 300-acre private island, so you’re surrounded by secluded bays and unspoilt jungle. Trek through the amazing rainforest with the resident naturalist, relax on the beach or in the spa, or simply while away the hours gazing at the deep blue waters in front of you…

Taj Lake Palace, India

Taj Lake Palace in India

Recommended by Travel Counsellor Julie

Arrive by: Boat

Built between 1743 and 1746, this magnificent, gleaming white marble palace was the pleasure palace of Maharana Jagat Singh II and turned into a hotel in the 1960s. Seemingly perched on top of the water of Lake Pichola, Taj Lake Palace lies in Udaipur, often referred to as ‘Venice of the East.’

Expect exquisite architecture, sumptuous cuisine and lavish décor. Even your arrival will feel luxurious as you’re welcomed to a shower of rose petals when you step onto dry land!

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