Top 10 of Resorts and vacation clubs (2011)

Villas with private beach, spa, gourmet cuisine, privileged landscapes, sports activities directed by experts, dedicated service, an unforgettable family experience and a magnificent natural environment. In almost unexplored corners of the world where relaxation is guaranteed. These are the best resorts of 2011.

Complex of Villas in the private North Island (Seychelles), lost among the turtles
A tribute to rest and relaxation in harmony with the environment of an island abandoned as a result of the recession in the coconut industry. Eleven exclusive villas on the shores of the limpid waters of the Indian Ocean, watched over by native trees and under the gaze of the species that inhabit the North Island, a refuge for a variety of living beings of which the turtles are the oldest inhabitants. Access to the island is via helicopter from Mahé to ensure the privacy of a unique experience.
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Soneva Gili by Six Senses (Maldives), where water is the winner
The Indian Ocean conceals a corner of the world where intelligent luxury has ceased to be a utopian dream. From 210-square metre villas built on the sea to private reserves accessible only by speedboat. All the elements maintain the natural equilibrium of the island and the water gardens replace the habitual green spaces.
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Las Ventanas al Paraíso (Cabo, Mexico), endless horizon
An experience that combines art and luxury, where the ample suites with marble showers and Conchuela limestone floors are in themselves an escape from the predominant frenzied daily tempo. Though tequila is the discreet companion on your journey, the spa and the application of the four elements in their treatments leave a mark on your physical and mental well-being.
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4.- Amanyara (Caicos Islands), a place of peace
On Providenciales Island, protected by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean, you will find the essence of peace in the shape of a resort. The coral reef of more than 2,500 kilometres in length that surrounds the island is the greatest attraction for lovers of scuba diving. Guests who stay in the winter season will be able to see the whales swimming past its coasts.
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5.- Desert Islands Resort&Spa (Abu Dhabi), as beautiful outside as it is inside
On an island on the United Arab Emirates coastline. It targets the active guest who is a connoisseur and passionate lover of nature. The wildlife found in the surroundings is the perfect excuse for a good hike. Both its suites and its private villas are a showcase for an Arab-style décor. The Anantara Spa is for its clients an endless evocation of pleasure.
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6.- Oberoi Udaivilas (Udaipur, India), allusion to illusion
On the banks of Lake Pichola, its architecture is inspired in Rajasthani palaces. Every corner boasts an ancestral décor that evokes a new concept of luxury. The suites are completed with private or semi-private swimming pools that offer unsurpassable vistas of the lake.
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7.- Four Seasons Bora Bora (French Polynesia), Paul Gauguin's inspiration
A complex of villas and bungalows on the island of Bora Bora in the South Pacific with airs that recall the tales of Robert Louis Stevenson. Above and beyond the facilities and comforts available to the client at this Resort is the environment that Paul Gauguin captured in his works.
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8.- Banyan Tree Phuket (Thailand), in the purest Thai style
A haven of peace on the island of Phuket on the shores of the Andaman Sea. Thai refinement, elegance and luxury are the signs of identity of this place, designed for resting and enjoying through all your five senses. The villas and the delicate local cuisine come together to provide an oasis on the busy island of Phuket.
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9.- One & Only The Palm (Dubai), the new whimsy of the golden city
The most astonishing residential project in the world can now be inhabited: a palm-shaped island gained from the sea and rows of villas with private beach. On one end of the external strip, the One&Only The Palm resort allows you to experience this new lifestyle through villas, mansions or dazzling rooms with services and attentions of extreme luxury and vistas of the “old-new” Dubai. Spa, restaurants, golf, shopping, nautical sports and, of course, the beaches.
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10.- Diamonds Star of the East (Zanzibar), Africa's secret
The Indian Ocean conceals precious gems like this one. Located in an environment richly endowed with flora and wildlife, this resort offers its guests luxury rooms, suites or villas where they will be able to reconnect with themselves. Diving is one of its attractions, and you will attain spiritual balance through the treatments offered in the Mvua Spa.
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