World's Best Best Resorts to Bare It All
Whether you're a die-hard nudist or someone who might skinny-dip at midnight in your (totally) private pool, you'll want to know the top places to take it ALL off this summer. Listed below are the hottest spots resorts to shed your clothing -- and worries -- this year.
Viceroy Bali (Private Villas); Bali, Indonesia
Serene, exclusive, and superbly crafted, almost floating on a hillside overlooking a steep river gorge, this hideaway feels something like a cross between a temple and a work of art. Step into one of its cool and elegant villas, each with its own swimming pool and enclosed private garden. Our favorite is the waterfall wall in the Viceroy Villa. Haven't you always wanted to frolic au naturel in a waterfall?
Guana Island (North Beach Cottage); British Virgin Islands
Just how private can you get? Guana Island is a nature reserve with just one sybaritic resort with no more than 29 guests. For the ultimate in top-dropping privacy, rent North Beach Cottage. This beach house is nestled alone on a 1/3-mile stretch of white coral beach. The cottage includes a bedroom, separate living room, kitchen, bathroom, a natural sea pool, its own fresh water pool, and great views of the Atlantic.
Kamalame Cay (Kamalame Cove); Andros Island, Bahamas
Andros, in the Bahamas Out Islands, has a secret: a private resort on three uninterrupted miles of talcum-soft white sand surrounded by a fringe of palm trees and gorgeous gin-clear waters. And this secret has a secret: a narrow strip of sand leads to a tiny, four-acre atoll with a private villa, Kamalame Cove. This ultra-luxurious, sprawling plantation-style home has four bedrooms, a hot/cold outdoor shower, freshwater pool, staff of six, kitchen, and great views.
Hotel Punta Islita (Casitas); Guanacaste, Costa Rica
This resort is perched on a hilltop with one of those I-can't-put-words-to-it views of the Pacific. Rent a casita, a haven of relaxed and private luxury, where you can drink in ocean views from the hammock or Jacuzzi® on your terrace, or maybe even from the private pool. And you know what a private pool means? No tan lines and skinny-dipping at any hour.
Blancaneaux Lodge (Francis Coppola Villa); Cayo District, Belize
At this secluded retreat, the premier escape is the Francis Coppola Villa where the director's personal art and items are on display. Located along the river, the villa has two bedrooms, a large living area, outside deck, and a dining table that seats up to 14. Pretend you're a famous movie star (with a perfect body, of course) as you strut around in your birthday suit.
Bitter End Yacht Club (Estate House); Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
This one-of-a-kind resort, in a secluded deepwater bay reachable only by boat, is a water-lover's wonderland with every kind of water sport imaginable. Charter one of the resort's Freedom 30 live-aboard yachts which are fully equipped for inter-island cruising; they accommodate four people and receive full hotel services and amenities while docked at BEYC. And nothing is more private than dropping your anchor in the middle of nowhere (so you can work on that tan-line-free tan). Don't have sea legs? Rent the private Grand Estate house.
Laluna (Cottages); St. George's, Grenada
Here, Italy (upscale amenities) meets Asia (clean lines) meets the Caribbean (easygoing atmosphere). The cottages have plunge pools and vistas of lush foliage and turquoise water at every turn. Whoever thought up the partly open bathrooms is a genius; you feel as if you're bathing au naturel, but with complete privacy.
Ladera Resort (Suites and Villas); Soufriere, St. Lucia
There's nothing between you and the views of jungle-clad volcanic peaks and Caribbean waves. That's because every room at Ladera has only three walls--the fourth is open, making you feel like you're living in a treehouse. And what a treehouse it is! Each of the suites and villas is different, each with their own plunge or swimming pools (some with waterfalls), and some kitchens. Want to imitate the Naked Chef? Go ahead--just be sure to wear an apron!
Hotel Villa Caletas (Villa); Puntarenas, Costa Rica
This tropical hideaway is perched high on an emerald-green cliff 1,150 feet above the Pacific Ocean, with stop-dead-in-your-tracks gorgeous views in every direction--a true mountaintop oasis. Rent its Master Suite or Villa and enjoy a private pool and Jacuzzi® . . . and we don't have to give you suggestions for how to enjoy them, do we?
Yasawa Island Resort (Drodrolagi Deluxe Bure); Yasawa, Fiji
Fijians have 15 words for "heaven"--and "yasawa" is the first of these. Envelope yourself in splendid isolation on this remote island, with no other resorts, no television, and no wake-up calls. Lomalagi Honeymoon Bure is a secluded beachfront bure that's a split-level with two decks that face west for beautiful sunsets, an outdoor shower, and a separate thatched beach hut with a double hammock and beach chairs. Make any vacation a honeymoon!
Windjammer Landing (Villas); Labrelotte Bay, St. Lucia
Tucked among the trees on a hillside, you can be as private (and naked) as you please in your spacious villa. Each home-away-from-home is open to the Caribbean breezes, has a secluded terrace or sundeck, and many have their own plunge pools. And all you have to do is step out of your self-contained haven to find all the amenities of a top resort and every kind of activity.
La Samanna (Villa); Marigot, St. Martin
This peaceful and secluded luxury resort is built in an elegant Mediterranean style, and is surrounded by lush landscapes and miles of spectacular and pristine private beach. Its three-bedroom villas are situated steps from the beach and feature an ample living room with access to a private patio, plus an additional living room and private terrace in the second floor master suite, a separate kitchen, outdoor dining room, three bedrooms and three full size bathrooms.
Since 1979, Hideaways International has explored the vacation road less traveled, searching for exceptional escapes. Hideaways' recommendations are profiled in The Hideaways Collection directory, Hideaways Life newsletter, and Hideaways Insider e-newsletter.
(Source: Hideaways International)