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Best Luxury Resorts for 2023

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December 18, 2022
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Nothing quite compares to a luxurious vacation, whether it’s the rejuvenating spas, stunning landscapes, or fine dining experiences. From private islands to countryside estates, luxury resorts offer opportunities to escape, refresh, and indulge.

If you’re considering a getaway but aren’t sure where to stay, we have what you need. We’ve listed six of our favorite destinations below, including all-inclusive resorts from around the world.

Best Luxury Resort in Scotland: Old Course Hotel

hotel at a golf course
Credit: Your Golf Travel

Located in the historic town of St. Andrews, the Old Course Hotel offers phenomenal golfing and spa experiences. Guests will enjoy the finest examples of Scottish hospitality in a relaxing atmosphere with a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors.

Here are some of our favorite amenities at the Old Course Hotel:

  • Luxurious guest rooms and suites
  • Championship golf course (The Duke’s), with other top courses within driving distance
  • Six dining options, from restaurants to bars
  • Kohler Waters Spa with a 20-meter indoor swimming pool and thirteen treatment rooms

The Old Course Hotel also provides plenty of boutique shopping experiences, including a luxury gift shop and a golf pro shop.

Golfing and Dining at The Duke’s  

golf course during sunset
Credit: Your Golf Travel

Home of the 2014 European Amateur Championship, the Duke's Golf Course offers panoramic views of the coastline as far as Carnoustie. Each hole has five different tees, providing a variety of lengths and challenges to suit golfers of all levels. As part of its first-class facilities, Duke's Golf Club features a fully stocked pro shop, driving range, short game practice facilities, and buggies for convenient transportation.

The clubhouse includes a bar and restaurant available to visitors, hotel guests, and members alike.

Best Luxury Resort in Dubai: Habtoor Palace  

Habtoor Palace, Dubai is truly a palace in every sense of the word. Located on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal, this high-end resort boasts the following amenities:  

  • 182 guest rooms
  • 52 suites
  • Fine dining options
  • Butler service
  • Three sparkling pools
  • Access to a private beach
  • Beautifully landscaped gardens

Elegant details, such as the grand staircase or the lobby’s landmark chandelier, reinforce the palatial experience.

Luxurious Suites

marbled luxury hotel bathroom with chrome faucets and round lighted mirror
One™ Collection at Habtoor Palace

A world of exclusivity defines the Habtoor Palace, especially within the 52 upscale suites.

As part of our multi-unit and hospitality design efforts, you can find KALLISTA fixtures throughout the spaces, augmenting the chic details embodied by the Habtoor Palace, Dubai.

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Luxury Hotel With a View in Cambodia: The Rosewood

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With awe-inspiring views of the Mekong River and the city's effervescent lights, guests of the Rosewood Phnom Penh experience Cambodia's capital city at its finest. Designed by Melbourne's BAR Studio and standing 188 meters high, the skyscraper honors Cambodian crafts by incorporating them into a contemporary, cultivated aesthetic.  

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One™ Collection in Brushed Bronze at Rosewood Phnom Penh

Occupying the top 14 floors of Phnom Penh’s most iconic modern building, the Vattanac Capital Tower, the Rosewood hotel offers the following benefits for guests:

  • 175 guest rooms
  • Suites with enhanced privacy and picturesque views
  • Six dining venues  
  • 22-meter indoor swimming pool
  • Tranquil spa offering traditional Khmer healing therapies

In the adjacent Vattanac Capital Mall, you will find Phnom Penh's most sought-after luxury brands, such as Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo, Ferragamo, Brioni, and Rimowa.

Culinary Offerings

With six dining venues available, Rosewood Phnom Penh offers international cuisine with contemporary flair and sophisticated surroundings, whether you're looking for afternoon tea, fine dining, or sunset cocktails.

Our favorite venue at the Rosewood is Sora, the city’s most sought-after nightspot. With a cantilevered terrace, guests can enjoy cocktails and tapas along with a breathtaking view of the city.  

Best High-End Resort in the U.S. for Golfing: Destination Kohler

For a stateside getaway, consider Destination Kohler in Wisconsin. This luxury resort offers world-class lodging and golf in the Village of Kohler, a two-and-a-half-hour drive north of Chicago.

crowd of spectators at a golf course
Credit: Your Golf Travel

Named one of the three best golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest, Destination Kohler offers the facilities and services:

  • Five-star lodging
  • Two world-renowned golf courses at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run
  • 12 dining establishments  
  • Five-star Kohler Waters Spa

The American Club hotel was established in 1918 to provide lodging and refreshment for Kohler employees. Having undergone extensive renovations in 1981 to preserve its historical features, the American Club now holds Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond status.

Immersive Spa Services

Located at the resort is the Kohler Waters Spa, one of only 60 five-star spas in the world and the only one in the Midwest. Spa services include:

  • Hydrotherapy treatments
  • Massage therapies
  • Facials
  • Body wraps
  • Pedicures and manicures
  • Bathing
  • Energy therapies (Reiki and Craniosacral)
  • Hair and scalp treatments
  • Acupuncture
  • Cupping treatments

The spa also features a nutritious menu of culinary offerings to satisfy your taste buds and body.

Best Beach Resort in California for Families: Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa

If you’re looking for a beachside experience, consider a stay at this oceanfront resort. Dolphin Bay is a popular family resort and spa located at Pismo Beach alongside California’s serene central coast.  

Here’s what this California resort has to offer:

  • One and two-bedroom suites, some with poolside or oceanside views
  • Lido Restaurant and Bar
  • Outdoor infinity pool
  • Beach access
  • Spa services

All suites feature spacious living and dining rooms, fully equipped gourmet kitchens, balconies or patios, and all the finest amenities.

Beachside Bliss

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Credit: Kent Kanouse

Stairs offer beach access, perfect for romantic weddings, calming walks, or building sandcastles with the kids. The area provides outdoor adventures for the whole family, including kayaking, surfing, and body boarding.  

Discover Your Next Luxury Resort Getaway

Now that you’ve read our guide to some of the best luxury resorts, it’s time to solidify your plans. You’re one step closer to booking that plane ticket and embarking on a journey full of life’s most joyful comforts.

At KALLISTA, we believe in elevating daily routines of the bath and kitchen into luxurious experiences. Our modern and traditional faucets and fixtures are the embodiment of luxury, blending form with function.  

Explore our multi-unit and hospitality designs for more information on our favorite luxury hotels and spas.

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