Even the most determined workaholic reaches a point when tearing out hair seems like the only viable option. The Bruce Willis look works for some (namely Bruce Willis), but most men can’t make bald look quite so badass. Alternative strategies must be found, and top of that list is an escape to somewhere serene and far away from the resident office a-hole. We suggest one of these beautiful destinations for your next disappearing act.
Sri Panwa | Thailand
Perched high atop Cape Panwa with breathtaking views of the southeastern tip of Phuket, a stay at Sri Panwa feels like sleeping in a tropical rainforest tree house. Glass windows on 3 sides of the villas reveal a panoramic expanse of the Andaman Sea, while a terrace infinity pool melts into the horizon. Spend your afternoons lounging at the Pool Club, followed by sunset cocktails at a sexy rooftop bar (#2 on CNN International’s ‘World’s 50 Best Beach Bars’ list) and dancing ’til daybreak at Baba88.
Therme Vals | Switzerland
Built over the only thermal springs in the Graubünden canton in Switzerland, Therme Vals is a 360-degree sensory experience. The striking design comes courtesy of Peter Zumthor, who received the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2009. Beauty and sophistication reign supreme at this Alpine retreat, where you’ll be treated to Swiss bliss in the form of spa treatments, refined eateries and dips in thermal baths. Be sure to catch one of the nights when Therme Vals keeps its baths open for a silent midnight swim.
Qualia | Australia
Clinging to the northern tip of Hamilton Island, surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, qualia is one of Australia’s most tranquil and beautiful escapes. The luxury resort was built by Australian billionaires, which should give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive on its idyllic, no-expense-spared grounds. From the architecture to the 30 acres of immaculate landscaping, everything exudes elegance and exclusivity. Facilities include a fitness centre, a library, two bars and private plunge pools attached to many of the individual pavilions.
One&Only Reethi Rah | The Maldives
If endless white sand coves, turquoise bays and private villas don’t sound appealing, be sure to skip the One&Only Reethi Rah. This spectacular spot more than lives up to its name. Travel the world and you’ll never find anything quite like this Maldives resort. Not only is it home to the Maldives’ first PADI National Geographic dive centre, it’s also home to a sun spa, a climbing wall, tennis courts, 8 dining options and 12 – count ’em, 12 – beaches. Oh, and each villa comes with its own mobile phone – so you can call your butler wherever you are on the island.
The Wakaya Club | Fiji
How could we leave the legendary natural beauty of Fiji off this list? The Wakaya Club & Spa is an exclusive private island resort unlike any other in the world, offering gracious living, sophisticated international cuisine and unparalleled leisure opportunities. From the pristine tropical habitat, to the inviting spa, to the tasty Pacific Rim fare, no detail has been overlooked. This is truly where those who have it all go to get away from it all. Mind, body and soul will leave The Wakaya Club feeling totally refreshed.
Split Apple | New Zealand
Built high above Tasman Bay, Split Apple is a luxury retreat and wellness spa hideaway for discerning respite seekers. Because health and wellness is at the forefront of your stay here, Split Apple’s gourmet menu is individually drawn up for guests. All likes and dislikes are taken into account, as well as any dietary requirements, before a menu is designed to deliver optimal health benefits via a series of fresh dishes. Then pamper yourself with pristine private access to beaches, massage, acupuncture, meditation guidance and other stress reduction therapies.
Parrot Cay | Turks & Caicos
There’s no such thing as too many private island getaways. If you find yourself in Turks & Caicos, book yourself into Parrot Cay. With 1,000 unspoilt acres and a mile-long beach, you’ll find yourself wondering how long it will be before you can buy your own private island. Because of its secluded status, Parrot Cay has become a favourite destination for a celebrity clientele that includes Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Keith Richards, Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis. It’s also, strangely, the site of many a celebrity death hoax.
Fregate Island | The Seychelles
Fregate Island is a private paradise located 4 degrees south of the equator and 55 kilometres off Seychelles’ Mahé coast. You can stay in one of the 16 private villas (all of which have a sun terrace, private infinity pool, Jacuzzi and ocean views) or go for broke and book the entire island. Bring binoculars so you can catch a glimpse of the acrobatic frégate bird that gives its name to the island, and don’t forget to snap a selfie with one of the giant tortoises that also calls it home.