Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, Lanai, Hawaii

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If you’re after an over-the-top, once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list splurge, you can’t beat The Brando, Marlon Brando’s ultra-luxurious private island resort on Tetiaroa, 30 miles north of Tahiti.
The far-flung resort is a favorite of celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper and Ellen DeGeneres. Former President Barack Obama also famously escaped to the island to write his memoir there after he left office in 2017. (More recently, Kim Kardashian infamously hosted her 40th birthday party on the island in October 2020).
It’s got just 35 thatched-roof villas, each one decked out with a private infinity pool, outdoor dining area and all the creature comforts you might expect to enjoy at a five-star hotel in London or New York. But the biggest luxury of all? Your own private stretch of powder-white sand and turquoise ocean, mere steps from your bedroom.
The Brando, Tetiaroa private island, French Polynesia. Rates start at $3,500.
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W Melbourne, Australia
Opened in February 2021, the W Melbourne is the first international five-star hotel to launch in Australia this year — a hopeful sign for tourism, though Australia’s borders currently remain closed to international travel.
Built inside the glittering, $1.25 billion Collins Arch precinct — also home to luxury residences and upscale retail and dining offerings — the ultramodern hotel boasts five restaurants and bars, plus a gold-roofed indoor heated pool, featuring a poolside bar and DJ booth.
Its 294 rooms are as plush and design-centric as you’d expect from any W hotel, with the addition of luxe deep-soaking tubs and sweeping views over the city or Melbourne’s Yarra River.
W Melbourne, 408 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia. Rates start at $450.
Private spa cottages are scattered among lush foliage at Sensei Lanai.
Private spa cottages are scattered among lush foliage at Sensei Lanai.
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Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, Lanai, Hawaii
This adults-only wellness retreat is the epitome of post-pandemic luxury: for starters, it’s located on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, which is so peaceful and secluded it feels like you’re on your own private island.
Then there are the plush suites, hidden so discreetly amongst Lanai’s jungle-filled, mist-covered Koele mountains you’ll barely notice the other guests.
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Finally, you get a personalized wellness itinerary crafted by your own Sensei Guide, which sets you up with spa treatments and wellness activities — everything from morning meditation to sound baths — aimed at melting away any lingering stress or anxiety.,50157837.html,50158115.html

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