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An outdoor meeting space at ALILA YANGSHUO. Photography courtesy of Alila Yangshuo.
One of two pools at the JEWEL GRANDE MONTEGO BAY RESORT & SPA.
An ocean-suite terrace at ONE&ONLY LE SAINT Géran.
A two-bedroom ocean-view pavilion at ROSEWOOD PHUKET.
A Royal Suite bedroom in the SILO HOTEL.

Escape Plans

by C California Style

Five new getaways beckon this season, in China, South Africa and beyond

China

Overlooking the Li River, the plush 117-room Alila Yangshuo offers a modern spin on its origins as a former sugar mill. This heritage is incorporated in unexpected ways—don’t miss the chance to take a dip in the sugarcane dock-turned-swimming pool when temperatures start to rise. As tempting as it might be to while away all your time at the bucolic property, be sure to experience the region’s natural beauty: If the nearby hiking and rock-climbing expeditions seem too ambitious, you can attempt a climb up the resort’s own karst hill. Rates from $202; alilahotels.com.


Jamaica

When we say the opening of the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa is big news for Jamaica, we mean big: The all-inclusive spread has 217 rooms and 12 dining options among its three beachside towers. Yet, despite its supersize dimensions, the resort manages to retain an intimate feel, thanks to stellar service (private butlers, anyone?), a tranquil spa, and 11 stand-alone villas for guests who desire more privacy. Rates from $553; jewelgrande.com.


Thailand

Does the word “Phuket” fill your mind with visions of raucous backpackers and seedy hostels? Well, think again: There’s a reason the luxe Rosewood brand chose the city’s beguiling Emerald Bay as the site of its first Southeast Asian property. The plush Rosewood Phuket feels a world away from the island’s party vibe, with 71 pool pavilions and villas and an all-encompassing Asaya wellness platform. Rates from approximately $720; rosewoodhotels.com.


Mauritius

A celebrated hospitality icon is reborn this December when the One&Only Le Saint Géran unveils its eagerly anticipated renovation. We aren’t talking about minor cosmetic nips and tucks, either; the 42-year-old grande dame shuttered its hallowed doors for nearly a year, and the result is worth the wait. The earthy, refreshed rooms are clad in timber, leather, linen and stone, and livened up with turquoise accents inspired by the ocean—which, thanks to the resort’s prime peninsula perch, is still the main event. Rates from $950; oneandonlyresorts.com.


South Africa

If you’ve recently taken to fantasizing about booking a flight to Cape Town, the glossy new Silo Hotel probably has something to do with it. Social media feeds have been deluged by images of its jewel-box exterior and #bathtubgoals bathrooms. Opened in March atop the city’s red-hot new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the Silo was the continent’s buzziest hotel debut—and as Cape Town heads into its peak summer season, it’ll be easier to score tickets to Hamilton on Broadway than one of those 28 coveted keys. Rates from approximately $948; theroyalportfolio.com. 

Written by SARAH KHAN.

 

This article originally appeared in the December 2017 issue of C Magazine.