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While world travel was put on ice last year, some of the most jaw-dropping, new resorts quietly opened. Others are coming soon to those in the know. Serene and unexplored, these stunning properties are eager to welcome you. From India to Ibiza and Montenegro to the Maldives, it’s time to dig out your passport (and IHG Rewards number) and be among the first to check in, and check out these top resorts
we’ve curated, whatever your passion…

Acrophile - a lover of high mountains and of heights. From the Greek acro for mountain.

Six Senses Botanique, Brazil
You'll find Six Senses Botanique, the first Six Senses in the Americas, at the intersection of three river valleys in the heart of the Mantiqueira Mountains, known as the "mountains that weep" due to an abundance of springs and rivers. Built from indigenous materials such as jacaranda and chocolate slate, this Brazilian resort blends mountain serenity with modern luxury and with the mark of Six Senses: anchored in regional appreciation, sustainability and social responsibility. Its purpose is to awaken the senses and help people reconnect with themselves, with others, and the world around them, through exclusive experiences in wellness, gastronomy and spa treatments.

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam
With inventive design by star architect Bill Bensley, lush gardens and a 700-metre private beach, the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort celebrates sunshine and seclusion in an unspoiled rainforest setting. Enjoy hiking through the sprawling jungles at Son Tra National Conservation Park, indulge in culinary artistry at La Maison 1888, led by three-star Michelin chef Pierre Gagnaire, then soothe your body and soul at HARNN Heritage Spa.

Thalassophile - A lover of the sea. From the Greek word thalassa, meaning “sea,” and philos, affection.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Australia
InterContinental Hayman Island Resort will immerse you in the breathtaking beauty of the Whitsunday Islands, an iconic private retreat in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The resort is the definition of luxury island living with 168 beautifully appointed rooms, suites and villas artfully intertwined with spectacular pools, panoramic seascapes and tropical gardens. Nestled at the northernmost point of Australia's Whitsunday archipelago, Hayman Island unlocks the heart of the Great Barrier Reef by placing you moments away from Langford Island, Bali Hai, Blue Pearl Bay and Hook Island. Those looking to arrive in maritime style can book a 60-minute launch transfer direct to Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort from Hamilton Island airport

Six Senses Botanique, Brazil — Photo by IHGSix Senses Botanique, Brazil — Photo by IHG
Six Senses Botanique, Brazil — Photo by IHG

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam — Photo by IHGInterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam — Photo by IHG
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam — Photo by IHG

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietman— Photo by IHGInterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietman— Photo by IHG
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietman— Photo by IHG

Sophiliac - One who loves wisdom and learning; from Greek origin of sophia (wisdom)

Kimpton Naranta Bali, Indonesia (opening late 2021)
Kimpton Naranta Bali brings barefoot luxury with contemporary touches to the beaches of Nusa Dua. This 50-villa boutique resort in natural surroundings offers seclusion amid sun-drenched shores. Eastern and Western cultures come together to celebrate the island’s natural beauty, from the sloping rice terraces to the lush volcanic hillsides and sweeping ocean vistas.

Regent Phu Quoc, Vietnam (opening late 2021)
Situated off the southwest coast of Vietnam, alongside a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve, guests can revel in Regent Phu Quoc's all-suites and villas offering set against the serene waterfront backdrop of Long Beach. Discover local history and culture at stunning Hindu temples that grace the tropical skyline, rest, and renew at Samskara Wellness, where ancient Balinese rituals meet modern healing techniques.

Hotel Indigo Diqing Moonlight City, China
Atop the commanding heights of Dukezong Ancient Town, Hotel Indigo Diqing Moonlight City takes it’s Neighbourhood Story inspiration from Shangri-La, epitomizing the legendary lost paradise of idyllic beauty and tranquillity. The ancient town of Dukezong is one of the oldest and culturally richest places in Shangri-La. Simply walking around and exploring Dukezong’s labyrinthine lanes, laid out in the shape of an eight-petal lotus flower, will leave you captivated. The nearby Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, also known as the “Little Potala Palace”, is on top of a hill overlooking a scenic lake. It is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province, and its various structures are archetypical of Tibetan architecture with gilded roofs and red and white walls. The monastery also houses an 8-meter-tall, gilded statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, along with a plethora of timeless Tibetan treasures.

Kimpton Naranta Bali — Photo by IHGKimpton Naranta Bali — Photo by IHG
Kimpton Naranta Bali — Photo by IHG

Hotel Indigo Diqing Moonlight City, China — Photo by IHGHotel Indigo Diqing Moonlight City, China — Photo by IHG
Hotel Indigo Diqing Moonlight City, China — Photo by IHG

Gastonome - A food lover. From the French gastronomie, originating in the Greek root Greek gastronomia, “of the stomach”

InterContinental Cascais-Estoril, Portugal
InterContinental Cascais-Estoril enjoys an Atlantic oceanfront location on the “Portuguese Riviera” a region full of beauty and history.Just a short trip to the vibrant city of Lisbon, itself an emerging culinary hotspot, Estoril is the ideal retreat with a loved one to enjoy Portuguese heritage, fish and seafood specialties, sandy beaches, water sports and golf courses within close reach of the hotel. The elegant rooms offer sweeping views across the Cascais Bay. On days when you want to take it easy, relax by the oceanfront pool or hotel's famed spa.

Regent Porto Montenegro, Montenegro
Nestled on the shores of UNESCO-protected Boka Bay, Regent Porto Montenegro guests bask in one of southern Europe’s most exciting destinations. Montenegro is all glamour and seaside beauty, home to some of the best Mediterranean restaurants, bars, and boutiques.
The hotel has 175 bedrooms, suites and penthouses, an eclectic range of dining options, including regional flavors fresh from the land and the sea. The signature restaurant, Murano, serves up unfussy luxury with expertly crafted dishes that showcase the best seasonal produce. Taking inspiration from its location next to the marina and Boka Bay, the menu centers around fresh seafood, prepared with locally sourced and organic herbs – all offering a distinct take on the regional Adriatic cuisine.

Biophile – a lover of nature and living things, from bíos “life”


Kimpton Aluna Hotel, Tulum, Mexico
On the edge of nearly one thousand acres of biosphere reserve and surrounded by lush greenery on the southern tip of the Mayan Riviera, Kimpton Aluna Hotel features 72 guestrooms and six luxury suites, offering private terraces with pristine views. The property also features an on-site restaurant and rooftop bar, two outdoor pools, a swim-up pool bar, spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and an open-air yoga studio. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tulum is home to jaw-dropping cenotes, ancient Mayan ruins, the Mesoamerican Coral Reef, and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve – all of which are a short ride from the property.

InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort, Maldives
Escape and reconnect with nature, yourself and those who matter most while being surrounded by panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. With soft white sands and palm tree peppered terraces, you’ll be living the island life from the moment you board the seaplane to the tranquil shores of the Raa Atoll. Nestled close to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, prepare to be amazed by the myriad of marine life in the lagoon including a unique manta ray sanctuary.

Kimpton Aluna Hotel, Tulum, Mexico — Photo by IHGKimpton Aluna Hotel, Tulum, Mexico — Photo by IHG
Kimpton Aluna Hotel, Tulum, Mexico — Photo by IHG

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InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort — Photo by IHG

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InterContinental Cascais-Estoril, Portugal — Photo by IHG

Chromoatophile – a lover of colours, from the Greek chroma

Six Senses Fort Barwara, India (Opening September 2021)
A beautiful 14th-century fort that just completed a thoughtful, decade-long restoration project is now a Six Senses sanctuary. Once home to a Rajasthani Royal Family, the significant conservation effort incorporates two palaces and two temples within the walled fort. The design reinterprets the regal ambiance of a bygone era dating back 700 years with touches of contemporary interior design. Each of the 48 suites is designed in modern Rajasthani style that pays respect to the fort's rich history while subtly incorporating state-of-the-art technology.

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

The beautifully renovated 19th-century manor house in majestic River Douro, the world’s oldest wine region is a feast for the eyes. The updated swimming pool features a hydrotherapy circuit with powerful jets , underwater LED chromotherapy that creates a constant color sequence and soothing sound therapy. Guests can experience a range of wellness treatments, including “Float your troubles away,” a 20-minute floating therapy where the body is suspended in the water with the help of floating aids. The spa even offers specific playlists depending on the time of day, and natural light.. This might be chanting manta music, sounds of dolphins and whales or bespoke compositions such as Le spectacle de l'Océan by Michel Redolfi.

Opacarophile – one who loves sunsets. From the Latin opacare for dusk or sunset.


Six Senses Ibiza, Spain (Opened July 2021)
When guests arrive at Six Senses on the northern tip of Ibiza at stunning Xarraca Bay, they will spend their time in a place deeply rooted in spiritual wellbeing. This part of the region is known for its free-spirited, bohemian lifestyle that permeates all aspects of the local culture. Six Senses Ibiza will be the first sustainable BREEAM certified resort in the Balearics. Located just 35 minutes from the airport, every aspect of the hotel's physical design will embrace the feeling of community and inspire the senses. With exclusive, immersive activities, organic, seasonal foods, and luxurious accommodations, Six Senses Ibiza is hospitality first for this part of the world.

Six Senses Shaharut, Negev Desert, Israel (Opening August 5, 2021)
Located in the heart of the Arava valley in the southern part of Israel's Negev desert, Six Senses Shaharut will celebrate its highly anticipated opening this August 2021. Designed to take advantage of the desert's beauty with an Earth Lab and camel farm located at the foot of the hill, the resort seamlessly combines the brand's commitment to wellness, sustainability and extraordinary experiences. Set apart as an enclave of seclusion, Six Senses Shaharut is a harmonious blend of natural vistas and thoughtful design.

Six Senses Fort Barwara, India — Photo by IHGSix Senses Fort Barwara, India — Photo by IHG
Six Senses Fort Barwara, India — Photo by IHG

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal — Photo by IHGSix Senses Douro Valley, Portugal — Photo by IHG
Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal — Photo by IHG

Six Senses Shaharut, Israel — Photo by IHGSix Senses Shaharut, Israel — Photo by IHG
Six Senses Shaharut, Israel — Photo by IHG

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