We hand-picked our 5 top hotels and resorts for 2023. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. For each of our top choices, we’ve provided similar alternatives. As a Virtuoso travel agency, Diego Travel adds value and additional amenities to your stay every time. Contact us here to get started planning your 2023 vacation!
Very few luxury all inclusive resorts in the world have left such an impression on us as Nihi Sumba in Indonesia.
If you’re searching for off-the-beaten-path all inclusive luxury vacations in 2023, Nihi Sumba checks all the boxes – an exclusive, remote location, sustainable ethos, true luxury and incredible facilities and hospitality.
Located in the wilderness on the small Indonesian island of Sumba, this isn’t the easiest luxury resort to reach, but that’s part of its appeal and only adds to the exclusive atmosphere of the property.
Nihi Sumba is all about creating an experience for its guests, from picking you up at the airport in an open air jeep with fresh coconuts, to your own private butler or “captain” who personally takes care of you and your villa during your stay.
There are 23 villas at Nihi and all of them are unique, varying from 1 to 4 bedrooms depending on your needs and the size of your travel group.
Despite being on a small, remote island, there is so much to do! Surfing lessons, sunset horseback rides, releasing turtles, chocolate making and a spa safari which was a level of luxury and relaxation that I’d never experienced in my life.
The barefoot luxury of Nihi Sumba perfectly combines high-level luxury with comfortable relaxation. There is no rush, no thoughts of the outside world beyond the island, just pure bliss.
Nihi Sumba is the perfect luxury resort for honeymoons, romantic escapes into nature and eco-conscious travelers.
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An African safari is a bucket list travel experience for many people, but when it comes to luxury safari lodges and resorts in Africa, One & Only Gorilla’s Nest in Rwanda is above and beyond the rest. In fact, it’s my favorite resort of all time – and that’s a big statement for Diego Travel!
We flew in by helicopter and were greeted by African dancers who made us feel so welcome and like a true celebrity, which considering Bill Gates was one of the first guests on the property, that should tell you the level of luxury offered at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest.
Go Gorilla trekking, have the chance to see the Big 5 on safari, embrace adventure in Volcanoes National Park, visit a Rwandan village, relax in the incredible spa and wellness facilities at the property – whatever you choose, a memorable trip is guaranteed.
For those who have had gorilla trekking high on their bucket list, I can tell you that this is a once in a lifetime experience that did not disappoint. I went on the trek two days in a row and each day is different, the guides and porters are wonderful and it’s an experience I will never forget.
There are just 21 rooms at the property which enhances the exclusivity of this luxury Africa resort. But when I say rooms, there’s nothing small or entry level at the resort. Each room has a sitting area, open fireplace, private deck and outdoor shower. Our stay at the 2-bedroom Forest View Lodge was beyond any luxury resort I’d experienced before. And there is an understated luxury in every detail, from the bespoke bed sheets and underfloor heating to the specially made gluten-free snacks for me and the fine china in the room’s snack bar.This luxury resort in Rwanda is perfect for adventure seekers, nature lovers, bucket list experiences and those looking for privacy and exclusivity while experiencing the best of Africa.
Bora Bora in French Polynesia is a bucket list destination for many people who dream of turquoise blue waters, breathtaking white sand beaches and luxury atolls in a tropical paradise.
The Brando resort is located on the private island of Tetiaroa, an atoll of small islands around a vibrant blue lagoon, situated 30 miles from Tahiti.
If you’re dreaming of a honeymoon in Bora Bora, the Brando is the perfect choice for French Polynesia honeymoon resorts or luxury anniversary trips to Bora Bora.
The resort’s focus is carefree luxury and that’s exactly what you feel as you arrive at the resort by private plane. Stay in one of the exclusive 35 luxury villas on the island, dive or snorkel among manta rays, turtles and tropical fish, try your hand at canoeing, stand up paddleboarding or deep sea fishing. Explore the island by bike, and enjoy the fresh Polynesian food and shows each night such as live music, Tahitian dance or nature lectures.
It’s possible to book a private dinner on the beach, perfect for a romantic getaway to celebrate an anniversary trip or honeymoon in Bora Bora.
After recently reopening its borders, Japan is one of the top destinations for 2023.
With such a rich culture and history, plus so much to see and do in Japan, deciding where to stay in Japan can feel like an overwhelming decision.
The Aman Kyoto resort in Japan is a perfect option for a luxury hotel in Japan, giving you a rich cultural experience. Located inside a secret garden in the foothills of Hidari Daimonji mountain, close to the iconic and historic city of Kyoto. Japanese hospitality and tranquil seclusion are the focus of this luxury resort.
With a traditional Japanese onsen spa at the resort and rooms that combine contemporary decor with the traditional Japanese Ryokan style, everything is designed with tranquillity and peace in mind as you look out the windows and see yourself surrounded by forest.
17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be visited around the resort, explore the Edo period secret garden, meditate with Buddhist monks, enjoy a traditional Japanese tea experience, take a private helicopter ride to the temples of Kyoto or visit the Kamishichiken village of the Kyoto Geisha’s with an exclusive invite for resort guests only. If you’re planning a Kyoto travel itinerary, The Aman Kyoto can offer exclusive experiences and things to do in Kyoto.
Japan is the perfect 2023 destination for those wanting to experience rich culture, history and incredible hospitality. The Aman Kyoto combines all of this with serenity and exclusivity at its luxury Kyoto property.
Diego Travel was named a Travel & Leisure Rising Star in 2022 and as the UK has been named Travel & Leisure’s Destination of the Year for 2023, we have to mention the incredible luxury offering in the UK. 2023 is the perfect time to explore the UK and where better to start than the iconic capital city, London.
Famous for having one of the best afternoon tea experiences in London, the Corinthia is also one of the best luxury hotels in London located in the heart of the city.
With penthouses and suites designed with a luxurious elegance that makes you feel like you’re at home the moment you step in, you’re also rewarded with a private terrace offering stunning views across London, complimentary Brompton Bike rental and a spectacular dining experience.
Enjoy the seasonally decorated Winter Garden restaurant, indulge in the Corinthia Afternoon Tea experience, sip champagne in the dark and exclusive Velvet Champagne bar, or dine at the world-renowned Kerridge’s restaurant by Michelin-starred British chef, Tom Kerridge.
The hotel itself is a former British Government building, mealace allows you to see and discover iconic landmarks like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Embankment, Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square on your doorstep.
For other luxury hotels in London, you could also consider The Goring, Claridge’s and the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our top hotels and resorts for 2023. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to schedule a call with me, so that I can match you with an ideal destination that fits both your travel style and budget. We’re also always looking for new places to recommend to our clients.