WHERE TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE THIS WINTER

Hi friend. Are you feeling emotionally black and blue from all that 2017 has hurled at you this year? Same. Are you ready to stop Instagram-dreaming about taking a vacation to a far-flung corner of the world and make it a reality in 2018? Yaaasss. Allow us to help.

Coco Privé Private Island
Coco Privé Private Island

We understand there is no exact recipe for ‘living your best life’. Often, it’s a combination of splurging on material things that make your id feel good, and focusing on wellness activities, such as yoga and green juice, to make your body feel good – and, all the while, having no Fs to give about what anyone thinks. 

Yet when we talk about dream vacations, living your best life simply means booking the best and newest suites in the hottest hotels, even if doing so will drain your bank account. But c’mon – just think of the Instagram posts!

Here are five places where you can live your best life this winter. 


The Presidential Suite at Andaz Mayakoba

The Presidential Suite at Andaz Mayakoba
The Presidential Suite at Andaz Mayakoba

Andaz is the newest hotel in the eco-friendly Mayakoba area of Riviera Maya. (Remember this tour we gave you last year when it first opened?) Now, just in time to be added to your holiday wish-list, Andaz has opened its gorgeous two-storey beachfront Presidential Suite. The glorious space includes two giant bedrooms: the first on the ground floor and the second upstairs, both with walk-in wardrobes, comfy beds, balconies and private whirlpools. The rest of the suite has a full kitchen, a dining area where a private chef can cook for you, a living room, lots of floor-to-ceiling windows, a private terrace and pool, another outdoor dining area, and art from local Mexican artisans and Mayan decor. Also, did we mention this suite is right on the beach?

The Presidential Suite at Andaz Mayakoba
The Presidential Suite at Andaz Mayakoba

Cost of Living Your Best Life: $2,400 a night. 


Gansevoort Villas at Gansevoort Turks & Caicos

Gansevoort Villas at Gansevoort Turks & Caicos
Gansevoort Villas at Gansevoort Turks & Caicos

The good news? The Gansevoort has reopened after the tougher-than-usual hurricane season. The even better news? The brand-new Gansevoort Villas will open this winter. These six specialty suites, located on an elevated hillside about two miles from the main resort, come with either four- or five-bedroom configurations, each with an indoor and outdoor living areas, delightful over-the-water platforms, ocean views from the bedrooms, and private infinity pools, as well as courtyard pools with waterfalls. Services and amenities include a private villa manager, a personal escort at the airport, personal concierge, and shuttle service to the main resort, among many more VIP services.

Gansevoort Villas at Gansevoort Turks & Caicos
Gansevoort Villas at Gansevoort Turks & Caicos

Cost of Living Your Best Life: $8,900 per night during the high season; $5,500 during the low season. 


The Guest House at Dream Hollywood Guest House Suite

The Guest House at Dream Hollywood Guest House Suite
The Guest House at Dream Hollywood Guest House Suite

A guest house in the middle of a happening Hollywood block? You can find it at Dream Hollywood. Their new, sultry suite has 1,800-square-feet of space surrounded by glass walls with a 360-degree view of Los Angeles, along with a private terrace, a living room that doubles up as a screening room, a dope deep-soaking tub, and a blue-velvet platform bed. Downstairs, you can work on wellness at the Gunnar Peterson Gym (aka Khloe Kardashian’s trainer), which is open to all guests at the hotel. And then you can celebrate your fine self at one of the five restaurants and bars at the hotel, such as TAO, Beauty & Essex, and the hotel’s crazy-sexy-cool rooftop lounge, The Highlight Room. 

The Guest House at Dream Hollywood Guest House Suite
The Guest House at Dream Hollywood Guest House Suite

Cost of Living Your Best Life: $4,500 per night. 


The Setai Tel Aviv

A stay at the about-to-open Setai in Tel Aviv is almost like having a piece of Miami with you – although this luxury hotel is actually steeped in ancient history rather than Art Deco’s golden age. The 120-room hotel sits along the Jaffa Coastline, with a thirteenth-century structure that was first built by the Turkish Empire as as prison for a Crusader fortress. Today, the guest rooms still retain some of the original thirteenth century walls, as well as vaulted ceilings and a large arch at the entrance featuring the seal of the controversial thirty-fourth sultan of the Turkish Empire, Abdul Hamid II. But modern amenities and decor are also in abundance: the interior is home to oak furniture, leather panels, decorative lights, and an LED glass partition in the bathroom, which allows the WC to go from peek-a-boo to private with the push of a button. Also on the property is a restaurant serving local fare, a spa containing Turkish baths, and a stunning rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

The Setai Tel Aviv
The Setai Tel Aviv

Cost of Living Your Best Life: $400 per night. 


Coco Privé Private Island

Coco Privé Private Island
Coco Privé Private Island

Sigh. Maybe you can’t live your best life on this utterly exclusive and entirely remote private island, but perhaps there is a billionaire tech founder or A-list celebrity in your life who wants a quiet place for them and nine of their closest friends? If so, keep reading. After touching down at the Malé International Airport in The Maldives, the ten guests will be whisked away by luxury yacht to the Coco Privé Private Island. There they will have a staff of 30 at their disposal to help arrange everything from meals, spa treatments, watersports, diving excursions, sailing adventures, and whatever else you can dream of. The lodgings consist of a master residence and five guest villas. There are also the creature comforts of a hotel such as a cocktail bar, wine cellar, fitness centre, sauna and swimming pool. But we think have a spa therapist on call whenever you need it is the best selling factor of all.

Coco Privé Private Island
Coco Privé Private Island

Cost of Living Your Best Life: $45,000 (plus taxes) per night. 

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Juliana Shallcross

A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor HotelChatter.com. A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She’s based in Los Angeles.