Summer Vacation: 5 Splashing Stays Beyond The Usual Beach Villa

 

“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination,

and brings eternal joy to the soul.”

— Robert Wyland

 

Summers have announced their arrival by hitting the 40 degree celsius mark and the scorching heat is reminding us it’s time for a vacation. Waves, sand, and a tan — the beach is a sure-shot winner. This summer #BeatTheHeat by swapping that usual beach villa for a retreat that’s shore to make it amongst your top vacay memories with a sprinkle of the unconventional and a whole lot of luxury. #DSSCRecommends 5 splashing stays for relaxation, rejuvenation, and adventure tailor-made for for ’em hydrophile embodying travellers.  

 

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

 
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Infinity pools to seize the view, hammocks to soak in the tranquility of the ocean, and sublime decks to revel in the glory of unobstructed sunsets — the water villas at One&Only Reethi Rah, perched in the midst of the Indian Ocean, offer an opulent experience you wouldn’t want to bid adieu to. With excursions that span beyond snorkeling and scuba diving, the allure of this serene island is unequalled. Swim with sharks, embark on a seaplane adventure, or experience the thrill of a private desert island, adventure comes in many forms at this Maldives resort.  

Map It To: Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll, Malé, Maldives.

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Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

 
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Assuring a world away from your everyday, Atlantis offers an immersive vacation that stimulates imagination, fosters amusement, and celebrates indulgence. Boasting two signature underwater suites and an underwater restaurant — with floor to ceiling windows showcasing the 65,000 majestic marine inhabitants of this man-made island — this below sea level stay is one you need to add to your bucket list. The vacation comes a full-circle with the behind-the-scenes tour at The Lost Chambers Aquarium, the royal swim at the Dolphin Bay, and breathtaking adventures where you feed manta rays, walk alongside sharks, and ride the world’s largest circumference waterslide at Aquaventure Waterpark.

#DSSCTopTip: Kick-start your day on a healthy note with The Lost Chambers Aquarium’s Hatha Yoga class.

Map It To: Crescent Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Compass Heli Tours and Four Seasons Whistler, Canada

 
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If you’re seeking an exploit this summer that rates high on the thrill-o-meter but don’t want to let go of grandeur and relaxation, we’ve got just the vacation for you — an excursion to British Columbia. Experience waterfalls cascade over granite cliffs and turquoise rivers navigate lush temperate rain forests as you camp under the stars with Compass Heli Tours. The untouched wilderness and melting glaciers in summer provide you with the unique opportunity to kayak on a glacier. An unforgettable experience, the vibrant blue water surrounded by ice caps is a sight to witness. Unwind at the sumptuous ski resort, Four Seasons Whistler, for a dose of self-indulgence post the icy adventure. Replete with a eucalyptus steam room, glacier rain showers, and outdoor whirlpools, this leg of the vacation is for your mind, body, and spirit.

#DSSCTopTip: Delve deep into the ice caves with the Ice Cave Adventure & Exploration offered by Four Seasons Whistler.

Map It To: 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada

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Lizard Island Resort, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef makes for a stunning destination for summer vacations, and there’s no better way to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of this marine masterpiece than from the Lizard Island Resort. Dig your flag at the Oceanview Villa and make the most of this private oasis by soaking in the plunge pool. Experience the marine and plant life in the waters off Anchor Bay with glass water kayaking. Explore the picturesque reef and marine life with snorkelling and diving at a private location of your choice. Charter Lizard Island’s 51 foot Riviera Platinum Model Flybridge Cruiser, Fascination III, and enjoy a fishing excursion curated exclusively for you. The charm of this island resort spans well beyond its villas.

Map It To: Lizard Island, Cairns, Queensland, 4871, Australia

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Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

 
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On the lookout for a trip to re-energise your mind, body, and soul? Seeking a spa that celebrates your love for the ocean? Huvafen Fushi is where you need to head to. Proclaimed as a world within world, without an end, the first underwater spa around the globe, Huvafen Fushi Spa and Pearl, is a sanctuary beneath the surface. As the tides play upon your senses and the ocean transforms into your personal playground, Maldives will evolve into a haven you would want to stay in for eternity.

Map It To: North Malé Atoll 08390, Maldives

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