It’s high time you planned a summer holiday to remember, but where will you go?

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Why not choose to stay in one of these six stylish and seriously hot properties, recommended by Lightfoot Travel.

1. Post Ranch Inn, California


For a holiday full of fun, beauty and health-based kicks, look no further than California. 

However, skip Hollywood and head for some natural splendour in the shape of Big Sur – shoehorned between the Santa Lucia Range and the Pacific Ocean – with its craggy coastline, mountainous landscape, dramatic forests and star-speckled skies. 

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Post Ranch Inn is a true sanctuary for the soul, instantly relaxing you and reconnecting you with the landscape. 

Here, you can totally disconnect in recycled-redwood rooms, which swap the television for spectacular ocean views instead. 

Spend your time relaxing by the three heated pools, rejuvenate with an in-room massage, indulge in a yoga class or go whale watching, and make 2018 the summer you’ll never forget. 

2. Six Senses Fiji 

Enter a whole new summer paradise – and ignite some serious Instagram-envy – with a stay at Six Senses Fiji. 

Due to open its long-awaited beachfront doors on Malolo Island this month, you’ll be one of the first to experience its swish spacious villas and residences, all with private plunge pools. 

You’ll also find two restaurants, an outdoor pizzeria and grill, three bars, a gourmet food market and a walk-in wine cellar set amongst the tropical Fijian landscape. 

There’s also a treetop yoga platform, a gym, flood-lit tennis courts, and a choice of experiences such as local village visits and cookery classes. 

If that all sounds like hard work, you’ll be pleased to hear that the spa is suitably soothing with a plethora of wellness programmes and pioneering treatments available. 


3. Nay Palad Hideaway, Philippines 

With more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines archipelago there are more idyllic beaches, smouldering volcanoes, pristine coral reef and steamy jungle than you can possibly visit; which is why it still remains one of the world’s greatest untouched paradises with endless hidden gems. 

Nay Palad Hideaway (previously known as Dedon Island) is one that’s reopening this summer after a refurbishment, and it’s just an hour’s flight away from the legendary Cloud 9 surf break of Siargao. 

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A palm-fringed paradise, naturally sheltered from the tropical wilderness surrounding it, this enchanting luxury boutique-style retreat is located between mangrove forests, white sands and clear waters. 

Utterly tranquil and thoroughly rejuvenating, you can do as much or as little as you like. 

We recommend lazing by the pool, joining a cookery class, checking out the new gym, watching films at the open-air cinema and lazing in quirky hanging pods scattered around the grounds. 

4. Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives


Chances are you’ve already heard of Gili Lankanfushi, located in the North Male Atoll of the Maldives, and it would be for good reason. 

Famous for its “no shoes, no news” mantra, it’s the ultimate in escape and relaxation, and an absolute winner for the summer months when the temperature declines a little. 

The resort is home to 45 magnificent villas, all of which are luxurious, large and lovely, and some of which are so secluded that they’re only accessible by boat. 

Step inside and you’ll be welcomed by state-of-the-art facilities, bathrooms with glass sea-viewing floors and private lagoon plunge pools. 

Elsewhere, you’ll find outdoor massage pavilions, discreet sunken lounge enclaves, a spa, and a spectacular selection of barefoot-friendly restaurants and bars. 


5. Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Vietnam 

There’s something beyond special about the Unesco World Heritage town of Hoi An in Vietnam. Wander the charming ancient streets sampling the local street food and shopping as you go, get your endorphins racing with a bike ride through the rice paddy fields, or head to China Beach. 

Located on this stretch of pristine white sand is the Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, welcoming you inside with its luxurious Asian architecture, palm-trees strung with jewel-coloured lanterns and stunning tropical foliage. 

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If you want to burn off some energy, there are plenty of activities to choose from including sunrise power walking, yoga, rice field cycling and beach tai chi. 

If you can take yourself away from the sands, there are three inviting swimming pools to choose from; just pick your spot, get horizontal and enjoy the sunglass cleaning service, cold towels and ice-cream which are delivered to you regularly.

6. COMO Uma Canggu, Bali 

Do summer right with a trip to Bali to enjoy its inimitable beaches, fascinating culture and excellent accommodation – which has been amped up this summer thanks to the opening of COMO Uma Canggu. 

This latest offering from the famously gorgeous COMO group features stylish rooms, world-class treatments at the iconic Shambhala Retreat and a beachfront location that comes with incredible activities. 

Those who love the surf as much as pristine sands will adore the in-house Surf School which hosts bespoke lessons and programmes. 

After a session, head to COMO Beach Club – a modern take on a traditional surf shack – which serves superb cocktails and doubles up as the perfect location for dancing under the stars.

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