by Mark Moses, Entrepreneur and CEO Coach at CEO Coaching International
When you think of hugely successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, you might not immediately associate them with over the top vacations. While many of them are over stressed, many more have a ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude that translates into amazing destinations that deliver the same exacting standards they hold their businesses to.
Over the last 20 years, I have had the opportunity to visit 71 countries and experience some amazing hotels and resorts. Some of these have been while traveling with YPO (Young President’s Organization) as they often stay in some spectacular places. When deciding if a hotel or resort is worth my precious vacation time, I always look for amazing service and a sense of place.
Here are my top 11 hotels and resorts that provide everything you need to ‘play hard.’
1. Singita Ebony Lodge – Private Game Reserve, South Africa
The Singita Ebony Lodge has unparalleled accommodations and breathtaking views of the African bush at every turn. You will view wild animals while enjoying a meal on the patio as well as be greeted daily by monkeys while in your outdoor shower. Hotel Website
2. Kempinski – Bodrum, Turkey
Exquisite service paired with gorgeous grounds. Top-notch restaurants and fantastic Turkish Spa, Bodrum is not to be missed. Hotel Website
3. Caesar Augustus – Capri, Italy
With an unbeatable location above the city of Capri, this hotel is picturesque and as elegant as they come. Atop the island of Capri you will have commanding views of the entire island. Hotel Website
4. The Vines – Mendoza, Argentina
The Vines provides over the top accommodations with gorgeous views of the Andes, an innovative approach to winemaking and fantastic cuisine throughout. Hotel Website
5. Hualalai Four Seasons Resort – Kona, Hawaii
True Paradise found on the Big Island of Hawaii. Lush surroundings and natural beauty everywhere. The legendary Four Seasons quality does not get any better than at this hotel. Hotel Website
6. Qualia – Hamilton Island, Australia
Sprawling grounds, magnificent food and the accommodations paired with the customer experience is unbeatable.Hotel Website
7. Le Sirenuse – Positano, Italy
This hotel offers both Italian charm and sophistication. Best location on the coast with breath taking views. Hotel Website
8. Abbaye La Bussiere – La Bussiere-sur-Ouche, France
This property is straight out of a fairytale. The most beautiful grounds one could ever imagine. It is steeped in tradition and offers amazing cuisine. Hotel Website
9. La Coquillade – Luberon in Provence, France
La Coquillade has gorgeous architecture with beautiful accommodations, with a world-class restaurant not to be missed. Hotel Website
10. St Regis Punta Mita – Punta Mita, Mexico
By far the customer service here is second to none. They understand the art of relaxation. This hotel has something for every age. Hotel Website
11. Pedregal Resort – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Hands down this the best property in Cabo San Lucas even though it’s located on the Pacific side. Sophisticated, fantastic customer service, incredible food and one of the best spa experiences anywhere. Hotel Website
What is on your recommended vacation list? Share your favorite books with me and if you’re looking for more tips to live your life BIG, check out my new bestselling book, Make Big Happen.
About Mark Moses
Mark Moses is the Founding Partner of CEO Coaching International and the Amazon Bestselling author of Make Big Happen. His firm coaches over 100 of the world’s top high-growth entrepreneurs and CEO’s on how to dramatically grow their revenues and profits, implement the most effective strategies, becoming better leaders, grow their people, build accountability systems, and elevate their own performance. Mark has won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Blue Chip Enterprise award for overcoming adversity. His last company ranked #1 Fastest-Growing Company in Los Angeles as well as #10 on the Inc. 500 of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. He has completed 12 full distance Ironman Triathlons including the Hawaii Ironman World Championship 5 times.