Amanwella, Sri Lanka
If all you want to do is work on your tan and mow through some books, upscale R&R comes in the form of Amanwella, set near Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka. Oh, and did we mention it has a private 800-metre crescent beach?
In fact, if there wasn't so much to explore in this beautiful part of Sri Lanka (turtle sanctuaries, traditional villages, Dutch forts), you could easily kiss goodbye to the outside world for your entire holiday and absorb yourself in gazing at the ocean view from your vast suite, lounging by the pool, having massages in the spa, feasting on lazy lunches at the restaurant and sipping cocktails on the terrace.
Rates: Rooms from £347 per night (plus 16% tax and 10% service charge), based on two sharing.
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Indulge in delicious breakfasts, laze on a seaside lounger, and drink beer in perfectly chilled glasses from the on-hand beach staff. Best of all, spa treatment