Forget in-room TVs and high-speed Wi-Fi, our one booking criteria these days is the humble hammock.
Nothing conjures that eternally desired “holiday mode” status more persuasively than kicking back in a gently swaying hammock, preferably surrounded by absurdly blue water. Simply add a glass of champagne and enjoy the moment your life has reached its zenith.
Hammocks have become a huge hit within the resort world recently, so there are plenty of trendy offerings for your debonair derrière to explore, however, the following six have been dutifully tried and tested by our team and we’re pleased to confirm they deliver appropriate levels of suspended satisfaction.
Sweet, sweet Soneva Jani in the Maldives is the veritable queen of hammocks. You’ve probably seen the luxury resort’s rustic, deep-water lagoon hammock on Instagram – it’s an island-luxe icon. Slung between two tree roots, the aesthetically-pleasing hammock rises majestically out of an otherwise untouched body of turquoise water and offers a swim-up experience not to be missed, especially during high tide.
If that doesn’t satiate your hammock craving, Soneva Jani is renowned for its hammock floors, or small trapeze nets that are built into the edges of your luxury villa, where you can dangle romantically over lapping waves and where the ledges double as cocktail tables.
Toberua Island Resort
What do you get when you add hammocks and a private island in Fiji? Utter bliss in the form of Toberua Island Resort.
The go-slow retreat in the Lomaiviti Island Group just off the east side of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, has 16 bures all featuring ocean breezes and private verandas complete with hammocks. These traditionally-styled bures are spacious and comfortable and their ocean-front hammocks ooze an ambience of pure relaxation.
Qamea Resort & Spa
Qamea is a breathtakingly beautiful island in Fiji’s north where you will find dramatic lush, tropical jungle-clad hills, white sand beaches and the island’s most well-known attraction, Qamea Resort and Spa.
Set amidst 100 acres of landscaped gardens, bush land and jagged volcanic mountains, the resort fronts a private beach boasting a handful of spacious bures that each feature a private hammock from which you can enjoy uninterrupted views of Fiji’s amazing sunsets.
Tokoriki Island Resort
Overlooking a private beach in Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands, Tokoriki Island Resort is the most awarded luxury adults-only resort in the country for romance… and it’s not hard to see why.
In addition to warm Fijian hospitality and caring attention to detail, your Tokoriki experience will include more pinch-me moments than your luxury-loving-self can handle. It’s the perfect place to enjoy tropical sunsets, cocktails by your personal pool or stargazing from your hammock.
Koro Sun Resort & Spa
If a resort situated in the sweet spot where the rainforest meets the reef wasn’t already appealing enough, Koro Sun Resort & Spa in Fiji went and threw lagoon-facing hammock chairs into the equation. We know where we’re staying next time we’re in Vanua Levu!
There are endless adventures on offer at this remote slice of paradise – waterfall excursions, snorkelling, spa treatments, you name it – but tearing yourself away from the comfort of your waterfront balcony is another matter entirely.
Cloistered away on one of Indonesia’s most unexplored islands, Nihi Sumba is a luxury resort with a conscience. A cluster of rustic-luxe villas perched above a stretch of unspoilt Sumbanese coast, it promises an idyllic setting for once-in-a-lifetime levels of relaxation.
Some villas are adorned with hammocks slung between tree branches for a tree-house leisure vibe, while pockets of the beachfront sport gorgeous hammock pavilions that resemble sun-drenched nooks straight out of the rocky coastline of Spain.
The Island Hideout
A sanctuary tucked away from the world and built from nature’s bounty, the Island Hideout in Koh Yao, Thailand, is a tropical utopia where days pass in bliss and balance – whether they’re spent basking in the sun at poolside, embarking on thrilling excursions on land and sea, or surrendering to a hammock on a breezy deck.