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Above: Utah’s Amangiri; (below) the Verdura Resort in Sicily

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From the Western Cape to the South Paci c, GQ offers up a divine dozen of the world’s most relaxing resort hotels

Amangiri, Utah, USA

Blending into the desert and overlooking the stark beauty of at-topped rocks, AMANGIRI (“peaceful mountain”) opened in Utah’s Grand Circle in 2009. It’s anked by ve national parks and the largest Native American reservation in the US, but Aman’s 600-acre site is a remarkable attraction itself, with just 34 suites – most with pools – and a 2,322 sq m spa specialising in Navajo healing techniques. Suites from £866 a night. 1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, Utah, USA. 001 435 675 3999. aman.com

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico

This slice of Mexican indulgence, 45 minutes from PUERTO VALLARTA and overlooked by the peaks of the Sierra Madre, ticks all

the Four Seasons boxes: two golf courses, a yacht, a tranquil spa, golden beaches and lavish casita-style villas. There’s a cool shack

bar on Las Cuevas beach and the one-of-a-kind tequila tour involves a trip in a private helicopter – well, when in Mexico... Rooms from £505 a night. Punta Mita,

Nayarit, Mexico. 0052 329 291 6000. fourseasons.com

Ponta dos Ganchos, Santa Catarina, Brazil

On a secluded peninsula near FLORIANOPOLIS, southern Brazil, offering

views of the Emerald Coast and a ridge of Atlantic rainforest, you’ll nd a clutch of oyster

farms and this hidden resort with 25 cabanas and 24-hour breakfasts. Paddle out to a tiny island bar for an ice-cold Caipirinha, sail around the bay to sample fresh shell sh, or simply kick

back and enjoy some jungle opulence. Rooms from £324 a night. Rua Elpídio Alves do Nascimento, Governador Celso Ramos, Brazil. 0055 48 3953 7000. lhw.com

Parrot Cay by Como,

Turks and Caicos

Set on a serene private island 575

miles southeast of Miami – think cacti,

scrubland and softly shelving white beaches – this WEST INDIES resort is

made up of 74 rooms and villas, decorated in contemporary colonial style and a selection of privately owned

“estate” villas. Alternatively, you can choose The Sanctuary, a beach front cluster of villas and tropical gardens

owned by designer Donna Karan.

Rooms from £330 a night. 164 Leeward Marina, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

001 649 946 7788. comohotels.com

Verdura Resort, Sicily, Italy

If you’re keen to see the Greek temples of Agrigento and Selinunte, the 570-acre Verdura is perfectly placed to visit them.

It’s set in a valley of olive groves, west of Sciacca: a rare nd on SICILY’s quieter

south coast. The beach here is a rocky

one, which makes the world-class spa

and 60-metre in nity pool even more appealing, and you can still take in the

views of the azure Mediterranean from

one of its three golf courses – or, better

still, your own private terrace.

Rooms from £142 a night. 115 Strada

Statale, Sciacca, Sicily. 0039 0925 998001. roccofortehotels.com

From top: Mexico’s Four Seasons Resort Punta

Mita; Ponta dos Ganchos in Brazil; Parrot Cay in

Turks and Caicos

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