Best Hotels in the World: The Best of the Best
For many travelers, the accommodations are just as important as the destination. And no wonder, today’s top-class hotels are a destination in and of themselves. From boutique hotels that make you feel like one in a million, to hotels that boast every luxury imaginable, this list of the best hotels in the world showcases some genuinely spectacular hotels.
Be warned, however, after seeing just how spectacular some hotels can be; you may feel the urge to check out of your house and check into one of these fantastic hotels! If you do have this urge, use our list of the best travel sites to help get you there.
Top 25 Hotels in the World:
Hong Kong’s oldest hotel, The Peninsula is the epitome of class and elegance. It is also just steps from Star Ferry, cultural attractions, and luxury shopping, making it one of the best-located hotels in the city. The Peninsula also offers a VIP guest program, complete with a private helicopter ride, yacht excursion, and transportation back to the hotel via Rolls Royce.
Located in an expertly restored 350-year-old Japanese bathhouse, Ginzan Hot Spring Fujiya Inn boasts five natural hot spring baths. Add in the scenic, wintery countryside and world-class, sea-inspired dining options, Ginzan Hot Spring Fujiya Inn is a relaxing feast for the senses.
A legendary hotel situated in the heart of Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental offers sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River. The Mandarin Oriental also boasts nine different restaurants and a top-notch spa, making the hotel a destination in and of itself. In between restaurant and spa visits, be sure to take a Thai cooking class at the hotel’s renowned Thai Cookery School.
Located in the south of France, La Colombe d’Or is part hotel, part restaurant, and full of art and history. The hotel is an original, authentic southern France experience. For a full-service, charming experience, La Colombe d’Or is not to be missed.
With unobstructed views of the Ionian Sea, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is as beautiful outside as in. The hotel also offers a number of children’s activities, infinity pools for each room, and fresh, organic meals in a variety of restaurants. There are also several golf courses located just minutes from the hotel.
Blending century-old history and modern amenities seamlessly, The Gritti Palace is fit for royalty. It is also home to Venice’s largest rooftop terrace, a place where spectacular views of the Venetian lagoon can be had. While on the terrace, be sure to also check out The Gritti Palace’s iconic restaurant and bar.
The bold and modern architecture of Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland, Canada is truly inspiring. Although a radical design, the Inn’s suites still give a nod to the past, and each of the Inn’s suites beautifully showcases the Newfoundland scenery. No matter the time of year, Fogo Island Inn is a true getaway and will have you reconnecting with the great outdoors.
With towering mountains and deep blue lakes, a visit to South America’s southern tip is an adventure for the senses. Tierra Patagonia Hotel capitalizes on that adventure by offering world-class accommodations made with inviting and locally sourced materials. The hotel also provides handpicked excursions, top-notch spa services, and of course, views around every corner.
Private and unique, Little Palm Island is a five and a half acre paradise in the Florida Keys. With 30 oceanfront suites and no telephones, televisions, or guests under the age of 16, Little Palm Island is the perfect place to get away from it all and unplug and relax. If stunning beach tranquility with top-notch service is what you are after, look no further than Little Palm Island.
Located in South Australia on Kangaroo Island, Southern Ocean Lodge is a luxury lodge with all the amenities. Rugged coastlines and pristine wilderness surround the Lodge, while the stunning interior is sophisticated, yet comfortable. For a unique taste of Australia, Southern Ocean Lodge is not to be missed.
Situated between both a sand forest and grasslands, the Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa offers unparalleled views of one of the most unique ecosystems in the world through its signature floor to ceiling glass walls. Adventures also abound here, including specialist safaris, night turtle drives, and beach adventures, ensuring that you always have something to do. As a luxury lodge, Phinda Forest Lodge is perfect for couples, or wildlife enthusiasts.
Built in 1835, Rambagh Palace had many royal residents before it became a luxury hotel. Now, the palace offers 78 restored luxury suites, fit for any royal. In keeping with its theme of luxury, the hotel also provides fine-dining, and signature spa treatments, as well as a host of health and wellness offerings like yoga and meditation. If you have ever wanted to feel like royalty, book a stay at Rambagh Palace.
Bordering Burma and Laos, the Four Season Golden Triangle in Northern Thailand is glamping at its finest. Interacting with rescued elephants is a highlight of the stay at the luxury tents, while breathtaking mountain trails and vistas add to the ‘away from it all’ feel.
In the heart of Los Cabos, but still secluded and exclusive, the seaside and cliffside Resort at Pedregal is the perfect place to escape and unwind. Private pools and ocean views cater to water lovers, while foodies will appreciate the locally-inspired gourmet dining at the hotel.
With sweeping views of the south-west of St. Lucia, Jade Mountain is a bold hotel that makes the most of the stunning Caribbean views. Individual bridges lead to infinity pools, while restaurants, bars, boutiques, spas, and watersports on two separate beaches, ensure that guests at Jade Mountain never have to leave the complex.
With a dramatic suspension bridge and carefully crafted villas, Four Season Sayan in tropical Bali is a cut above the rest. The lush surroundings and peaceful ambiance make the Four Seasons Sayan a place to relax and rejuvenate, while excursions like temple pilgrimages and white water rafting provide spiritual and adrenaline boosts.
A stay at Great Plains Zarafa is a stay that gives back – guests contribute directly to conservation and saving big cats and other critically important African wildlife. The camp features four exquisite luxury tents and overlooks the crystal blue waters of the Zibadianja Lagoon where wildlife like buffalo and elephant flock to by the hundreds. If you have wanted to go on a safari and want to support wildlife conservation, Great Plains Zarafa is the perfect marriage.
Voted the best hotel in South America by Travel and Leisure readers, Cavas Wine Lodge is a luxury lodge at the foot of the Andes mountains. In addition to enjoying local wines, the Lodge also offers top-notch spa services, fine dining, and adventure excursions like horseback riding, rafting, zip lining, and hiking.
An all-inclusive vacation experience, Triple Creek Ranch is a luxury ranch resort. Private log cabin and ranch homes cluster around a well-appointed lodge, while endless all-inclusive outdoor activities entertain guests year round. For a rustic yet elegant Western adventure, Triple Creek is the place to go in the Western United States.
With sweeping views of an untouched coastline, Kauri Cliffs Resort offers views of some of New Zealand’s best scenery. In between trips to the beach, guests can enjoy locally sourced meals, award-winning golf, helicopter tours, and more. For a once in a lifetime experience, Kauri Cliffs Resort is the way to go.
Just 30 miles northeast of Tahiti, The Brando is a luxury resort on a beautiful private island. White sand beaches, private villas, and environmentally friendly buildings make for a culturally rich and rewarding visit that gets you away from it all. If you crave privacy and sun, The Brando is the place for you.
A boutique hotel that was created as a place where friends “would like to stay at,” the Home Hotel is both trendy and homey. The hotel offers a bar, a spa, a pool, and refreshing cocktails, all in a friendly environment. In true friend fashion, Home Hotel also offers city tours and bike tours of Buenos Aries, a nice feature that keeps guests coming back.
An upscale resort located on 243 acres of pristine scenery, Ventana Inn and Spa is both sophisticated and rustic. Also, because both the California coast and forest are at the inn’s doorstep, outdoor adventures abound, and with iconic Highway One just down the road, scenic adventures can be had in almost every direction.
Located on the Big Island, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is the premier landmark luxury hotel on the island. In addition to the outstanding scenery, the hotel also offers a newly renovated championship golf course, 11-court seaside tennis club, museum-quality art, and a variety of Hawaiian cultural activities, including lei-making, hula, and crafting classes.
Occupying prime real estate atop Empire Pass, Montage Deer Valley is a luxury mountain resort destination. In addition to ski-in/ski-out access to one of the best ski resorts in the country, Montage Deer Valley also offers amenities like a bowling alley and fireplaces in every room.
Best Hotels in the World Conclusion
The great thing about this list of the best hotels in the world is that these hotels are also located in some of the best places to visit in the world, kind of makes sense when you think about it. That being said, these hotels are so amazing that you may not want to leave them.
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