17 of the most beautiful luxury hotels in the world
The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur
There’s a lot to be said for not visiting the same place twice. With so many unique cultures around the world, it’s easy to keep looking for new places to explore in search of new experiences and expanded perspectives. Sometimes planning a trip can start with choosing your dream hotel and then building the rest of your itinerary around it. These magnificent stays around the world are sure to spark great wanderlust, from jungle treehouses to lavish palaces, historic mansions and remote island paradises. Here, we’ve rounded up 17 of the world’s finest luxury hotels. Read on for some serious travel planning inspiration.
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The Green O in Greenough, Montana
Only a dozen glass “houses” nestled deep in the woods at The green O, a new adults-only resort from the same family behind The Resort at Paws Up, creates an ultra-exclusive atmosphere. Each home’s design is unique and designed to help you become one with nature, from the Round Haus, with curvilinear windows, to the Green Hauses, with expansive skylights above plush king-size beds for admire the stars.
One&Only Mandarina in Rivera Nayarit, Mexico
Great consideration for the history and natural beauty of this area has gone into the design of an eco-conscious luxury retreat One&Only Mandarina. Mexican art, crafts and design are woven into treehouses and cliffside villas, public spaces and restaurants. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more spectacular place to enjoy natural wines and cocktails than the Treetop Bar at sunset.
Amanyara in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
The ocean really is that blue at adjacent North West Point Marine National Park Amanyara, a magnificent resort consisting of 36 wood-shingled pavilions, with private terraces and solarium, and 20 villas, each on 1.5 acres and with their own private chefs and hosts. Find the ultimate luxury floating in the private infinity pool of the four-bedroom Tranquility Villa.
Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina
An easy drive from Savannah or Charleston, Palmetto Bluff Editing this is Low Country hospitality and scenery at its finest. The resort is part of the 20,000-acre Palmetto Bluff community which includes private homes and an expansive nature preserve filled with live oaks and Spanish moss. A wide range of accommodations, from grand houses to rooms in the main inn, are steeped in traditional Southern architecture, with large porches built for lazy afternoons.
St. Regis Bora Bora in French Polynesia
You’ll never want to leave your overwater villa, one of the largest of its kind in the South Pacific, at St Regis Bora Bora, complete with an Italian marble bathroom, ample outdoor living space and a glass paneled floor revealing the aqua colored lagoon below. Take in a sunset with the majesty of Mount Otemanu as your backdrop, and marvel at design details such as carved columns and Venetian stucco wall treatments throughout the resort.
Silky Oaks Lodge in Queensland, Australia
Part of Bailie Lodges, the luxurious Lodge of the Silken Oaks offers an unparalleled experience for guests seeking seclusion, nestled between Australia’s Daintree rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll feel like you’re part of the jungle itself nestled in contemporary, nature-inspired treehouses under the rainforest canopy. The freestanding outdoor stone tubs stand out in each of the treehouse suites.
Joali being on Muravandhoo Island, Maldives
The Maldives is a must-visit destination for many, and Be Joali, a new immersive wellness and art-focused retreat, is the first and only of its kind in the region. The architecture and interior design of the 73-villa property melds with the natural elements of the island, emphasizing layered textures and integrating indoor living space with the outdoors. The on-site Joali Art Studio & Gallery features works by artists from around the world as well as local artisans.
The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur in Rajasthan, India
the breathtaking Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur offers views of the City Palace, an iconic symbol of grandeur built in the 17th century. Its majestic qualities are found in the complex, designed as a traditional Indian palace. Fountains and reflecting pools throughout the park pay homage to its location on the shores of Lake Pichola, while the lavishly appointed rooms with private terraces (and some with plunge pools) are an ideal base from which to explore the surroundings of the most world’s oldest surviving dynasty. .
Ellerman House in Cape Town, South Africa
Opened in 1992 in the heart of Cape Town, the famous Ellerman House underwent a major renovation five years ago and has become more spectacular than ever. With just 13 bedrooms in the main house, plus two villas ideal for families, it’s wonderfully intimate. Admire its private collection of contemporary South African art and sample wine on the expansive terrace overlooking Bantry Bay.
Launched by fashion designer Anna Trezebinski and her husband, Tonio, the boutique hotel Eden offers travelers an intimate connection to the Kenyan capital. Each of the property’s eight double bedrooms is outfitted with traditional designs from the Samburu and Maasai peoples, layered with natural materials and European elements. There is also an extensive private art collection on the property, as well as Anna’s design studio.
La Mamounia in Marrakech, Morocco
Netflix brought The Mamounia to the masses through the “Inventing Anna” docuseries, but the savvy crowd knew about this palace-like hotel dripping in luxury long before. The property, originally an orchard, dates back to the 19th century and officially opened as La Mamounia 100 years ago. Its 135 rooms and 71 suites combine Moroccan architecture with the Art Deco style, attracting over the years a high-level clientele with guests such as Winston Churchill.
Habitas Alula in Alula, Saudi Arabia
Surrounded by terrain that will make you feel like you’ve landed on another planet, Habitas Alula is an immersive resort that embraces its natural desert location in the Ashar Valley. The Habitas brand uses sustainable materials made in Mexico and assembled on-site to minimize environmental impact for all of its 100 capsule-style rooms and public spaces throughout the resort. Don’t miss the desert trampolines, the most fun you’ve ever had on the sand.
Sao Paulo Rosewood in Sao Paulo, Brazil
As the first luxury brand hotel in South America, Rosewood Sao Paulo received major accolades when it opened last year in two buildings: a meticulously restored historic structure in the city called Matarazzo Maternity Hospital (a former hospital, more than 500,000 Brazilians were born there) and a new vertical garden tower modern with 10,000 trees. It is a symbol of the union of the historical past and the cultural future of the city, which has earned it major credibility on the street thanks to the main architect Jean Nouvel and the artistic director Philippe Starck.
Ritz Paris in Paris, France
Opened 124 years ago in The City of Light, RitzParis was among the first hotels in Europe to offer private bathrooms, electricity and a telephone in every room. It underwent a major renovation in 2016 and remains the epitome of luxury in Paris. Every design detail is impeccably executed, from the gilded swan taps and peach-colored towels in the marble bathrooms to the opulent four-poster beds and striking chandeliers in its rooms and hallways. It’s no wonder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel calls the hotel home.
Borgo Santandrea in Amalfi, Italy
Featuring its own private beach, jetty, oceanfront pool, beach club and three restaurants overseen by a Michelin-starred chef, Borgo Santandrea embodies classic Italian charm. The design blends mid-century elements with Mediterranean flair, including white and blue hues, antique furnishings, and pieces handcrafted by Amalfi artisans. More than 31 different types of hand-painted geometric tiles can be spotted around the property, which has 29 rooms and 16 suites with stunning sea views.
Santorini Katikies in Oia, Santorini, Greece
Romantic photos of Greece proliferating on Instagram come to life on Katikies Santorini, where it’s entirely possible to sip Champagne from your private pool 100 meters above the dizzying blue waters. Embodying the iconic architectural style of the Aegean Cyclades, every staircase, bridge, cubist cottage and infinity pool in the hotel are pure white, complemented by breathtaking views of the Caldera.
Ballyfin in Ockanaroe, Ireland
On over 600 acres below the Slieve Bloom Mountains, 90 minutes from Dublin, ballyfin is old-world luxury at its best, admired as one of the most lavish Regency mansions in the country. Its 21 individually designed rooms dating back to the 1800s are steeped in history, adorned with Irish art and antiques. The public areas are equally admirable, with the Gold Drawing Room, featuring a magnificent rich stucco ceiling, the grandest of them all.
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