Prepare to raise those eyebrows in astonishment as we take you on a tour of some of the world’s greatest hotels.
If you’re looking for a world-class hotel there are many things to consider, including price, location, indulgence, comfort, originality and that certain je ne sais quoi!
Finding your hotel soulmate can be difficult, which is why we scoured the web to find an eclectic mix of establishments that will take your breath away. So whether you like to bathe in luxury overlooking a city skyline, or swing from a hammock while watching a blissful beach, this list has it all – and more!
1. Gili Lankanfushi, North Male Atoll, Maldives
Described as a lavish version of Waterworld, this extravagant retreat has been voted the best hotel in the world by Trip Advisor. It consists of 45 villas suspended on stilts above a lagoon that surrounds the tiny coral island of Lankanfushi in the Maldives. A combination of barefoot luxury and sophistication, this paradise resort is nothing short of breathtaking.
2. Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan
A super-sleek skyscraper located in the business district, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is consistently rated as one of the finest in Asia. Why? Well there’s the awe-inspiring city views over the capital, the delicious fine dining in its Michelin-starred restaurants and a spa so sublime you won’t want to leave. What’s more, the service level is said to be exceptionally high with concierge services offering visits to sumo matches and kimono-making studios.
3. Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco, Peru
This boutique luxury hotel is a former convent located in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square. It offers a poolside restaurant serving cutting-edge local cuisine, butler service and a fabulous spa centred around a secluded courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. Each of its 55 suites are enriched with oxygen and boast their own private bar where you can create your own drinks with fresh ingredients grown within the hotel grounds.
4. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary
This art nouveau landmark proudly overlooks the Danube River from its enviable location in front of the Chain Bridge. Built in 1906 and completely renovated in 2004, the luxury hotel combines 21st century comfort with the elegance of yesteryear – making it one of the finest hotels in Hungary. Guests can enjoy classical and jazz pianists in the evening, a sumptuous infinity swimming pool and a restaurant which serves dishes with an Italian and Hungarian twist.
5. The Toren, Amsterdam
This Toren is set amongst the grand 17th century canal houses of the Keizergracht – the most expensive and prestigious part of Amsterdam. The hotel has 38 stunningly beautiful rooms, some of which come with their own private Jacuzzi for two in the centre of the room – perfect for spoiling yourself after a hard day of sightseeing. The boutique hotel is family run and decorated in an opulent and theatrical manner that harks back to a bygone era.
6. Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway
Touted as a meeting between raw Norwegian nature and chic modern architecture, the design of this hotel is both striking and unique. The first of its kind in Europe, the hotel is designed to immerse guests in nature without disturbing it and has rooms embedded in a forest. Seven small cubes with panoramic glass walls sit on stilts to give an incredible view of the river, valley and the gorge below. The spa features an outdoor hot tub and a glass walled steam room, while meals are eaten communally on a long table in an old barn. Be at one with nature whilst in the lap of luxury.
7. Hotel Villa Magna, Madrid
A favourite haunt of Hollywood actors including Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Hugh Jackman, many say that this lavish hotel is the most elite in Madrid. Located on the Paseo de la Castellana in the capital’s fashionable Salamanca area, this is where you can find all the elite boutiques and some of the city’s best restaurants. As for the rooms, they are palatial and decorated with antique furniture and modern finishes. You can also indulge yourself in the hotel’s opulent Magnum bar, which is sure to impress.
8. Kayakapi Premium Caves – Cappadocia, Urgup, Turkey
Ranked the best hotel in Turkey by Trip Advisor, this 5-star hotel is located on top of a hill with fantastic views. It has 29 unique and spacious rooms that are set in historical caves – and makes for a very cosy retreat. Each room is unique, so in some you will find a fireplace or natural stone bathtub, while in others you’ll find a sauna or terrace. The hotel also has outdoor pool, a spa and fitness centre and two restaurants. It looks like nothing you’ve ever seen before, so if you’re after a unique stay, this could be for you.
9. Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, France
Views over France’s impressive emblematic Eiffel Tower do not come much better than this! The former 19th century mansion was the home of Napoleon’s great nephew and is a euro’s throw from the River Seine. Boasting Michelin-starred restaurants, a luxurious health club and top-hatted doormen – it’s Parisian elegance at its finest. All rooms have ultra-glamorous touches with most of its original historical details lovingly restored. Rooms come with astronomically high rates, but it’s definitely worth a mention in the top 10 just for its sheer extravagance!
10. The Rome Cavalieri, Rome, Italy
If you’re planning on visiting the Eternal City and are looking for a bit of luxury, then feast your eyes on the five star luxury Rome Cavalieri. Set on the capital’s highest hilltop, the sumptuous hotel offers stupendous panoramic views of the city and St Peter’s Dome. It’s also just a few minutes from the Vatican City and houses an art collection that outshines many galleries. As for the hotel itself, it’s lavishly styled inside and you can look forward to dining in its Three-star starred Michelin restaurant La Pergola, considered to be the best in Rome.