Now that the COVID-19 pandemic is settling into our rearview mirrors, so many of us have been itching to get out there to enjoy an indulgent vacation and a much-deserved change of scenery. So, here you will find a list of some of the most luxurious hotels in the world (in no particular order) to help you start planning your next beautiful adventure or a quiet escape from it all.
Everyone knows it as the breathtaking architectural masterpiece on its own island that makes a skyscraper appear as a spectacular grand-size sailboat on the horizon. It’s the tallest all-suite hotel on the planet, and it offers the world’s most expensive cocktail at more than $7,000. It is home to some of the most exclusive suites on earth, provides a pillow menu for you to choose from 17 types of pillows, and the interiors are literally gilded in 24-carat gold. And don’t forget about the largest Swarovski crystal ceiling in the world.
Private island says it all… and the Maldives say the rest. Carve out your own exclusive paradise here at this incredibly intimate seven-bedroom resort on an exotic isle surrounded by white sand beaches and sparkling clear blue seas. The Private Retreats offer a dedicated personal team to handle your every beck and call, and the culinary experiences can be tailored to your requests. A 62-foot private yacht is also at your disposal, should you wish to take “private” to an even further extent.
Savor the views alongside Big Sur’s legendary pacific coastline amid the Santa Lucia Mountains, in the secluded wonderland that is the Post Ranch Inn. With 41 guest rooms and private houses, the buildings are designed in the inviting, unique style of modern treehouses settled among the majestic Redwood trees that inspired them. The Four-Star restaurant, Sierra Mar, features fresh, seasonal, local ingredients with menus that change daily, and the wine cellar offers more than 15,000 bottles and 3,200 selections.
This five-star, grand old palace hotel overlooks the lovely Lake Zurich and the breathtaking Swiss Alps while nestled in the quieter side of Switzerland’s historic metropolis. Enjoy discreet service, four dining rooms including the Michelin-starred Pavillon restaurant, and a private lakeside park while you relax in regal style that mixes contemporary comfort with Art Deco and Louis XVI opulence.
Discover five-star luxury along Turkey’s beautiful Riviera on the pristine beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. This true palace combines stunning architecture with award-winning service to transport you to the royal escape you’ve dreamed of. The impressive estate includes more than 30 renowned restaurants and bars and lounges, plus countless activities for leisure, entertainment, and rejuvenation. Special rooms are available and come with the services of an on-call Guest Assistant to tend to your needs, and the King Suite guests enjoy the services of a private butler.
Romance is in the air on the 600-acre Caribbean beachfront of Jade Mountain Resort on St. Lucia’s southwest coastline. You will be mesmerized as you make your way through the labyrinth of individual bridges that lead to stunning infinity pool hideaways and exceptional resort spaces that capture the tropics in the most luxurious of styles. Enjoy the James Beard Award-winning cuisine at the Jade Mountain Club, full private spa services, and impeccable service that never quits.
Imagine yourself in the middle of a 72-acre private peninsula along the amazing Athenian Riviera overlooking the Saronic Gulf. Everything is grand at this five-star resort, from the lavish accommodations to the unique dining options and the magnificent views you can only find in a Greek paradise.
Sit back and relax in the true lap of timeless elegance, right in the heart of Beverly Hills. As the only AAA five-diamond and Forbes five-star hotel in Southern California every year for the past 28 years, The Peninsula lets you escape to another world without going too far from all the action of the city. This exceptional hotel offers several luxury vehicle options, rooftop pool cabanas, superior technology, access to world-class shopping on Rodeo Drive, and a dedicated on-site airport concierge team.
If Southern charm is what you are seeking, look no further than the Montage along the May River within a gorgeous 20,000-acre community that spans from Hilton Head Island and Savannah. Guests relish the riverfront marina, the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, the sweeping nature preserve, and the delightful Southern dining options. You will also have access to plenty of outdoor recreation such as horseback riding, bowling, pickleball, shooting, fishing, kayaking, and scenic yacht cruises.
Forget about the Plaza. The Pierre is home to true Manhattan class and elegance. On the posh Upper East Side overlooking Central Park, this historically rich New York landmark has hosted the world’s most glamorous guests over its decades as a star-studded, white-gloved legend. The architecture is astonishing, the accommodations are palatial, the hospitality is unmatched, and the concierge is second to none.
Formerly a 17th-century Dominican monastery, this Italian gem shines along the Amalfi Coast in the charming village of Conca dei Marini. With only 20 rooms and suites, here you will find ultimate luxury and peaceful seclusion in a magical historical paradise that is widely recognized for its class and comfort.
Situated on 4.5 acres of Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach, the Acqualina was named the #1 Luxury Beachfront Resort in the U.S. for seven consecutive years by the Travelers’ Choice Awards by TripAdvisor. This honor puts it in the top 1% of hotels in the world. The accommodations are stunning, the dining is world-class, and the three oceanfront swimming pools are spectacular.
Soak up the classic Mediterranean feel while you stroll through enchanting courtyards and enjoy a custom style that overlooks the area’s treasured olive groves. The resort offers 49 hacienda-style casitas, a five-star spa, coastal Ranch cuisine, curated experiences, and exclusive events. As a guest, you will also have access to the property’s collection of Bentleys.
Welcome to one of the most exclusive retreats on earth as you are arriving via private plane from Tahiti in gorgeous French Polynesia to the private island of Tetiaroa. The resort’s namesake is that of famed actor Marlon Brando, who bought the island when he fell in love with it while filming there. The magical marine-life property boasts 35 spacious private villas complete with plunge pools just steps from a peaceful white-sand beach. The all-inclusive services are designed to impress, and the tropical natural paradise is home to exotic flora and fauna that is the stuff of storybooks.
Abu Dhabi is already known for its luxuriousness, and the Emirates Palace takes it to the next level. The five-star resort will dazzle you with its spacious suites, breathtaking views, epic service, the exquisite spa, and several legendary dining options all along the pristine Arabian Gulf. In addition, enjoy an afternoon tea, terrace and rooftop retreats, an adventure pool that is great for families, and a secluded leisure pool for a more refined and peaceful experience. It is also located on its own marina that was specifically designed for luxury yacht owners.
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