Top Ten Luxury Hotels
Posted on October 04 2018
It’s always uplifting to make exciting plans at the end of the year and travel tops many wish lists.
The luxury hotels of the world constantly compete to outdo each other in their standards of luxury, attention and service. Staying in these hallowed residences is as much about the whole experience as it is about getting a good night’s sleep. From the favourite suites of Hollywood stars past and present, to the opulent choices of Royalty, old and new, our selection of the very best will leave you inspired and more than ready to make that reservation!
The Goring, London
Almost adjacent to the grounds of Buckingham Palace, this luxuriously appointed hotel in the heart of England’s capital spares nothing in its mission to surround its guests in luxury and opulence. With world class chefs, award winning interiors and fabulous artwork and antiques, a visit to The Goring is an unforgettable experience.
Its royal connections are part of its appeal for many. The Duchess of Cambridge stayed here the night before her wedding to Prince William and can be seen leaving the hotel as she gave us our first glimpse of that famous dress. It was also a favourite of the late Queen Mother and is still a favourite of Her Majesty the Queen, who sometimes makes use of the private dining rooms, despite living almost next door.
The Plaza, New York
Cocktails at The Plaza is one of the most famous ways for the well-heeled to celebrate just about anything in New York. The Plaza’s palatial interiors hosted the wedding of Catherine Zeta Jones to Michael Douglas in 2000 and its ballroom has legendary status for VIP weddings and galas. Situated in the heart of New York, you only have to step out of the grand entrance to experience the unique buzz of the city that never sleeps.
The Burj Al Arab, Dubai
The Burj Al Arab is voted the world’s most luxurious hotel. Guests have the choice of arriving by helicopter or by Rolls Royce, which sets the tone for the echelons of luxury your visit will reach.
This landmark hotel dominates the Dubai skyline and prides itself on being “an intuitive hotel” that anticipates your every need. With no fewer than nine restaurants and dining experiences, from spa-side to panoramic views, guests will find it hard to leave the luxury surroundings of this state of the art hotel. With five swimming pools, both indoor and out, a world class spa and views that stretch beyond the city, it’s easy to see why the Burj Al Arab is a favourite with jet setters and celebrities. From its opulent interiors to its state of the art facilities, this hotel is the benchmark to which other hotels aspire.
Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, Cote D’Azur
During the Cannes Film Festival, the movers and shakers of the film industry all stay at the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat. Situated on a cliff just above Cannes, it offers a peaceful environment away from the bustle, with spectacular views and every possible luxury. Its elegant surroundings, al fresco dining and breath-taking location make this an unforgettable experience.
The Mahali Mzuri Lodges, Kenya
Kenya has always held a great appeal for visitors. From the vast savannahs to the breath-taking wildlife, Kenya has much to offer, including luxurious five-star accommodation. Kenya offers a choice of luxury hotels with swimming pools, such as the Villa Rosa Kempinski in Masai Mara. However, many travellers prefer lodge style accommodation and that’s where Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri Lodges within the Olare Motorogi reservation come into their own. With outdoor wildlife watching encouraged (there are plentiful binoculars), guests have their every need met. Included in the package is a four by four safari, and the location of the hotels gives guests a front row view of the breath-taking Wildebeest migration. If you want an even better view, the resort also offers balloon safaris. Just a two-hour flight from Nairobi, it’s the views, the wildlife and the location that keep guests coming back for more.
Hotel Splendido Portofino
Uniquely situated to give the best views over the Ligurian Sea, the Belmond Hotel Splendido is a former monastery, and has been a luxury hotel since 1904. With an ornate turn of the century façade and interiors, the Hotel Splendido has played host to Hollywood old and new in over a hundred years of impeccable guest service. When it comes to cuisine, the speciality is fish, as you would imagine from its peerless island setting. Rooms vary from luxurious to presidential and the infinity pool offers arguably the best views on Portofino.
Le Guanahani, St Bart’s
Le Guanahani Resort is situated on its own 16-acre peninsula with two private beaches and stunning tropical gardens. Accommodation is in private bungalows or villas, each with its own garden and terrace and many with swimming pools. Guests can enjoy many activities such as scuba diving, tennis and jet skiing, or take advantage of the spa facilities. Cuisine is of the highest standard, with two executive chefs in residence and a choice of poolside al fresco dining or a la carte gourmet dining at Le Bartolomeo. The town of St Jean is nearby, offering designer shopping and chic bars and cafes.
Hire a yacht in Hvar, Croatia
Hvar is an island off the coast of beautiful Croatia. With deep blue sea, secret coves and islands ripe for discovery, Hvar is a favourite destination for those who want to experience natural coastal beauty without the crowds. The Adriana Spa Hotel enjoys the perfect spot overlooking the sea. Al fresco dining allows you to watch the sea as you dine, and rooms are spacious and well appointed. However, with all this tempting coastline, many visitors prefer to hire a boat and luxury yacht hire is easy to arrange prior to your trip. With double staterooms, bathrooms and dining on deck, hiring a yacht in Hvar will give you all the best views.
The One & Only Palmilla Resort, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Just two hours from LA, it’s easy to see why the One and Only Palmilla Resort on the Bajan Peninsula in Mexico is a favourite with A list celebrities and television stars. The ocean front suites have sea views, terraces with daybeds and private infinity pools. The resort is particularly popular with guests seeking relaxation and spa treatments and can offer retreat and relaxation packages. The cuisine is world class with Michelin starred chefs preparing everything from Wagyu beef to the finest local seafood. And if you want to stay in your room and watch the ocean, attentive staff will bring dinner to your room.
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort and Spa
Bora Bora is the kind of palm fringed tropical island that looks too good to be true, but isn’t. With endless blue sea and skies, this island in French Polynesia is a favourite spot for those who want to escape to its far flung white sand beaches. The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort is a Leading Hotel of the World (LHW) and it’s easy to see why. Guest accommodation consists of luxuriously appointed bungalows on stilts over the sea. A jetty leads you back into the heart of the resort where you can enjoy five-star dining, outdoor pools and full spa facilities.
Over to you
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