17 of the most beautiful luxury hotels in the world


The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur


There is 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 for new experiences and broader perspectives. Sometimes planning a trip can start with choosing your dream hotel and then building the rest of your itinerary around it. These beautiful stays around the world are sure to spark a great wanderlust, from jungle treehouses to opulent palaces, historic mansions, and remote island paradises. Here, we round up 17 of the world’s most beautiful luxury hotels. Read on for some serious travel planning inspiration.

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The Green O in Greenough, Montana

Just a dozen glass “houses” hidden deep in the woods at The Green O, a new adults-only resort from the same family behind The Resort at Paws Up, create an ultra-exclusive feel. The design of each home is unique and designed to help you feel at one with nature, from the Round Haus, with curving windows, to the Green Hauses, with large skylights over plush king-size beds for stargazing.

One & Only Mandarina in Rivera Nayarit, Mexico

Much consideration was given to the history and natural beauty of this region in the design of the One & Only Mandarina Eco Luxury Retreat. Mexican art, crafts, and design and weaving are found throughout the treehouse and cliffside villa accommodations, public spaces, and restaurants. It would be difficult 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 North West Point National Marine Park, adjacent to Amanyara, a magnificent seaside resort comprised of 36 wood-shingle pavilions, with private terraces and sundecks, and 20 villas, each 1.5 acres and with their own private chefs and hosts. . Find ultimate luxury floating in the private infinity pool at the four-bedroom Tranquility Villa.

Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina

Just a short drive from Savannah or Charleston, Montage Palmetto Bluff is Low Country hospitality and scenery at its finest. The complex is part of the 20,000-acre Palmetto Bluff community that includes private homes and an expansive nature preserve filled with live oaks and Spanish moss. A wide range of accommodations, from large houses to rooms in the main inn, are rooted in traditional southern architecture, with large porches built in 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, adorned with an Italian marble bathroom, large open-air living room, and paneled flooring. glass revealing the aquamarine lagoon below. Enjoy a sunset against the backdrop of the majesty of Mount Otemanu and marvel at design details such as sculpted columns and Venetian stucco wall treatments throughout the resort.

Silky Oaks Inn in Queensland, Australia

Part of Bailie Lodges, the luxurious Silky Oaks Lodge offers an unparalleled experience for guests seeking seclusion, nestled between Australia’s Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll feel part of the jungle hidden inside contemporary nature-inspired treehouses beneath the jungle canopy. Freestanding outdoor stone soaking tubs stand out in each of the treehouse suites.

Joali being on Muravandhoo Island, Maldives

The Maldives is a bucket list destination for many, and Joali Being, a new immersive retreat focused on wellness and art, is the first and only of its kind in the area. The architecture and interior design at the 73-villa property blend with the island’s natural elements, with a focus on layered textures and integrating interior living space with the exterior. The on-site Joali Art Studio & Gallery features works by artists from around the world, as well as local artisans.

The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur Rajasthan India

The impressive Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur overlooks the City Palace, an iconic symbol of grandeur built in the 17th century. Its majestic qualities are transferred to the resort, conceived as a traditional Indian Palace. Fountains and reflecting pools throughout the grounds pay homage to its location on the shores of Lake Pichola, while lavishly appointed rooms with private terraces (and some with plunge pools) are a perfect base from which to explore the environs of the surviving dynasty. oldest in the world. .

Ellerman House in Cape Town, South Africa

Opened in 1992 in the heart of Cape Town, the celebrated Ellerman House underwent a major renovation five years ago and emerged more spectacular than ever. With just 13 bedrooms in the main house, plus two family-friendly villas, it’s wonderfully intimate. View his private collection of contemporary South African art and enjoy wine on the spacious terrace overlooking Bantry Bay.

Started by fashion designer Anna Trezebinski and her husband, Tonio, the Eden boutique hotel provides travelers with an intimate connection to Kenya’s capital. Each of the property’s eight double rooms is outfitted in traditional patterns from the Samburu and Maasai peoples, lined with natural materials and European elements. There is also an extensive private art collection on the property, along with Anna’s design studio.

La Mamounia in Marrakesh, Morocco

Netflix brought La Mamounia to the masses through the “Inventing Anna” docuseries, but the in-the-know crowd knew about this lavish palace-like hotel long before that. Originally an orchard, the property dates back to the 19th century and was officially opened as La Mamounia 100 years ago. Its 135 rooms and 71 suites combine Moroccan architecture with the Art Deco style, attracting an upper-class clientele over the years with guests like Winston Churchill.

Alula beans in Alula, Saudi Arabia

Surrounded by terrain that will make you feel as if you have landed on another planet, Habitas Alula is an immersive resort that embraces its location in the natural desert of the Ashar Valley. The Habitas brand uses sustainable materials made in Mexico and assembled on site to minimize environmental impact in 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.

Rosewood Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil

As the luxury brand’s first hotel in South America, Rosewood Sao Paulo received high praise when it opened last year in two buildings: a meticulously restored historic structure in the city called Matarazzo Maternity (a former hospital, where more than 500,000 Brazilians) and a new modern vertical garden tower 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 great street credibility from 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, Ritz Paris was one of the first hotels in Europe to offer private bathrooms, electricity and a telephone in every room. It underwent a major upgrade in 2016 and remains the epitome of luxury in Paris. Every design detail is impeccably executed, from gilt swan faucets and peach-colored towels in the marble bathrooms to opulent four-poster beds and striking chandeliers in all its rooms and hallways. It’s no wonder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel once made the hotel her home.

Borgo Santandrea in Amalfi, Italy

With 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 shades of white and blue, antique furniture, and pieces handcrafted by Amalfitan artisans. More than 31 different types of hand-painted geometric tiles can be seen around the property, which has 29 rooms and 16 suites with panoramic sea views.

Katikies Santorini in Oia, Santorini, Greece

The romantic photos of Greece that are proliferating on Instagram come to life at Katikies Santorini, where it’s entirely possible to sip champagne in your private pool 100 meters above the dizzying blue waters. Featuring the iconic Aegean Cycladic architectural style, every stairway, bridge, cubist hut, and infinity pool at the hotel is pure white perfection, complemented by jaw-dropping views of the Caldera.

Ballyfin in Ockanaroe, Ireland

On more than 600 acres below the Slieve Bloom Mountains, 90 minutes from Dublin, Ballyfin is old-world luxury at its finest, 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 spaces are equally admirable, with the Gold Drawing Room, featuring a handsome ceiling of rich stucco work, the grandest of all.

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