25 Most Amazing Hotels in The World
1. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai
This incredible Hotel in Dubai is the only 7 star Hotel in the world. The Hotel is in the shape of a sail – paying homage to Dubai’s nautical traditions and is situated on its own Island. Work was completed on this luxurious building in 1999 and it cost a whopping $1 billion US Dollars. It is the world’s 3rd tallest hotel. Each of the 202 rooms comes with its own computer and you have a choice of either an Apple Mac or Gold iPad. The suites on the top floor even have rotating beds. If you are feeling a bit peckish then you can have a spot of lunch on a table which surrounds an enormous aquarium which contains many different species of tropical fish. It’s not just what’s going on inside in this hotel which is extremely fascinating but externally the helipad was once converted in to a tennis court so tennis stars Roger Federer and Andre Agassi could have a match against each other! With an entrance like this to the Royal Suite (pictured) it is no surprise that the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has been continually voted the most luxurious Hotel in the world.
2. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Opening in 2010, the Marina Bay Sands is an example of incredible architectural innovation. The world’s largest cantilevered platform sits upon three huge towers to create a quite spectacular building which dominates Singapore’s Bayfront skyline. This is a hotel which has something for everyone with 2,561 guest rooms, a convention centre, shopping mall, two large theatres, a museum and even an ice skating rink. One of its most spectacular attractions is the infinity pool which is the world’s longest elevated swimming pool. This swimming pool is situated at the very top of the Hotel and provides bathers with an amazing view across the surrounding areas below. Marina Bay Sands also has the world’s most expensive standalone casino. This huge casino contains 500 tables and a staggering 1,600 slot machines.
3. Icehotel, Sweden
Yes, you’ve guessed it, Icehotel in the village of Jukkasjarvi, Sweden is a Hotel made out of ice. Opening in 1990, it is the world’s very first Ice Hotel and is rebuilt each year between the months of December and April. This hotel has luxury suites each with its own private bathroom and also art suites with amazing ice sculptures which have been created by professional artists. If you’re in the mood for celebrating, there is an ice bar which serves champagne and also an ice gallery. You’re probably asking yourself where all this ice comes from and the answer is the Torne River which is 520km in length and runs near to the location of this unique hotel. Blocks of Ice are extracted from the river at the beginning of spring when the ice is at its thickest. Not only is the Icehotel popular for holidays and short stays but many people see it as a pretty cool place to have a wedding and conveniently it even has its own Ice Church – the perfect place for a special occasion. When staying in a place with sub-zero temperatures its natural that you will be craving a hot meal at some point and there is certainly plenty of choice available at the Icehotel Restaurant with delicacies such as Reindeer, Moose and Arctic Char all on the menu.
4. Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Morocco
This unique Hotel in the ancient city of Marrakech, Morocco is an absolute hidden gem. A network of tunnels spanning over one kilometre lie beneath this hotel so that staff can work discreetly and provide an unrivalled service to their guests. This amazing building was handcrafted by more than 1,500 artisans and was owned by the king who reportedly provided a limitless budget for its construction. The attention to detail is certainly spectacular when you take a look at the incredible features on display. It is also no surprise that this lavish setting is extremely popular for weddings, banqueting, private parties and meetings. This Hotel took three years to build and opened its rather expensive doors in 2010. Privacy was the key element in the construction of this unbelievable hideaway and this is illustrated in the 53 riads where guests can enjoy three floors to themselves in which they can relax in their own living room, swim in a rooftop pool and then dry off on sun loungers. If you would like to actually venture in to the hotel itself then you can take advantage of the magnificent spa experience. If you would like to go further afield then camel rides over sand dunes and a hot air balloon trip over the Sahara can be arranged.
5. Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
Talk about living on the wild side - If you stay at this hotel in Nairobi you’ll be able to eat your breakfast with some friendly guests in the form of the native Giraffes. This charming Hotel is situated within a safari and is very close to the Nairobi National Park. It has over 12 acres of private forest for you to explore in which there is plenty of local wildlife besides just the friendly Giraffes. The building itself actually looks rather like an old English country manor. The interior has a classically simplistic appeal with its wooden beams and light and spacious rooms. Although other hotels may boast luxurious spas, banqueting rooms and casinos, the beauty of Giraffe Manor is in its breath-taking surroundings. There is plenty to do with Safari trips and also an elephant orphanage on your doorstep in which you can watch elephants being fed at close quarters. For a trip back to urban reality you can catch a short taxi ride back to the centre of Nairobi to sample its many restaurants, craft beer stalls and live music. This place really does have the best of both worlds.
6. Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
Ever felt like just getting away from it all? Well you can’t get much further away from the hustle and bustle of modern city life than an escape to an Ecuadorian rain forest can you? The Mashpi Lodge is an eco-lodge on the stunningly beautiful Andean hillside. With just 22 rooms, there may be bigger hotels in the world but for a truly unique experience few will compare. The rooms are minimalistic but it’s what is going on outside which really matters as the views across the rainforest are absolutely incredible. You can enjoy a great view as well because each room has floor-to-ceiling windows so you won’t miss a thing. There is a spa and a library full of books on site but we’re guessing if you’ve come to stay in a place like this then you’re not going to stay in and read Agatha Christie novels the whole time! The good news is that there is little chance of you getting lost in the forest as there are guided hikes, bicycle tours and river swimming expeditions all provided by the friendly locals. Another thing which people visit Mashpi Lodge for is the bird watching, with over 30 species of bird to try and spot.
7. Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
This luxurious hotel sits at the very top of the 10th tallest building in the world. The Ritz-Carlton is a five star hotel offering 312 rooms with spectacular views over Hong Kong. It’s the highest hotel in the world and also boasts the highest swimming pool and bar in the world so if you haven’t got a head for heights then you might want to give this one a miss! But if you are really interested in living the high life then this is certainly the place for you. With various spa treatments and also a wide selection of bars and Michelin star restaurants to choose from you can live like an A-list celebrity at the Ritz-Carlton. The building dominates the Hong Kong skyline and lights up at night to provide a real sight to savour. It attracts a wide range of cliental too and caters for business meetings, weddings and also those who just want to enjoy a city break in one of the most prestigious hotels in the world. Furthermore, Hong Kong is an extremely vibrant city so you won’t be short of things to do when you actually find the time to venture outside for a bit.
8.The Venetian Macao, Macau
Modelled on its sister casino resort in Las Vegas, The Venetian Macao is a 39 story luxury hotel in Macau and is the largest single structure hotel building in Asia. The theme centres round the city of Venice in Italy - so much so in fact that it even has its own canal with Gondoliere rides available. The hotel has almost 3,000 guest suites with accommodation from floor 7 up to level 38. It is a huge gaming and casino complex with over 550,000 square feet of casino space and 3,400 slot machines. The Venetian Macao also hosts sporting events including tennis, basketball and boxing in addition to music concerts and televised award shows in its Cotai Arena. If you’re still up for a bit of retail therapy during your stay here then you won’t have to go far as The Venetian Macao has its own shopping centre with over 850 retail outlets all under one roof. If all that shopping were to work up an appetite then you are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding upon where to eat, with 25 restaurants to choose from. This is the ultimate in luxurious resorts and well worth a visit.
9. Hilton Niagara, Canada
Ever requested a room with a view? Well, I bet it wasn’t quite like this! The Hilton, Niagara is situated right next to the spectacular Niagara Falls on the Canadian side of the border with the USA. These legendary falls are the most famous set of waterfalls in the world and a massive tourist attraction. If you can take your eyes off the unforgettable views for just a few minutes then you’ll realise that the Hilton Niagara is actually a very decent Hotel indeed with live shows, great dining experiences and spas and shopping available all under the one roof. Outside, there are several ways to view and appreciate the true beauty of the falls. You can book sightseeing tours including a 12 minute helicopter ride in which you can see the Niagara Falls from above. You can also go to the Observation Tower which is a great location for a photo opportunity and is also popular for romantic marriage proposals. If you’re not scared to get wet then you go to Cave of the Winds which takes you along a catwalk near the foot of the falls and a close-up look at the thunderous, crashing water - Rain coats are provided on arrival.
10. Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, Bora Bora Island
Fancy a trip to paradise? This beach resort is situated on the Bora Bora coast and is the place to go if you’re on the lookout for white sands and clear blue seas. This resort offers a wide choice of guestrooms which have their own garden suites and private pools. There are also hotels and bars within the resort itself. There are a range of activities available which centre mainly around the ocean – so if you love the deep blue sea then this might just be your perfect destination. Among the many things to do in Bora Bora are Diving, Deep Sea Fishing, Snorkelling, Jet Skiing, Kayaking and paddle boarding. If you fancy just relaxing in this beautiful part of the world then you can take advantage of the magnificent spa and also take a dip in the Jacuzzi. This resort even has its own resident tattoo artist so if you want more than just photographs and memories to remember this trip by then you can always carry a permanent reminder around with you. This is a popular resort for honeymoons, cruises, families and couples with offers available on many of the packages available.
11. The Shore at Katathani, Phuket Thailand
As you might have guessed from the name, The Shore at Kata Thani in Phuket, Thailand is situated right on the beachfront. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind as it has a serenity spa which offers plenty of pampering options with Thai massages, facials, herbal steam and bath rituals all available. The focal point of this beautiful resort is certainly the infinity pool which almost looks like it trickles in to the sea itself. If you are looking for somewhere to eat then there are restaurants nearby with incredible sea views over Kata Noi Beach. The Shore at Katathani is a relatively small resort with just 48 villas which have touches of oriental décor. Each of these villas has a living and dining area, sundeck and private pool. From the villa you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the ocean. This hotel really does have it all, with excellent facilities and an amazing location. Thailand is a popular destination for holidaymakers and tourists alike and this hotel within a secluded cove on a stretch of unspoilt coastline is a real hidden gem.
12. Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is a true tropical nirvana. If the idyllic location wasn’t enough, this stunning resort has got literally everything you could wish for including a PGA Golf course, Waterpark, the world’s largest open air marine habitat and an entire shopping village. The Waterpark has one of the most famous water slides in the world; The Leap of Faith, which takes you through an underwater lagoon which is home to live sharks. In addition to the incredible Marine Habitat, the Atlantis also has a Dolphin Cay with a heart-warming backstory as it was set up in 2007 in order to provide a safe haven for 16 stranded dolphins whose home had been completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. It is certainly no surprise why they call this place paradise as it is truly magical. This Atlantis resort comprises of four different hotels; Coral Towers, Royal Towers, The Reef Atlantis and the Cove Atlantis. It is seen as a great place for weddings and other special occasions. It is popular among families, couples and those just on the lookout for their own slice of paradise.
13. Hotel Titanic, Antalya, Turkey
The luxurious Hotel Titanic in Antalya, Turkey has a distinctive appearance as it has been constructed in the shape of a ship. Naming a hotel after a ship which infamously sank after hitting an iceberg might have been viewed as a slightly risky marketing strategy at the time but it hasn’t done this popular resort much harm. The unique look and great location – right next to a beach – has made it a real hit among families and couples from all over the world. The architecture may be majestic on the outside but what’s going on inside this five star hotel is equally impressive. This is the ultimate all inclusive break with great food and entertainment all part of the package. There is plenty to do in and around the hotel itself with four tennis courts, beach volleyball, Turkish Baths, Saunas, Steam Rooms and much, much more to enjoy. Turkey is a very popular holiday destination and this Hotel certainly stands out from the competition with its unique appearance.
14. Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada
Situated on the rugged North Atlantic Coastline of Newfoundland, the Fogo Island Inn is an incredible example of futuristic architecture. The Island itself is only 15 miles long and the remoteness of this eastern tip of Canada may make it a tricky place to get to, but once here you will certainly appreciate the beautiful surroundings. It is no surprise that this hotel was recently awarded the Coolest Creative Hub of 2017. Its design has attracted many admirers, with the structure being inspired by the houses of fishermen who lived on the Island in years gone by. This hotel is also eco-friendly as all the materials were locally sourced and are suitable for recycling. Renewable wood and solar appliances are evident throughout the Fogo Island Inn. With 29 guest rooms and a library with a wood burning fire the interior has a beautifully minimalistic style. If you love the great outdoors and just want to get away from it all for a while then this might be a great destination for you. There is plenty to do on the Island from hiking to cycling and even cross country skiing.
15. The Manta Resort, Zanzibar
The Manta Resort in Zanzibar is home to possibly the most amazing hotel room in the world. The resort itself is actually on dry land but the room in question is actually in the Indian Ocean! Yes, that’s right it’s a floating hotel room. If you would like to stay in this floating room then you will be taken by boat from the resort to the landing deck. A ladder from the deck leads upstairs to the roof which is perfect for sunbathing and catching some rays. Downstairs is where it starts to get really amazing as clear panes of glass enable you to have a 360 degree view in an underwater room. You will see shoals of fish swimming in this underwater paradise. You can stay for the night and watch as spotlights attract normally shy creatures like squid as they come up close to the windows. This is a truly incredible experience and is perfect for special occasions like honeymoons.
16. Owner’s Villas, Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives
There are not many hotels that do not advertise a price to their customers, but the exclusive Owner’s Villas is one of them. Labelled to be the ultimate holiday experience for families and friends, it is easy to see. The exclusive villa is situated on its very own private island accessible only from its private berth and jetty. The four-bedroom villa has its own dedicated team, who is hand and available to you 24/7, ensuring that the guests have an unforgettable experience. The villa boasts its own spa, oversized 25-metre-long outside pool, pristine beaches and exotic gardens. Inside the main house, you can relax in the three reception rooms, complete with multiple sofas and lounges, and a grand piano, for you to enjoy musical interludes, or cocktails in the villa’s own cocktail bar. The staff are housed on premises, so they are never far away, and will provide tailor made activities for you to make your stay even more special. This type of luxury definitely does not come cheap; but the Owner’s Villas, situated in the beautiful Maldives setting is worth every penny.
17. The Apartment, Hotel Connaught, London
A stay in the Hotel Connaught is very different to your average hotel stay. At approximately $24,000 per night, the regal apartment boasts that you will not feel like you are in a busy hotel, and rather in your own home. The apartment is set at the very top of the Connaught, catching all of the natural light, with a panoramic view of the salubrious area of Mayfair. It has been created by renowned interior designer, David Collins, and every aspect of this space has been expertly crafted, with absolutely no detail being overlooked. At stay in the apartment will include a personal chauffeur who will meet you from the airport and take you straight to the Connaught; a welcome bottle of Krug Champagne for your arrival, which will be waiting for you in your suite on ice. On top of this, you will have your own personal chef who is on hand to cook for up to eight people, and a personal butler who will be on hand to cater for your every need throughout your stay. When you consider that the apartment valet will press your attire for the evening when you arrive, you can have your own personal trainer who will work out with you in your suite or in the hotel gym, and you will have your very own barman, who will cater for you, whatever your preferred cocktail hour is; the hefty price tag does not seem so bad after all!
18. The Royal Suite, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris
The Royal Suite at the Hotel Plaza Athenee is the largest hotel room in Paris, spanning 450 square metres. A trip to this hotel is definitely one of a kind, and frequently welcomes royalty, celebrities and politicians and is one of the most loved hotel in Paris. So, just what do you get for nearly $30,000 a night? The suite boasts one of the most magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower, and is the ideal location for the finest shopping that Paris has to offer. The hotel has recently undergone a refurbishment, all rooms and suites have been beautifully designed with the finest French décor. You can enjoy bespoke linen, Italian marble bathrooms, antique furnishings and elegant seating areas. It is perhaps the attention to detail that really makes this suite stand out though. The televisions have been concealed behind mirrors, and all embroidery has been done with gold thread. Visit in the winter months, and you can enjoy gliding around the hotels own ice rink, and in the summer months indulge in a bit of alfresco dining in the beautiful and peaceful courtyard. The 24-hour concierge service, along with their award-winning team will assist you during your stay, to ensure that all your needs are met.
19. The Penthouse Suite, Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez, Cannes
The Penthouse Suite costs a modest $40,000 a night, but offers some of the most stunning views of the Bay of Cannes and the famous Boulevard de la Croisette, and is available with 1, 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms, according to your needs. It is among the most expensive hotel rooms in the whole world, and yet offers an incredibly modest amenities list, boasting items like a coffee machine, in-room safe, and hairdryer; items that come as standard in many budget hotels. Don’t let this description fool you though, as the suite, which is situated high up on the seventh floor covers 300 square metres and offers both a living room and dining room, along with a spacious marble bathroom. On top of this, you can enjoy the views from your own 270 square metre private terrace, complete with a heated jacuzzi. You will also have room service available to you 24/7, a kitchenette area, if you wish to dine in you room, a sauna and Hammam steam room, and a butler service to ensure that all of your needs are met during your stay.
20. Hilltop Villa, Laucala Island, Fiji
The Hilltop Villa on Laucala Island, in the heart of Fiji has been described by guests as a resort within a resort. It offers unparalleled exclusivity and privacy in a very dramatic setting. The price is not for the feint hearted though and it costs a cool $44,000 each night. That said, when you consider what you get for your money, it is easy to see why people will hand over this amount of cash to stay in a place like this. Each of the villas are set in a coconut grove beside their own private beach offering complete relaxation. The unique villas have all been made using natural materials, including thatch roofs which have been made from the leaves of sago palms, local doga, timber, bala bala fern stems and a tradition coconut weave. The Hilltop villa has 1,200 metres of living space, and 11,000 square metres of bedroom space and other private quarters. The villa has its own panoramic pool landscape to relax in, and if that was not enough, you can also benefit from a private cook, a chauffeur and a private nanny.
21. The Shahi Mahal Suite, Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur India
The Shahi Mahal Suite is one of two presidential suites situated at the Raj Palace Hotel in Jaipur. Popular with wealthy royals, to stay here will cost you $45,000 each night! It has been lovingly restored by the best designers and architects of the world, creating a real life palace for people to come and stay in. The Shahi Mahal Suite combines 21st century modern conveniences, as well as six bedrooms, a private theatre, a library and private kitchen staff who are on hand to cook you dishes whenever you want. Don’t be fooled that the other rooms in the hotel are more affordable, as even the most basic ones will set you back around $900 each night.
22. The Royal Villa, The Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens
If you have a cool $50,000 for each night you want to stay at The Royal Villa, you can experience the quintessential lifestyle of royalty. The villa is not shy of royal and prestigious guests, and has been designed to cater for their every need. The interior and exterior all point to the epitome of luxurious living. Mel Gibson and Leonardo DiCaprio have apparently stayed in this villa, which boasts two master bedrooms, which are both equipped with full ensuite marble bathrooms, spacious living spaces, a fully equipped business corner, fully fitted kitchen and grill, as well as outdoor BBQ facilities. On top of this, you can expect to take in breath-taking views, along with an indoor and outdoor pool, which can be heated upon your request, a fully equipped gym and steam bath, as well as a private massage area. You can also make use of the full Butler service – they have their own quarters with a separate entrance and bathroom, so they are on hand whenever you need them.
23. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Season Hotel, New York
A trip to New York is not normally cheap, but one night in the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons will cost you a mere $60,000. Set 700 feet above the ground, and 52 storeys high you can enjoy New York’s impressive skyline, thanks to the floor to ceiling windows and private glass balconies. The penthouse, that has one bedroom and can sleep two, was a seven-year collaboration between I.M Pei, Peter Marino and Ty Warner, who have managed to create an architectural and artistic masterpiece. The Penthouse covers 4,300 square feet in the heart of Manhattan. You get a lot for your money spending a night here, including exclusive use of a Rolls Royce and driver from 8am to 11pm daily, a personal trainer and spa treatments from the comfort of your own suite or spa, a dedicated Guest Relations Manager, who is available to you 24/7 throughout your stay, complete packing and unpacking and garment pressing, and a choice of international and domestic newspapers. You just have to get past the fact that you would have to spend a whole year’s salary on a night’s stay!
24. The Royal Penthouse Suite, Hotel President Wilson, Geneva Switzerland
The Royal Penthouse, located at the Hotel President Wilson, long had the title of the most expensive hotel room in the world, but this has now been overtaken. Costing a staggering $68,000 each night, you can enjoy the luxurious room, that is rumoured to have hosted the likes of Bill Gates, Rihanna, Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson and Michael Douglas. The Royal Penthouse Suite is famous for being the largest in Europe, and has been awarded the ‘World’s Leading Hotel Suite’ at the World Travel Awards. It can be found covering the eighth floor and top floor of the hotel and boasts breath-taking views over the lake, which can be admired from the panoramic terrace. The suite has no less than 12 bedrooms, which all include marble bathrooms and Hermes products for you to enjoy, and guests can argue over who gets the two master bedrooms which both feature a vast walk-in dressing room and jacuzzi which faces the lake and a separate shower, steam and mirror TV. The suite features the top of the range appliances, including a massive Steinway Grand Piano, bullet proof windows, reinforced safe, and a private lift, which will take guests directly to their stately living quarters!
25. The Grand Penthouse, The Mark, New York
For most, the thought of spending $100,000 a night to stay in a hotel would be enough to send you to an early grave; however, for the lucky few who can afford it, The Grand Penthouse at The Mark in the heart of New York’s Upper East Side is the place to stay. It has been designed by Jacques Grand, and is situated over the top 2 floors of the Mark Hotel. Don’t worry though, you can live in luxury during your stay, and the penthouse features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a library, two wet bars, and a dining room which can easily host 24. On top of this, you can convert the living room into a ballroom, where yours guests can enjoy the view over Central Park, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. On top of this, you can enjoy your food, cooked by renowned chef Jean-George on your own 2,500 square foot rooftop terrace, before Frederic Fekkai arrives to do your hair, and Bergdorf Goodman arrives to tailor your suit. When you consider that you do not have to leave your hotel room for the entirety of your stay, but not miss out on anything that New York has to offer, the price tag might not seem so bad after all. Just push to the back of your mind that you could buy a home for the price of a one night stay here!
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