17 of the most beautiful luxury hotels in the world

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur . Hotel

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 in search of new experiences and expanded perspectives. Sometimes planning a trip can start with choosing your dream hotel, then building the rest of your itinerary around it. From treehouses in the jungle to opulent mansions, historic mansions and remote islands, these fabulous stays around the world are sure to evoke a love for wanderlust. Here, we’ve rounded up 17 of the world’s most beautiful luxury hotels. Read on for some serious trip planning inspiration.

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The Green O in Greenough, Montana

Just a dozen glass “manias” tucked away deep in the woods at The Green O, the new adults-only resort of the same family behind The Resort at Paws Up, creates a very exclusive feel. Each home is unique and designed to help you feel nature, from the Round Haus, with curved windows, to the Green Houses, with wide skylights above the plush king-sized beds for stargazing.

One&Only Mandarina in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

The history and natural beauty of this region have been taken into account in the design of the luxurious One & Only Mandarina resort. Mexican and woven arts, crafts, and designs are scattered throughout the treehouse, cliffside accommodations, public spaces, and restaurants. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more cool place to enjoy natural wines and cocktails than a Treetop Bar at sunset.

Amanara in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

The ocean really is this blue in the adjacent Northwest Point Marine National Park, Amaniara, a gorgeous seaside resort that consists of 36 wood-panelled suites, with terraces and private sundecks, and 20 villas, each on 1.5 acres and with private chefs and hosts. Find the ultimate in luxury floating in the private infinity pool of the four-bedroom Tranquility Villa.

Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina

A short drive from either Savannah or Charleston, the Montage Palmetto Bluff is warm hospitality and landscaping at its best. The resort is part of the 20,000-acre Palmetto Bluff community that includes private homes and a vast nature reserve filled with live oaks and Spanish moss. A wide range of accommodations, from large homes to rooms in the main lodge, are rooted in traditional Southern architecture, with large porches built for lazy afternoons.

The 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 the St. Regis Bora Bora, adorned with an Italian marble bathroom, large outdoor living space and a glass-panelled floor revealing a colorful aqua lagoon below . Enjoy the sunset with the majesty of Mount Otemanu as the backdrop and marvel at design details such as carved pillars and Venetian stucco wall treatments throughout the resort.

Silky Oaks Lodge in Queensland, Australia

Part of Bailie Lodges, the luxurious Silky Oaks Lodge offers an unparalleled experience for guests seeking seclusion, located between Daintree Rainforest in Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll feel part of the forest itself tucked away within contemporary nature-inspired treehouses under the rainforest canopy. Freestanding outdoor stone bathtubs are a standout feature in each of the Treehouse suites.

Joali runs on Moravandhoo Island, Maldives

The Maldives is a tourist destination for many, and Joali Being, an immersive new haven focused on wellness and art, is the first and only one of its kind in the region. The architecture and interior design of the 73-villa property blend with the natural elements of the island, emphasizing layered textures and integrating indoor living space with the outdoors. Joali Art’s on-site studio and gallery features works by artists from around the world as well as local artisans.

Hotel Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur in Rajasthan, India

The picturesque Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur has views of the City Palace, an iconic symbol of grandeur built in the 17th century. Its majestic qualities are carried over to the resort, which is designed as a traditional Indian palace. Fountains and reflecting pools throughout the grounds commemorate its setting on the shores of Lake Pichola, while the richly appointed guestrooms with private balconies (and some with pools) are the perfect starting point for exploring the surroundings of the world’s oldest dynasty.

Ellerman House in Cape Town, South Africa

Opened in 1992 in the heart of Cape Town, the iconic Ellerman House has undergone a major renovation five years ago and looks more exciting than ever. With only 13 bedrooms in the main house, plus two villas ideal for families, it’s a wonderfully intimate. View his private collection of contemporary South African art and enjoy wine on the spacious rooftop overlooking Bantry Bay.
Fashion designer Anna Trezibinsky and her husband, Tonio, started the Eden Boutique Hotel that gives travelers an intimate connection to the Kenyan capital. Each of the property’s eight double bedrooms is outfitted in the traditional styles of the Samburu and Maasai peoples, layered with natural materials and European elements. There is also an extensive private art collection on the property, along with Anna’s own design studio.

Mamounia in Marrakesh, Morocco

Netflix brought La Mamounia to the masses with its “Inventing Anna” docuseries, yet well-known audiences have known about this palace-like hotel dripping in luxury for a long time. The property, which was originally an orchard, dates back to the 19th century and was officially opened as La Mamounia 100 years ago. Its 135 guest rooms and 71 suites marry Moorish architecture with Art Deco style, attracting high-class clients over the years with guests like Winston Churchill.

Habitas AlUla in AlUla, Saudi Arabia

Surrounded by terrain that will make you feel like you’ve landed on another planet, Habitas Alula is an immersive resort that embraces its natural desert setting in Wadi Ashar. The Habitas brand uses sustainable materials that are manufactured in Mexico and assembled on site to reduce the environmental impact of all 100 capsule-style bedrooms and public spaces throughout the resort. Don’t miss the desert trampoline, the most fun I’ve ever had on the sand.

Rosewood Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil

As the brand’s first luxury hotel in South America, Rosewood Sao Paulo garnered major accolades when it opened last year across two buildings: a meticulously restored historic building in the city called Matarazzo Maternity (a former hospital, over 500,000 Brazilians were born there) and a vertical garden tower New modern featuring 10,000 trees. It is a symbol of the unification of the city’s ancient past and cultural future, earning Main Street credibility from master architect Jean Nouvel and art director Philippe Starck.

The Ritz Paris Hotel in Paris, France

Opened 124 years ago in The City of Light, the Ritz Paris was one of the first hotels in Europe to offer en suite bathrooms, electricity and a telephone in every room. It underwent a major improvement in 2016 and remains the epitome of luxury in Paris. Every design detail is immaculately executed, from the golden swan faucets and peach-colored towels in the marble bathrooms to the plush canopy beds and gorgeous chandeliers throughout his rooms and halls. No wonder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel made the hotel her home.

Borgo Santandria in Amalfi, Italy

Featuring its own private beach, jetty, oceanfront pool, beach club and three restaurants overseen by a Michelin-starred chef, Borgo Santandrea epitomizes classic Italian charm. The design blends elements of mid-century and Mediterranean style, including shades of white and blue, antique furniture, and pieces handcrafted by Amalfitano artisans. More than 31 different types of hand-painted geometric tiles can be spotted around the property, which features 29 guest rooms and 16 suites with uninterrupted sea views.

Katikis Santorini in Oia, Santorini, Greece

Romantic images of Greece spread on Instagram appear in Katikis Santorini, where it is entirely possible to sip champagne from your pool 100 meters above the stunning blue water. An embodiment of the iconic Aegean architectural style, every staircase, bridge, cube hut and infinity pool in the hotel is pure white perfection, complete with stunning views of the caldera.

Ballyfin in Ockanaroe, Ireland

Set on more than 600 acres under the Slieve Bloom Mountains, 90 minutes from Dublin, Ballyfin is old-world luxury at its best, hailed as one of the most luxurious Regency mansions in the country. Its 21 individually designed rooms dating from the 19th century are steeped in history and decorated with Irish art and antiques. The public spaces are equally impressive, with the Gold Drawing Room – featuring a beautiful ceiling of rich stucco work – being the greatest of all.

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