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These days a good vacation is not just about a destination, but also a nice place where you can relax, enjoy the view, and of course, take photo shots! I asked my fellow travel bloggers to pick the most exclusive resorts and awesome hotels around the world that will inspire your wanderlust and make you book that vacation asap. So, here they are!
Awesome Hotels Around the World
1. Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
Where: Paris Price per night: $1,600 Book your stay here
Contributed by: Pamela from Travel Like A Chieff
2. Sandals Resorts, Jamaica
Where: Montego Bay Price per night: $1,200 Book your stay here
We’ve been traveling nonstop for the past 5 years and have stayed in our fair share of hotels. We’ve had some amazing hotels and some terrible ones too but one of our favorites was staying in Sandals Resorts overwater bungalow in Jamaica. Sandals has two properties in Jamaica with overwater bungalows, Sandals South Coast and Sandals Royal Caribbean which is right in Montego Bay.
We choose to stay in Sandals South Coast as it super private and quiet over there. Overwater bungalow rooms are everything you could ever dream of. We love waking up and peeking our head over the bed and watching the fish swim by. This is also our favorite place to have breakfast in bed. There are days we wouldn’t leave our room because each room comes with butler service so our butlers would bring us anything we wanted to eat from any of the restaurants. There is no need to go to the pool when you can jump right off your deck and back up the ladder to your room. Sandals South Coast is one of the best hotels in the world!
Contributed by: Hannah & Adam from GettingStamped
3. Esbelli Evi, Cappadocia, Turkey
Where: Urgup, Cappadocia Price per night: $75 Book your stay here
One of the must-do experiences while traveling in Turkey is a stay at a cave hotel in Cappadocia. The unusual landscape in Cappadocia consisting of naturally-formed caves, valley and other rock formations is remarkable. Some of these caves have been used by men for centuries and have now been converted to complete upscale hotels and B&B.
We stayed at Esbelli Evi, a delightful inn in Urgup. Their hotel manager Ysemin was so helpful in arranging a car with a baby seat for us, helping us with our day’s itinerary and recommending local restaurants for lunches.
They have options for rooms and suites, each of them cool and quiet. The rooms are tastefully decorated with local handicrafts and would appeal to anyone who appreciates understated elegance. Rooms in old caves does not mean you are compromising on comforts. These cave rooms have all the modern conveniences – private bathrooms, air conditioning, and wifi connectivity.
Their breakfast spread is excellent and sets you up well for the long day of sightseeing or hiking in the area.
Contributed by: Shweta from Zest in a Tote
4. Springs Resort & Spa, Costa Rica
Where: La Fortuna Price per night: $520 Book your stay here
Located in the lush green rainforest of La Fortuna, Costa Rica, the Springs Resort & Spa offers breathtaking views of Arenal Volcano. This luxury resort has a romantic atmosphere that is perfect for couples. If you stay in the Honeymoon Vista Suite, you will have a private outdoor jacuzzi surrounded by a beautiful garden. There are also many hot springs and pools inside the resort to relax in.
It is a great destination for families too as there are countless activities on site to keep you occupied including kayaking, water-tubing, hiking, wall-climbing and horseback riding. The resort even has its own wildlife sanctuary. There are several restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a variety of cuisine including local dishes, Italian food and sushi.
Contributed by: Kat from Memoirs of a Globetrotter
5. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam
Where: Hanoi Price per night: $250 Book your stay here
Albeit small, upon arrival at the porte-cochère of this award-winning French colonial and neo-classical luxury hotel, you are instantly impressed by its grandiose. Greeted in French by male staff in impeccable dark suits and women in traditional and stunning velvet ao dai, you can’t help but feel you have stepped back in time.
Opened in 1901 by two French investors, the hotel has managed to re-invent itself in the decades gone by which has allowed it to thrive during the modern era without compromising on its historical roots. The hotel is situated along leafy boulevards amidst designer brands as it is also a proximity to Hanoi’s opera House and lakeside pagodas.
Apart from the physical ambience of the hotel, its facilities and quality of service lends itself to becoming one of South East Asia’s most prolific properties. I enjoyed the flambé seafood bisque at their signature restaurant Le Beaulieu, French champagne and canapes during evening cocktails in their lounge and most of all, their breakfast in the most gorgeous garden terrace setting, all to myself. Every detail, every touch point was impeccable. I have never been so happy not to explore a city simply because I had no desire to leave the hotel!
Contributed by:Amy from Family Globetrotters
6. Seday Guesthouse, Mare Island, New Caledonia
Where: Mare Island Price per night: $55 Book your stay here
A peek at the photo of this hut on a rock in a beautiful lagoon of New Caledonia gives you a good clue on why this room is one of the best of the world. Accommodation over water is rare in New Caledonia. In this traditional hut, it’s back to the basics: just a mattress on the floor. But it feels like luxury when you fall asleep with the sound of the waves gently clapping against the rock. There is no one around and you can only relax. In the morning, a beautiful Napoleon Wrass may wait for you under the wooden bridge.The best part is that the location was just one of the reasons why we loved our stay at Seday Guesthouse. We were touched by the exchange with our host, Jacques, about the Kanak culture and his role in his tribe. We ended up going with him to the local mass on Sunday morning. Sharing this moment with the tribe stayed one of our favourite memories of the trip. The lagoons and the beaches are not the only beautiful things in New Caledonia!
Contributed by: Eloise from My Favourite Escapes
7. Rooms Hotel, Georgia
Where: Kazbegi Price per night: $215 Book your stay here
Named as one of the most instagrammable hotel in the world, Rooms Hotel, was restored from being a retro-Soviet building to one that is now full of old charm. The rustic – modern architecture sits in the midst of the Caucasus Mountains with amazing view that changes every season making it one of the most amazing hotels.Weekend Haven was here during their winter weekend in Georgia and we love how this chic hotel have almost wrapped the entire building with floor to ceiling windows which brings in the amazing view from the outside to the comforts of your cosy bedroom. The interior is filled with perfect details that showcase vintage art pieces and lush furnitures. The heated pool is a sanctuary when we were too cold to go out in the winter, and the restaurant serves exquisite Georgian dishes while we bask in the panoramic view of glorious, Mount Kazbek.
8. Kauai Marriott Resort, Hawaii, USA
Where: Kauai Price per night: $460 Book your stay here
9. Crown Towers Melbourne, Australia
Where: Melbourne Price per night: $255 Book your stay here
There is nothing quite as thrilling as being told on check in that you have been upgraded. I travel to Melbourne often for work (over 150 time to date!) and I ALWAYS stay at the Crown. Customer service is a key priority and they sure know how to look after their regular guests. On one very special visit, I was treated to the best room in the house; a Crown Towers Villa. Crown’s villas are housed on the highest floors and private elevators will whisk you straight to the top.
On entering the first thing that you will notice is the sense of space. The massive lounge room dominates and the floor to ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline. If you think the bedroom is spacious and opulent, just wait until you see the bathroom. It’s bigger than some apartments and offers a futuristic toilet (with a heated seat), massive soaker tub, shower built for two and luxury toiletries from Salvatore Ferragamo. The macaroons on the bedside table beg to be eaten and the room service menu offers exclusive access to the Crown’s very best restaurants including Nobu, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Neil Perry’s Rockpool. A sperate dining room, bar and butler’s pantry are just made for entertaining. I only wish I had brought a bunch of mates along and thrown a party!
Contributed by: Allison from Flights to Fancy
10. Bisma Eight, Bali, Indonesia
Where: Ubud Price per night: $260 Book your stay here
Within the Ubud rainforest lies a luxury zen escape. Bisma Eight offers the ultimate jungle retreat as you wander through the bamboo covered path to your deluxe canopy suite with sweeping views of the rainforest from your bed. You don’t even have to get dressed for breakfast as the staff will serve it on your balcony as you listen to the jungle come alive around you.The best part of Bisma Eight has to be the stunning infinity pool overlooking the rainforest, insanely Instagrammable and complete with deluxe daybeds to chillax on as you sip from a fresh coconut. Well known through Ubud, the Copper kitchen and bar serves delicious earth-to-table dishes specializing in super fresh and organic ingredients – perfect for a light and delicious lunch.
Once the sun has set on a busy day of relaxing climb into the huge Japanese bathtub with a glass of wine from the minibar for the perfect end to the day.
Contributed by: Laura from The Travelling Stomach
11. The Zillers Boutique Hotel, Greece
Where: Athens Price per night: $240 Book your stay here
12. Jetwing Yala, Sri Lanka
Where: Yala National Park Price per night: $110 Book your stay here
We were also amazed the length of the pool in this place, the largest we’ve ever seen in a hotel, with just enough sunbeds for all the guests to sit back and relax the whole day under the sun in the most tranquil setting. And when you had just enough of the sun without sand, the hotel’s beach is only a few steps away, welcoming you with its honey sand dunes and perfect waves. Spend here the entire afternoon listening to the waves gently caressing the shore and catch the perfect sunset.
Make sure to take your time to splurge on the perfect dinner where you have a hard time choosing only one dish of choice, especially if you are a sweets fan like myself. The food here was just amazing and at the buffet, the hardest thing will be having to choose from the tens of dishes from seafood to traditional Sri Lankan food, to barbeque and vegetarian.
Don’t leave this place without offering yourself a great ayurvedic massage experience and just sit back and relax for one hour while you get all your pores spoiled. Contributed by: Ingrid from Ingrid Zen Moments
13. The Pavilions, Thailand
Where: Phuket Price per night: from $160 to $1370 Book your stay here
The Pavilions is a fairytale hotel, made for couple’s relaxation and wellness. A paradise both close and far from Phuk et’s touristy paths. Perfection.We were in such awe that we barely left the property in 48 hours! If you want to know more about this hotel, check our Pavilions Phuket review. Contributed by: Inma and Jose from A World to Travel
14. Daydreamin’ Bed & Breakfast, Belize
Where: San Pedro Price per night: $200 Book your stay here
15. Under the Stars Luxury Apartments, Philippines
Where: Tambisaan Beach
Price per night: $680 Book your stay here
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