A quick online search defines luxury hotels as a place who offers a one-of-a-kind accommodation experience to all its guests. While there are no specific star rates for luxury hotels, there are some characteristics that set them aside from other accommodation options, such as streamlined check in and check out, outstanding customer service and amenities that aim to satisfy the needs of all customers.
Whether you are on the search for an exclusive beach resort, a nice boutique hotel for your next visit to Europe, or a place to rest while you take a mindful trip to the Middle East, this list will give you an idea about the most exclusive hotels in the world.
The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Tanzania
Few things can complete a day out on safari in Africa, but having the opportunity to fall asleep while watching the fish in the middle of the Indian Ocean is definitely one of them. The Manta Resort, in Pemba Island, Zanzibar offers the world’s first underwater room and much more, for a true connection with nature. What adds to the image of a lost tropical paradise is the remote location, making Pemba a rising star among the Tanzanian islands. The underwater room sits in the middle of the ocean and is held to the bottom by four anchors, making the experience even more unique, as you may feel it moving a bit if there are big waves. The room is close to various coral heads, so it is filled with marine life that will be attracted to the light coming from inside the bedroom.
Shaza Hotels, Al Madina
If you are on the looks for a sophisticated and peaceful place to spend the nights while embracing the spiritual journey of one of the most important pilgrimages in the Islamic calendar, the luxurious Shaza Madina Hotel is the perfect place for you. The hotel is located just outside the haram, making it the place to be, once you hear the calling for prayer. The rooms have an elegant décor, which adds to the sense of peacefulness which the entire city of Al Madina is giving, all wrapped up with extraordinary cuisine at the hotel restaurant. If you find yourself traveling for a business trip, the hotel offers all the facilities you might be needing to make the most out of your trip, accompanied by the world-renowned Eastern hospitality.
Waldorf Astoria, Orlando, Florida
If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, then it might be worth taking a look at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, one of the top resorts in Florida. The hotel is perfectly located near the Walt Disney World and perfectly decorated in an Art Deco style, described by others as “classical luxury”. The hotel features a lot of amenities, including transportation to the Wald Disney World, access to the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, a pool and a fitness center, which has all the equipment you need for some morning activity. The hotel also has a variety of restaurants that you can choose from, especially the award-winning Bull & Bear.
Park Hyatt Sydney, Australia
Sydney is known to be a town that obsesses with real estate and the Park Hyatt Hotel is sure to remind you of this. From its perfect placement, offering a panoramic view of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to the rooftop pool and elegant spa, Park Hyatt has everything you can ask from a luxury hotel. The neutral tones of the rooms add to the stylish image of the hotel, which is filled with murals and sculptures by GW Bot and Robert Bridgewater. The spa has a relaxation room and aromatherapy steam rooms, all completed by a 24-hour gym, to make sure you don’t miss any of your workouts. The variety of bars and restaurants are sure to not leave you out of options for breakfast or dinner, with incredible dishes prepared by the well-renown staff.
Belmond Hotel Caruso, Amalfi Coast, Italy
The breathtaking location of the hotel, which looks almost suspended between the sky and the sea, was a former medieval palace overlooking the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast and the Tyrrhenian Sea. The hotel is quite an intimate retreat, with only 50 rooms uniquely designed to fit the medieval aspect of the palace. The Belvedere Restaurant, which offers some of the most delicious dishes you will taste is perfect for candlelit dinners. But the most amazing feature of the hotel is the spectacular infinity pool, perfect for swimming or sunbathing while reading a good book. The view from the hotel was often described by magazines as the most beautiful view in the world.
North Island, Seychelles
An island paradise like no other, North Island is a private resort, about the same size as Monaco, with four beaches and grassy plateaus. The remote resort only has 11 villas, which adds to the exclusivity of the place. Each villa has an attendant which will guide you through the entire experience and will inform you about all the activities available on the island. These activities include yoga, picnics on a private beach, hiking with a local conservationist, diving or fishing. The island truly feels like the Garden of Eden, which is exactly why George and Amal Clooney chose this location as their honeymoon. The rooms are decorated with a combination of raw and refined materials, with ceilings that mimic the back of the Aldabran tortoise, which you might find roaming free if you decide to take a walk around the island.
Grand Kameha, Zurich, Switzerland
If you are into intricate interior décor, then the Grand Kameha Hotel in Zurich is the perfect place for you. The hotel is only a few years old, but has already managed to keep clients coming back each year, to experience the various themed suites, such as Poker Face, Princess, Watchmaker or Serenity. The hotel has all the amenities you can wish for, plus a fantastic location, placed only 10 minutes away from the Zurich Old Town. The Italian and Japanese restaurants, promise to give you a one-of-a-kind culinary experience and if you don’t want to be feeling that guilty, you can hit the hotel gym afterwards.