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most luxurious hotels in the world

Your Hotel Bucket List
October 21, 2020
By , Writer

We’d like to interrupt your regularly scheduled pandemic, national crisis and presidential election programming for a moment of good vibes. Think private islands, luxury safaris, views of Mount Etna and an ancient Roman amphitheater, and the world’s most extravagant villa set on the Peloponnese Peninsula. It’s time to dream and add these hotels to your lifetime goals list.

The Hotel: Singita Faru Faru Lodge

Location: Grumeti, Tanzania

Why You Should Go: Have you ever dreamed of having your Meryl Streep Out of Africa moment? If so, we have the place for you. Faru Faru is unbeatable for your safari adventure of a lifetime. And yet, being close enough to touch elephants and lions isn’t all this lodge has going for it. Set on its own extraordinary safari and conservation land with spectacular views of a busy waterhole along the Grumeti River, this hotel is understated but incredibly luxurious and worth the trip of a life. The minimalist, treehouse-like rooms and suites are quiet and idyllic, boasting contemporary African décor and open-air living. What you’ll lack in cell service, you’ll make up for in real-life encounters with the natural world. And we don’t think you’ll miss your phone either because you’ll be completely Zen in this unconventional yet soothing safari lodge. Coming here will bring you ultimate relaxation.

The Hotel: The Brando

Location: Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

Why You Should Go: The fact that you need a private plane to get here should be enough to tell you that the Brando is seriously one of the most bucket list-worthy destinations in the world. White sand beaches don’t even begin to describe this pristine, remote, and completely unspoiled Polynesian island experience. Set on an atoll surrounding a sparkling lagoon, Marlon Brando’s tropical paradise was the place Barack Obama chose when he needed somewhere relaxing to start his book. Trust us, this hotel is magical. Brando said it best himself: “It is really beyond the capacity of cinematography to translate.” You come here because nowhere else has the bluest Pacific Ocean views and private oceanfront villas where you’ll probably want to buy a property.

The Hotel: Cape Kidnappers

Location: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

Why You Should Go: When a hotel is owned by a billionaire who actually visits, you know it has to be on your bucket list. Julian Robertson made it big when he became the head of Tiger Management, whose investment funds have crushed it, so logically, he invested in the development of this iconic, classically New Zealand hotel. If you’re at all into golf, you’ll be blown away by the legendary par 71 course on over 7,000 square yards with views of the bay, featuring cliff top bunkers and deep ravines, designed by golf course architect Tom Doak. But that’s not all. The owner’s cottage and multibedroom suites offer views of rolling New Zealand farmland that are bucolic, luxurious and deeply romantic. And the idyllic farm setting isn’t just part of the rustic backdrop but an integral part of the experience. The head chef cooks with fresh ingredients farmed on site, and activities in the surrounding area like horseback riding and Can-Am drives are good for the whole family and not to be missed.

The Hotel: Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc

Location: Antibes, France

Why You Should Go: If we’re talking bucket list hotels, this one should be at the very top. As the grounds for every important Cannes Film Festival fête, everyone who’s ever made it in life — actors, politicians, billionaires — has partied or stayed here at least once. Yes, there are hotels on this list with better rooms, but those other hotels don’t have the sheer clout you find here. Everyone will recognize from some celeb’s Instagram the picturesque Grande Allée, where you have the most impressive views of the Mediterranean while standing before one of the most incredible buildings on the Riviera. Dating back to 1870, this hotel has classic French luxury décor in every room and offers the most luxurious amenities. With an upgrade, you can have your own villa with a private pool, butler and a little more privacy. They are set just a ways away from the main hotel and exude warmth, comfort and classic Provençal style. While other hotels listed here might be great for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, this is a hotel you’ll want to keep coming back to, especially for film festival season.

The Hotel: George V

Location: Paris, France

Why You Should Go: No matter how many great hotels there are in Paris, George V will always be the nonpareil classic. Upon entering, you come face to face with the most beautiful and iconic flower arrangements, which clearly signal that you’ve arrived. With art deco-inspired décor and all the amenities, every room in this hotel is good, but of course you want the balcony overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Trust us, no morning croissant and café au lait is complete without this view. Even if you aren’t staying at this hotel, you’ll want to eat at Le Cinq, which with three Michelin stars, is a destination in its own right. Or for celeb spotting and a night cap, drop by Le Bar where everyone who’s anyone stops by for cocktails and fine wines. And as you’re right in the Golden Triangle off the Champs-Élysées, you also can’t get a better location. If you’re looking for a romantic weekend away or a spot to celebrity watch, this is the place to be.

The Hotel: Six Senses Paro

Location: Paro, Bhutan

Why You Should Go: Bhutan is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world, and Six Senses Paro is one of the most insane hotel experiences you can have. Albeit difficult to get to, Paro is a stunningly beautiful, tranquil enclave that makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. Everything here is awe-inspiring. Views of the stone ruins from feudal Bhutanese times and forested peaks make your stay in the incredibly spacious rooms and villas unlike any you’ve had before. Of course the giant villas have their own private courtyards and in-villa chefs. And while you can enjoy traditional activities, such as taking a sunrise hike and foraging for mushrooms or dining on authentic, locally sourced cuisine, you can also enjoy the multiple wellness retreat options, which include hatha yoga, guided meditation and massage. Once you come to Paro, you won’t want to leave because nowhere else will make you feel this at peace. You may even want to make this place your home.

Hotel: Laucala Island

Location: Laucala Island, Fiji

Why You Should Go: You might only make it to Fiji once in your life, and if you do, you’re going to want to stay at Laucala Island. Once called the Garden of Eden, tropical oasis doesn’t even begin to cover the vibe at this hotel. The 25 thatched-roof villas offer every amenity including golf carts and private pools. You’ll feel completely one with your surroundings, not just because you’re right on the beach but also because horseback riding, jet skiing, snorkeling, and local culture are just steps away. And yes, this hotel is luxurious, but it’s also sustainable, so you can indulge without concern for the toll. And we can’t forget that each villa has its own infinity pool.

The Hotel: Amanzoe

Location: Peloponnese, Greece

Why You Should Go: Only Aman could pull off this architecturally impressive, beautifully minimal yet low-key hotel on an unspoiled peninsula. When we think of Greece, we think of places like Mykonos, but this hotel is far off the beaten path, and that’s exactly why you’ll love it. A regular room here is bigger and more lavish than most other resorts’ villas. But if you’re really baller, you’ll stay in the iconic villa number 20, which has six swimming pools, a classic Greek taverna and a decked-out private spa. Each room features classic Greek architecture and overlooks Porto Heli and the Aegean Sea. If you want to explore beyond the hotel, activities include taking a horse and carriage ride to a seaside restaurant on the island of Spetses, or discovering ancient ruins at one of the most renowned healing centers of the ancient world. Like they always do, Aman made a hotel you will never want to leave.

The Hotel: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

Location: Taormina, Italy

Why You Should Go: Maybe you’ve been to Italy, but you haven’t really been to Italy until you’ve stayed at Hotel Timeo. While just sitting outside, you’ll see Mount Etna to your left and an ancient Roman amphitheater to your right. This is the type of place that makes you wonder what you did to deserve this moment. The town of Taormina is picturesque, but it isn’t just about the location. This hotel is one of the oldest around, dating back to 1873 when it began as a five-room guesthouse visited by the likes of Oscar Wilde and D.H. Lawrence. Though the main part of the hotel pays homage to its history, it also has modern luxuries and service that will make you feel like a VIP. Considered a love story to Italy, Belmond’s unique and bespoke take on this piece of history brings a warm and unfussy atmosphere to one of the most beautiful places in the world.