From exclusive beachside resorts to villas with their own private pools, here are some of the most luxurious hotels in the world.

Most Luxurious Hotels in the World

Whether you prefer luxurious safari lodges, all inclusive resorts or castle hotels, these are incredible places to stay. These expensive hotels are listed in no particular order as they all have their own charms.

The most luxurious hotels in the world
The most luxurious hotels in the world

18. Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

Inspired by the mythical lost city, Atlantis Paradise Island is one of the most well known Bahamas resorts. There are actually 5 hotels on Atlantis Paradie Bahamas: The Royal, The Beach, The Coral and newly built properties The Cove and The Reef.

Spread over 141 acres, the complex has 11 swimming pools, 21 restaurants, 19 bars and lounges and an 18 hole golf course. There’s also the 30,000 square foot Mandara Spa specializing in Balinese therapies.

The Royal Bridge Suite is located on the 23rd floor of The Royal. With floor to ceiling windows, this luxurious Bahamas accommodation is spread over 4740 feet and boasts 10 rooms.

There’s a 22 karat gold chandelier, a grand piano and your own private butler.

The Royal Bridge Suite at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas
The Royal Bridge Suite at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas

17. Titanic Mardan Palace, Turkey

The Titanic Mardan Palace Hotel is an all-inclusive resort in Lara, Antalya, Turkey. Costing around $1.4 billion to build, the property is known for its opulent Italian marble floors and intricate gold leaf details.

There are 30 restaurants, bars and lounges and a private beach with white sand from Egypt. Of the 560 rooms, the King Suite is the most expensive.

Starting at $4000 euros per night, this suite has two bedrooms and bathrooms, a sauna, cinema room, kitchen and office. Enjoy your own private pool and terrace, as well as butler service.

Titanic Mardan Palace pool
Titanic Mardan Palace pool – FoxZh, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

16. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, USA

Las Vegas has quite a few luxurious hotels, from The Bellagio to Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace and The Palazzo at The Venetian. One of the best is the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.

This Five Diamond rated hotel has a prime location on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s one of the rare non-gaming and non-smoking hotels in the area, so if that fits you then you’re sure to enjoy the ambiance.

There’s a relaxing spa and several hip bars and restaurants where you can enjoy craft cocktails. While away your time at the Four Seasons Pool Deck and book a cabana for a special occasion.

Poolside cabanas at Four Seasons Las Vegas
Poolside cabanas at Four Seasons Las Vegas – photo by Christian Horan

15. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Part of the Mandarin Oriental hotel group, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi is renowned for its lavish interiors and attentive service. Reportedly costing over $3 billion to build, the property has more than 1,000 Swarovski crystal chandeliers.

There are 394 guest rooms and suites as well as 40 conference and meeting rooms. The three bedroom Palace Suite comes with its own dining room and large private terrace.

Nestled in a beautiful natural bay, the Emirates Palaces has a white sand beach and private marina. You can also stroll in 100 hectares of pristine gardens.

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi at night
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi at night – courtesy of Mandarin Oriental

14. The Plaza New York, USA

An official National Historic Landmark, The Plaza has been going strong since 1907. Designed in the French Renaissance château style, this five star New York hotel on Fifth Avenue has welcomed many celebrities over the years.

Take afternoon tea in the iconic Palm Court and relax in the Champagne Bar. The Guerlain Spa on the 4th floor is another popular hotel feature.

The Royal Three Bedroom Suite has a library, chef’s kitchen, living room with grand piano, dining room for 12 guests, powder room and a fully equipped fitness room. There’s private elevator access and white glove butler service.

13. The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland

You wouldn’t expect to find a luxury 5 star hotel in a quaint skiing village, but The Chedi Andermatt is a welcome surprise. The award-winning spa is spread over 2,400 square meters and has indoor and outdoor pools.

There are five dining options including the Japanese Restaurant, which has one Michelin star. Every one of the 123 rooms and suites at The Chedi has its own fireplace.

The Gotthard Suite is the largest, with 5 bedrooms and bathrooms as well as a 33 meter terrace with panoramic views.

The Tibetan inspired relaxation lounge and pool at The Chedi Andermatt
The Tibetan inspired relaxation lounge and pool at The Chedi Andermatt

12. Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

The home of entrepreneur Richard Branson, Necker Island is a luxurious Caribbean retreat. The 74 acre private island has 3 well appointed villas. They can be rented individually or you can book the whole island for exclusive use.

The BVI are among the best Caribbean islands, thanks to their raw beauty and unspoiled beaches. Guests of Necker Island get a prime view of the surrounding area from the Crow’s Nest hottub.

There are also two freshwater infinity pools and a hottub on the beach. When exploring the island, keep an eye out for the array of wildlife, from flamingos to lemurs and giant tortoises.

The Crow's Nest at Necker Island - a Virgin Limited Edition property
The Crow’s Nest at Necker Island – a Virgin Limited Edition property

11. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, USA

One of the best boutique hotels in San Diego, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is the only Relais & Châteaux property in Southern California. This all-suite resort is just a few minutes from Del Mar beaches and 25 minutes from San Diego.

Set in 40 acres of landscaped grounds, Rancho Valencia has award-winning tennis facilities. There’s a state of the art gym, Serenity Yoga Pavilion, beauty salon and pilates studio.

Relax in the poolside cabanas or enjoy a gourmet meal at Veladora restaurant or cocktails in The Pony Club.

Poolside at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Poolside at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

10. Raffles Singapore

Since opening in 1887, Raffles Singapore has been a magnet for A-listers. Authors Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling visited in 1888, and Somerset Maugham was a regular visitor in the 1920s.

 The iconic Singapore Sling cocktail was created by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915 in Raffles Hotel. This gin-based cocktail is still regarded as the national drink of Singapore.

Part of the Raffles Hotels and Resorts group, this is an all-suite Singapore hotel. Restaurants include Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse and Anne-Sophie Pic.

The exterior of Raffles Hotel Singapore
The exterior of Raffles Hotel Singapore – photo courtesy of Raffles Hotels

9. Amilla Glamping, Maldives

One of the most luxurious places to stay in the Maldives, Amilla Maldives Resort is a lush paradise of bougainvillea flowers and white sand beaches. 70% of the island is untouched, leaving you free to discover hidden beaches and tranquil cycle tracks.

Situated in the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the area is known for its diving. Spot mantas and whale sharks in the crystal clear water.

There are several Instagrammable accommodations on Amilla Fushi. The most unusual are the three bubble tents, for a refined glamping experience.

These climate-controlled inflatable pods offer 360 degree views of the scenery. There are also some of the most spacious Maldives pool villas, which start at 200 square meters.

Glamping Bubble Experience at Amilla Maldives
Glamping Bubble Experience at Amilla Maldives

8. Giraffe Manor, Kenya

Get up close and personal with a herd of endangered giraffes at this all-inclusive luxury Kenya hotel. The manor house was built in the 1930s and is set in 12 acres of private land.

There are 12 rooms and suites, some with four-poster beds and balconies from which you can feed the giraffes as they pass by. The Rothschild’s giraffes are a rare breed and the hotel works closely with the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) to support their conservation.

You can combine a trip to Giraffe Manor with a safari, horse riding or a balloon ride.

Sunset feeding at Giraffe Manor
Sunset feeding at Giraffe Manor – photo courtesy of The Safari Collection

7. Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale, USA

One of the most exclusive hotels in the United States, The Boulders is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. Located in the Sonoran Desert close to the towns of Carefree and Scottsdale, the property takes its name from the 12 million year old rock formations surrounding the resort.

There are two 18-hole golf courses designed by Jay Moorish, together with tennis and pickleball courts and a 33,000 square feet spa. Four crystal-blue pools add to the relaxation factor.

Set in 1,300 acres of land, the Boulders Resort is also a good base for rock climbing and hiking. The gated Villa Retreat is a discreet place for celebrities to stay, with two villas connected by a terrace.

Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale, Curio Collection by Hilton
Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale, Curio Collection by Hilton – one of the most luxurious hotels in the world

6. Taj Lake Palace, India

One of the most famous floating hotels in India, the Taj Lake Palace has an illustrious history. Originally known as Jag Niwas palace, the property was commissioned by Prince Maharana Jagat Singh and completed in 1746.

Immortalized in the James Bond movie Octopussy, the Taj Lake Palace hotel has an incredible location on Lake Pichola in Udaipur. There are 65 rooms and 18 grand suites, together with 4 restaurants.

Known for its spa treatments, the hotel has its very own Jiva Spa boat! You can book Indian aromatherapy experiences that take place on board the wooden vessel.

The Taj Lake Palace Hotel
The Taj Lake Palace Hotel – photo courtesy of Taj Hotels

5. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Located on Rangali island, the Conrad Maldives is famous for its underwater dining room, one of the most luxurious restaurants in the world. There are twelve restaurants in all and an over-water spa.

For a true bucket list experience, The two-level Muraka Suite boasts a master bedroom 16 feet below sea level. With floor to ceiling windows, this is a great way to see the local marine life.

There’s also an outdoor deck with a private infinity pool and hot tub. Private jet skis, a butler and private chef as well as an on-call fitness trainer make your stay extra special.

The underwater Muraka Suite at Conrad Maldives
The underwater Muraka Suite at Conrad Maldives – photo by Justin Nicholas

4. Royal Malewane, South Africa

One of the best hotels in the world for safari lovers, Royal Malewane is a luxurious game reserve in Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. An ideal base from which to view the Big Five game animals, this safari lodge has one of the most qualified guiding teams in Africa.

There’s a sumptuous spa with a heated lap pool, steam room and a fully-equipped gym. The treatments at The Royal Malewane Bush Spa take place in private casitas and use Healing Earth, a South African product.

Dine in the Bush Tent under flickering lanterns or in the privacy of your suite. There’s a kosher compliant kitchen and an extensive wine and whisky list.

View of The Farmstead swimming pool at Royal Malewane in South Africa
View of The Farmstead swimming pool at Royal Malewane in South Africa

3. Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

One of the most luxurious hotels in the Middle East, Al Maha is a Luxury Collection desert resort and spa in Dubai. There are 42 suites which each feature a private swimming pool and wooden deck.

Enjoy gourmet meals in Al Diwaan restaurant, in the comfort of your suite or in the dunes, surrounded by flame torches. There’s a fully equipped fitness center and Timeless Spa with a swimming pool.

The Bedouin Suite swimming pool at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai
The Bedouin Suite swimming pool at Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai

2. Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy

Nestled on the banks of Lake Como, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a historic five star hotel in Italy. Opened in 1910, the property has panoramic views of the mountains and the lake.

There are 90 stylish rooms and suites, some with a private terrace and hot tub. With 3 swimming pools, T Spa, a gym and tennis courts, this is the perfect place in which to relax.

Villa Sola Cabiati is located a few minutes walk from Grand Hotel Tremezzo and can be booked for groups of up to 12. The ornate residence has a private pool and Italian garden.

One of the three swimming pools at Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Italy
One of the three swimming pools at Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Italy

1. Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Dubbed a seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is the seventh tallest hotel in the world. Designed to look like an Arabian dhow sail, the property boasts an infinity pool terrace and man-made beach.

The Burj Al Arab hotel has a 180 meter high atrium, the world’s largest Swarovski crystal ceiling and a helipad. The interior has been decorated with around 1,800 square meters of 24-carat gold leaf.

Guests can enjoy a wide range of facilities including personal butlers, chauffeur driven Rolls Royce cars, Talise Spa, and a 17 pillow menu. Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah hotels are also home to the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP), which has helped to release more than 1,600 rescued sea turtles into the Arabian Gulf.

A panoramic view of Burj Al Arab hotel
A panoramic view of Burj Al Arab hotel

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