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Amazing hotels around the world that are more than worth the trip (53 Photos)
Taj Palace, Marrakech, Morocco
This gem can be found in the capital city of Morocco. Nestled in the Palmeraie region, this extravagant palace offers breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains.
With 161 guest rooms and 25 suites, the title of “Palace” is well deserved. Set on 55 hectares of landscaped gardens, the Palace is truly an oasis in the bustling concrete desert of Marrakech. Be sure to visit the world famous Jiva Grande Spa, which is open exclusively to guests.
Aqua Dome, Austria
Aqua Dome is the ultimate fitness and wellness resort, located in Solden, which has 100 miles of ski slopes.
The spa consists of a series of indoor thermal domes, with water pulled from a depth of 1865 meters at 34 to 36 degrees celsius. If you can brave the snow, you can watch the sunset from three open top bowl pools, including a brine pool which neutralizes gravity.
The Caves Resort, Jamaica
Built into the cliffs south of Negril, The Caves offer seductive oceanfront sanctuary.
Negril is an off-the-beaten-path utopia for travelers. Its seven-mile beachfront is little known, but head a little south and you’ll find a labyrinth of protective and secluded cliffs. Any visitors are expected to uphold the tradition of an early morning jump from the cliffs.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort, Maldives
Conrad Maldives was recently voted the best resort in the Maldives – and for good reason.
The beautiful Maldives are home to whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, turtles and a coral reef. If you’re into cheese – they have 101 varieties along with 20,000 wines to pair. If you’re lucky enough, you can even doze off inside the world’s first underwater bedroom.
Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
Also known as “Igloo Village”, this resort’s thermal glass igloos offer unbeatable views of the Northern Lights.
Nestled in the wilderness, near Finland’s Urho Kekkonen National Park, Kakslauttanen lacks any light pollution, revealing millions of stars every night. Temperatures outside the igloos can reach -22° fahrenheit, but the rooms designed for two are so energy efficient that you’ll stay warm and toasty.
Hotel de Glace, Canada
Hotel de Glace is built entirely from ice and snow, which melts during the summer and is rebuilt entirely in time for the winter.
This massive project takes place ten minutes from downtown Quebec. From January to March each year, the ice hotel plays host to awe-inspiring weddings in the ice chapel. If you’re not in the mood for marriage, you’ll be able to buy a drink at the bar or rent a frozen bed.
Manta Resort, Zanzibar
This amazing hotel room floats off of Pemba Island, anchored above a beautiful coral reef.
The three story building offers mesmerizing views from above and below sea level, with the bedroom submerged for incredible morning views. With all the amenities of a traditional hotel, you’ll be living the life of luxury 273 yards from the coastline – just far enough to escape the noise of civilization.
Ashford Castle Hotel, Ireland
The word “regal” doesn’t do Ashford Castle justice.
Built in 1228, the castle was previously owned by the Guinness family. It now features a golf course, clay pigeon ranges, health spas, and pretty much all the amenities necessary to live like a genuine Lord.
Treehouse Point Hotel, Seattle
Where better to relive your childhood than in a treehouse?
Pete Nelson has loved treehouses since he was young. So much so that he built a holiday resort consisting of six treehouses in Washington state. Suspended above the forest floor, Treehouse Point gives you a unique once-in-a-lifetime camping experience.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort, Thailand
Want to partake in some elephant yoga? Who wouldn’t?! This amazing resort offers you the chance to live in luxury while surrounded by majestic elephants.
Some people are hesitant to support domesticated elephants, but the animals at the Golden Triangle are loved and incredibly cared for. And they better be, because apart from the amazing pool, they’re the main attraction. Whether you take part in a sunset elephant trek to a private hilltop or spend a day learning to drive an elephant, it’s a unique opportunity to bond with the massive mammals.
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Not wanting to be outdone, Giraffe Manor, 12 miles outside of Nairobi, offers you the chance to bond with the second most elegant animals on the planet.
This manor, set in 140 acres of forest, was set up as a breeding center by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. Now, it has evolved to operate conservation and educational programs for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and a host of other animals – including warthogs – that call the grounds home. It’s an amazing place to stay if you don’t mind the nosy neighbours.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
Jade Mountain is a series of platforms built on a cliff which overlooks the Piti and Gros Piton mountains and the Caribbean ocean.
You can expect large, open-planned bedrooms and living spaces, along with an extravagant infinity pool perched above the 600 acre beachfront.
Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora, the most famous of the French Polynesian islands, is home to overwater bungalows surrounded by islets, coral reefs, and lagoons.
Along with stunning views of the South Pacific, and weather to match, Four Seasons Bora Bora is surrounded by natural beauty. Spas, fitness centers, islands for young adults and kids, as well as pools make this gorgeous island perfect for a family getaway.
Viceroy Hotel, Bali
Standing in Bali’s “Valley of Kings,” the Viceroy consists of a number of luxury pool villas.
Balinese royalty once resided in surrounding villages and after visiting the Viceroy, you’ll feel like royalty, too. The villas are surrounded absolutely stunning tropical surroundings, including quaint villages, valley top pools and a library.
Kolarbyn Eco Lodge, Sweden
If you love nature, Kolarbyn is about as close as you can get while maintaining a level of comfort.
When you leave your hut after a good nights sleep, you’ll breathe in fresh air like none you’ve had before. Built in woodlands, two hours from Stockholm, the Eco Lodge is about as close as you can get to nature.
Gamirasu Cave Hotel,Turkey
The caves near Urgup and their beautiful surroundings have been used as monastic retreats since the Byzantine era.
In 1999, part of Ayvali village was lovingly restored and its 33 cave rooms and amazing view were opened to tourists. Some parts of the hotel, including the kitchen and dining hall, have been in use since the 11th century. Newer additions, like the heated pool, have been recreated in the ancient style to maintain the spiritual feeling of the area.
Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland
If there’s one thing that you’ll find on Mount Bürgenstock, it’s breathtaking scenery.
The villa, located in the middle of pretty much nowhere, has been open since 1905. Amenities include a pool with unbeatable views of the valley, a private cinema, a golf course, and a playroom for the children, so you can enjoy the spa.
Kolarbyn Eco Lodge, Sweden
Aescher is a quaint hotel high in Appenzellerland mountains. So high, in fact, that you have to hike or get a cable car to reach it.
There’s no doubt that it’s worth the effort. Aescher is the gem of an already beautiful country. Amenities may be basic, but the food is hearty and the nearby trails lead to exhilarating hikes and climbs.
First World Hotel, Malaysia
The First World Hotel lives up to its name by being supersized to the extreme with over 6,000 rooms.
The hotel features over 500,000 sq feet of indoor theme parks, shopping centers, food courts and a casino.
Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico
Quinta Real Zacatecas is a luxury hotel converted from a bull ring.
Combining the luxury of an all inclusive hotel with the splendour of colonial architecture, The Plaza offers an unforgettable Spanish experience. With rooms overlooking the central plaza, stone and wooden arched beds, and traditional cuisine, it’s a fascinating clash of yesterday and today.
The Aurora Express, Alaska, USA
The Aurora Express is a repurposed twentieth century train, which now acts as a moving bed and breakfast.
In 1994, Mike and Sue Wilson paid $2 for two traincarts, which they had to move themselves. Now, the train sits on 700 feet of railroad track overlooking Fairbanks and the Tanana Valley and has grown to eight passenger carts.
(AquaDom Aquarium) Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin Germany
The Radisson Blu Hotel plays host to the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium, which surrounds the main elevator.
The aquarium is home to more than 1500 tropical fish which cover over 50 different species. At more than 80 feet tall, the aquarium circulates one million liters of water every hour and requires a team of divers to maintain. The best thing? You can see the AquaDom from your room.
Hotel Moulin de Roc, France
Moulin de Roc was once a French mill in Dordogne, but now it has been refurbished into an amazingly quaint hotel.
The Michelin Star restaurant at the old mill produces some of the best food around, whether you want to dine in the restaurant or in the open air, you’re guaranteed a great view of the river while you eat.
Taj Lake Palace, India
Floating on Lake Pichola is the seemingly out-of-place marble Taj Lake Palace.
With a backdrop of the Aravalli Mountains and the Rajasthan city palaces, the floating palace has an unbelievable view as well as location. The King was seemingly impressed by the decoration when he held court at the palace in the 1930’s.
Hotel Parador de Ronda, Spain
On the edge of the 400-foot-deep Ronda Gorge is a hotel with an amazing view.
The former city center, Parador de Ronda, is only a stones throw away from the beautiful chasm, which can be seen from the hotel room.
Huvafen Fushi Resort, Maldives
“Huvafen Fushi” translates locally to “dream isle,” what better place to visit than this small isolated island in the Maldives?
This beautiful private island is just 30 minutes away from an International Airport by luxury speedboat. The grand bungalows have an astounding view of the world’s first underwater spa, as well as private pools. With plenty of room for water sports, it’d be impossible to get bored on this holiday.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
As the world’s tallest hotel, the Burj Al Arab dominates the Dubai skyline – and that’s saying a lot.
A common myth suggest that the Burj Al Arab is so extravagant, that it has a seven-star rating. While the maximum is five-star, the fleet of white Rolls Royces and chauffeurs would suggest otherwise. Inside the foyer is a laser fountain that leads you to a room with a view.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands is a massive hotel formed of three skyscrapers which dominate the surrounding area.
An infinity pool on the roof of the hotel is 57 stories above the ground, offering the most spectacular views of the Singapore skyline. Go down a few levels, and you’ll find an entertainment centre, shops, casinos, galleries and restaurants — all built into the hotel. There are so many attractions in fact, the place has its own canal system.
Kempinski Hotel, Egypt
On the eastern shore of the Red Sea you can find Soma Bay, a luxury beach-side hotel.
The amazing weather of Egypt allows for endless leisure activities, whether they be on the private beach or diving center. For history lovers, the Roman ruins of Mons Porphyrites and Mons Claudianus as well as the Fortress of El-Quseir are nearby.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
The hotel, which is amazing to visit in all seasons, has been providing unsurpassed service for more than 125 years. You’ll never be short of things to do, with world renowned ski slopes, golf courses, museums, galleries and hot springs only a few steps away.
Banff Springs is known as Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies.” Surrounded by National Park, enchanting lakes and pristine wilderness, it earns the prestigious title.
Hotel Staubbach, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Hotel Staubbach in the village of Lauterbrunnen is an amazing stepping stone into the Alps
Lauterbrunnen is the epitome of Swiss beauty. The nearby train station offers quick access to the amazing activities and breathtaking natural beauty that the Alps have to offer. Only a few steps away from the century old hotel are the amazing Lauterbrunnen falls.