Hotels around the world have become not only places of accommodation for travellers but as destinations in their own right. Now, it’s not just enough to have cosy rooms and amenities such as pools and gyms—there must be something that makes a hotel or resort stand out.
Travellers from all over the world have contributed to thousands of reviews on hotels, helping travel websites and magazines come up with list of the best hotels on the planet. These hotels are ranked based on location, rooms, service quality, food, amenities and overall value for money. If you’re keen on experiencing them yourself, get booking! Pro tip: check for discount coupons that will give you big savings on your accommodation expenses.
Here are the top 10 hotels around the world you will surely enjoy staying in.
Triple Creek Ranch
Nestled in the mountains of western Montana in the United States, this all-inclusive luxury ranch takes the top spot in many lists because of its picturesque location and exceptional service. Guests stay in upscale log cabins with wood-burning fireplaces and hot tubs. The hotel also offers a number of activities for every interest, whether it’s a horseback riding, a scenic hike in the lush mountain, a game of tennis or a wine tasting session—no wonder it’s often described as a Montana hideaway!
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
When you hear or see the world palace, another word that often comes to mind is grand, and it would be true in the case of the Gresham Palace, located at the Szechenyi Square in Budapest. First constructed in 1906 in the art nouveau style, this hotel exudes luxury in every corner with its mosaic tiles, crystal chandeliers and stained-glass windows.
Stately and spacious suites await guests looking to explore Budapest’s most impressive landmarks, such as the Chain Bridge, St. Stephen’s Basilica and Buda Castle. Travellers recommend getting a room that faces the river Danube for the greatest sensory impact.
Southern Ocean Lodge
For another sojourn in nature’s finest, go Down Under to Australia’s Kangaroo Island, where you can stay in one of Southern Ocean Lodge’s 21 suites filled with works by local artisans. The suites feature an outdoor terrace and limestone floors. The cool breeze circulates in the suites, making air conditioning unnecessary. One of the highlights is the Osprey Pavilion suite, which has a private pool and walls made of glass.
For amazing views of the Windy City’s skyline and the Chicago River, book a room at The Langham in Illinois, which offers floor-to-ceiling windows. Take a dip at the world-class pool at the hotel’s Chuan Spa and you’ll never want to leave. The hotel, which is housed in a skyscraper of architect Mies van der Rohe’s design, is fairly new: it was only opened in July 2013 yet it has already become a favourite among travellers because of its exceptional service. The Langham also offers a fitness centre, butler service and a private club.
India has never failed to amaze travellers around the world because of its rich culture, astounding architecture, flavourful food and enchanting wildlife. The 50-acre Oberoi Udaivilas has its own island in Udaipur, India. To get there, you take a short trip across Lake Pichola on a private boat. The hotel features outdoor corridors that let guests enjoy the view of the lake as well as room designs inspired by the Mewar culture of India.
Marvel at the estate’s fountains and gardens, watch the sunset from your own private pool, explore the 18-century Bada Mahal palace and see if you can spot the island’s wild boars from your private terrace—it’s all up to you.
Taj Lake Palace
Another must-visit hotel in Udaipur is the Taj Lake Palace, a massive marble structure that sits on its own island on the same lake as the Oberoi Udaivilas. At nearly 270 years old, the structure is nothing short of amazing—stunning mosaics, colourful silks and vibrant frescoes come as standard, with each of the 17 luxury suites and 66 rooms offering a view of the lake. The hotel also offers guests a chance to take a tour around the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary.
Singita Sabi Sand
For a taste of the African wilderness, make your choice the Singita Sabi Sand game reserve, located in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The property comprises of three lodges, named Ebony, Castleton and Boulders, all of which feature interiors by African designers. The Ebony lodge offers a view of the Sand River, where you can see elephants enjoying a bath. Book a safari to enjoy everything the park has to offer.
Londolozi Game Reserve
Another top destination in the Kruger National Park is the Londolozi Game Reserve, where you can choose from 12 suites and 32 rooms divided among five lodges. The reserve is popular among travellers who want to see leopards in the wild. You can also learn about local culture and get to see how the property helps the community in terms of livelihood and education by reserving a spot for the Four Pillars of Hope tour.
Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens
There are 16 exclusive villas in this resort, located in the Arenal Volcano National Park in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Each villa has its own private plunge pool, which is filled by spring waters from the nearby Arenal Volcano. Guests can go on an adventure on a guided tour of the Costa Rican jungle and relax in a hammock after a well-deserved massage at the hotel’s spa.
Another hotel that offers stunning views of the beach is the aptly named Ocean House, located at Rhode Island in the United States. First established in 1868, this Victorian structure was renovated into a luxe hotel that offers private villas alongside glamorous guest rooms. Ocean House is what you can call a classic New England resort, featuring well-manicured croquet lawns, a private beach and custom-made furnishings. Choose from 18 suites and 49 guest rooms and enjoy a cocktail by the hotel’s terrace while being serenaded by the waves.