39 Spectacular Hotels That Are Paradise On Earth
If I ever win the lottery, I’ll be on the next flight to every single one of these places. Holy cow.
1 | Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily
High in the hills of Taormina with views of Sicily’s volcanic coastline and Mount Etna, Grand Hotel Timeo is surrounded by ancient architecture and the perfectly blue Mediterranean.
2 | Hotel De L’Europe, Amsterdam
Originally a tower built to defend the city from invaders, Hotel De L’Euope has been occupied since the 17th century. Overlooking the beautiful Amstel River, the hotel is at the very center of historic Amsterdam.
3 | Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong
Occupying the top levels of this massive skyscrapper, the Ritz Carlton is the highest hotel in the world, offering amazing views of the city. It also has the highest pool in the world – 118 floors up.
4 | Lion Sands, South Africa
Lion Sands is a thrilling outdoor, completely uncovered hotel that put you into the wilderness. Its “rooms” must be high up because, surprisingly, it’s also a game reserve – home to lions, elephants, and other animals.
5 | Gritti Palace, Venice, Italy
Dating back to 1475, Gritti Palace is located on the most enchanting stretch of the Grand Canal and opposite the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. The building was once owned by the doge of Venice and to this day, it still offers the unbeatable Venetian style.
6 | Aqua Dome, Austria
This wellness resort is situated 21,000 ft in atop the Alps and surrounded by 100 miles of ski slopes. The hotel offers luxurious spas with hot water drawn from a huge underground thermal spring. Sunsets from the three open top bowl pools are absolutely breathtaking.
7 | The Caves Resort, Jamaica
Built inside the limestone cliffs of Jamaica’s coastline, The Caves put you as close to the Atlantic Ocean as possible. The cliff walls are a veritable museum of ancient fossilized marine life.
8 | Conrad Rangali Island Resort, Maldives
This incredible hotel offers the world’s first completely submerged underwater bedroom. The islands above are home to whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, turtles and vast coral reef.
9 | Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
Thousands flock to this remote location to see the spectacular Northern Lights as they fall asleep. Miles away from the nearest city, this hotel offers a rare, unpolluted view of the starry night sky.
10 | Hotel de Glace, Canada
This ice-sculpted hotel melts each summer and is completely rebuilt every year. From January to March, it plays host to awe-inspiring weddings in the ice chapel.
11 | Ashford Castle Hotel, Ireland
With 800 years of history within its walls, this magnificent castle offers you a rare chance to live like royalty. It has played host to many notable guests, including King George V, Queen May, Prince Edward, and Sir William Wilde.
12 | Treehouse Point Hotel, Seattle
This quaint, hotel was built by a man who fulfilled his childhood dream of living among the trees. Visitors stay in one of six treehouses built atop the trees in the dense Washington forest. Each morning, you are awoken by the song of birds and sunlight peeking through the trees.
13 | Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort, Thailand
This resort is luxurious on the inside, but just beyond its walls are hundreds of South Asian elephants. You can take a sunset elephant trek to a private hilltop or spend a day learning to ride the majestic animals.
14 | Giraffe Manor, Kenya
The Giraffe Manor is set in 140 acres of forest and is home to conservation programs for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe and other animals. Regulars of the grounds enjoy checking in on guests… especially during dinner time!
15 | Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
This hotel is built on a cliff overlooking teal colored mountains in the Caribbean ocean. Bedrooms open up to reveal a spectacular view and an amazing infinity pool perched above the 600 acre beachfront.
16 | Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia
This hotel is built on its own island and is a wildly popular honeymoon destination. Sink your sink into the white-sand beaches, dip into a crystal clear lagoon, and sip champagne while gazing at the expanse of shimmering stars. You can also tour with the hotel’s marine biologist, who will show you all the best spots to see octopus, morey eels, and the most beautiful fish and coral.
17 | Viceroy Hotel, Bali
Balinese royalty once resided in surrounding villages. Standing in the “Valley of Kings,” the Viceroy consists of 25 private pool villas. This secret tropical hideaway is accessed by helicopter and offers some of the best views on earth.
18 | Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland
Built in 1905 in the heart of Switzerland on Mount Bürgenstock, this villa offers once-in-a-lifetime views in both summer and winter.
19 | Aescher, Switzerland
Aescher hotel is so high up on the Appenzellerland mountains that you have to hike or get a cable car to reach it. Amenities are intentionally basic but the food is hearty and the nearby trails lead to exhilarating adventures.
20 | First World Hotel, Malaysia
This hotel lives up to its name by being supersized with over 6,000 rooms. It features 500,000 sq feet of indoor theme parks, shopping centers, food courts and a mega casino.
21 | Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico
Quinta Real Zacatecas is a luxury hotel converted from a historic colonial-era bull ring. With rooms overlooking the central plaza, stone and wooden arched beds, and traditional cuisine, it’s a fascinating clash of yesterday and today.
22 | The Aurora Express, Alaska, USA
This train might be the only Hotel that moves. In 1994, Mike and Sue Wilson paid $2 for two traincarts, which they had to move themselves. Now, the train overlooks the Fairbanks and the Tanana Valley and has grown to eight passenger carts.
23 | Hotel Moulin de Roc, France
In Dordogne, you’ll find an old mill transformed into an amazingly quaint hotel on the banks of a peaceful river. It’s also home to the renowned Michelin Star restaurant, with plenty of outdoor seating.
24 | Taj Lake Palace, India
Floating on Lake Pichola is the enormous marble Taj Lake Palace. The King was so impressed by the decoration and view of the the Aravalli Mountains when he held court there in the 1930’s.
25 | Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin Germany
Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin
The Radisson Blu Hotel hosts the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium, which can be viewed from every room. 50 different species of tropical fish live in the 80 foot tall tank. Over one million liters of water is circulated every hour.
26 | Hotel Parador de Ronda, Spain
The Parador overlooks the 400 foot Tagus gorge next to the ancient bridge that still carries traffic today. Several rooms offer a terrifying balcony view over the steep cliff.
27 | Huvafen Fushi Resort, Maldives
“Huvafen Fushi” translates locally to “dream isle” – this beautiful private island is just 30 minutes away from an International Airport by speedboat. The grand bungalows have an astounding view of the world’s first underwater spa, as well as private pools.
28 | Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Everything in this photo is part of the same $5.7 billion dollar, 581,000 square meter integrated resort. An infinity pool on the roof of this triple-skyscraper 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 center, shops, casinos, galleries and restaurants — all connected to the hotel. The resort is so big that it has its own internal canal system for quick travel.
29 | Kempinski Hotel, Egypt
On the eastern shore of the Red Sea you can find Soma Bay, a wonderful beach-side hotel since 1897. The amazing weather of Egypt allows for endless leisure activities on the private beach or diving center. For history lovers, the ruins of Mons Porphyrites and Mons Claudianus, important Roman quarries, as well as the Fortress of El-Quseir, built by Sultan Selim in 1517, are nearby.
30 | Hotel Staubbach, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Hotel Staubbach in the village of Lauterbrunnen is a beautiful stepping stone into the Alps and its endless adventures. Only a few steps away from the century old hotel are the heavenly Lauterbrunnen falls.
31 | Palazzo Manfredi, Rome, Italy
Originally built by the Evangelisti family in the 17th century, this opulent villa overlooks even older landmarks such as the Colosseum.
32 | Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand
Rated the best hotel in the world by CNN Readers, the lodge is set in 6,000 acres of land on the Pacific coast. An area of that land is used for a championship league golf course.
33 | Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, California
Perched timelessly atop a 150 foot bluff, against cascading views of the Pacific Ocean, the Ritz is tailor-made for travelers who desire the comfort of California luxury.
34 | Le Sirenuse, Italy
Drifting down the cliffs aside the Amalfi Coast, Le Sirenuse has played host to ambassadors, cardinals and archbishops since the 18th century.
35 | Hotel 41, London, United Kingdom
The finest hotel in London and only yards from Buckingham Palace, this street was home to a variety of shops from 1815 onwards. Converted in the 1980s, it was designed in a classic style which overflows traditional with British charm.
36 | Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. For some perspective, it’s twice as tall as the Empire State Building. This monumental structure is home to 9 hotels, 30,000 homes, office buildings, and an observation deck that often soars high above the clouds.
37 | Hotel Firenze, Florence, Italy
Stepping into this Italian hotel is like going back in time. It consists of two renovated renaissance buildings, draped in spectacular art.
38 | St. Regis, Lhasa, Tibet
Standing at 12,000 feet above sea level, the traditionally Tibetan St. Regis hotel offers amazing views of the Potala Palace and Jokhang.
39 | Wickaninnish Inn, Canada
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