Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes

Luxury hotels are more than a place to stay; they offer some of the world’s most unique experiences from stays in historic castles to private islands, all backed by exquisite dining, impeccable services, and the most opulent bedrooms. Whether you prefer a city escape or a jungle retreat, here are 10 of the best luxury hotels in the world.

1. Ashford Castle, Mayo, Ireland

Ashford Castle Ireland

Ashford Castle Ireland

Staying at Ashford Castle in County Mayo is like stepping into a living fairy tale. This 800-year-old castle has been transformed into one of the best luxury hotels in the world. 

Its rich history still lives in its walls, with medieval towers, sweeping staircases, grand fireplaces, and ancient portraits. The estate sits on the shores of Lough Corrib, against a backdrop of woodlands, gardens, and the rugged Connemara landscape.

Ashford Castle’s rooms and suites, and a hideaway cottage, are each uniquely designed with bespoke period furniture, original artwork and modern amenities, with stunning views of the lake and the estate.

There are several distinct dining options. George V Dining Room, named after the king who visited in 1905, offers fine dining with local produce, while Dungeon and Cullen’s at the Cottage provides traditional Irish cuisine. Afternoon tea at Ashford Castle is an institution, served in the Connaught Room with views of the manicured gardens.

There’s also plenty of fascinating activities. The castle is renowned for its falconry school, the oldest of its kind in Ireland, where guests can learn to handle Harris hawks. You can also go horseback riding, fishing on Lough Corrib, golfing on the castle’s 9-hole course, clay shooting, and bike riding.

You can’t miss the award-winning five-star spa. It’s a relaxation sanctuary with a range of treatments inspired by ancient rituals, using organic Irish products. The spa includes a relaxation pool, steam room, and a beautiful terrace.

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2. Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, France

Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes

Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes

Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc has been an epitome of Riviera luxury since 1870. Nestled on the southern tip of the Cap d’Antibes within a forested park overlooking the Mediterranean, this iconic hotel is a sanctuary for celebrities, artists, and discerning travelers seeking privacy and pampering in one of the most picturesque settings on the French Riviera.

The hotel’s rooms, suites, and villas are thoughtfully designed to maximize comfort while offering stunning views of the sea, the lush gardens, or the pine forest that envelops the property. The private villas offer an added layer of exclusivity and luxury, featuring private pools and gardens for a truly secluded retreat.

Dining at Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc is an experience in itself, with several restaurants and bars that cater to varied tastes and occasions. The Eden-Roc Restaurant stands out for its exquisite cuisine and panoramic views of the Lérins Islands, while the hotel’s chic Bar Bellini and the Juice & Ice Cream Bar provide perfect spots for leisurely drinks or refreshing treats in a stunning setting.

The heated infinity pool overlooks the Mediterranean, carved into the rock just above sea level. For wellness and relaxation, head to the beautiful Eden-Roc Spa, or try tennis, yoga, and watersports.  The concierge can also arrange for private yacht charters, helicopter tours, and personalized itineraries to discover the hidden gems of the French Riviera.

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3. Hotel das Cataratas, A Belmond Hotel, Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Hotel das Cataratas, Iguazu Falls

Hotel das Cataratas, Iguazu Falls

As the only hotel within Brazil’s Iguazu National Park, the luxurious Hotel das Cataratas offers unmatched access to the Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders. 

Elegant rooms and suites blend colonial charm with luxurious comfort, offering views of the falls or the lush hotel gardens. The interiors are beautifully decorated with traditional Portuguese fabrics and tropical designs, reflecting the vibrant spirit of the surroundings.

The dining experiences are also designed to match the splendor of its location. Itaipu Restaurant offers a fine dining experience showcasing the best of Brazilian cuisine, with fresh, local ingredients. For a more casual setting, the Ipê Grill features a sumptuous buffet with views of the pool and gardens.

The true allure of Hotel das Cataratas comes from its proximity to the Iguazu Falls. Guests have the unique opportunity to explore the falls at their own pace, especially in the serene moments of early morning and late evening when the park is closed to the general public. The hotel also arranges exclusive tours and activities, including helicopter rides over the falls, boat trips to get up close to the cascading waters, and jungle treks to discover the rich flora and fauna of the national park.

After a day of exploration, guests can retreat to the hotel’s spa, with a range of treatments inspired by ancient Brazilian traditions, along with a sauna, outdoor pool and relaxation room amidst the sounds of nature.

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4. Soneva Fushi Maldives

Soneva Fushi Maldives

Soneva Fushi Maldives

With its “no news, no shoes” philosophy, staying at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives offers the ultimate barefoot luxury experience. Set amidst the extraordinary Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the resort is a paradise for those seeking a sustainable luxury escape in a beautiful and intimate setting. 

The villas at Soneva Fushi are crafted to blend into the island’s lush surroundings, nestled in the jungle or perched over the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Built from sustainable materials, each villa features private pools, open-air bathrooms, ocean views and direct access to the private beach. Some villas boast features like retractable roofs for stargazing, outdoor showers, and even private water slides into the waters below.

From treetop dining experiences to beachside barbecues under the stars, the resort offers a range of settings to enjoy gourmet cuisine. The resort’s own organic gardens supply fresh produce for its kitchens. Guests can also enjoy special dining experiences such as the Astronomical Dinner Cruise and the Desert Island Picnic.

Soneva Fushi offers a comprehensive wellness program including spa treatments, yoga, and meditation sessions, and there’s a ton of activities from snorkeling and diving in the vibrant coral reefs to dolphin cruises and surfing. On land, guests can enjoy the outdoor cinema, stargazing observatory, and The Den, a state-of-the-art children’s zone, ensuring that there’s something for every age and interest.

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5. Passalacqua, Moltrasio, Lake Como, Italy

Passalacqua, Moltrasio, Lake Como, Italy

Passalacqua, Moltrasio, Lake Como, Italy

As one of the world’s best luxury hotels, Passalacqua in Lake Como offers an immersion into Italian luxury and historical elegance. This magical villa, dating back to the 18th century, was once a private residence belonging to the noble Passalacqua family. It has hosted a variety of distinguished guests through the ages, including the composer Vincenzo Bellini.

Nestled in the picturesque village of Moltrasio, Passalacqua boasts an idyllic setting with stunning views over Lake Como. Guests can choose from exquisite rooms and suites within the main villa, each adorned with period furnishings, luxurious fabrics, and original artworks. For those seeking more privacy, the hotel also has private accommodations in its beautifully restored outbuildings, each with its unique character.

Dining at Passalacqua is a celebration of Italian cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and traditional recipes presented with a modern twist. The villa’s restaurants and alfresco dining terraces dish up breathtaking views of Lake Como, making every meal a memorable experience. 

The hotel’s extensive grounds ensure guests have plenty to enjoy without ever leaving the estate. The property features beautifully manicured gardens, an outdoor swimming pool with panoramic lake views, and a private dock for boat tours on Lake Como.

For relaxation, the wellness center has a range of spa treatments and massages. Guests can also take part in cooking classes to learn the secrets of Italian cuisine, enjoy wine tastings, or explore the picturesque surroundings with a guided tour of the lake’s historic villas and gardens.

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6. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, United States

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, USA

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, USA

Set in the vibrant French Quarter in the historic 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building on Canal Street, The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans captures the essence of the city’s spirit and charm while offering a luxury oasis. 

With elegant furnishings, sumptuous bedding, and spacious marble bathroom, the hotel has an opulent atmosphere. Many rooms come with beautiful views of the city or the hotel’s tranquil courtyard. For an elevated experience, the Club Level rooms provide additional amenities and exclusive access to the Club Lounge, with complimentary food and beverages throughout the day.

The hotel’s restaurants and bars showcase the best of local flavors, with the signature restaurant, M Bistro, serving farm-to-table dining with dishes inspired by the rich culinary traditions of Louisiana. The Davenport Lounge, named after the famed jazz musician Jeremy Davenport, is the perfect spot to enjoy live jazz music and creative cocktails.

The Ritz is home to one of the largest and most luxurious spas in New Orleans, with treatments inspired by local traditions and ingredients, including the famous Voodoo Ritual and the Southern Ceremony. The spa also features a fitness center, sauna, and steam room.

The staff go out of their way to ensure every guest feels welcomed and pampered, offering personalized service and tailored experiences. Whether it’s arranging a surprise birthday celebration, securing reservations at the most sought-after restaurants, or providing insider tips for exploring the city, the team is dedicated to making each stay unforgettable.

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7. Claridge’s, London, United Kingdom

Claridge's, London

Claridge's, London

Set in the prestigious Mayfair neighborhood and known as an “annexe to Buckingham Palace,” Claridge’s in London has long been a favorite of royalty and celebrities since the 1850s. With its Art Deco elegance, Victorian architecture, Michelin-starred dining, and impeccable service, Claridge’s is a grand hotel offering an intimate and quintessentially English experience. 

The rooms and suites are designed by renowned names such as Diane von Furstenberg and David Linley, and include spacious living rooms, lavish bedrooms, and stunning views of Mayfair. 

Dining at Claridge’s is a culinary journey. The Foyer & Reading Room serves as the heart of the hotel, offering an elegant setting for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. The famed Claridge’s afternoon tea is a classic British experience, featuring a selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and a variety of pastries and teas. In the evening, head to Michelin-starred Davies and Brook, led by Chef Daniel Humm, for a modern fine dining experience with dishes that are both innovative and rooted in tradition.

For further relaxation, visit the state-of-the-art fitness center, or enjoy spa treatments in the comfort of your room.

The service at Claridge’s is legendary, characterized by its discretion, efficiency, and warmth. Whether it’s arranging tickets to a sold-out show to organising a private behind-the-scenes tour of London’s landmarks, the team at Claridge’s strives to make every guest feel like royalty.

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8. Aman Tokyo, Japan

Aman Tokyo

Aman Tokyo

Staying at Aman Tokyo offers a serene and luxurious retreat amidst the bustling energy of Japan’s capital city. Located in the prestigious Otemachi district, Aman Tokyo occupies the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower. Its panoramic views spread across the Tokyo skyline and the Imperial Palace Gardens and Mount Fuji on clear days. 

The rooms and suites at Aman Tokyo are a testament to minimalist luxury. Each room features spacious layouts, high ceilings, and large windows that frame the stunning city views. The decor includes traditional Japanese elements such as washi paper, wood, and stone, creating a soothing ambiance. The expansive bathrooms come complete with deep soaking tubs.

Aman Tokyo offers a variety of dining experiences that celebrate Japan’s culinary heritage while incorporating international flavors. The Restaurant by Aman specializes in Italian cuisine, with a focus on seasonal ingredients sourced from across Japan. The Lounge by Aman provides a stunning setting for afternoon tea, light meals, and evening cocktails. There’s also a Japanese restaurant that serves exquisite local dishes.

The Aman Spa is a peaceful haven, with a large indoor pool overlooking the city through floor to ceiling windows. There’s a fully equipped fitness center, steam rooms, traditional Japanese hot baths, and treatment rooms offering a variety of therapies and treatments inspired by Japanese traditions. You can also enjoy in-room spa experiences.

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9. Hotel D’Angleterre, Geneva, Switzerland

Hotel D’Angleterre, Geneva, Switzerland

Hotel D’Angleterre, Geneva, Switzerland

Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva across from the famous Jet d’Eau and Mont Blanc, Hotel D’Angleterre is the perfect blend of luxury and Swiss hospitality.  

Each of the 45 rooms and suites are uniquely adorned with luxurious fabrics, antique furnishings, and beautiful views. You can choose from distinct rooms from the elegant Suite Leopard to the serene Suite Leman. 

The dining experience at Hotel D’Angleterre is headlined by the Windows Restaurant, with spectacular views. The menu features international cuisine with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients. You can also visit the Leopard Bar. With its intimate atmosphere and live music, it’s perfect for enjoying a fine wine, rare whiskey, or signature cocktail.

The hallmark of a stay at Hotel D’Angleterre is the impeccable service and personalized attention to detail. The staff goes above and beyond to meet your needs, from arranging bespoke city tours to special in-room dining experiences.

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10. Rosewood Hong Kong

Rosewood Hong Kong

Rosewood Hong Kong

Rosewood Hong Kong is the epitome of ultra-luxury hospitality, set in the heart of the vibrant Victoria Dockside arts and culture district on the Kowloon waterfront. You’ll get breathtaking views of Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong skyline – an impressive backdrop to match the remarkable service and amenities. 

The hotel features 413 rooms, suites, and unique residences, each designed with meticulous attention to detail and spectacular views. Culinary experiences are diverse and exquisite, ranging from sophisticated fine dining to casual elegance. The hotel houses eight restaurants and lounges, each presenting unique flavors and concepts. 

Notable establishments include The Legacy House, offering exceptional Chinese cuisine with a focus on Shunde dishes. Holt’s Café provides a contemporary take on Hong Kong’s traditional cha chaan teng culture. The Butterfly Room is famed for its afternoon tea, with artisan pastries and teas in a stunning setting.

Rosewood’s Asaya wellness center is an urban sanctuary with fitness facilities and a swimming pool. You can also enjoy a range of personalised treatments and programs, from spa treatments to fitness sessions.

The hotel’s location puts you on the doorstep of iconic art galleries, museums, shopping and entertainment. Rosewood’s concierge team is adept at crafting itineraries that explore the city’s best-kept secrets.

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