9 luxurious hotels you won't want to leave
These are our favourite places to be seen, attracting celebrities and royalty; oozing the wow factor with out-of-this-world dining, experiences and service to match!
A distinctive sail-shaped figure, from the moment you step into the luxurious atrium, you are sure to be blown away by the sheer opulence of the hotel – from the enchanting fountains and glass walls filled with marine creatures, to the 24-carat gold iPads that act as your personal virtual concierge service – welcome to Burj Al Arab, an icon of modern Dubai. What's more, enjoy a multitude of luxury additions including a 24-hour butler service, 21-inch iMac and optional in-suite breakfast - setting this hotel apart from the rest.
The opulent villas at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa are so beautiful, especially at night, when your villa’s garden and private pool are lit by ornate, glowing lanterns. The villas are huge, each with a daybed and sofa in your outdoor living space. Not to mention, that the food here is top notch haute cuisine – even a Masterchef winner has her own cooking school here! Your 24-hour butler can arrange an in-villa barbecue, rose petal bath, treatment at the award-winning spa or even a drive around the island in the hotel’s own Rolls Royce Phantom.
Six Senses Zighy Bay is a two-hour drive-from Dubai and couldn’t be more different. Remote, with a secluded beach and the rugged beauty of towering mountains – you can paraglide down from the peak if you’re feeling inclined. The emphasis here is about wellbeing, a slower pace and unsurpassed eco-luxury. The villas are astounding, each with its own infinity pool, outdoor dining suite and wine cellar; the Six Senses Spa is renowned; and we love the Shua Shack Bedouin dining experience, with cuisine prepared in an underground oven.
Awards, awards and more awards tell you that Jade Mountain in Saint Lucia is one of the best places to stay in the Caribbean. So much so that it’s not unusual for guests to stay in their room for the whole stay. Wondering why? The Star Sanctuary Suites have a wall missing and instead an infinity pool that merges with astounding, lofty views over the Piton mountains. Couple with a few days at Anse Chastanet nearby to make it an affordable splurge.
In a spectacular setting right in the heart of the city, Banyan Tree Bangkok is a true oasis of stylish service and serenity. Soaring over the heart of this energetic city, the Banyan Tree Bangkok is renowned for its array of fine restaurants. Dine by candlelight at Vertigo – an al fresco rooftop restaurant with spectacular views and you'll enjoy one of the most memorable dining experiences you are ever likely to have. During the day, relax at the Banyan Tree Spa which offers one of Bangkok’s most luxurious spa experiences, with 16 treatment rooms located high above the bustling streets - perfect for rejuvenating massages.
Conrad Maldives boasts the Maldives’ most iconic restaurant. Venture 16 feet below the ocean to dine at one of the world’s most extraordinary venues, with 180° views of marine life through its glass walls and arched glass roof. Topped off with gourmet Maldivian-Western fusion set menus and Champagne cocktails, beautiful Ithaa is unique and a little surreal. On Rangali Island, tranquillity and privacy are the order of the day – there’s a chic adults-only ‘quiet zone’ with infinity pool and tented lounge bar. Sunset Water Villas even have their own private area of the lagoon and a master bedroom with revolving bed. All water villa guests receive daily complimentary cocktails.
This world-class safari retreat is tucked away among the dunes on a deserted beach, just 15-minutes from Yala National Park. As far as Sri Lankan safari retreats go; this is by far the most luxurious. Head out on a personalised safari with an expert ranger to spot wild elephants, crocodiles or Yala’s elusive leopards, enjoy exceptional dining at the cosy open-air restaurant and wind down with a blissful treatment in the spa. However, you could be forgiven for never wanting to leave the romantic sanctuary of your room – each of the 14 impeccably designed cabins are nestled in the sand dunes and have a huge outdoor deck and private plunge pool.
Sandy Lane is the most iconic hotel in the Caribbean and has been the go-to retreat for celebrities and royalty since 1961. The super spacious rooms are the epitome of elegance with homely touches; and the golf is a real draw here, offering some of the best courses in the world, including a golf course exclusive to Sandy Lane guests. If golf isn't for you, then you can always take a dip in the stunning spa pool.
Emulating the pioneering spirit of early explorers, Roving Bushtops is unfenced and semi-permanent, with wheels allowing it to move if wildlife patterns should change. The eight luxurious and contemporary tents have butler service, as well as canvas walls that can be opened on three sides during the day for panoramic views. A la carte dining can be served in the privacy of your own tent or under the stars and exceptional service comes as standard. Roving Bushtops also allocates its guests a private 4x4 land cruiser vehicle for all game drives, meaning you’re in total control of where and when you want to head out on safari.