The most beautiful stays to put on your bucket list…
Travelling in 2024? Here Are the 10 Best Hotels in the World
The most beautiful stays to put on your bucket list…
As we head towards the end of the year, many of us are beginning to plan (or dream of) a holiday for 2024. Typically, when we first think of where we want to go on vacation, the deciding factor usually boils down to the city itself, rather than the accommodation. But when we look at the most luxurious hotels, namely those crowned by The World's 50 Best, you're almost certain to be convinced to travel somewhere for the hotel alone – and for very good reason.
From a breathtaking island resort to a romantic Italian villa, these are officially the 10 best hotels in the world to add to your bucket list.
1. Passalacqua, Lake Como
This beguiling 18th-century villa on Lake Como is everything you'd hope for from the best hotel in the world. It boasts the very best of luxury Italian acccommodation in 24 baroque-style rooms, impeccable terraced gardens, and uninterrupted lake views. Sit poolside with a chilled prosecco in hand or bask in the glorious interiors which feature original Murano glass chandeliers, gilded mirrors, 19th-century portraits, and lacquered antique tables. To take things to a higher level, there are also complimentary daily activities from flower arranging courses to gelato-making classes. You'll be living la dolce vita.
2. Rosewood, Hong Kong
Positioned on the Kowloon waterfront, this ultra-stylish hotel exudes contemporary design in spades. Outfitted with luxurious marble-clad bathrooms, a dreamy infinity pool, and artworks by Damien Hirst and Joe Bradle, this 64-storey hotel offers high-class accommodation for the design savvy traveller. There are an impressive 11 restaurants within the hotel so you're spoilt for choice when it comes to food options.
3. Four Seasons, Bangkok at Chao Phraya River
The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is renowned for its opulent and well-appointed guest rooms and suites, and the contemporary Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River outpost has been positioned as the most impressive offering of them all. Described as a "design-savvy urban retreat", this sleek stay offers riverside luxury with 299 airy rooms and suites swathed in chic neutral tones. There's an abundance of green outdoor spaces and an expansive pool so you can luxuriate outdoors if you're keen for a change of scenery from the amazing skyline views. And if you're looking to completely unwind, the Urban Wellness Centre gives any luxury hotel a run for its money.
4. The Upper House, Hong Kong
Understated luxury abounds in this Hong Kong retreat. The brutalist facade belies calming, contemporary interiors that utilise natural materials such as bamboo, timber, and limestone. The minimalist and generously-sized rooms make for a lovely reprieve from the bustling Hong Kong city life which can be admired from up high. The Mediterranean-inspired Salisterra restaurant is a favourite for locals so make sure you snag a booking!
5. Aman, Tokyo
Another breathtaking hotel which offers peace and quiet from busy city life is Aman Tokyo. The best of modern Japanese design is showcased here with washi paper sliding doors, tatami rolls, and monochrome calligraphy scrolls adorning the walls. The pared-back rooms are huge, even by Tokyo standards, overlooking the Imperial Palace complex and, on a clear day, Mount Fuji. The most dreamy spot to admire these views is from your own luxurious soaking tub. There's a sleek pool on the 34th level which overlooks the city, yoga and pilates studios, Japanese baths, and steam rooms.
6. La Mamounia, Marrakech
This palatial beauty has long been considered one of the best hotels in the world. Evoking the same dreamy mood as a Moroccan palace, La Mamounia showcases Moorish opulence to perfection with an abundance of mosaic tiles, lavish gardens, and ornate riads. They go above and beyond with the extra touches at this hotspot; hot towels, orange blossom-infused milk and dates upon arrival, in-room roses, spiced cakes, and bowls of fruit.
7. Soneva Fushi, Maldives
You’ll bathe in the beauty and serenity of the Maldives from the moment you wake up at Soneva Fushi. Only accessible by a 40-minute seaplane, this is a true oasis away from your 9-5. There is a “no news, no shoes” policy here, to encourage "disconnecting from the stresses of daily life and reconnecting with the earth with the sand between your toes." The 53 villas are either ensconced with tropical vegetation or perched on the turquoise water. The resort grows much of its own produce, so there's fresh food aplenty. The island life is calling!
8. One&Only Mandarina, Mexico
Nestled on the edge of the lush Rivera Nayari coastal rainforest, One&Only Mandarina is the luxurious hideaway of our dreams. Every contemporary villa and tree house has its own private plunge pool and comes with spectacular views of the jungle canopy or the Pacific Ocean. Guests also have their own dedicated butler and can indulge in any of the four open-air restaurants and the treetop bar overlooking the ocean. It doesn't get much better than that.
9. Four Seasons Firenze, Italy
A beautifully restored 15th-century Medici palace. That's all we needed to hear to want to stay at this arresting hotel. Tucked away in the Gherardesca gardens, Four Seasons Firenze take guests back to The Renaissance with period furnishings, statues, and original frescos. And much like the city itself, this Four Seasons hotel is filled with Italian art.
10. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok's first hotel gives newer stays in the city a run for their money. Since 1876 this establishment has delighted guests as a historic institution. And having undergone a major renovation, the property now shines brighter than ever exuding Thai design fused with modern inspiration. There's 24-hour butler service to all rooms, electronic Japanese toilets, silk kimonos, and river views. And look, if Stanley Tucci has stayed here, we'll happily oblige as well.
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