When you think of the World’s best vacation locations you may imagine cities like Paris or New York, but there are a few hotel properties that serve as amazing destinations of their own. From luxurious to rugged, these hotels offer some of the greatest travel experiences on the planet. If you’ve ever dreamed of sleeping in a Medieval castle in Europe, beneath the Northern Lights, in a luxury tree house, or even and under water hotel in the ocean, you can actually do any of those things! Some of the coolest hotels even take it to another level with giraffes as breakfast guests, elephants as taxis, and butlers to heed your every need. Many of the properties are actually affordable, while others cost a small fortune, but either way you will live like a King. Hope you enjoy our top ten list of the coolest hotels in the World!
1. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
Costing approximately $3 billion to build, Emirates Palace has 394 rooms and suites, 40 meeting and conference rooms, a white sand beach, a myriad of pools and fountains, a sumptuous spa, marble imported from 13 different countries, and over 1,000 crystal chandeliers. It’s like a small pleasure fortress that also boasts the most prestigious marina development in the Middle East. Royalty, or those who want to feel like it, can luxuriate in one of the many palace suites, all with lavish surroundings that would befit a Sultan of old, with enough modern amenities to please today’s top tycoons. Also check out these strange and unusual hotels you’ll want to go out of your way to visit.
2. Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai
Resembling a billowing sail, the stunning architecture of Burj Al Aral Hotel in Dubai makes it one of the most photographed in the world. All rooms are luxurious suites spanning two floors with state-of-the art everything and incredible views. And beyond the unique over-the-top amenities like the attached heliport and hovering tennis courts, there is a vast array of futuristic dining and nightlife options. Their guest care is also seriously intensive. Upscale extras include in-suite check-in, 24/7 personal on-call butlers, and a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce fleet, all catering to an extremely well-heeled VIP clientele that often includes royalty.
Built in tribute to the legendary lost city, Atlantis Paradise Island is a 141-acre waterscape and touted as the premier luxury resort destination in the Bahamas. But it’s their Royal Tower Bridge Suite on the 23rd floor that really pulls out all the swanky stops. It spans ten plush rooms topped by 12-foot ceilings and full-length windows, and includes a grand piano, twin entertainment centers, a formal dining room with a 22-karat gold chandelier, whirlpool tubs, and more… plus a permanent staff of seven to cater to your every whim and fancy.
3. The Westin Excelsior, Rome
Built in 1906, The Westin Excelsior Rome has an impressive pedigree in the Via Veneto district. Though most rooms are affordable, their piece de resistance is the Villa La Cupolla Suite that has recently been “refreshed” with a $7 million renovation. This signature luxury cocoon spans two full floors, making it the largest suite in Italy. Furnished in grand old style with modern high-tech gadgets, hand-fresco-ed cathedral style domes, its own private fitness room, sauna, steam bath, and Jacuzzi, and a formal dining room, it’s a perennial favorite for those who deem money to be no object.
4. The Plaza, New York City
Though the Big Apple has many legendary and swanky hotels, The Plaza is often the top choice for visiting VIPs, especially for its Royal Plaza Suite that boasts the best views of Manhattan. The three-bedroom/three-bathroom suite is styled in the most opulent of old-world charm with a formal dining room, a library, a gymnasium, a grand piano, full kitchen (for personal chefs), and a butler’s pantry, and is serviced by its own private elevator. Butler service is also included. Built in 1907, the iconic structure was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1969.
5. Cotton House Hotel, Barcelona spain
Renowned designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán has worked his theatrical, baroque magic on this neoclassical, 19th-century building, once home to the cotton-makers’ guild. Artfully desilvered floor-to-ceiling mirrors reflect vast sprays of cotton bolls and white sofas, and a majestic 1950s suspended spiral staircase rises from the vestibule. In a year, the Cotton House has set a new benchmark for hotel design and immaculate service. In L’Atelier, a salon lined with bolts of cotton, guests can choose from swatches of super-soft fabric and ask that a tailor measure them up for a shirt. Next door, in the coffered, frescoed library, they can pull up a turquoise armchair by the fire and request a cocktail from a discreet navy-clad waitress. The Batuar restaurant does not disappoint, either, with Catalan-inspired dishes given creative pizzazz and served, in summer, on a colonial-styled terrace shaded by date palms and parasols. Upstairs, a plunge pool and daybeds offer an oasis from which to admire the spires of the Sagrada Família. Double rooms from £175.
6. Four Seasons Hotel Moscow, Russia
A mixture of Stalin-era design, cinematic views and contemporary Western styling have transformed this 21st-century reimagining of the former Hotel Moskva (1935-2004 ) into a world-class wonder. Four Seasons took over the landmark building in 2014 after a multimillion-pound reconstruction, thereby securing one of the most exclusive addresses – between the Kremlin and State Duma – in the city. This proximity to power adds to the illusion of living like a moneyed local, a notion fuelled by shimmering chandeliers, spa treatments that feature flakes of 24-carat gold, and marble-clad corridors that echo to the click of killer heels en route to the low-lit cocktail bar. The sense of hedonism reaches a climax in the Kremlin-facing suites, where the views of Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral make these the ultimate post-clubbing party pads. Double rooms from £213.
7. Finca Cortein Hotel Golf & Spa, Spain
It is all about cool calmness at Finca Cortesín, an Andalusian idyll where jasmine and roses scent the air. In the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja, between Marbella and Sotogrande, this is the Costa del Sol without the glitz but with a lot of understated glamour. Set in a vast estate with one of the best golf courses in Spain and a superb spa, it is actually less than a decade old but looks like a traditional country house, thanks to the renowned interior designer Duarte Pinto Coelho, who sourced antiques from Spain, Portugal, Morocco and beyond. There are 67 suites and villas with four bedrooms, all with plenty of space and peace. From the moment guests arrive, they sense that everything will be taken care of as they sink into a chair in the shade of an ancient olive tree or dive into one of the pools – there are four, including one down at the Beach Club. The Kabuki Raw restaurant has just gained a Michelin star and the Mediterranean cuisine at El Jardín de Lutz deserves one too. Double rooms from £280.
8. Conrad Hilton, Rangila Maldives
Out of all of the amazing hotels in the Maldives, the Conrad Hilton is by far the coolest one. Located on Rangali Island (only a 30 minute seaplane ride from Male), this hotel takes the lagoon experience to the next level. Many of the Hilton’s stilt hut villas are complete with sections of see-through glass flooring, private fresh water pools, and some also have beds that rotate 270 degrees to follow the sunset. For a hefty fee you can even arrange for the property’s Ithaa Restaurant to be converted into a one-of-a-kind underwater hotel room!
In total there are 11 restaurants to choose from at the Conrad Hilton from the underwater Ithaa, to many with perfect sunset views. They even have a 20,000 bottle underwater wine cellar complete with the World’s 101 best cheeses. Throughout your stay you will have amazing Maldives activities waiting at your fingertips. You can dive with manata rays, snorkel with whale sharks, stroll the white sand beaches, look for dolphins, plus get up close and personal with sea turtles and a vibrant coral reef aboard the Nemo Submarine. The submarine can go up to 100 feet below the surface and it gives you a perspective that only brave scuba divers can normally get.