A comfortable hotel or resort can make or break your travel experience. But at these TOP 10 hotels and resorts in the world, it may just be the highlight of your entire trip. With rooms and views that are sure to wow you with their elegance, these hotels and resorts are utterly unforgettable! Are you ready to be blown away?
#1: Emirates Palace
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
There is a reason why this hotel is called a Palace. It sure looks like one from the outside, with the colour of the building meant to reflect the different shades of sands found in the Arabian Desert. But the inside of this hotel is what makes it truly worthy of a spot on this list. One of the finest architectural designs you can find in any hotel comes with an expansive marble floor and a large patterned dome above.
Of course, it doesn’t just stop there. Once you enter your room, get ready to be treated like a king or a queen. You’ll have everything you’ll ever need and more, including a 24-hour butler.
- 24/7 deep water access to the Gulf
- Bert holder lounge and terrace
- 10-person conference room
- Wireless internet access
- Club car transfer services
- Helicopter landing
- Florist delivery services
- ‘On Yacht’ massage by Emirates Palace Spa
- ‘On Yacht’ food delivery
- Party and event catering
- Professional crew leisure activities
From SGD366 per night
#2: Atlantis Paradise Island
Yes, that is a shark. In fact, there are about a hundred of them living in Atlantis. This huge resort may be famous for its water park, but Atlantis Paradise Island is also home to five hotels. The Beach, The Reef, The Coral, The Royal and The Cove help Atlantis to truly live up to its name of “Paradise Island”.
You may have seen this water slide before. It’s called the Leap of Faith, which is a fitting name. It features an almost-vertical spine chilling drop that is guaranteed to thrill even the bravest. On the way down in the tunnel, enjoy a stunning view of the marine life right beside you.
- 11 swimming areas
- 11 water slides
- Two Lazy River Rides
- Paradise Lagoo
- The Dig
- Predator’s Lagoon
- Marine life habitats
- Ocean beach area
The Beach: from SGD194 per night
The Reef: from SGD426 per night
The Coral: from SGD298 per night
The Royal: from SGD328 per night
The Cove: from SGD739 per night
#3: The Westin Excelsior
The inside of this hotel almost looks like a well-preserved castle from centuries ago, which wouldn’t be surprising considering it is in Italy after all. But what you are seeing above is simply the concierge of The Westin Excelsior, where the professional and resourceful concierge staff are prepared to help you in every possible way. From hotel services to attraction recommendations, they’ve got you covered.
Can you believe that this is a modern hotel room in the 21st century? It may look like something straight out of the history books, but it definitely offers a unique experience you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world.
From SGD688 per night
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#4: North Island
The thought of being stranded on a deserted island may be terrifying, but North Island is no deserted island. Your stay on this island will offer an unparalleled sense of exclusivity and luxury. Because it’s your holiday, after all, the North Island team is dedicated to giving you the best possible experience. Everything is up to you, from dining to dress code.
Refurbished in 2014, the 11 beach villas on North Island feature a refreshed colour palette, designer bathroom fittings, and re-emphasised sense of place. Ten of the villas are Presidential Villas, which ensures total privacy, generous space, and your own exclusive tranche of the luminous white sands and turquoise waters of East Beach. But if you’re looking for something even more private, try Villa North Island, a 750sqm villa located at the other end of the island.
Fitness Centre with Gym
Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
From SGD10,300 per night
#5: Burj Al Arab Hotel
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
You may have seen the outside of this hotel before in a movie you’ve watched, like Mission Impossible. The Burj Al Arab Hotel sits on a human-made island very close to Jumeirah Beach, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Dubai. It also has a helicopter landing pad as you can see in the picture above, but it’s more than that. World-famous athletes have showcased sports like tennis, golf and even Formula One up on the helipad before.
Of course, the inside of the hotel is every bit as glamorous as the outside. Choose from ten different kinds of suites, each providing you with a unique and unforgettable view and experience. Even the smallest of these suites has a 169sqm area, which might be even bigger than your home!
- 201 luxurious duplex suites
- Nine world-class restaurants and bars
- Five swimming pools (three outdoor, two indoor) and a private beach
- Complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark™ for the duration of your stay
- Talise Spa
- Talise Fitness at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
- Sinbad’s Kids Club
From SGD1667 per night
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#6: Nihi Sumba Island
Crystal clear blue waters and white sandy beaches. Think it’s in the middle of the Pacific Ocean or somewhere really far away from us? Thankfully not! You can enjoy this view right next to us, on Nihi Sumba Island in Indonesia. What would YOU like to do for your vacation? Yoga, surfing, kitesurfing, fishing, paddleboating, horseback riding and many more are all options for you to customize your holiday to your liking!
If you love adventure, why not stay at Mamole Tree House? Maybe you’re looking for a view. Of course, the entire island is breathtaking, but a stay at Puncak at the peak of a mountain would be perfect for you. Or enjoy Manrangga’s undisturbed and Kanatar’s magnificent views. Want privacy and seclusion? Try Haweri or Lantoro. These are just some of the 11 villas you can choose from for your stay at Nihi Sumba Island.
- All meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning/afternoon snacks and all non-alcoholic beverages
- Wi-Fi Internet
- Mini Bar (1 full re-stock per day, including beers and spirits)
- Laundry (NB dry cleaning is not available at the resort)
- Scheduled excursions & activities on land: trips to Sumba Foundation Projects
- Activities by sea: stand-up paddle boarding and snorkelling around Nihi Sumba Island beach (when weather conditions permit)
- All guests can participate in our scheduled group yoga & meditation classes at the Yoga Pavilion
From SGD845 per night
#7: The Plaza
New York City, United States
Want to feel like a celebrity for a day? Then stay at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, where world leaders, dignitaries, captains of industry, Broadway legends and Hollywood royalty have all stopped by! Revel in the magic of Afternoon Tea in The Palm Court, savour the sites in the elegant Champagne Bar, transport in time through the magic of The Rose Club, and embark on a culinary journey throughout The Plaza Food Hall.
With 282 distinctive guest rooms including 102 luxurious suites, you can be assured that you’ll feel right at home during your stay at The Plaza. But it gets even better – The Plaza also offers vast culinary options, world-class Shops as well as health & wellness facilities including Guerlain Spa, The Plaza Hotel Fitness Center and Warren-Tricomi Salon.
- Guerlain Spa
- Fitness Center
- Warren-Tricomi Salon
- The Plaza Boutique
- The Rose Club
- In-room dining
From SGD953 per night
#8: Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Voted as TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award for the past two years, Lily Beach Resort & Spa is the first all-inclusive resort in Asia. But what does that even mean? Why is this resort so popular? Well, its extensive range of activities offered means that you can relax and have fun at the same time! Simply ask any staff member and they will be happy to help with snorkelling, diving, fishing and many other sports and leisure activities that you wish to try.
Spend as much time on the beach as your heart desires by staying at the Beach Villas. Or do this together as a family by booking one of the Family Beach Villas. The beautiful colour of the ocean needs to be appreciated up close, and that’s where the Lagoon Villas come in, offering a private terrace with direct access to the Lagoon. The Deluxe Water Villas and Sunset Water Suites are surrounded by ocean ensuring both privacy and comfort.
- Private overwater deck with jacuzzi pool
- 24-hour private butler service
- In-room bath with jacuzzi
- Direct access to beach/lagoon
From SGD1362 per night
#9: Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas, United States
At first glance, the pool in the picture above may look like any shared public pool you can find in some other hotel, with a great view of the Las Vegas skyline. But no, it’s not. It is actually your own private pool and you can have the balcony deck all to yourself if you stay at The Empathy Suite in Palms Casino Resort. Other things you get to enjoy include a wide range of fine dining, a rooftop social club and of course, a casino. It is Vegas after all.
Again, you may think that this is just a bar inside the hotel, but it’s not. You are looking at the world’s most expensive hotel room. With more than 800 square metres and two storeys of space, this room also happens to be an art piece by Damien Hirst, a British contemporary artist. In fact, it can barely even be referred to as a room – more like five and a half rooms (including a massage room, bathrooms and bedrooms), the bar you see above and a lounge area. And not forgetting the stunning view of the city below.
- Number of bars/lounges – 5
- Fitness facilities
- Full-service spa
- 24-hour front desk
- Business centre
- Conference space
- Turkish bath/Hammam
From SGD60 per night (This is not the price for The Empathy Suite! That’s $200K USD per night and is usually only reserved for million-dollar casino players, unfortunately.)
#10: Soneva Jani
Medhufaru Island Noonu Atoll, Maldives
Doesn’t a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch a movie in the ocean sound amazing? Here’s what’s even better: comfort food to go along with it, specially made by chefs! After dinner, board the Astronomy Cruise to learn the secrets of the sky. If that’s not enough for you, book a private sunrise breakfast the next morning along the North Beach seashore. Or swim with dolphins, or snorkel, or dive, or surf, the list of things you can do at Soneva Jani goes on forever.
Choose from a range of accommodations including water slides, water retreats and water reserves. You can even open your bedroom to the stars at night for an unparalleled natural night light. Other facilities included in your villa could range from a wine cellar to your own gym to a sleeping area just for your children.
- Overwater cinema
- Star-gazing observatory
- Meditative labyrinth
- Ice-cream, cheese and chocolate rooms.
From SGD2643 per night
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