During our last year of globetrotting we have stayed at many properties and not all hotels are the same! Sometimes is the place, the design or the people, but this is a collection of hotels that are really special, without a doubt the best among the best we have seen in the past 12 months. In our experience these are the definitive best because each one left us with a strong impression it was often the most intuitive service, some of the most captivating destinations, spellbinding architecture and decor. We could probably find at least one good thing to say about most hotels we’ve stayed at, but these hotels are in an entirely different category, we find ourselves raving about their many qualities long after our stay and thats what sets them apart, their ability to inspire and create a lasting impression. These hotels do not know when we visit them, we check in like any other guest and that’s why we can speak about each one authentically. These are the hotels we recommend to our clients and we recommend that you check them out too.
Ritz Carlton Haikou
The newest property in their portfolio located in the heart of a pristine golf course. Everything seems to be perfect there is great communication in spite of it being so huge and new. The place itself is beautiful, it resembles a chic golf club without being over pretentious. Definite highlights are the club lounge, the amazing views and the homey feeling.
Rosewood Castiglione del Bosco
It seems like one is inside a fairytale in this hotel. A long unpaved road takes you to the top of a mountain and there amidst ruins and old homes sits this singular property. It produces its own Brunello di Montalcino wine, it is housed in a world heritage UNESCO complex. It is not cheap but it is worth every penny and the food in the restaurant is delicious.
JW Marriott Anji
It takes an effort to get here because the place is so special. It is at the heart of one of the untouched bamboo forests in China. It is incredibly well done. Rooms are spacious with breathtaking views of the mountains. It is hard to believe you are even in China, it is full nature rather than cities. It is complimented by perfect service and international cuisine with very high standards.
Hacienda AltaGracia Costa Rica
This hotel is a peaceful expression of the lush countryside with everything one could want in terms of service and comfort. The hotel team communicates well and everyone goes above and beyond to make guests feel treasured. The panoramas are amazing and it creates a feeling of being dropped in the heart of wild nature. Rooms are heavenly, there is so much to do with outside activities and the spa is a haven of relaxation.
Another property that takes a lot of effort to reach, but once you are there it is a retreat in the middle of the Himalays. It is peaceful the air is clean an the traditional Indian hospitality shines at its best. The L’Occitan Spa is superb and the on site restaurants are of great quality.
Ritz Carlton Beaver Creek
In the heart of the mountains of Colorado in one of the most elite USA vacation spots is this cabin like hotel. It has some of the best wellbeing facilities we have seen. It has different kinds of rooms and fully equipped apartments. Inside every detail is attended to and outside the nature is just riveting.
This is difficult in a land of so many hotels, but then you have Conrad, beautiful in all its aspects. From the careful service to the incredible well appointed rooms, to the delicious meals served in the restaurants. It is indeed one of the best Conrad hotels in the world.
JW Marriott Chengdu
A true city hotel with opulent luxury but not shocking, rather a place that feels like home right downtown. It is just steps from the most beautiful squares of Chengdu. It has everything that a luxury hotel should have but with a touch of kindness. The decor is lavish, the food is tasty and it is a gem in the JW property range.
An impressive skyscraper in the midst of a beautiful city. It is surrounded by an artsy bohemian neighborhood and monasteries. Everything is chic and beautiful. All the rooms have incredible views. The lounge is excellent and the lobby too, from the first moment you set foot in the hotel you know you are in a special place.
St. Regis Aspen
This property is spacious, discreet and cozy. It brings some of the best luxury in the United States to the most rugged of mountain terrain and is a place to be immersed in nature. The hotel really takes its role seriously in not just making a hospitable place for the stay but arranging meals, ski accessibility and a can do attitude for all patrons in the various needs and circumstances that come with running an active resort.
Four Seasons Surfside Miami
The hotel portion of this property is quite small as the majority of the space is taken up by the residences. The views have no equal. The bedrooms and balconies transport one right into the heart of Florida’s Atlantic Coast. The hotel staff were always on top of things and when they were not able to deliver punctual service for anything they always complimented it. The
The hotel offers excellent service in the heart of tropical nature and just steps away from the attractions of Sentosa Island. Capella is great about creating intimacy in their properties and the Singapore version is no exception. We enjoyed the classiness of the high tea and the culinary expertise of the team. Here everything is anticipated and taken care of. It is a place where the guest feels pampered.
Casa Palopo Atitlan Guatemala
It is hard to imagine a place as fantastic as this. A mystical lake out of which rises iconic volcanoes. It is an elite boutique hotel with very few rooms, some with one of the best views in Guatemala. It is close enough to Panahachel, but far enough away to enjoy the peace of the lake. The place is decorated in local style that is alluring and elegant.
This is indeed an exclusive hotel we had one of the most delicious Indian meals we ever had. The place is singular and it actually has very few rooms dispersed over a huge property. There are gardens, fountains and statues but one does not feel lost in all this. It is in Jaipur, one of the most beautiful cities of India and the hotel is a perfect compliment to its surroundings.
Six senses Douru Valley Portugal
This property sits on a hill overlooking one of the most iconic valleys in Portugal. It is surrounded by vineyards and Six Sense tries to locate their hotels in unique places that offer unique experiences. Here it brings together good food, history and wine. The setting is just magical.
The song awaited opening debuted in Istanbul to rapidly become an institution in the city. It is located at the heart of the most historic districts of the city. It has one of the best spas, the service is intuitive and most of the rooms have service which is to die for.
Ritz Carlton Kyoto
This is a very unique property and it is on the small size for Ritz Carlton. Very Japanese, first class restaurants and rooms are huge. Local politeness is evident everywhere and the wellbeing facilities are beautiful and relaxing. Another highlight is that it is so close to everything in the city.
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Wherever it may be we wish you amazing journeys of discovery and fraternity! This Holiday season we are embarking in an amazing trip: we will be doing some shopping in Dubai, then spending Christmas in Portugal exploring some of the most luxurious resorts along with the great wine of the country, then a quick escape to enjoy the foodie scene of Spain and to discover Beirut the intriguing capital of Lebanon. We will finish our trip skiing in Armenia.