20. The St. Regis Bali Resort – Nusa Dua, Indonesia
The St. Regis Bali Resort is an award-winning 123-room hotel set amongst nine hectares of lush tropical landscape. Standard rooms are an enormous 990-square foot and private villas are the only in Nusa Dua with private, direct access to a pristine white sand beach. The beachside restaurant, Kayuputi, oozes sophistication offering Wagyu Beef and Premier Caviar. St. Regis Bali has been voted by Condé Nast as one of The 50 Best Resorts in the World and #5 Top Resorts in Asia.
19. Serengeti House – Singita Grumeti, Tanzania
Serengeti House is an exclusive-use retreat for families or friends with indoor/outdoor lounging and uninterrupted views across the Serengeti savannah where you can witness Elephants wander outside in their natural habitat. Game drives offer guests a guided experience of the local African wildlife or if you simply want to take time to relax then you can enjoy the tented spa suite, media room, full gym, swimming pool and tennis court.
18. 137 Pillars House – Chiang Mai, Thailand
137 Pillars House is a carefully restored historic building in the inland region of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai, based on Baan Borneo originally built 125 years ago. The hotel is styled in classically oriental dark wood and consists of 30 luxurious suites with super king size beds overlooking perfectly maintained gardens. Two restaurants (Thai & Western), piano lounge, bar, dining room and 25-meter lap pool complete this elegant house.
17. The Nam Hai – Hoi An, Vietnam
The Four Seasons resort, The Nam Hai, is a luxurious five-star resort on a private kilometre-long stretch of one of Forbes’ “best beaches in the world.” The Nam Hai’s location is simply unbeatable, located amidst three local UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Hoi An ancient town, the imperial city of Hue, and the temple complex of My Son. The Nam Hoi resort is vast in size, consisting of tropical grounds with 4,500 coconut palm trees, three beachfront infinity pools and 100 villas carefully positioned according to phony thuy (feng shui) principles.
16. Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens – Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Nayara Resorts Hotel & Spa is set in the heart of the Arenal Volcano National Park amidst lush jungles providing guests with the authentic rainforest experience.
15 – Katikies Hotel – Santorini, Greece
Nuzzled in a gorgeous setting, above the sun kissed beach of Agios Ioannis in Mykonos, Katikies Mykonos, member of Leading Hotels of the World, captures the essence of chic seaside living only a breath away from the shimmering sea. Built amphitheatrically with direct sea view, this exceptional boutique hotel, member of the Katikies Group of hotels evokes the island’s Cycladic spirit and cosmopolitan charm in its elegantly environs while ensuring a holiday beyond comparison. Surrender to the temptations of refinement at this enchanting luxury accommodation and take in the splendid panoramic vistas to the emerald Aegean. Find your peace and quiet in a 5-star hotel in Mykonos and unwind in a haven of bliss and tranquillity.
14 – Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa – Gateway, Colorado
Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa is located in Gateway, Colorado. In 2014, it was ranked by Conde Nast Traveler readers as the #12 resort in the world, #3 resort in the U.S. and the #1 resort in Colorado. It sits at the confluence of five canyons, the only resort in the world to do so. Created by the founder of the Discovery Channel, John Hendricks, he established the hotel using the same philosophy that had led to his creation of Discovery, to create a resort which was “not a leisure getaway but an arena for adventure and education, a place where guests could learn about the world around them and experience nature firsthand.
13 – Hotel Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort – Casole d’Elsa, Italy
If there is a single word more alluring than Italy, then it must be its own heart and soul … Tuscany. Always so much more than a place, Tuscany, Italy is first a way of life, each present moment infused with centuries of the world’s favorite art, culture, food and wine.
In the rolling hills—not far from the mythic cities of Florence, Siena and San Gimignano—is one of the largest private landholdings in all of Italy. Dotting the 4,200-acre historic estate are restored Casale Villas and Farmhouses. This treasured property is Casali di Casole – A Timbers Resort. We invite you to be a part of it.
12 – Lion Sands Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Game Reserve – South Africa
We’ve taken our cue from Mother Nature to create a lodge built ‘of the earth’, with natural materials which will only enhance the surrounding bush environment. The timeless design incorporates steel, wood, thatch, glass, water & sand. A sophisticated mid-century architectural contemporary theme defines the interiors, with bold furniture and edgy décor, ambient lighting, inferences of tribal design and highly textured finishes – all of which combine to make Lion Sands Ivory Lodge an utterly sensory experience.
Ivory Lodge’s interiors reflect an elegant balance between intelligent design and an organic expression of the earth. Light, sound, flow, wood, water and air weave into the golden thread of the lodge’s architectural inspiration.
11 – Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai, Thailand
Open just 9 years, FS Tented Camp is an all-inclusive resort in Northern Thailand, about 90 minutes from the Chiang Rai airport and near the village of Golden Triangle (the intersection of Thailand, Burma, and Laos). The brainchild of architect Bill Bensley who sold the idea to the resort’s owner, Four Seasons has been involved from the beginning in the planning and management of the property. The resort is open to adults and to teenagers age 12 and older.
Adjacent to an elephant sanctuary, Tented Camp is themed as an elephant camp situated in the jungle. Your experience begins as your limousine leaves you at a dock on the banks of the Ruak River. Donning life preservers and boarding a small boat, the sense of adventure begins with your short 5 minute boat ride down a stretch of river straddling the Thai-Burmese border. Arriving at the resort, guests are greeted with cold towels and a cold drink, undergo check-in formalities, and are then driven to their tent in a old rusty jeep that just screams “Indiana Jones.” The theme of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” kept playing in my head!
10 – The Lodge at Glendorn – Bradford, Pennsylvania
The Lodge at Glendorn, in Bradford, Pennsylvania, is a place of legend, where once upon a time, in the late 1920s, a gentleman by the name of Clayton Glenville Dorn, a philanthropist and humanitrain who made his fortune in oil, purchased a large plot of land and started to build cabins around it to serve as a luxury weekend-getaway “family camp” for many of his children and growing grandchildren. They would summer and weekend at this sprawling compound, covering 1,500 acres, that offered swimming in the lakes, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, and everything else that an outdoorsman would want—they had it there. Fast-forward to 1995, when the Dorn family decided to open the estate to the public, and now, under the ownership of Cliff Forrest and operated as a Relais & Chateaux property, it is still indeed a very spirited place.
9 – Montage Kapalua Bay, Lahaina – Maui, Hawaii
Montage took over management duties at the Kapalua Bay resort in 2013. Montage expanded the resort’s square footage, adding a suite-only hotel with 50 units and 56 Montage branded residencies. The resort’s rebrand and remodel cost an estimated $15 million, and Montage Kapalua Bay was officially opened in June 2014. The resort contains a spa beach access near Kapalua Bay, and a Pegge Hopper art collection.
8 – Alpina Gstaad – Gstaad, Switzerland
The hotel was built on the site of the Grand Hotel Alpina, which was demolished on April 11, 1995. Opposition from local residents to the building of a new hotel took thirteen years to overcome, and the hotel was completed and opened in late 2012. It was the first new large hotel built in Gstaad for 100 years. Local planning regulations dictated the style of the hotel, which had to be similar to the local three-storey ‘Simmentaler’ architectural style. The co-owner and developer Marcel Bach sent Cristal champagne to the residents who had complained about the hotel once it had been completed. Phoebe Eaton, in an article on Gstaad in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, wrote of the hotel that “However good the Alpina and any other newcomers prove at being hotels, they are calculated real-estate plays, more about apartments and chalets for sale elsewhere on the grounds.
7 – The Peninsula Shanghai, China
The Peninsula Shanghai is a luxury hotel among The Peninsula Hotel Group. It was ranked the No. 8 hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2015. The Peninsula Shanghai opened in 2009 and is The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels flagship hotel in Mainland China. Its address is No.32 Zhongshan East First Road, Shanghai 200002, China.
6 – Singita Sabi Sand, Sabi Sand Game Reserve – South Africa
Singita Sabi Sand is arguably the best private luxury game reserve in Africa positioned adjacent to Kruger National Park. Spanning more than 45,000 acres, Singita Sabi Sand is renowned for high concentrations of big game and frequent leopard sightings.
5 – London Marriott Hotel County Hall – London, England
Marriott County Hall Hotel is a hotel in London with 186 rooms. Some of the rooms offer views of Big Ben. It is housed in the same building as a “budget” Premier Innhotel.
4 – Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont
By the late 1980s, the Twigg-Smiths found themselves able to visit Barnard only a few weeks a year, so they decided to launch a Bed and Breakfast to share this special place — a quaint notion that soon escalated to the number one small hotel in North America.
The first nine rooms opened on October 1, 1993 to national acclaim. Five additional cottages were added in 1995 and 1996, and more accolades followed. The completion of spa treatment rooms, Chalet, Aviary, and the Farmhouse at Copper Hill in 2005 brought the number of accommodations to 20, where it remains today. Though the ownership now includes several partners, guests continue to embrace Twin Farms —and Twigg-Smith’s vision of a sophisticated escape steeped in playful romance — as their own second home.
3 – Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island, Australia
Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true luxury lodge, offering a unique and exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness. Sensitive, intimate and sophisticated, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of refined comfort and luxe, Kangaroo Island style.
2 – Le Méridien – Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Hotel Bora Bora is a luxury hotel and resort located on the island of Bora Bora in the Society Islands in French Polynesia. It is currently a part of Aman Resorts. Hotel Bora Bora has been reviewed by Conde Nast Traveler and TripAdvisor. The hotel has over-water bungalows and suites, beach bungalows, garden bungalows with swimming pools (referred to as fare), gardens, and restaurants.
1 – Nihiwatu – Sumba, Indonesia
The world’s best hotel isn’t in London or New York but on a little known island in Indonesia, known as the lost world island. Remote and completely off the grid, Nihiwatu was formerly a surf lodge until it was bought by self-made fashion billionaire Chris Burch in partnership with hotelier James McBride four years ago and transformed into a culturally immersive enclave of active adventure and serious indulgence.
Three hundred kilometres east of Bali in the Lesser Sundra Islands, Nihiwatu is the only resort on Sumba Island where the population of 650,000 still live a traditional life and practice their own distinct tribal rituals.