We would like to admit at the outset that we like the people who love luxury. It makes us happy to search and research luxury for them. We did an exhaustive search for luxury homes and listed the best amongst the best luxury homes that were not only luxurious but unique in many ways. We are sure it might have helped some of you to zero in on your dream home where you plan to live happily ever after. Now if you are settled in, it is time to vacation and we are back to our researching ways but we have now shifted our focus to luxury hotels. We are now ready with our luxury hotels bucket list. Our approach has always been global and this time again we have gone around the world to finalize this bucket list. The larger global chains in the hospitality sector interpret luxury in a very limited and rigid way. They have a standard list of amenities and services that they provide on their properties to label it a luxury hotel. But that approach is contradictory to the very essence of luxury. Our search was not based on fixed criteria where you simply tick on the facility or the service and calculate the total points to decide if the hotel makes it to the list or not. The Luxury hotels in our bucket list are luxurious and exclusive but they are part of the list because they are so impressive that you must see them once and experience what they are offering.
The best thing about the bucket list of luxury hotels is that it has variety and has property from all over the world. The list has city hotels that have held on to their exclusive status for decades and on the extreme it has a jungle resort that provides guests the luxury safari experience they cannot forget in a hurry. It also has a one of a kind underwater property that has to be seen to be believed. And that’s why we have placed it on top of the list.
Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
Spread over 5,000 acre Fijian lagoon, Poseidon Undersea Resort is the world’s first seafloor resort. Even their site tells you to prepare to be awed, so you can imagine what the real experience would be like. The unique resort was opened in 2008 on a private Fijian island. The 22 guest rooms are permanent pressurized undersea structures, complete with every imaginable amenity. A fleet of submarines are at hand to explore the nearby reef or go to the over ground bungalow for a change. Poseidon offers weeklong accommodations, two nights under water and four nights in beachfront bungalows, that start at $30,000 per couple.
Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, India
According to their site the resort setting is picture-perfect with a dramatic watercourse and sun-kissed private decks. The luxury tents with finely embroidered canopies, luxurious bathrooms and private walled gardens are in perfect contrast to the ruggedness of the jungle. The resort is located right outside a tiger reserve. The resort delivers a unique experience that is a perfect blend of safari and first-class luxury. It was rated the world’s best hotel for 2010 by readers of Travel + Leisure.
The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong
It is perhaps Hong Kong’s oldest hotel with an 82 year history behind it and the only historical 5 Star luxury hotel in the city. It remains glorious and glamorous landmark in the collective memory of the city. Marble bathrooms, plasma screens in every room, an on-site spa, and spectacular views of Victoria Harbor and the Hong Kong cityscape are some of the exclusive features of the hotel. Jeff Weinstein, editor-in-chief of Hotels magazine places it on top for the best Hong Kong experience.
Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
The family owned and operated hotel has a unique flavor. Nestled way up in the terraced cliffs that ring the beach and port below, the hotel is ideally situated for soaking in one of the most stunning views of one of Italy’s most impressive coastal towns. Every room boasts of a private terrace or a balcony. It is easily the best hotel on the Amalfi Coast.
Four Seasons George V, Paris
Paris is known for its fine luxury hotels but Four Seasons George V which is just steps from the Champs-Elysées, redefines luxury service in the City of Light. Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bought the hotel in 2008 and has invested in a series of renovations that has taken the hotel way above the rest in the city. Mural work, a world-class spa and pool, and an ideal view of the Eiffel Tower are some of the stunning features of the hotel.
The Point Resort, Somewhere in Upstate New York
The hotel is so exclusive that its location is a super secret. You would be directed to the hotel only if you have a confirmed reservation. Built on the original site of William Avery Rockefeller’s Camp Wonundra, it combines opulent authenticity with epicurean amenities and a secluded, relaxing wilderness. Rooms are in log cabins, all of them grand, some with features like enormous stone fireplaces and private decks.
Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Said to be the second-most expensive hotel ever built, it was in the news for installing the first gold dispensing ATM on its premises. Complete with its own marina and helipad, the beachside hotel is located less than two miles from the city center, and features amenities that makes heads spin.
Vertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise, Cave Junction, Oregon
There are treehouse hotels but no one can match the amenities and beautiful southern Oregon location, nearby to the Redwood Forest and the Oregon Caves like the Vertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise. The series of three tree houses have a theme of its own. The food is also very special with a gourmet chef doing all the cooking.
Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Thailand
Located just outside Thailand’s northern capital the hotel boasts of spacious Lanna-style pavilions overlook terraced rice fields and the mountains in the beautiful Mae Rim Valley. You may even take Thai cooking class or simply relax in the spa.
Ladera, St. Lucia
Taking full advantage of its natural surroundings, Ladera offers a unique design in guest accommodations. The 9 villas and 23 suites all have an “open wall” – the west side of each unit is left open to expose the breathtaking view. This was a part of the Rabot Estate which was transformed into a unique resort in 1982.