If you want to embark on a luxury holiday but aren’t sure which hotel to choose, you are at the right place. You will find below the top ten most luxurious hotels in the world this year, rated by travelers themselves. We keep updating this List of Best Luxury Hotels of the World every two months so you can rest easy.
List of Best Luxury Hotels of the World
We start the count from Number 10 Hotel and wind our way to the Number 1 Hotel.
Luxury Hotels Ranking #10: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco, Peru
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a classic luxury hotel built on the Inca walls at the center of Cusco, Peru. This boutique hotel is in an excellent location being pretty close to the airport. It is also close to attractions such as Pre-Columbian Art Museum, Museum of Religious Art, Hatunrumiyoc and the ever-popular Inca Museum. They have a full-service spa, which is popular with all premium, budget and discount travelers. Their outdoors pool, as well as the poolside bar, is great stress busters as well.
Children: Children 5 years old and younger stay free
Rate Details: All inclusive packages available, deals and discounts as per season
Luxury Hotels Ranking #9: Riad KnizaMarrakech, Morocco
Since this hotel is a grand family home, this is a small luxury hotel. Traditionally and tastefully done, this hotel suits all kind of travelers who land up in Marrakech (Medina). Right next to this all inclusive luxury hotel are holiday attractions such as Dar el Bacha Palace, Jamaa el Fna, Majorelle Garden, Ben Youssef Mosque and Almoravid Koubba. Riad Kniza has a nice outdoor pool, which you should definitely try. The people managing this hotel make every attempt to make your stay as luxurious as possible. This hotel can be a great luxury holiday because it has excellent night entertainment to enjoy once you are back to your room after roaming the city during daytime.
Children: Only 13 year old children or above are allowed in this hotel
Rate Details: All inclusive packages available with dinners, massages etc. Do check for discounts when you book.
Luxury Hotels Ranking #8: The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Sawai Madhopur, India
This small luxury hotel is best suited for a luxury wildlife holiday. Situated only ten minutes’ away from Ranthambhore National Park, this hotel is best if you want to try and catch a glimpse of the Royal Bengal Tigers of India. You can plan as many safaris into the national park as you want. This luxury hotel par excellence has only 25 rooms and seldom do you get deals, offers or discounts. The Oberoi Vanyavilas has excellent restaurants, a full-service spa, and a bar. In the extensive bathrooms, you will find deep soaking bathtubs to help you ease into your luxurious holiday. Your children will have loads of fun – for they will even be able to plant trees with their names beside them. If you want to avail the massage services and spa treatments you will have to reserve beforehand.
Children: For a child below 12 years of an age a complimentary bed is provided. For two children between eight and twelve, an extra room will have to be taken at a discounted rate.
Rate Details: The discounts and deals are dependent on the footfalls in the hotel. Since it is a small hotel, it is mostly occupied.
Luxury Hotels Ranking #7: Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, Knysna, South Africa
This luxury guesthouse on the beach is located in Knysna. Some of the local nearby attractions include Knysna Elephant Park, Goukamma Nature, Marine Reserve, Featherbed Nature Reserve and Knysna Quays. The welcome white wine and the chocolate covered strawberries you get on your arrival here to kick-start your holiday make you feel great from day one. Your room will also have deep soaking bathtubs, to help you get the feeling of a spa in your room itself. Lots of adventure activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, water skiing, rafting and scuba diving etc are available nearby. Do note that the check in time for this luxurious hotel is a bit late – at 3 pm.
Children: Children who aren’t yet 12 aren’t allowed in this luxury hotel.
Rate Details: Complimentary cooked-to-order Breakfast is included in all packages. If booked early, you may get a deal at the cheap price.
Luxury Hotels Ranking #6: Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, Franschhoek, South Africa
This is a very small, five-star, luxury boutique hotel promising the best of hospitality. They have a hotel staff vs guest ratio of 1:1, which ensures they are able to provide the best of services at all times.
This small hotel is situated in a village called Franschhoek and is just right for a peaceful holiday. Every guest room has in this boutique luxury hotel has a lovely private garden with a plunge pool. This hotel’s breakfast is very popular with its guests.
Children: No inputs available for their policy on children.
Rate Details: Most packages will be all inclusive which will include breakfasts, a bottle of champagne, free drinks, free wifi, and laundry. Do note that here, in this hotel the cancellation fee is 200 Rands.
Luxury Hotels Ranking #5: Nayara Hotel & Gardens, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Nayara Hotel & Gardens is a luxury boutique hotel near the Arenal Volcano National Park. This luxurious hotel ranks high on the scale for romance, and is a must visit if you are a couple looking for a romantic holiday. Nayara is situated near some of the finest attractions in Costa Rica – such as Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Ecotermales Fortuna, Ecoglide Arenal Park and Baldi Hot Springs. There is an outdoor pool where you can get food from any of the three restaurants and there is a full-service spa to help you relax. Check-in is at 3 pm and checkout is at 11 am at this luxury hotel, so please accordingly.
Children: Just go ahead and book, there are no children specific rules here.
Rate Details: This luxury hotel offers all inclusive packages such as “Volcano adventure” and “Romance in paradise”. Hence, please choose accordingly. All packages will include the complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning.
Luxury Hotels Ranking #4: Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Lankanfushi, Kaafu Atoll
Lankanfushi Island resort rests on a private white shad beach and if you are holidaying in this resort you may also include in your holiday a day visit to the Gili Lankanfushi Beach, Paradise Island Beach, Dhonveli Beach, Full Moon Beach and Banana Reef Dive. The luxurious services in the full-service spa are to die for, so is just sitting on the beach doing nothing. If your definition of luxury holiday is to not hear a “No” from anybody during the duration, this resort is the best fit for you – such is the levels of service one has come to expect here. There are five restaurants with amazing food being served I all, so if you are a weight-watching individual, just ignore your instincts for the duration of your holiday.
Children: Minimum check-in age for children is 18 years.
Rate Details: All inclusive packages exist but just make sure it includes your transfer from Male International Airport is also included for it is a 20-minute ride on a speedboat which costs at least USD 100/person.
Luxury Hotels Ranking #3: The Lombok Lodge, Pemenang, Indonesia
This is the best luxury boutique hotel in the whole of Indonesia. The hotel is small with only 9 luxury Lodge Suites but every inch in these 9 luxury accommodations will help you relax on your holiday. Situated in Medana Bay, this location is a boat ride from the equally famous Gili Islands. At Lombok, the classic luxury and the modern amenities mix well providing you every reason to prolong your stay at the hotel. There is a pampering full-service spa, a glittering pool and an amazingly talented chef to keep you busy during your holiday. If you get bored with all the luxury, you can always borrow mountain bikes from the reception and head out. Just remember to return into the arms of your luxurious hotel before the night falls.
Children: This hotel is very child-friendly, they even have a kids menu in the restaurant.
Rates: The all inclusive packages usually include a la carte breakfast and a daily five-course dinner for two. Just be mindful tat Tax is at 21%.
Luxury Hotels Ranking #2: The Phoenix Resort, San Pedro, Belize
The Phoenix resort is the perfect location beachfront in the heart of San Pedro and a must visit if you love luxurious beach holidays. It has 25 rooms yet isn’t always available so plan your holiday in advance. This luxury resort boasts of spacious suites, excellent food, and beautiful Caribbean view. The location of this resort is worth a mention, for it is close to the best shopping, dining, and nightlife that Ambergris Caye has to offer. Also available for its guests is an on-site fitness & yoga center with complimentary yoga classes thrown in for good measure. You can also pick up a kayak or a bicycle and head out to wherever you want – all for free. The hotel also organizes diving excursions, fishing trips, ecological-tours etc if the guests request.
Children: We couldn’t find much about their kids’ policy, but we did read a few reviews which said they children loved playing with the “six spouting water jets” available in the hotel.
Rates: During the peak season you may be able to get all inclusive deals for a price range from USD 325 to USD 540.
Luxury Hotels Ranking #1: The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Ko Tao, Surat Thani, Thailand
Tripadvisor.com users have rated this hotel as:
No 1 Small Hotel in the World
No 1 Luxury Hotel in the World
No 1 Hotel for Service in the World
No 1 Hotel for Romance in the World
If the above four titled conferred on this resort couldn’t convince you to choose this for your perfect luxury holiday, then there is nothing more we have to say which can change your mind.
All we can say is, Try it to believe it. It is that awesome a luxury hotel!