As Coco Chanel rightly said, “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” Here are some of the world class hotels in the world.
- Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai.
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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is the symbol of luxury in Dubai. It resembles a billowing sail in shape which makes it one of a kind. It is located on an artificial island which is connected to the mainland by a private bridge. All the rooms in this hotel are luxurious duplex suites with a breathtaking view of the Arabian Gulf. Some of the over-the-top facilities offered by this prestigious hotel are outdoor as well as indoor swimming pools, a private beach, spas, personal chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, 24/7 personal butler service and helicopter trips from its iconic helipad.
Burj Al Arab Jumeriah has nine world-class restaurants and bars. One of them is Al Mahara, an underwater restaurant which is surrounded by magnificent aquarium. Al Muntaha is another restaurant that is located at the top of the hotel giving the perfect view of the Dubai skyline. One-night stay at Burj Al Arab Jumeriah costs around Rs.95,000 to Rs.150,000.
2.One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
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Want to have some privacy or do some soul searching, then hop on the next flight to the Maldives? One&Only Reethi Rah is your ultimate destination. Surrounded by the crystal clear Indian Ocean, this Maldives resort offers the grand luxury experience. It is an all-villa resort with 12 beaches. This resort offers three kinds of villas – beach villas, water villas and grand sunset residence. Each villa is surrounded by lush greenery and have its own swimming pool. But who needs a swimming pool when you’ve the Indian Ocean at your feet.
The resort has two tennis courts, Maldives’ first ever sun spa, watersports centre, golf simulator, Maldives’ first ever climbing wall, luxury boutique. There are many restaurants and spas in the resort which offer the best cuisines around the world. Some of them are Reethi restaurant, Rah Bar, Beach Club, Fanditha and Botanica. The prices of villas at One&Only Reethi Rah range between Rs.120,000 and Rs.297,000 approximately.
3. The Dorchester, London
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The Dorchester is a five-star hotel located in Mayfair, London. This historic hotel is next to the Hyde Park. The hotel has hosted some of the renowned celebrities like Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who were famous for their role in the film, Cleopatra. There are 250 rooms and suites, which depict the classic English heritage with modern luxury. You can have a suite with park view or Mayfair view along with a personal butler. The price of rooms and suites at The Dorchester range between Rs.65,000 and RS.400,000 per night.
The Dorchester offers you some of the world’s finest cuisines at its restaurants and bars. Some of them are The Grill, Alain Ducasse, The Promenade, China Tang, The Spatisserie, The Bar and Parcafé. The hotel is also known for hosting the most elegant weddings in London. And also, the hotel is only a mile away from the fashion paradise of London, the Bond Street. You’ll find the latest designers here from Chanel and Jimmy Choo to Ralph Lauren.
4.Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues, Geneva
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Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues is an iconic landmark of Geneva. The hotel is located on the shore of Lake Geneva giving the mesmerizing view of Jet d’Eau fountain and snow-clad Swiss Alps. The rooms and suites of the hotel were designed by the well-known interior architect Pierre-Yves Rochon. There are 115 rooms and suites in this contemporary styled hotel. Some of the guest favorites are Deluxe Bedroom, Executive Loft Suite and Presidential Suit. Staying a night at Four Seasons Hotel may cost from Rs.60,000 to Rs.310,000.
The fine dining restaurant IL Lago offers an excellent gastronomic experience. Also, you can enjoy a drink or two at Le Bar des Bergues. If you’re looking to unwind over the vacation, you can relax in a sauna, jacuzzi and spa room of the hotel. There is a rooftop infinity edge pool overlooking the Lake Geneva. This hotel is located in a prime location wherein it is just a walk away from the shopping district of Geneva, Rue Du Rhone.
5. One&Only Cape Town, South Africa
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Situated in Cape Town, One&Only Cape Town offers spectacular view of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The waterfront is well-known tourist attraction and the South Africa’s oldest working harbor. It is a great spot for shopping and fine dining. The rooms and suites here are urban chic style with a backdrop of Table Mountain. The in-room amenities like iPod dock, flatscreen TV, minibar, Charlotte Rhys bathroom products and many more are provided by the hotel. The rooms here cost from Rs.60,000 to Rs.200,000 per night.
The in-house restaurants, Reubens, Isola and Nobu provide world-class food. The resort also has two bars, Vista Bar and Wine Loft. The resort is equipped with exclusive private Spa Island. You can unwind at the spa which has jacuzzi, sauna and massage rooms. Pearl Valley Golf Estate is one of the best golf courses in South Africa. The resort is also known for hosting weddings, corporate meetings and events. And when you’re here, you can visit beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town Diamond Museum and magnificent Table Mountain
6. The Plaza, New York
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The Plaza Hotel is an iconic landmark located in Manhattan, New York City. The hotel is right next to Central Park and 5th Avenue. The streets of 5th Avenue are famous for having some of the upscale brands like Jimmy Choo, Loui Vuitton, Gianni Versace and Sephora. This 19th century hotel has 282 rooms and suites that are inspired by the elegant French décor of Louis XV. Some of the rooms have the beautiful view of Central Park. The Plaza is well-known for having latest technologies like in-room iPad in its spacious rooms. Also, the bathrooms have 24-karat gold plated fixtures giving you the essence of luxury. The per night cost of staying at this hotel lies between Rs.58,000 and Rs.330,000 depending on the suite you select.
The Plaza has restaurants like The Palm Court, The Champagne Bar, The Rose Club and The Todd English Food Hall, which offer some of the best cuisines in the world. The hotel offers signature white glove butler service to all suite guests. You can also relax, rejuvenate and recharge at Guerlain Spa, La Palestra fitness centre, Warren Tricomi Salon and Skinney Medspa. The Plaza has its own Boutique and Beauty Shoppe where you can buy gifts, accessories and apparels. Also, you can shop at 5th Avenue and explore the streets of Manhattan.
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Located on the tropical island of Bora Bora, the St. Regis Resort is a luxury accommodation with a backdrop of Mount Otemanu. The serene atmosphere of French Polynesia is a haven of tranquility. St Regis is an all-villa resort with magnificent view of the lagoon. The air-conditioned villas have outdoor shower, in-room safe, minibar, a Bose player, coffee maker and high-speed internet access. One-night stay at the St. Regis resort will cost you between Rs.55,000 and Rs.350,000 depending on the villa you choose.
St. Regis offers you a fine dining experience with its famous restaurants like Lagoon Restaurant, Bam Boo, Te Pahu Restaurant and Aparima Bar. The resort is also well-known for its Miri Miri Spa. So just relax and enjoy the massage. Also, there is 24/7 butler service and access to the fitness centre. You can also visit the historic site, Bora Bora WWII Guns which is just 2 km away from the resort. You can also spend your day relaxing on a beach side cabana or do some activities like snorkeling and windsurfing.
8.Ritz Paris, Paris
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The Ritz Paris, one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, is located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. The hotel is an architectural masterpiece with suites overlooking Place Vendôme. This iconic hotel was founded in 1898 which offers the classic French décor with modern facilities. The hotel has 142 rooms and suites that reflect absolute sophistication. Depending of the suite you select, the cost of staying at the hotel per night will range from Rs.80,000 to Rs.250,000. Ritz is also known to host some of the famous people like Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, Princess Diana and many more.
The hotel is just 1 km away from the Louvre and Champs-Élysées. Louvre is a former royal palace, which held the famous Mona Lisa painting until it was stolen in the year 1911. Champs-Élysées is the ultimate shopping destination known for having outlets of the most prestigious designers in the world. Ritz has restaurants and bars that not only offer French cuisine, but also international cuisine. Les Jardins de l’Espadon, La Table de l’Espadon, Bar Vendôme, Bar Hemingway and Ritz Bar are some of the restaurants and bars of the hotel. Ritz Escoffier is a cooking school in the hotel’s kitchen. The hotel also has a unique spa where you can relax.
9.Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice
The Belmond Hotel Cipriani is set on the Giudecca island in Italy. This 5-star hotel offers amazing views from the Doge’s Palace to the St. Giorgio church. The rooms and suites here have elegant interiors with garden or Venice lagoon views. Flatscreen TV, in-room safe, minibar, complimentary newspaper daily, free Wi-fi and an iPod docking station are some of the in-room amenities available at the Hotel Cipriani. One-night stay at the hotel will cost between Rs.53,000 and Rs.400,000.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers an Olympic-sized swimming pool, Wellness Centre, private marina, children’s club and tennis court. It also offers tours to exclusive parts of the lagoon and complimentary boat service to enjoy the St. Mark’s square. The hotel has some of the renowned restaurants of the world like Oro restaurant, Clip’s Club, Porticciolo Pool Restaurant, Gabbiano Poolside Bar and Giudecca 10. The Boutique at the hotel reflects the Venetian fashion and the cultural heritage of Venice. There is also a food boutique which is known for Italian gourmet food. When you are here you can explore the remote islands of Venetian lagoon or enjoy wine tasting at Venice’s secret wineries.
10. The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles
From the time of its inauguration The Beverly Hills Hotel is known to host Hollywood film stars, rock stars and celebrities. The hotel is also known as the ‘Pink Palace’. The rooms and suites in this hotel have elegant designs that capture the essence of California. iPod dock, flatscreen TV, in-room safe, minibar, complimentary newspaper daily and coffee maker are some of the facilities available at the hotel. Also, the hotel has 23 exclusive bungalows that are like private homes. Staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel will cost around between Rs.65,000 and Rs.185,000 per night.
Polo Lounge, The Cabana Café, Fountain Coffee Room, Bar Nineteen12 are some of the fine dining options at Beverly Hills Hotel. The hotel’s swimming pool has underwater music playing. Also, there is state-of-the-art fitness centre where you can workout. You can enjoy some pampering with facials, massages, nailcare at The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa. The hotel is located near many landmarks like Will Rogers Memorial Park, Greystone Mansion, Runyon Canyon. You can go visit these landmarks and also shop at nearby luxury brands.