When you think of luxury, you may think of extravagance, class, and grandeur. The state of being in luxury can be achieved in many different places and in many activities. Hotels are one of the best ways to enjoy a luxury experience. If you are looking for a bucket list vacation, or to experience something beautiful for a special event or group outing, a hotel can be totally transforming. And some hotels really take it to the next level, with amazing amenities like butler services and private pools—and the most beautiful decor on earth. If you are ready to see just how truly amazing some hotels can be, check out these 13 most luxurious hotels in the world!
1. Burj Al Arab in Dubai
This hotel is so luxurious that it is often called the world’s very first seven-star hotel. It opened in 1999 and has been madly popular ever since. The hotel stands on its own artificial island and is right off the coast of Dubai’s beaches. It’s an all-inclusive hotel with duplexes as big as 8,396 square feet. Each suite has a selection of Hermes toiletries and a pillow and bath menu. It also comes with a Rolls Royce shuttle service to the airport, and 24-carat gold leaf wall decor, and gold-plated iPads that each guest receives on arrival.
2. The Palms in Las Vegas
The Palms is one of the most exclusive properties on the Las Vegas strip. The high-profile parties that have taken place at The Palms’ penthouses are the stuff of legend. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians bought the resort for $650 million in 2021, it is the first Las Vegas hotel to have a Native American owner. The resort also features themed suites and private villas. The 8,500 square foot Sky Villa features its own fitness center, massage room, private pool, 17 seat bar, and entertainment room. Another suite called the Hardwood Suite, has its own basketball court, locker room, whiskey room, and 11 TV’s.
3. Kamalaya Koh Samui in Thailand
This resort is not so much luxurious in the extent of its lavishness, but in its detailed approach to wellness and tranquility. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by signature mocktails and the opportunity to design their own wellness experience for the duration of their stay. Five-star meals, customizable spa sessions, and exercise classes are all amenities available to guests. The property sits atop a hill looking out to miles of sandy white beach and lagoons, with an effortless blend of the building’s architecture with the jungle that surrounds it.
4. The Ritz Carlton Wolfsburg in Germany
This is an interesting resort as it is set within the Volkswagen Autostadt theme park. So, this five-star hotel is engulfed by everything automotive including the art, architecture, design and culinary approach. From all around the hotel, you can see the historic Volkswagen plant as well. There are 170 stylish guest rooms with panoramic views of Wolfsburg. The resort also features the restaurant Aqua, which has a Michelin three-star rating, as well as a 100-foot floating outdoor swimming pool.
5. The Plaza in New York City
This hotel has been around since 1907 and has been host to all sorts of amazing people, from Hollywood and Broadway legends and industry titans, to world leaders and dignitaries. By the turn of the 21st century, the Plaza had become one of New York´s most popular film locations. Scenes in many movies have been shot here, from “North by Northwest” in 1953, to “The Way We Were” in 1973, to “The Great Gatsby” in 2013. The suites and rooms at the Plaza are all one of a kind and have features like exposed brick ceilings and decor dedicated to the Jazz Age. The Rose Club is another amenity of the hotel, an iconic restaurant with plush seats and luxury cocktails.
6. Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in California
If you are looking for a lush destination hotel in north San Diego, this is the place for you. It features a very well-known tennis program, spa, and amazing cuisine. In 2013, the property went through a $30 million renovation that has taken the guest experience up several notches. It now boasts a brand-new spa and fitness center, as well as hand-painted tiles in the newly remodeled 49 hacienda-style suites over 45 acres, so privacy and tranquility are ensured.
7. Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong
This retreat is a flagship location that has an astounding 501 rooms and suites all dedicated to providing a luxurious experience in the heart of Hong Kong city. Views of Victoria Harbour and city skyline can be seen from the vast balconies of some of the suites. The Mandarin Oriental is a great choice if you like a mix of luxury with the best business facilities available. The hotel is part of a multinational 34-property group with its headquarters in Hong Kong. There are nine restaurants here, two with Michelin stars.
8. The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia
The more private traveler will appreciate the reclusive experience at The Inn at Little Washington. Located in the quiet town at the bottom of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Inn has a mix of suites, cottages, and rooms, and features whimsical furnishings and a relaxing atmosphere. Sole proprietor and self-taught chef Patrick O-Connell opened The Inn in a former garage in 1978.The Inn is most well-known for its three-star Michelin restaurant, serving inspired American cuisine, the only starred venue in Virginia.
9. Acqualina Resort in Miami
If you love a classic Rolls Royce, you will love this hotel. The Acqualina Resort in Miami is home to the largest collection of independently owned Rolls Royces located at a hotel in the world. You can even have a Rolls Royce Ghost at your disposal for the duration of your stay if you book three or more nights in the Grand Deluxe Oceanfront Suite. Owned by the Trump Group, Acquilina was named number one best resort and number one best hotel in the USA in US News rankings.
10. Four Seasons Private Island in the Maldives
Would you like a private island all just to yourself and your friends for your hotel stay? Then book the Four Season Maldives, which includes a beach house and seven top-class suites. This is the planet´s first exclusive use UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve property. This island can host up to 22 guests, and features a luxury yacht, security team, gym, library, pool table as well as a staff of 25 people to make your luxury dreams come true! For $40K a night!
11. Marquis Los Cabos in Mexico
This private adults-only island is the ideal destination to center yourself and get away from all modern stressful distractions. It’s all-inclusive and features infinity pools, elevated restaurants, and private casitas with rooftop terraces, gardens, and their own plunge pools. The resort opened in 2003 and is acclaimed as one of the top resorts in Mexico. A stay includes all meals and premium drinks from four restaurants, bars and coffee shops. One guest review mentions the beautiful sound of waves crashing on the sand as the relaxing soundtrack for their stay.
12. Titanic Mardan Palace in Turkey
This all-inclusive resort, its website says it is “the best all-inclusive family hotel in Europe” is situated in the Mediterranean, and features a range of dining and entertainment choices, an amazing golf course, water sports and pristine private beach, and a world-renowned spa. What many will enjoy about this hotel is its family-centered approach, as it also offers a kids club, playground, splash park, and a five-acre pool complex. There are an incredible three wings and 546 rooms! It cost $1.4 billion to build. A resort on a grand scale!