The world’s most luxurious hotels and resorts
The 2019 Hotel of the Year Awards were recently announced, and this year’s list highlights the most outstanding luxury hotels and resorts around the globe. These gorgeous, unique destinations have received rave reviews from hundreds of thousands of guests who adored every part of their experience, from receiving unbeatable customer service to enjoying astounding entertainment options. If you’re in the mood to treat yourself (or your loved ones), a trip to one of these extraordinary resorts certainly won’t disappoint!
Soneva Kiri, Thailand
A trip to the World’s Best Luxury Resort begins with a 70-minute private plane ride from Bangkok to the pristine island of Koh Kood. Soneva Kiri is located on a massive 102-acre site, and all guests are given their own electric buggies and bicycles in order to get around the resort with ease. And with lush rainforests, unbelievable beaches, unrivaled stargazing opportunities, and three extraordinary restaurants to choose from, you’ll be grateful for the transportation! In addition, you can feel free to enjoy the hotel’s:
- Rejuvenating Six Senses Spa.
- Jewelry gallery.
- Pool with a swim-up bar.
- Boutique shop.
- Complimentary ice cream and chocolates (24/7!).
- Wide variety of water sports, such as catamaran sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, and more.
- Guided sightseeing tours and a variety of expert-led classes.
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz was voted as the Best Luxury Wellness Resort Worldwide in 2019, and it’s considered to be the leading wellbeing health resort in Europe. This extravagant getaway features a beautiful thermal spa, a casino, two golf courses, and first-class restaurants, bars, and bistros for around-the-clock meals and snacks. The hotel offers a variety of events year-round, including live music, cultural events, lecures, and other entertainment options for guests to soak in and enjoy. You can even indulge in some retail therapy with the hotel’s very own gallery of shops and boutiques located within the complex!
JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, Vietnam
This 5-star hotel was designed by renowned architect Bill Bensley, who had the idea to construct the resort according to the mythical Lamarck University. This resulted in a gorgeous destination that has themed buildings according to specific “academic departments.” For instance, the fitness center may remind you of an upscale school gymnasium, the bar is located in the Department of Chemistry, and staff refer to the grounds as a “campus.”
There are daily activities for guests to enjoy (which are referred to as “classes”), including guided bike rides, lantern making, cooking lessons, and much more. You can also lounge on the powder-white private beach, enjoy a meal at one of the five on-campus restaurants, and shop the exclusive shopping alley, Rue de Lamarck. Or, if you’re in the mood for some real pampering, visit one of the spa rooms for massages, body scrubs, therapy baths, and other rejuvenating treatments.
Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa, Cuba
If you think you can’t afford an all-inclusive trip, the Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa is here to prove you wrong. Voted the Best Luxury All-Inclusive Value Resort Worldwide in 2019, this Cuban paradise is an adults-only package that is sure to amaze and delight you. Each guest will have their very own butler service, including poolside and beachside drink services. Your all-inclusive package will also give you access to top-shelf liquor, delicious buffets, your choice of four restaurants, a pool with a swim-up bar, the sauna, and the steam room. If you’re on a budget, this incredible destination is for you!
The Royal Santrian Beach Villas, Bali
The Royal Santrian Beach Villas were deemed the Best Luxury Honeymoon Spa Resort Worldwide, and it’s easy to see why. The lovely villas each have their own beautifully-manicured gardens and private pools, and there are a number of restaurants and spa parlors within walking distance of the villas. Yoga, Balinese cooking classes, and other guided activities are offered on-site, and the pristine sandy beach is perfect for enjoying a romantic evening picnic. If you’re looking to explore Bali a little more, the hotel also offers free shuttle rides to the Bali Collection, which is well-known for its plethora of shopping and dining options.
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