When you are searching for ‘ultimate luxury’ in a hotel, it’s often about knowing where to look. Some of the world’s finest hotels will, of course, be featured on the big online travel sites. However, to maintain their exclusivity, some of the most sought after will not – and finding them can involve a bit of research! The best resources include some of the upscale travel magazines and lifestyle travel brands like Quintessentially and Mr & Mrs. Smith, particularly if you want to find something out of the mainstream. If you don’t have the time or inclination for a heap of digging, compare the top five ultimate luxury hotels with us.
Tucked away in isolated canyons, Amangiri offers both adventure and a tranquil escape from reality. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, this one could be ideal for you! With a Navajo inspired spa and a design so utterly at peace with its rugged surroundings that many guests never leave the property, the hotel is nestled in the wilderness. If you do opt to venture out, you’ll be richly rewarded because the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Monument Valley are all within staggering distance.
When we say that the hotel’s design is utterly at peace with its surroundings, what we mean is that, though chic in the extreme (as you’d expect for the price tag), the restraint shown in the use of concrete and simple design lines is very refreshing. It embraces the tones and textures of the canyons! The hotel is supremely comfortable – not because the interiors are sumptuous, but rather because they take their inspiration from their natural surrounds and rely on simple lines and clean execution. Each suite has a terrace so that you can experience the changing desert daylight and the palette of colors that it conjures up. There are few simpler pleasures in life than getting back to nature. Prices for two people for a 2 night stay start at around $3,000.
London is a perfect choice for a luxury traveler because your ultra luxury hotel can be nicely complemented by some of the world’s top dining and shopping facilities. Our choice of ultimate luxury hotel for London is The Lanesborough. Everyone loves a new or newly renovated hotel, and this opulent property reopened in the summer of 2015 after a complete renovation.
The interior design by Alberto Pinto has restored the hotel to its Regency origins and, though the traditional decor might not be to the taste of those who yearn for minimalist hotel chic, no detail has been overlooked. There are just 93 elite rooms and suites and, for a London property in the ultimate luxury category, this rather intimate size ensures the very best service. London’s world-class restaurant scene has never been more attractive, but spend a night in at this hotel and you won’t regret it. The 3 Michelin star French Chef Eric Frechon oversees the hotel’s exquisite Celeste restaurant. Prices for 2 nights start at around $1400, excluding breakfast.
Located in the absolute heart of Vienna’s elegant 1st District, the Park Hyatt has taken Vienna’s luxury hotel scene by storm. In fact, when it comes to ultra-luxury, Park Hyatt is the only hotel that really stands out. The hotel is just around the corner from Vienna’s emerging luxury shopping area the Golden Quarter, and every top restaurant in the city can be reached by foot.
The 143 room hotel occupies a former bank that was built at the turn of the last century. Fortunately, the Dutch design team resisted the temptation to add a modern spin, and the results are rather beautiful period interiors. As you would expect from a Park Hyatt, the rooms are appointed with every possible extra and great sensitivity has been shown to the aesthetics of the room. Unusually for Vienna in a hotel this formal, the service is warm. Prices for two nights start at around $900, room only.
In a city where ‘the bigger the better’ grabs the most headlines, the city’s smallest ultra luxury hotel quietly opened its doors in 2012. Everything about the hotel screams discrete – from its beachfront location at one of the far ends of the man-made Palm Island, to its low-rise exterior, this is a hotel for those who don’t need the bling factor to enjoy ultra luxury.
There are just 94 rooms, suites & villas at the resort, and 13 of the suites and villas have private pools. For anyone looking to escape the world yet remain central to a city, there is no better choice in Dubai. Small though this resort may be, there are plenty of facilities to occupy your time – from the obligatory gym and spa to three restaurants. The hotel operates a private boat service to its sister property One&Only Royal Mirage on Dubai’s mainland, where there is a further range of restaurants and bars including the achingly chic Jetty Lounge. Decoratively speaking the property is distinctly Arabesque, but it’s a much modernized Arabic style that – whilst giving you a sense of place – is rather easy on the eye. Prices for two start at around $3500 for 2 nights.
As if waking up in the charm of Venice were not enough, there is now an ultimate luxury hotel to make your stay one to remember. Since it is so utterly beautiful, the Clooneys even chose it as the venue for their wedding dinner! The hotel occupies a 16th century former Palazzo – the Palazzo Papadopoli – and the 450-year history of the building pervades every corner of the hotel today.
Frescoes, painted ceilings, original artwork, silk or leather covered walls and chandeliers adorn the property without a hint of modern interpretation by a designer who has shown no restraint. Untypically for Venice, the hotel also offers gardens and a choice of two restaurants. The garden restaurant even overlooks the Grand Canal. There really are no adequate words to sum up this ultimate luxury property, but we can tell you a stay here is truly mesmerizing. Prices for two people start at around $2400 for 2 nights.
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