To inspire your future travels, we publish a list of the best hotels around the world. Historic castles and heavenly resorts in Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean or the Caribbean, in the jungle or in the desert, from secluded spots to grand hotels – BestHotels offers a choice of only 20 hotels from all over the world from every category possible and imaginable!
Our ranking reflects exceptional locations across a wide variety of hotel choices. But be careful, unlike the ratings of our Anglo-Saxon colleagues, our rating is purely subjective and reflects only the opinion of our editorial staff.
Set against a backdrop of spectacular fjords and snow-capped peaks, Singular Patagonia offers all the comforts of a modern luxury hotel in the heart of Chilean Patagonia. Without doubt one of the most chic places to explore the fantastic Torres del Paine Natural Park (National Park in Chile).
An excellent hotel in the capital of the Netherlands! In the heart of the famous Museum Quarter of Amsterdam, opposite the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum, the Conservatorium combines the best of both worlds: the incomparable grandeur of a palace and a boutique style. A modern hotel with a great lobby and quirky suites.
It’s hard to find the right words to describe the Alpina, one of the most modern 5-star hotels in the exclusive Bernese Alps resort, Gstaad. In a style that is radically opposed to the classicism of the mythical palace of Gstaad, Alpina offers everything imaginable in a luxurious 19th century hotel: spacious rooms, a huge spa, three exclusive restaurants and a huge outdoor pool. Just incredible!
Opened in April 1913 on Avenue Montaigne, Plaza Athénée is one of those places that embodies a certain vision of French luxury. The beloved Christian Dior hotel remains today one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Absolute luxury, exquisite sophistication, world-class service, a 3-star gourmet restaurant signed by Alain Ducasse and of course a chic spa (of course Dior).
Nick Jones is the owner of one of the most fashionable hotel brands in the world, Soho House. “The man who got rich by cleaning out the concept of a private club to turn it into a place to enjoy relaxation.” According to L’Express, he built his empire in Great Britain, but it was in Istanbul that he opened one of the best hotels. An ideal location in the heights of Beyoglu, a delightful design that combines the best of tradition from the past with modern luxury. The stylish rooftop with pool and Bosphorus views is truly the ideal hotel feature, in old Constantinople you can hardly dream of a better one.
Opened since 2004 in an old Art Nouveau palace on the banks of the Danube. Four Seasons Gresham Palace is one of the most emblematic locations of the Canadian hotel brand. And undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hotels in the Hungarian capital. The splendor of the common areas, the impeccable luxury of the rooms, the incomparable service, the breathtaking views – you won’t find a single flaw in the Gresham Palace.
London, along with Paris, is a city in Europe with at least ten palace-type establishments. Which can claim a place in the ranking of the best hotels in the world. In these circumstances, choosing only one is a difficult task. This legendary hotel is ideally located in the heart of Mayfair. It has it all: incomparable comfort in rooms and suites, a two-star restaurant by French chef Hélène Darroz, a bar known as one of the best in the world, and of course a delightful spa.
One of the best hotels in Hong Kong. Fleet of cars for all tastes for rent , including 14 Rolls-Royce Phantom. Helicopter transfers directly from the international airport to the hotel’s rooftop helipad. A level of service almost unparalleled in the world. Perfect rooms, luxurious spa and afternoon tea, lets you enjoy the splendor of this wonderful place.
The coast of the city of Amalfi in southwestern Italy, under steep cliffs with dizzying landscapes. Belmond Hotel Caruso is located in the charming village of Ravello, considered one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. It is one of those hotels that generations of travelers have dreamed of. Virginia Woolf, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart and Jackie Kennedy stayed there while many dreamed of meeting them.
Featured in the feature film Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola, Hyatt Tokyo Park is one of the emblematic locations of the Hyatt luxury brand. The chic design, sophisticated modern style, and attentive service have ensured Park Hyatt’s worldwide success. The view of Tokyo from all windows of the rooms, pool, restaurant, bar is incomparable.
Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is the most romantic and luxurious Indian hotel. A majestic and charming 18th century marble palace that boasts being on the water. It is not only unusual, but also unique. It is worth visiting at least once in your life.
There is no shortage of beautiful hotels off the Amalfi Coast on the enchanting island of Capri, but if there was only one left, it would certainly be JK Place. Although its location is not the most glamorous, overlooking Marina Grande. JK is distinguished not only by its intimacy in its 22 rooms and suites, but also by its elegance. It mesmerizes with its interiors and unrivaled service.
Rosewood should be distinguished among the London palaces of the new generation. The hotel is approximately ten minutes’ walk from the British Museum, Covent Garden and the Strand. Discreet luxury for standard rooms and a space of at least 32 m². The splendor of its common areas delights even the most pampered connoisseur. And the Scarfes bar with a cozy library is ideal for a cocktail.
While the hotel industry in Hong Kong is dominated by the largest hotel groups – Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton and others, The Upper House offers something new for its guests – the rooms have an important advantage: they are the largest in Hong Kong … A hotel complex by renowned Hong Kong architect and interior designer André Fu is presented. The Upper House offers a new perspective on traditional conventions. Rooms are at least 70 m² in size, including 28 meters for the bathroom only. As for the views of the bay, behind the bay windows between the 38th and 48th floors, they are simply breathtaking.
Private island, forty-three bungalows and a luxurious atmosphere. Opened in June 2004, PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi has quickly established itself as one of the iconic resorts in the Maldives. The world’s first underwater spa. Villas with private pools set along a heavenly turquoise lagoon with contemporary finishes and a gourmet restaurant. Huvafen Fushi, which means “dream island”, corresponds to the translation of reality.
For over 140 years, the Grand Hotel Stockholm has been the benchmark for luxury hotels in Stockholm and beyond throughout Scandinavia. The only hotel in the country that is a member of the prestigious leading hotels in the world. The Grand Hotel annually hosts the Nobel laureates awarded in Stockholm. Luxurious decor, rooms and suites with impeccable comfort. Michelin-starred gourmet restaurants. Sensational spa and incomparable views of the port and Gamla Stan. This is why the Grand Hotel is so aptly named “The Great Hotel”.
Beau-Rivage is one of the best palace hotels in Switzerland. It is set in a magnificent garden of 4 hectares on the shores of Lake Geneva. Two peace agreements were signed within its walls. Recently refurbished, the hotel is more luxurious than ever. Add to this the incredibly high level of service: the gastronomic table and the huge Cinq Mondes spa with indoor and outdoor pools, and you will understand how Beau-Rivage has built its reputation.
Bristol, since its opening in 1925, has been one of the reference Parisian palaces. It has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best hotels in the world. There are many reasons to fall in love with this exceptional hotel: a private garden, the largest of the Parisian palaces with 1200 m², a teak-topped swimming pool and panoramic views over the rooftops of Paris, the La Prairie spa and the quaint 3-star restaurant d’Eric Frechon.
This is where Woody Allen filmed his film Minuit à Paris.
In Istanbul, near the Hagia Sophia, there is one of the best Four Seasons Bosphorus hotels of the Canadian group of the same name. It is distinguished by an extraordinary marble terrace, almost 200 meters long along the Bosphorus. Weather permitting, the hotel looks like an exclusive urban resort, with a magnificent 27-meter outdoor pool parallel to the majestic strait. And throughout the year, rooms or spas offer unrivaled comfort.
Beachcomber Royal Palm Luxury is one of the flagships of Mauritian hospitality. Situated on the island’s sunniest coastline, along a sandy belt, Royal Palm offers all the comforts of a world-class resort in a charming setting – 69 suites overlooking the lagoon. Tropical garden, three heated pools, Clarins spa.
Trisara was founded by Australian Anthony Lark, who was the first CEO of the legendary Amanpuri. The hotel is one of the most exclusive locations in Southeast Asia. A total of 48 suites and villas, each with its own view pool and located in the heart of an expansive 16 hectare estate, on almost 2 kilometers of coastline along the Andaman Sea. This exclusive hotel complex offers absolute privacy and discreet luxury.
White as ivory sand and gentle waves under the coconut trees, a gentle breeze from the ocean. At the edge of the lagoon, Cocoa attracts with its beauty and the most beautiful seabed in the world … This exclusive resort’s 33 suites are set in overwater villas on a secluded island offering breathtaking views of the lagoon. The hotel features a luxury spa, gourmet restaurant and many water activities.
On the borders of Laos, Burma and Thailand, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of Chiang Rai, Four Seasons Tented Camp offers a unique hotel experience. A combination of perfect immersion in the rich wilderness of the region and the luxury of a Four Seasons hotel. The uniqueness of this ultra exclusive “camping” – just 15 bungalows with a jacuzzi on the terrace and the opportunity to watch the wild animals pass by you.
Copacabana Palace Hotel, a legendary hotel in the Brazilian metropolis. It delights with its splendor, typical for palaces of the early 20th century. Known for its ideal location on Copacabana Beach, it is the epitome of Rio’s timeless glamor and romance, especially felt on the poolside terrace. The rooms are decorated in a classic style and are very spacious.
Raffles has been open since 1887 and is one of the few colonial-era hotels that have survived to this day. The hotel remembers and cultivates traditions, as in the Long Bar they still throw peanut husks on the floor. Just as it was customary back in the days when Hemingway often visited this place. The reconstruction carried out gave the Singapore landmark another life.
At an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and overlooking the Al-Hajar Mountains, an exclusive eco hotel is located in the center of one of the most impressive areas of the Sultanate of Oman. Alila Jabal Akhdar brings together influences from local architecture and contemporary design. A special feature of the hotel is the combination of luxury with the principles of environmental friendliness. Without a doubt, one of the most unusual hotels in our ranking.
Opened since 1908, the Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferrat, owned by the Canadian group Four Seasons since 2015, is the archetype of the Côte d’Azur palace. From the very beginning, crowned persons and show business stars visit it. This hotel remains one of the most beautiful jewels of the French Riviera. A well-tended 7 hectare garden, luxurious interiors, a gourmet restaurant and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The Four Seasons Grand Du Cap Ferrat is always impressive.
It is in a 19th century manor house overlooking the vineyards and the Douro River in Portugal that the Six Senses group opened their first European resort in 2015. In the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This luxury hotel is committed to understated luxury and elegance. If you’re here to pamper yourself at the spa, over 2,000 square meters of wellness and pampering await you. You can also pamper yourself with the excellent local wines.
In the heart of the famous Atlas Mountains in Morocco and an hour’s drive from Marrakech, Sir Richard Branson purchased a Kasbah Tamadot after one of his hot air balloon expeditions. He immediately included it in his prestigious collection Virgin Limited, in which also includes his private Caribbean island, Necker Island. Located 1300 meters above sea level in the Atlas Mountains, with their gorges and hills in the background, 28 luxurious rooms and suites are considered one of the most beautiful hotels in the entire Kingdom. Charming decor and excellent Moroccan hospitality (90% of the hotel staff come from nearby Berber villages).
The American Colony Hotel is the most luxurious hotel in Jerusalem and undoubtedly the most charming place. In East Jerusalem and a stone’s throw from the Old City, this former Pasha’s palace was converted into a hotel in 1902 at the request of Baron Ustinov. Since then, this place has been considered a true refuge with a large garden hidden behind high stone walls.