When it comes to luxury properties, there are tons of options – but with so much choice, it can be hard to pick the right one. What if we told you we could list ten star-studded accommodations, which not only guarantee every comfort, but also offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences? From private beach villas to palaces, we’ve cast our line into the ocean of Booking.com and found the perfect catch for you.
Iniala Beach House – Natai Beach, Thailand
Wake up to mesmerising sights and sounds of the Andaman Sea and golden sands of Natai beach. A dedicated team offer 24-hour assistance, with services ranging from a driver, chef and spa therapist. Still want more? These futuristic villas and penthouses also have a lavish swimming pool to splash around in. With an unbeatable location and facilities fit for royalty, you’ll forget you’re only a 25-minute drive north of Phuket airport.
Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur, India
You may not be able to spend a night at the Taj Mahal, but this 18th-century palace gives you a pretty good idea of what it might be like. Set in the middle of Lake Pichola, this majestic marble building has a location to match its looks. The inside is just as impressive as the exterior, with a 24-hour fitness centre and spa pool. Rooms feature intricately carved wooden furniture, silk fabrics and a personal butler service.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Nevermind your own room. How about your own island? This iconic sail-shaped hotel gives you the chance to enjoy the finest service that Dubai – and arguably the world – has to offer. Opt for a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce or a helicopter ride from the private helipad. If you’re feeling peckish, you’ve got nine world-class restaurants to choose from. Take a plunge into one of the five pools or top up your tan on the private beach.
Emirates Palace Hotel – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
If you thought only royalty slept in palaces, think again. A stay at this 5-star resort promises a true Arabian adventure, with its central location, 14 fine dining restaurants and even a private beach stretching 1.3 km. Rooms and suites boast a 24-hour butler service, marble bathrooms and integrated controls via an iPad mini. Treat yourself to a pampering session at the on-site spa, which features a traditional Moroccan hammam with spa baths, steam rooms, heated marble, and an ice cave.
The Plaza – New York, USA
The Plaza is one of the most iconic hotels in the world, perhaps best known for its starring role in the film ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’. Located at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, this historic hotel positions you in the most stylish section of New York City. A stone’s throw from Manhattan’s designer shops, The Plaza also offers its own on-site stores, where you can pick up everything from paintings to perfumes.
The Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton – Scottsdale, USA
This collection of high-end haciendas, casitas, villas and suites is nestled in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert, ideal for walks through the Arizonan wilderness. Back at the hotel, championship golf courses and tennis courts provide plenty of opportunities to practice your swing and serve. If you’d rather stay off your feet altogether, unwind with a massage or sauna session.
Wildflower Hall Shimla – Shimla, India
Wildflower Hall sits within 23 acres of protected forest and offers picture-perfect views over the Himalayas. With heated pools, spa therapies and a location 8,250 feet above sea level, this upscale hotel lets you live the high life in more ways than one. Rejuvenate to the max at this Himalaya hideaway with a nature walk, yoga session or a dip in the open-air whirlpool.
The Oberoi Mauritius – Balaclava, Mauritius
Enveloped by 20 acres of subtropical gardens, The Oberoi has an enviable position on the sandy shores of Turtle Bay. Free daily activities are designed with your relaxation in mind, and range from breathing techniques, to sculpture classes and nature walks. Combine cuisine and history with a meal in the restored 18th-century Gunpowder Room or enjoy a private candlelit dinner on the smooth sands of the bay.
Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
You just know the views are something special when a hotel puts a telescope in every suite. Top choice of many A-list celebrities, the resort lives up to its name of ‘The Windows to Paradise’. Heavenly views over the sea of Cortez can be seen from almost every direction. Fresh ceviche is served daily and there are even scheduled tequila tasting classes for wannabe agave aficionados. Feeling flashy? Book a suite with a private infinity pool and rooftop terrace.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo –Tremezzo, Italy
The Italian lakes... synonymous with romance, mouth-watering cuisine and jaw-dropping scenery. Perched on the western shore of Lake Como, Grand Hotel Tremezzo ticks all these boxes, with fine dining, unrivalled views of Bellagio and the majestic Grigne mountains, and a history dating back over 100 years. This fine example of Art Nouveau architecture also offers three pools, one of which is situated within the lake itself. Over 1,000 square metres of spa facilities include a hammam suite and yoga studio.