These Are the Most Luxurious Hotels Around the World

These days, five-star hotels are a dime a dozen — but, that doesn’t mean they’re considered luxurious. In fact, many top-rated hotels don’t even compare to the most luxurious hotels around the world.

From the high-end resort that neighbors George Clooney’s Mexican beach villa (page 9) to a hotel situated around 12-million-year-old rock formations (page 11), we share the most luxurious hotels around the world, ahead.

1. Playa Grande Beach Club

Playa Grande Beach Club

The stunning resort has incredible design. | Playa Grande Beach Club

Location: Dominican Republic

What do you get when you cross French colonial architecture with eclectic design? The Playa Grande Beach Club in Dominican Republic. Designed by Celerie Kemble and Boykin Curry, the North Coast resort is ideal for those looking for an intimate beach getaway.

Next: This hotel comes with a private tour guide.

2. Awasi Patagonia

Location: Torres del Paine, Chile

Located in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, the Awasi Patagonia consist of 14 private villas, a lodge, and some spectacular views — but, that’s not all. In addition to the luxury accommodations, the hotel assigns a private tour guide to escort guests through the breathtaking landscape.

Next: This palace-inspired hotel cost $3 billion to build.

3. Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

The hotel cost billions, so it better be great. | Kempinski Hotels

Location: Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is home to some of the most spectacular hotels, including the famous Emirates Palace. The hotel cost $3 billion to build and features some of the most spectacular design and decor — including, marble imported from 13 countries around the world and 1,000 crystal chandeliers.

Next: Can you believe this hotel lets you dine with giraffes?

4. Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor

Some giraffes will come say hello for breakfast. | The Safari Collection

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

If you love giraffes, the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya is a dream come true. The hotel doubles as a giraffe sanctuary, where giraffes can roam on 12 acres of land and interact with guests through the manor’s windows. Some giraffes even pop in for breakfast.

Next: Did someone say après ski?

5. L’Apogée Courchevel

L’Apogée Courchevel

The French Alps retreat is the ultimate ski destination. | L’Apogée Courchevel via Facebook

Location: Courchevel, France

For the ultimate après ski vacation, check out L’Apogée Courchevel. Located in the French Alps and renovated by designer India Mahdavi and architect Joseph Dirand, the luxury ski resort is a true winter wonderland.

Next: This is one of the most photographed hotels in the world.

6. Burj Al Arab Hotel

Burj Al Arab

The whole hotel is luxury suites. | Burj Al Arab via Facebook

Location: Dubai

It’s impossible to get a bad room at Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai — the entire hotel is made up of luxury suites. A combination of high-tech amenities and luxury services like personal chauffeurs (in a Rolls Royce, no less!), 24/7 on-call butlers, and hotel rooms that span two floors.

Next: This hotel is home to one of the best spas in Switzerland.

7. Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

The stunning old hotel is pure luxury. | Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa via Facebook

Location: Interlaken, Switzerland

Many of Europe’s most luxurious hotels are old — really old. Case in point: The Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken, Switzerland. Built in 1865, the five-star hotel is close to the Jungfrau Region ski resort and home to one of the most sought-after spas in Switzerland.

Next: A floating hotel

8. Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace

You’re basically on your own island. | Taj Hotels

Location: Udaipur, India

One look at Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, India will take your breath away. Located on an island in Pichola Lake, the 5-star hotel offers stunning city views, a 24-hour butler service, a spa on a boat, and more.

Next: This hotel is next door to George Clooney’s private beach villa.

9. Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa

Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa

You’ll be right next to George Clooney. | Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa via Facebook

Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

As one of Mexico’s most popular vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas is home to some world-class hotels, including the Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa. Neighboring George Clooney’s beach villa, the five-star hotel features a stunning lobby inspired by a celestial legend and is a depiction of paradise on Earth.

Next: This Italian getaway once belonged to royalty.

10. Grand Hotel Tremezzo

It was once the home of royalty. | Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Location: Lake Como, Italy

Ever wonder what it’s like to vacation like a royal? At the Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como, Italy you can experience it for yourself. The luxury hotel was once a summer home to the Dukes of Serbelloni. Those fortunate enough to enjoy the stunning escape can enjoy spectacular views of Lake Como, go for a swim in the hotel’s famous floating pool, meander through the gardens, and more.

Next: This hotel is situated around a 12-million-year-old rock formation.

11. The Boulders Resort & Spa

The Boulders Resort & Spa

It perfectly blends into the landscape. | The Boulders Resort & Spa via Facebook

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

A favorite vacation spot amongst some of the richest people in the world, The Boulders Resort & Spa is situated around 12-million-year-old rock formations in the Sonoran Desert. The luxury resort features two golf courses, an impressive spa, and an ultra private Villa Retreat (which is gated off for privacy from other guests) for the hotel’s top secret clientele list.

Next: A favorite vacation spot for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Kennedys, and more

12. Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc

Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Even the Kennedys approve. | Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc via Facebook

Location: Antibes, France

When it comes to luxurious hotels, Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc is the holy grail. Built in 1869, it once served as a private residence before being turned into a 5-star escape for some of the most iconic people in the world. Everyone from Ernest Hemingway to F. Scott Fitzgerald to the Kennedys have enjoyed its Mediterranean sea views and country club-like vibes.

Next: This hotel is home to the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean.

13. Mardan Palace Hotel

Mardan Palace

If a stunning pool is high on your list, this is the place. | Mardan Palace via Facebook

Location: Antalya, Turkey

Deemed one of the most elite hotels in Europe, everything about the Mardan Palace Hotel in Antalya, Turkey screams luxury. Those who are fortunate enough to stay in the luxury hotel can enjoy a sunken aquarium, exquisite spa, 24/7 butler service, the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean (it fits up to 1,000 guests!), and a beach made up of 9,000 tons of white sand, imported from Egypt.

Next: Can you believe Winston Churchill once vacationed here?

14. La Mamounia

La Mamounia Marrakech

The luxurious hotel is pure relaxation. | La Mamounia Marrakech via Facebook

Location: Marrakech, Morocco

If you love spa vacations, La Mamounia in Marrakech, Morocco is the luxury vacation spot for you. With 27,000 square feet of spa space, guests can indulge in a number of saunas, salons, and stunning gilt-edge pools.

In addition to spa services, the palace-inspired hotel is surrounded by fragrant gardens and ancient olive groves and has been enjoyed by Winston Churchill, Yves Saint Laurent, and other high profile guests.

Next: This hotel was modeled after a famous lost city.

15. Atlantis Paradise Island

Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas

It’s modeled after the lost city. | quackersnaps/iStock/Getty Images

Location: Bahamas

For those seeking kid-friendly luxury, Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas is the place to be. Modeled after the famous lost city, the luxury hotel features a variety of activities fun for the entire family.

But, the most spectacular thing about the resort is the Royal Towers Bridge Suite. The hotel suite consists of 10 rooms with 12-foot ceilings and full-length windows and is decorated with a gorgeous grand piano, 22-karat gold chandelier, jacuzzi bathtubs, and more. On top of that, the suite comes with a permanent group of staff that cater to guest’s needs.

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