The world’s most impressive hotels
Another year has come and gone but with it came some remarkable new additions to the hotel world, along with updates to some of the best existing places to stay. From India to Namibia, and a host of places in between, we explore the most impressive hotels available for a luxurious stay today.
With intricate domes and wall carvings, this 104-suite resort is a proud expression of India’s traditional architecture. Guests can enjoy yoga classes, Ayurvedic spa treatments and massages – all just 30 minutes from bustling Delhi.
These 14 luxury, private pavilions are hidden under palm-leaf roofs with private pools for each group of guests. Inside the pavilions are the latest creature comforts, including free-standing bathtubs, ‘his’ and ‘hers’ vanities and LED TVs – not that you’d need them with the beach just a moment’s walk away.
With a renovation now complete, this hotel sits at the foot of Zurich’s Uetliberg mountain. It features cuisine by Michelin-starred chef Rolf Fliegeauf, a 25-meter outdoor pool with views of mountain forests and the bragging rights to former guests including Steve McQueen, Mohammed Ali, and Freddie Mercury.
The Arts Club has opened its long-awaited hotel – set to become one of the most exclusive in London. Why? Only members and their guests are allowed to make bookings. The most extravagant of the suites is the penthouse, with a butler service, dining space for 12 and private roof terrace.
Set in the wilderness of the Namibian dessert, these ‘glamping’ tents comprise ensuites, fireplaces and decks. Best of all is the surrounding scenery, with oases, sand dunes and the Skeleton Coast for guests to set their eyes upon.
This 784-year-old stone castle has recently reopened after a $75 million renovation. It describes itself as ‘an epic playground for country pursuits’, but it’s certainly a place to play with falconry lessons, horseback riding and even its own cinema for guests to enjoy.