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.

1. ITC Grand Bharat, India

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.


2. The Katamama Hotel, Bali

In this 58-suite hotel, every aspect has been personally designed and crafted by Indonesian craftsmen to “preserve the art and way of doing things unique in Indonesia”. The result is a sense of understated luxury through the use of natural tones and materials.


3.  Chena Huts, Sri Lanka

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.


4. Atlantis by Giardi0, Zurich

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.


5. The Arts Club, London

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.


6. Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia.

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.

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The new resort by Six Senses, Zil Payson, is the sole one on Felicite island. Reachable only by helicopter or boat, the property offers a place to retreat and enjoy undisturbed views, with private infinity pools and the resort’s own three white sand beaches to relax upon.

8. Ashford Castle, Ireland.

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.