2018 World’s Top 20 Hotels

La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa

La Residence, Franschhoek
LUXURY ACCOMMODATION IN FRANSCHHOEK

La Residence is surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, breath-taking views of the undulating countryside and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. A new benchmark for luxury Franschhoek accommodation. Step into the Great Hall and be transported to a world of exquisite beauty,

opulence and grandeur in this luxury Franschhoek hotel.

Glittering Indian chandeliers hang from the vaulted ceiling, original artwork and huge mirrors grace the walls, while the furnishings of Liz Biden are plush, colourful and stylish. Elegant antiques and exquisite flowers create a feeling of refinement and sophistication.

The 11 Suites at the hotel are ideal for couples while the 5 Vineyard Suites offer privacy and space for families and groups of friends.

La Residence, Franschhoek | YouTube review
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Viceroy Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Romantic Caribbean Hotel & Villas in Riviera Maya

Hidden in a small village of Playa Xcalacoco just outside Playa del Carmen, along the pearlescent sands of the Riviera Maya, Viceroy, formerly The Tides Riviera Maya, is a seaside refuge extending deep into the primitive Maya tropical forest. The 41-villa Mexico Luxury resort and its stunning spa present the epitome of Maya Riviera beach unpretentious luxury,
exuding the ambiance of an exclusive private Playa del Carmen villa or opulent residential compound.

Recently touted as the #1 Hotel in Mexico, by Travel + Leisure 2018 World’s Best Awards and “a sexy, eco-conscious hideaway in the jungle” by Travel + Leisure magazine, our Riviera Maya resort’s design respects and accentuates the pristine qualities of its dramatic jungle and seaside setting. Intimate and serene features blend seamlessly into the dense tropical foliage, dining is available both indoors and outdoors, and yoga classes and spa treatments overlook coastal splendor.

Viceroy Riviera Maya | YouTube review
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Gibb’s Farm, Karatu, Tanzania

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A Unique, Authentic Experience

Immerse yourself in the peace and serenity of Gibb’s Farm. Overlooking the centuries-old Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Forest, Gibb’s Farm was one of the first guesthouses in Northern Tanzania. Established as a coffee farm in the late 1920s and refurbished as a warm, rustic luxury inn, Gibb’s Farm is a welcome retreat for a few days’ respite while on safari or for an extended vacation or honeymoon getaway.

The main farmhouse and 17 cottages offer the warmth and charm of another era, with all of the modern amenities you could ask for. Inside, beautiful architectural details, such as the farmhouse’s original wooden beams, and colourful artwork reflecting the inspirations of local African artists greet you. Outside, the farm’s organic vegetable and terraced flower gardens provide a wonderful sanctuary for afternoon tea or a quiet walk to impart a sense of contentment and well-being.

Gibb’s Farm, Karatu | YouTube review
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Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India

17. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India
Experience India in luxury

The Oberoi Rajvilas is remarkable amongst hotels in Jaipur; a royal resort set in a breathtaking thirty two acre oasis of beautiful landscaped gardens, filled with beautiful trees and exotic birdlife.

Guests looking for a luxury dining restaurant in Jaipur can choose between our all day international fine dining space or seasonal Indian speciality restaurant. Both offer indoor seating, al fresco dining and live, traditional folk music to accompany the dining experience. Our comfortable library bar is a wonderful setting to enjoy an aperitif, a nightcap, a game of chess or an interactive history session.

The Oberoi Spa in Jaipur, located in a restored 18th century haveli (mansion), offers signature treatments to help guests relax, refresh and rejuvenate. Our Oberoi Experiencesare a unique bouquet of authentic, interactive Rajasthani art, culture and culinary demonstrations, for guests to enjoy in the comfort and luxury of The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur.

Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur | YouTube review
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Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru
Hacienda-Style Hotel in the Sacred Valley

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a contemporary hacienda-style hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in-between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Immersed in the countryside in a gorgeous area, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba spans approximately 100 acres surrounded by imposing green mountains.

All rooms in the Casa Hacienda and stand-alone luxury casitas feature breathtaking views of the valley, immersing guests in open space, serenity and relaxing solitude. Architecture and interiors are inspired on the area’s cultural history, with colonial furniture, authentic Inca masks and handcrafted woodwork that add to the hacienda’s local charm.

An Earth to Table concept is operated with a 10-acre organic plantation where guests are welcome to pick their own produce. Carbon-free crops such as quinoa, Urubamba giant corn, medicinal herbs and a variety of potatoes are farmed with traditional hand tools and oxen, as done centuries ago.

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley | YouTube review
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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

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SERENE ISLAND LIVING WITH A MALDIVIAN VILLAGE CHARM

Gently rising from a sheet of turquoise, at Kuda Huraa it’s hard to tell where ocean ends and sky begins. As captivating beneath the waves as above them, we embrace our stunning surroundings, to bring you closer to the sea and its secrets.

Relax, reset and rediscover yourself with soothing spa treatments, return airport transfers and more.

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa | YouTube review
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Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India

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Stay with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts in Agra for an unforgettable experience.

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra enjoys an unrivalled position amongst luxury hotels in Agra, being located just 600 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal. Each of our rooms affords uninterrupted views of this ancient monument to love, while elements of the layout and design pay homage to its Mughal splendour.

Our hotel is approached along a sweeping driveway, verdant with native trees and lit by flaming torches. Just inside, a Mughal style quadrant is ornamented with cascading fountains and framed by an arched passageway and gold leaf frescoes.

By day, guests can travel in our private golf buggies to the Taj Mahal. At night, they can savour a candlelit dinner beside its soft silhouette. We offer a range of specially curated Oberoi Experiences designed specifically for our luxury resort in Agra and this majestic Mughal city.

Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra | YouTube review
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Nayara Springs, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

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Authentic Rainforest Experience

A cluster of secluded luxury villas immersed in the lush vegetation of Costa Rica’s pristine rainforest, are at the center Nayara Springs’s ultra-exclusive Adults-Only boutique resort. A place of breathtaking natural beauty, bounded by a creek and underground mineral thermal springs, the resort is located in the Arenal Volcano National Park, host to one of the world’s highest concentration of tropical plants and wildlife. We appeal to a wide range of travelers because of the many things to do in the hotel and the Arenal area –including the fine art of doing nothing at all.

Nayara Springs, Arenal Volcano National Park | YouTube review
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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine, Chile

7. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine, Chile
An Adventure at Tierra Patagonia

At Tierra Patagonia Adventure and Spa Hotel, we invite you to forge your own relationship with Torres del Paine National Park. At Tierra Patagonia, you’ll find yourself completely surrounded by wilderness, and you can enjoy an endless array of outdoor excursions. The building’s architecture is beautifully integrated with the landscape and offers stunning national park views.

The hotel’s design is purely Patagonian with locally-sourced materials and artworks.

Relaxation and pampering await you here after a day of exploring. Our Uma Spa restores your mind, body and soul, as do the warming fires and friendly service. Tierra Patagonia is a true home-from-home boutique lodge where adventure travel and luxury are combined.

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine | YouTube review
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine | Book now

Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Torlundy, Scotland

Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Torlundy, Scotland
Inverlochy Castle Hotel

Inverlochy Castle Hotel is a beautiful 19th century castle surrounded by the luscious green of the evergreen trees and the sparkling blue from the nearby loch. Being in Scotland’s finest Country Hotel, you will enjoy the holiday of a lifetime, where every detail for your comfort and enjoyment has been carefully considered and one which you are sure never to forget.

The area surrounding Inverlochy Castle is rich in landscape and history, to name but a few of these breath-taking places – the falls at Glen Nevis, the monument at Glenfinnan and the mountains of Glencoe. During a trip to Balmoral in 1873, Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy sketching and painting where she wrote in her diaries ‘I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot’. Nestling in the foothills of the mighty Ben Nevis, Inverlochy Castle sits amidst some of Scotland’s finest scenery.

Dining at ‘Albert and Michel Roux Jr at Inverlochy Castle’ is a culinary experience to savour, with the legendary father and son taking the helm of the kitchen and offering the finest dishes using local produce. Dining is in any of our three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture presented as gifts to Inverlochy Castle from the King of Norway, creating a unique experience in unrivalled surroundings.

Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Torlundy | YouTube review
Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Torlundy | Book now

Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco, Peru

Inkaterra La Casona, Cuzco, Peru
Authentic Nature Travel in Peru

The first boutique hotel in Cusco, Inkaterra La Casona is located in the traditional Plaza de las Nazarenas, surrounded by vibrant, cobblestoned streets. This 16thCentury manor house stands on the training grounds for an elite army of Incas, and had Spanish Conquistador Diego de Almagro and ‘Libertador’ Simón Bolívar among its illustrious guests.

After being harmoniously restored by Inkaterra throughout five years, emphasizing its original architecture, Inkaterra La Casona reflects the encounter of cultures and traditions across centuries. Surrounding the main patio, its 11 suites are provided with chimneys, heated floors and extra-large bathtubs. Its halls are decorated with colonial furniture, Pre-Columbian textiles and original murals.

The Yacu therapy room offers bespoke treatments and, like the manor’s dining room, uses products derived from local sources. Those who sleep within the stone walls, beneath the exposed beams, gain a deeper understanding to the city’s cultural heritage.

Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco | YouTube review
Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco | Book now

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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Indonesia

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YOUR RIVERSIDE SANCTUARY IN BALI’S CULTURAL HEART

“At Four Seasons, we believe in recognizing a familiar face, welcoming a new one and treating everyone we meet the way we would want to be treated ourselves. Whether you work with us, stay with us, live with us or discover with us, we believe our purpose is to create impressions that will stay with you for a lifetime. It comes from our belief that life is richer when we truly connect to the people and the world around us.”

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