When it comes to choosing a holiday destination, an awe-inspiring location is certainly high on the priority list for many of us! Get inspired by this list of the 10 most beautiful hotels, from daring and dazzling design choices to unforgettable locations and spectacular natural surroundings.
If luscious jungles, white sand beaches, and horses frolicking in the shallows sounds like your idea of paradise, then you’ll love Nihi Sumba, a remote paradise on the Indonesian island of Sumba. Plunge into your private villa’s infinity pool, surrounded by the vivid jewel colours of infinite skies, turquoise ocean, and a canopy of banyan, banana and palm trees.
This island is famed for its horses, and a sunset gallop along the endless beach is an out of this world experience that’s simply unforgettable.
Just a stone’s throw from Marrakech’s Jemaa El Fna square, the enchanting beauty of Royal Mansour Marrakech must be seen to be believed. Embodying the rich culture of Morocco in every intricately crafted detail, the hotel guides you on a sensory journey through dazzling tilework, bubbling fountains, intoxicating gardens and a breathtaking all-white spa.
Each spectacularly designed room is more bewitching than the next, guiding you deeper into this peaceful oasis that envelops your mind, body and soul.
Famed for its iconic overwater villas and hypnotically blue waters, The Maldives is the destination of dreams, and JOALI Maldives perfectly encapsulates the bewitching beauty of this location. Artfully styled villas mimic the natural flow of the ocean, with gentle shapes and an eco-friendly design.
Situated on the Raa Atoll, beachfront and overwater villas have captivating views over The Maldives signature jewel-toned waters, with the resident marine biologist on hand to help you dive deeper into the fascinating ecosystem beneath the waves.
A uniquely quirky tented camp designed by architect Bill Bensley, Bali’s Capella Ubud evokes the spirit of 19th century explorers through vintage interiors and authentic surroundings. Inspiring adventure and curiosity, guests are transported to a world of discovery, with jungle excursions and immersions into traditional Balinese culture.
Positioned so as not to disturb the surrounding trees, each of the luxurious tents is an Aladdin’s cave of fascinating eccentricities, with intricately carved wood, sumptuous local textiles, and four-poster beds.
Rising up through rugged mountains, aromatic pine forests and wispy clouds, the architectural wonder that is FORESTIS Dolomites reflects and amplifies the extraordinary beauty of its surroundings. The interiors are simple and elegant; natural stone and wood create a simple canvas which directs the focus onto the breathtaking views outside, magnified by floor to ceiling windows.
Altogether, the effect of FORESTIS’s hypnotic simplicity combined with Italy’s UNESCO protected Dolomites creates an almost spiritual experience that reconnects you with the earth.
Nestled amongst dramatic landscapes of an almost otherworldly quality, Habitas AlUla in Saudi Arabia sits between towering golden canyons and a piercing blue sky. This eco-luxe desert camp strives for a truly immersive experience, with traditional music, art installations in the desert, and even a trampoline park, all designed to fuel a connection between guests and these ruggedly beautiful landscapes.
Each of the sustainably crafted villas is complete with locally-made handicrafts, traditional furnishings, and a deck for lounging under the sky, transporting you completely to another world.
One of the Caribbean’s most exclusive destinations, COMO Parrot Cay is a private island resort that epitomises barefoot luxury, with palm-fringed beaches and soft, white sands that are simply breathtaking. The gentle ocean breeze rustles the light, white curtains of the four poster beds in each private villa, tempting you outside to the private pool and beach access.
This is the perfect way to enjoy tropical surroundings at their finest, with unspoilt beaches, jaw-dropping barrier reefs, and endless blue sky.
Few places on earth are considered as spectacular as Patagonia, and naturally, this area boasts some equally stunning hotels to match. Sitting in the shadow of Torres del Paine, and surrounded by untouched wilderness as far as the eye can see, Awasi Patagonia in Chile is a paradise for the wild at heart. Luxury stilted cabins sit among awe-inspiring mountain views, best enjoyed from the quiet tranquility of your wood-fired hot tub.
A private guide will take you out exploring, getting stuck in to breathtaking hikes, monumental glaciers, and horseback rides through endless plains.
Comprising standalone pavilions nestled within the serenity of a secret garden, Aman Kyoto is a far cry from the busy lights of Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. Inspired by traditional Japanese ryokan inns, the pavilions are light, spacious and natural, allowing the magnificent forest views to take centre stage through floor to ceiling windows.
The vivid spectrum outside your window shifts throughout the year, offering lush greens in summer which deepen into vibrant reds and golds in autumn. Observe this irresistible palette from the warming comfort of the hotel’s natural hot springs and cypress-wood soaking tubs infused with nourishing natural ingredients.
Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Himalayas and overlooking the sacred Ganges river valley, Ananda in the Himalayas sits within the sprawling grounds of a 100-acre Maharaja’s palace, for a spiritual setting that’s truly unparalleled. Luxurious yet understated, these intricate buildings still bear the grandeur of their history, with private balconies, traditional design, and antique fittings.
Every corner of this award-winning resort inspires peace and tranquility, from open-air yoga pavilions overlooking the Sal forests, to the mystical glow of the palace in the soft light of dusk.