Everyone has a list of their favourite destinations they’d like to visit before they die, but what about those unmissable hotels that should be on your bucket list? We check out the five best hotels to visit in your lifetime.
This hotel is sited in the enviable location of Patagonia. Explora operates a number of amazing destination hotels across Argentina and Chile, including the Atacama Desert and Easter Island, but the Explora Patagonia Chile has perhaps the most spectacular views of all. Perched on a bluff overlooking the incredible Lake Pehoe, the hotel sits in the shadow of the Paine massif, a collection of enormous granite peaks in the Torres del Paine National Park. All suites and rooms benefit from framed views of the mountains, and the state of the art suite has four outdoor jacuzzis that look onto the landscape. A must-visit for lovers of hiking and the outdoors.
This 5-star hotel is located on the shores of Lake Como, and was a residence of royalty and aristocracy for centuries before becoming one of the most sought-after hotels in Italy in 1873. The property is dripping in opulence, and the 152 rooms are divided between Cardinal Building and the Queen’s Pavilion. Not only does Villa d’Este have some of the most spectacular accommodations and views in the region, but the hotel is also set in 10 acres of private parkland, and has a swimming pool that juts out into the lake. There are few more luxurious hotels in the world than this.
This 39-room luxury resort is situated on the Californian coastal stretch of Big Sur. Taking full advantage of its inimitable setting, the hotel is an escape from reality, where guests can relax in nature and natural surroundings. A host of themed rooms offer guest the ability to immerse themselves in the cliffs, the ocean, the coast, the trees or the mountains. Their award-winning restaurant serves delicious local fare that changes daily, and the spa facilities are the perfect place in which to rejuvenate mind, body and soul.
Aman’s fourth property in China is their most stunning, and ambitious, yet. Amanyangyun was the talk of not just the hospitality world, but of the design community at large, because of the project’s enormous scope, which involved the transfer of several Ming and Qing dynasty buildings from one region of China to the current site just outside Shanghai. The interiors reflect the long heritage these buildings come from, and the history and uniqueness of the hotel make it one for the bucket list.
Located on a vast 130,000 acre nature reserve in Zimbabwe, the Singita Pamushana Lodge is an ecotourism haven. The hotel’s architecture is a significant feature of the property, and reflects local heritage, design and culture. But where the lodge really shines is in its siting within the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, allowing guests to experience the magic of Africa, with its unique landscapes, wildlife and culture. The hotel aims to conserve the local environment and ecosystem, as well as giving guests the most unforgettable holiday experience imaginable.