The new travel app PK’s List was first launched back in May 2018 by industry travel expert Philippe Kjellgren, who goes by PK to most. It was immediately hailed by experts in the travel industry as something akin to how the world-famous Michelin Guide functions for restaurants, but for luxury hotels.
It was a welcome addition to an industry that has never really had such a centralized set of rating and rankings, and PK certainly seemed to be qualified to create it. Indeed, Kjellgren is the author of seven travel books. He’s also the founder of the Kiwi Collection, giving him experience on both sides of the industry.
All told, PK has more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry. Essentially, he set up his PK’s List Travel Club a few years ago too, with the aim of creating one of the world’s most trusted resources when it comes to luxury travel. Royal families, dignitaries, VIPs and celebrities are included among its ‘Elite Membership’ – an invitation only tier – and now the club for discerning travellers has further expanded with the launch of the smart phone app. As well as travel intelligence into the world’s best hotels, with hotel contact details to hand and a ‘quick book’ option, the app also offers benefits, including upgrades, spa credits, gift vouchers and late check-out at selected hotels.
The point is that there is arguably no one more qualified than PK to list the 10 best luxury hotels in the world. Here’s a glance at what he came up with.
- Eden Roc St Barths, Caribbean– The most iconic of hotels situated on an isolated rock on the best beach in St Barths. This is a star-studded resort with impeccable taste.
- Laucala, Fiji- A private island resort in Fiji where no expense has been spared. The tropical hideaway offers 25 Fijian-styled villas set beside blissful beaches. The resort is positioned atop the island’s volcanic mountains overlooking fertile coral reefs and endless jungle.
- North Island, Seychelles- The most exclusive island getaway in the Seychelles, this resort is the epitome of freedom and privacy in a luxurious yet barefoot-luxury retreat. From £6,138 per room per night.
- Miavana, Madagascar- This private-island-resort offers an exclusive ‘castaway’ experience and is only accessible by helicopter. Expect 14 mid-century inspired, hand-crafted villas designed by leading architects.
- Post Ranch Inn, California, USA– The cliff-side cabins and cottages overlooking the Big Sur, offer stunning panoramic views, paired with really unique design.
- Bisate Lodge, Rwanda- The newest and definitely the coolest deign of any of the lodges in Rwanda – this is the ultimate place for Gorilla watching.
- Singita Lebombo, South Africa– This cutting-edge safari lodge is bold and contemporary in design and is found in the heart of the African wilderness.Each of the 15 rooms have open fireplaces, indoor and outdoor showers and game-viewing decks overlooking the N’wanetsi River.
- Ett Hem, Stockholm, Sweden– Built in a private residence dating back to 1910, with interiors by Ilse Crawford, this offers one of the very best boutique hotel experiences anywhere in the world. Aiming to be a home-from-home – guests can use the hotel as they see fit – from helping themselves to wine from the fridge to borrowing a book from the library.
- Nihi Sumba, Indonesia– A tropical idyll meets surfer’s paradise at this jewel based on a deserted beach, on the island of Sumba, near Bali. Expect private villas, with thatched roofs and local art, complete with butlers.
- Aman Tokyo, Japan – Aman hotels are renowned for their understated style, and this is no exception. It feels like a luxurious ryokan with spanning views of Tokyo and the Imperial Garden. Ultra luxurious.