You can rest your head and wake up refreshed in almost any hotel, but great luxury hotels allow you to recharge and awaken your spirit. We’ve selected a dozen splendid hotels and resorts from all corners of the globe (Indonesia, California, Italy, Ireland, Florida, Nevis, Paris, Laos, and more). Whether you prefer an palatial urban oasis or lush tropical haven, discover a must-visit spot and get away from it all at one of these luxury hotels.
Luxury Hotels and Resorts
Laos is still somewhat of a hidden gem, having a sense of purity and authenticity that makes it feel less affected by tourism than its neighboring countries. In Luang Prabang, the alluring new Rosewood hotel that recently opened is located in a lush area with waterfalls. The resort is just far enough from town to feel like an escape.
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The Four Seasons Hotel Firenze features historic architecture dating from the late 1400s with superb Renaissance detailing—the frescoes alone are a visual feast. But what makes it stand out even more is its surprising setting. It is a metropolitan oasis and the largest private garden in central Florence.
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Whether lounging at the pool or exploring the property, Golden Rock Inn guests are surrounded by exotic plants, some native and others imported by Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles. His goal was a landscape that feels almost untamed, in keeping with the spirit of Nevis.
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L’Auberge Del Mar, the 121-room resort on 5.2 acres of beautifully landscaped property along the coastline north of San Diego, sits high above the crashing sea, ideally situated for taking advantage of this glorious slice of California.
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A visit to Ballyfin, a Regency mansion-turned-hotel in the Midlands of Ireland, evokes past days of leisurely living in the countryside with its lush landscape and impeccable interiors.
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The island of Sumba in the Indonesian archipelago, just an hour’s flight from tourist mecca Bali, has only one resort beautifully sited on its 660 acres. Nihi Sumba resort has undergone a metamorphosis in the last few years, transforming from a cult destination for avid surfers hoping to ride the legendary Occy’s Left to one for anyone seeking sumptuousness and escape.
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The renovated Ritz Paris is ready to receive guests in a luxurious atmosphere where modern amenities are in harmony with its storied decor. The redesign includes suites named for the hotel’s famous guests of the past including Marcel Proust, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Maria Callas, and Coco Chanel.
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With five miles of private beach, a tennis center, three championship golf courses, and a Yacht Club, Sea Island Resort offers something for everyone. The iconic resort and its staff are known for an unerring eye for detail and a gracious approach to caring for guests’ every need.
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England has an abundance of great gardens and landmark hotels, but perhaps nowhere do they come together more harmoniously than at Gravetye Manor in Sussex.
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Sprawling across 6,500 magnificent Allegheny Mountain acres, the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, maintains its reputation as one of America's grandest hotels. Photo courtesy of the Greenbrier
Located in the center of Marrakech and dating back to the 18th century, La Mamounia was originally a garden given to Prince Al Mamoun as a wedding gift from his father, the Sultan. The hotel opened in 1923 and soon drew an international elite, including Winston Churchill (for whom one of the bars is named).
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When the iconic Colony Hotel opened in 1947, it became Palm Beach society’s favorite place to be and be seen. With a prime location just a block from the beach and steps away from tony Worth Avenue, the hostelry with Florida-shaped pool, brilliant flower and herb gardens, restaurants, and Royal Room for cabaret nights, remains an enduring symbol of old Palm Beach.
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