It’s easy to be dazzled by chandeliers and grand pianos, but the ultimate luxury is often all about little details that really take your breath away. From pillows monogrammed with your initials to rooms conveniently pumped with extra oxygen when the altitude is a slight discomfort, luxury hotels really do come in all shapes and sizes. Check out our Listopedia of the World’s most luxurious hotels.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Hoteliers in the UAE are no strangers to decadence. At the Emirates Palace, they’ve taken things to the next level. The whopping 85 hectare resort on the shores of the Persian Gulf had a $2 billion construction price tag and it’s not hard to see why. Moor your yacht at the hotel’s marina, amble along the cycle trails through manicured grounds, play cricket or football on the full size pitches, sequester yourself inside the the traditional marble Turkish hammam, make a withdrawal at the gold ATM or just enjoy your rotating canopy bed. There’s plenty to keep you entertained.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Colorado, America
Aspen is often considered celebrity snow spotting country but the insider secret is this intimate five star hotel tucked into the bottom of its own ski run. Nearby Beaver Creek is world renowned for five star skiing – think heated foot paths and escalators to the chair lifts – but The Ritz-Carlton has Bachelor Gulch all to itself. Ski straight from the front door to the chair lift, return to the outdoor fire pit for the giant freshly baked cookie, sup at Spargo (Wolfgang Puck’s award winning restaurant), before sinking into bed with one of those extra special monogrammed pillows.
St Regis Langkawi, Malaysia
Location, location, location makes a luxury hotel. In a resort region like Langkawi, staying away from the madding crowd is key. The brand new St Regis sits on the edge of a quiet cove, with over water villas perched at the 100,000 square metre natural lagoon that leads out to the Andaman Sea. Private beach = paradise in this part of the world. Private cabanas, chic suites and a stunning jungle meets beach design theme take things to the next level.