A world-renowned resort can be a life-changing experience.
From top-notch service to exquisite lodging, luxurious amenities and stunning locations, the best-of-the-best resorts are truly out of this world. We’re talking about private pools, jungle glamping, distinguished chefs, and luxe safari lodges. These resorts are like nothing you have ever seen before.
If you’re looking for an unparalleled getaway, these places will give you a truly unique experience of a lifetime.
There are, of course, plenty of luxurious resorts all over the world. However, these are the finest of them all. They are the best resorts that money can buy. They were voted on by actual travelers, and then reviewed and rated by the experts at Travel + Leisure. Resorts were ranked based on location, facilities, food, hospitality, and overall value.
According to the World’s Best Awards from Travel + Leisure, these are the top 5 resort hotels from around the globe.
5. Capella Ubud – Bali, Indonesia
This luxurious hideaway is nestled in the heart of lush green forests in Indonesia. As the website states, this is “a modern explorer’s hidden paradise.” You’ll find yourself immersed in nature among Bali’s untouched natural surroundings. Designed by architect Bill Bensley, this tented camp was inspired by early European settlers from the 1800s.
There is a two-bedroom lodge available, but to get the full experience, choose one of the twenty-two one-bedroom tents. Each of these have large outdoor decks and outdoor dining areas with immaculate views, plus their own private pools. Each tent surrounds visitors with stylish, modern comfort combined with the beauty of nature. You’ll also find fine dining supplied by an on-site garden, and there is a nightly campfire for storytelling, movies, and even live music.
4. Capella Bangkok – Bangkok, Thailand
Capella Bangkok offers a sophisticated, luxurious stay in the capital city of Thailand. Situated on the majestic Chao Phraya River, this resort offers panoramic views of the river along with grand views of the city. It’s an impressive balance between a location in a bustling city and an enveloping sense of tranquility once you step inside.
Suites and villas here feature private balconies, and they all include unobstructed views of the river. You’ll also find a posh spa sanctuary nestled in a garden by the riverfront. Treatments incorporate Thai ingredients, such as black sesame, mung bean, and riceberry. You can also indulge at one of four on-site dining options, with authentic Thai recipes, craft cocktails, and luxurious dishes from a Michelin-star chef.
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3. The Opposite House – Beijing, China
This resort in Beijing was voted no. 3 on the list for hotels around the world, and the no. 1 top hotel in China. It takes its name from the guest house that sits on the opposite side of a traditional Beijing courtyard house. While this hotel features subtle references to traditional Chinese architecture, it also blends it with modern sensibilities, boasting striking architecture and fascinating art.
Rejuvenate your mind and body with in-room massages, a dip into the starlit indoor pool, morning yoga, and a sleek, modern gym. Relax in minimalist accommodations with plush beds and oak soaking tubs. The Opposite House also features several dining options, offering modern takes on traditional Chinese dining, inspiring cocktails, and there’s even a modern Italian eatery.
2. Nayara Tented Camp – Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
The Nayara brand is synonymous with luxurious, award-winning properties in breathtaking destinations, and the Nayara Tented Camp in Costa Rica is no different. You’ll find intimate spaces tucked into a backdrop of stunning natural beauty.
This tented camp is ideal for anyone hoping to reset and recharge. The tents here are built on stilts, giving you panoramic views of the Costa Rican rainforest. They feature outdoor showers, private terraces, and a plunge pool, where you can relax to the sounds of the rainforest all around you. Guests also have access to all restaurants of sister hotels where you will find unique fine dining experiences. The restaurants use local and seasonally available ingredients from local farmers and producers to create sophisticated and beautiful plates.
1. Mahali Mzuri – Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya
Sir Richard Branson’s majestic safari camp in Kenya is unlike any other resort or hotel out there. The name means “beautiful place” in Swahili, and it’s easy to see why it was chosen for the resort. These unique tents are located directly in the middle of the world-famous Maasai Mara National Park and sit directly in the path of the awe-inspiring annual Great Migration. There is also an abundance of wildlife year-round.
The tents are far beyond “glamping,” though. They feature inviting private decks, plush beds, and en-suite bathrooms. You can dine under the African sky on a wide selection of African and international dishes, created with locally-sourced produce, flavors, and spices. But don’t get too busy eating, because there is plenty to do. Head out on an exciting game drive, learn about the local Maasai Tribe, or simply take a dip in the outdoor heated infinity pool.