When we imagine Old World opulence—like, say, wood-paneled libraries, 19th-century furniture trimmed in velvet, and Haussmann-style apartments outfitted with brocade silk wallpaper and fresh flowers—it’s that first comes to mind. A stay at this 40-room hôtel particulier, just a block from both the Champs-Élysées and the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, is a splurge, but you’ll get Carrara marble bathrooms, anti-aging spa treatments, and two Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Gabriel, in exchange
The Lodhi, New Delhi, India
New Delhi’s is a city hotel, though you’d never know it. Surrounded by seven acres of landscaped gardens and abutting the Delhi golf club, this self-styled Indian palace fortress is just a ten-minute walk northwest of the buzzing Nizamuddin neighborhood, and a quick, eight-minute drive from Humayun’s tomb, one of the city’s more popular historic attractions. Guest rooms range from a 1,350-square-foot deluxe room with a private balcony to two-bedroom suites that are twice the size, with views of the city and the golf course. But the real highlight is the plunge pool, lined with jade-green Khareda stone and flanked by a large daybed, on the private terrace of eight of the 11 different room offerings.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Somerset, United Kingdom
Hard to believe once housed a hospital. Refurbished with the help of Portuguese-American design star Alexandra Champalimaud in 2015, it was rechristened in honor of the British Old Master painter who once lived nearby. Its new interiors encourage you to look up, with soaring ceilings, extra-tall windows, and two-poster beds that come with the ultimate retro touch: an antimacassar with a countrified Gainsborough scene. The hotel’s standout asset, though, is the private water reserve drawn from the same spring that also fed the town’s ancient Roman baths. Book one of three Bath Spa Rooms where bathrooms come with an extra tap, pulling directly from the reserve.
The Reverie Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Built like an Italian palazzo, the brought in a level of luxury previously unseen in Ho Chi Minh City when it was opened in 2015. Everything about the hotel is over-the-top opulent, from the the palatial, marble-clad lobby to the rooms, done by top Italian decorators with Carrara marble and plush Italian silks. There are three upscale restaurants—French, Cantonese, and Italian (of course)—plus a 157-foot bar that’s so long, it stretches from Dong Khoi Street all the way to Nguyen Hue Boulevard two blocks over. Not to be outshone, Reverie’s spa is a two-level, 13,000-square-foot affair with two open-air Jacuzzis and an Olympic-size swimming pool, naturally.
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa, Dorset, United Kingdom
The feeling that you’ve stepped into a 19th-century novel is no accident. Beyond the fact that is Thomas Hardy designed, the 24 rooms are decorated in florals, fabrics, and wallpapers to provide a homey English setting like no other. A stroll through the adjacent deer park will complete the literary fantasy, as will expert, unobtrusive service.
Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Morocco
You can bet that just about every detail at which took more than three years and 1,200 master craftsmen to build, aims to please. Each of the 53 individual three-story riads has a mini courtyard (with a canopy that automatically unfurls if rain is detected); a dazzling living room and bedroom with silk-covered walls; and a private rooftop terrace with a fireplace and heated plunge pool. You’ll be tended to by a gracious staff, in particular a genie-like butler who appears silently through the riad’s kitchen service entry (staff travel unseen via an underground tunnel system). Although Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech’s main square, is within walking distance, there’s much to keep you from leaving your sanctuary, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a magnificent spa, and two superb restaurants, La Grande Table Marocaine and La Grande Table Française (both overseen by chef Yannick Alléno from Paris’s Le Meurice), as well as the indoor-outdoor La Table, which serves a formally presented breakfast and lunch—by white-gloved staff..
La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa
Was constructed on a grand scale: triple-height ceilings, black-and-white marble floors, enormous chandeliers, wide verandas and mountain views. The 16 extravagant suites are layered with French and Asian antiques, fantastic local art, and Persian carpets, and each has its own personality—from a girly boudoir in pink and lime green to a palatial honeymoon suite in white marble. The large pool backed by palm trees wouldn’t look out of place at a beach resort but does here amid vineyards. Guests dine alfresco during the day, while dinner is a theatrical event with candlelight, high-backed ruby banquettes, and local wines paired to the simple but well-executed menu.
Fasano São Paulo, Brazil
Set in the fashionable Jardins district, and close to the wallet-busting shops of Rua Oscar Freire, the is a magnet for all that’s young and fresh in this South American city. To wit: The lobby, you’ll notice, is a popular meeting spot for local glitterati, though if that’s not quite your scene, the terrace at Nonno Ruggero restaurant, overlooking the neighborhood, is a better bet. Those exhausted by the hours of conversation will relish the spa on the top floor, which has a heated pool, two ofuro bathtubs, and Hans Wegner chaise—or they can retire to one of 60 spacious rooms or suites, and beds that have Egyptian cotton linens and goose-down pillows.
Archipelagos Hotel, Mykonos, Greece
Less than a quarter mile from the golden-sand Kalo Livadi beach, one of the longest on the island, the is about as idyll a retreat as you’ll find, despite sitting on one of Greece’s more popular spits of land. Take in a Cycladean sunset from your post on the pool deck, or, if you prefer, from the comfort of your room—designed like an amphitheater, many of the set-ups offer views of the region’s azure waters. Come breakfast, stake out the buffet, a princely spread of fresh pastries, breads, meats, cheeses, and dried fruit to sustain you for the day ahead—whether that means a hike up the isle’s rocky crags, or one parsing past issues of The New Yorker by the pool.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, Netherlands
Six grand 17th- and 18th-century townhouses were combined to create the 93 stylish rooms of on the Herengracht canal, just a ten-minute walk from Museumplein (Museum Quarter). The architects kept the beautiful historic details of the interiors, like the dramatic lobby stairway, but added the most contemporary details, such as massive flatscreens hung above fireplaces in the suites. A private garden helps to supply the hotel’s restaurants, including the swanky, two Michelin–starred Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam and the Goldfinch Brasserie, though we’d sooner skip the food and go straight to the Guerlain Spa. A little post-flight facial never hurt anyone, right?
Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Florida
To say that Faena Hotel Miami Beach is over the top might not be hyperbolic enough. A stay at (designed in part by Baz Luhrmann and his wife, Catherine Martin) is like taking a trip down a wacky, if well-curated, rabbit hole, where common areas tend toward the fantastically theatrical. The lobby, dubbed the “Cathedral,” glitters with gold-leafed columns and floor-to-ceiling murals teeming with imagery of wild animals and religious allegories—rooms offer more of the same. A 22,000-square-foot spa, dubbed ‘Tierra Santa Healing House,’ a bi-level 220-seat dinner theater, and prolific art installations don’t feel at all out of place
COMO The Treasury, Perth, Australia
A fitting emblem of the new Perth, is part of the ambitious Cathedral Square development, a $580 million reinvention of a cluster of 19th-century state treasury and Anglican Diocese buildings on the edge of the Central Business District, which sat empty for more than 20 years before the COMO outpost moved in. Almost every detail in the hotel (which primarily occupies the top floors of three 140-year-old buildings) has been returned to its original state, from the reinstalled dormer windows to the roofline’s copper trim. Of course, this being Australia, all things begin and end with food. Check out Wildflower, the hotel’s glassed-in rooftop restaurant, for a taste of this pioneer city’s thriving food scene, courtesy of executive chef Jed Gerrard, and David Thompson’s Thai street-food joint, Long Chim, just downstairs from the hotel.
Ballyfin, Co. Laois, Ireland
If you’ve ever dreamed of summering at a country house, you couldn’t do much better than about an hour and a half north of Dublin. Beyond the regal four-poster canopy beds, gilded mirrors, and richly textured wallpapers, there are 614 acres of secluded private gardens begging to be strolled. But the real highlight? Having a butler row you out on the lake before enjoying lunch at the picnic house..
Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco, Peru
Cusco’s architectural heritage of Incan stone walls topped with colonial white stucco is echoed in this 16th-century building on a square steps from the main plaza. With just 11 suites, has the intimacy of a private home, with a grassy courtyard encircled by rooms on two levels, though the building’s colonial charms come with smart modern touches such as iPods and iPod speakers. Inside, a grassy courtyard is surrounded by rooms on two levels. Owners Denise and Joe Koechlin have fussed over every antique- and craft-strewn square foot of the place, and exquisite pillars, retablos, and benches have been sourced from all over Peru, including Pre-Colombian textiles and murals. The excellent restaurant—don’t leave without trying the quinoa pancakes—delivers a generous helping of Andean hospitality.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Aguas Calientes, Peru
Village recreations can seem a little hokey, but deftly carries off the conceit. Set amid waterfalls and gardens at the foot of Machu Picchu, whitewashed casitas with eucalyptus beams are strewn along stone paths. Rustic rooms, lined with tile floors, are furnished with colorful Peruvian blankets, local art, and views of the gardens of the Vilcanota River, and manage never to feel tacky. But nature, not performance, is the real draw of this hotel: Amid its 12-acre grounds are 214 identified bird species, including the golden-headed quetzal, and the world’s largest native orchid collection (372 species) have been registered…
The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
Which occupies a grand neoclassical building just off the water, has played a singular role in Singapore’s history: Built in 1928, it has housed a post office, the Exchange Room and Exchange Reference Library, and the Singapore Club, though its polished legacy lives on as one of the city’s premier hotels. Guests arrive at a colonnaded entrance that leads to the soaring lobby, and stick around not just for the top-tier rooms but for the views of the water and the world floating by. Check out the aptly named Post Bar, which incorporates the original pillars and ceiling of the hotel’s former charge, or the Lighthouse Restaurant and Rooftop Bar, an Italian number serving up gnocchi and risotto, plus views of the skyline, atop the building.
Mystique (Luxury Collection), Santorini, Greece
Building a hotel into the face of Santorini’s dramatic sea cliffs lends an immediate advantage: The location alone is enough to make it a showstopper. Happily, the 39-room under the same ownership as the island’s highly regarded but viewless Vedema Resort, lives up to its stunning site. The free-form rooms, decorated in what might be called cave-art style (driftwood for headboards, a dining table and chairs that appear to be made of egg-shaped boulders), are carved directly into the cliff, and the views—toward the town of Fira—are magnificent. Mystique is accessed by a heart-poundingly steep staircase in one of the most private locations in Oia. Guests can take advantage of the splendid isolation by whiling away their afternoons poolside, then sitting down to a grilled lobster dinner under the stars at the open-air restaurant
Hacienda de San Antonio, Comala, Mexico
Picture this: You’re in the middle of a tiled, two-story courtyard, where potted plants reach up toward archways, their emerald leaves in contrast to the salmon-colored walls. And that’s just the view inside the courtyard. Set at the foot of the Colima Volcano in the midst of a 5,000-acre nature reserve, feels like Gatsby went to Mexico and never left. The 120-year-old estate is like an ornately designed cosmopolitan residence in the middle of nowhere, with a garden-facing bar and vaulted common rooms, where plush couches inspire shoulder-to-shoulder socializing.
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates
Dinner in a two-person cabana that seems to float above the pool; beds adorned in Egyptian cotton sateen linens; a stretch of private beachfront. Aton Jumeirah, you’re liable to feel like royalty, even without a title. Book one of the Waldorf Astoria’s signature “Unforgettable Experiences,” which, in this case, include a three-night stay, a couples’ massage, a hot air balloon ride, and a camel ride that culminates in a desert dinner for two. Even if you’re feeling less ambitious, there’s still plenty to enjoy—may we suggest Afternoon Tea at the Peacock Alley lounge, overlooking the gardens.
Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
This is what they mean when they say “French Riviera glamour.” Set on 17 acres of landscaped gardens, on a peninsula overlooking the Mediterranean,from the Belle Époque era is perfect for a romantic getaway. (Fair warning, though: It’s a bit remote, so you definitely need a car to get around.) The marbled lobby, aside from being beautiful, has a rotunda designed by Gustave Eiffel. Adding to the hotel’s pedigree are reproductions of artwork by artists who have stopped by, including Matisse, Chagall, and Picasso, lining the beige and white rooms, though one of the more fun details is the glass funicular in the garden, which will take you down to the swimming pool.
Alp Paşa Boutique Hotel,Antalya,Turkey
A stylish retreat converted from an old Ottoman mansion in the Old Town (Kaleiçi) in a unique quarter of the breathtaking province of Antalya…
Located right next to the most important historical, entertainment and shopping venues of Antalya, “Alp Paşa Boutique Hotel” is waiting to offer you a modern, stylish and secluded retreat at the heart of the city,alppasa.com The hotel building dates back to the 18th century, featuring unique historical architecture in harmony with luxurious details. Surrounded by verdant gardens and historical mansions, Alp Paşa Boutique Hotel is located in the Old Town right at the centre of Antalya. It is extremely close to marina, beach, city centre and shopping malls and only within 100 metres to the famous Hadrian’s Gate (Üçkapılar) perhaps the most attractive spot of Antalya.