When planning a holiday, choosing appropriate accommodations is of paramount importance. Typically you’re seeking a four to five-star hotel that offers a certain amenity package – but even luxury hotels have rooms and upgrades you can ask for that will take your deluxe experience to a whole new level. How do you know what to ask for – or that these hidden gems at luxury hotels even exist? That’s where we come in. Below you’ll find five hotels that will guarantee a satisfying, extravagant vacation.  We also share our recommendations for those special luxuries you should ask for while you are there. Keep reading to see our picks!

The Boulders – Arizona

The Boulders

The Boulders

Located in the Sonoran Desert, The Boulders is a resort for those who would like a little adventure with their luxury experience. Enjoy unique exploits like off-roading through the desert in a Hummer or taking an aerial tour of the Grand Canyon. Then return to The Boulders to revel in best-in-class services and the amenities of Waldorf Astoria.

The Hidden Gem: Book the Villa Retreat, a spacious Bali-influenced five-bedroom abode. You will have access to upscale amenities including an elevator, two full kitchens, and a sparkling pool in addition to a Japanese soaking tub.

Emirates Palace – Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

The Emirates Palace is a gorgeous example of traditional Arabic architecture, from its 114 domes to its luxury suites decorated in gold and marble. Guests have access to the 1.3km private beach and a marina overlooking a private natural bay.

The Hidden Gem: The Emirates Palace three-bedroom suite encompasses a spacious Majilis living area, three bedrooms, extensive private terrace, and an elegant private dining room. The suite also provides a view of the Gulf beaches.

Gili Lankanfushi – Maldives

Gili Lankanfushi

Gili Lankanfushi

Named TripAdvisor’s #1 hotel for 2015, the Gili Lankanfushi helps you leave the stresses of the real world behind. Live as a modern-day Robinson Crusoe in a five-star environment. You can experience movie watching in a whole new way in the Jungle Cinema.  If you seek adventure, you can snorkel in the gorgeous waters just outside the overwater villas.  Or if you would just like to relax. head to the Meera Spa.

The Hidden Gem: You have never seen anything quite like the rustic luxury of the Private Reserve. Reputed to be the largest overwater villa in the world, the Private Reserve sits over a sapphire lagoon and gives you uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.

La Maison Arabe – Marrakech

La Maison ArabeLa Maison Arabe

Ideally situated in the Marrakech medina, La Maison Arabe boasts three restaurants, a piano bar, and a world-famous cooking school, in addition to a new spa including a traditional hammam. Admire the traditional Moroccan architecture and the world class amenities.

The Hidden Gem: Situated in a secluded area of La Maison Arabe, the douiria is a private residence with three rooms and a suite with two large terraces. Let La Maison Arabe’s famously personalized service attend to your every desire.

The Langham – Chicago

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Finally, The Langham provides breathtaking views of the city, the Chicago River, and Lake Michigan in a skyscraper designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe. The hotel is mere minutes from the Loop, Grant Park, Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and Navy Pier.  This location places you in the center of all the best Chicago has to offer.

The Hidden Gem: The Infinity Suite is a splendid retreat in the heart of the city. The suite encompasses two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, formal dining facilities for up to ten guests, an oversized living room complete with a fireplace, and a custom-painted grand piano. All this is highlighted by floor to ceiling views of the Chicago River and cityscape.

Have you been to any of these hotels – or experienced their hidden gems?