In this article, we have compiled a list of the best and the most beautiful hotels and resorts in the world.
These include the topmost luxury resorts, most expensive hotels in the world and the most romantic luxury hotels.
It was a difficult task to pick the best Hotels in the world but we have picked our list by considering location, luxury, décor, art, price, facilities, cuisines and age of establishment.
Let’s get on with the list now without any further ado.
1. Baur au Lac, Switzerland
Can Switzerland stay out of the scene if we speak about hospitality?
Well, when we speak of the most beautiful hotels in the world, we now make way to the place of Europe which is synonymous with Hospitality.
So, we pick Baur Au Lac which is a part of the deluxe collection of most beautiful hotels in Switzerland.
41 most beautiful hotels of Switzerland come under the Swiss Deluxe Hotels umbrella.
While all of these 41 hotels are a delight of hospitality, Baur Au Lac is the one we have picked to be placed on this elite list due to its location, uniqueness and historical advantages.
This hotel is located in Zurich, Switzerland.
Established in 1844, this hotel is steeped in 170 years of tradition and also this hotel has been owned by the same family for six generations.
Baur Au Lac enjoys the wonderful and unique location overlooking the Alps and lake. Amazing isn’t it and pretty of course.
2. Bellagio Las Vegas
If we speak about most beautiful hotels, we can’t skip Las Vegas, the city of casinos in the United States.
Las Vegas, The city that never sleeps, is home to a lot of huge hotels with Bellagio leading the pack.
Las Vegas is the home to a few of the Best Casino Hotels in the World.
Bellagio is 5 Diamond Award-winning hotel. If you are unsure about what the Diamonds mean, check our Hotel Star Rating Guide to know about how the Diamond system and star ratings of Hotel work.
It is also part of the top hospitality group in the USA and in the world.
It offers 3,922 guest rooms and suites, and also 66000 square foot spa and salon, eight bars and restaurants, seven dining outlets and more.
That’s huge and majestic, isn’t it? This Hotel provides the tourists with an experience of the vastness of the hospitality industry and also the diversity.
3. Ladera Resort in St. Lucia
They call it ‘A romantic Paradise’. We call it one of the top luxury resorts in the world.
Must be for a reason that these verses go well with Ladera. Let’s explore this amazing luxury resort further.
This Caribbean Island has fascinating scenery and attraction including two volcanic Pitons that emerge out of the ocean offering an awe-inspiring landscape.
It is the only resort in St. Lucia that has been recognised for a place on prestigious world heritage site listing by UNESCO.
If you need to visit this resort, this is where you would need to reach.
Have a look.
Ladera Resort, on its side, completes an outstanding vacation with its striking views and tantalising delicacies.
The staff also does a bang-up job making your stay unforgettable.
Now let’s also take a sneak peek into your room if you happen to be at Ladera Resort on your next trip.
There is a lot on offer at this amazing Luxury Resort.
4. Villa Montenegro and Sveti Stefan in Montenegro
Let’s begin our journey to magnificent luxury resorts in the world with Montenegro.
There’s something magical about Montenegro.
The country itself is an expanse of scintillating mountains, fjord, canyons, and scenic Adriatic coast with meandering white sand beaches – a true slice of heaven for an adventurous and relaxing vacation.
Amid the bustling life of Budva – a coastal town heartthrob for tourists lies two top luxurious beach resorts: Villa Montenegro and Sveti Stefan.
Both have outstanding private beaches. And, their award-winning staffs bring a little sass and flair to the hospitality industry.
Aman Sveti Stefan offers you a serene setting in the form of a private isolated beach and 600 years old tiled roofs. To go with these you get unmatched luxury in this luxury beach resort.
5. Mandarin Oriental, China
It can’t get grander.
This luxurious resort situated on the southern flank of China brings a whole meaning to the excellent resort experience.
It has gained much traction with tourists all over the world because of its infinity pools and breathtaking view of the great South China Sea.
Mandarin Hotel in Sanya, Hainan islands is luxury redefined.
Guest rooms next to the beach, pavilion rooms, suites with private terrace or balcony and the private villas; they have it all here.
Private villas are duplex pool villas and the luxury has a different definition when you book one of these.
You have a private pool to go along with a personal garden and sundeck.
If there is anything else you aspire for, trust me, you might be lucky to get that as well.
Set in dozen hectare of garden enjoying tropical climate throughout the year, this luxury beach resort is nothing less than a delight.
If you are one of those foodies who love trying different dishes, you would be pleased with the collection they have at the Mandarin Oriental, Sanya.
Home of this luxury resort, Hainan Island, is no less exciting a place to have a great vacation.
The proximity of the hotel to the shopping centre and the airport makes it even more convenient.
6. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming
What a journey this has been from the scorching heat of Rajasthan to chilli Wyoming.
Let the journey to the best luxury resorts in the world continue.
Jackson Hole clinches the top prize for the best ski resorts in the world.
And for good reason.
It’s accessible, offer the best skiing experience, scenic Mountain View, and has unexpectedly mouth-watering delicacies.
They offer grass-fed beef burgers which according to many are simply out of this world.
It is known for its highest vertical drop close to 4,500 ft. which makes it one of the best luxury ski resorts in the world.
This vertical drop is not only one of the highest in the USA but the whole of North America.
It also hosts the first LEED hotel in Jackson, a feat to reckon with.
In contrast to Mihir Garh resort, this Resort helps you get a spine-chilling skiing experience.
Go for it and enjoy the mountains and the adventurous and exciting aerial tram.
7. Explora Lodges, Patagonia, Chile
This is definitely one of the top luxury resorts in the world.
They call it the ‘Southernmost tip of the world’
Well, we have not reached the south pole as yet. This place is in Chile.
Explora is exactly what the Doctors asked for a healthy post as what we were missing in the list was a national park.
If you visit Explora Patagonia, you would find yourself in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park and on the shores of Lake Pehoe.
For a reason, the place is declared as UNESCO biosphere reserve.
From hiking to horse riding there wouldn’t be an adventure which you would not find during your stay.
Mouthwatering food and luxury living would be on offer throughout the stay.
If you want to have a look at this scenic place, then have a look at the awesome video on the homepage of Explora Lodges.
8. Hotel President Wilson in Geneva
Swiss luxury is not cheap, we all know that.
Hotel President Wilson in Geneva has been said to house the most expensive hotel room in the world.
When it comes to the list of the most expensive and extravagant hotels in the world, Hotel President Wilson certainly clinches the trophy.
Exterior view of Hotel President Wilson
And for good reason. The exclusive services, amenities, and hospitality offered to its honourable guests are out of this world.
Considering that it will set you back $65,000 to pitch a tent for a night in one of its Penthouse suites, Hotel President Wilson is not too shabby, isn’t it?
Heck, what you will shed here for a week’s stay is enough to garner a decent apartment or Condo.
The Penthouse Suite itself is quite a sight, offering breathtaking views and sensational decor.
With an outstanding 19376 square feet, four conspicuous bedrooms, 12 marble bathrooms, and top-notch amenities, it comes as no surprise that Hotel President Wilson is the prime go-to hotel for A-lister celebrities.
9. Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris
We now head on to the most romantic city in the world. Luxury in this city is worth every penny.
Right from the entrance, Hotel Plaza Athenee is a piece of art and total engineering.
Its most expensive room boasts three magnificent bedrooms with full-length mirrors, concealable state-of-the-art TVs, interior decor that oozes off royalty and opulence, a spacious steam room, and a raft of other best-in-class facilities.
Oh yeah, and it comes with a whopping US $27,000 price tag for a night for some of its suites.
Other noteworthy rooms include an eighteenth-century Regence era themed rooms.
They feature damasks, exquisite fabrics, silks, concealed LED TVs, a Jacuzzi/steam bathroom combo, and a plethora of high-tech amenities, all of which contribute to an unforgettable and dreamy experience in the hotel.
Considered as one of the most expensive hotels in the world, Hotel Plaza Athenee sets a standard for itself.
A place for celebrities and royalty, this place is no less royal in itself.
10. Hotel Cala di Volpe
Now, this is a must in our list of most expensive hotels in the world.
Perched on Porto Cervo coastline, this beachside hotel exudes Italian hospitality at its best.
Guests can venture out on the terrace for breathtaking sights of the magnificent and lush Italian coast.
The Presidential Suite here carries an average price tag of an astounding $27,000.
However, it is worth every penny – well, mostly – as it features three large bedrooms, a private gym, a solarium, and an unexpectedly large private pool.
What else- you can spend some time at the Aquadream waterpark or give yourself some time off by spending some time at the Golf course.
Making luxury statements in hospitality is what this place excels at.
Did we mention Italian delicacies and wines which make this place a real treat?
There is much more to this place than we can mention here. An experience not to be missed if you are one of those with deep pockets.
11. Four Seasons Hotel (Ty Warner PentHouse) NY
The luxury hotel has never been this alluring.
The suites are awesome and provide with all the riches you longed for.
This for sure is one of the most expensive hotel room or suite in the world.
This 4300 sq ft suite features nine bedrooms with 360-degree views of the magnificent New York City.
If you think of a luxury which is not available here, you would need to think twice.
Its incredible location in a city boasting myriad skyscrapers is quite dazzling and worth its $45,000 nightly tab.
Fourseasons is one of the topmost hotel chains in the world and this hotel does justice to the brand name.
12. Raj Palace Hotel Jaipur
Raj Palace is arguably Asia’s title holder for housing one of the most expensive hotel rooms.
While India is popular for its affordable luxuries, Raj Palace has its own ways of luxury hospitality to display. At a cost of course.
One of the world’s leading heritage hotel has rooms starting from approx $200 per night but goes over $40,000 for the presidential suite.
Situated in Jaipur, India, it’s Presidential Suite covers 16000 sqft with mirror walls, gold-leaf interior decor, Jacuzzi, a large private swimming pool, and furniture made out of silver and gold.
With all these exclusive services and luxurious amenities, the suite will set you back $43,000 per night.
Image Courtesy- Raj Palace
The place was once owned by the king and the presidential suite ensures that the legacy of the King stayed at the heritage palace.
Did you ever want to live like a King?
You get treated and served like a king at Raj Palace Hotel which undoubtedly is one of the most expensive hotels in the world.
13. Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens
This beach resort in Athens has it all to woo its customers.
Once touted as one of the most expensive hotels in the world, has to fight the recent Greek crisis.
The luxury gets a bit more affordable over time at Grand Resort Athens due to the dwindling tourism of the country.
It’s Royal Villa has two master bedrooms and comes with a private butler to attend to all your whims.
It also has a private deck with massage tables and sun lounges.
Be prepared to shed about $35,000 per night.
14. Belmond Copacabana Palace
This hotel is not simply a hospitality establishment but it is also a piece of art. It is located in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
It is the most traditional and luxurious hotel in Rio that opened back in 1923. This wonderful hotel offers gourmet cuisine and great dining outlets.
It is the first choice of VIPs from Brazil as well as from all over the world because of its classy hospitality and a stellar reputation.
Belmont Copacabana Palace is definitely worth an entry on our list of the best hotels in the world.
Brazil attracts a lot of tourists and this hotel is a perfect getaway for all those who are exploring to stay at the most beautiful hotels in the world.
15. Cannes Hotel Martinez, France
Cannes Hotel Martinez prides itself on having the only Penthouse suite in Cote d’Azur, France, overlooking the mesmerising Bay of Cannes.
This is another marvel in our list of amazing and extremely expensive hotels in the world.
The suite boasts large marble bathrooms, a dining room, a living room, two king-size bedrooms, and an incredible 290 sqm terrace.
For a $37,500 nightly rate, French hospitality has never been this marvellous.
16. Carlisle Bay, Antigua
Carlisle Bay is one of the best hotels in the world with about 90 irresistibly spacious suites from junior to 3 bedrooms.
This hotel offers good cooking, contemporary luxury, and thoughtful service. With a backup of wonderful rainforest and hill, Carlisle bay is set on the unspoilt south coast of Antigua.
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17. Carlton Hotel Baglioni
Carlton Hotel is located in Milan, Italy at the crossroads of fashion, culture and design as it directly overlooks Della Spiga.
It is one of the most beautiful 5-star hotels in the country and the world. It is perfect for both business trips and leisure.
This hotel is able to offer about 90 rooms and suites, 2 elegant restaurants, the Spiga 8 spa with seven treatment rooms and 5 meeting rooms.
18. Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Ciragan Palace Kempinski hotel is located in Istanbul, Turkey. This hospitality establishment is the host of the most prestigious and extravagant events in Turkey.
It is once upon a time residence of Ottoman Sultans and has resorted to its former look. This hotel is the only luxury hotel in Istanbul.
It is surrounded by a wonderful lake and green rainforests.
19. Claridges London
This hotel is located in Mayfair, London, United Kingdom.
Claridges London is one of the most renowned hotels in the world.
It is based on the true English style reflecting English sophistication and culture. This is one of the most competitive places to get selected for a job and among the most beautiful hotels in the world in most of the lists.
There are about 205 bedrooms in this hotel that boasts of cutting edge technology in entertainment and communication.
20. Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Ritz-Carlton is certainly one of the most expensive hotels in the world. No question.
Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Getting world-class amenities and service while enjoying an unspoilt view of the city, Mount Fuji and Imperial Palace garden is a rarity in Tokyo.
It is this rarity that you get at Ritz Carlton Tokyo wrapped in contemporary luxury.
It offers a luxuriously-equipped, 300 sqm suite that sets you back a whopping $26,300 for a night stay and presents Tokyo’s skyline at its best.
Here, you can expect marble bedrooms, wide TVs, king-size bedrooms and a raft of other for-the-rich-only amenities.
21. Laucala Island Resort, Fiji
The resort comprises 25 world-class villas, but its Hilltop Estate is the primer.
Built on isolated islands, the Laucala Island resort is exclusive, calm, covered by nature and super luxury.
Considering that you have to apply and be invited by Dietrich Mateschitz, the Red Bull magnate, Hilltop Estate is unquestionably exclusive.
With a $40,000 nightly rate, this villa isn’t for the broke heads.
One of the most exclusive hotels that are a must for any list of most expensive hotels in the world.
Volcanic cliffs, unspoilt views and secluded 3200 acres for the super-elite make this resort worth every penny spent here.
Some industry experts call it the best resort in the world and we don’t blame them for doing so.
It’s a different world to explore out in the Laucala resort.
22. Clift San Francisco
Clift is a boutique luxury hotel. This hotel is located in San Francisco, United States.
We have included this hotel on the list of most beautiful hotels in the world as it is a wonderful fusion of old-world hotel with distinctly commentary glamour and energy. It has a distinctive touch of hospitality to awe its customers and employees.
From the digital art exhibitions to surrealistic magic, this hotel provides its customers with a new sense of diversity.
23. Dukes Hotel London
Another boutique Luxury Hotel in the list of the most beautiful hotels in the world.
This is a place to be for the royals. Perfection and order of hospitality can be observed and felt here.
Dukes Hotel is also located in London, United Kingdom and is one of the best Boutique Hotels in London.
It is a well-deserved hotel to be on this list because of its excellent reputation and fabulously location. In 2007, this hotel has been completely renovated.
It is popularly said that here you come as a guest and leave as a friend.
24. Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur
This hotel is a treat in terms of architecture and design.
Owned by the famous Taj Group of Hotels in India, this hotel is nothing less than Majestic. It is one of the best hotels in the world.
As a part of the famous Taj group of India, travellers get to experience the Unique Tajness Concept of service.
The palace is located in Jodhpur, India. People consider this hotel as one of the most luxurious places to stay in India.
The hotel was a palace that was then converted into a hotel preserving all the history, structure, architecture and vintages items.
It gives the guests to experience great adventure while accommodating in the residing hotel.
The hotel is huge, and it has got many rooms to accommodate people. The people of India consider the hotel as the best option for the destination wedding.
The intricate detail will let the tourists know about the majestic architecture and experience magical details while living in it.
We would have loved to show you the gallery for several exquisite images but we are on another mission here. To show you a few of the best hotels in the world.
25. Palms Resort, Las Vegas
How could we exclude the hotels from the city of casinos in our list of most expensive hotels in the world?
The city has few of the Best Casino Hotels in the world.
The place in itself speaks of luxury, riches and entertainment.
Palms resort doesn’t disappoint when luxury at its best is what you aspire for.
Hugh Hefner Sky Villa goes for a $35,450 per night.
As you might expect with Playboy’s billionaire abode, the villa comes with mirrored ceilings, breathtaking views of the strip, pop-up TVs, gym, and three large bedrooms.
It also comes with a private butler who’s there round the clock at your service.
26. Castello di Casole, Casole d’Elsa, Italy
And we are back in Europe.
The list of top luxury resorts in the world would have been incomplete without another trip to Europe.
Castello di Casole is a different kind of luxury resort.
It’s in the timberland.
‘Past, Present, Perfect’ is what they describe of this place.
What can be so exciting about this place? Let me not keep you guessing. The answer is everything.
It’s 4,200 acres of land untouched and as they say, it has been touched only by history.
You get a chance to live with nature and in alignment with nature.
It’s a farmhouse estate that engulfs the luxury hotel settings.
So, get ready to dissolve in the wilderness. Explore the Vineyards, do some bird watching and simply gaze nature till eternity.
27. Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa
It’s time for Africa and what we have here is yet another peculiar luxury resort. There are two options for lodges.
Boulder’s lodge and Ebony Lodge. Castleton is another farmhouse like a resort in the area from Singita Sabi Sand.
The speciality is that it is a resort which has a tribal culture and you might find yourself in the company of cats.
You might think what’s the big deal as we sure love cats.
Well, Singita Sabi Sand is ideally placed in the ‘Big Cat Country’ and now you know which cat is being discussed here.
This is a not going to be a wrong turn for sure as this resort has been developed into a contemporary safari lodge where you can immerse yourself in nature enjoying the local tribal culture in the animal kingdom.
You can enjoy your stay in luxury camps, enjoy the rocky swimming pool in the midst of hundreds of acres of open space.
Luxury and serenity go hand in hand here and you always can step out for a great safari experience.
28. One&Only Hayman Island Great Barrier Reef, Australia
What we have done in this short journey with you of the top luxury hotel resorts in the world is that we have tried to cover all continents.
It is indeed a difficult task to unite the world but the hospitality industry has been doing this for ages now.
One&Only Hayman Island is another spending luxury beach resort that provides you with an all-inclusive package of luxury, fun and excitement.
This is one of the best 5 star All-Inclusive resorts in Australia.
Located on Hayman Island, this luxury resorts is simply mesmerising.
It is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.
All you were missing from the luxury experience in the post was a Yacht.
You get it at One&Only Hayman Island.
There is much more to the luxury quotient here and the unspoilt beach is needless to be mentioned as it would not be a surprise anymore.
29. Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
Paris is the city of love and Shangri-La has placed itself beautifully in the city of love.
Let’s face it; there’s nothing as romantic as spending your special nights in a royal-esque hotel near Eiffel Tower.
I know you have dreamt about that interlude a couple of times in your life.
Get this: Shangri-La Hotel is an exquisite palace built way back in 1896 and prides itself on having chic rooms and stylish restaurants overlooking the great Eiffel Tower and La Seine.
30. Hotel Cipriani, Venice
If you are a fan of George Clooney, you will be glad to know that Hotel Cipriani was his number one pick for his wedding guests back in ‘14.
Venice is another place which has its name associated with romance for decades.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani is a luxury hotel which ensures that Romance is embedded in the ambience.
The romantic allure of this Venetian hotel lies in the fact that it’s tucked away from the bustling San Marco yet easily accessible by private boats.
The hotel can arrange for a private launch to take you around so you can have the romantic taste of San Marco.
31. Hanging Gardens of Bali, Indonesia
With a sizzling main pool that sits majestically over jungle treetops and offers breathtaking views of the gorge beneath, this five-pearl resort is easily one of the most romantic hotels in Bali.
It also provides an exclusive destination a few minutes from Ubud, making it one of the best rainforests, romantic getaways.
It also features lavish spas, private dining stations, and villas with panoramic views.
32. Twin Farms, VT, US
The story behind this quintessential Vermont romantic getaway is as beautiful as the hotel itself, making it one of the most romantic hotels in the US.
Romantic Bedroom- Image courtesy TripAdvisor
Once an abode to the famous couple – journalist Dorothy Thompson and Nobel Prize laureate Sinclair Lewis, Twin Farms sits in a 300-acre sprawling farm with fabulous orchards and “delicious air” as Dorothy requested.
Here, you will partake in a candlelit dinner and spend nights in one of their sizzling cottages.
33. Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz
Can we miss Switzerland if we compile a list of the most romantic hotels in the world?
Badrutt’s Palace is undoubtedly one of the most romantic hotels in Switzerland. It has gained traction over the years to become the most romantic skiing destination.
Look out for more pics and amenities on offer on the official page of The Palace.
The Swiss Alps surrounds this hotel features indoor/outdoor pools, fitness spas, top-notch amenities, and a raft of gourmet restaurants.
34. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA
The hotel, Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA is the most beautiful and romantic places to be at during the holidays.
It defines the nature and peace of the place. Set in Serene settings, this hotel assures you the privacy and natural surroundings.
Get immersed in the infinity pool, bask in the glory of nature and have no one other than your soulmate with you while you gaze at the horizon.
35. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba
Let’s take Romance to a new destination. From a serene calm setting of a hilltop to a peaceful beach.
Want to spend your time on the beach? Look for the Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort in Aruba.
The clear waters, as well as the peaceful environment of the place, makes this hotel one of the most romantic hotels in the world.
The beauty, calmness, relaxation, and peace define the romance of this destination. Here, you can have the best time of your life with your life partner.
36. The Old Rectory Hotel, United Kingdom
If you are looking for a romantic trip to the countryside, book the Old Rectory Hotel, in the United Kingdom.
The place is a combination of romance and peace. You will find various beautiful locations in calm neighbourhoods and can enjoy the luxury in style.
You can look for the greenery as well as colourful and natural flowers.
The trip can be soothing. You can have the time for the peace of body and mind and of course a lot of time for your soulmate.
37. Anastasis Apartments, Imerovigli, Greece
Santorini in Greece is a beautiful place for couples.
You can opt for this place for your honeymoon or second honeymoon or third..!!
You can have the best time with your spouse as you have best facilities with infinity pool, mountain, lake and much more to ensure an experience of a lifetime.
Image courtesy- Anastasis Official page
This hotel in Santorini has a lot more to offer to ensure that you get immersed in romance and natural beauty.
I am sure we have missed a few great and amazing hotel names. There a few amazing pre-opening hotels that we have covered in another article worthy to be added to this list of most beautiful hotels in the world.
Hope you liked the collection of a few of the most beautiful and the best luxury hotels and resorts in the world.
We will keep adding more astonishing properties to this article in our future updates.