We all know that the journey is the reward, but let’s be honest–sometimes, after a long journey, a soft bed and a serene landscape feels an awful lot like the real reward. This list of 10 of the best hotels around the world, don’t stop at a good night’s rest — they provide unparalleled and unique experiences that are guaranteed to make you forget all about your day job.
Äscher Cliff, Switzerland
This stunning and panoramic hotel is located in the Alpstein region of Switzerland, marked by breathtaking and dramatic peaks and valleys. This is the perfect getaway for trekkers and outdoors enthusiasts.
Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
The Kakslauttanen’s website boasts: “Welcome to the world’s most enchating arctic resort”. I don’t know how stiff the competition is, but I have no doubt that this ethereal wonderland blows them all away. These glass-domed igloo-like rooms provide unparalleled views of the night sky, marked by the northern lights for eight months of the year.
The Manta Resort, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
This hotel boasts that it’s not for everyone. This otherworldly accommodation off the coast of Zanzibar is not about luxury, it’s about serenity and an unparalleled closeness with breathtaking, pristine nature.
Conrad Maldives, Isla Rangali (Maldives)
Some things have to be seen to be believed. The underwater suites and restaurant of the Conrad Hotels’ Maldives location is an aquatic underland that is sure to provide the most otherworldly night of your life.
Katikies Hotel-Oia, Santorini (Greece)
Katikies has done the impossible: they have found a way to make the Greek island paradise of Santorini even more paradisiacal. This stunning getaway embraces whitewashed minimalism that provides an unbelievable atmosphere of serenity.
The Cambrian Hotel, Switzerland
The Cambrian offers the ultimate wilderness retreat without any of the rugged discomfort of your average alpine adventure. This sleek hotel is situated amongst some of the most pristine mountain scenery in the world, whether you want a winter wonderland or a spring fling. Jack London eat your heart out!
Dedon Island Resort, Philippines
Whether you want to spend every waking moment of your vacation with a cocktail in hand and sand between your toes or with a surfboard below and a tropical sun soaring overhead, Dedon Island is the ultimate tropical paradise. No shirt, no shoes, hell yeah.
Montaña Magica Lodge, Chile
Montana Magica, or the Magic Mountain, is perhaps the most aptly-named hotel in history. Step into the pages of a storybook and let all your stress melt away. I do believe in fairies! I do! I do!
Hotel Le Sirenuse, Costa Amalfitana (Italy)
John Steinbeck, who visited this idyllic Italian town in 1953, wrote ‘Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.’ We’re not going to compete with that.
Hotel Ubud Hanging Gardens, Indonesia
Indonesia is perhaps one of the most naturally breathtaking places on earth, why is why we say: to hell with walls! The Hanging Gardens creates an ethereal hotel experience and provides one of the best possible ways to experience Bali: in an infinity pool with nothing but jungle, surf, and soul in all directions.
Yes, we know that a lot of these hotels are not financially feasible for most of us, but it doesn’t cost anything to dream! Or to backpack to their property and hide in the broom closet until you get locked in overnight. Just remember, you didn’t hear it from us.