Staying at a luxury hotel is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Almost too good to leave, these global hotels fuse palatial glamour with out of this world gastronomy and spas so blissful, you’ll think you’ve floated off to heaven. From the Swiss Alps to the sun soaked beaches of Ibiza and Puerto Rico, these luxurious hotels will inspire your next travel adventure.
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Luxury awaits at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, a palatial experience no matter the season. Located in the birthplace of winter sports, enjoy snowy alpine adventures or the soaked Engadin Valley in summer. Each of the hotel’s grand rooms (there are 156) offers stunning views of the lake or village center and comes chicly decorated in a neutral palette with rich jewel tone accents.
Prepare to have your mind blown by the culinary adventures at the hotel’s signature restaurants including La Coupole-Matsuhisa, a Japanese Peruvian fusion and chef Andreas Caminada’s Michelin starred IGNIV (meaning “nest”) where it’s all about delicious internationally-inspired shared plates. Also on the standout list: The indoor infinity pool with views of the snow capped mountains and Palace Wellness Spa, where you can enjoy a luxe treatment menu which includes holistic therapies like Pranayama, a Yogic breathing technique used to boost energy, rebalance and lower stress levels.
The hotel’s winter activities are dreamy: Ice skating, tobogganing, skiingskijöring (skiing or snowboarding while being pulled by a horse) and helicopter rides over the valley. For a little romance, try a carriage ride across snow-covered St. Moritz while wrapped in cozy blankets, followed by wine tasting in the hotel’s private cellar, home to a 30,000 strong collection.
La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
The majestic La Mamounia combines a rich history with palatial glamour and out of this world opulence – the decor of jewel tones, plush velvets, and intricate Moorish tile work and furnishings is a love letter to Marrakech. Step through the huge souk door into the expansive lobby, and you will feel like you have entered an Arabian kingdom.
Luxurious touches and finishes are everywhere: Silk-draped ceilings, marble fountains, spectacular gardens, a beautiful pool, and guest rooms painted in soft greens and pinks to contrast dark woods and bold fabrics. The hotel has four signature restaurants, two by top French chef Jean-Georges, as well as a tea room and ice cream truck serving French-style ice cream and Parisian pastries by Pierre Hermé. Also on the standout list: The spa with traditional hammam and the iconic indoor heated pool, considered one of the most Instagrammable in the world.
Immerse yourself in the intoxicating Moroccan culture with La Mamounia’s custom experience “The Very Morocco” to enjoy a three-night stay, guided tour of Marrakech, traditional hammam experience, tea ritual, and dinner at one of the hotel’s coveted restaurants.
St. Regis Bermuda, St. George
Set in the historic town of St. George, the St. Regis Bermuda is steps from the soft white sands and emerald waters of St. Catherine’s beach. Here the luxury of floor-to-ceiling windows, grand wooden beams, and a dazzling chandelier greet you in the lobby. The vibe here is ‘barefoot luxury’, perfect for lovers and honeymooners wanting to relax by the pool deck in a private cabana and delight at the radiant pinks, purples, and oranges that fill the sky at sunset.
All suites come with stunning ocean views and a freestanding Claybrook soak tub lined with Le Labo products. At Iridium Spa, couples can indulge in signature body scrubs and facials in the open air. Culinary wise BLT Steak NY is the place for dinner to taste the finest cuts and handcrafted cuts. By day, try Lina, where fresh, local ingredients infuse the Latin-inspired dishes and their version of a Bloody Mary (the Red Snapper at the resort) is a must.
Play a few rounds at the resort’s 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed golf course while enjoying epic views of the sea and lush greens.
Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, has reclaimed its status as one of the most coveted Caribbean hotspots thanks to a recent renovation and upgrade to its beachfront suites and grounds; over 300,000 new plants were added to its lush grounds. Meander beyond the hotel’s iconic white-stone pitched roof pavilion entrance to explore the tropical gardens, secluded stretch of beach, breathtaking infinity pool, and glamorous tropical-inspired design.
Stay in a luxe suite or villa, which all come outfitted with ocean views, outdoor showers, deep soaking tubs, verandahs, and some with private plunge pools. Spa Botanico is a luxury spa experience where natural herbs and wild plants are integrated into treatments by the resort’s therapists, affectionately known as “Healing Hands.” The gastronomy is just as luxe with signature restaurants including COA where dishes get their flavors from Mi Brasa (a traditional, Spanish wood-burning oven), Encanto Beach Club Bar, and Grill Mediterranean cuisine and dreamy beach views and Posi+Ivo Sand Bar a delectable fusion of Asian and Latin.
Unwind and reset in this beautiful Puerto Rican paradise with curated beach experiences, bike along the resort’s palm-lined RockefellerTrail or kayak in bioluminescent bays.
Twin Farms Resort and Spa, Vermont
Nestled on 300 acres of private countryside, Twin Farms is one of the coziest destinations for a fall or winter getaway on the east coast. There are 10 luxurious cottages all offering a home away from home vibe with chic Scandinavian style, fireplaces, and screened porches to showcase the epic alpine views.
Try the cozy Barn or enjoy the luxury of ski-in ski-out in the Chalet – all room bookings come with chef-prepared dinners and wine pairings available. And the food is a next-level farm-to-table experience, all herbs, vegetables, and produce sourced locally from nearby farms. Even the syrup and honey are grown in the hotel’s maples and hives.
Fill your lungs with the fresh Vermont air while hiking, canoeing, fishing, or ice skating, followed by a luxe treatment at the spa. The hotel also curates a luxury picnic to be enjoyed by the pond or atop Ski Hill. In winter guests can ski the property’s six private trails.
Six Senses Ibiza
The north of Ibiza has long attracted artists, creatives, musicians, and mystics to this stunning ‘white rock’ of Spain for its natural beauty, light, and rhythm. And the recent opening of Six Senses Ibiza, the island’s first sustainable-luxury resort, takes a vacation here to a whole new level.
The rooms are incredible; all one-of-a-kind cave suites built into the cliffs and townhouses with views of Xarraca Bay, private terraces (and some with soaking tubs to relax while watching the amazing Ibiza sunsets). Guests can also bliss out over spa treatments, meander the stunning trails of Cala Xarraca Bay, practice yoga on the rooftop deck, or try a guided underwater meditation.
Explore the underwater world of the island’s northern region, marveling at the colors of the marine flora and fauna through a guided scuba diving adventure.