The World’s Most Luxurious Hotels

Posted on Nov 12 2013 - 10:45am by Amy Labbadia

Emirates Palace

There are some hotels which you simply never want to leave. Whether it’s because of their hospitality, architecture or surroundings, the world is graced by a selection of truly luxurious hotels. But what makes them so decadent, and where are they? We’ve scoured the earth to bring you a list of the world’s most luxurious hotels, so you won’t have to lift a finger in your quest for pure opulence. From the US to Australia, prepare to be blown away by these urban wonders.

The Surrey, New York

Having played host to some of the world’s most notable people, including JFK and Bette Davis, the Surrey hotel is a shining beacon of luxury in the heart of New York. The Surrey is a glorious blend of old and new, where classic architecture moulds seamlessly with contemporary interiors, resulting in a truly decadent accommodation. From the spacious and decked out guestrooms to the indulgent spa facilities, every aspect of this hotel has been constructed to perfection. Even your precious pets are well taken care of at the Surrey, with the hotel’s posh pets’ facility, which includes welcome snacks on arrival and monogrammed pet beds.

Babylonstoren, Cape Winelands

Situated in the heart of South Africa’s Cape Winelands, Babylonstoren pays homage to nature in its every aspect. From the guestrooms which have been thoughtfully converted from old barns to the hotel’s restaurant which serves only organic and home-grown produce, including its own wine, Babylonstoren is the perfect retreat for those who are in need of rejuvenation. The hotel also boasts an opulent spa, with its treatments reflecting the different phases of nature.

Four Seasons, Sydney

Overlooking the stunning Sydney Harbour, the Four Seasons hotel is predictably extravagant. Each guestroom at the hotel is expansive and boasts beautiful views of either the city or harbour; however, it is the Presidential Suite which will truly take your breath away. Boasting glorious views of the harbour, the Presidential Suite includes an oversized lounge, dining room and enough space to sleep up to 10 people. Of course, when you can bear to tear yourself away from your accommodation, you could always visit the hotel’s spa for a relaxing treatment.

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Considering it cost approximately $3 billion to construct, it’s no surprise that the Emirates Palace is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Every aspect of the Emirates Palace is furnished to perfection, with marble supplied from 13 countries and over 13,000 crystal chandeliers installed throughout the resort. You can’t help but feel like royalty once you step foot through its decadent threshold. Benefitting from 394 decadent guestrooms, a sumptuous spa and countless swimming pools, there is no shortage of wonderful things for you to do at this Arabian dream. There is even a private stretch of beach for you to take advantage of, where white sands meet sparkling clear waters.

With the world full of luxurious hotels, where will you choose to host your dream getaway?

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About the Author

Amy Labbadia is a travel writer for the luxury tour operator Wanderforth