All luxury hotels may look irresistibly inviting at first glance, but a few are truly a class apart. With bespoke services and personal concierges, world-class dining, cliff-top infinity pools, and room decors that seem to blend right into their heavenly environs, award-winning luxury hotels around the world have been redefining excellence at every step. Here are a few that featured among the 12th Annual World Luxury Hotel Awards Winners, 2018:
Hanging Gardens of Bali is world-famous for its infinity pool that rises high above the jungles of Ubud. Luxury villas feature Balinese décor and lull you into a sense of serenity with the gentle sound of the Ayung River.
Karma Kandara in Uluwatu is nestled upon a cliff on Bukit Peninsula. Below, the magnificent beach invites you to explore. Private villas boast of their own pools and tropical courtyards.
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is a five-star, sea-facing resort reflecting both French and Balinese influences. Swim in the lagoon pool at the centre and relax in the lush green pathways around the resort.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is the ultimate island haven, with over-water villas featuring plunge-pools and stairways descending into the Indian Ocean. The resort hosts Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the world’s first of its kind.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa is the best all-inclusive resort in Asia and the first such refuge in the Maldives. The resort is close to Male, and offers a wide variety of water sports, island excursions, and dining options.
Jumeirah Vittaveli is located in South Male atoll, within easy access of Male International Airport. The family resort is equipped with gorgeous beach villas, an overwater lounge, wine library, and kids’ club.
The centrally located St Regis Bangkok is the best choice for exploring the Thai capital. 24-hour butler service ensures that you’re never in need of assistance.
Conrad Koh Samui is built for travellers who value their privacy. Perched on an isolated hill at the south-western tip of Koh Samui, the resort pampers guests with oceanfront luxury villas.
With its winning combination of elegant luxury and Thai hospitality, Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is probably the best golf resort in Krabi. The hotel features the largest swimming pool in Thailand.
Address Boulevard in Downtown Dubai positions itself as a ‘lifestyle destination’. When you stay this hotel, you enjoy dazzling views of the Burj Khalifa and direct access to Dubai Mall and Fashion Avenue. The Restaurant features interiors that feel like a home away from home, and serves international cuisine.
Located in scenic Puntacana, Tortuga Bay Resort and Spa owes its exquisite design to the late Oscar de la Renta. Villas at the resort overlook lush green lawns and the cerulean sea and beach beyond. The resort offers a relaxing pool with poolside dining, and a plethora of outdoor recreational activities alongside the spa and fitness centre.
Romantic Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa is perfect for couples and honeymooners, who can take dreamy evening strolls along the Mar the Cortés. The stylish, five-star resort overlooks the Medano Beach, and features modern suites with spacious, oceanfront balconies. Guests can play golf and try a variety of water sports.