Every self-respecting traveler needs a dream-hotel bucket list. Here are a few adventurous options you can add to yours.
Ahwahnee Hotel – Yosemite National Park, United States
“The destination of queens and presidents alike,” this Four-Diamond hotel is sure to impress travelers who appreciate the great outdoors.
Many Glacier Hotel – Glacier National Park, United States
Located in “the Switzerland of North America,” this charming hotel is famous for what it doesn’t have – TV or air conditioning. The low-distraction environment is great for reading, thinking, unwinding, and connecting with the people you love.
The Fairmont Banff Springs – Banff, Canada
With golf in the summer and skiing in the winter, the Fairmont Banff Springs is a treat year-round.
In case the outdoors aren’t your idea of a dream vacation, here are two urban hotels that tower above the competition…
Burj Al Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Voted “the world’s most luxurious hotel,” the Burj Al Arab’s many amenities include “an optional chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce.”
Shangri-La Hotel – London, England
Located in The Shard, London’s iconic glass tower, the Shangri-La Hotel is a classy way to holiday amidst the beautiful views of England’s capital city.
If you’re scared of heights, those last two hotels could make for a stressful vacation. Perhaps one of these quirky vacation spots will strike your fancy…
Hotel Unique – São Paulo, Brazil
“Known locally as the “Watermelon” for its striking crescent shape, Hotel Unique tries, and mostly succeeds, to be a combination of quirky and luxurious.” – NYTimes
Kakslauttanen – Saariselkä, Finland
While many towering luxury hotels offer views of the ground below, the glass igloos at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort turn your attention to the star-studded sky above.
Bora Bora Four Seasons Resort – Leeward Islands, French Polynesia
Relax ashore in a bungalow suite equipped with a private pool, or dare to spend your nights perched atop the turquoise waters of the lagoon.
Montaña Mágica Lodge – Southern Chile
Tucked away in a native Chilean forest, this “Magic Mountain” hotel offers accommodations Smaug and Bilbo would both enjoy. The creative design consists of cave-like rooms nestled in a lonely mountain. Visit the hotel website for pictures of the fascinating exterior.
ICEHOTEL – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Ever stayed in a hotel that melts in the spring? Founded in 1989, Sweden’s ICEHOTEL is “an art exhibition and hotel made of natural ice and snow from one of Europe’s last wild rivers, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.”
If you’re craving more traditional luxury, these next few destinations are for you.
The Cliff Bay – Funchal Portugal
Breathtaking views, award-winning cuisine, and an atmosphere primed for romance are just are few of the luxuries provided by this Five Star hotel.
Porto Bay Rio Internacional – Rio de Janeiro
With the calming ocean on one side and the energizing city of Rio de Janeiro on the other, Porto Bay Rio Internacional is a versatile vacation destination.
Ca’ Sagredo Hotel – Venice, Italy
Live like royalty in the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, with rooms that feature magnificent Italian art and offer charming views of the Canal Grande. If Italy isn’t in the budget, you might try this next hotel.
The Venetian – Las Vegas, United States.
Boasting a standard suite that’s “nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room
The Bellagio – Las Vegas, United States
With iconic fountains that served as a backdrop to Brad Pitt and George Clooney in the movie Ocean’s 11, this Five Diamond hotel is a vacation in itself.
Hopefully this list will inspire a trip or two for you. Happy trails!
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