THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS HOTELS

Where to stay when luxury is the key

A vacation is often an exercise in luxury, an opporutnity to be pampered in opulance. A stay at a hotel is, by definition, a luxury — someone else handles the mundane parts of life and all you have to do is relax.  While it is a simple matter to determine the most expensive hotels in the world, it is a much more difficult matter to determine the most luxurious. 

The most luxurious hotels in the world would have outstanding restaurants, amazing spas, and unparalled service.  And for every hotel we uncover, there is bound to be a dozen hidden gems waiting to be discovered.  That said, here are ten of the world’s most luxurious hotels, where pampering and comfort are in a class of their own. 

Hotel Les Mars – Healdsburg, California, USA

Hotel Les Mars is the finest destination for travelers who want to experience California wine country in lavish comfort. Resting among the hills of the Russian River Valley in Northern California, Hotel Les Mars evokes the charm of a romantic French maison retreat. The hotel, which is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux that recognizes some of the world’s best hotels, boasts superior European-style service for both corporate and personal getaways. Opened by the Mars family in 2005, Hotel Les Mars provides elegant spa services from world-famous spa company Francis & Alexander, even in the comfort and privacy of each of its 16 elegantly decorated rooms. For more information on Hotel Les Mars, please visit www.hotellesmars.com.

27 North Street, Healdsburg, California, 95448 Phone (707) 433 4211

Rock Creek Cattle Company – Deer Lodge, Montana, USA

Rock Creek Cattle Company in Deer Lodge, Montana is nestled on 3,000 acres of diverse and gorgeous countryside including Rock Creek, an alpine lake, lush forests, rolling hills, an 18-hole golf course designed by golf course architect Tom Doak and 18 miles of rivers and streams. Ideally situated, Rock Creek Cattle Company features 22 luxurious accommodations from 12 one-bedroom cottages, five three-bedroom cabins, four four-bedroom cabins and one five-bedroom home. In addition, Rock Creek Cattle Company offers its members and guests state-of-the-art facilities including a restaurant with an outdoor terrace on the banks of Rock Creek, a private dining room, two bars, a library, an outdoor pool, hot tub, kids pool, fire pit and game barn, fitness center and massage rooms. Rock Creek Cattle Company provides members and guests an array of exciting activities including Golfing, Fly-Fishing, ATV Excursions, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, and Hunting. Rock Creek Cattle Company’s fabulous food, wine, accommodations, facilities, activities and service makes the private club the perfect destination for family vacations, weekend getaways and more. To learn more about Rock Creek Cattle Company, please visit www.rockcreekcattlecompany.com.

105 Pauly Drive Deer Lodge, MT 59722-9634 Phone (406) 846-3474

Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa and Resort – Barra de Sao Miguel, Alagoas, Brazil

Resting 20 miles from the charming city of Maceio on the eastern coast of Brazil, Kenoa Beach Spa and Resort is a private sanctuary of tranquility and balance where each guest’s experience is carefully handled to expand their journey and ensure their privacy. Kenoa Resort rests along miles of virgin Atlantic outback and the enchanting turquoise sea, a relaxing and wondrous escape where luxury is defined by its earth-given beauty. Kenoa Resort is a first wave eco-chic resort comprised of luxury suites and bungalows with private pools, and the Kaamo restaurant, under the supervision of the renowned Brazilian chef César Santos, provides excellent dining for discerning guests. Expert service executed by impeccably trained attendants who deftly capture guests’ preferences and whims is one of the many ways the Kenoa Resort delivers a world-class hideaway experience for the traveler who wants only the absolute best. For more information please visit www.kenoaresort.com.

Barra Mar Rua Escritor Jorge de Lima nº, 58 Barra de São Miguel AL, 57180-000, Brazil Phone (800) 337-4685

Hotel Christopher – St. Barth, F. W. I.

One of the best locations in St. Barth, the recently renovated Hotel Christopher offers luxurious soon to be five-star accommodations and amenities and houses two remodeled restaurants, newly redesigned spacious rooms and the largest pool on the island overlooking the Caribbean Sea. A favorite destination for jet setters from America and Europe, Hotel Christopher is located at the secluded Pointe Milou on St. Barth–only a 10-minute flight from St. Maarten. The hotel features 42 rooms and suites comprised of Ocean Poolside, Ocean Garden, Ocean Classic and Ocean Deluxe rooms as well as the Ocean Junior Suite, Ocean Balcony Junior Suite, Ocean one-bedroom Suite and Aloes Suite. The hotel’s two restaurants, Taino and Mango, provide guests with perfect menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spa treatments, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, surfing and boat rentals are all available through Hotel Christopher’s concierge. For more information on the wonderful opportunities awaiting guests at Hotel Christopher, please visit www.hotelchristopher.com.

Pointe Milou  97133 St. Barthélemy Phone (590) 590 27 63 63

Montpelier Plantation – Nevis, West Indies, Caribbean

Set in a 60-acre estate 750 feet up in the hills of Nevis in the Caribbean, the Relais and Châteaux and AAA Four Diamond Montpelier Plantation offers sea-views from each of its 19 simple yet beautiful and elegant rooms where guests will find a perfect balance between historic plantation style and modern amenities. A private beach, mosaic swimming pool, tennis court, extensive wine cellar, and personable and discreet hotel service along with delightful dining are some of the many opportunities made available while staying at Montpelier Plantation. Open and airy, the hotel invites its visitors to effortlessly experience the beauty of both the nature of Nevis and the Plantation itself. Whether they want to relax and unwind with spa treatments or hike through the rainforest, Montpelier Plantation transports its guests to a place of utter tranquility. For more information on Montpelier Plantation, please visit www.montpeliernevis.com.

PO Box 474 Nevis, West Indies Phone (869) 469-3462

Domaine de la Bretesche – Brittany, France

The Relais and Châteaux Domaine de la Bretesche in Brittany, France transports guests into an elegant and distinguished suspension of old-world tranquility. Comfort combines with both traditional and contemporary styles in 32 luxurious rooms comprising the hotel that sits mere steps from La Baule. Adorned in fabulous fabrics and custom color schemes, each room is a serene spot for repose and relaxation. The warm, natural setting helps guests relax in the hotel’s spa, Cour Carré, offering a wonderful range of treatments imbued with authenticity and ceremony that all guests will appreciate. Domaine de la Bretesche offers its guests the fine cuisine of Le Montaigu, where Chef Ludovic Le Forestier creates gourmet surprises for even the most difficult of palates. Sheltered by an ancient forest, the 18-hole Bretesche golf course is among the most beautiful of France, The course is majestically overlooked by the castle towers and ramparts and bordered by the most beautiful varieties of trees. A compact 9-hole course, designed similarly to the 18-hole course, welcomes amateurs and pros alike to practice at peace. For more information of Domaine de la Bretesche and to book a stay, please visit www.bretesche.fr.

Missillac 44 780 Missillac, France Phone +02 51 76 86 96

Hotel Bel Ami – Paris, France

Located right along the main boulevard in the Southern Half of Paris, Hotel Bel Ami combines a comfortable and friendly atmosphere with a contemporary address. Only steps away from the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots in the very heart of Paris’ St Germain des Prés district, Hotel Bel Ami renew the Avant Garde spirit of Parisian travel accommodations. The spacious, contemporary, trendy and relaxing atmosphere of the area is duplicated at Hotel Bel Ami—its pragmatic luxury, as well as its friendly and peaceful climate, makes it one of the most wonderful places to stay in Paris. The Bel-Ami Hotel’s 111 rooms, including two junior suites and four regular suites, give priority to a spirit of laid back but chic comfort. Guests can also enjoy fantastic food from Bel Ami Café, receive body and skin care for him and her at the Wellness Center by Payot, and socialize at Bel-Ami Bar’s intimate lounge and its warm tonalities. For more information on the hip Hotel Bel Ami, please visit www.hotel-bel-ami.com.

7-11 Rue St Benoît – 75006 Paris  Phone +33 1 42 61 87 13

Hotel Edouard 7 – Paris, France

Hotel Edouard 7 is a premier couture hotel located in the heart of Paris in the central 2nd Arrondissement. Comprised of 70 rooms and suites throughout seven floors, Hotel Edouard 7’s lavish furnishing and luxe designs recall a traditional Paris in a modern era with contemporary amenities. Each room is entirely unique, elegant and intimate with custom carpets and lights, in addition to fantastic fabric and designs. Each of the Hotel’s suites were recently renovated, and all overlook the Opéra. Hotel Edouard 7 is the perfect luxury hotel, located within walking distance from many of Paris’s main attractions, including superb shopping, world-famous museums, world’s-best restaurants, renowned cabarets, and exquisite galleries housing extraordinary works of art. Guests at Hotel Edouard 7 can relax in a refined and elegant ambiance at Bar l’E7, or enjoy the talent of the French gastronomy scene with a menu changing throughout each season. Its excellent concierge is prepared to arrange any adventure for guests and answer to any requests they may have. For more information on Hotel Edouard 7, please visit www.edouard7hotel.com.

39, Av de l’Opéra – 75002 PARIS  Phone +33 (0) 1 42 61 56 90

Argentario Golf Resort & Spa – Tuscany, Italy

A chic luxury resort with a golf course and wellness center located in the heart of Tuscany, Argentario Golf Resort and Spa lies in a protected Mediterranean oasis that offers a unique panorama of extraordinary Italian beauty. The impressive design of Argentario extends to every area of its facilities, including its 73 suites and world-class spa, Espace, as well as its meticulously planned golf course. Each suite at Argentario features a terrace with views of the golf course or Monte Argentario. With 18 championship holes and a driving range, the Argentario Golf Club occupies 190 acres and earned an environmental certification from BioAgriCert, the international certification body of organic productions based in Italy. The course offers a Club House and the Buvette pro shop, as well as the Blue Team Golf Academy, a prestigious golf school. The Dama Dama Restaurant at Argentario Resort offers Tuscan and Italian cuisine, with particular attention paid to the culinary traditions of the Maremma region that Argentario calls home. Argentario Resort’s beautiful aesthetic is illustrated on its panoramic terrace, in and around its spectacular swimming pool with solarium, and its three exquisite tennis courts. For more information on the Argentario Golf Resort and Spa in Tuscany and to book your trip, please visit www.argentariogolfresortspa.it.

Via Acquedotto Leopoldino – 58018 Porto Ercole (GR) Italy Phone +39 0564 810292

Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate – Featherston, New Zealand

On a 5,500 acre haven located just a 40-minute drive from Martinsborough at the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island along Palliser Bay, Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate makes any outdoor activity dream a reality. Wharekauhau boasts 15 comfortable, spacious and luxurious cottages and two additional guest homes, all with access to exclusive activities including hiking and mountain biking, a Wharekauhau sheep farm tour, a tour of the region’s wild coastal environment, the Cape Palliser Seal Colony and Lighthouse tour, as well as wine tours, jet boating, horseback riding, ATV adventure tours, clay target shooting, archery, and a luxury golf tour. Other activities include swimming with dolphins, whale watching, and walking tours of the immense estate with completely customizable routes for difficulty and timing. Wharekauhau was rewarded for Best Ambience and Design by Condé Nast Traveller magazine in 2011, and received the award for Best in the World from Condé Nast readers in 2008. For more information on Wharekauhau, room rates and availability, please visit www.wharekauhau.co.nz.

Western Lake Road Featherston 5773, New Zealand Phone  + (06) 307 7581

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