10 of the world’s best hotels when it’s time to splurge
(CNN) – After more than a year of lockdown, quarantine and social distancing, we are all more than ready for a big, festive vacation, I just endured a pandemic.
Sadly, with many international borders still closed and some countries facing their second – or third, or fourth – waves of Covid-19, much of the world is not yet ready for pleasure travel to escalate. (although there are certainly signs of progress).
Still, we can plan, can’t we?
From trips to the tropical islands of the Maldives to Hawaii, to glamorous city trips to Sydney, Hollywood and Singapore, we dream – and save for – these post-pandemic follies.
Starting rates are in US dollars, per night.
Le Brando, on an island 30 miles north of Tahiti, is a celebrity favorite.
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Le Brando, French Polynesia
If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime to-do list craze, you can’t beat The Brando, Marlon Brando’s ultra-luxury resort on Tetiaroa, 30 miles north of Tahiti.
The remote seaside resort is a favorite of celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, and Ellen DeGeneres. Former President Barack Obama also rose to fame on the island for writing his memoirs there after stepping down in 2017. (Most recently, Kim Kardashian infamously hosted her 40th birthday party on the island in October 2020 ).
There are just 35 thatched-roof villas, each with a private infinity pool, outdoor dining area, and all the comforts you would expect in a five-star hotel in London or New York. But the greatest luxury of all? Your own private expanse of white sand and turquoise ocean, just steps from your room.
Built inside the sparkling $ 1.25 billion Collins Arch district – which is also home to luxury residences and upscale retail and dining offerings – the ultramodern hotel boasts five restaurants and bars, as well as a heated indoor swimming pool with a golden roof, with a poolside bar and a DJ booth.
Its 294 rooms are as luxurious and design-oriented as you would expect from any W hotel, with the addition of deluxe deep soaking tubs and stunning views of Melbourne city or Yarra River.
Private spa cottages are scattered among the lush greenery of Sensei Lanai.
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Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, Lanai, Hawaii
This adults-only wellness retreat is the epitome of post-pandemic luxury: for starters, it’s located on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, which is so peaceful and secluded you feel like you’re on your own. own private island.
Then there are the lavish suites, hidden so discreetly among the jungle and mist-filled Koele Mountains of Lanai that you barely notice other guests.
Finally, you get a personalized wellness itinerary designed by your own Sensei guide, offering spa treatments and wellness activities – from morning meditation to sound baths – aimed at melting away any lingering stress or anxiety. .
A swimming pool and hectares of labyrinths, lakes and gardens are part of the charm of the Hôtel Château du Grand-Lucé.
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Chateau du Grand-Lucé Hotel, France
Nestled in France’s bucolic Loire Valley, this serene 18th-century chateau looks like a million miles from the rest of the world, even though it’s just 55 minutes from Paris by train.
Its 17 sprawling and sunny suites, each adorned with hand-painted murals, crystal chandeliers and antique Louis XV furniture, make you feel like stepping back in time. (The most opulent is the Le Grand-Lucé suite, which offers breathtaking views of the gardens and a beautiful claw-foot bath).
Outside, there are 80 acres of mazes, lakes and rose gardens, plus a lovely stone-lined pool – the perfect escape to the countryside.
Secluded and luxurious, Jack’s Camp is a unique retreat.
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Jack’s Camp, Botswana
If you’re looking for an ultra-exclusive getaway, there isn’t much more secluded than Jack’s, a luxury safari camp nestled in a million-acre private wildlife preserve in the Kalahari Desert. (There are only two other camps in the reserve).
The legendary camp, which opened in 1993, was closed for renovation in 2019 and reopened in January 2021 with 10 huge luxury tents (more than double the size of the original tents) fitted with plush four-poster beds, a magnificent old-fashioned safari setting. and private pools overlooking the Makgadikgadi salt flats.
There’s also a library, billiard room, bar, and a lavish tea tent dotted with Persian rugs and plush cushions – the perfect place to unwind with a glass of iced tea after a long, hot day of safari. .
1 West Hollywood has some of the largest and most luxurious rooms in all of Los Angeles.
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1 West Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles
If a glamorous city break is more your style, it doesn’t get better than this sleek urban oasis on Sunset Boulevard.
Opened in 2019 – just months before the pandemic – its rooms are some of the largest and most luxurious in Los Angeles, with earthy, minimalist-chic decor, lavish marble bathrooms, and unparalleled views of the rolling hills. ‘Hollywood.
Then there’s the daybed and pool flanked by a cabana, a true sanctuary of peace and quiet above the bustling, palm-lined streets of LA.
But most impressive of all is the brand’s ethos of sustainability, seen everywhere from the design (furniture is made from reclaimed California wood) to the dining room (an organic garden on-site. supplies restaurants with herbs and vegetables).
The entire hotel is also plastic and (almost) paperless, and guests can join a loyalty program that allows them to reduce their carbon footprint with every stay – touches that make all the difference as we walk in. in a post-pandemic world.
Crown Sydney, Australia
Towering gracefully above the Sydney skyline, the Crown Sydney – opened on December 28, 2020 after four years of construction and a whopping $ 1.7 billion – is Sydney’s newest and most luxurious hotel today ‘hui.
Posing as a six-star hotel, the sparkling petal-shaped skyscraper boasts 14 restaurants and bars (including the famous Nobu), an infinity pool overlooking Sydney Harbor (cabanas can be booked from $ 500) and 349 rooms equipped with deep marble bathtubs and floor-to-ceiling windows offering city views.
The decadent spa includes yoga and meditation terraces, relaxation rooms, infrared saunas, and a separate hydrotherapy retreat inspired by a Roman bath – the perfect place to let go of worries.
One of the pools at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo floats atop Lake Como.
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Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy
As European borders begin to open to international travelers, your first stop should be the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, an iconic Art Nouveau hotel perched on the shores of Lake Como.
Its 90 rooms are all individually decorated, outfitted with indulgent details like sprawling balconies, terraces, and whirlpool tubs. While it’s worth every euro to splurge on the lake view rooms, the garden view rooms overlooking the beautifully manicured gardens also provide an oasis of tranquility.
Outside you will find three swimming pools, one of which floats directly at the top of the lake.
Soneva Jani, Maldives
If you want to give your family a post-containment vacation that will blow your mind, Soneva Jani is what you need: her overwater villas are equipped with private infinity pools and water slides that will transport you to the turquoise ocean. sparkling below.
Other family-friendly attractions include an overwater cinema, a stargazing observatory, and an ice cream and chocolate room. Each villa also has a retractable roof so that children can doze off under the stars.
For parents: a lavish spa, expansive wine cellar, multiple dining options ranging from sashimi to Spanish tapas, and sunset cruises (you can even bring the kids – if you like).
Raffles Singapore, the grande dame of luxury hospitality, recently updated its suites.
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If you want to splurge – say, “Crazy Rich Asians” big – then you can’t beat Singapore’s iconic Raffles: one of the grand dame hotels in the world and the benchmark for many other five star hotels in. across the world today.
The 133-year-old property is the definition of luxury, from its newly refurbished suites (with the same old colonial charm as always, but with subtle contemporary touches) to its elegant Long Bar, where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented in 1915..
Each guest is assigned their own butler, who offers a rare, intuitive and attentive, yet unobtrusive type of service – perhaps the greatest luxury of all.