If you’re anything like us, you simply can’t resist the allure of stunning hotels that redefine luxury and offer unforgettable experiences – and this listicle takes us on a visual journey through some of the most beautiful and lavish properties around the world.

From the iconic elegance of The Plaza Hotel in New York to the breathtaking desert escape that’s Amangiri in Utah, and from the enchanting Anantara Golden Triangle in Thailand to the awe-inspiring One&Only Gorilla’s Nest in Rwanda, get ready to be transported to a realm where opulence meets natural wonders. So, sit back, relax, and let’s explore these extraordinary destinations that define the epitome of a luxurious lifestyle.

1. Plaza Hotel, New York City, USA

Nestled in the heart of New York City, The Plaza Hotel exudes timeless charm and is the epitome of timeless luxury. Standing tall amongst the city’s skyscrapers, this iconic landmark offers its guests a lavish haven of sophistication intertwined with opulence.

Be overwhelmed in the best way possible at its grand foyer replete with exquisite chandeliers and marble floors, but ultimately, check into one of its plush rooms that come with a breathtaking view of Central Park. This swanky hotel is a true beacon of luxury and a symbol of high living.

Address: 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019, United States
Contact: +1 212-759-3000

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2. Amangiri, Utah, USA

From the city, we move on to the majestic canyons in Utah, USA. This 5-star luxury hotel is truly one of a kind, tucked away amidst the protected valley, and has become a favourite hideaway amongst celebrities. Its low-slung and earthy-toned buildings almost make it a mirage (a luxurious one at that), beckoning well-travelled globetrotters for an uber-peaceful respite.

Its hefty nightly rates are said to include all meals, which helps, considering you’re forking out quite a bit. And, of course, you’re not going to be in the middle of the canyons and not have adrenaline-inducing activities available. So, while you could spend hours lazing in the palatial rooms, guests have been known to step outside and explore the great outdoors that Utah has to offer.

Address: 1 Kayenta Rd, Canyon Point, UT 84741, United States
Contact: +1 435 675-3999

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3. Kudadoo, Maldives

Nothing screams luxury more than a vacation on a private island, especially one in the Maldives — a popular destination for the luxe traveller looking for a beach escape. At Kudadoo, everything is all-inclusive, and we mean just about everything. From unlimited time at the resort’s spa to all the meals you can eat! Even water sports activities and diving excursions are included in the staggering nightly fee.

Could this resort get any more OTT (over-the-top)? Why, yes, it can! Dine 5.8 metres underwater amongst the vibrant marine life and coral reefs at the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant, where a tasting menu will send you on a culinary journey! Extra charges apply for this experience.

Address: Kudadoo Island, Lhaviyani Atoll 07080, Maldives
Contact: +960 662 2000

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4. One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, Rwanda

Perhaps a personal favourite on this list, One&Only in Rwanda is a luxurious destination like no other, especially for those who hold Africa’s beauty close to their hearts as I do. This place is pure magic, blending natural beauty with a chic design that complements its surrounding nature. The accommodations are insanely gorgeous, putting African flair at the forefront.

But what really makes it fancy is the top-notch service — guests are made to feel like royalty, as the staff goes above and beyond to have everyone’s needs met. Whether you’re in the mood to get a head-to-toe pampering session, see gorillas in the untamed African forest, or enjoy a culinary adventure with meals by top chefs, every moment here is pure magic.

Address: Nyonirima, Kinigi, Ruhengeri, Rwanda
Contact: +250 221 011 111

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5. Kokomo Private Island, Fiji

Away from other Fijian resorts, Kokomo Private Island is its own secluded luxurious getaway. For a staggering USD65,000 per night, you can have the entire island all to your group of up to 40 people — it doesn’t get more over-the-top than that, does it?

If that’s too far-fetched, guests also have the option of booking one of their gorgeous 25 villas, which will still afford you a sense of exclusivity that only a private island can give.

Address: Yaukuve Levu Island, Fiji
Contact: +679 776 4441

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6. One Nature Nyaruswiga, Serengeti, Tanzania

For a luxurious and over-the-top safari stay, look no further than One Nature Nyaruswiga in Serengeti, Tanzania. An ultra-luxe resort in nature like no other, One Nature has 14 tented suites (and they’re no ordinary ones), all with a jaw-dropping view of the savannah.

It comes as no surprise that this African safari lodge is one of the best of its kind, as guests are treated to experiences like African Safari Private Bush Dining, African Astral Observation & Stargazing, Walking the Serengeti Guided Tour, and much more! Luxury is not just a concept at One Nature; it’s a way of life!

Address: JQ65+M4, Seronera, Tanzania
Contact: +971 4 558 6911

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7. Al Maha Resort & Spa, Dubai, UAE

It would be wrong to do a listicle on luxurious and over-the-top stays without having at least one property in Dubai. While there are many opulent, luxurious, and seriously expensive ones, the one that caught my eye is the Al Maha Resort & Spa.

A 45-minute drive from the city will take you to stunning Arabian-style villas with such a special setting. Just imagine this: waking up to breathtaking views of rolling sand dunes and spotting incredible wildlife.

Address: N 55° – 24°47’21.3 – 36’27.8″E Al Ain – Dubai Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Contact: +971 4 832 9900

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8. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Get ready to be totally blown away by sheer luxury and enchanting experiences at Anantara Golden Triangle. Nestled away from the busyness of Thailand’s cities, this resort is truly a slice of paradise. The laid-back lifestyle, married with opulence, gives this hideaway a sense of exclusivity. The resort boasts lavish accommodations that blend seamlessly with its natural surroundings, and everywhere you turn, a breathtaking view awaits.

From the minute you arrive, it’s personalised treatment all the way through your stay and much like the other resorts on this list, the staff will happily oblige to make your stay more memorable. Indulge in world-class spa treatments, savour mouthwatering Thai cuisine, and sign up for unforgettable elephant adventures — Anantara Golden Triangle is all about embracing the good life.

Address: 229, Wiang, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai 57150, Thailand
Contact: +66 53 784 084

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