A luxury hotel is a place to enjoy flawless hospitality, a luxuriantly comfortable bed, gourmet food and classy interiors. It is an experience to behold, exclusive and a treat to be savoured, with an extra dose of panache. World Travel Magazine’s editorial team compiles the annual 100 List of best luxury hotels across the world – from the wildlife parks of Kenya to the pristine beaches of Seychelles, from the buzzing streets of Manhattan to the secluded islands of Santorini. Each of these luxury villas, hotels, resorts and lodges aims to redefine luxury in their own unique ways.
Aman Canal Grande, Venice
When a luxury property perches itself right next to a 16th century palazzo on the Grand Canal in Venice, it immediately satiates the appetite of diehard romantics who have high expectations from the city. Upscale rooms and suites are liberally decorated with art and treasures, tiepolo frescoes, gilded ceilings and centuriesold leather wall coverings. Art décor can be seen everywhere, from murals on ceilings to the fireplace of restaurants. Outdoor areas are just as classy, whether you are at the airy private garden or terraced dining area. A dedicated housekeeper and chef ensure bespoke menus include regional and international cuisine. Services like babysitting
and excursion planning go down particularly well with guests.
Amangiri, Utah USA
The remote hideaway of Amangiri, surrounded by 600 acres of undeveloped land and tucked within luminous canyons of the American Southwest is located in a protected valley with sweeping views. Built as a four-bedroom Mesa Home, it offers privacy and a range of activities from hiking to riding. Framing the surrounding dunes, plateaus and mountain ridges, the resorts’ striking white stone floors, concrete walls, natural timbers
and fittings in blackened steel are a visual delight. From here, you can easily access the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and Monument Valley.
Ashford Castle Hotel, Ireland
Experience ultimate Irish hospitality at Ashford Castle, sprawling across the 350 acre property dating back to 1228. In its present form, as part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, it has 83 spectacular rooms and suites tucked away in turrets, lakeside cottage, plush beds and incredible views. For centuries, the grounds here have provided a vast playground for its owners and their friends, making it one of the finest sporting estates in Ireland. Country classic pastimes such as horse riding, fishing, falconry and shooting, to more modern activities such as golf, cycling and kayaking can be indulged here.
Auberge Du Soleil, Napa Valley, USA
As Napa Valley’s first finedining establishment which opened to acclaim in 1981 and soon became one of the best restaurants in Northern California, Auberge Du Soleil’s claim to fame is its superb cuisine just as much as its spectacular setting. Breathtaking valley views recreate the sun-drenched ambiance of a Provençal restaurant in California Wine Country. Auberge du Soleil perfected the art of balancing wellness with luxurious indulgence at the Auberge Spa, a retreat modelled after a centuries-old monastery and the Auberge Pool and Cabana, ‘La Plage’, is perfect for lounging on oversized chaises, underneath the California Sun.