04 Jan 5 Best hotels We’ve visited in 2015
To round up this lovely year, we have come up with the 5 best hotels in the world we have visited this year.
The world’s best and most luxurious hotels and resorts on the planet need not be the same, cookie cutter high-rise buildings with fancy furniture and excellent service. The best hotels offer a spread of exclusive options from the classic and iconic favourites, to culturally rich intimate inns, to sprawling oceanfront resorts. Whether you yearn for Onsen Ryokans, over-water bungalow, or a palace in the sky, you will be treated with a divine vacation experience.
So make plans to check off a few items from your bucket list in 2016 and enjoy our list of favourite hotels and resorts. Bon Voyage!
This divine healing haven is a Japenese Onsen Ryokan (hot spring inn). A Japanese onsen ryokan (hot spring inn) is a lodging facility that carries on the traditions of age old Japanese culture. After soaking in the hot spring, change into a “yukata” robe, enjoy top level Japanese cuisine in a spacious hall, and relax in a uniquely Japanese room with “tatami” bamboo mat. Onsen Ryokans give you the complete experience of the heart of Japanese traditional culture. Private Onsen are priced at ¥30,000 per hour and can accommodate up to 5 people. There are indoor and outdoor public onsen which are gender-separated.
Why we love it: Konansou satisfies your thirst for a rich Japanese culture with a very traditional Japanese setting. Yukata (Japanese costs) are provided in rooms., and you’ll be sleeping on a Tatami bed. Service is top-notch too. The staff will pick you up from the nearby train station and send you to the hotel, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost. You’ll get your own server in a fixed dining area for the whole duration of your stay. Food is served i banquet style, they are intricately beautiful like masterpieces.
We highly recommend booking the room with a private Onsen and a million-dollar view of Mount Fuji. It is a sensational experience. At the rooftop, there is also a “Foot Bath” which has the perfect view of Mount Fuji on one side and the Kawaguchiko lake on the other.
2. The Independent Hotel, Philadelphia, USA
A charming old building is home to this small boutique hotel. The architecture is interesting; it is elegant, with modern rooms. Breakfast is delivered to your room, and you’ll get to enjoy an evening wine and cheese reception. A casual on-site Italian restaurant offers courtyard dining.
Why we love it: The building itself catches our attention first. It’s in a supreme location – They have a subway right out the door, a great little Italian restaurant next door called Little Nonna’s and a wonderful breakfast place across the street called Green Eggs. This hotel is great if you’re on a business trip or an epic adventure and you just want to rest in a cosy place. The flooring is hardwood and there are sitting areas with fireplaces. It’s just a perfect getaway for the holiday season at a great price!
3. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louis, Alberta, Canada
Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta’s Banff National Park, right-smack facing the grandeur of Lake Louise. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a year-round luxury mountain resort offering guided mountain tours, world-class skiing in the winter, scenic hiking and canoe activities in the summer, and exceptional dining experiences.
Why we love it: The views are stunning! having a beautiful place to stay after a tiring hike will stay in your memories for the rest of your life. During winter, it looks like a palace in the clouds!
4. Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
Le Sirenus is gorgeous. The images you see on TripAdvisor are real (if not better). The idealised life of sipping champagne and slurping oysters amid fragrant frangipani at a cliff-side bar overlooking the sea, becomes a reality here.
Why we love it: Here’s a peak into royalty and highly coveted rooms – A night costs at least USD 2000 with the next available night roughly 6 months away. A divine bed with a bathroom gleaming with marble. You can sign up for a whole list of activities for free (take advantage of this opportunity). The hotel offers one of the best breakfasts too. Great pastries, warm offerings, cheese, fruit, champagne, etc, and all overlooking the gorgeous sea.
The hotel itself is magnificent. Beautiful flowers everywhere, great artwork and assorted decorative pieces, gorgeous tile floors throughout. The pool deck was what REALLY made this place magnificent. Comfortable lounge chairs overlooking the sea, surrounded by foliage and flowers, views of the colourful hilltop, and the Pool, was just surreal. Surrounded by mosaics of sea sirens, lemon trees, bougainvillea… an absolute paradise.
5. LUX* South Ari Atoll, Maldives
An out-of-this-world, paradise-like resort with an excellent location, super-friendly and professional staff, perfect turquoise waters, awesome cosy bungalows and extremely tasty food twill make your vacation special and impossible to forget!
It is especially great for the honeymoon couples, as they also have great offers and surprises for such couples including a candlelight dinner, starlight cruise, and cocktail making courses.
Why we love it: The rooms are beach bungalows overlooking the lagoon. There will be no other people at the beach except for guests. lThe room is perfect, with an outdoor bathroom.We love the coffee and ice cream that the Lux prepare on the island. Make sure you try the amaretto flavour and ask for a waffle cone, which they make fresh whilst you wait. There are a few excursions you can enjoy – During these trips you’ll stop and snorkel at a few locations and see turtles, rays, beautiful fish. The staff are simply amazing. Nothing is too much trouble, and they’ll all take time to chat with you.