8 Bucket List Hotels Worth the Trip
Add these spectacular retreats to your wish list, stat.
From an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora to an open-air suite overlooking the Pitons in St. Lucia, these enchanting hotels are worth the journey.(Getty Images).
In almost every corner of the world, you can find awe-inspiring sights, captivating natural phenomena and historical landmarks. If you're willing to travel thousands of miles, it's easy to discover world-class art, beautiful landscapes and cherished monuments. Still, there is more to travel than just the destinations themselves. In fact, some "bucket list" hotels are so enchanting that they can become the highlight of your trip. From properties perched on rugged shorelines to big-city retreats and outposts tucked into mountaintop cliffs, some hotels offer much more than a roof over your head and a comfy bed. Here are eight bucket list hotels that can make any trip worth the journey.
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
Dubai may be a luxury destination on its own, but you can take your vacation up a notch with a stay at the Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa. Nestled within the scenic Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, the property features 42 suites appointed with their own pool and deck overlooking the area's vast sand dunes and local wilderness. Plus, the property's proximity to downtown Dubai makes this retreat a must-see if you love the idea of escaping to a desert sanctuary, but want to pair your experience with a few nights in a world-class city. Nightly rates start at around $1,200.
IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous, Spain
Set along the western coast of Majorca, Spain, you'll find the new IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous, Spain. While the property doesn't officially open until April 2017, you can make your reservations in advance; nightly rates start at around $300. Here, you'll be able to swim next to a private, secluded beach, hang off the edge of an infinity pool and stare at the stars and eat at one of the world class on-site restaurants. If you want to splurge, you'll even be able to book a themed suite for an even more luxurious experience.
Set on a hilltop in Chile's Millahue Valley, Viña Vik, a hotel and winery, offers unmatched luxury and exposure to its natural surroundings. The 11,000-acre property boasts 360-degree views of the vineyards below, plus access to the winery for a truly memorable experience. You'll find 22 suites on property, each with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and unobstructed views of the surrounding hills and greenery. A pool is also available for relaxation and more sweeping views of the valley and lake below. Nightly rates start at around $1,100.
At Jade Mountain, which sits along St. Lucia's southwestern coast, the scenery is spectacular. Sit on your oceanfront terrace or relax in an infinity pool with St. Lucia's Pitons and Caribbean waters as your backdrop, enjoy the unique coastal creations from a James Beard award recipient at the Jade Mountain Club or work out life's stresses in the on-site boutique fitness studio and spa. Both room-only and all-inclusive rates are available, and nightly rates start at around $1,080.
Monastero Santa Rosa
Perched along Italy's Amalfi Coast, this former 17th-century convent has been transformed into a high-end hotel, filled with breathtaking views of the waters below, a cliffside infinity pool, an on-site fine dining restaurant and 20 well-appointed rooms and suites. A top-notch spa also occupies a large portion of the small estate, and services span everything from a deep tissue massages to invigorating facials and hydrating body wraps. Nightly rates start at $441 in the low season.
Hotel Villa Honegg
This boutique hotel, set in the heart of Ennetburgen, Switzerland, offers jaw-dropping views of some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Relax in the infinity pool as you gaze out over lush green mountains and magnificent valleys. This five-star establishment features much more than shocking views of Lake Lucerne and the flowering meadows below, however; it also offers top-notch suites and rooms fit for kings and queens and impeccable on-site dining options. Nightly rates start at around $1,100.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
If you've ever dreamed of vacationing in beautiful Bora Bora, the Four Seasons is likely to exceed your expectations of postcard-perfect landscapes. Set in a tranquil and secluded part of Bora Bora, the Four Seasons offers 100 overwater bungalows, and 15 of which are appointed with their own plunge pools. Seven beachfront villa estates also line the property. Plus, meals and activities are included in the nightly rate. Meanwhile, the Lagoon Sanctuary on the premises is home to more than 100 marine life species, making snorkeling and scuba diving a truly unforgettable experience. Nightly room rates start at around $950.
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
Set in downtown Paris, the Shangri-La Hotel boasts both a central location and historic charm. With the Eiffel Tower practically at its doorstep, it also offers striking views at nearly every angle. Take in a light, leisurely meal on your balcony and behold the Seine River in all its glory. Afterward, exercise in the fitness center, take advantage of the hospitality lounge or gaze at the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. Nightly rates start at around $800.
The Bottom Line
While it's easy to drain your wallet if you always splurge for the most luxurious, over-the-top hotel, sometimes, it's best to live a little in luxury accommodations. After all, these bucket list hotels are well worth visiting at least once during your lifetime.
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