This is the first in an ongoing series featuring some of the world’s Best In Hotels. Get out your Bucket Lists and be ready to add to it some of these luxury locations.
1. THE KAKSLAUTTANEN ARCTIC RESORT
Away from all the humdrum, somewhere in the midst of Finland is this amazing resort, straight out of a fairy-tale. Living in glass houses is something we only see and hear of in fairy-tales and movies, but you can experience it firsthand here, at this hotel. These igloo-like structures made out of glass are the perfect way to watch the northern lights with your loved ones. The nearest airport Ivalo, is only 30 minutes away, making this place easy to access. If you’re not very fond of glass igloos and need some privacy, they have a range of other room options, like the snow igloos, the traditional house, queen suites and kelo glass igloos. The best time to watch the northern lights is during the autumn.
2. THE CONRAD : BORA BORA NUI
Bora Bora is a small south Pacific island in the French Polynesia. The Conrad, is located on a private islet, called Motu To’opua. If you’re looking to unwind and relax in luxury, this is the perfect getaway. It boasts white sand beaches and rooms overlooking the lagoon, with Mount Otemanu at the backdrop. It houses 6 restaurants and bars. You can also request the hotel staff to arrange for a private picnic on its private islet. If you want to keep active, you can also go for hikes, or can even go swimming with the sharks.
3. MONASTERO: SANTA ROSA
Perched on a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Salerno in Italy, previously a monastery, now an adult only luxury hotel with breathtaking views. It has 72 rooms, all facing the ocean and also houses a stunning infinity pool.
4. NEEMRANA FORT PALACE
Once a 15th Century fort, it has now been renovated into a world famous heritage hotel. Located on the Delhi- Jaipur highway, 100 kms from Delhi, this hotel boasts royal lineage. It has 77 rooms/suites spread over 14 levels cut into a hill. The rooftop restaurant with a garden, provides you with a picturesque view of the entire fort. They even have cultural programs on weekends for all the guests and mandatory gala nights on special occasions like Christmas and New years eve. Camel rides, zip lining and rides on vintage cars are some of the major attractions of this hotel.
5. AMANKORA PARO BHUTAN
In the midst of pine trees and wild flowers, surrounded by mountains and penetrated by small streams, lies this beautiful property, in Paro valley. Aman, meaning peace, in Sanskrit is the perfect way to describe this place. The main aim of this hotel, is to provide the guests with an unforgettable experience, by helping them tune in with mother nature. Upon arrival, the guests have an option of either taking a refreshing walk up to their rooms through the pine forests, or taking the motorable road leading to the rooms. There is a patio outside the suites, allowing the guests to soak up the sun during the daytime, or to enjoy the drinks in the evening around a firepit. A tailor-made itinerary is prepared for every guest of the hotel. A hot-stone bath infused with herbs, is the best local way to relax here after all the trekking and hiking throughout the day.