Enjoy one-of-a-kind views and amenities at these opulent hideaways.
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 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 are well worth the journey.
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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
Along the western coast of Mallorca, Spain, you'll find the new IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous, Spain. While the property doesn't officially open until May 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 rests 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
Conca dei Marini, Italy
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, with services spanning from 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 Ennetbürgen, 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
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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, with 15 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, the hotel 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.
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