Over the years, luxury hotels have gone from something of a one-off to a more frequent accommodation option. With things like personal butler service, private swimming pools, and free items galore upon arrival, luxury hotels take comfort to the extreme. While some guests stay in luxury hotels to maintain their regular lifestyles, others opt for an extra splurge that lets them see how the other half lives.
While luxury hotels have often been focused in big, metropolitan cities around the globe like New York and Paris, now you can also find luxury hotels in the jungle, on the beach, or even in the desert. Putting their own twist on what it means to be luxury, including renovated mansions and private villas, in-house movie theaters and first-class restaurants, ski-up suites and complimentary smartphones, today’s luxury hotels seem to be trying to one-up each other to have the best and the biggest.
According to our research, Europe is seeing the most increase in luxury hotels while Asia closely follows. Here is a list of the 25 best new luxury hotels, according to ProntoHotel.com:
Singita Mara River Tented Camp
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
A safari retreat complete with a pool, sundeck, and dining area, this small retreat has six luxurious tents outfitted with solar-powered electricity. Guest can enjoy up-close views of the wildlife of Serengeti National Park, including zebras, crocodiles, cheetahs, elephants, lions, rhinos, and, especially in October, wildebeest.
Luxury for a fraction of the price, The Emakoko is a group of 10 cottages nestled on a gorge over Nairobi National Park. A great place for birdwatchers, the area also boasts frequent sightings of cheetahs, leopards, lions, giraffe, and rare black rhinos. Cottages, which are very convenient to the airport, feature a fireplace, rich silks, and lots of wood.
A medium-sized resort featuring 161 opulent rooms, the Taj Palace is so luxurious it was the setting for the designer-bag loving ladies in Sex and the City 2. A glorious pool is set against a backdrop of the Atlas Mountains and guest rooms are bursting with first-class amenities, including fresh pastries upon check-in.
Lang Co, Vietnam
Guests at the Banyan Tree enjoy their own private pool at each of the property’s 49 villas. Surrounding a world-class golf course, the resort also boasts a beach, two restaurants, fantastic views, and the perfect setting for relaxation.
El Nido Pangulasian Island
The newest of a group of El Nido properties in the area, this one features 42 villas on the Bacuit Bay. An amazing white-sand beach, a tranquil stone pool, scuba instruction, a reef for snorkeling, and free kayaks make for plenty of options during the day. The accommodations are simply luxurious with thatched roofs and comfy beds.
Dedon Island Resort
A 45-minute flight from Cebu will land you in a remote hideaway that beautifully spotlights local living, from the food served by the kitchen to the wood used for the furniture. Organic reigns supreme, making it even easier to become one with your amazing surroundings. The nine seaside villas put a whimsy twist on island living.
Twelve at Hengshan
The biggest luxury hotel in an eclectic neighborhood, the Twelve at Hengshan has 171 rooms that draw both business travelers and chic jetsetters looking for a trendy respite. A rooftop restaurant, lots of meeting rooms, and a terra cotta courtyard are just some of the bonuses to this fantastic Shangai luxury hotel.
A large business hotel that embraces local art and culture, the Park Hyatt in Chennai has multiple business and conference spaces in a location close to the airport. With a rooftop infinity pool and two restaurant, one overlooking a lotus pond, there are plenty of option for entertaining clients or yourself. A big draw is the 24-hour virtual business center.
Keraton at the Plaza
A residential tower that features 140 large guest rooms an easy access to a luxury shopping mall, Keraton at the Plaza is decorated in deep wood and modern art, a fantastic contrast to the beautiful city views. This luxury hotel in Jakarta is convenient to the city’s financial and government districts, as well as fantastic restaurants—though the hotel has one of those itself.
Berkeley River Lodge
Kimberley Coast, Australia
The Kimberley Coast is a gorgeous stretch of sea and sand, and the Berkeley River Lodge fits right in. This luxury Australian hotel consists of 20 oceanfront villas and is reachable via seaplane. Located at the mouth of a river, guest will become one with wildlife, including turtles, dingoes, and crocs.
A sprawling estate and a colonial mansion (complete with an outdoor bath) make this luxury hotel South Australia a quiet refuge perfect for walking and exploring the surrounding wine region. The live-in owners serve up gourmet meals and make guests feel right at home in their luxurious suites.
Located in the Gothic Quarter, this Barcelona luxury hotel has 65 chic guest rooms and a fantastic rooftop bar, making it fit right in with the trendy neighborhood surrounding it. The understated décor is a nice compliment to the exposed stone walls seen throughout the hotel.
A small luxury hotel in Gstaad right on the mountainside of one of Switzerland’s best ski resorts, the Alpina Gstaad has 56 rooms, three restaurants, a spa, and a ski shop. Combining the modern with the natural elements, this is the first new Gstaad luxury hotel in 100 years.
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
Amalfi Coast, Italy
A chic new Amalfi Coast luxury hotel, the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa has just 20 rooms in this monastery-turned-glamorous retreat. With amazing ocean views, terraced gardens, and an amazing pool, this luxury hotel on the Amalfi Coast is just a few miles from Amalfi itself, leaving guests with access to the beautiful town without being overrun by tourists.
Owned and run by Francis Ford Coppola, this nine-room villa makes for a wonderful luxury hotel in Southern Italy rich in décor with a deep connection to the film genius. Lush with herbs as well as green plants, the property also boasts a library of 300 movies, a screening room, a vintage jukebox, and a courtyard for dining on traditional dishes.
Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera
This enormous luxury hotel near Zadar, Croatia, is located on a peninsula and embraces the influence of the seaside culture in its décor, much of which ties right in with the magnificent Adriatic views. With a pebble beach, two dining options, a noteworthy spa, and several meeting rooms, this luxury hotel in Croatia is great for families, romantics, and businesspeople alike.
Bulgari Hotel & Residences
A high-rise luxury hotel in Knightsbridge, the Bulgari Hotel & Residences takes glam to the extreme. Convenient to Hyde Park as well as Harrods, the 85 guest rooms are stocked with Bulgari products and refined furnishings. With a restaurant, bar, cinema, spa, and pool, this London luxury hotel is the newest place to see and be seen.
InterContinetal London Westminster
This enormous luxury hotel in London boasts 256 guest rooms in one of the most-visited parts of the British capital. Just steps from Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, the InterContinental London Westminster features fantastic British art and a stellar smokehouse. Also a great choice for a London business hotel, the InterContinental has a business center, courier service, and plenty of meeting rooms.
Compare prices on these hotels in Europe to find the perfect fit for your next luxury vacation.
Ambergris Caye, Belize
This tiny beachside treasure consists of just 13 villas made of tropical wood and stone mosaics, letting guests fit right in with the laid-back Belize lifestyle. But that’s not to say El Secreto is rustic or understated—on the contrary, these luxury villas in Belize are controlled by iPads, from the AC to the TV. A fantastic spa, fresh juice every morning, and an open-air restaurant are just some of the added bonuses.
Four Seasons Toronto
Housed in a 55-story skyscraper, 21 of which house 259 guest rooms, the Four Seasons takes their luxury hotel brand to Toronto. Decorated with specially-commissioned art and dark wood, this Toronto luxury hotel is located in the Yorkville neighborhood and boasts a Daniel Boulud restaurant and a 30,000-square-foot spa.
Mexico City, Mexico
A small hotel in the largest metropolitan city in the Western Hemisphere, Downtown is a luxury Mexican hotel housed in a converted 17th Century palace that is all about local art. Two courtyards full of gorgeous plants offer a welcome refuge in such a busy city. Located right in the historic center of Mexico City, Downtown has 17 guest rooms and a fantastic rooftop bar.
Nena Boutique Hotel
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
With just six guest rooms, this luxury hotel in Mexico is positioned on a gorgeous estate and provides guests with fantastic accommodations, a wonderful open-air restaurant, and a panoramic rooftop lounge. Lush gardens make for a lovely evening stroll and the price is significantly less than other hotels in the surrounding area.
St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
Miami Beach, FL
A huge Miami beach resort with 243 enormous guest rooms to match, the St. Regis Bal Harbour attracts a jet-setting, well-heeled crowd ready to enjoy a fantastic spa and a world-class Jean-Georges restaurant. Private poolside cabanas offer a lovely place to spend an afternoon and the guest rooms, decorated in cool tones, make this Miami luxury hotel worth visiting over and over again.
Botanique Hotel & Spa
Campos do Jordão, Brazil
Located in the Mantiqueira Mountains, 100 miles north of São Paulo, the Botanique Hotel & Spa is made up of 11 villas and six suites—all complete with butler service. While guests find themselves in one of the most rural parts of the country, this luxury Brazil hotel is anything but rustic. On-site activities include horseback riding, guided birdwatching, or martial arts lessons. The hotel’s restaurant has gorgeous 180-degree views.
Guests will find this 12-room lodge on Chile’s Rilán Peninsula, a luxury retreat that highlights the woodworking traditions of the area. Decorated in all earth tones and natural materials, this adventure lodge encourages visitors to get out and explore their surroundings—from forests and fjords to wetlands and wildlife.
Palacio Astoreca Hotel
Neighboring the Fine Arts Museum, this restored mansion houses one of the best luxury hotels in Chile. With 23 guest rooms, a spa, a piano bar, and a restaurant run by Sergio Barroso, trained at the famed El Bulli in Spain, Palacio Astoreca Hotel is a must-visit for art lovers.