There are hotels, then there are magical resorts. While luxe and comfort are standard at most top hotels, there is something to be said about resorts that go beyond the expected. The following 10 resorts are so extraordinary, they merit a “see before you die” title. So, if you’re looking for an experience beyond just a luxurious room, here’s where you need to go.
Hotel Ristorante Grotta Palazzese Polignano a Mare, Italy
Nestled in the cliff side of Polignano a Mare, [eafl id=8757 name=”” text=”Hotel Ristorante Grotta Palazzese”] is one of Italy’s most famous. With just 25 rooms, you must book months in advance if you hope to secure one of their cave-inspired suites. The same applies to the cliffside restaurant that boasts incredible views as you dine on 5 star faire while listening to the waves crash against the rocks below.
Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island
If an underwater restaurant and hotel doesn’t impress you, we don’t know what will. Voted ‘Best Hotel in the World’ twice over, Conrad Maldives is one of the most famous resorts on earth -and for good reason. This one of a kind resort offers suites and a restaurant submerged under the ocean with views unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Canavas Hotel, Oia, Santorini
Oia’s Canavas Hotel stands out amongst Santorini’s endlessly beautiful cliffside resorts. Designed with cave-inspired white structures (a signature Santorini aesthetic), the Canavas boasts incomparable views of the Aegean sea with many suites including their own hot tubs and mini pools.
Äscher Cliff, Switzerland
A truly unique experience, Ascher Cliff hotel in Switzerland is unlike any resort you’ve ever been to. Nestled in the mountainside of Weissbad, Switzerland, this one-of-a-kind hotel is only accessible by hike. So, put on your trainers and pack light, because this stunning resort is definitely worth seeing.
Panchoran Retreat, Bali
If you’ve ever fantasized about living in a treehouse like Swiss Family Robinson, Panchoran Retreat is for you. This incredible open air resort is the real deal Bali experience. Bring a mosquito net and plenty of bug spray because this one is a must-see.
Hotel Ubud Hanging Gardens, Indonesia
If sleeping in the middle of an infinity pool sounds amazing to you, Hotel Ubud Hanging Gardens needs to be on your list. Hanging Gardens boast 44 luxurious suites and includes an award winning spa and 5 star Balinese dining.
Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
How many times can you say you’ve slept in an igloo? Probably zero. Hotel Kakslauttanen Artic Resort is one of Finland’s most famous hotels. It offers a varity of accommodations from login cabins to traditional suites or glass igloos for the most adventurous.
Montana Magica Lodge, Chile
Another treehouse inspired hotel, Montana Magica Lodge in Chile will take you to another world where you feel you might run into Frodo in the Shire at any moment. Any Lord of the Rings fan will agree, Montana Magic Lodge is a must-see.
Villa Escudero, Philippines
Featuring its famous Waterfalls Restaurant, Villa Escudero sits on a 2,000 acre coconut plantation outside the city of San Pablo. The plantation has been around since the 1800’s and features a museum and a reservoir, Lake Labasin.
The Manta Resort, Zanzibar
This is the resort where you literally “sleep with the fish.” The Manta Resort features suites with bedrooms submerged in the ocean. This paradise resort is set off from the tourists and crowds, so you can enjoy a truly relaxing, unique experience.