We know that where you stay can determine how your trip goes, and sometimes a good hotel can be an integral part of your travel experience. These hotels are all top notch from service to style, and each has something unique to offer to travelers.
1. Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa
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Originally the home of shipping magnates Sir and Lady Ellerman, this Edwardian mansion is now one of the most coveted boutique hotels on earth. Amenities unique to the property include a brandy lounge, a spa, a library, multiple dining terraces, a wine gallery and a champagne cellar. Ellerman house is only about 10 minutes outside of Cape Town, but it is not open to the public, giving guests plenty of privacy. With 13 bedrooms and two villas, space is limited so you may have to book your stay well in advance. However, this spectacular spot is worth the wait!
2. Hotel du Cap Eden-Rock, Côte d'Azur, France
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Known for its luxury villas and sparkling views, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is a paradise in Cap d’Antibes. The rooms exude old world charm that is perfect for a vacation on the French Riviera. Guests can swim or sip cocktails in the iconic infinity pool looking out over the coast. Other amenities include tennis courts, yoga, spa, and award winning cuisine.
3. The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan
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The Mandarin Oriental sits high above Tokyo, meaning guests will have incredible views of the city, and some can even see all the way to Mount Fuji! The contemporary design is combined with world class amenities like a state of the art spa and incredible fine dining, right in the hotel.
4. The Royal Mansour Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco
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The Royal Mansour is a luxury experience like no other. Located in the heart of Marrakech, this hotel is an ideal destination for architecture lovers. Different parts of the hotel are inspired by different architectural styles, including Moorish, North African, and, of course, Traditional Moroccan. It also boasts extensive gardens with vegetation from all over the world and beautifully manicured pools and fountains. There are no typical guest rooms at the hotel, instead there are Traditional "Raids," which are spacious, apartment-like villas that offer guests plenty of privacy.
5. Belmond Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy
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This converted Monastery sits up on a hill overlooking the famed Portofino Harbor. It is surrounded by lush gardens, pools, and, obviously, stunning views. You have the option of staying in the hotel, or in a private suite by the water in the Belmond Splendido Mare. Some of the amenities include a private boat, spa, and package options to explore Genoa or nearby Cinqu Terre. The two restaurants at the hotel are considered some of the best in all Portofino. You can enjoy authentic Italian food on one of their many Terraces overlooking the ocean.
6. Lime Wood Hotel and Spa, New Forest, UK
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Located a half hour outside London in the middle of New Forest National Park, Lime Wood feels like a getaway to the English countryside. The hotel has many different types of rooms for any budget, from the eaves at the top of the house to luxurious private suites and lodges. The property includes a unique Herb House Spa, a three story building with a sauna, mud house, hydro pool, and, of course, breathtaking views all around, For the fitness conscious, the spa also offers rooftop yoga, fitness classes, and an indoor lap pool.
7. The NoMad Hotel, New York City, USA
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A restored turn of the century Beaux-Arts style building, the NoMad is inspired by the classic grand hotels of Europe, "with a distinctly New York sensibility." NoMad collaborated with widely known designer Jacques Garcia to update the interior and give each room a charming, Parisian feel. You can enjoy unparalleled views of the city from their terrace, or relax in your room with custom made linens and bath amenities. It is conveniently located North of Madison Square Park, so many points of interest are easily accessible by train or walking distance.