The global hospitality and tourism industry is booming, and no where can one see this trend as in the luxury hotel niche sector. Here are eight of the top luxury hotels in the world top picks for 2015 based on amenities, location, service, architecture and furnishings.
Luxury Hotels 2015 Top Picks
#8 Chanler at Cliff Walk
The Chanler at Cliff Walk is an elegant New England mansion that overlooks the Rhode Island coasts. The historic property was first built during America’s Gilded Age by New York Congressman, John Winthrop Chanler, and its ideal ocean side location in Newport inspired other wealthy citizens to build their summer residences there.
The boutique hotel has 20 select rooms that are furnished with period pieces that give a subtle nod to the atmosphere of refined elegance that the property’s inhabitants of yesteryear enjoyed. The staff at the Chanler at Cliff Walk aim to make guests’ visits as memorable as the stunning Atlantic coastline that is always within view on the property. Besides the hotel’s delightful seaside gardens, its 19th century architecture and renowned fine dining restaurant, its guests are treated to amenities like complimentary chauffeured car trips, beach and bath butler services, and in room spa appointments.
#7 Saxon Hotel Villas and Spa
The Saxon Hotel Villas and Spa has a quiet elegance that attracts Johannesburg business travelers as well as a host of distinguished leisure travelers. The modern structure of the luxury hotel makes good use of glass and open air areas to bring the light and natural outdoor beauty inside for guests to enjoy.
The property features over 50 suite styles that range in size from 2100 square feet to 4300 square feet of living space, and all rooms come with butler service. Other amenities include tennis courts, dramatic pools and award winning spa services. Besides its luxurious amenities and guest services, the Saxon Hotel Villas and Spa has a history of supporting positive social and environmental change. For example, the hotel is heavily involved with anti-poaching policies for wildlife preserves, and it was the temporary residence of former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela while he completed his memoirs.
#6 The Peninsula in Tokyo
The Peninsula in Tokyo offers its guests a host of sumptuous amenities, but it is mainly the property’s location in the heart of the bustling Tokyo business district that makes it a strong contender within the world’s top luxury hotel list. The Imperial Royal Palace Gardens and the famed Hibiya Park is located across from the Peninsula in Tokyo, and many of the hotel’s suites boast views of these scenic spots.
The hotel’s rooms and suites feature spacious floorplans and contemporary furnishings in soothing spa neutrals that are accented with Japanese art. The Peninsula in Tokyo is a favorite with both business and leisure travelers, and guests at the hotel can schedule use of the house car which is a vintage 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom for business meetings or sightseeing trips.
#5 Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Like the Peninsula in Tokyo, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is also renowned for its location, but the scenic gem is nearly exclusively visited by leisure travelers.
The property is located in the Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, and the hotel offers stunning views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains and the aqua hued Lake Louise. Besides luxurious furnishings and dining options, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is also rich in summer and winter activities like guided mountain treks, canoeing Lake Louise, skiing or ice skating on the lake during the winter.
#4 Aleenta Phuket Resort and Spa
The Aleenta Phuket Resort and Spa takes full advantage of its location near the Andaman Sea, and offers suites and villas that have spectacular seaside views or even direct beach access.
Accommodations combine natural elements of wood, stone and native flowers with expansive picture windows to create an indoor paradise that matches the one that visitors see when they venture outside. The motto for its luxuriant spa services is “live well, eat well, be well and look good,” and spa treatment products used there are favored by several celebrities. The Aleenta Phuket Resort and Spa has been recognized as a boutique luxury hotel and an environmentally friendly resort.
#3 Zihuatanejo Resort at Capella Ixtapa
Most travelers know that Mexico is rife with beautiful resorts that compete with each other when it comes to luxury amenities, but the Zihuatanejo Resort at Capella Ixtapa is truly exquisite. The resort features 59 suites that meld within cliffs that border the Pacific coast of Guerrero, Mexico, and the resort’s soaring mountain side facilities pay tribute to a traditional Mexican architecture building style and clay construction material.
The five star property caters to couples and offers maximum privacy in each suite. Capella Ixtapa excels at customer care, amenities and location. For example, a personal assistant is assigned to guests to make dinner arrangements and schedule outings. Each suite has a private plunge pool, and the resort offers guests unique activities like traditional Mexican cooking classes.
#2 Le Meurice
Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and the five star Le Meurice is one of the oldest and most famous French luxury hotels in the City of Light.
Le Meurice’s interior design displays formal elegance in the style of Louis XVI that is balanced by touches of modern accessories and amenities. Le Meurice also has a three starred Michelin restaurant on site, and the dining experience is enhanced by views of Tuileries Garden.
#1 The Oberoi Udaivilas
Seasoned travelers often look for destinations that push the exotic factor up a notch, and India’s Oberoi Udaivilas is set to exceed even their high expectations. The extensive property is set on acres of what used to be royal hunting grounds that are surrounded by Lake Pichola and numerous other canals.
The rooms and suites at the Oberoi combine tasteful traditional furnishings, modern technology and conveniences and stunning views of vivid gardens and the sparkling lake. Service is said to be impeccable along with the hotel’s dining options.