Lily Beach Resort, Maldives
One of my favorite parts about planning a trip is deciding where to stay! In this older blog post, I laid out the general guidelines I like to follow on how I choose the right kind of Hotel. My fave kind of stay for the most part is luxury hotels and resorts. While luxury might not be something everyone is looking for, for us personally we have tried to make it a priority and choose to save up everyday to spend on what we love most – travel and new adventures! I hardly ever spend on luxury handbags, bags, cars or any other luxurious amenity for that matter so its really a personal choice since I do believe that “travel is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer!”
When it comes to the luxury category, here are some of my favorite sites to browse and learn of hotels in the destination I am going to :
1 ) Leading Hotels of the world :
My favorite website to search for unique luxury hotels around the world is Leading Hotels of the World. They have an incredible curated collection of about 400 authentic uncommon luxury hotels in over 80 countries!
Fairmont Marrakech, Morocco
Casa San Agustin, Cartagena, Colombia
It is my absolute fave way to search for uncommon and unique stays around the world in the luxury category. Being an avid LHW Traveler, I have had the pleasure of staying and visiting a couple of their properties around the world. Some of my most memorable stays were the ones in Anguilla and Palm Beach in the past, as well as Antigua, Cartagena and Morocco more recently.
Having been to a few of their properties I can assure you that these hotels are very thoughtfully picked and really are the best of the best. Each of them truly embody the essence of their destination. The company selects only hotels that meet its high standards for quality and distinctiveness, resulting in a curated portfolio of hotels united not by what makes them the same, but the details that make them uniquely different. LHW has a loyalty program called the Leader’s Club that earns you rewards and perks at all their locations. I just signed up for it and I’m excited to continue crossing off more dream hotels from their list in the future!
2 ) Five Star Alliance :
Another website is Five star Alliance to check out luxury resorts and hotels around the world. It has a comprehensive collection of 100% luxury hotels on its website and you can search and sort based on region, country and city.
3 ) Small Luxury Hotels of the world :
SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World) are pioneers in boutique luxury with over 500 hotels in more than 90 countries. All their hotels are non chain, offer an overall unique bespoke experience making them all perfect intimate escapes. They also have a Loyalty Club program, if you end up using them often. Some of my favorite SLH resorts we have stayed were in Thailand and Mexico.
4 ) Relais & Châteaux :
With nearly 569 member properties in 66 countries, Relais & Châteaux offers a myriad of extraordinary destinations. What makes all these properties special is their sheer diversity and their uniqueness.
5 ) Boutique hotel websites :
I also love to look up hotels of my destination of choice on reputed boutique hotel search sites like iescape, Mr and Mrs Smith, Design Hotels, etc. All these sites have incredible unique recommendations in the boutique category. The hotel we stayed at in Mykonos was both a member of the Design Hotels and something that we found via Mr and Mrs Smith! Also loved this luxury hotel in Jamaica and this gem in Nevis that we found via Mr and Mrs Smith.
Do you have any fave sites to search for luxury hotels?
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