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The World's Best Hotels

The World's Best Hotels

2016’s jet set is the best travelled yet, which means the hospitality industry has had to up the ante when it comes to fit outs, room service, adventure menus and other unexpected comforts.  Luckily, pressure makes diamonds. 

Here are our favourites.

 1. Aman Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
www.aman.com/resorts/aman-tokyo

This serene, camphor wood and stone wonder is Aman’s first ever urban hotel. Aside from the 4,500 sq ft paper lantern and ikebana in the lobby, the hotel features a resident’s library with books about Japanese art and culture, a signature sake that can be ordered from the comfort of one’s futon, and epic views of the city’s business district.

 

2. Las Haras, Strasbourg, France
www.les-haras-hotel.com

Strasbourg is known for many things, but a 55 room hotel for visiting doctors and surgeons converted from an 18th century equestrian stud by the neighbouring cancer research centre is, thankfully, not yet one of them.

3. Lodge at the Hills, Queenstown, New Zealand
www.thehills.co.nz

Best reached by helicopter.

4. Elsa’s Kopje Private House, Meru National Park, Kenya
www.elsaskopje.com/accommodation/private-house

One of 16 boutique lodges, Elsa’s Kopje Private House overlooks the plains of the Meru National Park.  The view of Mt Kenya can be enjoyed from the house’s enormous dressing room, private garden, or infinity pool.

5. Soho House, Istanbul, Turkey
www.sohohouseistanbul.com

Both a members club and a hotel, Soho House’s 13th outpost is housed in the old US Embassy and incorporates a speakeasy bar, a spa replete with hammam rooms, and a Cecconi restaurant.

 

6. Pumphouse Point, Tasmania, Australia
www.pumphousepoint.com.au

In a restored pumphouse perched 250 metres off the edge of Australia’s deepest lake, Tasmania’s newest boutique hotel is an oasis of help-yourself-bars and shared long table dinners at the very end of the notoriously gruelling alpine Overland Track.  Guests are encouraged to navigate the wilderness in the hotel’s flume buggies and dinghies, fishing rod in hand.

7. Riad Goloboy, Marrakech, Morocco
www.riadgoloboy.com

Resplendent with artworks by French street artists, mid-century furniture and a rooftop hot tub, this eight room hotel in Marrakech’s winding medina is the work of art collector Béatrice Faujais and can be booked in entirety if you’re travelling in a group.

 

8.Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, Reykjavik, Iceland
www.ioniceland.is

Where else but to enjoy the northern lights but in a sustainable boutique hotel on a mountainous lava field in Iceland? There’s a spa with a very Nordic bent, a restaurant specialising in slow food and horses and super jeeps at the ready.

9. W Bogota, Bogota, Columbia
www.wbogota.com

A maze of black tunnels, W’s Columbian venture is the work of designer Ilan Waisbrod, of New York-based outfit Studio Gaia.  Art installations, pools, and fine dining are spread amongst the seventeen storeys on the doorstep of the Usquen District.

10. The Principal, Madrid, Spain
www.theprincipalmadridhotel.com

The interiors, by designer Pilar Garcia-Nieto and Barcelona firm Luzio, are pretty impressive – but wait til you see the rooftop.

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