The world is filled with beautiful, exotic hotels, but it can be difficult to tell which hotels are worth the trip. Whether they are located on beautiful white sandy beaches, have buildings that reach to the sky or are classics that have stood the test of time, these exotic hotels are standouts.
Jutting more than 1,000 feet into the Dubai skyline and overlooking Jumeirah Beach, the Burj-Al-Arab is the ultimate luxury hotel. Designed to resemble a billowing sail, the hotel has 202 guest suites that offer in-room check in, a personal butler, Jacuzzi and floor-to-ceiling windows. While staying at the hotel, guests have access to a fleet of Rolls Royce cars as well as a private beach.
Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico
Situated on a mile-long stretch of pristine white beach, the Rosewood Mayakoba is located near the charming village of Playa del Carmen. The rooms at Rosewood Mayakoba are designed in a peaceful, tropical style. If requested, the hotel can arrange for diving, horseback riding or deep sea fishing excursions. Guests can visit several nearby attractions including golf courses and Mayan ruins. They can end their day with a private dinner on the beach.
Zulu Nyala Game Lodge, South Africa
This 45,000 acre private game reserve gives guests ultimate safari experience. While at the hotel, guests enjoy excellent cuisine and spa facilities. The 53 beautifully decorated rooms are air-conditioned and reflect the area’s heritage. Rangers lead several different safaris to suit guest’s needs and interests. Side trips can include the cheetah rehabilitation center, a riverboat cruise and clay pigeon shooting.
San Alfonso del Mar, Chile
Home to the world’s largest swimming pool, San Alfonso del Mar is located about 60 miles from the capitol of Chile. The saltwater pool is filtered water from the Pacific Ocean. The massive size of the pool means there is space for lessons in SCUBA, snorkeling and sailing. There are large covered pools for use in the off-season.
Atlantis Hotel, The Bahamas
The Atlantis Hotel, located on Paradise Island, has frequently been used as a backdrop or location set for movies and television shows. The one-of-a-kind tower structure makes it instantly recognizable. The Atlantis Hotel also houses a world-famous water park that includes a slide that runs through a shark tank.
When staying in a luxury hotel is not enough, consider staying on a private island resort. Exclusivity is ensured since there are only ten 1,600 square foot private cottages on the island. The cottages each have a private garden at the back and two covered decks. SCUBA diving, snorkeling and sea kayaking are all available. On land, guests can enjoy private picnics, bird watching or just relaxing on the beach.
Reef View Hotel on Hamilton Island, Australia
Hamilton Island, located in the Coral Sea, is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef View Hotel overlooks the Coral Sea. Snorkeling, SCUBA diving and tours of the Great Barrier Reef are just the beginning. Guests can visit the Hamilton Nature Park to get an up-close look at native Australian wildlife, and hold a koala bear.
Palau Pacific Resort, Palau
The small island country of Palau is often overlooked, but its remote location hides a world-class luxury resort and some of the best diving in the world. In addition to diving, visitors can swim with sting-less jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake. The Palau Pacific Resort is proudly eco-friendly and uses solar power when possible.
Bonito Bay, Mozambique
There are only a few places in the world to swim with 35-foot long whale sharks, and Bonito Bay is one of them. The hotel offers everything from rooms to private bungalows with their own barbeque, or braii, area and private patio. Deep-sea fishing charters and guided hikes are also available.
Eagles Palace, Greece
Located in the small village of Ouranoupolis, Halkidiki in Northern Greece, Eagles Palace is a study in luxury. Guests relaxing on the beach can easily request bar service simply by touching a button on their shade umbrella. The warm crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Ayion Oros beckon swimmers, while the monasteries on Mount Athos are a good choice for more adventurous visitors.
Some travelers wish to vacation at the heart of a bustling city, while others prefer sand, sea and sun, but every traveler wants to their vacation to be an exquisite experience they will never forget. These hotels offer all that and more.