The opportunity to travel the world is one of the most exciting things about the start of your retirement. What better way to experience your new-found freedom than by visiting some of the most luxurious hotels in the world?
If you’re ready for some travel inspiration that will satisfy your wanderlust, read on to discover 10 of the most highly rated hotels from across the globe. Whether you’re excited to sample Canada’s famous maple syrup, be dazzled by the bright lights of Dubai or take a dip in the serene waters of Mauritius, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
1. Rambagh Palace – Jaipur, India
If you are looking for the royal treatment, look no further than Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India. The palace was originally built in 1835 and has been home to many different members of Indian royalty in that time.
Today, it’s one of the most highly regarded hotels in the world, offering rooms and suites decorated in exquisite detail. As a guest, you can benefit from your own private butler, traditional and international spa treatments, and some of the finest food in Jaipur.
2. Ikos Dassia – Corfu, Greece
For a stunning and tranquil oasis, it doesn’t get better than the Ikos Dassia in beautiful Corfu. The hotel offers a peaceful escape from modern life, sitting on 600 metres of exclusively managed white sandy beaches.
You can relax on the beach with a cocktail in hand or hit the road to discover local hotspots and hidden gems in Corfu’s eclectic culture. Then, in the evenings, enjoy live music and dancing until you’re ready for slumber.
3. Shangri-La The Shard, London
If you’ve a head for heights, head to Shangri-La at the Shard in central London for the perfect city-centre holiday spot.
You’ll have panoramic views over the River Thames and other beloved landmarks which you can enjoy from 52 storeys above the ground. Feel your cares float away in the highest infinity pool in western Europe. And when you start to feel peckish, you’ll have your pick of three signature restaurants and bars to enjoy.
4. Voyage Sorgun – Antalya, Türkiye
You can’t beat the Voyage Sorgun in Antalya for access to beautiful green spaces. The hotel sits just a stone’s throw from the Sorgun Forest, described as having “a thousand shades of green”. Fall asleep to the sound of birdsong and rustling leaves.
The hotel prides itself on offering the highest quality food and drink, both local delicacies and familiar favourites, served by their master chefs. There is a range of places to eat and drink throughout the day, all bookable on the hotel’s dedicated app.
5. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa – Dubai
The Nikki Beach Resort and Spa is set on the exclusive Pearl Jumeira island and offers unparalleled panoramic views of the Dubai skyline and the Arabian Gulf. A commitment to sophistication and simplicity is what makes this destination so special.
If you really want a trip to remember, you could opt for a room that comes with its own private deck or pool. And if you can bear to tear yourself away from the beautiful views and five-star facilities, the exciting centre of Dubai is just a hop, skip and a jump away.
6. Riad Kheirredine – Marrakech, Morocco
The Riad Kheirredine offers a luxurious base from which to explore the wonders of Marrakech. It’s a fusion of traditional Moroccan and modern Italian design, each room totally unique.
Take tea on the comfortable terrace overlooking the hustle and bustle or relax in the exclusive spa. The Riad can also arrange for your own private tour guide to show you the sights of the city, giving you a glimpse into the traditions of this amazing place.
7. Constance Prince Maurice – Mauritius
The island of Mauritius is famous for its beautiful beaches, lagoons, and reefs, and the Constance Prince Maurice provides a stunning place from which to explore the island.
Get up close to nature by snorkelling or diving in the crystal clear waters, and enjoy an exclusive dining experience on the floating seafood restaurant. The hotel is also host to the Indian Ocean’s largest wine cellar, so there will be plenty of opportunity to sample some delicious wine too.
8. The Hazelton Hotel – Toronto, Canada
Experience luxury and grandeur at The Hazelton Hotel in vibrant Toronto, nestled in the city’s quaint and classy neighbourhood of Yorkville.
The amenities offered by The Hazleton Hotel are second to none, with valet parking, personalised spa treatments, and world-class dining on offer. Just around the corner, you can find designer boutiques and breath taking galleries to explore.
9. Adiwana Bisma – Ubud, Bali
If you’re looking for a cultural escape, the Adiwana Bisma in Bali could be the place for you. Immerse yourself in Balinese traditions with yoga classes on the Sky Pavilion, a jog through the nearby Monkey Forest, or learn the art of making the Canang Sari.
The hotel also offers romantic dining options, from intimate candlelit dinners for two to a floating breakfast in the infinity pool. With so much on offer, you’ll find it hard to leave at the end of your stay.
10. Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun –Playa Maroma, Mexico
This adults-only, all-inclusive escape is the ultimate destination for relaxation. When you check in to the Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, you’ll find a peaceful oasis set on one of the most stunning beaches in Mexico.
As well as being the perfect spot for indulging, the hotel is also committed to protecting the ocean and reef that surrounds it. Secrets Maroma has achieved a plethora of sustainability accreditations, including a Rainforest Alliance Certified™ mark.
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