Amazing hotels to inspire your next travel adventure abroad

By , 12th December 2018

For a holiday you’ll never forget, stay at one of these amazing hotels. We’ve picked our top spots across the continents, from the exotic climes of the Middle East to the romantic, snowy landscape of Northern Europe. Whisk your other half away for a couples’ massage at sunset in Santorini or raise a glass in a floating Indian palace. Satisfy your inner explorer by camping in tree houses in Sweden, living in luxury on the edge of a great canyon in Oman or at the top of a fairytale castle in Ireland.

Overlook the Grand Canyon of Oman in this amazing hotel and spa

[stars number="5"] Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort | Nizwa, Oman

Perched on a cliff-edge above the Canyon of Oman, the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is one of the world’s highest luxury hotels. Sitting 2,000 metres above sea level, the resort offers spectacular views out across the dramatic landscape. The panorama creates an unforgettable backdrop to dinner at the intimate private dining platform, where you can sample a menu of Thai and Omani cuisine tailored to your wishes.

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Stay in a sumptuous room with views over the cliffs or the resort’s exotic garden. Each room has a bathroom to rival a spa, with a luxurious rain shower and bathtub. To add to this unforgettable experience, opt to stay in a luxury villa where you can take a dip in your own private infinity pool and be waited on by your personal villa host.

While at the hotel, visit the thermal suite spa where Thai and Arabian wisdom is combined with pomegranates and damask roses from the surrounding land for revitalising treatments. Experiences available include traditional Hamman exfoliation and cleansing, massages, facials, wraps and beauty rituals. You can also re-energise in the Himalayan salt-infused steam room, aroma sauna and experience showers, before lounging in outdoor relaxation suites.

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Live like royalty in this amazing hotel set in an exquisite 13th-century Irish Castle

[stars number="5"] Ashford Castle | Cong, Ireland

A multi award-winning resort, Ashford Castle is an 800-year-old property fully restored to reflect its historic splendour. Explore the castle’s grounds on the shores of Lough Corrib, which stretch over 350 acres and include a nine-hole golf course. You might even spot one of the stunning birds of prey from Ireland’s first school of falconry, also part of the castle grounds.

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The hotel’s elegant spa is decorated with chandeliers and a mosaic mural and set within a striking conservatory. Step through into the Hamman experience and tranquil pool with massaging jets. Unwind further with signature massages, facials, holistic therapies, ritual body wraps and scrubs. After rejuvenating in the spa, relax in a room that has been individually decorated with antiques, plush textiles, chandeliers and bespoke beds to complement the castle’s original features. These historic touches sit alongside luxurious monogrammed Egyptian cotton bed linen and modern amenities such as Bluetooth speakers.

Dine like royalty under Waterford crystal chandeliers in the two-AA Rosette George V restaurant or beneath the curved ceiling of the atmospheric Dungeon bistro. For dinner with a difference, try a wine tasting experience in the 16th-century tunnels beneath the castle, before ending your evening with a film in the hotel’s vintage-inspired cinema.

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Find the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool atop this amazing hotel in Singapore

[stars number="5"] Marina Bay Sands | Singapore

Sitting coolly on the top of Marina Bay Sands’ 55 floors is the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, from which you can look down on Singapore’s skyline and soak up spectacular panoramic views of the city. It’s part of the hotel’s SkyPark, along with an observation deck and several restaurants with outstanding vistas.

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In fact, there are over 40 restaurants and cafés throughout the hotel, serving everything from Bangkok street food and dim sum to award-winning seafood – there’s also a restaurant specialising in cheese and chocolate. After dining, pick one of the many bars and nightclubs serving favourite drinks alongside innovative new flavours before an evening in the casino or theatre show.

When you’ve finished exploring the hotel, make yourself at home in a room with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the harbour, city or gardens. These opulent rooms have a seating area where you can make the most of your views, while Club rooms and suites also permit you access to an exclusive lounge on the 55th floor. For the utmost in relaxation, visit the hotel’s award-winning spa which offers Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Thai treatments. You can also choose from massages, body polishes and conditioners, bath soaks and facials or book an appointment at the hair salon.

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Enjoy an under-the-sea experience in the heart of Berlin at this amazing hotel

At the Radisson Blu Hotel you can explore an underwater world without getting your feet wet. The hotel lobby’s towering AquaDom – the world’s largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium – is home to a variety of 1,500 tropical fish. During your stay, make the most of this unusual feature with a room that looks out onto the lobby with a soothing view of the swimming fish, or opt for a scenic view across the city’s skyline. Rooms are decorated with a contemporary flair, combining dark wood with modern furniture, and all offer free Wi-Fi.

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Slip on a bathrobe and wander down to the Heaven Spa, where you can take a dip in the pool or revitalise in the bio or Finnish saunas. Call to arrange a massage or beauty treatment in advance, or take a book to read while you luxuriate in the Kneipp foot baths.

The hotel’s HEat restaurant serves meals throughout the day on the outdoor terrace where you can look out across the River Spree to the Berlin Cathedral. After dinner, head to the Atrium bar at the base of the AquaDom for a cocktail that’s as colourful as the fish.

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Stay in your own contemporary tree house in this amazing hotel in the Swedish forest

[stars number="5"] Treehotel | Harads, Sweden

Reconnect with nature amid the tranquillity of a mature pine forest in your very own treehouse. At Treehotel, each room is suspended among the branches of the dense Swedish woodland, immersing you in the majesty of the Nordic wilderness. Choose one of seven unique spaces to stay in, from the futuristic UFO or mirror cube to the rustic giant bird’s nest. You can also sleep in a cabin on a hillside overlooking the Lule River valley. The 7th room features a lodge set around a central net floor, allowing you to float amid the trees on an enormous hammock.

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Make yourself at home in interiors that channel the Danish concept of hygge, featuring reindeer skins and Scandinavian pine clad walls along with modern comforts including Wi-Fi, cosy beds and shower rooms. Cleverly positioned skylights mean you can unwind while watching the magical northern lights dance – in the daytime you’ll have enchanting window views of the forest and river.

Take a wander through the pines to the guesthouse. Here you can dine in the homely restaurant decorated with heritage furnishings that complement the menu of local delicacies. The creative seasonal menu uses local ingredients in dishes including wild game and hand-picked berries.

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Sleep in an amazing hotel made of salt on the magical Bolivian salt flats

Palacio De Sal | Uyuni, Bolivia

Located on the on the banks of the majestic salt flats of Salar de Uyuni is the first salt hotel in the world, Palacio De Sal. This award-winning hotel is built from the natural resources of the Andes. The floors, walls and ceilings – even some of the furniture and decorative sculptures –have all been intricately crafted from salt.

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At this salt palace, relax in a room decorated with native textiles and wooden furnishings. Each features a domed roof structure comprised of salt bricks, creating an enchanting igloo effect. The unusual cylindrical shape of the rooms means each window offers a different view out across the bright-white flats. Once a prehistoric lake, the otherworldly landscape is dotted with cacti and the occasional flamingo strutting by.

During your stay, dine in the hotel’s stately restaurant, where you can sample locally sourced delicacies including salted llama meat, quinoa and lamb. After a day of exploring the salt flats, return to the hotel games room for a friendly match on the billiards table, or simply lay back in the spacious lounge for an after-dinner drink, making use of the Wi-Fi offered throughout the hotel.

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Explore the rugged reaches of remote Iceland from this amazing hotel

ION Luxury Adventure | Hveragerði, Iceland

An hour from bustling Reykjavik is the architecturally striking ION Luxury Adventure. This award-winning sustainable hotel is situated on the active volcano, Mount Hengill, and set against a dramatic backdrop of mountainous black lava fields with panoramic views across Thingvellir National Park.

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Visit the hotel’s spa to bask in the detoxifying heat of the sauna or swim in the warm outdoor pool while looking out onto the surroundings. To rejuvenate your body and mind, the spa offers a relaxing massage with Icelandic herbs or signature facials to purify your skin. After your treatment, continue to unwind in your room, decorated with soothing colours taken from the natural landscape complemented with classic Icelandic style. Each room has a spacious bathroom with fair-trade organic linens and an environmentally-friendly shower.

For dinner, the Silfra Restaurant has a menu of original Icelandic and Nordic dishes with a contemporary twist. From freshly caught Arctic Char to Icelandic Skyr brûlée, the restaurant’s menu features local and sustainable ingredients. In the Northern Lights bar, you can sample beers and spirits from Iceland’s microbreweries while admiring the natural phenomenon through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Live like a maharaja in this amazing hotel on a lake

[stars number="5"] Taj Lake Palace | Udaipur, India

Floating elegantly on Lake Pichola is the Taj Lake Palace hotel. This majestic 18th-century palace, the former winter home of Maharana Jagat Singh II, is a marble masterpiece decorated with semi-precious stones. The magical palace captures the romance of a bygone era with elegant courtyards, gardens with fountains and free-roaming peacocks. Sumptuous rooms are decorated with classic Indian designs and high ceilings. The historical suites are situated in the oldest part of the hotel and feature the charming original architecture and antique furnishings, complemented with contemporary features such as a private Jacuzzi.

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To feel truly revitalised, visit the hotel’s Jiva spa to experience therapies aimed at the mind, body and soul. Discover the secrets of traditional Indian healing with a herbal scrub and heat wrap, yoga poses and breathing techniques, head-to-toe massages or a pre-bathing ritual once favoured by queens. Finish with a manicure and pedicure for that final flourish.

Living like a king includes dining like one too. Taste authentic royal cuisine made with local ingredients while sitting by a serene lily pond or with panoramic views of the lake and Aravalli mountains. International cuisine is served on a marble balcony over the water while the hotel’s sophisticated bar offers premium spirits, single malts and cigars.

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Bask in sea views from this amazing hotel on Santorini’s cliffside

[stars number="5"] Kirini Suites & Spa | Oia, Santorini

Dotted along the famous coastline of Santorini are the white-washed walls of the Kirini Suites & Spa. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the resort is built in region’s recognisable Cycladic architecture of white domed roofs carved into the cliffside. Stay in a room with glowing white walls and classic Greek furnishings, with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and the distinctive Caldera. For added luxury, choose a suite with a private veranda, outdoor Jacuzzi or plunge pool from which to soak up the idyllic scenery.

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Outside, relax in the hotel’s pool with tranquil vistas or visit the spa to inspire all your senses, with custom-designed relaxation experiences involving body and facial treatments. Your bespoke ritual will be expertly delivered in one of two private sanctuaries made for couples: a modern retreat featuring a glittering indoor pool or a rooftop oasis for sunset treatments.

Drink in the seascape as you sip on a cocktail from the poolside lounge or look out across the water while you dine in the glass-walled gourmet restaurant. Using local products, the restaurant presents intricately designed culinary delights specialising in Santorini delicacies, cured meats and fresh fish.

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