With hand-painted murals, private cinemas and exquisitely adorned rooms, you may find it hard to leave the hotel!
Whether you're planning a honeymoon, anniversary trip, much-needed girl's weekend or just a fancy vacation on your own, these are hotels you won't want to miss. From stunning lobbies , restaurants and pools to state-of-the-art rooms with meticulous details, these new five-star resorts are well worth the hype and price!
The space for this sprawling 294-room hotel isn't new, but it got quite the expensive face-lift. The building for this beautiful hotel south of Trafalgar Square used to be the Ministry of Defense. However, after some time and about $488 million, it's now the home to one of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels in England, the Corinthia. If you're feeling fancy, book one of the seven two-story suites, all furnished in a particular theme. The Musician's Penthouse has a grand piano and the Writer's Penthouse has a beautiful library with a dark walnut desk. If money is no problem, stay in the Royal Penthouse suite, which has a 180-degree view of London, a private cinema and a walk-in wine cellar.
If you can bear to leave your suite, check out the fine dining at Massimo or the Bassoon Bar, both decorated by famous designer David Collins. If you're into casual dining or a simple glass of Champagne, visit the grandly decorated Northall Bar or the Massimo Oyster Bar. Don't miss afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge, where you can enjoy fresh-from-the-farm meals and treats as well as some home-brewed tea. Regular guest rooms start at $360 a night and suites start at more than $1,000.
If you're looking for unpretentious elegance with a little rustic vibe, the Washington School House Hotel in Park City is for you. This refurbished 1889 schoolhouse has all the historic and vintage charm of an older building with the top-notch elegant furnishings you'd expect of a five-star resort. Situated in the heart of Park City just steps from the Park City Mountain Resort's Town Lift, you really can't beat the location either. This boutique hotel is small, offering only 12 rooms, so it feels more like a stay at a family's winter home than a hotel, and the staff is completely attentive to your every need.
The decor is simple yet sophisticated, with whitewashed walls, exposed brick, comfortable furniture with a vintage vibe and stunning all-crystal chandeliers. Stay in the Penthouse Suite, which has a lush living area, stunning mountain views, two cozy daybeds and restored antiques. For something a little more posh, stay in the Lofted Suite, which has a comfortable living area, spiral staircase and cozy loft bedroom with renovated bathroom. In addition to the rooms, there is beautiful private dining inside and out. If you dine outside, you can choose to sit under a steel torch from the 2002 Olympics. Rates start at $395 a night.
If you're in desperate need of some beach R & R, forget the Caribbean. Instead, head to Kappil Beach in India and stay at the ultra swanky, brand new Vivanta by Taj resort. This 26-acre property sits on the tropical backwaters of Kerala on India's southernmost tip. Most of the 71 rooms have Kettuvallam houseboat motifs and boast their own private plunge pools and come decorated with one-of-a-kind hand-painted murals. If luxury is your game, rent the Premium Indulgence room. This little private oasis comes with a 650-square-foot private terrace, plunge pool, mini bar and outdoor daybed. If that's a little too much for you, check out the Deluxe Delight Room with a 611-square-foot private courtyard, outdoor showers and double rooms.
When you're not lounging in your room, Travel & Leisure advises you to check out the resort's 165,000-square-foot spa for an incredibly relaxing Jiva Detox or Ayurveda de-stress package. If you'd prefer a romantic dinner for two, the resort can arrange for the chef to cook for you in the resort's beautiful backwater gazebo or at your own private courtyard. If you'd rather mingle with the other guests, check out the four-star Latitude restaurant, Ivory Bar or casual BBQ by the pool. Rooms start at $190 US per night.
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