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Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

The 98-room Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is one of the most luxurious hotels in Barcelona. It has a great location on Passeig de Gracia, and offers high-end amenities one would expect from the reputable hotel chain, including a rooftop dipping pool, a beautiful spa, and numerous restaurants (one has a Michelin star). While the service is excellent, some guests complain about street noise. 960 1280

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Hotel SixtyTwo Barcelona

Hotel SixtyTwo Barcelona

SixtyTwo Hotel’s rooms are sleek with bright, minimalist furniture and sexy open bathrooms that are large for Barcelona standards. Beyond the inviting design and a free wine tasting for guests every Wednesday, the hotel’s location -- in the upscale Eixample neighborhood, within walking distance of numerous attractions -- is a major draw. 960 1280

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Hotel Catalonia Catedral

Hotel Catalonia Catedral

Located near great shopping, dining and many tourist attractions, Hotel Catalonia Catedra sits on a quaint residential street in the Gothic Quarter. The hotel’s decor is similar to many others in the area — minimalist and sleek, with lots of gray and white. Better than most, though, is the rooftop pool, which is large and attractive with nice lounge seating. There’s also a tasty brasserie on-site where guests can grab a bite or enjoy a leisurely meal. 960 1280

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Ohla Hotel

Ohla Hotel

The stylish and luxurious, Ohla Hotel is centrally located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. This boutique option offers 74 modern rooms with high-tech amenities and free Wi-Fi. One stand-out feature here is sexy stall showers that are located right in the middle of the rooms. The hotel has a chic rooftop pool and lounge and Michelin-starred Sauc Restaurant. This is the place for an upscale romantic getaway, and an eco-friendly one at that: Ohla Hotel contains solar panels, LEDs and natural toiletries. 960 1280

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Hotel Villa Emilia

Hotel Villa Emilia

The Hotel Villa Emilia is a chic boutique option close to the Passeig de Gracia and the metro. Rooms are cozy, clean, inviting, and large. Floor-to-ceiling windows actually open fully, maximizing fresh air in the room. The common areas of the hotel -- such as the tasty Zinc restaurant and the rooftop -- maintain this stylish vibe. With free Wi-Fi and a superb central location, the 53-room Villa Emilia is a solid pick. 960 1280

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Gran Hotel La Florida

Gran Hotel La Florida

With a fairly removed location in the hills that ring the city, the 70-room Gran Hotel La Florida has a history as a luxurious getaway far from the frenzy of Barcelona’s crowds. Relax in the beautiful indoor/outdoor pool or the tranquil Zen Zone Spa. Contemporary guest rooms have great views of either the city or the Pyrenees Mountains. Apart from an adjacent amusement park, there is not much in the immediate vicinity, so those who seek convenient sightseeing should consider a hotel in the city center. 960 1280

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Casa Fuster Hotel

Casa Fuster Hotel

The 105-room Casa Fuster Hotel is an upscale historic boutique surrounded by high-end shopping and Modernist architecture. Elegant rooms have pastel-colored walls, oversized headboards, and great amenities. Some even have small in-room saunas, balconies and hydro-massage showers. Quarters can be tight. Nonetheless, the hotel offers great features including a Mediterranean restaurant, a beautiful rooftop deck, and Café Vienes -- a favorite among artists, intellectuals and locals. 960 1280

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Abac Barcelona

Abac Barcelona

Abac Barcelona is an exclusive, 15-room luxury boutique hotel that embodies contemporary style at its best. Rooms are avant garde, from the clean, white and beige decor, to the modern under-lighting, from the remote-controlled blinds, to the Bang & Olufsen sound system. And the hotel’s amazing spa with Turkish baths shouldn’t be missed, nor should the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. 960 1280

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The Mirror Barcelona

The Mirror Barcelona

The Mirror Barcelona is a boutique hotel with a unique design, white-on-white decor, mirrors galore and a few stylish amenities, including a wonderful restaurant and rooftop pool. This upscale boutique sets the bar for Barcelona chic. Sleek rooms are clean and feature all-white furnishings with a couple of beige accents, huge murals, large flat-screen TVs and comfortable beds. 960 1280

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Hotel Murmuri

Hotel Murmuri

Hotel Murmuri is an elegant boutique that has been completely modernized -- and yet maintains a romantic feel. Rooms are stylishly decorated in creams and browns, and feature full-body mirrors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Stand-out features include the chic Murmuri Restaurant and artsy Marfil Bar. Even though the hotel only has a small rooftop terrace and limited pool and fitness center; guests do have free access to facilities at the nearby Majestic Hotel, a sister property. 960 1280

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The 24 sanctuaries at Jade Mountain in St. Lucia each have an infinity pool, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor. 960 1280

Jade Mountain  

The Auberge du Soleil in Napa is widely known for its "responsible" luxury. 960 1280

Hotel Auberge du Soleil  

The view from the pool at the Auberge du Soleil. 960 1280

Hotel Auberge du Soleil  

At the Twelve Apostles, guests can take in the views of the Cape Town coast. 960 1280

The Twelve Apostles  

The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in British Columbia offers luxury camping. 960 1280

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort  

The Clayoquot overlooks the Bedwell River in British Columbia. 960 1280

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort  

The One Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is aptly named: It has only one luxurious suite. 960 1280

The One Hotel Angkor  

The single suite at The One Hotel can be customized to meet specific needs. 960 1280

The One Hotel Angkor  

The Old Course hotel in Scotland is located on one of the most famous holes in golf, the 17th at St. Andrews. 960 1280

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Guests at the Ritz in Paris have 3 personal staff members assigned to them at all times. 960 1280

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Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa
With a breathtaking view of Arenal Volcano, Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa's pool takes full advantage of its natural setting. Lounging at a gorgeous pool gazing into the foot of a volcano doesn't sound too bad to us!
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Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa
If the Jacuzzis and beautiful pool aren't enough, head to the thermal springs to quench your nature thirst. The natural rocks, greenery and warm temperatures are blissful.
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Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa
The Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa boasts an impressive hot springs pool complex with shimmering turquoise water and a top notch view of Arenal Volcano.
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Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa
At The Royal Corin Resort & Loto Spa, the pools have natural thermal waters and stunning volcano views. The property also feels more developed, and less lush, than others in the area.
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Gaia Hotel And Reserve
The luxurious and well-designed pools at the Gaia Hotel and Reserve are tucked into the hillside of a 14-acre nature reserve, so magnificent views are surely familiar here.
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Gaia Hotel And Reserve
Guests will feel truly pampered at the exclusive and private Gaia Hotel and Reserve. The pool and hotel alike allow no kids, so peace and quiet is never a problem.
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Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
The Marriott Los Suenos is one of Costa Rica's few large-scale resorts, and its pool complex certainly lives up to that standard.
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Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
After 18-holes on its unique Ted Robinson-designed golf course, an afternoon at Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort's colossal pool complex is a treat.
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Los Altos Beach Resort
The lovely infinity pool at Los Altos Beach Resort makes guests feel at home. The ocean views provide a beautiful backdrop to gaze at, so feel free to waste some time looking around.
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Los Altos Beach Resort
The on-site beach access at Los Altos Beach Resort is convenient, however because it is extremely rocky, lounging by the pool is usually more desirable.
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Buena Vista Luxury Villas
The 4 pools make it hard to choose where to relax for the day at Buena Vista Luxury Villas. Both infinity pools are stunning, and don't forget about the reception pool and the family pool. You'll never get bored here.
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Buena Vista Luxury Villas
The Reception Pool exudes luxury; a perfect escape from the family pool. Catch some rays (or maybe an iguana) at this tranquil hidden gem.
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Hotel La Mariposa
Perched high above the Pacific Ocean, the amazing coastal views from the beautifully designed infinity pool make Hotel La Mariposa an attractive catch.
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Hotel La Mariposa
The second pool at La Mariposa gives guests more opportunities to relax in serenity.
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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

The Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is the only resort with its own private island in the Dominican Republic. Soak up the sun at the scenic beaches and beautiful pools, and relax in the luxurious rooms with private whirlpool tubs. 960 1280

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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Located on the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic, the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado has 2 gorgeous pools with bars nearby and plenty of lounge chairs, and both are exceptionally clean. The snack bar at the beach pool offers a basic buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, salad and selected entrees. 960 1280

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Relax in the hammocks on the quiet beach at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, a charming but no-frills property on Oahu's picturesque North Shore. Oahu's most famous surfing spots are just down the street. 960 1280

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows  

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Location trumps luxury at these 11 beachfront bungalows. The lodgings are modest, with few amenities and minimal service, but a beautiful beach is just steps away.   960 1280

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows  

Travaasa Hana (Maui, HI)

Travaasa Hana (Maui, HI)

Travaasa Hana has incredible service, a top-notch spa, excellent food and 77 rooms on acres of property. It may be hard to reach, but it's worth the trip. 960 1280

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Hotel Hana-Maui (Maui, HI)

Hotel Hana-Maui (Maui, HI)

The Travaasa Hana delivers rustic luxury in the middle of Maui's lush and secluded east coast. It's not directly on the beach, but it has 2 beautiful pools.   960 1280

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Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica's trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug — there's no phone, internet or TV in the cottages.   960 1280

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Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's is a particular favorite because of the on-site painting and yoga classes, the excellent food and the Driftwood Spa. The spa has several open-air treatment rooms that are built into cliffs overlooking the ocean.   960 1280

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Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

The setting of the Geejam is gorgeous, the service is extraordinary, and one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches is only 10 minutes away. The hotel offers guests peaceful isolation, but one of its drawbacks is that there are no pool or spa facilities. 960 1280

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Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

The Geejam is made up of only 5 private, high-tech cottages in the lush foothills of Port Antonio. Modern electronics in the rooms include 42-inch flat-screens, AppleTV, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi.   960 1280

Geejam Hotel  

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay sits on 170 acres of a protected national park, dotted with 7 remote beaches. The largest beach also attracts non-resort guests, but the other beaches on the property are much more secluded.   960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel's attentive service and gorgeous setting make it one of the Caribbean's best secluded resorts. The most notable of the hotel's 4 restaurants is Equator, which was built inside and on top of an 18th-century sugar mill.   960 1280

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