The World's Hottest Hotels
Look no further for private island resorts (like Soneva Fushi in the Maldives), soaring suites (in the Atlantis Palm in Dubai) and over-the-top amenities (including a 52-foot yacht -- yes, please!)
Reethi Rah, MaldivesOn a man-made island in the Indian Ocean, Reethi Rah boasts 130 private villas, each with its own personal stretch of coastline. The bamboo ceilings and open architecture beautifully blend the indoors with the outdoors.
Ultimate indulgence: Receive an Indian Ayurvedic Healing treatment in one of the 2 over-water spa suites.
More stunning Indian Ocean hotels: The Prince Maurice, Mauritius; Six Senses Samui, Ko Samui, Thailand; The Lemuria, Seychelles; Soneva Gili, Maldives 960 1280
The Atlantis Palm, DubaiInspired by the legend of the lost city of Atlantis, The Atlantis Palm is a $2.5 billion mega-complex composed of a hotel, waterpark and aquarium.
Spectacular suite: Book a night at the Bridge Suite, one of the most grand rooms in all of Dubai. Some of the most famous people in the world have stayed there -- Oprah, Michael Jordan, Celine Dion and Bill Gates -- for $35,000 a night.
More luxurious Dubai hotels: Raffles Resort; Desert Palm; The Address 960 1280
Dunton Hot Springs, ColoradoSurrounded by 14,000-foot-high peaks in the Colorado Rockies, Dunton Hot Springs is a rustic village that's part wild west, part ghost town and all top-notch comfort.
Can't-miss quirk: Grab a drink at the Saloon and look for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's names carved into the old countertop. Legend has it they hid out here in 1889 after robbing the Telluride Bank.
More offbeat resorts: Hotel Adrere Amellal, Egypt; The Harbor Crane and Lighthouse, The Netherlands; Hotel Yunak Evleri, Turkey; Hotel Hotelito Desconocido; Mexico 960 1280
Capri Palace, Capri, ItalyOff the Italian mainland on the island of Capri, you'll find the Capri Palace high in the hills. The lobby features an eccentric mix of Louis the XVI chairs, Venetian lamps and 3-D pop art.
Worth the splurge: The wine cellar at the Capri Palace has almost 10,000 bottles to choose from, talk about la dolce vita!
More Mediterranean Coast hotels: The Splendido, Portofino, Italy; La Posta Vecchia, Rome; Hotel Katikies, Santorini, Greece; The Caruso, Ravello, Italy; Palazzo Sasso, Ravello, Italy; Reid's Palace, Funchal, Madeira 960 1280
Longitude 131, AustraliaUluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is home to Longitude 131. At the center of this resort is the Dune House, a restaurant, lobby and lounge all rolled into one. There are also 15 luxury, tented suites, raised on stilts above the sand dunes offering optimal views of Ayers Rock.
Once-in-a-lifetime view: Guides can take you out to view the monolith every day at dawn when it is at its most spectacular.
More awe-inspiring Australia hotels: The Blue Hotel; Byron Bay; Rawnsley Park Station; The Prince Melbourne; Prairie Hotel 960 1280
Claridge'sA prestigious hotel with an art deco twist, Claridge's has a royal pedigree. When Queen Victoria stayed at Claridge's in 1860, it unofficially became known as Buckingham Palace Annex. The hotel's high tea offers more than 40 varieties and its signature scones with Cornish clotted cream.
Reality-TV connection: Claridge's is also home to a restaurant run by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
More chic London hotels: Brown's Hotel; The Berkeley; Durley House; Blakes Hotel; Soho Hotel; The Savoy 960 1280
Singita Lebombo, South AfricaThe No. 1 safari destination in South Africa, the Singita Lebombo is located in Kruger National Park, home to 127 species of large mammals and over 90,000 animals. Its 15 luxury suites have floor-to-ceiling glass windows giving you a front-row seat to the wildlife.
Sleep under the stars: You can even sleep outside on protected beds for striking views of the plains.
More spectacular safari lodges: Vumbura Plains, Botswana; The Kings Pool, Botswana; Kapinga Camp, Zambia; Little Ongava Lodge, Namibia; Shompole Lodge, Kenya 960 1280
The Adlon Hotel, BerlinSteps from the Brandenburg Gate is Berlin's premier 5-star hotel, The Adlon. Built in 1907, Kaiser Wilhelm, the country's emperor, was the hotel's very first guest.
Official accommodations: The 2,000-square-foot Presidential Suite has its own butler on-call 24 hours a day and the best view of the square. In fact, it's where US presidents stay when they're in Berlin.
More classic city hotels: The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok; The Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India; The Danieli Hotel, Venice; The Savoy, London; The Pierre, NYC 960 1280
The Ice Hotel, Sweden800 miles from Stockholm, in the town of Kiruna, the Ice Hotel provides one-of-a-kind accommodations: The entire building and all of its furniture are made of ice. Each December, artists carve every detail of the hotel by hand.
Cool detail: Even the beds are frozen rock solid and topped with a thermal sleeping bag and reindeer skins to keep you warm.
More unusual hotels: The Banyan Tree, Lijiang, China; The Park Hyatt, Tokyo; The Palace of the Lost City, South Africa; The Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India; The Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai 960 1280
The Raleigh Hotel, MiamiIn Miami's Art Deco District, The Raleigh Hotel is a standout landmark. You'll feel like you've been transported back in time in the lobby's cafe styled like a 1950s soda shop and the upstairs '40s-inspired martini lounge.
While you're here: Take a dip in its legendary curved-shaped pool and cascading waterfalls, which were once the backdrop for actress Esther Williams' movies and MTV's The Grind.
More Miami Beach hot spots: The Pelican Hotel; The Sagamore Hotel; The Standard Hotel; The Biltmore Hotel; The Mandarin Oriental Hotel 960 1280
Hotel de Tuilerieën, Bruges, BelgiumDown by the banks of the Dijver Canal is the Hotel de Tuelerieën. This 15th-century building used to be a nobleman’s private residence. Everything’s been renovated except for the Murano crystal windows, which cast a pinkish glow inside.
Honeymoon central: It’s a favorite among newlyweds, who can reserve the intimate pool for themselves and drink in views of the charming city from their canopy bed.
More romantic city hotels: Los Patos, Granada, Spain; Lapa Palace, Lisbon, Portugal; Cour de Loges; Lyon, France 960 1280
Soneva Fushi, MaldivesThe Soneva Fushi’s 65 open-air villas are held up with teakwood posts, and each has its own private stretch of beach and saltwater swimming pool. Nestled in the beachfront jungle, its Six Senses spa also has a extensive list of rejuvenating treatments.
A holistic approach: In addition to offering several healthy dining options, the entire island is completely organic.
More private island getaways: Pangkor Laut, Malaysia; Dhoni Island, Maldives; Huvafen Fushi, Maldives; Fregate Island Seychelles; Taha'a, Polynesia 960 1280
Hotel Guanahani & Spa, St. BarthsA 16-acre resort, Guanahani opened in 1986 and was one of the first luxury hotels in St. Barths. Its 71 bungalows are traditional Creole-style, with private decks and pools.
Can't-miss meal: Guanahani's beachside restaurant, Indigo, is serving up delicious food anytime you’re hungry, and the fresh menu is constantly changing deepening on what's in season.
More eastern Caribbean hotels: Raffles Resort, Canouan, St. Vincent; Discovery Hotel, Marigot Bay, St. Lucia; Isle de France, St. Barths; Hotel Eden Rock, St. Barths; Cap Juluca 960 1280
The Ishtar, JordanJust outside of Amman lies one of the most over-the-top resorts in the world, the Ishtar Villas. The 117 villas all have views of the Dead Sea. Catch rays on the deck, lounge by one of the 9 huge pools, or enjoy a drink on your private roof deck.
Know before you go: Plan your trip (way) ahead of time -- this place book up 5 years in advance.
More insane private villas: Hippo Point, Kenya; The Alfajiri Villas, Kenya; The Palms, Zanzibar; The Taj Exotica, Maldives; Murtoli Villas, Corsica 960 1280
The One&Only Ocean Club, Paradise IslandThis 1940s colonial-style resort is as high-class and upper-crust as it gets. Every fountain, marble slab and statue in the Ocean Club's Versailles-inspired gardens was imported from France.
A-List accommodations: It regularly attracts celebrities like Cindy Crawford, who was married at the outdoor seaside chapel.
More beautiful Bahamas hotels: The Cove at the Atlantis, Paradise Island; Compass Point, New Providence Island; Pink Sands, Harbour Island; The Landing, Harbour Island; Tiamo, Andros Island 960 1280
Four Seasons, Ubud, IndonesiaYou'll be greeted by a lotus pond at the UFO-looking Four Seasons Resort at Sayan. You can choose from one of 18 1,000-square-foot suites or 42 private open-air villas with their own plunge pools.
What to do while you're here: Rent a bike or scooter and hit the Balinese country roads for some breathtaking view.
More unbelievable Bali hotels: Bali Villa Mathis, Umalas; Jimbaran Puri, Jimbaran; Villa Balquisse, Jimbaran; Villa Shaba, Jimbaran 960 1280
San Domenico Palace, Taormina, SicilyThe San Domenico is a former monastery founded in 1384, transformed into a luxury hotel. There are 104 rooms and suites divided between the hotel's 2 wings. The monastery side has spacious suites with their own private terrace with stunning views.
Legendary romance: In the grand hotel wing there is a suite where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton once stayed.
More magnificent Mediterranean hotels: Hotel Anassa, Polis; Hotel Almyra, Paphos, Cyprus; Caol Ishka Hotel, Siracusa, Sicily; Pikes Hotel, Ibiza, Spain 960 1280
The Bryant Park Hotel, New York CityInside the landmark American Radiator Building is the modern, minimalist Bryant Park Hotel. Towering at nearly 350 feet, the hotel offers a prime view of the Empire State Building.
For celeb-spotting: Head to the hotel's basement to the cellar bar for an after-hours cocktail and to catch a glimpse of the star clientele, especially during Fashion Week.
More trendy NYC hotels: Grace Hotel; Night Hotel; The Alex; The Rivington; Mandarin Oriental New York City; Four Seasons Hotel New York 960 1280
The Parrot Cay Hotel, Turks and CaicosYou can only get to Parrot Cay by boat. It even limits the number of planes that can fly overhead to keep the prying eyes of paparazzi off celeb guests like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, who got married here.
The secret weapon: If you want to venture out of seclusion, take a dip in one of the largest freshwater swimming pools in the Caribbean.
More western Caribbean hotels: Amanyara, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; Azulik Hotel, Tulum, Mexico; Casa Colonial, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic 960 1280
Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux, FranceLes Sources de Caudalie is a first-class spa and boutique hotel hidden in the middle of the grape fields of the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Vineyard.
Amazing amenity: The thermal room at the spa is where you can soak in natural mineral spring water piped in from 1,700-feet underneath the resort.
More relaxing spa hotels: Palais Rhoul, Marrakesh, Morocco; Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Spain; Pres d'Eugenie, Gascony, France; Les Fermes de Marie, Megeve, France; The Reserve Hotel, Geneva 960 1280
Hotel Carl Gustaf, Gustavia, St. BarthsThe Carl Gustaf Hotel, the most glamorous hotel in Gustravia, dominates the port here. It's also had a celebrity guest list since it opened in the 1990s. All of the 1 and 2-bedroom suites have a living room, private terrace and swimming pool.
When adventure calls: The hotel has its own 52-foot yacht that you can book for excursions.
More luxe St. Barths hotels: The Sereno, Gustavia; La Banane, Gustavia; Manapany, Cayes Cove; Guanahani, Grand Cul de Sac; La Vie en Rose, Petit Cul de Sac 960 1280
Villa San Michele, Florence, ItalyFive miles up the hillside is Villa San Michele. The former Franciscan monastery was founded in the 15th century -- and experts think the hotel's stucco facade was designed by Michelangelo.
Hungry for more? In addition to having one of the best gardens in all of Florence, it also hosts a school where you get hands-on lessons in classic Tuscan cooking.
More 5-star hotels in Tuscany: Hotel Relais Santa Croce, Florence; Riva Loft, Florence; Castello del Nero, Florence; Villa Mangiacane, Florence 960 1280
The Taha'a, Taha'a, French PolynesiaLe Taha'a Island Resort has 48 stilted bungalows, each with private access to the lagoon. About 100 feet below the spa, the lagoon showcases abundant marine life in crystal clear 80-degree waters.
Enchanting scent: One of the most magical things about this resort is how it smells -- like vanilla. About 75% of all Polynesian vanilla comes from this island. And the resort uses it at its 3 restaurants and spa.
More exotic Polynesia hotels: Pearl Beach, Bora Bora; Intercontinental, Bora Bora; Bora Bora Nui, Bora Bora; The Radisson, Papeete, Tahiti 960 1280
Hotel Habita, Mexico CityHidden in Mexico City's fashionable Polanco District, Hotel Habita is a hideaway from the chaotic city. Formerly apartments, the 7-story modern hotel has 36 rooms decorated in a very minimal style and an uber modern pool.
Don't forget to eat: Most of the food at Habita is contemporary European, but the real star is the sushi. Order the avocado wrap with Asian-inspired spaghetti, but it's definitely too big for chopsticks.
More swanky Mexico hotels: Hotel Deseo, Playa Del Carmen; Mosquito Blue, Playa Del Carmen; The Condesa Hotel, Condesa 960 1280
GoldenEye Hotel, Ocho Rios, JamaicaIn Oracabessa Bay is the former home of Ian Fleming, the spy-turned-novelist who created James Bond, GoldenEye. He lived at GoldenEye for almost 20 years and wrote 13 of his 007 books here. Today, it's a resort with 4 villas on 18 acres.
A Villa worthy of 007: GoldenEye's Fleming Villa has its own pool and a private beach dotted with hidden coves where you can read, gaze at the sea, or have a romantic, dinner, Bond-style.
More amazing Jamaica hotels: Strawberry Hill Resort, Irish Town; Jake's Hotel, Treausure Beach; Geejam, Port Antonio 960 1280