The World’s Best Luxury Hotels


The world is filled with an abundance of hotels in every major destination but if you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury, how do you find the very best of the best?

With over 60 million users, TripAdvisor travellers have visited and reviewed hundreds of thousands of hotels around the world and have honoured these properties as the world’s best for luxury*.

“These are the world’s best luxury hotels according to TripAdvisor travellers,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson Emma Shaw. “For travellers seeking a much needed treat this year, these luxury hotels are sure to please even the most discerning of guests.”

The World’s Best Luxury Hotels

1.    Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States

Made up of two-storey bungalows, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai features 243 expansive rooms, nature-inspired décor and an extensive collection of native Hawaiian art.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “I've stayed at a few luxury resorts, but Hualalai is one of the best. The rooms are large and the ocean views are great.”


2.    The Phoenix Resort – San Pedro, Belize 

Located in the charming town of San Pedro close to nightlife, shopping and dining, The Phoenix Resort features spacious suites designed with custom made Belizean furniture, granite and marble countertops, and jacuzzi tubs.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “This is a 5-star hotel in every way - clean, impeccable staff and perfect service. Plus everything is within walking distance.”      


3.    Cape Grace – Cape Town, South Africa 

A boutique hotel positioned on its own private quay, Cape Grace boasts a penthouse, luxurious suites and a rooftop terrace with scenic views of the V&A Waterfront, yacht marina and Table Mountain.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “Without question, the ultimate hotel experience and by far the best hotel I have ever had the fortune of staying in.”


4.    Riad Kniza – Marrakech, Morocco 

Located in the heart of the Medina of Marrakech, Riad Kniza is a restored 18thCentury property furnished and decorated with traditional local materials, offering a truly authentic Moroccan experience.


As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “This hotel is incredible. The rooms were plush and comfortable, and the staff are accommodating and welcoming.”


5.    Wentworth Mansion – Charleston, United States   

Set in downtown Charlestown just steps from the antique district, boutiques and award-winning restaurants, Wentworth Mansion is styled with Italian crystal chandeliers, hand-carved marble fireplaces and hardwood furniture.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “Staying at the Wentworth Mansion was a fantastic experience. The accommodation, service and food was lovely.”


6.    The Upper House – Hong Kong, China      

With rooms starting on level 38 of the building and fitted with substantial windows, guests can experience picturesque views of the harbour and island. Designed by Andre Fu, The Upper House features bespoke furniture and contemporary artworks and sculptures.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “Upper House is a truly chic and contemporary boutique hotel of the highest standard.”


7.    Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel & Thalasso – Cascais, Portugal 

Set on a rich landscape surrounded by the sea, pine trees and mountains, Onyria Marinha is decorated in earthy hues and designed with textured stones and wood to complement the nature around it.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “This hotel is paradise. The service is great, the breakfast is perfect and the area is full of nature.”

8.    Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora – French Polynesia, Bora Bora

With 100 over-water bungalow suites perched on stilts, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the South Pacific, including the turquoise lagoon and majestic Mount Otemanu. The bungalow suites are constructed with high ceilings and roofs thatched with pandanus leaves.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “The bungalows are spacious and well-designed with fabulous all-round views of the lagoon. It is without a doubt the nicest place we have ever stayed in.”


9.    Harvey's Point – Donegal Town, Ireland  

Nestled in the hills of Donegal, Harvey’s Point is a 74 bedroom hotel featuring wooden panelling, chandeliers and turf fires. Offering views of the mountains and Lough Eske, guests can also enjoy warm Irish hospitality.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “We had an amazing time here. The location is beautiful and the staff are very friendly and welcoming.”


10. Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita – Beau Champ, Mauritius 

A secluded and spacious luxury resort comprised of villas styled with natural wood furnishings, Mauritius at Anahita boasts views of mountains, mangroves and the azure-coloured beachfronts.

As one TripAdvisor traveller said, “We spent a week here and it was simply stunning – beautiful buildings, great views and scenery, and very friendly staff.”


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*According to the 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards