The 39-room Post Ranch Inn is one of the most beautiful hotels in the United States -- if not the entire world -- and offers a romantic, intimate stay amid gorgeous natural surroundings. The hotel is built into the cliffs of Big Sur, and the organic architecture is breathtaking, seeming to grow out of the ground beside the hotel's surrounding redwoods.
Pegasus Suites & Spa, a luxury hotel set in the caldera cliff-face in the peaceful Santorini village of Imerovigli, blends in with the Cycladic architecture of the island. While immaculate throughout, the 18 suites and villas, many designed to resemble caves (without the mustiness), are particularly outstanding -- some have private hot tubs and plunge pools, and all have exceptional views.
Hovering above the High Line on concrete pillars, this one-of-a-kind Meatpacking District hotel offers 338 light-flooded, ultra-mod rooms with panoramic views of the city; one restaurant, several popular bars; and excellent service. It might just be the hippest hotel in New York City, even with the recent hotel boom.
Stand and look up while visiting the lobby of the Burj Al Arab -- whose building was designed in the shape of a billowing Arabian Dhow sail -- for a dizzying view of the terraced atrium. The room floors, which overlook the entrance area, have been painted in a jewel-tone color fade for an added element of visual mathematics.
The four-pearl Blue Lagoon Clinic is the lodging for the famous Blue Lagoon, surrounded by a dramatic landscape that's rich in geothermal mineral water. The Clinic has its own smaller private lagoon, and the structure of the hotel means that numerous spaces overlook the steaming waters.
A top-notch five-pearl luxury boutique, Kandolhu Island is home to 30 villas, all featuring private sundecks and sea views. Surrounded by a fish-filled house reef and close to good dive spots, it’s a good option for underwater lovers -- and it offers various packages, including an all-inclusive plan. This small, screensaver-come-to-life island has four a la carte restaurants, a relaxing beachside bar, spa, dive center, library lounge, and state-of-the-art gym.
Towering over Stockholm in a 34-story building, the Scandic Victoria Tower is a modern, high-rise hotel with 299 rooms, designed by Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh to be the tallest building in the city. An entirely glass building made of multicolored mirrored panels, the tower reflects the sky down on the surrounding Kista neighborhood -- also known as the Kista Science City, as it's a hub for innovative enterprises.
This luxury resort, located in a quiet valley between Kamala and Patong, stands out for its stunning modern architecture and beautiful, peaceful natural setting. The five-pearl retreat has its own stretch of beach with great snorkeling and an Olympic-size infinity pool overlooking the sea. Its 94 glass-walled villas have dramatic views (though some are better than others) and their own private infinity pools.
Anatolian Houses is an upscale, traditionally styled complex with 33 suites carved from ancient stone caves located in the center of Göreme town. The original architecture has been superbly maintained as has its wonderfully historic ambience, though with all the modern comforts you'd expect from a hotel of this caliber. The Roman spa is certainly impressive and the wine fountain is sure to appeal to many.
The Joule is one of the coolest -- and most luxurious -- hotels in Downtown Dallas. It's located in a historic building dating back to the 1920s, and its decor is a mix of old and new -- funky furniture and patterned rugs are juxtaposed against dark wood paneling and antique touches in the lobby (including two giant cogged wheels), and the hotel has an extensive art collection, including works by Andy Warhol.
The 499-room luxury Yas Viceroy is the world's only hotel built over a Formula One racetrack. Located on popular Yas Island, the Viceroy straddles a marina and the raceway, home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Architecturally striking, under an enormous, futuristic LED canopy, the Viceroy is the poshest hotel on Yas Island, with two rooftop infinity pools, a spa, 11 restaurants and bars, and two nightclubs. Rooms are luxe and minimalist, with marina or track views, and stylish bathrooms.
Romantic? Undoubtedly. Unique? Absolutely. Expensive? For sure.The Jade Mountain Resort is an architectural marvel. In an effort to respect but not submit to environmental confines, owner-architect Nick Troubetzkoy built the entire resort like a tabletop, braced it against a mountain about 75 to 100 feet above the shore, and pointed it at St. Lucia's iconic Pitons, poking through the Caribbean Sea. Each of the 29 guest rooms shares the stunning view beyond its missing "fourth wall".