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Are you a luxury traveler? Maybe you are celebrating that special anniversary, going on your honeymoon, or it’s just time to reward yourself with a luxury getaway. Either way, if you are looking for a top-notch trip, then you are looking for luxury accommodations. And, you need not look any further.
I am sharing my personal list of 4 and 5-star luxury stays from across the globe including Canada, Europe, Asia, South America and right here in the United States. Each of these hotels holds a special place in my heart and rekindles fond memories. So, if you’re heading to one of these destinations, check out these luxury accommodations!
1. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa-Phuket, Thailand
The JW Marriott Phuket is one of the most luxurious places I have ever stayed in my life! It sits waterfront on Mai Khao Beach and you can walk out on the sand and get daily Thai massages right there on the beach!
This tropical resort has a pool with waterfalls and an adults-only area, some of the best Phad Thai I have ever eaten and top-notch service!
2. Hotel Grand Bretagne-Athens, Greece
The Hotel Grand Bretagne in Athens exudes elegance from the moment you enter. Conveniently located right across from the Parliament Building, it also offers majestic views of the famous Acropolis. This was our view at breakfast one morning!
If you are looking for an iconic stay with iconic views in an iconic destination, this is where you want to be!
3. Palace Luzern-Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne was the first city I visited in Switzerland making Palace Luzern my first Swiss hotel experience. I remember thinking if this is Switzerland, then yes, please!
From our gorgeous balcony views of Lake Lucerne to a lavish spa and sweeping terrace views, this is how you want to experience Lucerne, Switzerland!
The hotel is currently closed for renovations and will reopen in 2019. It was fabulous before so I can’t imagine what it will look like after the renovations!
Until then you can…
4. Le Richemond-Geneva, Switzerland
And while Lucerne was my first stop in Switzerland, Geneva was my last and you know how they say save the best for last, right? Well, Le Richemond made sure I left Switzerland with memories to last a lifetime!
Our suite was absolutely amazing with a separate den, a balcony with views of Lake Geneva, and a huge bathroom with a double marble shower and jacuzzi tub with a TV encased in the wall!
5. Eurotel Riviera Montreux-Montreux, Switzerland
Visiting the Montreux Riviera is like being in a fairytale and the Eurotel Riviera Montreux contributes to said fairytale with views like this from its rooms!
Don’t you want to wake up to this view of Lake Geneva every morning?
6. Pulitzer Amsterdam-Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Often called “the Venice of the North”, Amsterdam is the city of canals. It’s a fabulous city to walk, but if you are wanting to stay in quiet luxury accommodations in the middle of the action, the Pulitzer Amsterdam is just the place!
Located right on a canal and not far from the Anne Frank House, the Pulitzer has a gigantic interior courtyard that makes you feel like you have been transported into the countryside. Don’t miss the beautiful exposed brick and beams in the rooms!
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7. JW Marriott Hotel Lima-Lima, Perú
The JW Marriott Hotel Lima might be the prettiest hotel I have ever walked in to. It just has a presence I can’t describe. I loved the security of only being able to access my hotel floor with a room key, the plush beds and a bathroom that could fit 20 people inside!
Sitting right on the ocean in the upscale Miraflores section of Lima, I remember actually being sad to leave. We got in after midnight and checked out the next morning. So, I was about to explore Lima and then fly to Iquitos to explore the Amazon River but I was sad because I was checking out of this hotel! That should tell you something…
8. The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman-Cayman Islands
Want to get away to a Caribbean island, but aren’t sure which island to go to or where to stay? I highly recommend Grand Cayman and with it, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman!
If this pool isn’t inviting enough, the turquoise and royal blue waters of the Caribbean are just across from it!
9. Fairmont Empress-Victoria, BC, Canada
If you haven’t discovered Fairmont hotels in Canada, you’re missing out. So, let me introduce them to you! A lot of them look just like the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, British Columbia! To be completely honest, I didn’t actually stay here, but I spent a fantastic afternoon having afternoon tea here and exploring the property.
Given this coupled with my experience at other Fairmont hotels, I can fully recommend this property with confidence!
10. Fairmont Banff Springs-Banff, AB, Canada
The Fairmont Banff Springs was my first Canadian Fairmont hotel and the one that made me fall in love with them. I may or may not have visited Banff and Lake Louise 4 times in 16 months!
If you stay at the Banff Springs, request a room with a view of the Rockies, have afternoon tea and most definitely try out the spa!
11. Fairmont Le Château Frontenac-Québec City, Québec, Canada
My most recent love affair with Canadian Fairmont hotels was with the Le Château Frontenac in Québec City! I spent a fun week there in May and it’s beautiful (both the hotel and Québec City)! It’s also said to be the most photographed hotel in the world!
If you are looking to have a luxury French getaway, this is the place to stay!
12. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay-Half Moon Bay, California
The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay was a getaway to avoid the awful summer heat here in Alabama. It’s located right on the Pacific coast just south of San Francisco and we went in July. It was cold enough at night to wear jackets while roasting s’mores around our personal fire pit on the patio outside our room!
13. The Beverly Hilton-Beverly Hills, California
Los Angeles is truly an iconic American city and one I had the pleasure of living in for four fabulous years! I miss it and I go back to visit annually. I love staying in the Beverly Hilton, also known as the home of the Golden Globes!
On two different occasions, they have not had the type of room I reserved and so they upgraded me. The first time was to a junior penthouse with a separate living room and a dining room big enough for a conference table!
However, the second time was most definitely the best upgrade I’ve ever received anywhere. They put us in a top floor full penthouse for the entire length of our stay!
You know, the kind that requires a separate key to a separate hallway door to enter. The kind that had chandeliers and furnishings that probably cost more than everything I’ve ever bought in my entire life. The kind that had a powder room, a fireplace, a soaker tub with 180-views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills. And the kind that is used when an A-list star is getting ready for the Golden Globes! THAT kind of upgrade!
14. The Palazzo-Las Vegas, Nevada
Who loves to go to Vegas? I do!! I have been to Vegas 6 times. Two of those visits were for work conferences when I was still a practicing RN. The other four times were to participate in the Las Vegas Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon and I am now a proud four-time finisher!
For the half marathon trips, my friends and I always stay at the Palazzo because they offer a great runners’ rate making it very affordable, especially when splitting the cost with a friend.
Every room is a suite, we always request a view of the strip and I love that there are TVs in the bathroom and remotes that will turn down the blackout shades from bed!
15. The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago-Chicago, Illinois
The view from our room!
One weekend a couple of summers ago, we took a long weekend getaway to Chicago to celebrate our anniversary and see Bon Jovi in concert at Soldier Field. We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago which is conveniently located above a Macy’s on the Magnificent Mile and has sweeping views of Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue!
I had great experiences and loved my time at each of these hotels. They all have incredible service, friendly staff, and either gorgeous water or beautiful city views! These are just a few of the reasons why they make great luxury accommodations!
Have you stayed in any of these? If so, which one(s)? If not, which one of these would be at the top of your hotel bucket list?
‘Til next time…