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Fuel Your Lust For Travel With The 18 Most Stunning Hotels

From Belize, to New York City, to Lithuania, we have trekked across the world to find and collect up eighteen of the most striking and stunning hotels that are sure to make it onto your travel bucket lists this year. Stunning tropical resorts, urban jungles and former palaces all feature below!

#1 Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

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The award-winning Waldorf Astoria Chicago offers Parisian-inspired elegance in downtown's Gold Coast neighborhood. Designed by renowned architect Lucien Lagrange, the richly detailed exterior and European courtyard are reminiscent of the grand hotels of the 1920s, while the interiors embrace a sophisticated, urban sensibility.

Contributor: Janice Yu-Moran from waldorfastoriachicagohotel

    #2 The Somerset, Grace Bay

    Jawing dropping - this is often peoples' reaction when first seeing The Somerset on Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos. The resort's stately, European-style design majestically sits atop the powdery white sands of world-famous Grace Bay beach. Glistening turquoise water stretching to the horizon serves as a stunning backdrop.

    Contributor: Amy Kerr, Director of Public Relations

    #3 Conrad, Chicago

    Stay at Conrad Chicago and be in the center of it all. Housed in the former Draft FCB corporate office building, Conrad Chicago has been transformed into a stylish and contemporary escape. All existing spaces were repurposed to provide comfort and functionality during the conversion process, resulting in spaces that blend elements of local culture with contemporary design. With residential and contemporary luxury, the property complements the glamour and energy of nearby Magnificent Mile.

    Both global and local inspirations guided the design of the Conrad Chicago. The style of contemporary simplicity was drawn from architectural visionaries such as Warren Platner and Mies van der Rohe to subtly reflect 1960s and 1970s modernism, incorporating the dynamic architectural heritage and art scene of the Windy City.

    Contributor: Janice Yu-Moran from waldorfastoriachicagohotel

    #4 Joali Resort, Maldives

    Joali Maldives, opened in October 2018, is in the picturesque Raa Atoll, surrounded by tranquil lagoons, pristine white-sand beaches and a lush landscape of coconut palms. The 73 private beach and water villas are influenced by individual stories and designed to take guests on a sensory journey. Each villa, ranging from one to four bedrooms, features a private infinity pool, butler service, artisanal amenities, curated in-villa libraries, thoughtful design and handpicked art.

    Contributor: Jessica Matalevich from  smapr

    #5 Fontainebleau Miami Beach

    A spectacular blend of Golden Era glamour and modern luxury, Fontainebleau Miami Beach merges striking design, contemporary art, music, fashion and history into a vibrant guest experience. A revered landmark and symbol of style and sophistication since its opening in 1954, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, designed by world renowned architect Morris Lapidus, boasts 1,504 guestrooms and suites appointed with lavish amenities.

    Contributor: Jessica Matalevich from  smapr

    #6 The Post Hotel, Alberta

    A Relais & Chateaux property, The Post Hotel & Spa is the epitome of European hospitality and old-world charm. Taking inspiration from the Swiss background of its owners—2011 Canadian Hoteliers of the Year, George and AndrĂ© Schwartz—and the surrounding Rocky Mountain region, the hotel’s architecture evokes a warm, rustic elegance. Each of the Post’s suites feature a wood-burning fireplace, whirlpool tub and breathtaking views.

    From its turquoise blue waters in the summer to snow-peaked mountains in the winter, Lake Louise is often considered one of the most beautiful places on earth.

    Contributor: Shae Pollock, Public Relations Manager from ansticecom

    #7 Hotel Xcaret Mexico

    At Hotel Xcaret Mexico, natural beauty takes center stage with cenotes, caves and playones incorporated throughout -- a testament to the property's mission of being respective and reflective of the environment. This property is the first and only hotel in the Americas to have been awarded the EarthCheck Certification for Planning and Design, a recognition granted after nine years of conducting geological, environmental and water studies to assure the hotel's design helped preserved the existing ecosystem.

    Eighty per cent of the property was sourced locally, including building materials, and nearly 60 percent of all Hotel Xcaret's purchases are made in the Yucatan Peninsula: hand-painted bathroom tiles, pillow coverings sewn by women from Chiapas, even the artisanal candies on pillows at turndown.

    Contributor: Analia Brache from hotelxcaret

    #8 JW Marriott Resort, Florida

    Set on the edge of the Everglades National Park, The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is the gem of Florida's Paradise Coast. Guests of the resort can relax in the luxury of the property and can also enjoy nature-based excursions into the Gulf of Mexico, the nearby Ten Thousand Islands, and the surrounding mangroves.

    The resort just wrapped their impressive $320 million renovation, which began in 2015 and included a new tower, a new grand front entrance, reimagined lobby, a property-wide guest rooms and suite transformation, expanded pool decks, the additional of a state-of-the-art gaming center and gastropub and multiple additions to the resort’s culinary offerings (which included three new restaurants).

    Contributor: Tara from paradiseadv

    #9 Timber Cove Resort, California

    Situated on a dramatic bluff high above the Pacific Ocean across 25 acres of beautiful Sonoma coastline, where the redwoods meet the sea. Timber Cove features 46 guest rooms, including 8 suites, curated by the Los Angeles design firm The Novogratz who retained the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture and artisan elements of this 1960s legend. At Coast Kitchen, guests enjoy fresh seasonal fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Contributor: Shelby from breadandbutterpr

    #10 La Playa Carmel, California

    Love is around every corner at the “Grande Dame of Carmel,” La Playa Carmel is a historic luxury boutique hotel. The property was first built in 1905 in the design of a luxurious mansion by a member of the Ghirardelli family to give as a gift to his wife. Today, the property transports guests to another era with its retro-elements and classic, early 1900s style.Reflecting a sophisticated beach cottage style, this quaint, yet modernized hotel will be the ideal romantic getaway with historical characteristics and stunning charm.

    With scenic views of the ocean, lush garden surroundings and historic charm, La Playa Carmel is an extraordinary setting for relaxation and romance.

    Contributor: Haley from theabbiagency

    #11 Four Seasons Resort, Bora Bora

    Set on a private motu (coral islet) in French Polynesia, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is renowned as one of the world's most romantic and picturesque hotels in the world. With overwater bungalow suites and beachfront villa estates, four al fresco restaurants, a cathedral-like spa and activities abound, the resort is truly a tropical paradise.

    Contributor: Brad Packer from fourseasons borabora

    #12 The Inn Of The Five Graces, New Mexico

    Santa Fe, NM is home to a boutique hotel property, the Inn of the Five Graces, where every room is a beautiful explosion of deep colors, rich patterns and unexpected textures. It is tucked away on a quintessentially narrow one-way Santa Fe street near the San Miguel Mission (The oldest church in America) and just a few blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza and New Mexico State capitol building.

    The magnificent interior design presents uniquely in each room and is the vision of property owner, designer and importer, Ira Seret, and his wife a mosaic artist, Sylvia Seret; accents of silk embroidery, hand painted Tibetan ceilings, 18th Century carved wood and Gaudi-like mosaics are delightfully displayed throughout.

    Contributor: Joanne Hudson from santafe

    #13 Mr. C Seaport, New York

    New to NYC's revitalized Seaport District this July, Mr. C Seaport is a luxury 66-room boutique hotel by Maggio and Ignazio Cipriani, fourth generation brothers of the family famed for their hospitality endeavors. Mr. C Seaport features an intimate lobby lounge that serves as an elegant retreat amidst the historic neighborhood's new restaurant, shopping, and entertainment developments, with plush seating areas, chic décor, and bustling neighborhood views.

    Among the property's accommodations are 6 deluxe suites that feature private outdoor terraces that directly overlook the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and East River.

    Contributor: Maddy from wagstaffworldwide

    #14 The Assemblage John Street, New York

    The Assemblage John Street is a wellness-focused boutique hotel and coworking space in NYC's Financial District. In alignment with their core value of biophilia (the idea that humans have an innate desire to surround themselves with live plants), all spaces are covered in lush, live greenery, including the building's entrance - a tunnel coated in live moss, complete with a large iron gong, which emits vibrations meant to calm those who enter the space.

    Contributor: Maddy from wagstaffworldwide

    #15 The Crane Resort, Barbados

    The Crane Resort in Barbados is a clifftop resort that overlooks the powder pink sands of award-winning Crane beach. Worth visiting for its panoramic views alone; the resort combines old-world charm and incredible natural beauty with a romantic sense of seclusion. Once and private mansion and the oldest operating resort in the Caribbean, the resort still hold remnants of its past. Some of the rooms still have coral stone walls over 200 years old.

    Contributor: Nichelle from sirencommunications

    #16 Cayo Espanto Resort, Belize

    Home to seven villas total, this hidden gem boasts luxury in every single detail throughout each guests' stay - from the point of booking to the time of departure. The private island resort offers barefoot luxury in the form of a number of private beaches to enjoy, seaside activities - including exploring the world's second largest barrier-reef system (which extends down from Mexico) and visiting one or all five of the Mayan ruins housed in mainland Belize all while enjoying world-class cuisine and amenities. 

    Each of the island's seven villas come equipped with their own private dock area, allowing for tranquil fishing, snorkeling and more - a true paradise.

    Contributor: Sara Leiter from http://www.cherylandrewsmarketing.com

    #17 Bellagio, Nevada

    Las Vegas’ five-star Bellagio resort is, without a doubt, one of the most extravagant and beautiful hotels in the world. One of its focal points is the eight-acre lake; this lies between the Bellagio and the Strip. The lake incorporates an illuminated water fountain, which is able to dance to synchronised music – this looks spectacular in the evening, when the fountain is illuminated by floodlights.

    Contributor: Sarah Neate, Head of Deal Publishing at icelolly

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