[ad#Work From The Beach 300 x 250] The top 10 hotels as listed in this guest post by urban explorer Pulin Singh who loves staying outside in parks or in five star luxury. He offers up his choice of the world’s bets ten hotels in this guest post.
The world today is developing on a daily basis, and in every field, everyone is trying to outdo the competition. The hotel field is no different. Each day we see more and more hotels coming up, and with tourism also on an equal rise, the hotels are coming up with innovative designs and offerings to keep up with the competition. It is estimated that there are around 50 million hotels of all kinds across the world, and this is no small number. And, hotels that have been consistent in terms of service and infrastructure have always ranked among the best in the world. Now selecting just 10 would be a mammoth task. However, based on various studies, and surveys taken across several countries regarding the facilities, we hereby compile a list of the top 10 hotels of the world, as of now:
1. Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore, India
Featuring rooms that are actually tents in the middle of the forest, the Oberoi Vanyavilas literally means “home in the forest”. Spanning across 20 acres, and situated right next to the world famous Ranthambhore National Park and Tiger Reserve, the hotel’s 25 deluxe tents feature their own private terrace, garden and teak flooring. A ride on one of the hotel’s two elephants is a must!
2. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana, USA
Located in Montana’s scenic Bitterroot Mountains, the Triple Creek Ranch spans over 600 acres and has got 23 world-class cabins, made of logs. Minute details like fireplaces with actual wood burning in them, hot tubs and woolen material that is locally woven add to the exclusiveness of the hotel Helicopter tours of the mountains arranged by the hotel are a definite plus, too.
3. Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Masai Mara, Kenya
The Fairmont Mara Safari Club is Kenya’s crown jewel of hotels, featuring at the third spot among the world’s best. Located right on the banks of the Mara River, the hotel has 50 plush tents, the premium ones with outdoor and indoor shower facilities. The pools have private poolside massages, which is a must-have experience. The Mara River, incidentally, is also a great point for viewing hippos, so don’t be surprised if you wake up in the morning, looking at a hippo across the window!
4. San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara, California, USA
The San Ysidro is a $150 million investment by Rosewood, and every inch of the 500-acre resort/hotel exudes the money. It is not surprising that this hotel was once John F Kennedy’s pick for his honeymoon. The hotel has 27 rooms in the main property, and 14 additional cottages that are vine-covered. The entrance welcomes you warmly with a long line of olive trees and lavender. Wine tasting is one of the specialties of the hotel, and the on-site Stonehouse Restaurant features amazing dishes, which will only complement your trip.
5. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
Located just a few blocks away from the Taj Mahal, the Oberoi Amarvilas is the perfect hotel in more ways than one. It has patterned domes, and the architecture is mostly Mughal and Moorish-influenced, and features amazing intricate details in every corner of the infrastructure. The main specialty of the hotel is watching the sun rise and set over the Taj Mahal, right from the privacy of your room, while sipping drinks, sitting with your loved one, and looking at the perfect monument of love. Add to this, the exclusive royal service and great food, and you have the perfect honeymoon hotel.
6. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis, West Indies
The Nisbet Plantation Beach Club is fondly known as the gem of the Caribbean, and very rightly so. Located on the exquisite island of Nevis, the hotel spans across 30 lush, greenery-rich acres, and makes one forget the time with the scenery. The hotel has 36 world-class cottages to take care of the accommodation, and the service here is just out of this world.
7. The Peninsula, Bangkok
The Peninsula overlooks the Chao Phraya River, and the 37-story high hotel has 370 magnificent rooms, all decked in teak flooring, furniture covered in silk, fantastic marble-floored bathrooms, and state of the art technology to help maintain the perfect ambience. The Peninsula has become a synonym for luxury.
8. Palazzo Sasso, Ravello, Italy
Opened in 1997, the Palazzo Sasso features amazing rooms decked out in the styles of the 17th to 19th century, with Vietri-tiled floors, and an unlimited view of the sea. Every corner of the hotel is equipped with some view or the other of the sea, including the gymnasium and pool. The perfect scenery of the sea and mountains makes this the perfect spot for a great holiday with your loved one.
9. Domaine des Hauts de Loire, Onzain, France
This hotel was actually a hunting lodge in the 19th century, and is located at just two hours from Paris. Equipped with 31 world class rooms, the hotel has rooms that have floor to ceiling windows, which offer breath-taking views of the outside, and are bound to make you speechless. The various activities available are bicycling and walking through historical monuments, fishing and tennis. The hotel also provides aerial tours of the region either by helicopter or a hot-air balloon!
10. Four Seasons Hotel México, Mexico City, Mexico
The Four Seasons Hotel Mexico is part of the Four Seasons Group, and features 240 plush and top-end rooms housed in an 8-story building, with papier-mâché Mexican sculptures on display in each room. Located at a strategic location, the hotel is within walking range of Chapultepec Park and the National Museum of Anthropology and History. A specialty of the hotel is the signature Punta Mita massage, that is performed using tequila and sage oil.
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