A deluxe bed, designer toiletries, a rooftop pool and a world class restaurant are just some of the features today’s travellers expect from a luxury hotel, according to accommodation expert Hotels.com™.
The prestigious Hotels.com Loved by Guests Awards is an annual awards program where the guests are the real judges. It celebrates and recognises those hotels who have achieved the best average guest review rating, from over 20 million genuine and trusted reviews from guests who have actually checked-in.
Fifty hotels worldwide have received the ‘Best for luxury’* award and here’s the pick of the bunch, each with its own unique definition of luxury:
1. Luxury means … a rooftop pool
star W Taipei in Taipei, Taiwan Review Rating: 4.6 out of 5 on Hotels.com Make a splash at this sky-high, outdoor pool, with its own poolside beach, suspended 10 floors above hustle and bustle of the spectacular Xinyi district below. With sweeping city views, this is a surreal spot for taking in the sun, kicking back on deckchairs and sipping on cool cocktails from WET® Bar. Rooms available from A$399 per room per night.
2. Luxury means … lots of freebies
5 star Four Seasons Hotel Sydney in Australia Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5 on Hotels.com If freebies are coming from the Four Seasons, you know they’re going to be good. It starts with free WiFi, but also includes a free shoe shine service, a free shuttle to take you to city hotspots, free coffee and pastries in the morning in the foyer and free luxurious toiletries in the room. If you’re lucky enough to be in a club room, you’ll also enjoy free drinks and gourmet snacks all day long, free breakfast, complimentary garment pressing and free newspapers and magazines. Rooms from A$265 per room per night.
3. Luxury means … the most comfortable bed you’ve ever slept in
5 star Hotel Sofitel New York Review Rating: 4.6 out of 5 on Hotels.com Even though this trendy hotel is just one block from Times Square, you’ll be sure to get a good night’s sleep here, even in the city that never sleeps. Their famous SoBed™ is so comfortable and loved by travellers around the world, that you can actually buy it for yourself. The custom-designed mattress is crafted to create a unique balance of sensitivity and support. With 300-thread-count Yves Delorme sheets, a feather bed, a down duvet and fluffy pillows to top it off, you’ll find it almost impossible to drag yourself out of it, even if the Big Apple is waiting. Rooms from A$419 per room per night.
4. Luxury means … a room with a view
5 star Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok in Thailand Review Rating: 4.6 out of 5 on Hotels.com Oozing riverside charm with its location right beside the legendary Chao Phraya River, it offers unparalleled and truly breath-taking views at every turn. Guests can unwind in spacious, state-of-the-art guestrooms, each with river or cityscape views from a private balcony. If that isn’t luxury enough, they have an infinity pool, spa and six sumptuous restaurants to choose from. Rooms from A$113 per room per night.
5. Luxury means … a stunning spa
5 star Dolce CampoReal Lisbon in Portugal Review Rating: 4.7 out of 5 on Hotels.com The 700-square-metre spa is the perfect escape from the daily grind. Surrounded by lush countryside and overlooking the vineyards, the spa is all about relaxation and de-stressing. You will find an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and elegant tea lounge but the real wow is the glamorous Mediterranean-style outdoor pool, complete with Jacuzzi and magnificent views. Rooms from A$166 per room per night.
6. Luxury means … an award winning restaurant
5 star The Playford Adelaide MGallery by Sofitel in Australia Review Rating: 4.6 out of 5 on Hotels.com The award-winning Playford Restaurant offers innovative, world-class cuisine in the comfort of this luxury hotel. Using the highest quality South Australian ingredients, this stunning restaurant specialises in modern Australian fare, complemented with a boutique wine list. If you’re staying in the hotel, don’t miss the buffet breakfast where they specialise in fine food that’s good for you. Rooms from A$151 per room per night.
7. Luxury means … a rooftop bar
5 star Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur Review Rating: 4.6 out of 5 on Hotels.com The award-winning SkyBar, one of the city’s most popular rooftop bars, is located high up on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, and features a variety of cocktails, nightly DJs and amazing views of the Petronas Twin Towers from its luxurious cabana booths. Rooms from A$166 per room per night.
8. Luxury means … designed by a famous designer
5 star Mondrian London Review Rating: 4.6 out of 5 on Hotels.com Seductive and striking on London’s Southbank, this uber cool hotel was designed by top British designer Tom Dixon. The theme is a transatlantic cruise liner, as the original building has a maritime history. Guests will be wowed by the giant, copper clad structure, inspired by the hull of a ship that runs from outside the building through to the lobby. There’s also underwater tranquility at the spa, delicious food at the renowned Sea Containers restaurant and it has the most glamorous of rooftop bars, with its glass box structure and outdoor terrace. Rooms from A$250 per room per night.
9. Luxury means … designer toiletries, robes and slippers
5 star Waldorf Astoria Orlando Review Rating: 4.6 out of 5 on Hotels.com We all do it. Within seconds of entering a hotel room, we hunt down any freebies and have a good sniff of the free toiletries. Imagine the excitement then when you check in here and discover high-end, designer toiletries from Salvatore Ferragamo waiting for you. This specially designed hotel collection is like a luxurious spa treatment without leaving your room. More than just a bar of soap, the range includes everything from shower gel, body lotion and eau de toilette, to face masks, lip balm, hand cream and eye cream. You can enjoy it all in your soft, plush robe and slippers. Rooms from A$374 per room per night.
10. Luxury means … a casino in your hotel
5 star The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Review Rating: 4.6 out of 5 on Hotels.com You can live the life of luxury in Las Vegas at The Venetian, with its prime spot in the centre of The Strip. Luxury starts the second you step into the jaw-dropping, sprawling casino. There is a Michelangelo masterpiece on the ceiling and resort pools with luxurious cabanas that ooze the jet set lifestyle. Make sure you take a gondola ride and walk the cobblestoned lanes of the Grand Canal with its many shops, before retiring to your sumptuous suite. Rooms from A$273 per room per night.
All of these luxurious, award-winning hotels, plus hundreds of thousands more, can be booked online via Hotels.com or through the mobile app available for IOS, Android and Amazon Kindle devices, where customers will also have access to special Secret Prices*** to help them save even more on their next stay away.