Have you ever been to a hotel and thought “I could live here?” Well, the hotels listed below (in no particular order – everyone has their own preference in terms of design, location, amenities, and so forth.) will have you thinking that living in a hotel for the rest of your life is not such a depressing prospect after all. At the very least, these luxury hotels could give you some ideas for your own pad.
The Plaza is one of two hotels in New York City designated as a National Historic Landmark. The Plaza has retained its ‘classic’ look by keeping many of the rooms and suites in line with the building’s Edwardian style.
Rooms at La Scalinatella are big, bright and airy, with a blue-and-white colour scheme that flows well with the Mediterranean Sea, which can be seen by standing on one of the hotel’s many terraces. Some of the hotel’s rooms also have intricately-designed, floral-patterned marble flooring.
The Boulders is one of those hotels that lets its utterly stunning surroundings do the work. For those who need more than jaw-dropping scenery, The Boulders also offers two world-class golf courses to play on, a huge spa compound and a bevy of great eateries. Many of the rooms are simple, elegant and extremely easy on the eye. The Boulders also have some rather nice adobe architecture-styled villas.
Heliports, two-floored suites bigger than entire houses, 24/7 on-call butlers, hovering tennis courts, rooms fit for emperors from fantasy novels … The Burj Al Arab pretty much has it all, even a room where almost everything is made from gold. Yes you read the right, gold.
Mod furniture sits in contrast to the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century maritime artefacts that are displayed throughout the hotel. The rooms are generally warm-coloured and invite relaxation.
Treetops Lodge literally is a place to ‘get lost in the wilderness’, thanks to its large number of hiking trails. The rooms are spacious, and the stone-and-timbre rooms blend well with the surrounding forest.
The Fullerton is a classic in understated neoclassical design, where the small details make all the difference. Rooms are kitted out with generous-sized writing desks, and the panoramic views make the rooms all the more inspiring for those who enjoy creative pursuits. The hotel also has one of the world’s best infinity pools.
Sometimes, the best hotels never feel like hotels, but more like homes. The rooms at the Park Hyatt have amazing views of the Tokyo skyline, undoubtedly helped by the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the East-West fusion décor is perfectly judged.
Art Nouveau seeps through Gresham Palace and into its rooms, many of which contain high ceilings, stained glass domes and windows, and soft pastel colours. Gresham Palace is also well-located at the foot of Chain Bridge and therefore close to the city’s many attractions.
Anyone wanting a Robinson Crusoe-like paradise ought to take a trip to Gili Lankanfushi, where they can find hammocks floating over the sea, rustic wash tubs and well-crafted wood furnishings.
Many of the above hotels rank amongst the top twenty in the world. By recreating their rooms’ concepts at home, or using them as a launchpad for your own ideas, you can recreate that little bit of luxury in your everyday life.