Thursday, 27 August 2009

Luxurious Hotels in the world

Are you looking for luxurious lodging? Here is a look at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. This list is fit for royalty. By the end of this list, you will probably be half-way through packing your bags and booking plane tickets!

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai



The exquisitely designed Burj Al Arab hotel is located along the Dubai coastline. This legendary hotel reflects the very best the world has to offer, making it one of the most photographed structures in the world. The structure, designed to resemble a billowing sail, reaches 321 meters into the sky. At night, the Burj Al Arab features choreographed lighting representing water and fire. From your chauffer driven Roll Royce to your crew of highly trained butlers, your stay here will be the ultimate in personal service.

Oberoi Udaivilas Hotel, India



This hotel, regarded as a traditional Indian Palace, will provide you with a royal experience from start to finish. Guests are transported to the magnificent property by way of boat across breathtaking Lake Pichola. Guest rooms feature open access on to semi-private swimming pools, private courtyards with silken parasols and inlaid furniture, and private butler service. Brilliantly adorned suites boast private outdoor dining pavilions and private swimming pools. If you are really looking to splurge, try booking the 2,650-square-foot Kohinoor Suite. How does courtyard fountains, fireplaces, and a sauna in the master bedroom sound? Are you packing your bags yet? I thought so.

Ashford Castle Hotel, Ireland


The Ashford Castle, Ireland’s most majestic castle hotel, is situated on 350 acres of beautiful parkland. Outside your hotel window, you will experience breathtaking views of Lough Corrib, the River Cong, and wooded parkland. Not to mention the immaculately maintained grounds. The hotel is beautifully adorned with antiques, medieval armor, period furniture, marble bathrooms, carved oak paneling, and museum-quality paintings. The royal treatment continues at the castle’s restaurants, recognized as serving world-renowned cuisine. Activities found at the castle include: walks within the 350 acre estate, golfing on Ashford’s 9-hole course, fishing for trout and salmon on Lough Corrib, and lake cruises. In addition, the hotel houses one of the most advanced Equestrian Centers in the country and boasts Ireland’s first Falconry School offering the rare opportunity to handle birds of prey.

Villa D’Este, Italy



Villa D’Este, a former 16th century princely residence, is located on 25 acres of luscious park. The hotel sits on one of the most magnificent lakes in the world. Pictures cannot possibly do it justice. It’s something you have to see and experience in order to take in its beauty. As one guest said, “This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty.” The hotel property features gardens, golfing, tennis, canoeing, wind surfing, water skiing, squash, and sailing. If you are looking for a more relaxing and tranquil experience, head to the hotel’s all-inclusive Beauty Center. The Beauty Center is “designed to make artful use of the blend of light, color, and water to create the proper environment for serenity and relaxation based on Zen philosophy.” The Villa D’Este is the perfect place to replenish your body, mind, and soul!

Villa San Michele, Italy


Villa San Michele is considered to be one of the most romantic places in the world. The hotel sits on a hilltop surrounded by trees and gardens overlooking the city of Florence. Dating from the 15th century, the hotel brings you into the essence of Italy’s culture. You will be invited to stroll through the Italian gardens and savor the taste of Tuscan cuisine. While staying at the hotel, be sure to make a trip to discover Florence, known for its rich history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance. The hotel provides mountain bikes for a scenic trek to Florence.



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