11 of the World’s Most Beautiful Hotels You Need to Visit

11 of the World’s Most Beautiful Hotels You Need to Visit

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of checking into a luxurious hotel with the promise of an unforgettable vacation laid out before you. As you’re greeted by the reception staff and sip on the refreshing welcome drink, your travel dreams are about to come true. Everything you will remember about this vacation starts from this very spot. From the high-quality bedsheets and the fragrant complimentary toiletries to the decadent breakfast spread and sparkling swimming pool. 

ZenHotels understands the excitement and anticipation that begins the very moment you book your hotel. We know what makes a memorable hotel experience, so we’ve collated this list of the world’s most stunning hotels you need to add to your list to ensure your future hotel stays are something to remember. 

Whether you dream of timeless luxury in New York, a jungle adventure in Bali, or a vacation fit for royalty in Morocco, ZenHotels is where you can find the perfect hotel setting for your once-in-a-lifetime vacation. 

Read on for hotel inspiration! 

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1. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy

2.Grace Hotel Santorini, Greece

3. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Male

4. Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Morocco

5. Capella, Ubud, Bali

6. The Lowell, New York, US

7. Hôtel Madame Rêve, Paris, France

8. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

9. Shangri-La The Shard, London, England

10. Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ubud, Bali

11. Raffles, Istanbul, Turkey

 Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy

  • Hotel’s Special Feature: A traditional Tuscan farmhouse retreat nestled in the mountains of Montalcino
  • Stars:
  • Rating: 10
  • Price: From $1126 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: World’s Best Hotel in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award 2022

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco: A tranquil Tuscan oasis in Montalcino where rustic charm meets luxury. Relax poolside beneath cypress trees in the heart of an 800-year-old renowned estate.

Picture the scene, a serene rustic escape in the mountains of Montalcino, Tuscany. This incredible spot is where you can enjoy freshly brewed Italian roast coffee in the quaint farmhouse kitchen before relaxing by the poolside under the shade of Tuscan Cypress trees.

Regularly voted as the World’s Best Hotel, it’s no shock to see why. The resort exudes an understated, familial luxe that welcomes guests and encourages them to make themselves at home, but better. With an on-site spa, cooking school, tennis courts and even a winery, the 800-year-old estate provides an unrivalled Tuscan escape guests can get lost in. 

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2. Grace Hotel Santorini, Greece

  • Hotel’s Special Feature: An iconic white-washed haven perched on the Santorini caldera overlooking the endless Aegean Sea.
  • Stars:
  • Rating: 10
  • Price: From $1060 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Best Resort Hotel in Greece in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award 2022

If you’re an avid traveler, you’ve probably had Santorini perched near the top of your must-visit list for a while. The Greek Island is known for its captivating sunsets, white-washed cliffs, and sparkling cerulean waters. To truly experience the magic of this stylish island, you must stay at Grace Hotel Santorini, an elegant and unforgettable resort with modern suites and private plunge pools. 

Grace Hotel Santorini: A pinnacle of elegance above cerulean waters. Sip champagne and bask in unparalleled sunset views, nestled between Santorini’s iconic cliffs and skies.

Arguably, the beauty of Santorini is best admired from above. Above the rugged coastline, ideally with a glass of crisp champagne. This is possible when you stay at Grace Hotel Santorini because it wasn’t named Best Resort Hotel in Greece for no reason. This stunning resort has a champagne bar nestled 363 meters above sea level and offers the most enchanting views of the sunset over the Caldera. Here you can delight in a signature champagne cocktail and marvel at the unique perspective of the volcano and Skaros Rock, sights that will render you speechless. 

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3. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Male

  • Hotel’s Special Feature: Beach chic meets elegant luxury in this Maldivian gem. Arrive by private yacht and have your every need met by your personal butler. 
  • Stars:
  • Rating: 10
  • Price: From $2932 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Number 1 Best Resort Hotel in Asia in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award 2022

Imagine waking up in a plush, luxurious bed, and the first thing you see when you open your eyes are the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Step onto the wooden deck and sink into the swinging lounge chair as you sip your morning coffee. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi: Awaken to the serene embrace of the Indian Ocean, where luxury meets paradise and every sunrise is a dream realized.

This is your reality every day that you wake up in the iconic Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. Voted the best resort hotel in Asia, you can enjoy paradise in this exclusive haven. The resort perfectly blends a relaxed beach atmosphere and five-star luxe with traditional Maldivian touches like fragrant flowers and exceptional personalized service. When you stay here, you are encouraged to live your island dreams. From paddle boarding around the private island to a private yoga class as the wind blows through the palms or a massage in a glass-floored spa room—your comfort and experience are the top priority. 

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4. Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Morocco

  • Hotel’s Special Feature: Exquisite Moroccan grandeur meets the ultimate in spa relaxation. 
  • Stars:
  • Rating: 9
  • Price: From $1901 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Number 1 Best Hotel in Africa in Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards 

A trip to Morocco becomes a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience when you stay in one of the 53 three-story riads within The Royal Mansour Marrakech. Pure luxury radiates throughout the walls of this stunning hotel, and given that King Mohammed VI designed it, it has the royal seal of approval. 

Royal Mansour, Marrakech: Dive into opulence where Moorish heritage meets modern elegance, a room meticulously crafted under the royal gaze of King Mohammed VI.
Photo: Royal Mansour

Each room is an opulent masterpiece where traditional Moorish architecture and contemporary style marry to create picture-perfect backdrops. Whether relaxing in the spa, nestled within an ethereal lace-like metal structure, or feasting on a mouthwatering culinary exploration created by world-class chefs in one of the fine dining restaurants, a visit to this hotel will exceed your Moroccan expectations. 

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5. Capella, Ubud, Bali

  • Hotel’s Special Feature: A luxury eco-friendly hotel hidden deep in the Bali jungle.
  • Stars:
  • Rating: 9
  • Price: From $107 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Voted Best Hotel in the World in Travel and Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards

Start your luxurious Balinese Jungle expedition when you stay at Capella Ubud. Buried deep in Keliki Valley, Capella Ubud is a hidden gem that offers an immersive journey into the early 19th century, an era steeped in spice trade exploration.

Capella, Ubud: A luxurious haven where timeless elegance meets the wild heart of the Balinese jungle, immersing you in both history and nature’s embrace.

As you enter the front entrance, you’ll be transported back in time and mesmerized by the stunning combination of natural Balinese beauty with contemporary five-class luxe. You’ll stay in one of the tents, each with a unique personality and captivating style. The Cartographer’s Tent beckons with parchment, compasses, and telescopes, while the Carpenter’s Tent is adorned with artisan tools. And the Princess Tent enchants with a dramatic four-poster bed and cascading fabrics. 

Capella Ubud is a harmonious blend of artistry and heritage, inviting you to embark on a timeless journey into the heart of the Balinese jungle.

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6. The Lowell, New York, US

  • Hotel’s Special Feature: Experience the true glamour of New York’s Upper East Side when you stay at the most chic hotel in the city.
  • Stars:
  • Rating: 9
  • Price: From $1164 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Voted Best Hotel in New York in Travel and Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards

The Lowell, New York: Where timeless elegance warms up beside a wood-burning fireplace, offering an unparalleled sanctuary in the heart of the city. Photo: The Lowell

It’s no easy feat to be crowned the best hotel in New York. But The Lowell easily slides into first place when you experience how this boutique hotel perfectly blends timeless elegance with chic city living.  In the city that never sleeps, you wouldn’t want to miss a night’s rest in one of The Lowell’s 43 suites featuring a wood-burning fireplace and an unforgettable personalized service. 

The hotel is located just off Madison Avenue and is an incredible base for exploring the best of New York City. Enjoy a Broadway show, stroll around Central Park, or soar above the clouds and take in the city skyline. You can easily reach the city’s most famous sights from The Lowell, or if you’d rather stay in, simply relax in Jacques Bar with a perfect martini in hand.

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7. Hôtel Madame Rêve, Paris, France

  • Hotel’s Special Feature: Picturesque rooms with views of the Eiffel Tower and the City of Lights
  • Stars:
  • Rating: 9
  • Price: From $461 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Voted Best Hotel in Paris in Travel and Leisure’s 2022 World’s Best Awards

At Madame Rêve, every room is a haven of comfort and style. While some may covet the Eiffel Tower view, the glass roof will enchant those in city-view rooms, bathing them in natural light and panoramic urban vistas. Floor-to-ceiling windows welcome the morning sun, offering unobstructed rooftop garden views.

Hôtel Madame Rêve: Bask in the Parisian glow under a captivating glass roof, merging urban vistas with unparalleled interior elegance.

The interior will leave you just as speechless, each room exuding warmth with a golden-brown color palette and a modern reinterpretation of wood paneling, creating the coziest place to spend a Paris evening. 

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8. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

  • Hotel’s Special Feature: Arrive in style by private ferry to this enchanting lakeside retreat
  • Stars:
  • Rating: 10
  • Price: From $461 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Voted Best Resort in India in Travel and Leisure’s 2022 World’s Best Awards

Distinguished guests of The Oberoi Udaivilas are personally greeted at the airport and chauffeured in private luxury cars to a private ferry. This exclusive journey gracefully carries them across the serene waters of Lake Pichola, ushering them into a world of unparalleled luxury and elegance at the Best Resort in India. 

The Oberoi Udaivilas: Revel in opulence as serene gardens meet tranquil pool views, epitomizing the essence of India’s finest resort luxury.

This enchanting hotel was voted the finest in the world, and it’s no surprise why. Nestled on the banks of Lake Pichola in the City of Lakes, this 5-star haven boasts endless opulent gardens, superior rooms and signature culinary delights at the on-site restaurants. The Oberoi Udaivilas oozes tranquility and takes your wellness seriously, offering an onsite spa, daily yoga sessions, and curated spa therapies, ensuring your stay is a rejuvenating experience.

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9. Shangri-La The Shard, London, England

  • Hotel’s Special Feature: Lose yourself in mesmerizing views of London from your bedroom in the clouds
  • Stars:
  • Rating: 10
  • Price: From $768 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Voted London’s #1 City Hotel in Travel and Leisure’s 2022 World’s Best Awards

Perched high in the clouds above London, Shangri-La The Shard offers an unparalleled perspective of this vibrant city. Located on levels 34 to 52 of Western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard, this iconic hotel provides breathtaking panoramic views of the River Thames and easy access to beloved landmarks such as the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, Borough Market, and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Shangri-La The Shard: Elevated luxury with London sprawled below, where the city’s heartbeat merges seamlessly with the sky.

With floor-to-ceiling windows in all 202 rooms and suites, you’ll sleep in the sky above London, surrounded by sophisticated decor, and you’ll wake up in the clouds to enjoy your morning coffee with views over London’s incredible skyline. 

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10. Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ubud, Bali

  • Hotel’s Special Feature: A tranquil haven for self-discovery in your own temple-inspired Bali escape
  • Stars:
  • Rating: 10
  • Location: Ubud, Indonesia
  • Price: From $1202 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Voted a Top Resort in Asia in Travel and Leisure’s 2023 World’s Best Awards

Discover a tranquil haven for inner exploration at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in the cultural heart of Ubud, Bali. This luxurious sanctuary, set along the peaceful Ayung River, offers guests butler-serviced villas and suites.

Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve: Embrace serene luxury enveloped by Ubud’s lush jungles, where nature and refinement coalesce.

Explore the surrounding villages, rice fields, and temples in a vintage VW convertible, savor Mediterranean-European cuisine at incredible restaurants, and enjoy private dining cocoons. With rolling hills, a serene river, and lush rice paddies as the backdrop, Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, offers an unforgettable retreat.

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11. Raffles, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Hotel’s Special Feature: 
  • Stars:
  • Rating: 10
  • Price: From $535 per night for 2 guests.
  • Awards: Voted Europe’s Best City Hotel in Travel and Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards

Raffles Istanbul epitomizes the essence of the renowned Raffles Hotel chain, where timeless luxury and impeccable service converge. Raffles Istanbul delivers an experience that is synonymous with the Raffles legacy where modern luxury seamlessly blends with Istanbul’s rich heritage and culture. Immerse yourself in the harmonious fusion of East and West, where every corner exudes a sense of timelessness and grace.

Perched above the Bosphorus, Raffles offers spellbinding views of the strait, Princes’ Islands, and the historic Old Town. When you stay here, you experience unparalleled comfort and relaxation where luxury is redefined.

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Raffles, Istanbul: A sanctuary of timeless luxury, fusing East and West, perched high to offer breathtaking views of Istanbul’s historic wonders.


As you’ve journeyed through these enchanting hotels, we hope your wanderlust has been reignited. These stunning hotels have earned well-deserved global recognition, as their unique allure promises not just a stay, but an experience to cherish and memories to last a lifetime.

With these captivating destinations in mind, explore our diverse hotel selection at ZenHotels and discover your next extraordinary adventure. Whether it’s the bustling streets of a cosmopolitan city, the serene tranquility of a coastal retreat, or an adventure into the heart of nature, we’re here to guide you to your ideal haven.

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