The Top 10 Latest Luxury Accommodations Globally

XcelTrip|8 min read|Sep 3, 2023

Are you in search of the ultimate travel experience that combines opulence, comfort, and stunning destinations? Look no further!

In this blog post, we’ll take you on a journey to explore the top 10 latest luxury accommodations globally. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, these exquisite hotels and resorts are guaranteed to provide you with an unforgettable stay.

The Peninsula Istanbul

In the heart of Istanbul, Peninsula’s latest 177-room property is a tribute to both Turkey’s culture and the global luxury brand. This four-building complex overlooking the Bosphorus is a masterpiece by Turkish designer Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu, known for being the first woman to design a mosque. You’ll find culturally significant touches throughout the property, including bathrooms adorned with Marmara marble and kilim-style carpets.

Choosing your room is a delightful dilemma, as some offer floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies, and private terraces with breathtaking water views. Suites with direct access to lush gardens or the pool are also available. But the highlight, opening in June, is Gallada, Fatih Tutak’s much-anticipated Turkish Asian restaurant, set to become Istanbul’s hotspot.

In the meantime, indulge in one of the city’s sexiest pools — an 82-foot indoor basin, surrounded by dramatic Marmara columns.

Hôtel Dame des Arts — Paris

Hôtel Dame des Arts, a new gem in Paris’s prime sixth arrondissement, boasts a quintessentially French atmosphere. Located on the Left Bank, it’s a haven for locals and travellers alike, offering a taste of the bohemian culture of the Rive Gauche. With 109 rooms, a Mexican restaurant featuring an exceptional mezcal selection, and an artistic touch that pays homage to Left Bank tastemakers, this hotel is a true Parisian treasure. Plus, select rooms offer private balconies with Eiffel Tower views. Experience the City of Light like never before.

The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad

Introducing The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad — a brand-new addition to Manhattan’s skyline. This 50-story luxury hotel, located at 28th and Broadway, offers 250 unique keys with breathtaking views of the Hudson River and One World Trade. Opened in July 2022 after four years of construction, the rooms and suites are elegantly appointed with sculptural chandeliers, black terrazzo bathrooms, and Diptyque amenities up to the 37th floor, with 16 residences on the remaining floors. The pièce de résistance is Nubeluz on the 50th floor, a 1920s-inspired rooftop bar by José Andrés, who also oversees the hotel’s food and beverage offerings. Don’t miss Zaytinya, a popular Mediterranean restaurant on the ground floor.

The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon

Just as Bangkok’s opulent hotels seemed indistinguishable, The Standard has arrived to revolutionize the city’s hospitality landscape. Taking control of one of Bangkok’s iconic skyscrapers, The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon has discarded the conventional formula of straight lines and muted colours found in other luxury hotels. Instead, it boldly combines a kaleidoscope of colours and captivating designs courtesy of Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon.

This extraordinary hotel offers 155 rooms, each with its unique allure. Some boast inviting whirlpool tubs, while others feature charming balconies or fully equipped kitchens. The five bars and restaurants, including the dim sum haven Mott 32 and the neo-Mexican rooftop gem Ojo, are frequently graced by locals, outnumbering hotel guests. In a city as culinary-focused as Bangkok, this is a promising indicator of the culinary delights that await.

InterContinental Khao Yai — Thailand

The renowned hotel designer Bill Bensley, based in Bangkok, is known for his unique and unconventional approach to his work. However, when he crafted InterContinental Khao Yai, he unleashed his creativity without bounds. Situated on the border of Thailand’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Khao Yai National Park, this resort serves as the whimsical residence of a fictional 20th-century train conductor named “Somsak,” a character conceived by Bensley himself.

The reception area cleverly disguises itself as Somsak’s office, resembling a vintage train station house, and the outdoor pool is conveniently located beside “Somying’s Kitchen,” an all-day diner named in honour of Somsak’s fictional mother. The entry-level rooms are inspired by the classic design of Orient Express train cars, while other accommodations are ingeniously converted from vintage rail carriages. Adorned with unique and carefully sourced objects from various parts of Asia, these suites are not only playful and memorable but also surprisingly romantic.

Gleneagles Townhouse — Edinburgh

Next year will commemorate Gleneagles’ 100th anniversary, a beloved Scottish hotel located in picturesque Perthshire, just 40 miles north of Edinburgh. However, 2022 also saw a new cause for celebration: the debut of Gleneagles Townhouse, the brand’s inaugural expansion, situated in the heart of Scotland’s capital. This fresh establishment comprises a 33-room hotel and an exclusive members’ club, embracing many of the same classic design elements as its older counterpart.

Its room has a spacious corner retreat, featuring a charming canopy bed and elegant hunter-green bathroom tiles. Yet, a youthful ambience pervades, with a welcoming staff, contemporary art gracing the public areas, and a vibrant colour scheme at the Spence, the hotel’s all-day dining venue. Be sure not to pass up the indulgent rolling cheese and dessert cart. Conclude your evening with a nightcap at the Lamplighter, the rooftop lounge (reserved for members and guests), offering stunning views of St. Andrew Square.

Lolebezi — Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Nestled in a secluded sector of Lower Zambezi National Park, this boutique lodge by African Bush Camps offers a contemporary twist on the classic safari adventure. With eight distinct suites, each featuring expansive glass walls for uninterrupted views of the Zambezi River, private plunge pools, and luxurious marble bathrooms, it redefines the safari experience. Designed by Fox Browne Creative, the lodge incorporates elements inspired by Zambia’s landscape and heritage, such as bronze sculptures resembling indigenous winter thorn seed pods and handcrafted patterned rugs crafted by local South Luangwa artisans.

Here, wildlife becomes your close neighbour, as elephants and monkeys roam freely, and hippos laze in the river nearby, offering a unique safari experience. Wrap up your day with a sundowner at the Circle of Light, a suspended wooden walkway encircling a majestic winter thorn tree, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this extraordinary corner of Zambia.

Under Canvas Bryce Canyon — Utah

The latest extension of the Under Canvas glamping brand lies just 14 miles away from Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, offering the ambience of a family-friendly outdoor resort. Spread across 700 acres adorned with fragrant ponderosa pines and meandering gravel paths suitable for electric golf carts, you’ll discover fifty elevated platform tents. Like its other counterparts, Under Canvas Bryce Canyon emphasizes immersive nature experiences and environmental consciousness (the entire property relies on solar power, and the tents feature pull-chain showers to minimize water usage).

Yet, it also offers undeniable comfort — the sole temptation that could coax me from my spacious bed was the prospect of indulging in an exceptional breakfast and oat milk latte at the walk-up dining bar. In the evenings, the scent of campfires and toasting s’mores evoked a profound sense of childlike joy, where the primary goal was simply stargazing and, perhaps, skewering another marshmallow.

Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo — Mexico

For generations, Mexico’s secluded Costalegre, a rugged coastline spanning approximately 150 miles from Puerto Vallarta to Manzanillo, Colima, has remained a well-kept secret. However, the unveiling of the 157-room Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo marks the first hotel opening in this protected coastal haven in years. Nestled within a 3,000-acre natural reserve, this property is a hidden gem for those in the know. Embracing a more understated elegance, the sand-and-stone structures seamlessly blend into the surrounding environment. For the ultimate experience, reserve one of the three Cliffside Suites, offering breathtaking vistas and private infinity pools, perfect for witnessing the mesmerizing Pacific sunsets.

As a Four Seasons property, exceptional dining, tiered infinity pools, and a spa steeped in alchemy await. What sets this retreat apart is its remote allure, a celebration of local culture through art and design, and dedication to environmental sustainability — all in the signature style of Four Seasons.

Fasano Trancoso — Brazil

The fusion of Brazil’s leading luxury hotel brand, Fasano, with the country’s premier beach haven, Trancoso, is a match made in heaven. Nestled along an unspoiled sandy shoreline, Fasano seamlessly blends its signature urban elegance with a laid-back coastal lifestyle, presenting 40 deluxe modern bungalows discretely tucked amidst towering palm trees and lush greenery. Designed by acclaimed Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, these refined rooms strike a perfect balance between opulence and rustic simplicity, featuring locally crafted wooden furnishings and a palette of muted earthy hues.

Many offer outdoor decks and hammocks with uninterrupted vistas of the Azure Sea. Completing the picture is an Olympic-length swimming pool, a spa specializing in soothing massages, and two restaurants serving up Italian classics and Bahian delicacies. With such all-encompassing offerings, there’s little incentive to venture beyond this blissful retreat.

For travellers seeking exceptional accommodations and unique experiences, these luxury destinations promise to be the perfect backdrop for unforgettable memories. And, for those eager to explore these remarkable places, platforms like XcelTrip can help you plan your dream vacation and make it a reality. Happy travels!

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