After over a year of global lockdowns, social distancing, and quarantines, we are all more than ready to indulge in a grand, celebratory, we-are-fully-vaccinated vacation! Unfortunately, while many international borders are still closed, and some countries are still facing a subsequent surge in Covid-19 waves, most of the world is still not ready to travel leisurely. There is certainly progress, but things are still pretty low.
That being said, we can still plan our dream vacations, right? Nobody can be quarantined for having a vivid imagination! From tropical islands like Maldives and Hawaii, to the glamorous getaways like Hollywood and Singapore. We are all dreaming and saving up simultaneously for some post-pandemic splurges.
Here are 7 of the world’s best luxury hotels for when it is time to splurge!
If your travel bucket list is over-the-top, once-in-a-lifetime plans, you cannot forget the first on this list of the world’s best luxury hotels. The Brando, French Polynesia, is an ultra-luxury private island resort on Tetiaroa, located just 30 miles north of Tahiti.
This far-flung resort is beloved by various celebrities, including Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ellen DeGeneres. Former US President Barack Obama also stayed in this hotel to write his memoir in 2017. Recent celebrity sightings include Kim Kardashian, who hosted her 40th birthday party in October 2020.
The hotel has 35 thatched-roof villas, with every one of them decked out with a private infinity pool. There is also an outdoor dining area and all the comforts one looks forward to from a five-star hotel in major locations. However, the biggest luxury of all? You get your own private stretch of white-sand beach with clear turquoise waters a few steps away from your bedroom.
The Brando, French Polynesia. Prices for a night at this hotel start at $3,500. However, booking this luxurious stay with Expedia will help you get your hands on some great deals.
The newest addition to the list of the world’s best luxury hotels, W Melbourne, started its operations in February 2021. The hotel is the first international five-star hotel to open gates for elite travelers this year in Melbourne. Of course, it is a hopeful sign for the tourism industry globally, even though Australia’s borders are closed for international travel.
The $1.25 billion glittering project houses luxury residences with upscale retail and dining options. This ultramodern hotel has five restaurants and bars with a gold-roofed indoor heated pool. Featured along this pool are another bar and a DJ booth.
All 249 of this hotel’s rooms are design-centric and plush, as one can expect from any of the W hotels. Another amazing feature of this luxury hotel is its deep-soaking tubs looking over the city’s sweeping views and the Yarra River.
W Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. Prices for a night at this hotel start at $450.
One of a kind, the adults-only wellness retreat of Hawaii is the perfect epitome of something you need for a fancy post-pandemic vacation. To begin with, the hotel is located right on Hawaii's Lanai island, which is so secluded and peaceful, it is almost like you are staying on a private island of your own.
The hotel has beautiful suites hidden discreetly all over the premises amongst the jungle-filled, mist-covered Koele mountains. You will barely notice any guests around.
You also get a completely personalized wellness itinerary crafted by your very own Sensei Guide. The itinerary will lead you to different spa and wellness treatments, everything from morning meditation to sound baths aiming to melt away any form of pandemic-related anxiety or stress for you!
Sensei Lanai, Lanai City, Hawaii. Prices for a night at this hotel start at $1,130 for a single occupancy room, $1,610 for double occupancy. The price for both the rooms also includes $600 per person to indulge in Wellness Experience credits. If you are not looking forward to the wellness experience, the room-only price starts from $650.
Tucked away in the bucolic Loire Valley of France is the little 18th-century château that transports you back from the modern world. The place takes you far away from the world as if modernity does not exist. Even though the hotel is just 55 minutes away from the heart of France - Paris by train, it feels like a completely different world.
There are 17 sprawling suites, sun-filled, each of which is adorned with crystal chandeliers, antique Louis XV furniture, and hand-painted murals. The hotel will have you step back in time. The opulent Le Grand-Lucé Suite is the best of all the suites, boasting sweeping views of the hotel’s gardens along with the spectacular claw-foot soaking tub.
Outside the hotel lies 80 acres of lakes, rose gardens, and mazes, which you can enjoy. Along with this, there are also stone-rimmed swimming pools which make for the perfect countryside escape.
Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé, France. Prices for a night at this hotel start at $720.
If you love escaping to ultra-exclusive destinations, it does not get any better than Jack’s Camp in Botswana. It is a luxury safari camp tucked right in the middle of a private wildlife reserve, spread across a million acres in the Kalahari Desert. There are only a total of two such camps in this reserve.
This legendary camp started its operations in the early ‘90s. It closed down in 2019 for renovations and reopened in January 2021 with 10 huge luxury tents, more than double its original ones. The tents boast plush four-poster beds, an old-world charming safari decor, and a private pool overlooking the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. To enjoy all these amenities without burning a hole in your pocket, look for this lavish camp on piceline.com.
The hotel also boasts a library, a bar, a fully functional tea tent, billiards room. Everything is pristine and perfect, offering you an opportunity to unwind after a long, hot day out on safari.
Jack's Camp, Botswana. Prices for a night at this hotel start at $1,450.
Wondering how you can splurge as they do in Crazy Rich Asians, you should definitely visit the iconic Singapore hotel Raffles. Raffles is one of the world’s grande dame hotels and is a benchmark for all other five-star luxury hotels across the world.
This 133-year old property is the perfect definition of luxury. Its recently updated suites with an old-world colonial charm and a few subtle contemporary touches here and there add to its elegance. The long bar where the famous Singapore Sling Cocktail was invented in 1915 also adds to the hotel’s beauty.
The hotel assigns a butler to every guest, offering the rarest of services that are intuitive and thoughtful, which is, of course, the greatest luxury you can get from any hotel.
Raffles Singapore, Singapore. Prices for a night at this hotel start at $940.
If you are looking to treat your family to a fun vacation post-lockdown, you have to visit the Maldives. One of the only places still open for tourists in the Maldives, you can experience a vacation so enthralling that it will blow your mind. Soneva Jani, the last surprise on our list of the world’s best luxury hotels, is a fantastic place, outfitted with incredibly lavish infinity pools and waterslides that transport you to the serene turquoise waters below the ocean.
Other family-friendly attractions and activities to watch out for at the hotel include an overwater cinema, an ice-cream and chocolate room, and the grand star-gazing observatory. Every villa at this luxurious hotel comes with a retractable roof, so you and your loved ones can doze off beneath the stars.
If you are traveling without your kids, you can indulge in a sumptuous spa, take a tour of the expansive wine cellar, indulge in the many dining options available on the premises and take a sunset cruise and sip your vacation mimosas.
Soneva Jani, Maldives. Prices for a night at this hotel start at $3,290.
So, there you have it! These are our top 7 picks on the world’s best luxury hotels you can escape to for a fun, post-lockdown vacation. You will fall in love with each of these places.
Happy vacation to you!