To me, the hotel is just as important as the destination. I will actually forgo a location if I can’t get a room at my choice hotel. I’d rather wait and go somewhere else then visit a city and not stay where I want. I know most probably think this is outrageous, but for me, it’s part of the experience. I care about where I stay. It’s that simple. I think of hotels as destinations in themselves. I aim to find a place that’s so completely unique that more often than not, the city is second best. Don’t get me wrong – I understand that a good portion of time will be spent elsewhere – like touring and what not – but after that’s said and done, I want to feel like I’ve returned home. I thrive off being pampered, I look forward to luxurious bath products, and I can’t wait to unwind in a comfortable bed. I adore wonderful customer service, and most of all, I don’t want to lift a finger. A top notch spa and out of this world amenities are just icing on the cake. I mean, that’s the whole point of being away, right? A break from your normal routine. I strive for amazingness. I stumbled upon some great hotels that have now been added to my bucket list, as I’m convinced these are five of the most amazing hotels in the World. Not necessarily because of the cities they’re in, but because of the hotels themselves.
1. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about Desert Springs, California, other than it’s a bit of a drive from LA, but this hotel is crazy-amazing. There’s a lake in the lobby, complete with boat that takes you all around the resort. You don’t need to say anything else, I’m sold.
2. Plaza Athenee Paris. I can’t imagine going to Paris, the epitome of luxury, and not staying in style. I couldn’t go just to “explore the city.” Paris is amazing, but I need over the top accommodations to compete with my happy museum-hopping and shop-til-I-drop self. I would need to see the Eiffel Tower from the moment I wake up until the second I fall asleep. I guess that’s why I’ve yet to visit Paris. At four figures per night, this view requires some saving up!
3. Atlantis The Palm. There’s about a million and fifty things I want to do and see in Dubai. There’s actually about five hotels I’m sort of in love with here alone. However, my number one is the Atlantis. If it’s anything like the one in the Bahamas, I will instantly fall head over heels in love. The entire setting makes it a must see in itself, as it’s built on a man made island – in the shape of a palm tree no less. But, what really sets this place apart are their underwater suites. This has to be hands down the coolest hotel room on the planet.
4. Ritz Carlton Powerscourt. I have to be honest, I’ve never had the desire to visit Ireland. Then, a couple of years ago while planning a trip to Europe, our original flight had a stopover here. Whenever visiting a country, even just for a stopover, nine times out of ten we find ourselves extending our trip there. Well, we ended up getting a direct flight to wherever we were going in Europe at the time, so we never made it to Ireland. However, for the day or so we thought we were going, we stumbled upon the Ritz Carlton Powerscourt and fell head over heels. My nonexistent desire to visit Ireland significantly changed, thanks to this place. I think it’s the grounds. Amazing. Lucky for us, Ireland is really not that bad of a flight from New York. I’m not sure if we’ll even make it to Dublin. I think it will be impossibly difficult to tear us away from the romantic strolls we’ll clearly be embarking on here.
5. The Grand Wailea. Years ago I saw a special on The Travel Channel on the Grand Walei in Maui. It looked beautiful, but once I heard the words “water and elevator” together, I was sold. From then on out, in my eyes, no where else in Maui exists.
So there you have it, five destinations I plan on visiting for the hotels alone. Guess I better start saving up 🙂