Inspiration Destinations Europe Introducing Ultra Lux: These are the Most Luxurious Hotels in the World

Introducing Ultra Lux: These are the Most Luxurious Hotels in the World


Out-of-this-world architecture, six-star service, vintage champagnes and Michelin-star-worthy cuisine: at the world’s finest hotels, the sky’s the limit.

If you’re after the crème de la crème, look no further than the Ultra Lux collection – a curated selection of the most exquisite hotels and resorts in the world, where the luxury is second-to-none, the service is bespoke and the champagne flows.

This is a highly curated collection of the very finest hotels in the world, sourced by our luxury travel experts. From the legendary Raffles and Mandarin Oriental to game-changing newcomers such as Atlantis The Royal, Dubai and hidden diamonds like the boutique Sequoia Lodge in South Australia, each property has been hand-selected for being truly exceptional.

Cutting-edge architecture, extraordinary settings, out-of-this-world experiences and at every turn, the best of the very best: this is your invite to the highest echelons of luxury travel.

Come with us as we discover the most luxurious hotels in the world.

Middle eastern icon: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, where luxury transcends to icon status.

Hands down the most iconic structure on the Dubai skyline, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is a pinnacle of luxury renowned the world over. In fact, it’s widely regarded as the most luxurious hotel in the world – and it’s not hard to see why. Aside from its extraordinary, genre-defying architecture and prime real estate on the Palm Jumeirah, touches such as a fleet of Rolls Royce cars for chauffeuring guests, a rooftop helipad and an onsite Michelin-starred restaurant cement its status as one of – if not the – most extraordinary hotels of all time.

Once-in-a-lifetime indulgence: Soneva Jani, Maldives

Overwater villas of dreams at Soneva Jani, Maldives.

If you’re not yet familiar with Soneva, you’ll certainly want to be. The ultimate destinations to embark on a wellness and relaxation journey, Soneva resorts are, quite simply, exquisite, and designed to create those once-in-a-lifetime moments of luxury travellers’ dreams. Book into Soneva Jani's private overwater villa with a slide into the impossibly turquoise lagoon, and spend evenings stargazing at the observatory and feasting on sashimi and champagne. There’s simply no finer way to experience the Maldives.

Natural marvel: One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, Rwanda

A privileged viewpoint at One&Only Gorilla's Nest, Rwanda.

If you favour an escape out of the ordinary, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, at the edge of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, will deliver those utterly magical moments in spades. Hidden amid a leafy eucalyptus forest that is home to the mountain gorilla, this resort offers the chance to spot these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, from the comfort of your accommodation. Here, you can be at one with nature without relinquishing luxury: dine on fresh, seasonal cuisine, indulge in a spa treatment utilizing ancient African wisdom and retire to your impeccable forest lodge or suite.

Timeless French elegance: Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Mandarin Oriental, Paris, France, is exemplary of the brand's timeless elegance.

You can’t have a conversation about the world’s most luxurious hotels without name-dropping this most elegant of brands: with origins dating back to the Victorian era, Mandarin Oriental has a rich and storied history in luxury hospitality. Its Paris outpost is exemplary of the Mandarin Oriental ethos, showcasing timeless elegance and thoughtful service. Expect the best of the best with dining at the two-Michelin-starred Sur Mesure, and treatments at Spa by Mandarin Oriental, Paris, named Best Luxury Hotel Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards.

London luxury: COMO The Halkin, London

An inner-city oasis: COMO The Halkin, London, UK.

Looking for top-tier luxury in the big city? The COMO boutique hotel brand specialises in understated, ‘home-away-from-home’ luxe, resulting in the feel of staying in a (very exclusive) private home. Nestled in a Georgian townhouse near Hyde Park, in exclusive Belgravia, COMO The Halkin welcomes those with impeccable taste. Its rooms and suites are each a haven from the frenetic energy of the city, with whitewashed walls accented with walnut panelling. A spa offering holistic treatments centred on COMO’s signature Shambhala approach eases you further into a sense of serenity.

Los Cabos glamour: Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection

Paradise views at Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection, Los Cabos, Mexico.

Mexico’s Los Cabos attracts the well-heeled with good reason, thanks to its dreamy beaches, out-of-this-world diving and exceptional luxury resorts. One of its finest is Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection: home to the only private beach in Los Cabos. Here, indulge in the one-of-a-kind luxury one can expect from the prestigious Auberge Resorts Collection. Wake in an ocean-view villa, dine cliffside on succulent seafood and explore the beach on horseback for a truly unforgettable experience.

Discover the Ultra Lux collection here.

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About Rebecca Ellwood
An English girl in Melbourne, Rebecca's exploring and tasting her way around Australia and beyond – and she does love a little luxury (who doesn't, darling?)

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