If you still haven’t decided where to spend the New Year’s Eve, we have gathered some of the most extravagant and luxurious hotels around the world that will definitely make you remember that night forever. We have included something for every taste: from snow-covered forests to steaming deserts and from buoyant and populous decors to secluded and elusive sceneries.
If you want to feel secluded and enjoy breathtaking views of magnificent mountains you should visit Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli. This unique 170-year-old dreamy guesthouse is tucked into the side of a mountain in the Swiss Alps in a most precarious position. It can be accesses only by a cable car followed by 15 minutes of hiking. This small wooden cabin merges with the rock behind in a perfect architecture balance.
The aerial cableway will take you from Wasserauen into one of the most beautiful areas in the Alpstein. From the extensive high plateau with a rich alpine flora you will get a magnificent view across the Appenzell hill-landscape, Sankt Gall, Thurgau and Lake Constance. And to the west and south the picturesque panorama of the Alpstein mountain chain will open up before you. After that you have to hike across the Wildkirchli caves. For the brave, there is also the option of hiking all the way (the trip from Wasserauen station lasts about three hours, but it’s worth the treck). The high plateau open views of the Appenzell hill-landscape, Lake Constance and the Alpstein mountain chain.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime way to see the Northern Lights—from a glass igloo hotel tucked into the snow at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland. This luxurious resort allows you to take in the enchanting beauty of the northern lights and the Lappish wilderness from the comfort of your own private hideaway. In the winter visitors can also ride snow mobiles, take sled rides with huskies, go ice fishing or see reindeers. Although the hotel is far from it all, it is easy to reach. The nearest international airport is in Ivalo, just a 30-minute ride away.
Imagine spending the night in a warm and cosy glass igloo where you can lie on your soft reclining bed and look through the thermal igloo glass as you wait for a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights. Imagine log cabins dotted around the forest. Snow covered trees glisten. You step into your cabin where you can smell the roaring log fire and hear the crackle of the wood. After a daytime activity of a husky sledge safari you come back to enjoy the private sauna in your cabin.
The hotel is located right at the edge of the wilderness, along the road to the Arctic Sea. It’s a mere stone’s throw to the Urho Kekkonen National Park, the largest of Finland’s national parks. The Sami have inhabited the region for over a century. The surrounding environment is one of the cleanest you’ll find anywhere in the world. The water is so pure that you can quench your thirst straight from a stream running down the fell or the lake into which it flows, and the air is so fresh that you can feel it deep down in your lungs. Up here, winters are cold and summers comfortably warm. All in all, what you’ll find here is perfection.
Located just outside of Soufrière, St. Lucia, the Ladera Resort features 9 villas and 23 suites with an open wall, where the west side of every unit is left open and exposed to the breathtaking views of the Piton Mountains and Caribbean sea.
Every room also comes with a private plunge pool, with the orientation of the rooms carefully planned to maintain complete privacy for guests. Situated on a forested ridge 335 meters high, the views are unparalleled. The Ladera opened in 1992 and the eco-style lodge has won countless travel awards and honors in its 20 years of business.
There are spas, restaurants and all of the activities you would expect from a top-tier resort. This small lush tropical gem is a paradise like no other to ignite your passions and is therefore extremely popular with honeymooners. With a dedicated and attentive staff, Ladera offers an intimate experience that you will never forget.
Everyone loves hotels with something special about them and they don’t come more special than an underwater hotel with a view! Providing all the comforts, conveniences and opportunities only a five-star resort can offer, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is the culmination of every elite vacationer’s vision.
Out of all of the amazing hotels in the Maldives, the Conrad Hilton is by far the coolest one. Located on Rangali Island, this hotel takes the lagoon experience to the next level. Many of the Hilton’s stilt hut villas are complete with sections of see-through glass flooring, private fresh water pools, and some also have beds that rotate 270 degrees to follow the sunset. For a certain fee and on special occasions you can even arrange for the property’s Ithaa Restaurant to be transformed into a one-of-a-kind private underwater bedroom suite for two!
Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, UAE
For the high roller looking to spend thousands of dollars a night on a hotel room, this downright outrageous accommodation, where underwater views and gold-laced bath amenities are part of the package, do the trick.
Nothing at the five-star lavish Atlantis is understated. Take a private ensuite lift to your three-story, underwater suite and discover a whole new meaning to “sleeping with the fishes.” Floor-to-ceiling windows provide guests with panoramic views of The Ambassador Lagoon, a 3-million-gallon aquarium filled with more than 65,000 marine animals, including sharks and stingrays, creating the illusion of being under the sea. In-room thrills include bath amenities sparkling with 24-karat gold, gold-filled soap and a 24-hour butler to fulfill your every whim.
Now is the time to indulge in luxury and opulence by taking up this exclusive offer and spend your New Year’s Eve with a bang! If what you’re after is a magical, once-in-a-lifetime, beautiful hotel suite – this is it.
Krabi is a hidden gem that many discover – and fall in love with – while en route to the more well-known islands of Ko Lanta and Ko Phi Phi. When they do visit, the luckiest check into Rayavadee. Accessed by stylish speedboat, the resort is surrounded on three sides by glorious sand beaches and lush jungle greenery, which instill a sense of tropical relaxation. Keeping with the special setting, Rayavadee has had an ambitious sustainability program since it opened.
The resort may feel like a secret, but its restaurant is one of Thailand’s most renowned. Aptly named The Grotto, it is built into an ancient limestone cave, giving it an ideal vantage point for guests who linger over cocktails while admiring a sunset-tinged sky with a pinch of romance in the air. The setting for this award-winning Thai hideaway is just about as tropical screen-saver as you can ever imagine. Thanks to the location, adjacent to Krabi Marine National Park, you’ll find no еxcuses to stroll and soak up the scenery with beautiful gardens, coconut groves and faraway islands. Rayavadee’s award-winning architecture also pays homage to the surrounding environment and local culture with an arrangement of exceptional guest pavilions presenting an authentic and calming Thai village ambiance. It’s no surprise that Rayavadee has won a plethora of awards with Best Hotel in the World, Certificates of Excellence and The Royal Gold Medal for Environmentally-conscious Architecture all helping you get a feel for things to come.
The former palace of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, hugs the Seine in a quiet, tasteful corner of Paris. The property rests in the Eiffel Tower’s elegant shadow, enjoying the city’s finest views of this iconic monument.
Today those very views, along with the building’s historical significance, are the singular aspects that make Shangri-La Paris the city’s most extraordinary luxury hotel. Gold leaf mosaics, bronze wall reliefs of Napoleon and elaborate wall and ceiling murals make this place feel like any other museum in the city, save for the fact that this is where you are sleeping. The Roland Suite is also listed as a French Heritage site.
Rooms feature marble bathrooms, heated floors, rainfall showers and silk-threaded wallpaper. The hotel also boasts two Michelin rated restaurants. The spa and fitness center are housed in the palace’s former stables all anchored by a delicious pool, the largest indoor pool in Paris as a matter of fact. This should have been enough to convince you that staying here will be once-in-a-lifetime luxurious experience!
Ever thought about what it’s like to sleep under the sky? The innovative Attrap’Reves hotel allows you to do exactly that.
An unconventional accommodation complex with only six bubbles in a natural environment, away from the city racket seems like a perfect getaway. The owners of the hotel guarantee total privacy. Interior design-wise, each bubble has its own identity and the decor varies depending on the ambiance visitors desire. The names of the bubbles-like units are revealing: Zen, Nature, Glamour, 1001 nights or Chic & Design.
Unlike more common outdoor adventures (such as sleeping in a tent), these intriguing bubbles come with an ingenious developing concept, allowing visitors to spend the night under the clear skies, without experimenting any drawbacks like bad weather, insects or humidity. Each transparent bubble offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside in Allauch, a French commune situated 10 kilometers east of Marseille, in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône.
Icehotel is the world’s first hotel made of ice and snow. Founded in 1989, it is reborn in a new guise every winter, in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi – 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The Torne River, the arts, and creating a setting for life-enriching moments are at the heart of it all.
When the first snow has sprinkled the whole of Jukkasjärvi with white, artists from all over the world come together in the village to take part in creating the art exhibition of snow, ice and light that makes up Icehotel. Each year some 40 artists are taking part in Icehotel. The notion that several weeks’ hard work and months of planning and preparation culminate in something that only exists for a few months is in some respects a bittersweet feeling. This unique, world-famous ice hotel is a totally inspiring venue that will make you remember your stay forever.
Icehotel 365 is a new permanent structure that includes luxury suites, each with private relax and bathroom, and art suites, all sculptured by selected artists. As well as a large ice bar that serves champagne, and an ice gallery. This ice experience can be visited year-round and is cooled by solar panels during the summer months.
Aquarium restaurant in Mardan Palace
Built by Russian Billionaire Telman Ismailov in 2009 to the tune of $1.65 billion, the Mardan Palace Hotel in Antalya, Turkey boasts the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean (fits 1,000 guests) and is praised as one of the most elite luxury hotels in Europe. Beyond the sinfully extravagant suites and jaw-dropping interiors of gold leaf, crystal, and Italian marble, there are also ten dining spots, 17 bars, a lavish spa and a sunken aquarium full of exotic fish. There’s more: 9,000 tons of white sand was flown in from Egypt for the beach alone, and 24/7 personal butler service is also included.
Since its opening Mardan Hotel was awarded with the awards of “the most luxury hotel in Europe”, “the best SPA center in Europe” and “the largest swimming pool in Europe” by the World Tourism Awards. The architectural structure of the hotel was inspired by İstanbul. The center section, re-offering the magnificence of Dolmabahçe Palace, connects one half of the rooms section (reflecting the European architecture themes) to the other half of the rooms section (representing the eastern architecture). The main pool, containing a reproduction of the maiden’s tower –Kızkulesi, embraces the canal hosting the royal boat and Da Vinci Bridge. Such ambiance will give you an experience of a unique accommodation and take you to the fairy world.
Built on a hillside on the Arctic Circle, the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, a resort of cubic chalets with wide north-facing windows, is an ingenious solution to combining snug comfort with Northern Lights viewing, as well as being a great base for other Arctic pursuits.
The resort has 32 individual Arctic TreeHouse suites housed in cleverly designed wooden shingle-tiled cube units, with one side comprised of a panoramic window, and five Arctic Glass Houses. The units rest on short stilts and overlook a shallow valley, with a clear view of the aurora borealis, when the sky is clear and the Northern Lights are ‘performing’.
With spectacular views over the treetops, the suites offer an exclusive combination of local tradition, Lappish heritage and modern Scandinavian design. The atmospheric lounge area invites you to relax with your friends and loved ones, while the panoramic restaurant caters delicious continental and local cuisine in unique surroundings.
An extremely prestigious golf and spa resort, the swanky decor is left up to Mother Nature at The Boulders, as it’s impossible to compete with stunningly surreal 12-million year-old rock formations. Spanning 1,300 acres of the Sonoran Desert, ultimate natural rejuvenation is promised at their massive spa compound, and their two golf courses are world class. There’s also an über private gated Villa Retreat for celebs seeking anonymity. PR rep Deborah Bridges says, “Our clientele is among the wealthiest in the world, but we’re not allowed to talk about who our VIP guests are until they’re dead.” That says it all.
Swanky rooms and suites are situated within charming adobe casitas and come with a wood-burning adobe-style fireplace, a private wooden patio or balcony and wood-beamed ceilings. Designed by famed architect Jay Morrish, the two championship courses on site are surrounded by mountain views. Four pools and a tennis center with eight courts keep non-golfers busy, and the 33,000-square-foot spa is especially popular. No less than six dining venues are spread across the hotel.