Holidays abroad are back on the cards for Brits, and while there are limitations on where you can go (not to mention the rules around travel), it’s paved the way for us to start dreaming of adventures again!
We’re talking hotels with ridiculously inviting swimming pools, amazing views, secret tunnels, and jaw-dropping settings. Basically, the kind of place you’d likely see all over your social media feeds.
As travel starts to open up, we take a look at the top 15 prettiest hotels on the list – get ready for a serious dose of wanderlust…
1. Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa, The Maldives
Over-the-water villas with private pools and direct access to the crystalline ocean waters below? Check. Pristine white sand beaches? Check. A luxury spa, fine dining and beautiful views? Check, check check!
You can find out more on emerald-maldives.com.
2. Golden Temple Hotel, Cambodia
This dreamy hotel offers up huge luxurious suites including some that are directly poolside. The entire hotel is tucked away amidst the lush green landscape so guests can truly feel like they’re in the heart of the wilderness – where there just happens to be a large pool with spacious sunbeds, a glamorous spa with an extensive treatment menu, and a restaurant serving up seriously delicious food.
You can find out more at goldentemplehotel.com.
3. Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, Italy
This beautiful hotel in Matera offers up some spectacular views thanks to its location right in a historic Apennine village. Spend your days exploring the fascinating caves, churches and palaces to be found here, then head back to stay inside your very own luxurious room inside a cave. (The bathrooms and their glorious tubs are also a must after a long day of adventures!).
Find out more at sextantio.it.
4. La Fortuna at Atitlan, Guatemala
Located right by lakes and volcanic landscape, this breathtaking hotel is a must-visit for any intrepid explorer. Expect eco-friendly lodges and bungalows overlooking the wild landscape, lush green gardens and even an outdoor tub.
You can find out more about some of the bungalows on Airbnb.
5. Rocabella Mykonos Hotel, Mykonos
With its white-washed buildings, huge pool looking out across the island of Mykonos, and minimalist suites with private balconies offering up ocean views, this hotel has everything you could want for a dreamy break in the Greek Islands.
Foodies can also get their fill from the poolside breakfasts to Greek wine tasting and even local cookery lessons.
You can find out more on rocabella-hotel-mykonos.com.
6. Wapa di Ume Sidemen, Indonesia
Tucked away amidst the terraced rice fields in East Bali, this beautiful hotel boasts large pools (including an infinity pool of course), huge suites that look out to the hillside and boast private decks where you can soak up the views, as well as an open-air restaurant and some unique experiences including a ‘floating breakfast’.
Find out more at wapadiumesidemen.com.
7. Cavas Wine Lodge, Argentina
Wine lovers may want to add this one to the wishlist. Tucked away amidst a 55-acre vineyard, this luxurious boutique hotel offers up plenty of tastings and access to the surrounding wine region, as well as on-site treats including a restaurant where the menu changes every day.
As for the rooms? There are some spectacular suites with huge beds, private living rooms and even outdoor hot tubs. Not bad at all.
Find out more at cavaswinelodge.com.
8. Baladin Zanzibar Beach Hotel, Tanzania
A hotel surrounded by crystal-clear waters, palm trees and pristine white sandy shores is always going to be a hit for beautiful photo backdrops, and with the rooms being large bungalows offering rustic chic furniture and incredible ocean views, we imagine it will be hard not to be posting pictures all over social media to give your friends and followers major holiday envy.
Find out more at baladin.it.
9. You and Me by Cocoon Maldives, the Maldives
This adults-only resort has some pretty incredible features, but the underwater restaurant has to be the biggest highlight!
Then of course there are those beautiful over-the-water villas the Maldives are renowned for, not to mention the luxury spa, beautiful white sand beach, and restaurant serving up a wide array of gourmet meals.
You can find out more at youandmemaldives.com.
10. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, UAE
Abu Dhabi boasts some pretty luxurious hotels, and the Fairmont definitely lives up to the reputation. We’re talking a beachfront hotel with pristine sandy shores, huge suites with uninterrupted views of the Abu Dhabi skyline, as well as on-site boutiques, as well as restaurants serving up fine dining.
Find out more at fairmont.com/abu-dhabi.
11. Tam Coc Garden boutique resort, Vietnam
This hotel offers up an oasis of calm with everything from its tranquil pool overlooking the landscape, to the large suites which overlook both the rice fields and limestone peaks that make up the landscape.
Find out more at tamcocgarden.com.
12. Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy
If you’re after an A-list worthy stay, then this iconic 5-star hotel overlooking Lake Como could be just the place. (Famous guests have included the likes of Uma Thurman, Edward Norton and Natalie Portman).
Rooms have small balconies looking directly out to the beautiful lake or the surrounding green park, there’s a huge luxury spa, and the restaurant serves up some seriously delicious gourmet meals.
Find out more at the grandhoteltremezzo.com.
13. Makanda by the Sea, Costa Rica
With a huge pool overlooking the Costa Rican jungle and landscape, hanging sun beds nestled amidst the tropical plants, rooms with private outdoor hot tubs, and the occasional appearance from local wildlife, this beautiful hotel is one we’ll be adding to the bucket list immediately.
Find out more at makanda.com.
14. Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos, Mexico
This all-inclusive resort offers not one but SIX different pools whether you’re after total relaxation or the kids want to take on the fun water slides.
Poolside loungers include everything from luxurious cabanas to large sunbeds, rooms are modern and have amenities like private outdoor hot tubs, not to mention there are plenty of restaurants and bars for a fun date night.
Find out more at hardrockhotels.com/los-cabos.
15. Haven Riviera Cancun, Mexico
This adults-only all-inclusive resort boasts some seriously beautiful rooms complete with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to those white sand beaches, palm trees and turquoise ocean waters.
Meanwhile the huge pool, luxurious spa and countless restaurants also offer up heaps of photo opps for your Instagram feed.
Find out more at havenresorts.com.
- Always check the latest government guidance and Foreign Office advice for a destination before planning or booking a trip. Travel restrictions apply during the pandemic – check whether a destination is on the green list before planning a holiday.
Which of these hotels do you think looks the most amazing? Let us know in the comments below.