Lifestyles today are so hectic, virtually feeling like 24/7 concentration, that when we finally have a chance to take a break, we want to make the most of those precious minutes or hours available for relaxation. Luxury hotels today have developed an extraordinary range of services, but above all they offer a unique experience. Each such establishment is a specific location with its own identity based on history, its art and architectural treasures, its tradition of service. Here we offer a brief overview of luxury hotels worldwide. To explore this section, just visit the hotels home page and choose your preferred country and city. Alternatively, for hotel bookings worldwide, visit the Luxos luxury hotels page.
This website provides a selection of luxury hotels in the major destinations of the world. For each hotel, there is a description of the accommodation, suites, rooms and facilities. A page is dedicated to contact information, including the exact location on Google Maps. A slideshow and gallery provides a unique visual portrait of the hotel, offering an overview of its character and ambience.
What is happening in the world of luxury hotels? In Europe, the trend is towards smaller, boutique or designer hotels, with highly personalized interiors that offer a unique experience. An example is the new Maison Moschino, which opened in early March 2010, with idiosyncratic, fascinating furnishings that reflect the fashion Maison's style. Another example of a designer hotel is Hotel Bulgari, close to Milan's Via Montenapoleone high fashion district. In Italy, often the building itself offers a superb setting for guests, such as at the Four Seasons in Milan, or the spectacular Ca' Sagredo in Venice.
Hotels are increasingly becoming like stage sets on which to enjoy an almost theatrical experience. Amongst the range of chic hotels in London the design hotel Blakes in London features very colourful interiors with brilliant design features. In the same city, the Sanctum Soho is a triumph of edgy design. The Nhow hotel in Milan comprises many contemporary artworks, making it a fusion of hospitality and state-of-the-art culture.
In the Middle East and Asia, the top hotels are often on a very large scale. The staggering Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is large and breathtaking, housed as it is in an Imperial Palace. It is in fact described as the only Imperial Palace & Hotel in Turkey. It is set in a beautiful garden, with a large infinity pool that gives you the impression of swimming in the Bosphorus. It has some truly wonderful suites, including the Sultan Suite, one of the largest in Europe, with a floorn area of over 450 square metres, two master bedrooms and an astonishing marble bathroom with gold plated taps. Guests can enjoy 24-hour private butler services and absolute privacy, because the Suite has a private entrance and a lounge.
It is common knowledge that Dubai offers some of the most sophisticated luxury on the planet, and the Burj Al Arab has become a symbol of the city. During its relatively short tenure on the Dubai coastline, this legendary hotel has attracted international attention, ensuring its place as one of the most photographed structures in the world. Designed to resemble a billowing sail, Burj Al Arab soars to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Dubai skyline. Illuminated at night by choreographed lighting representing water and fire, Burj Al Arab is simply individual, inspired and impressive.
The Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees, Hong Kong, is a good example of the large-scale opulence that has become the norm in the Far East, with 702 accommodation units. The Hotel Four Seasons Macao Cotai Strip offers a range of services including a choice of five swimming pools. Wellness has become an important feature in luxury hotels, many of which have their own spa and wellness centre. The Ritz Carlton Beijing incorporates the Ritz Carlton Spa, with its pools for swimming, aquatherapy, and a whole range of other health and beauty services.
Some readers may ask, and what about affordable luxury hotels worldwide? Prices of course vary from country to country and according to exchange rate, and without doubt, the fact that nearly all hotels have their own on-line booking system ensures pricing transparency. Whether you are searching for four or five star hotels in Manhattan New York or 5 star hotels London, or charm hotels in Istanbul, or luxury accommodation in Florence, there is no end of choice available. Sites such as this help you get an idea of each hotel by means of comprehensive photographic documentation.
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