Living a life of luxury: 10 ‘must stay’ hotels from around the world

TripAdvisor recently announced its 2019 Travellers' Choice Awards and published a list of the 25 best hotels in the world. All Things Business spoke to Rob Gower of Dragonfly Traveller to get his thoughts on the most luxurious on the list. Here is his Top 10…

Tulemar Bungalows and Villas, Costa Rica

Voted number one by Trip Advisor, Tulemar is the premier resort development in Manuel Antonio. Gated and secure, the 33-acre jungle resort is perched on the hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and has its very own private beach. It also boasts a range of bungalows and private villas including the new one-bedroom Bamboo Villas for couples that are split over three floors.

Hotel Belvedere, Italy

Owned by four generations of women since 1880, Hotel Belvedere offers panoramic views of Lake Como. The private garden has a hot tub and boasts a new spa with Turkish bath, sauna, therapeutic showers and relaxation area. There is also a wellness centre, a swimming pool which is more like a blue lagoon, and a terrace solarium.

Golden Temple Retreat, Cambodia

Set in a lush, grassy and wooded area, upon arrival guests are greeted with a welcome drink and cold towel that smells of jasmine or lemongrass every time they return to the hotel! The spa is a luxury oasis situated on the top floor and overlooks the swimming pool.

The Resort at Pedregal, Mexico

The Resort at Pedregal is the ultimate in luxury. Relax at the Luna y Mar Spa, then enjoy locally-inspired meals in the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The resort has 115 rooms and suites, each with a private plunge pool with stunning ocean views, personal assistant service, fireplace, LCD television, iPod docking station and complementary refreshments.

Kayakapi Premium Caves, Turkey

This hotel is situated in the town of Ürgüp in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey near the cave Churches of Göreme, which is also one of Turkey’s largest wine-producing regions. This is reflected at the hotel as it has its own wine cellar on site. The swimming pool is made from glass mosaic tiles and from it you can see Kayakapi, Cappadocia and hot air balloons that float overhead on a regular basis.

Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa, Vietnam

Peaceful with a homely feel, Hanoi La Siesta is a relatively small hotel that embodies luxury. It boasts a sky bar, gym and spa and its Red Bean Restaurant offers a great set menu that introduces you to Vietnamese cuisine.

Ubud Hotel & Spa, Bali

In contrast to the hustle and bustle of the street, you can step into the beautifully manicured gardens of the Ubud Hotel & Spa that automatically calm you. They also overlook a sacred temple that is more than 100 years old.

Constance Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Set amid tropical gardens and a secluded location, this hotel is perfect for that ‘get away from it all’ holiday. Beautifully kept gardens wrap around the beachfront infinity pool and dining here is a real treat, with three fabulous restaurants, complemented by three bars. It features 64 junior suites, 12 family suites, 12 villas and the Princely Villa, as well as two spas and two 18-hole championship golf courses.

AYADA Maldives, Maldives

Making number 25 on the Trip Advisor list, Ayada Maldives is a luxury private island resort with pristine beaches and lush tropical greenery. It houses six restaurants and bars and accommodation includes spacious villas and suites, all with private pools and butler service. Traditional thatched-roof water-villas stand on stilts over the resort's peaceful lagoon, while beach villas offer absolute privacy in tropical greenery alongside powder-soft palm-lined

white beaches.

Ikos Oceania, Greece

The Ikos Oceania has almost 300 rooms and overlooks a 350-metre-long natural sandy beach, fringed by pines, olive groves and cypress trees. It also boasts 15 acres of well-groomed gardens. Suites offer panoramic sea views with Mount Olympus in the background. The hotel also features four à la carte restaurants and six bars. There is also a fitness centre and gym, spa, and tennis court for guests to take

advantage of.

Rob Gower, Dragonfly Traveller
Rob Gower, Dragonfly Traveller

Rob Gower of Dragonfly Traveller works as a travel PA, building bespoke holidays and trips for customers. Call 01604 661100 or visit to find out more.