As Paul and I start planning out our trips for 2018, we thought it would be fun to look back at the most incredible hotels we’ve stayed at in recent years. Between butlers and private villas – the competitor was steep for our top 12 list!
Here’s the most luxurious, badass, must-visit hotels we’ve had the pleasure of staying at:
#12 – La Joya II Biu-Biu
Favourite moment: Enjoying the ocean views from the sunken cabana (both during the day, and at sunset), as well as exploring the hidden beach down below the hotel.
#11 – AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort
Favourite moment: Eating lunch on the balcony of our first-ever overwater villa was pretty amazing.
#10 – Hotel Tugu Lombok
Favourite moment: Eating room service breakfast in the cabana by our private pool, while looking out at the ocean.
#9 – Puri Gangga Resort
Favourite moment: The activity at Puri Gangga are one of a kind! We had incredible spa treatments with view of the jungle, a romantic poolside dinner and excellent yoga classes. We also visited a water temple followed by a private lunch in the middle of a rice field that was one of our best travel experiences ever.
#8- Rachamankha Hotel
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Favourite moment: Eating gourmet crepes for breakfast in their incredible restaurant. This world-class hotel has an incredibly high level of service.
#7 – INAYA Putri Bali Resort
Nusa Dua, Indonesia
Favourite moment: Relaxing in our villa’s private pool, which overflowed into an incredible river pool. Every meal we ate at this hotel was also fantastic.
#6 – W Bangkok
Favourite moment: The personalization and attention to detail at this hotel is incredible. I felt like a movie star from the moment I walked in! Overall, W Hotels are just a ton of fun to stay at.
#5 – Hotel Cort
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Favourite moment: Sleeping. LOL! This beautiful boutique hotel had the best mattress, bedding and pillows that I’ve ever slept on. The outdoor patio is also a great place to sip wine, eat tapas and people watch.
#4 – Villa Kubu
Favourite moment: Getting massages in our villa’s outdoor living room, followed by room service!
#3 – Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita
Maya Riviera, Mexico
Favourite moment: Obviously our wedding day was the favourite moment… but our spa day and private dinner in the wine cellar were great moments too!
#2 – The Edge
Favourite moment: Eating breakfast off a floating tray in our private pool!
#1 – Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji
Pacific Harbour, Fiji
- The welcome ceremony
- Stand up paddle boarding at sunrise
- Seeing starfish, an octopus and plenty of tropical fish while snorkelling
- Our trip to a local village, where we purchased shrimp from a local village. Back at the resort, the chef gave us a private cooking class where we cooked the shrimp inside bamboo shoots.
- The spa treatments (and the Pure Fiji bath products that are still my favourite to use at home!)
- The nightly lighting of the torch ceremonies
- The goodbye song the staff sang us (which made me cry like a baby!)