[pullquote]Despite the fact that many 4 and 5-star hotels define themselves as being luxury hotels, there are really no specific guidelines to define them as such.[/pullquote]
Just about every product on the market today adds the word “luxury” as a key component or ingredient. Despite the fact that many 4 and 5-star hotels define themselves as being luxury hotels, there are really no specific guidelines to define them as such. However, we have chosen the 6 hotels below as being luxury hotels based on the description of what they have to offer.
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas (Cusco, Peru) – this former convent and palace has retained its historical Incan grandeur with its many frescoes and stone walls. Some of the décor are Incan artifacts that were uncovered when the property was being renovated. The heated floors of the suite’s bathrooms are complimented by the Peruvian travertine marble décor.
Helvetia and Bristol (Florence, Italy) – located in the heart of Florence, this hotel reflects the city’s magnificence. The bedrooms and suites are exceedingly spacious with the duplex suite being the largest at just under 500 square feet. There are two levels with the living room being the main floor and the bedroom a loft.
The Chedi Andermatt (Andermatt, Switzerland) – nestled in the midst of the Swiss Alps and towering above the valley below, the Chedi Andermatt has combined the serenity of the alpine environment with ski resort elegance. The intimate atmosphere is created by the natural stone and wooden details of the interior. The scenic mountains and verdant Swiss beauty adds the right touch of charm to the elegant hotel.
Miraval Resort and Spa (Tucson, Arizona, USA) – situated in the heart of the Sonoran high desert, this resort was definitely designed with the pampered mentality, philanthropist, and Zen seeker in mind. In order to blend with the desert environment, the individual “casitas” (little houses) are all constructed from sustainable materials. It is also considered one of the US’ top 5 wellness spas. It is luxury at its best.
Plantation Resort Residences at Dorado Beach (Dorado, Puerto Rico) – the only thing that supersedes this hotel’s luxury accommodations is the natural beauty that surrounds it. This 1,400 acre Puerto Rican sanctuary will provide a Caribbean experience that has an endless supply of sensory pleasures. From its coastal cuisine and emerald golf course fairways to its lush tropical gardens and turquoise lagoon, this is truly a Caribbean paradise.
Scrub Island Resort, Spa, and Marina (Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands) – whether you’re a getaway artist, an outdoor adventurer, or a “hopeful” romantic, you’ll sleep comfortably wedged in between Egyptian cotton sheets on a king size bed. U.S. News and World Report rated this resort as one of the top 3 in the British Virgin Islands.