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March 14, 2018

The Five Most Breathtaking Hotels in the World

By Dorothy Musariri

Float your worries away at one of these weird and wonderful hotels. Guests can book a suite in paradise, from a relaxing break in the middle of the Indian Ocean to a week in the midst of a beautiful rain forest in Bali – with our list you’ll find a quirky retreat that beats a suite on dry land.

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Ubud Hanging Gardens of Bali 

The appropriately named Hanging Gardens of Bali is exactly what you’d expect it to be – a gravity defying hotel in the center of some of Bali’s most beautiful greenery. Built on a 45-degree angle on the slope of a rainforest mountain, the Ubud Hanging Gardens allow guests to coexist alongside the country’s breathtaking natural surroundings. With the choice of 44 private villas, open-air dining and one of the most photographed infinity-pools in the world, you’ll be in the presence of only the best. Every suite offers contemporary and luxurious Balinese-style décor including hand-made furniture and floor to ceiling windows all decorated with neutral colours – allowing the calm tropical forest atmosphere to flow in the rooms. The 7-star hotel has 5-star culinary bars and restaurants where guest can enjoy delicacies such as Balinese cakes, pandan rolls and other delicious meals and treats in the middle of the jungle – it definitely exudes authentic Balinese flair. The Spa Collection consists of five spas all offering different therapies and treatments – such as reflexology, couple massages and more.


Gili Lankafushi – Maldives 

With the option to hop on a luxurious yacht guests can arrive and leave the hotel in style. Inside the Gili Lankafushi, guests can relax in one of the 45 exquisite over-water villas with access to a private water garden, sauna, gym, sun-deck and more. Offering around-the-clock butler service – guests can delight in the grilled seafood platter and champagne  in the comfort of their own suites.  Floating in the middle of the glistening Indian Ocean, the hotel also features several bars and restaurants – such as the Over Water Bar, Main Restaurant, Underground Wine Cellar and Chocolate Cave. With an endless list of activities including surfing, yoga, tennis courts, kayaking and jogging.


Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur 

A member of the renowned Taj Hotels Palaces, Resorts and Safaris, the floating palace in the middle of Lake Pichola is a good combination of historic and romantic. The luxurious property was built in 1746 and boasts 66 exquisite rooms and 17 suites –the substantially roomed hotel offers scintillating views, a 24-hour concierge, a bar, spa, outdoor pool and more. Live like royalty in on one of the most romantic destinations in the world – the white marbled palace offers dazzling views of the City Palace. With three dining opetions, the Jharokha restaurant offers an international menu, Neel Kamal is the best option for fine dining, while Amrit Sagar has an extensive wine list and offers live entertainment. With a fitness centre, spa and heated swimming pool – guests will never run out of things to do.

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Conrad Rangali Island – Maldives

Popular with honeymooning couples, the Conrad Rangali Island is situated in the Maldives and offers unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean, making it the ideal location for both lounging by the beautiful blue seas, as well as diving trips and whale shark spotting. The destination features 79 modern beach villas on Rangalifinolhu, 50 water villas on Rangali Island, with speciality ‘bathing experience’ (offers candles, petals, champagne and essential oils).  It’s known for having the world’s first all-glass underwater restaurant, Ithaa, which offers contemporary European cuisine 16 feet below sea level. There’s also the option of 20 other restaurants and bars in the area including, The Wine Cellar, Vilu, Mandhoo, Quite Zone and many more.

The Spa retreat offers couple treatment rooms, a sauna, jet bath and a full-service spa that comes with a hair salon, manicure and pedicure room – featuring glass flooring and more. The hotel also offers recreational activities including ocean sport diving, private yoga classes, two infinity pools – one for adults and the other for families.


Constance Prince Maurice – Mauritius

A floating seafood restaurant, heated private pools and whirlpool bathtubs are just some of the amenities the Constance Prince Maurice has to offer. Part of the Constance Hotels’ luxury collection it comprises of 39 rooms with one private home that combines rustic elegance with breathtakingly beautiful ocean and mountain views. It also has 12 villas with nine of them offering direct beach access and five on stilts looking over the natural fish reserve. Restaurants at the resort include the L’Archipel, Le Barachois (unique floating seafood restaurant) and Asian Restaurant – all offering a variety of menus. With four other bars on location there’s a lot to keep you entertained, including three golf courses and a spa for those of you desperate to keep your feet on dry land,

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