LuxuryTravelMagazine.com names the 150 most luxurious new hotels worldwide from Anguilla to Zanzibar.
(PRWEB) April 7, 2005 -- Luxury Travel Magazine today released their prestigious 2005 A-List of Travel: The World’s Best New Hotels. The list which can be found online at www.luxurytravelmagazine.com, names the 150 most luxurious new hotels worldwide from Anguilla to Zanzibar.
“In compiling our list of the best new hotels, we uncovered the newest trends
in luxury travel,” says editor Christine Gray. “The new definition of luxury has
evolved from grand five star hotels to one-of-a-kind small hotels that heighten
the five senses. Luxury travelers are seeking out hotels that provide total
sensory experiences rather than the traditional five star hotels of the past.”
These new hotels give a feeling of privacy and provide the ideal place to
balance body, mind and spirit through design, cuisine and spa experiences. This
trend holds true in vacation destinations as well as urban locations.
The newest city hotels are providing a total escape from the world outside, such as the Dream Hotel in New York, Life Gallery in Athens and Baglioni Hotel in London. The Dream Hotel has a mind-enhancing lobby with a two-story fish tank and the hotel’s spa is spiritualist Deepak Chopra's Ayurvedic healing center. The accommodations at Life Gallery include three artist studios and the spa is an oasis of peace. At the Baglioni, the Caroli Spa offers a range of indulgent treatments and the guest rooms are pure dream luxury. Even the largest hotel on the list, Wynn Las Vegas with 2,700 guest rooms, promises a 'boutique' experience.
“In fact, 90% of the hotels on our list provide spas or spa treatments,” says Gray. “In addition to designer names such as Bulgari and Clarins, we found a full spectrum of treatments and philosophies including Vinotherapie, Thalassotherapy, Aromatherapy, Hydrotherapy, Phytotherapy and even Chocolate therapy!” The spas’ wide range of philosophies include Moroccan, Thai, Balinese, Turkish, Indian, Zen, Mayan…truly something for anyone seeking tranquility.
Various amenities of these new hotels that create serene environments include tranquility pools, relaxation lounges, wellness treatments, yoga lessons, bath menus, bath butlers and bathrooms with a view, infinity edge pools, underwater music and even services to pamper your jet-set pet.
Another trend that emerged is the development of an unprecedented number of luxurious new accommodations in the most far-flung corners of the world, including Bhutan, Cambodia, Easter Island, Guatemala, Lamu Island in Kenya, Sumba Island in Indonesia, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Panama, Sri Lanka, and Tunisia among others. “Out of our total 150 new hotels in over 50 countries, there are 54 new luxury properties in 29 adventurous destinations,” says Gray.
These unique accommodations promote responsible and sustainable tourism and allow guests to commune with nature and experience exotic cultures while enjoying the creature comforts that a boutique designer hotel would provide. Explora adventure lodges has just introduced the first luxury accommodation on Easter Island. Francis Ford Coppola’s La Lancha Resort in Guatemala provides a luxury lakeside retreat from which to explore the ancient Mayan ruins in Tikal. More ‘boutique camping’ experiences have emerged in addition to Amanresorts extraordinary Aman-i-Khás of last year, with Three Camel Lodge in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and Ksar Ghilene in the Sahara Desert of Tunisia. Tunisia will also be featured in the next Brad Pitt movie, 'Babel'.
Morocco, also to be featured in the movie, has three exciting new hotels providing three differing and distinctive experiences, including Sir Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot in the High Atlas Mountains, The Luxury Collection's L'Amphitrite Palace on the beach in Skhirat and Riad Farnatchi in Marrakech. The Riad Farnatchi is a sensual oasis of calm in the heart of Marrakech's throbbing Medina and has already attracted more than its fair share of celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Russell Crowe and Scarlett Johansson.
European cities definitely lead the pack for the funkiest and most unconventional hotel design. Examples include The Soho Hotel in London, 3.14 Hotel in Cannes, Semiramis in Athens, duoMo in Rimini, Italy, es Hotel in Rome, Una Hotel Vittoria in Florence, Hotel Cram in Barcelona, and the most shocking of all, Hotel Straf in Milan.
New countryside hotels provide ‘haute cuisine’ and historic experiences. The best include Alain Ducasse’s L’Andana in Tuscany; Relais Villa San Martino in Puglia, Italy; the Four Seasons in Hampshire England; Convento Do Espinheiro in Evora, Portugal; Hotel Cortijo Soto Real in Seville, Spain; Michel Bras in Languiole, France; and last but not least, Marques de Riscal in Spain’s Rioja wine region by world-renowned architect, Frank Gehry.
The best new exclusive hideaways in the U.S. include The Resort at Paws Up in Montana, Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina and Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley. For those inclined to travel further, the world’s most spectacular new escapes include Peppers On The Point Lake Rotorua in New Zealand; Blue Palace Resort & Spa on the island of Crete in Greece; The Beach House on Barbuda; Grecotel at Cape Sounio, Greece; Four Seasons Langkawi in Malaysia; North Island in the Seychelles; Morgan's Rock in Nicaragua; and Dhoni Mighili in the Maldives. Dhoni Mighili also wins for most unique –- not only do you get one of only six idyllic ‘castaway’ bungalows on a private island, but you also get your own 65-foot 'dhoni' boat replete with a crew, cook, suite, Phillippe Starck bathroom and Smeg Kitchen, to hop from one uninhabited island to another.
In addition to LuxuryTravelMagazine.com’s annual listing of The World’s Best New Hotels, the site also releases monthly Top 10 lists such as Ultimate Hotel Bath Experiences, World’s Best Lakeside Lodges, Best Hotels with Boats, Best Hotels with Screening Rooms, Helipads, Cooking Classes, Afternoon Tea, Hot Springs, Best Wild West Getaways…and this month's feature, Top 10 Great Hotels to Experience World Heritage Sites.
LuxuryTravelMagazine.com was created by Christine Gray, former Beverly Hills 'travel agent to the stars' and travel consultant to ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’. Ms. Gray is also a graduate of SCI-Arc, one of the world’s cutting edge architectural design schools. The LuxuryTravelMagazine.com web site is the world’s only one-stop resource for discerning travelers with an unrivalled database of over 6,000 ultimate travel experiences and innovative search capabilities that differ from other travel web sites because it is based on ‘The Experience’ rather than destination and price.