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A Taste Of The World’s Most Luxurious Hotels

It’s semester two, and it has been a very long nine weeks! If you’re feeling anything like me, there is no doubt that you are ready for the long-awaited (and much anticipated) mid-semester break.

While some of you may be jetting off on your own adventure, others may be sitting down to a weeks worth of cramming- but no matter what your plans, a little wanderlust never hurts. So, here are some of the world’s most luxurious (and for some- the most quirky) hotels to drool over.

The United Arab Emirates is home to some of the world’s best accommodation and their tourism industry continues to boom as ore uber-luxury hotels are developed, including the upcoming opening of a floating Venice hotel – an entire replica of the Italian city. But as for current standing luxury hotels, the UAE has 2 of our top 6 – WARNING, these photos will make you want to book your next holiday!

The Burj Al Arab – Dubai, UAE

Although the official scale only goes up to five stars, this hotel is considered seven stars by many due to the absolute luxury that oozes from this amazing structure. Set on its own island, the Burj offers a range of rooms and luxury suites that start at a cool $2,400 AUD and go up to over $26,000 AUD per night.

Burj al Arab
Swimming Pools at the Burj al Arab
The famous rotating bed in the Royal Suite – Burj al Arab
Inside the Burj al Arab – the lobby


The Emirates Palace – Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. This hotel cost $3 billion to build and has a staff to guest ratio of 3:1. It is also considered to be seven stars although doesn’t hold nearly the same price tag as the Burj with rooms starting from $440 AUD a night. And for that money…look at the luxury it buys (I’ll see you there ASAP).

The stunning Emirates Palace
The entrance to the Emirates Palace
Inside the suites
Outdoor dining at the Emirates Palace
The lobby of the Emirates Palace
Beautiful grounds of the Emirates Palace
Inside the suites


Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort – Saariselkä, Finland

In the far north corner of the world is a stunning hotel with a bit of a difference – Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, located in Finland, offers luxury log cabins and glass igloos on the edge of the Arctic sea. Each season the hotel offers a different variety of local activities but for those who can brave the winter’s cold, one of the best views of the Northern lights awaits. There’s also husky sledding, cross-country skiing and reindeer safaris to choose from, as well as a visit to Santa’s house.

Ps. Christmas is only THREE MONTHS away!

The glass igloos
An igloo lodge – luxury cabin…with an igloo on the side!!!
Inside the glass igloos
This unique hotel offers glass igloo accommodation
The incredible Northern Lights right on your doorstep
Don’t forget to visit Santa’s House!


Oberoi Udaivilas – Udaipur, India

2015’s ‘best hotel in the world,’ the Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, India is a stunning hotel with pools and water views galore – in fact, all guests arrive at the hotel by a private boat ride across the lake to enter. Many of the rooms have semi-private pools on the balcony that offer breathtaking views of the City Palace and the experience of staying there has been deemed a ‘royal retreat.’ It does look pretty beautiful.

The Oberoi Udaivilas
Arriving at the Oberoi
The Oberoi Udaivilas
Outdoor Dining
Master Bedroom

San Alfonso del Mar – Algarrobo, Chile 

While not in the category of luxurious accommodation (or in the price range), this last hotel deserved a special mention for the awesome pool it sports! The San Alfonso del Mar hotel in Chile has The World’s BIGGEST Pool – lengthwise, it’s the same as swimming 20 laps of an Olympic size swimming pool. It is so large that boats are permitted to sail within the pool! It may not have the most luxurious of accommodation, but boy would I love to jump in!

The world’s biggest pool
The length of 20 Olympic size swimming pools
San Alfonso del Mar


Westin Excelsior – Rome, Italy 

Picking only one more hotel was difficult, to say the least – there are so many amazing places to stay across the world. However, if you can one day afford a stay at the Villa La Cupola suite at the Westin Excelsior in Rome, then I think that this is a place to stay. Overlooking the incredibly fashionable Via Veneto, this suite has a domed living room, a glass enclosed Jacuzzi, a private wine cellar and all the amenities you’d expect from a hotel of its class…just look at this room!

The Westin Excelsior, Rome
Villa La Cupola Jacuzzi
Villa La Cupola Lounge Room
Villa La Cupola Master Bedroom
Villa La Cupola View…Casual…


The world is full of incredible hotels. Whether you’re hostelling it or staying in the presidential suite, the most important thing is definitely just to get out and enjoy the beauty that all these amazing countries have to offer! Or if you’re stuck inside studying this break, dream about it for next time (a little procrastination never hurt).



About Carly Fisher

Hi – My name is Carly Fisher

I am a Theatre Major with an absolute passion for travel and all things theatrical. I hope to one day find myself as an Artistic Director and am looking to work in theatre administration and academia on the way.

I am really excited to be a new writer for Blitz @ Arc – UNSW. I hope to be able to share my passions with an awesome student readership and that my theatre posts will help you decide what you’re interested in seeing!

Check out my Instagram: @theatretravels

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