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.
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).
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!
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.
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!
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 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).