A luxury hotel promises something all travelers dream of: a lavish break from daily life and a sumptuous journey into an opulent otherworld. Luxury hotels promise the best service in the best settings, from room to restaurant. Travel + Leisure sends its editors and writers around the world to find the best of the very best.
At most any luxury hotel, travelers should be able to count on several amenities, such as a 24-hour fitness center, round-the-clock room service, or referrals to trusted childcare, pet sitting, dog walking, or personal training personnel. Some hotels even offer butler service, which allows visitors to outsource their packing and unpacking.
Many luxury hotel chains provide standardized services across their properties, so guests can expect the same amenities at every one of their locations. One historic brand, the Ritz, was so good at providing their guests with luxurious experiences that its founder’s name, César Ritz, is now synonymous with it. (Ever describe something as “ritzy”?) Luxury resorts may also provide specialized outdoor activities for their guests. Whatever your itinerary, it’s worth it—at least once—to indulge in a five-star experience.
Luxury can be found anywhere (and everywhere) across the globe, from Art Nouveau palaces in Hungary to modernist oceanfront lodges on the Australian coast. From destination resorts that are attractions in and of themselves to city-center hotels that epitomize urbane elegance, these accommodations offer all visitors—for a price—the experience of the lap of luxury.
Seeking a concierge who knows what you want before you do? A personal plunge pool overlooking a jaw-dropping landscape? A meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant that’s also conveniently located in your hotel’s lobby? T+L knows how to find luxury, from Paris to Phra Nang Beach. Check in often to learn where you can find the best locations, accommodations, food, service, and value.