10 Hotels We're Loving Right Now

Some will say, “You’re barely going to spend any time in there, what does the room you’re in even matter?”; well, we think it matters a lot. Your room – and furthermore, the entire hotel you choose to stay in – should be just as awe-inspiring as the surrounding destination. It should offer the ultimate respite from a day of exploring of exposure to the elements; comfort when you need it most, and privacy for those intimate moments too. Taking it from a hotel to a palace of memories that will stay with you long after your return home. 

To help you find such magical places to call your own while away, we’ve put together a collection of ten totally unique and luxurious hotels (all hand-picked and personally approved by the Urth team), to add to your must-visit list.

The question is, which will you stay first?

Six Senses, Ninh Van Bay 

Sitting pretty on a breathtaking bay overlooking the East Vietnam Sea, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay offers the exclusivity of a secluded setting with access to a world of wonderful adventures. With dramatic views spanning towering rock formations, lapping waves and white sandy beaches (which can all be taken in from the bathtub of your private villa), and the atmospheric soundtrack of monkeys calling from the surrounding Hon Heo mountains, it’s the kind of place that the pictures don’t give justice to. Not forgetting its plunge pool, wine cave and hilltop sanctuary spa. 

Joali Being, Maldives

Joali Being is the Maldives’ only nature immersive wellbeing retreat (need we say more?). From the moment you step off of your seaplane into The Gate of Zero –  an artist-concepted archway representing the ‘letting go of ego’ – you are transcended into a journey from ‘being to ‘becoming’. For us mere mortals, that translates to 68 Well Living Spaces (villas) built according to biophilic design principles, an elemental spa that stretches across the island, four gourmet restaurants, and a team of Ayurvedic doctors, specialist healers and chefs all on-hand, that equates to something they call ‘The Joy of Weightlessness’. 

The Rooster - Top Hotel

The Rooster, Antiparos

Built within 30 acres of unspoilt surrounding Grecian countryside, on the little isle of Antiparos, The Rooster is an aesthetically alluring boutique hotel that invites you to pause and enjoy. From its lime-washed, jute-laced and olive wood-adorned rooms, to its on-site farm (that supplies the restaurant with all its spoils) and House of Healing spa, this hotel is a sanctuary for slowing down and indulging your senses. And with 16 private houses, each thoughtfully designed to blend into the landscape, it’s the kind of place you’ll want to return to time and time again. We highly and personally recommend their incredible breakfasts, the berry pancakes were a huge hit.

Borgo Santandrea - Top Luxury Hotel

Borgo Santandrea, Amalfi Coast

When you think of the Amalfi Coast and you can’t help but be charmed. The infinite blue waters, sun-soaked terraces peaking out between the luscious rolling hillsides, and pretty parasols lining the shingled beaches. And nowhere is la dolce vita sweeter than the Borgo Santandrea. Poised 90-metres above sea level, in a centuries-old fishing village between Amalfi and Positano, this enchanting resort-style hotel boasts 29 rooms and 16 luxury suits that encapsulate Italian tradition and mid-century modernism. One of few hotels in the area to boast its own private beach – the perfect spot to enjoy one of their signature cocktails at sunset – it’s a magical place to be wonderfully swept up by the romance of Italian coastal vacationing. 

One&Only - Top Luxury Hotel

One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro

Those who know the One&Only group, know that they don’t mess around when it comes to incredible hotels and private houses. And this exclusive Monteganran escape – Europe’s first One&Only resort – is no exception. Having opened in May 2021, the ultra-luxury hotel is the definition of uncompromising, boasting exceptional dining, wellness and entertainment experiences at your fingertips. A wonderful hideaway for families, couples and solo travellers who love the duality of exploring the fjord-esque natural beauty by day and indulging in the height of luxury by night (or visa versa, of course). 

Saba Rock - Top Luxury Hotel

Saba Rock, British Virgin Islands 

Home of free spirits and laidback luxe lovers, Saba Rock is proof that serious exclusivity does not mean you have to be so serious. An icon in the North Sound Playground of the British Virgin Islands, with 7 spacious suites, this Caribbean hotspot is the perfect place to anchor yourself for a while. Yes, there’s plenty of fun to be had here – from kite-boarding and diving to rip-roaring rib rides and swinging in a hammock between the coconut trees – but the true gem of this breezy getaway is their incredible open-air restaurant and beach-club style bar (THE it-place to dine and drink, whether you’re a guest or just visiting). Save us a Saba Famous B.B.C.!

The Nikko - Hotel we love

The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko Japan

Two and a half hours from the bright lights of Tokyo is The Ritz-Carlton Nikko, a tranquil lakefront hotel posed in front of the humbling Mount Nantai, where nature, tradition and spirituality are home. Unlike any other in the Ritz-Carlton group, this special resort is a homage to Japanese culture and minimalism in every way – from the Genkans (to remove shoes before entering the room) and Zen rock gardens to the sushi and teppanyaki counters and private onsen (hot spring), it’s a magical place to immerse yourself in the traditions. We personally recommend getting yourself a room with a view of the lake for a seriously serene stay.

Pine Cay, Top Luxury Hotel

Pine Cay, Turks and Caicos

Picture paradise, picture Pine Cay. Set on its own private island on the edge of the world’s third largest barrier reef, with 12 suites set across 2 miles of deserted white sandy beach, this is luxury barefoot travel at its finest. By day, you can explore a treasure trove of activities in its surrounding turquoise sea and on its sun-bleached sands, and by night you can experience classic Caribbean hospitality – including star-gazing on the beach while sipping something coconutty. Not forgetting a trip exploring the 800 acres of unspoiled wilderness that surrounds this magical island escape.

Cheval Blanc, Best Paris Hotel

Cheval Blanc, Paris 

Paris offers an array of upscale boutique hotels but Cheval Blanc shows what new hotels can bring to the scene. Opened in September 2021, with the backdrop of a worldwide thirst for post-lockdown escapism, this Art Deco maison set the tone for a welcomed return to uncompromising hospitality. From the Dior spa to the last golden button on the concierges' jacket, no detail has been left unconsidered. In fact, it’s the only hotel in Paris located directly on the Seine River, boasting views of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. And for those seeking that special je ne sais quoi, we recommend reserving the two-storey Quintessence Suite – a 7000-square-foot Parisian palace with its own private pool.

Atzaro Ibiza Luxury Hotel

Atzaró, Ibiza 

There are many reasons to fall in love with Atzaró. Having totally redefined luxury in agrotourism, it has quickly become one of the most famous spa hotels on the island. Built on an orange farm, its design offers Ibizan architecture, and uncompromising Balearic relaxation, with respect to the local landscape. Its four unique dining experiences (all served by its on-site vegetable garden, which rooms are located around) offer the best of farm-to-fork Mediterranean gastronomy – a treat for the senses before returning to the comfort of your elevated Ibizan farmhouse-style room, or after a day spent at the stylish all-natural spa. 

To learn more or book your next stay at one of these unique hotels, get in touch with us via sally@urthtravel.com