26 October 2018
Not everyone has the same idea when it comes to luxury, while some travellers seek out opulence and relaxation when it comes to their hotel, others like to throw a twist of boutique excitement into the mix without compromising on style. Here we head to four of our favourite destinations to see what they have to offer, from classic luxury to more off-the-wall experiences.
Upmarket hotel: The gorgeous Silica Hotel is built into the landscape of the famous Blue Lagoon and comes with its own private thermal pools. This exclusive retreat oozes clean and modern design with suites boasting furnishings made of natural, local textures that create unique, warm, minimalist spaces. With rooms offering views over the unique volcanic horizon, the breathtaking Lava restaurant with a mouth-watering gourmet Icelandic menu and an incredible spa, you are guaranteed an unforgettable stay.
Boutique stay: The Aurora Borealis is an incredible phenomenon that everyone should try to experience once in their life, and what better way to witness Mother Earth’s natural light show than in a glass pod under the stars? After a day touring the sights of Iceland, including Skogafoss Waterfall and the black sand beaches, you can spend the evening enjoying a private showing of the Northern Lights from your fully transparent pod, all of which come with a bathroom and shower.
“The otherworldly scenery in Iceland left me speechless many times during my visit. At every turn of the road there was a new sight to behold, each just as spectacular as the last.”
Jen, Travel Counsellor
Upmarket hotel: Amangiri is perfect for those looking for a sumptuous abode in the middle of the stark beauty of Utah’s Zion National Park. The spacious suites include white stone floors, concrete walls, natural timbers and fittings in blackened steel, and each comes with an outdoor lounge and fireplace with expansive desert views, plus some suites feature private pools and terraces.
Boutique stay: Gone are the days of no showers or power on a camping holiday, glamping is the new way to experience the great outdoors without compromising on everyday necessities. Why not head to the incredible Zion Park in Utah and spend a night in a luxury yurt, which comes fully equipped with double beds and can accommodate up to nine people.
Upmarket hotel: Set amongst the picturesque Rockies, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is a year-round luxury resort with a championship golf course for the summer and skiing in the winter. There’s also an award-winning spa and delicious authentic dining experiences, as the culinary team source the best produce to give you a Western Canadian experience, serving local favourites including cheese fondue, grilled pork chop and Rocky Mountain trout. The suites are beautifully-appointed with sweeping mountain views, with some boasting Jacuzzis and large outdoor terraces.
Boutique stay: If you want to experience as much of the Rockies as possible, why not book yourself a journey on the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer? Carve through the Canadian mountainside on this luxury train and take in all the sights from a panoramic cabin when you choose Gold Leaf service. Your meals will be served right to you in your seat and all overnight stays are in hotels so that you won’t miss a moment of the magical journey.
Upmarket hotel: Live like royalty in Belgravia’s Goring Hotel, the super-plush abode where Kate Middleton stayed the night before her wedding to Prince William. Heritage and flawless five-star service combine to give guests a stay that they will always remember. The most decadent suite on offer is The Royal Suite. Created by Russell Sage, the suite boasts a large sitting room and a dining room with a grand piano. There are two separate bedrooms furnished with exquisite furniture including a magnificent four-poster bed and marble-clad bathrooms.
Boutique stay: Sleep within a work of art at Mayfair’s Beaumont Hotel in a room designed by celebrated artist Anthony Gormley. Gormley's ROOM is clad in dark oak and is approached up nine white marble steps, separated by a black velvet curtain from a white marble bathroom, creating a juxtaposition to the stainless-steel exterior - representing a crouching cuboid figure based on the artist himself. Gormley said of his work:
"I take the body as our primary habitat. ROOM contrasts a visible exterior of a body formed from large rectangular masses with an inner experience. The interior of ROOM is only 4 metres square but 10 metres high: intimate at body level, but open above.”
Want to book a stay at one of these luxurious hotels? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today.