While many travelers are looking to save as much money as possible on their trip, sometimes it’s worth it to splurge for a few nights in a luxury hotel. Whether it’s a stunning location, historic building or just some flat-out incredible amenities, splurging on a fancy night in a luxurious hotel can be worth the extra expense. Here’s a look at six hotels around the world that are worth increasing your travel budget for.
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, China
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong dominates the Hong Kong skyline on floors 102-118 of the International Commerce Center (ICC) in Tsim Sha Tsui. The hotel once had the distinction of being the tallest hotel in the world, and it still holds on to bragging rights for the world’s tallest bar. Ozone commands impressive views from its 118th-floor location and many make the trip up the dual elevators just to grab a drink. For those staying in the hotel, splurge for a club level room where you’ll have access to an endless bounty of culinary delights in an even more exclusive setting. Interested in Hong Kong’s high-end dining scene? You’ll only have to take an elevator down a couple floors to try two Michelin-starred restaurants — Tosca with one star and Tin Lung Heen with two stars.
Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, Belize
Tucked amidst the lush landscape of Belize’s mainland, Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge offers a number of luxury accommodation options, but the real gem here is the mountain view penthouse suite. You’ll get your daily workout in climbing the 78 stairs, but it’s worth every burned calorie. Penthouse furnishings showcase beautiful Belizean hardwoods and local art. The massive balcony has a spacious plunge pool and a two-person whirlpool tub where you can marvel at the views of the namesake Sleeping Giant Mountain. Enjoy upscale Belizean cuisine in Sleeping Giant’s treehouse restaurant, The Grove House by Chef Adan, which was named 2018 Restaurant of the Year in Belize.
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The Raffles Singapore is synonymous with luxury, even earning itself a cameo in the recent box-office hit, Crazy Rich Asians. But, that’s not the only reason to splurge for a stay at the Raffles Singapore. The hotel is over 100 years old and is an integral part of Singapore’s history, also earning distinction as the location where the iconic Singapore Sling cocktail was invented. The hotel has been closed for a major renovation and reopens later this year with a major culinary focus — there will be more dining tables than beds, and new world-renowned chefs running the show in 10 different food spaces.
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
You’ve probably seen the incredible Instagram photos of travelers enjoying breakfast with a giraffe sticking its head through the window. This experience is available to anyone willing to splurge for a stay at Giraffe Manor in Kenya. The luxury property shares the grounds with the Giraffe Centre that is home to around 10endangered Rothschild giraffes. The Giraffe Centre operates a breeding program to help reintroduce breeding pairs into the wild to help get the subspecies numbers back up. The manor itself is a stunning boutique experience with 12 rooms in an elegant building that dates back to the 1930s.
Velaa Private Island, Maldives
This jaw-dropping private island resort in the Maldives offers more than just splendid coral reef views and luxurious accommodations. Velaa Private Island Maldives has a notable culinary focus. Oenophiles will appreciate the artistic ivory Tavaru Tower that houses Velaa’s impressive wine collection. There are over 500 bins, making it home to the largest wine collection in the Maldives. Set on the Noonu Atoll, the hotel offers on-island villas and overwater bungalows. Though you’ll share the island with other guests, every minute will feel private and exclusive, as if you were all alone.
Chateau de Bagnols, France
Staying in a castle is a dream for many travelers, and Chateau de Bagnols makes it a reality. Located in the vineyards of Beaujolais, this majestic medieval fortress dates back to 1217. One of the showpieces here is the massive gothic fireplace that adorns the restaurant. This castle hotel is only about 20 miles away from France’s gastronomic capital city, Lyon. Not surprisingly, renowned Chef Jean-Alexandre Ouaratta has elevated the culinary experience at Chateau de Bagnols, helping restaurant 1217 earn its first Michelin star.
Erin De Santiago is a travel and food writer who writes for various publications and her own sites, including her award-winning blog, Our Tasty Travels. She’s explored over 70 countries in search of unique food and travel experiences.
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