Luxury is expected when you book a stay at a 5 star hotel. On arrival, you will be greeted by the doorman or valet service. Bellhops will carry your luggage to your suite, where a small gift or fresh flowers are waiting. Room service is on call 24 hours a day or you can enjoy a lavish gourmet meal in the hotel restaurant. In the evening there is, of course, a turndown service. Although global standards for 5 star hotels may vary, luxury is internationally recognized. The impeccable service and modern comforts of 5 star hotels must meet the highest standards where every detail in every room is just right – from design and functionality to state-of-the-art technical equipment. From the tranquil rural regions of Italy, Greece and Croatia to the pulsating metropoles of Barcelona, Berlin and Paris, luxury 5 star hotels are found in all the most beautiful regions and cities of the world.
In the lap of luxury: World’s best 5 star hotels
Oriental escapes: From Antalya to Morocco
European flair: France, Italy & Croatia
The south of France, and St Tropez in particular, conjure up images of glitz and glamor. Thousands of vacationers flock to the dazzling beaches and swish rooftop bars and clubs of the French Riviera to rub shoulders with the jet set as they dance the nights away. The 5 star hotels in ‘The Pink City’ of Toulouse, Montpellier, Marseille, Cannes and Nice are as diverse as the cities themselves, where some, housed in French country chateaus have their own vineyards and others boast immaculately designed spas that stretch for miles. One trait all of them share is an air of sophistication. Well-known for its vineyards that produce a third of France’s wines and the sprawling beaches along its Mediterranean shore, Southern France is an attractive destination for art lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and those who appreciate the finer things in life. Likewise, visitors to Lake Garda in Italy can expect the highest class in award-winning hotels with sophisticated spas, gourmet restaurants, and elegant suites where discretion and comfort have top priority. It goes without saying that the luxury hotels in this region all have panoramic views of the mountainside and the shimmering waters of Italy’s largest lake. Split’s dramatic coastal mountains are the perfect backdrop to the glittering turquoise waters of the Adriatic sea, whereas Dubrovnik’s enchanting Old Town never ceases to enrapture and amaze travelers. Regardless of which city in Croatia you pick, a 5 star hotel here is the place to turn your Mediterranean dreams of balmy days on golden stretches of sand lapped by sapphire waters into a reality.
Idyllic Indian Ocean paradises: The Maldives & Mauritius
The vacation of a lifetime is waiting for you in the unbelievably blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The island Eden of Mauritius is famous for its snow-white beaches, glittering sapphire waters and luxury resorts boasting everything from stylish villas surrounding tropical lagoons, private beaches and islands to golf clubs and modish spas and whatever else your heart desires. Set against a backdrop of picturesque locations from tropical gardens and mangroves to crystal blue oceans, you’d be hard pressed to find a private suite without a jaw-dropping view here. Luxury hotels in Mauritius are the perfect haven of peace and tranquillity from which to escape the humdrum of modern life. For even greater heights of luxury, book a 5 star hotel in the Maldives. Consisting of nearly 1200 islands, it’s clear why this island paradise is home to the best beaches as well as the best snorkelling and diving in the world. Every resort in the Maldives boasts its own private island making first-class service the order of the day. The powder-white sand is unbelievably soft and the luminous sapphire water is perfect for exploring the majestic underwater world. From personal butlers, in-room massages and pillow menus, luxury is unrivalled at a 5 star hotel in the Maldives.