14 of the Coolest Hotels in the World

14 of the Coolest Hotels in the World

21st August 2023

Daydreaming of a luxury trip? Here are 14 of the world's most amazing hotels - including rainforest spas, crazy avant-garde design, mountaintop ex-monasteries and deluxe ocean villas.

Fogo Island Inn

Joe Batt's Arm - Newfoundland

Sleeps 2-4 per room

A spectacular and beautifully designed hotel offering unbeatable views of extraordinary landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. Stay in luxurious isolation on this wild island off the Newfoundland coast.

Argos In Cappadocia

Uchisar - Turkey

Sleeps 2 per room

Unique, architecturally wonderful converted ex-monastery in the heart of the Turkish mountains. Enjoy heart-stopping views of the other-worldly fairy chimneys of Cappadocia.

Mashpi Lodge

Pacto - Ecuador

Sleeps 2 per room

This deluxe hotel lodge sits on a beautiful plateau in the Chocó-Andean Cloud Forest of Ecuador. Waterfalls and lush greenery surround, with floor-to-ceiling glass giving incredible views over the canopy and forest floor.

Amilla Maldives Resort

Amilla Fushi - Maldives

Sleeps 2-4

Experience the serene glamour of Amilla, the Maldives island resort where relaxation is an art. Smart white villas float above the sparking blue waters of the Baa Atoll, while turtles and manta rays cruise below.

Tree Hotel

Harads - Sweden

Sleeps 12

A sustainable and ecologically sympathetic hotel in beautifully isolated surroundings, a truly incomparable getaway. Mirrored cubes, nests and eco-pods designed by some of Scandinavia's leading architects nestle high in the forest canopy.

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Alta - Norway

Sleeps 4

Sleep soundly in the snow at the world's northernmost ice hotel, in the beautiful surrounds of the Norwegian countryside. Melting each May and rebuilt in the autumn everything, from the beds to the bar, is made of ice.

Marqués de Riscal

Elciego - La Rioja

Sleeps 3

Enjoy a stay like no other at the stunning Marques de Riscal, an avant-garde hotel designed by Frank Gehry in La Rioja's Alava province of Spain.

Encuentro Guadalupe

Valle de Guadalupe - Mexico

Sleeps 4 per room

In central Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico, amidst an ecological reserve and Baja California wine country is the stunning resort of Encuentro Guadalupe. Each room is an independent pod and comes with huge vistas across the surrounding vineyards and valleys.

Castello Di Postignano

Sellano - Perugia

Sleeps 28

A once deserted village in the Umbrian hills, given a new lease of life by visionary Italian architects. It's now a unique and fantastical 'scattered hotel' with 60 apartments, pools, spa and a sensational restaurant.

Nothofagus Hotel & Spa

Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve - Chile

Sleeps 2

Set amid the breathtaking lakes, volcanoes and forests of Chile's Lake District, the Nothofagus is a mixture of weird and wonderful wooden structures with rooms overlooking rainforest and snowy peaks.

The Retreat Hotel at Blue Lagoon

Grindavik - Iceland

Sleeps 2 per room

Enjoy a five-star, luxurious stay at this amazing hotel in Iceland, complete with a subterranean spa, incredible restaurant and a spectacular private lagoon. Take a restorative dip in the mineral-rich waters, gently warmed by the centuries-old lava canyons below.

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses

Kaikoura - New Zealand

Sleeps up to 5 per cabin

Hideout in the treetops with a stay at this stunning and sustainable luxury retreat located between New Zealand’s epic Kaikoura ranges and the Pacific Ocean. Cabins built from recycled materials perch on stilts and offer glorious views, while the restaurant serves exceptional locally caught seafood.

Eliassen Rorbuer

Hamnøy - Norway

Sleeps 2-6

You’ll struggle to find a more magical way to experience Norway than with a trip to Eliassen Rorbuer fishermen’s cottages. The location is breath-taking, with the little red cabins set on a tiny island between mountains and fjords

Kasbah Bab Ourika

Ourika - Morocco

Sleeps 2

Discover the ancient wonders of traditional Moroccan life at this boutique hotel in the secluded Atlas Mountains. Astonishing views surround the hotel's beautiful gardens filled with clipped lavender hedges, winding pathways and hidden pools.

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