It takes a special hotel that delivers the right mix of pampering, fine dining, and premium accommodations to warrant a high price tag. Many properties around the world have mastered this trifecta, attracting loyal guests who keep coming back for more. Go all out in style at any of these splurge-worthy hotels, and get ready for a retreat that makes you feel like royalty. —Megan Suckut
Located between Covent Garden and the River Thames, The Savoy has delivered more than 125 years of glamour to modern-day guests in its stately public areas and famed restaurants and bars. A stay in one of the hotel's stylish suites comes with a traditional English butler for all your needs, 24 hours a day.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's London Travel Guide
WHERE: Los Angeles
A resort encompassing 102 acres of private land on a scenic peninsula, Terranea is a Pacific paradise with a variety of accommodations available. Whether you choose a golf villa at the resort's par-3, 9-hole course, or a guestroom with a private balcony or patio, you're in for a blissful stay here.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Los Angeles Travel Guide
WHERE: New Zealand
Quite possibly the most luxurious sheep farm in the world, Wharekauhau provides guests with elegant lodging in the Edwardian-style main lodge or in guest cottages high above Palliser Bay. Guests can go sport fishing, hiking, and horseback riding on the property, or they can relax in its private courtyards and gardens.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Wellington and the Wairarapa Travel Guide
The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a cliffside golf and spa resort on the northern California coast with a flavor of old Scotland. With opulent rooms and upscale restaurants, including a wine bar with flights of wines, cheese, and chocolate, this is one of the most luxurious properties in the Bay Area.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's The Bay Area Travel Guide
WHERE: St. Lucia
If scenery what you're after, look no farther than Jade Mountain. Each room at this Caribbean resort has an entire wall open to an incredible view of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea, plus guests can enjoy their own private plunge pools in the middle of their rooms, referred to as “sanctuaries” here.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's St. Lucia Travel Guide
A bucolic all-inclusive countryside resort, Twin Farms treats its guests to customized meals and picnics, a museum-quality collection of art, and onsite activities like skiing and kayaking, all sans tipping. Accommodations in the cottages, farmhouse, and lodge all have fireplaces and complimentary nighttime treats.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Central Vermont Travel Guide
The St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora
WHERE: Bora Bora
The villas at The St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora all have their own terraces, sundecks, and private splash pools and jacuzzis. The resort is a benchmark for luxury, from its 24-hour butler service to its 13,000 square-foot spa with breathtaking views of Mount Otemanu from its private beach.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Bora Bora with Maupiti Travel Guide
Each individually styled guest room and suite at Widder fuses the historical architecture of medieval Zurich townhouses with modern furniture by some of the world's best designers. Check out the Widder Restaurant for original interpretations of international cuisine and some notable vegetarian dishes.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Zurich Travel Guide
Song Saa Private Island
Whether you stay in a jungle suite or a villa perched on stilts over the water at Song Saa Private Island, you'll enjoy your own private pool and some of the most exclusive private island accommodations in all of Asia. Experiences from touring an authentic Cambodian village to snorkeling the local reefs await guests of the resort.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Cambodia Travel Guide
Las Ventanas al Paraiso
WHERE: Los Cabos
When you check in to Las Ventanas al Paraíso, you're greeted with an in-room tequila welcome amid impeccable handcrafted Mexican furniture and personal telescopes for nighttime stargazing. The butlers here are known for their eye for detail, the dining is sublime, and the spa is the best in Los Cabos.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Los Cabos Travel Guide
WHERE: St. Lucia
The all-inclusive package offered at Cap Maison not only gets you excellent French Caribbean dinners at the resort's cliff-top restaurant, but it also gets you your own butler who can unpack your bags if you wish. Sunbathe on the hotel's private yacht, or attend a wine-tasting event in the vaulted wine cellar.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's St. Lucia Travel Guide
Managed by the famously luxurious Aman resort group, Amangiri lives up to the hype. The entire hotel is designed to accentuate and celebrate the stunning high desert terrain surrounding the property, and the dining is top quality—and included in the rate when you book a stay in the winter months.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Moab and Southeastern Utah Travel Guide
Fogo Island Inn
A stay at Fogo Island Inn, right on the edge of North America, affords breathtaking ocean views, impressive dining, and memorable art and architecture. Guests can enjoy all the meals and snacks the hotel offers, as well as the hotel's notable outdoor activities, without worrying about gratuities.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Newfoundland and Labrador Travel Guide
WHERE: Cape Town
Perched high above Bantry Bay, Ellerman House is an art aficionado's paradise. The hotel's priceless art collection adorns public spaces and galleries, and guests can fuel their art viewing with custom-prepared meals based on their tastes that are included in the rate.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Cape Town Travel Guide
WHERE: Rhode Island
Victorian-era grandeur soaks every room at Ocean House. If you stay here, expect premium bedding and linens, marble bathrooms, and inspiring views of the ocean. A resident “food forager” at the hotel leads complimentary cooking classes for all food-minded guests.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Rhode Island Travel Guide
Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate
Live the royal life when you book a stay at Dromoland Castle Hotel and Country Estate, a refurbished Irish castle with structures that date back to the 11th century. Check out the golf course and woodlands, then for dinner, have a chandeliered European feast in the neo-Gothic Earl of Thomond Restaurant.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Travel Guide
Coral Reef Club
A family-run luxury resort set in 12 acres of tropical gardens, Coral Reef Club is an elegant place for a Barbados escape. The restaurant, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, offers alfresco dining and ample live entertainment, and the two mosaic tiled swimming pools and beach provide endless relaxation.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Barbados Travel Guide
WHERE: Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana Palace was built in 1923 for the visiting king of Belgium, so there's elegance everywhere to be found when you stay here. Dining at the Cipriani, one of the hotel's two restaurants, is an experience not to be missed, as is the exclusive poolside nightclub that guests can enter sans cover charge on Thursdays.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide
The PuLi Hotel and Spa
The swanky-zen demeanor of The PuLi Hotel & Spa is enough to transport guests out of the chaos of downtown Shanghai and into a spa-like oasis complete with blackout curtains and rainforest showers in each guest room. Visit the Anantara Spa for tea-based treatments and a stunning pool.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Shanghai Travel Guide
Eden Roc Cap Cana
WHERE: Dominican Republic
Taking cues from hotels in the French Riviera, the décor at Eden Roc Cap Cana combines French classicism and modern luxury, like iPads that control lighting in the rooms. Guests here get a complimentary golf cart for getting around the lush property.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Punta Cana Travel Guide
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
Butlers accommodate every guest's requests at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, whose service is possibly the best in all of Thailand. Each room and suite has unique décor, and with 11 bars and restaurants on the riverfront property, there's something here for everyone to enjoy.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Bangkok Travel Guide
Constructed in the 13th century as a monastery, The Augustine is one of the finest high-end hotels in Prague. The monastic architecture is supplemented with art from '20s and '30s Czechoslovakia and pops of color. Don't miss the Augustine Spa, which uses treatments passed down from Augustinian monks.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Prague Travel Guide
Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa
It's easy to please children and adults when you stay at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. The kids camp programs offer endless entertainment, from crafts to storytelling, and adults will enjoy the evening entertainment, lounges, and 18,000-square-foot luxury spa.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Honolulu and Oahu Travel Guide
Raffles Praslin Seychelles
Remotely located in the Indian Ocean, Raffles Praslin Seychelles features 86 private villas with private pools and butler service, three restaurants, a pool, and a sugar sand beach. Enjoy a cocktail at the rooftop lounge while you watch the sunset over the stunningly beautiful scenery.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Seychelles Travel Guide
WHERE: Napa Valley
With an award-winning restaurant, separate pools for adults and children, and complimentary bicycles for all guests, Solage Calistoga is not only luxurious, but also health- and wellness-minded. Visit Spa Solage for its signature Calistoga mud and mineral water therapies.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor's Napa and Sonoma Travel Guide