Wanderlust is the powerful urge to want to travel and experience the world. Most of us have it and some of us act upon it. The hotels on this list offer the very best of accommodations in some of the most exotic places on earth. An example of what some of these hotels and resorts offer is 360-degree views of the ocean, Michelin star restaurants, waking up with wild animals, or spa treatment that will leave you without a care in the world. These 100 unique hotels from around the world will definitely have you planning your next vacation.
Nihiwatu – Sumba, Indonesia
The founders of this extraordinary hotel decided on this area due to the incredible surf break on the spot. The resort offers rooms and villas that are designed in the tradition of a Sumbanese home. This place is a haven for seafood lovers and those who want to be outside all the time.
The Spectator – Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston itself is a very charming and sweet city, filled with trees and southern charm. The Spectator is the star hotel of Charleston, with modern and clean rooms that are designed for comfort and style.
Huka Lodge – Taupo, New Zealand
The Huka Lodge is a combination between the classic lodge setting of wood and fireplace and a highly luxurious resort. The rooms are fit for kings with a focus on comfortable big furniture and the softest of fabrics.
Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island, Australia
If you are a lover of all things ocean, this spot is for you. The Southern Ocean Lodge is a luxury resort that sits atop a cliff and designed so every single room has ocean views and all of the peace and quiet anyone could ask for. The unique hotel also sees a lot of wildlife around it so you are sure to catch a glimpse of the island’s wilderness
Montage Kapalua Bay, Lahaina – Maui, Hawaii
The Montage hotel is perfect for a girls or couples getaway that is all about you. The spa offers a long list of treatments, while the stunning surroundings are the inspiration for all things nature.
The Lodge at Glendorn – Bradford, Pennsylvania
The best way to describe The Lodge at Glendorn is with the words rustic and plush. The hotel was established in 1929 and has proven time and again that if a hotel has a spa and good food, they can stick around for a very long time.
The Willcox – Aiken, South Carolina
Another South Carolina gem, The Wilcox is where you go for a taste of what the south has to offer. This historic hotel has a lot of years and stories held within its walls, not to mention activities such as hunting, yoga, golfing and horseback riding.
Casa Gangotena – Quito, Ecuador
You may not consider Ecuador one of the top places on your list, but you most certainly should. The Casa Gangotena in Quinto is the top of the line. The 31 room former mansion overlooks the city center and will have you feeling like royalty.
Twin Farms – Barnard, Vermont
Twin Farms in Vermont prides itself on having the feel of the outside coming in. Many of the rooms have floor to ceiling windows so you can feel as though you are glamping but with added flare.
The Singular Patagonia – Puerto Bories, Chile
This magical place is remote and not very traveled, making your experience all the more authentic. The Singular Patagonia overlooks snow-tipped mountains and rests on a waterfront. The hotel itself is everything could ever want – quiet, light, luxurious and remote.
Singita Grumeti – Serengeti National Park Area, Tanzania
This place is in the middle of the Serengeti National Park, what else is there to say to lure you in? In addition to having wild animals at a stones throw, this resort is designed to fit the natural surrounding, each lodge has its own unique style that you are sure to love.
Farmhouse Inn – Forestville, California
The Farmhouse Inn is smack dab in the middle of wine country, California. This beautiful inn has rooms in cottages, on-site winery, gourmet restaurant, and spa. There is nothing this place cannot offer you and do so with their signature light and airy feel.
Londolozi – Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
While South Africa has a reputation for being unstable at times, you won’t be feeling in the least bit unstable at the Londolozi. This resort, which sits in the Sabi and Game Reserve, is made up of four camps and one suite, each designed to fit in the rustic surroundings.
The Peninsula – Shanghai, China
The Peninsula hotel in Shanghai offers some of the best views of the city. The rooms are impeccably designed, the restaurants are sensational and the vibe is downright electric.
Hotel Castello di Casole, A Timbers Resort – Casole d’Elsa, Italy
A vacation in a Tuscan castle? Yes, please! Castello di Casole is a historic hotel that is surrounded by picturesque grounds. The rooms are full of light, allowing the outside to come into your room. Staying at this 10th-century property is one treat everyone should want.
Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa – Gateway, Colorado
Breathing in the pure mountain air (without getting altitude sickness), staying in a room that was delicately designed to make you feel at home but also in the lap of luxury. The Gateway Canyons Resort has everything you would need – views, food, activities and sunshine.
Cavas Wine Lodge – Mendoza, Argentina
There isn’t a single room or villa on this property that would disappoint you, that’s for sure. The lodge rests among the mountains of the region, the most unique thing about this place is the amount of space you have and are given by everyone.
Singita Sabi Sand – Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Another resort in the same region as the Londolozi resort, the Singita offers unparalleled access to the animals and nature around their property. The rooms are open and have high ceilings to give you as much space as possible. The pool is snug among the trees and is just asking for someone to jump in.
Manoir Hovey – North Hatley, Quebec
Manoir Hovey is a summer estate that dates back to 1900. This resort has a 5-star ranking and for good reason. Those who have been here called the place magical and peaceful – the two things you want when going away!
The Brando – Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
For an island getaway, it doesn’t get much more perfect than this. The waters surrounding The Brando are so clear that you can see for miles, while palm trees cover the sandy shores to give shade on warm days. The hotel itself is made up of villas and a main structure with the spa. Heaven!
Château du Sureau – Oakhurst, California
This enchanting estate is regal in its interior design and breathtaking in its outer grounds. The hotel sits amongst tall trees, half hidden and half proudly showing. The owner of the hotel is from Austria and wanted to bring to California some European standards and beauty; he most certainly did.
Triple Creek Ranch – Darby, Montana
Triple Creek Ranch looks exactly like what you would think it would considering it is in the middle of the rustic country. The building itself looks like a giant cabin, the mountains are in the background and the horses are roaming around freely.
The Opposite House – Beijing, China
The Opposite House is all about design. Everything from the structure itself to the linen in your room was carefully selected. It was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and has an impressive 99 rooms. The hotel is without a doubt a very dramatic looking structure that would amaze anyone.
The Oberoi Udaivilas – Udaipur, India
The Oberoi Udaivilas rests on the bank of Lake Pichola. This hotel looks more like a palace and that is exactly what the designers intended. The resort is home to a state of the art spa and a wide range of restaurants, both indoor and outdoor.
Wequassett Resort & Golf Club – Chatham, Massachusetts
A classic Massachusets golf club, with an added beachfront and insanely beautiful gardens. the resort is right beside famous Cape Cod and has the classic New England style to it. The rooms are designed in a bright and tropical way, complimenting the outdoors perfectly.
Old Edwards Inn & Spa – Highlands, North Carolina
The Old Edwards Inn & Spa sits atop the Blue Ridge Mountains, overlooking endless trees and nature. The in-house restaurant is a must and the golf course is one of the nicest around.
Weekapaug Inn – Westerly, Rhode Island
Just from the photos, you can tell that this place is a dream come true. The inn has been around since 1899 although it was in 2010 that this magnificent place got a total overhaul. The inn is a secluded waterfront oasis.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas – Ranthambhore, India
The Oberoi Vanyavilas resort is a true nature lovers haven. The villas are designed in with a hut in mind, while the rest of the grounds are meticulously cared for and beautiful year-round.
Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp – Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
You have a game reserve at your feet, comfortable oversized furniture and a staff that is at your beck and call – what else could you possibly ask for?
Rosewood Mayakoba – Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen is famous for its beaches, surf, resorts and seafood. The Rosewood Mayakoba resort is no exception. This hotel is as luxurious as you can go in Playa.
Sol y Luna – Urubamba, Peru
The South American country of Peru isn’t everyone’s first choice, but thanks to the Sol y Luna, it should shoot way up on your list. The country resort is full of color, dowsed in light and sits surrounded by nothing but nature.
Nayara Springs – Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
The Arenal Volcano National Park is a forest of wild beauty. The hotel is smack dab in the middle of the park and is surrounded by the overgrown greenery that seems to leap into your hotel room.
Kamalame Cay, Kamalame Cay – Andros Island, Bahamas
The Bahamas are a classic tropical destination to go to, but the Kamalame Cay resort is a unique place to stay while you’re there. The ‘rooms’ are actually private bungalos that are situated over the water so that you can jump right on in!
XV Beacon – Boston, Massachusetts
On the more urban side of the equation is the XV Beacon in the heart of Boston. This luxury boutique hotel is a calm insdie the hustle and bustle of a city that never quiets.
The St. Regis Bali Resort – Nusa Dua, Indonesia
Every St. Regis hotel in the world is a true treat, but their resort in Bali is a true oasis. Their pools are heated and spectacular, their spa offers every massage you could want, and the rooms are the highest quality.
Tongabezi Lodge – Livingstone, Zambia
This romantic hidden gem is right upstream from Victoria Falls. There are cottages and houses available, each giving you a true feel of Africa with their very warm hospitality and accomodations.
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa – Baden-Baden, Germany
There is little more breathtaking than blooming gardens, pristine grounds, modern and luxurious rooms and state of the art facilities. This is exactly what the Brenners Park Hotel & Spa is all about.
137 Pillars House – Chiang Mai, Thailand
The 137 Pillars House hotel is part of the SilverNeedle Collection Hotels. Each hotel has its own very distinct style. This one has an exotic and colorful decor to it, focused on dark woods and flowers.
Alpina Gstaad – Gstaad, Switzerland
Ah, the Swiss Alps. This place prides itself on being much more than a hotel. It has top of the line restaurants, accomodations, spa treatments and views that could stop your rampant mind in an instant.
Beau-Rivage Palace – Lausanne, Switzerland
Another Swiss hotel that prides itself on refined attention to detail and luxury, the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne is a hotel that is sprawled on many acres of land, with private access to the river they sit beside.
Rosewood Sand Hill – Menlo Park, California
This Bay Area hotel is part of the Rosewood Hotels. This beautiful retreat sits on 16 acres of land with a view of the Santa Cruz Mountains for you to sit and look at with a nice glass of California wine.
Katikies Hotel – Santorini, Greece
Santorini really is just like the pictures. White buildings with blue window shutters and roofs, all built into the side of the island’s mountains. The Katikies Hotel is one of these structures and gives its guests unfettered access to the true beauty of Santorini.
41 – London, England
Hotel 41 is a five-star hotel in the heart of London. The hotel overlooks the regal Buckingham Palace and has a sleek black and white interior decor theme that is famous among locals.
Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens – Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Sitting right beside its ‘sister’ hotel, the Nayara Springs, Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens are an extended version of the mighty beauty that is the Springs resort. The hotel overlooks the tall volcano and has grounds that you could get lost in.
Lodge at Sea Island – Sea Island, Georgia
Far from the cities and the noise is Sea Island. On this beautiful stretch of land is the Lodge at Sea Island that has a complete view of the ocean, golf courses that would be the envy of many international ones and rooms that are spacious and cozy at the same time.
The Lodge and Cottages at Primland – Meadows of Dan, Virginia
It is unbelievable that a place like this exists. The property at Primland has much more than just rooms for you to stay in, but miles and miles of trees, rolling hills, wine, golf and spa treatments, to name a few. We just can’t get over the view.
Ashford Castle – County Mayo, Ireland
How could you go wrong when you’re resting your head in a medieval castle? This historic property is surrounded by stunning lush grounds and a loch situated most conveniently beside it.
Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort – San José del Cabo, Mexico
Guys, it’s Cabo, how could you go wrong? This Rosewood resort has villas with private pools, white soft linens, twinkle light trees and service that will make you want to stay there forever.
Gasparilla Inn – Boca Grande, Florida
This colonial style inn isn’t exactly in its place in Florida, it seems like it should be in Connecticut or something. Alas, the Gasparilla Inn has rooms, suites, and cottages available for all and does everything with style and attention to detail.
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa – Rancho Santa Fe, California
Right next to San Diego and La Jolla in Southern California, is the chic and precise Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. Villas have their own private patios for you to sit and read a book, eat lunch or just soak up that vitamin D.
The Nam Hai – Hoi An, Vietnam
This heavenly spot offers an infinity pool that ‘ends’ at the ocean, need we continue? Fine. The rooms are airy, comfortable and high end, not to mention you would be in the heart of Hoi An.
Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island – Newfoundland, Canada
If you are really looking to go remote and sort of off the grid, this place is for you. The Fogo Island Inn is on the shore of Fogo Island. The rooms are all facing the water and offer peace and quiet in the best possible contemporary design.
Brewery Gulch Inn – Mendocino, California
The inn’s style is simple yet refined, while the meals are locally sourced and have gotten praise from every direction. The rooms offer comfort and space, and the surrounding grounds have everything from fern to turkeys running around.
Hotel Santa Caterina – Amalfi, Italy
You know those photos you see of the breathtaking Amalfi coast with the mountainside homes and pristine beaches? Well, this hotel is one of those places and is just waiting for you to come and enjoy the pool, tan, beach, food rotation.
Acqualina – Miami, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
When the weather in Miami decides to play fair, this hotel is the perfect getaway no matter where you are in the United States or the world. Acqualina has its very own access to the beachfront, although you probably won’t notice with their incredible pool.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk – Newport, Rhode Island
If you want a room that will make you feel like royalty – this hotel is for you. There are chandeliers, tapestries, and bedding that looks like it came out of the best English royal home.
Zamas Hotel – Tulum, Mexico
Excuse us while we book our next vacation at this paradise. The Zamas Hotel has bungalows that are fit for the best of the best – whether you are famous or not, you can stay, eat, and tan here.
J.K. Place – Capri, Italy
Right on the coast, J.K. Place is all blue. Blue sky, blue ocean, blue pool and blue pillows. The wine is always flowing and every part of the hotel you go to you are sure to find more things to marvel over.
The Oberoi Rajvilas – Jaipur, India
Yet another Oberoi hotel to the list, the management must be doing something right. The Oberoi Rajvilas was built in the 18th century and is a magnificent hotel with exotic wildlife, gardens and two acres of total grounds.
Lion Sands Game Reserve – Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Each lodge on this property has something for you. There is a treehouse you can stay at even! Sleep with the stars above your head and fresh air all around you, while still remaining at the top of luxury as you are high above the world and have modern accommodations.
Winvian Farm – Morris, Connecticut
There is a tree in the middle of your room. This is not a drill but a fact. The structure was built around the tree to preserve it. Despite having nature literally in your room, the rest of it is plush, cozy and spacious.
Inn at Hastings Park – Lexington, Massachusetts
This inn looks like it came right out of a Pottery Bar in the best possible way. This quaint property gives you everything you are looking for in an inn – peace and quiet, delicious food, comfortable surroundings and one breathtaking view.
Curtain Bluff – St. John’s, Antigua
Tropical vacation anyone? This resort sits atop a cliff overlooking the ocean. There are palm trees everywhere and sunshine most of the time. Nothing we just mentioned could ever be a bad thing and the hotel takes advantage of the beautiful and unique scenery.
The Surrey – New York City
In the very heart of New York City lies The Surrey. This Upper East Side hotel describes itself as timeless, evocative, modern, therapeutic and intimate. Sounds like the perfect place to hide from the chaos of the city.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers – Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Yes, this place has a bit of strange name (kidnappers and all) but The Farm is anything but strange. The hotel has floor to ceiling windows in the common areas and endless accommodations for you to pamper yourself during your stay.
Four Seasons Resort – Chiang Mai, Thailand
One of the most well-known hotels in the world, The Four Seasons has properties all over the globe. Their resort in Chiang Mai is yet another example of how detail oriented the hotel chain is. The resort is filled with flowers and greenery, giving you a serene spot to go to.
The Biltmore Hotel – Coral Gables, Florida
The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables was established in 1926 and has been a staple hotel and spa for Florida vacationers. Dining at The Biltmore is recommended by most of the guests.
The Milestone Hotel – London, England
The Milestone Hotel in London is where you go when you want to feel like you are part of the royal family. The rooms are drapped with fine drapes, a four poster bed awaits you and fresh flowers are always there to greet you.
La Réserve Paris Hotel, Spa & Apartments – Paris France
Resting in the heart of Paris, La Réserve hotel and spa is the very best of the best for your stay in the city of lights. The hotel rooms boast marble fireplaces while the building is surrounded by trees to maintain your privacy.
La Residence – Franschhoek, South Africa
La Residence is located in the Franschhoek Valley in South Africa. The property is 30 acres and offers tranquility and luxury for all who seek it. The rooms are full of light, with views of the surrounding moutains.
The Goring – London, England
The English know a thing or two about hospitality, for sure. The Goring hotel is no exception. The hotel is located in Belgravia in London and is the last family-owned hotel you will find in London. The hotel has a Michelin star restuarant and prides itself on their traditional English style.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai, Thailand
This place offers a tent experience or a lodge experience, either one of which will be a deluxe high end experience for sure. The Four Seaons never disappoints when it comes to quality.
The Cloister at Sea Island – Georgia
Another hotel on Sea Island, Georgia, The Cloister is a massive estate style resort with rooms in the main building and its wings. The style is set to an earlier period in history, which is the point of this hotel, taking you back in time but keeping you peaceful as you do so.
Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa – Sacred Valley, Peru
There are a lot of good things to say about Tambo del Inka resort, but you have to try the massages and meals for yourself.
Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa – Johannesburg, South Africa
The Saxon Hotel is exquisitely designed in a combination of colonial and natural touches. The rooms offer high-quality bedding (including a mattress you will want to stay on for days).
Gleneagles Hotel – Perthshire, Scotland
Established in 1924, the Gleneagles Hotel is a countryside estate that outclasses all others in the region. The five-star hotel has championship golf courses, a two Michelin star restaurant and a spa that will make you want to never leave.
Tu Tu’tun Lodge – Gold Beach, Oregon
While it does have a rather funny name, this lodge does not mess around. The lodge has said that this is the perfect place to let lose your worries from the outside world and just take in the natural beauty around.
The Leela Palace – New Delhi, India
The Leela Palace hotel has 194 rooms available from deluxe to royal status. There are 42 additional club rooms and 18 suites. Their spa offers a large menu of treatments and the dining options are international.
Le Bristol – Paris, France
Whatever pops into your head when you think Parisian chic, this hotel is exactly that. The white walks that are accessorized with colorful drapes, gold accents, and luxurious details are all that is needed to make this place a Parisian haven.
Sonnenalp Hotel – Vail, Colorado
Vail, Colorado is known for its splendid skiing and snow boarding slopes. The Sonnenalp Hotel is another reason to go to Vail. The hotel’s design in rustic on the outside and light and airy on the inside.
Villa Cora – Florence, Italy
Villa Cora looks more like a palace than a hotel but that’s the whole point of it. The hotel is in Florence, the Italian center for art and culture, where you will find nothing but delicious pastries (try the Torta de la Nonna) and, in the hotel, classic Italian hospitality.
Ocean House – Watch Hill, Rhode Island
If you like the water and the feel of every nautical, Ocean House (just the name is a giveaway) is perfect for you. When you look out of your window you will see many boats on the water, making you want to get out there yourself. The hotel has been around for over 100 years and is all about pampering you
Inn by the Sea – Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Another waterfront property, Inn by the Sea is the place to be to stay in bed and order room service before making your way outside and onto the beach or the endless activities that the inn offers.
La Casa Que Canta – Zihuatanejo, Mexico
It’s romantic, luxurious, peaceful and stunning. La Casa Que Canta is a resort that gives you the feeling that the world is your oyster. Their infinity pool is something to behold as it looks as though it ends where the ocean begins.
Madikwe Safari Lodge – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
A little more on the wild side of things, the Madikwe Safari Lodge prides itself on its access to wildlife like no other. Every day you can go out and meet lions, cheetahs, and rhinos if that is what you want. You can then go back to your incredibly high-end room to relax.
The Inn at Harbour Town – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
There is something truly magical about this place. The sun is almost always shining on the green and white property (the buildings are white and everything else is just green, green, green!). The dining here is a real experience for your taste buds that you cannot miss.
Qualia – Hamilton Island, Australia
No surprise here, the Qualia in Hamilton Island, Australia is a hotel that has jaw-dropping ocean views and nothing but clean lines and comfort. The floor to ceiling windows gives you unparalleled views of the water and the terrain all around.
The Lanesborough – London, England
The London hotels really do have a thing for making you feel royal, which makes sense since we all go there trying to get a glimpse of them and their lifestyle. The Lanesborough hotel’s interior design comes out of a different century with painted ceilings, tapestries and gold accents everywhere.
The Egerton House Hotel – London, England
Stop, we take it back, not ALL London hotels are the same. The Egerton House Hotel is a modern, rustic and whimsical place. The rooms have everything you could ever need with an added natural element of flowers, tree-like chandeliers and hand painted artwork.
Jade Mountain – Soufrière, St. Lucia
Everywhere you look on this island you will see mountains that are entirely covered in lush greenery, miles and miles of ocean and a hotel that will do anything and everything to make you forget you ever had a home. It’s truly an all-encompassing sensory experience.
The Greenwich Hotel – New York City
The Greenwich Hotel has 88 rooms and suites that are each designed in a different and detail-oriented way. New York City is a hard place to find peace and quiet in, but this hotel does just that with its spa treatments and luxurious rooms.
The Knickerbocker – New York City
There are a million hotels in New York City, but only a few are on this list. The Knickerbocker is yet another establishment that has incredible accommodations for guests, such as their famous rooftop bar and restaurant that overlooks the city.
River Inn of Harbor Town – Memphis, Tennessee
In the heart of downtown Memphis, where southern hospitality comes before anything, the River Inn gives you a proper southern welcome. Their rooms offer french doors to your own patio while you lay on a super plush bed thinking about what to do today.
The House – St. James, Barbados
What makes this resort special is that it is an adults only hotel. You won’t have to hear anyone below the age of 18 as you gaze from your private balcony onto the electric blue ocean that is just outside your door.
Singita Kruger – National Park, South Africa
Almost all of the Singita resorts are on here, and for good reason. Located at the top of the Kruger National Park, the hotel is an inland oasis of comfort, sunshine, and nature. The most unique and appreciated part of the resort is their ecotourism initiative. They are all about making your stay the best it can be while making sure their environmental footprint is as small as possible.
Inn Above Tide – Sausalito, California
A little off of San Francisco Bay and the famous Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito is a small and stunning town that is bustling with people, restaurants, and fresh air. The Inn Above Tide, aptly named as it is literally on the water overlooking it, has a modern design with an in-room fireplace, oversized furniture and stone accents everywhere.
Cape Grace – Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Grace was given a perfect name. The hotel overlooks mountains and ocean while the indoor design is silver to match the gray mountains. Your room is complete with high bed and high thread count linen, while the restaurant in the hotel is highly acclaimed.
Taj Lake Palace – Udaipur, India
This place is much more than a hotel, it is a palace for all intents and purposes. The structure of the hotel dates back to 1746 and was the pleasure palace of Maharana Jagat Singh II (fancy!). There are 360-degree views of the water while everything here is designed to perfection and with the guest in mind.
The Resort at Pedregal – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
When you hear the word retreat you expect a place that will give you peace and quiet along with everything you ask for, right? Well, The Resort at Pedregal is by definition a retreat. It sits on the southern top of the Baja California Peninsula and is carved into a cliff. The rooms are designed for optimal relaxation, which is exactly what you get.
Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp – Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
This is the definition of glamping (glamorous camping). The rooms here are giant tents that have a full-service bedroom and bathroom within it. You will wake up to the sunrise (or later if you wish) and be in the middle of a safari. The camp is unique and adventurous and seems as though it is right out of a film.