THE MAIN INGREDIENT OF A TRAVEL IS ACCOMMODATION. WHERE ARE THE BEST ACCOMMODATIONS OF THE WORLD LOCATED?
From South America to Africa and from Asia to Australia and South Pacific Ocean, do you ever wonder where the hotels that will indulge you with their architecture, ambience, their dishes, and spas are located? We created a selection for you among the best hotels of the world. If you happen to accommodate in one of them, your stay definitely will be a pleasant one!
After the city of Cusco where the cultures of Spain and Inca are intertwined has been left alone for centuries, Peru is identified with an Inca city of Machu Picchu that was discovered in 1911. Other cities from the pre-Inca period are worth seeing with their locals, ruins, and houses located in the north coast of Peru. Hotel Libertador is located at Plaza De Armas, the most striking square of Trujillo that made Peru an important destination with its colorful colonial houses, churches, and squares. Staying at this hotel is like staying at the center of the city. Also, the hotel is very fancy with its rooms, pool, and restaurant that offers Peruvian dishes.
SOFITEL MARRAKECH LE PALAIS HOTEL
The hotel, which is located in Marrakech where the colors and curves of North Africa’s Islamic architecture come together, is among the most typical hotels of the Sofitel chain. Although, it is modern and luxurious, you can still feel that you are in Morocco because of the decoration and ambience of its rooms and halls. Traditionalism dominates the hotel from the waiters who serve ‘thé a la menthe’ (mint tea) in their traditional costumes to the red ocher painted walls, and from the pool surrounded by the palm trees to the architecture and the traditional dishes of the hotel. It is possible to taste the delicious variations of the famous Moroccan dish, Tajin, which consists of couscous and meat, at the hotel’s restaurant. The hotel is in 15-minutes of walking distance from the heart of Marrakech, Jemaa El Fna square where acrobats, fortunetellers, storytellers, snake charmers, illusionists, women painting henna tattoos, and street vendors gather.
MBALAGETI SERENGETI CAMP
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Serengeti National Park that is located in Tanzania, a country in East Africa, is a safari paradise. It means ‘lands without borders’ in Maasai language, the locals. This flat savannah that expands over 15 thousand square kilometers as if it is endless is among the world’s best preserved ecosystems. Mbalageti Serengeti Camp, located near Mbagaleti River, is right in the middle of the wild life where you can observe the natural life in its most untouched state. Everything is made with natural materials at the camp. The rooms are in fact luxurious tents with porches. Some rooms have Jacuzzis or tubs at the porch facing the Serengeti landscape. After the sunset and before the sunrise you have to walk accompanied by Maasais armed with spears from one point to another in the camp. Wild animals might come near the camp in the dark because it is not surrounded by fences. The rooms are equipped with whistles to be used in case of emergency.
ALPHONSE ISLAND RESORT
ALPHONSE ISLAND, THE SEYCHELLES
It is possible to live like Robinson Crusoe in the middle of the ocean at a tropical island in the Seychelles. How about your own private beach? Diving with snorkel, catching large ocean fish, trekking, riding on a bicycle, and doing all these in an untouched nature are possible. You are going to find yourself in the middle of nonexistence on Alphonse Island that can be reached by an hour of flight from Mahe Island. The island is magnificent with its lagoons, coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and tropical flora. You are welcomed with flower necklaces and coconuts. They have terraces with the ocean view, Jacuzzis, and open air showers under the stars. They also have bicycles to discover this lonely island by pedaling.
Among the world’s famous structures, Taj Mahal, which was made for the second wife of the Emperor Shah Jehan in the 17th century, is maybe the most exaggerated work that was constructed in the name of love. When you open the curtains in one of the rooms of Oberoi Amarvilas, this white marble structure is the first thing that grabs your attention. Not only the rooms, but the lobby, the magnificent pool, and the bar, too face Taj Mahal that is located along Yamuna River. The Indian girls in saris who put a bindi right between your eyebrows the moment you enter the hotel that you feel the inspirations from both Arab and Mongol architectures welcome you. The garden of the hotel consists of terraces, and fountains. The pool and the gazebos seem like they are from the royal era. The hotel restaurant Bellevue offers an international menu as Esphahan offers the dishes of the Indian cuisine. You won’t want to leave the terrace especially during the sunset and under the moonlight.
BANYAN TREE LIJIANG RESORT & SPA
Described as the Venice of the East, the city of Lijiang, entered the UNESCO’s world heritage list in 1997 thanks to its cobblestone pavements, bridges, and canals. When you go on the balcony in one of the villas of Banyan Tree, you see the summit of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The curved roof style of Naxis is adopted in the hotel. The sitting area, which is decorated in golden, red, and black colors, is separated with a screen from the simple and comfortable bedroom area. Before even you enter the room, a relaxing music begins to play. Four kinds of Chinese teas are the complimentary treats of the hotel. Banyan Tree adopts a modest Chinese proverb as its motto: “A piece of land you own under your feet, and the sky above your head are the greatest luxuries.”
GRAND HOTEL D’ANGKOR WAT
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
Buried in the forest with its temples after being pillaged in the 15th century and discovered by the European explorers 400 years later, the heart of the Khmer Empire, the ancient city of Angkor, forms the backbone of Cambodian tourism. Grand Hotel D’Angkor Wat, the ring of the Raffles hotels chain located in Siem Reap, is only 8 km away from the Angkor Wat temples complex, which is located in the jungle. The Khmer culture and traditions are still valid. When you enter the hotel’s gate, they wrap checkered scarves, products of Cambodian weaving tradition, around your neck. Some nights, customers dance and sing with the tunes of the piano at the bar located at the glass house. The largest pool of Siem Reap located at this hotel is inspired by the pools of the Khmer Emperors, located in Phimeanakas. The hotel houses lagoons intertwined with plants, and some rooms with private terraces, which open to the exotic garden full of tropical trees and flowers, decorated with bamboo chairs and ethnic furniture. Seventy square meters Cabana Suits, which are decorated in French Indochina style, are colored with the famous Cambodian silk and linens.
BON TON RESORT
LANGKAWI ISLAND, MALAYSIA
Located in Malaysia’s Langkawi Island and five minutes away from Pantai Cenang, the popular beach of the Island, the hotel consists of eight traditional villas that are built in different styles facing a lagoon surrounded with centuries old coconut trees. You attune with the island’s ambience immediately thanks to traditional sarongs and sleepers you find in your room. Nam Restaurant, which synthesis the Western and Eastern cuisines with unique spices of Asia, is located in here and it is respected as one of the best restaurants of the island.
SEA TEMPLE RESORT & SPA
PORT DOUGLAS, AUSTRALIA
The famous reefs of Australia stretch from the Tropic of Capricorn to Papua New Guinea for 3750 km. The most suitable base to see the Great Barrier Reef, which is among the UNESCOs World Heritage sites, is Port Douglas that is one hour away from Cairns. Some of the rooms of Sea Temple Resort & Spa located in here open to the large pool and some rooms have their own private pools. Some rooms have open air Jacuzzis and barbeques. A lagoon that is spread over a 3000 square meters of plot extends through the hotel, feeding the plants and the trees. Water makes one feel its abundance everywhere in the hotel.
AGGIE GREY’S LAGOON RESORT & SPA
Samoa is a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. It has the traditional characteristics of Polynesian culture with its people and architecture. Aggie Grey’s hotel located in the capital city Apia is among the untouched corners of the island with its open-air lobby designed like Samoa houses, a natural lagoon, palm trees, tropical gardens, and a beach with turquoise waters. Toloa, among the bird species of the island, flies around the hotel’s garden. Most of the rooms have ocean views. Hotel also has a golf course. Among the Samoa and Polynesian massages given at the Manai Spa located at the end of the beach, the Papaya Massage given with the use of papayas grown in the orchard of the hotel is worth trying. You can snorkel, join the Kava (a type of tea) ceremony, learn how to make Umu (a local dish), try canoe or wooden engraving, or matting. Dolphin Kids’ Club is for children.