6 of the best luxury hotels at the world’s most iconic locations

 

There are certain sites in the world which many of us would count as ‘must see’ travel highlights. For some of these iconic spots there are nearby places to stay which really do have the best positions imaginable. Staying in such top luxury properties very much adds to the experience of these very special places. Here are six of the best:

Taj Mahal: Oberoi Amarvilas

It’s hard to imagine a hotel with a more breathtaking view.  Only 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, the Oberoi Amarvilas overlooks this, one of the most awe-inspiring buildings in the world.  Residents in this 102-room luxury hotel are not only treated to a view which is hard to tear yourself away from, but also some of the best surroundings, service and food to be found in India.

Taj Mahal

Machu Picchu:  Sanctuary Lodge

There is only one hotel adjacent to the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and that is the luxury Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.  Part of the Orient-Express group, this is the place to be if you want to be as close as possible to the famous Inca ruins.  All other hotels are at village at the base of the mountain, about 20 minutes bus ride away.

Machu Picchu

Victoria Falls:  Royal Livingstone

Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) is the local name for Victoria Falls. If you stay at the elegant Royal Livingstone Hotel on the banks of the Zambezi you can watch this ‘smoke’ rise from the bottom of the hotel grounds.  Sit by the river as the sun sets, G&T in hand, and enjoy one of the best spots in Livingstone.

Victoria Falls

Iguazu Falls:  Hotel das Cataratas

The only hotel inside Iguazu National Park on the Brazilian side of the Falls is Hotel das Cataratas; choose a room with a view and you have the stunning sight of Iguazu to yourself for the duration of your stay.  It is a large but stylish luxury hotel positioned such that you can be at the falls well before any of the crowds arrive.

Iguazu Falls

Galapagos Islands: The Grace

The best way to see the Galapagos Islands is not to sit in a luxury hotel on an island, but to watch the islands float past your window as you cruise from place to place.  There are hundreds of yachts and larger boats which sail around the islands, but for sheer elegance and class we’d recommend the stylish Grace.  Aristotle Onassis gifted the yacht to Princess Grace of Monaco on her wedding. She now welcomes just 18 guests to her intimate luxury rooms to see one of the most unique and incredible wildlife experiences in the world.

Galapagos bird

Ngorongoro Crater: Crater Lodge

Possibly best described as a Maasai-inspired palace, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offers African opulence with views to die for.  Perched on the edge of the Crater, you can see down the slopes to the crater floor and you get a real feeling for the scale of this huge crater. If you like your luxury on the wild side, don’t resist, this is an incredible spot.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Amanda Marks is Founder and Managing Director of Tribes Travel.

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  1. My vote goes to Palazzo Manfredi, Rome. Dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, Aroma, offers a fabulous view of the Colosseum. Truly iconic!

  2. I’m a big traveller and a bit of a princess when it comes to hotels and these really fit the bill. I’m going to plan a trip to Machu Picchu, the Sanctuary Lodge looks lovely. Thanks.

  3. Malin says:

    The all seem lovely, what about any European landmarks, like the Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, Hotel Adlon next to Brandenburger Gate in Berlin to name a few

  4. Maria says:

    A great blog! Looking at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge picture, makes me want to pack my case and go. It is indeed a view to die for. The laid table and the terrific views are very inviting!

    God has given us many very beautiful things to appreciate and enjoy on earth!Looking at the breathtaking pictures above, for me this is only confirmed here.

  5. Paul Johnson says:

    Hi Maria

    I can vouch for the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge myself as we spent part of our honeymoon there. It is indeed a beautiful view, though sometimes interrupted by passing buffalo! :)

    Paul

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