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Some of the best luxury hotels around the world

If you are planning to charter a private for your holiday this year, you will no doubt be looking to stay in a luxury hotel. All of the major cities and tourist destination have a range of luxury hotels to choose from, but here are some of the best luxury hotels in the world that are perfect for air charter holidays. Relais & Châteaux Hotels The Relais & Châteaux has over 520 hotels in 60 countries. The hotels have luxury services and exceptional hospitality. These luxury hotels are historical buildings, such as manor houses, chateaus, town-houses, villas and castles. They are all set amid beautiful countryside and are close to transport links to tourist attractions. Each Relais & Châteaux contains a five-star restaurant that serves gourmet cuisine and fine wines from the region. They also have luxury spas and sports facilities. All the rooms are beautifully decorated with luxury facilities and the ultimate in comfort. Otahuna Lodge Relais Chateaux St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Colonel John Jacob Astor IV founded St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and the original hotel saw many famous and affluent people walk its halls. These include the Rockefellers, Carnegies and the Vanderbilts. The hotel chain now has over 30 hotels all over the world that continue to honour the standards set by the Astors with a butler style service. The hotel feels a little like stepping back into the past with an afternoon tea services, personal attention and traditional interior decoration. The hotels also have luxury facilities and excellent five-star restaurants that serve gourmet cuisine and fine wines. St Regis Bora Bora Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts The Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts are five-star luxury ecotourism resorts. The chain started life on the coast of Thailand shortly after the devastating tsunami of 2004. The resorts aim was to bring sustainability to local people and help clean up the mess and restore the lives of local people. This chain of resorts has properties in Thailand, Vietnam, China, Mexico, The Seychelles, UAE and Indonesia. So if you are heading to this region for a holiday why not check into a Banyan Tree resort and do your bit for the local community and eco-system? The resorts offer a luxury service and contain five-star restaurants. The rooms are opulent with luxury facilities and are the ultimate in comfort and style. Banyan Tree Bangkok view Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts If you plan to travel by aircraft charter to New York City you can treat yourself and stay at the original Waldorf Astoria. This famous hotel set the standard in luxury and was the first hotel in the world to provide room service. The Waldorf Astoria is ultimate in opulence with a five-star service and beautiful room with full facilities. There are many other Astoria hotels around the world and the brand offers guests local tours with expert guides and a personal concierge. Astoria hotels have five-star restaurants with gourmet cuisine, luxury spas and a variety of recreation activities. Waldorf Astoria, New York The Goring, London If you are heading to London then you can stay at the beautiful Goring hotel in London. The hotel is quintessential British with an elegant and sophisticated interior that harks back to Britain’s past. The Goring is considered a ‘royal’ hotel as it has recently been awarded a royal warrant by Queen Elizabeth II. Kate Middleton also stayed here the night before her wedding. The Goring has had an important role in Britain’s history; it was a command centre during WW1 and was often visited by Queen Mary. The hotel’s 69 rooms are the ultimate in comfort and luxury and the five-star service is impeccable. Goring Hotel, London Jack Lockyer is Digital Marketing Manager at Chapman Freeborn. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. Not a single mention of Amanresorts, Peninsula, Four Seasons, or Mandarin Oriental properties, but Banyan Tree made the list? We’ve been to 2 Banyan Tree properties (Bangkok and Shangri-La) and we can say without question they are nice but not on the same level as ANY the others I mention above. I realize you have limited space, but such misses do preclude the idea that you are hitting your mark for your market.

  2. Hi Bill, thanks for your feedback. We’ve taken into account your observations and prepared an updated version of the article with a few additions. It should go live soon.

  3. As I was unable to make additions to the live article, I’ll post the updates here in the comments section.

    Here are some additional luxury hotels that are perfect for when you charter a private for holidays.


    Aman means “peace” in Urdu and Sanskrit – with their unique brand of minimalistic architecture and tranquil ambient, Amanresorts are thus aptly named. With most of their resorts originally in Asia, and especially South East Asia, the group has expanded since their beginnings in 1988, and now have a presence in the USA and Europe. Natural settings and local cultures are very much embraced by these resorts, which have a 4:1 staff to guest ratio and a strong leaning towards having a small number of individual residences for greater privacy. Amanresorts are the 2012 Gallivanter’s Guide winners of the “Best Hotel Group in the World” award and runners up for the “Best Hotel/Resort Cuisine Worldwide”.

    The Peninsula Hotels

    With their flagship hotel in Hong Kong, The Peninsula Hotels have grown from their roots there dating all the way back to 1866, and now have 9 hotels in Asia, the USA and Europe, with 3 more (Paris, Berlin, Macau) set to open in the next two years. The Hong Kong hotel was once known as “the finest hotel east of the Suez”, and having one of only two private helipads in the city, it was used as the setting for a scene in the 2007 Batman film The Dark Knight, as well as being featured in The Man with the Golden Gun. The hotel’s opulence is worthy of such attention, with a recent refurbishment adding to its already famous luxuriousness – now, new technology such as touch-screen tablets and libraries of 3D movies on HD systems grace the Orient-inspired rooms. A fashion arcade and a fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms help to top off the extravagance.

    Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

    Few hotels have a bigger name than the Four Seasons, and with good reason; they are widely recognised by venerable institutions such as Travel + Leisure Magazine, Zagat Survey and Conde Nast Traveler for their top properties, by Michelin for the excellent quality of their restaurants, and always rank in Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” survey. The Four Seasons embraces local styles whilst offering a uniform service, and was a pioneer in developing a service culture of exceptional quality in luxury hotels. It also has commitments to ethical behaviour in terms of a transparent, anti-bribery culture, and in terms of wider social responsibilities – the Canadian group is committed to philanthropy and ecologically friendly behaviour.

    Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

    With two flagship hotels – The Mandarin in Hong Kong and The Oriental in Beijing – the group represents the best of luxury in Oriental style. Hotels boast extremely spacious rooms with modern, cutting-edge style, as well as world-renowned spas, such as the three-story, Forbes Five-Star Mandarin Spa in Hong Kong. The award-winning fan-shaped logo comes to life in each hotel in the form of a unique fan in each, which reflects the culture of the area – the hotel works with local artists, graphics experts and historians to work out the designs, colour and prints of the fan. This careful attention to detail, culture and individuality exemplifies the philosophy of this hotel group.

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