Updated: Jan 12
Continuing with our 'most instagrammed' series, we are delving into some of the most decadent, elegant and photogenic hotels in the world, to provide you with a slice of escapism, as most of us are unable to travel there in the current climate.
There is no doubt that Instagram has changed the way we travel, gone are the days of searching for hotels, photo-worthy cafes, backdrops and beauty spots in travel guides... Instagram has become the travel agent we turn to plan our journeys. We simply scroll to browse. Hotels, restaurants and travel tips are flourishing on Instagram for the wayfaring community to enjoy, at only a tap away.
*In our line up, we have measured popularity by most number of tags on Instagram based on the list of 100 best hotels in the world.
Claridge's Hotel, London, UK - 71.4k
Claridge's is a 5 star hotel in the hear of Mayfair. Often referred to as the 'annexe to Buckingham Palace, with its long standing connections to royalty and well-known actors, directors, and entertainers who have used Claridge's include, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Brad Pitt, Joan Collins, Mick Jagger, U2 and Whitney Houston. Claridge's is known for hosting visiting royalty and guests of the Royal Family. The late King Hassan of Morocco was known to travel with his own mattress, but at the hotel he used a Savoy Mattress. Impressed by the quality, he ordered 24 identical mattresses from the Savoy for his palace.
Anantara Kihavah, Maldives - 16.9k
You know it, and you love to hate it whenever someone posts a story of their room leading out onto the ocean, but no-one can deny its stunning blue horizons. Loved by John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner and many more, it is the most romantic, secluded getaway one could take.
Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris, France - 10.9k
The Hotel Plaza Athénée is a Brunei-owned historic luxury hotel, located at 25 Avenue Montaignein the 8th arrondissement of Paris, near the Champs-Élysées and the Palais de Tokyo. The hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection group of international luxury hotels. The hotel has five restaurants and a bar, and it has room rates ranging from £1,254 to £20,000 per night for the hotel's premier suite. Alain Ducasse's restaurant features jaw dropping exotic food, at equally jaw dropping prices.
Jade Mountain, St Lucia - 24.4k
On 243 hectares of lush tropical hillside, this high up resort is set on Anse Chastanet Beach, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, and is 4 km from St. Lucia Botanical Gardens.
Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya - 65.1k
The most unforgettable, bucket-list breakfast in the world. Giraffe Manor is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. The historic manor house has extraordinary appeal, that harks back to the 1930s when visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa. With the opportunity to feed the giraffe from the window of your room, or whilst you have breakfast, there is no doubt its one of the most wonderfully magical places you could stay and snap for the gram.
Canaves Oia Suites, Santorini, Greece - 214k
Canvas Suites is a complex of 11 suites built in traditional Cycladic architecture style, which stand out for their simplicity, unique atmosphere and discreet luxury. Hanging on the renowned caldera cliff of Oia, all Suites offer stunning views of the deep blue Aegean Sea, overlooking the impressive Volcano of Santorini and providing everything you need to relax and enjoy a memorable stay in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Instantly recognisable for its white and blue signature style, just one snap of this on Instagram can transform you back to simpler times. Santorini has been coined the mature big sister to its neighbouring party island Mykonos, truly a must visit destination.
Keemala, Phuket, Thailand - 17.7k
On a lush hillside property 3 km from Kamala Beach, this unique resort with rainforest views is also situated nearby the Kathu Waterfall. Made up of luxe villas inspired by stories of fictional tribes include thatched units, elevated podlike quarters and nest-themed accommodations. All come with private pools, outdoor showers, perfect for that casually-under-the-shower-in-my-bikini-looking-seductive shot!
Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland - 26.4k
Set in an art nouveau villa built in 1905 and overlooking Lake Lucerne, this ritzy hotel on the slopes of Bürgenstock mountain.Featuring balconies with lake or mountain views, the rooms are refined and elegant.
Andaz Maui, Wailea, Hawaii - 30.8k
Overlooking Mokapu Beach, this sophisticated 15-acre resort features refined modern rooms, coastal-inspired furnishings and private lanais, some with sea views, private plunge pools or hot tubs.
Emerald Lake Lodge, Yoho, British Columbia - 17.7k
Set on a 13-acre peninsula on Yoho National Park’s Emerald Lake, this upscale lodge is a short car drive from the Canadian Rocky Mountains Parks World Heritage Site. The rooms and suites feature private balconies with lake views, wood-burning fireplaces. With breath taking view over Emerald lake, it has been a winter travel trap for scenic photos.
Le Riad Jasmine, Marrakesh, Morocco - 4.8k
Possible one of the most trendy locations to be seen at over the last few years, this style of hotel ensures you gain the 'well travelled' badge on Instagram. With its incredibly intricate and unique style, The Riad Jasmine has been Instagrammed left, right and centre, and can you blame us? It's gorgeous, and perhaps one of the more accessible resorts to visit.
Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy - 25.8k
In an elegant hillside building overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, this upscale, adults-only hotel is an 8-minute walk from Marina Grande beach. Featuring ornate handmade floor tiles and antique touches, the rooms come with an unbeatable view of the sea, giving you ultimate holiday relaxation.
Il Pellicano, Tuscany, Italy - 5.5k
In a former private home where European royals and Hollywood celebrities once stayed, this posh cliff-top hotel overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea is set with jaw dropping cliff sunbathing spots, as well as a private beach. With guests such as Sophia Loren, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and her husband, Prince Bernhard, Charlie Chaplin and designer Emilio Pucci, all of whom revelled in the hotel's privacy and barefooted ease, it's an A-list paradise of privacy.
Amangiri, Utah, Colorado - 24.4k
All the vibes. Yes, that very place that Kylie Jenner took full advantage of the stark, minimal backdrops which are so in at the moment. Loved by minimalistic Queen Rosie Huntington Whitely, Amangiri is the ultimate getaway, you quite simply cannot get more secluded than in the middle of Utah Desert. Set on 600 acres in Canyon Point and built into the landscape, this all-suite luxury resort with views over the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Amenities include a floatation therapy pavilion, yoga and guided hikes, which have been loved and documented by Selling Sunsets star Christine Quinn. There's also a communal living room, library, art gallery and a dining room, as well as a wine cellar. The epitome of luxury and elegance, Amangiri is a truly unique stay.
La Colombe d'Or, Nice, France - 5.6k
In a stone building, this informal seasonal hotel with artwork dates from the 1920s. It's 15 minutes' walk from Fondation Maeght, a museum of modern art. The Colombe d’Or started life in 1920 as “Chez Robinson”, a café bar with an open air-terrace where people would dance at weekends. It soon attracted characters from the neighbourhood, which gave the idea to Paul with the support of his wife Baptistine “Titine”, to extend and reopen as the Colombe d’Or, an inn of 3 rooms. The friendly atmosphere together with Paul’s deep interest in the arts brought the visit of many artists and the walls were soon covered by paintings, which often were exchanged for a stay or a few meals.
The rooms and suites are simply furnished, but the art and history this establishment is steeped in, it is sure to feed the curious historians in us.
Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc, France - 17.5k
Set on the seafront and a 13-minute walk from Cap d'Antibes, this luxury landmark hotel dating to 1870 is 4 km from Musée Picasso and a short drive from Cannes. Spread across 3 buildings, elegant rooms with courtyard views and sophisticated French-country decor feature marble bathrooms and sea views. There are 2 luxury villas, 1 with a private pool and butler, 1 with a private hot tub. With a Guestlist featuring the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio, Kendall Jenner, Elsa Hosk, Naomi Campbell, Sofia Richie, Emily Ratajkowski and Sienna Miller. Previous guests have included The Kennedy family, who summered there in 1938 when John F. Kennedy was 21. Historic guests include Orson Welles, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Winston Churchill and Charles De Gaulle. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton conducted an affair and honeymooned there. The hotel is inundated with stars around the time of the Cannes Film Festival. For many years the hotel did not accept credit cards. Cash only was accepted, though most guests wired money ahead of their stay. In 2006 this policy was dropped.
Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy - 33k
Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, this plush resort is adjacent to San Domenico Golf and 2 km from the port of Savelletri. Its arctitecture is castle-like and candle-lit, built in imitation of a traditional village (borgo) but with luxurious add-ons, including a Michelin-starred restaurant, championship golf course, two beach clubs with private beaches – one sandy, one pebbly – and a knock-out spa that bases its treatments on ancient Puglian rituals. Rooms are styled with rural romance: almond-filled baskets, bird cages, egg-shaped ornaments and rope-strung keys are just a few of the trimmings. Justin Timberlake held his wedding to Jessica Biel in the hotels stunning grounds.
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, USA - 119k
You can see why it has been so heavily instagrammed, those pastel walls are the perfect partner for daisy dukes and floral dresses. Affectionately known as the 'Pink Palace', The Beverly Hills Hotel is famous for legendary service and legendary guests.The reputation of the Beverly Hills Hotel, as a leading luxury hotel with glamorous patrons, took off during the 1950s and attracted eminent guests such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, King Albert of Belgium, the Crown Prince of Monaco and Grace Kelly, John Wayne, and Henry Fonda. Over the last century, Hollywood stars have enjoyed the timeless glamour of this dramatically beautiful setting, drawn in by the relaxed surroundings and seamless service. The Beverly Hills Hotel has rather morbidly been the location to many celebrities deaths, including Coco Chanel, and Whitney Houston.
Shangri La, Maldives - 14.3k
Ahhhh yes, that one. You've all seen it, wether its through the copious amounts of influencer trips that have been sponsored to go there, or even through people who have actually paid to be there, undoubtedly it is one of a kind. With a private hut on the sea, overlooking into the ether as far as the eye can see, could you get more relaxed?
Raffles Hotel, Singapore - 11.9k
This elegant hotel in a circa-1887, Colonial-style building with landscaped gardens is 2 km from the casino at Marina Bay Sands.Featuring high ceilings and ornate furnishings, the suites have a range of amenities such as marble bathrooms, living rooms, as well as verandas. Butler and room service are both available 24/7.Dining options include 3 chic bars (1 with billiard tables), plus French, Indian and Italian eateries, a steakhouse and a bakery.
The Burj Al Arab, Dubai - 4.6m
The Burj Al Arab, Dubai's main (and arguably only) attraction. The Guardian coined the hotel as 'a tower of vulgarity'. Its one of the worlds most expensive hotels, with its best room a casual £11,000 per night. This hotel is so famous, it has featured on many TV shows, including Billion Pound Hotel, and has guests include Gigi & Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber. Tennis stars Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer have all stayed on separate occasions, Bollywood stars and beloved couple, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, are also frequent visitors of the hotel. The hotel is renowned for its light show on New Years eve, which features a hologram of the new year projected onto the side of the building. The hotel was described a 7 stars, almost 2 decades ago, but this ha stuck the test of time. Seven-star or not, it's undeniably luxurious — the Burj Al Arab doesn't have rooms, it has suites. Just 202 of them in fact, which isn't very many considering the size of the hotel. It has the highest atrium in the world, meaning you can see right up to the top of the flag shaped buildings apex. There is a cafe offering gold topped cappuccinos, and even menus in the rooms where you can choose your pillows, duvets and bedding, as well as a floral arrangement menu which includes flowers shipped in from Holland, Kenya, South Africa, and Colombia. This is the most instagrammed hotel in the world, with a hefty 4.8 million tags on instagram.
The Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore - 1.8m
Yes - it is that weird one sort of shaped like a boat with a great view from the infinity pool. Across from Marina Bay, this high-end hotel within a sprawling entertainment complex just ac ross from greenhouses at Gardens by the Bay. Polished rooms feature sitting areas and floor-to-ceilings windows with city or bay views. Suites have living areas, kitchenettes, saunas, pianos and butler service. Room service is offered 24/7.
Soneva Jani Maldives - 13.2k
This luxury resort on a private lagoon is only accessible by seaplane from Velana International Airport 166 km away, or via speedboat from Kunfunadhoo Island. The rustic-chic 1- to 4-bedroom villas have private pools, butler service, living rooms and decks; most are set overwater. Some villas add waterslides into the lagoon. Non-motorized water sports, weekly cocktail parties and guided snorkel trips are included. This gorgeous resort is so picturesque, and you can totally see why.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy - 42.1k
Overlooking Lake Como, this palatial art nouveau hotel is 250 m from the Villa Carlotta museum and botanic garden. Formal rooms offer park or lake views; some have balconies or sitting areas. Suites include whirlpool tubs, and some have private gardens. Rooftop suites add butlers, and terraces with hot tubs. Breakfast is served in an elegant restaurant which has a terrace; there's also a casual trattoria, an upmarket bar, a beachfront bistro and a poolside pizzeria. Other amenities include 3 pools, a private beach and a marina, plus a spa, a fitness room and a tennis court. Lake Como is loved by many a-listers for its secluded and private nature. George & Amal Clooney have a modest home perched upon the lake, ensuring them total privacy.
Alila Seminyak, Bali - 30.6k
We couldn't do a most instagrammed list without including one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world, Bali. With its luscious waterfront views, and clean cut, private pool rooms, its the perfect place for relaxation. With a modern spa, featuring treatments using only local natural ingredients, you really are living off the land in Alila.
That concludes our most instagrammed hotels in the world list. We are aware that no-one is travelling much at the moment, but we wanted to provide you with a form of escapism, which will help transform you into an exotic land of hedonism. Where we can't travel, we can plan our next adventure.
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