1. Tulemar Bungalow & Villas, Costa Rica
If you’re travelling to Costa Rica on a budget, but still want to stay within 33 acres of gardens, check out number one spot Tulemar Bungalows. Built in the late 80s, these spacious bungalows provide all of the comforts of home. Their octagonal design ensures guests have spectacular views of the Manuel Antonio coastline – it’s like having a life-sized postcard beyond each window. The bungalows are more rustic than some of the resort’s more luxe villas, but they’re well maintained and offer access to the same high-end amenities the campus is known for, including its exclusive beach and four swimming pools.
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; from £189 a night
2. Hotel Belvedere, Italy
The top-rated European property on this list, Hotel Belvedere is a four-star property offering high-end cuisine, music, cycling experiences, parties and wellness options. The hotel is just 50m from the beach: here guests can dine or sip an aperitif under vast umbrellas or dance under the stars at one of Belvedere’s beach parties. There’s also a private pool and decking area – perfect for topping up your tan. Away from the hotel, the town of Riccione offers sun, sea and shopping in abundance.
Riccione, Italy; price unavailable
3. Viroth’s Hotel, Cambodia
Viroth’s Hotel is located on a leafy street in the vibrant Wat Bo area of Siem Reap. The 35-bedroom hotel offers a 50s-inspired building, large green areas and vertical gardens. At Viroth’s Hotel, guests can enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment, take a dip in the 20m swimming pool and experience an impressive range of local Khmer cuisine and continental dishes. The hotel is adjacent to the river, steps away from the old market, shopping and entertainment district, and a 15-minute ride from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat.
Siem Reap, Cambodia; from £118 a night
4. Kenting Amanda Hotel, Taiwan
This four-star hotel is a great site for those wanting to visit nearby Kenting National Park. The Amanda Hotel Kenting has 48 rooms, each with a private balcony and seating area. The bedrooms also feature open bathrooms and a rich colour palette, as well as a fridge and a kettle for self-catering. A mini-golf club, play area, table tennis area, volleyball courts and games room make this a good choice for those with children to keep entertained. There’s also a restaurant and on-site spa and pool.
Hengchun, Taiwan; from £164 a night
5. Hotel Alpin Spa Tuxerhof, Austria
This alpine hotel is located at the entrance of the Tuxertal valley. The Tuxerhof is the perfect place for those after a relaxing or recreative holiday, and suits anyone from sports enthusiasts to families. If it’s a bit of peace and quiet you’re after, head to the 2,000sq m spa and sauna where holistic wellbeing and Alpine treatments await – the team here has won several awards from the German Wellness Association, the Relax Guide and TripAdvisor. All bedrooms and suites are newly refurbished and decked out in a refined ski-lodge style.
Tux, Austria; from £307 a night
6. French Quarter Inn, USA
Tucked just off Market Street in downtown Charleston, the French Quarter Inn is a boutique hotel with a singular calling: to make you feel at home. The fully restored Charleston hideaway provides a taste of the area’s genteel past, while modern touches – including spacious Italian marble bathrooms and cutting-edge technology – bring the place bang up to date. Expect plush extras such as its pillow menu, featuring seven different options and an evening turndown service which includes a Charleston treat.
Charleston, USA; from £360 a night
7. The Resort at Pedregal, Mexico
Your stay at The Resort at Pedregal begins as you enter Mexico’s only privately-owned tunnel. Guests can choose to soak in the infinity pool, which has views over the Pacific Ocean, or opt for a dunk in the private plunge pool which comes with every bedroom. Luna y Mar Spa is an ocean-view oasis, offering ten treatment rooms and signature treatments. We also like the sound of the welcome margarita on check in, fresh guacamole delivered daily to your room, and the complimentary welcome bottle of tequila.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; from £868 a night
8. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco, Peru
The striking Spanish colonial architecture is the first thing you notice at this Peruvian boutique hideaway. Maintaining original features from the building’s former status as a convent, this urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create their own drinks with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel. Within the Inca-stone walls, you’ll find a spa, the city's first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine.
Cusco, Peru; from £500 a night
9. Kayakapi Premium Caves – Cappadocia, Turkey
The historical site of Kayakapi – also known as the ‘Landowners’ Neighbourhood’ – has returned to its glory days since being taken over by Kayakapı Premium Caves – Cappadocia. Supported by UNESCO and World Heritage Centre, the cliffside property is made up of hundreds of cave houses and historical structures, including its 10th-century cave church. We like the look of the swimming pool, which is made from glass mosaic tiles and offers panoramic views of Kayakapi and Cappadocia, not to mention the traditional Turkish baths and spa.
Urgup, Turkey; from £222 a night
10. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa, Vietnam
A relaxed hotel with a homely feel, La Siesta Hotel & Spa mixes modern amenities with the charm of Hanoi’s old quarter. Located on old Ma May Street, it is in easy reach of Hanoi’s evocative Hoan Kiem lake and major attractions. The hotel has 50 spacious bedrooms, including suites and duplex rooms, which are particularly good for families and groups of friends. Other facilities include a spa, gym and screening room. Foodies will love the authentic Vietnamese cuisine at in-house restaurant Red Bean.
Hanoi, Vietnam; from £121 a night
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