Tourists who have only booked hotel rooms by phone might be amazed by the diversity available to those who find hotels at Expedia instead. The internet offers vacationers the opportunity to glimpse far-flung corners of the world before booking, making access to the world’s most luxurious hotels a real possibility for those people looking for something a little extra special on their trip.
Located on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, the Atlantis is perfect for families with children. Featuring an extensive “waterscape” known as Aquaventure, where guests can plunge along rapids and down slides, families will also marvel at the Dig, which purports to be the ruins of the lost city of Atlantis scattered amidst an open air marine habitat. Best of all, the Bahamas is a place where easily accessed nature hikes wind through wild landscapes populated by parrots, iguanas, and orchids in every colour under the sun.
The tallest skyscraper in Tokyo is the Midtown Tower, where the top nine floors are home to the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. A holiday here is characterized by outstanding panoramic views of the vast city below. Equally breathtaking is the vista from Azure 45, a restaurant on the 45th floor where Japanese fish and vegetables are transformed into French seasonal delicacies. Art lovers will particularly appreciate the hotel’s location, just five minutes away from the National Art Center.
The Westin Excelsior
The Villa La Capula suite at Rome’s most luxurious hotel captures the best of Italian art history through stained glass windows, frescoes, and a Jacuzzi reminiscent of bathing facilities in Pompeii. Almost 2,000 square feet of balconies beckon guests to step outside and admire one of the most romantic cities in the world, perfect for couples celebrating an anniversary. Rome itself offers diversions ranging from ancient Roman ruins to Renaissance masterpieces such as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in nearby Vatican City.
The Four Seasons
New York welcomes guests intent on luxury to the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons, designed by none other than world-renowned architect I.M. Pei. Situated on the 52nd floor, the penthouse provides 360-degree views as well as an indoor waterfall, a personal trainer, and a round-the-clock butler.
Ideal for a dream holiday to celebrate retirement and the free time it brings, the Four Seasons employs staff to help visitors make the most of a stay in America’s premier east-coast city. Nearby attractions include iconic Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, and Liberty Island where guests can ascend the steel framework inside the Statue of Liberty for a magnificent view of the harbour and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
The Burj Al Arab
Located in Dubai, a Middle Eastern nation resplendent with oil wealth, the Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island off Jumeirah Beach and is the world’s fourth tallest hotel. Every room here is a luxury experience; the hotel contains only suites, the smallest of which occupies more than 1800 square feet. With a structure resembling a boat’s sail, the Burj Al Arab has only 28 floors despite its height; every floor is a double story.
Dubai is also known for shopping extravagance; the nearby Dubai Mall hosts well over a thousand stores and resembles a small city of its own, which makes the Burj Al Arab an ideal honeymoon destination since couples just starting can see a huge range of choices for place settings and furniture.