Falling in love with a hotel is a common thing among travelers. However, some hotels are more special than other ones. Some hotels become and remain our first love or our biggest love. The level of service, luxurious amenities, comfortable and spacious rooms, amazing pools as well as thousands little details determine how our hotel experience is going to be.
I asked Jaime and seven dear travel bloggers to share their most memorable hotel experience, anywhere in the world. Here is what they said.
Las Brisas Resort in Acapulco, Mexico
Jaime’s favorite hotel where we stayed together is definitely Las Brisas Resort in Acapulco. He is a huge beach lover so staying in a beach resort was a dream for him. A little bit out of the city, on the slopes of the hill and with the romantic views of the bay, Las Brisas offers you peaceful and private environment. Your private buggy is just a call away to take you to the private beach club. Beach chairs, a pool bar, and fancy restaurant is all you need every now and then.
Our casita (little house) had a private terrace with views to the entire Acapulco bay and a shared pool. However, the neighboring casita was empty so the pool was only ours. Everything was in white and beige tones, with few pink surprises, perfect for a romantic getaway. We spent the evening chilling on the terrace, enjoying the stunning views and comfy lounge chairs. Well, I did. Jaime was admiring the views directly from the pool.
Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Laut Island in Malaysia
Picture this; a private island, over-water bungalows, turquoise seas, a kids-free pool area and a spa where for every treatment you take 45-minute bath house ritual. Pangkor Laut is the epitome of Malaysian luxury and hospitality.
I was lucky enough to visit with my husband for our first wedding anniversary and from the first moment everything was perfect. We enjoyed relaxing in sublime surroundings, being pampered in a couples spa session and the absolute highlight- a private sunset dining experience on a secluded beach. Bliss!
IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
I am very fortunate as I have been able to travel across the US and stay in many luxury hotels and resorts. One of my absolute favorites is IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya in Playa del Carmen. Not only are the rooms spacious and relaxing, the property is spread out so you never feel cramped.
What really sets this resort apart, and one of the key points I think in determining if a hotel is considered “luxury,” is the level of service. Everyone is friendly and will go out of their way to say hello and make you feel like you are home away from home.
Mume Boutique Hotel in Kyoto, Japan
Voted as one of the most luxurious and best service hotels in Japan, hotel Mume located in Kyoto is a hidden gem. From the second you enter this romantic boutique inn the staff absolutely pampers you. Trained with the mindset of European maids/butlers, blended with traditional Japanese ryokan characteristics, Mume’s crowning jewel is their customer service.
In the evenings prior to leaving the hotel, the staff was sure to ask us where we were going or if we needed any suggestions on places to eat or visit. In addition, they would also make reservations and arrange transportation which allowed us to spend less time planning and more time enjoying ourselves. Another greatly appreciated effort made by the staff during out stay was when they printed a map with directions to the desired destination and provided a picture of what it looked like (extremely helpful when you are not fluent in Japanese).
Hotel Mume also offers a complimentary happy hour with wine, spirits, beer, and soft drinks as well as snacks every afternoon. In the morning you can enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast. Mume is a memorable, cherished hotel to be experienced by all.
Borgo Egnazia in Puglia, Italy
If you are looking for a refined luxury with an authentic atmosphere, if you are looking for a great service, a Mediterranean gourmet cuisine, wide spaces, nature, and culture, relax and wellbeing, …then you’ll find your place at Borgo Egnazia, a luxury hotel in the south of Italy.
Borgo Egnazia just won the prestigious Best Hotel of the year prize, being selected by Virtuoso between a range of wonderful hotels worldwide (including the brand new renovated Ritz Paris).
The Spa is also superb Inspired by the ancient Roman baths, it’s completely based on natural products such as oil, salt, and almonds, in the most relaxing atmosphere you can imagine.
Brunei Hotel in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
During my time in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei, I stayed at the Brunei Hotel. It really was the first time I really appreciated a hotel and its comfort. It is not that easy to find a nice and affordable hotel in Brunei. Eventually, I got a good deal and booked the hotel.
The staff was really polite and so thoughtful. The room was warm and inviting, actually pretty cold thanks to the A/C. I especially loved the tidiness everywhere. Breakfast was extensive, including some homemade bread which, as a German, I missed after moving to Asia. From the breakfast room, you had a nice view of the bustling market nearby. I tried out the room service and it was excellent. I got fresh, high-quality food and, again, the staff was so friendly. The hotel has a really good location and you can reach everything by foot too.
Ocean Coral & Turquesa All Inclusive Resort in Riviera Maya
Ocean Coral & Turquesa all inclusive resort is a phenomenal hotel. In June of 2015, my husband and I celebrated our honeymoon in the Riviera Maya. The hotel is like an ocean oasis with paths leading to each amenity. Surrounded by three pools and extravagant plant life, it is hard to imagine being anywhere else. The rooms are beautiful with bright colors and complimentary tequila. On top of that, the staff is outstanding and willing to help you with whatever you may need.
Our favorite thing about this resort are the activities the resort provides for its guest. From water aerobics to theatrical productions, each day and night can be filled with excitement without evening having to leave the resort. Overall, this hotel has topped any other place we have stayed and we will totally be back! Now grab your swimsuit and passports and head to the Ocean Turquesa All Inclusive Resort!
Ani Villas on Koh Yao Noi Island, Thailand
Ani Villas on Koh Yao Noi in Thailand not only provides extraordinary service, but the personable staff becomes life family making Ani Villas feel like a home away from home.
Four of the eight rooms at their Koh Yao Noi property have a pool INSIDE with sliding glass doors that give guests an indoor/outdoor effect while you’re taking a dip. Villas can provide an exclusive adults-only escape but also perfect for a family friendly adventure – there’s a waterslide on property! Additional on property offerings include an on-call masseuse, traditional cooking classes, an infinity pool, and private yoga.
Ani Villa’s also gives back. Within three miles of each of their four properties (Thailand, Sri Lanka, Dominican Republic and Anguilla), they’ve built local art academies where tuition is free to students accepted into the intensive program.
Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico
I, personally, never enjoy a hotel as much as I enjoyed the Gran Hotel in Mexico City. From the very first moment, I knew spending our last night in Mexico there would be a great idea. From the check in, to the checkout, everything was perfect. Friendly staff, huge margaritas in the bar, luxurious rooms, and unbeatable views of Zocalo are just a few things to mention.
They spoiled us with a sparkling wine on a check in, personalized amenities in the room and the perfect combination of luxury, style, and comfort. The eye-catching, stunningly colorful roof makes this hotel even more special.
Ps. James Bond was here. 😉
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