Top-rated luxury hotels for your adventures around the world

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Where you stay makes or breaks the travel experience – check out our roundup of top rated luxury hotels guaranteed to make your travel the world the best yet.

OWhen planning your next trip, you’ll probably choose your destination before looking at accommodation options, but what if you planned your vacation the other way around? Approach the trip with a new perspective by starting with a top ratedcomfortable luxurious hotel, and plan your unforgettable trip from there. With so many luxury hotels to choose from, there is sure to be one that ticks all your boxes.

Here are some of the luxury hotels that we love right now:

AMARANO HOTEL | Burbank, California

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Head to Hollywood for a stay at this top rated luxurious hotel—Burbank’s only AAA Four Diamond hotel. A hidden gem, the 132 rooms Hotel Amarano recently underwent a reinvention with a fresh new identity from the award-winning Hirsch Bedner Associateswho managed to mix modern glamor with old Hollywood charm.

The luxurious hotel offers the key amenities you’ll need for the perfect vacation, including an indoor heated pool, hot tub, and beach boats. Dine at the Amarano Hotel’s signature restaurant, FYC Bar + Kitchen, for a modern take on contemporary California food and drink. Minutes from Hollywood Burbank Airport, this luxurious hotel provides easy access to Universal Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney Studios, NBC Studios and more.

THE OAK POST IN UPTOWN HOUSTON | Houston, TX

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Owned by billionaire businessman and Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, this top rated hotel and spa has 5 stars on Forbes, and that’s for good reason. The Post Oak has it all, housing a museum-worthy collection of artwork, including works by Frank Stella, Robert Motherwell and Alex Katza 20,000 square foot spa and a rooftop helipad – with helicopter rides to the Johnson Space Center.

If you’re a wine enthusiast, The Post Oak’s new Stella’s Wine Bar is for you, with access to the property’s $5 million wine cellar. For fine dining, head to Willie G’s Seafood, Mastro’s Steakhouse or King Ranch Texas Kitchen. The Post Oak also features an award-winning pastry chef who prepares Parisian-inspired delicacies at the hotel’s Bouchée Pâtisserie.

HOTEL JACKSON | Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Premium King Room

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If you like star gazing, please visit this shop luxurious hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Known for unique experiences, like stargazing in Grand Teton National Park, dog sledding and snowmobiling tours in Yellowstone National Park, Hotel Jackson made a name for himself among adventurers. It also houses a top rated and the award-winning restaurant, FIGS, which focuses on authentic Lebanese-Mediterranean cuisine.

The family-run hotel is currently undergoing renovations to add new luxury suites, a spa, a rooftop bar and more.

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THOMPSON SEATTLE | Seattle, Washington

Thompson Seattle

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Head to the Pacific Northwest for a stay at Thompson Seattle, a luxury boutique hotel designed by Olson Kundig. Walking distance to ICONIC Seattle Pike Place Market and the Space Needle, this luxury hotel offers stunning views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, and features floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the view.

The hotel’s signature restaurant, Conversation Kitchen + Bar, is run by Food Network Chopped winner and Executive Chef Kaleena Bliss, who uses the finest local ingredients to create carefully curated dishes. Ready to relax? Head to Thompson Seattle’s popular rooftop bar, The Nest.

TOMPSON DENVER | Denver, Colorado

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Although ThompsonDenver just opened in February this year, it is already making a name for itself as a key option for excellent views and equally good amenities. The luxurious hotel offers walking access to some of the best restaurants, galleries and bars including Union Station, Ball Arena, Coors Field, the Dairy Block and the brand new Market Station.

Thompson Denver’s restaurant, Chez Maggy, run by celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre, is a wonderful French brasserie. If you want a drink, head to the 6th floor to find the Veranda Lounge Bar with seasonal cocktails and a variety of select wines and beers.

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SOFITEL FIJI | Denarau Island, Fiji

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If the beach calls you, go to Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa. Located on a private beach on Denarau Island, this luxurious hotel was renovated in three years by interior design studio CHADA. Their design vision for Sofitel Fiji involved the beauty of the local environment, where the land meets the sea. natural beauty and culture of Fijiwith a touch of French elegance.

Renovations include Waitui Bar & Grill, an adults-only poolside dining experience, and Suka, a beach bar that features 30 house-infused rums. If you have children, the Niu Kids Beach Club is the perfect place to spend some family time. Dance the night away at Republik Night Club or look your best with your hair and nails done at Sofitel Salon.

BAUTISTA HOUSE | Sian Ka’an, Tulum

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Although this stay is not technically a hotel, Casa Bautista is a luxury villa surrounded by the beautiful turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean. It was built to be the dream vacation home, with great gathering spaces and plenty of privacy too. The villa is equipped with large doors that open the living areas to the outside, so you can fully appreciate the beauty of nature around you.

Relax in the hot tub, rooftop pool, or grilling area that floats atop the jungle canopy, giving you ideal ocean and lagoon views.

Elisha A. Tilghman