It’s time to start planning your trips, or just create a wish list for when you can travel again. We have selected our favourite 20 most beautiful hotels from a list of 37 compiled by CN Traveller. A few African hotels and a prominent Capetonian hotel have made it onto this list too. We think that these are some of the prettiest hotels in existence – whether they are white-washed villas in Italy, eco- farms in Iceland, minimalist structures in the desert or perfect, barefoot, private islands in the Indian Ocean.
ANANTARA AL JABAL AL AKHDAR RESORT, OMAN
A mountain retreat in the Middle East, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort overlooks an Arabian canyon.
A full-on palazzo sits on the quiet side of Venice’s Rialto Bridge. Aman Venice has low-key palazzo pomp.
SONEVA KIRI, KOH KOOD, THAILAND
A secluded island big-hitter, where villas sprawl across 150 acres of rainforest.
HACIENDA DE SAN ANTONIO, MEXICO
Set in a small coffee plantation, near a national park in Mexico, the pink Hacienda de San Antonio is surrounded by 5,000 acres of wilderness.
TAJ LAKE PALACE, UDAIPUR Udaipur’s prettiest palace hotel.
MONASTERO SANTA ROSA, ITALY A seaside getaway near Italy’s glittery Amalfi Coast.
L’HORIZON, PALM SPRINGS Built in the 1950s, this low-slung hotel is made up of mid-century bungalows.
An ethereal take on a traditional riad, L’Hotel is an indulgent escape from Morocco’s chaotic city.
TIERRA ATACAMA, CHILE
Outdoor showers and four-poster beds with wooden roll-down blinds channel a Chilean-modernist vibe at this wilderness bolthole.
ELLERMAN HOUSE, CAPE TOWN An imposing villa with incredible views of Cape Town’s Table Bay.
WICKANINNISH INN, CANADA A sophisticated inn on a craggy spot of land on Vancouver Island.
LA BASTIDE DE GORDES, FRANCE La Bastide de Gordes is set in a 12th-century hilltop village in Provence.
ST REGIS MALDIVES VOMMULI The St Regis Maldives Vommuli in the Indian Ocean.
ONE & ONLY LE SAINT GÉRAN, MAURITIUS The original beach pin-up describes the One & Only Le Saint Géran.
ETOSOTO, FORMENTERA A terrace with a view of the sea rolls just beyond the low stone walls at Etosoto in Formentera, Ibiza’s hippy younger sister.
HOANIB VALLEY, NAMIBIA
Six tents sit in the Hoanib Valley in Namibia overlooking a sandy river, established by conservation-minded Natural Selection.
Stripped-back interiors at Atzaró in Ibiza, set in 10 acres of orange groves, where rooms are spread out like a slow, meandering village.
12 DEPLAR FARM, ICELAND Deplar Farm in Iceland was, until recently, an actual farm. Now it has a geothermally heated indoor-outdoor pool, a spa, and a smart bar packed with tastefully curated mid-century furniture and provocative works of art.
SONG SAA, CAMBODIA Song Saa Private Island, an eco-friendly Cambodian getaway rooted in sustainability.
TONGABEZI, ZAMBIA Tongabezi in Zambia has waterfront lodges and more substantial houses which incorporate the surrounding gnarly trees, rather than trying to mask them.
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This article was originally written by Sophie Knight for CNTraveller.com
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