40 Luxury Hotels That Spoil Their Guests Absolutely Rotten

Have you ever wondered exactly what happens inside the world’s most luxurious hotels? When they promise their guests five-star treatment, do they really deliver? We’ve taken a peek inside some of the most extravagant hotels on Earth and discovered the secret features, state-of-the-art services, and lavish added extras that keep their elite guests coming back for more. From personal butlers to a dedicated pillow menu, let’s check in…

1. Shangri-La Bosphorus, Turkey

The bank of the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul is where you’ll find this converted 1930s tobacco warehouse, which has traded in smoke for a simply smoking luxury accommodation experience. There are Turkish baths, and then there’s the kind of treatment you’ll receive at the Shangri-La Bosphorus. The full-body moisturization with milk and honey sounds truly decadent. 

2. Oberoi Udaivilas, India

Harking back to India’s historic past, the Oberoi Udaivilas by Lake Pichola in Udaipur brings visitors Rajasthan-inspired design and modern hospitality. The attention to detail here is said to be exceptional. For example, your hosts will offer you a lazy and luxurious view of the landscape via a shikara boat ride, with wine and other refreshment.

3. Laucala Island, Fiji

Luxury hotels provide all manner of ways of getting from A to B. Yet guests who are enjoying the Laucala Island resort may want to climb aboard a submarine as part of their head-swimmingly immersive experience. If you’re claustrophobic, you might want to give the trip a miss, but everyone else will surely love the novelty of personal underwater transportation.

4. Giraffe Manor, Kenya 

Situated in 12 acres of stunning Nairobi-based scenery, Giraffe Manor was built in 1932. According to owners The Safari Collection, it is styled after a Scottish hunting lodge. Your stay includes interaction with the resident Rothschild’s giraffes. They arrived a few decades later, and seem to always be hungry. In fact, guests are encouraged to feed them when they stick their heads through the window!