Hi there. I'm Deej, and I'm a hotel junkie.
It's not like this is any big secret. Hotels are, for lack of a better description, my thing. Some would argue that my relationship with hotels is similar to that of a heroin addict, and I guess they are right to some degree. I spend nearly all of my extra money in them, they bring a great deal of satisfaction for a short period of time, and after a week or two without them I start to twitch uncontrollably.
When I started this series on my travel bucket list, I knew that hotels would not only need a post of their own, but would also be the most difficult to write. With a tally of properties that exceeds the number of possible rows in an Excel sheet, narrowing this bucket list down to ten hotels seemed nearly impossible.
I'm going to give it a try anyway....
10. The Four Seasons - Bora Bora
Three words....Over Water Bungalow. There isn't much else to say that isn't already said here...
|The Four Seasons Bora Bora|
Credit: Four Seasons
9. The Hay-Adams - Washington, D.C.
The Hay-Adams has played host to countless president's and heads of state, but the view is the real reason to visit. Check in to the Hay Adams, and it's possible the Secret Service will want to know why.
|The view from the Hay-Adams.|
8. The Plaza - New York
The most iconic hotel in a city filled with iconic hotels. There's just one catch though...I've already stayed here. However, the memories of my stay at The Plaza are sketchy at best, and it's time they be refreshed. Besides, whoever decided that a bucket list can only be stuff you've never done?
7. The Hotel Ritz - Paris
For over a century, the Hotel Ritz has been a landmark of not only Paris, but the entire hotel industry. Arguably the most historic hotel in the world, the Ritz not laid the foundation for a legendary brand of hotels, but also contributed to the modern English vocabulary. How many times have you used the word ritzy?
|The Hotel Ritz Paris|
6. Disneyland Hotel - Tokyo
What kind of bucket list would this be if I didn't have at least one Disney item on it? The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is regarded by some to be the finest at any of the Disney Parks. I've often ranted about Disney's misguided view of "Deluxe," and this is a clear exception. Then again, they don't actually own this hotel...
|Tokyo Disneyland Hotel|
5. The Ritz Carlton - Hong Kong
Found on the 102-118th stories of a Hong Kong skyscraper, the Ritz Carlton holds the distinction of being the highest hotel in the world. At least you don't have to worry about getting stuck with a view of the back alley.
|The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong|
Credit: World Property Channel
4. The Four Seasons - Nevis
A few years ago, I read the biography of Four Seasons founder Isadore Sharp. He went into great detail about the work that went into creating a culture of service on an island where there were no other 5 star properties. By all accounts, the staff pull it off brilliantly, and I've been fascinated by the resort ever since.
|The Four Seasons Nevis|
Credit: Four Seasons
3. The Old Course Hotel - St. Andrews
Any hotel that requires golfers to hit over their building is OK in my book. Not to mention if I'm staying there, it probably means I'm scratching a round at St. Andrews off the bucket list as well.
|The Old Course Hotel|
2. Marina Bay Sands - Singapore
Seriously....look at this place. How can it not be on my list?
|The Marina Bay Sands|
1. Burj al Arab - Dubai
A hotel so awesome, they created their own 7 star rating and no one bothered to cry foul. In a short period of time, the Burj al Arab has become not only one of the most recognizable buildings on the planet, but it's legendary service is world renowned. My dream goes a little beyond a simple hotel stay...I want to hit a golf ball off their helipad.
|The Burj al Arab - Credit: e-architect.com|
So there you have it...the top 10 hotels I want to visit in the world. Their combined nightly rate of $6531 is actually lower than I expected, but still merits that I befriend someone with money to burn. If you happen to be one of the Mega-Millions winners, feel free to leave a comment with your contact info below.
Enjoy Your Stay