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10 Reasons Why I Love Hotels


It may seem a little superficial but luxury hotels have been a lifelong passion for me. Browsing hotels websites, reading Conde Nast traveller and Lonely Planet is a feast for my eyes and I’m always planning where I’d like to stay next. I’ve even got a bucket list which I’ll be telling you about every #WanderlustWednesday on my Instagram Stories. But for this post I thought I’d tell you ten reasons why I’m so obsessed with beautiful hotels.

1. A Warm Welcome

There is seriously nothing better after many hours of travel than when a hotel welcomes you with open arms and a welcoming drink. For example after a 9 hour flight, second fifty minute flight and twenty minute boat ride, I couldn’t have been more happy to receive a cool pina colada when we arrived at Petit St. Vincent Private Island
And the welcome couldn’t have been warmer when we got to Mnemba Private Island and were greeted by the manager, chef and our own private butler with a refreshing lemon drink. 

2. Interior Design

When  choosing  hotel it’s usually the beautiful interiors that’ll will be the decision maker. But what’s my personal favourite aesthetic? Honestly I don’t really have one as long as it’s really good quality and there’s some kind of reference to the location.

I’ve loved so many hotels and it’s difficult to play favourites but two very different places that I loved equally were Singita Boulders:
Which had a gorgeous indoor / outdoor style using natural materials throughout but with inspiration from the hotel’s African setting.

The Gritti Palace I loved for it’s opulent interiors and use of local artisans such as the famous Murano glass chandeliers and gorgeous fabrics by Rubelli.
Every detail of the beautiful interior contributed to the very unique sense of place on the Grand Canal in Venice.

3. Having Your Room Cleaned for You

There’s seriously nothing better than coming back from a tiring day of sight seeing and your room has all been made up with fresh sheets and fluffy towels. 
For me one of the best things about staying in a hotel is never having to make your own bed! A hotel I remember for it’s particular attentive service was Hotel Imperial in Vienna, who not only tidied the room to perfect but bought canapés every afternoon.

4. The Softest Sheets 

If you’re anything like me, you’ll relish high thread count soft sheets and the fluffiest of pillows. Something I’m seeing more and more often is a pillow menu.
The Fullerton Bay in Singapore at ten different options for example. Talk about pillow perfection!

5. Bathroom Goals

Many of us with busy lives rarely take the time to really have a long relaxing bath and when better to indulge when you’re in a hotel with a beautiful bathroom. 
Perhaps the most beautiful bathroom I’ve ever had was at Velaa Private Island in the Maldives which looked right out to the ocean. Some hotels even have a bath butler to create the most perfect experience for relaxation in the tub!

6. Turn Down Time 

I love a good hotel turn down; that fantastic anticipation of returning to your hotel after dinner and wondering what it’ll look like. 
For example at one of my all time favourite hotels, Jade Mountain in St Lucia, we’d arrive back to a bed covered in rose petals, a swan shaped towel, a giant slab of chocolate cake and a bottle of bubbly.

At the Rosewood Mayakoba, I arrived back to find my initials embroidered on the pillow and at The Gansevoort Meatpacking in New York, the soft chocolate cookies were laid for us before bed.

7. Best Breakfasts 

Seriously who doesn’t love a long leisurely breakfast at a beautiful hotel? And the opportunity to deviate from your usual boring toast / yogurt / cereal routine to over indulge in pancakes, waffles, bacon and sausages. For me the setting of the most important meal of the day is just as important as what I’m eating. 
Perhaps the most unbeatable has been right on a clifftop at Birkenhead House in Hermanus, South Africa.

But I also loved the dramatic dining room and exquisite pastries of Le Meurice in Paris
But perhaps the most interesting hotel breakfast I’ve ever had is a traditional Ryokan, Gora Kadan in Hakone, Japan. 
A traditional Japanese breakfast of epic proportions.

8. Spa Time!!

No matter how much you try, it’s impossible to replicate the feeling of a really good luxury hotel spa at home. For me the very best spas incorporate local experiences and products in a beautiful setting. For example T Spa at Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como, Italy features treatments using the herbs that naturally grow on the shores of Lake Como and flowers for the Grand Hotel Tremezzo garden, The Spa Suite is one of the most beautiful I’ve even seen.
At Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, a beautiful hotel and vineyard, here the ‘Spa Sommelier’ offers wines for the guests to try in order to determine appropriate treatments.
The rainforest spa at Sugar Beach A Viceroy Resort in St. Lucia, makes great use of the beautiful environments with gorgeous treatment rooms throughout the forest. Ingredients from St Lucia are integrated into the therapies for a truly authentic experience; bananas to smooth wrinkles, coconuts to exfoliate and cocoa butter.

9. An Epic Pool

Though a cool pool isn’t a pre-requisite, it’s always a fab addition to a hotel especially when there’s something special and quirky about it. Like the tiered pool at Hanging Gardens Ubud.
Or pool with underground bar at Deplar Farm.

And of course the famous rooftop pool at The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

10. Wonderful People 

I’ve said it before, but however beautiful a hotel is it’s the people that really make it. My favourite hotels throughout the year; Singita Boulders, Jade Mountain, Mnemba Island, Sasaab, Deplar Farm and Ellerman House all top my list because of the warm welcoming management and staff and that feeling of being at home rather than at a hotel.


  • Angie, you induce so much wanderlust! I love luxury hotels and totally agree. Sasaab looks incredible, I didn’t even know glamping was an option in Kenya…

    • I’m so glad you agree!! I would highly recommend a visit to Sasaab!

  • The slow pace

    I can’t agree with you more! We even travel because hotels are our destinations! We choose one and we visit the city/village7area because of the hotel!

  • Conde Nast Traveller is one of my favourite magazines too, I just love beautiful hotels! It makes such a difference to a holiday and I came to really look forward to turn down time as well especially when they surprise you with some bubbly 😉 Have a fantastic weekend, Angie!

    Miriam xx
    http://www.londonkitchendiaries.com

    • That’s so true Miriam. I love exploring a destination but returning to your hotel is always so relaxing.

  • Hotels a fabulous treat when you’re travelling from city to city. There’s a lot to love about them! Especially when they offer welcome drinks and pools. One of my friends has always loved supermarkets, its airports and hotels for me 🙂 Great topic for this month’s #travellinkup, I’m really looking forward to reading a massive range of posts.

    • Lol! Yes, I know people who always seek out supermarkets. It’s so interesting to see how they vary from place to place.

  • these hotels are definitely fabulous!:) love the bathroom things you can get in a hotel:)

  • Everything I love about a hotel! I’m really enjoying Conde Naste recommendations and Sunday Times Travel

  • Literally every reason why I love hotels! A good breakfast, the spa, the pool, the service, the daily cleaner. I wonder if I could live in a hotel forever.

  • I loooooved the daily canapes at Hotel Imperial! I also loved how they left a box of the Imperial Torte – SO yum!

    C x

  • Binny Shah-Patel

    I absolutely love staying in hotels for me its definitely the breakfast and spa time

  • Love these – especially the room cleaning daily. I’m sad my cleaner only comes fortnightly! We always change the sheets and bedding before we go away and make the bed so it is like coming back to a hotel room, but in fact it is nicer as it is home – that would be my number 11, to love to come home full of memories of a good trip!

  • Aftab – Fresh And Fearless

    I literally went through all your reasons and was like ‘YES!’ to every one. Great post Angie!

  • I am definitely allll about the bathroom goals and hotel breakfasts!

  • Yes to ALL of these things! I especially love a good turn down service – such a treat!

  • Suze

    The pool with the underground bar looks pretty amazing!

  • This post is everything! It’s also a great hotel bucket list check list! You’ve stayed at some seriously dreamy properties in your time.

    Polly xx

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  • All of the above! I don’t always stay in hotels, but when I do, I know I’m living my best life 🙂
    Your post is really giving me some inspiration to start booking some autumn and winter travels!

  • You can’t beat a good hotel! I’m very much a budget-orientated traveller, but I do like to splash out every now and again on a luxury room. The features are always sensational, and can be the difference between a great holiday and an incredible one! x

  • I couldn’t agree more with you on all of these points!

  • Harpreet Acharya

    Goodness, these are all the BEST reasons to love hotels!! Your list is enviable Angie!

  • I’m totally with you on the Luxury Hotel obsession front! Every single hotel has its own unique sense of identity and charm. I don’t think hotels will every stop fascinating me!

  • A pillow menu?! I clearly haven’t stayed at enough luxury hotels – that is my dream!

  • Gary J Berry

    Yes to all! An epic pool is my fav!

  • You simply can’t beat a lovely hotel with fantastic people – and a good pool!

  • You definitely are my go-to when checking out hotels for travel! x

  • Cannot help but agree with every single of these reasons, although I must confess I have often secretly wished to live at a hotel because of #3 😉 xx