Our Top 10 Bucket List Hotels and Resorts

Our Top 10 Bucket List Hotels and Resorts

So this is the one post which has been on our minds for quite some time, with much deliberation we have nailed which hotels would be the ones we would love to visit before we leave this beautiful planet, I’m not refering to to 5+ stared luxury hotels but the hotels which offer which no other can due to it unique destination. 

Wakatobi, Indonesia

This is a personal choice, the number one destination on my own bucket list, as a scuba diver I have dived on some of the most most amazing sites around the world, other than Wakatobi, Don’t get me wrong, there may be many better places to dive but a vacation isn’t just about one aspect of why you go to this stunning destination.

Whether you want to dive or go snorkeling in the the colorful protected coral reefs busheling with marine life, enjoying a rejuvenating spa, taking in a glorious sunset with your favorite cocktails at the jetty bar, or perhaps indulging in a romantic beach dinner, Wakatobi Dive Resort provides a unique and enriching experience for those seeking recreation, relaxation and privacy.

Apparently, It’s not unknown for there to be tears on the last day of a trip in Wakatobi – guests simply don’t want to leave this little piece of heaven and return to the ‘real’ world.

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Kakslauttanen Artic Resort, Lapland, FINLAND

You best get wrapped up for a visit of a lifetime to this magical artic experience to The Kakslauttanen Artic Resort, The Aurora season lasts for up  to 8 months from the end of August through to the end of April, To get the most out of the experiance you must book one of their log cabins with a view from your bed inside the glass domed igloo. 

With so much more to offer other than the Northen lights, from husky safaris, ice fishing, raindeer safaris, snow mobile tours and cross country skiing.

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longitude131 Resort, Uluru (Ayers Rock), AUSTRALIA

With views direct to Uluru and across the desert to Kata Tjuta, Longitude 131˚ is Australia’s most celebrated luxury accommodation. scattered among the red-rust dunes of the outback are sixteen tented pavilions, each offering connection with the outback landscape and its heritage as well as a stunning base from which to explore the incredible Red Centre. Discover vibrant Aboriginal artworks alongside relics from the region’s explorers, a bar and restaurant offering the best contemporary Australian dining and friendly staff ready to share a yarn.

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Wakaya Club & Spa, Fiji, South Pacific

Wakaya is a privatly owned Island and is home to the stunning Wakaya Club and Spa, an exclusive and intimate 10 suite beachfront resort and two luxury private villas. Wakaya Island is abundant with dense tropical forests, stunning beaches and surrounded by a Marine Protected Area, home to vibrant coral reefs and a plethora of ocean life.
Bosting 12 staff to one guest ratio will guarantee your stay at the Wakaya Club & Spa.

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Bergwiesenglück, Ischgl, Austria

This is not an ordinary ski lodge. Nor a run of the mill mountain retreat. This is where luxury meets nature; where modern comfort coexists with unbridled alpine views. With Europe’s best hiking and skiing literally at your doorstep, Bergwiesenglück is the archetypal lodging of the Austrian Alps.

Perched in an enviable position above the picturesque Paznaun Valley, Bergwiesenglück stuns visitors with the breathtaking panoramas it affords. In the winter, alpine enthusiasts come to ski the adjacent Bergbahnen See GesmbH, one of Austria’s most beloved resorts. After the snow has melted, technicolored meadows and bubbling brooks transform the surrounding hills into a hiker’s paradise.

The nearest airport is about an hour away in Innsbruck, while the closest train station is 20 minutes down the valley in Landeck. Skiers can jump on a free transfer shuttle from their chalet to arrive at a chairlift within minutes.

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Muraka Conrad, Maldives

THE MURAKA, a first-of-its-kind, luxury two-level residence with a master bedroom submerged over 16 feet below sea level in the Indian Ocean, as part of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort.ree transfer shuttle from their chalet to arrive at a chairlift within minutes.

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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India

 this spectacular palace became world renowned when the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’ was filmed at it. It was the secluded lair of the film’s eponymous Bond Girl. This heritage hotel in Udaipur has 65 luxurious rooms and 18 grand suites. Its location on an island in the midst of a lake affords every room breathtaking views of the neighbouring City Palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills and Jag Mandir. The incomparable location provides the perfect backdrop for the  exquisite cuisines at the elegant restaurants of Taj Lake Palace. These are open only to resident guests. Signature speciality restaurants at this palace serves a choice of cuisines. Neel Kamal for authentic Rajasthani and other dishes from India; and the seasonally open-air Bhairo for contemporary European delicacies. In the evening, indulge in signature martinis, cocktails and a grand collection of premium international spirits at the bar, Amrit Sagar. Continue your being pampered as a royal at our Jiva Spa in Udaipur, with a spa boat  experience like no other. Carefully created treatments draw on the ancient wellness heritage of India, and the fabled lifestyle and savoir vivre  of Indian royalty. This 5 star palace hotel in Udaipur at Lake Pichola continues the tradition of grand soirees and formal levees which were hosted here by the royal family of Udaipur. Meetings and Incentives at Taj Lake Palace are like no where else in the world. Where else can you meet at a palace in the middle of a lake!

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Singita Boulders lodge, South Africa

Set along the boulder-strewn banks of the Sand River, Boulders Lodge seamlessly blends the beautiful light, colours and textures of its surrounds into vast interiors that spill onto expansive wooden decks. Simplifying the essence of comfort, it welcomes complete unwinding.
Echoing Africa’s raw natural beauty designed to embody the soothing shapes of ancient boulders scattered along the riverbank and completely immersed in the wild, Boulders Lodge allows you to find yourself in nature. Each of this contemporary retreat’s 12 glass-fronted suites offers the utmost privacy, ultra-spacious interiors and heated pools, with handmade furnishings and soft, natural fabrics mirroring the breathtaking scenery outside.

Front-row seat to exceptional wildlife encounters providing access to 45,000 acres of untouched wilderness in Singita Sabi Sand in South Africa, Boulders Lodge is known for frequent leopard sightings and exceptional game-viewing while exploring the rich animal and birdlife on guided game drives and bush walks

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Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza, Baleric Islands, Spain

The Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza, is the talk of the island and is considered the best resort in Ibiza. It was the first and only luxury five-star hotel in Ibiza for nearly twenty years, and it has earned a reputation for offering exceptional service and facilities. The luxury five star resort offers comfort, magical and unique experiences, and plentiful facilities such as three pools: two outdoors and one indoor, a tennis court, a football court, a world-renown Spa, a cinema room, and a games room with billiard, giant chess, kids’ area, PlayStation, ping-pong and foosball. Above all, the resort is known for offering the most beautiful view, and one of the best hotel service in Ibiza and who couldnt go to this Island without a 40-minute road trip to Ibiza town, and let your hair down in Ibiza’s iconic clubs and bars. And if wild nightlife isn’t for you, the hotel’s restaurant is one of the areas most popular spots and after dark has a fun, lively atmosphere with DJ’s or live music on the weekends.

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The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh, Malaysia

Built around the beauty of nature, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is Ipoh, Malaysia’s first luxury natural hot springs wellness retreat offering bespoke holistic experiences for ultimate relaxation, restoring overall wellbeing, finding inspirational ideas, rekindling romance, Take a hot bath in the geothermic hot springs which rise naturally deep from the earth.
The resorts Jeffs Cellar wine bar, has been named one of the most unique bars in the world, and for good reason. Set within a 260-million-year-old limestone cave, this bar has to be seen to be believed. If you prefer to be out in the open, the Sky Bar is set allows guests to sit on a 30ft high terrace and enjoy a cocktail overlooking the hot springs and surrounding nature. After dark, the Sky Bar doubles up as the ideal spot for stargazing.

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Hotels New Covid 19 Regulations

Hotels New Covid 19 Regulations

How Hotels will have to change after Covid 19 has moved on…

Hygiene regulations and contactless technology are just the start of the hotel design revolution.


The Coronavirus has changed the travel industry in so many unimaginable ways. There is the visible, like wearing masks on flights and needing to show a negative Covid 19 test result before anyone is permitted to enter a country. And there is destinations embracing technology and data to help with crowd control. some of the biggest changes have taken place in the hotel industry – though as guests, we have only really noticed the disappearance of the breakfast buffet. In the UK, for example, hotels are undergoing deeper cleans and some will even leave rooms to go fallow for a short stint between guests. Globally….

For the hospitality industry to restart successfully, the key to success is to instill guest confidence that their hotel and grounds is clean, safe and secure and sanitized, these guidelines will soon have to convert to a global standard and most likely have a star like rating for each and every Hotel, Some countries have already begun putting this into practice. The Singapore Tourism Board launched a “new clean” auditing initiative that measures hotel compliance with seven criteria for cleanliness. The properties will be considered “SG Clean” if the hotels meet the standards.

To earn the SG Clean Quality Mark, a hotel property will have to appoint a manager to oversee the implementation of cleanliness and hygiene practices as well as to ensure compliance with health and travel advisories, guidelines and government standards on COVID-19.

It will defiantly ease the minds of protentional guest’s that hotels are regulated, checked and approved by the authorities for their cleanliness practices, the SG Clean Quality Mark will give confidence of least some guests who are eager to get back to traveling again but are still put off by the idea of staying in a hotel.

These measures will come at a cost so expect to see a rise in prices for every service in hotels, from your room rate to spa treatments and even the cost of your evening meal.

What Makes A 5 Star Hotel?

What Makes A 5 Star Hotel?

Five-star hotels should offer their valued guests the highest levels of luxury through personalized services tailored to individual requirements and requests, plus a range of amenities with plush accommodation. Although there is no worldly standard rating system for hotels, Hotels have to earn their five-star rating by providing guests experiences that meet or exceed even the highest of expectations for comfort, décor, and luxury.

5 Star Hotel Benchmark

A luxury hotel may share many five-star hotel characteristics, but a true five-star hotel should satisfy all these criteria:

5-Star Service

Five-star hotel representatives should be attentive, polite, discreet, and can anticipate all guest’s needs. All-in-all, consistently flawless excellence is the expectation.

  • Concierge staff should be available at least 16 hours a day
  • A staff-to-room ratio—normally above 2.5 guests to staff
  • Multilingual staff members
  • A welcome gift upon arrival, 24-hour room service, valet parking, butler and doorman.
  • Nightly turndown service.
  • A daily housekeeping routine that is also available upon request at any time.
  • Laundry, ironing, dry cleaning, and shoe polishing services.
  • Guest elevators are separate from staff elevators.
  • Luggage storage in which bags are out of guest view
  • Fine dining restaurant(s) and a standalone lounge and/or bar
  • Transfers and executive or house car
  • Childcare

5-Star Comfort

  • Guest rooms must be plush and inviting—especially the bed. (Ideally, there is a memory foam bed with high thread count sheets)
  • A pillow menu
  • Blackout curtains or blinds
  • Bathrobes, slippers, luxury toiletries, and large fluffy towels
  • Poolside daybeds, parasols, lotions, ice water, attendants
  • Food and beverage service

5-Star In-Room Amenities

  • Electric safes
  • Laundry bags
  • Full-length mirror with lighting
  • A flat-screen TV with international programming
  • Well-stocked mini-bar
  • A selection of newspapers
  • Complementary use of Wifi
  • At least four types of spa treatments

As more hotels aspire to five-star quality, we expect to see the very best hotels advance the standards of luxury. Here is what will become standard to all five-star hotels in the near future:

  • Communication with hotel staff via text or app
  • Remote controlled access to room lighting, climate, and “do not disturb”
  • Additional outlets for guest’s electronics and more USB plugs
  • Upgraded coffee machines
  • Smart TV features with access to streaming services
  • Bluetooth-enabled door locks

Who awards hotels 5 stars?

There is no universal standard for hotel ratings.

Terms such as Deluxe/Luxury, First Class/Superior, Tourist Class/Standard, and Budget Class/Economy are more widely accepted as hotel types, not hotel standards.

In North America, AAA rates hotels from 1 to 5 diamonds. The Forbes Travel Guide only ranks 4- and 5-star hotels.

In Europe, the Hotelstars Union has standard hotel star ratings applicable to properties for more than 15 countries. Switzerland uses hotelleriesuisse which confirms a certain level of quality service, infrastructure, and equipment. The UK uses the Automobile Association’s (AA) 1-to-5 star ratings.

Many other nations have laws to define hotel rating criteria.

In New Zealand, Qualmark, part of Tourism New Zealand, grades hotels from 1 to 5 stars.

In Australia, the Auto Clubs (NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAC, RAA and RACT) have awarded hotels star ratings incorporating guest feedback. The ratings are now managed by the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC).

In the Philippines, the Department of Tourism maintains hotel rating standards with a system that grades properties between 1 and 5 stars.

The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) grades hotels based on strict criteria and conditions into six categories.

While it might be great for marketing, there are no 7-star or 6-star hotels.

In addition to meeting the criteria above, all of the Five Star Alliance hotels must maintain a high degree of satisfaction from guests across review sites and via feedback provided directly to us.

A 5 star Hotel is geared towards catering to guests at the highest level. Therefore everything from the exterior of the property down to the tableware should display excellent quality and high attention to detail. The service staff is meant to be highly trained and the attention should be focused on providing the guest with the best experience possible. Exceptional levels of proactive service and customer care are essential

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”
Benjamin Disraeli

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How To Write a Great Hotel Review

How To Write a Great Hotel Review

If you’ve recently stayed at a hotel and want to share your experience with other people, the best way to do it is by writing a review.

There are plenty of sites where you can post a review online these days, so whether you want to share a great experience or a trip from hell, you’ll have no problem reaching other people and letting them know about your stay.

Writing a good hotel review isn’t particularly difficult but there are certain key things you should include in your review to make it helpful to readers – whether it’s hotel staff or other travellers.

With this in mind, below are some useful tips to help you write the best review possible.

Share your reason for travelling

A great way to start your review is by sharing your reason for travelling. By letting people know whether trip was for business or pleasure, you’ll help them understand what you were looking for during your stay and whether or not your review is likely to be relevant to them.

It’s also good to share who you travelled with (family, friends, colleagues etc.) and how often you travel. Including these details at the start of your review is a very good way to set the tone for the rest of it.

Include pictures

Adding your own pictures is a great way to improve your review. Most people are interested in pictures taken by somebody who’s actually stayed at the hotel rather than the carefully selected pictures you typically find on hotel websites.

Pictures of your room are always good. Ideally they’ll show how clean it was when you arrived, whether or not there were any refreshments waiting for you and how large it was.

Pictures of the outdoor parts of the hotel are also great, such as a swimming pool or outdoor eating areas. It’s also a good idea to share pictures of the surrounding area that show things like nearby shops and restaurants.

Write about the surrounding area

Although amenities and customer service are important, a lot of people will choose a hotel because of what’s nearby. Therefore it’s a good idea to include this in your review.

How far is the hotel from the nearest airport? Are there are shops or supermarkets nearby? What is the nightlife like? Is there a beach nearby?

Including this type of information will make your review that much more helpful.

Were the staff helpful?

Good customer service is extremely important when staying at a hotel and is definitely something people will want to know about.

You should share anything you can about your experiences with the staff, whether they were positive, negative or a mixture of both.


To finish your review, it’s a good idea to summarize your overall experience. Although it’ll usually be clear whether your experience was good or bad based on what you write in your review, it’s a still a good idea to sum up your thoughts and let people know whether you’d recommend staying at the hotel based on your own experience.

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