The top travel hotspots of the southern hemisphere boast some of the world’s best hotels and resorts. From glittering cities to remote rural outposts, let’s take a look at some of the most luxurious rooms on offer from across South America, South Africa, South East Asia and Australasia.
1. Queen Victoria Hotel, South Africa, Cape Town
Cool Cape Town knows how to have a good time. Check into the Queen Victoria and you’ll be treated like royalty from the moment you arrive. A beautiful building sitting directly on the waterfront in its own grounds, the 35 rooms are baroque-style and decorated in sophisticated silvers and greys.
Choose a suite from which you can appreciate the panoramic views of Table Mountain or the harbour from the comfort of your balcony’s chaise lounge.
2. Quay West Suites, Sydney
These perfectly appointed suites are a great choice for a Sydney city break. Located in the historic Rocks precinct, each suite has amazing views of the entire harbour area from the Harbour Bridge to the ferries in Circular Quay and the Opera House. Packed with all of the conveniences and services of a five star hotel, each suite has a separate living room, bedrooms, and fully-equipped kitchen.
3. Copacabana Palace, Rio
This is Rio’s top hotel; no doubt about it. Built in the roaring 20s, the gorgeous white facade remains a city icon overlooking the broad sweep of glamorous Copacabana Beach.
The 245 rooms and suites are individually designed with period furnishings and unique works of art. On site are two of Rio’s best restaurants, a spa and rooftop tennis court. Plus, the hotel boasts the largest swimming pool in the whole city.
4. Awasi, Chile
Tucked away in the remote expanse of the Atacama Desert, these eight luxurious cottages are perfect for an adventurous getaway. Built using local, natural materials, each cottage has a sun terrace, outdoor shower, and comfortable furnishings, set around a gorgeous swimming pool.
The hotel’s fleet of 4x4s can take you and your party on private excursions into the wilderness, or you can go on desert walks, horse rides and mountain biking trips.
5. Alvear Palace, Argentina
Buenos Aires is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and knows its visitors deserve the very best. Easily the most famous and most luxurious hotel in the city is the Alvear Palace, first opened in 1932.
Every room is opulent to the extreme, with crystal chandeliers, Louis XV furniture, Hermès toiletries, and personal butlers. With two staff to every guest, you’ll be completely spoiled!
6. Amanjiwo, Indonesia
The wilds of Java’s rural centre are magical and the remote Amanjiwo cleverly captures this ambience whilst still offering an unrivalled guest experience. The 36 suites are fitted with huge pillared beds, polished stone floors, sunken baths and sliding doors leading to private walled gardens with thatched pavilions and private pools.
7. Fregate Private Island, Seychelles
A private island in the Seychelles is many people’s idea of paradise. Fregate Island meets the ideal with wildlife, lush jungle, stunning beaches and amazing scenery. Each of the 16 villas here offers sea views, private terraces and outdoor swimming pools.
There seven other beaches to choose from on the island so you may well have an entire stretch of sand all to yourself!
8. Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania
The stuff of legend, this 340,000 acre private game reserve offers up three accommodation options: Sasakwa Lodge, Sabora Tented Camp and Faru Faru. Near the Serengeti National Park, you’ll see all the best wildlife without the crowds.
The nine cottages and single villa of Sasakwa have private landscaped gardens and heated infinity pools. Sabora Tented Camp has just six chic tents which share a lovely swimming pool. And Faru Faru offers six roomy suites with raised viewing decks above the swimming pools.
9. The Fairways, New Zealand
Perfect for a romantic break near the wildlife hotspot of seaside Kaikoura, The Fairways’ one and two bedroom apartments offer the epitome of comfort and luxury in complete privacy. The glass-fronted apartments have spa baths, barbeques in the gardens, great kitchens and a very romantic open fire in the lounge.
If you want to enjoy the hotel experience, order in some in-house catering from the Kaikoura Food Company so that you have a delicious dinner waiting for you upon your return from whale watching or swimming with seals.
10. Niyama, Maldives
Modern and funky, this hotel is luxury with a twist. Make the most of the underwater nightclub, 24-hour spa, art studio and marine biology lab. The 86 studies and pavilions are located on the beach or floating above the water, boasting trendy outdoor bathrooms, fibre-optic lit pools and private open-air cinemas. Beach Pavilions have an exclusive section of the beach and a 24 hour butler service.
Article courtesy of Exsus Luxury Holidays and Honeymoons