Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea Resort Pool-2

Top Ten Hotels of 2014

A list of my the top ten hotels of 2014 I’ve stayed in around the world!

While spending almost 50% of my year traveling, I’ve stayed in many different accommodations around the world. Here is a list of my favorite top ten hotel experiences in 2014 and not all of them are from my Top 10 Countries of 2014.

10. NJV Athens Plaza Hotel

NJV Athens Plaza Hotel Room View
A massive terrace with some of the best views of Athens.

9. Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha

Mount Meru Hotel Room View of doors
A royal welcome plus an amazing suite with more bathrooms than I could use.

8. Las Casitas del Colca

Las Casitas del Colca Room Hot tub
Baby llama feeding, Pisco Sour and cooking classes, an onsite spa and casitas with personal heated outdoor hot tubs and a view of Colca Valley.

7. Hasdrubal Thalassa & Spa Yasmine Hammamet

Hasdrubal Thalassa Walkway
Beautiful Tunisian designed rooms surrounding pools, a spa and a white sandy beach. Oh and the Guinness World Record for the largest presidential suite in the world.

6. Hyatt Regency Kiev

Hyatt Regency Kiev Room View
Professional service, great facilities and a central location in one of my favorite Hyatts.

5. Titilaka, Puno

Titilaka Hotel Terrace Bench
Modest luxury boutique perched in the center of Lake Titicaca with wonderful and personalized activities and dining.

4. W Doha

W Doha Wow Suite Living Room
Wowed by suite, restaurants, facilities and exceptional tailored service.

3. Kempinski Hotel Aqaba

Dining view from Fish In
Dining view from Fish In

Private beach, comprehensive spa, fine dining, excellent service and well designed rooms make the Kempinski the best hotel in Aqaba.

2. Sarova Mara Game Camp, Maasai Mara

A pool... in the middle of the Mara.
A pool… in the middle of the Mara.

Self-contained luxury resort in the middle of the Maasai Mara complete with pool, spa, lake, restaurants, wifi, and “tents” that resemble private bungalows.

1. Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea Circular Pool View
The Dead Sea is already special, but add the luxury and service of a Kempinski and you’ll be overwhelmed with the experience. Don’t miss their signature spa treatment with dead sea minerals straight from the source.

Honorable Mentions

Other unique and memorable properties.

Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka, Helsinki

Hotel Katajanokka Interior
Staying in a former prison is just a very unique and memorable experience.

Hotel Club Frances, Buenos Aires

Hotel Club Frances Buenos Aires Multipurpose Room 3
Historic property with world class service and dining in the center of Buenos Aires.

Ritz-Carlton Beijing

Ritz Carlton Beijing Restaurant Seating
Besides the legendary service, the Ritz-Carlton offers all day food and drink options in the Club plus personalized gold-embossed name cards and stationary.

Do you have any outstanding hotel experiences? Where did you stay? Leave a comment below!


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