The Daily Telegraph’s Ultratravel 100 Awards, voted for by the Telegraph’s readers, have been announced, celebrating the very cream of luxury hotels. Of course, the award winners were all hotels that Gekko heartily recommends…
Best Spa Hotel: The Grove, Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire
A country house (minus the normally requisite Jane Austen kitsch) that’s only 30 minutes from London with a truly stunning spa? There can’t be many better rural retreats than The Grove, set in the rolling Hertfordshire countryside. So whether you want to pamper yourself in mosaic pools or simply stay in your indulgent suite and order room service, if you need to get away from it, get yourself a room asap.
Best Hotel in Africa: The Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town
George from Gekko HQ stayed at spectacular Mount Nelson and wants to go back…
“They say it’s the best hotel in Africa. Who can argue? It would be difficult to imagine something better. Staff who just can’t do enough for you (including sending a driver out to check if the jazz club we wanted to go to was still there), the best of facilities, and a wonderful setting under Table Mountain. We can’t wait to go back.”
Best Hotel in the Middle East: Burj Al Arab, Dubai
You thought Vegas was a bit OTT? You ain’t seen nothing yet. The world’s only SEVEN star (yes, that’s SEVEN star) hotel is the stuff of pure fantasy, from the startling architecture to the Versace bedspreads and private cinemas. The staff take service to a new level and are used to waiting on actual royalty so they’re perfectly placed to make you feel like a king, queen or sheikh. And that’s before we get to the restaurant where you can either eat in the clouds, or in a coral encrusted enclave in the Arabian Gulf. A pimped up Bond dream all round.
Best Hotel in Asia: Raffles Singapore
Home of the famous Singapore Sling cocktail, Raffles is still a byword for luxury, albeit a hangover from the days of colonial excess. With elegant suites and an amazing 19 distinctive restaurants and bars, this is one hotel where you will never go hungry or thirsty. There’s also a world famous spa and its own shopping mall, theatre and museum, not to mention the lush exotic gardens.
Best City Hotel: Four Seasons George V Paris
Just a few steps from the Champs-Elysees, the Four Seasons is one of the most elegant hotels in the world with many rooms boasting private terraces looking over the city. Very formal but with service to match the Le Cinq restaurant offers some of the finest French cuisine in town. If you fancy staying where celebs and royalty like to romance, then this place is for you.