As travel writers, we’re often asked: What’s the best hotel you’ve stayed in? These swanky villa resorts with private pools top our list.
We’ve stayed at many gorgeous Bali hotels. But with 3,000 sq. ft villas, a clifftop perch and a stunning birdcage lounge, Alila Villas Uluwatu may be the most luxurious hotel in Bali.
Is this a sultan’s palace? No, the white marble lobby with gold silk divans is part of Baraza Resort and Spa. And this Zanzibar all-inclusive resort is one of the best in Zanzibar.
What makes the “Viking Star” the world’s best new cruise ship? The all-balcony staterooms? The freebies? The spa’s snow grotto?
It’s a “wow” experience inside Singapore’s Fullerton Bay Hotel. Built over water, the hotel has gob-smacking city views. A rooftop pool and heritage brasserie add to its pizzazz.
Calm Jimbaran Beach on Bali’s south coast is ideal for swimming. At night, its seafood restaurants are popular. But the “wow” place to be is Sundara.
We swoon over hotels with swimming pools high above the sea and fab views. So when deciding where to stay in Santorini, we chose the Grace Santorini.