Top 5 Dreamy Hotels I’ve stayed at so far and some that are on my wish list

When I look back at my travels there are some hotels which just blew my mind and are truly unforgettable. Either they have been palatial, luxurious, unique, aspirational or just simply out of this world. These are 5 of the dreamy hotels I have had the pleasure of staying at so far!

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Rajasthan is known for its enchanting palaces and impressive forts and Rambagh Palace, which is a Heritage hotel managed by Taj Hotels, is a beautifully restored palace built in 1835 with a rich history of royal transitions from being the queen’s favourite maiden’s home, a hunting lodge to the residence of Maharaja Man Singh II and his stunning wife Gayatri Devi in 1925.

It is now a luxury 5 star (feels like 7) hotel and was a real ‘pinch me moment to stay here as well as a tick of the bucket list to stay in a former palace! It has a great central location, is minutes from Sawai Mansingh Stadium (great if you are a cricket fan) and Birla Temple.

You can read my review here: https://www.binnysfoodandtravel.com/2019/04/10/hotel-review-a-sumptuous-stay-at-rambagh-palace-jaipur/

The Lodge, Verbier

The Lodge, Verbier, is part of Sir Richard Branson’s award-winning collection of luxury retreats and hotels from around the world under Virgin Limited Edition.

It is an ultra-luxurious alpine chalet and the epitome of chalet chic, set high in the heart of the Swiss Alps overlooking the town of Verbier, which is just a ten to fifteen minute walk away, depending on your pace. It is also very close to the Medran lift station, where you can take a cable car ride. During the summer months the rooms at The Lodge can be booked on an individual per night basis, whereas an exclusive hire policy is in place during the popular ski months.

It has retained that traditional rustic charm that you associate with ski chalets on its exterior but comes with all the modern tasteful and contemporary touches you would expect from one of Virgin Limited Edition’s unique and exclusive properties, which are all located in such superb destinations around the world, including my home, Kenya.

You can read my review here: https://www.binnysfoodandtravel.com/2018/07/03/luxurious-swiss-chalet-chic-at-the-lodge-verbier/

Hotel Alfonso XIII – A Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville

With guests like ex US President Barack Obama, Brad Pitt to name a few, as well as being featured in the latest series of Netflix’s ‘The Crown,’ Hotel Alfonso XIII – A Luxury Collection Hotel is one of Spain’s most prestigious hotels. It has an enviable location within walking distance to all of Seville’s main sights such as the cathedral, Real Alcázar, Barrio de Santa Cruz, Calle Sierpes and Triana.

Walking in to this luxury hotel you may mistakenly think you’ve walked into a palace with its grandeur and opulence. It’s on the more expensive scale but extremely worth it, especially for a treat or a special occasion.

Read all about it here: https://www.binnysfoodandtravel.com/2020/01/22/hotel-review-hotel-alfonso-xiii-a-luxury-collection-hotel/

Château de Mercuès, France

Just a couple of hours drive from Toulouse Airport is the most magnificent 13th Century Château, owned by Bertrand and Christine Vigouroux, called Château de Mercuès, with all the medieval castle vibes and part of the renowned Relais & Châteaux, as well as a historic wine estate close by called Château de Haute-Serre.

This charming fairytale château with its manicured gardens, turrets and towers, and on-site winery are perfect for a gourmet break (imagine indulging in all the decadent local produce from the robust red wine to black truffles), a honeymoon, a romantic escape and for any foodie or oenophile.

Read all about it here: https://www.binnysfoodandtravel.com/2020/03/05/truffle-malbec-and-a-13th-century-chateau-a-fairytale-stay-at-chateau-de-mercues/

Olare Mara Kempinski, Kenya

The luxury 5 star eco-resort Olare Mara Kempinski is located on the banks of the Ntiaktiak river, in the Olare Orak conservancy in an uncrowded part of the Masai Mara Reserve. We flew from Nairobi to the conservancy from Wilson Airport. This is a much quicker way to get to the Mara and as we were going for 2 days we were keen to maximise on our time there. Driving is also an option, but it takes a long time.

Olare Mara Kempinski has 11 luxury en-suite tents and 1 honeymoon suite, which features its own plunge pool. We chose to stay in the Honeymoon suite as it had breathtaking views and was ultra dreamy.

Kempinski are known for their amazing style and touches of luxury, and this lodge is no exception. In the tents, which are more like massive rooms, have king-sized beds, indoor and outdoor showers, a huge bathroom with double vanity and a door which leads onto a wooden deck. Our wooden deck had a plunge pool, which was the sole reason we picked the honeymoon suite.

You can see animals while lying in the bath from a massive window too and it all feels so surreal. A total out of Africa experience!

This is actually the most amazing glamping experience ever and I was blown away by how amazing and spacious the room was! It was MASSIVE and so not what I expected the tent to look like. The canvas around the room was thick and sturdy, and we had electricity throughout and a dreamy tub.

You can read all about my experience here: https://www.binnysfoodandtravel.com/2016/03/19/a-luxurious-stay-at-the-olare-mara-kempinski-in-the-masai-mara/

Here are some hotels on my wish list!

Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard

Photo Credit: Shangri-La

Badrutt’s Palace, Switzerland

Photo credit: Badrutt’s Palace

La Mamounia, Marrakesh

Photo credit: La Mamounia

Villa Gallici, Aix-en-Provence

Photo credit: Villa Gallici

Which hotels have been your dreamiest stays so far?

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Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. Bejal wrote:

    Oh Binny, I love your list of hotels but I have to say I have Rambagh Palace on my list, it looks out of this world! The amount of times we’ve had to cancel our Seville stay at Alfonso XIII is insane but one day. Have always wanted to stay at The Shard, one day. Fab line up and great inspiration!

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  2. kerry wrote:

    Ohhh I love the look of the chateau in France, but I think Kenya would be my absolute dream! It just speaks to my soul. A great selection here Binny.

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  3. All these places are on my wish list!! I would especially love to go back to Kenya and stay at Olare Mara!

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
  4. Ramburgh palace is stunning, we ate there when we stayed at the Oberoi and I loved the Polo bar and the gold dining plates, and the food was amazing!

    Posted 9.2.20 Reply
  5. Neha wrote:

    These look amazing Binny! Always remember your India lush trip. As for wish list – yes to those esp the Marrakesh one.

    Posted 9.3.20 Reply
  6. A couple of my favourite holiday memories with you in this list. Just hope we don’t have to wait too long to make more.

    Posted 9.4.20 Reply
  7. You’ve stayed in some absolute dream hotels!

    Posted 9.9.20 Reply
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