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Famously abandoned Luxury Hotels

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Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea

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Hotel Paradiso del Cevedale in Valmartello, Italy

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Hotel Belvédère du Rayon Vert in Cerbère, France

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Hotel Prora in Rügen, Germany

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Hotel Argo in Varosha/Famagusta, Cyprus

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Arctic Hotel Murmansk, Russia

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Hotel Polissya in Pripyat/Chernobyl, Ukraine

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Ducor Intercontinental Monrovia, Liberia

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Hotel Africa in Monrovia, Liberia

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Grand Hotel Beira, Mocambique

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Canal Hotel Baghdad, Iraq

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Hotel St. Georges in Beirut, Lebanon

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The Watergate Hotel in Washington, USA

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Sheraton Gary, USA

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Coco Palms Resort, Kauai

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Montserrat Springs Hotel, Richmond Hill, Montserrat (destroyed by Souffrière Volcano 1996)
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Fotos from Wikipedia, except if otherwise noted.

Posted by LuxuryRogue 18:27

Hotel Gems on the Panamericana

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Harald pushing our Mitsubishi Pajero to the limit. Drove 8.000km in one week.

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Entering the Mexican theatre, here between Laredo and Monterrey

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At the fantastic rooftop pool of Hotel Habita Monterrey *****

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Nightlife in Monterrey

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In the garden of the rather mediocre Rosewood Hotel San Miguel de Allende *****

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At the beautiful patio of Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City *****

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The iconic pool at La Purificadora Hotel in Puebla. Source: Habita Hotels

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Lush landscape in Chiapas, just before entering Guatemala

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Our hotel in Guatemala City, the Westin Camino Real ****/*.
The Real InterContinental ***** is better as it allows smoking cigars at the pool.

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Breathtaking volcanoes between Guatemala and El Salvador
Best hotel: Real InterContinental San Salvador *****

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The border post in Honduras

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Entering my 172nd United Nations country: Honduras

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Surprising perfection in Nicaragua's capital: the Real InterContinental Managua *****

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View from the executive lounge of the Real InterContinental over the city and Lake Managua

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Finally at the über-cool pool of the Trump Ocean Club Hotel in Panama City

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Movie: Panamericana. Source: Wikipedia

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Posted by LuxuryRogue 05:53 Archived in Panama

Charismatic Hotels: Designhotel Habita Monterrey

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Posted by LuxuryRogue 03:30

Charismatic Hotels: The Patio at Four Seasons Mexico City

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Posted by LuxuryRogue 03:27 Archived in Mexico

Charismatic Hotels: The Pool at Trump Ocean Club Panama

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Posted by LuxuryRogue 02:50 Archived in Panama

Charismatic Hotels: The Real InterContinental Managua

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The beautiful pool of the InterConti Managua in the evening ...

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... and in the morning.

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View from the Executive Lounge ...

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... over the city towards Lake Managua.

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Don't miss a Nicaraguan cigar !

Posted by LuxuryRogue 00:35 Archived in Nicaragua

Ukraine's Best Luxury Hotels

Ukraine has the most advanced "home-made" luxury hotels of all post-Soviet countries

Suggestion for a road trip from West to East:

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Old Continental Uzhgorod ****/*

Star Hotel Mukacheve ***/*

Leopolis Lviv *****

Premier Palace Kiev *****

Hotel Opera Kiev ****/*

Otrada Odessa *****

Maristella Club Odessa *****

Oreanda Yalta ****/*

Donbass Palace Donezk *****

Good Zone Dnipropetrovsk *****

Palace Hotel Charkiv *****

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Interesting press article: 100 best Ukrainian hotels

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Interesting discussion: Ukraine's unique luxury hotels

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Posted by LuxuryRogue 07:32 Archived in Ukraine

Formula 1 Drivers' Hotels

On and off the Grand Prix Tracks: the Big Boys' Places to stay (or own) ...

Emirates Palace Kempinski, Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace Kempinski, Abu Dhabi

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Viceroy Yas Hotel and Marina, Abu Dhabi

Viceroy Yas Hotel and Marina, Abu Dhabi

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Fairmont Monte-Carlo (formerly Loews)

Fairmont Monte-Carlo (formerly Loews)

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David Coulthard's former Hotel Columbus, Monaco

David Coulthard's former Hotel Columbus, Monaco

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Dorint Hotel, Nürburgring

Dorint Hotel, Nürburgring

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Lindner Congress Motorsport Hotel, Nürburgring

Lindner Congress Motorsport Hotel, Nürburgring

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Hotel de la Source, Spa-Francorchamps

Hotel de la Source, Spa-Francorchamps

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore

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Las Arenas Balneario, Valencia

Las Arenas Balneario, Valencia

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Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

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Pan Pacific Airport Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Pan Pacific Airport Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

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Hotel De La Ville, Monza

Hotel De La Ville, Monza

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Crowne Plaza Asia, Istanbul

Crowne Plaza Asia, Istanbul

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Transamerica Hotel, Sao Paulo

Transamerica Hotel, Sao Paulo

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Crown Casino Melbourne

Crown Casino Melbourne

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Whittlebury Hall, Silverstone

Whittlebury Hall, Silverstone

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Barcelo Montecastillo Resort, Jerez de la Frontera

Barcelo Montecastillo Resort, Jerez de la Frontera

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Didi Mateschitz' Laucala Resort, Fiji

Didi Mateschitz' Laucala Resort, Fiji

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Didi Mateschitz' Schloss Gabelhofen, near A1-Ring, Austria

Didi Mateschitz' Schloss Gabelhofen, near A1-Ring, Austria

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Richard Branson's Necker Island, BVI

Richard Branson's Necker Island, BVI

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Lewis Hamilton's Grand Beach Resort, Grenada

Lewis Hamilton's Grand Beach Resort, Grenada

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Red Bull Dr. Marko's Schlossberg Hotel, Graz

Red Bull Dr. Marko's Schlossberg Hotel, Graz

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The Aviator Hotel, TAG Farnborough Airport (McLaren co-owner Mansour Ojjeh)

The Aviator Hotel, TAG Farnborough Airport (McLaren co-owner Mansour Ojjeh)

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Le Castellet Hotel, Airport and Circuit Paul Ricard (Bernie Ecclestone)

Le Castellet Hotel, Airport and Circuit Paul Ricard (Bernie Ecclestone)

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Bernie Ecclestone's Olden Hotel, Gstaad

Bernie Ecclestone's Olden Hotel, Gstaad

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Former F1-Caterer Joschi Walch's Hotel Rote Wand in Zug am Arlberg

Former F1-Caterer Joschi Walch's Hotel Rote Wand in Zug am Arlberg

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F1-Catering legend Karl-Heinz Zimmermann's Gasthof Alpenblick in Lech

F1-Catering legend Karl-Heinz Zimmermann's Gasthof Alpenblick in Lech

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F1 Hotel History: Kyalami Ranch, Johannesburg (Click)

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Posted by LuxuryRogue 01:46 Archived in Monaco

James Bond's Hotels

Out of my personal interest I have collected information on all the luxury hotels & villas featured in James Bond movies that I could find.

GoldenEye Resort Oracabessa, Jamaica (where Ian Fleming wrote all his books)

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Pera Palas, Istanbul, Turkey - "Kristal Palas Hotel" in "From Russia With Love"

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Orient-Express Train, Istanbul-Venice - "From Russia With Love"

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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India - "Octopussy"

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Royal Horseguards Hotel, London, UK - "Octopussy"

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British Colonial Hilton Nassau, Bahamas - "Never Say Never Again" and "Thunderball"

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Atlantis Marina Village, Nassau, Bahamas - "Thunderball"

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Morgan's Harbour Hotel, Jamaica - "Dr. No"

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Half Moon Bay Club, Jamaica - "San Monique" in "Dr. No"

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Couples Sans Souci, Jamaica - "Live And Let Die" and "Dr. No"

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Ritz Hotel London, UK - "Diamonds Are Forever" and "The Man With The Golden Gun"

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The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong - "The Man With The Golden Gun"

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Hilton Las Vegas, USA - "The Whyte House" in "Diamonds are Forever"

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Hotel New Otani, Tokyo - "You Only Live Twice"

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Piz Gloria, Switzerland - "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"

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Hotel Palacio Estoril, Portugal - "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"

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Schweizerhof Hotel Bern - "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"

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Chateau de Chantilly, France - "A View To A Kill"

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Hotel Danieli, Venice, Italy - "Moonraker"

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Langham Hotel, London, UK - "Grand Hotel Europe" in "Goldeneye"

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Fontainebleau Hotel Hilton, Miami, USA - "Goldfinger"

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Hotel Pitrizza, Sardinia, Italy - "The Spy Who Loved Me"

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Villa Arabesque, Acapulco, Mexico - "Villain Villa Sanchez" in "A Licence To Kill"

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Cala di Volpe, Sardinia, Italy - "A Licence To Kill"

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Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City - "Hotel El Presidente" in "A Licence To Kill"

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Atlantic Kempinski, Hamburg, Germany - "Tomorrow Never Dies"

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Stoke Park Club & Spa, Stoke Poges, UK - "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "Goldfinger"

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Villa Sylva, Corfu, Greece - "For Your Eyes Only"

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Grand Hotel Miramonte Majestic, Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy - "For Your Eyes Only"

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'The Rubyeon Royale Hotel' - "Die Another Day"

The name of the fictional hotel that James Bond visits in Hong Kong is The Rubyeon Royale Hotel: "Ruby" for the 40th anniversary of the Bond film series; "Eon" for EON Productions, producers of the series; and "Royale" for 'Casino Royale' the first Ian Fleming James Bond novel.
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Grand Hotel Pupp, Karlsbad, Czech Republic - "Hotel Splendide" in "Casino Royale"

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Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy - "Casino Royale"

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Ocean Club, Nassau, Bahamas - "Casino Royale"

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Albany House, Nassau, Bahamas - "Beach Villa" in "Casino Royale"

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Buena Vista Hotel, Nassau Bahamas - "Liberian Embassy on Madagascar" in "Casino Royale"

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Atlantis Resort, Nassau, Bahamas - "Casino Royale"

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Villa La Gaeta, Lake Como, Italy - "Casino Royale

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National Institute of Culture, Casco Viejo, Panama - "Union Club" in "Quantum of Solace"

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ESO Hotel Paranal & Observatory, Chile - "Quantum Of Solace"

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Torre di Talamonaccio, Italy - "Quantum Of Solace"

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Villa Balbianello, Lake Como, Italy - "Quantum Of Solace"

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Sources: Marie Claire (Click), About.com (Click), James Bond Hotel Quiz (Click), JamesBondLifestyle.com (Click) and own
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Interesting Hotel: Seven, Paris - with James Bond themed "007 Suite"

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Interesting Link and Book: "On the Tracks of 007" (Click)

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Posted by LuxuryRogue 01:45 Archived in Monaco

Trophy Hotels (above US$ 1.000 per night)

The ultimate collection of hotel trophies with a minimum price tag of US$ 1.000 per room per night.

Europe

Skibo Castle
Gleneagles
Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
The Dorchester
Brown’s
Hacienda Benazuza El Bulli
Four Seasons Georges V
Plaza Athenée
Ritz
Le Meurice
Le Bristol
Fouquets Barrière
Eden Roc
Residence de la Pinède St. Tropez
La Réserve de Beaulieu
Schneider Almhof Lech
Aurelio Lech
Zürserhof
President Wilson
Carlton St. Moritz
Suvretta House
Villa d’Este
Villa Feltrinelli
Seven Stars Galleria
Four Seasons Milan
Cala di Volpe
La Pitrizza
Romazzino
Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin
Splendido
Il Pellicano
La Posta Vecchia
Palazzo Arzaga
JK Place Capri
Le Sirenuse
Caruso Ravello
Aman Sveti Stefan
Mystique Santorini
Villa Galaxy Mykonos
Elounda Suites Crete
Les Ottomans Istanbul
Ritz-Carlton Moscow
Grand Hotel and SPA Rodina, Sochi

Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc

Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc

Americas & Caribbean

King Pacific Lodge Vancouver
Four Seasons New York
Twin Farms
Lake Placid Lodge
The Point
Calistoga Ranch
Post Ranch Inn
Amangiri
Amangani
Mansion at MGM Grand
Little Palm Island Florida Keys
Mayakoba Rosewood
Amanyara
Parrot Cay Como Shambala
The Tuscany
Hermitage Bay
Necker Island
St. Barth Hotel
Le Toiny St. Barth
Guanahani St. Barth
Cotton House Mustique
K Club (closed)
Little Dix Bay
Caneel Resort
Goldeneye
Blue Lagoon Villas Jamaica

Hotel Guanahani

Hotel Guanahani

Arabia

Burj al Arab
Al Maha
Royal Mirage
Dar al Masyaf
Six Senses Zighy Bay

Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

Asia

Four Seasons Tented Camp
Amanpuri
Amanusa, Amandari, Amankila, Amanwana, Amanjiwo
Amankora
Amanbagh, Aman-i-Khas
Vanyavilas
Taj Lake Palace
Bulgari Bali
&Beyond (Baghvan, Banjaar Thola, Mahua Kothi, Pashan Garh)

Amanpuri

Amanpuri

Aus, NZ & Oceania

Lizard Island
Qualia Great Barrier Reef
Longitude 131
Moonlight Head Private Lodge
Bedarra Island
Huka Lodge
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Blanket Bay
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Turtle Island
Laucala
Wakaya
Vatulele
Hotel Bora Bora (closed), St. Regis BB, Four Seasons BB, Bora Bora Lagoon Resort

Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge

Africa

Amanjena
La Gazelle d'Or
Little Governors Camp
Bateleur Camp
Klein’s Camp
Grumeti Camp
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge (ccafrica.com => andbeyond.com)
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Beho Beho Selous
Singita Sasakwa, Serengeti
Leadwood Lodge
Exeter River Lodge
Singita Lebombo, Ebony, Boulders & Sweni, Kruger
Sanctuary at Ol Lentille
Mnemba Island
Londolozi
Ulusaba
Mala Mala
Royal Malewane
Villa Okavango
(Little) Mombo
Little Kulala
Little Ongava
Kapinga Camp
Shumba Camp
Zarafa Camp
Abu Camp
Jao Camp
Chief's Camp
Xudum
Xaranna
Jack's Camp
Vumbura Plains
Zibadianja Linyanti
King's Pool Linyanti
Serra Cafema
Skeleton Coast Camp
The Saxon
La Residence Franschhoek
Birkenhead Villa

(Little) Mombo Camp

(Little) Mombo Camp

Indian Ocean

Soneva Gili
Reethi Raa
Kanuhura
The Beach House by Waldorf Astoria
Fregate Island
North Island
Cousine Island
Round Island Lodge
Maia Resort
Royal Palm
Le Touessrok
Le Saint Géran

North Island

North Island

Sources: own, Fotos: concierge.com

Posted by LuxuryRogue 01:48 Archived in Monaco

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