TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel platform (and probably the one that most, if not all, of us use), recently revealed the winners of its 2020 Travellers’ Choice Awards and there was one list in particular that caught our attention.
The list that we’re referring to: the Most Saved Hotel. From New York and Paris to Bali and Singapore, TripAdvisor pulled together all the saves that travellers shared from across the globe and spotlighted a string of hotel properties that topped travellers’ list.
While travelling is still out of the question for us, there’s no harm in checking out hotels and resorts to add to your travel wish list.
Read on to discover the 25 hotels that TripAdvisor says travellers want to spend a night (or two) at once restrictions are eased and leisure travel can resume. Can you guess which Singapore landmark made the cut?
Warning: major #wanderlust ahead so scroll at your own risk!
25. Ayada Maldives, Maldives
Maldives has no shortage of spectacular resorts but sitting on Maguhdhuvaa Island, this private island resort is a level above the rest with its collection of traditional, thatched-roof villas that sit on stilts over a glorious blue lagoon.
Just look at the image above – wouldn’t you want to wake up and be greeted by the sparkling azure waters of the Arabian Sea?
24. Mandarava Resort and Spa, Thailand
Those looking for a luxurious retreat in Phuket should definitely pay attention to this posh hillside resort found on Karon Beach.
Surrounded by tropical gardens, you can relax in one of the five outdoor pools that the establishment has on site or enjoy a 13-kilometre ride to the revered Buddhist temple, Wat Chalong.
23. Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa, Thailand
With an unobstructed view of the Andaman Sea, this oceanfront property offers Thai-style bungalows spread across 10 hectares of tropical greenery on a 600-metre unspoiled private beach in Phuket.
Hop on the hillside cable car to feast your eyes on some forest scenery, smell the flowers at the four-hectare botanical garden where over 25 varieties of orchid are meticulously tended to, or visit Phuket’s first privately funded coral conservation centre at the nearby Nakalay Bay.
Alternatively, go ahead and kick back at the swim-up bar once you’re done splashing around in the free-form lagoon swimming pool that spans about 4,000 square metres – it’s said to be one of the largest free-form pool in the Southeast Asian region.
22. Park Grand Paddington Court, United Kingdom
Housed in an elegant Victorian building, experience an old-world feeling within the modern rooms of this guest house in the heart of London where you’re just a 10-minute walk away from Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, and less than 15 minutes from the upscale Mayfair and Oxford Street by car.
21. Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Thailand
Whether you’re visiting Bangkok for work or leisure in the future, this upscale hotel is the perfect choice to be your home away from home during your trip.
Be dazzled by high-rise skyscrapers decorating the skyline of the business district of Sathorn, or take a 15-minute ride to catch a glimpse of the giant 15-metre reclining Buddha statue in Wat Pho.
20. Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún, Mexico
Stationed at Cancún’s Hotel Zone, this lively all-inclusive hotel is built on a sandy white beach complete with the magnificent view of the blue Caribbean Sea waters.
Aquaphiles will love the property for its two outdoor pools and a variety of water sports available on site while history aficionados will appreciate that it is located just 2.7 kilometres away from the ancient ruins of El Rey, an archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Mayan culture.
19. Caesars Palace, USA
Featured in countless Hollywood films and TV series, you’re probably no stranger to this opulent and elaborate casino hotel that’s set in a sprawling complex of Roman-themed buildings along the bustling Las Vegas Strip.
It is arguably the city’s largest (it has close to 4,000 hotel rooms) and best-known landmark, and has hosted many entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Celine Dion, Elton John, and Mariah Carey since it opened its doors in 1966.
18. Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Aruba
Those longing for an island vacay should definitely not miss this splendid palm-lined resort and casino found on the sunny shores of Aruba.
Stretching across a white-sand beach along the Caribbean Sea, you get the best of both worlds at this property: there’s a 24-hour casino that’s certainly a high-energy way to test your luck, and just minutes away is a 16-hectare private island where you can wind down at the resort’s world-class Spa Cove in the presence of wild flamingoes.
17. Ikos Oceania, Greece
Just slightly further out from the busy fishing port Nea Moudania, you’ll find this high-end seaside resort overlooking the Macedonian Gulf that’s surrounded by landscaped gardens.
With chic, nautical-style rooms, direct beach access, an infinity pool with a bar, and a refined spa, seaside living is really as good as it can get here.
16. Pod 51 Hotel, USA
Travellers on a budget can still get a unique experience when they put up at this hip and modern budget lodging that’s situated on a leafy block in the Midtown East neighbourhood of New York City.
Aside from retreating to vibrant, colourful rooms, you’ll get to enjoy the hotel’s year-round courtyard café, funky lounge with games and a bar, as well as a furnished rooftop terrace with city views.
15. Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancún All-Inclusive Spa Resort, Mexico
Boasting a prime position on the sandy beachfront of Cancún Beach, sun worshippers will surely appreciate this serenely elegant retreat that’s outfitted with a sprawling outdoor pool area completed with waterfalls, sun loungers, and relaxation areas.
14. Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, USA
Those looking for upscale accommodation in the heart of the energetic Times Square area should look no further than this polished high-rise hotel which is stationed literally at the doorstep to the buzzing intersection.
Within walking distance to the best shopping, theatre, and historical attractions in the city, it is especially ideal for travellers who are exploring New York City for the first time.
13. Tulemar Resort, Mexico
Lodged near the Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica, this 13-hectare property – complete with an infinity pool – is the perfect location to enjoy some peace and quiet away from the bustling city life.
If you have the leeway to splurge a little, be sure to book one of the seven one-bedroom bungalows to enjoy some luxurious home-life comfort.
12. Stewart Hotel, USA
Strategically parked in the lively Midtown district, this establishment offers guests an authentically New York experience with its hip design that took inspiration from the hustle and bustle of Penn Station as well as the colourful allure of New York City.
11. Hôtel Signature Saint Germain des Près, France
Skip the big hotel names the next time you’re in Paris, and book a night in this chic boutique property that’s housed in a traditional Haussmann-era building in the city’s artsy and most classically Parisian neighbourhood.
10. Paris Las Vegas, USA
Get transported to the City of Lights with this establishment that’s essentially a visually breathtaking re-creation of Paris in the middle of the neon-soaked metropolitan area.
The Eiffel Tower parked in front of the hotel building may be half the size of the original, but you’d be surprised to know that it was constructed exactly like the original version to a tee, right down to the number of rivets that hold the entire structure together and the glass elevator that takes you to the top observation deck.
9. The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa, Indonesia
Featuring an ocean-facing infinity pool and a sunset lounge area that’s enveloped by greenery, this exclusive beachfront resort found in Bali’s vibrant and stylish coastal town of Seminyak is a lush refuge for many island lovers.
8. Park Central Hotel New York, USA
With a prime location in New York’s Midtown just across the street from Carnegie Hall, it’s hard to miss this business-friendly hotel that lets you easily access Times Square, Central Park, and the Millionaire’s Row (a.k.a. 5th Avenue).
7. Novotel Paris Centre Gare Montparnasse, France
Those looking to stay in the heart of Paris should definitely consider this modern hotel, which is within easy reach of many of the capital’s famous sights including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Pasteur Museum, as well as the Notre Dame.
6. The Venetian Resort, USA
Many have said that if you can’t get to Italy, then the Venetian found at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada is the next best thing – and it’s not hard to see why.
The building is easily one of the most recognisable hotels in the city, and boasts a luxurious interior that offers an unparalleled taste of Italy across the Atlantic.
5. H10 Madison, Spain
Not only is this four-star hotel housed in a restored early 20th-century building, but it is also strategically sandwiched between the Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Música Catalana in the city’s Gothic Quarter.
4. Hotel Artemide, Italy
Just less than one kilometre away from the Trevi Fountain, you’ll find this spa hotel that is the perfect (and luxurious) home base for sightseeing in Rome.
3. The Kayon Resort by Pramana, Indonesia
Perched on the hillside of Ubud with the holy Petanu River and lush tropical rainforest within its surroundings, this is the resort to stay if a relaxing, healing sojourn is what you’re after.
2. Park Grand London Kensington, United Kingdom
Located within the vicinity of the famous Museum Mile as well as iconic Royal Albert Hall in London, this contemporary establishment is the accommodation of choice for many business travellers.
1. Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Singapore
Honestly, are you really surprised that the most iconic hotel on our Little Red Dot tops this list?
After all, the alien spacecraft-like building – designed by architect Moshe Safdie – boasts the world’s largest infinity pool, offers an array of award-winning dining options, and is home to a casino plus a variety of international luxury brands.
More recently, it added the first Apple Store in the world that sits entirely on water on its list of unique offerings.