Some brilliantly beautiful hotels to put on your list for 2015

If your budget is somewhat luxurious you might want to visit one of these exquisite Hotels this year?

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Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily

Set high in the rocky hills on the east coast of Sicily, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo has long been known as one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats.

The first hotel to be built in Taormina, it sits in the most perfect location, directly in front of the Greek Theatre. Sweeping views of the coastline and majestic Mount Etna stretch out beyond.

This heritage building is a landmark within its destination. Let Sicily come to you as you admire its gardens, savour sensational local cuisine and sit out on the Literary Terrace where generations of celebrated guests have gathered in the sun.

Lion Sands, South Africa

“We are so fortunate that Lion Sands Game Reserve, passed down through generations, is known as one of South Africa’s premier private game reserves. With four luxury safari lodges located within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, our guests are promised a personalised safari in the company of people with an insatiable appetite for Africa, its wildlife, and its unparalleled hospitality…. We hope to share it with you!” Robert More (CEO)

Aqua Dome, Austria

In the heart of the unique alpine world of Tyrol’s Ötztal valley, the First Class Superior hotel AQUA DOME impresses with a smart combination of traditional alpine charm, warm hospitality and contemporary architecture. Its thermal spa, which is directly connected with the hotel, is the best thermal resort in the Alpine region and houses unlimited offers for bathing, wellness, fitness and beauty – at every season of the year.

Conrad Rangali Island Resort, Maldives

The island of Conrad Maldives Rangali is the next best thing to paradise with its tropical location which is surrounded by a stunning coral reef, lagoon and views of the turquoise ocean that will leave you breathless with white beaches….

Hotel de Glace, Canada

The design of the Hôtel de Glace draws inspiration from space-time, a theme that takes visitors on a dazzling journey through successive areas, where past and future remain frozen in time: “With representations of the ancient past or of a possible future, the Hôtel de Glace invites visitors to explore facets of reality as they travel through time.  Along the way, fascinating ‘time bubbles’ – from the Big Bang to space travel – are featured throughout the hotel,” Pierre l’Heureux, the new artistic director of the Hôtel de Glace.

Ashford Castle Hotel, Ireland

The magnificent five star Ashford Castle is set in 350 acres, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. Dating back to 1228, the castle now enters a new chapter in its history, as part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. With 82 guest rooms, a wealth of activities and thoughtful touches, enjoy acclaimed Irish hospitality on a grand scale.

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain Resort on St. Lucia’s south-western Caribbean coastline is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty.

Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland

The Villa Honegg is a unique 5-star superior establishment in the heart of Switzerland on mount Bürgenstock. This long-established hotel was built in 1905 and reopened for business in May 2011 following a major refit. For its size, it is unique in Switzerland in terms of what it offers. As a haven of peace and privacy, it enjoys an incomparable setting.

Hotel Moulin de Roc, France

The hotel’s fifteen rooms are distributed between the three parts of the Mill and are connected between them by a beautiful labyrinth of footbridges, terraces and intimate staircases.

Every room offers the charm of classic furniture, exposed beams and the comfort of the modern life.

Hotel Parador de Ronda, Spain

The Parador is situated in a spectacular spot in the heart of the city, beside Ronda’s emblematic Puente Nuevo (New Bridge). It is housed in the former town hall building. The location is incredible, with unparalleled views of the Tagus River, a ravine 120 meters deep. Inside the hotel, you will enjoy the blue, green, yellow and red tones of the colorful fabrics that decorate its bright, spacious rooms. You can go for a swim or sunbathe in the gardens by the swimming pool, or marvel at the views from the guest rooms, many of which are duplexes with a terrace.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands is the leading business, leisure and entertainment destination in Asia.

Take a rest with the view of Singapore city, ocean, or gardens through the floor-to-ceiling windows in our rooms. Enjoy privileged access to the infinity pool – one of the must-go attractions in Singapore.

St. Regis, Lhasa, Tibet

Be seduced by an unfolding series of delightful moments in three remarkable restaurants and our intriguing wine bar. Experience healing Tibetan treatments in the splendid Iridium Spa and bask in the warmth of our sparkling Golden Energy Pool.

These were a few hotels of the list put together by Distractify

Tired after work and looking for a nice place to have a drink? Visiting a city and seeking a place to relax? Look no further…

Here some of the winners of the world’s best bars 2014!



Winner of the ‘World’s Best Bar’ for three consecutive years by Drinks International, Artesian is on the forefront of the sophisticated London bar scene.

The relaxed, friendly environment of Artesian is combined with experimental cocktails that are not seen in any other bar in London.

Source: The Artesian


The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog embodies the conviviality of Old New York and the Irish-American tradition.

It is dedicated to advancing the art and practice of hospitality, as it was understood then and as it is understood now, for all residents of and visitors to this great metropolis.

Source: The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog


Think while you drink at the Canon

The official title of barman Jamie Boudreau’s new First Hill cocktail den is Canon: Whiskey and Bitters Emporium

Canon may call itself an emporium, but it’s really a research library for tipplers. The very look of the room is bookish.

Source: Seattle Weekly


Unassumingly hidden down a laneway in the middle of the CBD lies a whisky lover’s heaven. Saloon style with its long wooden countertop, Baxter will see you stop off for a drink or two.

Source: Urban Walkabout 


The interior at High Five is as drab and functional as the drinks are exquisite, emphasising precise technique (and even more precisely carved ice) over flashy mixology.

Source: theguardian


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A deliberately inconspicuous petit bar/restaurant hidden behind an ordinary and visibly plain building on Hong Kong street nearby to Clarke Quay. With it’s lack of a signpost you’re likely to wander around gawping at building numbers before finding it but once found and you step inside the shabby exterior you’ll find a trendy lowly lit New York inspired bar serving a range of peculiar liquors from around the world.

Source: Fashion Ferno



Intimate, atmospheric with a touch of retro chicness, this lovely corner in Viale Piave 1, is a great place to find original “branded” cocktails like no others in Milan, some of them inspired by cult tv series or even perfumes, making the Nottingham Forest reportedly one of the 50 best bars in the world.

Source: LustinFashion


This bar is a small hidden treasury; because you have to cross the restaurant, push the door in order to see the bar and the few tables. If you don’t know it, you will stay in the back room of the place. You can see it from one of the neighbouring street but you could never find the entry if you don’t know the “secret”.One side, you taste some yummy tapas.  And in the other side, you can enjoy the amazing spicy cocktails all the way from Bogota.

Source: Immense Sights


This tiny black room, named after former American president James Buchanan and his vice-president, John Breckinridge, occupies a prime location in Mitte. It’s disguised as an art gallery from the outside, they churn out exquisite drinks such as the eponymous house special: a tasty, muscular mix of cognac, bitters, absinthe and champagne.

Source: theguardian


An enterprise inspired by Ernest Hemingway, a famous patron of bars who lent his name to more than a few cocktails. He famously improved many recipes, which is why bars throughout the world today prepare cocktails such as the Hemingway Daiquiri and his Papa Doble.

Source: Hemingway Bar


Their claim: 

“Door 74 is the first speakeasy style cocktailbar in The Netherlands. We have the requisite hidden door, antique barware, tin ceiling and sophisticated atmosphere, plus delicious and perfectly balanced creations from Timo Janse-de Vries and his team.”

Source: Door 74


A bit hidden away in Moscow’s Chinatown one can find a cool little cocktail den in Moscow, converted  from a tea-house the bar lays under a Chinese restaurant.

The tea ceremonies are in the past, now everything revolves around the bar with its excellent cocktails.


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Bramble’s charms are subtle and discreet. Centrally located, a small sign at street level points the way to the subterreanean warren of bare-brick snugs and dimly lit rooms. The ambience, mood, music and staff all focus on the bar’s dedication to the enjoyment and appreciation of cocktails, with a number of their original recipes standing the test of time.

Source: Cool Places 


Dry Martini is the cocktail bar of Barcelona that has become an icon in the Cocktail World. It opened over 30 years ago. In the begining, when the founder of mixology, Don Pere Carbonell, ran it, the Dry Martini Cocktail Bar was a Martinería: only served Dry Martini.  When Javier de las Muelas received its bequest, he wanted to maintain the essence of a classic cocktail bar: he maintained the English style of a cocktail bar: leather, wood and brass;

Source: Dry Martini 


The air at Florería Atlántico, in the Retiro neighborhood of Buenos Aires, is decadent with the scent of fresh flowers. Some pedestrians may wander in looking for a bouquet for an aggrieved girlfriend or wine for a dinner party, but those in the know are aware of what lies beneath the unassuming flower and wine shop. Inside, a hulking refrigerator door swings back to reveal the entrance to a subterranean chamber. This in-vogue restaurant and lounge is underground in every sense of the word.

Source: Courconnect


Using this creative approach to cocktails, Quinary seeks to engage all five senses. With renowned bartender Antonio Lai at the helm, expect the unexpected. Flavour and aroma combinations together with different textures, appearances and even sounds will challenge every preconception held about cocktails. Where classics take on a new twist, where new drinks may become tomorrow’s classics, Quinary will take you on a sensory experience into the new world of cocktails.

Source: Quinary


In the town of Tequila in western Mexico there’s a small, non-descript cantina called La Capilla, which happens to be bucket list stop for the world’s cocktail nerds. La Capilla (which translates literally to “the chapel,”) is the home of the batanga, a simple tequila cocktail created by Don Javier Delgado Corona, the bar’s owner, some time in the 1950’s. Now in his nineties, Don Javier can still be found behind the bar, mixing up his famous refresher for tequila-thirsty travelers and locals alike. (source: saveur)

Picture Source: Saveur