Top 10: most amazing luxury hotels in the USA

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (July 4, 2016): top 10 best luxury hotels in the USA.

The United States of America, where I spent part of my studies, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful countries in the world. It offers its visitors a staggering array of breathtaking attractions, including vibrant cities, spectacular scenery, amazing road trips, phenomenal wildlife, and beautiful beaches. My personal favorites are the mythical cities of New York City and San Francisco, the unspoilt wilderness of Alaska, the jaw dropping beauty of the Hawaiian islands, and the phenomenal landscapes of the National Parks in the West. Today, it’s the 4th of July, a national holiday that commemorates the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, when thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, no longer forming part of the British Empire. Independence Day is a good time to give you a round-up of my 10 favorite luxury hotels in one of my most beloved travel destinations, the USA.

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10. CAVALLO POINT LODGE, SAN FRANCISCO

Nestled at the Golden Gate Bridge and once the site of a military base, Cavallo Point Lodge offers a sophisticated hotel experience achieved with ecological intelligence. The exterior of the historic buildings has been beautifully restored, preserving Fort Baker’s original architecture, and giving the lodge a clean, elegant look that harmonizes with the surrounding nature. The elegant but understated rooms and suites, acclaimed restaurant, and world-class Healing Arts Center & Spa will make you feel relaxed, nourished, invigorated and connected.

  • Hotel website: Cavallo Point Lodge
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
CAVALLO POINT LODGE, SAN FRANCISCO
CAVALLO POINT LODGE, SAN FRANCISCO

9. MANDARIN ORIENTAL NEW YORK

Enjoying a prime location on top of the Time Warner Center at the southwest corner of Central Park, and within easy reach of all of the city’s legendary sites, shops and attractions, this luxurious hotel enjoys an unbeatable setting in the midst of the action. Stunning floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the Hudson River, Central Park and Manhattan’s glittering skyline, while the 198 sumptuous rooms and 46 spacious suites offer the ultimate blend of style, comfort and luxury. The hotel’s lavish spa is one of the best on the island of Manhattan.

9. MANDARIN ORIENTAL NEW YORK
MANDARIN ORIENTAL NEW YORK

8. LITTLE PALM ISLAND, FLORIDA KEYS

Little Palm Island is a close as you can get to an exclusive private island experience in the continental USA.  Accessible only by boat or seaplane, this Florida Keys resort is a secluded world of lush tropical gardens, crushed seashell paths, and 30 thatched-roof, Bahamas-style bungalows. With no phones or television, the soundtrack at this resort is the lapping of ocean waves, the rustle of the leaves in the breeze, and the melody of neighboring birds and tree frogs. Days are spent in hammocks fixed to the palm trees, lounge chairs on the small beach, and the world-class restaurant and spa.

8. LITTLE PALM ISLAND, FLORIDA KEYS
LITTLE PALM ISLAND, FLORIDA KEYS

7. POST RANCH INN, BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA

High atop the cliffs of Big Sur, 400 meters (1200 feet) above the Pacific Ocean, sits Post Ranch Inn, a sanctuary for the soul and one of the USA’s most prestigious hotels. The rustic retreat is located on the Californian Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, which ranks as one of the most scenic roads in the world. With natural architecture embracing the coast’s dramatic beauty and the surrounding redwoods, the 39 rooms blend rustic elegance, comfort and privacy with panoramic ocean or mountain views. Here, romance and connection seem to thrive.

POST RANCH INN, BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
POST RANCH INN, BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA

6. THE ST REGIS PRINCEVILLE, KAUAI, HAWAII

The St. Regis Princeville is the legendary brand’s first resort in Hawaii, offering an unparalleled level of tropical sophistication and serene luxury. Located in the 9,000 acre resort community of Princeville at Hanalei, this 252-room resort resides on the northern shore of Kauai, the “Garden Island”. It overlooks Hanalei Bay and the Napali Coast, with views framed by lush tropical hills, cerulean blue skies, puffs of clouds, and mist. The resort provides easy access to the breathtaking scenery of Kauai, considered to be the most spectacular island in the Pacific Ocean.

THE ST REGIS PRINCEVILLE, KAUAI, HAWAII
THE ST REGIS PRINCEVILLE, KAUAI, HAWAII


5. BRUSH CREEK RANCH, WYOMING

Brush Creek Ranch is an ultraluxe resort set on a 30,000-acre working cattle ranch in south central Wyoming. The resort grounds feature rolling hills, verdant river valleys, lush forests and majestic rock formations that create an environment where you can escape in true luxury. It’s a place where genuine Western hospitality, unbridled adventure and a truly inspiring landscape come together to create an exclusive icon in international luxury destinations. The expansive resort features a 38,000-sq ft Trailhead Lodge, a rejuvenating spa, a collection of lodge rooms, cabin suites and residences.

BUSH CREEK RANCH, WYOMING
BRUSH CREEK RANCH, WYOMING

4. MANDARIN ORIENTAL LAS VEGAS

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas towers 47 stories high above the legendary city. With views of the city and the desert, the hotel offers the perfect mix of style, serenity and luxury in a non-gaming environment. The 23rd floor Sky Lobby is a spectacular entry point to a chic bar, gourmet dining, and discreet luxury. The 392 rooms and suites are fantastically comfortable with a sleek décor incorporating subtle Asian-inspired touches. Bathrooms are spectacular with views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. But nothing compares to the top three suites at the hotel, spanning 3,000 sq. feet each.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL LAS VEGAS
MANDARIN ORIENTAL LAS VEGAS

3. THE SETAI, MIAMI BEACH

Serene and intimate, The Setai is an oasis of tranquility amidst the energy of South Beach. Its design and vision artfully combine the rich architectural history of South Beach’s Art Deco District with the multi-faceted cultural history of the International Art Deco movement, particularly its influence in Asia. Built in the 1930s, the hotel’s landmark Art Deco building on Collins Avenue began as the famed Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel. Adjacent to the Art Deco building is a 40-story glass residential tower featuring ocean suites, surpassing all around it in elevation, views and design.

  • Hotel website: The Setai
  • Other accolades: The Setai Miami also features in my top 10 list of the best beach resorts in the USA.
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD spa credit).
THE SETAI, MIAMI BEACH
THE SETAI, MIAMI BEACH

2. AMANGANI, WYOMING

Amangani clings to the crest of East Gros Ventre Butte, affording magnificent views of the Grand Tetons and Snake River Valley below. Managed by the world’s most exclusive hotel brand, the all-seasons resort evokes the atmosphere of the American West. Sensitively designed with materials native to Wyoming, Amangani features redwood walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and woven cowhide chairs. Spacious suites include king-sized beds, fireplaces, daybeds, and decks with spectacular mountain views. It’s a perfect place to splurge near the wilderness of Grand Teton and Yellowstone NP.

AMANGAMI, WYOMING
AMANGAMI, WYOMING

1. AMANGIRI, UTAH

Amangiri – Aman’s second property in the USA – is located on 600 acres in Canyon Point, Southern Utah, close to the border with Arizona. The resort is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views towards the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. Built around a central swimming pool with spectacular views, the stunningly beautiful resort blends into its dramatic surrounds where deep canyons and towering plateaus create a raw landscape of immense power. Amangiri’s unrivalled backcountry access allow guests to explore the region’s striking desert scenery on foot.

AMANGIRI, UTAH
AMANGIRI, UTAH

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