Dream Big

Our Most Exhilarating Hotel Photos, Part 1

The most-liked photos from our Instagram feed showcase an epic group of dream hotels and locations. Vote for your favorite, and we’ll give you more just like it.

We recently went through our Instagram feed and collected the photos that had the most likes. Together, they’re an impressive survey of stunning hotels with a wide range of styles and settings. For many of us, the opportunity to visit any one of them would be a dream getaway.

Well, if you’re going to dream, dream big! Look through the 14 photos below and then vote for the one that most captures your imagination. We’ll tally up the votes, determine the winner, and write a brand new story featuring more hotels that are just like it. You get to tell us what to write about next — we get to give you more options for your once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Who said dreams don’t come true?

Part 1 features hotel exteriors. Jump ahead to Part 2 for photos of hotel interiors.


Lake Como, Italy

Grand Hotel Tremezzo - Lake Como
The view from Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s “pool among the flowers” looks out at Italy’s Lake Como and the gorgeous mountaintops beyond.


Tulum, Mexico

Papaya Playa Project
An overhead view of the Papaya Playa Project in Tulum, Mexico, featuring the prominent jungle casitas with their ground and/or rooftop pools.


Canyon Point, Utah

The pool at Amangiri in Utah is built to incorporate one of the rough spurs of natural rock that makes up the ethereal landscape.


Prachuabkirikhan, Thailand

X2 Kui Buri Resort
The 200-square-meter central swimming pool at X2 Kui Buri Resort in Prachuabkirikhan, Thailand.


Marrakech, Morocco

Riad Farnatchi
Riad Farnatchi is an example of the walled-courtyard style that defines the riads of Marrakech in Morocco.


Patagonia, Chile

Hotel Explora Patagonia
Hotel Explora in Chilean Patagonia, yards from the powerful Salto Chico waterfall, framed by the peaks of the Paine mountain range.


Zermatt, Switzerland

The Omnia
The Omnia, constructed in wood and stone with canted roofs and big picture windows, holds its own against the dramatic Alpine scenery in Zermatt, Switzerland.


Dubrovnik, Croatia

Villa Dubrovnik
Sporting a late-modernist facade on a cliffside perch over the Adriatic, Villa Dubrovnik in Croatia might have the best location of the entire country.


Zakynthos, Greece

Porto Zante Villas & Spa, Zakynthos Greece
Spying the Ionian Sea through the villas that make up Porto Zante in Zakynthos, Greece.


Kyoto, Japan

Granbell Hotel Kyoto
The exterior of the Kyoto Granbell Hotel, which immediately presents the traditional/modern fusion style of this Tokyo-based boutique chain.


Provence, France

Hameau des Baux
One of the limestone-and-shingle buildings at Hameau des Baux in France’s Provence, a secluded clutch of buildings huddled around a beautiful central square.


Musandam Peninsula, Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay
The rustic stone-and-timber exterior of Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman, nestled between mountains in the back and (not pictured) sandy beaches in the front.


Selfoss, Iceland

Ion Adventure Hotel
In the lichen and long-dormant lava fields, Ion Adventure Hotel sits on the edge of the spectacular, otherworldly Þingvellir National Park in Iceland.


Puglia, Italy

Borgo Canonica
A close-up look at the trulli, the distinctive, conical, hut-like buildings that make Borgo Canonica in Puglia, Italy so unique.


Click here for Part 2.

Which is your favorite hotel photo?

  1. Incredible architecture of all the hotels with fabulous settings and backdrops. They are all gems in their unique way!

  2. OK, i’ll leave for a grand tour of all of these truly magnificent hotels (and places). Bucket list!

  3. All perched in distinctive settings that afford architectural details to enhance the beautiful spirit of the locale
    A spectacular collection

  4. My husband and I saw this stunning hotel in May, and wish to go back for his milestone birthday. We both adore Lake Como… it’s absolutely gorgeous!

  5. All very beautiful photos and destinations. Tough choice on favorite pic. Bravo to all photographers.

  6. Italy Italy Italy. But I’d like to see some Spain, especially in the Basque region.

  7. They all look great to me. I really love the hotel and spectacular scenery of the Hotel Explora in Patagonia, Chile.

  8. The Omnia is more than just a destination, it’s a feeling of complete comfort that continues to cradle even after your gone. A memory of blissful service and cuisine. We can’t wait to return.

  9. Turquoise water, white sand, green trees, in between “weird things with blue tops”. Stunning pic.
    Also stunning is the Amangiri in Utah:- Awe inspiring, nature and man made “nature” intertwined.

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