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The best hotels in the world for 2024 in China, Cuba, Spain, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Italy, Japan, and Mexico

Many people aim to travel more as a New Year's resolution; therefore, just like we did last year, selecting the best hotels in the world for 2023 after our director Javier Mateo's travels, we have chosen, alphabetically, the best hotels in the world for 2024 in China, Cuba, Spain, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Italy, Japan, and Mexico.


Marbella (España)


Nestled among hills dotted with jacarandas and cypresses, Anantara Villa Padierna Marbella is located on the Costa del Sol. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, the palace hotel has a unique location, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Marbella and Puerto Banús, yet close enough to enjoy both. This "museum hotel" showcases 1,200 works of art in various areas of the resort and its 125 rooms, suites, and pool villas. The resort is surrounded by three golf courses, is just three minutes from the beach, and features its own beach club, a children's area, tennis and paddle club, and Spain's best spa, according to the Condé Nast Johansens Awards 2022, with 2,000 m2 of Roman baths. Andalusian cuisine inspires an excellent culinary proposal, encompassing various restaurants in the hotel, which also offers other options of high-end Japanese or Mediterranean cuisine.


Alicante (España)


Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa is perfect for enjoying a unique getaway. This exclusive hotel with the serene essence of Southeast Asia is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, ensuring the utmost relaxation and exquisite service. Its lush tropical gardens feature over 3,000 species imported from Asia, along with 9 spectacular pools, 5 of which are heated. The selection of 9 exclusive restaurants, a Thai Spa where you can lose track of time and replenish vital energy, are just some of the reasons.


Madrid (España)


Located in the sophisticated Golden Mile, at the doorstep of the most exclusive shops in the Salamanca District, BLESS Hotel Madrid is an icon for the capital. Awarded as one of the best in the world, it offers 111 luxury rooms and suites inspired by the elegant houses of Madrid's aristocratic Salamanca neighborhood from the 19th century. Both guests and visitors can enjoy Pinzelada Lounge, a vibrant space with a gastronomic experience by Chef Víctor Cuevas and an exquisite menu of signature cocktails. On the other hand, Picos Pardos Sky Lounge by Martini is the trendy terrace for winter or summer with 360º views of the capital.


San Miguel de Allende (México)


Water sources and flourishing flowerpots adorn the set of heritage houses that make up the Casa de Sierra Nevada, A Belmond Hotel. A large pool, surrounded by lush vegetation and plants, offers the perfect place to cool off. The 17th and 18th-century buildings feature inner courtyards, terraces, and gardens. Here, history is present in every stucco wall, bathroom tiles, and curved ceiling, all balanced with modern luxuries. Additionally, this fortress houses Laja Spa, where one can relax and disconnect in a sensory journey, suites with private pools, Mexican cooking classes, or a mojigangas workshop by Master Hermes Arroyo with the faces of the newly engaged.


Puerto Escondido (México)


Located in La Punta Zicatela, Casa TO emerges with the intention of creating a space for visual impact through raw materiality and forms integrated into the nature of the area. Its architecture, interior design, and ambiance invite visitors to contemplate, observe with attention, interest, thoroughness, and reflect intimately. Casa TO is situated in the national surf capital, blending with the growing architectural, culinary, and entertainment development, yet simultaneously distanced from all of this as it is located 5 blocks from the beach and in front of the Punta Zicatela Ecological Community. This allows for a space with green views, natural sounds, and tranquility.


Ciudad de Mexico (México)


Located around an elegant inner courtyard, Four Seasons Mexico City has a hacienda-style that seemingly pauses the bustling urban hustle of Mexico City's vibrant capital. Facing the grand boulevard of Paseo de la Reforma, just steps away from Chapultepec Forest and the trendy neighborhoods of Condesa and Polanco, the hotel offers stylish and well-equipped rooms with the finest comfort and privacy, all while providing a tranquil retreat to relax and rest during your journey. Perfect for families, couples, or business trips.


Tokyo (Japón)


In a city driven by unlimited energy and defined by intriguing contrasts, Four Seasons Tokyo at Otemachi offers luxury experiences with an inimitable style. Rising above the heart of the capital and providing expansive views of the city, the Imperial Palace, or Mount Fuji. In terms of the culinary scene, it features several restaurants, from private sushi dinners to intimate whiskey experiences, including Est, by Chef Guillaume Bracaval, with a Michelin Star.


Barcelona (España)


The Hotel 1898 is a true gem to discover. Located in the heart of Barcelona, the hotel is housed in the former building of the Compañía General de Tabacos de Filipinas, constructed in 1881 by the Catalan architect Josep Oriol Mestres. The building, renovated in 2005 by Núñez i Navarro, was reborn as the current Hotel 1898, a unique colonial-style hotel with its own personality, offering the best of Barcelona to each of its guests. Additionally, taking advantage of the distinctive architecture of the building, the space that originally housed the old coal bunker, later converted into the safe deposit vault of the Compañía de Tabacos de Filipinas, is now the current spa and thermal circuit, Siargao.


Varadero (Cuba)


What if you had a map with a treasure drawn in your hands? Would you seek it out? We have found it: the map is the Hicacos Peninsula, and the X marks the spot at the Iberostar Laguna Azul. Just a few meters from Varadero Beach, nestled in a vast tropical garden, this hotel boasts 6 outdoor pools as refreshing as they are spectacular. Children can play pirates at the Star Camp while adults indulge in Caribbean cocktails or engage in sports. If your body craves lowering its pulse, a massage at the full spa with a hydrotherapy area will take care of that. Nights, after choosing a dish at the themed restaurants, are filled with humor, entertainment, and music thanks to the shows provided by their team.


Hong Kong (Hong Kong)


With an incredible view of the Hong Kong harbor, delicious local and international cuisine, rooftop cocktails, the ICON hotel offers everything you could need in the heart of Tsim Sha. On the 28th floor, the Above & Beyond Club Lounge restaurant features a private bar and stunning panoramic views of the city. Guests staying in Club rooms or Suites can enjoy the ultimate luxury experience. Furthermore, the Above & Beyond restaurant has been awarded as the best Chinese restaurant with wine pairing in Hong Kong for the third consecutive year by Wine Luxe magazine. Accompanied by the spectacular skyline that Victoria Harbour has to offer, Above & Beyond, located on the top floor, provides the city's finest gastronomic experience with meticulously crafted classic and contemporary Chinese dishes.


Estepona (España)


In a privileged location on the Costa del Sol, between the cosmopolitan city of Marbella and the historic Estepona, you will find Ikos Andalusia, the first all-inclusive luxury establishment in Spain by the Greek hotelier, Ikos Resorts. All Ikos resorts are authentic beachfront getaways designed to offer ideal conditions for relaxation. Top-notch gastronomy accompanies guests, with a proposal designed by Michelin-starred chefs such as David Ibarboure or Ettore Botrini, both in the Mediterranean buffet and in its six à la carte restaurants that delve into the flavors of contemporary Italian cuisine, the delights of a Greek tavern, or a French bistro.


Pekín (China)


JEN Beijing by Shangri-La offers a unique experience where luxury and modernity come together in accommodation tailored to you with cutting-edge technology, flexible spaces, and sustainable materials. Its motto is "we don't just aim to meet your expectations, we want to exceed them." In addition, it features a high-level gastronomic proposal, elevating tradition with innovation by recreating and reinterpreting Chinese cuisine. Embark on a culinary journey through Asian flavors in its restaurants, where everyday ingredients are prepared and presented with an innovative and delicious touch.


Amsterdam (Holanda)


The European boutique hotel, Kimpton De Witt Hotel, radiates a modern approach to luxury through fresh and refined rooms and imaginative spaces inspired by Dutch design. Experience an immersive array of contemporary carpentry, lush elements, and clean lines. A journey where rooms open up to great inspiration and eclectic treasures. Located in the heart of the thriving city center of Amsterdam, this hotel inspires to imagine, explore, create, and find a comfortable place to relax.


Corvara (Italia)


Located in Corvara, northern Italy, in a landscape of unparalleled mountain beauty, the Costa family takes pride in offering a distinctive approach to hospitality. A blend of comfort, award-winning cuisine, and Ladin culture in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, creating an ambiance that only a family-run hotel can provide. This large South Tyrolean mountain house, situated at the foot of the ski slopes, features 56 exquisitely decorated rooms, several restaurants, with Bistrot standing out, offering exquisite local dishes and locally sourced products in a traditional setting, or La Stüa de Michil, awarded a Michelin star. It boasts a wine cellar with over 3,000 references. Additionally, the hotel has a spa with an indoor pool with a retractable roof, Turkish baths, saunas, and a jacuzzi.


Úbeda (España)


The Palace of Úbeda is a magnificent 5-star hotel, luxuriously decorated, housing one of the main architectural treasures of Úbeda and Jaén: the former Palace of the Counts of Guadiana, representing Andalusian Renaissance. The palace was built in the last decade of the 16th century, and its tower was later added in the 17th century, between 1611 and 1615, conceived as an appendix to face the Royal Street. The hotel features parking, lounges for up to 180 guests, an impressive spa with massage area, a rooftop with a pleasant pool, the Ábside restaurant, and the Guadiana Tavern. The hotel has 38 rooms, including two stunning master suites located in a spectacular tower with views of the entire area and eight luxury suites. All of them are magnificently decorated, spacious, and open, designed with your comfort in mind, creating a modern, historical, and welcoming atmosphere. Each room is unique and unrepeatable, distributed in three imposing buildings that make up the Palace of Úbeda 5*GL, located in the historical and artistic heart of Úbeda, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Chengdu (China)


In 2018, the hotel was awarded as The Best Business Hotel by TTG and The Best Hotel by Business Traveller. Shangri-La Chengdu is located in the thriving downtown area of Chengdu, with an indescribable view of the Jinjiang River, which, along with the Anshun Bridge and the Hejiang Pavilion, forms the unique aesthetic architecture of the city. The hotel embraces the history, fashion, prosperity, and tranquility of this Chinese locality.


Pekín (China)


The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing is located in the vibrant central business district of Huamao, approximately a 30-minute drive from the capital's international airport, and with easy access to various historical and cultural attractions. Designed by HBA Design Consultants, the hotel features 305 well-appointed rooms that reflect the classic elegance of The Ritz-Carlton. The hotel boasts two renowned restaurants, including Aroma, serving international cuisine throughout the day; the lounge offers afternoon tea and Western delights. The hotel building also houses the Italian restaurant ATTA and the Michelin Guide-recognized Jingji restaurant. Other exclusive amenities include a spa, gym, indoor pool with a balcony, approximately 1,100 square meters of meeting space, approximately 648 square meters of ballroom space, and an outdoor garden.


Yangshuo (China)


Wingate by Wyndham Yangshuo offers incredible views of the karst limestone mountains that adorn the countryside and the serene Mulong Lake. Located 90 kilometers from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) and 37 kilometers from Yangshuo train station, this modern hotel welcomes families and business travelers with complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool, and a gym. In the area, shop for souvenirs, try local cuisine on West Street, witness the amazing Yangshuo Impression Liu Sanjie night show, or go bamboo rafting along the Yulong River.

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