Whilst we admit there are way more than just 10 Instagrammable hotels residing on our vast planet, we dug deep to provide you with a list of some of our best. So as the new year falls upon us, why not give the bucketlist a bit of a revamp and travel to some of the places that’ll make you the envy of all your pals. So, if your Insta feed is looking a bit sparse and devoid of colour (or even giraffes poking their heads into your brekky… ) then we’ve got you covered. Queue the places that don’t need a Clarendon or Gingham to make ’em look good…
Knock, Knock, Who's There?
Peekabo! Who goes there? Oh just a few giraffes sticking their head into your breakfast through a window. I mean… what could possibly make you spill your coffee down you if not that? This seriously covetable experience takes place at the famed Giraffe Manor in Kenya, making it very high up on our most Instagrammable list. The boutique hotels rests on 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest, so not only are the surroundings picture perfect but the shenanigans on the inside are capture-worthy too. The herd are more commonly known as the Rothschild giraffes, and they prowl the area in hunt for maple-syruped pancakes and fried eggs. So, if you fancy getting a photo that’ll be the envy of all your friends (and experience something crazily cute at the same time) then head here!
Photo credit: The Blonde Abroad
Hotels On Stilts
Constance Prince Maurice, in Mauritius is a masterclass in design, from architect Jean Marc Eynaud and designer David Edwards. With an exceptional infinity pool (remember we love an infinity pool) and lush tropical surroundings, the suites are, you guessed it, built on stilts and offer private plunge pools and views out into the Indian Ocean.
A Parisian Eyeful
Paris is pretty darn Instagrammable at the best of times, so throw in a hotel that boasts balconies overlooking the Eiffel Tower and you can rest assured it’s going to end up on this list. Hotel Plaza Athenee, part of the Dorchester Collection, provides that idyllic spot for breakfast table snaps and landmark backgrounds. Don a white dressing gown and pretend you haven’t just rolled out of bed and pose in a photo against blossoming red flowers and the La Tour Eiffel. The Parisian staple has been playing host to various guests since the ripe young age of 1913, and offers exuberantly romantic spots and Alain Ducasse, world-renowned multiple Michelin-starred chef, overseeing all the hotel kitchens. Oo, la, la, la vie eat belle!
Photo credit: The Paris Photographer
Embrace Your Inner Jane Of The Jungle
The rainforest wonderland of Keemala, Phuket, is home to cosied away pods overlooking Kamala Village and the Andaman Sea. If you’ve ever wanted a holiday away completely incommunicado we can probably advise this here place, except for the fact you’ll need your phone to take a range of Instagrammable shots! The Thai hideaway is an evergreen wonderland that’ll have you quite literally living your best life.
I See The Sea
You can’t really go far wrong with a hotel that boasts pools surrounded by mountains can you? Which is why Jade Mountain in St Lucia is quite literally (to litter the text with adjectives) amazing, incredible, mind-blowing, delightful… yep, you get it! It’s the kind of place where words don’t really do it justice, with private infinity pools looking out into the Caribbean Sea, cascading koi pools, and coconuts lying around for your posing pleasure. Even the gram won’t know what’s hit it at this south-western coast paradise. Thank us later!
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Somewhat akin to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, the Kananaskis Nordic Spa is a 50,000-square foot alpine sanctuary that can only be described as looking pretty similar to a MacBook screensaver. Whipping your kit off mid-October in Canada of all places isn’t something we’d typically do unless pools of steaming hot water awaited us, so it was a jolly good job there were. Five pools in fact, some of which were slightly warmer than the others, alongside Banya, Finnish and Barrel saunas, and an Alchemist and Eucalyptus steam cabin. Sitting just 45 minutes southwest of Calgary, it’s a total must-visit, and a must-stay come to think of it. Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodgeboasts various room sizes in a very Instagrammable setting, including luxury lofts.
Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Le Riad Yasmine is an eight bedrooms private boutique hotel situated in the middle of the Medina of Marrakech and it’s absolutely spellbinding. The interior is clad in typically imagined Marrakech design and positions itself as a snug safe haven away from the madding crowds. Recline in a centre-piece pool before padding to a lounger near by across mosaic floors. Just don’t drop your phone in the water, you’re going to need it for the snaps!
The New Kid On The Block
Want to sleep with the fishes? No, we’ve not gone all The Godfather on you, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island unveiled plans to allow you to do exactly that earlier this year – sleep underwater. Sixteen and a half feet below the surface, the glass pods see guests surrounded by the stunning sealife of the Indian Ocean. The luxury suites exist on top and below the waves, with nine guests sleeping upstairs, along with a gym, butler’s quarters and, of course, room for your detail of body guards. But below deck the concrete, steel and acrylic structure gives way to a domed suite for a lucky couple to go down in true style. You arrive in style too, being picked up in a private seaplane and transferred via speedboat. There are four on-site butlers, daily massages, use of the power boat. Pretty much everything you’d ever need. The only, slight, catch is the price, an eye-watering $50,000 per night. But think of the tropical view as you stretch out on the double bed. Is that a conger eel or are you just happy to see me?
Slumber Under Stars
Sleep under the stars in the African desert at Little Kulala in Namibia. Each room comes with a rooftop star bed. The extreme view, uninterupted by light pollution is breathtaking. As are the daytime views across the rolling dunes of the Namibian desert and within the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve.
For The Minimalists
If minimalism rocks your world, then Viceroy Los Cabos in Mexico will slide in nicely to your feed. The hotel is eerily beautiful and possesses large bodies of deep blue water, offset by white luxe buildings. Positioned on the Sea of Cortés, the dreamscape has us floating away at our work desks and ready to buy that one way ticket… shh, we didn’t say that!