The Handbook
The Handbook

From underwater hotels in the Indian Ocean to otherworldly landscapes in the Utah desert, iconic London landmarks to LA institutions, Instagram provides no shortage of travel inspiration.

Even though the long haul might be off the cards for the time being, we’ve handpicked some of the world’s most Instagrammable hotels to provide you with some travel porn, if nothing else.

Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia

The only hotel in St. Lucia that sits between the island’s most famous landmark, The Pitons. The hotel, that was opened by David Bowie and The Rolling Stone’s one-time accountant, British entrepreneur Roger Myers, is without a doubt the most luxe and lavish on the Caribbean island.

 

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In fact, despite all the beaches on St. Lucia being open to the public, this is the only one that is literally sandwiched between the two volcanic mountains and can only be accessed by boat or through Sugar Beach itself, giving it one of the most breathtaking hotel views ever.

The hotel itself does not disappoint, from the mountain rooms decked out in pure white linens to the beach front houses, the impressive art collection dotted around the hotel to the glorious spa hidden beneath the jungle tops.

Il Pellicano, Tuscany

The rocky shores of this Tuscan beach hotel might not be particularly enjoyable underfoot but boy do they serve up some serious Insta-worthy shots.

It’s not just the Instagram generation who have fallen in love with Il Pellicano, iconic American photographer Slim Aarons started shooting society figures, celebs and all-round jet-setters there in the 1960s, quipping that he “captured attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places” – and he wasn’t wrong.

Today the hotel is a favourite with the fashion set (naturally) and those into their design as the hotel is known for its tasteful decor and newly launched site, ISSIMO, which sells a curated collection of gorgeous Italian pieces.

The Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya

You’d be forgiven for double taking the shots of this hotel, which offers one of the most unique holiday experiences on the planet.

The Giraffe Manor in Nairobi looks like an English stately home covered in creeping ivy, surrounded by verdant green gardens and sunny terraces, but it sits within 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi.

Expect to see the big six and dine with the house’s resident giraffes at breakfast time, when they like to poke their heads in through the window.

One for the bucket list for sure.

Amangiri, Utah, USA

If any place epitomised #nofilter, it’s this. The Amangiri, loved by intrepid Insta travel-influencers and celebrities alike, sits within 600 acres of the Colorado Plateau and produces the most Insta-worthy light you’ve ever seen.

From ochre in the morning to apricot by midday and a dazzling pink at dusk, the landscape is simultaneously rigid, wild and imposing but also psychedelic and pretty.

Inside the hotel, there’s a range of stylish accommodation on offer, from suites that frame the surrounding dunes, plateaus and mountain ridges to tented pavilions surrounded by towers of desert rock.

The sheer lack of human life in this region is enough to make you sit back and switch off for real.

Treehotel, Sweden

Located in Harads, near the Lule river, about 100 kilometres from Luleå airport, Treehotel sits in a remote village with a population of only about 600. It’s eery and magical all at once and definitely one for those who want to feel at one with nature.

The rooms have been created in partnership with some of Scandinavia’s leading architects, suspending four to six meters above ground, literally amongst the trees and with spectacular views of the Lule River. Ecology is at the heart of what the Treehotel team do, using sustainable construction and energy solutions with as little environmental impact as possible.

Every inch of the hotel has been Instagrammed, from the powder pink walls to the iconic palm print wallpaper.

Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles, USA

From the iconic teal sign to the pink exterior and the signature palm print wallpaper, each and every corner of The Beverly Hills Hotel is screaming out to be Instagrammed – and it probably has.

Affectionately known as the ‘Pink Palace’, it’s not just the aesthetics that are iconic, but the surrounding areas too as the hotel sits in the famous 90210 postcode, between the beach and Los Angeles.

 

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Hotel Grand Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

There’s a reason the world’s most glamorous have been flocking here for decades, from Marlene Dietrich in the Golden Age to George Clooney today – who also happens to live down the road. From Lake Como itself, the Hotel Grand Tremezzo stands grand like something out of a Wes Anderson film, while the views of the still lake and snow-tipped mountains that can be seen from the hotel itself feel like they’ve been plucked from a fairytale.

From the 1960’s James Bond-esque speedboats to the WOW (water on water pool – that’s a floating pool on the lake FYI), the stylish period interiors to the grand sweeping entrance, Hotel Grand Tremezzo makes for the perfect dolce vita moment.

Claridge’s

With the promise of Art Deco interiors, Tiffany-hued china at afternoon tea, chirpy doormen and that black and white chequered floor, few London hotel’s hold such magic as Claridge’s.

Beginning life in 1856 it’s been loved by movie stars, statesmen, fashion designers, global dignitaries, royalty and regular Londoners for over a century.

Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco 

Find tranquility just a few steps away from the famous Jemaa El Fna square at the stunning Royal Mansour.

One reason it’s so magical is that they’ve done away with rooms and suites and instead offer guests the chance to bed down in unique, luxury riads, spread across a magical medina  accessed by little alleyways and secret doors.

Each riad of the collection is unique and spread over a whopping three floors – plenty of room to ‘gram your holiday – and that’s before you’ve even hit up one of the country’s most iconic pools. 

Conrad Maldives, Maldives

The Maldives is in no short supply of romantic Instagram spots, but the Conrad Maldives really takes the biscuit. It’s famed for its blissed out luxury water villas and crystal clear waters, as well as the world’s first subaquatic eatery: a restaurant literally under the sea.

But it’s the more recent (and another world-first from the hotel) undersea residence, The Muraka, that’s really going to pull in those double taps on the grid.

Above water, guests who book into the special suite can enjoy two bedrooms, an infinity pool (a Maldives perquisite), a 24-hour butler and private chef and on-call spa treatments. Guests can then take the elevator down to their private underwater aquarium sleeping quarters to marvel through the 180-degree curved acrylic dome at the sea creatures swimming by.