Well, this March certainly has been full of Madness…
While this is certainly a pressing time for the travel industry and world over—and the inspiration for this bracket-style tournament won’t even be taking place this year—Luxury Travel Advisor is hoping to provide a fun distraction for those whose anxiety may be a little higher than usual.
So, we’re happy to introduce the third edition of our Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World Contest! (Last year, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara took home the title.) For the 2020 edition, we received hundreds of submissions for truly wonderful properties around the world; however, only 64 made the “final” cut. We looked for unique views, interesting color schemes and hotels that have not participated before, with the exception of last year’s winner and runner-up (Viceroy Los Cabos). Now comes the tough part:
The editors of Luxury Travel Advisor seeded the hotels and created a bracket. It’s up to you to vote on each contest, for whichever hotel you feel is the most Instagrammable! But what does that mean? We’re looking for the best pic—you know the one; as soon as you post it, the likes, comments and shares start pouring in.
The rules: Round 1 is now open and voting closes Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. You can only vote for each matchup once per round. The winners move on to face their new competition, and so on, until a winner is crowned on April 8.
And remember: This contest is meant to highlight fantastic resorts from around the world. Please be sure to visit them and give them your business when it’s safe and you feel comfortable doing so! We’re all in this together.
The Plaza Hotel (1) vs. Barnsley Resort (16)
The Plaza Hotel—arguably New York City’s most famous—is home to the iconic Palm Court, which is popular for its Afternoon Tea. It’s also Instagram gold that earns the hotel the No. 1 seed in the North America bracket.
At Barnsley Resort, a historic former manor house near Adairsville, Georgia, the gardens back up to the historic Manor House Ruins, which at night are lit with twinkle lights and serve as a rustic Instagram heaven.
Viceroy Snowmass (8) vs. The Roxbury at Stratton Falls (9)
Viceroy Snowmass certainly has an enviable position, wouldn’t you say? After a long day of hitting the slopes, you can ski or board right up to the hotel and hop in its heated outdoor pool—offering up-close views of those same slopes.
Located in the lush Catskill Mountains, The Roxbury at Stratton Falls has introduced whimsical themed rooms at a former 1848 repurposed Mansion. Here is The Superhero Incognito.
Bisha Hotel Toronto (5) vs. Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles (12)
Experience one of the best views of the Toronto skyline and the CN Tower from the 44th floor infinity pool at the Bisha Hotel Toronto.
The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles is the literal foundation of Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. It’s a restored, 1,600-seat movie palace from the 1920s with a three-story grand lobby.
The Hermitage Hotel (4) vs. Dunton Hot Springs (13)
The Hermitage Hotel is the most original and longestistanding Nashville hotel (it was built in 1910!). Need we say more about this ornate lobby?
Dunton Hot Springs is a Relais & Châteaux resort set deep in the Colorado Rockies. The restored ghost town has 13 authentic log cabins with distinct characteristics, tasteful furnishings and magnificent views of the mountains and surrounding meadows.
The Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club (6) vs. Fairmont Banff (11)
The Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club in Bermuda is a grand dame hotel with pink exterior surrounded by lush palm trees and pink sand beaches. Note the moongate on the lawn!
Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fairmont Banff—Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies”—has been openbe for more than 130 years.
The Loren at Pink Beach (3) vs. The Notary Hotel, Autograph Collection (14)
The Loren at Pink Beach is set a tranquil section of, what else, Pink Beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The pool, rocks and beach make for an Insta-worthy pic.
Originally City Hall Annex—a place where Philly’s big moments were formally notarized—The Notary Hotel building dates back to 1926 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The hotel’s design draws on the building’s civic roots.
Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood (7) vs. The Confidante Miami Beach (10)
The iconic Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was part of a $1.5 billion expansion. Designed to resemble back-to-back guitars, complete with guitar faces and brightly lit strings, The Guitar Hotel reached 450 feet into the sky, outfitted with floor-to-ceiling glass panes.
The 24-hour rooftop fitness center at The Confidante Miami Beach has the proper motivation for you (“The time is now!”) and some great content for your social media.
Sagamore Pendry Baltimore (2) vs. The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel (15)
Poised in the storied 1914 property on Baltimore’s historic Recreation Pier—“Rec Pier” as it’s known to locals—Sagamore Pendry Baltimore embodies the city’s rich history, vibrant personality and harbor setting with character, inspiration and style.
The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel’s one-of-a-kind architecture immediately captivates guests. The hotel’s nine-story atrium, capped by pyramidal skylight, illuminates the hotel from within.
Central and South America and the Caribbean
Viceroy Los Cabos (1) vs. Grand Isle Resort (16)
Last year’s runner-up, Viceroy Los Cabos takes the No. 1 seed for the Central and South America and the Caribbean bracket. The striking contemporary architecture and design is Instagram gold.
Looking for the best Instagram content at Grand Isle Resort in the Bahamas? The day beds and cabanas at 23° North Beach Club are just the spot.
Tierra Atacama (8) vs. Las Hadas by Brisas (9)
At Tierra Atacama, all guestrooms overlook the Andes Mountain range, nearby volcanoes and uninterrupted views of Atacama. And how about that pool?
The blue-green tiling at the adults pool; the white cabanas and architecture; the palms trees—it all works at Las Hadas by Brisas.
Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection (5) vs. Guana Island (12)
Anguilla’s Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection is fresh off a multimillion dollar enhancement. One Instagrammable space is the cascading infinity pool that seems to drop off into the sea below—we love the pops of yellow.
Set along a ridge with views of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Guana Island offers a quintessential island hideaway experience.
Nayara Tented Camp (4) vs. Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos (13)
Located in the Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica, Nayara Tented Camp‘s 21 accommodations have been built at a higher altitude on the hillside to provide unobstructed views of the volcano. Let’s not forget the private plunge pools!
El Gabinete “Del Barco” is the indigenous gallery at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos features regional artifacts, including the suspended skeleton of a 43-foot-long grey whale. Woah!
Azulik Resort (6) vs. Rosewood Little Dix Bay (11)
At Azulik Resort in Tulum, guest must cross a swing bridge to enter the Bridges of Tseen Ja restaurant, which serves Mexician-Japanese fusion. It’s also great for the ‘Gram.
The One Bedroom Pool Suite Terrace at the Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands is a quintessential beach shot—pool, beach, palm trees!
Atlantis, Paradise Island (3) vs. Nizuc Resort and Spa (14)
Grab a pic of The Leap of Faith at Atlantis, Paradise Island. Guests drop down the 60-foot slide from the top of the iconic Mayan Temple through a clear tunnel submerged in a lagoon filled with marine life.
Loungers at the adults pool at Nizuc Resort & Spa are sure to be a hit on social media. Throughout, the resort fuses Asian architectural forms with Mexican materials and Mayan iconography.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica (7) vs. Hacienda Temozon, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Temozon Sur (10)
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica in the Peruvian Amazon is home to the Canopy Walkway, a bridge system suspended 98 feet above the ground, which leads to the Canopy Tree House, a remote cabin.
Talk about a unique offering: Surrounded by lush sub-tropical jungle, the Hol Be Spa at Hacienda Temozon, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Temozon Sur offers an intimate and exclusive atmosphere where you can distance yourself from the outside world.
Explora Patagonia (2) vs. Palmaïa – The House of AïA (15)
Explora Patagonia is located at the center of the Torres del Paine National Park, in the heart of Patagonia, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. On the shores of Lake Pehoé, it has breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers.
Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel (1) vs. Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel (16)
We’re a fan of bathtubs. The black and white marble bathrooms in the Grands Appartements of Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel earn the hotel a No. 1 seed for the Europe bracket.
At the top of Monte Mario, high above Rome there is a verdant green park, where allepo pines, palms and pools refresh—and then there’s this buzzworthy Jacuzzi at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Kalesma Mykonos (8) vs. Hotel Hassler Roma (9)
Set on a hilltop above Ornos Bay and just under two miles from Mykonos town, Kalesma Mykonos’ accommodations are spread across five acres and each has unobstructed lookouts from its private patio, as well as a full-sized personal heated pool.
The top spot for an Instagram photoshoot at Hotel Hassler Roma is from the private terrace of the Penthouse Suite. Love the views of the city!
Le Agavi (5) vs. Aria Hotel Budapest (12)
Guests can savor Michelin-starred seafood fare at Le Agavi, while taking in unparalleled views of the Positano cliffside and azure Gulf of Salerno.
Located under the shadow of Budapest’s iconic St. Stephen’s Basilica on the Pest side of the Danube, Aria Hotel Budapest’s High Note SkyBar serves curated cocktails with 360-degree city views. We also love the piano-inspired art in the lobby below.
Katikies Santorini (4) vs. Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort (13)
Take in views of the Aegean Sea, some other Cyclades and whitewashed buildings from your private pool terrace at Katikies Santorini. Just be sure to grab a pic for your social media.
Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort is a cliffside location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Portugal. The pool deck is our favorite shot.
Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo (6) vs. Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s (11)
Every inch of Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is Instagram gold—beginning with the hotel’s palace-like exterior that greets guests upon arrival.
Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet’s offers Instagram-worthy photo opps galore from Le Joy’s lush green patio overflowing with fresh flowers in full bloom.
nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel (3) vs. Lough Eske Castle (14)
At the brand-new nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel, eye-catching explosion of colorful design details pleading for Instagram-capturing. Yes, please!
Lough Eske Castle is located just outside Donegal Town in Northwest Ireland. Nestled within 43-acres of forest woodland and hugging the shores of Lough Eske, the castle is ideal for capturing an Instagram shot that makes you feel like royalty.
Dromoland Castle Hotel (7) vs. Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa (10)
Step back in time at Ireland’s Dromoland Castle. Think: Cozy spaces, evenings spent by the fire, brisk walks through the countryside and great content for your Insta-feed.
The new Sky Bar by SEEN at Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa offers views St. Jorge’s Castle, the River Tagus, the Arrábida Mountains and the Lisbon skyline. Pretty good stuff!
Borgo Egnazia (2) vs. Kulm Hotel St. Moritz (15)
The “La Corte” pools are enchanting oases at Borgo Egnazia for the crystal-clear waters, local white stone and Mediterranean gardens. Happy Instagramming!
Take in impressive views of the Swiss Alps, from the indoor pool—rubber duck included—at Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, which dates from the 19th century.
Africa, Middle East, Indian Ocean and Asia
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara (1) vs. One&Only Cape Town (16)
Last year’s champion! Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is Insta-gold, even from its Entrance Archway.
Set within a natural amphitheater shaped by the vertical cliffs of Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head sits Cape Town. An enviable spot in the city’s fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is One&Only Cape Town, with views of Table Mountain.
Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel (8) vs. The Silo (9)
The rooftop pool at Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel are envy-inducing for its vantage point over the city skyline and Chao Phraya River.
The Silo in Cape Town, South Africa, a total Instagram darling. Our favorite spot is the Royal Suite Bathroom.
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort (5) vs. andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge (12)
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort is located on a dramatic cliffside over the Indian Ocean. Terraced architecture ensures ocean views—and great photos—from every angle.
One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai (4) vs. Hoshinoya Bali (13)
Situated on private beachfront along Jumeirah Beach overlooking The Palm Island Bay, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai‘s best shot might be of the illuminated city that serves as the hotel’s backdropgeran.
At resort village Hoshinoya Bali, guests can indulge in a breakfast picnic in the Café Gazebo in the sky. Situated in lush, jungle green hills overlooking the Pakersan river, Hoshinoya Bali is ideal for guests seeking harmony and relaxation from the moment they step onto the property.
Raffles Singapore (6) vs. Hoshino Resorts KAI Sengokuhara (11)
A photograph peering down one of Raffles Singapore‘s iconic verandah corridor is sure to be a hit with your followers.
Boutique hot springs ryokan KAI Sengokuhara, managed by Hoshino Resorts, offers Instagram-worthy moments around every corner. The best views are from your private onsen with views Mount Kintoki and forests.
La Mamounia (3) vs. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort (14)
Opened in 1923, La Mamounia has been symbolic of traditional Moroccan hospitality and a classic example of the great age of grand hotels. We love the black and white marble.
At Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, spend the night observing Thailand’s elephants in their natural habitat while sleeping in unique transparent, fully equipped luxury jungle bubbles in the jungles of Thailand.
Atlantis, The Palm (7) vs. One&Only Le Saint Geran Resort (10)
A highlight at Atlantis, The Palm? How about the 32-foot Dale Chihuly sculpture in the Grand Lobby to Lost Chambers Aquarium, where guests can enjoy an underwater yoga class amongst 60,000 marine animals.
Surrounded by the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, One&Only Le Saint Géran is an iconic embodiment of Mauritius. The top Instagram spot on property is obviously the cabanas.
Rosewood Hong Kong (2) vs. Melia Ho Tram Beach Resort (15)
Club 53 at Rosewood Hong Kong has a range of full-service offerings for guests, but the highlight is the stunning marble indoor pool with views over the city and harbor.
Situated in Vietnam, Melia Ho Tram Beach Resort‘s most Instagrammable spot would have to be The Level Pool with its picture-perfect cabanas.