Best for a Royal Living EGYPT
The Al Moudira hotel is a unique palace located on the west bank of Luxor, where Egypt’s most breathtaking antique sites lie. So it’s the perfect pied à terre for soaking up the incredible history of the city. In the open courtyard at the entrance of the hotel, antique moucharabieh, 100-year-old sculpted wooden columns and relics, are tastefully displayed, while inside, the décor is replete with Syrian frames and Italo-ottoman 18th century motifs. Tasteful flourishes and attention to detail ensure each of the 54 rooms are unique. The hotel’s historic façade is a feast for the eyes, whilst its authentic Ottoman hammam is a treat for the body. When not exploring the archaeological treasures of Luxor, you can revel in this authentic luxury, fit for a pharaoh. Hot factor: Local Qurnuai and renowned Egyptian artisans were responsible for this unique décor of rare elegance. Cool factor: Between the Nile and the mountains, Al Moudira is just a few minutes away from the tombs of famous pharaohs. Contact: Hotel Al Moudira, Luxor, Egypt; tel: +201 2325 1307; www.moudira.com S et against the Baja Peninsula of the Cabo San Lucas coast, this über-luxe resort is the perfect exotic getaway. The ocean-front property is perched on the tip of two private coves on the majestic Sea of Cortez, and every room is draped in Mexican influences, and come with personal touches like rose petals-strewn traditional bathtubs and soft linen with Hispanic designs. Whether you choose a Beach Front Casita or a Luxury Suite, you will find the ambience seeped in relaxation.
The Palapa room, which is on top of every building in the resort. Each Palapa is an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof of dried palm leaves, making it a unique option for your stay.
Try spotting humpbacks from the coast that overlooks Punta Ballena (Whale Point).
Esperanza, Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; tel: +186 6311 2226; www.esperanzaresort.com