Hotel hit list

Welcome to the inner workings of my brain.  Please keep in line and stay to the left – everything to your right is nightmare-inducing.  Here is a list of properties I’m keen on returning to or visiting for the first time.  They’re not in Upcoming Stays as they’re clearly not that important.

You can use this as a safe space to yell at me for what I’m missing or mock me for what I’ve included.

Top priority

These are the properties that currently occupy my hopes, dreams and aspirations.  You may have grown up wanting to be an astronaut, I just want to sit in a hotel room.

White Desert



Iniala Malta



Singita Castleton

Singita Kwitonda






Aman Venice





Everything else

At some point, I’ve looked at these and thought it warranted noting it.  The note might have been proceeded by “never stay here” but we’ll never know.


Cavas Wine Lodge


Lord Howe

Southern Ocean Lodge

Lizard Island



Nimmo Bay

Churchill Wild

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Fogo Island Inn


Belmond Cap Juluca



Heckfield Place

The Newt

Babington House

Foxhill Manor

Dormy House

Soho Farmhouse

Calcot Manor

Barnsley House

Gidleigh Park

The Giplin

The Idle Rocks

Hartless House

Scarlet Hotel

Gravetye Manor


Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Hotel de Paris, Monaco


Four Seasons Budapest


Taj Falaknuma Palace



Hotel Il Pellicano

Palazzo Avio

Villa TreVille

Borgo Santo Pietro

Borgo Egnazia

Capri Palace

Hotel de la Ville

Hotel La Palma

Il San Pietro

Le Sirenuse

Santa Caterina

Monastero Santa Rosa



Nihi Sumba




Hotel Esencia

Casa Cuixmala

Hacienda de San Antonio

New Zealand

Huka Lodge


Delfin Amazon Cruise

Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel


Nay Palad



The Yeatman, Porto

Vila Joya

Vila Vita Parc

Six Senses Douro Valley


Gleneagles Townhouse


Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid

Four Seasons Madrid

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona


Ett Hem

Artic Bath


Victoria Jungfrau


Four Seasons, Istanbul

United States

Amangiri (Camp Sarika)


Post Ranch Inn

Twin Farms

The Point

Blackberry Farm

Four Seasons Orlando


  1. Garrett Cayton

    Would recommend adding Sam Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, and staying in Casa Cuixmala as well as its sister property Hacienda de San Antonio in Mexico!

    • Good idea. We’re familiar with both Cuixmala and Hacienda, it was just too much hassle to get to either last time we were in Mexico.

  2. For your Canada selections, I recommend you to consider Clayoquot Wilderness

  3. In the US/Caribbean, I would add The Ranch at Rock Creek, consider swapping Blackberry Mountain for Blackberry Farm (newer, more activities, much younger crowd), consider the Mandarin Oriental Canouan (only the Italian villas, the rest of the hotel is very old), and swapping Amanyara for Parrot Cay!

  4. This is quite a list, with a lot of inspiration! Thank you! If you don’t mind, I have a few suggestions based on places I’ve researched and come across. Blackberry Mountain should definitely be on your list for the USA (I visited in 2021). In the Caribbean I think that you ought to at least consider: Mandarin Oriental Canouan and Jumby Bay in addition to your list. In the USA I would say that you could add: The Green-O, Lodge at Blue Sky, Chatwal Lodge, and Winterlake Lodge. In New Zealand, there’s Annandale, Solitaire Lodge, and The Lindis. Lastly, in Iceland, I think that Deplar Farm is worth a mention. Sorry if this is an overload, I love your lists and appreciate the effort your put into this site very much. Look forward to future reviews. Thanks!

  5. Jill Martin

    The Grove in Wales AMAZING. A perfectly lovely stay June 2022. Can’t say enough about it. Service , food, rooms (complimentary mini-bar), location , 2 different restaurants plus several cozy rooms to sit and relax. You must add to your hit list.

  6. With your budget, you can look at an exclusive Delfin charter for the Peruvian Amazon cruise (from $8k per day).

  7. Fair list

    Worth adding:

    Badrutt’s Palace
    Cala di Volpe & sister properties
    The Chedi Andermatt and The Alpina Gstaad 10 years from now once better settled
    (The “proper hotel per square km” rate in CH is very high – PHV being its current crown jewel, those hydraulically suspended windoors and the auto-lift door stoppers are excess liquidity at its finest)
    I’d close with Zaya / Nurai Island for its paradise proximity to a real city

    On a separate note, might be worth avoiding the odd MO at Lake Como.

  8. I would add The Datai to your list. It’s a magical place. Much better than the Four Seasons and others on the same island. Trust me. It’s special.

  9. Any plans to check out FS Damascus?

  10. We booked Southern Ocean Lodge but it burn down 2 weeks before our trip (Januari 2020). Think the plan is rebuild and open year?? Rebooked to Sequoia Lodge outside Adelaide.

  11. Curious to hear your thoughts about Passalacqua if you end up going. Same owners as Grand Hotel Tremezzo, which relies heavily on social media hype. The receptionist I spoke with when I called was so inexperienced I crossed it out as just another expensive photo set without real substance or real service.

  12. Staying in at Southern Ocean and Lizard Island next year – would love to hear your thoughts if you get there before me. While at Cap Juluca, would be worth a trip over to Quintessence while you’re on the island.

    • It’s highly unlikely I’ll be returning to Australia anytime soon. It’s either a 22 hour flight with a toddler or going solo – I’m not sure what’s worse. You should always travel with someone to Australia, as everything out there is trying to kill you, so you halve your chances if it can attack them first.

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