The USD$260 million revamp of the 18th-century palace hotel includes suites designed by Karl Lagerfeld

We reveal the hotels that helped coin the phrase ‘extra’. These are the backdrops that all Instagrammers will be searching out this year


Aman Venice

Speed along the waterways in your private water taxi to the former Palazzo Papadopoli, which is now the Aman Venice hotel. Frescoes and antiques combine with sleek 21st-century furnishings to create a maximalist meets minimalist heaven.



La Residence

Glittering Indian chandeliers join with elegant antiques to create a showstopping hotel in the Franschoek Valley. Take your holiday snaps in the opulent hotel or in the surrounding vineyards.



Ritz Paris 

The Ritz Paris recently underwent a USD$450 million makeover. It contains the world’s first Chanel spa, a retractable glass roof over the restaurant and suites named after former occupant, such as Ernest Hemingway and Coco Chanel. It looks like the Ritz you know and love, but like any star who’s had an expensive facelift, it looks a little fresher.



Umaid Bhawan Palace

When it comes to opulence a palace in India is hard to beat. The Umaid Bhawan Palace is the sixth-largest private residence in India, which means that the ruling family have so much space, they are more than happy to let visitors stay in the spare wing. Perched on Chittar Hill it offers breathtaking views of Jodhpur.



Hotel De Crillon

The Hotel De Crillon recently threw open its doors after a four-year makeover. The USD$260 million revamp of the 18th-century palace hotel includes suites designed by Karl Lagerfeld, a glass-roofed swimming pool (which has been sunk two levels below the ground) and a cigar room complete with private smoking suites.


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