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Top 5 Best Luxury Hotels & Resorts for 2023

The Best 5 Luxury Hotels & Resorts for 2023


We hand-picked our 5 top hotels and resorts for 2023. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. For each of our top choices, we’ve provided similar alternatives. As a Virtuoso travel agency, Diego Travel adds value and additional amenities to your stay every time. Contact us here to get started planning your 2023 vacation!

  • Nihi Sumba

    Nihi Sumba


  • One&Only Gorilla’s Nest Suite

    One&Only Gorilla’s Nest


  • The Brando, Bora Bora

    French Polynesia

  • Aman Kyoto and Amanemu


  • Corinthia London

    Corinthia London

    United Kingdom

Nihi Sumba Villas

1. Nihi Sumba, Indonesia

Very few luxury all inclusive resorts in the world have left such an impression on us as Nihi Sumba in Indonesia.

If you’re searching for off-the-beaten-path all inclusive luxury vacations in 2023, Nihi Sumba checks all the boxes – an exclusive, remote location, sustainable ethos, true luxury and incredible facilities and hospitality.

Located in the wilderness on the small Indonesian island of Sumba, this isn’t the easiest luxury resort to reach, but that’s part of its appeal and only adds to the exclusive atmosphere of the property.

Nihi Sumba is all about creating an experience for its guests, from picking you up at the airport in an open air jeep with fresh coconuts, to your own private butler or “captain” who personally takes care of you and your villa during your stay.

There are 23 villas at Nihi and all of them are unique, varying from 1 to 4 bedrooms depending on your needs and the size of your travel group.

Despite being on a small, remote island, there is so much to do! Surfing lessons, sunset horseback rides, releasing turtles, chocolate making and a spa safari which was a level of luxury and relaxation that I’d never experienced in my life.

The barefoot luxury of Nihi Sumba perfectly combines high-level luxury with comfortable relaxation. There is no rush, no thoughts of the outside world beyond the island, just pure bliss.

Nihi Sumba is the perfect luxury resort for honeymoons, romantic escapes into nature and eco-conscious travelers.

Get additional amenities and added value when booking your stay with Diego Travel.

Nihi Sumba

 When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary 60 minute massage

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One&Only Gorilla’s Nest Suite

2. One & Only Gorilla’s Nest, Rwanda

An African safari is a bucket list travel experience for many people, but when it comes to luxury safari lodges and resorts in Africa, One & Only Gorilla’s Nest in Rwanda is above and beyond the rest. In fact, it’s my favorite resort of all time – and that’s a big statement for Diego Travel!

We flew in by helicopter and were greeted by African dancers who made us feel so welcome and like a true celebrity, which considering Bill Gates was one of the first guests on the property, that should tell you the level of luxury offered at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest.

Go Gorilla trekking, have the chance to see the Big 5 on safari, embrace adventure in Volcanoes National Park, visit a Rwandan village, relax in the incredible spa and wellness facilities at the property – whatever you choose, a memorable trip is guaranteed.

For those who have had gorilla trekking high on their bucket list, I can tell you that this is a once in a lifetime experience that did not disappoint. I went on the trek two days in a row and each day is different, the guides and porters are wonderful and it’s an experience I will never forget.

There are just 21 rooms at the property which enhances the exclusivity of this luxury Africa resort. But when I say rooms, there’s nothing small or entry level at the resort. Each room has a sitting area, open fireplace, private deck and outdoor shower. Our stay at the 2-bedroom Forest View Lodge was beyond any luxury resort I’d experienced before. And there is an understated luxury in every detail, from the bespoke bed sheets and underfloor heating to the specially made gluten-free snacks for me and the fine china in the room’s snack bar.

This luxury resort in Rwanda is perfect for adventure seekers, nature lovers, bucket list experiences and those looking for privacy and exclusivity while experiencing the best of Africa.

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Gorilla Baby

 When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage or Spa credit to be utilized during stay
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary 60 minute massage
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The Brando, Bora Bora

3. The Brando, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora in French Polynesia is a bucket list destination for many people who dream of turquoise blue waters, breathtaking white sand beaches and luxury atolls in a tropical paradise.

The Brando resort is located on the private island of Tetiaroa, an atoll of small islands around a vibrant blue lagoon, situated 30 miles from Tahiti.

If you’re dreaming of a honeymoon in Bora Bora, the Brando is the perfect choice for French Polynesia honeymoon resorts or luxury anniversary trips to Bora Bora.

The resort’s focus is carefree luxury and that’s exactly what you feel as you arrive at the resort by private plane. Stay in one of the exclusive 35 luxury villas on the island, dive or snorkel among manta rays, turtles and tropical fish, try your hand at canoeing, stand up paddleboarding or deep sea fishing. Explore the island by bike, and enjoy the fresh Polynesian food and shows each night such as live music, Tahitian dance or nature lectures.

It’s possible to book a private dinner on the beach, perfect for a romantic getaway to celebrate an anniversary trip or honeymoon in Bora Bora.

Primland Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

 When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
  • Upgrade not applicable for this property
  • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent credit, once per stay and per bedroom of the reserved villa
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary 60 minute massage

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Aman Kyoto

4. Aman Kyoto and Amanemu, Japan

After recently reopening its borders, Japan is one of the top destinations for 2023.

With such a rich culture and history, plus so much to see and do in Japan, deciding where to stay in Japan can feel like an overwhelming decision.

The Aman Kyoto resort in Japan is a perfect option for a luxury hotel in Japan, giving you a rich cultural experience. Located inside a secret garden in the foothills of Hidari Daimonji mountain, close to the iconic and historic city of Kyoto. Japanese hospitality and tranquil seclusion are the focus of this luxury resort.

With a traditional Japanese onsen spa at the resort and rooms that combine contemporary decor with the traditional Japanese Ryokan style, everything is designed with tranquillity and peace in mind as you look out the windows and see yourself surrounded by forest.

17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be visited around the resort, explore the Edo period secret garden, meditate with Buddhist monks, enjoy a traditional Japanese tea experience, take a private helicopter ride to the temples of Kyoto or visit the Kamishichiken village of the Kyoto Geisha’s with an exclusive invite for resort guests only. If you’re planning a Kyoto travel itinerary, The Aman Kyoto can offer exclusive experiences and things to do in Kyoto.

Japan is the perfect 2023 destination for those wanting to experience rich culture, history and incredible hospitality. The Aman Kyoto combines all of this with serenity and exclusivity at its luxury Kyoto property.

Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma County

 When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Japanese or American Set Breakfast served at the Living Pavilin for two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage Credit per room, per stay
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary 60 minute massage

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    Amangiri in Utah

    5. Corinthia London, UK

    Diego Travel was named a Travel & Leisure Rising Star in 2022 and as the UK has been named Travel & Leisure’s Destination of the Year for 2023, we have to mention the incredible luxury offering in the UK. 2023 is the perfect time to explore the UK and where better to start than the iconic capital city, London.

    Famous for having one of the best afternoon tea experiences in London, the Corinthia is also one of the best luxury hotels in London located in the heart of the city.

    With penthouses and suites designed with a luxurious elegance that makes you feel like you’re at home the moment you step in, you’re also rewarded with a private terrace offering stunning views across London, complimentary Brompton Bike rental and a spectacular dining experience.

    Enjoy the seasonally decorated Winter Garden restaurant,  indulge in the Corinthia Afternoon Tea experience, sip champagne in the dark and exclusive Velvet Champagne bar, or dine at the world-renowned Kerridge’s restaurant by Michelin-starred British chef, Tom Kerridge.

    The hotel itself is a former British Government building, mealace allows you to see and discover iconic landmarks like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Embankment, Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square on your doorstep.

    For other luxury hotels in London, you could also consider The Goring, Claridge’s and the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.

    Amangiri Utah

     When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
    • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
    • $100 USD equivalent Hotel credit to be utilized during stay, applicable in Northall Restaurant, Velvet Bar, Crystal Moon Lounge, Kerridge’s Bar and Grill, In Room Dining and ESPA Life at Corinthia
    • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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      St Moritz

      St Moritz, Switzerland

      Alpine Luxury Family Vacation Travel Guide


      Any family vacation can feel overwhelming, especially when you consider a winter ski destination that’s outside of your comfort zone. Believe me, I get it! Planning an alpine family luxury vacation from the US may seem like a daunting undertaking, but with proper planning and guidance, heading to St Moritz, Europe’s most iconic ski destination is 100% worth it! If Vail or Aspen skiing might feel cliché, or maybe you’ve been there, done that and want to try something new then this guide is for you! After a year of meticulous planning, and tapping into my trusted resources (ie: from Swiss friends who have been taking their annual family holiday to the Alps their entire lives to my incredible Virtuoso luxury travel expert colleagues), have I got the guide for you! 


      What to do

      Not only is there an abundance of things to do in St. Moritz in the winter season, but summer also has its own activities perfect for an active family vacation. From taking the funicular for hiking and mountain biking to sailing or stand up paddle boarding in St. Moritz Lake, we can’t wait to experience a summer season in this Swiss town.

      • TRAIN

        While it requires a bit more travel savvy than arriving by car, the train ride from Zurich to St. Moritz is worthwhile and a great way to kick off your Swiss experience.  I was blown away by the scenery as we passed through Unesco World Heritage bridges of the Rhaetian Railway, Albula line. Something else to consider is the twists-and-turns car ride that can be slightly nausea-inducing if youre prone to motion sickness.

      • Breathtaking views on the way to St Moritz

        Breathtaking views on the train ride to St Moritz

      • The Carlton Hotel’s Outdoor Butler

      • Cross-Country Skiing

        While most think of down-hill skiing being synonymous with the Alps, St. Moritz is also home to some of the world’s best cross-country skiing and the famous Skimarathon. At the Carlton Hotel, we had the chance to spend some time with their outdoor butler who meets you with a contagious grin and gears up to take you on trails that are fit for your level, arranges for ice fishing or sets up a romantic winter wonderland picnic.

      • Downhill SkiIng

        For downhill skiing, the piste levels range from 3 bunny hills, suitable for children and beginner skiers, but then jump to blue, which I found a bit too difficult for our 5-year-old and personally challenging – okay, downright scary!! In addition, Snowli Kids Village has a playground to keep kids entertained in between ski runs and après ski. In nearby villages, Samedan, Zuoz or S-chanf, you can find perfect family and beginner skiing as well.

      • St Moritz ski school

      • St. Moritz Skating Club

      • ICE

        If you love ice skating like we do, then you’ve come to the right place. There are several ice skating rinks in St. Moritz, most notably the one located next to the Kulm Hotel, with others at Badrutt’s Palace and Suvretta House (which offers the only curling classes in town).

        Alternatively, you can skate on St. Moritz Lake itself, but they do not offer the push-carts that help kids learn to skate.

      Getting There

      Distance from ZRH: 3 hours by train or car

      Recommended Stay: 5-7 nights in winter, and 3-4 nights in summer, with additional stops within Switzerland

      Elevation: 5,978 feet

      Best Time of Year to Visit: End of June to early September and early December to early April


      Corvatsch offers a 4.2 km floodlit night piste, at an easy enough level for kids to enjoy

      In the Heart Of Switzerland
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        St Moritz

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      St Moritz White Turf Horse Race

      • Snow Polo & Horse Races

        Without a doubt, one of the things I was most excited to experience was St. Moritz’ famous White Turf horse races. Nowhere else in the world offers horse polo and racing on a frozen lake.  Every year, the who’s who from around the globe gather to watch the Snow Polo World Cup, and for 3 weekends in January/February, the White Turf horse races take place.  Whether you’re there to place bets, watch horses or the high fashion, there’s something for everyone and definitely didn’t disappoint.


        You cannot visit St. Moritz without a chance to do the Preda to Bergün sledge run.  We looped down hills that vary from trudging along to sweeping inclines that feel like a rollercoaster with the most beautiful, scenic setting.  Half-way down the run, we rode past firs and under Unesco bridges, with the chance to stop at a Schneeschloss Preda-Bergün, a cute little ice castle perfect for popping in for a hot chocolate. Be sure to start first thing in the morning, because once you finish the run, youll want to go again, and the afternoons can get icy as the sun goes down.

      • St Moritz Ski Lift

        St Moritz Ski Lift

      • Preda-Bergün Tobogganing Run

        Preda-Bergün Tobogganing Run


        An unquestionable hallmark of St. Moritz are the beautiful horse carriages that youll see around town.  Its an easy way to transport tired kids from the ski gondola to the lift, and helped us avoid some major meltdowns after a full day of skiing. Plus, its a great way to see the city!

      Where to stay

      Switzerland currently has 39 Virtuoso hotels, so choosing the best one might feel like a shot in the dark.  I get asked all the time, Whats the best hotel in any given destination?  The truth is, the best hotel for you might look a lot different than the best hotel for me.  Fortunately, as a travel advisor, Im able to tour all hotels both physically and virtually and make a recommendation based on who you are, your taste, and your budget.  Think of me as your holiday match-maker!  Below, Ive highlighted a few of my personal favorites, but that doesnt mean there arent other great options out there.


      From the moment our driver greeted us at the train station to whisk us off in a Bentley, the experience was something out of a fairytale. First, we were welcomed with house-made macaroons, muffins, marshmallows and fresh oranges and a fully-stocked complimentary mini-bar. Stuffed animals and coloring books with Swiss-made Caran d’Ache colored pencils and a beautifully embroidered baseball cap were left for us on the dining table, part of the VIP treatment that is typical when you BOOK with Diego Travel.

      Details like block-chipped ice in your cocktail with a glass straw or bath salts waiting on your nightstand after a long day of skiing. Need to pick up your ski lift tickets? Not to worry, they’ll send someone for them. Your ski boots feel a little too snug? Don’t bother bending down to fix it, as someone will already be on one knee, adjusting them for you. Don’t bother with a taxi to get around town, as the driver is eagerly waiting to shuttle you around, no matter the time of day and on little to no notice. At the Carlton, the entire purpose of your stay is to relax, disconnect, and not lift a finger while delighting in every possible amenity. When it came time to check out, we definitely weren’t ready to leave!

      As a Virtuoso partner, the hotel provided us with an upgrade to a Carlton Suite, with a balcony overlooking the best view of St. Moritz. When you book with Diego Travel, you’ll also enjoy complimentary buffet breakfast for two, an upgrade upon availability, a $100 USD spa credit, early check-in/late check-out upon availability, and of course, free Wi-Fi. Whether planning your honeymoon or traveling with kids, the Carlton offers a first-class stay with privacy, and a boutique, personalized experience.


      While not a Virtuoso partner, this hotel is one of the Leading Hotels of the World, and it’s at the top of my list for clients looking for a family-friendly vacation. No other property comes close when considering the kid-centric inclusions. The oldest Swiss family-owned and operated hotel in the region, this property has a rich history of drawing the same clients again and again, who consider it their second home.

      Suvretta Sports School includes its own ski school, curling lessons, an ice skating rink, and guest year-round ski equipment storage. So if rentals won’t do, you’ll have a secure place to store your gear. Even the full-service locker rooms have a state-of-the art fire place! You can also make use of the 25-meter lap pool and solarium, something you won’t find at the other hotels.

      As a mom of 3 kids, what just might be the biggest draw is the children-only restaurant, the Teddy Club. You read that right – children only. You can drop off your kids at this pint-size restaurant that offers everything in miniature, including the ceiling height, while you’re able to actually enjoy your meal at one of the 3 restaurants, several bars, and 2 off-site restaurants. They also offer a unique kids club, as well as summer camp for kids and teens, so you won’t see anyone on a device throughout your stay.

      Suvretta House is set outside of St. Moritz, but a shuttle is on a constant loop, and being apart means having their own ski lift and trails for the guests of its 181 rooms and 10 suites. In summer, they set the stage for the British Classic Car Meeting, as well as the Engadine Bike Giro and Suvretta House Clay Pigeon Shooting Cup. For music lovers and foodies, you can’t miss the Engadine Music Festival or La Tavolata Food Festival. And if you plan to spend Holiday season here, you’ll need to book a year in advance and stay for a minimum of 14 days. Be ready for the time of your life! I was told by the general manager, “It’s basically like a large family-reunion each year and an extraordinary celebration.”


      My first impression of “The Palace” was the Old World glitz and glamour oozing from its core at this iconic property, mixing tradition with innovation. Overlooking the lake that appears in every post card photo of St. Moritz, Badrutt’s Place is where you want to stay to see and be seen, or to have quick access to the high-brow shops that line its streets. While I was there, the entire white-gloved staff lined up at the lobby entrance to welcome a VIP guest who had just landed by private plane from Russia.  

      The hotel itself is adorned with important works of art, Michelin starred restaurants, an exclusive smoker’s lounge, and an expansive spa. I was lucky enough to be greeted by the receptionist who had worked at the Palace for a lifetime, proud to be part of the Badrutt family business. Rooms and suites are currently being updated with understated elegance, and the Luxury Lake View Suite features a sustainable chandelier with detachable crystals (for recharging under the moonlight) by Australian artist, Christopher Boots, commissioned by the not-to-miss Gallery Elle, owned by the brilliant and gorgeous Atossa Meier, and located within Suvretta House.

      If you want to add a bucket-list experience to your plans, you might consider a New Years Eve spent here, which begins to book as far out as 2 years in advance. A whopping 200,000 Swiss Francs are spent on just the decor alone, so if you want to rub shoulder’s with the world’s elite, contact me to set up your Holiday travel. As a Virtuoso property, you’ll receive an upgrade on arrival, subject to availability, daily breakfast buffet, seasonal welcome amenity and mineral water, $100 USD spa credit, and round trip transfer from the train station among other VIP perks. Contact me HERE to get started with travel planning.

      Where to eat?

      I’ll be the first to admit that when traveling with kids, culinary experiences and fine dining are not at the top of our priority list. With more Michelin-starred restaurants than I could count and insider secrets to the best dining in St. Moritz, I might steer my clients in a different direction than what Ive highlighted below.  For us, we wanted more casual meals but still authentically chic and where the locals go.

      Theres no better place to après ski in the Engadin than either the Checha Restaurant & Club, where the menu is built to impress or Salastrains where the scene is to see and be seen.  Conveniently situated at the Alpine slopes, either is the perfect meet up spot for all levels of skiers.  Dress code of Moncler and Bogner encouraged.

      If sipping aperol spritz while DJ music plays in the background is more your thing, than El Paradiso Mountain Club is where to go with its mountaintop views that can be reached if you are more of an advanced skier (with kids, we arent), or if you take the gondola from Suvretta House hotel.

      For a casual, traditionally Swiss experience, try the family-friendly fondue at Le Lapin Bleu, St Moritz’s oldest restaurantWe loved the service here as they made us feel right at home in their cozy chalet quarters.

      An offshoot of Badrutts Palace, the charming Chesa Veglia, an old Engadine farmhouse built in 1650, is the one place you cant miss while youre in St. Moritz.  In addition, the famed hotel offers Michelin rated restaurants like IGNIV and La Coupole Matsuhisa, but the truffle pizza at Chesa Veglia has our heart.

      Where to shop?

      If youre like me, a cultural trip isnt complete without doing a little research in the shops.  I couldnt resist checking out my favorite Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli – and Loro Piani for my husband – and run my fingers over the perfectly coordinated luxurious garments that drape from their hangers.  And if youre also like me, a budget of $1,000 might not cut it at the Swiss chocolatier Läderach, or a little more budget-friendly option would be Confiserie Hanselmann.  I was able to pick up some traditional pieces at Haus des Jägers AG, since my sons lucky lederhosen have been well-loved and worn for every special occasion over the last few years.

      Luckily for my husband, so much time skiing left little time for shopping, but the after hours window-shopping had me drooling at Ender Sport and Jet Set.  And finally, if youve fallen in love with St. Moritz and want to buy a place to call your own, visit Maura Wasescha, the premier agency in Switzerland and agent to the stars.  Let her know I sent you!


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