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Around the World in 7 Hotels

From seaside retreats to urban towers, we bring you 7 hotels that will have you itching to check-in.

On Flinders Lane, in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, is where the W Hotel is nestled. Boasting 294 rooms and 29 suites, the hotel serves up the city on a platter with floor-to-ceiling windows offering front row seats to Melbourne's city skyline. The highlight of checking-in at the W is staying in close proximity to the hotel bar, and as anyone would tell you, W Hotel bars are what sets the hotels apart from any other. Here, the Curious cocktail bar serves original drinks in a futuristic cocoon setting, taking your senses on a joyous night out.

Sleep with Coco Chanel in her eponymous suite at the Ritz Hotel in Paris where the iconic designer lived until her death in 1971. Coco Chanel lived in the suite for 34 years, slowly redecorating it in her style, which the hotel has preserved, and in which you can admire not only the sophistication of the suite that Coco called home but also immerse yourself in the famous hotel that is synonymous with the French capital, enjoy a cocktail at Bar Hemingway, admire its secret garden and splurge on a facial in the hotel spa.

Check-in at the QT Perth for an experience filled with modern design and spectacular views courtesy of the hotel's rooftop. Nestled in the heart of the Murray Street Mall, the hotel boasts the highest rooftop offering up the city's glittering skyline. Sip on a Pisco Disco before making your way back to your room for a rain shower before sliding into your QT Dreambed for a great night of Zs.

Unlike any other resort, Forte Village prides itself on offering something for everyone, families, couples or a group of friends on a getaway. Boasting 8 hotels on its sprawling grounds, the hotel on the island of Sardinia is large enough to avoid anything that might clash with your idea of a holiday, screaming and running kids or couples showing too much PDA. Tennis courts, restaurants, including Michelin-starred Heinz Beck Restaurant, thermal baths, and a private beach make the hotel a destination within itself, and with the Sardinia Film Festival held here every year, the glitz and the glam of show biz is the icing on the cake for a little extra sprinkle of sparkles on your holiday.

Modern opulence stands tall in Melbourne at the Crown Towers. With rooms looking over the city, Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay, every one of the 481 rooms will offer an unforgettable backdrop to your stay. The iconic hotel boasts a spa, indoor pool, gym and direct access to Crown Melbourne's eateries, from fine dining to casual eateries, and of course the city's casino for a winning night out.

The next best thing to holidaying with Marlon Brando in his heyday is staying at The Brando, the luxurious resort hotel on French Polynesia's private island of Tetiaroa, owned by the Hollywood star. Featuring 35 villas, the private island boasts white sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise water from where you can spot local sea turtles. Each private villa features a plunge pool and offers complete privacy, making you feel like you are on your very own private island surrounded by tropical trees.

A getaway to Mauritius on the cards? If yes then do yourself a favour and book yourself a room at Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas. Whether you choose garden view or ocean view, you will be spoilt by the sweet island vibe here. The soft sand of Le Chaland beach, the tropical surroundings of the resort, and the cultural heritage of the island will have you planning your permanent move. In between cycling through the sugar canes and sailing out to sea, the resort features a wonderful spa where you can book yourself in for a body massage or perhaps head to the bar for intoxicating cocktails.


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