Top 11 hotels of 2014, according to TripAdvisor

8. Al Maha A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
Al Maha Resort is nestled in a verdant palm oasis, deep within Dubai’s dune and desert landscape. Al Maha showcases the heritage and architecture of the Bedouins and also offers a sense of desert adventure. All Suites offer a spacious luxurious setting overviewing the dunes of the Arabian Desert. Don’t forget to look out for the Arabian Oryx or Gazelles grazing on the bushes from your Suites. Dine in sophisticated style at the signature Al Diwaan Organic Fine Dining Restaurant, alfresco on the veranda with breathtaking views of the reserve, or in the privacy of your Suite.

7. Hotel Alpin Spa Tuxerhof, Austria
Experience alpine lifestyle at its best at Hotel Alpin Spa Tuxerhof. Located in a sunny and central location, the traditional hotel gives a home-like atmosphere and boasts a 2000 sq m large spa oasis with the largest sauna in the valley; including 7 theme saunas, 4 pools and Relax-Soledom.

6. Cocoa Island by COMO
Featuring in our list of the 9 most exquisite overwater villas, Cocoa Island by COMO is an intimate private Maldives island resort surrounded by a beautiful turquoise lagoon and an exceptional house reef. Each lagoon is a point of stillness, but the encircling reefs bristle with life. It is among these coral atolls that Cocoa is located, a 40-minute speedboat from Malé international airport. At one end of this private island is a snaking, powdered spit sculpted by gentle evening tides. Rooms are inspired by local dhoni boats, adjoined by simple wooden walkways, built above the shallow ocean.

5. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Peru
Once a convent and a palace, Belmond group’s Palacio Nazarenas manages to feel like both — as timeless and tranquil as a spiritual retreat, yet relentlessly cushy in it’s every detail. Think under-floor heating in the Peruvian marble bathrooms… iPad preloaded with a Cusco city guide and stunning views of the landscape around. Even the modestly named Chica Junior Suites come with intricately carved antique furniture and on-call butler service, The hotel’s poolside, candle-lit restaurant serves modern Peruvian cuisine utilizing herbs and edible flowers grown on the property.

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