9 of the world’s most Instagrammable hotels for your summer vacation

APR 23, 2018 | By Reecha Kulkarni

Elephant Pepper Camp, Kenya: Nestled in a thicket of trees within the Maasai Mara National Reserve, this eco-luxury camp takes you up close to Kenya’s unending savannah and wild inhabitants. Itinerary: Leave your planner back home; this mobile camp is the quintessential African safari. The unpredictable camp compels you to keep your camera ready, with long game drives to spot lions, visits to the local Maasai Manyatta tribe, or expansive views during sundowners on the grass. You may also witness galloping zebras and gazelles in The Great Wildebeest Migration, leading us to believe you could be in the Lion King movie IRL. Website:

Taj Rambagh Palace, India: Make your way through the manicured driveway to enter this opulent reminder of Jaipur’s heritage, replete with traditional Rajput architecture, peacocks on sprawling lawns and spectacular views. Itinerary: Wake up to elaborate alfresco brunches at the Verandah Café, explore the lives of 19th century kings and queens within the palace and devour sumptuous thalis with a silver spoon at the regal Suvarna Mahal. We suggest resisting the temptation of staying in all day (the palatial hotel will unfailingly stall you), and make sure you wander through the Hawa Mahal and conquer the Amer Fort. Website:

The Ice Hotel, Sweden: For those of us who need to escape the heat, this hotel is literally an ice sculpture. Choose the ‘Cool Room’ to walk into a -5 degree Celsius flurry of ice furniture and reindeer hide to keep warm. Itinerary: While you’ll only catch the Northern Lights in the winter, you can take an ice sculpting class, a midnight sun-tour or meet and greet reindeer. Finally, take a dog sled transfer, back to the airport. Website:

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai: With over a kilometer of white sand surrounding this luxury hotel, you are always a step away from the beach. However, we recommend checking in underwater. Their signature Underwater Suites offer views of the mythical Atlantis and diverse aquatic life. Itinerary: You could take an “Aquaventure” at their Waterpark, visit the Dolphin Bay or choose from their water sports options. Day 2 calls for massages underwater, at the ShuiQi Spa. Website: www.atlantisthepalm

Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia: Taking a hike never sounded better – all the rooms at this resort feature unparalleled views of the Caribbean Sea, with private infinity pools with every level up. Itinerary: While mountain trails are plenty, we’d recommend exploring the soft sand beaches surrounding the resort: coastal kayaking, snorkeling through coral reefs and sunfish sailing are only a few ways to scout the Anse Chastanet and Anse Mamin Beach.Website:

Soneva in Aqua, Maldives: Book a room at the Soneva Fushi resort in the Maldives, but choose to stay at the luxury yacht. The floating villa sails from the resort, offering all the amenities from the room, including a glass bottom spa, a hot tub and a dining sun deck.Itinerary: Although you can choose from a day’s adventure to overnight stays, the luxury yacht takes you diving and snorkeling around Baa Atoll’s population of turtles, dolphins and manta rays on all itineraries, and ends them with sunset cocktails. Website:

Poovar Island Resort, India: Check into floating cottages over Kerala’s backwaters, surrounded by lush green landscapes and quiet emerald waters. Itinerary: Take a staycation like no other: this resort has villas and cottages dedicated to offering Ayurveda therapies and massages. After, pile your plate with healthy fare from the Ayurveda Restaurant. Website:

Hotel San Cristobal, Mexico: You’ll find a sandy paradise at your doorstep at this breathtaking hotel, located on the Southern part of the Todos Santos beach and a few metres away from the Pacific Ocean. Itinerary: Try your hand at surfing or release baby sea turtles into the wild, but make sure you’re munching on Baja fish tacos throughout the day.Website:

Mykonos Blu Grecotel, Greece: We’d suggest saving up for the Island Bungalow, which features stunning Cycladic interiors, a private garden and a plunge pool overlooking the Aegean Sea. Itinerary: Take a water taxi across the azure waters to the nearby beaches for water sports, restaurants and the vibrant nightlife Mykonos is known for. Come back to a traditional Mediterranean feast at the Aegean Poets restaurant at the hotel. Website: