For better or worse, social media has changed the way we travel, and Instagram is one of the main culprits. Twenty somethings from every corner of the globe are going forth and wandering… towards the most Instagram friendly hotels, resorts and cityscapes. Have you ever booked a hotel based solely on its instagrammableness factor? (Yep, just made up that word…)
In our social media-obsessed world it’s the visually pleasing aspects of travel that are glorified, and the potential for a good snap for the grid drives millennials to travel 1000s of miles in search of a skyline, sunset or beautiful hotel pool to make their account shine.
Today, instagrammable hotels are destinations in themselves and people are prepared to pay more for hotels that will get the likes rolling in. Here are some of the most Instagram friendly hotels the world has to offer (no filter necessary).
The most instagrammable hotels in the world
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Crowning one of Dubai’s most ambitious architectural feats and exclusive postcodes, the Palm Jumeirah; the iconic arch of Atlantis is recognisable from every angle – whether you’re sailing past on a luxury yacht, driving down the Palm’s ‘trunk’ on your way to the hotel, or taking in a birdseye view by helicopter. The hotel’s pool, Nasimi Beach, is one of the hottest places to be seen for Dubai socialites.
Check out my Dubai life section for tips on where to go.
Riad Yasmine, Marrakech
This boutique hotel is perfectly situated in the red city’s Medina, but there’s almost no need to leave. The monochrome tiled courtyard has ample fauna and a pool just begging to be lounged in on one of those swan-shaped inflatables, making it one of the most Instagrammed hotels in Morocco.
Giraffe Manor, Nairobi
Most of us have seen the viral videos depicting breakfast at this place, but do you actually know anything about Giraffe Manor? The boutique hotel with an ivy-clad facade sits amid 12 acres of stunning private land in the 140 acre indigenous forest of the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Waking up under a fluttering canopy to break bread with the neighbours; a herd of local giraffe, is serious Insta-goals.
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, Tokyo
Andaz means “Personal Style” in Hindi and Toranomon translates to ‘Tiger’s Gate’, which reflects the grandeur and eclectic styling of this Japanese tower. Shoji screens in the suites and views from the rooftop garden, served with a side of smoking tea-infused martinis, will blow you away.
Katikies Hotel, Santorini
Is there anything more photogenic than Greece’s blue and white palette? At this whitewashed boutique hotel on the cliffs of Oia, infinity pools melt seamlessly into the backdrop of Caldera and Aegean Sea. By night, sip local wine by candlelight on the rooftop before falling into bed in your cavernous bedroom.
The sweeping panoramic view of the beachfront and Barceloneta boardwalk paints a pretty picture any time of day. And those exclusive cabanas are so ideal for swimsuit changes during impromptu photoshoots at the infinity pool.
Taj Exotica Goa
56 acres of lush green gardens, beach views and a sunny atrium make this South Goa luxury resort an Instagram lover’s dream place to stay. Take a walk through the carefully pruned tropical plants in the sprawling gardens and take every photo opp offered by the huge chess set in the grounds.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town
Almost as iconic as its view of Table Mountain, the pastel pink walls of The Nelly have played host to some of the biggest stars to ever visit South Africa. Marble ensuites and the adults-only Cottage Pool provide ample eye candy.
Villa Feltrinelli, Lake Garda
The verdant gardens of this 18-room Art Nouveau villa are filled with croquet lawns, 19th century lemon and olive groves and magnolia trees. Built in 1892 by Faustino Feltrinelli’s sons, the hotel has an elaborately decorated cigar room. Fancy.
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
Five star luxury just steps from fashionista central, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V, and romantic, old-world balconies from which to observe an unrivalled view of the Eiffel Tower? Yes please.
Aria Hotel, Budapest
With surreal views from the Sky Note rooftop bar, all the grandeur of an old Hungarian palace and a design inspired by music, Aria Hotel is one of the most picturesque places to stay in Budapest.
The William Vale, Brooklyn NYC
Smack-bang in New York’s most hipster neighbourhood, it’s not just the local streets that will rock a VSCO filter at this hotel. Guests have a prime view of Manhattan’s skyline, all-white bathrooms for flattering selfies and delicious-looking meals at Leuca.
Read about how to spend the perfect day in Williamsburg.
Constance Maldives Rangali Island
Would any list of Instagrammable places to stay be complete without a location in the Maldives? Guests at this resort arrive by seaplane (think of the birdseye shots!) and will be treated to meals under the sea and overwater spas complete with glass-floored treatment rooms.
Waldorf Astoria, Beijing
Oriental charm meets modern luxury at Beijing’s Waldorf, and this is best displayed in the grand ballroom and Ming Dynasty inspired Hutong Courtyard. For the ultimate foodie flatly, order a Red Velvet Giftbox to surprise someone in your room.
Four Seasons Resort, Koh Samui
Order the Moo Kra Ta Thai Barbecue for local flavours in your villa residence, take a picnic on the beach or tag along to a Sunday Brunch for some foodie snaps. At Four Seasons Koh Samui, you’re surrounded by lush coconut groves and white sand beaches.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
You might need a drone to get that perfect shot from above, but these igloo residences are picture-perfect from the ground too. Fingers crossed for a Northern Lights show!
Club Med Val d’Isère
Lounging in an outdoor hot tub sipping champagne, against a backdrop of the snowy slopes and charming ski chalets. It’s the stuff of Instagram dreams.
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Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali
Rose petal-filled baths and floating brunch? We’re so there, and we’ve got our smartphones ready. There’s also a handy jetty to pose on at sunset and bath tubs filled with fresh rose petals.
The Dolder Grand, Zurich
Aside from this Swiss hotel’s grand, almost Hogwarts-esque facade, the interior will wow you with its opulence. You can enjoy a candlelit dinner in the hotel’s spa, and the Carezza Suit’s floor-to-ceiling windows make bath time oh-so-picturesque.
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Xanadu Villas, Zanzibar
Six luxury villas with private rooftop pools, outdoor showers, dome design suites and cathedral windows make Xanadu Villas feel – and look – like a more refined, luxurious home away from home.
Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico
Seven miles of white sand beach come with private patios, plunge pools, outdoor showers, high-ceiling thatched-palapa roofs, Egyptian cotton sheets and terraces scattered with chaise lounges, hand-carved stone dining tables and crochet hammocks. What are you waiting for?
Dedon Island Resort, Philippines
Go barefoot at this island resort and wile away the days editing your instas from the comfort of a suspended ‘pod’ seat or soaking up the jungle vibes in the reception area. All of the furnishings were created by local craftsmen, so that’s something to humble brag about in your captions.
Taskonaklar Hotel, Cappadocia
This cava hotel blends into the rugged Turkish landscape and its rustic decor is only beaten by the spectacular views of Cappadocia’s famous hot air balloons sailing through the sunset.
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The Landmark Hotel, London
In Marylebone, British elegance and grandeur combine with the deluxe facilities you need to stay glam on your travels. The palm-tree studded atrium is impossible to walk through without stopping to take a picture.
Whether you only post pics that fit your colour scheme and work hard to maintain your Instagram ‘theme’ or you just appreciate beautiful interiors and exquisite architecture, these jaw-dropping Instagram friendly hotels will make you book your next trip (and watch your follower count soar).
And hey, who’s to say that sipping a cocktail in a hammock at one of these picturesque hotels won’t prompt you into a bit of self-reflection during your travels? It’s not all about the ‘Gram!
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Which hotel stands out most for you? And have you ever stayed in a hotel that could have been built for Instagram? Leave me a comment so I can check it out!