When you think of a luxury hotel, Waldorf Astoria is a name that springs to mind. Known the world over for some of the finest accommodations, amenities, and destinations - it's a brand with a reputation few in the industry can even come close to.
If you have Waldorf Astoria on your mind and a luxury getaway in your dreams, you'll need to narrow down your options from the 32 global destinations - all of which are extraordinary places to stay. To help you narrow it down, we've compiled a list of the Top 5 Waldorf Astoria locations, so you can go ahead and clear some room on your bucket list for the best of the best.
5. Waldorf Astoria Versailles, Trianon Palace, France
Although it's number 5 on the list and not number 1, Waldorf Astoria Versailles is a one in a million place to call home during your France adventures. The website describes it as a place where Prestige meets Nature, an unassuming descriptor for a location that will make you feel like royalty yourself.
Waldorf Astoria Versailles offers 85 rooms and 15 suites, all overlooking the grand Park of Versailles or the hotel's breathtaking, structured gardens.
The neoclassical masterpiece opened in 1910 originally with the name "Trianon," in a nod to the nearby Louis XIV’s Grand Trianon in the gardens of Versailles. Over the past 112 years, the hotel has played host to superstars from all walks of life, including Sara Bernhardt, John Rockefeller Junior and more. Although it served as a hospital during World War I, the hotel would go on to play an even more vital role in war efforts as the Supreme War Council was hosted on property in 1917, and in 1919 Georges Clemenceau dictated the famed Treaty of Versailles in the hotel's reception salon.
In World War II the hotel again became part of history as it was occupied and turned into the headquarters of the Luftwaffe before later being reclaimed and used by Allied leaders, with the likes of de Gaulle, Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and Montgomery guiding the war from within its gleaming walls.
In the '90's, Waldorf Astoria bought the property and renovated it into the modern wonder of elegance and charm it remains to this day.
The Waldorf Astoria Versailles offers rich accommodations in a neoclassical French tradition, with soft colors, striking dark wood, and playful patterns to evoke the soul of France and the class of Versailles in every room. Spa Guerlain will help soothe away worries, and guests can indulge in world-class local cuisine at one of several on-property dining locations including Gordon Ramsey Au Trianon, modeled on the famous chef's flagship London location.
4. Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club, California
In the heart of Orange County lies one of Waldorf Astoria's newest family members: Monarch Beach.
With a property that's grand in scale and personalized in feel, it's perched on the perfect meeting point between land and sea. With stunning views of the Pacific's wild waters and a breathtaking lush property that feels like its own island of relaxation, Monarch Beach is a getaway that delights guests from around the world and consistently comes out on top in a state with ample competition.
The Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club covers a sprawling 175 acres and occupies the land above a head-spinning 150-foot drop to the sea below.
The resort offers a number of rooms, suites, and penthouse suites - each more unique and comfortable than the one before it. The rooms embrace a soft neutral and pastel palette, a soothing backdrop for the dramatic natural view just outside of your window. With multiple pools, a world-famous golf course, a luxuriant spa and four places to find refreshment under the expert hand of Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray, guests will feel pampered and adored in the best Waldorf Astoria tradition.
3. Ho'Olei at Grand Wailea, Hawai'i
Ho’olei at Grand Wailea is a Hawaiin vacation in paradise. Ho'olei is a residential accommodation in the heart of Grand Wailea, a hotel with the kind of atmosphere that adorns fantasy books and sparks dreams.
With multiple suites and villas to choose from, long-term residential guests or hotel guests will find themselves surrounded by the beauty of Grand Wailea, with a breathtaking atrium water garden and grand architecture.
At Grand Wailea, guests can enjoy pools, the ocean itself, or the verdant property grounds with lush gardens and winding pathways, or take some time to indulge in world-class local cuisine.
If you're staying on Maui and need a residential accommodation or hotel stay that's head and shoulders above the rest, the Grand Wailea and Ho'olei rooms will suit your needs - and bring you to rest in paradise.
2. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
Speaking of paradise, there's another location where those who love luxury go to play. At Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi, guests will find themselves suspended in overwater elegance, lulled to sleep by the soft whisper of waves beneath the floor with the hustle and bustle of modern life far away.
Multiple accommodation options offer something for everyone, whether you're looking for a beachside villa or an overwater bungalow. Reefside villas also offer a combination of the two, with part of the residence stretching over the water to bring you face to face with beautiful natural wonders beneath the waves.
The theme in Ithaafushi is healing and nature, so dining options source local fresh ingredients that will have you feeling good about refueling your body. Due to the natural amenities of the Maldives, every imaginable outdoor adventure is right at your fingertips at Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi.
So plan on laying back in a beach chair and hearing the soft salt breeze whisper through the palms, or strap on a scuba tank and come face to face with the world's largest wilderness - at Ithaafushi, the sky is the limit.
1. Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
But despite the extraordinary wonders of every other Waldorf Astoria location (including those not listed), there's one that really stands out: Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal.
Located in Cabo San Lucas, the playground to the stars, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos is a tropical getaway in luxury. The hotel is in a unique location, situated between a towering cliff and the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll drive through Mexico’s only private tunnel to get there – bored through the very rock. Guests can rock hop along the shore or take in the view from the perch above the shimmering waves. Over the top elegance is the name of the game, and the resort offers rooms, suites, villas, accommodation casitas or private homes.
Rooms and villas are terraced up the side of the mountain, with charming gold sandstone and clean lines to provide a neutral backdrop for the breathtaking view outside. The rooms incorporate local touches such as driftwood and beach rocks, with the class and comfort of a Waldorf Astoria location. Dine at one of several cliffside restaurants and enjoy local flavors with exquisite Mexican cuisine. And as a Waldorf Astoria resort, of course the spa is all-inclusive and will soothe away your sore muscles from a day of exploring the natural beauty all around you – or maybe relax you for a calming night in.
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos is an immersive experience that blends the quality of the Waldorf Astoria brand with the rich cultural heritage and flavors of Mexico, combining them for a stay that will leave you ready to plan your next trip back before you even leave.
Of course, there isn't a Waldorf Astoria property anywhere in the world that isn't absolutely excellent - but these 5 really set the bar higher for the entire industry.