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Expedia Insiders’ Select 2015

Expedia Insiders’ Select 2015

The Expedia 2015 Insiders’ Select awards are out! Find out the top ten hotels and resorts based on more than 2 million guest reviews.

1. Royal Palms Hotel, Bermuda

You’d be forgiven for thinking the sitting rooms and lounge areas of this hotel were straight from an English estate. Instead, we’re actually in Bermuda! Several 19th century manor hotels in Hamilton have been transformed into a hotel where you can escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a dip by the pool or a book by the fireplace. There’s an eclectic mix of Colonial and Bermudan interior design but it works.

2. Celenga Apartments, Dubrovnik

Staying in the heart of Dubrovnik’s beautiful Old Town is the best way to experience the city’s unique history. Wander down the cobblestoned alleyways until you find these quiet, homely apartments which are located on top of historic water tanks that used to supply the city. A refurbishment and all the mod cons keep you comfortable, but there’s plenty of small details to remind you of the significant location – from stone shelving to the preserved water tanks.

3. Pumilio Mountain & Ocean Hotel, Costa Rica

If you want to experience the wild of Costa Rica’s rainforest without giving up your creature comforts, this boutique hotel is a must visit. Tucked into a pocket of jungle under 10km from the country’s famous Herradura Beaches, rooms look straight out at the trees and are a world away from the busy tourist spots. The hotel even offers free transfers out to the beach so you get the best of both worlds. Just remember to save time to visit the hotel’s spa!

4. Woolleys Classic Suites, Denver

If you’re headed to Colorado’s ski fields, a few days spent in Denver to acclimatise can make a big difference to the rest of your holiday. This all-suite property is a good base, located close to the airport and home to everything you’ll need for a few days relaxing before hitting the ski runs. Spend some time by the indoor pool, sprawl out in your spacious apartment-style suite and sit down at Jardin restaurant, which has its very own faux waterfall.

5. Dormy Inn Sapporo Annex, Japan

After just a taste of the traditional Japanese Inn experience? You’ll find a few nice traditional touches at this boutique hotel in Sapporo. Check in and then head straight to the onsens for a soak, before hopping across to the steam room and sauna. Unlike many Inns in Japan, Dormy Inn provides beds instead of tatami matts and offers Western along with Japanese breakfast options. A great choice if you want to ease into the ryokan experience.

6. B+B Edinburgh, Scotland

This lovely guesthouse has everything you’d want in a traditional B&B experience – a beautifully restored building, tasteful interior design, a fireplace and a great location. Walk into the impressive lobby, check in and then make up your up to your warm, cosy room looking out over the city. Along with your full Scottish breakfast, there’s also the chance to sample the B&B’s single malt whisky collection. You won’t want to leave but you will – the B&B is located just 10 minutes walk from some of Edinburgh’s top attractions.

7. Hotel Panorama, Olbia, Sardinia Italy

Location, location, location is the catch cry of this hotel – it is just 10 minutes walk from the city’s highlights and has some seriously stunning views. Splurge on a room with huge windows looking out over the water or make sure you spend plenty of time on the rooftop terrace. Once you’ve tired of the view (a tough challenge) head down to the hotel’s spa for some pampering.

8. Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa, Thailand

Thong Nai Pan Noi Bay is the location for this secluded luxury eco resort. You’ll find plenty of peace and quiet on the 18 acres of lush rainforest – villas and suites are large, sprawling teak pavilions, many with plunge pools, jacuzzis and terraces looking out over the ocean. Keep an eye out for the little details – like a table set up with a chess board on your terrace, just in case you feel like a game after a dip in the pool. Or try out the “Rock Room”, built around giant boulders.

9. Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa, Okinawa, Japan

Not enough Australian travellers have Okinawa on their to do list – this small group of islands off the Japanese mainland are a popular holiday destinations. You could fly and flop to this sprawling resort. There are several restaurants, bars, pools, onsen and a large spa onsite. Make an exception to visit Okinawa’s famous aquarium, just a short walk away.

10. Best Western Premier Weinebrugge, Belgium

You’ll find this sprawling hotel on the outskirts of Bruges, just far enough away from the city’s tight cobblestoned streets and tourist hotspots to offer plenty of peace and quiet. And there’s a shuttle right into the city of town so you don’t need to worry about navigating past the canals with your car. The family-operated hotel is well known for its restaurant, where you can try traditional French-Belgium dishes such as slow cooked mussels.

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