Some people book vacations for much-needed rest and relaxation. Others go to escape from the chaos of their everyday lives and to explore new destinations. Flower lovers, however, may have a decidedly unique goal in mind: the desire to stay at a luxurious hotel known more for its floral artisanship than anything else.
If the idea of spending the night in a botanical garden appeals to you, you might be compelled to book a stay at one of these flower-themed properties instead of your usual accommodations. Who knows? This might be your sole reason for booking a trip — and it’s as good (and certainly beautiful) an excuse as any. Here are a few of the most stunning floral hotels in the world.
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The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs
Offering impressive views of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs is known primarily for its natural beauty. Yet there’s so much more than meets the eye to this laid-back retreat that draws everyone from avid skiers to hiking enthusiasts. At a glance, you’ll likely be spellbound by its immense beauty — the sprawling grounds, the magnificent private lake, and the distant views of the Rocky Mountains are enough to transfix anyone.
Yet it’s the sight of the beautifully manicured formal garden that is likely to capture your attention before anything else. It’s one of the first things you’ll see as you approach the main hotel. Set on 35 acres, the combination of meticulously kept landscaping coupled with vibrant blooms dotting the flourishing beds lends the property an air of old-world grandeur. It feels much more like a vintage estate than a modern-day hotel. Visit in the spring, and you may encounter thousands upon thousands of freshly planted pansies and daffodils. Come summer, the property is transformed into an oasis of sorts, complete with 35,000 annuals bringing rich colors and textures illuminating the grounds.
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The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Since its inception in 1903, the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai has hosted prominent dignitaries and global leaders. An utterly exquisite hotel, its rich heritage is evident at every corner. Brimming with culturally relevant details that lend it the sort of ornate extravagance you have to see to believe, this truly grand property features floral décor throughout the space. These details are carefully replaced every week, and many of the flowers used are chosen in accordance with Indian festivals and the changing of the seasons.
Rooms, for example, are elevated with the addition of unique arrangements that add pops of vibrant color. Hallways are masterfully curated with shapely floral exhibits that capture attention and often serve as focal points — no small feat, given the other details in the hotel vying for attention, like the grand-scale chandeliers overhead and the mesmerizing metallic color palettes.
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Bellagio, Las Vegas
You can be confident that a hotel inspired by European villages has at least some flowers on its grounds. The Bellagio in Las Vegas takes that design concept to an entirely different level. The magnificent Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens must be seen in person to fully appreciate the level of handiwork, intricacy, and detail that goes into each thoughtfully crafted seasonal exhibit. Each one features about 10,000 flowers, all watered by hand and switched biweekly to ensure the freshest and most impressive display possible.
There’s a sense of magic that takes hold as you wander the conservatory, which is situated directly adjacent to the main lobby. Nearly every detail is creatively designed with or inspired by flowers. Each season features a specific theme, such as the famed spring cherry blossom and winter holiday displays. Each is captivating in its own right, and the staff of expert horticulturalists spends considerable time choosing elements like trees and water features that add to and elevate the experience for visits.
While what happens in Vegas supposedly stays there, the beauty of the conservatory is that it’s more than worthy of sharing all over your social media platforms. The backgrounds are lush and vibrant, making them perfect for a photograph or two.
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Villa Cipriani, Asolo
For a truly historic experience, make time in your schedule for a visit to Villa Cipriani. Situated in Asolo in northern Italy, the Palladian Era property was once owned by the famed English poet Robert Browning. Though it’s undergone numerous updates and ownership changes through the years, it’s never lost its allure — or its wonderful gardens, which set it apart from the other accommodations in the area. In fact, it’s one of the features for which the villa is so renowned. It’s received accolade after accolade for its brilliant colors and lush fragrances.
Stop by any time of the year, and the odds are strong that you’ll encounter at least one of those scents during your stay. Maybe it will be notes of spring jasmine or crisp orange in the winter. That there’s such incredible history tied to the gardens makes the experience all the more special. As far back as the 16th century, the wealthiest Venetians would gather here to mix and mingle. The landscapes today are the very same as they were then, with the same magnificent views of mountains and woodsy surroundings offering the ideal finishing touch for anything from a romantic stroll to a quiet solo walk.
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Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
The floral installations at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris are grand and showy enough to bring you to a complete halt. The lobby alone brims with the type of vegetation you might see in a flower shop. The arrangements, artfully rendered by esteemed floral artist Jeff Leatham, are so commanding you may just forget that you’re standing in one of the most luxurious and celebrated art-deco hotels in the world. The flowers don’t end there — they also add bold pops of color to the sleek and jazzy courtyard, illuminate the dining rooms with sleek sophistication, and lend guest rooms and suites customary Parisian elegance.
It’s almost too much to take in at once, but take your time exploring the opulence that awaits. The hotel is filled with artisanal floral treasures, and they are routinely replaced to ensure their freshness and beauty. What’s especially inspiring about the displays is that they’re thoughtfully put together with the right attention to detail. The vases, for example, add just as much to the room’s ambiance as the flowers themselves.
Any excuse is a good excuse to travel — but if you’re tempted by the idea of visiting one of these visionary hotels, you wouldn’t be blamed for booking your next trip tonight. You may even be inspired to elevate your own floral design game when you return home.
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