Cumnock Diaries: The Most Beautiful Hotels in the World

The Most Beautiful Hotels in the World

Dubai, Venice, New York, but also small natural paradises such as Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam or the lagoons of Bora Bora… We found the most beautiful hotels in the world!

Discover them now and let yourself be swept away by the magic of these luxurious establishments where the natural decor only enhances the finesse and elegance of the decoration.

Secret Bay, Dominica

A small secret paradise lost in the heart of the Dominican jungle near the turquoise waters. It’s already enough to make us dream! The luxury of this hotel is mainly due to its natural decor. A good way to think of yourself as Robinson Crusoe but with the added comfort.

Ponta dos Ganchos, Brazil

Pontas dos Ganchos is really made for couples. You can also go alone, but children are not allowed. It is an ideal place to recharge your batteries in an idyllic setting… You can also go diving and eat fresh products (seafood and fish). It’s definitely a very romantic place to fall in love with.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

This hotel is a complex of luxurious villas perched on the China Sea. Here, we cultivate the Asian art of well-being and everything is “ecological” to respect the environment. The hotel also has a spa and even offers yoga classes. The rates are also relatively attractive compared to other hotels in the world with the same level of quality. If you have decided to discover this region of Vietnam, we can only recommend it.

The Meridien, Bora Bora

Bora Bora’s a dream come true, isn’t it? Then imagine a superb hotel on the edge of a lagoon, straw huts and bungalows built in the purest Polynesian style. It is one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, thanks in particular to its natural décor, which is absolutely extraordinary.

Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Many hotels look like postcards in the Seychelles, but this one stands out from the others by the diversity of its surroundings. Many activities are offered such as diving, hiking or mountain biking, fishing, tennis, fitness or even the possibility to fly over the island by helicopter! In this hotel, you can rest in an earthly paradise as well as enjoy all kinds of activities.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice

Set on the Giudecca Island, the superb Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers the best possible view of the Venice lagoon and the Doge’s Palace.

Elegantly decorated and very well equipped, the hotel even has its own private boat service that allows you to reach St. Mark’s Square in only 4 minutes! A Venetian experience of luxury, calm and voluptuousness…

The Burj Al Arab, Dubai

This hotel is a 321-metre high tower (the equivalent of the Eiffel Tower) built on an artificial island. It perfectly embodies the excessiveness and luxury of the Persian Gulf countries, with a tennis court installed at its summit. If you’d like to play a game, we hope you won’t get too dizzy…

The Four Seasons, New York

You dream of discovering New York City, or rather Manhattan, Wall Street, Times Square… The Four Seasons of New York is in the heart of the Big Apple near Central Park and the luxury boutiques of Fifth Avenue are only one block away.

In the hotel you will find a full spa, 2 gourmet restaurants and 3 lounges. The panoramic view of the city from the rooms is simply superb!

Bellagio, Las Vegas

It is perhaps the most famous hotel in Las Vegas and you can see why: lush botanical gardens, swimming pools each more beautiful than the next, art gallery, spa, boutiques, restaurants, discotheque… It is the ideal hotel to discover Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps!

The Oberoi Zahra, Egypt

This hotel is not exactly a cruise ship hotel, since it is a cruise ship. But it’s still a luxury palace! It gently descends the Nile to the land of the Pharaohs between Aswan and Luxor. The little extra of this boat is the Egyptologists available to the travellers to tell the story of ancient Egypt. Of course, you will find all the comforts of the greatest palaces: spa, sauna, fitness room, swimming pool of your dreams. If you are dreaming of an unforgettable cruise, this boat is the hotel for you!

5 Days in Eastern Scotland

Do you really want to discover the real Scotland? Coastlines and castles, beaches and breweries, cathedrals and cashmere, whisky and hiking; this is what awaits you (and much more) during your seven-day stay exploring the east.

With cities like Edinburgh, St Andrews, Dundee, Aberdeen, Cumnock and Pitlochry, you’ll also explore miles of countryside, zigzag between rural communities and even pass through a national park! Are you ready to visit Eastern Scotland?



Edinburgh, the historic capital of Scotland, is bound to have an effect on you. You could easily spend days and days discovering its many fantastic attractions, hidden treasures and lively cultural scene. Today’s stopover will give you a real idea of the unique character, fascinating past and endless charm of this magnificent city.


Overlooking the city, you can’t miss Edinburgh Castle. It’s advisable to be there for the opening. As well as offering spectacular views of the city’s rooftops, it is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, the stone used in the coronation of a British sovereign. During your visit, learn about Scotland’s military history at the National War Museum and admire the troubling Scottish National War Memorial. Once you’ve visited the castle, take a stroll down the Royal Mile to discover this famous main street lined with an eclectic array of shops, pubs, restaurants and historic culs-de-sac. You will also find St. Gilles Cathedral and Holyrood House Palace in the middle and down the street respectively.



Leave Edinburgh and venture into the Kingdom of Fife on the Forth Road Bridge (see the incredible structure of the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge and the newly built Forth Bridge). Follow the brown signs on the Fife Coastal Drive to see the sparkling coastline and picturesque villages of East Neuk.



On the third day of your trip, it’s time to discover what Dundee, Scotland’s fourth largest city, has in store for you. A UNESCO City of Design, Dundee is a thriving, densely populated city brimming with exciting projects and a vibrant cultural scene. Not to mention its fascinating and varied history which includes fabric making, polar exploration, journalism and marmalade!



Follow the brown tourist signs for the Angus Coastal Route and spend part of the day admiring the changing coastline of eastern Scotland, with its cliffs, sheltered bays and fishing villages. On the way to Aberdeen, make two stops to discover some of Scotland’s most spectacular historical attractions: Arbroath Abbey and Dunnottar Castle.


A 30 minute drive from Dundee is the historic town of Arbroath, home to Arbroath Abbey. Founded in the 12th century, the abbey entered the history books as the site of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which affirmed that Scotland was an independent nation. Explore the ruins of the church, the gatehouse and the abbot’s house. Then walk to the old harbour and buy an Arbroath Smokie in the city centre, a famous local dish of traditionally smoked haddock.



Today, you can spend the morning in Aberdeen enjoying some cultural activities before travelling through the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside to see one of the many castles in the region, and finally reaching the market town of Elgin in the Moray Highlands.


Looking at the port of Aberdeen, it is not surprising to learn that Aberdeen is one of the most important ports in Scotland. The best place to find out more about the industry and the city’s long relationship with the North Sea is the Aberdeen Maritime Museum. Through artifacts, paintings, exhibitions and interactive displays, you can learn about boat building and fishing in Aberdeen, among other things, and discover the exciting history of the North Sea oil industry.