When I think of the St Regis brand, I think of luxury, elegance, and bespoke service. The brand is associated with opulence and indulgence. They have created a collection of exclusive St Regis hotels that give you access to a range of unparalleled amenities while allowing you to relax in a five-star luxury destination.
But with 55 amazing properties around the globe, which is the best St Regis in the world that should be on your dream travel list?
In this blog post, I’ll look at these exclusive properties to find out which is the best. From the most exquisite destinations to the most extraordinary modern amenities, I will evaluate each St. Regis property and determine which stands out from the rest.
What determines which are the best St. Regis Hotels?
In my experience, certain factors make some luxury hotels stand out from others. These are:
Location and surrounding attractions
Location is always an important factor. Properties and hotels that are well-located and accessible always rank higher. The property’s location plays a crucial role in the overall guest experience.
The uniqueness of location is also important. For example, a dreamy overwater villa over turquoise seas is going to score additional points.
Accommodations and room options
The overall design and comfort of accommodations are important for the guest experience. That is why so much thought goes into every detail from the best sheets to spacious marble bathrooms.
Suites or villas with private pools create an opportunity for an elevated guest experience.
Dining and culinary experiences
Food is a big part of the travel experience. Properties that have a variety of unique and quality dining options are more favorable amongst hotel guests.
Some properties offer additional experiences such as cooking and holiday decorating classes. These also add to the overall guest satisfaction.
Spa and wellness facilities
For many guests, a spa treatment or luxury vacation is synonymous with relaxation and rejuvenation.
Other facilities such as a heated outdoor pool or Regis athletic club are important in ranking the property.
Unique amenities and offerings
In line with the brand’s tagline “Live Exquisite”, St Regis is very much focused on creating a bespoke experience. Complete with the signature butler service, each property has its unique offerings such as garment pressing, and others.
Some unique offerings will allow the property to stand out.
Customer service and personal satisfaction
Lastly, exceptional customer service is the foundation of any luxury hotel experience. I have personally gone back to hotels just because of the level of service.
Consistency is the key to a great hotel experience. Luxury hotels should be able to provide this experience even during their busiest times.
Some hotels do this better than others and this is a key ranking factor.
After looking at all the above, I will see which St. Regis property stands above the rest and truly deserves the title of the best St. Regis in the world.
Based on personal experience, ratings, and distinctive features, the top 5 St. Regis properties in the world are:
1. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (Best for Families)
This is one of my favorite resorts in the world. The resort is set against one of the best beaches in the world and features many modern amenities. The guest experience is also superb.
The 5-star St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi is located in the Saadiyat district with easy access to many attractions. This resort is set against the stunning Arabian Gulf.
The resort features Mediterranean-inspired architecture, contemporary interiors, guest rooms and suites with private terraces, and spacious marble bathrooms.
Complete with the signature St. Regis Butler service, which includes unpacking, packing, and garment press, there are many other luxurious amenities that guests can enjoy.
Guests can rejuvenate at the Iridium Spa with bespoke spa treatments, enjoy the luxury indoor lap pool or three outdoor temperature-controlled pools, and dine at one of six destination restaurants and bars, including Buddha-Bar Beach and Mediterranean-inspired Olea.
Other facilities include a luxury spa, golf course, fitness center private pool, and Sinbad kids’ club.
The best part about this resort is the pristine beach. It is ideal for swimming or spending a relaxing day.
Insider tip: Rates tend to be cheaper during the Summer months (June – August). The temperature can be quite hot, but pools and the beach are perfect for an early morning or late afternoon swim.
I chose this property for its amenities and superior service.
2. The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Maldives (Best Over Water Villa Experience)
This property is top on the list of many travel enthusiasts and for good reason. The Maldives is a destination that’s hard to beat and thus is the perfect location for a St Regis Hotel.
Nestled on its private island between lush rainforest and white-sand beaches, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is designed to create an experience like no other.
Guests can choose from a range of dining options, such as Japanese Kaiseki cuisine at T•Pan to private dining experiences.
The Iridium Spa, outdoor infinity pool, private lagoon, diving center, water sports, and other amenities will make it hard to leave.
Complete with the signature St Regis Butler service, you can be assured that everything you need will be taken care of.
I chose this property for its dreamy location and spectacular offerings in terms of accomodations and uniqueness.
Insider tip: This property is worth saving and splurging points on. If you have an elite status with Bonvoy, you can book 4 nights with points and get the 5th night free. To find the best rate, search with points and look for seasons when it costs the least amount of points.
3. The St. Regis Venice (Best Romantic Hotel)
A dreamy hotel amidst the grand canal of Venice, Italy.
The St. Regis Venice, avant-garde in outlook and design, combines modern interiors with historic charm.
The hotel features rooms and suites and a few rooms with their own private pool and terrace. Rooms are not as big as the other St Regis properties, but this is expected, given that the hotel is built on water.
Guests can enjoy a variety of dining options at Gio’s fine dining Restaurant & Terrace, St. Regis Bar, and Arts Bar, all set in the hotel’s Italianate garden. I had an opportunity to enjoy a spectacular dinner at Gio’s during sunset. The views are sublime.
I also enjoyed the breakfast as it was served on the terrace along the grand canal.
The hotel is near luxury boutiques, contemporary art galleries, Teatro La Fenice, and just a four-minute walk from Piazza San Marco.
The St. Regis Venice is steeped in legend and character, featuring a traditional stone structure with columned balconies and a private pontoon for guest arrival.
There is a luxury spa and a well-equipped fitness center. Although I am not sure if you would be spending your time at the fitness center in Venice.
I chose this property for its unique setting.
Insider tip: This hotel has dining options with some of the best views in Venice.
4. St Regis Bora Bora (Best Overall Setting)
Bora Bora (French Polynesia) is the most well-known destination for overwater villas and the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort has the largest overwater villas in French Polynesia.
The resort is set against the backdrop of a natural mountain landscape and clear blue waters.
Accommodations have glass panel floors which allow you to experience the beautiful sea life below in your own space.
There are many water activities, including sailing, diving, and swimming in the private Lagoonarium.
The Iridium spa is located in the hotel’s Lagoonarium which provides the ultimate setting for relaxation and there is also a fitness center and four restaurants.
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is a backdrop for the ultimate luxury travel experience.
5. The St Regis New York (Best Holiday Experience)
John Jacob Astor IV founded the St Regis New York over a century ago.
The St. Regis New York, an iconic new york landmark on Fifth Avenue, embodies the rich heritage and timeless elegance that defines the St. Regis brand.
The hotel guest rooms and suites are more classical and rich in design. There are also two-bedroom suites ideal for families seeking a 5-star experience in midtown Manhattan.
It is located on 5th Avenue. If you are lucky you may get a room with a 5th Avenue view. It is also within walking distance of central park, the Rockefeller Center, and other attractions.
Dining options include Astor Court, serving seasonal cuisine, and the iconic King Cole Bar.
Guests can take advantage of the St Regis butler service and make use of the “house car” which is a Bentley, for short trips.
I love this hotel during the holidays. It is truly a charm, with the nutcracker emerging at the hotel entrance and the lobby containing a gingerbread house with hot chocolate for guests. When the weather throws in a little snow, you have the perfect holiday hotel in New York City.
Insider tip: Rates at this hotel are high throughout the year. The best is to book with Bonvoy points and score on the 5th free night.
What is the Best St Regis in The World?
After weighing in on all the luxurious St. Regis properties around the globe, I think that the best St. Regis resort in the world is the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. This extraordinary property has captivated the hearts of guests and consistently exceeded the expectations of its guests.
Reasons this property has emerged as the winner for several reasons
It is situated in the pristine Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives. This resort has the perfect blend of natural beauty, privacy, and luxury.
The turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and abundant marine life create a stunning backdrop for a truly unforgettable vacation.
With such a magnificent setting it is hard for any other property to beat this in terms of location.
The resort features a range of exquisitely designed eco overwater villas, beach villas, and the iconic John Jacob Astor Estate.
Each accommodation offers guests the ultimate in comfort, and the opportunity to experience the Indian Ocean breathtakingly.
There are six dining options with a variety of international Maldivian and Asian cuisine.
You also have the option to reserve a private island dining experience amidst the most beautiful backdrop.
Spa and Wellness
The Iridium Spa provides a serene space for guests to unwind and rejuvenate, offering a range of luxurious treatments, hydrotherapy pools, and a Blue Hole Pool – the largest hydrotherapy pool in the Maldives.
Unique Amenities and Offerings
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort offers an array of bespoke experiences, including bespoke butler service, diving excursions, and exclusive access to a luxury yacht for exploration and relaxation.
Guests are consistently raving about the exceptional level of service and are left mesmerized by the stay.
Quotes from Satisfied Guests “From the moment we landed in MLE, the experience has been surreal. The St Regis team escorted and assisted us from the beginning to the very end making the whole experience seamless and enjoyable. Special shout out to Abanoub who constantly took care of us on the island and ensured our stay there was enjoyable and memorable. Definitely a 10/10!” – Shaheed A, TripAdvisor
While my top 5 St. Regis properties stand out for their unique offerings and exceptional experiences, other noteworthy St. Regis hotels also deserve a mention.
Although they have not made the top of the list they still provide exceptional experience and luxury accommodations that are synonymous with the St. Regis brand.
Here are five additional St. Regis properties that are worth considering for your next luxury getaway:
St. Regis Langkawi
Nestled on the picturesque island of Langkawi, this stunning resort offers a serene escape amidst lush rainforests and pristine beaches.
With exceptional dining options, a luxurious spa, and top-notch service, the St. Regis Langkawi provides an unforgettable experience in an amazing setting.
This is probably one of the most underrated St Regis properties
St. Regis Florence
Located along the Arno River, this hotel in the heart of Florence, Italy, has a rich history, and elegant accommodations. It is within walking distance of all major attractions and shopping.
St. Regis Istanbul
If you prefer a quieter, and newer side of Istanbul, this is a superb hotel.
This hotel can be found in the cosmopolitan Nişantaşı district. It features modern interiors, blending glamor with innovation. This hotel has some of the most beautiful accommodations I have ever seen.
There are designer boutiques, luxury fashion brands, and local eateries within walking distance.
You can make use of the signature St. Regis Butler Service, indulge in bespoke spa treatments, or dine at the famous Wolfgang Puck’s Spago on the rooftop.
St. Regis Deer Valley
Set amongst the mountains of Park City, Utah, this luxurious resort offers poises itself as an all-year destination.
During the winter months, it offers a world-class skiing experience and in the summer months, guests can enjoy biking and hiking in the mountains.
With its stunning mountain views, bespoke service, and wide range of outdoor activities, the St. Regis Deer Valley is a great destination for travelers seeking adventure and relaxation.
St. Regis Bali
Located on the beautiful island of Bali, this luxury resort is a perfect blend of sophistication and tranquility.
The St. Regis Bali features stunning beachfront villas, lush tropical gardens, and exceptional dining options.
Guests can enjoy the legendary St. Regis Butler Service, and indulge in the award-winning Remède Spa. The breakfast is said to be one of the best in Bali and with items such as a lobster omelet, it would be hard to argue otherwise.
These properties showcase the diversity and unique offerings of the St. Regis brand. Each property has its distinct charm, ensuring a memorable experience for guests seeking the very best in luxury accommodations.
Determining the best St. Regis property is no easy feat, as each property offers a unique blend of luxury, style, and exceptional service.
After much deliberation, I conclude that the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is the best St. Regis hotel. This hotel ticks all the boxes that make an exceptional luxury holiday.
Nonetheless, it’s essential to recognize that luxury is a subjective experience, and the best St. Regis property for you may depend on your personal preferences and desires.
As I have noted The St. Regis Langkawi, The St. Regis Deer Valley, The St. Regis Istanbul, The St. Regis Bali, and St. Regis Florence, there’s no shortage of extraordinary St. Regis hotels and destinations to explore and indulge in.
Whether you’re seeking a tranquil retreat, an adventure-filled vacation, or a culturally rich experience, the St. Regis brand offers a wide range of options to cater to the discerning tastes of luxury travelers.
Whichever St. Regis property you choose, you can expect to be met with the brand’s signature blend of impeccable service, stunning accommodations, and unforgettable experiences.