The 31 hotels everyone should stay at in their lifetime, according to the man who tests them out for a living
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Philippe Kjellgre, the founder of PK's List, knows this more than most.
Originally the founder of luxury hotel website Kiwi Collection, Swedish-born Kjellgre has written seven travel/hotel books, runs a travel advisory service for high-profile clients, as well as a newly-launched hotel app - and he's currently on an 800 day trip around the world to visit over 1,000 of the world's best hotels across all seven continents.
He was flying from Tokyo to Sydney when he spoke to Business Insider, and says that he has so far visited "most of Africa, all of Asia" and is "now heading [to] the Pacific, then the Americas after that."
The goal? To visit the best hotels on the planet in person so that users of his app know every one has been personally vetted by him.
"I decided to travel for 800 days non-stop, for two and a half years, and I'm on day 400-and-something," he told Business Insider, adding that he's already been to all of the hotels in the past, but "had to go back and prove I've been there."
"I'm travelling the world visiting the hotels, proving it through social media, then adding them to the app," he said.
The app - which costs $99 per year - allows users to search for anywhere in the world and see which hotels Kjellgre personally recommends within their budget.
"You can press call or email and contact them directly," he said, adding that it's "all my research in your pocket."
Kjellgre said he grew up travelling, and had been to about 100 countries by the age of 25. Now, he says he's personally stayed in about 2,000 hotels in 139 countries.
After constantly being asked for advice, he decided to start a bespoke travel advisory service after leaving Kiwi Collection - where he is still a shareholder - a few years ago, and now caters to three tiers of business. The top tier is invitation-only for "ultra-high net worths" including royals, according to Kjellgre, who says they pay him a retainer to help with travel advice and work his connections and access.
He has a team in London and people "scattered all over the world" - and claims to have personal relationships with "about 3,000 general managers in about 330 countries."
Still, he says he's "not the type of person who only stays in super high-end hotels" - although he says "not every hotel is great."
We asked Kjellgre for his pick of the absolute best hotels on the planet that everyone should visit in their lifetime.
Scroll down to see his bucket list selection, ranked in ascending order by the starting cost per night.
Ice Hôtel, Sweden — from £124 per room, per night.
Taj Lake Palace, India — from £214 per room, per night.
Dolder Grand, Switzerland — from £313 per room, per night.
Ett Hem, Stockholm — from £349 per night, per room.
Uxua, Brazil — from £358 per room, per night.
Cap Estel, Provence — from £360 per room, per night.
Villa d’Este, Italy — from £430 per room, per night.
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado — from £497 per couple, per night (includes full board and activities).
Post Ranch Inn, California — from £650 per room, per night (inc breakfast) during low season, from £2,101 during high season.
Amanyangyun, Shanghai — from £682 per room, per night.
Eden Rock, St.Barths — from £777 per room, per night.
Le K2, Courchevel — from £785 per room, per night (half board).
Rosewood Le Crillon, Paris — from £870 per double room, per night (inc breakfast).
Aman, Venice — from £998 per room, per night.
Nihi Sumba, Indonesia — from £1,027 per night.
Villa TreVille, Positano — from £1,200 per night.
Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania — from £1,203 per room, per night.
Singita Pamushana, Zimbabwe — from £1,220 per person sharing, per night.
Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand — from £1,256 per suite, per night during low season, from £1,724 during high season.
Aman, Tokyo — from £1,318 per room, per night.
Amankora, Bhutan — from £1,397 per double room, per night.
Amangiri, USA — from £1,677 per room, per night.
Bisate Lodge, Rwanda — from £1,755 per villa, per night.
Four Seaons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand — from £1,861 per room, per night.
Explora Patagonia, Chile — from £1,962 per person per night in quiet season, from £3,155 in high season.
Time + Tide Miavana, Madagascar — from £2,305 per person sharing, per night.
Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives — rom £2,439 per room, per night.
The Brando, French Polynesia — from £2,955 per room, per night.
Laucala, Fiji — from £3,600 per room, per night.
Singita Lebombo, South Africa — from £4,010 per room, per night.
North Island, Seychelles — from £6,138 per room, per night.
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