The most Instagrammed luxury hotels of 2016 will give you serious wanderlust

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If you weren’t already yearning for a trip abroad, this is bound to do it. Instagram have just released their list of 2016’s most-photographed luxury hotels – and each seems determined to take the idea of ‘luxury’ to a whole new level.

From Las Vegas mega-resorts to Venetian-inspired glamour in China, the most Instagrammed destinations are all lavish five-star stays. Featuring everything from aquariums to circus performers and, um, David Guetta, these aren’t resorts for the shy and retiring – but if you’re looking for the holiday to end all holidays, you might want to think about booking a suite now.

  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, USA

    The most-Instagrammed hotel in the world is one of the coolest in Sin City – and so huge you might need a map to find your way around. The $3.9 billion project boasts almost 3,000 rooms, a 40,000 square foot spa and a 3,200-seat theatre.

    Go for cocktails at the supper club-inspired Rose Rabbit Lie bar, before throwing shapes to some of the world’s biggest DJs at the rooftop Marquee Nightclub.

    Photo: Instagram/msinoue

  • Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

    Dubai is known for glitz and glamour, and the Palm doesn’t disappoint. Set against a jewel-bright sea, the lavish, pastel-pink resort – complete with glittering pointed spires – looks like something out of a Disney movie.

    Wander through the Lost Chambers Aquarium, see marine life at the Ambassador Lagoon or visit the onsite waterpark (there’s an oceanic theme, in case you hadn’t noticed), or just sip cocktails by the pool.

    Photo: Instagram/atlantisthepalm

  • Fontainebleau Miami Beach, USA

    Located right on Miami Beach in the heart of Millionaire’s Row, the Fontainebleau is one of the most historically significant hotels in Miami. Opened in 1954, it was designed by iconic architect Morris Lapidus – whose dramatic, neo-Baroque hotels in the ’50s and ’60s came to define the kitschy resort style of the era.

    Today, it features branches of world-famous restaurants Hakkasan (Cantonese) and Scarpetta (Italian), while visiting performers include the likes of Justin Bieber.

    Photo: Instagram/stephyscolaro

  • Wynn Las Vegas, USA

    Back to Vegas we go. The Wynn has won the most Forbes five star awards in the world (just try saying that five times quickly), and Instagram is full of arty shots of its amazing flower displays: think hot air balloons, merry-go-rounds, and globe-like lanterns dangling from the ceiling.

    Photo: Instagram/kao333ri

  • Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, Spain

    Despite efforts to focus on its more laidback, bohemian side, Ibiza is still known primarily as a party island – and that’s why people flock to the Ushuaïa for the summer (it’s closed during winter).

    EDM DJs including David Guetta, Hardwell and Avicii have performed at the adjoining club, which is described as the island’s number one open-air venue; the hotel itself just makes partying more convenient.

    Photo: Instagram/ktravelogue_

  • Venetian Macao, China

    Pictures of the Venetian Macao are initially confusing: at first, it’s difficult to figure out if you’re in Venice or Vegas. You probably wouldn’t guess that this luxury hotel is just across the water from Hong Kong.

    As well as offering geographically confusing décor, the Venetian also boasts a duty-free shopping mall for guests to stock up on designer swag.

    Photo: Instagram/ssung1110

  • Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas, USA

    If you’re going to Las Vegas on holiday, it’s safe to say that you’re probably not looking to stay at an intimate boutique hotel – and probably just as well, because the Aria is a huge, hulking resort that isn’t afraid to skimp on the theatrics.

    Guests can have their minds blown at an in-house Cirque de Soleil performance four nights a week, or head for dinner at the extravagant Carbone restaurant.

    Photo: Instagram/cbamcmullen

  • Atlantis Hotel & Casino Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas

    You can’t see it in this picture, but Atlantis on Paradise Island looks an awful lot like its sister hotel (and number two on this list), Atlantis the Palm in Dubai. The Bahamas iteration is a giant complex of nine hotels, 20 pools and 21 restaurants – but the most luxurious spot to stay is the Cove Club, which includes a dedicated concierge for restaurant, spa and cabana reservations.

    Photo: Instagram/daddymode

  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

    You know what you’re getting with a Hard Rock Hotel: OTT glamour, luxury, and lots of super-tanned people taking selfies by the pool.

    If you really fancy living like a rock star, you can spend a day recording in Hard Rock Punta Canta’s Music Lab – or just take it easy with a cocktail while you lounge in a hammock on the beach.

    Photo: Instagram/hardrockhotels

  • W Barcelona, Spain

    Probably the most restrained option on the list, the W Barcelona is all about sleek, chic city glamour. Book a room with floor-to-ceiling windows and views across Barceloneta Beach, spend your evening dancing and drinking on the rooftop bar, and you might even be able to get some good Instagram snaps out of it...

    Photo: Instagram/leahliyah