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Luxury Escapes: Exploring Taiwan’s Best Hotels and Resorts

Welcome to Taiwan, a destination that offers a delightful blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, fabulous food, and unmatched hospitality. In this article, we’ll take you on a journey through the top-notch hotels and resorts that cater to discerning travellers who seek a luxurious escape in Taiwan.

On a Life of Taiwan private tour of Taiwan, you can indulge in the lavishness of Taiwan’s finest accommodations, where opulence meets comfort and impeccable service. From elegant city hotels to tasteful boutique establishments, from plush hot-springs resorts to serene mountain lodges, Taiwan has a plethora of options sure to satisfy visitors who’ve seen much of the planet and have enjoyed pampered stays at landmark accommodations in the world’s greatest cities. 

The Pinnacle of Sophistication: Taipei’s Luxury Hotels

Inside the W Taipei

Because it’s both a magnet for business travellers and a fascinating tourist destination in its own right, Taiwan’s dynamic capital city offers a great many lodging options. Our favourite places to stay include the W Taipei and the Mandarin Oriental, Taipei.

The W, part of the Marriott Group, is less than 1 km north of Taipei 101. For private-tour clients, Life of Taiwan can help book a room or suite with excellent views of what was for several years the world’s tallest building. 

Online reviews praise the hotel’s spacious rooms, its ‘amazing amenities from the gym to the sauna’, as well as its terrific location. Two other major attractions within a few hundred meters of W Taipei are the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (which honours the founding father of Nationalist China, whose philosophy was once a compulsory subject for all college students in Taiwan) and Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. The latter is a former cigarette factory that has been repurposed as a celebration of industrial heritage, an inner-city ecological haven, a hub for startups, and a venue for exhibitions.  

Designed with classic inspiration and contemporary touches, the spacious rooms and suites within the Mandarin Oriental, Taipei are — to quote one online reviewer — ‘super comfortable, furnished like high end private long-term residence rentals, and quadruple the size of the current trendy hotel craze room’. What’s more, this highly-satisfied guest said, guests have their own exit, and needn’t walk through the lobby each time they go out. 

Located a short walk from Taipei Metro’s Brown Line and Green Line, the hotel is also a 5-to-10-minute taxi ride from Songshan Airport, through which you’re likely to fly if your tour of Taiwan includes a few days in the Penghu Islands, in Kinmen County, or in the Matsu archipelago.

Deep-fried wagyu beef at Ya Ge

Early in 2023, the hotel’s renowned Chinese restaurant, Ya Ge, was awarded one Michelin star for the sixth consecutive year. The restaurant’s Michelin Signature Menu features such delights as Hokkaido scallop, Japanese abalone, Penghu lobster, and Wagyu beef. It also offers a la carte, dim sum, and vegetarian options. 

Other enticing options around Taipei include swanky hot springs in Beitou and in the hills of Yangmingshan, and small yet stylish hotels in the vicinity of Ximending or Daan Forest Park.

Seeking Serenity far from the City

Offering unbeatable tranquillity amidst a breathtaking landscape, the enchanting Silks Place Taroko is a serene five-star retreat with elegant rooms and rejuvenating spa facilities in the heart of Taiwan’s most popular national park (most of which unfortunately is closed to the public as of May 2024, following the April 3 earthquake). Families love this landmark hotel, as it has both rooftop and indoor pools, as well as almost an entire floor devoted to indoor recreation activities for youngsters.

Because the hotel is located at the inland end of the geological marvel that is Taroko Gorge, quite some distance from the nearest town or city, almost everyone who stays here also dines here. The food — both Western and Asian dishes are available each mealtime — never disappoints. We recommend the gorge-view rooms.

Silks Place Taroko

Those travelling to Sun Moon Lake can unwind at the picturesque family-friendly Fleur de Chine Hotel. Praised for meticulous and attentive service, as well as superb views from many of its rooms, this establishment boasts a pool, sauna, and a game room with ping pong, billiards, air hockey, and other distractions. For couples on their honeymoon or celebrating their anniversary, we recommend the stunning architectural and luxury wonder that is The Lalu.

Perhaps the best base for exploring the idyllic Kenting region is the Chateau Beach Resort, which offers luxurious villas and direct access to a pristine beach. On top of enticing in-house eating options, guests get free use of kayaks and other water-sports equipment.

Cultural Elegance: Luxury in Historic Neighbourhoods

Immerse yourself in Taiwan’s rich history and culture while enjoying the comforts of luxury hotels in its most historic city, Tainan. Silks Place Tainan (a sister hotel of the Taroko Gorge landmark) provides the essence of tasteful modernity within walking distance of several attractions such as Tainan Art Museum and the warrenous lanes known as Snail Alley. With a reputation for proactive service, spacious rooms, and a top-notch breakfast buffet, this is our preferred accommodation option in Taiwan’s former capital.

Book with Life of Taiwan, Experts in Taiwan Luxury Travel

It’s true of course that many countries have sophisticated world-class hotels. But very few places can offer the kind of heartfelt hospitality and kindness that almost all Taiwanese extend to visitors from overseas. It’s this unmatched warmth that has made us — and so many others — such huge fans of the island, its people, and their way of life. Contact us today to begin planning your journey of indulgence and discover the best luxury escapes that Taiwan has to offer. An unforgettable luxury experience awaits!