The 19 best IHG hotels in the world

With more than 6,000 properties worldwide and nearly 1,900 more in the pipeline, IHG Hotels & Resorts is one of TPG’s favorite hotel groups. 

We’re also fans of the recently revamped IHG One Rewards loyalty program, including its new elite member benefits and its Mr & Mrs Smith collaboration. 

IHG comprises 18 different brands, with properties like the wellness-inspired Six Senses, trendy Kimpton and cheerful Hotel Indigo (IHG plans to open more than 200 in the next three years).

It was a challenge to select our top choices for the best IHG hotels around the world, but here are the 19 that made our list.

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Set along a private, sandy bay in central Vietnam and backed by lush rainforest, this resort is part of the Son Tra Mountain Nature Reserve. Home to many endangered species, such as the adorable douc langur, the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is one of the few hotels in the world to have a full-time zoologist on staff.

Guests can relax on the private 2,300-foot beach or in one of three swimming pools, get active with water sports like windsurfing or learn about the landscape the resort is dedicated to preserving via complimentary workshops from the on-property zoologist.

Rooms are outfitted with modern Vietnamese decor, combining floral motifs and rattan furnishings with sleek gray and muted orange colors for a contemporary indoor-outdoor accommodation experience. Splurge on the Heavenly Penthouse Suite, which offers private rooftop infinity pools and panoramic views of the bucolic bay.

Plan to sample delicious pho at Citron, where the gorgeous dining booths practically dangle above the sea and are designed in the shape of the country’s nón-lá (the emblematic conical hat).

Rates at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort start at $400 or 66,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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You’ll likely never get bored at Six Senses Laamu thanks to the myriad of daily activities like turtle safaris, aerial yoga and snorkeling with a marine biologist. However, it’s also completely acceptable to simply unwind on the sunken outdoor deck of your overwater villa.

As with many Six Senses properties, wellness is a focus at this Maldivian resort. Spa treatments include classic massages in overwater pavilions, in-room energy work and retreats hosted by visiting practitioners. There’s even a one-day program designed to improve your brain function.

Sustainability is also a highlight here; the resort has its very own Six Senses Institute of Marine Conservation. It’s dedicated to protecting this special island and its wildlife, including more than 670 species of sea turtles and 138 kinds of manta rays.

With 97 luxurious overwater and beachfront villas, guests can dive into the clear ocean waters from their accommodation on the lagoon. Take the whole family along by booking a two-bedroom beach villa.

Rates at the Six Senses Laamu start at $1,000 or 187,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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IHG’s sophisticated boutique brand, Voco, has come to South Africa, opening a location in the Rosebank neighborhood of Johannesburg in 2022.

Occupying a former bank, the hotel offers visitors a taste of local culture via kitschy pink and navy rooms decorated with local artwork and provisioned with vegan, plant-powered bath amenities from Antipodes. Each guest room has floor-to-ceiling windows and a large walk-in rainfall shower.

The hotel also welcomes business travelers who could consider co-working at Workshop17 The Bank. Although this space isn’t owned by the hotel, it’s a great place for a quick cup of coffee while you dig through those emails you didn’t answer on the flight over.

The Voco Johannesburg’s restaurant and wine bar, Proud Mary, is worth a stop, whether you’re a guest at the hotel or not. The copper ceiling panels and sleek wood lines make it a stylish hangout where you can familiarize yourself with pinotages, South Africa’s signature grape variety, and indulge in some oysters.

Rates at Voco Johannesburg Rosebank start at $160 or 25,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

Related: Safaris, cities and lots of elephants: How I returned to South Africa this year using points, miles and cash

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You barely have to set foot on dry land at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa since all its accommodations are overwater villas and suites. You’ll still have the choice of a few details, though, like if you prefer your overwater villa with a private pool or whether your views look toward the beach or face iconic Mount Otemanu, a verdant volcanic peak that rises from the sea.

Each overwater villa is private and spacious (expect more than 1,000 square feet) and provides unique amenities like a transparent coffee table that looks directly into the water below, so you can see what the fish are up to at any given moment.

During their stays, guests can use complimentary paddleboards and kayaks. There’s also a hidden Garden of Love full of Polynesian cultural elements that honeymooners will want to check out. 

Free workshops at the pool will teach you essential life skills like how to open a coconut or create a hat from palm leaves. You can even join in on a daily resort stingray feeding before attending a themed dinner that includes traditional Tahitian dancing and Polynesian fare. For something a bit more upscale, sit for a romantic meal at Le Corail Restaurant, which features the largest wine cellar in all of French Polynesia.

Rates at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa start at $1,060 per night; award nights are not currently available at this property.

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The first Kimpton property to open in France, this lodging option brings a sense of luminosity and style to the Paris hotel scene thanks to its location in a former department store. 

The Kimpton St. Honoré features 123 art nouveau-inspired guest rooms and 26 fancy suites that serve as an ode to an older version of the City of Light fitting of its 1917 facade. However, its new and contemporary design means it has all the modern amenities travelers need after a day of exploring Paris.

From the indoor heated swimming pool to in-room amenities like wireless Bang & Olufsen speakers and Codage Paris bath amenities, the hotel is a breath of fresh air compared to Paris’ more staid properties. Many guest rooms and suites even come with gorgeous freestanding tubs and balconies overlooking quaint Parisian rooftops, with some suites offering jaw-dropping Eiffel Tower views.

Speaking of the emblematic Parisian landmark, if your room doesn’t come with a view, don’t worry. The stunning Sequoia rooftop bar provides 360-degree panoramas of Paris, including the perfect angle of the iconic structure.

Rates at the Kimpton St Honoré start at $429 or 72,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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A stone’s throw away from Hanifanu Bay, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort sits on some of the clearest lagoon waters in the Maldives, home to an impressive number of manta rays. Guests can even adopt their own in the manta sanctuary to aid conservation efforts.

At this first all-club InterContinental resort, guests receive a number of complimentary benefits, such as gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea, all-day refreshments and evening aperitifs.

The dining options don’t end there. The Lighthouse features a contemporary Mediterranean-inspired menu complete with 360-degree views of the Indian Ocean, and The Fish Market features a sea-to-table concept — you know your seafood is freshly caught here.

From beach pool villas and one-bedroom overwater residences to two- and three-bedroom layouts, guests have the flexibility to choose different styles and sizes of accommodation.

When it comes to wellness, the AVI Spa comprises six overwater villas offering treatments inspired by the spirituality and power of the surrounding atolls and seas, such as bamboo massages, gemstone facials and coconut body scrubs.

Rates at the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort start at $777 per night; award nights are not currently available at this property.

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Both business and leisure travelers can enjoy this hotel’s proximity to Penn Station, Bryant Park, Hudson Yards and all that midtown Manhattan has to offer. The sleek sunlight-drenched lobby is welcoming, a novel deviation from the more traditional mid-budget Crowne Plaza brand.

In typical “city that never sleeps” fashion, the hotel’s communal spaces, such as the business center and the gym (which is well equipped with cardio machines and weights), are open 24 hours. This is a welcome perk for jet-lagged business travelers or anyone who may want a quick jog or stretch at an off time.

New York City’s hotel rooms are often small, but the HY36’s guest rooms and bathrooms are bigger than the average city hotel room, which is always appreciated in an urban destination like Manhattan. For those who love to look out over the busy city streets, the rooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows offer great views of all the hustle and bustle without being directly in the middle of it.

Should you crave a bite to eat within steps of your room, venture down to the lobby to savor American-inspired bites at Burgerology Midtown.

Rates for the Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan start at $218 or 32,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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This recently opened hotel inspires a sense of peace and tranquility with koi ponds, blown-glass sculptures and vases of fresh orchids and bamboo everywhere you look. 

Each guest room offers both beauty and utility, even in the tiniest details. Expect to find silk pillows in the bathtub for more comfortable soaking sessions, plus sets of golden bartending utensils in the minibar, should you wish to mix your own nightcap.

With floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look out to palm trees gently swaying in the breeze and the Gulf of Thailand beyond, a stay here feels delightfully serene. Even the 24-hour gym at the Regent Phu Quoc inspires harmony, with machines set behind massive glass windows overlooking infinity pools and the sea. 

For those who want the ultimate rejuvenation, the indoor, outdoor and rooftop yoga pavilions provide incredible panoramas. Join one of the daily group practices or benefit from a private session.

When you finish your workout, refuel with the extensive breakfast buffet of Vietnamese and Western dishes at Rice Market, or unwind with a Fugroni cocktail at the gin-focused Fu Bar, among the other food and beverage options.

Odds are you’ll find it hard to want to leave this stunning property, but if curiosity strikes, get out and explore the area’s almost 100 peaks, 28 islands and 20 beaches. Or, stay on-site and use the complimentary kayaks, sailboats and stand-up paddleboards.

Rates at the Regent Phu Quoc start at $317 or 43,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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This private island resort sits near one of the most iconic natural wonders of the world: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Above water, the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort’s idyllic location sandwiched between lush jungle and a sandy beach is nothing short of perfection.

The resort is fully invested in protecting its incredible location. All the on-site water used is produced in a plant that recycles ocean salt water into fresh drinking water. The property also provides reef-safe sunscreen for all guests, and a special automation system helps reduce the hotel’s energy consumption by 45%.

The 168 rooms, suites and villas fan out across three main wings: Pool, Lagoon and Beach. For the ultimate luxury, the beachfront pavilions are the place for true relaxation. The coastal chic rooms feature amenities like freestanding tubs, private decks and even quaint yards with green grass that runs right up to the beach’s fine white sand.

Guests can take snorkeling trips to nearby islands, hike various trails to Hayman’s own secluded beaches and dine on fresh seafood at Pacific, Italian fare at Amici and pan-Asian delights at the beachfront Bam Bam.

The spa offers a range of reasonably priced treatments incorporating Australia’s own all-natural Sodashi products.

Rates at the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort start at $584 or 89,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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This island resort inspires a laid-back, outdoor-indoor living concept that’s perfect for a sunny Caribbean escape. On Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach, the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa has 264 guest rooms and suites, almost all of which offer views of the water.

The hotel is large enough to feel like you’re getting that epic beach resort experience but boutique enough to feel intimate and exclusive. Rooms have quirky details like bright fuchsia chairs and design accents, as well as welcome amenities like yoga mats and balconies with beautiful vistas. Expect to pay a resort fee, but with it, you’ll get perks like morning coffee and tea service, use of loaner bikes, pet amenities and more. 

Those who need to relax can do so at the 8,500-square-foot Spa at Seafire, which focuses on island-inspired rituals that utilize local ingredients like coconut, tropical fruits and coffee, as well as more traditional facial and body treatments.

As for dining, you’ll have your pick of a few venues, including Mediterranean-focused Ave, the Spanish tapas joint Avecita and a beach hut serving Mexican-style street tacos. For a sandwich or salad on the go, stop by The Pantry at Seafire.

Rates at the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa start at $726 or 70,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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This pet-friendly property is ideal for baseball fans, as it’s located next to San Diego’s Petco Park. Some of the guest rooms and suites even offer ballpark views, should you prefer to catch the game from the comfort of your room. In fact, the Hotel Indigo San Diego-Gaslamp Quarter’s Suite with Centerfield View is a 900-square-foot space ideal for watching a few plays down on the field.

Regardless of which accommodation you choose, you’ll have access to a Keurig coffee maker, a workspace with a desk and a chair, Aveda bath amenities and a glass-enclosed shower. Not to mention, the space will be a feast for the eyes, with colorful, tasteful decor.

Amenities outside the rooms are limited to business and fitness centers, plus a few dining options. Visit Table 509 Bar & Kitchen for burgers and brews, or head to the Level 9 Rooftop Bar for healthier twists on comfort classics, such as sweet potato fries and grilled salmon tacos.

Although the hotel doesn’t have a pool, you’re not too far from the beach if you need a swim to cool off. You’re also a quick ride away from the cruise terminal, a bonus for those who have an upcoming sailing on their travel itinerary.

Rates at Hotel Indigo San Diego-Gaslamp Quarter start at $251 or 36,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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There’s nothing like a landmark hotel for a memorable city stay, and the Kimpton Fitzroy London delivers thanks to its gorgeous marble entryway, imposing lobby and convenient location along leafy Russell Square.

Beyond the historical aspect of this hotel (it dates back to 1898), it remains very of the moment. Guest rooms are designed for contemporary comfort, with minimalist canopy beds, marble bathrooms with rainfall showers and minibars with Nespresso machines.

The suites’ freestanding tubs, some of which sit beneath beautiful bay windows so guests can overlook London’s hubbub from the bath, are a showstopper. If you really want to splurge, though, consider a night in the Fitzroy Suite, which is home to a stunning fireplace and four separate rooms.

Visitors may not want to spend much time inside the hotel given how much there is to do in London. However, afternoon tea (a British cultural institution in itself) in the verdant Palm Court atrium is worth a break. Try to save time for a meal at Galvin Bar & Grill as well. Helmed by Michelin-starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin, the venue offers contemporary British pub grub made with ethically sourced ingredients.

Rates at the Kimpton Fitzroy London start at $239 or 56,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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Gaze over the vast, red Negev desert, the Arava Valley and the spectacular Edom mountains from your private one-bedroom abode at Six Senses Shaharut. Suites are artfully arranged for maximal relaxation and decorated with muted, earthy colors that reflect the surrounding landscapes. 

Amenities fit the property’s unique setting, as rooms offer perks like walking sticks and yoga mats to encourage movement and exploration. Pool suites and villas provide the ultimate relaxation and seclusion, as they come complete with private pools and stone terraces. 

The Six Senses Shaharut Spa is home to both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a gym, a yoga studio, a nail bar and six treatment rooms. Additionally, an ayurvedic doctor heads up the Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Program, which focuses on personalized treatments based on your dosha.

You’re in the middle of the desert, so the restaurant scene isn’t really popping. However, that’s OK because the hotel’s on-site restaurants, including Edom View (which serves light bites in an outdoor, Bedouin-inspired setting) and Midian (which focuses on Israeli and Mediterranean flavors), use only the freshest ingredients sourced from nearby kibbutzim.

Rates at Six Senses Shaharut start at $870 or 154,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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This vibrant Miami Beach resort is just what you’d want for a South Florida getaway. The recently renovated Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel is sexy, fun and glamorous, but the art deco-inspired space still feels sophisticated.

Your toughest decision during a stay here? Whether to hit South Beach’s sand, just a one-minute walk from your room, or laze by the cool pool to see and be seen. In fact, the hotel claims its pool gets more sun than any other in South Beach. That may be difficult to prove, but it’s worth testing the theory out.

If you get bored just catching some rays, visit the poolside area to play lawn games like bocce ball and order nibbles like empanadas and grilled grouper sandwiches at High Tide Bar & Grill. Groups might want to consider a cabana rental for shady, fully equipped private spaces. Besides comfortable couches and specialty food and drink service, some come with TVs and beach access, ideal for celebrations like bachelor or bachelorette parties.

Before you and your friends head out for a night on the town, stop for an early cocktail like the Kilted Fire Chiller with Herradura Silver tequila, Grand Marnier and grapefruit and lime juice at The Social Club.

Rates at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel start at $237 or 29,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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Whether you love to gamble, envision a weekend of sitting by the pool, are ready to party or simply want to vacation with family and friends, The Venetian has something for everyone. Thanks to the 5-acre pool deck, the Canyon Ranch Spa + Fitness facilities (one of the world’s largest day spas, with more than 90 treatment rooms), the TAO nightclub and the 120,000-square-foot casino, you’ll never get bored here. 

The Venetian’s all-suite accommodations mean you’ll have plenty of space to relax in comfort. Each offers separate living and sleeping areas ideal for relaxing after a busy day out on the Vegas Strip or enjoying all the features of the hotel.

In fact, you don’t actually have to leave The Venetian if you don’t want to. Besides all the activities the hotel offers, you can dine at 12 different restaurants. Sample light bites at Sushi Samba, savor juicy steaks at Cut by Wolfgang Puck or head to Yardbird for chicken and waffles.

Rates at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas start at $149 or 24,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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Those looking for a one-of-a-kind stay under the aegis of a large chain can consider IHG’s Vignette Collection properties, which are each unique in their own right.

Hotel X in Brisbane, Australia, offers appealing, understated luxury and an artsy vibe thanks to memorable paintings and photography on display, plus funky lighting and an eclectic collection of furnishings and decor.

Guest rooms include amenities like Lavazza espresso machines, Karl Lagerfield bath products and tablets with access to dozens of magazines and newspapers. Some come with freestanding tubs and floor-to-ceiling windows. Aim to book a room with a private balcony or terrace so you can relax in the fresh air while still getting a feel for the Fortitude Valley’s vibrant energy (this is one of the premier districts for going out in Brisbane, after all).

If you don’t have a room with outdoor space, head up to the award-winning Mediterranean rooftop bar, Iris, for a refreshing Verano watermelon gin and some serrano ham, or a glass of Spanish Albariño or Australian chardonnay and freshly shucked oysters.

Rates at Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Vly, Vignette Collection start at $227 or 29,000 points per night.

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With child care, added amenities for kids (even board games) and a safe location in one of Lima’s best neighborhoods, Miraflores, the Crowne Plaza Lima is great for families who want to explore the Peruvian capital. Kids (and adults) will also love the indoor pool and Jacuzzi.

Accommodations are spacious and focus on comfort, many coming with extra beds or rollaways for children or additional guests. Most rooms also have desks and walk-in showers, and some overlook the city. 

Other than the pool and Jacuzzi, facilities are limited to a gym and six meeting rooms. However, visitors can sample local cuisine at the on-site Sinfonia Restaurant. Be sure to try the city’s most iconic dish, lomo saltado, which consists of stir-fried beef topped with onions and potatoes, paired with a tangy pisco sauce.

Rates at the Crowne Plaza Lima start at $97 or 18,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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Inspired by the natural hues of the islands’ endemic flora and fauna, the brand-new Hotel Indigo Galapagos is decked out in green, blue and wood tones to bring the outdoors inside.

The property serves as an excellent jumping-off point for exploring San Cristóbal Island’s beautiful beaches, where travelers can view wildlife like sea lions, marine iguanas, dolphins, tortoises and an array of endemic bird species and have adventures like snorkeling and diving.

Guest rooms are bright thanks to enormous windows. Some also have charming ocean views and balconies that overlook the hotel’s idyllic coastal surroundings. Corner suites are worth the splurge, featuring wall-to-wall windows with Pacific vistas.

The pool deck is the ideal place to hang out and recover from whatever excursions you’ve had throughout the islands. It’s complete with an infinity pool, a Jacuzzi and an airy bar and lounge area. You can relax on a sun lounger or sip drinks on a cozy couch in the shade before popping into the on-site restaurant specializing in both local and international fare.

Rates at the Hotel Indigo Galapagos start at $677 or 102,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.

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Travelers looking for convenience will appreciate that this hotel is a mere three minutes away from Mauritius’ Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU). It’s an ideal stop if you have a long layover or a short trip to the country. The Holiday Inn Mauritius Mon Trésor provides a complimentary airport shuttle, too.

The resort’s swimming pool has a delightful tropical ambiance, with a vertical wall of greenery, a smattering of lush plants and cushioned sun loungers positioned around the water for relaxing. For those who want to enhance their relaxation journey, this Holiday Inn is one of a few around the world with a spa, so you can indulge in treatments like a bamboo massage or a volcanic scrub.

The 1933 Restaurant and Piper N’ Bar both overlook the sunny pool terrace and serve up basic international dishes (Caesar salad, pasta and burgers) along with local delights like Amaye fish curry with eggplant and stir-fried Cantonese rice with beef and eggs. Pair your meal with a beer, wine or spirit from the menu.

Rates at the Holiday Inn Mauritius Mon Trésor start at $149 or 22,000 IHG One Rewards points per night.