Selecting the best luxury hotels in Taiwan for this article was no easy task. From upscale Japanese-style spas to lavish beachside resorts, Taiwan has a vast and tempting array of grand accommodations.
For this article, I’ve handpicked the most opulent, trendsetting, and unique luxury resorts in Taiwan. I’ve personally stayed in, visited, or collaborated with several of these, either for personal family getaways, researching this article, or past writing assignments for CNN. For each entry, I’ll cut right to the chase and describe why you’d choose that one over others.
We’ll be working our way from Taipei and the north of Taiwan through Central Taiwan and finishing on the beaches of the far south.
Top-3 Taiwan Luxury Hotels
These three are, in my person opinion, the top three luxury hotels in Taiwan today.
✔️ Impressive European style
✔️ Top-notch dining
✔️ Close to Shopping
TAI Urban Resort
✔️ Amazing infinity pool
✔️ Unbeatable city view
✔️ Library and artwork
✔️ Exclusive Getaway
✔️ Pool with mountain view
✔️ Spa & Kids Playroom
Taipei & Northern Taiwan
Several of Taiwan’s best luxury hotels are unsurprisingly in the capital city, Taipei. For more information about planning your visit, see my Taipei city guide.
To decide which area of Taipei you’d like to stay in, also read about where to stay in Taipei by area.
Mandarin Oriental (see on Booking / Agoda / Official Site) offers the ultimate luxury accommodation experience. The Taipei location of this Hong Kong-based chain is one of the city’s newest luxury hotels, having opened in 2014, and is the highest reviewed of them all on Booking at the time I write this.
The European-style structure truly stands out among the usual concrete monstrosities in Taipei, flanking the row of trees lining Dunhua North Road in Songshan District. It’s a short walk from the boutique shops, department stores, and upscale restaurants of Zhongxiao East Road, parallel with the blue MRT line.
Rooms are exquisitely designed, complete with walk-in closets and marble bathrooms. East-facing rooms look down on the canopy of trees over Dunhua North. After a big day of shopping and sightseeing, don’t miss the 20-meter, heated outdoor pool with art deco mosaics.
In terms of dining, there are three gourmet restaurants on site, including the Michelin-star Ya Ge dim sum restaurant. Jade Lounge is also known for its elegant afternoon tea experience.
I’ve had the fortune of visiting the hotel’s M.O. Cocktail Bar, which features Taiwan-inspired creations like, “Reminiscence in the Clouds”, “Roselle Dream” and “Mesona”, the latter made using grass jelly from Hsinchu.
The finest champagnes and spirits also grace the menu. Every aspect of my brief but memorable visit to the hotel was top notch. I also have a friend who works there and speaks very highly of it.
You can expect something a little different than your typical upscale accommodation from the latest addition to Taipei’s hotel scene. Modern, approachable, and refreshing are terms that come to mind as you enter this handsome boutique.
Unlike most luxury hotels in Taipei, this one is not on a major thoroughfare. Rather, it is nestled within the narrow and very local lanes south of the shopping and dining heart of Zhongxiao East Road. This self-described urban sanctuary is exactly where you want to be in the city.
Fine views from the rooftop terrace and sustainable touches like hiking and biking programs are just what you’d hope for from this pioneering, San-Francisco-based group.
If young-at-heart, hip, vogue, and flashy are words that describe you, then W Taipei (see on Booking / Agoda / Official Site) will be your home in Taipei. This is where Lady Gaga stayed when visiting Taipei, if that tells you anything.
I’ve personally toured multiple rooms at W Taipei when reviewing the hotel for a CNN article. All I can say is that the WOW factor is next level, with artsy themes, imported decorations and artwork, and epic views, including some rooms that face Taipei 101 (related: see my guide to visiting Taipei 101).
Even the check-in process here is fun – you’ll need to elevator up to the 10th floor just to reach the lobby. The adjacent Woobar – one of the city’s coolest cocktail bars – will tempt you immediately, while one step outside will bring you to the pool, where DJs and the occasional pool party set the high-end party vibe.
Yen Bar and Yen Chinese Restaurant are as good as it gets. And one last thing to mention – the building has direct access to underground tunnels connecting to Taipei City Hall area’s numerous shops and department stores – super convenient and stroller friendly!
Grand Hyatt Taipei (see on Booking / Agoda / Official Site) is an oldie but goodie in the Taipei luxury hotel world. This classic institution offers some of the city’s best views of Taipei 101, putting it in super high demand for those New Year’s Eve fireworks and drone shows in December.
My family enjoyed a fantastic stay at this hotel as a part of their “family glamping” experience for kids. Although that particular package is longer available, we got to experience several of the hotel’s facilities during our stay.
These included fine spa treatment, lounges with unbeatable views, children’s playroom, outdoor ground-level pool, and several fine restaurants – Café Grand Hyatt is one of our favorite 5-star buffets in Taipei, while we also enjoyed an exceptional meal at Bel Air Bar.
Besides its reputation for pampering guests, Grand Hyatt is known as one of the few places in the country where you can see dragon and lion dancing performance on Lunar New Year’s Day. The event starts at 11 AM every year, with firecrackers out front. It then moves into the hotel’s multi-story lobby. This is always a crowd-pleaser, especially for kids.
If you’re looking for an upscale Japanese hot spring resort experience in Taiwan, look no further than Radium Kagaya (see on Booking / Agoda / Official Site). The resort is located right next to Beitou Park, through which a hot spring creek flows (see my guide to Beitou Hot Spring).
Why go Japanese when in Taiwan? Well, Taiwan was a Japanese colony for 50 years, and it was the Japanese who first developed Beitou Hot Springs.
Before even entering, you’ll be welcomed by women dressed like geishas. While Western-style rooms are available, you really have to go for the true-to-style Japanese suites for this experience. Tenshou restaurant on site follows the principle of 旬 or “of the current season”.
The 4F white sulfur hot spring (nude, sex segregated) overlooks Beitou Park, while private stone & cedar saunas can be rented for 1.5 hours. Children are allowed to use both of the above but should be with an adult. You’ll also have a private tub in your room. Xinbeitou MRT is within walking distance.
Grand View Resort, Beitou
Another incrediby tempting option in Beitou is Grand View Resort (see on Booking / Agoda / Official Site). Compared to the latter option, this one’s a little more away from it all, tucked away on the lower slopes of volcanic Yangmingshan National Park.
It’s a little further from the main sights of Beitou and Xinbeitou MRT Station, but the uphill location means you get better views looking down on Beitou area.
Grand View is the best rated resort in Beitou, thanks to its top-notch service, atmosphere, dining, and hot springs. Welcoming staff are known for their professionalism, often going above and beyond, which can be a rarity in Taiwan.
Consider this the ultimate getaway, without even leaving the Taipei City limits. If you do decide to leave the grounds, the little-known but fascinating Beitou Museum is just down the street, while popular attractions like Beitou Thermal Valley (closed Mondays) are a 20-minute walk away.
Volando Urai, Wulai
My last entry for the Taipei region, Volando Urai (see on Booking / Agoda / Official Site) is a lush and ultra-luxurious hot spring resort in Wulai, an aboriginal village known for its hot springs, one hour south of Taipei in New Taipei City.
Volando Urai boasts an exclusive, upscale setting overlooking Nanshi River, into which various hot springs and the nearby Wulai Waterfall flow. The outdoor decorative infinity pool overlooking the river has one of the best views you’ll find anywhere in Taiwan. The private and public hot spring rooms also come with river views.
A unique touch are the daily performance rituals like the Silence Chess, Reawaken, and Echoes Surround – have your camera ready! Wulai Old Street, with its many aboriginal food stalls, is just a few minutes away on foot, and the hotel offers a free shuttle from Taipei’s Xindian MRT.
One downside (or perhaps an upside for you!) is that kids are not allowed at this one. If you’re coming with children, consider Pause Landis just down the road.
Silks Place, Yilan
Moving over to Yilan on the east coast of Taiwan, a popular weekend getaway especially for families, we can’t ignore Silks Place Yilan (see on Booking / Agoda / Official Site). It is a member of the Silks Hotel Group, the largest in Taiwan – we’ll explore more of their properties below.
Silks Place is the most enticing upscale resort in Yilan county. Located downtown in the county’s namesake capital, it is the perfect base for exploring the city and county.
The hotel is super family-friendly, with children’s playrooms, race tracks, and family rooms complete with tents, electric cars, and more. The hotel also has a hot spring facility, spa, Gogoro scooters available for guests, and a miniature movie theater.
Red Lantern restaurant on site is said to have the best roasted duck dishes in all of Taiwan, including Peking duck and duck nigiri.
Silks Place, Taroko Gorge
Another Silks property that shouldn’t be missed is Silks Place Taroko Hotel (see on Agoda / Klook / Official Site). This is the best hotel (and one of the very few) inside Taroko National Park, and the best accommodation in Hualien county, period.
Silks Taroko offers the rare opportunity to spend the night amidst Taroko Gorge’s dramatic and awe-inspiring scenery. It is located near Tienxiang Village, the furthest most visitors make it up the gorge before turning back.
I recommend spending more than just one night here. The hotel can serve as a base for exploring the whole gorge on Day 1, with tours and drivers available. Then you’ll also want some time on Day 2 for lazing by the outdoor pool and whirlpool, with epic views in every direction, or making use of the spa.
Unsurprisingly, the resort also offers the best dining to be had in the region. The view from Retreat Lounge is especially inspiring.
Budget at least 30 minutes / 1 hour to get here from Xincheng / Hualien train stations – pick up, of course, is available.
The Lalu, Sun Moon Lake
Of the two main luxury hotels at Sun Moon Lake, The Lalu (see on Agoda / Klook / Official Site) has the upper hand for its unbeatable lake views, location, zen ambience, and fascinating history (in case you’re wondering, the other is Fleur de Chine).
Starting out as a wooden cabin during the Japanese colonial period, it was later expanded by Japanese Crown Prince Hirohito when he visited, and again by President Chiang Kai-Shek.
Today, The Lalu is Sun Moon Lake’s most lavish resort. Named after the sacred Lalu Island on the lake, it occupies a peninsula next to Shuishe, the main town on Sun Moon Lake, where all buses arrive and depart, and boats set sail for other points on the lake.
There are fantastic lake views from almost everywhere on the property, including the stunning infinity pool. If the price surprises you (this is one of Taiwan’s most expensive hotels), keep in mind that a big part of that is for the idyllic surroundings and view.
In Southern Taiwan, the best luxury hotels are concentrated in downtown Kaohsiung and in Kenting National Park in Pingtung county. Located at the southern tip of the country, the park has some of the best beaches in Taiwan.
TAI Urban Resort, Kaohsiung
Besides its prestigious rooms, which are spacious and zen-like in their simplicity, TAI incorporates fine art and local culture in its design and facilities. Case in point is the on-site library and reading lounge, with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, where you’ll feel just like you’re in the living room of a fancy private study.
The pièce de résistance, though, is the sky infinity pool – the only of its kind in Taiwan. There you can swim right up to a glass wall with a mesmerizing view of Kaohsing, with 85 Sky Tower dominating the view.
This is without a doubt one of Taiwan’s newest and best luxury resorts, with access to all the conveniences of the city.
The Intercontinental Kaohsiung (see on Booking / Agoda / Official Site) is one of the newest and best luxury hotels in Kaohsiung. Like the other two Kaohsiung entries, it is located downtown, near Kaohsiung’s iconic 85 Sky Tower, the tallest building in Taiwan until Taipei 101 was built.
The hotel is takes up 16 floors of the Farglory THE ONE skyscraper, which itself is the 5th tallest in Taiwan and second only to 85 Sky Tower in Kaohsiung. It is a part of the British IHG group, which maintains over 6000 properties around the world.
Just opened in 2021, Intercontinental quickly gained a reputation as the best business-luxury hotel in Kaohsiung. The hotel emphasizes sustainability, with composting, hybrid cars, recyclable products, and adjusted energy consumption.
The indoor pool with a view is perfect for a lap, while on site dining is refreshingly varied, with Singaporean, Japanese, Chinese, and international options available.
Silks Club, Kaohsiung
The Silks Group’s Kaohsiung installment, Silks Club Kaohsiung (see on Booking / Agoda / Official Site), is a business-oriented upscale hotel that receives nothing but rave reviews from guests, making it the top-rated luxury hotel in Kaohsiung on Booking.
The reflecting pool of water as you enter will set the pace for the deluxe treatment to follow.
The rooms here are huge, all with city views, and fun extras like complimentary mini bar, ozone machine, and BOSE mini link portable speakers. Meanwhile, the sauna and semi-open-air pool are the perfect end to a busy day.
Ukai-tei is the first overseas restaurant of the Japanese fine dining group – think edible artwork, teppanyaki style. On top of that, there’s a dedicated sake bar, Dassai Bar, after the famous Japanese sake brand.
Gloria Manor, Kenting
Kenting’s most exclusive luxury resort is, ironically, not on the beach, but tucked away on a mountain above it. It sits on a remodeled studio of the former President Chiang Kai-Shek.
You’ll have difficulty leaving the resort’s attractive poolside and patios, which are surrounded by the park’s tropical greenery. Kenting’s iconic Mt. Dajian dominates the view – particularly inspiring when framed by the resort’s Mu Lounge. Sunsets here are out of this world.
Design elements give nods to the local environment and culture, from domed woven ceilings in the lobby which resemble rice sieves to floor tiles that look like tortoise shells. There’s also a spa and kids playroom on site.
If you do manage to tear yourself away, Kenting Main Beach and Kenting Night Market are just five minutes away, while Kenting National Forest Recreation Area is just a bit further up the road.
Caesar Park Kenting
If you do want to be right by the beach, then Caesar Park Kenting (see on Booking / Agoda / Official Site) is my top recommendation. The hotel is at the far eastern end of Kenting town and night market, so you can easily walk to all the shops and restaurants in town.
This classic Kenting family resort has everything you’d hope for – rooms with sea views (or mountain views that are just as good!), some with outdoor Jacuzzis, villas with private pools, a large children’s pool, and beach access.
Hotels that are right on the beach are very rare in Taiwan and even in Kenting. Like most, you’ll be across the road from it. But a convenient boardwalk provides direct access to Xiaowan, which is smaller and better than Kenting Main Beach. Unlike the latter, you can swim here, do watersports, or knock back a couple sunset drinks at one of the few beach bars in Taiwan.
The hotel rents out bikes, SUP boards, body boards, snorkeling gear, kayaks, beach umbrellas, and more – everything you need for the perfect beach vacation.
The hotel is getting a little dated, but I still feel it has the upper edge over the similar Howard Beach Resort next door, which is even more so.
FAQs about Taiwan Luxury Hotels
Here are some commonly asked questions about upscale hotels and resorts in Taiwan. For more general travel questions, see these FAQs about Taiwan.
Are there any all-inclusive resorts in Taiwan?
The concept of “all-inclusive”, as American tourists would expect when visiting Mexico or the Caribbean, is foreign to Taiwan. None of the hotels or resorts described in this article are all-inclusive.
Typically, a breakfast buffet and hot spring or pool facilities will be included in the price. Any additional meals, drinks, and/or experiences will need to be paid for. Some hot spring hotels have packages that include room & meals.
There are, however, all-inclusive cruises to Taiwan.
What is the most expensive hotel in Taiwan?
While researching this article, one of the most expensive base prices I found was at The Lalu, Sun Moon Lake. A double room in the low season starts at around USD 600. Volando Urai in Wulai was just a little bit more, with rooms starting at USD 650.
At Villa 32, a private hot spring hotel in Beitou that doesn’t allow kids, and which I didn’t include in this article, rooms start at USD 700 per night.
The Club Premier Suite at Mandarin Oriental in Taipei goes for around USD 2000, while the Presidential Suite at Gaia Hotel in Beitou has a price tag of USD 4000.
Based on the above, I would say that, depending on which rooms you choose, The Lalu, Volando Urai, Villa 32, Mandarin Oriental, and Gaia Hotel are the most expensive hotels in Taiwan.
Why does it seem like all the rooms are sold out?
Many hotels in Taiwan, especially cheaper ones but sometimes even luxury ones, have a habit of not releasing their rooms until 2-6 months in advance.
This can make it a little frustrating to try to book rooms, especially for busy times like long weekends, New Year’s Eve, or Lunar New Year.
To find out of the hotel you want to book has or hasn’t released its rooms for your dates yet, go onto the hotel’s Booking page (here’s a link for one so you can try). Scroll down to the section to input dates, click on it, and it will open up a calendar.
You can then peruse starting prices by the day and see which days have availability. If you click ahead a few months, you may notice that the availabilities abruptly end at the end of a certain month – hence those dates have not been released yet.
Your only option is to keep checking back or to contact the hotel directly.
Are there any luxury tours in Taiwan?
If you’re looking for a fully customized luxury tour of Taiwan, I highly recommend Life of Taiwan. Besides carefully curated cultural and natural experiences, they’ll also put you up in some of Taiwan’s best luxury hotels.