These days, the old tree-falling-in-the-forest question might as well be reframed as: Did your vacation even happen if you didn't share it on Instagram? Luxury hotels the world over — with their soaring lobbies, over-the-top decor, and perfectly places vignettes — are just crying out for social media attention as soon as guests walk in the door. According to Bloomberg, here are the 10 most Instagrammed luxury properties in the world for 2016.
1. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
With its dramatic balcony views over the Bellagio lake and its cheeky, arty decor — not to mention a bar that takes the form of a multistory chandelier, the No. 1 hotel on the list is a top-to-bottom social media gold mine.
2. Atlantis, The Palm — Dubai
Yes, this was the larger-than-life destination for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Dubai trip! Think Signature Suites including the iconic Royal Bridge Suite, priced at $35,000 per night, a 924-square-meter three-bedroom suite that spans the distance between the resort’s two accommodation towers. The Underwater Suite has floor-to-ceiling views from the master bedroom directly into the Ambassador Lagoon aquarium, which gives the illusion of actually being under the sea.
3. Fontainebleau Miami Beach
This is the Miami property that's hosting a $500,000 — you read that right — New Year's Eve package including Justin Bieber, fancy cars, and a $100,000 jewelry shopping spree. You know some deep-pocketed folks will be Instagramming that.
4. Wynn Las Vegas
Steve Wynn's glimmering, curvilinear property is among Las Vegas' most upscale casino resorts. Intricate floral installations are popular social media draws... and the spa doesn't suck either.
5. Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel
This hotel is only open during the summer season, so its place on the list is an impressive feat. But the party seriously rocks all season long.
6. Venetian Macao
Yes, this is the Chinese version of the Las Vegas property... but it's meant to represent Europe. So your followers will need to scroll the rest of your feed for context clues as to where on earth you really are.
7. Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
Yep, another Las Vegas property! Hotel rooms at Aria have high-tech, touch-button and iPad technology, plus this hotel houses Jewel, one of the hottest new clubs in town.
8. Atlantis Hotel & Casino, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
This hotel has a 141-acre waterscape, and some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world — so it's Instagram gold (or, more specifically — blue).
9. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Here's one for people who want to rock-n-roll all night and party every day... and put it all on the 'gram.
10. W Barcelona
This hotel has a sleek design inside a sailboat-shaped building, just adjacent to the boardwalk for sophisticated photo opps galore.
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