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‘Travel + Leisure’ Unveils Its Top 100 Hotels in the World for 2021

Every year, ‘Travel + Leisure’ opens up voting for the world’s best hotels to its readers. Albeit that travel has been restricted over the last year, the survey has always allowed voters to reflect on their travels over a three-year period. In saying so, an increase in local travel has allowed voters to experience the incredible hotels on their doorsteps, too. FOUR takes a look at this year’s selection of top hotels…

Wanderlust is a feeling that rarely ceases, and when you travel to a hotel that really impresses, that impression lasts. As the world looked for respite from the pandemic, hotels were the institutions keeping smiles on guests’ faces. It is this level of service and attention to detail that gets hotels noticed. From the Caribbean to Southeast Asia, Africa and South America, an array of properties from across the globe stood out in this year’s list thanks to their unwavering dedication to the art of hospitality at its pinnacle.

Spanning city skyscrapers, tented glam camps in the jungle, beachside retreats, palatial resorts and ultra-luxe safari lodges, the winners are diverse as the locations they find themselves in. The hotels are rated on an array of factors including facilities, location, service, food, and overall value.

In 2021, India has the highest inclusions per country with 12 hotels included in the top 100. Other notable mentions include Mexico and the Caribbean, which both had 7 properties each in the list. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to leave a lasting impact on travellers, with 13 hotels represented from the region as part of the winners. For the first time ever, Kenya nabbed the top spot, with Mahali Mzuri being voted as the top hotel in the world for 2021.

The top 10 are listed below. To see the full list, visit Travel + Leisure’s website here .

  • Mahali Mzuri, Masai Mara, Kenya
  • Nayara Tented Camp, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  • The Opposite House, Beijing
  • Capella, Bangkok
  • Capella Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
  • Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection, Santorini, Greece
  • Kamalame Cay, Andros Island, Bahamas
  • The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
  • The Temple House, Chengdu, China
  • The Oberoi, New Delhi

Image 1 courtesy Mahali Mzuri, Virgin Limited Edition; image 2 courtesy Nayara Tented Camp; image 3 courtesy Capella Bangkok

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Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2022

Experience the best of the best.

Each year, Travel + Leisure readers – more than 38 million luxury travelers – select the winners of their annual World’s Best Awards. The final list reflects ratings on the quality of rooms, service, food and dining, location, and overall value to curate the most sought-after travel experiences in the world. Additionally, this year readers selected hotels for their distinctive sense of place and the hotel teams’ ability to create one-of-a-kind experiences for a range of travelers.

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Pendry Chicago

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is celebrating more than 50 member hotels recognized on this year’s list, including five properties that were honored in the “Top 100 Hotels in the World.” After a remarkable conversion of an iconic Art Deco landmark on Michigan Avenue, Pendry Chicago (#1 Chicago, #25 (tie) world) burst onto the scene with lavish public spaces, stunning guestrooms, a bright and airy brasserie on the ground floor, cheekily named Venteux (windy in French), and an intimate rooftop space where guests can rosé all day

Riggs Washington DC

Riggs Washington DC

In another recently renovated space, Riggs Washington DC (#1 Washington, D.C., #31 (tie) world) reimagined the historic Riggs National Bank Building and celebrates its glorious past with a lower-level bar in the original bank vault and a playful reminder in every guestroom and suite of the building’s history. Each of the First Ladies’ Suites, inspired by the idiosyncrasies of four remarkable first ladies, has a personality of its own. Ida McKinley’s passion for flowers is evident in the lavish pink and purple suite that bears her name.

Finca Cortesín Hotel, Golf & Spa

Finca Cortesín Hotel, Golf & Spa

Regularly appearing on “best of” lists published by globally-renowned publications, luxury travel organizations, and guest review sites, Finca Cortesín Hotel, Golf & Spa (# 1 Spain and Portugal, #44 world) is a unique resort located in a secluded enclave on the Andalucia coast. Two of the Mediterranean’s most important marinas, Puerto Banús and Sotogrande, are just a short drive away. So if you wish to arrive by sea, a member of the hotel staff will happily greet you. Expansive gardens, a luxurious spa with exquisite Thai treatments, four pools, a tennis club, world-class golf, a spectacular beach club, superb dining options, and serene, elegant accommodations create an unrivaled atmosphere and an unforgettable experience.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Another frequent award winner, Grand Hotel Tremezzo (#4 Italy, #53 world) is a masterpiece of design and hospitality that has been welcoming high society to its shore on Lake Como since 1910. This grand Belle Époque palace standing tall on the shores of the lake treats guests to elegant accommodations overlooking the lake or the lavish private park, three magical pools, a lakeside private beach, five distinct bars and restaurants – from formal to relaxed – where every dish is a show stopper, and a spa that is a transcending oasis of wellness.

Rancho Santana

Rancho Santana

Surrounded by an unspoiled dry rainforest, home to howler monkeys and sloths, Rancho Santana (#1 Central America, #56 world) is a 17-guestroom boutique hotel spread out over 2,700 acres of rolling hillsides on Nicaragua’s pristine Emerald Coast. Two miles of sunset-facing beaches ideal for surfing, unique farm-to-table culinary experiences, an expansive family pool, and a 6,000-square-foot spa and wellness sanctuary – think yoga overlooking the Pacific Ocean – make this an ideal wellness destination. All of the history and beauty of Nicaragua are within easy reach through an extensive menu of guided tours.

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts is also honored to partner with three luxury hotel brands that were spotlighted in the “Top 25 Hotel Brands in the World” list. We value our long-standing relationships with Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts (#11), Pendry Hotels & Resorts (#12), and Salamander Hotels & Resorts (#25).

Explore the full list of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Travel + Leisure World’s Best Award winners here: Travel + Leisure Worlds Best 2022 Winners.

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These are the best new hotels in the U.S., according to Travel + Leisure

Its annual listing of "It hotels" will have you drooling.

Erika Mailman

Sometimes you see an image of a hotel, and travel lust just fills your veins. That’s the case with these incredible destinations hand-picked annually by Travel + Leisure for its “It List of Best New Hotels.” The magazine has created the list each year since 2005 to inspire visitors and to get the word out about new properties travelers might not otherwise know about.

This year’s offering includes 100 hotels in 37 countries and across six continents (sorry, Antarctica), but the list is a little different this year because it is broken into categories rather than being a monolith of travel droolitude. The seven categories are affordable luxury, wellness getaways, beaches, luxury city hotels, U.S. resorts, nature and adventure, and “over the top.” The print edition is on newsstands April 21, but in the meantime, you can look at the online list which isn't broken down into categories. In this combined listing, two U.S. hotels are in the top 10 (and 34 are included in the full list: not too shabby!) Included are other hotels in North America, 32 in Europe, 13 in the Caribbean and Central and South America, 10 in Africa and the Middle East, eight in Asia, and two in Australia.

One U.S. hotel won bronze, and featured in the top three: that’s the Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad, which snagged the #3 spot for its 50-story Manhattan hotel with gorgeous views. The 250 rooms and suites at 28th and Broadway are kitted out with chandeliers and black terrazzo bathrooms. While the top 13 floors contain residences, guests can visit the lavish 1920s-inspired rooftop bar Nubelez on the 50th floor.

Wooden folding chairs are inside a canvas tent with wood floor, opening to a view of blue skies, pine trees and another tent.

Next, visitors experience a wildly different—spectacular in another way—view from Under Canvas Bryce Canyon in Utah, a glamping experience that comes in at #8. This luxury platform tent hotel is the latest location for the Under Canvas chain that focuses on glamping in or near national parks . It sits 14 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park on 700 acres for intense stargazing while nibbling on your s’more.

An aerial view of the hotel's balconies, overlooking pools, umbrellas, palm trees, and the ocean and its beach.

The third highest ranking U.S. hotel is the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Fort Lauderdale in Florida, at #14. A 22-story tower on the white sand beach was designed to evoke a yacht with its glass-railed balconies. There are 189 rooms and suites to choose from, with lacquered wood paneling that continues the boating theme. The hotel even comes with a signature cocktail, paying fond homage to a local painter and arts patron.

After that, U.S. hotels dominate the 20s and the 90s on the list. Here are the remaining American hotels and their placement:

22. Four Seasons Hotel Nashville

23. Hotel Barrière Fouquet's New York

26. The Ned NoMad — New York

27. The Loren at Lady Bird Lake — Austin

28. Pendry Washington D.C. The Wharf

29. Mayfair House Hotel & Garden — Miami

30. Nine Orchard — New York

41. Tampa Edition — Florida

42. Conrad Los Angeles

57. Ulysses — Baltimore

58. Life House, South of Fifth — Miami

59. Palihouse West Hollywood — California

60. Hotel Marcel — New Haven, Connecticut

63. Hotel Chelsea — New York City

64. Beacon Grand, a Union Square Hotel — San Francisco

68. Short Stories Hotel — Los Angeles

71. The Line San Francisco

75. Aman New York

83. Sensei Porcupine Creek — Rancho Mirage, California

84. Mii Amo — Sedona, Arizona

88. Stanly Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection — Napa Valley

90. Nick’s Cove — Marshall, California (ranked as #1 on the separate listing of top 10 US hotels)

91. Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection — Gardiner, New York (#2 on the US list)

92. The Madrona — Healdsburg, CA (#3 on the US list)

93. Villa Mara — Carmel-by-the-Sea , California

94. The James Bradley — Bradley Beach, New Jersey

95. Daunt’s Albatross Motel — Montauk, NY

96. The Inn at Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards — Bristol, Virginia

97. Southall Farm & Inn — Franklin, Tennessee

98. Salt Cottages — Bar Harbor, Maine

99. Canoe Place Inn & Cottages — Hampton Bays, New York

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The Best Hotels and Resorts in the World: The Gold List 2022

By CNT Editors

Best Hotels and Resorts in the World The Gold List 2022

There are three great lists annually in  Condé Nast Traveler,  all of which have changed due to the events of the last two years: the Readers’ Choice Awards , which you, our beloved audience, select; the Hot List , which compiles the new and notable of the previous year; and this one, which is ultimately about the places and experiences our editors carry in their hearts. This year, when we say  our editors,  we mean  CNT ’s entire global crew, working in locations from California to Beijing; we’ve also expanded the parameters of the list to include not just the hotels and cruises you’ve seen in years past, but also the destinations we treasure. The Gold List is made by humans for other humans—something we need more than ever in this day and age. Here, our favorite hotels and resorts in the world.

Read the complete set of Gold List winners   here .

All listings featured on Condé Nast Traveler are independently selected by our editors. If you book something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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La Mamounia — Marrakech, Morocco Arrow

There’s a very particular effect exerted by La Mamounia, which seems to take hold the moment you head up the green tiled steps to this most bohemian of grandes dames. Upon seeing La Mamounia’s faded pink walls, Churchill was wont to ditch the suit and pick up his watercolor brushes; Paul McCartney wrote “Mamunia” (meaning “safe haven” in Arabic) during a 1973 stay; and Hitchcock, who filmed The Man Who Knew Too Much here, got his inspiration for The Birds from some overzealous finches on a jardin -facing balcony. La Mamounia was always a curious mash-up of Art Deco, Berber, and opulent Moorish, and the old place has had numerous facelifts over almost 100 years—from Jacques Majorelle’s bright stylings in 1946 to a theatrical noughties revamp by Jacques Garcia (Hotel Costes) and most recently a series of sly additions by Parisian futurists Jouin Manku, including a new cinema and teahouse. There are all the columns, foliage-filled courtyards, and mosaics of the most photogenic medina riad—except that there’s also the smoky Churchill speakeasy, an Asian-focused Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant with its sultry blacks and reds, and that legendary, vast square pool, around which I find the people-watching irresistible (bring dark sunglasses). There’s a reason that the actors and rock stars have kept coming; the fashionistas with kaftans and cigarettes. For all that it is woven into Marrakech like the knots in a Berber rug, La Mamounia has never, ever been boring.

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve — Gansbaai, South Africa Arrow

For a long time, lodges in South Africa tended to be geared toward the Big Five . Grootbos, on the fynbos slopes near Walker Bay, south of Cape Town , is different. This 6,177-acre private reserve is about treasuring the smaller, finer things. With 889 plant species, seven of which are newly discovered, it is first and foremost a rare botanical treasure trove, in which owner Michael Lutzeyer has employed some of the Cape’s leading botanists and entomologists. The lodges are glassy and contemporary, but there’s a constant call outdoors—from the outside showers to tracking elusive aardvark and Cape leopard, or having lantern-lit dinners in a 1,000-year-old milkwood forest, all fairy-tale tangles. You can ride horses across the sands, past ancient sea caves; go on flower safaris, tree-planting expeditions, and whale-watching flights to see the calving Southern right whales that migrate inshore between July and December. Most of the food on the carbon-negative reserve is grown on site, and nothing comes from more than 30 miles away, with many of the staff graduates of the in-house hospitality academy. But the main takeaway of Grootbos is that just stopping and looking—at the interconnectedness and mad beauty of life—is the most mesmerizing thing of all. 

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Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara — Liwa Desert, United Arab Emirates Arrow

Deep within Abu Dhabi ’s remote Empty Quarter, Qasr Al Sarab materializes from the sands like a fever dream. The fortlike compound, with its crenellated walls, faux watchtowers, and horseshoe arches, emerges at the end of a slick ribbon of tarmac that snakes through dunes the color of Earl Grey tea. Date palms shade its formidable perimeter, while small canals modeled on ancient Arabian falaj irrigation systems carry cooling water between courtyards. Inside, the details give just enough of a sense of place—Moroccan-style lanterns and intricate mashrabiya screens, and even the odd Bedouin artifact, such as a dagger or a brass coffeepot—which feels purposeful rather than hokey. Sienna-walled guest rooms are kitted out with wooden chests and plush-patterned rugs that offer tactile warmth in a desolate place. But the most intriguing aspect is that activity and idleness are in equal supply here. You can just as easily spend a day hopping over the dunes on a fat bike or lingering on the premises, perhaps being immersed in a sound bath. Every trip ends with a climb along the dunes , where you might catch some of the most mesmerizing sunsets of your life—the ocean-like sands constantly shifting as the winds carve waves into their surface; impermanent but, just for a moment, perfectly wrought. 

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Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach Arrow

There aren’t too many places that can offer a true beach and city break—but this elegant compound on Jumeirah’s crisp white shores manages to feel like part of Dubai while also being gently removed from it. Mostly, the hotel sits on the serene side of Middle Eastern opulence, with marble, Murano chandeliers, and gold-leaf ceilings cut through with calming, earthy tones inspired by the desert and Arabian Gulf. Staff around the curving, shadow-draped lagoon pools seem ever-ready with citrus shooters and blueberry muffins, and there’s often a procession of couples heading toward the orblike sculpture by the beach, firelit as the sun goes down. The spa has treatments designed by Swiss anti-aging guru Pauline Burgener, and much of the food runs fresh—from detox salads at vegetarian Folia to yellowtail ceviche at Sea Fu. But this is still Dubai, so there’s also room for the flash of Nusr-Et, the steakhouse created by divisive Turkish showman Salt Bae. Jumeirah is the closest beach to Downtown, and the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa still loom large, best viewed from the rooftop Mercury Lounge, with its Arabian archways framing the twinkling city. There's no better way to see and do Dubai. 

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Lewa Wilderness — Kenya Arrow

Within a few hours of beginning my first game drive at Lewa Wilderness, a safari lodge and conservancy near the foot of Mount Kenya, I had seen all the animals in the “Big Six,” as my preternaturally chill guide Johnson Gilisho called them—the usual Big Five of buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, and rhino, plus a cheetah sunning itself on a termite mound. I had also seen a large antelope called an eland, a waterbuck, and several endangered Grévy’s zebras, whose numbers here constitute about one-sixth of the species’ remaining global population. Founded 50 years ago as an adventure camp by former cattle ranchers, Lewa has become one of the most successful community conservancies in the world, a model emulated throughout Africa and by America’s National Park Service. It’s also an extraordinarily pleasant place to stay, from the rustic thatched cottages overlooking the Western Marania Valley to the communal alfresco meals prepared with ingredients from the conservancy’s small farm, plus a pool, a clay tennis court, and a comfortable sitting room to play games and tell stories by the fire at the end of the day. Lewa owner Will Craig will take guests up in his rebuilt canary-yellow 1932 biplane, which you can spot Anthony Bourdain riding in during one of the final episodes of Parts Unknown (“Better than sex,” he is reported to have said off-camera), and countless other activities—including horseback riding and birding—are available. But nothing beats the game drives, or the crisp taste of a G&T at a sundowner, looking out over some of the most beautiful landscapes and creatures on the planet. Doubles from $1,400. —Jesse Ashlock

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Shinta Mani Wild — Cambodia Arrow

There aren’t many hotel designers whose creations have genuinely made my face hurt from smiling. I first came across the work of Bangkok-based American Bill Bensley when I stayed at the Capella Ubud in Bali , a joyous feat of maximalist storytelling in the jungle. Shinta Mani Wild is an even deeper immersion into nature—specifically, the lush wilderness of southwestern Cambodia. To me, the most thrilling thing about the place isn’t that you arrive by army four-wheel-drive and then zip-wire over the forest canopy, your grins met with a Khmer G&T beside the rushing river. No, it’s the fact that Bensley bought an 865-acre swath of magical, orchid-rich rain forest between three national parks to protect it from logging, mining, and poaching. This meant I could properly enjoy one of the decadent, whimsically themed tents along the river, and the house-made herbal tonics in the thatched spa, against the happy background hum of the Raging Sister waterfall. I could thrill to the snappily dressed staff ushering me to take a river safari or eat wonderful foraged food in the main tent. Among scores of river- and forest-based adventures, the most fulfilling was joining an anti-poaching patrol team, whose sheer love for the minutiae of the jungle belied the AK-47s slung across their shoulders. Shinta Mani Wild is no airy piece of greenwashing. For all its grin-inducing whimsy, this is the real thing. Doubles from $920 (all-inclusive, minimum three nights). —Juliet Kinsman

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Songtsam Lhasa Linka — Tibet Arrow

If I’m being honest, the main reason I went to the Tibetan town of Lhasa was to stay at the spectacular Songtsam Lhasa Linka. This sprawling complex, which clings to the hillside in pockets of stone and lime slurry, feels particularly suited to its surroundings, no doubt thanks to the hotel group’s zealous site-selection process: The location of each property is carefully staked out before one is chosen. (The Songtsam Shangri-La Lvgu Lodge, almost 100 miles east, sits on the grounds where the house of Baima Duoji, Songtsam Group’s founder, once stood.) And even then, it took nearly two years to manifest this mountain compound. For its construction, the brand tapped the craftsmen who helped to restore the neighboring Potala Palace, a magnificent 17th-century fortress, using some of the same techniques and materials. Inside, wood—used for the floors, walls, and ceilings—suffuses the hotel with a warmth that tempers the dramatic landscape beyond; handcrafted copperware and impressive Thangka paintings and tapestries hang from the walls. Though you could spend a day or two admiring the hotel’s many vantage points—which I’ve certainly done—Songtsam Lhasa Linka is also an ideal launchpad from which to explore this region. And the affable staff, made up of locals, can help facilitate activities to do just that, like hiking around the nearby sacred mountains and setting up excursions to Basong Tso, a gloriously turquoise alpine lake in eastern Tibet—experiences that to me felt both foreign and deeply familiar. Doubles from $197. —Vincent Wang  

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There aren’t many cities as intense as Beijing , with its ring roads like clogged arteries. Even its imperial core—the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Drum and Bell Towers—hums with frantic life. I’ve always found it a city to attack and then retreat from, which is what makes the Bulgari Hotel such a joy. Hugging the Liangma River, gently removed from the embassies and expat buzz of Sanlitun, it spills onto a manicured garden by Swiss landscape designer Enzo Enea—a bit of soft green zen in a city of so many grays. Inside there are Asian nods but mostly a certain luxuriant sleekness: crisp blacks and golds, with archival photographs and folding copper screens. I usually ask for a south-facing room, as high up as possible, looking through floor-to-ceiling windows not just to the sun but to the wonky skyline across the river. Everything is smoothly tactile, from leather-paneled walls to sliding wooden screens, fringed Bulgari-branded bedspreads, and velveteen sofas. Award-winning chef Niko Romito’s regional Abruzzo dishes, such as Wagyu tagliata and oyster risotto, are served under great geometric Murano chandeliers. The spa, with its pool seemingly hewn from black marble, was partly inspired by Rome’s ancient Baths of Caracalla. Outside, Beijing may be rushing by, but inside, a very Italian coolness reigns. Doubles from $583. —Vincent Wang

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

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When I was a child, my mother would take me for afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental as a treat. We would sit in the Clipper Lounge, on the mezzanine floor overlooking the lobby, smearing rose-petal jam on plump scones delivered by waiters in white tunics—all amid a caravanserai of taipans and politicians, celebrities and royals, tourists and cheongsam-clad ladies. Forty years later, I continue the ritual with my niece. The Mandarin (as it’s affectionately known to all who’ve stayed) is an institution. Not the stale and stuffy kind. No, this hotel has always been fun—a celebration of Hong Kong’s unique identity. A place that zips along with the same energy as the horses that gallop around the Happy Valley racecourse—and not even 20 months of border closures have slowed its pace. There’s a terrific new bar, The Aubrey, an izakaya that pokes gentle fun at the 19th-century European trend for Japonisme with its wonderfully opulent design: dark wood paneling, jewel-toned velvets, walls of gilt-framed paintings, and trailing ferns above a puzzle of snugs and banquettes. And while Cantonese restaurant Man Wah has occupied the same spot overlooking the dome of the former Supreme Court since 1968, it’s been theatrically updated with China-blue walls, brass birdcage lamps, and calligraphy artwork (the dim sum remains as divine as ever). For the first time in its history, the hotel now also has a club lounge with cocktail hours and afternoon tea. But it’s not the new attractions that really matter. What counts is that the Mandarin Oriental remains a much-loved symbol of the city’s cosmopolitan history. Doubles from $330. —Lee Cobaj

Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi — Kunfunadhoo Island, Maldives Arrow

The things that bring you here are never the ones you remember most after you leave. So not the slide that whooshes from the top floor of your overwater villa straight into the Indian Ocean , or the ice-cream room or the floating breakfast in your private pool. Of course, they’re fantastic—but the elements that draw people back to Soneva year after year, despite the steady stream of Maldives openings, seem significantly less sexy on Instagram. First, there’s the foliage: There’s as much tropical greenery as there is unending expanse of blue sky and sea. Then there are the little discoveries you make as you cycle to breakfast, such as the rabbits who come out for scraps and sit in the sand at your feet. Even more unforgettable is Soneva’s commitment to sustainability, which started way before it became a buzzword. Today, 90 percent of the island’s waste is recycled or reused. For every celebrity you will spot here (and you will), there are artists, sculptors, chefs, and jewelers who are invited to transform discarded cans or kitchen scraps into works of wonder. You will dine at Soneva’s plant-based restaurant, rooted in its organic garden, and leave with a great understanding of what lies beneath the waves (through its marine-conservation program) and above (with an astronomy session). It feels like a place to see the bigger picture; the wind, waves, and clouds are a reminder of how we are all connected to the Earth. This is perhaps Soneva’s greatest message: that even in the most indulgent environment it’s possible—no, essential—for there to be a mission. Of all the places I am dreaming of returning to in 2022, this is top of the list. Villas from $2,000. —Divia Thani  

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Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur — India Arrow

Umaid Bhawan is part of one of the world’s largest private residences, and still the occasional home of Jodhpur’s former royal family, so few hotels are as vast and unashamedly regal. Finished in 1943, the palace is a glorious blend of aesthetics: Partly inspired by Angkor Wat , its Rajasthani style was injected with notes of Art Deco by Polish artist–turned–interior designer Stefan Norblin, a famed illustrator in his home country who painted the striking frescoes as interpretations of Hindu mythology. But for all that its huge, pillared central dome can seem intimidating, as can those portraits of former maharajas, you'll feel at home here. That’s largely down to the warm staff in bright turbans, who make you feel entirely deserving of the Champagne breakfasts, raw-milk baths, and folk performances in the marble-columned pavilion. It isn’t, in the end, a place in which to be overawed—but to be embraced, and very happily spoiled. 

Aman Tokyo Japan

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Japan’s capital is many things—sprawling, neon-lit, nocturnal—but one word not often used to describe it is relaxing. I registered this dissonance approximately an hour after I last checked into Aman Tokyo. More precisely, while floating 34 floors above ground, inhaling and exhaling with a meditation teacher in a white space, distracted only by vivid sunset views. Aman has, of course, long been a byword for a certain kind of crisp zen wellness. Yet there’s something extra special about discovering it among the skyscrapers of a megalopolis, surrounded by the impeccable geometry of the late Australian architect Kerry Hill, who was long inspired by Japanese design and considered this one of his finest works. Aman destinations have tended to focus on nature and heritage, so transplanting the concept to the big city in 2014 was a bolder move than it seems now. The lobby still turns heads, with its towering ceiling, abstract blooms, and kimono-clad musician plucking the strings of a koto. The bedrooms always seem to me more akin to mindfulness spaces, with their aromatic hinoki-wood, sliding screens and staggered levels. The food and the service are impeccable—of course they are—but the spa is the real scene-stealer, a place of complete sensory purity that hovers unperturbed over the fizzing city. The latest treatments cover everything from Shinto purification rituals to iaido sword training. But really it’s a form of therapy just being here, as Tokyo glimmers and growls below.

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Six Senses Yao Noi — Ko Yao, Thailand Arrow

It begins with a subtle shift from indigo to violet, starlight fading in the night sky. Silhouettes of dragons appear on the horizon: the jagged limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay. The Andaman Sea is seemingly lit from beneath in a preternatural shade of cerulean. In a flash of scarlet and flame orange, the day arrives, greeted by the unfurling of lotus flowers and the calls of hornbills, kingfishers, and coucals. I’m not an early riser, but I would change the habits of a lifetime if every morning looked like those at Six Senses Yao Noi. The sunrises are just one of the reasons I’m always angling to return to this tropical-island resort. Others include the breezy villas with their driftwood canopied beds, sunken sea-view bathtubs, and decks large enough to cartwheel across; the sunny staff who make guests feel only-child special; and the communal half-moon infinity pool set high in the hills forming a crescent above the bay. Then there’s the spa, cleaved into the hillside and offering lemongrass teas, hot herbal massages, and wellness rituals (my favorite is the Signature Yao Noi Journey, with its coconut scrub and Thai herbal steam) that last for hours and leave me glassy-eyed, in a good way. The food mostly comes from local fishermen or the hotel’s gardens, mushroom hut, and chicken coop—poached Phuket lobster in coconut broth, perhaps, or hot-and-sour grouper curry. To spend time here is a joy—a reminder of the beauty of nature and the possibilities that arrive with each new dawn.   Doubles from $590. — Lee Cobaj

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The Leela Palace New Delhi — India Arrow

The gilded furniture, the twinkling chandeliers, the silver tchotchkes—they overwhelm the senses. But what is truly golden about this hotel is the thoughtful, old-school hospitality, like transfers straight from the baggage carousel (save your judgments until after you have battled crowds at Delhi’s airport); the fact that they will leave the rooftop pool open for you should you need to get in some laps after hours; and the easy vegetarian hits on Megu’s menu, like a delicate cured-tofu sashimi that’s to die for and a heavenly chocolate mousse with fresh raspberries. This winter a garden-side izakaya is set to open. Call it an attempt to attract a younger audience, but the Library Bar will curate a range of music—traditional Sufi to EDM—and turn itself into a gin-focused cocktail bar. Ten years on and under new management, The Leela’s glitter game is still strong. 

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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers — Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand Arrow

A 40-minute drive along the North Island’s South Pacific coast from the Art Deco town of Napier, this place is a 6,000-acre working farm in a rolling coastal landscape, but also a golf course, a wildlife sanctuary, and one of the most invigorating stays in New Zealand . As you climb a forested hill toward the farm’s lofty timber-and-stone lodge, there’s a sense of being let in on a beautiful secret (one shared by Benedict Cumberbatch, who spent lockdown at a neighboring house). There are soaring ceilings and agricultural tools in the main building and smart black-and-white photographs of animals in the 22 cottages with fireplaces, but the overall impression is of a crisply modern take on farmhouse style. This is also a sanctuary for the kiwi and ancient tuatara and, as I discovered on an off-road jaunt to the estate’s sea cliffs, a breeding ground for seabirds and seals. There are miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails across the glacial landscapes, and you always have the option to take picnic hampers to the beach. The Farm is one of those places where you meet other ruddy-cheeked guests over abalone-like moon shell clams and local lamb after a day’s adventures. I sleep better at this hideaway, as the gulls cry and the clouds roll in, than almost anywhere else on the planet. From $1,600. —Kendall Hill

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Sometimes the job of a hotel is not to overwhelm or overpower but to smoothly facilitate. This, to me, is what the Park Hyatt Sydney has always done. Tucked beneath the Harbour Bridge , its sandstone exterior is unassuming, almost austere. But inside, the whole thing makes sense: Everything is geared toward the Sydney Opera House, the glinting bay, and those green-and-mustard ferries lolling into Circular Quay. None of the rooms and suites is smaller than 430 square feet, and each feels like the smartest waterfront apartment, with mirrors and deftly angled walls emphasizing space and pure Australian sunshine. The mosaic rooftop pool—almost unnoticeable from ground level—is one of the city’s great spots, and I’ve spied Bruce Springsteen reclining in the jet pool. For food, I tend to go for the more casual dining option, The Living Room, with cinematic views beyond Kirribilli Point, where a plate of local rock oysters and a Hunter Valley Chardonnay is all that’s required. Service is wonderful, in that crisply unforced Australian way, but really the Park Hyatt is about what’s outside. It is an eminently happy bubble, where it almost feels like I am floating on that shimmering ocean. Doubles from $770. —Kendall Hill

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Anassa — Polis, Cyprus Arrow

There is a reason that Anassa has so many “superloyals,” as they call them at the front desk—guests who return on the same week, year after year. Life feels supremely comfortable in this series of immaculate white buildings tumbling down the hillside to the coffee-colored beach below. Still owned by the Cypriot Michaelides family, the 23-year-old hillside estate has always been classic, even after a renovation in 2016, when Parisian interior designer Joelle Pleot stuck largely to elegant creams and Hamptons nautical stripes. The spa—including a midnight-blue, glass-roofed thalassotherapy pool that stopped me in my sliders—is sensational. But the reason I really understand all those repeat guests is the seemingly effortless multigenerational appeal . On a recent post-lockdown visit, we were given beach baskets brimming with toys, and left our son to pottery lessons and treasure hunts at the brilliant kids’ club as we sauntered off for local rosé at the cavernous, adults-only Basiliko restaurant, with its sunken terrace. Anassa also offers babysitting services and a family photographer, yet none of it feels twee or forced. Instead, this is a place to dangle one’s feet over the edge of a sun-warmed pool, or wander through fragrant gardens against a soundtrack of crickets, wood pigeons, and gently lapping sea. It is a place, in other words, to keep coming back to. Doubles from $540. —Becky Lucas

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Yes, Le Bristol is grand—the polished marble, the Louis XVI armchairs, the boiserie -paneled walls—but it has never felt cold or stuffy. I tend to go for Paris Fashion Week, and any sense of froideur is eliminated with one stroke of Fa-raon, the fluffy white Burmese cat and unofficial hotel mascot (he’s since had a son and heir, called Socrate)—usually draped over the concierge’s desk. Le Bristol has had a stylish insouciance ever since it opened on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in 1925, and it held on to its gilded soul after a six-year facelift that was unveiled in 2018 by its owners, the Oetker Collection. Suites are about chandeliers, Pierre Frey fabrics, and a very pure devotion to comfort overlooking the wonderfully serene enclosed garden by Arabella Lennox-Boyd, with its geometric lawns, fountains, and osmanthus topiaries. Eric Fréchon’s macaroni with black truffle and duck foie gras at three-Michelin-starred Epicure is a thing of wonder, as is Café Antonia, where the fashion crowd all seem to order the green bean, artichoke, and hazelnut salad. The spa by La Prairie does possibly the best massage in Paris.

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Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc — Antibes, France Arrow

An emblem of hyphenated hotel-world majesty, of sun-struck Riviera grandeur, of dreams of open-top two-seaters and swaying palms and broken banks at casinos and Champagne corks a-popping. Draw up to what F. Scott Fitzgerald called the “flushed façade” of this magical hotel, where Tender is the Night begins, and it’s hard not to feel you’ve arrived. Built by the proprietor of Le Figaro when it was the world’s biggest-selling newspaper, it opened as a grand hotel in 1870, and is now part of Germany’s Oetker Collection. During World War I, it became a Red Cross hospital where the nurses, the general manager noted, liked to cool off in the sea between shifts. Perhaps, he thought, there’d be potential for a summer season, come peacetime—so he had a huge heated saltwater pool blasted out of the headland. Swanky, chintzy and swagged in ormolu, bedrooms are comfortable but old-fashioned, as are the pale marble bathrooms. Rather it’s the views, the atmosphere, the vases overflowing with roses from the garden that make it so special. 

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The Vasilicos — Santorini, Greece Arrow

Almost every building overlooking Santorini’s sunken caldera has been converted into a luxury hotel. I’ve stayed at dozens of them, but surprisingly few live up to those famous views. The Vasilicos is a cut above the crowded competition for several reasons. All seven suites are spacious and secluded, their terraces cascading down the hillside with wide-open views of the infinite blue. Even when the island seems to be sinking under the weight of its popularity, serenity reigns at this former summerhouse. Designed for sun-drenched gatherings with family and friends, it was built in the 1980s by Vassilis Valambous, a Greek art collector and bon viveur, from a cluster of collapsed yposkafa —the island’s unique cave houses. The atmosphere still has the warmth, intimacy, and personality of a home. From the capsule library (curated by legendary local shop Atlantis Books) to the custom-made beach towels, every thoughtful detail bears the personal touch of the elegantly understated owner, Daphne Valambous. Her brother Yannis has transformed the vineyards he inherited from their father into Vassaltis, one of the most exciting wineries on Santorini. If I’m traveling solo, I like to pop a bottle of its sparkling pet nat to toast the sunset, an almost otherworldly experience that is never the same twice (the wines can also be paired with a personalized tasting menu at the sublime two-table restaurant). Open since 2015, The Vasilicos is already a timeless classic. Like most loyal guests, I’d almost prefer to keep this very private hideaway hush-hush. Doubles from $420. —Rachel Howard

Relais Borgo Santo Pietro Italy

Relais Borgo Santo Pietro — Siena, Italy Arrow

Last autumn—desperate for a sanctuary from living in locked-down Brooklyn with a newborn—I found an Edenic combination of escapism and reconnection here. Unlike at some resorts, visitors here don’t block out the destination once they check in. The 300-acre estate is in Chiusdino, on the more rugged side of Tuscany , and feels like a microcosm of the region itself. The ricotta at dinner comes from the sheep you’ve spied on long walks through farms and forests; the fields of lavender and marigold provide ingredients for the face oils at the spa. None of this is to say that Borgo Santo Pietro isn’t sharp. Everything is done with a very Italian elegance: the manicured gardens and landscaped pool; the staff who appear with a Spritz and silver tray of truffled chips simply because they thought you needed it (and I did); the Trattoria sull’Albero, with its thick oak tree rising in the middle. During the harvest season, guests can pluck and stomp grapes at Borgo’s tumble of vineyards. There’s a six-foot-deep swimming hole in the middle of a rushing stream. It’s on the property but open to use by the 30 or so locals from a nearby village. Closer to the guest villas is a tall canopied wall beside the vegetable gardens, along which pilgrims in the Middle Ages trekked to the nearby Abbey of San Galgano. My stay was an opportunity to explore a pocket of wild southern Tuscany, thrillingly alone and free, without ever needing to backtrack through the great wide entrance gates. Doubles from $760. —Erin Florio

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There’s no shortage of elegant hotels in Florence , but something about The St. Regis keeps me coming back year after year. It might be that, for a palazzo of 15th-century frescoes and crystal chandeliers, it is just so cozy, full of stained-glass-lit nooks in which to disappear for hours with a copy of La Repubblica . Of course, the Renaissance never feels far away. Filippo Brunelleschi, the brains behind the Duomo , designed the original palazzo in the early 1400s, and it became a hotel in 1866. If the exquisitely detailed cherubs on the ceiling of the Salone delle Feste ballroom could talk, they might tell tales that the wonderful staff here are mostly too tactful to divulge: of Botticelli and Amerigo Vespucci (the explorer who gave America its name), but also of Madonna and Keith Richards. Still, it’s not just the great and the good who are treated exquisitely: My clothes have been magically unpacked and ironed while I’ve been given tickets to skip the queues for the Diocesan Museum or Santa Maria del Fiore’s dome. Rooms, all brocades and canopied beds, mostly have views of the River Arno, while the Winter Garden restaurant is at the reverential end of Italian cooking, with dishes served under a great glass ceiling. Still, this is also a hotel that can let its hair down. Last Christmas, during the nightly Champagne ritual that kicks off with a waiter popping a bottle with a saber, I found myself saying “ Cincin ” to a giant teddy bear given pride of place by the fire. This is a hotel where the royal treatment is for everyone. Doubles from $550. —Sara Magro

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Belmond Hotel Splendido & Belmond Splendido Mare — Portofino, Italy Arrow

The Splendido Mare, once a fishermen’s guesthouse, is the 14-room harborside sister of Belmond’s Splendido, a hillside hideout that started life as a Benedictine monastery before becoming a hotel in 1901, then a magnet for movie stars (Elizabeth Taylor had four honeymoons there). Its makeover, by in-demand Parisians Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay, is exquisite—local terra-cotta tiles and nautical nods, such as the knots woven into headboards in quietly lavish rooms, with Gio Ponti armchairs and rich Loro Piana fabrics. Everything is done subtly, almost unnoticeably, and there’s a deceptive simplicity to the cooking of brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea. Their restaurant in Bergamo has three Michelin stars, but here they stick mostly to seafood and Ligurian classics, including a sublime pesto trofie . This is Portofino , after all, which is above all discreet—a place where the actors and the aperitivo-sipping locals don’t much bother one another. 

The Connaught

The Connaught — London Arrow

Some places just have magic in their bones: the whiff of a vast Cire Trudon candle in the lobby; the gleam of 200-year-old oak banisters; or the hum from a perfectly low-lit bar, where a martini trolley is being wheeled from table to table. The Connaught is a place where the original lifts still creak elegantly, rain patters on the roof, and solid walls make it feel like, whatever troubles befall the world, all will be well within. The setting is just right, too: spotless Mount Street, with its mustard-bright awnings, high heels click-clacking on the pavement, and line of shiny black taxis with yellow lights winking. Removed from the traffic but pin-sharp in the heart of Mayfair’s thrills, it is first and foremost a cocooning retreat, enveloping and deeply comfortable. But there’s also a buzz in spaces such as the new Red Room, a sly speakeasy hidden beyond a velvet-curtained doorway, and a sense that things are happening in some nook somewhere. For all that it does elevated Michelin dining, there’s also a corner to dive into for a late-night hamburger and frites . Bathrooms are wall-to-wall marble; some beds, such as the carved four-poster in the Prince’s Lodge, are so high off the ground they need steps to climb into. Everything is immaculate, spoiling, and just so damn smart. 

The RitzCarlton Abama

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama — Tenerife, Spain Arrow

Some large hotels can seem impersonal and lacking in character. Instead, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama—a monumental vision of faintly surreal, multilayered Moorish pink—feels more like a curious labyrinthine village; a place to get happily lost in, among all those palm trees, curving walkways, and aquamarine pools with sharp, dissonant angles. The sense of a total escape is helped by the fact that the hotel is a world unto itself: With views beyond the white-sand beach to the neighboring island of La Gomera , it is mostly surrounded by a golf course (owned separately), beyond which the volcanic Mount Teide looms ominously large. Flying and flopping may be unfashionable, but I can’t think of a better place to do just that of a European winter (Tenerife is T-shirt-warm all-year-round). There are more than eight restaurants and bars, including Michelin-starred Basque and Japanese fusion; the kids’ club, with art walls, is one of the biggest in Europe; and the spa takes opulent inspiration from Roman baths. But the joy here is just being: hiking along the rugged coast or floating from pool to pool, as the sun casts lines of shadows over pink stucco walls and eventually settles over the peaks of La Gomera. Doubles from $500. —David Moralejo

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Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection — Barcelona Arrow

Smart hotels in this city often hew to a certain mod-minimal, design-agency template. The Cotton House in Eixample, though, is very different—a riot of neoclassical joy in a 19th-century cotton guild, which makes me smile every time. Interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán is well known for his designs across Barcelona , including the Edition —but it’s hard to think he’s ever had more fun than with the Belle Epoque features here, from its old parquet floors to the wood-paneled ceilings and grand spiraling staircases. The cotton theme runs through the orb-shaped chandeliers, like cotton flowers; the 300-thread Egyptian-cotton sheets in the more minimal rooms; and the fact that guests can order candy-colored, hand-stitched shirts from the very sharp concierge desk, which is known as the Gossypium (the Latin name for the genus of plants that produce cotton). The style is grown-up, but a chintzy wink is never far away. In the bar, which spills out onto a lushly foliaged terrace, the house Gossypium cocktail with Pisco and blue Curaçao gleefully throws out the prevailing vogue for Savoy classics. It is a reminder that hotels can grandly mine the past—but do it without taking themselves too seriously.

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Finca Cortesin — Málaga, Spain Arrow

Marbella has grown up a little since it was a small town frequented by in-the-know ’60s regulars such as Prince Rainier and Jimmy Stewart. As the money rolled in, it became more Costa de Oro than del Sol—and, for a certain clientele, where you stayed was just as important a signifier as the convertible you handed over to the valet or the handbag you took to the pool. Finca Cortesin lies a little aloof from all this, though, between Marbella and the superyachts of Sotogrande, in the foothills of Sierra Bermeja. The labels aren’t exactly mainstream, but they’re worn understatedly; I think of it as less a place to see and be seen than a place simply to be. It’s the epitome of an Andalusian country house, designed by the late Duarte Pinto Coelho, with doors salvaged from a castle and oil paintings and palatial antiques from around Spain, Portugal, and Morocco—though bright pops of color and neon artworks in the bedrooms and pretty fabric-covered walls prevent it from ever getting too serious. And the team here, led by Rene Zimmer, makes you feel very much at home. There’s a real sense of intimacy despite its size—technically it is a golf hotel (its greens will host the 2023 Solheim Cup women’s tournament), but I’d never describe it that way. Of the restaurants, El Jardín de Lutz is a favorite for its authentic takes on Spanish classics, with the lawns and olive-filled gardens just outside for walks afterward. It’s a happy place for me. Doubles from $700. —David Moralejo

Heckfield Place

Heckfield Place — England Arrow

There’s a reassuring seamlessness to Heckfield Place, a renovation of a stout Georgian manor house that is true to its redbrick bones, yet somehow perfectly modern. Its 438 acres of pasture and woodland include an arboretum and an ornamental lake, installed in the 19th century by Viscount Eversley, speaker of the House of Commons. For all that the restoration itself was a trial—Boston-based billionaire Gerald Chan endured more than a decade of painstaking work before its eventual opening in 2018—the end result is proof that Georgian needn’t feel stiff or chintzy. Designer Ben Thompson went big on earthy tones and textures, “editing” the grand house (his words) with greenery and leaving forest-green, ochre, or rose-colored walls elegantly unadorned. There’s a constant sense of the outside creeping in—sometimes literally, in the case of the biodynamic farm on the estate that supplies two wonderful restaurants overseen by seasonal-eating pioneer Skye Gyngell. Activities include trail running, wild swimming, and rowing on the lake with tuck boxes in tow. 

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One&Only Palmilla — Baja California Sur, Mexico Arrow

Arriving at this spot on the very tip of the Baja Peninsula feels like coming home. Many of the staff are third-generation employees who remember not only your name but whether you prefer your margarita made with tequila or mezcal (and which brand), and where you like your yoga mat to be set up in your room. And those rooms. Whitewashed hacienda-style architecture brightened with hand-embroidered textiles, plus perks such as private butlers and, in the case of Villa Cortez, an exclusive fitness suite, spa room, and beach cabana reflect Cabo’s emergence as Latin America’s latest luxury hotspot. There is no shortage of glitzy new five-stars, but as the area’s first proper hotel, Palmilla has a serious advantage: real estate. Its secluded location on one of Cabo’s only swimmable beaches is unbeatable. In the ’50s, Hollywood’s elite flocked here, and today a fresh generation of A-listers does the same. A commitment to discretion and timeless glamour in an age of social-media noise, as well as constant reinvention (new wellness offerings from spiritual healer Alicia Kanxoc), have allowed Baja’s big hitter to continue holding court. 

Explora Valle Sagrado Peru

Explora Valle Sagrado — Peru Arrow

There are many ways to experience this minimalist adventure-focused lodge on a former corn plantation in the mountain stronghold of the Incas. I was lucky enough to sample two of them on a recent visit: first as a solo traveler and then with a group of my oldest friends, who joined me after completing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Alone, I hiked with a chatty local guide: past old Inca retaining walls and agricultural terraces on a pleasant trail near the town of Ollantaytambo, and then on the more arduous Cinco Lagunas trek, up into the mist at 15,000 feet with no one around but a few distant Quechua shepherds and their sheep. When my friends arrived, we went single-track mountain biking from Moray, one of the Sacred Valley’s signature Inca sites, to Salar de Uyuni , the world’s largest salt flat, where it feels like walking on clouds. The hotel gave me everything I needed and nothing I didn’t: My room had no Wi-Fi, minibar, or screens of any kind, but did have a magnificent bed, a lovely hot tub, and hot water left for muña tea—made from a mintlike Andean herb, which is helpful for combating altitude sickness and imparts a wonderfully tranquil feeling at bedtime. The menu, by acclaimed Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez, is exceptional, as are the addictive Urubamba corn-kernel snacks from the nearby fields, which I consumed by the fistful while drinking Pisco Sours. The building—low, simple, and unobtrusively modern—was designed by José Cruz Ovalle to exist in conversation with nature. At every turn, there is another view you could gaze at for days. But Explora ultimately isn’t about gazing: It’s about getting out there, into a land that’s still as pure and elemental as in the time of the Incas. Doubles from $750. —Jesse Ashlock

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Nayara Springs — Arenal, Costa Rica Arrow

Rising with the sun is something I only do on holiday. At Nayara Tented Camp, I woke each day as the golden light stirred a colorful swath of jungle, with the smoking top of the mighty Arenal Volcano as the backdrop. The private plunge pool and the mug of steaming Costa Rican coffee help, but that view is enough to induce the earliest wake-ups. This is the third and most luxurious of Nayara’s trifecta of eco-retreats in central Costa Rica . Its hot-spring pools are carved non-invasively into the wild landscapes, and not a single tree was felled to make space for its 29 tented rooms, which take design cues from safari outfitters in Botswana. Reforestation is a cornerstone at Nayara, with an ongoing mission to plant fresh habitats for Costa Rica’s three-toed sloths. It means that you will spy these sluggish little guys all over the place, including Tony, the camp’s unofficial greeter, whose favorite spot during my stay was on the telephone pole by the entrance. The hotel grounds are also a sanctuary for jungle toads and morpho butterflies, which you’ll see on guided night walks. By day, Nayara is all about volcano-hiking, bird-watching in the thick rain forest, and getting up close with the grin-inducing creatures at the sloth sanctuary. The steak and Malbec at the wine bar tasted even better than they should—but the ultimate spot for a nightcap was back on my terrace, where the croaks of the tree frogs lulled me into a deep sleep, like nature’s own white noise. Doubles from $1,175. —Erin Florio

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Hotel Bel-Air, Dorchester Collection — Los Angeles Arrow

Some hotels are scenes, while others are escapes. When you walk across the long footbridge that spans the Bel-Air’s Swan Lake (yes, there are actual swans gliding around) as the larks chirp among the palms and bougainvillea, there’s a sense of the whole sprawling megalopolis melting into the Santa Monica foothills. The Bel-Air has long been a sanctuary, a pastel-hued, Mediterranean-influenced refuge for the likes of Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe. Old Hollywood credentials and tinkling fountains aside, the Bel-Air is no fusty heirloom. A 2012 revamp by New York–based designer Alexandra Champalimaud gave the place a very intentional but somehow apt mid-century brightness. Rooms—all creams, peaches, and ochres in the hotel’s Spanish Colonial style—now come with heated bathroom floors and private terraces with hot tubs and fire pits. Wolfgang Puck, who has been associated with the hotel for more than 30 years, continues to evolve the menu. An alcove overlooking the lake is the perfect setting for a 34-ounce prime porterhouse and a glass of bone-dry Champagne Henriot. My favorite spot is the Bar and Lounge, where the blown-up black-and-whites of the likes of Tina Turner and Cher by rock-and-roll photographer Norman Seeff always remind me that even if I’m in the quietly glamorous neighborhood of Bel-Air, I’m still very much in L.A. From $1,045. —Krista Simmons

Rosewood Carlyle Hotel

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel — New York City Arrow

There are few acts that so capture a certain sepia-tinted version of New York City as sitting in the dimly lit Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, sipping a martini with a twist while listening to Earl Rose bring home “Begin the Beguine” on the piano. This hotel has always been different since it opened in 1930, starting with its location on the quiet corner of 76th and Madison, just off Central Park and a short walk from the Met. But while it has always been a class act, The Carlyle has never felt uptight. Take Ludwig Bemelmans’s whimsical murals on the walls of his namesake bar, which depict Madeline, a character from his beloved children’s books—or the ebullient Alan Cumming performances and intimate Debbie Harry gigs it's hosted over the years. The hotel also recently debuted a new restaurant, Dowling’s, that throws back to the 1940s with dishes like steak Diane, carving carts, and table side flambé, as well as a new spa by luxe Swiss brand Valmont. The great legends don’t fade away—they evolve. 

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You can become a little numb to beauty in St. Barts, but even after having been on island for days, I think I squealed when I pulled into Eden Rock. It’s just so perfect—so chic, so glamorous, but in this easy, island-appropriate way. It’s the type of place that, just being there, makes you feel like the most glam, sun-kissed version of yourself. The hotel is almost entirely surrounded by calm, gin-bottle blue water that’s heavenly for a swim. There’s a diving platform a little ways out, and you can take out rafts and paddle around the point and there's a reef if you want to snorkel. The rooms are lovely and elegant, with a subtle Carib-meets-nautical vibe, at once bright and airy. When it comes to the food, rockstar chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is in charge of the menu at the main restaurant, and the resort’s breakfast spread is insane in scope and quality; don’t miss it. Sure, you could have a delightful breakfast by your private pool, but the people-watching here is too good—you’d be missing an opportunity if you stayed in. It’s a pretty diverse crowd in some ways, but the common denominator, to tell it straight, is money. This place is not cheap, but it’s one of the rare hotels that is absolutely worth it. The setting is unparalleled and the food, service, and design are top of the top. There is no way you’ll go and not dream (maybe nightly) about going back—it’s that special. —Rebecca Misner

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This high-rise hotel might be home to the city’s best-kept secret: a sprawling, 80-foot pool some 19 floors up, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a view you can’t peel your eyes from. You could easily spend all day there in unperturbed bliss—block off a whole day to alternate between spa treatments and dips in the pool. Fortunately, there’s plenty of relaxing to be done in the guest rooms, many of which are more spacious than a Chicago apartment. You know a hotel is at the top of its game when the towels are so plush they feel as though they were woven on-site and there are neatly labeled amenity drawers so you don’t have to pry each one open to find what you’re looking for. Peninsula hotels are known for their intuitive technology (in-room tablets let you control the lights, request housekeeping, and check your flight status). If you’re in need of a good night’s sleep, spend a night at a Peninsula hotel.


Bellagio — Las Vegas Arrow

When this  Lake Como –inspired wonderland opened in 1998, it instantly become the model for the over-the-top Vegas extravaganza resorts that would follow; its fountains remain the biggest free show in town. The Strip icon could have rested on its reputation, but the Bellagio has taken the last couple of years to reinvest in the experience for its guests—not just those who walk in for the spectacle. The  Chicago  firm The Gettys Group Companies, in partnership with MGM Resorts International Design Group, oversaw a full renovation of all 2,568 guest rooms in the main tower, taking design cues from the fountains with natural stone and pops of aqua; in some rooms, vast showers replaced the old tubs. But even as it modernizes, the resort has smartly realized it can’t get rid of its icons. The hotel is currently renovating its Spa Tower to the tune of $110 million, in jewel tones Champalimaud Design is borrowing from Lake Como and the Alps; this is where to check in for a more residential feel.

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Post Ranch Inn — Big Sur, California Arrow

Early Spanish settlers gave a name to the area where Post Ranch Inn now sits: ventana, or window. Not just a natural vantage point with jaw-dropping views (though that is true as well), but also an aperture into another world. A place so powerful you could almost touch the great beyond from it. Today, that sense of magic still floats and crackles about one of the most romantic hotels in the U.S. Perched 1,200 feet above the crashing waves of Big Sur, and sheltered from the outside world (namely Route 1) by rolling hillside and towering Californian redwoods, this is a place where relaxation and inspiration come hand in sumptuous hand. The 40 rooms are all either standalone cottages or tree houses balanced on stilts above the forest floor, with many having been completely renovated over the last 18 months. (The private outdoor hot tubs with oceanfront views are a particular treat.) The restaurant, Sierra Mar—a dramatic glass box on the headland with 180-degree views—is a destination in its own right, with fine Californian dining artfully prepared by Michelin-starred chef Reylon Agustin. But arguably the star of the show is the Post Ranch Spa, with its avant-garde menu ranging from all the usual pampering treatments to Shaman sessions, herbal spirit journeys, and a bespoke Post Ranch Sleep Program, which vows to take even the most frazzled insomniacs and turn them into world class sleepers. I can personally vouch for this point, because I was a fully paid-up member of the former group before I checked into Post Ranch Inn, and now I’m permanently one of the latter. The Spanish settlers had the truth of it: There’s a special energy in this ventana, and Post Ranch Inn has found a perfectly luxurious way to channel it. Doubles from $1,425. —Jonathan Thompson

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Chatham Bars Inn — Cape Cod, Massachusetts Arrow

Eevery inch of the property’s 25 acres (CBI has quietly picked up more throughout the years) is intoxicating. There’s the cool Atlantic breeze hitting the bluff, a sand-swept wedding in the distance ( remember when? ), a private beach launch to a secluded sandy spot. Scattered atop a seaside bluff, the "charming New England–style cottages" have bay windows, fireplaces, and private decks or patios with views of the ocean, grounds, or golf course. There’s an oceanfront pool, downtown Chatham steps away, a lobby fireplace roaring upon your return. It oozes nostalgia, and that’s why guests return—kids a little older, parents a little wiser, grandparents in pearls taking in the view a little bit longer—to summer on the Cape. CBI has perfected the good stuff: views ( see the fishing boats at the pier, fog sitting on the water? ), a seaside spot to rest your head (nothing beats the ocean view cottages), and family fun. And that’s what the Cape is all about.

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A sleek, Blade Runner –esque tower with a lushly landscaped 40th-floor rooftop bar stands out in a city known for beachfront resorts. This 352-room luxury hotel nestled in the heart of the $1 billion Brickell City Centre designed by Miami’s Arquitectonica is in the middle of downtown. The elevator alone, with its infinity mirror, sets the posh, playful tone. The hotel, opened by Hong Kong’s high-end Swire Hotels, has touches like a soaring lobby outfitted in dark woods and a metallic palette of gold, bronze, and silver. Highlights include floor-to-ceiling windows in every guest room and the cloud-skimming rooftop oasis Sugar, with its Asian-inspired bar surrounded by hand-carved teak stools. Rooms are comfortable, but it’s the public spaces that feel most welcoming—the fifth-floor pool deck that seems carved from the concrete pillars of the building with rattan ottomans and the wood-fired Quinto La Huella, an outpost of Uruguayan Parador La Huella. It’s a reminder that Miami is vibrant, multicultural, and metropolitan, far from the beach. From $359.

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Montage Kapalua Bay — Maui, Hawaii Arrow

Even when you live on Maui , traveling to the resort community of Kapalua on the far northern tip of the island’s west shore feels like a true escape. You know you’ve arrived when the hotel-packed shoreline gives way to immaculately landscaped wide-open spaces and roads lined with towering Cook pines from the resort’s plantation days when it grew coffee and pineapples. This exclusive 22,000-acre enclave fronts two marine reserves and is home to only two hotels. The 466-room Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua is fantastic, but the Montage is in a league of its own. The smallest of its 50 residential-style accommodations clocks in at a palatial 1,250 square feet. And, should you understandably decide to stay put, you don’t have to miss out on any of the hotel’s perks. Dishes, like kanpachi and shrimp curry, from signature restaurant Cane & Canoe are available for room service, and the resort can arrange a full chef’s table experience with wine pairings and live music en suite. But it is worth throwing on a cover-up or a T-shirt over your swimsuit for a visit to the spa. With eight hales —freestanding outdoor treatment rooms surrounded by bamboo gardens—and an infinity pool with island views, it’s a destination in itself. Doubles from $1,250. —Jen Murphy

Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Four Seasons Resort Lanai — Hawaii Arrow

Lanai’s undeveloped red-rock interiors and wild beaches preserve the Hawaii of old, and luckily, when billionaire Larry Ellison bought 98 percent of the island in 2012, including this hotel, he envisioned a regenerative tourism model that would protect all that natural beauty. Perched on a rocky cliff overlooking sparkling Hulopoe Bay, Lanai’s only oceanfront hotel (one of just three on the island) could easily overshadow this sleepy one-town destination. But the hotel’s spa menu, with different massages that specifically address achy muscles from golf, tennis, and horseback riding, is a testament to the popularity of activities that get guests off-property to play and explore. Pen-and-ink drawings depicting Hawaiian lore and historic artifacts, like a 19th-century koa-wood outrigger canoe in the lower lobby, pay homage to the past, while trendy restaurants like Nobu Lanai and Malibu Farm, a Peloton-equipped gym, and eco-minded touches like refillable water stations firmly root the resort in modern times. Even with a full house, the 213-room sanctuary feels like it’s all yours thanks to its clever design. Koshi-wood lattices, koi ponds, and other Japanese influences create an aura of zen in common areas. And cabanas cocooned around tropical gardens and palm-shaded pools with cascading waterfalls double as tiny oases where you rarely encounter other guests.

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Rosewood Hotel Georgia — Vancouver, Canada Arrow

I am almost positive that during a recent stay, I stepped outside of the hotel to walk my dog, turned the corner, and practically ran into Jennifer Lopez. She was in town, after all, to film The Mother, and this is the spot someone like her would be—and not just for the oversized spa-style bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling views of the gorgeous Vancouver Art Gallery . The venerated establishment has been housing celebrities since its opening in 1927, when it quickly set the standard for opulence in the young city. It remains the beating heart of the downtown, in a metropolis now known as Hollywood North for the number of films shot here. (Eighty-five were in progress during my visit.) On any given night, smartly dressed Vancouverites fill the award-winning Hawksworth Restaurant, celebrating birthdays and anniversaries beneath an enormous ceiling-length chandelier. Even the most well-heeled travelers pause in the grand lobby to take in the three-dimensional paintings by British artist Patrick Hughes, a delightful contrast with the Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s perfectly preserved historic architecture and original marble floors. In the 1927 Lobby Lounge, framed photos covering the dark wood walls remind you of who, exactly, has been here before—Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley. And yet, dimly lit and comfy and with perfectly executed cocktails, it all feels relaxed and welcoming without the slightest hint of pretension. Doubles from $335. — Jayme Moye

Wynn Las Vegas

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With its sunlit atriums, indoor koi pond, and fountains and waterfalls in multiple locations throughout the resort, you’ll recognize immediately why this resort is the largest five-star resort in the world. When you walk into Wynn, it’s an otherworldly fantasy where retail boutiques have their own backyards and an entire, lush par-70 championship length golf course hides behind the resort—the only golf course on the Strip. Behind the marquetry doors of Delilah supper club, names you would know mingle under the soaring cast-brass palms that evoke icons like  L.A.’s  Cocoanut Grove and the Tropicana Club in Havana, while Casa Playa serves dishes from Mexico’s Pacific and Atlantic coasts to a packed house of beautiful people. The Overlook Lounge, meanwhile, is a sumptuous redo of the central lounge, and offers a menu of cocktails infused with edible perfumes. In the last several years, Wynn has been on a spree, opening a Gucci with the only Gucci Garden in the US, a jaw-dropping Louis Vuitton with exclusive objets, and even a supercar store by McClaren, and renovating rooms to the tune of $200 million. There’s a reason Wynn has remained the city’s resort gold standard since it opened some 17 years ago—and it continues to gild the lily.

The Dewberry Charleston

The Dewberry Charleston — South Carolina Arrow

Since The Dewberry opened its doors in the fall of 2016, the fig ivy at its base has diligently advanced upward, clinging tightly to the ground-floor columns. Now the hotel appears to float on a garden. Which is just as founders John and Jaimie Brown Dewberry intended, bringing an unexpected lightness to the limewashed eight-story midcentury monolith. You'll love its JFK–era cool factor: Across the giant slabs of buffed marble, past the warm cherrywood paneling with unlacquered brass inlay, waits the popular Living Room, where guests can sink into a cozy leather high-back. Locals duck into the hushed spa for Natura Bissé facials and fill the outdoor patio for weekend brunch . But the largest draw will always be the rooftop for sunset cocktails, nibbles, and maritime breezes among the citrus and olive trees, with views of Charleston ’s harbor. The vibe is elevated and elegant but also fun and not too fussy. In one of America’s most historic cities, The Dewberry manages to pay homage to the past while feeling refreshingly au courant. 

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The Moorings Village — Islamorada, Florida Arrow

While some travelers live for the joy of meeting fellow jetsetters when they go anywhere, others prefer to exist in seclusion. Guests of The Moorings Village fall into that latter category. Though it’s located on an 18-acre stretch of waterfront land, the resort only has eight private villas, which truly makes it feel like you’ve got the place to yourself. (Not to mention the added privacy provided by more than 800 coconut palms, which works out to about 42.1 trees per villa.) With in-room perks like ocean views, porches with hammocks, king-size beds covered in pillows, and TVs with Amazon Fire Sticks, it feels as it the owners are going out of their way to devise ways to make you never want to leave. Throw in a private beach, complimentary bicycles, and on-site kayaks, and The Moorings Village really is the next-best option to owning your own oceanfront Keys villa.

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Now that Travel + Leisure has released its list of the world's top 100 hotels, travelers have a bit more information to use when planning their next epic getaway. The magazine picks hotels from around the world for the list based on service, location, facilities, overall value and food.

The brand invites readers to participate as well in the research done in association with the firm M&RR .

Hotels on the list span the globe , from the exotic Maldives, nestled precariously in the Indian Ocean, to the lush tropical vibes of Costa Rica, with some prized accommodation seemingly perches in the tree tops allowing guests a unique experience in nature.

Some of the hotels are associated with big names like the W Santiago in Chile, which is associated with Marriot, and the Shangri-La Singapore, which is a Shangri-La hotel. That one came in at 77 on the list.

At the very bottom of the prized list, with a 95.73% score (which still shouldn't turn away any traveler) is the Birkenhead House in Hermanus, South Africa. But, it's the top 5 hotels on the list that, just by themselves, show how varied the rest of the list is.

Number 1 on the list is the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Montalcino, Italy. This Tuscan wonder comes with spacious rooms and is surrounded by vineyards and tall pine trees. The Grace Hotel in Santorini, Greece made the list at number 2 with a nearly perfect score.

The Maldives made the top 5 on the list with a big name in hotels, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives in South Malé Atoll, Maldives. It takes 45 minutes by boat to get to the resort from Malé's airport. And the One & Only resort made it in at number 5 on the list, another luxurious accommodation located in the exotic Maldives.

But, it was the hotel at number 4, which really might surprise readers. The Pickering House Inn, located in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, appears modest, to say the least, upon first glance. In 2018 the owners completed a 2-year renovation on the 10-room guest house, which was originally constructed in 1813. The inn has a lot of history and is not far from the beautiful shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.

With a score of 98.95, a stay at the Pickering House Inn comes with what is described as a gourmet breakfast prepared by their executive chef.

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Travel + Leisure Readers' 15 Favorite City Hotels in Greater Los Angeles of 2023

These glam properties — perfect for chill staycations and international visits — are celebrated by locals and visitors alike in our annual "World’s Best Awards" survey for 2023.

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The best hotels in Los Angeles, according to T+L readers, nail that rare but important balancing act: attracting locals and visitors in equal measure. Residents of the Greater L.A. area often rely on these properties as social hubs, so they’re looking for hotels with stellar dining outlets, stylish bars that serve killer cocktails, and amenities like scene-y pools and serene spas that form the building blocks of a perfect staycation. Travelers, on the other hand, crave hotels with attributes that help them achieve the platonic ideal of a California getaway, whether that’s proximity to the beach or the promise of rubbing elbows with famous clientele. 

Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Nearly 165,000 T+L readers completed the 2023 survey, an increase of nearly 25 percent over pre-pandemic voting levels. A total of more than 685,000 votes were cast across over 8,500 unique properties (hotels, cities, cruise lines, etc.).

Hotels were classified as either resort hotel, city hotel, or safari lodge based on their location and amenities, and they were specifically rated on the criteria below:

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For each characteristic, respondents could choose a rating of excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor. The final scores are averages of these responses.

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Once again, the majority of T+L readers’ favorite hotels are situated on the Westside, with four in the tony enclave of Beverly Hills. Praise for the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel (No. 4) was particularly effusive. “I'd rather be here than anywhere else in the world,” wrote one guest. “The history, the grandeur, privacy, and brunch on the patio at the Polo Lounge can't be beat. Red-carpet treatment, glorious rooms, impeccable service.” Of course, the possibility of catching sight of Hollywood royalty is appealing to many visitors, one of whom touted her experience at another old-school gem, the No. 14 Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel: “It was a wonderful site for the red-carpet after-party for the Oscars, which I attended.”

Still, Downtown L.A.’s renaissance has been accompanied by the opening of several standout hotels. Among the newest is No. 6 Conrad Los Angeles, which opened in July 2022. Named on T+L’s 2023 list of the best new hotels , the 305-key property has already impressed readers with both its style and substance. “The design is stunning, and the staff members are very dynamic and friendly,” wrote one voter, who also praised the “modern and well laid out” rooms and the dining outlets directed by chef José Andres. Another DTLA honoree was the Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel (No. 9), which excelled with its hospitality. “They made us feel so special the entire time,” shared one reader. “I left my laptop charger, and they overnighted it to me. Truly the best service.”

But in T+L readers’ eyes, nothing could beat a seaside location. Below, find out which Santa Monica retreat earned the No. 1 rank among the best hotels in Greater Los Angeles. 

Oceana Santa Monica: Santa Monica, California

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Perched on Ocean Avenue, this all-suite stunner makes the most of its prime, Pacific Ocean-facing real estate. “We had a beautiful, clean suite with a fantastic ocean view,” wrote one WBA voter, who also appreciated its “sharp, attentive staff.” On-site amenities play up the seaside locale, too, with surf lessons, oceanfront yoga, and beach butler service all on offer. Menus at the guests-only bars and restaurants reflect a farm-to-table ethos, as chefs source ingredients from local producers at the nearby Santa Monica Farmers Market. In the evenings, the hotel’s rooftop Sunset Terrace offers a welcoming escape to savor drinks and the scenery. 

1. Oceana Santa Monica : Santa Monica, California

Reader Score: 96.35

2. L’Ermitage Beverly Hills : Beverly Hills, California

Reader Score: 95.45

3. The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills : West Hollywood, California

Reader Score: 95.10

4. The Beverly Hills Hotel : Beverly Hills, California

Reader Score: 95.09

5. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills : Beverly Hills, California

Reader Score: 94.96

6. Conrad Los Angeles : Los Angeles, California

Reader Score: 94.61

7. Santa Monica Proper Hotel :  Santa Monica, California

Reader Score: 94.29

8. The Garland : Los Angeles, California

Reader Score: 93.38

9. Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel : Los Angeles, California

Reader Score: 93.22

10. Shutters on the Beach :  Santa Monica, California

Reader Score: 92.38

11. Hotel Bel-Air : Los Angeles, California

Reader Score: 91.30

12. Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills : Los Angeles, California

Reader Score: 90.84

13. Pendry West Hollywood : West Hollywood, California

Reader Score: 90.46 14. Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel : Beverly Hills, California

Reader Score: 88.16

15. InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown : Los Angeles, California

Reader Score: 87.16

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Hospitality’s Finest: Luxury Lifestyle Awards Presents the Top 100 Hotels and Resorts for 2023

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Welcome to a journey of unparalleled luxury and exclusive retreats. With immense pride and enthusiasm, we invite you to explore the Top 100 Hotels and Resorts of the World for the year 2023, celebrated by the Luxury Lifestyle Awards . This distinguished compilation isn’t just a list; it’s an exquisite collection of the finest in hospitality, a testament to the epitome of luxury accommodation and unparalleled guest experiences.

The TOP 100 represents a meticulously curated selection of the finest hotels and resorts that have cemented their status as the most reputable and dependable service providers, offering unforgettable experiences for both leisure and business travelers. Each establishment featured in this list has been carefully selected for its extraordinary commitment to excellence in luxury, service, ambiance, and unique offerings. We celebrate the unwavering dedication of professionals and perfectionists who go above and beyond to ensure their clients experience the world at its absolute best, ensuring every moment of their journey is nothing short of extraordinary.

This list offers a panoramic view of the preeminent and transformative players in the world of hospitality and travel. Here, you will encounter the trailblazers, the visionaries shaping the industry, and the driving forces leaving an indelible mark on the global landscape of hotels and resorts.

The Luxury Lifestyle Awards have always been a standard for recognizing the best in luxury and excellence. With the TOP 100 Hotels and Resorts of the World, we aim to honor and spotlight those who elevate the standards of luxury hospitality. Whether you are a seasoned traveler, a connoisseur of luxury, or someone seeking a sublime getaway, this list is your compass to discovering the most exquisite stays around the globe.

Embark on a journey with us as we reveal the leading lights in hospitality. Explore the epitome of luxury and let your wanderlust take flight:

  • Almanity Hoi An Resort & Spa, Vietnam  
  • Amari Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  
  • Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi – a concept by Hyatt,UAE  
  • Andilana Beach Resort, Madagascar  
  • Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort, Italy  
  • Artyzen Grand Lapa Macau,China  
  • Atlantis The Royal, UAE  
  • Auberge Saint-Antoine, Canada  
  • Baia di Chia Resort Sardinia, Curio Collection by Hilton, Italy  
  • Balbirnie House, UK  
  • Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  
  • Bulgari Bali, Indonesia  
  • Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel, South Africa  
  • Caravelle Saigon, Vietnam  
  • Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena, Spain  
  • Cavas Wine Lodge, Argentina  
  • Centara Mirage Resort Mui Ne, Vietnam  
  • Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia  
  • Constance Ephelia, Seychelles  
  • Cora Cora Maldives, Maldives  
  • Divan Istanbul, Turkey  
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Damai Laut Resort, Malaysia  
  • Eleven Deplar Farm, Iceland  
  • Es Saadi Marrakech Resort, Morocco  
  • Fairmont Amman, Jordan  
  • Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE  
  • Fairmont Century Plaza, USA  
  • Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  
  • Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand  
  • Fushifaru Maldives, Maldives  
  • Giraffe Manor, Kenya  
  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy  
  • GSTAAD Palace, Switzerland  
  • Hanging Gardens Of Bali, Indonesia  
  • Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort, Mexico  
  • Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences, Saudi Arabia  
  • Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas, Qatar  
  • Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, France  
  • Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, an IHG Hotel, Singapore  
  • Hotel Quinta da Serra – BIO Hotel, Portugal  
  • InterContinental New York Barclay, USA  
  • InterContinental Singapore, Singapore  
  • Jabali Ridge, Tanzania  
  • JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, Qatar  
  • Karma Resort, Indonesia  
  • Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa, South Africa  
  • L’Apogée Courchevel, France  
  • Ladera Resort, St. Lucia  
  • Langham Hotel Melbourne, Australia  
  • Le Bristol Paris, France  
  • Legend Palace Hotel Macau, Macau  
  • Makkah Hotel & Towers, Saudi Arabia  
  • Melia Ba Vi Mountain Retreat, Vietnam  
  • MGM Macau, Macau  
  • Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, South Africa  
  • Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain, Bahrain  
  • Museum Hotel – Relais & Chateaux, Turkey  
  • NIZUC Resort & Spa, Mexico  
  • Olympic Lagoon Resorts, Paphos, Cyprus  
  • Oryx Airport Hotel Doha, Qatar  
  • Paradise Cove boutique hotel, Mauritius  
  • PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore, Singapore  
  • Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  
  • Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, Thailand  
  • Potique Hotel, Vietnam  
  • Pullman Ciawi Vimala Hills Resort Spa & Convention, Indonesia  
  • Raffles Hotel Singapore, Singapore  
  • Raffles Seychelles, Seychelles  
  • Riva del Sole Resort & Spa, Italy  
  • Rixos Marina Abu Dhabi, UAE  
  • Sealine Beach, a Murwab Resort, Qatar  
  • Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore, Singapore  
  • Sheraton Cascais Resort, Portugal  
  • Silavadee Pool Spa Resort, Thailand  
  • Sofitel Baru Calablanca Beach Resort, Colombia  
  • Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena, Colombia  
  • Sofitel Mexico City Reforma, Mexico  
  • SYN Boutique Hotel, Thailand  
  • Taj Palace, New Delhi, India  
  • The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand  
  • The Cliff Hotel, Jamaica  
  • The Driskill, USA  
  • The Edison George Town, Penang, Malaysia  
  • The Odys Boutique Hotel, Vietnam  
  • THE OMNIA, Switzerland  
  • The Pavilions El Nido by Eureka Resorts, Philippines  
  • The Peninsula Shanghai, China  
  • The Ritz Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, Qatar  
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong  
  • The Sindbad Hotel, Tunisia  
  • The Upper House, Hong Kong  
  • Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  
  • VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, Portugal  
  • W Doha Residences & Suites, Qatar  
  • W Seattle, USA  
  • W Verbier, Switzerland  
  • Waldorf Astoria Cancun, Mexico  
  • West Cliffs Ocean and Golf Resort, Portugal  
  • Wyndham Hua Hin Pranburi Resort & Villas, Thailand  

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High end Hotels in Moscow

1. Astrus Hotel Moscow

2. Pamir - Tyan-Shan Hotel

3. Business-Hotel Rosso Riva

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4. Azimut Hotel Olympic Moscow

5. Peking Hotel

6. Hotel Vremena Goda

Astrus Hotel Moscow

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Astrus Hotel Moscow is located in a shopping area of Moscow in 10 minutes walking distance from Park Troparevo. The venue features a nightclub, a library and billiards, as well as an a la carte restaurant.

Bitsa Park is less than 5 km away. The accommodation features 488 bright rooms featuring coffee maker and refrigerator. State Darwin Educational Museum is just a short drive away.

Pamir - Tyan-Shan Hotel

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Set within 2.9 km from Meschersky park, the 4-star Pamir - Tyan-Shan Hotel Moscow features free Wi-Fi throughout the venue as well as private parking on site. Marfino Estate is less than 1.9 km away.

This accommodation has a strategic setting just a short drive from Museum of Traditional Russian Beverages Ochakovo.

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Business-Hotel Rosso Riva

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The 4-star Business-Hotel Rosso Riva Moscow offers pleasant accommodation featuring 120 rooms with Scandinavian interiors minutes drive away from Cathedral Central Square. 2.7 km from the celebrated Red Square, the venue is also 3 km away from Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure.

The hotel is 4 km from the city centre and adjacent to Novelty Store. A short distance to a tube station enables you to get to Sm-Art Gallery in no time.

Azimut Hotel Olympic Moscow

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Featuring a spa area, a sauna and an indoor swimming pool, Azimut Hotel Olympic Moscow is set 2.8 km from the lavish neoclassical repertory theater "Bolshoi Theatre" in Moscow. Set within a few minutes' drive from All-Russian Exhibition Center Event Venue, it is a stylish accommodation to stay in Meshchansky district of the city.

The good location in a shopping area gives quick access to Olympic Stadium. Moscow Cathedral Mosque is 1.1 km from the hotel.

Peking Hotel

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The 4-star Peking Hotel Moscow is set 2.6 km from the huge 19th-century Grand Kremlin Palace and 2.3 km from The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Set within reach of Mikhail Bulgakov's Museum, the venue features an a la carte restaurant serving meals of Russian cuisine.

Located in Presnensky district, this accommodation is 200 metres from Mayakovskaya tube station and close to the main radial Tberskaya Square. The property is 25 minutes' walk from Moscow city centre. A short driving distance to the tall cracked bronze Tsar Bell is a perk for guests staying at Peking Hotel.

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Hotel vremena goda.

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Situated 1.3 km from the huge 19th-century Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Hotel Vremena Goda features a safe deposit box and a private car park throughout the venue. The property is located off Schusev State Museum of Architecture, just 10 minutes' walk from the city centre.

This accommodation is in a 25-minute walk from the 21.5-hectare Moscow Zoo. The venue stands 350 metres from Lenin Library tube station. A short drive will take you to The Moscow Kremlin.

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Holiday Inn Moscow - Tagansky, an IHG Hotel

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Novotel Moscow City 4 stars

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Novotel Moscow City

Hotel that makes every moment matter

Novotel Moscow City is the largest hotel in the capitals famous business centre. It is situated among the highest skyscrapers in Europe with the most spectacular vista points and panoramic restaurants, next to the 6 storey Afimall shopping centre and three subway stations. Krasnaya Presnya Park is just within a 15 minute walk. The most famous and beautiful streets lead to the Red Square.

The hotel is ideal for both business travel and leisure. Stylish rooms with panoramic windows welcome our guests. The hotel has an international restaurant and 8 conference halls for up to 270 people. Stay at the Novotel Moscow City to explore Moscow. Experience the hotel with the panoramic views of the city and the ice cream factory on the 89th floor of the Federation Tower.

Hospitality and high standards of one of the largest hotel operators in the world Accor in a modern business district of Russia. Novotel Moscow City is perfect for relaxation, ideal for business. Welcome!

ALLSAFE approved hotel

Take advantage of the opportunity to book a buffet breakfast on the website for the price of 1,700 rubles per person! The cost of the breakfast when paid at the reception and in the MC Traders restaurant is 1,950 rubles per person.

Hotel extras

Free Wi-Fi, newspapers and maps of Moscow. 5 minutes to the Expo Center.

A minute to the Afimall shopping center with lots of shops, cafes, cinemas

2 minutes to the highest observation deck in Europe and no-limit ice cream,

3 metro stations near the hotel

15-minutes drive to the Kremlin

Our accommodation(s)

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Superior Room with queen-size bed

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  • 25 m² / 269 sq ft
  • Bedding 1 x Double bed(s)
  • Views: Courtyard View

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Superior Room with 2 twin beds

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  • Bedding 2 x Twin bed(s)
  • Views: City View

Deluxe room with a double bed

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Executive Room with king-size bed.

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  • 34 m² / 365 sq ft
  • Bedding 1 x King size bed(s) and 1 x Double sofa bed(s)

Executive Deluxe Room with double bed and sofa.

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  • 40 m² / 430 sq ft
  • Bedding 1 x King size bed(s) and 1 x Single sofa bed(s)

Deluxe with a double bed for guests with limited mobility

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  • Accessible room

Executive room for guests with limited mobility with King-size bed

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  • 33 m² / 355 sq ft

Junior suite for guests with limited mobility with a King-size bed

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  • 58 m² / 624 sq ft
  • Bedding 1 x Double bed(s) and 1 x Double sofa bed(s)

Junior Suite Room with king-size bed and sofa

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Suite Room with king-size bed and sofa

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  • 54 m² / 581 sq ft

City Suite with 1 King-size bed and sofa

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  • 75 m² / 807 sq ft

Hotel location

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Presnenskaya Naberezhnaya, 2, Presnenskaya Naberezhnaya 2 123317  MOSCOW Russia

GPS : 55.748069, 37.53685

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Access and transport

Kiev railway station

Railway station

Access: 4.9 km  /  3.04 mi     15 min drive

Tourist attraction

Access: 5.6 km  /  3.48 mi     15 min drive

Historic monument

Access: 6.3 km  /  3.91 mi     15 min drive


Access: 7.5 km  /  4.66 mi     20 min drive

Access: 7.5 km  /  4.66 mi     18 min drive

Shuttle on call, Shuttle scheduled

Saint Basil's Cathedral

Access: 7.5 km  /  4.66 mi     15 min drive


Opera/symphony/concert hall

Access: 8.4 km  /  5.22 mi     20 min drive

"Krasnaya Presnya" park

Access: 2.1 km  /  1.3 mi     15 min walk  /  7 min drive

"Afimall City" shopping center

Shopping district

Access: 200 m  /  0.12 mi     5 min walk

Hotel services

Check-in from 03:00 PM - Check out up to 12:00 PM

  • Wheelchair accessible hotel

Fitness center

  • Air conditioning
  • Meeting rooms
  • 100% Non Smoking Property
  • Room service

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MC Traders offers a wide range of delicious international cuisine and cooking classes. The guests can enjoy Early bird breakfast from 4 am; hold a meeting during a business lunch and in the evening relax next to a real fireplace in the bar.


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Located in the hotel lobby, the MC Traders lounge bar is the ideal place to relax. A wide range of drinks and snacks is available to suit all tastes.

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4 options for you to chose from depending on your tastes. A snack at reception from 4AM. A buffet breakfast. For those in a hurry, hot drinks, orange juice and croissants served at the bar. Room service.

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At our charming wellness and fitness center, you can enjoy our 2 saunas, 2 hammams (Turkish baths), relaxation rooms and massage treatments. Our mission is to make sure you can enjoy complete relaxation.

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Meetings & Events

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ALL Rating  4.5/5  2,659 reviews

TripAdvisor Rating  4.5/5  1,812 reviews

Standard hotel

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TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Fearless504692 11/15/2023 TripAdvisor review

Standard business hotel. We had a nice room with a comfy bed and a shower cabin. Nothing special in the design but tidy. The hotel location was a bit of disappointment. I expected more things to do in that area but appeared to be nothing more than a mall. To enjoy outing you have to take transportation to the city center.

Charming stay at Novotel Moscow City!

Customer review rating 4.5/5

Tatiana Solo - 11/2/2023 Confirmed reviews ALL

This time everything went well, - polite staff - clean & lovely room - fine service Looking forward to next stay at Novotel Moscow City! Compliments! Yours truly, Tatiana V.

Customer review rating 5.0/5

Nick Families - 10/23/2023 Confirmed reviews ALL

Hotel is clean and comfortable. All was fine

Dear Nick, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Novotel Moscow City. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and found our hotel to be clean and comfortable. We strive to provide our guests with the best service possible, and we are grateful that you recognize our efforts. We hope that you will stay with us again soon. Sincerely, Irina Naumova Quality and Attitude Manager.

Very nice hotel

Alena Solo - 10/3/2023 Confirmed reviews ALL

I would like to be able to have espresso from espresso cups in the morning. This is the only thing I have problems with. It is aomething to measure the overall experience with.

Dear Alena! Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. Looking forward to welcoming you back. Sincerely, Irina Naumova Quality and Attitude Manager.

Unforgettable stay

Lilit Solo - 9/25/2023 Confirmed reviews ALL

Thank you very much for high level professionalism, caring attitude and cosy stay.

Dear Lilit! Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. Looking forward to welcoming you back.

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