“Luxury, redefined,” is how one T+L reader described The Oberoi Udaivilas, which was ranked No. 1 hotel overall in our survey this year. Is it any surprise guests rhapsodize about its private pools, flanked by visiting peacocks and parakeets, or the views of glittering Lake Pichola from the bay windows in their rooms?
Two decades ago, we began asking T+L readers to share with us their favorite hotels and resorts. They’ve taken into account value, service, food, and design, among other categories, to determine the best properties in the world. Each year, the list is surprising, dynamic, and provides clear insight into the trends and tastes shaping our global travel community.
This year, readers’ favorite hotels ranged from the far reaches of India to the frenetic streets of Tokyo. But a significant number of the winners are closer to home, with nearly 40 percent of the hotels on the Top 50 list located stateside. A clutch of chic properties in California, two on Rhode Island’s picturesque shores, and a duo perched on Sea Island in Georgia are just a few of the beloved standouts.
There is no shortage of options in classic European cities—Paris, Venice, London—as well as Asia’s booming hotspots, including Shanghai and Chiang Mai. Let’s not forget the dreamy resorts scattered across Mexico’s best beaches.
For trip inspiration or a few hard-earned daydreams, click through our list of World’s Best Hotel winners.