This year brings a veritable revolution among the World's Best hotels. Although for the third year in a row our winner is in Asia, this time it's a debutante: the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, which has never placed higher than sixth. But even bigger news is your overwhelming preference for hotels close to home. No fewer than 58 properties in the continental United States and Canada finish in the top 100 overall. Add Hawaii and the total is a whopping 73. The previous record?Fifty-two (including Hawaii), set in 1998.
A Ritz-Carlton has taken the top spot in the continental United States and Canada every year since 1997, and 2001 is no exception. The twist: the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, is actually managed by Four Seasons. The new winner brings Four Seasons' total in the top 100 to 22 properties, more than any other chain (Ritz-Carlton has 14). Las Vegas hotels also make a serious markfive finish in the top 100 (the most ever), including big movers Bellagio, in third place (up from 22nd last year), and the Venetian, in 24th (up from 74th).