The world of hotels and resorts is just about as wide and varied as the world we live in. After all, for every destination, there are usually a few (if not dozens, or even hundreds) of options for lodging. Whether you are looking for an opulent and iconic grand hotel, a quirky and cool-minded boutique, a picturesque inn right out of a storybook, an all-inclusive beachside resort, or a unique hostel or Airbnb experience, Travel + Leisure has you covered.
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Where a hotel can cover anything from a roadside room on a long car journey to a glamorous home-base in a global capital, a resort proposes something different, and something specific. A resort is often the destination: the entire point and purpose of a trip. Resort guests can find high-end luxury on the other side of the globe as well as historic charm closer to home, though both types of resorts will feel like comprehensive, miniature towns and cities. Resorts provide a range of experiences, from sunny beach vacations to pristine golf excursions, snowy ski trips or rustic wooded hikes and horseback rides. Travelers seeking comprehensive (and indulgent) spa escapes or gourmand-focused resorts with a dozen restaurants and star chefs often seek out dedicated resorts. And best of all, you can often find many of these experiences, all in the same place, and—in the case of all-inclusive resorts—all for one price.