Scenic view of Fairmont Chateau Whistler

The 500 Best Hotels in the World, According to T+L Readers

These properties scored the highest in Travel + Leisure's most recent World's Best Awards survey.

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Finding the right accommodations can make or break a trip. That’s why every year we put together the T+L 500, a directory of your favorite hotels around the globe. These luxurious destinations deliver, with coveted amenities (think: floating breakfast in your private pool) and staff that goes the extra mile with meaningful local insights.

The best part is that you, our readers, picked them all: when you vote in the annual World’s Best Awards survey, the 500 highest hotel scorers make up this prestigious list. The honorees are grouped into eight geographic regions: Africa and the Middle East; Asia; Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific; Canada; the Caribbean; Europe; Mexico, Central America, and South America; and the United States.

Below, we've gathered fun details on a handful of properties to pique your interest for future getaways.

You can read the full T+L 500 list in Travel + Leisure's May 2023 issue, on newsstands today, or digitally on Apple News+.

Baccarat Hotel New York

Interior of the Grand Salon at the Baccarat Hotel New York
Inside the Grand Salon at the Baccarat Hotel New York.

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This glittering hotel in New York City has 53 chandeliers — the largest, located in the Petit Salon, is 28-feet tall, weighs two tons, and holds 26,500 crystals.

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Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Mexico

Beachfront Pool Suite View From Deck to Beach at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico
At Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Pool Suites like this one offer beachfront views.

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At Banyan Tree Mayakoba, located on Mexico's Riviera Maya, seven floating overwater villas have a little something extra: rooftop infinity pools.

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Babylonstoren, South Africa

Aerial view of the pool and exterior view of Babylonstoren in Franschhoek, South Africa
The outdoor pool at Babylonstoren, in South Africa's Franschhoek wine region.

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This chic farm getaway in South Africa’s Franschhoek wine region caters to honeymooners and families alike, with a motion-sensing water garden for children decorated with statues of local critters, from the African bullfrog to the Cape cobra.

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Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel, Anguilla

The Cap Shack food truck on the beach at Cap Juluca, a Belmond Hotel
Ocean views at Cap Shack food truck, in Anguilla.

Edgardo Contreras/Courtesy of Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel

At Cap Juluca, A Belmond Hotel in Anguilla, the vintage Cap Shack food truck on Maundays Bay beach serves cocktails, Caribbean-inspired barbecue, and beers from Anguilla, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Trinidad.

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Canada

The living room inside a one bedroom valley view suite at Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Canada
Inside a Valley Suite at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, with views of Blackcomb Mountain beyond.

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In spring and summer, guests can visit the rooftop garden of this historic property in Whistler, British Columbia, to see herbs and other edible plants and visit the wooden bee house, which provides sanctuary to working bees.

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Hotel Rangá, Iceland

Exterior of the Hotel Rangá under the Northern Lights in Hella, Iceland
In Hella, Iceland, guests at Hotel Rangá can witness the Northern Lights.

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In southern Iceland, the staff at Hotel Rangá can arrange year-round, expert-led tours around the 700-foot-deep magma chamber of the mighty (and, happily, dormant) Thrihnukagigur Volcano.

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Nihi Sumba, Indonesia

Wild Sumba Horses on the beach in front of Nihi Sumba
Wild horses on the beach in front of Nihi Sumba, in Indonesia.

Tania Araujo/Courtesy of Nihi Sumba

This 27-villa oceanfront resort on Nihiwatu Beach in Indonesia is a surf haven, where travelers come to surf a famous 900-foot wave named “God’s Left.” (For calmer waters, sign up for lessons in nearby Coconut Cove.)

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Shinola Hotel, Detroit

View from a guest room at The Shinola Hotel, Detroit
The Shinola Hotel, located in downtown Detroit.

Nicole Franzen/Courtesy of The Shinola Hotel, Detroit

Guests staying at this the Shinola Hotel in Detroit's Woodward district can browse goods from Michigan-based companies at the adjacent Parker’s Alley, a shopping street named after Thomas Parker, one of the first Black landowners in the city. 

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The St. Regis Bora Bora

The main pool at St. Regis Bora Bora in French Polynesia
A swimming pool at St. Regis Bora Bora, in French Polynesia.

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At the resort's Lagoonarium, an underwater wildlife sanctuary that’s home to more than 120 species of marine life, guests can meet certified biologists for an educational tour, as well as sign up for a preservation-focused coral-cutting activity.

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