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This year's World's Best Awards survey was open for voting January 11 through May 10, 2021, as destinations around the world were lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Survey rules have always allowed readers to reflect on their travel experiences over a three-year period. We hope that this year's honorees will inspire your own travels as you get back out into the world.

Don't bet against Las Vegas. The pandemic caused major disruptions in the destination, one of the country's most popular for both business trips and indulgent vacations. But with capacity limits now off the table, Las Vegas is roaring back: the city known for its decadent, do-what-you-want ethos is once again rolling.

Every year for our World's Best Awards, 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. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.

Exterior of Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas with beautiful lush landscaping
Credit: Courtesy of Wynn Las Vegas

As voters reflected on their past trips to Vegas, consistency was a watchword: this year's winners mostly held steady compared to 2020, and the top six resorts each kept their rankings. Representative of the steady-as-she-goes trend was the No. 2 Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, which voters said was on point despite the challenges of 2020. "The staff was exceptional," said one reader. "Even in the Covid world, they took very good care of us." Travelers had high praise for other winners, including the Venetian Resort Las Vegas (No. 4). "It never disappoints," one voter remarked. "It's beautiful, has excellent services, and offers a respite from the traditional Vegas-style hotel." Numerous voters praised the resort's restaurants, and others gave the spa high marks. "It's pure luxury," as one reader put it.

One property that did move up the list for 2021: No. 7 Vdara Hotel & Spa, part of a massive on-Strip complex that's also home to the No. 9 Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. The all-suite Vdara Hotel & Spa is as notable for its oversize rooms as for the fact that it's a fully nonsmoking property that doesn't have an in-house casino. Vdara's move up in the rankings may suggest that wellness continues to be a key consideration for Vegas visitors. 

Certainly, travelers can find spa treatments and relaxation, along with countless other draws, at this year's No. 1: Wynn Las Vegas. In fact, and despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Wynn scored four points higher in this year's survey than last year's — a true sign that this winner is a sure thing. Read on to find out why.

1. Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas spa interior
Credit: Courtesy of Wynn Las Vegas

This megaresort is once again the top pick of T+L readers, who gave it an even higher score this year than in 2020. A few keys to its success seem to be its enviable mid-Strip location, its many impressive restaurants and bars, and its immaculate guest rooms. "It's a top-tier hotel across the board," said one voter, whose sentiments were echoed by numerous fans of the property. "It's a gorgeous hotel," said one reader, who complimented the rooms, restaurants, bars, and spa. "It has a chill atmosphere, plus comfortable rooms and great service," said another. Numerous voters spoke to the luxurious amenities and top-notch service that Wynn Las Vegas continues to deliver. But in perhaps the most flattering review of all, one voter called it "the place I missed most during the travel shutdown of the past year and a half." The hotel, this voter added, "never ceases to amaze." 

Score: 91.40
More information: wynnlasvegas.com

2. Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

Exterior night view of Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas
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Score: 89.60
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3. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

Entrance of Four Seasons Resort Las Vegas
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Score: 89.21
More information: fourseasons.com

4. The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

Suite at The Venetian Las Vegas
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Score: 89.06
More information: venetian.com

5. Encore Las Vegas

Spa lounge at Encore Las Vegas
Credit: Courtesy of Encore Las Vegas

Score: 88.84
More information: wynnlasvegas.com

6. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Lobby of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
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Score: 88.06
More information: cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

7. Vdara Hotel & Spa

Penthouse suite at Vdara Hotel & Spa
Credit: Courtesy of Vdara Hotel & Spa

Score: 86.54
More information: mgmresorts.com

8. Bellagio Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

Guestroom with The Strip view at Bellagio Resort & Casino
Credit: Courtesy of Bellagio Resort & Casino

Score: 86.35
More information: mgmresorts.com

9. Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

Sky Suite at Aria
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Score: 86.07
More information: mgmresorts.com

10. The Signature at MGM Grand

Pool at The Signature at MGM Grand
Credit: Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Score: 82.83
More information: mgmresorts.com

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2021.