By John Wogan
July 08, 2020
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This year’s World’s Best Awards survey closed on March 2, just before widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented as a result of COVID-19. The results reflect our readers’ experiences before the pandemic, but we hope that this year’s honorees will inspire your trips to come — whenever they may be.

Travel + Leisure readers are some of the most seasoned explorers in the world, so it follows that their choices in hotels and resorts are a reflection of their breadth of knowledge and taste. In other words, this is a selective bunch. This year’s list of the top 100 hotels in the world span six continents and include everything from safari lodges in the Serengeti, and Indian palaces in Rajasthan to glittering high-rise retreats in London and Tokyo. What they all have in common is a commitment to excellent service, great locations, and amenities that stand out from the pack.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure 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.

Africa was well represented this year. No. 9 Singita Kruger National Park, which consists of two contemporary retreats, Sweni Lodge and Lebombo Lodge, is set amid 33,000 acres of South African wilderness. On the other end of the spectrum, No. 57 the Silo, in Cape Town, represents a sophisticated sense of city life, and is directly adjacent to Zeitz MOCAA — the Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.

Asia made a strong showing again this year, and Southeast Asia was particularly well represented. Indonesian properties in the top 100 included No. 4 Ritz-Carlton, Bali, and No. 23 Belmond Jimbaran Puri. In Thailand, No. 22 Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa and No. 37 the Sukhothai Bangkok both had lots of fans.

Stateside, an eclectic mix of hotels made the list this year, from all corners of the country. Dude ranch and ski-oriented properties in mountain states were popular, such as Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch (No. 14) in Wyoming, C Lazy U Ranch (No. 48) and Sonnenalp Hotel (No. 57) in Colorado, and the Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection (No. 47) in Utah. City slickers, meanwhile, gave nods to spots like the Mark (No. 49) on New York City’s Upper East Side and the La Peer Hotel (No. 77) in West Hollywood.

But it was another of those enchanting Southeast Asian resorts that captured the coveted No. 1 spot this year. Read on to learn more about Capella Ubud and all the other top hotels in the world.

1. Capella Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

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Score: 99.85

More information: capellahotels.com

“Marvelous” is how one reader succinctly described the experience at this year’s top hotel. Another said the property has the “best personalized service. Staff is super attentive, and the Bill Bensley design is unique.” The star designer’s efforts are surrounded by small villages, shrines, and acres of green rice paddies in Ubud’s Keliki Valley — another strong point, voters said. A suspension bridge leads guests here to their tented suites, and the interiors have the aura of an old-world explorer’s hideaway — but in the most luxurious way, with teak flooring, vintage steamer trunks, and antique furnishings. Here, guests feel truly immersed in the jungle, with dense forest on all sides and the River Wos rushing below. “It’s a magical experience on the isle of gods,” as one guest said.

2. Hotel Amparo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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Score: 99.23

More information: hotelamparo.com

In the heart of San Miguel de Allende, Hotel Amparo combines Spanish-colonial heirlooms and antiques with edgy contemporary art and textiles. Its location in the Zona Centro Histórico means it’s just a short walk to local sights like the Jardín Principal, the Plaza de la Soledad, and the Mercado de Artesanias.

3. Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada

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Score: 99.02

More information: fogoislandinn.com

Set on the largest offshore island in Newfoundland and Labrador, the 29-room Fogo Island Inn was designed by Newfoundland-born architect Todd Saunders, who festooned the property with objects from the area’s fishing communities and craftspeople, handcrafted quilts, and wood-burning stoves. The views of the rocky coast — through floor-to-ceiling windows — are as dramatically beautiful as you’d imagine.

4. The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, Indonesia

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Score: 98.85

More information: ritzcarlton.com

A beachfront resort that combines modern tropical style and Balinese architectural elements, the Ritz-Carlton is a sprawling, family-friendly resort known for its excellent service. With six restaurants, a spa, numerous swimming pools, and a kids’ club, readers said they often didn’t leave the decadent property.

5. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

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Score: 98.79

More information: hilton.com

Guests to the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi feel pampered before they even get there, arriving by yacht from the international airport. Once on property, the 121 villas offer everything you want in a remote island vacation, including your own private pool from which to take in that crystal-clear sea.

6. Secret Bay, Portsmouth, Dominica

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Score: 98.60

More information: secretbay.dm

Shrouded in rain forest, each accommodation at this all-villa resort has a private plunge pool. Because of the lush, dense vegetation, it’s easy to feel like you’re the only person for miles around.

7. (tie) Raffles Istanbul

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Score: 98.40

More information: raffles.com

Floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies that overlook the Bosporus and Princes' Islands are just a couple of the perks guests get when they book at Raffles Istanbul. And you won’t have to go far for an excellent meal — the hotel’s Isokyo restaurant is one of the best places in the city for pan-Asian cuisine.

7. (tie) Canaves Oia Epitome, Santorini, Greece

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Score: 98.40

More information: canaves.com

Opened in 2018, Canaves Oia Epitome is perched above the fishing village of Ammoudi. Its design is inspired by traditional Cycladic architecture, with a striking color palette of white, gray, and beige that contrasts dramatically with the sparkling blue sea below.

9. (tie) Awasi Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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Score: 98.25

More information: awasipatagonia.com

Awasi Patagonia’s 14 villas and main lodge are part of a private reserve overlooking Torres del Paine National Park, one of Chile’s iconic destinations. Each villa is assigned a private guide and four-wheel-drive vehicle, which means you’re free to explore the area exactly as you wish.

9. (tie) Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Score: 98.25

More information: singita.com

Singita’s concession in Kruger National Park is a pristine, 33,000-acre wilderness that’s known for its concentration of the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo). There are two retreats here that together fall under the Singita banner: Sweni Lodge is intimate, with just seven suites, while Lebombo Lodge is larger, with 13 suites in an open-plan design that allows for maximum views.

11. Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa, Málaga, Spain

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Score: 98.11

More information: fincacortesin.com

An Andalusian-inspired hotel in Málaga, Finca Cortesin is built around two main courtyards with 67 rooms surrounded by acres of manicured gardens. Four swimming pools, tennis and paddle tennis courts, a spa, and a beach club on the Mediterranean complete the idyllic Spanish picture.

12. Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Sacred Valley, Peru

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Score: 98.07

More information: marriott.com

About an hour from Cuzco, Tambo del Inka is a blissful home base for explorations of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, with 128 rooms that look over the Andes and the Vilcanota River.

13. Shangri-La Hotel, at the Shard, London

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Score: 98.06

More information: shangri-la.com

Towering above the skyline, the Shard is a Renzo Piano–designed skyscraper just steps from London Bridge. Its lofty perch — beginning on the building’s 34th floor — gives guests magnificent views from some of the highest hotel rooms in the city.

14. The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming

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Score: 98.00

More information: brushcreekranch.com

The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch gives the adventurous access to 30,000 acres of Wyoming wilderness, where opportunities for fun abound, including mountain climbing, ATV off-roading, and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

15. Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Score: 97.82

More information: fourseasons.com

The impeccable service, food, and facilities for which Four Seasons is known around the world manage to wow just the same here in the middle of the Serengeti. While game drives are always an option twice a day, even sitting by the pool is an opportunity to spot wildlife, thanks to a watering hole for fauna that’s just a few feet away.

16. Tensing Pen, Negril, Jamaica

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Score: 97.78

More information: tensingpen.com

The West End cliffs of Negril are home to Tensing Pen, a boutique property comprising a collection of thatch-roofed cottages built of stone and wood. Some are surrounded by tropical gardens, while others look directly over the sea; all provide a blissful sense of privacy.

17. Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec

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Score: 97.65

More information: manoirhovey.com

Modeled after George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon, Manoir Hovey is a stately former residence built in 1900. The property sits on the shores of Lake Massawippi, near North Hatley, one of Quebec’s most charming small towns.

18. Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, Illinois

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Score: 97.64

More information: deerpathinn.com

A visit to this Tudor-style property in one of Chicago’s toniest suburbs can feel like escaping to a small English village. Roaring fires, afternoon tea service, and a rambling garden all add to the old-world atmosphere.

19. The Leela Palace Udaipur, India

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Score: 97.64

More information: theleela.com

Directly on tranquil Lake Pichola, the Leela Palace Udaipur feels like a floating world all its own. Guests arrive by boat, then check in to one of 80 rooms and suites, each of which have magical views of the water and the spectacular mountains beyond.

20. Katikies Santorini, Greece

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Score: 97.62

More information: katikies.com

All of the suites at this hideaway high above the Aegean Sea have plunge pools that seem like they’ve been carved into the side of a cliff, with jaw-dropping views of the neighboring islands.

21. Oyster Box, Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa

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Score: 97.60

More information: oysterboxhotel.com

You can watch dolphins frolic and surfers riding waves from the colorful rooms at this beachfront hotel on the Indian Ocean. The design scheme is colorful and locally inspired, with work from KwaZulu-Natal artists on the walls.

22. Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa, Thailand

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Score: 97.57

More information: anantara.com

Though it’s just 20 minutes from the bustle of Chiang Mai, the Anantara feels like a true getaway on the banks of the Mae Ping River. The centerpiece is a 1920s-era building that was formerly the British Consulate, with rooms and suites arrayed around a large central swimming pool.

23. Belmond Jimbaran Puri, Bali, Indonesia

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Score: 97.50

More information: belmond.com

A dreamy escape, Belmond Jimbaran Puri sits on a powdery, palm-lined, white-sand beach on the Bukit Peninsula, in the south of Bali. The resort is made up of cottages and villas, which start at a spacious 1,292 square feet.

24. The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India

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WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 97.33

More information: oberoihotels.com

Wellness seekers will appreciate the treatments at the spa at Oberoi Rajvilas, which includes chakra balancing and massages using hot Himalayan stones. There are also yoga, meditation, and singing-bowl sessions at this atmospheric hotel in the equally atmospheric Pink City.

25. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai

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Score: 97.20

More information: jumeirah.com

Arguably Dubai’s most iconic hotel, the Burj Al Arab rises above the Persian Gulf on its own man-made island like a giant sail. Everything here is over-the-top, from the gilded furnishings in its guest rooms to the house fleet of Rolls-Royces.

26. Royal Mansour, Marrakesh, Morocco

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Score: 97.19

More information: royalmansour.com

Commissioned by the king of Morocco, this retreat is truly a league of its own. There are no “standard” guest rooms here; rather, guests choose from 53 opulent, three-level private villas, built in the style of Moroccan riads. The property also has acres of manicured gardens, fountains, and one of the best hotel swimming pools in Marrakesh.

27. Hotel Café Royal, London

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Score: 97.07

More information: hotelcaferoyal.com

A short walk from Piccadilly Circus, this 160-roomer is particularly known for its spa, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing. Here, all manner of good health promotion is addressed, including nutrition, meditation, and fitness — just the thing to balance out the decadent afternoon tea served in the hotel’s Oscar Wilde Lounge.

28. The Oberoi, Mumbai

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Score: 97.05

More information: oberoihotels.com

With an enviable location along Mumbai’s architecturally significant Marine Drive, the Oberoi has become a destination for great dining experiences, with no less than six restaurants. Ziya is the place to be for contemporary spins on classic Indian dishes; the lobby-level Champagne Lounge is the go-to for afternoon tea.

29. Ritz Paris

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Score: 97.01

More information: ritzparis.com

A Parisian legend, Ritz Paris underwent a massive renovation and reopened in 2016. It’s still the most coveted place to stay in the city, readers said, thanks to its lavish guest rooms that look straight out of an 18th-century palace.

30. Explora Valle Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru

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Score: 96.95

More information: explora.com

Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley are right at your doorstep at Explora Valle Sagrado. The hotel staff are experts on navigating the region, and the in-house expedition leaders can help you explore traditional villages, snowy mountains, and ancient ruins — including by foot or by bike, if you’re an adventurer.

31. Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri, Italy

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Score: 96.87

More information: caesar-augustus.com

The Bay of Naples seems to stretch out in all directions from the Hotel Caesar Augustus, on the coast of the storied island of Capri. Originally a private home, the hotel has an intimate feeling — with only 56 rooms across two buildings — and is quietly serene thanks to its location in Anacapri, on the less-trafficked side of the island.

32. The Leela Palace New Delhi

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Score: 96.85

More information: theleela.com

Rooms start at a generous 548 square feet at this five-star hotel in Delhi’s diplomatic enclave. The rooftop infinity pool is reason enough to book — especially on sweltering summer days — with views that stretch for miles.

33. Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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Score: 96.83

More information: jamaicainn.com

The blue-and-white color scheme, breezy verandas, and plenty of tropical prints at the Jamaica Inn show off some true island style. The spa offers treatments, like coffee facials, that incorporate local ingredients.

34. The Peninsula Shanghai

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Score: 96.80

More information: peninsula.com

An Art Deco gem along Shanghai’s famous Bund, the Peninsula is home to the Michelin-starred Sir Elly’s restaurant, which has some of the best food — and views — in the city. The rooftop bar is the perfect spot for an after-dinner drink as the glittering skyline unfurls in front of you.

35. The Mulia Bali, Indonesia

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Score: 96.73

More information: themulia.com

The centerpiece of this expansive resort on Nusa Dua beach is a giant swimming pool flanked by towering statues. Rooms are contemporary and plush, and some suites come with their own balcony whirlpools.

36. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland

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Score: 96.71

More information: badruttspalace.com

An icon in St. Moritz that dates to 1896, Badrutt’s still features many of its original 19th-century details, including several pieces of art. Open only seasonally, in summer and winter, it nevertheless has many regulars who come back again and again for picture-perfect amenities like an ice skating rink and the 25-meter pool with panoramic mountain views.

37. The Sukhothai Bangkok

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Score: 96.71

More information: sukhothai.com

Though it has 214 rooms, staff at the Sukhothai are known for creating a familiar atmosphere of warmth and intimacy. The on-site restaurant Celadon serves expertly prepared Thai cuisine in an open-air building surrounded by water and lotus flowers.

38. Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa, Mexico

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Score: 96.69

More information: calademar.com

With the Sierra Madre Mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, the cliffside Cala de Mar is a Mexican idyll, surrounded by tropical forest. The hotel has a fleet of bicycles that guests can take to explore the miles of nature trails around the property — assuming they want to leave at all.

39. Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont

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Score: 96.69

More information: rabbithillinn.com

If the essence of Vermont could be distilled in hotel form, it might look something like the Rabbit Hill Inn. Each room has individual décor, but most adhere to an American country style, some with plaid wall coverings, fireplaces, and four-poster beds that are cozy year-round.

40. (tie) The St. Regis Florence

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Score: 96.62

More information: marriott.com

The original building that now houses the St. Regis Florence was designed in 1432 by Filippo Brunelleschi, famed for his design of the dome of the city’s Duomo. Today, it brims with Murano-glass chandeliers and 16th-century frescoes, and it offers guests spectacular views of the Arno River.

40. (tie) Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

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Score: 96.62

More information: virginlimitededition.com

Richard Branson’s resort in the British Virgin Islands has all the elements guests could possibly want to make tropical getaways spectacular. The 74-acre private oasis has bright, Balinese-style accommodations that can be converted to open-air pavilions via sliding glass walls; beyond the rooms, guests can swim, sail, scuba dive, kite-surf, play tennis, and enjoy spa treatments.

42. La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa

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Score: 96.60

More information: theroyalportfolio.com

In the middle of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards, La Residence is a 16-room hotel in South Africa’s top gastronomic region. Fittingly, food and drink are a big focus here, and the property’s own kitchen garden is full of produce like figs, artichokes, and herbs.

43. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India

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Score: 96.50

More information: tajhotels.com

A former hunting lodge and royal residence set on 47 pristine acres, Rambagh Palace is fit for a queen. Rooms are filled with antiques and mahogany furnishings, while service is over-the-top accommodating — beginning with arrival, when guests are greeted with a shower of flower petals.

44. Nayara Gardens, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

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Score: 96.46

More information: arenalnayara.com

It’s all about nature at Nayara Gardens, in the heart of Arenal Volcano National Park, where the eponymous peak is visible from guest casitas. The hotel runs exploratory day trips in the surrounding wilderness, including visits to natural hot springs and outings by canoe and kayak on the Caño Negro River to spot sloths, monkeys, and reptiles.

45. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India

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WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 96.45

More information: oberoihotels.com

A stone’s throw from the Taj Mahal, this 102-room Oberoi property is defined by its palatial, Mughal-Moorish architecture, with terraced gardens and serene reflecting pools. Rooms make generous use of marble, teak, and Indian silk — and all of them have views of the iconic monument that draws visitors here in the first place.

46. Hoshinoya Tokyo

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Score: 96.42

More information: hoshinoya.com

A ryokan-style hotel in a Tokyo high-rise might sound like a contradiction in terms, but meticulous planning went into the design of this escape in the midst of the bustling city. Fitted with traditional tatami flooring, luxuriously comfortable futon mattresses, and enormous soaking tubs, the 84 rooms here ensure complete serenity and peace.

47. The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection, Park City, Utah

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Score: 96.40

More information: aubergeresorts.com

Though it’s only 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport, this 3,500-acre ranch in the Wasatch Mountains feels worlds away from civilization. Wildlife-viewing hikes, a sustainable farm, and fly-fishing in alpine lakes are all part of the experience here.

48. C Lazy U Ranch, Granby, Colorado

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Score: 96.28

More information: clazyu.com

This 100-year-old dude ranch with access to 8,500 acres of wilderness offers seemingly endless activities for all ages, including trail rides, mountain biking, archery, and, in the winter, snow tubing.

49. (tie) Lion Sands Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

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Score: 96.24

More information: lionsands.com

The six lodges that make up the Lion Sands Game Reserve are set along the banks of the Sabie River, and that proximity to water means the opportunities for wildlife viewing are plentiful. Each of the small camps and villas that make up the property have a contemporary design, using a mix of natural materials.

49. (tie) The Mark, New York City

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Score: 96.24

More information: themarkhotel.com

An Upper East Side institution, the Mark is easily recognized by its signature zebra-striped floors, a flourish from designer Jacques Grange. Visitors and locals alike love the Frederic Fekkai salon and Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant — and the house pedi-cabs add a dash of sprezzatura to afternoon outings.

49. (tie) Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley, Peru

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Score: 96.24

More information: hotelsolyluna.com

Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, Sol y Luna offers adventures in Peru’s Sacred Valley, including tandem paragliding, kayaking below snowcapped peaks, and tours of colonial buildings and famous ruins, including Machu Picchu.

52. Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Score: 96.21

More information: casachameleonhotels.com

Diving, boating, surfing, beachside yoga, bird-watching, and ziplining are just a few of the many activities guests can try at this outdoorsy tropical paradise on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. The property sits on the highest point of the little town of Las Catalinas, which ensures expansive views.

53. The Georges, Lexington, Virginia

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Score: 96.19

More information: thegeorges.com

In historic Lexington, Virginia, the Georges occupies three separate buildings and includes the piano bar, Haywood’s; the lively lobby lounge, Taps; and 18 individually designed guest rooms. All of them come with amenities like Frette linens and charming views of either Washington and Lee University, Main Street, or the nearby mountains.

54. Kamalame Cay, Bahamas

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Score: 96.15

More information: kamalame.com

This family-run private island has 20 cottages and villas, as well as an overwater spa, spread across 97 acres. Guests can explore coconut-palm groves and jungles that give a deserted-isle feel — or simply unplug from everyday life on the white-sand beach.

55. Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento, Italy

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Score: 96.08

More information: exvitt.it

Founded in 1834 by the Fiorentino family, Grand Hotel Excelsior is an Amalfi Coast icon, perched on a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Rooms exude old-school glamour with silk curtains, antique rugs, and gilded mirrors.

56. Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Score: 96.05

More information: rosewoodhotels.com

All guest suites at this tropical Mexican getaway on the Riviera Maya are on the water, either overlooking the beach or facing a tranquil lagoon. The 17,000-square-foot Sense Spa offers locally inspired treatments, including sessions with a shaman; numerous on-property bars and restaurants do contemporary Mexican cuisine, street-food classics, tropical drinks, and mezcal tastings.

57. (tie) The Reverie Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Score: 96.00

More information: thereveriesaigon.com

The Reverie elevated the high-end hotel game in Ho Chi Minh City when it opened in the central business district in 2015. Rooms and common spaces are over-the-top, with loads of velvet, marble, crystal chandeliers, and luxurious touches like Chopard bathroom products.

57. (tie) The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa

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Score: 96.00

More information: theroyalportfolio.com

The Silo is perhaps Cape Town’s edgiest high-end hotel: the quirky furniture and décor span styles and decades — yet somehow manages to all go together — and the views of the harbor are truly special, since the property occupies the tallest building in the neighborhood. Another perk? It’s located directly above Zeitz MOCAA, one of the city’s must-sees.

57. (tie) Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

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Score: 96.00

More information: wilderness-safaris.com

Gorilla spotting is the focus at this Rwandan lodge operated by Wilderness Safaris that’s set in the densely forested Volcanoes National Park. But wildlife lovers can spot tons of other animals here, alongside guides who’ll endeavor to point out golden monkeys, side-striped jackals, servals, black-fronted duikers, buffalo, elephants, and Egyptian mongoose.

57. (tie) Santa Monica Proper Hotel, Santa Monica, California

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Score: 96.00

More information: properhotel.com

Designed by L.A.-based superstar Kelly Wearstler, the just-opened Santa Monica Proper Hotel is the beach city’s new epicenter of cool. Neutral tones, potted palms, and plenty of natural wood and stone elements feel very coastal Californian.

57. (tie) Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca, Spain

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Score: 96.00

More information: belmond.com

Set on 35 acres of gardens and spread across a collection of centuries-old buildings, Belmond La Residencia is an oasis on Mallorca. Rooms have views of the nearby mountains, and most have terraces; the resort offers tennis, a massive swimming pool, and excursions around the island by Vespa or boat.

57. (tie) Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, St. Bart’s

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Score: 96.00

More information: lebarthelemyhotel.com

A relative newcomer to the glitzy island, Le Barthélemy opened in 2016 with 46 colorful, contemporary rooms. It quickly gained a following thanks to one of the finest swimming pools on the island, with an infinity edge that seems to flow straight into the sea.

57. (tie) Singita Sabi Sand, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

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Score: 96.00

More information: singita.com

A collection of three distinct lodges — Boulders, Castleton, and Ebony — make up Singita Sabi Sand, which offers guests front-row views of animals including rhinos, lions, buffalo, hippos, and wild dogs.

57. (tie) Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

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WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 96.00

More information: mandarinoriental.com

One of the city’s most iconic hotels, this is the place for those who want to follow in the footsteps of past guests, who include Beyoncé and Andy Warhol. Sunday brunch at the hotel’s Clipper Lounge is legendary; rooms and suites have incredible views of the city’s skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour.

57. (tie) Florblanca Resort, Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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Score: 96.00

More information: florblanca.com

A dream for travelers in search of adventure and wellness, Florblanca offers surfing and snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean, beach horseback riding, and professionally guided yoga and pilates. Dining focuses on organic local produce and fresh seafood.

57. (tie) Sonnenalp Hotel, Vail, Colorado

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Score: 96.00

More information: sonnenalp.com

Inspired by a traditional Swiss chalet, Sonnenalp Hotel feels like a bit of Europe in the middle of Colorado. Its location in Vail Village means guests have easy, walking-distance access to restaurants and bars after hitting the slopes.

67. Six Senses Douro Valley, Lamego, Portugal

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Score: 95.87

More information: sixsenses.com

Portugal’s wine country is home to this 57-room hotel in a 19th-century manor house. The spa features vinotherapy treatments, as well as soothing wellness practices like rose-crystal lymphatic facials.

68. Turtle Island Resort, Fiji

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Score: 95.81

More information: turtlefiji.com

Only 14 couples at a time are allowed at this remote Fijian resort, ensuring both top-notch service and a cosseting sense of privacy. Villas are designed in a contemporary tropical style, using plenty of driftwood, stone, and fabrics weaved in traditional patterns.

69. The Middle House, Shanghai

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Score: 95.80

More information: themiddlehousehotel.com

Designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni, guest rooms at this cutting-edge property are clean-lined and spacious, with expansive views of Shanghai’s glittering skyline. Part of the boutique Swire Hotels group, it’s known for its intuitive service that’s simultaneously gracious and cool.

70. Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

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Score: 95.76

More information: grandhoteltremezzo.com

Decorated with tapestries, paintings, majolica pottery, and Chinese vases, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, on the western shore of Lake Como, is an elegantly over-the-top experience. The expansive gardens and outdoor swimming pool have particularly beautiful lake views.

71. COMO The Treasury, Perth, Australia

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Score: 95.73

More information: comohotels.com

Celebrated hospitality designer Kerry Hill worked her magic on this hotel, housed in a renovated 19th-century Victorian building in downtown Perth. All 48 rooms reflect COMO’s signature sense of warm minimalism.

72. Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Score: 95.72

Every room and suite at Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos has its own plunge pool, and there’s perhaps no better place to take in those epic Cabo sunsets. Guests rave about Don Manuel’s, which serves authentic regional Mexican food made using locally sourced ingredients.

73. The St. Regis Mexico City

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Score: 95.69

More information: marriott.com

With a prime location on one of Mexico City’s grandest avenues, the Paseo de la Reforma, the St. Regis is close to popular sights including Chapultepec Castle, the Angel of Independence statue, and buzzy neighborhoods like Colonia Juárez, Condesa, and Roma. The terrace at the property’s King Cole Bar, meanwhile, is a great spot for a cocktail, overlooking the Diana the Huntress fountain directly in front of the hotel.

74. andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa

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Score: 95.67

More information: andbeyond.com

The 20 thatched cottages here provide exceptionally comfortable home bases for guests on safari in one of South Africa’s most iconic wildlife areas. Game drives and bush walks are the big attraction here, with opportunities to see the Big Five and many other animals; in the evening, the swimming pool and its sun deck overlooking riverine woodlands are perfect spots for bird-watching.

75. Tierra Patagonia Adventure and Spa Hotel, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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Score: 95.64

More information: tierrahotels.com

In the shadow of the Torres del Paine massif, this retreat seemingly disappears into the landscape, a curved wooden structure that echoes the surrounding nature. Inside, you’ll find more wood and a minimalist yet warm atmosphere that doesn’t detract from the incredible views outside. Guests spend their days hiking, horseback riding, or biking in the nearby national park; an on-site spa helps soothe the burn.

76. Canaves Oia Boutique Hotel, Santorini, Greece

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Score: 95.62

More information: canaves.com

The color theme at Canaves Oia is wonderfully Greek: The buildings, the uniforms, even the edges of the plunge pools are completely, totally whitewashed, in stark contrast to the dazzling azure sea below — and the dusty pink sunsets over the horizon.

77. La Peer Hotel, West Hollywood, California

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Score: 95.62

More information: lapeerhotel.com

Taking its cue from the neighborhood, La Peer Hotel is a design-centric boutique property with a modern, slightly quirky sensibility. Unlike many need-a-car spots in the rest of L.A., it is within pleasant walking distance of some of West Hollywood’s best restaurants, shops, and bars.

78. Katikies Mykonos, Greece

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Score: 95.58

More information: katikies.com

Perched above the peninsula of Agios Ioannis, the 35 suites at Katikies Mykonos are whitewashed jewels with sea views and private terraces. Two restaurants serve supremely fresh fish straight from the water below.

79. Kasbah Tamadot, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

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Score: 95.57

More information: virginlimitededition.com

Richard Branson’s Moroccan resort is less than an hour’s drive south of Marrakesh, and was formerly a palace for a Berber chieftain. There are just 18 guest rooms, set among cactus and rose gardens.

80. The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Columbia

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WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 95.56

More information: wickinn.com

Adjacent to Canada’s Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Vancouver Island’s Clayoquot Sound, The Wickaninnish Inn is a nature lover’s dream. When the weather is stormy, guests can curl up next to the in-room fireplace and watch the dramatic crashing of the waves outside.

81. Il San Pietro di Positano, Positano, Italy

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Score: 95.50

More information: ilsanpietro.it

Il San Pietro di Positano seems to hang off the dizzying cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, high above the deep blue sea below. Service here is as warm as it is accommodating — perhaps a result of being family owned and operated — and both on-property restaurants have, as you might expect, endless views of the Mediterranean.

82. Rosewood Beijing

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Score: 95.47

More information: rosewoodhotels.com

Rosewood’s first China property impresses with serene, sophisticated design that acts as an oasis in the middle of this giant metropolis. The brand’s signature Sense spa features an indoor swimming pool for post-treatment dips.

83. (tie) Cap Rocat, Mallorca, Spain

Gunnar Knechtel

Score: 95.43

More information: caprocat.com

Great care has been taken to maintain the integrity of the original 19th-century military fortress that’s now home to Cap Rocat. The blissful hotel is surrounded by 74 acres of natural preserve, overlooking the Bay of Palma, and excursions by boat can take you to some of this island’s most stunning natural beauty.

83. (tie) The Temple House, Chengdu, China

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Score: 95.43

More information: templehousehotel.com

The ancient lives side by side with the modern at the Temple House. The lobby, for example, is housed in a stone Qing dynasty–era building, while the clean-lined guest rooms represent the height of contemporary urban sophistication.

83. (tie) Gibb's Farm, Karatu, Tanzania

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Score: 95.43

More information: gibbsfarm.com

On the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, Gibbs Farm is a century-old coffee estate that overlooks the Great Rift Valley. Its 17 guest cottages were recently refurbished and feature their own verandas and little touches like local artwork and outdoor showers.

83. (tie) Explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile

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Score: 95.43

More information: explora.com

The staff at Explora Rapa Nui excel at leading hikes, bicycle adventures, snorkeling excursions, and diving trips around fascinating Easter Island, a place with a rich history and culture — not to mention stunning landscapes like those that unfold from the pool deck at this out-there retreat.

83. (tie) Rockhouse Hotel & Spa, Negril, Jamaica

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Score: 95.43

More information: rockhouse.com

The rocky cliffs of the aptly named Pristine Cove are home to Rockhouse, a collection of thatched-roofed timber-and-stone cottages above the sparkling blue Caribbean Sea. And while the ocean is hard to resist, the expansive infinity-edge swimming pool here is a worthy alternative.

88. Frangipani Beach Resort, Meads Bay, Anguilla

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Score: 95.41

More information: frangipaniresort.com

A family owned and operated boutique hotel on the white sands of Meads Bay, Frangipani Beach Resort has just 19 rooms (plus a four-bedroom villa for bigger groups). That intimate size allows for service that feels exceptionally friendly, and makes every stay here feel like a trip to a friend’s gorgeous beach home.

89. Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina

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Score: 95.40

More information: cavaswinelodge.com

The sumptuous casitas at Cavas Wine Lodge have wood-burning fireplaces, deep soaking tubs, and outdoor showers, and are set between seemingly endless rows of grapevines in one of Argentina’s best-known viticultural regions. The views of the Andes from the second-floor terraces of some of the guest rooms, meanwhile, are postcard-perfect.

90. Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi, Italy

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Score: 95.38

More information: hotelsantacaterina.it

Perched above the Mediterranean Sea in the heart of one of Italy’s most enchanting regions, the Hotel Santa Caterina has its own private beach club, which features a saltwater swimming pool and the Restaurant Al Mare for fresh grilled fish. Many of the 66 rooms, spread across several buildings, have whitewashed walls and stunning water views to go with the marble baths.

91. Sunset Key Cottages, Key West, Florida

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Score: 95.35

More information: sunsetkeycottages.com

“Getting away from it all” takes on new meaning at this Key West resort, set on its very own 27-acre island, a seven-minute ferry ride from Mallory Square. Spacious, Floridian-style cottages have private wraparound verandas, and three- and four-bedroom options allow room for bigger families or groups.

92. Vik Chile, Millahue, Chile

Courtesy of Viña Vik

Score: 95.33

More information: vikchile.com

A winery and vineyard are only part of the appeal at this hotel on 11,000 acres in Chile’s picturesque Millahue Valley, two hours south of Santiago. The property doubles as an art gallery, showing off the spectacular contemporary collection of owners Alexander and Carrie Vik.

93. Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont

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Score: 95.31

More information: twinfarms.com

Verdant farmland and woods surround Twin Farms, in central Vermont, where modern life can feel like a distant memory. The property’s main building dates back to 1795, and a collection of cabins and lodges offer an array of places to stay. The Log Cabin, with hammock included, has a particular sense of remoteness, hidden in the middle of a pine forest.

94. Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, Mazatlán, Mexico

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Score: 95.30

More information: pueblobonita.com

Swaying palm trees, a long stretch of private beach, two giant swimming pools, and lush tropical gardens are among the draws of Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay in Mazatlán, on Mexico’s Pacific coast. All 378 rooms and suites have private terraces with ocean views; a 16,500-square-foot spa has a huge variety of hydrotherapy treatments.

95.(tie)  Nihi Sumba, Sumba Island, Indonesia

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Score: 95.29

More information: nihi.com

Nihi Sumba fronts what is reportedly one of the best surf breaks in all of Indonesia. But even non-surfers will find much to love here, from horseback riding on the beach to hikes through the jungle and from sunrise yoga sessions to sunset cocktails at the infinity pool.

95. (tie) Viceroy Los Cabos, San José del Cabo, Mexico

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Score: 95.29

More information: viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Viceroy Los Cabos is a high-design Mexican oasis, a stack of Modernist all-white cubes that dramatically pop against the blue of the Sea of Cortés. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the 192 guest rooms offer gorgeous views of the water and white-sand beach.

97. Mandarin Oriental, Munich, Germany

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Score: 95.25

More information: mandarinoriental.com

Occupying an 1880 Neo-Renaissance building that first served as the city’s opera house, the Mandarin Oriental, Munich, attracts guests who appreciate a bit of formality. Service is flawless, as T+L readers have come to expect from any of the hotel group’s properties; the flagship restaurant, Matsuhisa, serves Peruvian-Japanese cuisine in a sleekly contemporary space.

98. North Block Hotel, Yountville, California

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Score: 95.24

More information: northblockhotel.com

This wine country hotel has just 20 rooms set around a central courtyard, giving it an intimate, communal feel — though big-property amenities here include a large swimming pool and a spa. All the culinary riches of the surrounding Napa Valley are within a short walk or drive.

99. (tie) The Milestone Hotel & Residences, London

Courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels

Score: 95.16

More information: milestonehotel.com

Centrally located in Kensington, the Milestone Hotel & Residences benefits from its home in a pair of atmospheric, late-19th-century former mansions: rooms are individually designed so no two are alike. All guests can expect unique antique furnishings, fresh flowers, and, in some rooms, views over Kensington Palace and Gardens.

99. (tie) Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru

Courtesy of Inkaterra

Score: 95.16

More information: inkaterra.com

A hacienda-style property in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, this hotel is situated on 100 acres in the countryside between Cuzco and Machu Picchu. All accommodations are stand-alone casitas with views of the valley, which ensures a breathtaking sense of place; staff can arrange heart-pumping hikes in the area, bird-watching adventures, tours of nearby archaeological sites, and cycling outings.

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