The Top 100 Hotels in the World in 2017

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Where our readers go, Barack Obama follows. At least, he followed their lead by checking himself in to the Brando, an all-villa private-island resort in French Polynesia this past March. Turns out, our readers had a similar need for some R&R — this year, they voted the property the second best in the entire world. “We are very busy with work and hardly get a chance to relax,” said one fan. “At the Brando, if you can’t relax and enjoy yourself — it’s your own fault.” Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, 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. Hotels were classified as City or Resort based on their locations and amenities. But as it turns out, you don’t necessarily have to fly halfway across the globe to stay in a World’s Best Award–winning property. Twenty-seven of the top 100 hotels were located right here in the United States, and they range from an old-school Floridian retreat (Gasparilla Inn & Club) to a discreet New York City boutique hotel (the Surrey). New to the list this year: the Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, a Wyoming property where travelers can fly-fish, hike, skeet shoot, or go horseback riding among some 30,000 acres of wilderness. Only 17 hotels out of the top 100 were in urban locations, which, perhaps, in our 24/7 connected world, speaks to our readers' need to be in the great outdoors — be it on a beach in the Bahamas (Kamalame Cay), in the jungles of Costa Rica (Nayara Springs), or on the floodplains of Botswana (andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp). The urban retreats that did make the list spanned the globe, and were in locations that may seem surprising. The Temple House, a 100-room property set in a Qing dynasty building in up-and-coming Chengdu, China, was No. 19, while the Alfond Inn, an Orlando-area property known for its contemporary art collection, was No. 62. Just where in the world is our No. 1 winner? You’ll need a passport to get there, and you’ll probably want to pack a bathing suit. But leave the surfboard at home — the resort’s got you covered.

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99. (tie) InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
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Score: 95.20

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99. (tie) Wilderness Safaris Little Kulala, Sossusvlei, Namibia

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Score: 95.20

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98. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa
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Score: 95.29

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97. Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, California

Auberge de Soleil
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Score: 95.36

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96. Inn at Hastings Park, Lexington, Massachusetts

The Inn at Hastings Park
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Score: 95.38

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95. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida

Little Palm Island
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Score: 95.38

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94. Acqualina Resort & Spa, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

Aqualina Miami
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Score: 95.42

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92. (tie) St. Regis, Osaka, Japan

St. Regis Osaka
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Score: 95.45

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92. (tie) Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece

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Score: 95.45

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91. Inn & Club at Harbour Town, Hilton Head, South Carolina

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Score: 95.45

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

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Score: 95.47

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89. Shinta Mani, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Score: 95.48

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88. Singita Grumeti, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Score: 95.52

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87. Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort, San José del Cabo, Mexico

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Score: 95.53

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86. The Chatwal, New York City

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Score: 95.57

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85. Inn at Rancho, Santana Rivas, Nicaragua

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Score: 95.60

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84. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

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Score: 95.61

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82. (tie) White Elephant Village, Nantucket, Massachusetts

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Score: 95.64

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82. (tie) Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise, Alberta

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Score: 95.64

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81. Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach, Oregon

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Score: 95.64

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80. Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories, Chile

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Score: 95.70

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79. Capella Ixtapa, Mexico

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Score: 95.71

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78. Wilderness Safaris Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

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Score: 95.72

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77. Aria Hotel, Budapest

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Score: 95.73

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75. (tie) 21c Museum Hotel, Oklahoma City

21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City
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Score: 95.77

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75. (tie) Portrait Firenze, Florence

Portrait Firenze
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Score: 95.77

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74. Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

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Score: 95.78

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73. Ellerman House, Cape Town

Ellerman House
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Score: 95.78

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72. Egerton House Hotel, London

Egerton House Hotel
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Score: 95.79

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71. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

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Score: 95.81

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70. Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts

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Score: 95.83

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69. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India

The Oberoi Amarvilas
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Score: 95.84

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68. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India

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Score: 95.84

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67. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cuzco, Peru

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Score: 95.88

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66. Old Edwards Inn & Spa, Highlands, North Carolina

Old Edwards Inn and Spa
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Score: 95.89

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65. andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

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Score: 95.91

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62. (tie) Tierra Atacama Boutique Hotel & Spa, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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Score: 96.00

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62. (tie) Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa, Giraavaru

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Score: 96.00

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62. (tie) Alfond Inn, Orlando Area, Florida

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Score: 96.00

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61. Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, California

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Score: 96.06

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60. The Surrey, New York City

The Surrey
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Score: 96.09

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59. Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland

Ashford Castle
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Score: 96.10

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57. (tie) Nayara Springs Arenal, Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Nayara Springs
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Score: 96.14

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57. (tie) Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland

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Score: 96.14

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56. Milestone Hotel, London

The Milestone Hotel
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Score: 96.16

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55. 41, London

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Score: 96.17

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54. Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Chatham, Massachusetts

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club
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Score: 96.21

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53. The Louise, Barossa Valley, Australia

The Louise
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Score: 96.22

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52. Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Gateway, Colorado

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Score: 96.24

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51. Château du Sureau, Oakhurst, California

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Score: 96.25

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49. (tie) Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Score: 96.26

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49. (tie) Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest

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Score: 96.26

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48. Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort, Kauai, Hawaii

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Score: 96.30

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47. Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

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Score: 96.30

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46. Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

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Score: 96.37

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45. The Willcox, Aiken, South Carolina

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Score: 96.38

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44. andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa

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Score: 96.40

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43. Rambagh Palace, a Taj Hotel, Jaipur, India

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Score: 96.41

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42. Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande, Florida

Gasparilla Inn and Club
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Score: 96.43

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41. Curtain Bluff, Antigua

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Score: 96.45

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40. Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

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Score: 96.54

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39. Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland

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Score: 96.55

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38. Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt, Switzerland

Mont Cervin Palace
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Score: 96.63

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36. (tie) Four Seasons Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
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Score: 96.71

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36. (tie) andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Score: 96.71

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35. Londolozi, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

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Score: 96.71

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34. Leela Palace, Udaipur, India

Leela Palace Udaipur
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Score: 96.73

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33. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy

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Score: 96.80

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32. EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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Score: 96.84

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31. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand

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Score: 96.86

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30. Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont

Rabbit Hill Inn
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Score: 96.87

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29. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Indonesia

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Score: 96.88

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28. Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Score: 96.88

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27. Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec

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Score: 96.96

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26. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club
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Score: 97.00

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25. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Jade Mountain
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Score: 97.03

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24. Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake, Hangzhou, China

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Score: 97.05

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23. Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai (formerly the Nam Hai), Hoi An, Vietnam

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Score: 97.11

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22. Castello di Casole — A Timbers Resort, Casole d’Elsa, Italy

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Score: 97.12

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21. andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

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Score: 97.17

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20. Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort, Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica

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Score: 97.33

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19. Temple House, Chengdu, China

Temple House
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Score: 97.37

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18. La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa

La Residence
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Score: 97.41

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17. Kamalame Cay, Andros, Bahamas

Kamalame Cay
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Score: 97.49

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16. Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, India

The Oberoi Vanyavilas
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Score: 97.50

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15. Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont

Twin Farms
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Score: 97.54

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14. Singita Sabi Sand, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Singita Sabi Sand
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Score: 97.63

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13. 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai, Thailand

137 Pillars House
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Score: 97.71

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12. Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland

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Score: 97.76

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10. (tie) Zarafa Camp, Selinda Reserve, Botswana

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Score: 98.00

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10. (tie) Rosewood CordeValle, San Martin, California

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Score: 98.00

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9. Inn at Willow Grove, Orange, Virginia

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Score: 98.13

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8. Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina

Cavas Wine Lodge
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Score: 98.22

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7. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana

Triple Creek Ranch
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Score: 98.23

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6. Tswalu Kalahari, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa

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Score: 98.40

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5. Gibb’s Farm, Karatu, Tanzania

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Score: 98.59

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4. Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand

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Score: 98.61

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3. Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming

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Score: 98.77

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2. The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

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Score: 98.91

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1. Nihi Sumba Island (formerly Nihiwatu), Indonesia

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Score: 99.12

Our readers have found a new paradise beyond Bali — and it’s Nihi, an eco-friendly resort on the Indonesian island of Sumba. “It is the epitome of escape, adventure, and luxury,” said one fan. Surfers know it because of Occy’s Left , one of the world’s most incredible waves — but you’ll be forgiven for skipping out on that activity in favor of fishing, visiting traditional villages (nearly all of the staff comes from the island) or trekking to nearby waterfalls. The spacious villas play off the jungle-and-beach setting by using organic materials (natural stone, teak wood) and many are big enough to accommodate multigenerational groups. “The people of Sumba are so warm and beautiful,” wrote in one family. “They will forever be in our hearts and soul.”

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