The Top 100 Hotels in the World in 2018

View from the Four Season Resort Bali at Sayan
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Year to year, we see our readers’ travel habits shift, as some destinations suddenly explode in popularity (hello, Portugal and Iceland) and others experience a cooling, perhaps due to geopolitical events or an unfavorable exchange rate. And this, of course, trickles down into our World’s Best results, particularly when it comes to ranking the top 100 hotels on the planet. But one thing remains a constant: the properties that make this selective list are all incredible ambassadors for their home countries, delivering intuitive service and luxury experiences that can truly make a vacation. 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. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities. Related: The 2018 World's Best Awards This year, 27 of the top 100 hotels in the world are in Asia — the most of any region. They include an atmospheric hotel with a restored Qing dynasty courtyard in the city of Chengdu, China (the Temple House); two honeymooners’ havens in the Maldives (Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru), and an immaculate, palatial resort overlooking the Taj Mahal in Agra, India (Oberoi Amarvilas). “Uninterrupted views of the Taj Mahal give this hotel its own iconic status,” said one reader, while another raved: “The stuff of legends.” Closer to home, we saw familiar, boutique favorites, such as Vermont’s culinary mecca Twin Farms; Montana’s rustic-luxe Triple Creek Ranch; and Big Sur, California’s adults-only Post Ranch Inn — accessible again now that Highway 1 has recovered from last year’s mudslides — all make the list this year. C Lazy U Ranch, a family-friendly dude ranch in the Colorado Rockies, is making its World’s Best debut — and it managed to crack the top 100. “As someone who has been fortunate enough to travel to 86 countries, I can say that C Lazy U ranks at the very top of the list,” said one devoted fan. “The accommodations and activities are excellent.” Europe had 18 winners — including first-timer Six Senses Douro Valley, in the heart of Portugal’s stunning wine country — while Mexico can boast of 10. No surprise that Rosewood San Miguel de Allende made the cut, surely in part thanks to its location in the No. 1 city in the world. “The rooftop bar was our go-to place for drinks,” said one reader. “A very special place.” But to find our No. 1 property overall, we’re headed back to Asia — specifically to Bali, another perennial reader favorite. Read on for more on this stunning resort hotel, which actually took top honors all the way back in 2005 — and to see the full list of the best 100 properties in the world.

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100. Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastián, Spain

Guest room at the Hotel Maria Cristina
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Score: 94.18

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99. Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Four Seasons Resort at Chiang Mai
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Score: 94.19

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98. Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina, Italy

Guest room at the Belmond Hotel Grand Timeo
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Score: 94.21

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97. Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Bar area at Esperanza, an Auberge Resort
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Score: 94.33

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96. Brewery Gulch Inn, Mendocino, California

Exterior of the Brewery Gulch Inn
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Score: 94.33

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95. Four Seasons Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui
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Score: 94.36

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94. Planters Inn, Charleston, South Carolina

Fireplace at the Planters Inn, in Charleston
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Score: 94.37

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93. Alila Manggis, Bali, Indonesia

Guest room at the Alila Manggia
Courtesy of Alila Manggis

Score: 94.39

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91. (tie) The Lanesborough, London

Guest room at The Lanesborough
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Score: 94.40

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

Exterior of a casita at Sol y Luna
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Score: 94.40

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90. Hewing Hotel, Minneapolis

Rooftop pool at the Hewing Hotel
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Score: 94.42

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89. Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam

Guest room at The Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai
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Score: 94.43

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88. The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia

Portico at the Cloister at Sea Island
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Score: 94.53

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87. The Setai, Miami Beach

Lobby and reception at The Setail
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Score: 94.60

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86. Pendry, San Diego

Room detail at the Pendry San Diego
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Score: 94.62

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85. Aman, Venice

view from the yellow dining room at the Aman Venice
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Score: 94.64

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84. The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, New York City

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Score: 94.64

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80. (tie) Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand

Luxury bathroom at Amanpuri
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Score: 94.67

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80. (tie) Katikies, Santorini, Greece

View of the Katikies Hotel in Santorini, Greece
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Score: 94.67

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80. (tie) Qualia, Hamilton Island, Australia

View from the Qualia, on Hamilton Island
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Score: 94.67

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80. (tie) Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

aerial view of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
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Score: 94.67

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79. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana

Night view of a cabin at Triple Creek Ranch
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Score: 94.70

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78. Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi

Restaurant at the Taj Palace
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Score: 94.73

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77. Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Columbia

View from a guest room at the Wickaninnish Inn
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Score: 94.74

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75. (tie) J.K. Place, Capri, Italy

JK Place Capri
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Score: 94.75

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75. (tie) InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, French Polynesia

Overview of the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
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Score: 94.75

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74. C Lazy U Ranch, Grand County, Colorado

Spa tubs at the C Lazy U Guest Ranch
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Score: 94.77

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73. Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Garden at the Rosewood Mayakoba
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Score: 94.80

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72. Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Pool at the Chileno Bay Resort
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Score: 94.82

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71. Raffles, Singapore

Facade of the Raffles Singapore
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Score: 94.83

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70. Primland, Meadows of Dan, Virginia

View from a guest room at Primland
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Score: 94.88

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69. Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancún, Mexico

Nizuc Resort & Spa
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Score: 95.00

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68. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

View from the Post Ranch Inn
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Score: 95.01

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67. The Alpina, Gstaad, Switzerland

Exterior of Alpina Gstaad
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Score: 95.06

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66. Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories, Chile

Guest room at The Singular Patagonia
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Score: 95.11

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65. Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Spa pool at the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz
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Score: 95.14

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61. (tie) Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection, Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica

Guest room at the Hacienda Altagracia resort
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Score: 95.20

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61. (tie) Spectator Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina

Facade of the Spectator Hotel
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Score: 95.20

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61. (tie) Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués, Acapulco, Mexico

Aerial View of the Banyan Tree Cabo Marques
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Score: 95.20

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61. (tie) Palace Hotel, Tokyo

Palace Hotel, in Tokyo
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Score: 95.20

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60. La Mamounia, Marrakesh, Morocco

Indoor pool at La Mamounia Marrakesh
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Score: 95.22

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

Pool at Badrutt's Palace
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Score: 95.23

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57. (tie) Taj, Bangalore, India

Taj Bangalore hotel
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Score: 95.29

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57. (tie) Le Meurice, Paris

Bedroom at Le Meurice
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Score: 95.29

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56. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

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Score: 95.32

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54. (tie) The Oberoi, Gurgaon, India

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Score: 95.33

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54. (tie) Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Lodges, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Bedroom in Selati lodge at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
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Score: 95.33

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53. Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

View of the hot tub at Nayara Springs
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Score: 95.35

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52. Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont

Luxury bathroom at Twin Farms, in Vermont
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Score: 95.36

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51. Rosewood, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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Score: 95.36

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50. Sheen Falls Lodge, County Kerry, Ireland

View of Sheen Falls Lodge in Ireland
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Score: 95.47

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49. Il San Pietro di Positano, Positano, Italy

View into a bedroom at Il San Pietro di Positano
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Score: 95.48

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47. (tie) The Oberoi, New Delhi

Romo at the Oberoi New Delhi
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Score: 95.58

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47. (tie) Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

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Score: 95.58

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45. (tie) Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming

Cabin at The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch
Courtesy of the Brush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection

Score: 95.60

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45. (tie) Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort, San José del Cabo, Mexico

Pool at Las Ventanas al Paraiso
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Score: 95.60

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44. Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland

Exterior of Fogo Island Inn
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Score: 95.61

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43. Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano, Italy

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Score: 95.62

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41. (tie) Hotel Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Aerial view of the Hotel Wailea
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Score: 95.64

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41. (tie) St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia

room at the St Regis Bora Bora
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Score: 95.64

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40. Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui, Hawaii

bedroom at the Montage Kapalua Bay
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Score: 95.72

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39. Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina

Wine casitas at Cavas Wine Lodge
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Score: 95.73

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38. Rancho Santana, Rivas, Nicaragua

view of a suite at Rancho Santana
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Score: 95.74

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37. Six Senses, Yao Noi, Thailand

Six Senses Yao Noi
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Score: 95.75

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36. Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Room with a view at The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe
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Score: 95.78

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

Indoor pool at the Tambo del Inka
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Score: 95.88

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32. (tie) The Peninsula, Paris

Loby at the Peninsula Paris
Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels

Score: 96.00

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32. (tie) The Peninsula, Tokyo

View from a room at the Peninsula Tokyo
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Score: 96.00

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32. (tie) Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Aerial view of the Resort at Pedregal
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Score: 96.00

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31. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Lobby at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
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Score: 96.07

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30. Cala de Mar Resort & Spa, Ixtapa, Mexico

Room with a view at Cala de Mar Ixtapa
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Score: 96.11

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29. Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Score: 96.13

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28. Taj Exotica, Goa, India

Plunge pool at the Taj Exotica, in Goa
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Score: 96.18

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27. Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand

Bedroom at the Huka Lodge
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Score: 96.20

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25. (tie) Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India

Bedroom at the Taj Lake Palace
Courtesy of Taj Hotels

Score: 96.27

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25. (tie) The Lowell, New York City

lobby and artwork at The Lowell
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Score: 96.27

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24. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India

Pool at the Rambagh Palace, a Taj Hotel
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Score: 96.33

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23. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

View from a villa at the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru in the Maldives
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Score: 96.36

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22. The Oberoi, Mumbai

Exterior of the Oberoi Mumbai
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Score: 96.42

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20. (tie) La Réserve—Hôtel & Spa, Paris

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Score: 96.44

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20. (tie) Viceroy Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Exterior of the Viceroy Riviera Maya
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Score: 96.44

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19. La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa

Lobby at La Residence
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Score: 96.57

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18. Gibb's Farm, Karatu, Tanzania

Exterior of Gibb's Farm retreat
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Score: 96.62

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17. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India

Twilight at Oberoi Rajvilas
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Score: 96.69

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16. Eolo – Patagonia’s Spirit, El Calafate, Argentina

Horseback riding at Eolo
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Score: 96.71

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14. (tie) Six Senses Douro Valley, Lamego, Portugal

Pool with a view at Six Senses Douro Valley
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Score: 96.84

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

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
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Score: 96.84

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13. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

Sunset at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
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Score: 96.95

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12. Amandari, Bali, Indonesia

View from the Amandari
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Score: 96.96

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11. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India

Pool at the Oberoi Amarvilas
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Score: 97.02

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10. Nayara Springs, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

overhead of the Nayara Springs pool
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Score: 97.04

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9. Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia

Bedroom at Nihi Sumba
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Score: 97.06

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8. Temple House, Chengdu, China

Bedroom at The Temple House
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Score: 97.26

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7. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine, Chile

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa
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Score: 97.38

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6. The Mulia, Bali, Indonesia

Pool at Mulia Bali
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Score: 97.81

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4. (tie) Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Torlundy, Scotland

Exterior of Inverlochy Castle
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Score: 97.87

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4. (tie) Inkaterra La Casona, Cuzco, Peru

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Score: 97.87

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3. Frangipani Beach Resort, Anguilla

Frangipani Beach Resort
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Score: 97.88

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2. Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland

Ballyfin hotel in Ireland
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Score: 98.00

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1. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Indonesia

Aerial view of the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Score: 98.22

Celebrating its 20th year, this 60-room property in the Ayung River Valley is reached via a suspension bridge that hovers over coconut trees and rice fields. The drama doesn’t end there: each of the riverside guest villas has a meditation space and lily pond on the roof, as well as an outdoor living room and pool. The sense of calm befits the resort’s location near Ubud, the spiritual heart of Bali. Yet new experiences, including cooking lessons in a bamboo-clad center designed by Elora Hardy and Sacred Nap relaxation treatments, keep things innovative and modern.

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