By Sarah Bruning
July 10, 2019
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The World's Best Hotels, according to the readers of Travel + Leisure (shown: Leela Palace Udaipur)
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Travel + Leisure readers explore far and wide, and the hotels that impress them reflect not only their high standards but also their ever-expanding sense of curiosity and adventure. This year’s list of the top 100 hotels in the world reflects 33 countries and all continents except Antarctica. The honorees include sweeping Western ranches in the United States, intimate African safari lodges, and palatial estates in Italy. Still, a handful of qualities unite them all: superlative service, outstanding surroundings, and luxurious amenities.

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.

Once again, Asia reigns as the region with the most hotels honored by T+L readers — a total of 22 properties in a broad range of settings. The stunning Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao (No. 91) is set amid the cloud forests of Laos; the “exceptional” Leela Palace New Delhi (No. 31) puts guests in the center of the bustling capital city; and the brightly colored No. 6 JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa sits steps from Khem Beach.

Coming in second is Africa, with 17 properties earning accolades. Tanzania's Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge (No. 86) got praised by one reader for “unique décor that provides a sense of place.” Eight South Africa hotels made the list, with Singita Sabi Sand coming in highest at No. 3. “Amazing lodge, impeccable service, fantastic food, and incredible game viewing experience,” said one reader.

Rounding out the list are 39 more top-notch hotels and resorts. Some are in well-traveled locations, such as the Lowell (No. 98) in New York City, Meadowood Napa Valley (No. 75) in California’s wine country, La Réserve Paris Hôtel & Spa (No. 55), and Hotel Matilda (No. 18) in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Others are destinations in themselves, like New Zealand’s the Farm at Cape Kidnappers (No. 4) and No. 15 Tierra Patagonia in Chile.

Read on to find out which property snagged this year’s coveted No. 1 spot.

100. Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano, Italy

Borgo Egnazia, Italy
Credit: Courtesy of Borgo Egnazia

Score: 95.29

More information: borgoegnazia.com

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98. (tie) The Spectator Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina

The Spectator Hotel, Charleston, SC
Credit: Courtesy of The Spectator Hotel

Score: 95.29

More information: thespectatorhotel.com

98. (tie) The Lowell, New York City

The Lowell, New York
Credit: Courtesy of The Lowell

Score: 95.29

More information: lowellhotel.com

97. Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Credit: Courtesy of Grupo Vidanta

Score: 95.30

More information: vidanta.com

96. The Temple House, Chengdu, China

Temple House Chengdu, China
Credit: Courtesy of Swire Properties

Score: 95.32

More information: thetemplehousehotel.com

95. Montage Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Montage Los Cabos, Mexico
Credit: Courtesy of Montage Los Cabos

Score: 95.32

More information: montagehotels.com/loscabos

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94. Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Jamaica
Credit: Courtesy of Round Hill Hotel and Villas

Score: 95.32

More information: roundhill.com

93. The Milestone Hotel, London

The Milestone, London
Credit: Courtesy of The Milestone

Score: 95.33

More information: milestonehotel.com

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

Casa Chameleon at Las Catalina, Costa Rica
Credit: Courtesy of Casa Chamelon at Las Catalinas

Score: 95.36

91. Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang, Laos

Belmond La Residence, Laos
Credit: Courtesy of Belmond

Score: 95.37

More information: belmond.com

90. Lebua at State Tower, Bangkok

Lebua at State Tower, Thailand
Credit: Courtesy of Lebua Hotels & Resorts

Score: 95.43

More information: lebua.com/state-tower

89. Le Meurice, Paris

Le Meurice, Paris, France
Credit: Courtesy of Le Meurice

Score: 95.44

More information: dorchestercollection.com

88. Park Hyatt Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Park Hyatt Saigon, Vietnam
Credit: Courtesy of Hyatt

Score: 95.46

More information: hyatt.com

87. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Juemirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi
Credit: Courtesy of Jumeirah

Score: 95.47

More information: jumeirah.com

86. Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Tanzania
Credit: Paul Joynson-Hicks/Courtesy of Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Score: 95.50

More information: serenahotels.com

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

Nayara Resort & Spa, Costa Rica
Credit: Courtesy of Nayara

Score: 95.51

More information: arenalnayara.com

84. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

Post Ranch Inn, California
Credit: Kodiak Greenwood/Courtesy of Post Ranch Inn

Score: 95.53

More information: postranchinn.com

83. Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cuzco, Peru

Palacio del Inka, Peru
Credit: Courtesy of Palacio del Inka

Score: 95.59

More information: marriott.com

81. (tie) The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia

St Regis Bora Bora
Credit: Courtesy of The St. Regis Bora Bora

Score: 95.60

More information: marriott.com

81. (tie) Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw

Hotel Bristol, Warsaw
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Score: 95.60

More information: marriott.com

80. Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection, Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica

Hacienda AltaGracia, Costa Rica
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Score: 95.62

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79. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana

Triple Creek Ranch, Montana
Credit: Courtesy of Triple Creek Ranch

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 95.62

More information: triplecreekranch.com

78. Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece

Katikies Hotel, Greece
Credit: Christos Drazos/Courtesy of Katikies Hotel

Score: 95.63

More information: katikies.com

77. InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Danang, Vietnam

Score: 95.66

More information: danang.intercontinental.com

76. Tensing Pen, Negril, Jamaica

Tensing Pen, Jamaica
Credit: Courtesy of Tensing Pen

Score: 95.67

More information: tensingpen.com

75. Meadowood Napa Valley, St. Helena, California

Meadowood Napa Valley, California
Credit: Courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley

Score: 95.67

More information: meadowood.com

74. The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India

Oberoi Rajvilas, India
Credit: Courtesy of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 95.71

More information: oberoihotels.com

73. Hotel Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Hotel Wailea, Hawaii
Credit: Courtesy of Hotel Wailea

Score: 95.74

More information: hotelwailea.com

72. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, San Diego

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, California
Credit: Courtesy of Rancho Valencia

Score: 95.74

More information: ranchovalencia.com

71. Six Senses Samui, Koh Samui, Thailand

Six Senses Samui, Thailand
Credit: Courtesy of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Score: 95.75, sixsenses.com

70. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Jade Mountain, St Lucia
Credit: Courtesy of Jade Mountain

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 95.75

More information: jademountain.com

69. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Lodges, South Africa

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Lodges, South Africa
Credit: Courtesy of Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Score: 95.78, sabisabi.com

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

anBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge, South Africa
Credit: Courtesy of andBeyond

Score: 95.79

More information: andbeyond.com

66. (tie) The Lanesborough, London

Lanesborough Hotel, London
Credit: Courtesy of The Lanesborough

Score: 95.80

More information: oetkercollection.com

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66. (tie) Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, Illinois

Deer Path Inn, Illinois
Credit: Courtesy of Deer Path Inn

Score: 95.80

More information: thedeerpathinn.com

65. andBeyond Kirkman's Kamp, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

andBeyond Kirkman Camp, South Africa
Credit: Courtesy of andBeyond

Score: 95.81

More information: andbeyond.com

64. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Indonesia

Four Seasons Bali at Sayan, Indonesia
Credit: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Score: 95.83

More information: fourseasons.com/sayan

63. Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui, Hawaii

Montage Kapalua Bay, Hawaii
Credit: Courtesy of Montage Kapalua Bay

Score: 95.88

More information: montagehotels.com/kapaluabay

62. Matetsi Victoria Falls, Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe

Matetsi Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Credit: Courtesy of Matetsi Victoria Falls

Score: 95.95

More information: matetsivictoriafalls.com

61. Curtain Bluff, Antigua

Curtain Bluff, Antigua & Barbuda
Credit: Courtesy of Curtain Bluff

Score: 95.95

More information: curtainbluff.com

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

Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico
Credit: Courtesy of Viceroy Riviera Maya

Score: 96.00

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

Tierra Atacama, in Chile
Credit: Courtesy of Tierra Atacama

Score: 96.00

More information: tierrahotels.com/atacama

55. (tie) Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Italy
Credit: Courtesy of Rosewood

Score: 96.00, rosewoodhotels.com

55. (tie) North Block Hotel, Yountville, California

North Block, in California
Credit: Courtesy of North Block

Score: 96.00, northblockhotel.com

55. (tie) La Réserve Paris Hôtel & Spa

La Reserve, Paris
Credit: Courtesy of La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa

Score: 96.00

More information: lareserve-paris.com

55. (tie) Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada

Fogo Island Inn, Canada
Credit: Alex Fradkin/Courtesy of Fogo Island Inn

Score: 96.00

More information: fogoislandinn.ca

54. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India

Oberoi Amarvilas, India
Credit: Courtesy of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 96.08

More information: oberoihotels.com

53. The Bristol Hotel, Bristol, Virginia

Bristol Hotel, Virginia
Credit: Courtesy of The Bristol Hotel

Score: 96.09

More information: bristolhotelva.com

52. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp, Thailand
Credit: Courtesy of Anantara

Score: 96.13, anantara.com

51. Palazzo Avino, Ravello, Italy

Palazzo Avino, Italy
Credit: Courtesy of Palazzo Avino

Score: 96.15

More information: palazzoavino.com

50. andBeyond Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

andBeyond Bateleur Camp, Kenya
Credit: Courtesy of andBeyond

Score: 96.19

More information: andbeyond.com

49. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

Oberoi Udaivilas, India
Credit: Courtesy of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

Score: 96.20

More information: oberoihotels.com

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

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in Tanzania
Credit: Courtesy of Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Score: 96.22

More information: fourseasons.com/serengeti

47. Anantara Hua Hin Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand

Anantara Hua Hin Resort in Thailand
Credit: Courtesy of Anantara

Score: 96.24

More information: anantara.com/en/hua-hin

46. Frangipani Beach Resort, Anguilla

Frangipani Beach Resort in Anguilla
Credit: Courtesy of Frangipani Beach Resort

Score: 96.25

More information: frangipaniresort.com

45. Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown, New Zealand

Matakauri Lodge in New Zealand
Credit: Courtesy of Matakauri Lodge

Score: 96.27

More information: robertsonlodges.com

44. The Row Hotel at Assembly Row, Somerville, Massachusetts

Row Hotel at Assembly Row, in Massachusetts
Credit: Joseph St.Pierre/JS Photography/Courtesy of The Row Hotel

Score: 96.32

More information: marriott.com

43. Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como, Italy

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, in Italy
Credit: Courtesy of Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Score: 96.33, villaserbelloni.com

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

Sol y Luna in Peru
Credit: Courtesy of Sol y Luna - Relais & Chateaux

Score: 96.40

More information: hotelsolyluna.com

41. (tie) Grace Hotel Santorini, Auberge Resorts Collection, Greece

Grace Santorini hotel in Greece
Credit: Courtesy of Grace Hotel Santorini, Auberge Resorts Collection

Score: 96.40

40. Six Senses Fiji, Malolo Island, Fiji

Six Senses Fiji
Credit: Courtesy of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Score: 96.44

More information: sixsenses.com

39. Nihi Sumba, Indonesia

Nihi Sumba, in Indonesia
Credit: Courtesy of Nihi Sumba

Score: 96.46, nihi.com

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38. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India

Taj Lake Palace, in India
Credit: Courtesy of Taj Hotels

Score: 96.48, tajhotels.com

37. Six Senses Laamu, Olhuveli Island, Maldives

Six Senses Laamu, in the Maldives
Credit: Courtesy of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Score: 96.50

More information: sixsenses.com

36. Hotel Eleven, Austin, Texas

Hotel Eleven in Austin, Texas
Credit: Paul Bardagjy/Courtesy of Hotel Eleven

Score: 96.55

More information: hotelelevenaustin.com

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

Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Mexico
Credit: Courtesy of Rosewood

Score: 96.56

More information: rosewoodhotels.com

34. Lion Sands Game Reserve, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa
Credit: DOOK/Courtesy of Lion Sands Game Reserve

Score: 96.60

More information: lionsands.com

33. The Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Inn of the Five Graces, in New Mexico
Credit: Courtesy of Inn of the Five Graces

Score: 96.62

More information: fivegraces.com

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

Saxon Hotel and Spa in South Africa
Credit: Courtesy of Saxon Hotel, Villas, & Spa

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 96.63

More information: saxon.co.za

31. The Leela Palace New Delhi

Leela Palace New Delhi, in India
Credit: Courtesy of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

Score: 96.69

More information: theleela.com

30. The Shore Club, Turks and Caicos

The Shore Club, in Turks and Caicos
Credit: Courtesy of The Shore Club

Score: 96.79

More information: theshoreclubtc.com

29. The Highlands, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Asilia the Highlands, in Tanzania
Credit: Courtesy of Asilia

Score: 96.84, asiliaafrica.com

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

Rosewood Mayakoba, in Mexico
Credit: Courtesy of Rosewood

Score: 96.89

More information: rosewoodhotels.com

27. (tie) Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont

Rabbit Hill Inn, in Vermont
Credit: Jumping Rocks/Courtesy of Rabbit Hill Inn

Score: 96.89

More information: rabbithillinn.com

26. Gangtey Lodge, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

Gangtey Lodge, in Bhutan
Credit: Ken Spence/Courtesy of Gangtey Lodge

Score: 97.18

More information: gangteylodge.com

25. The Vines Resort & Spa, Mendoza, Argentina

The Vines Resort, in Argentina
Credit: Courtesy of The Vines Resort & Spa

Score: 97.20

More information: vinesresortandspa.com

24. Inn at Willow Grove, Orange, Virginia

Inn at Willow Grove, in Virginia
Credit: Courtesy of The Inn at Willow Grove

Score: 97.22

More information: innatwillowgrove.com

23. The Oberoi, Mumbai

Oberoi Mumbai, in India
Credit: Courtesy of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

Score: 97.25

More information: oberoihotels.com

22. J.K. Place Firenze, Florence

JK Place Firenze, in Italy
Credit: Courtesy of J.K. Place Firenze

Score: 97.27

More information: jkplace.com

21. Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Southern Ocean Lodge, in Australia
Credit: George Apostolidis/Courtesy of Southern Ocean Lodge

Score: 97.43

More information: southernoceanlodge.com.au

20. Londolozi, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Londolozi, in South Africa
Credit: Courtesy of Londolozi

Score: 97.45

More information: londolozi.com

19. The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Resort at Pedregal, in Mexico
Credit: Courtesy of The Resort at Pedregal

Score: 97.51

More information: theresortatpedregal.com

18. Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Hotel Matilda, in Mexico
Credit: Courtesy of Hotel Matilda

Score: 97.54

More information: hotelmatilda.com

17. Canaves Oia Epitome, Santorini, Greece

Canaves Oia Epitiome, in Greece
Credit: Christos Drazos/Courtesy of Canaves Oia Epitome

Score: 97.58

More information: canaves.com

16. Ellerman House, Cape Town

Ellerman House, in South Africa
Credit: Courtesy of Ellerman House

Score: 97.60

More information: ellerman.co.za

15. Tierra Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Chile

Tierra Patagonia, in Chile
Credit: James Florio/Courtesy of Tierra Patagonia

Score: 97.65

More information: tierrahotels.com/patagonia

14. Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

Six Senses Yao Noi, in Thailand
Credit: Christopher Wise

Score: 97.74

More information: sixsenses.com

12. (tie) Turtle Island, Fiji

Turtle Island Resort in Fiji
Credit: Courtesy of Turtle Island

Score: 97.78

More information: turtlefiji.com

12. (tie) Royal Mansour, Marrakesh, Morocco

Royal Mansour, in Morocco
Credit: Courtesy of Royal Mansour

Score: 97.78

More information: royalmansour.com

9. (tie) Rosewood Beijing

Rosewood Beijing
Credit: Courtesy of Rosewood

Score: 97.87

More information: rosewoodhotels.com

9. (tie) Lapa Rios Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Lapa Rios Ecolodge, in Costa Rica
Credit: Courtesy of Lapa Rios

Score: 97.87

More information: laparios.com

9. (tie) The Bushcamp Company’s Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Bushcamp Company's Mfuwe Lodge, in Zambia
Credit: Courtesy of Bushcamp Company

Score: 97.87

More information: bushcampcompany.com

8. Singita Grumeti, Serengeti National Park Area, Tanzania

Singita Grumeti Faru Faru Lodge, in Tanzania
Credit: Courtesy of Singita

Score: 98.12

More information: singita.com

7. The Mulia, Bali, Indonesia

The Mulia, in Bali
Credit: Courtesy of The Mulia

Score: 98.25

More information: themulia.com

6. JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, Vietnam

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, in Vietnam
Credit: Courtesy of JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay

Score: 98.56

More information: marriott.com

5. Gibb's Farm, Karatu, Tanzania

Gibb's Farm, in Tanzania
Credit: Scott Ramsay/Courtesy of Gibb's Farm

Score: 98.56

More information: gibbsfarm.com

4. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

The Fram at Cape Kidnappers, in New Zealand
Credit: Courtesy of The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Score: 98.57

More information: robertsonlodges.com

3. Singita Sabi Sand, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Singita Sabi Sand, in South Africa
Credit: Courtesy of Singita

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 98.59

More information: singita.com

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

The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, in Wyoming
Credit: Courtesy of Brush Creek Ranch

Score: 98.67

More information: brushcreekranch.com

1. The Leela Palace Udaipur, India

Leela Palace Udaipur, in India
Credit: Courtesy of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

Score: 98.89

More information: theleela.com

A “breathtaking view of Lake Pichola” is just one reason Travel + Leisure readers gave for choosing this Rajasthan hotel as their favorite. The elegant 72-room, eight-suite “service-oriented” property excels in “glamour and romance,” according to one fan, who said the hotel would be “ideal for honeymoons or special celebrations.” But the staff will go above and beyond, whether there’s an occasion or not, to help arrange excursions to local sights, including the Crystal Gallery and Vintage Car Museum. Readers also appreciated the hotel’s “excellent” facilities, which include a sumptuous spa where guests can unwind with ayurveda-inspired treatments.

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2019.