From mountain retreats to world-class beach getaways, these are the top places to stay, as voted by T+L readers.
Bali and St. Moritz, eat your heart out. The continental United States, with its unparalleled geographic and climatic diversity, is home to some of the finest resort hotel destinations in the world. And our readers voted these 15 spectacular properties the best out there.
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
Beach destinations appear throughout the list, of course — from warm-weather getaways like the Setai, a palatial resort with three pools on Miami Beach, to the Stephanie Inn, a 41-room boutique property on Oregon’s rocky Pacific coast. But mountain resorts also proved to be popular with our readers. Properties like the Swag, in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina; the Little Nell, in the Colorado Rockies, praised as “charming and restful” by one respondent; and Primland, a “hidden gem” in Virginia’s Blue Ridge range, show that travelers value being able to get away from it all by getting above it all. “No words can express the beauty of this hotel and area,” one reader said. “It is a slice of heaven, whether you stay in one of the tree houses or the main lodge,” said another.
Many of the winners also have a summer camp vibe, suggesting a collective recognition of (and nostalgia for) the benefits of a simpler experience. Ranch-style resorts, offering horse stables, wide-open spaces, and a rustic-luxe design, ranked highly — in particular, the C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado and the Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming. Both are popular with multigenerational groups. “C Lazy U is perhaps the best family vacation we’ve ever had,” one fan said. “We’ve been seven times and are going back again!”
Still other resorts cater to couples — like the Chanler at Cliff Walk, housed in one of Newport, Rhode Island’s famous 19th-century mansions, and Twin Farms, a collection of cottages and farmhouses in the Vermont woods. One reader described the hotel, which is adults-only save for two weeks a year, simply as “So beautiful. So perfect.”
Curious about the No. 1 property? Read on to discover what (and where) it is, and check out the full list of the top resort hotels in the continental U.S.