Jacqueline Gifford

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.

 

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

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

Score: 95.20

More information, danang.intercontinental.com

 

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

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

Score: 95.20

More information, wilderness-safaris.com

 

 

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

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

Score: 95.29

More information, tierrahotels.com

 

97. Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, California

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97. Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, California

Score: 95.36

More information, aubergedusoleil.aubergeresorts.com

96. Inn at Hastings Park, Lexington, Massachusetts

96. Inn at Hastings Park, Lexington, Massachusetts
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96. Inn at Hastings Park, Lexington, Massachusetts

Score: 95.38

More information, innathastingspark.com

 

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

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

Score: 95.38

More information, littlepalmisland.com

 

 

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

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

Score: 95.42

More information, acqualinaresort.com

 

 

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

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

Score: 95.45

More information, stregisosaka.co.jp

 

92. (tie) Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece

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92. (tie) Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece

Score: 95.45

More information, katikies.com

 

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

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

Score: 95.45

More information, seapines.com

 

 

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

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

Score: 95.47

More information, starwoodhotels.com

 

 

89. Shinta Mani, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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89. Shinta Mani, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Score: 95.48

More information, shintamani.com

 

88. Singita Grumeti, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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88. Singita Grumeti, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Score: 95.52

More information, singita.com

 

 

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

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

Score: 95.53

More information, rosewoodhotels.com

 

 

86. The Chatwal, New York City

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86. The Chatwal, New York City

Score: 95.57

More information, thechatwalny.com

 

85. Inn at Rancho, Santana Rivas, Nicaragua

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85. Inn at Rancho, Santana Rivas, Nicaragua

Score: 95.60

More information, ranchosantana.com

 

 

84. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

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84. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

Score: 95.61

More information, oberoihotels.com

 

 

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

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

Score: 95.64

More information, whiteelephantvillage.com

 

 

 

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

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

Score: 95.64

More information, posthotel.com

 

 

81. Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach, Oregon

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81. Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Score: 95.64

More information, stephanie-inn.com

 

 

80. Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories, Chile

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80. Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories, Chile

Score: 95.70

More information, thesingular.com

 

79. Capella Ixtapa, Mexico

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79. Capella Ixtapa, Mexico

Score: 95.71

More information, capellahotels.com

 

 

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

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

Score: 95.72

More information, wilderness-safaris.com

77. Aria Hotel, Budapest

 77. Aria Hotel, Budapest
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77. Aria Hotel, Budapest

Score: 95.73

More information, ariahotelbudapest.com

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

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

Score: 95.77

More information, 21cmuseumhotels.com

75. (tie) Portrait Firenze, Florence

 75. (tie) Portrait Firenze, Florence
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75. (tie) Portrait Firenze, Florence

Score: 95.77

More information, lungarnocollection.com

74. Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

 74. Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
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74. Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Score: 95.78

More information, hrhvallarta.com

73. Ellerman House, Cape Town

 73. Ellerman House, Cape Town
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73. Ellerman House, Cape Town

Score: 95.78

More information, ellerman.co.za

72. Egerton House Hotel, London

 72. Egerton House Hotel, London
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72. Egerton House Hotel, London

Score: 95.79

More information, egertonhousehotel.com

71. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

 71. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi
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71. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

Score: 95.81

More information, jumeirah.com

70. Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts

 70. Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts
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70. Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts

Score: 95.83

More information, blantyre.com

69. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India

 69. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
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69. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India

Score: 95.84

More information, oberoihotels.com

68. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India

 68. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India
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68. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India

Score: 95.84

More information, oberoihotels.com

67. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cuzco, Peru

 67. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cuzco, Peru
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67. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cuzco, Peru

Score: 95.88

More information, belmond.com

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

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

Score: 95.89

More information, oldedwardsinn.com

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

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

Score: 95.91

More information, andbeyond.com

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

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

Score: 96.00

More information, tierrahotels.com

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

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

Score: 96.00

More information, fourseasons.com

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

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

Score: 96.00

More information, thealfondinn.com

61. Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, California

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61. Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, California

Score: 96.06

More information, farmhouseinn.com

 

60. The Surrey, New York City

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60. The Surrey, New York City

Score: 96.09

More information, thesurrey.com

59. Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland

 59. Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
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59. Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland

Score: 96.10

More information, ashfordcastle.com

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

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

Score: 96.14

More information, arenalnayara.com

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

 57. (tie) Nayara Springs Arenal, Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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57. (tie) Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland

Score: 96.14

More information, brp.ch

56. Milestone Hotel, London

 56. Milestone Hotel, London
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56. Milestone Hotel, London

Score: 96.16

More information, milestonehotel.com

55. 41, London

 55. 41, London
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55. 41, London

Score: 96.17

More information, 41hotel.com

54. Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Chatham, Massachusetts

 54. Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Chatham, Massachusetts
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54. Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Chatham, Massachusetts

Score: 96.21

More information, wequassett.com

53. The Louise, Barossa Valley, Australia

 53. The Louise, Barossa Valley, Australia
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53. The Louise, Barossa Valley, Australia

Score: 96.22

More information, thelouise.com.au

52. Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Gateway, Colorado

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52. Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Gateway, Colorado

Score: 96.24

More information, gatewaycanyons.com

51. Château du Sureau, Oakhurst, California

 52. Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Gateway, Colorado
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51. Château du Sureau, Oakhurst, California

Score: 96.25

More information, chateausureau.com

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

 51. Château du Sureau, Oakhurst, California
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50. (tie) Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Score: 96.26

More information, rosewoodhotels.com

49. (tie) Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest49. (tie) Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest

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

Score: 96.26

More information, fourseasons.com

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

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

Score: 96.30

More information, meritagecollection.com

47. Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

 47. Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia
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47. Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Score: 96.30

More information, southernoceanlodge.com.au

46. Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

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46. Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

Score: 96.37

More information, blackberryfarm.com

45. The Willcox, Aiken, South Carolina

 46. Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
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45. The Willcox, Aiken, South Carolina

Score: 96.38

More information, thewillcox.com

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

 45. The Willcox, Aiken, South Carolina
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44. andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Score: 96.40

More information, andbeyond.com

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

 44. andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
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43. Rambagh Palace, a Taj Hotel, Jaipur, India

Score: 96.41

More information, taj.tajhotels.com

 

42. Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande, Florida

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42. Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande, Florida

Score: 96.43

More information, the-gasparilla-inn.com

 

41. Curtain Bluff, Antigua

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41. Curtain Bluff, Antigua

Score: 96.45

More information, curtainbluff.com

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

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

Score: 96.54

More information, capekidnappers.com

 

39. Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland

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39. Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland

Score: 96.55

More information, ballyfin.com

 

 38. Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt, Switzerland

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 38. Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt, Switzerland

Score: 96.63

More information, montcervinpalace.ch

 

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

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

Score: 96.71

More information, fourseasons.com

 

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

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

Score: 96.71

More information, andbeyond.com

 

35. Londolozi, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

 35. Londolozi, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
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35. Londolozi, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Score: 96.71

More information, londolozi.com

 

34. Leela Palace, Udaipur, India

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34. Leela Palace, Udaipur, India

Score: 96.73

More information, theleela.com

 

33. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy

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33. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy

Score: 96.80

More information, rosewoodhotels.com

 

32. EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile32. EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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

Score: 96.84

More information, ecocamp.travel

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

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

Score: 96.86

More information, fourseasons.com

 

30. Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont

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30. Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont

Score: 96.87

More information, rabbithillinn.com

29. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Indonesia

 29. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Indonesia
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29. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Indonesia

Score: 96.88

More information, fourseasons.com

28. Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

 28. Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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28. Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Score: 96.88

More information, theresortatpedregal.com

27. Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec

 27. Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec
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27. Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, Quebec

Score: 96.96

More information, manoirhovey.com

26. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis

 26. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis
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26. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis

Score: 97.00

More information, nisbetplantation.com

25. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

 25. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
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25. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Score: 97.03

More information, jademountain.com

 

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

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

Score: 97.05

More information, fourseasons.com

 

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

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

Score: 97.11

More information, fourseasons.com

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

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

Score: 97.12

More information, castellodicasole.com

 

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

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

Score: 97.17

More information, andbeyond.com

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

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

Score: 97.33

More information, altagracia.aubergeresorts.com

19. Temple House, Chengdu, China

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19. Temple House, Chengdu, China

Score: 97.37

More information, thetemplehousehotel.com 

 

18. La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa

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18. La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa

Score: 97.41

More information, theroyalportfolio.com

 

17. Kamalame Cay, Andros, Bahamas

Danilo Scarpati

17. Kamalame Cay, Andros, Bahamas

Score: 97.49

More information, kamalame.com

 

16. Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, India

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16. Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, India

Score: 97.50

More information, oberoihotels.com

15. Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont

 15. Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont
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15. Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont

Score: 97.54

More information, twinfarms.com

 

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

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

Score: 97.63

More information, singita.com

13. 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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13. 137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Score: 97.71

More information, 137pillarschiangmai.com

 

12. Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland

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12. Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland

Score: 97.76

More information, fogoislandinn.ca

 

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

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

Score: 98.00

More information, greatplainsconservation.com

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

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

Score: 98.00

More information, rosewoodhotels.com

9. Inn at Willow Grove, Orange, Virginia

 10. (tie) Rosewood CordeValle, San Martin, California
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9. Inn at Willow Grove, Orange, Virginia

Score: 98.13

More information, innatwillowgrove.com

 

8. Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina

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8. Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina

Score: 98.22

More information, cavaswinelodge.com

7. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana

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7. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana

Score: 98.23

More information, triplecreekranch.com

6. Tswalu Kalahari, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa

 6. Tswalu Kalahari, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
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6. Tswalu Kalahari, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa

Score: 98.40

More information, tswalu.com

5. Gibb’s Farm, Karatu, Tanzania

 5. Gibb’s Farm, Karatu, Tanzania
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5. Gibb’s Farm, Karatu, Tanzania

Score: 98.59

More information, gibbsfarm.com

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

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

Score: 98.61

More information, kauricliffs.com

 

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

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

Score: 98.77

More information, brushcreekranch.com

 

2. The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

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2. The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

Score: 98.91

More information, thebrando.com

1. Nihi Sumba Island (formerly Nihiwatu), Indonesia

Tânia Araújo

1. Nihi Sumba Island (formerly Nihiwatu), Indonesia

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.”