What are the best hotels in the world?
The readers of Conde Nast Traveler give their choices for the hotels that have the most to offer.
What kind of hotel are you looking for when you travel? You may want to be immersed in luxury you can't get at home, or you want to wake up to a spectacular view, or have a choice of food and drink that's second to none. Then the annual Reader's Choice Awards recently published by Conde Nast Traveler is a list you should consult before booking your next trip.
This list of 100 hotels and resorts was voted the best by CNT's devoted reader base, and covers the entire planet from Italy to Israel. Let's count down the top eight spots ...
8. Nayara Springs (Arneal, Costa Rica)
Nayarya Springs is situated atop a rainforest in Costa Rica. (Photo: Courtesy of Nayara Springs)
Situated on top of Costa Rica's lush rainforest, the 16-unit resort includes a view of the Arneal volcano. You can get a spa treatment using volcanic mud – at least they won't have far to go to get it.
7. Waldorf Astoria (Jerusalem, Israel)
The Atrium at the Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem. (Photo: Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem)
The facade of this hotel is from the 1920s, and the renovated hotel within reflects that decade's elegance, including a courtyard-style atrium. The scenic location in Jerusalem gives visitors great access to sightseeing as well as a great choice of restaurants and other amenities.
6. Cal-a-Vie (Vista, California)
The spa retreat at Cal-a-Vie. (Photo: Courtesy of Cal-a-Vie)
If you want to go on a yoga retreat, Cal-a-Vie is the place. Located near San Diego, the health resort offers a program consisting of yoga, hikes and other ways to get your motor going, along with meals geared to your dietary requirements.
5. Portrait Roma (Rome, Italy)
A roof deck at the Portrait Roma hotel in Rome. (Photo: Courtesy of Portrait Roma)
The interior design of this boutique hotel near the Spanish Steps is supposed to invoke the 1950s esthetic of Salvatore Ferragamo. When you're done walking from the Coliseum through the Forum, and after you tossed some coins in the Trevi Fountain, relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the view from a rooftop deck.
4. ITC Grand Bharat (Gurgaon, Haryana, India)
The pink limestone domes and arches of the ITC Grand Bharat outside of New Delhi. (Photo: Courtesy of ITC Grand Bharat)
The Grand Bharat looks ancient, thanks to a design of domes and arches created from pink sandstone. Surrounded by meadows and offering a peaceful spa experience, it's hard to believe chaotic New Delhi is only 30 minutes away.
3. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat (Clanwilliam, Western Cape, South Africa)
Bushmans Kloof in South Africa offers luxury cabins. (Photo: Courtesy of Bushmans Kloof)
This reserve in the Cederberg Mountains gives you the chance to go on safari but return to luxury. The staff is steeped in the region's history and serve as guides, and the restaurant serves meals made from local game and plant life.
2. The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch (Saratoga, Wyoming)
The Lodge at Brush Creek Ranch has spectacular Rocky Mountain views. (Photo: Courtesy of The Lodge at Brush Creek Ranch)
You can fly fish, ride horses and hike at this ranch, and have some pretty mean barbecue. But there's also a spa, cushy accommodations and gourmet dining. And the Rocky Mountain views are spectacular.
1. Singita Grumeti (Serengeti, Tanzania)
Singita Grumeti is situated right next to the massive Serengeti National Park. (Photo: Courtesy of Singita Grumeti)
Adjacent to Serengeti National Park, this resort offers camping as well as luxury rooms. The camp is mobile, moving to where the best game watching is. But back at the resort, there are tea rooms, billiard rooms, and gourmet dining.
Every hotel on CNT's list will make for a memorable experience, whether you want to experience nature or cruise through your favorite city. It'll definitely be the first thing we look at before we book our next trip.
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