Every year, Condé Nast Traveler Magazine doles out readers’ choice awards within different categories of travel. Some 128,000 travelers participate in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey and the final results recognize the best the world has to offer in islands, cruise lines, hotels, resorts, cities, airlines and airports. Which is cool and all, but can be tough to visualize. Which is why we’re going to take you on a visual tour!
This go around, we’ll be taking a closer look at Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 15 (out of 100) Best Hotels in the World. These hotels span the globe and offer scenery you won’t believe until you see for yourself. If you’re looking for travel inspiration, this list will certainly do the trick.
1. Singita Grumeti Serengeti, Tanzania
It’s like Disney World for adults, but without the lines, and you might even get to see Naked and Afraid contestants catching fish with their privates.
2. The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming
For just $1,700 per night (and that only sleeps two), you can stay in the country’s best western resort. Pack wisely because there’s a chance yoga pants could be outlawed.
3. Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat, Cederberg Mountains, South Africa
It might be a long and expensive journey getting to South Africa, but this place puts time in perspective real quick once you see the 10,000-year-old rock art they protect.
4. ITC Grand Bharat, Haryana, India
This hotel is the ultimate in luxury with everything they offer done at an “unhurried pace.” They also list zorbing as an available adventure sport, so it’s safe to say they’ve got it all.
5. Portrait Roma, Rome, Italy
Portrait Roma has just one below average review out of 585 that gripes about toilet paper quality, so even if you’re not that into Ferragamo, the hotel’s inspiration and owner, it’s a great option.
6. Cal-A-Vie Health Spa, Vista, California
Yoga, tennis, golf, aqua cycling, pilates, volleyball and probably anything else you can come up with. A seven-night stay costs $9,000 and includes three meals per day, 16 spa treatments, and they’ll touch your scalp!
7. Waldorf Astoria, Jerusalem, Israel
Explore Jerusalem’s Old City by day and relax in this grand-as-hell hotel that’s also super convenient, by night. Management has responded to almost all 561 reviews on TripAdvisor, which is crazy, but at least you know they care.
8. Nayara Springs, Arenal, Costa Rica
Adults only! That’s why it looks so amazing! I don’t even have kids, but I knew there was something special about this place and huzzah! Daily yoga, mini-bar and twice daily maid service (who on Earth is that filthy?) are all included!
Shinta Mani Club is only 20 minutes from Angkor Wat, which is the No. 1 landmark in the world according to TripAdvisor. So you can take our visual tour or a real life tour and then relax at this architecture marvel.
10. The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia, USA
The people on Little St. Simons Island are all about conservation, and it shows. You’ll see nature that you never imagined finding in the U.S. There are also walking dead all over mainland Georgia, so you’ll be safer here.
Dubai is the mecca of extravagance, which is why the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills went. According to their website, you can shop, golf, fish, and swim in an 850 square meter pool, plus they’ll groom you with exacting perfection and genuine flair. Sign us up!
12. Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti, Tanzania
There’s almost nothing more picturesque than a sunrise balloon ride over the Serengeti. If you think seeing an island out of the window on an airplane is cool, imagine peering over a basket at a pack (?) of elephants, giraffes, and zebras.
13. C Lazy U Ranch, Granby, Colorado
There are a handful of people who think we need to “make America great again,” but that doesn’t really seem fair when you see how awesome some parts of this country are. Plus people in Colorado are funny.
14. Aro Ha Wellness Retreat, Glenorchy, New Zealand
This place is INSANE. It’s only forty minutes from Queenstown, New Zealand, and it looks like another planet. One on which we are not creating an irreversibly damaging human footprint. The retreat’s philosophy of well-being might sound hokey, but it works, so don’t judge.
Shout out to Montana for knowing how to churn out awesome accommodations. The Resort at Paws Up is so amazing, Leonardo DiCaprio was there once. We sent one of our own to Paws Up back in October, and you can get the full skinny in his write-up. The bottom line is this place is a utopia.
If 15 just didn’t do it for you, there are 75 more hotels to see. Warning: they are shown in slideshow format, so grab your stress ball.