Over 7,000 properties across 95 countries around the world have been featured on TripAdvisor. Recently, the site released their Travelers’ Choice Awards, an annual list that ranks the top 25 hotels in the world based on the millions of reviews and ratings from travelers collected on the TripAdvisor website.
Recognized for their exceptional service, stunning grounds, and amazing food, staying at any one of these hotels has been described as a dream-like experience.
This exclusive list of immaculate hotels includes everything from a hotel carved into an ancient cave, to a spa in the Austrian Alps, to a hotel overlooking the grounds of Buckingham Palace in England.
Here are the 25 best hotels in the world, as per TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards.
25. AYADA Maldives (Maguhdhuvaa, Maldives)
What You Need To Know: Voted the ‘Leading Water Villa Resort’ in the world at the 2014 World Travel Awards, Ayada Maldives is a luxury private island resort offering a truly luxurious retreat with a genuine Maldivian style. The island offers 122 spacious villas and suites, all with private pools, butler and thoughtful five-star detailing. Visitors can choose between traditional thatched-roof water-villas stand on stilts over the lagoon, while beach villas offer absolute privacy. There are six restaurants and bars, while those seeking relaxation will find the large spa set in beautiful tropical gardens.
Traveler Review: “Our 3rd resort we have tried in the Maldives and by far our favorite…We honestly did not want to leave! The rooms are beautiful, very spacious and the private pool was lovely to swim in and very handy with having a young one. Beds so comfortable you don’t want to leave! Food was also very yummy, and attention to detail was impeccable. All the staff were extremely helpful and attentive, we always felt taken care of, and the resort had a very warm welcome, cannot wait to come back soon.”
24. The Nantucket Hotel & Resort (Nantucket, Massachusetts)
What You Need To Know: The Nantucket Hotel celebrates the quintessential New England island vacation…Appointed with modern comforts, no worries, and smiling staff. We’re within walking distance of beaches, and downtown Nantucket – with its shops, restaurants, sightseeing activities, and the Harbor. We offer hotel rooms, 1-to-4-bedroom suites, 1 & 2-bedroom cottages, Breeze Restaurant & The Nantucket Club, our fitness center and spa, two heated outdoor swimming pools, and a hot tub.
Traveler Review: “Warm, friendly, impeccably clean, perfectly located to town, inviting public spaces, great bed, nautical decor. We loved every minute.”
23. O’Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa (Vietnam)
What You Need To Know: O’Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa prides itself on having a gallery of the most luxurious and modern accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter. Each detail painstakingly crafted, to remark history, architecture to bring the most comfortable stay to our valued customers. We not only value the artistry, architecture but also built its decor and setting perfectly.
Traveler Review: “Best service from a boutique hotel.”
22. Constance Prince Maurice (Mauritius)
What You Need To Know: Experience the ultimate romantic hideaway, where stunning architectural design meets relaxed luxury. Revel in the intimate and secluded setting, pamper yourself at the renowned Sisley spa and U Spa by Constance, then enjoy the exceptional international cuisine created by our chefs from around the world. Families enjoy the beach-side villas and complimentary children’s club ‘Constance Kids Club,’ while golf fans can retreat to our 2, 18-hole championship golf courses.
Traveler Review: “My wife and I had an absolutely amazing honeymoon at the Prince Maurice hotel. It exceeded even our greatest expectations. The beauty of the hotel was only outdone by the friendliness of the staff. From our first day to our last, the staff made us feel special, getting to know us, and taking an interest. The staff went above and beyond to make us feel like family. On top of that, the food was excellent, the drinks were unreal, and the entire atmosphere felt like a dream. Would definitely recommend to anyone.”
21. Hotel Spadai (Florence, Italy)
What You Need To Know: Nestled right in the heart of Renaissance Florence, just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza Signoria, new Hotel Spadai offers you a memorable and comfortable stay in a unique historical setting. From the recently restyled, sympathetic design to the exclusive toiletry kits and attentive staff, every detail will ensure you an authentic Florence experience, as well as an amazing stay in our gorgeous rooms.
Traveler Review: “Perfect Location and Hotel in Florence.”
20. Valle D’incanto Midscale Hotel (Gramado, Brazil)
What You Need To Know: Welcome to Valle D’incanto Midscale Hotel, an amazing option for travelers to Gramado. The hotel is very close to some of the city’s greatest landmarks, including Casa do Colono and Praca Major Nicoletti and restaurants including which are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike. You can also check out popular attractions like Rua Coberta, Caro Watson Escape Game, and the Chocolate Caseiro Planalto – Fábrica e Loja, which are all within walking distance of the hotel. Valle D’incanto Midscale Hotel puts the best of Gramado at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.
Traveler Review: “This hotel exceeds expectations on every level. The most amazing food, ambiance, even the music selection (they played “Bon Iver” over breakfast!) so much love goes into what they do. Worth every penny.”
19. Rosewood Mayakoba (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
What You Need To Know: Rosewood Mayakoba, situated on the Riviera Maya, is a luxury resort which offers spacious suites surrounded by the emerald embrace of the jungle and caressed by warm Caribbean breezes. A resort of rare luxury and indulgence, Rosewood Mayakoba is imbued with the unique spirit of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The ecological enclave of Mayakoba is a new, enlightened model of true luxury hospitality that celebrates the land without compromising it.
Traveler Review: “The customer service, throughout the property, was exquisite. Our accommodations exceeded expectations. The bed was very comfortable, and anything we could’ve needed was readily available. The spa was also a memorable experience. Take the time to get to know your butler; you won’t regret it.”
18. Nayara Springs – Relais & Chateaux (Costa Rica)
What You Need To Know: Nayara Springs -Relais & Chateaux’s 35 villas are 1,500 square feet of pure luxury, romance, and privacy. These villas offer the ultimate experience with a private plunge pool fed by water directly from the volcano, which is some of the purest in the world. Nayara Springs is an adult-only luxurious property with many unique and exclusive features. The hotel has two savory restaurants; Amor Loco which serves gourmet cuisine and Mis Amores, a casual Italian restaurant. Nayara Springs also has its own coffee bar; the coffee is a Nayara Signature that can only be found on the property.
Traveler Review: “It was truly unreal. One of the most amazing resorts I’ve ever stayed at! Everything was literally perfect. The staff, the villas, the property. The food was absolutely perfect! Loved everything, and the cocktails were also great. The villa was fabulous. We loved the outdoor shower and indoor shower plus we each had a sink on opposite sides of the huge bathroom. The pool in the villa was so cool- we would sit out there and just watch all the birds and frogs around us. A highlight was seeing sloths and monkeys around the property. I truly have nothing bad at all to say about this place. We will absolutely be back!!! I could not recommend this resort enough!!!”
17. Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (Indonesia)
What You Need To Know: Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is the third property in the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Reserve collection and is located along the Ayung River in Bali’s cultural and spiritual heart, in Ubud, Indonesia. The resort takes you on an exclusive journey inside an indigenous Balinese village, providing a sensory journey to wellness and nature. Set where the lush jungle meets the Ayung River, and temples stand majestic against a backdrop of rice terraces, it offers 35 suites, 25 private pool villas, four unique dining concepts, including exclusive dining beyond experiences within the Reserve, and a restorative Spa and fitness center.
Traveler Review: “This hotel and its staff are absolutely on a level we have never seen. We’ve stayed in luxury hotels all around the world, and this one by far is the most impressive. The luxurious oversized room was well decorated and equipped with all the 21st-century necessities. The view of the rice patties and the entire hotel complex was beautiful, amazing, and impressive. From the moment our butler welcomed us until the day we departed, he was attentive and extremely helpful in getting trips organized, arranging spa treatments, and ensuring all of our needs were met. The stay at the Mandapa Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a must if your goals are picturesque surroundings, tranquility, and overall peacefulness.”
16. Ikos Oceania (Nea Moudania, Greece)
What You Need To Know: Overlooking the crystal blue Aegean, the luxurious Ikos Oceania is located 30 minutes from Thessaloniki International Airport. The highlight of this stunning setting is the 350m long natural sandy beach, fringed by pines, olive groves, and cypress trees. Dispersed amongst the 15 acres of well-groomed gardens, the spacious, elegant guest rooms and suites offer panoramic sea views with Mount Olympus in the background. Oceania features four a la carte restaurants along with the Flavors international buffet restaurant and six superb bars.
Traveler Review: “Ikos Oceania is like no other hotel we have visited. What makes it so special is that every guest is treated as special. A warm welcome set the tone which continued throughout our stay. The staff is the friendliest and most attentive we have ever encountered without being intrusive. As wonderful as the amenities are, without exception, it is the staff who are at the heart of this hotel and contributed most to a lovely holiday.”
15. Hotel 41 (London, United Kingdom)
What You Need To Know: Hotel 41 is one of the most distinguished and admired hotels in London, overlooking the Royal Mews and the grounds of Buckingham Palace. A discreet and intimate hideaway, 41 has the relaxed feel of an exclusive private members club. Arguably the closest 5* hotel to Buckingham Palace and a short stroll from Victoria station, the city’s top attractions are within easy reach. Leafy St James’s Park and Green Park are perfect for a picnic or a morning run, and a pleasant wander takes you to Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, and River Thames.
Traveler Review: “What an incredible hotel. The level of service is the best I have ever encountered. And the concept of the all-day pantry is a wonderful touch. Beautifully decorated rooms. The “whatever whenever” button on the phone is a piece of brilliance. Bravo to all the staff for making this hotel stand head and shoulders above the rest.”
14. Hotel Amira Istanbul (Istanbul, Turkey)
What You Need To Know: Hotel Amira Istanbul is a boutique hotel located at the heart of the centuries old empires’ capital. Some remarkable neighbors of the Hotel Amira Istanbul are the great Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Blue Mosque, the mystic Basilica Cistern, the imperial Topkapi Palace, and the colorful Grand Bazaar. Amira Hotel offers you spaciously designed 32 rooms in the Sultanahmet area, featuring very comfortable Visco mattresses, local touches like ottoman style hand-made ceiling paintings.
Traveler Review: “An absolutely wonderful hotel, with delicious food and drinks. The location is perfect for exploring Istanbul’s monuments, and the bar offers truly sublime views of the old city and the Bosphorus. The rooms are prettily furnished but, above all, the staff were excellent, better than in almost any comparable luxury boutique hotel we’ve stayed in Europe or the US. The staff speak very good English and are very accommodating without being obsequious, friendly without being overbearing, and highly knowledgeable about their city and culture.”
13. The Oberoi Rajvillas (Jaipur, India)
What You Need To Know: Jaipur, ‘The Pink City’, was the vision and triumph of Maharaja Jai Singh II, warrior, astronomer, and politician. The Oberoi Rajvilas glitters like a jewel in a magnificent environment where wilderness is juxtaposed with art. its setting. Its architectural style, its cool, regal interiors and its 32 acres of formal gardens, echo the colors and majesty of Jaipur. Deluxe rooms, sunken marble baths, air-conditioned tents with lavish bathrooms, romantic villas with private pools and dining pavilions offer an opportunity to live a lifestyle of opulence enjoyed by the Rajput princes.
Traveler Review: “The Oberoi Rajvillas Hotel in Jaipur is without a doubt the most beautiful hotel we have ever stayed at. The service is impeccable, from the Manager to all the staff – those who attended to the beautiful gardens and pool area, the reception and dining room staff. The food was excellent and the wonderful team from housekeeping who not only looked after us extremely well. Our room was beautiful, spacious, and very comfortable. Thank you all so much for a wonderful and memorable holiday.”
12. Quinta Jardins do Lago (Funchal, Portugal)
What You Need To Know: This elegant small luxury botanical garden hotel in Madeira Island is Quinta Jardins do Lago. The Quinta was built in the 18th century, and it was the home of well-known French and British families. Today the Quinta Jardins do Lago, with 31 double rooms, 4 historical Junior Suites and 5 Premier Suites, all facing south to the luscious gardens, have been passionately designed to offer the best accommodation with modern functionality in traditional comfort and style.
Traveler Review: “This hotel provides the warmest welcome, excellent food, tasteful decor, very comfortable rooms, spotlessly clean surroundings, peace and quiet for rest and relaxation and the most pleasant staff throughout the whole hotel. The botanical gardens are picturesque and beautifully kept, and the entire hotel has a charm and elegance that cannot be bettered!”
11. Golden Temple Retreat (Cambodia)
What You Need To Know: For guests looking for relaxation and serenity, the Golden Temple Retreat, one of the five Golden Temple Group properties, offers just that. Located in the Wat Damnak area, in the South-East quarter, the retreat is just a 10-minute walk to downtown Siem Reap and about 10 kilometers from Angkor and the airport. Like the other Golden Temple properties, the Retreat provides a professional spa, a lengthy swimming pool, extensive bar, and high-quality restaurants which feature complimentary Apsara dance performances at selected times and serves both Western and local gastronomic delights.
Traveler Review: “I have nothing but good things to say about this hotel. The moment we got picked up at the airport, we knew we picked the right place to stay. Everyone was beyond nice and helpful! We stayed in a swim up room, that was great! Nice bed and air conditioning and amazing shower/bath! Very easy 5-minute walk to pub street and all the shops, markets and restaurants. Got help from the front desk set up a sunrise tour of temples that was perfect, and they even packed us a breakfast to take with us! Can’t wait to go back to Cambodia and this hotel!”
10. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa (Hanoi, Vietnam)
What You Need To Know: Set apart from the rest of our other properties, it embodies pure luxury. Promising a warm welcome and personal service superbly located on old Ma May Street, it is in easy reach of Hanoi’s evocative Hoan Kiem lake and major attractions. The latest gem is both modern in style as well as embodying the hidden charm of Hanoi’s old quarter. The hotel has 50 spacious bedrooms, including suites and duplex rooms. Other facilities include a spa, gym, restaurant, and movie room to help you relax even more during your stay with us.
Traveler Review: “As soon as we got in the hotel, we knew we had chosen well. Beautiful reception area, and tastefully decorated. Beautiful large room with great terrace and views across the city. Cleanliness was of a high standard. The restaurant is also tastefully decorated and served high-quality food. The sky bar was equally impressive. The staff are very attentive and attend to your every need. All in all, highly recommended.”
9. Kayakapi Premium Caves – Cappadocia (Urgup, Turkey)
What You Need To Know: As being one of the first settlement zones in Cappadocia’s centrally located city of Urgüp, the historical site of Kayakapi neighborhood –Kayakapi Premium Caves, supported by UNESCO and World Heritage Center, is formed by hundreds of cave houses and historical structures. You can be one of the special guests of this historic neighborhood with its 10th-century Cave Church, the historical Mosque dated back to Seljuq Empire and the House of St. John the Russian with its unique Urgup / Cappadocia view.
Traveler Review: “Kayakapi Premium Cave Hotel – undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Cappadocia. Rooms, guest relations, breakfast, dinner, view are all exceptionally good. This hotel is truly five*. Our 3-night stay here will surely be a memorable one, and if we visit Cappadocia ever again, this hotel is going to be the place again.”
8. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas (Cusco, Peru)
What You Need To Know: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas was built on Inca foundations and became a palatial private home in the 1500s, and it later became a convent in 1715. The hotel has preserved all that’s most precious, and you’ll find original Inca stonework, colonial frescos and gold-framed paintings collected by the nuns. At the same time, you’ll discover the best of the new world within our walls. We’ll look after you in the most elegant way possible, whether your idea of relaxing is taking a morning yoga class or an evening salsa lesson.
Traveler Review: “Luxury set in a converted convent. Upon check-in, I was given a bouquet of flowers. A vase pre-filled with water was waiting in my room. These are the delightful kinds of deluxe surprises that await. We had a large period suite with a huge bathroom. Staff was beyond obliging- especially our personal butler.”
7. The Resort at Pedregal (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)
What You Need To Know: Your journey begins as you emerge from Dos mares Tunnel, carved through a solid mountain, to discover paradise. The Resort at Pedregal welcomes you with familial Mexican charm. The check-in desk, located below the azure blue sky, illustrates the endless possibilities. 115 rooms and suites, each with a private plunge pool with stunning ocean views, personal assistant service, fireplace, LCD television, iPod docking station, and complimentary refreshments allow you to rehydrate and renew.
Traveler Review: “This place is amazing. The service is the best – the staff is on top of every need and desire. There is a reason why this is our 7th time at this resort. We can’t wait to go back.”
6. French Quarter Inn (Charleston, South Carolina)
What You Need To Know: Regularly ranked among the city of Charleston’s most luxurious retreats, the French Quarter Inn captivates guests with an experience similar to that of visiting the gracious home of a charming Southern friend. Our exquisitely designed Charleston hideaway will provide you with a taste of the Historic District’s refined past. Our hotel offers modern touches, including a welcome champagne toast and spacious Italian marble bathrooms, this is your home away from home.
Traveler Review: “This was our second time at the French Quarter Inn, and everything was perfect! The hotel is situated in a location that is within walking distance to parks, shopping and to restaurants. The hotel is beautiful, and the attention to detail is apparent. The staff was very welcoming and willing to offer assistance if needed. In our opinion, this is THE PLACE to stay when in Charleston!”
5. Hotel Alpin Spa Tuxerhof (Tux, Austria)
What You Need To Know: The Alpine Spa is a haven for individuals and especially for couples. We have several offers for partner treatments. Enjoy a snow crystal peeling on the hot stone, a melissa-lemon bath in the romantic tub or an anti-stress massage together with your partner and rest in the soft waterbeds. Enjoy our convivial atmosphere, the spacious and comfortable accommodation in our new suites and our excellent cuisine.
Traveler Review: “We have been here several times and even though we make a point of trying to always go new places this one keeps us coming back. The family feel but with all the amenities and luxuries is perfect. The food is great, the activities are fun and healthy, and the setting is amazing, hard to beat the Alps.”
4. Kenting Amanda Hotel (Hengchun, Pingtung)
What You Need To Know: Amanda Hotel is located within walking distance to a sandy beach. The building, decorated in a Moroccan style, hides 48 en-suite rooms which come with a minibar, a safe and a seating area. Guests can also take advantage of the city’s beautiful views. Amanda Hotel offers a buffet breakfast made fresh daily, and there is a restaurant serving Western dishes on site. There is also a private pool and a hot tub on site as well as its own aquavit, and fitness center. The accommodation is completed with car service, ironing service, and tour assistance to enhance your stay.
Traveler Review: “I stayed at this resort for one night and wished I stayed for longer, great facilities and decor with friendly staff. The rooms are spacious and clean, and the breakfast was extremely delicious.”
3. Viroth’s Hotel (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
What You Need To Know: Located in the center of Siem Reap, in the vibrant Wat Bo area, the hotel boasts 50’s-inspired design, complemented by large green areas and vertical gardens. Viroth’s Hotel includes 35 guestrooms, a 20-meter pool, spa, gym, air-conditioned dining room / open-air restaurant, bar, and 24-hour reception service to satisfy all your needs.
Traveler Review: “Nero said of his Golden palace upon completion “Now I can begin to live like a human being.” This is how I felt after my revelatory stay at Viroth’s. The grounds are lovely. It kindles images of an opulent 1970’s Los Angeles party mansion. The pool catches a nice patch of sunlight most hours of the day. The spa has a number of excellent treatments to enjoy. The restaurant is delightful. Breakfast and dinner at Viroth’s is a treat. Fabulous French baked goods and a la carte breakfast that any eater would enjoy. Great happy hour.”
2. Hotel Belvedere (Riccione, Italy)
What You Need To Know: Hotel Belvedere is a world apart, the world for you and your family, to make your summer traditional and special. In our hotel, there are 48 rooms, 5 junior suites, a unique wellness center, a swimming pool which is more like a blue lagoon, and a terrace solarium. Yet this is just the mere surface as there’s so much more! We strive to offer exclusive and unique services which harmoniously combine with one another and make your holiday one to remember.
Traveler Review: “Everything about our trip to the Belvedere was absolutely amazing – the location, the rides, the food, but most importantly the people! Marina has put together a team of guides and staff that are world class! This was our first trip, but it was easy to understand why many of the other guests were there for their sixth or seventh time! We can’t wait to go back.”
1. Tulemar Bungalows & Villas (Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)
What You Need To Know: Tulemar is the premier resort development in Manuel Antonio. Gated and secure, the 33-acre jungle resort is perched on the hillside overlooking the Pacific but continues down all the way to our own beach. It includes the Tulemar Bungalows and our special and unique villas such as Villa Mot Mot, Casa Panorama, Casa de Frutas, Casa Las Nubes, Villa Kiskadee and the new Tulemar Bamboo Villas just for couples.
Traveler Review: “Tulemar is an absolute dream vacation destination offering all the accommodations of an upscale resort with the privacy of an isolated jungle Airbnb. The private villas situated against the hillside truly makes you feel like you are in your own jungle paradise with the most stunning views! The staff are amazing and accommodating. My concierge was particularly amazing! The tours that he booked were prime quality and some of the best moments of my time in Costa Rica. I also especially appreciated the shuttle drivers as well as the beach concierge. As a solo travel, this safe, stunning property was exactly what I was looking for but would also be a great option for families or groups. I will 110% absolutely be back – thanks for a great time, Tulemar!”