The 25 Top-Rated Hotels In The World All Have One Thing In Common



Slide 1 of 26: Scheduling time away from our daily work grinds — while clutched in winter's cruel embrace — is a seasonal no-brainer. But, actually finding time to plan such an escape is never as dreamy as the vacation idea itself. The multiple moving pieces of travel-planning equations can be dizzying to put together, starting squarely at where the heck to go — and more importantly, where the heck to stay. Sure, you could kick things off with a from-scratch destination search...Or, you could consult a tightened and already-vetted list of award-winning hotels across the globe for shaping your future itinerary.Ahead we're counting down 25 of these top-rated hotels, according to TripAdvisor's 2019 Traveler's Choice awards. From Carolinian inns to water-villas in the Maldives and even cave-houses in Turkey, the one thing this exotic group of 5-star lodgings have in common, are sparkling guest reviews by the most seasoned of TripAdvisor bookers. Scroll on to soak up streamlined inspiration for your future winter escapes — complete with the glowing reasons to book your stays from former well-rested escapees.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
Slide 2 of 26: 25. AYADA Maldives Where: Maguhdhuvaa, MaldivesWhat: Water-Villa ResortWhy: "This was the most amazing place I've been to in Maldives. The hotel was superb. The surroundings were as magical as I imagined it to be and the staff were so charming." — lollabelle, TripAdvisor
Slide 3 of 26: 24. The Nantucket Hotel & ResortWhere: Nantucket, MassachusettsWhat: Rustic Island HotelWhy: "The staff including Fulya, Carlos, Jamie, and Sharon were so incredibly helpful, directing us to the beach, making suggestions on restaurants and shops and ensuring that we had everything we needed for our Nantucket adventure. I would highly recommend the Nantucket Hotel to anyone that wants to enjoy the island at its best!" — Susan R, TripAdvisor
Slide 4 of 26: 23. O'Gallery Premier Hotel & SpaWhere: Hanoi, VietnamWhat: Urban ResortWhy: "We arrived in Hanoi for 3 nights. The lovely staff welcomed us with hot ginger tea. It is located a few minutes from the center of the old city and in walking distance to the lake and night market. The rooms are very spacious and clean." — Angela P, TripAdvisor
Slide 5 of 26: 22. Constance Prince MauriceWhere: Pointe de Flacq, MauritiusWhat: Beachside VillasWhy: "Beautiful, elegant hotel with the most amazing staff. Had a superb 7 night stay. We stayed in the junior suite which was delightful with a view of the gardens and sea. Large infinity pool which was not overly busy and lovely long beach." — Suk Patel, TripAdvisor
Slide 6 of 26: 21. Hotel SpadaiWhere: Florence, ItalyWhat: Historic City HotelWhy: "The location was perfect! We walked everywhere and felt close to everything we wanted to do. The room was beautiful! Quiet, spacious, clean, beds were new and comfortable, the bathroom was fantastic (shower was my favorite!), the free mini bar was a plus), I really couldn’t have been happier. " — 138meredithf, TripAdvisor
Slide 7 of 26: 20. Valle D'incanto Midscale HotelWhere: Gramado, BrazilWhat: Countryside Boutique HotelWhy: "It felt intimate and inviting. The food was memorable. Live music. Afternoon tea on Saturday. The room and accommodations were excellent, but the staff is what made our trip memorable. They anticipated our needs before we had a chance to ask, including a little treat bag for our journey as we left." — rbrintonbarrett, TripAdvisor
Slide 8 of 26: 19. Rosewood MayakobaWhere: Playa del Carmen, MexicoWhat: Beachfront ResortWhy: "One of the best resort experiences of my life. The attention to detail and the level of service is truly unmatched. We loved riding around the property on the bikes provided and visited all of the other hotels in the Mayakoba compound. A truly wonderful experience!" — tmcrey, TripAdvisor
Slide 9 of 26: 18. Nayara Springs - Relais & ChateauxWhere: La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa RicaWhat: Volcanic VillasWhy: "Stunning, beautiful resort. Excellent service & breathtaking views. The food was incredible, the room was beautiful. With a volcanic background and jungle surroundings the resort was second to none. There were several pools and jacuzzis. Live music at night and tours that the hotel could arrange for you to visit the hot springs, do zip lining and all sorts of activities." — Tourist11630379419, TripAdvisor
Slide 10 of 26: 17. Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton ReserveWhere: Ubud, IndonesiaWhat: Jungle ResortWhy: "This may be the greatest place I've ever stayed. The property is absolutely unique, something you can understand from the moment you arrive and enter the minimalist lobby with outstanding views out over the entire property. The place is simply stunningly beautiful. From check in to check out, our butler took incredible care of us and made sure we were having the experience that we wanted. Dinner at Kubu was fantastic and not to be missed. We also had an outstanding meal with Mia at Sawah terrace." — luvs_trvl_and_dogs, TripAdvisor
Slide 11 of 26: 16. Ikos Oceania Where: Nea Moudania, GreeceWhat: All-Inclusive Seaside ResortWhy: "Wow. What a place. Spent five amazing days and nights here. Ate in a different restaurant every night, and the food was just amazing...Use of the well-equipped gym, sauna and indoor pool are included...The beach area is onsite and is immaculate...The rooms are beautiful...But all that said, the most amazing thing about this place is the staff. There may have been a couple of hundred guests onsite, but every single interaction we had with a member of staff left us feeling that were the only guests there!" — srwally2014, TripAdvisor
Slide 12 of 26: 15. Hotel 41 Where: London, United KingdomWhat: Private Club-Like HotelWhy: "From the interior appointments, to the service and staff — there was no stone left unturned. This is one of the best hotel experiences I’ve had and the location could not be better. The atmosphere is more suited to private comfort and that was key to our recharge after three weeks of travel. Also — the snack bar is on point." — SuperHolberg, TripAdvisor
Slide 13 of 26: 14. Hotel Amira Istanbul Where: Istanbul, TurkeyWhat: Old-City Boutique HotelWhy: "We just absolutely loved this hotel. The front desk, the brilliant breakfast spread, the location, the room...the front desk staff (especially Erkan) went out of his way to make us feel welcome, comfortable, filled us with information...It was like staying with friends who look out for you. The hotel is walking distance from all the must-see places. And bang next to the waterfront. What more can you ask for?" — ramalakshmi20152015, TripAdvisor
Slide 14 of 26: 13. The Oberoi Rajvilas Where: Jaipur, IndiaWhat: Ancient Palace VillasWhy: "We were welcomed with rose petals to this gorgeous property, The service is beyond words, to describe the professionalism, courteous warmth that the staff and management provide us. The restaurants are unique with excellent cuisine, Abby the Hotel General Manager and his staff need special recognition for making our stay a memorable experience." — Ranjit C, TripAdvisor
Slide 15 of 26: 12. Quinta Jardins do Lago Where: Funchal, PortugalWhat: Botanical Garden ResortWhy: "I have been to this hotel several time and it has always been wonderful...the tropical gardens have the most amazing collection of trees, shrubs and flowers, all of which are named with full details in several languages. The hotel itself is exceptional and no request is too much trouble. The food is excellent and the general ambience of a very high standard. Situated where it is a mile or so above Funchal, affords far reaching views across to mountains and ocean and as evening darkness approaches the view is transformed by masses of twinkling lights from properties around." — Jean Margaret, TripAdvisor
Slide 16 of 26: 11. Golden Temple Retreat Where: Siem Reap, CambodiaWhat: Temple ResortWhy: "Beautiful little boutique hotel with stunning artwork and wonderful spa facilities. We could not have had a warmer welcome...we were met at the airport and introduced to Siem Reap and given a real insight into Cambodian culture on the journey to the hotel. The welcome drink and local snacks were truly delicious and it was a good way to relax after our journey. The rooms are beautiful and have a real spa feel...The night we arrived we witnessed traditional and highly skilled dance performance in the dining area and upon waking the following morning we sampled a fabulous breakfast which catered for all tastes and featured high quality local produce. If you are looking to relax in an intimate and authentic retreat featuring an exciting menu and expert treatments look no further than this hotel." — Paul W, TripAdvisor
Slide 17 of 26: 10. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa Where: Hanoi, VietnamWhat: Urban Spa-HotelWhy: "Very friendly and professional staff, ideal location for sightseeing and excellent food...the breakfast was amazing - all cuisines covered! The staff all took the time to chat and offer helpful advice." — Bev, TripAdvisor
Slide 18 of 26: 9. Kayakapi Premium Caves - Cappadocia Where: Urgup, TurkeyWhat: 10th-Century Cave-HousesWhy: "I don’t know where to begin with this amazing cliffside property! From the moment we arrived we were astounded by the beautiful views overlooking the unique fairytale landscape of Cappadocia. We were warmly welcomed by the wonderful staff and promptly escorted to our cave. Immediately upon entering, it was so surreal. This was our first time staying in a real cave and it was truly a unique experience that everyone should enjoy . The cave itself was very large, well decorated with authentic charm and incredibly comfortable. The design was thoughtfully planned out with spacious separate rooms and a humongous bathing area including our own Hamam and lounging area!" — Luxe Tourista, TripAdvisor
Slide 19 of 26: 8. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Where: Cusco, PeruWhat: Converted 17th-Century Convent HotelWhy: "This is an outstanding hotel, you feel incredibly spoilt staying here, you can want for nothing, and the experience adds to your whole stay in this wonderful country. It’s a gorgeous building, with lovely courtyards to sit and soak up the atmosphere, the rooms are spacious and beautifully furnished." — GClife, TripAdvisor
Slide 20 of 26: 7. The Resort At Pedregal Where: Cabo San Lucas, MexicoWhat: Mountain-Set & Seaside ResortWhy: "The Resort at Pedregal cannot be faulted. Every detail is exceptional and the experience is perfect from beginning to end. From the moment you approach the resort the stunning views capture the eye to then be greeted by delicious drinks and welcoming hosts. The facilities are second to none and the service is top tier. All of the food (breakfast included) is scrumptious and can be tailored to suit individual preferences. The resort is easy to navigate and there is a buggy available should distances be long. Hope to be back soon!" — rosemarycav, TripAdvisor
Slide 21 of 26: 6. French Quarter Inn Where: Charleston, South CarolinaWhat: Charming Historic Estate HotelWhy: "Perfect location right in the heart of downtown. Champagne upon check in, wine and charcuterie in the evening, port and cookies later in the evening and an excellent breakfast and M&Ms all day long. Beds were extremely comfortable, loved the pillow menu. Staff is extremely friendly. Can't wait to go back!" — Tina L, TripAdvisor
Slide 22 of 26: 5. Hotel Alpin Spa Tuxerhof Where: Tux, AustriaWhat: Mountain Spa ResortWhy: "We have stayed at the Tuxerhof approximately 15 times and keep coming back. The hotel is family run and exceeds all expectations. The rooms are large and Alpine in character. The SPA is spectacular. The food is a culinary delight. The staff pays attention to every detail to make your stay perfect. A+!!!!" — travellerkarel, TripAdvisor
Slide 23 of 26: 4. Kenting Amanda Hotel Where: Henchun, PingtungWhat: Palace-Style ResortWhy: "Upon stepping inside this resort you’ll have to question whether you are now in Morocco or Taiwan! This Moroccan-themed is done beautifully, without feeling cheesy or offensive. Go during low season, and you’ll get the extravagant pool all to yourself! Our room came with an outdoor tub on the balcony which was perfect for relaxing." — Attorney_on_a_journey, TripAdvisor
Slide 24 of 26: 3. Viroth's Hotel Where: Siem Reap, CambodiaWhat: 50s-Style Boutique HotelWhy: "I loved the look, the feeling and the service here. It really is outstanding. The staff are so lovely and so polite, it really is spectacular. You feel like you are in 1950, the architecture and the design are superb, the rooms are spacious, you can see the attention to every detail. It was a wonderful stay and I hope to come back there with my family." — Ledisima, TripAdvisor
Slide 25 of 26: 2. Hotel Belvedere Where: Riccione, ItalyWhat: Urban Wellness HotelWhy: "Everything about the Belvedere was top notch. The smiling staff, the service, the delicious food, the bike guides, the bike rides and all the party events made our trip very memorable. Marina herself is very energetic and her enthusiasm is contagious! This was our first trip to the Belvedere and we are likely going to go back!" — 123Biker123, TripAdvisor
Slide 26 of 26: 1. Tulemar Bungalows & VillasWhere: Manuel Antonio, Costa RicaWhat: Beachfront BungalowsWhy: "My first visit to Tulemar. I’ve stayed in great properties all over the world but have never enjoyed myself more than my stay at Villa Kiskadee in Tulemar. It captures the essence of Costa Rica (tropical jungle, animals, beaches, spectacular views and wonderful people) Pura Vida!" — ONTHEROAD, TripAdvisor

Scheduling time away from our daily work grinds — while clutched in winter’s cruel embrace — is a seasonal no-brainer. But, actually finding time to plan such an escape is never as dreamy as the vacation idea itself. The multiple moving pieces of travel-planning equations can be dizzying to put together, starting squarely at where the heck to go — and more importantly, where the heck to stay. Sure, you could kick things off with a from-scratch destination search…Or, you could consult a tightened and already-vetted list of award-winning hotels across the globe for shaping your future itinerary.

Ahead we’re counting down 25 of these top-rated hotels, according to TripAdvisor’s 2019 Traveler’s Choice awards. From Carolinian inns to water-villas in the Maldives and even cave-houses in Turkey, the one thing this exotic group of 5-star lodgings have in common, are sparkling guest reviews by the most seasoned of TripAdvisor bookers. Scroll on to soak up streamlined inspiration for your future winter escapes — complete with the glowing reasons to book your stays from former well-rested escapees.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

25. AYADA Maldives

Where: Maguhdhuvaa, Maldives

24. The Nantucket Hotel & Resort

Where: Nantucket, Massachusetts

23. O’Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa

Where: Hanoi, Vietnam

22. Constance Prince Maurice

Where: Pointe de Flacq, Mauritius

21. Hotel Spadai

Where: Florence, Italy

20. Valle D’incanto Midscale Hotel

Where: Gramado, Brazil

19. Rosewood Mayakoba

Where: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

18. Nayara Springs – Relais & Chateaux

Where: La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

17. Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Where: Ubud, Indonesia

16. Ikos Oceania

Where: Nea Moudania, Greece

15. Hotel 41

Where: London, United Kingdom

14. Hotel Amira Istanbul

Where: Istanbul, Turkey

13. The Oberoi Rajvilas

Where: Jaipur, India

12. Quinta Jardins do Lago

Where: Funchal, Portugal

11. Golden Temple Retreat

Where: Siem Reap, Cambodia

10. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa

Where: Hanoi, Vietnam

9. Kayakapi Premium Caves – Cappadocia

Where: Urgup, Turkey

8. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Where: Cusco, Peru

7. The Resort At Pedregal

Where: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

6. French Quarter Inn

Where: Charleston, South Carolina

5. Hotel Alpin Spa Tuxerhof

Where: Tux, Austria

4. Kenting Amanda Hotel

Where: Henchun, Pingtung

3. Viroth’s Hotel

Where: Siem Reap, Cambodia

2. Hotel Belvedere

Where: Riccione, Italy

1. Tulemar Bungalows & Villas

Where: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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