1) Jade Mountain – Saint Lucia
Ranked the top Caribbean resort in Travel + Leisure’s World Best Awards survey, Jade Mountain has 24 luxury units each with 15-foot ceilings, private infinity pools, and striking views of the Piton Mountains and black sand beaches.
2) Four Seasons Doha – Doha, Qatar
This Middle Eastern hotel, nestled in the West Bay complex in Doha, blends together cultures from around the world. Try the French-Lebanese “super grand buffet” at Brasserie, relax with cigars at Liberty Bar & Cigar Lounge, and groove to Bollywood music at the Hip India lounge.
3) Hotel Splendido & Splendido Mare – Portofino, Italy
Hotel Splendido provides the true Italian Riviera experience for newcomers and seasoned travelers. The hotel is on a hillside overlooking the Portofino cove, and most rooms come with lush balconies. Their heated saltwater pool is a relaxing treat, and La Terrazza specializes in local seafood.
4) Taj Mahal Palace – Mumbai, India
Not to be confused with the mausoleum in Agra, this 107-year-old Florentine-inspired palace re-opened in 2010 and still retains its signature alabaster ceilings, silk carpets and onyx columns. Delectable Japanese cuisine is served at Wasabi by Morimoto.
5) The Peninsula – Bangkok, Thailand
At this unique resort, all rooms have a river view, silk-upholstered furnishings, and a television above the bathtub. The River Cafe and Terrace serves an international-inspired breakfast every morning, and the 3-tiered pool surrounded by island foliage will have you convinced you’re at a tropical resort.
6) El Dorado Maroma – Riviera Maya, Mexico
Nestled at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, this adults-only resort is all-inclusive with 99 suites, some with private pools and exclusive beach access. Mexican and Caribbean dishes are served at Sabores; enjoy an afternoon cocktail at one of the poolside swim-up bars.
7) The Connaught – London, UK
This historic and world-famous hotel, in the heart of London’s Mayfair neighborhood, combines wood paneling and peppermint green with silver leaf in each room. Hélène Darroze serves southwestern French cuisine and Saturday brunch, and afternoon tea is served at Espelette.
8) Blue Palace Resort – Crete, Greece
This lush Greek resort is filled with Mediterranean touches – palm and olive trees, views of the turquoise sea, and locally-inspired cuisine at Blue Door and Olea. For a splurge-worthy experience, try a suite with a private heated infinity pool.
9) Halekulani Waikiki – Oahu, Hawaii, USA
This beachside Waikiki resort is considered by many the best on the island. Rooms have views of Gray Beach and Diamond Head, as well as soaking tubs and private terraces. La Mer serves French cuisine, and for a traditional Hawaiian touch, enjoy hula dancers at House Without a Key.
10) Auberge du Soleil – Napa Valley, CA, USA
In the heart of Napa’s wine country, this resort is set on 33 acres of vineyards and olive groves with unprecedented views. Bungalows have wood-burning fireplaces and refrigerators stocked with wine and cheese – perfect for a Napa experience.
11) Twin Farms – Barnard, VT, USA
This quintessential all-inclusive New England lodge is known for its exclusivity – there are only 20 rooms. Each room is individually decorated in styles ranging from modern to Moroccan, all with contemporary and folk art. Animals lovers will like that Out of the Woods spa uses exclusively vegetarian bath and body products.
12) Qualia, Great Barrier Reef – Hamilton Island, Australia
Enjoy the beauty of the South Pacific at this Australian resort on the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island; hillside pavilions are spread over 30 acres for optimal views. Casual Australian lunches are served at The Pebble Beach, and if you like long and lingering dinners, the Long Pavilion serves seven-course meals every night.
13) Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve – South Africa
It may in a remote location in South Africa, but that’s one of the draws of this game reserve resort. There are four lodges onsite, each with its own atmosphere. You can watch lions and giraffes during game drives, and the cuisine is quintessentially African, with local barbecue and vegetarian dishes for any palate.
14) Amankila – Bali, Indonesia
Though they attract visitors from around the world, this resort is still very in touch with its community. The freestanding thatched-roof suites feature canopy beds and patios with coconut-shell tables, all with views of the resort’s infinity pools and the sea. European and Indonesian cuisine is served onsite, as well as afternoon tea with ginger tea and Balinese coffee.
15) Eden Rock, St. Barths – Saint Jean, French West Indies
Formerly the home of St. Barth’s first mayor, this resort on a rocky point overlooks St. Jean Bay and is known for its flawless service. Guest rooms have antiques and rain showers; On the Rocks with Jean-Georges serves garden-fresh globally-inspired cuisine.