Are these the world’s BEST hotels?

A Caribbean hideaway, an Indian palace and a lodge on the path of the Wildebeest migration among those singled out…

  • La Mamounia in Marrakech was crowned number one hotel in the Conde Nast traveller annual reader poll
  • Unique opulence in the Maldives, Bali and Bangkok were also recognised as most desirable places to stay
  • Italy was voted the favourite country in the world to visit and Paris the preferred overseas city destination




Working on your bucket list of the best hotels in the world to stay at? Then you’re in luck, the results of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller Annual Readers’ Travel Awards have just been revealed, triggering wanderlust and setting the benchmark in desirable global destinations. Readers crowned a palatial Moroccan resort as the most exclusive address in the world, while a lodge in the Serengeti on the path of the wildebeest migration was also voted an experience not to miss.

Italy was named the favourite country to visit, while discerning travellers chose Paris as their preferred overseas city.

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1. La Mamounia, Marrakech

King of hospitality: Legendary La Mamounia in Morocco was awarded the coveted title as the top hotel in the world, by readers of the magazine

A stone s throw away from the famous Jamaa El Fna Square in Marrakech, the property opened its doors in 1923

Infused with Arab-Moorish design flourishes, the hotel offers an aesthetic of bygone opulence and one of the top spas in Morocco

La Mamounia was voted by readers as the world’s best due to its ‘design and rooms’ according to Conde Nast Traveller

An ornately tiled pavilion surrounded by geraniums and palm trees in the garden of La Mamounia Hotel

Legendary La Mamounia was voted by Conde Nast Traveller readers as the best hotel in the world. The property has been wooing travellers since 1923, with celebrated patrons of yesteryear including Winston Churchill and Princess Caroline of Monaco. Infused with Arab-Moorish design flourishes, the hotel offers an aesthetic of bygone opulence and one of the top spas in Morocco.

A stone s throw away from the famous Jamaa El Fna Square in Marrakech, La Mamounia was voted by readers as the world’s best due to its ‘design and rooms’ according to Conde Nast Traveller.

2. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

The sumptuous 50-acre palace resort boasts a number of swimming pools fringed by regal surroundings

Serenity:Set in Western India’s Rajasthan, guests can enjoy yoga at The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur

The hotel has an intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors boasting views of the lake and gardens

Located on the bank of Lake Pichola in Rajasthan, India, The Oberoi, Udaivilas stands on the 200 year old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar. Spread over an expansive 50 acres, wildlife enthusiasts can explore its 20 acre wildlife sanctuary of deer and wild boar.

The hotel has an intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors boasting views of the lake and gardens.

3. Singita Grumeti, Tanzania

Located in the Serengeti National Park, guests can enjoy opulent service at the Singita Grumeti in Tanzania

Into the wild: Singita Grumeti is located on the annual wildebeest migration and is an ideal spot for viewing the big five game animals

Guests can unwind in style at the Tanzania resort which also has snooker tables, tennis courts and a range of gastro options

Amidst the wilderness of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, guests can experience high luxury while staying at Singita Grumeti. Offering a chance to see the big five game animals, Singita Grumeti is situated on the migratory route of wildebeest. Singita Grumeti has Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp, Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Sasakwa Lodge, Singita Sabora Tented Camp and Singita Serengeti House.

4. Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, St Barth s

LVMH recently acquired the resort transforming it into an exclusive address in the Cheval Blanc collection

Blank canvas: The breezy white aesthetic allows guests to focus on the enchanting and vivid Caribbean panorama outside

In a tropical garden, the Cheval Blanc Spa features four treatment rooms, a hammam and a relaxation pavilion

This iconic property on the Flamands beach, is loved for its exclusivity and privacy as it only has 40 rooms, suites and villas. Recently acquired by LVMH, the glamorous Caribbean destination is a go to stop for celebrities and global jet setters alike.

5. Le Bristol Paris

The City of Lights: The classical Parisian charm and exceptional service at Le Bristol scored highly with travellers

Midnight in Paris: Ideal for exploring the city, guests can take a step back in time with the 18th century aesthetic

This exclusive address in the heart of Paris’ arts and fashion district has welcomed guests since 1925.

Guests can take a step back in time as rooms are decorated in 18th century style.

The swimming pool boasts panoramic views of the City of Light’s rooftops and guests can sample the new La Prairie spa at the hotel.

6. Anse Chastanet, St Lucia

Nestled on St Lucia’s stunning coves next to two sandy beaches, Anse Chastanet offers an idyllic hideway

Exclusive privacy: The resort is set within a 600 acre estate on the shoreline and stretching out to the tropical hillside

Reflecting its jungle and tropical beach surroundings, the estate is set within 600 acres on an idyllic cove of St Lucia. A dozen rooms are nestled behind the coconut palms that line the beach and the remainder are perched on the hillside. To gain full advantage of the panoramic views and the refreshing tradewinds the whitewashed cottages come with wraparound balconies.

7. One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

To infinity and beyond: A pool with a view for guests keen to stay within the resort while being soothed by the dreamy panorama

Over water huts at One & Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives means there is always a chance to gaze at the sea life and watch the sun set

Paradise island: As dusk, the high-end luxury retreat with its white sands, azure waters and palm trees inspires romance

This dreamy Maldivian gem in the Kaafu Atoll has a variety of accommodations to choose from including stunning Water Villas.

Designed in a contemporary style, 128 private resort villas are separated along the shoreline by greenery and the lagoon. Ideal for guests keen to explore the vibrant Indian Ocean, the resort also has the Maldives first PADI National Geographic Dive Centre.

8. Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh Egypt boasts a stunning swimming pool and opportunities to soak up the Egyptian sun

Glamorous dining: The luxury resort provides ambient dining options for guests to the Red Sea resort

Despite recent challenges facing Egypt’s tourism industry, travellers continued to flock to this five-star Red Sea resort.

Overlooking some of the world’s best coral reefs, guests at the Four Seasons can go snorkelling or diving in the Sharm El Sheikh. There are also option to take a camel ride and unwind at the property’s celebrated spa.

9. COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

Green with envy: The intoxicating view from the ‘Tirta-Ening’ private suite/pavilion at COMO Shambhala Estate Resort in Bali

Revitalising dip: A guest enjoying a refreshing swim in the crystal clear pool waters of the Source Spa

The bedroom in the Uma Bona private suites at COMO Shambhala Estate Resort is furnished in an Asian and European fusion design

The cuisine at the Restaurant at Como Shambhala Estate Resort is New World with Indonesian accents and is served in a rustic setting

The stunning bathroom in the ‘Uma Bona’ pavilion at the COMO Shambhala Estate Resort is surrounded by lush greenery

For a holistic journey like no other, travellers book themselves onto a ‘Retreat for Change’ at COMO Shambhala Estate Ubud, Bali.

Resident experts including a yoga teacher, Ayurvedic doctor and residence dietician create bespoke transformative stays for guests.

The resort has a gym and outdoor activities such as hiking and climbing make the most of the Estate s unique location.

10. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Haven of tranquillity: A colourful and inviting lobby at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok gives respite from the bustle of the capital city

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River (left) but has corridors with seating to unwind (right)

The opulent Mandarin Oriental Hotel is famed for its impressive Thai hospitality. Providing a contemporary stay in the heart of bustling Bangkok, the hotel has been a go to address in the capital for 45 years.

Recently renovated, the classy property provides a haven of serenity on the banks of Chao Phraya River. French charm: Paris hit the top spot as the preferred overseas city destination for discerning travellers

Marina Grande in Sorrento on the Amalfi coast is just one of the many tourism hotspots that Italy boasts. The Mediterranean gem was awarded favourite country by readers of Conde Nast Traveller


1.Paris (2)

2. New York (1)

3. Barcelona (6)


Rome (7)

5. Venice (3)

6. Sydney (4)

7. Istanbul (5)

8. Amsterdam (11)

9. Berlin (16)

10. Florence (8)

In the awards, London has been voted the UK’s favourite city for the fifth year running thanks to its top bars, restaurants and hotels.

Fresh from its triumphant festival, Edinburgh came second while Bath, famed for its Georgian architecture, was third in the poll, voted for by readers of the Conde Nast Traveller magazine. Italy was named favourite country by readers for the sixth year running, with France and America in second and third. Paris took the top spot for overseas city, with New York coming in second and Barcelona in third.

The coveted title of top UK Discount Holidays © holiday hotel went to The Pig in Hampshire – beating Babington House in Somerset, where actor Eddie Redmayne married his long-term girlfriend Hannah Bagshawe last year, into second.

While the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, London was named top UK business hotel, followed by the art deco splendour of Claridge’s in second and Mayfair’s the Connaught in third.

The full results of the awards are available to see in the October issue of Conde Nast Traveller.1


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