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World’s Best Awards 2021: Top 100 Hotels in the World

These are the top 100 Best Hotels Overall in 2021 as voted by our readers in the World's Best Awards.

The futuristic tents at Mahali Mzuri look out onto Kenya’s Masai Mara plains. Courtesy of Virgin Limited Edition

Sep 13, 2021

YOU, OUR DISCERNING READERS, will often plan your next adventure before the one you’re on has even ended. Your love of exploring the world has helped sustain the travel industry during these tumultuous times, and as the world began to reopen, you were among the first to get back out there. Your insights on those trips—and on your pre-pandemic journeys, too—informed these World’s Best Awards, the 2021 rankings of hotels, islands, tour operators and more.

Below you’ll find the 100 best hotels and resorts in world this year as selected by T+L readers. Forced to think on their feet, the properties that made the cut in 2021 all found innovative ways to deliver exceptional hospitality to their guests. Cheers to the winners, to all intrepid travelers—and to brighter days ahead.

T — INDICATES A TRUE TIE
* — ON THE LIST FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS 

1. Mahali Mzuri 
Masai Mara, Kenya 

Sumptuous rooms and unimpeachable service characterize Sir Richard Branson’s resorts, and this 12-tent safari camp is no exception. 

Score: 99.73
virginlimitededition.com/en/mahali-mzuri

2. Nayara Tented Camp
Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica 

Score: 99.58
nayaratentedcamp.com

3. Opposite House
Beijing, China

Score: 99.47
thehousecollective.com/en/the-opposite-house

4. Capella Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand

Score: 99.38
capellahotels.com/th/capella-bangkok

5. Capella Ubud
Bali, Indonesia

Score: 99.34

World’s Best Awards 2020: No. 1 Hotel in the World
capellahotels.com/en/capella-ubud

6. Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection
Santorini, Greece

Score: 99.18
aubergeresorts.com/gracehotel

7. Kamalame Cay
Bahamas

Score: 99.14
kamalame.com

8. Oberoi Udaivillas
Udaipur, India

Score: 99.12

World’s Best Awards 2015: No. 1 Hotel in the World
oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-udaipur-udaivilas-resort

9. Temple House
Chengdu, China

Score: 98.94
thehousecollective.com/en/the-temple-house

10. The Oberoi
New Delhi, India

Score: 98.90
oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-delhi

11. Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort
Paracas, Peru

Score: 98.77
marriott.com

12. Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa
Goa, India

Score: 98.76
tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/taj-holiday-village-goa

13. Savute Elephant Lodge, a Belmond Safari 
Chobe National Park, Botswana

Score: 98.75
belmond.com/safaris/africa/botswana/belmond-savute-elephant-lodge

14. Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort
Ranthambhore, India

Score: 98.72
oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-ranthambhore-vanyavilas-resort

15. Mandarin Oriental
Milan, Italy

Score: 98.67
mandarinoriental.com/milan

16. La Réserve Paris – Hôtel & Spa
Paris, France

Score: 98.60
lareserve-paris.com

17. Nobu Ryokan T
Malibu, California

Score: 98.59
malibu.nobuhotels.com

17. Soneva Fushi T
Baa Atoll, Maldives 

Score: 98.59
soneva.com/resorts/soneva-fushi

19. Shangri-La the Shard
London, England

Score: 98.57
shangri-la.com/en/london/shangrila

20. Alila Manggis T
Bali, Indonesia

Score: 98.50
alilahotels.com/manggis

20. andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge T
Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa 

Score: 98.50
andbeyond.com/our-lodges/africa/south-africa

20. Il Sereno Lago di Como T
Torno, Italy

Score: 98.50
serenohotels.com/property/il-sereno

23. Manoir Hovey
North Hatley, Quebec

Score: 98.48
manoirhovey.com

24. Canaves Oia Epitome
Santorini, Greece

Score: 98.44
canaves.com/canaves-oia-epitome

25. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet T
Istanbul, Turkey

Score: 98.40
fourseasons.com/istanbul

25. The Peninsula T
Manila, Philippines

Score: 98.40
peninsula.com/en/manila

27. Hotel Il Pellicano
Porto Ercole, Italy

Score: 98.32
hotelilpellicano.com

28. Hotel Fasano Boa Vista
Porto Feliz, Brazil

Score: 98.25
fasano.com.br/hoteis/fasano-boa-vista

29. Halekulani
Okinawa, Japan

Score: 98.21
okinawa.halekulani.com

30. Lake House on Canandaigua
Canandaigua, New York

Score: 98.14
lakehousecanandaigua.com

31. Hyatt Regency
Amritsar, India

Score: 98.14
hyatt.com

32. Leela Palace
Udaipur, India

Score: 98.13

World’s Best Awards 2019: No. 1 Hotel in the World
theleela.com/the-leela-palace-udaipur

33. Nayara Gardens *
Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Score: 98.13
nayaragardens.com

34. Pickering House Inn 
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire 

Score: 98.11
pickeringhousewolfeboro.com

35. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa 
San Diego, United States

Score: 98.03
ranchovalencia.com

36. Nihi Sumba T
Sumba, Indonesia 

Score: 98.00

World’s Best Awards 2017: No. 1 Hotel in the World 
Nihi.com

36. The Oberoi T
Mumbai, India

Score: 98.00
oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-mumbai

36. Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa T
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile 

Score:  98.00
tierrahotels.com/atacama

39. Viceroy Riviera Maya 
Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

Score: 97.92
viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/riviera-maya

40. St. Regis 
Istanbul, Turkey

Score:  97.89
marriott.com

41. Katikies Mykonos T
Greece

Score:  97.87
katikies.com/katikiesmykonos

41. The Lanesborough T
London, England

Score:  97.87
oetkercollection.com/hotels/the-lanesborough

41. Mandarin Oriental T
Bangkok, Thailand

Score:  97.87
mandarinoriental.com/bangkok

41. The Roundtree T
Amagansett, New York

Score:  97.87
theroundtreehotels.com

45. Mashpi Lodge
Mashpi, Ecuador

Score:  97.76
mashpilodge.com

46. Angama Mara
Masai Mara, Kenya

Score:  97.73
angama.com

47. Raffles
Istanbul, Turkey

Score:  97.72
raffles.com/istanbul

48. Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria 
Sorrento, Italy 

Score: 97.71
exvitt.it

49. Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel 
Peru 

Score: 97.68
machupicchuhotels-sumaq.com

50. Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort
San José del Cabo, Mexico 

Score: 97.68
rosewoodhotels.com/en/las-ventanas-los-cabos

51. Oberoi Rajvilas T *
Jaipur, India

Score:  97.66
oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-jaipur-rajvilas-resort

51. Viceroy
Chicago, United States

Score:  97.66
viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/chicago

53. Gibb’s Farm 
Karatu, Tanzania

Score:  97.63
gibbsfarm.com

54. Singita Grumeti
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 

Score: 97.60
singita.com/region/grumeti

55. Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River
Bangkok, Thailand

Score: 97.59
fourseasons.com/bangkok

56. The Goring 
London, England 

Score: 97.57
thegoring.com

57. Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch T 
Saratoga, Wyoming, United States

Score:  97.56
brushcreekranch.com

57. Taj Palace
New Delhi, India

Score: 97.56
tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/taj-palace-new-delhi

59. St. Regis
Florence, Italy

Score: 97.52
marriott.com

60. Mandarin Oriental T 
Paris, France

Score: 97.50
mandarinoriental.com/paris

60. Matetsi Victoria Falls
Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe

Score: 97.50
matetsivictoriafalls.com

62. Round Hill Hotel & Villas
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Score: 97.49
roundhill.com

63. Khwai River Lodge, a Belmond Safari
More Game Reserve, Botswana

Score: 97.47
belmond.com

64. Soneva Jani
Noonu Atoll, Maldives

Score: 97.45
soneva.com/resorts/soneva-jani

65. Oberoi Amarvillas *
Agra, India

Score: 97.44
oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-agra-amarvilas-resort

66. Inn of the Five Graces T 
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Score: 97.41
fivegraces.com

66. Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve T 
San José, New Mexico

Score: 97.41
ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/mexico/los-cabos

68. Bushcamp Company’s Mfuwe Lodge T 
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Score: 97.33
bushcampcompany.com

68. InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Spa Thalasso Spa T 
French Polynesia

Score: 97.33
ihg.com

70. Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués
Acapulco, Mexico

Score: 97.30
banyantree.com/en/mexico/cabo-marques

71. andBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge T 
Kruger National Park Area, South Africa

Score: 97.26
andbeyond.com

71. Sasaab
Samburu, Kenya

Score: 97.26
thesafaricollection.com/properties/sasaab

73. The Sukhothai
Bangkok, Thailand

Score: 97.25
sukhothai.com/bangkok

74. Oberoi Grand
Kolkata, India

Score: 97.20
oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-kolkata

75. Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Paris, France

Score: 97.18
dorchestercollection.com/en/paris/hotel-plaza-athenee

76. Mahekal Beach Resort
Playa Carmen, Mexico

Score: 97.18
mahekalbeachresort.com

77. Fullerton Hotel
Singapore

Score: 97.11
fullertonhotels.com/fullerton-hotel-singapore

78. Jade Mountain *
St. Lucia, United States

Score: 97.10
jademountain.com

79. Casa Chameleon
Mal País, Costa Rica 

Score: 97.05
casachameleonhotels.com

80. Hôtel Crillon Le Brave T 
Crillon-le-Brave, France

Score: 97.00
crillonlebrave.com

80. Le Bristol Paris T 
Paris, France

Score: 97.00
oetkercollection.com/hotels/le-bristol-paris

80. Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Bali, Indonesia

Score: 97.00
ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/indonesia/mandapa

80. Six Senses Laamu T 
Olhuveli Island, Maldives

Score: 97.00
sixsenses.com/en/resorts/laamu

80. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi T 
Maldives

Score: 97.00
waldorfastoria3.hilton.com

80. Wickaninnish Inn T *
Tofino, British Columbia

Score: 97.00
wickinn.com

86. Penha Longa Resort
Sintra, Portugal

Score 96.94
ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/europe/penha-longa

87. St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
French Polynesia

Score: 96.89
marriott.com

88. Lion Sands Game Reserve T
Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Score: 96.87
more.co.za/lionsands

88. Rambagh Palace T
Jaipur, India

Score: 96.87
tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/rambagh-palace-jaipur

90. Oyster Box
Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa

Score: 96.85
oysterboxhotel.com

91. The Stafford
London, England

Score: 96.75
thestaffordlondon.com

92. Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
Sacred Valley, Peru

Score: 96.74
marriott.com

93. Cap Maison T 
St. Lucia

Score: 96.73
capmaison.com

93. Tensing Pen
Negril, Jamaica

Score: 96.73
tensingpen.com

95. Hôtel Le Toiny 
St. Bart’s, France

Score: 96.71
letoiny.com

96. Rosewood Mayakoba
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Score: 96.70
rosewoodhotels.com/en/mayakoba-riviera-maya

97. Canaves Oia Boutique Hotel
Santorini, Greece

Score: 96.69
canaves.com

98. Montage Los Cabos
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Score: 96.68
montagehotels.com/loscabos

99. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel
St. Moritz, Switzerland

Score: 96.67
badruttspalace.com

100. Finca Cortesín Hotel Golf & Spa
Málaga, Spain

Score: 96.63
fincacortesin.com

For more World’s Best Awards 2021 lists of your favorite hotels, resorts, cities, islands and more, visit: https://travelandleisureasia.com/trending/worlds-best-awards-2021/

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