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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.


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

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

Score: 99.58

3. Opposite House
Beijing, China

Score: 99.47

4. Capella Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand

Score: 99.38

5. Capella Ubud
Bali, Indonesia

Score: 99.34

World’s Best Awards 2020: No. 1 Hotel in the World

6. Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection
Santorini, Greece

Score: 99.18

7. Kamalame Cay

Score: 99.14

8. Oberoi Udaivillas
Udaipur, India

Score: 99.12

World’s Best Awards 2015: No. 1 Hotel in the World

9. Temple House
Chengdu, China

Score: 98.94

10. The Oberoi
New Delhi, India

Score: 98.90

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

Score: 98.77

12. Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa
Goa, India

Score: 98.76

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

Score: 98.75

14. Oberoi Vanyavilas Wildlife Resort
Ranthambhore, India

Score: 98.72

15. Mandarin Oriental
Milan, Italy

Score: 98.67

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

Score: 98.60

17. Nobu Ryokan T
Malibu, California

Score: 98.59

17. Soneva Fushi T
Baa Atoll, Maldives 

Score: 98.59

19. Shangri-La the Shard
London, England

Score: 98.57

20. Alila Manggis T
Bali, Indonesia

Score: 98.50

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

Score: 98.50

20. Il Sereno Lago di Como T
Torno, Italy

Score: 98.50

23. Manoir Hovey
North Hatley, Quebec

Score: 98.48

24. Canaves Oia Epitome
Santorini, Greece

Score: 98.44

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

Score: 98.40

25. The Peninsula T
Manila, Philippines

Score: 98.40

27. Hotel Il Pellicano
Porto Ercole, Italy

Score: 98.32

28. Hotel Fasano Boa Vista
Porto Feliz, Brazil

Score: 98.25

29. Halekulani
Okinawa, Japan

Score: 98.21

30. Lake House on Canandaigua
Canandaigua, New York

Score: 98.14

31. Hyatt Regency
Amritsar, India

Score: 98.14

32. Leela Palace
Udaipur, India

Score: 98.13

World’s Best Awards 2019: No. 1 Hotel in the World

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

Score: 98.13

34. Pickering House Inn 
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire 

Score: 98.11

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

Score: 98.03

36. Nihi Sumba T
Sumba, Indonesia 

Score: 98.00

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

36. The Oberoi T
Mumbai, India

Score: 98.00

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

Score:  98.00

39. Viceroy Riviera Maya 
Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

Score: 97.92

40. St. Regis 
Istanbul, Turkey

Score:  97.89

41. Katikies Mykonos T

Score:  97.87

41. The Lanesborough T
London, England

Score:  97.87

41. Mandarin Oriental T
Bangkok, Thailand

Score:  97.87

41. The Roundtree T
Amagansett, New York

Score:  97.87

45. Mashpi Lodge
Mashpi, Ecuador

Score:  97.76

46. Angama Mara
Masai Mara, Kenya

Score:  97.73

47. Raffles
Istanbul, Turkey

Score:  97.72

48. Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria 
Sorrento, Italy 

Score: 97.71

49. Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel 

Score: 97.68

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

Score: 97.68

51. Oberoi Rajvilas T *
Jaipur, India

Score:  97.66

51. Viceroy
Chicago, United States

Score:  97.66

53. Gibb’s Farm 
Karatu, Tanzania

Score:  97.63

54. Singita Grumeti
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 

Score: 97.60

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

Score: 97.59

56. The Goring 
London, England 

Score: 97.57

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

Score:  97.56

57. Taj Palace
New Delhi, India

Score: 97.56

59. St. Regis
Florence, Italy

Score: 97.52

60. Mandarin Oriental T 
Paris, France

Score: 97.50

60. Matetsi Victoria Falls
Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe

Score: 97.50

62. Round Hill Hotel & Villas
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Score: 97.49

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

Score: 97.47

64. Soneva Jani
Noonu Atoll, Maldives

Score: 97.45

65. Oberoi Amarvillas *
Agra, India

Score: 97.44

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

Score: 97.41

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

Score: 97.41

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

Score: 97.33

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

Score: 97.33

70. Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués
Acapulco, Mexico

Score: 97.30

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

Score: 97.26

71. Sasaab
Samburu, Kenya

Score: 97.26

73. The Sukhothai
Bangkok, Thailand

Score: 97.25

74. Oberoi Grand
Kolkata, India

Score: 97.20

75. Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Paris, France

Score: 97.18

76. Mahekal Beach Resort
Playa Carmen, Mexico

Score: 97.18

77. Fullerton Hotel

Score: 97.11

78. Jade Mountain *
St. Lucia, United States

Score: 97.10

79. Casa Chameleon
Mal País, Costa Rica 

Score: 97.05

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

Score: 97.00

80. Le Bristol Paris T 
Paris, France

Score: 97.00

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

Score: 97.00

80. Six Senses Laamu T 
Olhuveli Island, Maldives

Score: 97.00

80. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi T 

Score: 97.00

80. Wickaninnish Inn T *
Tofino, British Columbia

Score: 97.00

86. Penha Longa Resort
Sintra, Portugal

Score 96.94

87. St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
French Polynesia

Score: 96.89

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

Score: 96.87

88. Rambagh Palace T
Jaipur, India

Score: 96.87

90. Oyster Box
Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa

Score: 96.85

91. The Stafford
London, England

Score: 96.75

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

Score: 96.74

93. Cap Maison T 
St. Lucia

Score: 96.73

93. Tensing Pen
Negril, Jamaica

Score: 96.73

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

Score: 96.71

96. Rosewood Mayakoba
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Score: 96.70

97. Canaves Oia Boutique Hotel
Santorini, Greece

Score: 96.69

98. Montage Los Cabos
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Score: 96.68

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

Score: 96.67

100. Finca Cortesín Hotel Golf & Spa
Málaga, Spain

Score: 96.63

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