Hotels & Resorts

World’s Best Awards 2022: Top Hotels and Resorts in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific 

The best hotels and Resorts in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, according to Travel + Leisure readers.

The Residence by Kerrie Hess Experience

The Residence by Kerrie Hess Experience. Courtesy of The Langham, Melbourne

By Travel+Leisure Editors

Jul 18, 2022

EVERY YEAR FOR OUR World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels (including safari lodges) were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city hotel, resort, or safari lodge based on their locations and amenities.

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

TOP 5 AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND CITY HOTELS 

CITY HOTELS IN Australia and New Zealand run the gamut, from luxurious grandes dames to trendy, independent bolt-holes. The properties that captured the hearts and votes of Travel + Leisure readers this year fall into the first category, with those in Sydney snagging nearly all of the top five spots.

Rooftop Pool, The Langham Melbourne
Rooftop Pool. Courtesy of The Langham Melbourne

Sydney serves as a major entry point for American travelers, so it makes sense that many readers spent time in the city before COVID-19 closed Australia’s borders. The hotels they chose are all situated in popular locations close to the historic cobblestoned Rocks district, Circular Quay, and the Central Business District. A newcomer to the list is InterContinental, Sydney (No. 4), housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century building with a Neoclassical sandstone exterior and a modern interior. Each of its 509 spacious guest rooms, including 28 supersize suites, guarantees travelers views of the waterfront or city skyline.

The Shangri-La Sydney (No. 5) returns to the list, with its glossy uninterrupted views across the harbor from its 36th-floor restaurant and bar. This year, perennial favorite Park Hyatt Sydney has moved up from No. 3 to the runner-up spot, captivating visitors with its stunning rooftop pool and prime harbor-front location.

Chairmans Lounge, The Langham, Melbourne
Chairmans Lounge. Courtesy of The Langham, Melbourne

But it was the swanky Langham, Melbourne, that came in at No. 1 among the best city hotels in Australia and New Zealand. Read on to find out why it continues to dazzle readers — and see which other hotels made the list.

1. The Langham, Melbourne

The Langham, Melbourne
Courtesy of The Langham, Melbourne

A steady favorite with T+L readers, the Langham, Melbourne, retains its coveted No. 1 spot. The grande dame hotel reigns supreme for travelers who want to be in the city center and have all the bells and whistles of a well-oiled luxury hotel. Set along the Southbank Promenade on the Yarra River with views of the city skyline, the property puts guests just a stroll from Melbourne’s city center, main shopping districts, and theaters. At 388 keys, it’s one of the city’s biggest hotels and has a room type for every traveler; some have terraces, butlers, or living rooms, and all are deeply comfortable, with opulent marble bathrooms and deep-soaking tubs. As one reader gushed of the handsome hotel: “very attractive and well-maintained. Food prep and service were elegant, as is most everything about the property. It felt well cared for.”

Score: 92.53
langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/melbourne

2. Park Hyatt Sydney *

Hotel Exterior with Opera House, Park Hyatt Sydney
Hotel Exterior with Opera House. Courtesy of Park Hyatt Sydney

WBA Hall of Fame honoree.
Score: 90.40
hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/australia/park-hyatt-sydney/sydph

3. Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Four Seasons Sydney
Four Seasons Sydney. Courtesy of Four Seasons

Score: 88.30
fourseasons.com/sydney

4. InterContinental, Sydney

Treasury Room Gold Lobby, InterContinental, Sydney
Treasury Room Gold Lobby. Courtesy of InterContinental, Sydney

Score: 87.76
sydney.intercontinental.com

5. Shangri-La Sydney

Horizon Premier Sydney Harbour Room, Shangri-La Sydney
Horizon Premier Sydney Harbour Room. Courtesy of Shangri-La Sydney

Score: 86.40
shangri-la.com/en/sydney/shangrila

TOP 5 SOUTH PACIFIC RESORTS

THE SOUTH PACIFIC CONTINUES to entice travelers with its postcard-perfect landscapes. Here, amid the world’s biggest ocean, you’ll find thousands of islands with white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, and vibrant underwater coral forests. The best resorts in the South Pacific, according to Travel + Leisure readers, allow visitors to succumb to their barefoot fantasies but with all the added perks — pampering spas, excellent dining, deeply comfortable bedrooms, and overwater villas.

The majority of this year’s list of the best resorts in the South Pacific are in French Polynesia, an archipelago of 118 islands with rich marine life and glassy waves. Bora-Bora is a firm favorite with T+L readers, with three of the five resorts floating on this volcanic island.

White Sandbank Experience by Namale Resort & Spa
White Sandbank. Courtesy of Namale Resort & Spa

In Tahiti, French Polynesia’s largest island, InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa earned the No. 5 spot for its lush tropical grounds, infinity pools, and convenient location (just over a mile from the airport and city shopping). “The location is fantastic. The on-site lagoon is simply breathtaking and worth the stay even only for a night,” one voter claimed.

On the southwest end of Motu To’opua, the Conrad Bora Bora Nui continues to captivate T+L readers. Contributing to its appeal: sprawling overwater villas with private plunge pools and a plethora of dining options, from breakfast in a canoe to Ahi Ma’a, a traditional style of 12-hour cooking in an underground oven made from coconut leaves and rocks. “Breakfast being brought to our patio by canoe was amazing, and the food was truly incredible,” one T+L reader said.

Read on to see which other properties T+L readers deemed the best resorts in the South Pacific — and why the all-inclusive Namale Resort & Spa in Fiji captured the No.1 spot.

1. Namale Resort & Spa
Savusavu, Fiji

Posiedons Reach, Namale Resort & Spa
Posiedons Reach. Courtesy of Namale Resort & Spa

Located on its own private 525 acres on Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu, this resort has just 22 private bures and villas, with a 4-to-1 staff-to-guest ratio. Guests can swim and dive in gin-clear waters, chase waterfalls, and trek though virgin forests – or do nothing at all. All-inclusive packages cover watersports, horseback riding, kayaking, and more. “Beautiful part of the world and Fiji, some of the world’s best diving on the doorstep,” one T+L reader claimed. Choose between a sprawling thatched-roof villa with a private pool, Jacuzzi, and deck, or one of the traditionally styled Fijian bures, decked out in local wood and natural stone, which are designed to blend into the tropical background. The resort’s spa is a massive 10,000-square-foot space perched on the edge of the Koro Sea, with aromatherapy pools, waterfall massage, sauna, and a cold-plunge pool. “Heaven on Earth,” one T+L reader summarized.

Score: 96.64
namalefiji.com

2. Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Courtesy of Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Score: 93.29
hilton.com/en/hotels/pptbnci-conrad-bora-bora-nui

3. St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

Otemanu Villa, St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Otemanu Villa. Courtesy of St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Score: 93.18
marriott.com/en-us/hotels/bobxr-the-st-regis-bora-bora-resort/overview

4. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora *
Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. Courtesy of Four Seasons

WBA Hall of Fame honoree.
Score: 92.67
fourseasons.com/borabora

5. InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa
Tahiti, French Polynesia

InterContinental Tahiti Resort
Courtesy of InterContinental Tahiti Resort

Score: 84.62
tahiti.intercontinental.com

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