America's Best Warm-Weather Resorts
- America's Most and Least Attractive People
- Best Places for Holiday Travel
Courtesy of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, San Ysidro Ranch
What makes a resort worthy of being called World’s Best? That would be the perfect combination of location, service, décor, and value. So dig out your sunglasses and swimsuits and dive into our list of resorts -- singled out by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best Awards -- to find your ideal winter getaway.
No. 1: San Ysidro Ranch, A Rosewood Resort
When you drive up this 500-acre property’s long driveway lined with olive trees and lavender, you have the sense of being on the frontier—at the last citrus grove before civilization gives way to the scrubby Santa Ynez Mountains. No wonder this was JFK’s honeymoon spot. In addition to the 27 rooms in the main house, most of the 14 vine-covered cottages have decks and hot tubs. Eat at the Stonehouse Restaurant, where chef John Trotta serves refined dishes like mascarpone and scallion risotto.
Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
No. 2 Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu
“Perfect,” “heaven,” and “the best vacation of my life” are just a few ways guests describe this isolated resort where all 228 rooms, in low-rise bungalows, have ocean views. The five-star service is flawless; the grounds border the rocky volcanic coast with seawater and freshwater swimming pools; an open-air spa teems with tropical vegetation; and a full menu of fitness classes is offered daily. The private 7,100-square-foot oceanfront Jack Nicklaus signature golf course is carved right into the underlying black lava, which serves as occasional bunkers.
Courtesy of The Kahala Hotel & Resort
No. 3: Kahala Hotel & Resort
This Oahu classic—fresh from a major renovation—has thoughtful in-room details such as Frette linens, chenille robes, and oversize showerheads. It was here, at what was then a Hilton and known as the Kahollywood, that Richard Burton and Liz Taylor hid from the paparazzi in a private cabana. Book an ocean suite for panoramic views of Diamond Head.