World's best hotels, 2013
(Photo: Courtesy of Mombo Camp)
Whether you’re ready for a nature retreat or eager to pound the pavement of South Africa, Germany or New Zealand, there’s a property for you among the World’s Best Hotel winners. Read on, and let the daydreaming begin.
Picture a cypress-lined road in Tuscany. Now picture yourself arriving at a 10th-century former castle on more than 4,000 acres of rolling hills. Welcome to Castello di Casole, a new 41-suite hotel that already ranks as No. 2 in the world.
We asked our readers to vote in the 18th annual World’s Best Awards for properties like Castello di Casole that have won them over—weighing in on categories such as rooms, location, service, food, and value. The resulting list is not only a go-to hotel resource for planning your next trip, but also reveals the destinations that are important now.
No. 1 Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp,
Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Mombo Camp’s nine tents blend flawlessly into the open plain of the Okavango Delta while retaining a luxurious feel. Private balconies make for prime bird watching, and each tent features mosquito netting on four-poster beds and both indoor and outdoor showers. Tent No. 1, the farthest from the dining area, is the most tranquil.
Offering even more privacy are Little Mombo Camp’s three guest rooms, which are set apart and feature a private plunge pool. Raised walkways connect tents and allow rhinos, elephants, and other animals to wander freely through the camp. Relax with a postgame cocktail in Little Mombo’s treehouse-luxe library.
No. 2 Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort,
(Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Castello di Casole)
Casole d’Elsa, Italy
A cypress-lined road leads to the rolling 4,200-acre Tuscan estate, whose castle dates back to the 10th century. The 41 rustic suites incorporate oil paintings and reclaimed terra cotta, while Essere Spa, originally the estate’s wine cellar, features seven treatment rooms and massages incorporating orange and basil essential oils.
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No. 3 Singita Kruger National Park,