World's Top Hotels
Miles of hiking trails in Big Sky Country? Check. Outdoor spa treatments? Check! Montana may be the Wild West, but it stakes a claim to one of the world’s finest hotels. At Triple Creek Ranch, the log cabins are rustic-chic, the cellar stores 2,000 wine bottles, and soaking in a hot tub is the perfect antidote to a day out snowshoeing.
Every year T+L readers vote on thousands of hotels based on rooms, location, service, food, and value. In 2012, the winners are a mix of remote escapes and city hotels.
Florida is a perennial favorite and one romantic escape outranked all the other Sunshine State properties: Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, a secluded private island retreat on Little Torch Key. It wins over guests with special touches like picnics on nearby deserted islands. Read on for more of the top hotels in the U.S. and beyond.
Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy
11th-century palace with an infinity pool, terraced gardens, and classic-celebrity cachet ( Jackie Kennedy; Humphrey Bogart). Doubles from $850–$1,073.
Behind the Scenes: The property is perched 1,000 feet above the Mediterranean; to tour the nearby harbors, hop aboard the hotel’s 52-foot boat Ercole ( trips from $615).
Singita Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti National
Africa’s most luxurious mobile-safari experience is the latest addition to this 340,000-acre Serengeti concession with 4 separate camps. Doubles from $1,700–$2,300, all-inclusive.
Behind the Scenes: What does a perfect location look like? A manor house on a wide plateau; a tented camp with views of the Serengeti; 8 suites and 1 villa overlooking the rhino-filled Grumeti River; and a mobile safari that traverses it all.
Ol Donyo Lodge, Mbirikani Group Ranch,
Ten suites with savanna-side infinity pools, outdoor showers, and rooftop sleeping areas for nighttime views of Mount Kilimanjaro.