The World’s Top 10 Hotels—2013 EditionNadia Carriere
Booking hotels can get overwhelming due to the vast selection available, but what if you were provided a list of the world’s top hotels?
Have you ever scrolled through a destination on Expedia.com? So. Many. Choices. The Expedia Insider’s Select list makes the task of choosing accommodations just a tad easier. Expedia has looked at over 500,000 of their guest reviews and compiled a list of 650 hotels to include in their 2013 worldwide awards. You can be sure that these properties have consistently provided excellent service, an amazing guest experience and overall value.
The Insider’s Select list has hotels from all over the world, however the top 10 list mentions 5 different hotels in one particular country. Holding five places, this vacation destination certainly seems to be the most popular among travellers, more so than others. At least according to Expedia’s guest reviews. Can you guess which country it is?
Below you will find 10 of the 650 winners of Expedia’s Insider Select Awards. You can view the entire list on Expedia.
One&Only Palmilla Resort 1 of 10
The #1 spot goes to One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico. Out of 650 hotels, this resort was chosen as the very best of the best. In addition to this recent mention, Conde Nast Traveler's Reader Choice Awards 2012 named this as the #1 hotel in Mexico's Baja Region and Travel + Leisure ranked it as the Best of the Best 2012 for World's Best Service in Mexico! The resort is locatd along the Baja coast and offers luxurious accommodations and amenities for the entire family.
Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort 2 of 10
Located along the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, Arena Del Mar is an outstanding resort that focuses on very high levels of sustainability and social responsibility. Their rooms offer incredible views of Manuel Antonio National Park, their beaches, rainforests and of course, the Pacific Ocean.
Marrol’s Boutique Hotel 3 of 10
Located in the heart of Bratislava's historic center, Marrol's Boutique Hotel offers luxurious accommodations, a spa, restaurant and meeting facilities for traveling guests visiting Slovakia. The hotel has just 54 guest rooms but offers the service of a 5-star hotel. Unlike other luxury hotels, the room prices are incredibly reasonable, averaging at $126.00 a night!
Banyan Tree Mayakoba 4 of 10
Located along the Mexican Riviera Maya, the Banyan Tree is situated within the privately gated resort development of Mayakoba. The resort has done an amazing job preserving the destinations fragile eco system and have used indigenous materials in their modern design, while conserving the surrounding landscape. Asian inspired architecture, spa treatments and service add a surprising and refreshing element to this Mexican property.
Hotel d’Europe 5 of 10
You'll be surprised at how far back the history of the Hotel d'Europe goes! Marquie de Graveson built it as a residence in 1580 and lived there with the De Forbin families until the French Revolution. Located in the beautiful Avignon, France, it was then turned into a hotel in 1799. It is the only hotel in Avignon that appears in the first Michelin Guide, published in 1990. Royalty and famous authors such as Charles Dickens have stayed here and it's known for its luxurious accommodations and excellent service.
Capella Ixtapa Resort & Spa 6 of 10
Each one of the 59 suites at the Capella Ixtapa faces the Pacific Ocean, providing warm breezes and breathtaking views. This luxurious retreat in Ixtapa, Mexico is more suited towards couples and honeymooners. Infinity edge plunge pools, spa and fitness facilites and a multitude of activities can be found at this little slice of paradise.
Welk Resort Sirena del Mar 7 of 10
The Sirena Del Mar Welk is set on a cliff overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the famous El Arco. Located on 7 acres, this establishment has a 2,000 square foot Negative Edge Pool, a plung pool, swim-up bar, spa, and more.you can choose from 68 villas that are currently availabel for renters, exchangers and owners. Cabo San Lucas never looked so good!
Casa Velas Hotel Boutique & Beach Club 8 of 10
There is nothing like a luxury boutique hotel experience! Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico delivers luxury and relaxation just minutes from the Mexican Pacific. The resort suites are designed using traditional Mexican influences, textures, decor and colors. There are may different amenities on site including an 18-hole, 6701 yard golf course.
The Knight Residence 9 of 10
Why stay in a hotel, when you can live in an apartment during your travels? The Knight Residence in Edinburgh, Scotland is a unique concept that offers studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments offering all of the comfort and space of home. This is the ideal choice for families! Having space is such a boon when you are traveling, especially in a foreign country
The Leela Palace Bangalore 10 of 10
Imagine staying in a palace! The Leela Palace in Bangalore, India is a 5 star palace hotel is set on nine acres of lush grounds covered in gardens and beautiful architecture. Experience the oppulence of Indian art and glory by stepping into this world away from home.
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