Our travelers know a good hotel when they see one. This year, they cast close to 40,000 votes in our annual AFAR Travelers’ Choice Hotels survey, highlighting the retreats they’re most excited to experience, from beach escapes and vineyard stays to design hotels and Grand Dames. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that hotels in Paris and Italy received the most votes, each with three incredible properties earning top spots. But one far-flung hotel outranked them all in terms of overall votes, a dreamy escape that should be on everyone’s must-stay list. Read on for some serious hotel inspiration and the best places to check into on your next trip.
It was good enough for Coco Chanel, Sophia Loren, and Ernest Hemingway before its recent $450 million renovation. Now, the 1898 Ritz Paris, our readers’ favorite Grande Dame hotel, is ready for another century of glitterati. See all Travelers' Choice Grand Dame Hotels.
A secluded location on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, proximity to a nature reserve, and a warm staff that anticipates your every need: These are just some of the reasons Casa de las Olas was ranked the No. 1 Beach Hotel by our readers. See all Travelers' Choice Beach Hotels.
Couples might hang their do not disturb sign for their entire stay at the Hotel Santa Caterina on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The list topper in our Romantic Retreat category is an oasis of 67 secluded rooms with private sea-facing terraces and deep soaking tubs. See all Travelers' Choice Romantic Retreats.
You could literally roll out of bed and into a three-Michelin-star restaurant at Le Bristol Paris where chef Eric Frechon’s outstanding gastronomic Epicure restaurant earned this Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré hotel the win in our Foodie Stay category. Just don’t wear your pajamas. See all Travelers' Choice Hotels for Foodies.
With everything from fishing to snowshoeing, Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada, our Family Getaway winner, is a no-brainer for broods that love the great outdoors. See all Travelers' Choice Family Getaway Hotels.
You’re literally in good hands at Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, our Spa & Wellness Retreat winner where the eight treatment rooms, healing-master-in-residence, and Balinese blessing rituals are worth traveling halfway around the world for. See all Travelers' Choice Spa & Wellness Retreats.
A world-class spa. Five notable restaurants. A location that’s a stone’s throw from the Champs-Élysées. As soon as you check into the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme—which took the top spot in our Business Hotel category—the line between work and pleasure fades away. See all Travelers' Choice Business Hotels.
When it comes to snazzy digs, Il Sereno Lago di Como on Italy’s glamorous Lake Como is our Design Hotel winner, thanks to Patricia Urquiola’s sexy interiors clad in natural materials such as walnut wood and bronze. See all Travelers' Choice Design Hotels.
WILDEST DREAMS: ANGAMA MARA
If you feel like you’re on a movie set at Angama Mara, our Outdoor Adventure Hotel winner, it’s because you are: Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, was filmed here in 1985. Today it’s a 30-room safari lodge set on an escarpment that looks out over Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. See all Travelers' Choice Outdoor Adventure Hotels.
The light-filled Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, the winner in our Urban Oasis category, is a respite from the frenetic city, which is on view at a peaceable distance from almost every vantage point in the hotel, including the eight-seat Sushi Sora and the nine treatment-rooms spa. See all Travelers' Choice Urban Oasis Hotels.
Tucked amid the world-renowned wineries of Tuscany, Castello Banfi Il Borgo is an oenophile’s dream. And when you’re not sipping, the No. 1 Wine Country Retreat also offers cooking classes, painting lessons, and even horseback riding. See all Travelers' Choice Wine Country Hotels.
Bora Bora is the birthplace of the overwater villa, and at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, no fewer than 100 of the resort’s villas hover over the turquoise lagoon on stilts. No wonder this fabulous property garned by far the most votes of any hotel this year. Worthy of the top spot on our Epic Stay list? Absolutely. See all Travelers' Choice Epic Stay Hotels.