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The Top Epic Stay Hotels

15. SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY, OMAN
The Top Epic Stay Hotels
We all have our travel wish lists, but a wish list just for hotels? You’d better believe it. When it comes to the 15 epic properties in this year’s AFAR Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards, the hotel is the destination. With superlative settings from Bora Bora to Botswana, and from Big Sur to Bhutan, these wanderlust-inducing properties not only epitomize their destinations, but they also provide guests with extroardinary experiences, for the ultimate trip of a lifetime. No wonder the winner in this category earned the most votes of any hotel in this year’s awards.
By AFAR Staff
Courtesy of Six Senses Zighy Bay
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    15. SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY, OMAN
    15. SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY, OMAN
    For more information: Six Senses Zighy Bay
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    14. EXPLORA RAPA NUI, EASTER ISLAND, CHILE
    14. EXPLORA RAPA NUI, EASTER ISLAND, CHILE
    For more information: Explora Rapa Nui
    Courtesy of Explora Rapa Nui
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    13. SINGITA GRUMETI, TANZANIA
    13. SINGITA GRUMETI, TANZANIA
    For more information: Singita Grumeti
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    12. NIHIWATU, SUMBA ISLAND, INDONESIA
    12. NIHIWATU, SUMBA ISLAND, INDONESIA
    For more information: NIHIWATU
    Courtesy of NIHIWATU
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    11. JACK’S CAMP, BOTSWANA
    11. JACK’S CAMP, BOTSWANA
    For more information: Jack’s Camp
    Courtesy of Jack’s Camp
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    10. FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP GOLDEN TRIANGLE, CHIANG RAI, THAILAND
    10. FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP GOLDEN TRIANGLE, CHIANG RAI, THAILAND
    Courtesy of Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
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    9. PIKAIA LODGE, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR
    9. PIKAIA LODGE, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR
    For more information: Pikaia Lodge
    Courtesy of Pikaia Lodge
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    8. COMO UMA PUNAKHA, PUNAKHA VALLEY, BHUTAN
    8. COMO UMA PUNAKHA, PUNAKHA VALLEY, BHUTAN
    For more information: COMO Uma Punakha
    Courtesy of COMO Uma Punakha
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    7. FOGO ISLAND INN, NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR, CANADA
    7. FOGO ISLAND INN, NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR, CANADA
    For more information: Fogo Island Inn
    Courtesy of Fogo Island Inn
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    6. ION ADVENTURE HOTEL, ICELAND
    6. ION ADVENTURE HOTEL, ICELAND
    For more information: ION Adventure Hotel
    Courtesy of ION Adventure Hotel
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    5. SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE, KANGAROO ISLAND, AUSTRALIA
    5. SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE, KANGAROO ISLAND, AUSTRALIA
    For more information: Southern Ocean Lodge
    Courtesy of Southern Ocean Lodge
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    4. BELMOND SANCTUARY LODGE, MACHU PICCHU, PERU
    4. BELMOND SANCTUARY LODGE, MACHU PICCHU, PERU
    For more information: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
    Courtesy of Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
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    3. BURJ AL ARAB JUMEIRAH, DUBAI, UAE
    3. BURJ AL ARAB JUMEIRAH, DUBAI, UAE
    For more information: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
    Courtesy of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
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    2. POST RANCH INN, BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
    2. POST RANCH INN, BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
    For more information: Post Ranch Inn
    Courtesy of Post Ranch Inn
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    1. FOUR SEASONS RESORT BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
    1. FOUR SEASONS RESORT BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
    Epic might be an understated description for this collection of thatched-roof bungalows built on stilts over the crystalline waters of the Bora Bora lagoon. This luxury resort in French Polynesia is nestled in the dreamiest of settings: Wooden walkways link palm-dotted islets fringed in white sand, while the craggy green peaks of Mount Otemanu loom in the distance. Guests can alternate between milky sands at the beach and the palm-skirted infinity pool with oversize thatched cabanas. As for the bungalows, chic honey-hued teak interiors are peppered with Polynesian touches, and indulgent soaking tubs sit beside shuttered picture windows that open onto the sea. 

    For more information: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
    Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
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    What’s Next. . .
    What’s Next. . .
    Courtesy of Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve