When you are planning the vacation of a lifetime, you want every detail to be perfect, including your accommodations. When you’re splashing out on luxury, you have the right to demand white-glove service. The ten hotels and resorts listed below in order from first to tenth place were selected by the online booking portal TripAdvisor.com for its 2013 Travelers’ Choice hotel awards. These ten hotels offer a range of accommodations, but each one is guaranteed to please.
1. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Historic Ka’upulehu, Hawaii, United States
Nestled along blackened lava flows and lush vegetation, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is so lovely that visitors have stated that they have no desire to venture beyond the grounds of the resort. The family-friendly resort features multiple restaurants, a golf course and a friendly, well-trained staff that aims to please.
2. Cape Grace, Cape Town Central, South Africa
Located on the waterfront of the working harbor between the Victoria and Alfred shopping districts, Cape Grace rests with Table Mountain in the background. Guests at Cape Grace rave about the location, the accommodations, outstanding amenities and gracious staff members that go out of their way to make every guest feel welcome.
3. Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel & Thalasso, Cascais, Portugal
The Onyria Hariha Edition Hotel and Thalasso in Cascais, Portugal features accommodations that include sculptured landscapes and crystal clear pools. Guests of the resort say that the accommodations and staff are “second to none.” Located right on the coast, the Onyria Marinha offers guests the choice of staying in the hotel proper or booking one of the lavishly appointed villas.
4. Rudding Park Hotel Harrogate, England (United Kingdom)
This privately owned hotel includes a spa, gym, eighteen-hole golf course and its own cinema. Guests rave about the first class accommodations and the excellent food and wine offered by the hotel ranked first in the United Kingdom by TripAdvisor.com.
5. The Upper House, Hong Kong, China
The Upper House of Hong Kong gets its name from its location. The graciously appointed Upper House hotel occupies the top floors of an Admiralty District tower and features floor to ceiling windows that offer spectacular views of the city and the bay, enormous bathrooms and flawless service from every member of the staff.
6. Four Seasons Resort Mauritius, Anahita, Beau Champ, Mauritius
Every aspect of the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius reflects the tropical paradise that the resort calls home. With a spa, golf course and crystal clear waters, the hotel and its facilities are a popular wedding site. The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius offers guests every luxury, including the use of a private sailing boat during their stays.
7. The Samaya Bali, Seminyak, Indonesia
For many travelers, Bali is a dream destination, and the Samaya Bali in Seminyak lives up to its guests every expectation. Lavishly appointed inside and out, each room at the Samaya Bali features a mini bar, high-speed Internet service, indoor and outdoor slippers and an international direct-dial telephone. The resort features a spa, a restaurant and bar butler service and an eighteen-hole golf course.
8. Baros Maldives, North Male Atoll, Maldives
Tucked away on a coral island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Baros Maldives represents the ultimate in tropical getaways. Guests can choose between Beach Villas, many of which feature private pools and Water Villas, which offer seclusion and privacy. Guests can also indulge in water snorkeling, enjoy drinks in the lounge and relax in the spa located on the premises.
9. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet allows guests to explore what the city of Istanbul has to offer along with a refuge and seclusion of a private courtyard. Amenities include a sumptuous brunch, full service spa and in-house fitness center.
10. Aria Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
This boutique hotel is located steps away from Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge with the décor in each room inspired by a different composer. The hotel also features a rooftop terrace, a PC with stereo speakers in each room and free Wi-Fi Internet access.
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