These Are the 10 Best Hotels in the World, According to Millions of Tripadvisor Reviews

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We all love going on vacation. But with an onslaught of hotel options, deciding where to hunker down can damper the excitement of what promises to be an awesome trip. So how do you know what stays are worth your hard-earned OOO days (and dollars)? Turn to Tripadvisor. The online booking platform aggregates millions of current traveler ratings and reviews to come up with its annual list of the best hotels. Keep reading to see which properties, from family-friendly resorts to romantic retreats, around the world nabbed the top spots this year.

The Most Out-of-the-Ordinary Hotels in the World—from Caves to Treehouses

A large geometric style hotel with an infinity pool. It's surrounded by greenery.
Tulemar Bungalows & Villa

1. Tulemar Bungalows & Villas (Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica)

  • Why Travelers Love It: ocean-view rooms, eco-concious
  • Nightly Rate: from $260

There are a lot of great places to stay in Costa Rica. And, yet travelers keep returning to Tulemar Bungalows & Villa. A long-time list topper, this 33-acre gated resort sits on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Manuel Antonio. For holiday-goers who can’t decide between lush jungle and beautiful beach (or simply want both), it’s the perfect pick. The accommodations are spacious and have breezy verandas for sitting, taking in the views and watching colorful parrots fly through the air.  

A large French-style hotel at dusk with ornate details and lots of sconce lighting.
Hotel Colline de France

2. Hotel Colline de France (Gramado, Brazil)

  • Why Travelers Love It: romantic, family-friendly, warm hospitality
  • Nightly Rate: from $245

Don’t let the name confuse you, the 34-key Hotel Colline de France is located in Brazil. Though, it certainly brings plenty of French charm and elegance to the lovely mountain town of Gramado in the country’s southernmost state. Suites are decked out with ornate furniture, crystal chandeliers, glimmering gold details, and L'Occitane toiletries. Guests rave about the personalized service and food at Bistrot L'Escoffier. It’s also well situated to take advantage of all the mountainside attractions 

A large pool at Ikos Aria surrounded by umbrellas and cabanas. It looks out onto the ocean.
Ikos Aria

3. Ikos Aria (Kefalos, Greece)

  • Why Travelers Love It:  white sand beach, family-friendly, warm hospitality 
  • Nightly Rate: from $277

Some travelers love all-inclusive, while others loathe the all-your-can-eat atmosphere. Beloved for its mix of traditional Greek hospitality and polished, contemporary style, Ikos Aria promises to change your mind (or solidify your favoritism). Set on a stunning white sand beach overlooking crystal-clear water on the southwest coast of the Dodecanese island of Kos, the resort has three pools, seven restaurants and spacious suites. It’s the perfect place to soak up the sunshine, go for a swim and savor delicious food.

Two beige lounge chairs and a side table with a fruit and cheese platter are positioned in front of an ornate indoor pool.
Romance Istanbul Hotel

4. Romance Istanbul Hotel (Istanbul, Turkey)

  • Why Travelers Love It: romantic, warm hospitality, walkability
  • Nightly Rate: from $170

Romance flourishes at the aptly named Romance Istanbul Hotel. Nestled in the wonderfully walkable heart of the old city, this beloved boutique gem is close to many historic landmarks, shops and cafés. Visitors report falling for the opulent Ottoman design that extends from the restaurant to the rooms, which feature comfy beds and glass-enclosed bathrooms. Guests also love the intimate boutique ambiance, complimentary breakfast buffet and personalized service. While the luxurious spa offers massages, hammam rituals and an indoor pool.

A chalet-style hotel sits on the side of a snowy mountain.
The Omnia

5. The Omnia (Zermatt, Switzerland)

  • Why Travelers Love It: spa, outdoor activities, mountain views, luxury 
  • Nightly Rate: from $531

Built into the side of a mountain in the swish Swiss Alps destination of Zermatt, The Omnia—a high-altitude escape that exceeds every expectation—dazzles guests with its peerless views of snow-capped peaks, distinctly modern design and omnipresent sense of luxury. From the Bond-like cave entrance and welcome drinks to Michelin-class meals and blankets for the Matterhorn sunrise, every last detail is finished to perfection. There's also an amazing wellness area with an indoor-outdoor pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, caldarium, whirlpool, and Aesop spa treatments. 

An ornate hotel room built into a cave. The photo has a glowy yellow hue.
Kayakapi Premium Caves - Cappadocia

6. Kayakapi Premium Caves - Cappadocia (Urgüp, Turkey)

  • Why Travelers Love It: cave rooms, romantic, warm hospitality
  • Nightly Rate: from $177

If you like out-of-the-ordinary hotels as much as we do, check out Kayakapi Premium Caves - Cappadocia in the city of Urgüp. It’s pretty remarkable to be able to stay in a place this cool with so much history. Past guests were enamored by the way the property injects luxury and contemporary comforts into the subterranean rooms. The team goes above and beyond to make every guest feel at home. Sitting at the pool and watching the hot air balloons above sounds like a dream. 

A large island resort in the Maldives with a number of hut-style rooms branching off of various boardwalks. The island is full of lush greenery.
Six Senses Laamu

7. Six Senses Laamu (Olhuveli Island, Maldives)

  • Why Travelers Love It: luxury, beach, excellent service, snorkeling 
  • Nightly Rate: Inquire for rates

Six Senses Laamu embodies Maldivian barefoot luxury. The entire pristine Laamu Atoll property looks like a flawlessly filtered social media post with overwater bungalows, bright white sand and turquoise ocean (though, of course, it’s totally real). Guests are actually encouraged to go sans shoes to feel connected to the earth. The abundance of five-star restaurants and activities—from pampering treatments at the spa to snorkeling in the crystalline water teeming with marine life—truly can’t be beat. 

An aerial shot of the Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort. The photograph is of a beach full of trees, a boardwalk, a pool, and the hotel.
Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort

8. Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort (Hopkins, Belize)

  • Why Travelers Love It: excellent service, outdoor activities, eco-concious 
  • Nightly Rates: Inquire for rates

Belize is a paradise for fans of outdoor activities and natural scenery. The eco-friendly Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort presents the ideal opportunity to experience the adventurous side of things in a wildly beautiful place with stellar service. Past guests really enjoyed getting certified at the PADI dive center and going on excursions to rainforest waterfalls. It’s also a superb setting for relaxation, whether that’s unwinding in your colorfully decorated private treehouse, wandering through the lush gardens or sipping a tropical cocktail by the pool. 

An infinity pool at the Padma Resort Ubud, surrounded by trees and lounge chairs.
Padma Resort Ubud

9. Padma Resort Ubud (Payangan, Indonesia)

  • Why Travelers Love It: warm hospitality, jungle views, luxury 
  • Nightly Rates: from $172

Tucked away in a verdant river valley overlooking the real-life version of the bamboo forests you’ve no doubt seen plastered all over social media, Padma Resort Ubud sets the bar really, really, really high. Rooms flaunt soaking tubs and balconies with jaw-dropping views of the lush landscape. The endlessly photogenic infinity swimming pool and yoga shala are true showstoppers. Despite it feeling like a remote gateway to Eden, you can hop on a motorbike and be in Bali’s cultural hub in half an hour. 

An interior shot of a room at the BLESS Hotel in Madrid. It features open doors to the bathroom and the walk in closet.
Bless Hotel Madrid

10. Bless Hotel Madrid (Madrid, Spain)

  • Why Travelers Love It: central location, walkability, luxury, design
  • Nightly Rates: from $635

An upscale refuge amidst fashionable shops along the Golden Mile, Bless Hotel Madrid delights even the most discerning travelers (not an easy feat) with its privileged address in the posh Salamanca district and design that looks destined for the pages of a glossy magazine. Rooms are adorned with herringbone wood floors, velvet upholstered sofas and clawfoot tubs. Travelers also remark about the first-rate service and fantastic food. The rooftop with a pool, cabanas, cocktails and sweeps of the city is a whole vibe. 

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