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25 February 2024

25 World's Best Hotels: Which Dubai resort makes it to the list

Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India, was built between 1928 and 1943 for Maharaja Umaid Singh. (TripAdvisor)

By Ajanta Paul

In the 14th edition of the TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards ranked India's Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur as the best hotel in the world.

Millions of reviews and opinions collected over a one-year period are used to create each Travelers' Choice list.

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TripAdvisor's global hotels list, released Wednesday, is among several lists of top hotels in various categories.

The following are the 25 top hotels on the global list. All the properties are bookable on TripAdvisor.com.

1. Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, India

Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India, was built between 1928 and 1943 for Maharaja Umaid Singh.

Part of the palace is now run by Taj Group hotels and is set amid 26 acres of lush gardens, with 347 rooms out of which the hotel offers 64 rooms and suites.

The standard rooms in the palace starts from around $660 per night for two adults.

The suites start from about $1748 for one night.

Average TripAdvisor rate of $734 per night. Most affordable month to visit: July ($390)

2. Shinta Mani Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Shinta Mani Resort is a newly renovated boutique property centrally located in the leafy French Quarter between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area just 15 minute from the Angkor Wat.

The courtyard-style resort's 62 rooms & Junior Suite enjoys a surprisingly different 'Bensley twist' with direct access or first floor balcony views to the stunning swimming pool and flourishing tropical gardens.

Poolview Room will cost $160.70/night and can accommodate 3 individuals.

3. Bellevue Syrene, Sorrento, Italy

Housed in a former aristocracy villa and overlooking the Gulf of Naples.

The bright rooms and suites with a chic mix of modern and traditional decor feature sea-view balconies. Some suites add whirlpool tubs or spa-style in-room pools.

Breakfast, snacks and drinks are free. There are 2 restaurants with panoramic terraces, a wine cellar, and a veranda near an outdoor pool. Additional amenities include a spa area with massage treatments, and private beach access.

4. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa, Hanoi, Vietnam

A peaceful hotel with a homely feel, The La Siesta hotel is the newest member of the Hanoi Elegance hotel Group.

The hotel has 50 spacious bedrooms, including Suites and Duplex rooms. The Suites have modern and comfortable facilities with seating area. And the duplex rooms are particularly good for families and groups of friends.

5. Achtis Hotel, Afitos, Greece

In one of the most idyllic destinations of Makedonia, in the picturesque village of Kassandra Afitos, choose to create a hotel with imagination and good taste.

The Achtis is only 90 km from Thessaloniki, is the ideal solution for your holidays and is owned at people who seek relaxation and tranquility on environment of high aesthetics, luxury and warm hospitality.

6. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton, United Kingdom

Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc OBE, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is renowned for offering one of Britain's finest gastronomic experiences.

Situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, it is also one of the country's most intimate and original hotels, with 32 individually designed guest rooms and suites.

The hotel received two Michelin stars in 1984, the first year of its opening, and, remarkably, has held them ever since.

7. Mirihi Island Resort, Mirihi, Maldives

In the warm waters of the azure Indian Ocean lies a tropical dream island – Mirihi Island Resort.

Combining modern and traditional elements, the small paradise has been freshly renovated and reopened in December 2014 with a new shine, but still maintaining its unique Maldivian character.

Mirihi is located in the South Ari Atoll, reachable from Male on a 30-minute picturesque seaplane flight. Due to its size and limited number of Villas, Mirihi is considered as being one of the smallest islands in the Maldives.

8. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort Aruba, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

The resort is situated on 14 acres of powder white sand.

The only boutique-style resort in Aruba that caters exclusively to couples/adults only, Bucuti is nestled on Eagle Beach, far from the maddening crowds and high-rise hotels.

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is serene and peaceful, with only 104 rooms, suites and penthouse rooms.

9. Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa, Lance aux Epines, Grenada

Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa combines five star service and luxury within a relaxed and intimate environment to create the ultimate Caribbean escape.

Every luxury is on offer, starting from breakfast served on your suite's private balcony or on the beach to fine dining at the famous Gary Rhodes Restaurant and everything in between.

10. Hotel Ritta Hoppner, Gramado, Brazil

The tradition of hospitality of Ritta Höppner started in 1958 and since then the hotel has been surprising guests with each visit, the personalized service and the innovations implemented year by year.

Today, Ritta Höppner is one of the icons in the art of hosting, offering elegant surroundings, with European-inspired architecture and decor.

11. Gili Lankanfushi Maldives,
Lankanfushi, Maldives

12. Canaves Oia Hotel,
Oia, Greece

13. Orange County Resorts Kabini
Nagarhole National Park, India

14. Hotel Estalagem St Hubertus
Gramado, Brazil

15. The Milestone Hotel
London, United Kingdom

16. Tokoriki Island Resort
Tokoriki Island, Fiji

17. Casa Gangotena
Quito, Ecuador

18. The Singular Patagonia
Puerto Natales, Chile

19. The Omnia
Zermatt, Switzerland

20. J.K. Place Roma
Rome, Italy

21. Hotel Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine
Sardon de Duero, Spain

22. The Sherry-Netherland Hotel
New York City, New York

23. Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

24. Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Murqquab, UAE

Al Maha offers an idyllic, adults-only retreat in the pristine desert of Dubai.

The suites offer traditional architecture and antique furnishings. Each has a spacious bathroom with luxurious amenities and a private temperature-controlled pool with panoramic views out over the sand dunes.

Guests of Al Maha have a choice of 2 desert activities per day including horseback riding, camel trekking, and four-wheel drive safaris.

The tranquil spa is in a lush landscape and offers relaxing body treatments as well as a sauna, steam room, and hot tub.

Al Maha offers gourmet dishes and light snacks, made from fresh organic ingredients. Meals can also be served in the guest rooms.

Hotel Rooms: 42, comprising of Bedouin Suite, Royal Suite, Emirates Suite and Presidential Suite.

25. Baraza Resort & Spa, Bwejuu, Tanzania

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