The world’s top 100 hotels revealed…

World’s top 100 hotels revealed, with a palace in India where a suite costs £5,245 a night voted the best by travellers (and the runners-up are pretty dreamy too)

  • Readers of Travel + Leisure gave The Leela Palace Udaipur in India a 98.89 score out of a possible 100 
  • The 72-room, eight-suite Rajasthan hotel was lauded for its ‘breathtaking view of Lake Pichola’ 
  • In second place was The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming – with an overall score of 98.91 

A palatial hotel in India, which has suites fit for maharajahs at £5,245 a night, has been rated the best in the world. 

Readers of Travel + Leisure gave The Leela Palace Udaipur 98.89 out of 100 in the publication’s annual ‘World’s Best 100 Hotels’ awards, which earned it the top spot.

The 72-room, eight-suite Rajasthan hotel was lauded for its ‘breathtaking view of Lake Pichola’, ‘excellent facilities’, and its emphasis on good service. One fan said the spot would be ‘ideal for honeymoons or special celebrations’ because of its romantic atmosphere.   

In second place was The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming – with an overall score of 98.67. 

For wildlife fanatics third prize winner Singita Sabi Sand in South Africa might appeal. It has three rustic-styled luxury lodges set within a sprawling privately owned game reserve.

Scroll down for a tour of the hotels that made it into the top 10. 

1. The Leela Palace Udaipur, India 

Readers of Travel + Leisure gave The Leela Palace Udaipur in India 98.89 out of 100. The 72-room, eight-suite Rajasthan hotel was lauded for its ‘breathtaking view of Lake Pichola’, ‘excellent facilities’, and its emphasis on good service

Each guest room spans 580 square feet with the £5,245 a night Maharaja Suite (bedroom pictured above), covering an impressive 3,552 square feet. The luxury hotel is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year

One fan said The Leela Palace Udaipur would be ‘ideal for honeymoons or special celebrations’ because of its romantic atmosphere. Above, one of the spots at which guests can enjoy an intimate breakfast

2. The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming 

In second place was The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming – with an overall score of 98.67. The hotel is surrounded by prairies, mountains, creeks and rivers

There are various accommodation options at the luxury ranch, including log cabins and cabin suites. Rates start from $900 (£721) a night

3. Singita Sabi Sand, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa 

For wildlife fanatics third prize winner Singita Sabi Sand in South Africa might appeal. It has three rustic-styled luxury lodges set within a sprawling privately owned game reserve. It scored 98.59 in the poll 

Singita Sabi Sand is adjacent to Kruger National Park and it has been owned by the Bailes family since 1926. Above, an example of one of the bathrooms at the complex, which has an outdoor tub and pool looking out over the grassy lands 

4. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand 

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand was ranked fourth, with a 98.57 score

There are various experiences on offer at the hotel, which is a working sheep farm, including a course on shepherding, heli fishing and a guided walk along the rugged coastline 

All hotels are ranked in order, from highest-ranked to lowest, from left column to right. Hotels marked with (=) are tied.

The Leela Palace Udaipur, India

The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming 

Singita Sabi Sand, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa 

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

Gibb’s Farm, Karatu, Tanzania 

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, Vietnam 

The Mulia, Bali, Indonesia 

Singita Grumeti, Serengeti National Park Area, Tanzania

The Bushcamp Company’s Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia (=) 

Lapa Rios Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica (=) 

Rosewood Beijing (=) 

Royal Mansour, Marrakesh, Morocco (=)

Turtle Island, Fiji (=)

Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand 

Tierra Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Chile  

Ellerman House, Cape Town 

Canaves Oia Epitome, Santorini, Greece

Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Londolozi, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa 

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia 

J.K. Place Firenze, Florence  

The Oberoi, Mumbai 

Inn at Willow Grove, Orange, Virginia 

The Vines Resort & Spa, Mendoza, Argentina 

Gangtey Lodge, Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan 

Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont (=) 

Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen, Mexico (=)

The Highlands, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania 

The Shore Club, Turks and Caicos 

The Leela Palace New Delhi 

Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, Johannesburg, South Africa 

The Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe, New Mexico  

Lion Sands Game Reserve, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa 

Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort, San José del Cabo, Mexico 

Hotel Eleven, Austin, Texas 

Six Senses Laamu, Olhuveli Island, Maldives 

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India 

Nihi Sumba, Indonesia 

Six Senses Fiji, Malolo Island, Fiji 

Grace Hotel Santorini, Auberge Resorts Collection, Greece (=)

Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley, Peru (=)

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como, Italy 

The Row Hotel at Assembly Row, Somerville, Massachusetts 

Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown, New Zealand 

Frangipani Beach Resort, Anguilla 

Anantara Hua Hin Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand 

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India 

andBeyond Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya 

Palazzo Avino, Ravello, Italy   

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, Thailand 

The Bristol Hotel, Bristol, Virginia 

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India  

Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada (=)

La Réserve Paris Hôtel & Spa (=)

North Block Hotel, Yountville, California (=)

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy (=)

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile (=)

Viceroy Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico (=) 

Curtain Bluff, Antigua  

Matetsi Victoria Falls, Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe  

Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui, Hawaii  

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Indonesia  

andBeyond Kirkman’s Kamp, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa  

Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, Illinois (=) 

The Lanesborough, London (=) 

andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa  

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve Lodges, South Africa 

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia 

Six Senses Samui, Koh Samui, Thailand  

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, San Diego  

Hotel Wailea, Maui, Hawaii  

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India  

Meadowood Napa Valley, St. Helena, California  

Tensing Pen, Negril, Jamaica 

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Danang, Vietnam  

Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece  

Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana  

Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection, Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica  

Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw (=) 

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia (=) 

Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cuzco, Peru  

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California  

Nayara Gardens, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica    

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania  

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 

Park Hyatt Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  

Le Meurice, Paris  

Lebua at State Tower, Bangkok  

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang, Laos  

Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica  

The Milestone Hotel, London  

Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica 

Montage Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico  

The Temple House, Chengdu, China  

Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico   

The Lowell, New York City (=) 

The Spectator Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina (=)  

Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano, Italy

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