The 30 best hotels in the world

Luxury comes at a price. But when you’re staying at one of the best hotels in the world, that price is worth it.

We’ve created the ultimate list of the 30 best hotels in the world.

To create this list, we aggregated five notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites: Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Hotels, Conde Nast Traveller’s Top 100 Hotels & Resorts, TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Hotels in the World, Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards, and Jetsetter’s Best of the Best Awards. Read the full methodology here.

From Indian palaces to a luxe Montana ranch, here are the 30 best hotels in the world.

30. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India

Oberoi Hotels

Feel like royalty at the breathtaking Oberoi Rajvilas, set in a 32-acre oasis of gardens. You'll find yourself surrounded by exotic bird life, a stunning 18th-century Shiva temple, gold leaf frescoes, magnificent crystal chandeliers, and relaxing swimming pools.

Built in the traditional Rajasthani style, the resort offers a luxurious spa, master suites, and private dining pavilions for guests.

Rooms start at around $US617 per night.

29. The Mulia, Bali Indonesia

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Set on a stunning stretch of beach along Bali's Nusa Dua bay, The Mulia has elegant suites with butler service and gorgeous oceanfront pools. The resort has nine different restaurants and bars that are staffed by high profile culinary teams.

Rooms start at around $US710 per night.

27. Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming (TIE)

Brush Creek Ranch

The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch is a luxury ranch situated on 30,000 acres of the Rocky Mountain wilderness in Wyoming. Ideal for exploring the great outdoors, the ranch features a 38,000-square-foot lodge, spa, collection of cabin suites and residences, and outdoor activities like private fly-fishing excursions, hiking, biking, trail running, or horseback riding.

The property took the No. 2 spot on Conde Nast Traveller's list, but didn't make any other lists.

Rooms start at about $US750 per person per night.

27. Four Seasons Hotel Prague, Prague, Czech Republic (TIE)

Four Seasons

Set in an 18th-century Baroque Building in the middle of Old Town Prague, Four Seasons Hotel Prague combines a historic setting with modern amenities. The hotel is steps from the Charles Bridge and offers incredible views of the Vltava River and Prague Castle, as well as several fine dining options.

Rooms start at about $US358 per night.

25. Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, North Malé Atoll, Maldives (TIE)

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The Gili Lankanfushi Maldives resort is located in a remote setting on a private island in the North Malé Atoll in the Maldives. With 45 overwater villas and private residences that are only accessible by boat and offer up-close looks of the vibrant marine life, the hotel is a favourite with honeymooners and couples. The property is also renowned for its customer service as each guest receives a personal assistant who welcomes them with fresh fruit.

The hotel took the No. 1 spot on TripAdvisor's list, but didn't make any other lists.

Rooms start at about $US1,837 per night.

25. Londolozi Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa (TIE)


Located in a riverine forest, Londolozi Game Reserve is a five-camp preserve set on 35,000 acres of bushland. Guests can explore the wildlife through safari excursions or on-site outdoor candlelight dinners with white linens. It's not uncommon to see elephants roaming while taking a dip in one of the plunge pools or laying out on a wooden deck at this luxe family-run property.

The hotel took the No. 1 spot on Conde Nast Traveller's list, but didn't make any other lists.

Rooms start at about $US527 per night.

24. Solage Calistoga, Calistoga, California

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Located in California's Napa Valley, Solage Calistoga is a luxurious retreat with a geothermal water bathhouse where you can get a mudslide spa treatment, a state-of-the-art gym, yoga studio, and a Michelin-starred restaurant called Solbar. The surrounding mountainous area is built for hiking, biking, and jogging, but there are also incredible wineries and vineyards for oenophiles and foodies.

Rooms start at about $US475 per night.

23. Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Located along the pristine shores of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort was designed to resemble a traditional southern seaside mansion. There are 255 spacious rooms and suites, including the 3,000-square-foot Presidential Suite, that are decorated with handcrafted desks, armoires, sofas, and other furnishings.

Rooms start at about $US275 per night.

22. Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, Paris, France


Overlooking the Rue de la Paix and within walking distance of Place Vendôme and Opéra Garnier, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme has an ideal location within Paris. The luxe hotel is home to Michelin-starred restaurant Pur' and also has a gorgeous spa with a whirlpool bath, steam room, sauna, gym, and four treatment rooms.

Rooms start at about $US846 per night.

21. St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico


At the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, guests have access to personalised butler service, 24-hour private dining, a selection of on-site restaurants that include Carolina (winner of the AAA Five Diamond Award), a 10,000-square-foot spa, signature golf courses, tennis courts nestled under palm trees, and three infinity pools set on the beachfront. Guests can also request 'Pool Butlers' who will arrange snorkelling tours and reservations or excursions in the area.

Rooms start at around $US599 per night.

20. Singita Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Singita Kruger National Park is the perfect place to stay in luxury while on safari. There are two lodges on the property (Lebombo Lodge and Sweni Lodge), and the resort offers twice-daily game drives with safari guides who can help point out the area's wildlife, including lions, elephants, buffalo, zebras, and black rhinos.

Rooms start at around $US1,270 per person per night.

19. Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, Utah

Stein Eriksen Lodge

Named after Norwegian Olympic Gold Medal skier Stein Eriksen, Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley is nestled in the middle of the mountains at Utah's Deer Valley Resort. Named 'World's Best Ski Hotel' in 2014 by the World Ski Awards, the hotel offers 180 rooms and suites designed in natural textures, over 145 stone fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, a luxurious spa, and proximity to world-class skiing terrain.

Rooms start at around $US775 per night.

18. Lion Sands, Sabi Sand, South Africa

Lion Sands

Lion Sands is a luxurious family-run property that has magnificent views of the Sabi River. Rooms are decorated in ebony and ivory with African artifacts, and rooms in the Ivory Lodge come with large windows and private terraces for up-close views of the elephants and lions roaming the lush landscape.

Rooms start at around $US583 per night.

17. One&Only Palmilla Los Cabos, San José del Cabo, Mexico

Located at the southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, the One&Only Palmilla Los Cabos overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the craggy rocks that jut out from it. The resort has a vintage Mexican feel, but with luxe amenities like a spa, golf course, pools, restaurants helmed by a Michelin-starred chef, and a private yacht.

Guests can stay in single-story and three-story 'casas' encircling the resort grounds. Each room comes with a patio or balcony, stunning ocean views, and 24-hour butler service.

Rooms start at around $US1,435 per night.

16. Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff sits along South Carolina's May River and is set within a 22,000-acre development with breathtaking nature preserves, walking trails, villages, a marina, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Guest cottages and homes include vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, and verandas with gorgeous views. Plus, there are cooking classes, horseback riding excursions and trips on the hotel's 100-year-old yacht.

Rooms start at around $US405 per night.

15. Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville, Spain

Hotel Alfonso XIII

With its central location in the neighbourhood of Santa Cruz, Hotel Alfonso XIII is an ideal place to stay for those visiting the charming city of Seville. The hotel itself is a masterpiece of Moorish, Castilian, and Andalusian style and architecture -- think beautifully crafted ceramic tiles and wood finishes. There's a courtyard, gardens, pool, and plenty of delicious restaurants to try.

Rooms start at around $US2,980 per night.

14. Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle is as grand as it gets. The castle sits on 350 acres along the shores of Lough Corrib and dates all the way back to 1228. The opulent rooms feature plush beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, and there's almost every activity imaginable: falconry, fishing, archery, golf, horse riding, boating, tennis, cycling, and kayaking. If you want to feel like nobility, Ashford is the place to go.

Rooms start at about $US552 per night.

13. The Cloister Sea Island, Sea Island, Georgia

The Cloister

With 200 luxurious rooms, five miles of private beach, and the Georgian -- the only Forbes Five Star restaurant in the state -- the Cloister doesn't leave much to be desired. The property's main building -- the Cloister -- was built in a Mediterranean style, and is bordered by gardens and the river. Besides the Cloister there are are two other buildings: the Cloister Beach Club Suites, and the Cloister Ocean Villas. Guests have access to a spa, boating, squash, and tennis courts.

Rooms start at $US450 per night.

12. The Gritti Palace, Venice, Italy

Gritti Palace

A mix of both old and new, the Gritti Palace is the perfect place to experience Venetian art and style. Although the hotel was restored, it still has pieces that are original: wooden ceilings, its entrance flooring, dressing table mirrors, 18th-century wall lamps, and more. The palace also boasts the largest rooftop terrace in the city, as well as amazing views of the Grand Canal and Venetian Lagoon -- guests will be hard pressed to determine what's better: the view or the food.

Rooms start at about $US1,172 per night.

11. Jade Mountain St. Lucia, Soufriere, St. Lucia

Jade Mountain St. Lucia

Jade Mountain St. Lucia is described as a 'cornucopia of organic architecture;' the hotel is meant to celebrate St. Lucia's stunning beauty, and that it does. The hotel's mosaic-tiled infinity pools and stone covered terraces look out onto majestic green mountains and the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Jade Mountain offers 24 sanctuaries with private infinity pools, as well as five sky Jacuzzi suites.

Rooms start at about $US1,050 per night.

10. The Langham, Chicago, Illinois

The Langham

Housed in an elegant skyscraper designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe, the Langham Chicago sits along the Chicago River, in a location that's near many of the city's landmarks -- Millenium and Grant Parks, the Magnificent Mile, and Navy Pier. The property offers a pool, spa, fitness center, private club, and butler service.

The Langham ranked on four out of the five lists: Travel + Leisure, TripAdvisor, Fodor's, and Jetsetter.

Rooms start at around $US550 per night.

9. The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club, St. Simon's Island, Georgia

Sea Island

Described as a golfer's paradise, The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club was made to look like an English country manor. The hotel has 40 rooms and sits on St. Simon's Island, making it relatively secluded. The Lodge is surrounded by the property's two 18-hole golf courses and provides guests with some good old fashioned southern hospitality -- think a 24-hour butler service.

Rooms start at $US500 per night.

8. Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island

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The only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Hotel in Rhode Island, Ocean House is the classic New England seaside resort. The hotel has 49 guestrooms and 18 suites and offers unique activities such as croquet, squash, and wine and cooking classes. Ocean House's terrace, complete with tables and chairs shaded by umbrellas, is the ideal spot for an afternoon cocktail while watching the waves.

Rooms starts at about $US893 per night.

7. Primland Resort, Meadows of Dan, Virginia

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An ideal resort for the whole family, Primland is home to an impressive golf course, high class dining, and a spa. Its location in Virginia's vibrant Blue Ridge Mountains also makes Primland an ideal resort for biking, kayaking, stargazing, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The resort itself treasures the land it sits on and is very eco-friendly. A trip during autumn will ensure a glimpse at some beautiful fall foliage.

Rooms start at about $US575 per night.

6. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

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Taking the No. 1 spot on this year's Travel + Leisure world's best hotels list, the Oberoi Udaivilas borders the serene waters of Lake Pichola and is spread over 50 acres, complete with a wildlife sanctuary. The hotel was built to reflect the layout of Udaipur -- outdoor corridors link the hotel's various domes and serve as ideal walkways to enjoy the magnificent view.

The intricate architecture and room designs were inspired by India's Mewar region, and the whole experience of staying here is over the top: Guests arrive at the grand estate by private boat, then go on to their private suites, many of which have private pools and terraces.

Rooms start at around $US362 per night.

4. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary (TIE)

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The Four Seasons Gresham Palace is located in Szechenyi Square at the end of Budapest's famous Chain Bridge and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Danube River and some of the city's most impressive landmarks. The hotel itself is an 'art nouveau landmark' that 'combines historical elegance with ultra modern comforts,' like a pool, fitness center, and spa. The suites are what you would expect from a palace: stately and spacious.

Rooms start at about $US457 per night.

4. Castello di Casole, Siena, Italy (TIE)


Want to feel like royalty? Try Castello di Casole, a restored Italian castle nestled among the picturesque green rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy. The castle dates back all the way to the 10th century and still retains its old world feel as evidenced by the exposed stonework and mosaics found in the rooms. There's also a spa, pool, fitness center, and multiple fine dining options.

Rooms start at around $US1,115 per night.

3. Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica


Nayara's location is truly majestic: The hotel is perched atop a cliff surrounded by lush emerald forests and tropical gardens that look out onto the Arenal volcano. Large screened windows allow for gorgeous views of the rooms' private terraces and gardens that offer a Jacuzzi and rain shower. For the full luxury experience, guests should also visit the hotel's spa.

The Nayara Hotel took the No. 2 spot on TripAdvisor's list and ranked at No. 18 on Conde Nast Traveller's list.

Rooms start at about $US285 per night.

2. Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park, South Africa


Set on over 45,000 acres, the Singita Sabi Sand game reserve has been family-owned since 1926. The first of the property's three lodges -- Singita Ebony Lodge -- was opened in 1994, and since then Singita Boulders Lodge and Singita Castleton have opened. Sitting adjacent to Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand offers luxurious accommodations right in the heart of the African bush. The Ebony Lodge sits on the banks of the Sand River, which is known as 'big cat country,' so safari-goers are sure to spot some of the country's most impressive animals.

The property ranked high on both Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveller's lists.

Rooms at the Ebony Lodge starts at around $US1,250 per adult per night.

1. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana

Triple Creek Ranch

Described as a 'Montana hideaway,' Triple Creek Ranch lies 75 miles south of Missoula in the mountains of western Montana. The all-inclusive luxury ranch has one- to three-bedroom cabins or full ranch homes and offers plenty of activities to keep guests busy such as horseback riding, hiking, snowshoeing, tennis, or swimming. The hotel is renowned for its excellent service.

The hotel took the No. 3 spot on Travel + Leisure's world's best hotels list and No. 5 on Conde Nast Traveller's list. It also ranked on Fodor's list.

Cabins start at about $US1,400 per night.

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