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Travel + Leisure's world’s best hotels 2013

July 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM ET

Video: Nilou Motamed of Travel + Leisure shares some of the winners of the magazine’s 18th annual best travel awards, from cities and hotels to airlines, spas, and more.

Which hotels deliver the most extraordinary experiences? Check the results of Travel + Leisure’s annual survey to find out.

Picture a cypress-lined road in Tuscany. Now picture yourself arriving at a 10th-century former castle on more than 4,000 acres of rolling hills. Welcome to Castello di Casole, a new 41-suite hotel that already ranks as No. 2 in the world.

Four Seasons resort in Bora Bora.
Moeava de Rosemont / Courtesy of Four Seasons
Four Seasons resort in Bora Bora.

We asked our readers to vote in the 18th-annual World’s Best Awards for properties like Castello di Casole that have won them over—weighing in on categories such as rooms, location, service, food, and value. The resulting list not only is a go-to hotel resource for planning your next trip, but also reveals the destinations that are important now.

Oberoi Udaivilas in India.
Courtesy of Oberoi Udaivilas
Oberoi Udaivilas in India.

One of the most exciting trends is the desire to get off the grid. For the first time this year, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand (tied at No. 5) debuted among the top 10 hotels overall for their respective regions.

Singita Boulders Lodge, Sabi Sand, Kruger, South Africa. Agency HKLM. Art Director: Paul Henriques. Stylist: Georgina Pennington. Photographer: Mark W...
Mark Williams / Courtesy of Singita Game Reserves
Singita Boulders Lodge, Sabi Sand, Kruger, South Africa.

And T+L readers crowned a new No. 1 hotel: Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp in Botswana.

Luckily, there are plenty of amazing places to stay closer to home. U.S. properties represent nearly 20 percent of the top 50 list, from Triple Creek Ranch (No. 13), with 23 intimate cabins with wood-burning fireplaces in western Montana, to Elizabeth Pointe Lodge (No. 25) on Amelia Island, FL, with its turn-of-the-century-inspired décor and enormous marble soaking tubs.

Whether you’re ready for a nature retreat or eager to pound the pavement of Hong Kong, Berlin, or Beverly Hills, there’s a property for you among the World’s Best Hotel winners.

See the full World’s Best Hotels list

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