The Definitive List


Our choices below were based on the following criterion of hotels and resorts both large and boutique (so size didn’t matter): a hotel’s unique culture; superb service; attention to detail; the “wow” factor such as beauty in interior design, architecture or setting; aesthetic sensitivity to the surrounding environment, city and culture of the country; great location (views, near landmarks, central etc); and that indefinable quality that sets great hotels apart from good ones.

Judging a hotel also depends on one’s personal experience during the stay; for example, if your luggage was stolen en route, you had a crap room above the kitchens, or you fought with your partner the whole time, you’re not exactly going to have sun-dappled memories of a hotel, are you? So if your favourite’s not listed below, write in and tell us about it in Feedback.

Counting down from 50 to 1, SheSaid’s list of the best hotels and resorts in the world are:

50 Shangri-La, Singapore

49 Four Seasons, Istanbul, Turkey

48 The Observatory Hotel, Sydney, Australia

47 Claridges, London, England

46 Halekulani, Oahu, Hawaii

45 Hotel Como, Melbourne, Australia

44 Brenner?s Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden Baden, Germany

43 Le Byblos des Neiges, Courchevel, France

42 Caneel Bay Resort, St John

41 La Residencia, Majorca, Spain

40 Hyatt Regency Maui, Hawaii

39 The Regent, Bangkok, Thailand

38 Hassler, Rome, Italy

37 Sacher, Vienna, Austria

36 Medusa, Sydney, Australia

35 Baur en Lac, Zurich, Switzerland

34 Four Seasons Beverly Hills, California, USA

33 Normandy Hotel, Deauville, France

32 Amanresorts? Hotel Bora Bora, Tahiti

31 The Tawaraya, Kyoto, Japan

30 The Oberoi, Lombok, Indonesia

29 Cipriani, Venice, Italy

28 La Brisas, Acapulco, Mexico

27 The Datai, Lankawi, Malaysia

26 Amangani Resort, Colorado, USA

25 Le Touessrok Hotel & Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius

24 Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, Scotland

23 Hayman, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

22 Hotel Regency, Florence, Italy

21 Hyatt Tokyo, Japan

20 One Aldwych, London, England

19 La Colombe d’Or, Provence, France

18 Mandarin, Singapore

17 New York Palace, New York, USA

16 Hotel Paris, Monte Carlo, Monaco

15 The Lancaster, Paris, France

14 Villa d’Este, Cernobbio, Italy

13 Perivolas, Santorini, Greece

12 Raffles Hotel, Singapore

11 Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy

10 Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California, USA

9 The Four Seasons, Bali, Indonesia

8 Gritti Palace, Venice, Italy

7 Peninsula, Hong Kong

6 La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco

5 The Plaza, New York, USA

4 Hotel de Crillon, Paris, France

3 Ritz, Paris, France

2 Hotel du Cap-Eden, Cote d’Azur, France

1 Hotel San Pietro, Positano, Italy