Editors of Condé Nast Traveller UK have released their picks for the best hotels of 2013, choosing properties across categories such as best beach, wilderness, design, city and country hotels.
From cocktail bars that hang dramatically over the edge of a Balinese cliff, to a Kenyan wilderness lodge embedded high within African conservation lands, and a quintessentially French countryside inn carved out of village rock and set in the heart of Provence, CN Traveller's list of 25 best hotels for 2013 strays from the usual suspects of opulent, five-star locales in favor of roads less traveled.
Meanwhile, readers of Travel + Leisure helped the magazine curate their own list of top 500 hotels of 2013 which was released last month.
For the second year in a row, safari lodge Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania was ranked No. 1 in the world. The property features a cliff-top plunge pool, tennis courts, spa, a yoga center, and offers sightings of elephants, wildebeest, zebras and gazelles.
Here's the full list of CN Traveller's 25 Best Hotels for 2013:
BEST BEACH HOTELS:
BEST WILDERNESS HOTELS:
BEST CITY HOTELS:
Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi
BEST COUNTRY HOTELS:
Oustau de Baumanière, France
BEST DESIGN HOTELS:
Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This story was posted on Sat, February 16, 2013
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