The 17 best resorts in the world, according to travelers

  • Conde Nast Traveler released its annual ranking of the best resorts in October.
  • To inform the list, the publication surveyed travelers via the annual Readers' Choice Awards.
  • This year's list is a little different since non-essential travel was on-hold for much of 2020, and it highlights places that resonated with readers "in a year when travel may have been out of reach."
  • Most of the top resorts this year are safari getaways in Africa, like Singita Sabi Sand's Boulder Lodge in South Africa.
  • While nonessential travel is no longer discouraged, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that "travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19."
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17. Located on a wildlife reserve in South Africa, Singita Sabi Sand's Boulders Lodge features 12 suites with private decks and pools. Starting rates are around $2,000 a night per person.

Source: Singita

16. For around the same starting price, Singita's Pamushana Lodge in Zimbabwe's Malilangwe Reserve features seven villas — each with a private pool — and a main lodge.

Source: Singita

15. In California's famed Napa Valley, the Auberge du Soleil is an Auberge Resorts Collection hotel on 33 acres of vineyards with nightly prices starting at $925.

Source: Auberge Resorts Collection

14. Inside Tarangire National Park in Tanzania and starting at $724 per person per night, Oliver's Camp is a glamping resort with 10 tents placed for prime wildlife viewing.

Source: Oliver's Camp 

13. On Malolo Island, Fiji, Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a hotel for adults with rooms on the water and rates starting around $900 a night.

Source: Likuliku Lagoon Resort

12. Conde Nast Traveler reports the rooms are spacious at Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, a beachfront resort in St. Barts with rates starting around $700 a night.

Sources: Conde Nast Traveler, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

11. Matakauri Lodge is a lakefront mountain resort in Queenstown, New Zealand, and October rates start at $740 a night.

Source: Matakauri Lodge

10. For around $2,000 per person per night, the Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge is nestled in the Virunga Mountains of Volcano National Park in Rwanda.

Source: Wilderness Safaris

9. Bushcamp Chamilandu is a riverside treehouse resort in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park with only three rooms for around $600 to $700 per person per night depending on the season.

Source: Bushcamp Company, South Luangwa National Park

8. With only five total suites, the Morukuru Family Beach Lodge in South Africa's De Hoop Nature Reserve typically costs at least around $2,000 a night for two guests, depending on the season.

Source: Morukuru Family Beach Lodge

7. In Tanzania next to Serengeti National Park, Singita Grumeti is a mobile resort camp that follows animal herds for prime wildlife viewing, and it costs around $2,400 per person per night.

Source: Singita

6. Twin Farms is a Southern Vermont rural resort known for its exceptional service, Conde Nast Traveler reports, and it costs around $2,400 a night, depending on when you go.

Sources: Twin Farms, Conde Nast Traveler

5. Naladhu Private Island Maldives is a beachside resort on its own islet in the Maldives with only 19 rooms starting at around $1,100 a night.

Source: Naladhu

4. On a riverbank in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is a hotel with an open-air restaurant and a rooftop bar, and it costs around $200 a night.

Source: Anatara

3. The Nautilus in the Maldives is a beachside private bungalow resort with starting rates around $2,000 a night.

Source: The Nautilus Maldives

2. In Bali, Indonesia, The Mulia & Mulia Villas is on the coast of the Indian Ocean, and rates start around $350 a night, depending on when you go.

Source: The Mulia

1. L'Horizon Resort & Spa is a bungalow retreat in Palm Springs, California, where every afternoon, the staff brings each guests a tiny surprise — from ice cream to tequila shots — and rooms cost around $360 a night, per Trip Advisor.

Source: Trip Advisor, L'Horizon

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