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Best Hotels and Resorts Of The Year 2017

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As a professional travel writer, I have traveled a great deal over the past 20-plus years, and have stayed in over a thousand hotels. Because the publications I write for skew towards luxury, the hotels I stay in reflect this and are pre-qualified to the degree possible. Nonetheless, often so-called “luxury” hotels are cookie cutterRead more

Four Seasons Florence, Italy:

This is a hotel I returned to in 2016 after several years absence and I (again) found it so amazing that I made it the year’s only addition to my vaunted “Hotels I Love” list, a hyper-critical collection of the world’s most standout lodging properties, and my personal highest honor. That story is just aRead more

Trapper’s Cabin, Beaver Creek, CO:

Okay, so this one is not really a traditional hotel or resort by any standards, but rather a single home operated as a hotel by Rockresorts, the lodging arm of Vail Resorts, which in turn owns Beaver Creek, the single most luxurious ski resort in the United States. Trapper’s Cabin is unique in skiing, theRead more

Ritz Paris, France:

Ritz Paris, France: There are grand dames and then there are grand grand dames, and the Ritz is the latter, the inspiration for many, if not most, of the world’s luxury hotels. This was the original flagship of Cesar Ritz, the “King of Hoteliers and Hotelier of Kings,” and spawned the terms Ritzy, putting on theRead more

Amanera, Dominican Republic:

Aman is such a beloved luxury boutique hotel operator that its ultra-loyal following has been dubbed “Aman junkies” in the travel industry. But while Aman has successfully opened posh resorts around the world and even moved into the urban hotels, Amanera was a big first for them – the first Aman golf resort. True toRead more

Sun Valley Lodge, ID: 

Turning 80 this year, Sun Valley was America’s first destination ski resort – this is the place that literally invented the chairlift and changed skiing forever. Ever since it has attracted an A-list following of movie stars, royalty and other celebrities, from Hemingway and Monroe to Oprah and Bill Gates. Most of them have stayedRead more

Wynn/Encore, Las Vegas:

I’ve been to Vegas 50+ times and have stayed at just about every other well-known hotel, big and small. But I most recently stayed at Wynn – and also twice in 2015. In all three recent visits I was very impressed. Wynn is more self-contained than most Strip hotels, a top choice for repeat VegasRead more

Boston Harbor Hotel, MA: 

One of the least well known Forbes 5-star hotels in the country, this luxury fixture of Boston’s waterfront flies below the radar of many travelers but is awesome and has a very loyal repeat clientele. I have been a few times and covered it in my Hotels I l Love column, but this was myRead more

Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, A Four Seasons Resort, France:

What do you get when you take one of Europe’s grandest grade dame resorts, the shining star of the French Riviera, and put it under the management of world-renowned luxury brand Four Seasons? You get the place I went for my 25th wedding anniversary this year. This coastal masterpiece oozes romance and luxury in aRead more

Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland:

Another iconic European grand dame, this is arguably the most famous hotel in skiing, in the very town that invented the winter sport vacation. Badrutt’s is big, posh and formal, in downtown St. Moritz, yet offers easy access to serval resorts and is the kind of place where the hotel picks you up at theRead more