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February 24, 2017

Elite Traveler Launches Top 100 Hotels in the World

By Zahra Al-Kateb

The wait is finally over – the Top 100 Hotels in the world have officially been launched.

From relaxing in an open-air bathroom in the midst of a Botswana-based safari, to admiring Big Sur’s clear night sky with the help of a hotel’s in-house astronomer, there has never been a more exciting time to launch our Elite Traveler Top 100 Hotels list.

This year’s collection of hotels includes Four Seasons Bora Bora, where the edge of the infinity pool blends seamlessly into the deep blue ocean, with hotel attendants on hand to provide chilled towels and frozen treats. Amenities include a fitness center – with an over-water sunrise yoga platform, a holistic spa and tennis courts to name a few.

If it’s a digital detox you seek, it doesn’t get much better than Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa, where guests can sleep under the stars in one of their many treehouses. Set amid the pure and untouched wild, there is no electricity – and certainly no WiFi. Its high thatch roof, luxurious wooden finishes and African decor make this hotel the picture of opulence.

Our list features hotels from across the world, with four in California, including Meadowood Napa Valley’s sprawling 250-acre estate – home to 4.5 miles of hiking trails, a nine-hole golf course, seven outdoor tennis courts and a 14,000 square-foot spa.

Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Elsewhere in America, New York City boasts an impressive seven hotels, including Baccarat Hotel & Residences. The hotel includes a $60 million residential penthouse and Spa de la Mer – the word’s first dedicated spa by skincare brand La Mer.

On New York City coming top city on the global list, Fred Dixon, NYC & Company president and CEO, said: “New York City offers a wide range of luxury accommodations to fit every taste, from marquee properties that reflect NYC’s bright lights to boutique gems tucked away on charming side streets, and we are thrilled that Elite Traveler Magazine has named seven of our finest in its Top 100 Hotels 2017. With the most active hotel development pipeline in the country, we look forward to notable accommodations continuing to open across the five boroughs.”

The Ritz, London

The UK performed equally as well, with seven hotels also feature on the list – six being from London: The Berkeley, Claridge’s, The Connaught, Corinthia Hotel London, Savoy and The Ritz London.

Highlight amenities at The Ritz include chauffeur driven customized Rolls-Royce Phantoms for guests staying in one of their suites, while the concierge team are able to provide tickets to sold-out shows and tables at some of London’s top fully-booked restaurants. At celebrity favorite The Connaught, guests can enjoy the Japanese Toto heated toilet seats, while visitors at Corinthia Hotel London can pamper themselves at the shamelessly opulent four-floor spa, before enjoying a spot of shopping at the mini branch of Harrods.

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Meanwhile, outside the capital, Berkshire-based boutique hotel Cliveden in Taplow also made the list. Formerly home to a Prince of Wales, the neoclassical mansion is surrounded by acres of woodland and boasts an air of grandeur, with each room brimming with history.

To see the full list of hotels, click here.


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