5. The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club
St. Simons Island, Georgia, U.S.
The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club is a golfer's paradise with three renowned golf courses (including Plantation and Seaside, two 18-hole championship courses) and a top golf performance center. After a day of golf, guests can unwind in the luxe accommodations or indulge in a treatment at the spa.
The hotel made Travel + Leisure (No. 12) and Condé Nast Traveler (No. 31).
Rooms start from around $495 per night.
4. Rosewood Mayakoba
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Regarded as one of the best luxury properties in Mexico, the Rosewood Mayakoba puts guests in close proximity to the Yucatan's gorgeous white sand beaches, cenotes, and ancient Mayan ruins. The hotel has luxurious suites that either overlook the ocean or a private quiet lagoon, and are filled with high-end amenities like butler service and private plunge pools.
The hotel ranked high on both Travel + Leisure (No. 25).
3. Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Located in the middle of the Costa Rican rain forest, the Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens feels like a tropical retreat with stellar service, a luxurious spa, fine restaurants, and spacious rooms.
It's considered one of the most romantic resorts, and ranked highly on three rankings: TripAdvisor (No. 4), Travel + Leisure (No. 23), and Condé Nast Traveler (No. 63).
Rooms start from around $280 per night.
2. Singita Sabi Sand
Kruger National Park Area, South Africa
Singita Sabi Sand offers two stunning lodge options, the rustic and stylish Boulder Lodge and the more traditional Ebony Lodge, whose rooms offer views of bathing elephants.
The African property ranked very high on both Condé Nast Traveler's list (No. 3) and T+L's list (No. 7).
Rooms start at about $1,360 per night per person.
1. Oberoi Udaivilas
The Oberoi Udaivilas took the no. 2 spot on our list last year, but moved to the top of the list this year.
The whole experience of staying here is over the top: Guests arrive at the grand estate by private boat, then go on to their private suites, many of which have private pools and terraces.
It regularly makes "world's best" lists, and this year it ranked on T+L's (No. 9), Condé Nast's (No. 46), and TripAdvisor's (No. 5) lists.
$585 per night