Mr Mark Jessen
10 Best Hotels in the World for 2020 | Man of Many
Claiming top spot in Travel+Leisure‘s Best Hotels in the World 2020 list was Capella Ubud, a tropical oasis in the heart of Indonesia’s thriving tourist hub. Designed by famed architect Bill Bensley, Capella Ubud is a carefully considered paradise that blends seamlessly with Bali’s natural beauty, a feat helped by the area’s surrounding villages, shrines, and acres of green rice paddies in the neighbouring Keliki Valley.
1. Capella Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Found deep in the heart of San Miguel de Allende, Hotel Amparo is a fusion of heritage and hospitality in the best possible way. Complete with Spanish-colonial heirlooms and antiques, the edgy contemporary design is warm and welcoming. Here, you’ll find open-planned suites that sprawl out into immersive terraces skylit by an enviable night view. For travellers, the Zona Centro Histórico location means it’s just a short walk to local sights like the Jardín Principal, the Plaza de la Soledad, and the Mercado de Artesanias.
2. Hotel Amparo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
A true modern marvel of ingenuity and design, Fogo Island Inn is secluded luxury personified. You’ll find this 29-room picturesque hotel on the largest offshore island in Newfoundland and Labrador. Fogo Island Inn was designed by Newfoundland-born architect Todd Saunders, who adorned the inside with tokens from the local area, including objects from the region’s fishing communities and craftspeople, handcrafted quilts, and wood-burning stoves. For guests, the real drawcard is the environment. Fogo Island Inn offers unparalleled views of the rocky coast through floor-to-ceiling windows. From its stunning design to its incredible scenery, it’s not hard to see why Fogo Island Inn was named as one of the best hotels in the world this year, just remember to bring a jacket.
3. Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada
It’s no surprise that The Ritz-Carlton makes an appearance in this year’s list of the world’s best hotels, but the Bali-iteration is just one of many that scored well. This beachfront resort combines modern tropical style and Balinese architectural elements for a truly luxurious getaway. A sprawling, family-friendly resort, the Ritz-Carlton has six restaurants, a spa, numerous swimming pools, and a kids’ club. Why ever leave?
4. The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, Indonesia
Another perennial winner, the Waldorf Astoria is one of the most famous chains globally, but this year, its Maldives Ithaafushi resort scored the fifth sport in Travel+Leisure‘s Best Hotels in the World 2020 list. An incredible exploration of luxury, the Waldorf’s Maldives resort is only for an elite, lucky few. Guests must arrive by yacht from the international airport, picked up by one of the highly-attentive staff members who are on-hand for your every beck and call. Once on property, you’ll settle into one of the 121 villas offer a remote island experience, including your own private pool from which to take in that crystal-clear sea.
5. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
Hidden on a rocky cliff-face, the Secret Bay hotel is a true getaway. Not only will you escape the rat-race, you’ll be immersed in a dense rain-forest, taking in the sights and sounds of the native flora and fauna. Of course, each accommodation at this all-villa resort has a private plunge pool and thanks to the lush, dense vegetation, you’ll feel like you’re the only person for miles around.
6. Secret Bay, Portsmouth, Dominica
The hotly anticipated Raffles Instanbul opened back in 2014 and since then, has been securing big-name guests and awards on the regular. This year, the resort was named as the seventh best hotel in the world, thanks to its supreme service and exceptional amenities. For example, guests enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies that overlook the Bosporus and Princes’ Islands, a rare glimpse at the bustling historical city beneath. Even better, you can enjoy a meal at the hotel’s in-house Isokyo restaurant which is one of the best places in the city for pan-Asian cuisine.
7. Raffles Istanbul (tie)
There’s no shortage of luxury hotels in Greece, but this year, Canaves Oia Epitome was named as the country’s top performer. Opened in 2018, the hotel is located just above the fishing village of Ammoudi in Santorini. Renowned for its vibrant culture and stunning scenery, Canaves Oia Epitome blends natural beauty with contemporary design, offering a unique take on the traditional Cycladic architecture. With a striking colour palette of white, grey, and beige that contrasts dramatically with the sparkling blue sea below, it’s hard not to get swept up by this hotel’s charm.
7. Canaves Oia Epitome, Santorini, Greece (tie)
Like something out of The Sound of Music, this stunning 14-villa hotel with main lodge is truly a sight to behold. Set amongst a private reserve overlooking Torres del Paine National Park, one of Chile’s iconic destinations, this picturesque escape is an inspiring getaway that is sure to recharge your creative batteries. Each villa is assigned a private guide and four-wheel-drive vehicle, meaning you can get out and enjoy the local area’s beautiful scenery in whatever manner you desire.
9. Awasi Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile (tie)
How about a private canopy room overlooking the Kruger National Park? Set atop the pristine, 33,000-acre wilderness known for its concentration of the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo), the Singita concession is a world-class luxury experience in every sense of the word. Housed within the getaway are two retreats that together fall under the Singita banner: the intimate Sweni Lodge, with seven exclusive suites and Lebombo Lodge – a larger, 13 suite retreat. With a stunning open-plan design that offers maximum views and an unparalleled look at the incredible natural wonders below, there’s little wonder why the Singita Kruger retreat is among the world’s best hotels for 2020.
9. Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa (tie)
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