Users of Travel + Leisure website had rated the idyllic resort of Nihi Sumba with a score of 99.12 out of a possible 100 as part of an annual contest.
With 33 villas set over 560 acres of lush jungle spilling into the sea, guests can enjoy complete privacy and ultimate relaxation – all for the princely sum of £800 per night and above. Read on to admire and fantasize about the top ten ‘World’s Best Hotel’ listed in the publication, 2017.
1. Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia (Winner)
With 33 villas on 560 acres, guests can enjoy complete privacy here at Nihi Sumba – with nightly rates starting at £800. It is located on the Island of Sumba, an hour’s flight from Bali, Indonesia.
Nihiwatu beach, (meaning ‘mortar stone) was named by the early Sumbanese settlers for its isolated rock formation along the tides.
The spacious Villas use organic, eco-friendly resource and is surrounded with crystal clear ocean. It is considered the perfect and safest place for snorkeling. This place still holds the cultural practices starting from dress to constructions which help the visitors to understand their culture better.
90 per cent of the staffs employed at this resort are Indonesians. One of the visitors who stayed here marked their review and mentioned that people of this island are ‘so warm and beautiful’ and they will be in their ‘hearts and souls forever’.
2. The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
Famous American actor and director fell in love with the French Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa islands and bought it in the year 1967, planning to turn it into his very own paradise which is now stands as The Brando resort.
There are 35 private villas with their own pool and beach to give the illusion that you’re the only person on the island. Dining options range from a beachside bar to a stunning restaurant with a menu from Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin.
3. Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming
This resort is placed on a 30,000 acre working cattle ranch. This was the wedding venue for the famous Hollywood couple Allison Williams and Van Veen in 2015. Its rustic interiors and wide range of outdoors activities from riding, fly fishing to trail adventures have earned this resort the best spot on the list
4. Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand
This Lodge is settled amidst the subtropical landscape of citrus, avocado and kiwi orchards. These orchards pave the way to the sparkling ocean and trimmed steep cliffs.
The majestic, scaled-up version of an early New Zealand settler’s villa is wrapped around with verandas, huge lounges and country-style antiques.
5. Gibb’s Farm, Karatu, Tanzania
Gibbs Farm is located in the Ngorongoro Karatu area of Northern Tanzania and is the original farm-stay in the Karatu area.
It’s a quirky, inviting lodge located on a historic coffee estate. It also offers romantic lantern-lit dinners beneath the roof of stars at night.
6. Tswalu Kalahari, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
The Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in South Africa gives the adventurous experience to its guests by camping amidst the wildlife in the savannah.
It is the largest private game reserve in South Africa, protecting over 110,000 hectares of spectacular grasslands and mountains, and allows no more than 30 guests at a time.
7. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana
This multi award-winning abode lies at the heart of the breathtaking Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies.
8. Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina
It is surrounded by 55 acres of vines and over 25 top wineries. With the breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains, it’s easy to see the appeal here.
Cavas Wine Lodge’s rooms are colorful, modern, and with plunge pools beautifully lit.
9. Inn at Willow Grove, Orange, Virginia
This grand property with the look of 1778 southern charms stands majestic close to Charlottesville in Virginia.
Every stay includes concierge Butler service, complimentary canapés in the Salon every evening, and fresh house-made cakes with locally-roasted French press coffee is delivered to your door in the morning.
10. Rosewood CordeValle, San Martin, California
CordeValle is a luxury secluded golf resort at the rolling foothills of Northern California’s Santa Cruz Mountains. Dining is proved with seasonal menus and it depends on the local harvests and the yield produced from their own garden.