World's Best Hotels

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Worlds Best Hotels

Who says staying at the world's best hotels has to cost a fortune? Travel + Leisure has ranked the top 500 hotels on earth, and-surprise!-more than 50 of them cost $250 or less.

Ranking hotels is no small undertaking. Every year, we ask our readers to vote on the places they've stayed recently. Thousands of readers share their expert opinions on their favorite-and not so favorite-properties.

What did we discover in 2009? That in a year filled with challenges, our readers still love hotels that deliver unique experiences and stellar service-particularly if the price is right.

So when you're planning your 2010 getaway and looking for that perfect hotel-the one that combines luxury, service, and location-this is the list to consult. You may even find your dream hotel at a great price. Read on for the top 25 winners.

Worlds Best Hotels

Cedar Mountains Wilderness Area, South Africa

Full-service hideaway with a wellness focus and access to original Bushman art sites, 3 hours from Cape Town.

Stats: 13 rooms; 3 suites; 3 restaurants; 1 bar.
Rooms to book: Deluxes in the 1843 Manor House for historic atmosphere and private terraces.
Insider tip: Explore the ancient Bushman rock paintings with the staff archaeologist.
Cost: Doubles from $715, all-inclusive.

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Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India

25 luxe jungle tents outfitted with four-poster beds, freestanding bathtubs, and teak floors, on 20 acres next to Ranthambhore National Park and Tiger Reserve.

Stats: 25 luxury tents; 1 restaurant; 2 bars.
Rooms to book: Any one of the 25 790-square-foot luxury tents, each with a private terrace and garden.

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St. Lucia

The island's most exclusive new resort has 28 open-air suites with either infinity pools or private Jacuzzis.

Stats: 28 suites; 1 restaurant; 1 bar.
Rooms to book: Huge Sun Sanctuaries have 270-degree panoramic views and large private pools.
Insider tip: Don't miss after-dinner stargazing on the Celestial Terrace.
Cost: Doubles from $1,150.

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Kruger National Park Area, South Africa

13 butler-serviced suites built into the hillside; an uprooted tree serves as the property's bar.

Stats: 13 suites; 1 restaurant; 1 bar.
Rooms to book: No. 3 is set between the lodge pool and the water hole.
Insider tip: Arrange for a private dinner in the wine cellar.
Cost: Doubles from $2,200, all-inclusive.

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McKellar, Ontario

A 34-room lakeside resort offering a range of activities, including sailboats, 10 tennis courts, and a championship golf course.

Stats: 22 rooms; 12 suites; 1 restaurant; 2 bars.
Rooms to book: Rooms 12 and 13, for newly renovated baths and best views of the lake.
Insider tip: In the spa, try the oxygen facial or bamboo massage.
Cost: Doubles from $575, including all meals, afternoon tea, use of bikes, boats, and tennis courts.

Worlds Best Hotels

Kruger National Park Area, South Africa

Pair of stunning lodges-Boulders is rustic; Ebony, distinctly African colonial–style-along the Sand River.

Stats: 30 suites; 3 restaurants; 3 bars.
Rooms to book: At Boulders, secluded No. 7 has a cathedral ceiling; No. 1 has the best river views.
Insider tip: Book a guided visit to a local Shangaan village, led by a former Singita staff member.
Cost: Doubles from $2,980, all-inclusive.

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Thailand

Luxury tents outfitted with hand-hammered copper bathtubs; activities include elephant trekking and rafting down the Mekong River.

Stats: 15 tents; 3 restaurants; 2 bars.
Insider tip: Book a private dinner in the wine cellar or the Elephant Camp.
Cost: Doubles from $2,110, all-inclusive

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Udaipur, India

87 Mewari-style rooms on former hunting grounds, along the banks of Lake Pichola, where guests can take a private cruise in a Kashmiri wooden boat.

Stats: 82 rooms; 5 suites; 3 restaurants; 1 bar.

Rooms to book: The Kohinoor suite, with a private pool overlooking the lake, the City Palace, and the Aravalli Hills.
Insider tip: Arrange a private cruise along the lake in a traditional Kashmiri wooden boat built for two. Book a romantic dinner on the floating pavilion in the middle of the famous Lake Pichola.
Cost: Doubles from $753.

Worlds Best Hotels

Masai Mara, Kenya

Riverside tents and some of the area's best guides, set on the former hunting grounds of colonial-era governors.

Stats: 37 suites; 1 restaurant; 1 bar.
Rooms to book: Tent 31 for privacy and striking savannah views.
Insider tip: The camp has close ties to local villages-arrange for a visit.
Cost: Doubles from $872, all-inclusive.

Worlds Best Hotels

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Sethkelvin Kwakye

this very nice....... am in Ghana and i will love to work in such a place .. can you help me out ?

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Sethkelvin Kwakye

nice one

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Helen A. Lee

I would love to travel now, but I'm due surgery soon. Sorry.

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