Readers' Favorite Hotels 2009

Each year since 1988, about 25,000 of the world's savviest travelers participate in Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards survey, in which thousands of hotels and resorts around the world are evaluated on the basis of design, atmosphere, dining, location, and amenities. This week, we're excited to present the results of the survey—a list of the top-ranked hotels and resorts in the world. What excites us most about this list aren't the jaw-dropping photos (although those help) or the dreamy descriptions (those don't hurt either), but the surprises. Incredibly, three of the top ten resorts on earth are, um…tents. Five of the best places to stay in the world are arguably in the middle of nowhere. And at two of the best-rated accommodations on the planet, you have to be on your guard against stepping in elephant dung.

But each and every property on this list offers the travel experience of a lifetime. Consider this your "must" list: the top ten hotels and resorts in the world, as selected by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. For the complete list, visit the 2009 Readers' Choice Awards.

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Published October 2009

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