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Travel + Leisure World’s Best Hotels 2018 lists 16 Relais & Châteaux hotels

This is the list that really matters in the world of travel, the one that showcases the jewels in the global hotel industry's crown. With prizes presented at a prestigious annual awards ceremony organized by Travel + Leisure magazine and based on a survey of its readers, the World’s Best is a list of the 100 best hotels in the world. From Italy to Canada and from Costa Rica to Ireland, this elite ranking includes 16 Relais & Châteaux hotels.

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Hotels 2018 lists 16 Relais & Châteaux hotels

 

#94 Planters Inn, Charleston, United States – “An elegant and distinguished sanctuary”

Located in the heart of Charleston's picturesque Historic District, Planters Inn boasts a host of stylish features. With its central lantern-lit courtyard, many fireplaces, high ceilings and four-poster beds, you’ll feel right at this hotel with the feel of a historic manor house. A gem in the heart of historic Charleston!

> Discover Planters Inn

 

#91 Sol & Luna, Urubamba, Peru – “Peru’s magical and mystical spirit writ large”

This is a timeless property worthy of its setting at an altitude of 2,800 meters, imbued with a magic all of its own. Its location in the very heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas only serves to intensify every moment you spend here. Its architecture is a mix of avant-garde and primitive Peru, giving Sol & Luna the attributes of a little corner of paradise: the blue of the sky, the red of the earth and the infinite color palette of the flowers.

> Découvrez le Sol & Luna

 

#80 The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand – “All the pleasures of New Zealand”

A haven for golf fans, the Farm at Cape Kidnappers also enjoys the stunning backdrop of the steep green cliffs of Hawkes Bay. Surrounded by vineyards, and boasting exceptional flora and fauna including the emblematic kiwi bird along with other discoveries, this property promises timeless experiences in a magnificent setting.

> Discover Farm at Cape Kidnappers 

 

#79 Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana, United States – “A refuge with the rustic and stylish appeal of the West”

Amid magnificent Montana landscapes worthy of the finest Westerns, Triple Creek Ranch promises guests a packed program of activities. Be a cowboy for the day and try your hand at trout fishing, horse trekking and cattle driving! In winter, escape to the nearby Rockies for skiing and sled dog adventures. 

> DiscoverTriple Creek Ranch

 

#77 Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Colombia – “Rustic elegance on Canada’s west coast”
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Wickaninnish Inn is a haven for anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With powerful waves, whales, bears and sea lions, Mother Nature puts on the most seductive performances here. Admire magnificent views of the bay, and take home the memories of a generous and comforting landscape, a forest of giant evergreens and Chesterman Beach, perfect for watersports like surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding..

> Discover Wickaninnish Inn

 

#52 Twin farms, Barnard, Vermont, United States – “Returning guests affectionately call it their second home”

In this idyllic corner of the Vermont countryside, set in 120 hectares of wildflower meadows, Twin Farms comprises ten separate cottages. Guests come in search of the calm and beauty of an exceptional property. In a landscape framed by earth, sky and lakes, Twin Farms promises its guests old-style hospitality, with the use of a handsome pub, the fitness and wellness centers, and a Japanese-style furo. A retreat for body and soul!

> Discover Twin Farms 

 

#50 Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Ireland – “As unique as Ireland itself”

An exceptional destination in more ways than one, Sheen Falls Lodge is set amid sandstone mountains in a region that the Irish themselves like best. The hotel promises unrivaled views of natural wonders including the cascading Sheen waterfalls, a wonderfully quaint ambiance, and a pervading sense of magic. 

> Discover Sheen Falls Lodge

 

#49 Il San Pietro di Positano, Positano, Italy – “A superb location overlooking the sea”

Born of one man’s love the sea, Il San Pietro di Positano is more than ever before a hotel of dreams and desires. Its many rooms all enjoy terraces and sublime sea views, and its interiors boast fine tiles and frescoes.

> Discover Il San Pietro di Positano

 

#41 Hotel Wailea, Hawaii, United States – “Relax and reconnect in an intimate Hawaiian oasis”

Surrounded by luxurious tropical vegetation, the hotel enjoys fabulous views of three Hawaiian islands. Its expansive suites offer a fresh intimacy and the many activities available provide an opportunity for intense relaxation. Meanwhile, the Maui-inspired organic dishes served in the restaurant are intricate culinary masterpieces.  
> Discover Hotel Wailea 

 

#39 Cavas Wine Lodge, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina – “A wine paradise at the foot of the Andes”

Located at the foot of the Andes amid staggeringly beautiful scenery, Cavas Wine Lodge is set on a huge 22-hectare estate. As well as the joys associated with its exceptional vineyard, this magnificent Spanish colonial-style hotel, home to a wellness center and Moorish-inspired patios, offers myriad activities all year round.
> Discover Cavas Wine Lodge 

 

#27 Huka Lodge, Topo, New Zealand – “An out-of-this-world experience, imbued with beauty and history”

Established in the 1920s, Huka Lodge is one of New Zealand's iconic properties. Set on the banks of the Waikato river, upstream of Huka Falls, in spectacular natural surroundings, it enjoys all the benefits of a mild climate and a leisurely pace of life. As a result, time seems to stand still, helping to create a unique experience and unforgettable stays.

> Discover Huka Lodge

 

#16 Eolo, El Calafate, Argentina – “The simple pleasures refined”
The spirit of Patagonia is beautifully embodied in Eolo, a magical lodge located at the heart of a 4,000-hectare property near El Calafate, on the road to the Perito Moreno glacier. In the vast La Anita valley, with its wild natural landscapes, the hotel's exclusive activities – its indoor pool, the treats on offer in its restaurant, and the common areas all boasting spectacular views – combine to ensure you have an undisturbed and unforgettable stay.  
> Discover Eolo



 

#10 Nayara Springs, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica – “Inspired by nature”
Set against the backdrop of the Arenal volcano and the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, the hotel comprises luxury detached villas with modern yet exotic amenities. A veritable haven of romanticism, peace and calm but also a land of adventure, this hotel offers you a unique guarantee of well-being.  

> Discover Nayara Springs

 

#4 Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, United Kingdom – “Relaxation and exquisite delights in the peaceful scenery of the Highlands”

The dreamy region home to Inverlochy Castle offers one of the most stunning Scottish panoramas. With its stately interiors and unique charm, this castle, surrounded by mysterious lochs, themselves encircled by misty mountains, will leave an indelible mark on curious travelers.
> Discover Inverlochy Castle

 

#4 (tied) Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco, Peru – “A jewel in the land of the Incas”

An exquisite 16th-century manor house, Inkaterra is now a carefully restored and handsome hotel. Its uncluttered style respects the original character of the eleven suites clustered around an outdoor patio with a typically Spanish feel. The authenticity and rich history of the hotel are such that guests will often naturally absorb the mysticism of the surrounding Andean valleys.

> Discover Inkaterra la Casona

 

#2 Ballyfin Demesne, County Laois, Ireland

Set in a 250-hectare estate, one hour from Dublin, Ballyfin is a place of divine natural beauty. Boasting woods, lakes, gardens and water features, Ballyfin provides an idyllic private world for guests to explore in the heart of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. In this historic property where luxury and refinement combine to wonderful effect, you will find every moment you spend here enchanting!

> Discover Ballyfin