Each year Travel + Leisure conducts a survey among its readers in search of the best cities, islands, hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, and more. The survey responses create what is known as the World’s Best Awards. This year, Ker & Downey was honored to receive the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Tour Operator award. As the World’s Best Tour Operator, we decided to put together an around the world tour of the World’s Best Hotels.
On this World’s Best Tour, you’ll travel to hotels that have each been voted number one in their category. Not surprisingly, almost all of them also appear on the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards Top 100 Hotels in the World list.
This around the world tour requires several flights. Whether you prefer to travel east to west or vice versa, trust Ker & Downey’s Air Department to book flights with the best times to get you from one destination to the next. That way you can spend more time exploring on the ground instead of in the air.
Tokyo, Japan | Hoshinoya
A stay at a Japanese ryokan is unlike any other experience in the world. Hoshinoya, voted the number one hotel in Tokyo and number five in the Top Asia City Hotels list, is an especially luxurious treat. It is located in the Otemachi neighborhood near the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station in a modern high-rise building. Don’t be deterred by the urban environment surrounding it. Inside, you can expect a relaxed ambiance and intimacy paired with traditional Japanese hospitality.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 Hotel in Tokyo, #5 in Asia City Hotels
Bali, Indonesia | Capella Ubud
Capella Ubud was voted the number one hotel in the world, scoring an impressive 99.85 among Travel + Leisure readers. The refined tented camp sits nestled among the trees of the lush green forests of Ubud’s Keliki Valley. Each tented suite is a luxurious hideaway steeped in old-world charm with teak floors, vintage steamer trunks, and antique furnishings. Private saltwater pools look out over the landscape.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 in Top 100 Hotels in the World, #1 Resort Hotel in Asia, #1 Resort Hotel in Indonesia, Capella brand named #2 in the world
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand | The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
6,000 acres surround The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. The sheep and cattle farm on New Zealand’s North Island is a luxurious seaside escape. There you’ll find a world-class golf course and its own vineyard. With just 24 rooms and suites the service is highly personalized. Set out on a number of adventures from the lodge. Spend the day trekking on one of the many trails surrounding the lodge. Take a leisurely tour of the property. For an adventure, head out on an ATV or mountain bike expedition. There’s also the option to simply lounge on the beach or enjoy one of the many treatments offered at the Kidnappers Spa.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 Resort in Australia and New Zealand
Perth, Australia | COMO The Treasury
Make a stop on your World’s Best Tour in Perth. While you’re there, make your base at COMO The Treasury. Old state buildings that once housed the court, the treasury, and the land-titles offices have been restored into a beautiful heritage hotel with 48 rooms and suites. COMO The Treasury’s prime location in the middle of Perth’s central business district puts you just a short stroll from boutiques and the lively waterfront.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 Top City Hotels in Australia and New Zealand, #71 in Top 100 Hotels of the World
Udaipur, India | The Leela Palace Udaipur
For the second year in a row, the Leela Palace Udaipur has received top honors as the number one Resort in India. This memorable 80-room resort makes an impression from the moment guests arrive, starting with the arrival by boat on Lake Pichola.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 Resort in India, #4 Top Resort Hotels in Asia, #19th in Top 100 Hotels of the World, Leela Brand named #1 Hotel Brand in the World
Dubai, UAE | Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Since the opening of Burj Al Arab Jumeriah, Dubai’s coastline has never been the same. Designed to resemble a billowing sail, and towering more than 50 stories high, the iconic hotel is an architectural masterpiece. Its height isn’t the only thing over the top here. You can expect unparalleled standards of comfort and service reflecting the finest the world has to offer.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 in Top Hotels in the Middle East and North Africa, #25 in Top 100 Hotels of the World
Cape Town, South Africa | The Silo
When it opened three years ago, The Silo was one of the most anticipated hotel openings in Cape Town. Since then, it hasn’t lost one bit of its allure. The hotel is located in the heart of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town’s historic grain silos, positioned above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). Guests have their choice of 28 suites and a lavish penthouse, each with bespoke furnishings and unique home comforts. Views from the magnificent 18-foot windows present a stunning panorama of Robben Island, Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, and the glittering ocean beyond.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 in Top African City Hotels, #57 (tied) in Top 100 Hotels of the World
Kruger National Park, South Africa | Singita Kruger Lodges
The Kruger Area in South Africa is one of the greatest regions in the world for wildlife. As such, it is the setting for dozens of wildlife sanctuaries and private game reserves. But Singita’s 33,000-acre private concession stands out from the rest. A dense population of animals including the Big Five and a mountain-dwelling pride of lions roam the concession.
The dramatic landscapes teeming with wildlife and the wide-open spaces are home to two of Singita’s contemporary retreats – Singita Sweni and Singita Lebombo. Singita Sweni is the newest of the two lodges. Its seven suites sit on stilts on the banks of the Sweni River. Higher up on the ridgeline, you’ll find the 13 suites of Singita Lebombo. It is open and airy, with hanging beds perfect for stargazing or sleeping under the stars. Regardless of the lodge you stay in, exceptional cuisine, world-class game viewing, and one of the lowest densities of guests relative to the area create an unmatched and exclusive safari experience.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 in Top Safari Lodges in Africa, #9 (tied) in Top 100 Hotels of the World
Atlas Mountains, Morocco | Kasbah Tamadot
Kasbah Tamadot is a palatial Moorish property located in a small village at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains about an hour outside of Marrakech. Its 28 rooms, suites, and tented Berber suites sit perched at the top of the valley with views looking up to Mount Toubkal. Throughout the hotel, items collected from all over the world by the former owner, Luciano Tempo, an antique dealer and interior designer are on display. All accommodations feature either a private terrace or balcony for taking in the stunning views of the Atlas Mountains. Relax with treatments in the authentic Hammam, explore the mountains on the back of a mule. Amp up the adventure in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. For the ultimate thrill, board a hot-air balloon to take in the beauty of the region from above.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 in Top Resort Hotels in the Middle East and North Africa, #79 in Top 100 Hotels of the World
Santorini, Greece | Canaves Oia Epitome
There’s a reason why Canaves Oia Epitome tops the list as the number one resort hotel in Greece. The 24-villa property overlooks the fishing town of Ammoudi. It is also the only property on the island that offers both sea and sunset views from the privacy of your room. Whitewashed buildings combined with natural materials like wood and stone create an elegant aesthetic. Rooftop terraces, an infinity pool, world-class Greek cuisine, and relaxing spa treatments make Canaves Oia Epitome the perfect place to unwind.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 in Top Greece Resort Hotels, #7 (tied) in Top 100 Hotels of the World
County Mayo, Ireland | Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle is consistently recognized as one of the best resorts in Europe. This year it received top honors with the number one spot for resort hotels in the UK and Ireland in the Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. Set on a 26,000-acre estate on Lough Corrib, the 13th-century retreat was once owned by the Guinness family. The service is next to none, with even the youngest guests receiving the royal treatment.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 in Top Resort Hotels in the UK and Ireland
Torres del Paine, Chile | Awasi Patagonia
Awasi Patagonia sits on a private reserve overlooking the Torres del Paine National Park. Each of its 14 villas features fireplaces coupled with a wood-fired outdoor hot tub. However, the real feature is the breathtaking views of the forest, lake, or peaks each villa has. Because Awasi Patagonia assigns each of its villas a private guide and 4×4 vehicle you can explore Torres del Paine at your own pace. Visit where you want, when you want, without any other guests.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 in Top Resort Hotels in South America, #7 (tied) in Top 100 Hotels of the World
Quito, Ecuador | Casa Gangotena
The 31-room Casa Gangotena is set in the heart of historic Quito overlooking Plaza San Francisco. With its Art Deco and Art Nouveau architecture, it fits right into the city blocks surrounding it, which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. After checking in, we suggest heading straight for the third-floor terrace. From there, you’ll have some of the best views of the city.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 Best City Hotel in Central and South America
Arenal, Costa Rica | Nayara Gardens
Explore Costa Rica’s rainforest and the imposing Arenal Volcano from the sophisticated jungle jewel of Nayara Gardens. The casitas and bungalows of this family-friendly property mimic the rainforest outside with bright greens and oranges. There’s a number of wildlife experiences and adventures to enjoy. In the evening unwind in the hot tubs fed by hot springs.
2020 Travel + Leisure Awards: #1 Best Resort Hotel in Central America, #44 in Top 100 Hotels of the World
This world’s best tour visits some of the world’s most sought-after destinations and equally sought after properties. Just like each of Ker & Downey’s journeys, this around-the-world tour can be completely customized to suit your desires. In fact, Ker & Downey’s destination specialists are at their best when crafting tailored itineraries. To take the pressure off of planning and experience in the world in a new way, contact a destination specialist. For more travel inspiration, follow us on Instagram.