A surprising selection (to some) of the Best Hotel In the World and Observations from HospitalityEducators.com

 Observations from    HospitalityEducators.com on the          “Best Hotel in the World”

We all have preconceived notions of the word “best”.  When defining the “best hotel in the world”, that definition will likely have different connotations for most of us.

Does the “best” have to be part of a brand? Does it need to be in a major city?

Must it have all of the latest in high tech amenities, or does high touch play more of a role?

In these days of instant communication of information, traveler reviews, 3rd party quality assessments and more, identifying the “best” may be a challenge.  Or perhaps not.

 Image: Singita Game Reserves

Travel + Leisure just declared Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to be the best hotel in the world.

It received a score of 98.44 out of 100 on a list based on reader surveys.
The hotel, which is made up of two lodges and a tent camp, offers unparalleled luxury in the thick of the wild.

It is located on the migratory route traversed annually by more than a million wildebeest, providing guests with incredible photo opportunities from their bedroom windows.
Despite its remote location, Singita’s guests are treated to five-star service and accommodations.

Rooms in the tents and villas start at around $1,095(54000RS) per person per night; rates include daily game drives, food, and drink.

The top 25 hotels in the world are listed at the end of the article  following the photos – enjoy either below or at

Travel & Leisure Best Hotels in the World


  • Luxury suite at Singita Ebony Lodge
  • Private plunge pool at one of the Singita Ebony Lodge suites
  • Main lounge at Singita Ebony Lodge
  • Lower deck at Singita Ebony Lodge
  • Aerial view of Singita Ebony Lodge and the Sand River
  • Exterior of a luxury suite at Singita Boulders Lodge
  • Boulder in our wine cellar which gave Singita Boulders Lodge its name
  • Private bathroom overlooking the Sand River at Singita Boulders Lodge
  • Main lounge at Singita Boulders Lodge
  • Luxury suite at Singita Boulders Lodge
  • Twilight dinner at Singita Boulders Lodge pool
  • Verandah at dusk at Singita Castleton Camp
  • Bedroom at Singita Castleton Camp
  • Bush breakfast at Singita Castleton Camp
  • Verandah at Singita Castleton Camp
  • Luxury suite at Singita Boulders Lodge

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Top 100 Hotels

Rank ’10 Name Score
1 Singita Grumeti Reserves (Sasakwa Lodge, Sabora Tented Camp, Faru Faru Lodge), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 98.44
2 Singita Sabi Sand (Ebony Lodge, Boulders Lodge, Castleton Camp), Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa 97.95
3 Royal Malewane, Kruger Area, South Africa 97.88
4 ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya Game Parks 97.71 Debut
5 Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India 97.70
6 Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana 97.10
7 Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Thailand 97.00
8 Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India 96.92
9 Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 96.71
10 Serengeti Migration Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 96.50
11 The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, North Island, New Zealand 96.25
12 Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki, Kenya 95.64
13 Posada de Mike Rapu, Explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island 95.47 Debut
14 Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India 95.33
15 Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis 95.24
16 La Résidence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang, Laos 95.20
16 Four Seasons Resort, Carmelo, Uruguay 95.20 $
18 Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania 95.14
19 Palacio Duhau, Park Hyatt, Buenos Aires 94.97
20 Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana 94.82
21 Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy 94.75
22 Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida 94.56
23 Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok 94.49
24 Stafford London by Kempinski , London 94.40
24 Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee 94.40

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