Sunday, February 15, 2009

Trip Advisor Announces It's Best For 2009

Trip Advisor has published their yearly best picks for 2009.

Starting with the top 5 luxury hotels in the world, there were some changes this year:

1. Aria Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic

2. Layana Resort and Spa, Ko Lanta Thiland

3. Villa Marsili Hotel, Cortona Italy

4. Los Altos De Eros, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

5. The Caves, Negril Jamica (this one by far is my favorite !)

As far as hotel chains go, the best hotel chains in the world based on reviews of travelers on Trip Advisor are:

1. Ritz Carlton
2. 4 Seasons
3. Iberostar
4. Sofitel
5. Westin

In the U.S., the top luxury hotel award went to Dunton Hot Spring in Dolores Colorado. The runner up is a hotel that I have stayed at before, the Libaray in New York City.

Dunton Hot Springs is a unique, exclusive mountain resort deep in the San Juan range of the Colorado Rockies. At first glance it looks like something from a Western - a collection of picturesque wood cabins set against stunning scenery. However, it soon becomes clear that this is a resort that thrives on contradiction, and that fuses history, nature and luxury into one, unforgettable experience. You can choose from four cabins, each with its own personality, each fitted to the highest standards, and each offering wonderful views. From here you can take part in any number of outdoor pursuits: hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, rafting, skiing... the list is almost endless. And after a day in the mountains, you can enjoy a superb meal in the converted saloon, indulge yourself with a treatment in the spa, or - best of all - have a long soak in one of the hot springs themselves, said to have therapeutic qualities.

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