It’s Official: This Indian Palace Is the Best Hotel in the World

It’s Official: This Indian Palace Is the Best Hotel in the World

So say millions of reviews.

By Alesandra Dubin

The hive mind has spoken — and it has declared the world’s best hotels for 2016. Yes, TripAdvisor — which is the biggest travel site out there — announced this week the winners of its annual Travelers’ Choice awards for hotels, culled from millions of reviews and opinions. 

Topping the list of the best hotels in the whole world? Well, it’s India’s Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur — and it’s pretty insane.

The lodging takes over a palace built between 1928 and 1943, for Maharaja Umaid Singh. Situated above the capital of Jodhpur, the hotel is the last of the country’s spectacular palaces — and it’s one of the largest private residences in the world, with its 26 acres.

The golden, desert sandstone stunner set amid lush gardens is a tribute to the Art Deco style, with 64 luxe rooms and suites. An average night on property will set you back about $734. 

Grab that passport: Here’s the rest of the list of the best 10 hotels in the world for 2016.

2. Shinta Mani Resort — Siem Reap, Cambodia

This property is just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat, with a gorgeous pool and tropical gardens.

3. Bellevue Syrene — Sorrento, Italy

The views from this hotel that towers over the Gulf of Naples will drop your jaw.

4. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa — Hanoi, Vietnam

Foodies will be all about this 50-room hotel's ground-floor restaurant. 

5. Achtis Hotel — Afitos, Greece

This Greek property is all about simplicity, hospitality, and impeccable service.

6. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons — Great Milton, United Kingdom

This U.K. hotel rings in as the most expensive hotel in the top 10, which average nightly rates of $1,162.

7. Mirihi Island Resort — Mirihi, Maldives

Access this epic and remote Maldives resort by seaplane.

8. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba — Palm-Eagle Beach, Aruba

Think 50 shades of blue at this Aruba getaway.

9. Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa — Lance aux Epines, Grenada

Come to this Grenada escape for all the Caribbean luxuries your heart desires.

10. Hotel Ritta Höppner — Gramado, Brazil

This Brazilian property is so homey! Just right for a romantic or family holiday.

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