The world’s 50 best hotels for 2023 named: A luxury Italian property is No.1, Claridge’s in London flies the flag for the UK and Aman New York is America’s top entry
Passalacqua, a luxury boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Como in Italy has been named the best hotel in the world for 2023.
It tops the first-ever World’s 50 Best Hotels list, with the towering Rosewood Hong Kong, set in the city’s Victoria Dockside arts and design district with stunning views over the harbour, taking second place.
Twenty-one of the winning properties are in Europe, with London ‘solidifying its reputation as a global travel hub’, according to the awards, as it boasts four hotels on the list – Claridge’s (No.16), The Connaught (No.22), NoMad London (No.46) and The Savoy (No.47).
Two other UK properties are also winners: Gleneagles in Scotland (No.32) – recipient of the Art of Hospitality Award, announced in August – and The Newt in Bruton, Somerset (No.37), which has been awarded the Carlo Alberto Best Boutique Hotel Award.
The top-ranked U.S property is Aman New York, which MailOnline Travel reviewed in glowing terms last year. It ranks 25th on the list, way ahead of the next U.S entry – Equinox New York, which comes 48th.
Passalacqua (above), a luxury boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Como in Italy has been named the best hotel in the world for 2023
Passalacqua is located in an 18th-century villa, explains the awards, with ‘spectacular terraced gardens running down to the water’
Flying the flag for Australia is The Calile in Brisbane, which comes 12th.
Winner Passalacqua is located in an 18th-century villa, explains the awards, with ‘spectacular terraced gardens running down to the water’. There are 24 rooms at the ‘exquisite’ property, which the judges say ‘has the feel of a private home’.
Tim Brooke-Webb, Managing Director for The World’s 50 Best Hotels, comments: ‘Huge congratulations to Passalacqua for the achievement of making it to No.1, just two years after opening. It’s a true testament to the vision of the De Santis family, who has created this sublime sanctuary for guests with painstaking devotion to design detail, exquisite hospitality and distinctive magic, which has clearly made a lasting impression on our Academy of expert voters.’
THE WORLD’S 50 BEST HOTELS FOR 2023 NAMED
1 Passalacqua – Moltrasio
2 Rosewood Hong Kong
3 Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River – Bangkok
4 The Upper House – Hong Kong
5 Aman Tokyo – Tokyo
6 La Mamounia – Marrakech
7 Soneva Fushi – Maldives
8 One&Only Mandarina – Puerto Vallarta
9 Four Seasons Firenze – Florence
10 Mandarin Oriental Bangkok – Bangkok
11 Capella Bangkok – Bangkok
12 The Calile – Brisbane
13 Chablé Yucatán – Chocholá
14 Aman Venice – Venice
15 Singita Lodges – Kruger National Park
16 Claridge’s – London
17 Raffles Singapore – Singapore
18 Nihi Sumba – Wanokaka
19 Hotel Esencia – Tulum
20 Le Sirenuse – Positano
21 Borgo Egnazia – Savelletri
22 The Connaught – London
23 Royal Mansour – Marrakech
24 Four Seasons Madrid
25 Aman New York
26 The Maybourne Riviera – Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
27 Rosewood São Paulo – São Paulo
28 Capella Singapore – Singapore
29 Le Bristol – Paris
30 Park Hyatt Kyoto – Kyoto
31 La Réserve – Paris
32 Gleneagles – Auchterarder
33 Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc – Antibes
34 Cheval Blanc Paris
35 Four Seasons Astir Palace – Athens
36 Soneva Jani – Maldives
37 The Newt – Bruton
38 Amangalla – Galle
39 Hoshinoya Tokyo
40 Desa Potato Head – Seminyak
41 Eden Rock – St. Barths
42 The Siam – Bangkok
43 Badrutt’s Palace – St. Moritz
44 Atlantis The Royal – Dubai
45 The Oberoi Amarvilas – Agra
46 NoMad London – London
47 The Savoy – London
48 Equinox New York – New York City
49 Six Senses Ibiza – Portinatx
50 Hotel de Crillon – Paris
The towering Rosewood Hong Kong, set in the city’s Victoria Dockside arts and design district with stunning views over the harbour, takes second place
Claridge’s in London is 16th on the list, one of four London properties in the top 50
The top-ranked U.S property is Aman New York, which MailOnline Travel reviewed in glowing terms last year
The Newt in Bruton, Somerset (No.37), has been awarded the Carlo Alberto Best Boutique Hotel Award
Mexican marvel: At No.8 on the list is One&Only Mandarina
Meanwhile, Asia is home to 18 of The World’s 50 Best Hotels, including four properties at the top end of the list. After Rosewood Hong Kong in second place comes the Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River (No.3), The Upper House in Hong Kong (No.4) and Aman Tokyo (No.5).
Within 20 metres of a beach, Soneva Fushi (No.7), in the Maldives, is also named the Lost Explorer Best Beach Hotel.
Singita Lodges in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, the smallest property on the list with just 18 rooms, takes the No.15 spot, as well as the Flor de Cana Eco Hotel Award.
At No.20 on the list is this lavish hotel in Positano, Italy – Le Sirenuse
NoMad London is forty-sixth in the first-ever World’s 50 Best Hotels ranking
Flying the flag for Australia is The Calile in Brisbane, which comes 12th
Six Senses Ibiza – this eye-catching hotel comes 49th in the ranking
The awards says: ‘Known for their environmentally conscious hospitality, the lodges are located within 33,000 acres of pristine wilderness where a unique wildlife population thrives across four distinct ecological zones, offering travellers an exciting and luxurious way of experiencing African wildlife, without disturbing the environment.’
The gongs were handed out tonight at an awards ceremony at the historic Guildhall in London.
The list is created from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, which comprises 580 international ‘well-travelled experts’ within the hotel and travel industry, with a 50-50 gender balance.
Four Seasons Firenze in Florence is ninth on the list
Soneva Fushi (No.7), in the Maldives, is also named the Lost Explorer Best Beach Hotel
Singita Lodges in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, the smallest property on the list with just 18 rooms, takes the No.15 spot
Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz, Switzerland, is 43rd on the prestigious list