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Tripadvisor’s Best of the Best 2023

Three Australian hotels recognised among the best on the planet, while Queensland & Victoria have some of the country’s best, each having eight hotels in the Top 25 Hotels in Australia 

Tripadvisor’s 2023 Travelers’ Choice® Best of the Best Hotel Awards, has been announced and it reveals the best places to stay in Australia and around the world right now.

Proving once again that Australia is home to some truly world-class hospitality, three Australian hotels have been recognised amongst the best on the planet this year. Yarra Gables in Victoria ranks No.3 in the world in the BnB category, Mount Lofty House Adelaide Hills in South Australia ranks No.24 in the world in the Small Hotels category, while Pinetrees Lodge on Lord Howe Island ranks No.25 in the world for All-inclusives.

Mount Lofty

Closer to home, seven Aussie hotels have made the top 10 hotels in the South Pacific, with Pinetrees Lodge taking the title of Top Hotel in the South Pacific for 2023.  

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Now in its 21st edition, the list highlights the very best places to stay according to travellers from around the globe. Analysing 12 months of review data (January 1, to December 31, 2022) from over 1.5 million hotels, the annual Awards celebrate travellers’ favourite accommodations across 10 distinct categories: Top Hotels, All-inclusive, B&Bs, Family-friendly, Hottest New Hotels, Luxury, Out of the Ordinary, Small Hotels and two new additions for 2023 – Best Hotels for Sleep and Best Hotels with Spas. 

Sarah Firshein, Head of Editorial at Tripadvisor said: “It’s clear that our community ventured far and wide in the last year: Our 10 subcategories encompass winners from 37 regions around the world and include a wide range of amazing places to stay.

“As our savvy reviewers know, hotels can sometimes be the entire reason for the trip—I’m personally very excited to consult this list as I plot out the next year of vacations with my own family.” 

Highlights

  • The three Australian hotels are among the best on the planet this year: Yarra Gables in Victoria ranks No.3 in the world in the B&B category, Mount Lofty House Adelaide Hills in South Australia ranks No.24 in the world in the Small Hotels category, while Pinetrees Lodge on Lord Howe Island ranks No.25 in the world for All-inclusives.
  • Seven Aussie hotels have made the top 10 hotels in the South Pacific, with a sixth-generation family-owned hotel, Pinetrees Lodge on Lord Howe Island, taking the title of Top Hotel in the South Pacific for 2023.  
  • Queensland and Victoria have emerged as home to some of the country’s best hotels, each with eight hotels in the Top 25 Hotels in Australia 
Element on Coolum Beach Luxury Resort Accommodation

The Top Hotels in the South Pacific and the world

 

Top 10 Hotels in the World

Top 10 Hotels in the South Pacific

  1. Rambagh Palace – Jaipur, India 
  2. Ozen Reserve Bolifushi – Bolifushi Island, Maldives
  3. Hotel Colline de France – Gramado, Brazil
  4. Shangri-La The Shard, London – London, United Kingdom
  5. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China
  6. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  7. Romance Istanbul Hotel – Istanbul, Türkiye
  8. Ikos Dassia – Dassia, Greece
  9. Ikos Andalusia – Estepona, Spain
  10. Padma Resort Ubud – Puhu, Indonesia
  1. Pinetrees Lodge – Lord Howe Island, Australia
  2. The Reef House – Palm Cove, Australia
  3. Tokoriki Island Resort  – Tokoriki Island, Fiji
  4. The Remington Muswellbrook – Muswellbrook, Australia
  5. RACV Torquay Resort – Torquay, Australia
  6. Kingsford Smith Motel – Brisbane, Australia
  7. Element on Coolum Beach – Coolum Beach, Australia
  8. Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort – Sigatoka, Fiji
  9. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort – Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  10. Little National Hotel Sydney – Sydney, Australia

And the 2023 Hotel Trends?

  • Wellness is top of mind for travellers this year. With Tripadvisor’s latest Seasonal Travel Index revealing that over half (54%) of travellers are taking trips to ‘relax and rejuvenate’, all-inclusives and hotels in dreamy destinations like the Maldives, Fiji and Bali are ranking highly.
  • Asia tops the charts in 2023, signalling the region’s strong tourism resurgence. Nine of the top 25 Hottest New Hotels are in Asia, along with 8 of the Top Hotels in the world, including the esteemed No.1 spot. 
  • Brazil takes the cake with the most winners on the world list this year, with Istanbul beating out other cities. 
  • Looking to Australia, New South Wales is home to the most winners across all categories, while Sydney is the city with the most winning hotels, followed closely by Brisbane.

Top Hotels Revealed: 

Taking the number one place in the prestigious Top Hotels category this year is Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, India. Dubbed ‘The Jewel of Jaipur’, this 1835 palace-turned-luxurious hotel holds unbelievable extravagance. A new winner for 2023, Rambagh Palace has over 5,000 five-bubble reviews and is beloved for its polo bar, historic suites, and high tea. 

Closer to home, the family-owned Pinetrees Lodge on Lord Howe Island has taken out the No.1 spot for Top Hotel in Australia and the South Pacific. This iconic Lord Howe Island resort has been welcoming guests since around 1895, and is operated by Dani Rourke and Luke Hanson, who are sixth-generation family members of the original Pinetrees owners. With over 700 5-bubble reviews, Pinetrees Lodge has been praised by travellers for its friendly staff, exceptional food and picturesque location.

This Year’s Category Winners are

  • Best Hotels for Sleep: New for 2023, Tripadvisor reveals the top 10 stays around the world with the most highly-rated sleep experiences. Travellers seeking sweet dreams can head to Dromoland Castle Hotel in Ireland–this 16th century castle has taken out the inaugural top spot.
  • Best Hotels with Spas: Another new subcategory for 2023, this list reveals the hotels with highly-rated spa amenities. While many hotels aim to induce zen, none succeed quite like The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, the No.1 rated Spa Hotel. This is the ‘highest’ hotel in the world, so the views alone are worth visiting the spa on the 116th floor.
  • Hottest New Hotels: As the hospitality industry continues to rebound, many new hotels have opened their doors, the best of which are recognised in Tripadvisor’s Hottest New Hotels for 2023. OBLU SELECT Lobigili in the Maldives secures Tripadvisor’s ‘rookie of the year’ status, ranking No.1 in the world. 
  • Out-of-the-Ordinary Hotels: For those seeking out bucket list adventures and Instagram-worthy photo-ops, this list highlights unique stays to remember. No.1 in the world this year is Patagonia Camp in Chile, famous for offering luxury Yurt stays amongst the Patagonian wilderness.  
  • Best Family-Friendly Hotels: Planning a family getaway can be difficult enough. To take some of the pressure out of planning, Tripadvisor spotlights the best stays offering fun stuff for kids, plus all the perks for parents. No.1 in the world is Ikos Andalusia in Spain, while Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji has taken the top spot in the South Pacific. 
  • Best B&Bs/Inns: Great hospitality doesn’t always mean massive resorts; sometimes the best stays are a cozy bed and breakfast. The Toulson Court in England takes the No.1 spot in the world for the second year in a row. On the homefront, Yarra Gables in Victoria secures the No.1 spot in Australia and the South Pacific, as well the No.3 in the world. 
  • Best Luxury Hotels: For travellers after the ultimate indulgence, this list recognises places with above-and-beyond hospitality and amenities for days. Also the No.1 Top Hotel for 2023, Rambagh Palace in India is the No.1 Luxury Hotel in the world, while Mount Lofty House Adelaide Hills in South Australia has taken No.1 spot in Australia and the South Pacific. 
  • Best Small Hotels: Small hotels can make a big impression–none more so than the winners of this category, which highlights travellers’ favourite hotels with 30 rooms or less. White House Hotel in Istanbul takes the No.1 spot in the world for the second consecutive year, while Mount Lofty House Adelaide Hills in South Australia has taken No.1 spot in Australia and the South Pacific, as well as No.24 in the world.
  • Best All-Inclusive Hotels: For the hotels that hold everything you could ever need (and more), all in one place, Ozen Reserve Bolifushi in the Maldives is No.1 in the world, with Australia’s Top Hotel of 2023, Pinetrees Lodge on Lord Howe Island, ranking No.25 in the world. 

All of the winners, including different countries and continent-level, can be seen HERE

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