Gibbs Farm in Tanzania
1. Franschhoek, South Africa
Opening onto wide verandas and mountain views, the 11 extravagant suites are layered with French and Asian antiques, fantastic local art, and Persian carpets, and each has its own personality—from a girly boudoir in pink and lime green to a palatial honeymoon suite in white marble.
Overall score: 99.2
2. Perivolas, Santorini (Cyclades: Santorini, Greece)
On a cliff above the island's famous caldera, this resort "embodies simplicity, elegance, and tranquility."
Overall score: 98.5
3. Wickaninnish Inn (Tofino Vancouver Island, Canada)
A paradise at the end of the world, this cedar-plank inn is at the gateway to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Overall score: 96
4. Blantyre, Lenox (Lenox, Massachusetts)
This ivy-cloaked Tudor-style country house on 117 acres in the Berkshires is furnished with nineteenth-century antiques from France and England. Guest rooms have fireplaces, extensive book collections, and fabric-lined dresser drawers.
Overall score: 96.3
5. Gibb's Farm, Ngorongoro (Ngorongoro, Tanzania)
Looking out onto coffee fields and the Great Rift Valley, accommodations in clustered cottages have wooden floors, wraparound windows, and bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers.
Overall score: 95.6
6. The Willcox, Aiken (Aiken, South Carolina)
Snowbird Yankees first flocked to the Winter Colony’s warmth in 1900, and over a century later the Gilded Age lives on in “a beautiful, historic, and very personal hotel.”
Overall score: 95.2
7. Palazzo Avino, Ravello (Amalfi, Italy)
At Rossellinis, enjoy dinner on one of the terraces as you look down on fishing boats a thousand feet below, sampling dishes like cod fillet with Gaeta olive crust.
Overall score: 95.3