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    Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
    Kailua Kona, HI
    #1 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3261 reviewsTripAdvisor (3261)
    Just northeast of Kekaha Kai State Park, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is one of the most luxurious resorts on the Big Island. Recent visitors suggested indulging in the Hualalai Spa, which features spa treatments with island twists, like a Polynesian Niu (Coconut) Scrub or a Sun Relief Ti Leaf Wrap. Meanwhile, the resort's seven unique swimming spots – from a saltwater pond with a few friendly manta rays to an oceanfront infinity pool – earn high marks across the board. Should you be interested in learning more about Hawaiian life, the Ka'upulehu Cultural Center offers interactive programs that give insight into the island's history, traditions and even music. After a long day of learning (or relaxing), enjoy a fresh seafood meal at one of three restaurants or two lounges before retiring to your room. Accommodations at this Four Seasons resort feature nature-inspired hues and Hawaiian art, as well as balconies, granite bathrooms and plasma TVs. Although recent guests won't deny that room rates and dining costs here are high, they say that the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai's facilities and customer service are worth the price.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    Four Seasons Resort Lanai
    Lanai City, HI
    #2 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 706 reviewsTripAdvisor (706)
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    This Four Seasons property attracts beach lovers. Positioned along a beautiful stretch of Hulopoe Bay sand overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this resort offers breathtaking ocean views, manicured grounds and top-notch customer service. During their stays, guests can enjoy outdoor pursuits, such as snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, hiking, whale watching, scuba diving and more. Visitors use terms like "paradise" and "heaven on earth" to describe the property. Guest rooms all feature private patios, as well as amenities like 75-inch flat-screen TVs with Blu-ray players, Nespresso machines and free internet access. One of the most loved features is the complimentary shuttle, which will cart you to and from Lanai Town. Recent visitors do say you should brace yourself for the high cost of meals at the resort's multiple restaurants and treatments at the in-house spa. Still, most travelers enjoy this Four Seasons resort's piece of shoreline and its world-class golf course.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
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    Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL
    #3 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1159 reviewsTripAdvisor (1159)
    This spa resort doesn't take any of its five stars for granted, particularly when it comes to delivering first-rate customer service. Recent guests can't help but keep the compliments coming: Travelers say that the resort staff took extra care to personalize each experience. One problem you might face, however, is exclusivity. The Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach only has 98 guest rooms and suites, so be sure to book early for an upcoming trip to Sunny Isles Beach. The rooms come with flat-screen TVs and private balconies, as well as double sinks and glass-enclosed showers. Meanwhile, the property also features three in-house eateries, four pools, a spa and beach amenities. What's more, the hotel is part of The Leading Hotels of the World, meaning Leaders Club members have access to perks here. You'll find the Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, about 11 miles north of Miami Beach.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    Montage Kapalua Bay
    Lahaina, HI
    #4 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 611 reviewsTripAdvisor (611)
    Travelers are hard-pressed to find much to complain about at the Montage Kapalua Bay. Located on the northwest corner of Maui, this 24-acre property offers panoramic views of the beach and ocean. Visitors can spend their time on the water with activities that range from sport fishing to snorkeling. The resort also offers more adventurous pursuits like zip lining and helicopter tours, as well as traditional Hawaiian luau shows. Other activity options include shopping, golfing on two award-winning courses or playing a round of tennis at the hotel's courts. If you're looking to relax, you can enjoy the complimentary beach towels and chairs, take advantage of the poolside Hana Hou Bar & Sunset Patio or indulge in a spa treatment. Accommodations here are one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom suites and each come equipped with separate living and sleeping areas, and furnished lanais. Additional amenities include flat-screen TVs, in-room laundry facilities and bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. To top off their great experiences, recent guests said all staff members, from the pool attendants to the restaurant servers, went above and beyond to ensure they had a pleasurable stay.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
    Rancho Santa Fe, CA
    #5 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 363 reviewsTripAdvisor (363)
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    About a 30-minute drive north of San Diego, Rancho Valencia is a little off the beaten path. But that's why people love it. This Relais & Châteaux property brims with carefully manicured greenery on top of plenty of amenities and activities to woo any type of traveler. Visitors are complimentary of the respectful, thoughtful staff while guest rooms stun for their aesthetic. Accommodations here exude a Mediterranean ambiance with hacienda-style architecture, hardwood furnishings and colorful design accents, as well as deep-soaking tubs and private balconies or patios. For pampering, Rancho Valencia's spa offers indulgences such as herb-infused body wraps and a variety of massage therapies. The delicious cuisine served at the on-site Veladora restaurant complements the serene environment.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
    Wailea, HI
    #6 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5931 reviewsTripAdvisor (5931)
    This Four Seasons Resort underwent a major renovation in 2016 that has impressed recent visitors. Guests say the staff here is consistently attentive and helpful, too. Guest rooms also receive high praise for their spacious floor plans and private balconies or patios. Plus, accommodations feature wireless internet access, an evening turndown service and luxury bath amenities. What's more, this Four Seasons outpost is one of Maui's most kid-friendly locales, offering complimentary kids toiletries, a popular game room and kid-friendly menus in its four on-site restaurants. Those traveling without little ones can make the most of the resort's spa and the property's proximity to three scenic golf courses. Or, spend your days lounging on the island's shoreline where service staff will ensure you have enough ice water and towels to keep you feeling cool and comfortable. The only gripe guests had was with the high room rates at this hotel, particularly during peak seasons. As its name suggests, Maui's Four Seasons sits pretty on Wailea Beach.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    Fairmont Grand Del Mar
    San Diego, CA
    16 miles to city center
    #7 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2014 reviewsTripAdvisor (2014)
    Free Breakfast
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    About 20 miles north of central San Diego in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers coastal California visitors a hearty helping of luxury from the moment they enter the lobby. Guests rave about the incredibly spacious guest rooms, saying that the deep-soaking tubs, Nespresso coffee makers and rich Tuscan decor makes for a relaxing stay. And if that isn't enough, there's also a five-star spa, swimming pools and a Tom Fazio-designed golf course. The Grand Del Mar also receives high marks for its cuisine; the hotel's Addison and Amaya restaurants respectively serve award-winning French and Mediterranean fare coupled with regional wines. Add to that the hotel's consistently friendly customer service, and it's easy to see why guests frequently refer to their stays here as five-star experiences. As a member of the AccorHotels portfolio, this hotel allows guests to earn and redeem Le Club AccorHotels perks.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Breakfast
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    Twin Farms
    Barnard, VT
    #8 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 154 reviewsTripAdvisor (154)
    Free WiFi

    This all-inclusive resort in Barnard, Vermont, wows guests with its tranquil atmosphere, ample amenities and impeccable service. Situated nearly 80 miles southeast of Burlington, Twin Farms sits on 300 forested acres and offers just 20 rooms. Lodgers can explore the adults-only property via the resort's bevy of activities, whether it's downhill skiing on Twin Farms' six groomed trails or canoeing across the on-site Copper Pond. What's more, all activities are covered by the resort's all-inclusive rate, along with a host of other amenities, including all meals and alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi access and evening bonfires with s'mores. Other on-site features include a spa and fitness center, tennis courts and bicycles – perfect for exploring the nearby town of Woodstock. Along with the bountiful activities, reviewers were also impressed with the accommodations, which range from rooms in the Main House to multi-level cottages. No matter which lodging type you choose, you'll find your digs outfitted with at least one fireplace, a fully stocked refrigerator, satellite TV and a selection of games, movies, music and puzzles. While recent visitors raved about the experience of staying at Twin Farms, they also warned that there is a high price to pay for this luxurious seclusion.

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
    Orlando, FL
    #9 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2346 reviewsTripAdvisor (2346)
    The first Four Seasons property to open at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, this resort – which sits about 5 miles southeast of the Magic Kingdom – aims to fill the park's luxury lodging void. And judging by its amenities, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort appears to be succeeding. With its own 18-hole golf course, 13,000-square-foot spa and rooftop steakhouse, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando is well-suited for travelers who want easy access to the theme parks without the over-the-top kitsch associated with Disney-owned properties. That's not to say that the resort doesn't cater to little ones: The hotel also boasts a 242-foot-long waterslide, an 11,008-square-foot lazy river and the complimentary Kids For All Seasons kids camp. Plus, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers its own Disney character breakfasts, complimentary park shuttle service and a Disney Planning Center – a separate concierge desk designed for mapping out your park itinerary and purchasing tickets. Aside from its amenities, this Four Seasons excels in its accommodations, according to recent guests. Rooms are outfitted with large soaking tubs, flat-screen TVs, contemporary decor and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Recent travelers also appreciated the customer service team here, but were not as pleased with the pricey nightly rates.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Cloister at Sea Island
    Sea Island, GA
    #10 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1029 reviewsTripAdvisor (1029)
    Free Parking
    In addition to the excellent food and the PGA golf courses, The Cloister at Sea Island boasts one of the best views on all of Sea Island, Georgia. In other words, you'll want to request one of the rooms facing the Blackbank River. Previous guests can't help but gush over the rooms, which have eye-catching classic decor, Nespresso coffee makers, bathrooms with rain head showers and patios or balconies. In addition to the rooms, travelers were impressed with all the things available to do on-site, including fitness classes, spa treatments and plenty of beach activites, among many other options. There's also a laundry list of kid-friendly amenities here, including scheduled activities for both children and teens. But by far one of the biggest standout qualities of this hotel is the service, where many guests say the staff is unmatched. The resort sits on the island's southern tip, sharing real estate with its smaller sister hotel, The Lodge at Sea Island.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
    Fernandina Beach, FL
    #11 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2720 reviewsTripAdvisor (2720)
    The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island promotes extreme relaxation in a luxurious setting. Though the resort hosts weekly activities that range from paddleboarding excursions to surfing lessons, the serene setting just might seduce you to participate in the area's best extracurricular activity – lounging about in one of the resort's Adirondack chairs. Meanwhile, young families and swooning couples (including some honeymooners) all unanimously agree that the Ritz's staff couldn't be more accommodating. Plus, kids can enjoy an array of children's amenities, such as a kids club, a game room and in-room treats and bedtime stories with a pirate, a princess or the resort's macaw mascot. The par-72 golf course is also a hit, and foodies rave about the award-winning Salt restaurant. Recent guests also attest that the rooms are just as peaceful as the grounds. Enjoy ocean views from your private balcony and get a good night's rest with the 400-thread-count Egyptian Frette linens and goose-down pillows. What's more, accommodations here feature high-tech amenities like high-speed internet access and flat-screen TVs. Keep in mind that the hotel is a bit of a trek from the airport though. Marriott Bonvoy members can also use and earn points by staying here.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Broadmoor
    Colorado Springs, CO
    3.7 miles to city center
    #12 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1675 reviewsTripAdvisor (1675)
    Home to tennis courts, a spa and two championship golf courses, this massive resort features just about everything you could need for an exciting Colorado Springs vacation. Located on the southwestern edge of town, The Broadmoor earns praise from travelers for its large rooms, which are outfitted in classic, Old World-style decor. Recent guests also had high praise for the friendly and accommodating staff. If you have kids in tow, let them burn off some energy on the waterslides or participate in special activities through the children' program. When it's time for dinner, sit down at one of the multiple on-site eateries. The cuisine at La Taverne was a big a hit for recent guests, as were drinks at the Pool Café: Visitors loved sipping their cocktails poolside while enjoying views of the Rockies and Cheyenne Lake. Keep in mind that those guests who participate in the I Prefer Rewards Program can earn and redeem points by choosing to stay here.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
    Kapalua, HI
    #13 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3919 reviewsTripAdvisor (3919)
    Located less than a mile inland from D.T. Fleming Beach on Maui's northwest coast, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – with its epic views of Molokai Island – is popular with travelers in more ways than one. The rooms are spacious and are dressed in a tropical-yet-refined style brought on by yellow and green decor and wrought-iron lanais (Hawaiian patios). Accommodations at this Ritz-Carlton also feature flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms and high-speed internet access. Past visitors are also bowled over by the quality of this resort's customer service: Guests say that the staff here worked hard to ensure a comfortable stay. While you're here, travelers recommend taking advantage of the pool. And if you're looking to unwind even further, splurge on a treatment at the spa. Others enjoyed the hiking excursions and other outdoor ventures with the Ambassadors of the Environment program. And at the end of the day, refuel with a full plate of fresh cuisine at Hook + Knife at Ulana, one of the resort's six restaurants. Staying here will cost you a pretty penny, especially if you include the $35 daily resort fee. This Marriott-affiliated property participates in the Marriott Bonvoy program, so guests can earn and use points by staying here.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
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    ARIA Sky Suites
    Las Vegas, NV
    1.4 miles to city center
    #14 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2684 reviewsTripAdvisor (2684)
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    Resting high above the Las Vegas Strip, ARIA Sky Suites sits atop the ARIA Resort & Casino in the heart of Sin City. Attention to detail is a high priority at this hotel. A personal concierge is assigned to each Sky Suite, there are check-in and checkout areas separate from the ARIA Resort guests and, according to recent visitors, the service is unparalleled. As far as rooms go, you'll have the option of one- and two-bedroom suites or penthouses, and – if you really want to splurge – Sky Villas. These accommodations measure 3,370 square feet and include floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows with epic views of Las Vegas. All rooms come with separate living room and bedroom areas, flat-screen TVs and touch-screen consoles that control everything from the entertainment system to the blackout drapes. (Though a few tech-challenged reviewers said they found the controls a bit glitchy and difficult to work.) Outside the accommodations, visitors have access to a private pool, an art gallery and a lounge with free food and drink amenities, such as a daily wine and cheese pairing. Plus, guests have access to the amenities and facilities at the ARIA Resort, including its multiple restaurants and pools, the spa, the casino and nightlife options.
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
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    The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
    Kiawah Island, SC
    #15 in Best Resorts in the USA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1430 reviewsTripAdvisor (1430)