The World’s 50 Best Hotels: Luxury Defined Across The Globe

The World's 50 Best Hotels 2023 Group shot

The inaugural World’s 50 Best Hotels makes its debut at the historical Guild Hall, London, highlighting the best in defined best hotel experiences represented by 35 different locations across six continents, with the independently owned Passalacqua in Moltrasio Italy taking the coveted top spot.

“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. After seeing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry, it’s been especially fulfilling to see so many hoteliers from around the world gather in London to celebrate each other’s achievements under one roof for the first-ever awards ceremony of The World’s 50 Best Hotels,” he continues. “Our heartfelt congratulations go out to each and every hotel on the list, and we hope this list inspires travel-lovers to book somewhere truly spectacular for their next trip.” — Tim Brooke-Webb, Managing Director for The World’s 50 Best Hotels.

The Best Hotel in the World: Passalacqua, Lake Como, Italy

In a turn of unexpected events, Passalacqua, a luxury boutique hotel on Lake Como was named the first ever Best Hotel in the World, beating out many hospitality giants. The 18th century villa is owned by the De Santis family, consisting of 24 rooms yet made to feel like a private home, with garden terraces and flowing water adorned with Italian design.

Asian Representation: 6 in top 10, 17 in top 50

The inaugural lists is also represented by an impressive 6 hotels in the top 10, with a total of 17 in the top 50, with 4 from Thailand, Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River (No. 3), Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (No. 10), Capella Bangkok (No. 11), and The Siam (No. 42); 3 from Japan, Aman Tokyo (No. 5), Park Hyatt Kyoto (No. 30), Hoshinoya Tokyo (No. 39); 2 from Hong Kong, Rosewood Hong Kong (No. 2) and The Upper House (No. 4); 2 from Singapore, Raffles Singapore (No. 17) and Capella Singapore (No. 28); 2 from Indonesia, Nihi Sumba (No. 18) and Desa Potato Head (No. 40); 2 from Maldives, Soneva Fushi (No. 7) and Soneva Jani (No. 36); and 1 each from Sri Lanka, Amangalla (No 38) and India, The Oberoi Amarvilas (No. 45).

The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023

  1. Passalacqua, Moltrasio, Italy
  2. Rosewood Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  3. Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand
  4. The Upper House, Hong Kong
  5. Aman Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  6. La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
  7. Soneva Fushi, Maldives
  8. One&Only Mandarina, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  9. Four Seasons Firenze, Florence, Italy
  10. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
  11. Capella Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
  12. The Calile, Brisbane, Australia
  13. Chablé Yucatán, Chocholá, Mexico
  14. Aman Venice, Venice, Italy
  15. Singita Lodges – Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park, South Africa
  16. Claridge’s, London, UK
  17. Raffles Singapore, Singapore
  18. Nihi Sumba, Wanokaka, Indonesia
  19. Hotel Esencia, Tulum, Mexico
  20. Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
  21. Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri, Italy
  22. The Connaught, London, UK
  23. Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Morocco
  24. Four Seasons Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  25. Aman New York, New York City, USA
  26. The Maybourne Riviera, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
  27. Rosewood São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  28. Capella Singapore, Singapore
  29. Le Bristol, Paris, France
  30. Park Hyatt Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
  31. La Réserve, Paris, France
  32. Gleneagles, Auchterarder, UK
  33. Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, France
  34. Cheval Blanc, Paris, France
  35. Four Seasons Astir Palace, Athens, Greece
  36. Soneva Jani, Maldives
  37. The Newt, Bruton, UK
  38. Amangalla, Galle, Sri Lanka
  39. Hoshinoya Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  40. Desa Potato Head, Seminyak, Indonesia
  41. Eden Rock, St. Barths
  42. The Siam, Bangkok, Thailand
  43. Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland
  44. Atlantis The Royal, Dubai, UAE
  45. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
  46. NoMad London, London, UK
  47. The Savoy, London, UK
  48. Equinox New York, New York City, USA
  49. Six Senses Ibiza, Portinatx, Spain
  50. Hôtel de Crillon, Paris, France

The World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023: Special Awards

The Lost Explorer Best Beach Hotel Award: Soneva Fushi, Eydhafushi, Maldives
Nikka Best New Hotel Award: Capella, Bangkok, Thailand
SevenRooms Icon Award: Sonu Shivdasani of Soneva
Flor de Caña Eco Hotel Award: Singita Lodges, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Lavazza One To Watch Award: The Lodge at Blue Sky, Utah, USA
Art of Hospitality Award: Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland
Carlo Alberto Best Boutique Hotel Award: The Newt in Somerset, Bruton, UK

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Nicholas Ng

Nicholas Ng is a restaurant critic and drinks writer and is the editor of independent publication Food For Thought. He has been a freelance journalist for the 15 years and has previously worked as a lawyer and in digital marketing. He currently is the Principal Consultant of A Thought Full Consultancy, a food and beverage marketing consultancy.

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