Andrew Harper Hideaway Report
September 2003

"The World's Best Hotels"

Andrew Harper
Andrew Harper Hideaway Report
Kauri Cliffs

The World's Best Hotels, Resorts and Hideaways - Our 22nd Annual Survey of Sophisticated Travelers

As is our annual custom, we have again turned the tables and asked our readers to name their favorite hotels in the world. This is the oldes, most reliable poll of its kind conducted among sophisticated frequent travellers. More than 87% of this year's respondents hold the title of President/CEO/Owner/Partner and 90% have treaveled outside the US for business and leisure during the past 12 months.

In the US city hotel category, Chicago proved to be the hot new destination, capturing three of the top eight positions on the coveted Top 20 list. Four Seasons Chicago took No.1 honours, while The Peninsula continued to move smartly up the leaderboard to No. 7, followed by Ritz-Carlton. Also of note, Miami made the Top 20 for the first time, with the 3-year-old Mandarin Oriental jumping from No. 36 to No. 17.

Classic old resorts made a comeback in the Top 20 US resort list, led by the Greenbrier (No.1), The Cloister (No. 12) and The Broadmoor (No. 18). Other favourite grandly styled resorts were The Bellagio (No. 8), Ritz-Carlton Naples (No.14) and the Phoenician (No. 18). Hawaii also posted strong gains as the leading vacation destination by placing three properties in the top ten, including Four Seasons Hualalai (No.2), Mauna Kea (No.5) and Four Seasons Maui (No. 10).

Internationally, South Africa's 18-room Singita safari lodge became the smallest hotel in the 22-year history of our poll to be named the best international resort. That said, North American properties surged in popularity this year with 9 resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico making the Top 20, a feat last achieved by these two destinations in 1989.

The other in spot was New Zealand with four Top 20 hotels and resorts, including 22-room Kauri Cliffs that leaped from No.40 to No.10.

The lists:

Top 20 International Resort Hotels

  1. Singita
  2. Las Ventanas
  3. Villa d'Este
  4. Hotel San Pietro
  5. Four Seasons Punta Mita
  6. Esperanza
  7. Blanket Bay
  8. The Regent Chiang Mai
  9. Cap Juluca
  10. Kauri Cliffs
  11. Four Seasons Nevis
  12. Little Dix Bay
  13. Lizard Island
  14. Huka Lodge
  15. Mallouhana
  16. Maroma
  17. Hotel Splendido
  18. Wharekauhau
  19. La Casa Que Canta
  20. Ellerman House

Top 20 International Resort Hideaways

  1. Singita
  2. Blanket Bay
  3. Kauri Cliffs
  4. Lizard Island
  5. Huka Lodge
  6. Mallouhana
  7. Maroma
  8. Wharekauhau
  9. La Casa Que Canta
  10. Ellerman House
  11. Villa San Michele
  12. Boyer "Les Crayeres"
  13. Buckland Manor
  14. Peitit St. Vincent Resort
  15. The Meridien Club
  16. Cilveden
  17. Palazzo Sasso
  18. Explora Patagonia
  19. Amandari
  20. The Wakaya Club


Kauri Cliffs, Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report - September 2003

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