This yr’s prime resort inns in Africa and the Middle East are as spectacular as the landscapes they inhabit, which embody huge stretches of desert, dramatic mountain ranges, and azure seashores alongside the Persian Gulf.
Every yr for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on journey experiences round the globe — to share their opinions on the prime inns, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airways, and extra. Hotels were rated on their amenities, location, service, meals, and general worth. Properties have been categorised as metropolis or resort primarily based on their places and facilities.
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The One & Only Royal Mirage (No. 4) is sort of a world in itself: a 65-acre compound of lush gardens, palm-fringed swimming swimming pools, greater than half a mile of personal seaside, and 466 visitor rooms in three buildings. Spa-goers will discover an elaborate facility with 12 oversize, non-public remedy rooms and a standard hammam. Restaurant choices embody the Beach Bar & Grill for recent seafood and Nina, which serves modern Indian delicacies.
Runner-up Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is perched 6,500 toes above sea stage on the fringe of a canyon in Oman’s Green Mountains (about two hours southwest of the capital, Muscat). It’s so distant that the property will be accessed solely by a four-wheel-drive. In reality, the one-of-a-kind location was motive sufficient for some readers to make the trek. But Anantara goes the additional mile with visitor rooms that begin at 645 sq. toes and perks like an infinity-edge swimming pool on a cliff, a spa, mountainside yoga classes, and guided climbing and bike rides.
5. Beresheet, Mitspe Ramon, Israel
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4. One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, United Arab Emirates
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2. Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman
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1. Kasbah Tamadot, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
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A former governor’s mansion at the base of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, this yr’s winner is a tiny, 28-room retreat about an hour’s drive south of Marrakesh. It’s the ardour mission of British entrepreneur Richard Branson, who’s created an eclectic, charming getaway the place internationally sourced antiques fill the inside and roses, cacti, and cherry timber shade the gardens. As tempting as it’s to lounge round the grounds, although, extra energetic visitors can take into account tennis on the property’s two courts, treks by way of the mountains, and even mule rides to discover the panorama. The standout for one reader, although, was the employees (“so special”): the resort makes some extent of hiring workers from close by Berber villages.