Whether you're traveling the world or staying within the continental U.S., knowing your destination's best hotels is a must. Some of these five-star, luxury resorts will most certainly cost you — high price tags come with the territory when you boast award-winning spas and eateries — but we've also included a few gems with deals you won't believe.
Rates start at $180 per night
A hotel that most certainly lives up to its name, , a seafront resort, hosted several early U.S. presidents (Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan and Ulysses S. Grant) after its construction in 1816 and was declared President Benjamin Harrison's Summer White House in 1889. The American composer John Philip Sousa was another regular — he frequently brought his U.S. Marine Band along and even composed "The Congress Hall March," which was conducted on the hotel's grounds in 1882. Today, after fires and changes of ownership, the hotel boasts a full-service spa, a speak-easy bar and the best sea-breezes the Jersey Shore has to offer — rocking on the patio on warm summer nights is a must.
Rates start at $350 per night
Located next to Peru's lively Cusco Square, a restored 16th-century monastery — home to an impressive art collection and its own Baroque chapel — offers a retreat from the bustle. It's perfect for adventurers ( is located near Peru's Sacred Valley, which travelers frequently transverse on a four-day trek) and relaxation enthusiasts alike. The hotel's best feature? Personal Bath Butlers, who specialize in drawing the perfect warm soaks at the end of the day.
Rates start at $700 per night
More palace than hotel, is a 12th century villa with design and architectural elements from Italy's Medieval and Baroque periods. Guests frequently rank the breathtaking views of Italy's Amalfi Coast — which you can experience by dining at the hotel's esteemed restaurant, Rossellinis — at the top of this hotel's best-hits list, along with its luxurious spa and clubhouse, where you can lounge by the sea. It's no wonder that Palazza Avino frequently tops multiple travel lists.
Rates start at $340 per night
In the heart of Sonoma's Wine Country, surrounded by vineyards, orchards and age-old oak trees, offers (adult only!) guests a retreat from just about everything. The rooms are fashioned in classical Italian decor with fire places and featherbeds, and might just be dreamier than the exterior. At the Kenwood Inn's award-winning spa, indulge in body vinotherapy — try a honey and wine wrap or a pinot noir soak — for ultimate relaxation.
Rates start at $1,300 per night
Inspired by the romance and excitement of tented camps, , located on the Sand River, fuses safari design and local tribal culture. Family friendly and comprised of just 12 suites (each with their own plunge pool!), the Lodge is all canvas and glass; most walls have been removed to bring the outside in so that the views of Kruger National Park become an extension of the suites. Decorated with neutral linens, woven baskets and warm mahogany (with bolts of the Lodge's namesake ebony throughout), this hotel is blends exploration with luxury.
Rates start at $735 per night
With over 200 two-story bungalows, is home to a 1.8 million-gallon swimming area carved out of the natural lava rock — more oceanic pond than pool, the waters are home to over 4,000 fish from more than 98 species. If you prefer land and air to water, the hotel offers chartered helicopter rides into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — from the sky, watch a million gallons of hot lava flow into the ocean.
Rates start at $800 per night
With history extending back to 1228, has since been home to members of the Guinness family, although, unfortunately, no beer-brewing happened here. Today, situated on a 350-acre estate, the refurbished five-star hotel is blends antiquity with modern luxury — one-of-a-kind antique furniture fills each of the rooms. With a sprawling nine-hole golf course, an on-site cinema, falconry, horseback riding and lake excursions available, your stay at Ashford Castle is as much about experiencing Ireland as it is the historical interiors.
Rates start at $950 per night
Adventure-happy couples, you might might want to put this luxury ranch on your trip list. Located in Darby, Montana, is comprised of luxe, private cabins (hence the hefty price tag!). Lodging includes all meals, drinks and activities like horseback riding, hiking, fly-fishing, archery or cooking classes. It doesn't get more explorer-friendly than this.
Rates start at $315 per night
Home to Budapest's ultimate rooftop bar — which boasts unparalleled views of the city — offers guests quite the elevated (and musical!) experience. With an underground spa and swimming pool and antiques spanning between 1600-1800, this revived hotel (it was restored by Richard Branson in 1997) is the world's second music-themed resort. , the work of Hungarian pianist Gergely Boganyi, is situated just past the hotel's lobby — it is one of three in the world. Makes sense that it recently won title, right?
Rates start at $360 per night
Spanning the historic Bund, a stunning waterfront accentuated by contemporary skyscrapers in central Shanghai, this 10-story granite-clad building is an emblem of pure, sleek modernity. Beyond it's spectacular views, the hotel is home to five stellar restaurants, the most famous of which is Sir Elly's. The Peninsula Shanghai currently sits at the top of Travel + Leisure's list.