Best of the Best Resorts

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Let's face it. We all love "best of" lists. Be it accolades from industry insiders or polls voted on by seasoned travelers, everyone has an opinion on what constitutes the best room, best value, or best experience, and we are all ears. We sorted through some of the popular 2009/2010 lists and compiled a collection of which resorts took top honors. Think of them as the Oscars of travel, only they rate spas and ski slopes instead of art direction. Read on to see who took the top prizes -- and what makes them so special.
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Best of the Best Resorts

Let's face it. We all love "best of" lists. Be it accolades from industry insiders or polls voted on by seasoned travelers, everyone has an opinion on what constitutes the best room, best value, or best experience, and we are all ears. We sorted through some of the popular 2009/2010 lists and compiled a collection of which resorts took top honors. Think of them as the Oscars of travel, only they rate spas and ski slopes instead of art direction. Read on to see who took the top prizes -- and what makes them so special.

Best of the Best Resorts

This resort honors the Hawaiian sense of place, recognizing that the natural beauty of its home at Kapalua Bay -- Dr. Beach's original best beach in America -- is priceless. Rainforest hikes and undersea excursions promote environmental awareness through the Ambassadors of the Environment program at Kapalua, TravelAge West's 2009 Editor's Pick for Best Hawaii New Property. www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/KapaluaMaui

Best of the Best Resorts

Access to four mountains with 5,300 acres of skiable terrain give slope aficionados reason enough to choose St. Regis Aspen Resort. When it comes to après ski, rooms at the cozy hotel, which topped the 2009 World Travel Awards' Leading U.S. Ski Resort list, are equipped with down comforters, fireplaces, and heart-melting mountain views. www.stregisaspen.com

Best of the Best Resorts

Set on the rugged Monterey coastline, Golf magazine picked this as a 2010 Premier Resort and it also got top billing from the industry's respected Golf Odyssey. Their Pebble Beach Golf Links, which will host the U.S. Open in June, is Golf Digest's top-ranking public golf course in the U.S. for its dramatic vistas, cliff-side fairways and sloping greens. If that wasn't endorsement enough, Jack Nicklaus himself insists, "If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach." www.pebblebeach.com

Best of the Best Resorts

Luxury Spa Finder routinely rates this resort's Mii amo as the Best Boutique Spa and it topped the list of The Best Therapists in the World in the 2009 TATLER Spa Guide. Rejuvenation takes place in Native-American-inspired, adobe brick treatment rooms with hand-woven rugs and bamboo floors. Most soothing is the natural light and flowing water that organically accent the spa's stunning red rock surroundings. www.enchantmentresort.com

Best of the Best Resorts

Selected as one of America's Ten Best Family-Friendly Resorts by both Child and Parents magazines, Tyler Place Family Resort is set on 165 acres of woods and meadows plus a mile of undeveloped lakeshore. Kids and adults will never be bored choosing between the boats, bikes, ziplines, and six playgrounds. There's also an art studio and a field house for rainy-day activities. And did we mention the pirate ship? www.tylerplace.com

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