Best Destination Resort (2017)


Each of these 10 U.S. resorts, nominated by a panel of 10Best travel experts and voted the best in the country by our readers, is a vacation-worthy destination unto unto itself, complete with plush accommodations, world-class dining, relaxing spa treatments and a host of indoor and outdoor activities – a complete vacation in a single package. 

  • Hidden Pond

    Hidden Pond
    Kennebunkport, Maine

    Hidden Pond, a resort nestled amid 60 acres of birch groves and balsam fir trees on the southern coast of Maine, invites guests to kick of their shoes and relax by the pool, the fireplace or an al fresco bar. Travelers who just can't stay still can go stand-up paddleboarding on Goose Rocks Beach, chat with the resort gardener, take a mixology class or hop on a shuttle into Kennebunkport for further exploration.
    Photo courtesy of Hidden Pond

  • C Lazy U Ranch

    C Lazy U Ranch
    Granby, Colo.

    The traditions of the American West are alive and well at C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado. This luxury guest ranch offers 43 rooms of varying sizes, including three bedroom cabins ideal for families. Visitors to this four seasons property can go horseback riding, practice cattle pushing, hike, mountain bike, cross country ski or go snowshoeing between hearty, family-style meals.
    Photo courtesy of C Lazy U Ranch

  • Sonnenalp

    Vail, Colo.

    Visitors to Vail staying at this Bavarian-themed and family-operated luxury boutique property enjoy easy access to the slopes, a library with a fireplace, full-service spa, 18-hole golf course, indoor heated pool, five restaurants and The Kid's Club for young guests. All rooms come with fireplaces, flat-screen TVs and heated floors in the bathrooms.
    Photo courtesy of Leading Hotels of the World

  • Amangiri

    Canyon Point, Utah

    Situated in a remote corner of Canyon Point, Utah, Amangiri offers a peaceful escape amid the canyons of the American Southwest. Guests enjoy luxury accommodations paired with an extensive wellness program, Southwestern-inspired cuisine served with floor-to-ceiling views of the desert and convenient access to the outdoor adventures of Utah's national parks.
    Photo courtesy of Aman Resorts

  • Calistoga Ranch

    Calistoga Ranch
    Napa Valley, Calif.

    It's all about luxurious outdoor living at Calistoga Ranch. Its 50 guest lodges share a 157 acre backyard and all take full advantage of the green space Mother Nature provides. All guest lodges have an outside living room comfortable for lounging any time of year and an outdoor shower. Visitors who can pull themselves away from their lodge, enjoy a long list of amenities, including an on-site Auberge Spa, observation deck perfect for scenic views or stargazing, numerous hiking trails or a pool for lounging.
    Photo courtesy of Calistoga Ranch

  • Four Seasons Resort Lanai

    Four Seasons Resort Lanai
    Lanai City, Hawaii

    Bordering a marine preserve, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai sits atop a red lava cliff right by the sea. Guests at the luxury resort have access to a signature Jack Nicklaus golf course with three cliffside fairways, eight bars and restaurants, tennis facilities, a full-service spa and complimentary amenities like a kids program, snorkeling equipment, WiFi and a local cultural program.
    Photo courtesy of Barbara Kraft / Four Seasons Resort Lanai

  • Ocean House

    Ocean House
    Watch Hill, R.I.

    Set atop a bluff overlooking the sea in Watch Hill, Ocean House offers an iconic New England seaside experience, complete with a full-service spa, Forbes Five Star-rated restaurant, a private beach with butler service, croquet lawn and squash courts. Daily resort activities include classes at the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, movie screenings, sports clinics, morning fitness programs and guided tours of the resort property.
    Photo courtesy of Ocean House

  • Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa

    Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa
    Gateway, Colo.

    Set in the beautiful Palisades of Western Colorado, Gateway Canyons Resort was built by John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel. The resort’s Adventure Center equips guests to explore the surrounding landscapes by climbing, cycling, horseback riding or hiking. Those looking for something a bit more laid back can opt for a wine country tour, spa treatment or visit to the Auto Museum.
    Photo courtesy of Gateway Canyons Resort

  • The Ranch at Rock Creek

    The Ranch at Rock Creek
    Philipsburg, Mont.

    Situated in a picturesque Montana valley, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers 29 accommodations during the summer season. Dude ranch guests can learn to fly fish on a Blue Ribbon trout stream, ride on horseback to the Top of the World, go for a swim or soak in the outdoor pool and hot tub, or set out on a geocaching adventure.
    Photo courtesy of The Ranch at Rock Creek

  • Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

    Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
    Beaver Creek, Colo.

    While most popular as a ski resort in winter, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek affords stellar mountain views and luxury amenities no matter the season. With ki in and ski out access in the winter, bike in and bike out access in the summer, this four seasons resort overlooking Beaver Creek Mountain houses 190 recently re-designed guest rooms, five outdoor hot tubs and an outdoor heated pool. 
    Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

The top 10 winners in the category Best Destination Resort are as follows:

  1. Hidden Pond - Kennebunkport, Maine
  2. C Lazy U Ranch - Granby, Colo.
  3. Sonnenalp - Vail, Colo.
  4. Amangiri - Canyon Point, Utah
  5. Calistoga Ranch - Napa Valley, Calif.
  6. Four Seasons Resort Lanai - Lanai City, Hawaii
  7. Ocean House - Watch Hill, R.I.
  8. Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa - Gateway, Colo.
  9. The Ranch at Rock Creek - Philipsburg, Mont.
  10. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek - Beaver Creek, Colo.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Claire Endean-Cance (Luxury Travel Diary), Eric Grossman and Gerrish Lopez were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the hotel scene across the nation.

Congratulations to all these vacation-worthy resorts!

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