Best Destination Resort (2018)


Sometimes a hotel is simply a place to lay your head at night, and sometimes it's a destination in its own right. Each of these 10 U.S. resorts, nominated by a panel of 10Best travel experts and voted the best by our readers, is totally travel-worthy, 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

  • 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

  • Favorite Bay Lodge

    Favorite Bay Lodge
    Angoon, Alaska

    Favorite Bay Lodge offers luxurious accommodations amid the majestic Alaskan wilderness. While fishing ranks as the most popular resort activity, guests can also go whale watching on the Chatham Straits, hike through Tongass National Forest or kayak through the waterways of Southeast Alaska. Guest rooms feature native cedar walls, soaking tubs and handcrafted rugs.
    Photo courtesy of Favorite Bay Lodge / Facebook

  • Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve

    Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve
    Dorado, Puerto Rico

    Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve was the only Caribbean hotel to win the Forbes Five-Star award in 2017. Occupying a former plantation, the luxury Puerto Rican resort features rooms with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and oversized terraces, two oceanfront pools, free wifi, a five-acre spa, three golf courses and a water playground for both kids and adults.
    Photo courtesy of Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve

  • Inn by the Sea

    Inn by the Sea
    Cape Elizabeth, Maine

    Situated on a mile of sandy beach just outside Portland, Maine, the Inn by the Sea features 61 rooms, suites and cottages for a relaxing coastal escape. Days begin with early morning yoga and garden tours, while evenings finish with beachfront sunsets and nightly fire pits.
    Photo courtesy of Inn by the Sea

  • The Resort at Paws Up

    The Resort at Paws Up
    Greenough, Mont.

    Pristine wilderness and thoughtful luxury join forces to create an exquisite guest experience at The Resort at Paws Up. This Montana resort sits on a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch with a range of accommodations (from luxe private homes to glamping sites) and activities. Horseback riding is the signature experience, but guests can also mountain bike, fly fish, geocache or partake in an authentic Montana ranch activity.
    Photo courtesy of The Resort at Paws Up

  • Twin Farms

    Twin Farms
    Barnard, Vt.

    Twin Farms offers 10 free-standing cottages, as well as rooms in the main house, nestled in 300 acres of Vermont’s lush countryside. The only five-star accommodations in the state, the all-inclusive inn boasts unique décor throughout. Delectable cuisine, highlighted by fine wines revolves around the seasons, using locally grown herbs and produce.  A full service spa and fitness center, complement activities such as golf, kayaking, hot air ballooning in summer, and skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding in winter.
    Photo courtesy of Twin Farms

  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

    Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
    Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

    The 243 guest rooms and suites – housed in two-storey bungalows – at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalei on the Big Island are the pinnacle of Hawaiian-style luxury. Guests have their choice of seven swimming pools, fitness facilities, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, yoga classes and a whole menu of aquatic adventures, while the Ka‘upulehu Cultural Center offers insight into the local heritage through its interactive programming.
    Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

    Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
    Kapolei, Hawaii

    Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, a five-star beach resort on Oahu's western coast, features 371 guest rooms, a Ted Robinson-designed golf course, full-service day spa, Hawaii's only deep-draft marina, tennis center, swimming pools and a beach where guests can go stand-up paddleboarding or take an outrigger canoe ride.
    Photo courtesy of Christian Horan / Four Seasons

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. Ocean House - Watch Hill, R.I.
  4. Favorite Bay Lodge - Angoon, Alaska
  5. Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve - Dorado, Puerto Rico
  6. Inn by the Sea - Cape Elizabeth, Maine
  7. The Resort at Paws Up - Greenough, Mont.
  8. Twin Farms - Barnard, Vt.
  9. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  10. Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina - Kapolei, Hawaii

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 Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez, Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge of the American hotel scene.

Congratulations to all these winning resorts!

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