Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts in the U.S.

When you’re looking for a luxurious place to stay in the United States, you’re overwhelmed with options. Finding a place isn’t the problem; the trick is finding the best luxury resorts and lodgings in the U.S., in part because everyone has a different idea of what constitutes luxury.

With that in mind, we selected 10 popular types of luxury properties and chose a “best” in each category. Understand that what constitutes “best” is subjective; your results may vary.

However, each of these properties is sure to deliver a top-tier experience well worth the price you pay.

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Best for Classic California Luxury

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, California

First of all, it’s the Ritz-Carlton. Second of all, it’s the Ritz-Carlton on the beach. Finally, it’s the Ritz-Carlton on the beach in the heart of the action in Southern California, offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean along with all the comfort and elegance you expect from a named property that never fails to deliver the goods.

Honorable mention: Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California

Best for Harmonious Western Elegance

Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah

On the other hand, if your definition of luxury includes exclusive seclusion in the wild canyonlands, top-10 spa experiences and the biggest-and-best capital-G Glamping imaginable, Amangiri is your place. If you’re thinking Amangiri is just another new-agey western resort, relax; it’s luxury through and through. Better yet, it’s just a stone’s throw from Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, perfectly located for access to a slice of natural luxury.

Honorable mention: Enchantment Resort, Sedona, Arizona

Best Big-City Splurge

The Plaza, New York, New York

Come on – it’s the Plaza, straight out of The Great Gatsby and scores of cultural references ever since. It has its own pillow, for crying out loud. In a nutshell, the Plaza has everything you could ever want one of the world’s best hotels to have – all the luxury, all the service, all the panache – situated perfectly in the heart of TCTNS (The City That Never Sleeps).

Honorable mention: The Lowell, New York, New York

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Best Hawaiian Luxury Resort

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

While nothing matches the Halekulani for the quintessential Hawaiian experience, this resort ups the ante with great golf and spa experiences, as well as unique opportunities to explore the ocean and have a beachfront “barefoot” dinner.

Honorable mention: The Halekulani, Honolulu, Hawaii

Best Timeless Mountain Resort

The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado

For more than a century this exquisite property has defined western luxury. What’s western luxury? Perhaps a little bit more dressed-down and timbered-up than its eastern counterpart, but you know you’re in one of the world’s fine hotels when you walk into the Broadmoor’s breathtaking lobby.

The amenities aren’t bad either: top-shelf golf, wilderness excursions, a variety of lodging options, and incredible dining, smack-dab in the middle of one of the west’s hottest destinations.

Honorable mention: The Greenbrier, White Sulfur Springs, West Virgina

Best for a Back-To-The-Country Getaway

Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont

Here’s something you don’t often find: An all-inclusive, all-American country retreat that prides itself on accessibility and inclusivity. Twin Farms has beautiful cottages and suites that maximize comfort over opulence. They’re set in Eastern hardwood forest country perfect for biking, skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, hiking, and more.

It’s not all active lifestyle all the time, though; the spa is a perfect place to kick back and work up an appetite for one of the lodge’s sumptuous dinners.

Honorable mention: Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

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Best for California Dreaming

Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, California

Look at it this way - this amount of luxury in the south of France would be ridiculously expensive. Napa’s Auberge du Soleil is merely expensive. It scrimps on nothing, though. The cuisine is on par with anything you’ll find in the continental U.S., the views are classic, and obviously the wine list is unsurpassed. Spa experiences and a variety of lodging options are just frosting on a very French cake. 

Honorable mention: Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California - It’s Andrew Harper’s No. 1 hotel in the world, if that means anything to you.

Best Ski Resort

Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah

Park City is one of world’s hottest (and best) ski resorts, and Montage Deer Valley is simply the place to be in Park City. Guest rooms and suites are the epitome of style and taste (especially for a ski property), the dining options are nicely varied and uniformly excellent, and the apres-ski fires are warm and welcoming.

About the skiing: It’s ski-in/ski-out at a top-five ski resort. What’s not to love?

Honorable mention: The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado - Smaller, boutiqueier, and much more Coloradan.

Best Southern Golf Resort

Sea Island Resort, Sea Island, Georgia

Whether you stay at the lodge or in one of the cottages lining the beach, you’ll get the same vibe of timeless, laid-back luxury made more contemporary by some of the best and most challenging modern golf courses the South has to offer. Whether your taste runs to links courses or championship golf, there’s a course at Sea Island to thrill and challenge you.

And worry not, golf-averse travelers: There’s plenty of luxury to be had at Sea Island that doesn’t involve a stick and a little white ball. It’s everything you’d expect from the folks who brought you The Broadmoor.

Honorable mention: Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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