The World’s Best Awards 2020

Over the past quarter-century, you, our discerning readers, have shown a commitment to seeking out meaningful travel experiences of the highest caliber. For 2020, hundreds of thousands of you voted in our annual survey, sharing thoughts on favorite hotels, islands, tour operators, and more. To celebrate, this special edition features several expanded lists to honor the places and companies you think, quite simply, are the best out there. Here’s to you, to the winners — and to the big 2-5!

This year’s World’s Best Awards survey closed on March 2, just before widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented as a result of COVID-19. The results, therefore, reflect our readers’ experiences before the pandemic. We hope that this year’s honorees will inspire your trips to come — whenever they may be.

The World’s Best Destination Spas 2020

Wellness has never been more top-of-mind. This year’s winners provide integrated, often personalized programs that also embody a deep sense of place and culture.

See all of the spa winners below.

The World’s Best Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters 2020

Whether you want the perfect wildlife adventure or an architecture-focused itinerary along the Silk Road, this year’s best operators combine breadth of knowledge with depth of experience to create the ideal custom trip.

See all of the tour winners below.