Meet the Nominees for Best Resort in the 2011 NewNowNext Travel Awards

 

You live well. You travel well. And sometimes you even get to splash out SERIOUSLY when you travel. OK… Maybe you don’t always get to stay in the uber-posh resorts on every holiday. Maybe you haven’t glammed it up in Patagonia, or Punta Mita or Bangkok. Maybe you’re not the Vegas high-roller type at all?

But who’s to say you’re not, right?

Get to know these uber-swank outposts and get your wanderlust pumping… Because you never know. You may be there before you know it!

VOTE!

 

AMANGIRI, CANYON POINT, UTAH
Tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views over colorful, stratified rock toward the Grand Staircase (Escalante National Monument), the Amangiri is the West’s answer to nirvana. It blends into the landscape majestically and proportionally, and inside you’ve got a grand swimming pool and 34 suites with to-die-for views. You’d be lucky to be stranded in this luxe outpost in the desert. (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_AmanGiri.)
ENCORE HOTEL & RESORT, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Nestled next to Wynn Las Vegas, the 48-story Encore resort is a distinct destination all with five signature restaurants, 11 designer boutiques (the Esplanade) and with its swanky sibling the Wynn, Encore holds more Forbes Five Star awards than any other casino resort in the world. Done and done! (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_Encore.)
EXPLORA LODGE, PATAGONIA, CHILE
The Explora Lodge is an adventure hub where guests experience the beauty of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Heated pools, gourmet meals, vintage wines and a fantastic view of the granite towers and Lake Pehoe. “It’s quite simply the best luxury + adventure resort in the world,” says Charles Runnette, one-time author of Fodor’s Guide to Chile. “As a travel writer I get asked every day ’what’s your favorite hotel,’” and I never hesitate.” (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_Explora.)
IMANTA, PUNTA DE MITA, MEXICO
Imanta resorts always blend the natural beauty of their stellar settings with smart and eco-savvy architectural design. Imanta Punta de Mita delivers a world class boutique hotel in one of nature’s best beachy settings. Personalized service, serious attention to detail, and superb amenities all score big-time! Or, as Conde Nast Traveler Contributing Editor Ondine Cohane puts it: “Luxurious and drop dead gorgeous.” (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_Imanta.)
OBEROI VANYAVILAS, RANTHAMBHORE, INDIA
Nestling in the wilds, the Oberoi Vanyavilas is India’s leading luxury jungle resort on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. Yes, we said “Tiger Reserve.” (Tiger sightings are most frequent during the months of May and June.) Meanwhile the setting is picture-perfect, with the luxe tents, decadent bathrooms and private gardens in perfect contrast to the ruggedness of the jungle. (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_Oberoi.)
POST RANCH INN, BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
Tucked into the cliffs of Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn serves up a luxe sanctuary, done on a small-scale. Endless views of the Pacific on one side, with mountains on the other, it also delivers stellar dining, and transformative spa treatments. Basically, this is the California coast at its most ultimate. You’ll never ever want to leave. (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_PostRanch.)

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John Polly is a former editor at NewNowNext. He now makes the magic happen at World of Wonder.
@JohnPollySays