Above: Suite deck, Kasiiya Papagayo, Costa Rica

Certain hotels that we visit over the course of the year deserve special recognition. The properties below all excelled in particular aspects, making them worthy of note, even if they didn’t necessarily have the highest overall scores of the hotels we reviewed. We would be very pleased to return to any of them. In 2021, award-winning hotels ranged from mansions in Texas and the Loire Valley to nature-focused lodges in Costa Rica and Kenya.

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