Above: The residences at Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, Lhaviyani Atoll

Hotels of the Year

The residences at Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, Lhaviyani Atoll

Our Hotels of the Year in 2023 range from a grand palace on the French Riviera to a four-villa hideaway in the rugged Uruguayan countryside. We love experiencing the innumerable forms that luxury hotels and resorts can take. As always, our small editorial team selected the winners of the Editors’ Choice Awards on a completely independent basis, and we reviewed each property anonymously. Our debates about the winners were fierce, but fortunately, luxury travel is the rare topic that actually leaves you feeling better after you argue about it. This list represents our favorite stays during our past 12 months of globe-trotting. Every hotel below offers something truly special to its guests.  


Kudadoo Maldives Private Island


The Retreat restaurant and main pool, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

The Maldives, a staggeringly beautiful archipelago nation south of India, have become one of the world’s premier vacation destinations. In the country's increasingly large constellation of private-island luxury resorts, the star that shines brightest is Kudadoo.

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