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August 20, 2009

Guide to the World's Best Resorts & Lodges

Cayo Espanto, a private luxury all-inclusive in Belize (courtesy, Cayo Espanto)

For the past 12 months, I have been neck-deep in one of the toughest assignments a travel editor can expect: Scouring the globe for the world's best destination resorts and lodges. I know, it's a hard job gazing at images of unspoiled, faraway places (like the one above), but I wasn't alone for my journey. We assigned a crack squad of travel writers with clips in publications including National Geographic Adventure, Travel+Leisure, and Lonely Planet to track down the cream of the crop, including their selections for the best family resorts, beach resorts, national park lodges, all-inclusive resorts, and six other distinct travel categories. One year later, with my list of must-visit places in a state of morbid obesity, we're excited to announce the launch of's new Resorts & Lodges Guide, featuring 200 of the world's ultimate destination-resort experiences. If you're looking for inspiration about where to stay next, this is the place to start.

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That island off of Belize looks like an ideal place for a relaxing vacation. Thanks for the site for the lodging as well -- it's great.

Thanks for the comment, seb. While we covered the world through a mostly North American lens, we found some amazing lodges in places like Patagonia, Chile's Atacama Desert, and out in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. With so much open space, Canada and the U.S. definitely have their pick of awesome adventure lodges, but there's a whole world to explore out there! We're hoping to expand this resource over time, too. Please do leave a comment with your recommendations here!

"...toughest assignments" - very funny.

Thank you for doing this, it's about time a comprehensive list was compiled.

Was it largely a North American survey, or is that simply where the best adventure lodges are?

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