Earlier this month, AAA released its 2013 Five Diamond Award list, much to travelers’ delights. According to AAA in a press release, “this exclusive group provides unique experiences chock full of leading-edge creativity and highly personalized hospitality to satisfy even the most savvy traveler.” To save you time, we scoured the list of 125 luxury hotels to bring you the best of the best. We’ve highlighted the top 10 hotel destinations on the 2013 AAA Five Diamond Award list—each one a must-visit on any jetsetter’s bucket list.
Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, Calif.
A trip to Montage Laguna Beach will play out like an Oscar-winning movie montage, with romantic, picturesque scenes at every turn. Guests are whisked away into the Oceanside estate that features a rugged, traditionally Californian elegance. Think yoga on the sand, impeccably fresh seafood fare and tranquil mornings spent on the nature-inspired grounds.
St. Regis Bal Harbour, Bal Harbour, Fla.
Touted by Forbes Magazine as one of most anticipated hotel openings of 2012, St. Regis Bal Harbour brings unparalleled distinction to the shores of one of South Florida’s most posh communities. Discerning travelers will appreciate this stunning refuge minutes from South Beach, with its richly appointed accommodations, Jean-Georges’ J&G Grill and access to pristine private beaches.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Nestled in one of Northern Florida’s most exclusive and luxurious resort communities, The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island provides guests with their own private-beach and bonfire experience. Getaway goers will enjoy Florida’s serene nature in this hotel’s contemporary classic, Ocean-inspired surroundings, which are worthy of its new 2013 AAA Five Diamond rating.
Trump SoHo New York, New York, N.Y.
You’d expect a certain standard from one of the world’s richest businessmen, and with Trump Soho New York, the mogul-turned-reality-star delivers. Situated in one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods, this sleek-chic New York tower embodies everything cool about the Big Apple, from stunning skylines to its outdoor lounge. Even a jaded New Yorker would pony up for a stay-cation at this swanky locale.
Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Take in Vancouver’s sprawling urban landscape, set between a breathtaking mountain range and the calming Pacific Ocean. Located in the heart of this exciting city, Shangri-La Hotel offers established sophistication high above the glittering lights, and is one of only four Five Diamond rated hotels in Canada.
The Ritz-Carlton Montréal, Québec, Canada
See where luxury was born at The Ritz-Carlton Montréal, the historic city where this leading luxury brand originated. Royalty meets contemporary at this property that strikes a leisurely balance between what was and what is. Located in Montréal’s upscale Golden Square Mile, this hotel is considered a destination in its own right, and is a new addition to AAA Five Diamond’s list.
Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies, Charlestown, Nevis
Any true jetsetter knows the appeal of Nevis, one of the Caribbean’s must-see islands. Take leisure travel to another level at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, new to the list this year. Explore what feels like your own private estate and expect lush landscaping, white-sand beaches and relaxed romance.
St. Regis Bahia Beach Puerto Rico, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Paradise does exist, and it very well could be St. Regis Bahia Beach in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. A luxurious tropical backdrop (it sits on a coconut plantation between the Caribbean Sea and a national forest) and pleasurable service landed this quiet respite a spot on the new AAA Five Diamond Award list.
Capella Pedregal Resort and Spa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
This resort is a Five-Star side of Cabo that college kids can’t touch. A welcome addition to the 2013 list, Capella Pedregal Resort and Spa offers exotic opulence and modern adobe accommodations, with an attention to detail that will astound even the most well-traveled individuals. A highlight: An infinity pool that spills out to the beach, with the ocean merely steps away.
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Tucked away amongst the rolling Rockies in Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor possesses the longest-running consecutive AAA Five Diamond Rating—37 years, since 1976, when AAA first initiated its ratings for lodgings. Today, the expansive resort houses the only Five-Star, Five-Diamond restaurant in Colorado, Penrose Room; and boasts a plethora of indoor and outdoor activities, from 54 holes championship golf to scaling the nearby Pikes Peak.