By Sarah Rose

Planning your next vacation is almost as enjoyable as the trip itself. The possibilities are endless. Do you want to sunbathe in Saint Bart’s, or stay in a luxury tent on a trip-of-a-lifetime safari to South Africa?

With so many hotel options, it can be completely overwhelming. Where do you start? We suggest Virtuoso’s award-winning Best of the Best –  the ultimate endorsement directory featuring more than 1,100 curated properties worldwide. It’s sure to inspire you with a serious case of wanderlust – and you can only get a copy if you work with a Virtuoso travel advisor.

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Virtuoso’s 2017 Best of the Best Hotel Guide.

Take a digital peek at the 2017 Best of the Best and get inspired with beautiful photos and insider tips from travel advisors who have personally been to these properties. In addition to discovering hundreds of hotels you’ll want to visit, here’s what else you’ll find in these pages:

  1. All the Perks.

You get more than an amazing stay when you plan a trip to a Virtuoso-preferred hotel through your Virtuoso advisor. Each hotel ensures special perks for Virtuoso guests, such as breakfast for two daily, room upgrades, and early check-in/late check-out,  when available. Plus, each offers an added bonus such a resort credit, spa treatment, private airport transfer, cocktails in the restaurant, and other fun, creative benefits.

To find each hotel’s specific perks, check the Virtuoso Exclusive Amenity section next to each listing. Once you’ve found something you love, connect with your Virtuoso travel advisor or find an advisor on Virtuoso.com to make your dream a reality.

  1. The Perfect Vibe.

Finding the perfect hotel for your trip can be compared to shopping for a car. You browse knowing the style, size, and type of car you are looking for, but sometimes a shiny, beautiful new option presents itself. A vacation is similar. You know what you like, but you also want to explore new possibilities and the thrill of discovering something you hadn’t thought of.

To help, each Virtuoso hotel has a curated experiences index that identifies your choices by room style, hotel vibe, and experiences offered. Play golf at a sophisticated resort, or explore a city based at a classic property, or choose a peaceful hotel to find your zen. Browse by experience based on wellness, adventure, beach, and more. And your advisor can always offer personal recommendations.

  1. The Best Experiences of Your Life.

It might be a new neighborhood in a city (Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin or the Marais in Paris), or a country you’ve dreamed about your whole life (New Zealand, India, or Japan). Maybe you dream about a cooking class with a top chef, a private shopping or museum tour, or exploring iconic cultural sites with a knowledgeable, funny tour guide.

Within Virtuoso’s Best of the Best you will find over 75 pages of Exceptional Experiences featuring amazing tours and once-in-a-lifetime experiences from Virtuoso’s worldwide network of partners. Your Virtuoso advisor can help plan an unforgettable customized trip.

  1. It’s More Than Just Hotels.

Virtuoso’s network expands beyond hotels and resorts. It also includes many floating hotels–also known as cruise ships. The cruise industry has undergone a major transformation and growth in recent years, elevating ships’ rooms, restaurants, and spas to meet the demands of increasingly discerning guests.

If you’ve ever considered sailing in style, check out these 10 persuasive reasons to cruise. Then choose a great hotel in port for a pre- or post-exploration.

  1. Sneak Peeks.

New hotels are opening all the time, and Virtuoso knows about them months – sometimes years – in advance. Before a property even opens its doors, Virtuoso works diligently with advisors to make sure it’s worthy of inclusion in our extensive portfolio.

Check out a list of new properties opening in 2017, from The Fontenay in Hamburg, Germany’s most talked-about city right now, to the dreamy Adare Manor in the heart of Ireland.

  1. Every trip is better with a travel advisor.

A trusted travel advisor is an invaluable resource, whether you’re planning a family vacation or a weekend getaway. Once a Virtuoso advisor knows you and your preferences, the days of feeling overwhelmed with planning and options are over.

If you don’t already have one, start shopping for a travel advisor now. Visit Virtuoso and find a travel advisor to help customize your trip. When you have a partner with insider access and connections around the globe, you’ll realize all the ways travel can be even better.

BEST OF THE BEST, BY THE NUMBERS

Pages: 656

Hotels: 1,154

New Preview Properties Opening This Year: 6

1992: Year the Virtuoso Hotel Program debuted

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