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These are the best hotels in the world according to travellers

The end of the year is right around the corner and most of us are already daydreaming about those well earned days far, far away from the office water cooler.

Planning a trip with your family or significant other? We’ve gathered the top 3 best hotels in the world according to traveler polls from Trip Advisor and Condé Nast Traveler.

With great food, stellar service, and infinite Instagram-worthy sights abound, these dream leisure sites will surely set you back a few bucks, but will also promise to deliver the time of your life.

So, here we go:

Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards 2018 Top 3

  1. COMO Uma Punakha in Bhutan

Located in central Bhutan, a landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas with landscapes characterised by subtropical plains and sub-alpine mountains, this 11-room hideaway gifts guests with spectacular views of terraced rice fields, snow-capped Himalayan peaks, and even offers a glimpse at the legendary temple of Khamsum Yuley Namgay.

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We aren't really back 🍂 #happiestplaceonearth #🇧🇹 #comoumapunakha

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And our room of the week goes to… COMO UMA PUNAKHA 📍 Bhutan 🇧🇹 @comohotels ❤️

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5 o'clock: Tea & Time at #COMOUmaPunakha in #Bhutan with #Asianinspired #holistic #treatments @comohotels🍵🌿 #COMOshambhalaretreat #holistictherapy #himalayas #hike #laufenmachtglücklich #punakha #luxeescape

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We're so pleased that COMO Uma Punakha has been recognised as the third Best Hotel in the World by the @cntraveler Readers' Choice Awards! In addition, it has been awarded Top Hotel in Asia alongside its sister hotel, COMO Uma Paro which came in second. Thank you to Condé Nast Traveler, its readers and our loyal guests for these incredible awards! #COMOUmaParo #COMOUmaPunakha #COMOHotels

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At their restaurant, named ‘Bukhari’ after the traditional Bhutanese fireplace, they serve exquisite meals only made with fresh produce from local farmers. Their menu is a combination of traditional dishes and international delicacies.

  1. Cartesiano, in Puebla, Mexico

The locale is a tasteful restoration of a Colonial building that fuses modern sensibilities with local tradition. The hotel is located at the heart of Puebla in a century-old old ceramics factory amidst brightly painted homes and storefronts.

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Thank you to the readers of @cntraveler for naming Cartesiano the #1 Hotel in Mexico and the #2 Hotel in the World! We are honored to earn this prestigious ranking for our hotel, and for Puebla. ✨ #RCA2018

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"During my two weeks in the amazing city of Puebla, I had the privilege to spend a couple of nights at the stunning @cartesianopuebla. This one in the picture is my favorite courtyard, it was one of the two Casona on whose remains the hotel was built. This one has a particular charm because of the tiles you can see on the wall and the old arches as it was an old tile factory back then, before being transformed in the beautiful property it is now. Hotel Cartesiano is a real gem located in the heart of the historical center, the ideal place to stay and restore after exploring the baroque city, so full of history and culture." – @boundlessroads ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ // ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Durante mis dos semanas en la hermosa Ciudad de Puebla, tuve el privilegio de hospedarme un par de noches en el magnífico @cartesianopuebla. En la foto yace mi patio favorito, está en una de las dos casonas donde el hotel fue construido. Este tiene un encanto particular en virtud a los mosaicos que puedes apreciar en las paredes y en los antiguos arcos de la antigua fábrica de aquellos días antes de ser transformada en esta hermosa propiedad de hoy en día. El Hotel Cartesiano es una verdadera gema localizada en el corazón de su centro histórico, el lugar ideal para hospedarse y descansar después de explorar la Ciudad barroca tan llena de historia y cultura”-@boundlessroads

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Immerse yourself in wellness at our luxurious spa. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ // ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sumérgete en bienestar dentro de nuestro lujoso SPA.

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🔥Come take a dip fireside. 🔥 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Carlos González Parra (Facebook) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ // ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔥Ven a tomar calor junto a la chimenea 🔥 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Carlos González Parra (Facebook)

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Puebla is considered by many as Mexico’s food capital, so chances are you can find there the best restaurants in the country. The luxurious hotel, which costs an average of $200 per night (AUS$280), is located just a short walk away from Los Sapos flea market where you can find the best examples of the town’s artisanal legacy.

  1. La Mamounia, in Marrakech, Morocco

Branded as “a powerful experience for all the senses,” La Mamounia is the epitome of Oriental refinement and mysticism. Featuring breathtaking Arabic-Andalusian architecture decorated with lush gardens, the whole place looks like it’s straight out of the pages of One Thousand and One Nights.

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🌜 THE PERFECT SPOT FOR RAMADAN FTOUR 💜 Gather with your family, friends, guests or corporate team, and savour our Ftour like never before, during this month of Ramadan. 🌟  Available daily from sunset @ 410 MAD per person #LaMamouniaMarrakech is the #PlaceToBe 🏩✈️ banquets@mamounia.com | +212 (0) 524 388 600 | www.mamounia.com  #LaMamouniaMoments #ExperienceIt to #FeelIt |#LaMamouniaLife You #DreamIt, We #DoIt | #MyMamounia #GoodVibesOnly | #Ftour #Ramadan #MenuRamadan #Iftar #ramadan_mubarak #Ramadan2018 #رمضان #رمضان_مبارك #مبارك_عليكم_الشهر 📷 @guillaumedelaubier

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The hotel features top Moroccan and Italian restaurants, plus a unanimously praised poolside breakfast buffet offering an almost absurd selection of yogurts, fruit juices, tarts, croissants, and pastries.

The hotel opened in 1923 and has since hosted a huge list of notable figures, with statesmen like Winston Churchill and Charles De Gaulle, and notable artists like Charlie Chaplin, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, and Marlene Dietrich.

Tripadvisor’s 16th annual Traveler’s Choice Awards Top 3

  1. Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, in Jodhpur, India

Guests are received by a traditional welcoming ceremony with a petal shower and a musical spectacle. That’s how this almost mystical experience begins.

This luxury hotel is still home of the Jodhpur royal family and considered the sixth largest private residence in the whole world. Just 20 minutes from the airport, this dream location features 64 rooms and suites built with a heavy influence of Art-Deco.

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The royal palace is located on acres of lush gardens inhabited by actual peacocks and their award-winning restaurant will offer you authentic Rajastani and Indian cuisine. The average price per night averages around $800 bucks (AUS$1,120).

  1. Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Tulemar is not a traditional five-star hotel. This 33-acre residential resort is located right in the middle of a tropical jungle complete with wild sloths, monkeys, and all kinds of exotic birds.

The hotel features over 50 unique and individual accommodations that range from 1-4 bedrooms to Bungalows and Bamboo Villas.

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The stunning bungalows and villas feature jaw-dropping panoramic views of the lush coastline, and the resort includes an exclusive beach and four swimming pools, plus spa services. Additionally, iitoffers hiking trails and eco-adventures.

Prices per night range from US$200 (AUS$280) to US$400 (AUS$560).

  1. Viroth’s Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Viroth’s Hotel, voted by Tripadvisor readers as the best hotel in the world, is located in the frenetic Wat Bo area in the centre of Siem Reap. The site couldn’t be more ideal. It’s a short walk away from the vibrant shopping and the entertainment district and just a 15 minute ride away from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat.

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December will be the sweet place at Viroth's Hotel !

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Feel Welcome from your arrival in our beautiful Lobby

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Guests have access to a 20-meter swimming pool, rejuvenating spa treatments, and a small fleet of vintage Mercedes Benz that takes you to and from the airport.

The restaurant has an insane food selection of local Khmer cuisine as well as continental dishes. The average price is around US$120 (AUS$168) per night.

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