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Running our annual report to identify SmartFlyer’s top-booked properties remains a cherished exercise as you – our beloved clients – continue to dictate trends for the industry at large.
Of our top thirty properties, ten were in the Caribbean, four in Mexico, and three dotting the islands of Hawaii…
While European classics like Italy, France, Spain, Greece, and the United Kingdom remain amongst our top-visited countries year after year, in 2023, data on our top-booked hotels tells a slightly, well, sunnier story. Of our top thirty properties, ten were in the Caribbean, four in Mexico, and three dotting the islands of Hawaii – needless to say, the beaches were calling, and you answered. Stateside, mountain destinations beckoned, with a few city stays sprinkled in from New York to Las Vegas.
So while the below list barely doesn’t encapsulate the far-flung multi-stop itineraries SmartFlyer clients delved into across Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, and even Antarctica, we love that this list contains both beloved hotels with over a hundred years of history as well as newcomers. Without further ado, here’s our alphabetized recap of SmartFlyer’s top thirty booked properties in 2023.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Known as the resort for those who want to be a world away within just a few hours from the East Coast, Amanyarasits in the heart of an 18,000-acre nature reserve on the North West Point of Turks and Caicos. Featuring a half-mile private white sand beach, Amanyara’s stand-alone Pavilions boast lovely views – some even offer interior gardens and private pools. We especially love how five of Amanyara’s villas sit directly on the beach; our favorite is the Artists Villa.
Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain
Named to our SmartFlyer Stateside Hitlist, Blackberry has remained a top contender for a domestic getaway for SmartFyer clients for many years. Split between two distinct properties twenty minutes apart from one another, there’s something for everyone between Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain. The 4,200-acre working farm within the heart of Tenneesee’s Great Smoky Mountains acts as both a romantic getaway and playground for families.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Freshly opened in April 2022, Borgo Santandrea has since shaken up the Amalfi coast hotel scene in a big way. Perched above the centuries-old fishing village of Conca dei Marini, the property’s connection to its neighbors acts as a lovely reminder of how sleepy the Amalfi Coast was once. Today, the two owning families behind this project (a three-year renovation from its 1960s bones) have reimagined what a fresh, light-washed hotel in the region could look like. Aside from all forty-five rooms having balconies and sea views, we love the sexy beach club and private beach access.
The Breakers Palm Beach
Palm Beach, Florida
Since opening its doors for the first time in 1896, The Breakers Palm Beach earned its reputation as an iconic Palm Beach landmark. Guests are invited to indulge in the resort’s plentiful amenities including a private beach and four oceanfront pools, ten restaurants, thirteen signature boutiques, and a 6,000-square-foot fitness center, just to name a few. With cozy yet refined design found across its guest rooms and suites, The Breakers ensures guests are engulfed in paradise while also feeling right at home.
Cheval Blanc St-Barth
As the only property in the Caribbean with Palace distinction, you can rest assured that Cheval Blanc St-Barth will have you feeling like you have all the refinement of Paris along the shores of Flamands Beach. With only sixty-one rooms, guests are welcomed into an intimate haven of French hospitality with a design rooted in tranquil colors and earthy finishings. The property prides itself on discretion and we especially appreciate how all rooms, suites, and villas – many of which boast their own pools – were expertly devised to ensure guests have privacy even when checking in during peak season.
London, United Kingdom
A visit to the U.K. capital hardly feels complete without admiring the impressive facade of Claridge’s; but only once you walk under the Union Jack proudly flying at its entrance can one understand the magnitude of this hospitality icon. Clients gravitate towards its quintessential British flair, but that’s not to say the property is resting on its laurels. The recently renovated 7,000-square-foot spa required the team to excavate into five floors of London clay, resulting in a stunning center of tranquility evoking Claridge’s Art Deco history. On the exact opposite side of the hotel, our team recently scouted the property’s rooftop Penthouse, filled with 75 works by Damien Hirst.
COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos
For a taste of Asia just three hours away from the East Coast, we adore COMO Parrot Cay – an award-winning Turks and Caicos luxury resort set on its own private island. Low-key and laid back in the best way possible, the island’s privacy attracts some of the most well-known names in fashion and Hollywood. Boasting over 1,000 unspoiled acres and over four miles of beach, COMO delivers the ultimate barefoot luxury, perfect for families and couples alike.
New York, New York
Positioned on a prime Spring Street address in the heart of downtown New York City, The Dominick is the gateway to all the city has to offer. Enjoy unparalleled views from floor-to-ceiling windows across forty-six floors of spacious guest rooms (starting at 425 square feet, well above average for Manhattan!). The Sohi Suite is located on the highest floors of the hotel with wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows for a real wow factor without even having to get out of bed.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Built in the 1950s upon fifty acres of the Rockefeller estate, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a sanctuary that’s long appealed to the most discerning travelers. Nature has been on center stage since the resort opened with buildings no taller than palm trees; today, that commitment to preserving nature remains with the surroundings and serene coastline offering a harmonious sense of place for guests. We especially love it for wellness-seekers with Dorado’s award-winning spa featuring locally inspired treatments set amidst treetops.
Eden Rock – St Barths
Nestled on the glistening white sands of St. Jean beach in the heart of St Barths, this island beauty has a jaw-dropping location. Part of the esteemed Oetker Collection, Eden Rock – St Barth’s one-of-a-kind decor, forward-thinking dining outlets, and chic club create an effortlessly stylish Caribbean experience with a French twist. Each room shines with unique artwork, but we especially love the picturesque Rock Rooms, set right on the water.
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
For a perfect mix of exploration and relaxation, a stay at Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens does not disappoint. Primely located on the Athenian Riviera on a gorgeously lush peninsula, the resort is an ideal place to unwind after a day of sightseeing through the city’s center, located just thirty minutes away. With ten restaurants and bars, a state-of-the-art spa, and multiple sports courts and jogging trails across the property’s ninety-nine acres, there is no shortage of amenities to make for your perfect Greek escape. To ride in ultimate style, ask your SmartFlyer advisor about chartering a yacht or helipad.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Set on the picturesque Kona-Kohala coast of Hawai’i Island, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is a magnificent work of art that pays homage to its unique setting. Built into its natural surroundings, the resort combines history, culture, pure pampering, and true aloha to all who come its way. Featuring 243 magnificent rooms and suites, championship golf, world-class spa and fitness, tennis, on-site ocean activities, retail boutiques, seven pools, cultural experiences, and award-winning dining, it is safe to say that this Four Seasons property has the whole family covered.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Just a stone’s throw away from several of Maui’s best golf courses and a handful of luxury boutiques, location is just the beginning in a long list of reasons why clients adore Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. With a variety of rooms and suites — each with sweeping views of the surrounding ocean, garden, or mountains — it is the perfect retreat at the end of a long day in the Maui sun. If there’s anything we’ve learned this past year it’s the importance of supporting our dear friends in Maui, and we can’t think of anywhere better to start than at Four Seasons.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
The “Most Magical Place on Earth” continues to enchant us year after year with Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort making its way onto our top booked list yet again. Proud to be named Central Florida’s first and only AAA Five Diamond Award property, Four Seasons Resort Orlando lures adults and children alike with its outstanding service and attention to detail. Its impressive golf course, world-class spa, five-acre waterpark, complimentary kids’ camp, and rooftop steakhouse (with a perfect view of nightly fireworks!) are just a handful of touches that make this family oasis, well, dare we say – magical?
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
Palm Beach, Florida
As the only Five-Diamond, Five-Star Palm Beach Resort, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach lives up to its esteemed reputation. Keeping in theme with Palm Beach’s charm, the resort incorporates pastel colors and timeless interiors in each of its guest rooms and suites. Guests can indulge in the resort’s exceptional spa and salon, experience water sports along the beach, and participate in a multitude of wellness classes — all while enjoying the signature Four Seasons service every step of the way.
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Punta Mita, Mexico
Discovery awaits at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, where Mexican culture is celebrated and guests are invited to indulge in world-class hospitality. Enveloped within a 400-acre nature reserve on the Pacific coast, this resort has an unparalleled location on a private peninsula. With specific amenities for kids and teens of all ages, it is perfect for the whole family — we especially love the Ocean Residences and Villas, many of which offer private pools and can accommodate eight guests, including up to seven children.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla
Nestled on the northwest shore of Anguilla between two gorgeous bays, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is a secluded island escape. With a variety of accommodations ranging from villas to penthouses to townhomes — the majority of which have ocean views — it is an ideal beach getaway for your next family vacation, couples weekend, or even corporate retreat home base. Relax by one of the property’s three outdoor pools, try your hand at rock climbing in the sports pavilion, or indulge in the property’s prime positioning for Anguilla’s stunning sunsets for a truly memorable experience.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Lake Como, Italy
It’s nearly impossible to say “Lake Como” to anyone in the travel industry and not to have Grand Hotel Tremezzo immediately enter the conversation. Located directly on Lake Como in the town of Tremezzo, the property is a family-owned jewel that not only photographs stunningly (you’ve most certainly seen its pool floating in the lake), but it burrows its way into guests’ hearts with each check-in. With under one hundred rooms and suites, a stay here manages to feel boutique while still providing access to a wide range of dining outlets, a curated shop of artisanal goods, multiple pools, a gym, a bar, and of course, a stunning spa.
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
With multiple Baha Mar properties making our 2023 list of top-booked hotels, it’s clear that SmartFlyer clients feel everything is indeed better in the Bahamas. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar stands out for its central location and wide array of restaurants, beautifully landscaped pools, ample nightlight options, spa, casino access, and one of the most pristine beaches in the Bahamas. If you’ve got a golfer in your midst, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar makes for an ideal golf trip thanks to its location by the front nine of Baha Mar’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Royal Blue course.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
Old-world glamour meets modern luxury at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. For more than 150 years, this iconic Oetker Collection property has welcomed flocks of A-listers and movie stars to its prime location on the French Riviera, captivating guests with its quintessential charm. The pine-clad grounds and glittering coastline, famous infinity swimming pool, and exclusive sanctuary of 118 rooms, suites, and villas create a glamorous, gloriously seductive escape worthy of its starry reputation.
Jumby Bay Island
Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda
A fantasy hideaway that offers Caribbean comforts in a relaxed atmosphere, Jumby Bay is the epitome of private island living. This is a place where each experience can be tailored to your desires and you can create your ideal vacation — from action-packed to blissful serenity. Kick off your shoes, take a dip in the turquoise sea, and relax in one of the property’s exceptional suites or villas. For those seeking more space, Jumby Bay’s twenty-two Private Residences each offer large communal areas, a private pool, and a personal chef and butler for your convenience.
Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Admired for its Mediterranean-Mexican style architecture, unique artistry, and unwavering attention to detail,Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort is distinguished by many as a true Cabo gem. Dotted with succulents, cacti, and other native plants, the resort is beautiful and blissfully private, with its network of underground tunnels allowing staff to be discreet and making it a favorite among honeymooning couples and celebrities. We especially appreciate the hotel’s “director of romance,” who aids in creating private on-the-beach dining experiences for two, oceanfront marriage proposals, and over-the-top anniversary celebrations.
Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
On the dramatic Kohala Coast, Mauna Lani’s secluded beaches, coral reefs, and ancient fishponds set the stage for a memorable Hawaiian getaway. Primely located on the Big Island, this hotel’s design is highly unique with bright, inviting pops of color. From beachfront activities down at the Surf Shack to relaxing meals at the celebrated CanoeHouse, Mauna Lani is the perfect escape for the whole family.
Montage Palmetto Bluff
Bluffton, South Carolina
Nestled along the scenic May River in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Montage Palmetto Bluff is set within a vibrant 20,000-acre community between Hilton Head Island and Savannah. The property offers guests 200 cozy accommodations each designed with historical Colonial charm; the Main Inn offers rooms and suites while the rest of the property is dotted with beautiful cottages. Our favorites are the River View Cottages — the elegant decor and gorgeous views of the May River are incomparable.
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Woven seamlessly into Mexico’s most awe-inspiring coastal rainforest, One&Only Mandarina provides the perfect balance between seclusion and a signature vibrant atmosphere. Surrounded by swimmable white-sand beaches and the federally protected Sierra del Vallejo Mountains, the signature treehouses and clifftop villas are enveloped in a rich biodiversity rarely found on the Pacific coast. Whether reading a good book down at the Jetty Beach Club or exploring the living breathing community of Mandarina, you can expect the perfect combination of indulgence and adventure.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
A chic Seven Mile Beach getaway, Palm Heights is a 70s and 80s-inspired Caribbean escape with a major cool kid factor as a newcomer to our top-booked list. Nestled on one of the Caribbean’s most coveted stretches of white sand, Palm Heights offers generous living space and breathtaking ocean views from every suite. The property celebrates regional culture, cuisine, understated glamour, and perhaps most notably, wellness. The coveted Garden Club is ideal for small groups looking to indulge, whether on a celebratory trip or a relaxing retreat.
Rosewood Baha Mar
Nassau, The Bahamas
A true sanctuary in every sense of the word, Rosewood Baha Mar epitomizes Bahamian refinement and sophistication. Fusing the timeless charm of a modern Bahamian estate with luxury amenities and contemporary beach cottage interiors, Rosewood Baha Mar offers 237 rooms, suites, and beachfront villas — including a spectacular six-bedroom Oceanfront Villa. With exceptional dining experiences, private beach access, and an indulgent spa, this Rosewood property is ideal for travelers craving an effortless island escape.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Resting along a mile-long stretch of white sand beach, this centerpiece of the luxury Mayakoba development exudes Mexican resort chic. Strikingly modern in design, Rosewood Mayakoba’s generously proportioned 129 suites and seven villas are crafted from indigenous materials. With oversized bathtubs, private bath gardens with outdoor showers, lush amenities, and a heated plunge pool, this Mexican beach retreat is spectacular down to every last detail.
Six Senses Douro Valley
Nestled in a valley by the Douro River, Six Senses Douro Valley is surrounded by rolling hills covered with active vineyards. Spanning nineteen acres with fifty-seven guestrooms, suites, and villas, the 19th century estate seamlessly blends modern interiors with the surrounding landscape. Each accommodation is light-filled and spacious with a signature Six Senses touch — we especially love the Quinta Duplex Suites which are perfect for a romantic getaway.
Wynn Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
“Where should I stay in Las Vegas?” remains a top-asked question amongst our clients – and while our answer will always depend on their specific taste, it’s a safe bet to say that Wynn Las Vegas is a beloved pick by travelers hailing from all over the world. Wynn Resorts is proud to hold more Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Awards than any other independent hotel company in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. A stay here means you never have to leave thanks to its extensive life of entertainment and nightlife outlets, plus, two award-winning spas, salons, and plenty of luxury shopping. What happens in Vegas…well, you know the rest.
Contact your SmartFlyer Travel Advisor to book your next stay.