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Best Hotel in the World?

Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India, may take top marks among the most elite hotels on Earth. Though it is one of the largest residences in the world—set among 26 acres of gardens—there are 64 hotel rooms and suites within the palace. They are run by Taj Group Hotels. The Art Deco palace was built between 1928 and 1943 for Maharaja Umaid Singh.
TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice named the Umaid Bhawan their top pick for world’s best hotel. Millions of reviews and opinions collected over a one-year period are used to create each Travelers’ Choice list.

The world’s top 10 hotels are all committed to service and quality, and they have five out of five bubble ratings on TripAdvisor, according to company spokeswoman Julie Cassetina.
The following are the top 10 hotels on the global list. All the properties are bookable on TripAdvisor.com.

1. Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, Jodhpur, India

2. Shinta Mani Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia

3. Bellevue Syrene, Sorrento, Italy

4. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa, Hanoi, Vietnam

5. Achtis Hotel, Afitos, Greece

6. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton, United Kingdom

7. Mirihi Island Resort, Mirihi, Maldives

8. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba, Palm – Eagle Beach, Aruba

9. Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa, Lance aux Epines, Grenada

10. Hotel Ritta Höppner, Gramado, Brazil

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Jody Victor Visits Grenada

Grenada is a rolling, mountainous island, covered with fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers.

Our first trip to Grenada was part of a Caribbean cruise. As we approached the island we could see the stunning beaches, and picturesque towns. The horseshoe-shaped harbor is surrounded by a pastel rainbow of dockside warehouses and the red-tiled roofs of traditional shops and homes.

We were immediately able to shop under the cool shade of the straw market filled with local treats, treasures, and crafts. Our tour bus roamed over modern roads and took us to centuries-old spice plantations and rum distilleries where they still use traditional methods, emphasizing quality rather than quantity. This verdant island has long been a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa – hence the nickname, “The Spice of the Caribbean.” As we continued along the mountainous roads the views were fabulous – blue water, white beaches, and miles of tropical green forests.

If we had more time we could have done a variety of things – strolled along miles of beautiful beaches, snorkeled around the many coral reefs, fished, and much more. The average temperatures range from 75F to 87F, tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds.

Grenada’s physical beauty is complemented by its rich history and vibrant, living cultural heritage. Local festivals, fairs, and markets remain an integral part of life on Grenada. Although the tourist industry has become more substantial in recent years, the island’s easy rhythms and the friendly openness of its residents evoke an atmosphere that has long since vanished elsewhere.