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Hotels and Resorts

Cigar Aficionado's panel of travel experts picks the most luxurious, most outstanding, most exciting range of destinations in the world
Larry Olmsted
From the Print Edition:
Jim Belushi, November/December 2010

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Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize

First The Godfather, then fine California wines, now a beloved eco-luxury resort in Belize. Blancaneaux is the work of acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola and has quickly garnered praise throughout the travel
industry. “Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge truly feels like a movie set; perched in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, one of Belize’s oldest national parks, 21 thatched-roof villas and cabanas are built into a hillside above the swift-moving Privassion Creek and waterfall…perfect for those who want a rustic hideaway with luxurious extras,” says Wiener, while Srnka simply says, “Love Blancaneaux Lodge.”

Runner Up: Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica.

Best Urban Hotel Spa, U.S.

Mandarin Oriental Miami

It’s not enough that Miami’s top hotel has a wonderful setting overlooking the Bay from Brickell Key, or that it is home to Azul, widely considered Miami’s best fine-dining restaurant, but also has an incredible, three-story spa that includes half a dozen VIP suites with floor-to-ceiling windows. The spa offers every wellness bell and whistle from an elaborate treatment menu to belly dancing lessons. It has won countless awards, yet is being improved again with an extensive renovation to be complete by the end of 2010. “This celebrity-favorite city spa promises to be even better when it emerges from an October refurbishment,” says Srnka.

Honorable Mention: The rest of Miami. When it comes to urban spas, this South Florida city was tops, with panelists praising several properties including the Viceroy and Canyon Ranch Miami Beach.

LUXURY BRANDS


Favorite Large Hotel & Resort Chain/Brand

Four Seasons


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