Out Traveler Awards: Time to Vote
By OUTTraveler Editors
Ultimate Luxury Hotel/Resort
What place is worth breaking the bank on your vacation?
Aria Resort and Casino
The star of Las Vegas's mammoth City Center complex, the Aria is a tasteful and comfortable oasis of gaming, shopping, shows, dining, and drinking. Designed by Caesar Pelli, the 61-story property features oodles of artwork, including a lobby piece by Maya Lin. The hotel's stellar restaurants include concepts from Michael Mina and Julian Serrano, as well as the romantic and luxurious Sage eatery.
Eco-friendly glamour and luxury in Vietnam? Yes, indeed. At the Six Senses Con Dao resort, you'll be among an archipelago with verdant trees, bamboo structures, and pristine beaches. The five-star resort is within a national park and was named one of the world's top eco-lodges by National Geographic Traveler.
Located on the golden sands of St. Martin, this Orient-Express resort epitomizes heaven on Earth. If you got the friends and the cash, grab one of the three-bedroom cottages that overlook the crystalline water of the Atlantic. There's no shortage of restaurants, bars, and spa treatments available, as well.
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
This jewel of Hong Kong has been a focal point of the city since 1963. The luxury property is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, with plenty of specials, including a package in the Oriental Suite, a body spa testament for two, a champagne breakfast, and a special 1963 dinner menu, with a 21st-century twist. Not only cosmopolitan, this hotel is known for being especially gay-friendly.
Sir Francis Drake
You can do the bohemian San Francisco experience in Haight-Ashbury; the queer S.F. experience in the Castro; or the luxurious S.F. experience at the award-winning Sir Francis Drake in Union Square. This is quintessential San Francisco, with the humming city around you, but absolute comfort and luxury inside.
This brand-new property has an uptown/downtown vibe that appeals to younger visitors craving luxury, with a little hipness on the side. The building was designed by Roman and Williams and features warm wood and leather accents, black glass bricks, an absence of wall art, portable soundsystems, a lending library, and local mobile phones for guests. There's a restaurant, Kingside, on the ground-floor and a rooftop bar is on the way.