Top 7 Most Luxurious Hotels In The US
Top 7 Most Luxurious Hotels in the US – From Low to High Prices. Photo KnowInsiders

If you're ready to realize those travel dreams with a bucket list trip, but aren't ready to cross the border, we rounded up some of the most luxurious hotels here in the U.S. These incredible five-star properties all offer an unparalleled guest experience, dreamy scenery, sumptuous amenities, impeccable service, and much more.

Top 7 Most Luxurious Hotels in the US – From Low to High Prices:

7. Hotel Wailea - $899/$1,199

6. Castle Hot Springs - $1,500/$2,100

5. The Resort at Paws Up - $1,530/$2,032

4.San Ysidro Ranch - $1,595/$2,595

3.Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort - $1,700/$2,585

2. Amangiri - $1,931/$3,500

1. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa - $2,290/$2,490

7. Hotel Wailea

Top 7 Most Luxurious Hotels In The US
Photo Wailea

Location: Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Typical starting/peak prices: $899/$1,199

Best for: Couples

On-site amenities: Pool, hot tub, cabanas, dining at The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea, cocktail lounge, valet or self-parking services, Tesla Model X house vehicles

Pros: Hotel Wailea is the ultimate for romance, with an intimate feeling set apart from the crowds in an adults-only environment.

Cons: Hotel Wailea is not located directly on the beach, but will shuttle you there. This might disappoint you given the high price and if you planned to spontaneously step out onto the sand.

Hotel Wailea is Hawaii's only Relais & Chateaux property, a brand renowned for elegant luxury. The hotel encompasses over 15 exclusive-feeling private acres overlooking the beach, with stunning views from every vantage point.

6. Castle Hot Springs

Top 7 Most Luxurious Hotels In The US
Photo Castle Hot Springs

Location: Morristown, Arizona

Typical starting/peak prices: $1,500/$2,100

Best for: Couples, families, groups of friends

On-site amenities: Resort pool, hot springs pools, farm, yoga, spa treatments in creekside cabanas, Arizona's first-ever Via Ferrata cable climbing course

Pros: This recently overhauled resort drips with history. It's all about wellness through local, natural means such as an on-site farm operation and hot springs. Meals are included with your overnight stay.

Cons: While most reviews are overwhelmingly positive, a couple of critics noted spotty service compared with their expectation for the price point.

Castle Hot Springs is Arizona's first luxury resort, originally founded in 1896 as a holistic wellness retreat. Set against the silhouette of the Bradshaw Mountains (50 miles outside of Phoenix) the resort is like an oasis in the Sonoran Desert.

5. The Resort at Paws Up

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Photo Paws Up

Location: Greenough, Montana

Typical starting/peak prices: $1,530/$2,032

Best for: Families, couples, groups of friends

On-site amenities: Multiple restaurants, the Montana Spa, an extensive outdoor activities list

Pros: Luxury and adventure travel don't always overlap, but this is the place you can find such an intersection. It's packed with amenities and the activity list is endless.

Cons: Some critical reviews note spotty service or lapses in luxury — things they'd consider forgivable at a lower price point.

Accommodations come in the form of 28 luxury homes offered year-round and 36 glamping tents with seasonal availability. Each is individually decorated with a Western-chic vibe and artwork hand-selected by the owners.

Paws Up's owners also opened an adults-only resort, The Green O, on the 37,000-acre property. It will offer 12 luxurious freestanding glass-walled units and a central Social Haus restaurant.

4.San Ysidro Ranch

Top 7 Most Luxurious Hotels In The US
Photo San Ysidro Ranch

Location: Montecito, California

Typical starting/peak prices: $1,595/$2,595

Best for: Couples

On-site amenities: Multiple dining options including The Stonehouse in a 19th-century citrus packing house, salon, spa, 12,000-bottle wine cellar, pool, in-room spa services, 17 miles of hiking trails

Pros: Far from a luxurious but generic affair, this iconic and unique property is steeped in history and romance. It's ultra-private and intimate, with just 38 guest cottages.

Cons: The flip side of "historic" is that some details may seem dated and in need of a revamp.

The 500-acre San Ysidro Ranch is located in uber-chichi Montecito within the Santa Barbara region, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.

There are just 38 intimate cottages, each decorated with antiques, stone fireplaces, oak floors, and come with an expansive private deck, many with indoor-outdoor rain showers, sunken hot tubs, heated floors, and private gardens.

What's the best luxury hotel in the U.S. for families?

Many hotels on our list are ideal for families, but Four Seasons Orlando stands out for its incredible access to Disney: It's situated right in Walt Disney World Resort, with transportation to theme parks and a dedicated Disney concierge — not to mention a five-acre water park on site including a lazy river.

3.Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort

Photo Four Seasons
Photo Four Seasons

Location: Lanai, Hawaii

Typical starting/peak prices: $1,700/$2,585

Best for: Families (Four Seasons Resort Lanai only), couples, business travelers, groups of friends, solo travelers (Sensei Lanai)

On-site amenities: Stunning pools, gardens, wellness offerings, a wide array of activities (including archery and shooting range), F&B from famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Pros: The natural beauty (not to mention natural social distancing) on Lanai is unrivaled. It's certainly among the most beautiful natural environments in the U.S. The service is also impeccable and accommodations are ultra-luxurious with unparalleled wellness offerings, especially at Sensei where it is the focus. Airfare from Honolulu on Lanai Air is always included with Sensei Lanai.

Cons: While families are warmly welcomed at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai (there is an excellent kids club after all), children are not permitted at Sensei Lanai. (This will be an advantage for some and a drawback for others).

The secluded 90,000-acre paradise on Lanai (not far from the island of Maui) offers a wide array of outdoor activities such as archery, private horseback rides, diving, and fishing adventures upon the resort's private fleet. There are also luxe accommodations at the beachfront Four Seasons Resort Lanai or the sister wellness destination, Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort.

2. Amangiri

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Location: Canyon Point, Utah

Typical starting/peak prices: $1,931/$3,500

Best for: Couples, families

On-site amenities: Amangiri restaurant, 25,000-square-foot Aman Spa, national park tours, private air tours, Camp Sakira

Pros: Amangiri is surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty and privacy. The design and service are otherworldly. This is the place for adventurers and nature lovers, or to feel like a celebrity.

Cons: For the over-the-top price point, guests expect flawless service, yet critical reviews note instances when delivery slipped compared to their expectation, such as failing to address a guest individually by the correct name.

New for 2021, the resort introduced the Cave Peak Stairway, an installation that rises 400 feet above the ground, for outrageous views. Thrill-seekers can climb the 120 steps — a dramatically vertical ascent with just open air below — leading from the resort's existing Cave Peak Via Ferrata Trail for an unforgettable panorama (and pics) from the top.

A short hike or drive from Amangiri, Camp Sakira is a cluster of 10 canvas-topped pavilions centered around a shared lounge. Each has a private plunge pool.

1. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

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Photo Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Location: Little Torch Key, Florida

Typical starting/peak prices: $2,290/$2,490

Best for: Couples

On-site amenities: The Dining Room indoor-outdoor restaurant, SpaTerre, fitness center, pool

Pros: This is the only domestic private island resort, and the vibe is remote, relaxing, and ultra-romantic.

Cons: That pricey nightly room rate is subject to a 12.5-percent resort fee, which does include indulgences such as yacht transfers.

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is the only private island resort in the U.S. Located off the Florida Keys coastline, the adults-only Little Palm Island is a 4.5-acre property only accessible by boat or seaplane, for a totally remote and isolated vibe.

The island is never inhabited by more than 60 guests at any given time, though various species of birds, Key deer, and other natural wildlife keep the humans company.

Sumptuous accommodations are in thatched-roof bungalows amid secret-feeling pathways that lead to swaying hammocks and chaise lounges. Bungalows begin at 550 square feet with vaulted ceilings, ocean views, and outdoor showers or tubs.

SpaTerre offers treatments that incorporate ancient spa traditions like Balinese techniques and Thai body rituals. Outdoor activities include paddleboarding, kayaking, and Hobie Cats.

The best luxury hotels in the U.S. were selected based on the following criteria:

Hotels are located throughout the United States, from major metros to remote wilderness destinations.

Each is a five-star hotel that focuses on the ultimate in luxury. This means there is no price cap. The starting price on our list is $399 and the options range into the thousands for their lavish inclusions.

These world-class hotels all have top-end design, amenities, and service commensurate with their price points. Some were prioritized for their uniqueness or historic significance, or for wonderful pools or spas.

We looked for hotels with Trip Advisor ratings of "Very Good" or above with a substantial number of recent positive reviews. The hotels are also highly rated on other trusted traveler platforms like Booking.com.

Each hotel promotes rigorous COVID-19 policies and protocols to reassure and protect guests.

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