While you might have picked your last trip by placing a pin on a map randomly, don’t leave your next vacation up to a similar fate. Thanks to the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select list, you have access to the best-ranked hotels in the world.

Expedia recently compiled insight from traveler reviews and in-house experts to determine the top accommodations worldwide based on pricing, customer service, and on-site amenities. This Insiders’ Select list removes all the guesswork when you’re looking for an accommodation. So ditch the pins and take a peek at five of the most favored hotels around the globe.

The Lakehouse Hotel and Resort

The Lakehouse Hotel and Resort, in San Marcos, California, evokes childhood memories of staying on the shore, with an added touch of maturity and luxury. Rated No. 1 on the list, this cozy accommodation overlooks Lake San Marcos. It dazzles with playful accents such as fire pits and hammocks, which further add to the nostalgic charm. Guest rooms boast private balconies with modern décor, while the premises include two inviting pool decks, as well as marina, golf course, and tennis court access. The resort’s on-site restaurant, The Grill, serves up fresh, creative fare, and the in-room spa service pampers guests with massages, body treatments, and facials. What’s more, top attractions, such as LEGOLAND California and the Stone Brewery World Bistro & Gardens are just a short drive away, providing the perfect afternoon adventure.

The Lakehouse Hotel

Blue Karma Resort

The Blue Karma Resort, in Seminyak, Bali, offers more than just a place to rest your head; it presents you with an escape to paradise. Ranking at No. 2 on the list, this luxurious resort features wonderful outdoor space, blissful spa service, and a pool area nestled in a garden oasis. The spacious, air-conditioned suites and villas at this quiet accommodation are within a short stroll of Legian Street, the go-to local spot for entertainment with restaurants, shops, nightclubs, and events. Meanwhile, the hotel’s restaurant and lounge delight with European and Asian-inspired cuisine to satisfy every craving.

Cocomar Residences & Beachfront Hotel

Tucked away on the edge of the Pacific Coast, the Cocomar Residences & Beachfront Hotel, on Isla Palo Seco, in Parrita, Costa Rica, is a quiet oasis surrounded by towering palm trees. This tranquil resort offers seclusion at its finest, with an occasional visit from a friendly monkey or an iguana by the estuary. The outdoor pool and hot tub present ultimate serenity with the sound of wild birds chirping as waves lap against the shore in the distance. The heavenly hotel features affordable, air-conditioned suites and standard rooms with balconies and patios overlooking the garden, pool, or ocean. Civilization, shops, and restaurants are just a 10-minute drive away.

Viewfinder Tip: Book your hotel and flight together as a package to save money on trips to top resorts.

Epoque Hotel

The Epoque Hotel, in Bucharest, Romania, charms with historical designs and modern amenities. With architecture reminiscent of the Neo-Romanian period, this boutique property flaunts early 20th-century arcs and columns with a touch of contemporary flair in each of the inviting suites. The hotel enchants with on-site spa services and gourmet cuisine at L’Atelier Bistro Epoque and Lounge. The alluring indoor pool provides a delightful escape from the buzz of the city, while the steam room and sauna melt globetrotters into relaxation. Situated across from the Cismigiu Park, the urban hotel is in walking distance of some of the city’s most famous sites, such as the Bucharest Opera House, Royal Palace, and the Romanian Athenaeum.

Almond Tree Inn

Discover serenity and solitude at the Almond Tree Inn, in Key West, Florida. This Art Deco hotel reveals a charming and historic exterior juxtaposed against the modern design of the upscale accommodations inside. In the morning, this lovely hotel spoils visitors with continental breakfast on the patio by the pool; in the evening, the property turns up the heat with complimentary happy hour selections and snacks. While this quaint inn provides a peaceful retreat away from the noise of downtown, the hotel still is within easy walking distance of the nearby restaurants, activities, and attractions on the world-famous Duval Street, so you won’t miss a beat.

Over the coming weeks, look for additional posts in our series showcasing the best-ranked hotels sorted by region.  

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