12 Previous Hideaways of the Year


As we compiled this year’s Editors’ Choice Awards, which will be released on January 4, we took great pleasure in reminiscing about our stays at previous Hideaways of the Year. The properties below remain as enticing as ever, and we would return to any of them given the slightest excuse.

2021: The Lodge at Blue Sky

Wanship, Utah, United States

Yoga deck at The Lodge at Blue Sky
Yoga deck at The Lodge at Blue Sky - Photo by Andrew Harper editor

Auberge Resorts reimagined an existing ranch on a 3,500-acre estate outside Park City, Utah, to create a stylish 46-room resort that ultimately became our 2021 Hideaway of the Year. Combining luxurious accommodations with world-class service, exciting activities, a fine spa and top-notch cuisine, The Lodge at Blue Sky is a superb choice for a Western vacation, whether as a couple or a family.

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2020: Blackberry Mountain

Walland, Tennessee, United States

Cabin view from Blackberry Mountain
Cabin view from Blackberry Mountain - Ingalls Photography

Blackberry Mountain, the sister property of Blackberry Farm, was our 2020 Hideaway of the Year. With a very different personality than its sibling, Blackberry Mountain emphasizes exercise and wellness, with all manner of hiking, biking, yoga, wake surfing and rock climbing available. The accommodations comprise 18 stylish Stone Cottages, five multibedroom homes and six Watchman Cabins, the last category located at the top of the mountain, a seven-minute drive from the main lodge.

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2019: Nihi Sumba

Sumba Island, Indonesia

Nihi Sumba
Nihi Sumba - Tânia Araújo

Our 2019 winner was Nihi Sumba, a property set on 550 wooded acres on the island of Sumba, 250 miles east of Bali. The estate encompasses 27 villas with 38 one- to five-bedroom lodgings. All come with private pools and designated butlers.

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2018: Villa La Coste

Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France

Pool at Villa la Coste
Pool at Villa la Coste - Richard Haughton

The 2018 winner was the much-talked-about hotel Villa La Coste in Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France. Located on a 600-acre wine estate, the 28 freestanding suites line a private cobbled lane shaded by bamboo and scented with jasmine and feature a sleek and contemporary décor, with modern art and traditional Provençal design accents.

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2017: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine

Valladolid, Spain

The exterior of Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine in Valladolid, Spain
The exterior of Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine in Valladolid, Spain - Pancho R. Eguiagaray

This magnificent 1,730-acre property is located down the road from the famous Vega Sicilia vineyard. The hotel's 30 rooms, set in a former 12th-century Cistercian monastery, feature tall windows that overlook surrounding vineyards. Abadía is the perfect base from which to discover the Ribera del Duero and old city of Valladolid.

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2016: Song Saa

Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia

Two-bedroom Overwater Villa at Song Saa
Two-bedroom Overwater Villa at Song Saa - Courtesy of Song Saa / Sunya Thadathanawong

This idyllic family-owned resort is set on a desert island in the pristine Koh Rong Archipelago, a 35-minute speedboat ride from Sihanoukville on Cambodia’s west coast.

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2015: Fogo Island Inn

Newfoundland, Canada

Fogo Island Inn
Fogo Island Inn - Bent Renè Synnevåg

Fogo Island Inn is a stunning modernist inn with 29 guest accommodations spectacularly sited near a remote island fishing village off the Newfoundland coast.

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2014: Aman Venice

Venice, Italy

Lounge at Aman Venice
Lounge at Aman Venice - Courtesy of Aman / Daniel Herendi

Offering a congenial and relaxing atmosphere amid scarcely believable grandeur, the Aman Venice is a sumptuous 24-room hotel in a spectacular renovated 16th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal.

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2013: Awasi

Atacama Desert, Chile

Outdoor lounge at Awasi Atacama
Outdoor lounge at Awasi Atacama - Photo by Andrew Harper editor

Just outside the center of San Pedro de Atacama, this enchanting little sanctuary is screened by rustic wood gates and offers superb hospitality.

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2012: Southern Ocean Lodge

Kangaroo Island, Australia

Ocean Retreat interior at Southern Ocean Lodge
Ocean Retreat interior at Southern Ocean Lodge

This refined, environmentally sensitive lodge is located between two national parks. (Editor’s note: In January 2020 Australia's first luxury resort was destroyed by bushfires. However, they are committed to rebuilding, and we greatly anticipate its reopening. In the meantime, Kangaroo Island is open to tourism and needs travelers’ support more than ever. Check here for updates.)

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2011: Il Salviatino

Florence, Italy

Il Salviatino
Il Salviatino - Antonio Pistillo

This 45-room masterpiece of old-world style and hospitality occupies a lavishly restored villa near Fiesole, three miles from Florence.

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2010: Aman Summer Palace

Beijing, China

Aman Summer Palace
Aman Summer Palace - Courtesy of Aman / Geoff Lung Photography

This 51-room property is a tranquil resort hotel adjacent to the East Gate of the historic Summer Palace. Some of the pavilions, originally used by guests of the Empress Dowager Cixi, date back more than a century.

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