Well, this March certainly has been full of Madness… and it’s only getting crazier. Round 1 of The Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World contest is over! Thirty-two hotels move on in the bracket to face their new competition.

The rules: Round 2 is now open and voting closes Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. You can only vote for each matchup once per round. The winners move on to face their new competition, and so on, until a winner is crowned on April 8. 

While this is certainly a pressing time for the travel industry and world over—and the inspiration for this bracket-style tournament won’t even be taking place this year—Luxury Travel Advisor is hoping to provide a fun distraction for those whose anxiety may be a little higher than usual. 

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And remember: This contest is meant to highlight fantastic resorts from around the world. Please be sure to visit them and give them your business when it’s safe and you feel comfortable doing so! We’re all in this together.

North America

The Plaza Hotel (1) vs. The Roxbury at Stratton Falls (9)

The Plaza Hotel, the No. 1 seed in the North America bracket, moves on, defeating the Barnsley Resort by a score of 303-268, which represents 53.06 percent of the vote. Arguably New York City’s most famous hotel is home to the iconic Palm Court, which is popular for its Afternoon Tea— and it’s also Instagram gold.

Our top vote-getter in Round 1! The Roxbury at Stratton Falls will give The Plaza Hotel a tough matchup after taking down Viceroy Snowmass 896-253 (77.98 percent). The hotel, ocated in the lush Catskill Mountains, has introduced whimsical themed rooms at a former 1848 repurposed Mansion. Here is The Superhero Incognito.

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles (12) vs. Dunton Hot Springs (13)

A matchup of underdogs! Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles defeated Bisha Hotel Toronto, 327-192 (63.01 percent). The Theatre is the literal foundation of Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. It’s a restored, 1,600-seat movie palace from the 1920s with a three-story grand lobby.

Dunton Hot Springs defeated No. 4 seed The Hermitage Hotel by taking home 65.19 percent of the vote (339-181). It is a Relais & Châteaux resort set deep in the Colorado Rockies. The restored ghost town has 13 authentic log cabins with distinct characteristics, tasteful furnishings and magnificent views of the mountains and surrounding meadows. 

Fairmont Banff (11) vs. The Loren at Pink Beach (3)

Fairmont Banff handily topped The Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club with 73.59 percent of the votes (443-159). Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies” has been open for more than 130 years.

The Loren at Pink Beach won its matchup with The Notary Hotel, Autograph Collection by a total of 398-199 (66.67 percent). The hotel is set a tranquil section of, what else, Pink Beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The pool, rocks and beach make for an Insta-worthy pic.

The Confidante Miami Beach (10) vs. The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel (15)

In a very close contest, The Confidante Miami Beach took down Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood by a score of 269-256 (51.24 percent of the votes). The 24-hour rooftop fitness center has the proper motivation for you (“The time is now!”) and some great content for your social media.

The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, in an upset over No. 2 seed Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, moves on after tallying 54.77 percent of the vote (287-137). Its one-of-a-kind architecture immediately captivates guests, the highlight being the hotel’s nine-story atrium, capped by pyramidal skylight, illuminating the hotel from within.

Central and South America and the Caribbean

Viceroy Los Cabos (1) vs. Tierra Atacama (8)

Last year’s runner-up, the No. 1 seed in the Central and South America and the Caribbean bracket, Viceroy Los Cabos moves on after defeating Grand Isle Resort, 384-144 (72.73 percent). The striking contemporary architecture and design is Instagram gold.

Tierra Atacama takes on the 1-seed after topping Las Hadas by Brisas with an impressive 74.1 percent of the vote (349-122). All guestrooms overlook the Andes Mountain range, nearby volcanoes and uninterrupted views of Atacama. And how about that pool?

Guana Island (12) vs. Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos (13)

Another bracket of upets! Guana Island topped Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection 279-158 (a total of 63.84 percent of the vote). Set along a ridge with views of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel offers a quintessential island hideaway experience.

No. 13-seed Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos topped Nayara Tented Camp with strong showing—555-297 (65.14 percent) El Gabinete “Del Barco” is the indigenous gallery, which features regional artifacts, including the suspended skeleton of a 43-foot-long grey whale. Woah!

Azulik Resort (6) vs. Nizuc Resort and Spa (14)

Azulik Resort won our closest contest—one vote determined the winner! By a score of 243-242 (50.1 percent), it took down Rosewood Little Dix Bay. At the resort, guest must cross a swing bridge to enter the Bridges of Tseen Ja restaurant, which serves Mexician-Japanese fusion. It’s also great for the ‘Gram.

No. 14-seed Nizuc Resort & Spa has taken down Atlantis, Paradise Island, 304-193 (a 61.17 percent share of the vote). Loungers at the adults pool are sure to be a hit on social media. Throughout, the resort fuses Asian architectural forms with Mexican materials and Mayan iconography.

Hacienda Temozon, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Temozon Sur (10) vs. Palmaïa – The House of AïA (15)

We have two upsets in this bracket! Hacienda Temozon, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Temozon Sur came out on top in its matchup with Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, 285-159 (64.19 percent). Talk about a unique offering: Surrounded by lush sub-tropical jungle, the Hol Be Spa offers an intimate and exclusive atmosphere where you can distance yourself from the outside world. 

In an impressive contest, Palmaïa – The House of AïA just toped 2-seed Explora Lodge with 52.52 percent of the votes (313-283). At the wellness retreat in the Riviera Maya, connect with nature (and your Instagram followers) at Atlantis: Spa in the Jungle.


Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel (16) vs. Hotel Hassler Roma (9)

Round 2 in the Europe bracket starts with a battle of Rome! Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel took down Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel with 58.26 percent of the votes (254-182). The hotel is located at the top of Monte Mario, high above Rome—and the standout is this buzzworthy Jacuzzi.

The second half of the Rome matchup is Hotel Hassler Roma, which defeated Kalesma Mykonos by a score of 223-202 (52.47 percent). The top spot for an Instagram photoshoot at the hotel is from the private terrace of the Penthouse Suite. Love the views of the city!

Le Agavi (5) vs. Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort (13)

Topping Aria Hotel Budapest by a score of 361-108—equating to 76.97 percent of the voting—is Le Agavi. Guests can savor Michelin-starred seafood fare at the hotel while taking in unparalleled views of the Positano cliffside and azure Gulf of Salerno. 

Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort snuck by Katikies Santorini, 247-214 (53.58 percent) in one of our closer matchups! It boasts a cliffside location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Portugal. The pool deck is our favorite shot. 

Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s (11) vs. nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel (3)

Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet’s, in a tight contest, received 51.83 percent of the votes (255-237), topping Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo. It offers Instagram-worthy photo opps galore from Le Joy’s lush green patio overflowing with fresh flowers in full bloom.

The brand-new nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel took down Irish castle Lough Eske by a score of 371-247 (60.05 percent of votes). Here, an eye-catching explosion of colorful design details plead for Instagram-capturing.

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa (10) vs. Borgo Egnazia (2)

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa has defeated Dromoland Castle Hotel, 227-175 (56.47 percent). The new Sky Bar by SEEN offers views St. Jorge’s Castle, the River Tagus, the Arrábida Mountains and the Lisbon skyline. Pretty good stuff!

Borgo Egnazia took care of Kulm Hotel St. Mortiz 563-230 (71 percent). The “La Corte” pools are enchanting oases for the crystal-clear waters, local white stone and Mediterranean gardens. Happy Instagramming!

Africa, Middle East, Indian Ocean and Asia

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara (1) vs. Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel (8)

Last year’s champion moves on after defeating One&Only Cape Town with 62.4 percent of votes (239-144). Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is Insta-gold, even from its Entrance Archway.

Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel has taken down The Silo, 255-114, a total vote share of 69.11 percent. The rooftop pool is envy-inducing for its vantage point over the city skyline and Chao Phraya River.  

Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort (5) vs. Hoshinoya Bali (13)

Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort made quick work of andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, taking home 80.18 percent of the votes (360-89). The resort is located on a dramatic cliffside over the Indian Ocean. Terraced architecture ensures ocean views—and great photos—from every angle. It now moves on to face another Bali resort!

We have a best of Bali matchup! Resort village Hoshinoya Bali defeated One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai by a score of 215-116 (64.95 percent). Guests can indulge in a breakfast picnic in the Café Gazebo in the sky. Situated in lush, jungle green hills overlooking the Pakersan river, Hoshinoya Bali is ideal for guests seeking harmony and relaxation from the moment they step onto the property.

Hoshino Resorts KAI Sengokuhara (11) vs. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort (14)

Hoshino Resorts KAI Sengokuhara takes down Raffles Singapore, 170-148, which represents 53.46 percent of the vote. Boutique hot springs ryokan at the property offers Instagram-worthy moments around every corner. The best views are from your private onsen with views Mount Kintoki and forests.

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort defeated the 3-seed La Mamounia with 75.87 percent of the vote (437-139)! Spend the night observing Thailand’s elephants in their natural habitat while sleeping in unique transparent, fully equipped luxury jungle bubbles in the jungles of Thailand. 

One&Only Le Saint Geran Resort (10) vs. Melia Ho Tram Beach Resort (15)

Taking down Atlantis, The Palm is One&Only Le Saint Géran (223-142; 61.1 percent of the vote) Surrounded by the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, the resort is an iconic embodiment of Mauritius­­­­­­­­­­­. The top Instagram spot on property is obviously the cabanas.

Down goes No. 2 seed Rosewood Hong Kong! Melia Ho Tram Beach Resort earned an impressive 74.01 percent vote share (373-131). Situated in Vietnam, Melia’s most Instagrammable spot would have to be The Level Pool with its picture-perfect cabanas.

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