Influential magazine Condé Nast Traveler has named the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong as the best hotel in the world in its annual Readers' Choice survey.
The publication, announcing the results ahead of the November issue, revealed the Shanghai hotel's victory ahead of Peninsula House in the Dominican Republic, which won second place, October 11.
The Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh won third place, while the Safari Lodges at Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa came in fourth.
The Readers' Choice Awards are among the most comprehensive in the travel calendar, recognizing over 1,200 winners across various categories as voted for by over 28,000 respondants.
Another much-watched category is that of best city, which is awarded by country or continent.
This year's US winner was Charleston, South Carolina, while Quebec City took the top gong in Canada and San Miguel de Allende won in Mexico.
Sydney took the prize for Oceania, Buenos Aires won in Central and South America, Kyoto won in Asia, Cape Town in Africa and Florence, Italy, took the award in Europe.
See the full list at http://www.concierge.com/
The world's best hotels
Compiled by Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards
1 Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
2 Peninsula House, Dominican Republic
3 Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
3 Safari Lodges at Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
5 Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp, Tanzania
6 Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand
7 Elysian Hotel, Chicago
8 Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
9 Mombo and Little Mombo Camps, Botswana
9 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, Ky.
10 Culloden House, Scotland