It’s time to treat yourself to a trip to one of these spots.

Alila Ventana Big Sur Exterior
Alila Ventana Big Sur

Every year the Sunset Travel Awards honor the best in travel in the West. This year we had over 600 entries across all categories (a record number!). These hotels are the 2023 winners of the Where to Stay: Best Luxury Resorts category. Check out the complete list of winners here. For our definitive directory to travel in the West, click here.

Best Luxury Resorts

Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Ritz Half Moon Bay Aerial Exterior

Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

The Bay Area’s only oceanfront resort has one of the most impressive coastal views in Northern California, whether you’re in an oceanside room, on the award-winning golf course overlooking the Pacific, or dining on the patio. Don’t miss the nightly ritual of watching the sunset as a bagpiper plays.

San Ysidro Ranch

San Ysidro Ranch Room

San Ysidro Ranch

Churchill, Kennedy, Bieber: These are just a few of the esteemed guests drawn to this storied 550-acre haven of luxury cottages in the Santa Ynez foothills, known for offering privacy, exceptional dining, and stunning grounds. A California classic.

Bishop’s Lodge

Santa Fe Bishop's Lodge Guestroom with Double Queen Beds and a Fireplace

Courtesy of Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection

A quintessential Santa Fe experience located on 317 secluded acres bordering national forest and just minutes from downtown. Here guests can ride horses, fly-fish, elegantly dine, and enjoy exceptional wines on this sprawling, sun-kissed adobe property.

Alila Ventana Big Sur

Alila Ventana Big Sur Exterior

Alila Ventana Big Sur

Perched on the edge of the continent overlooking the Pacific among old-growth redwoods, this low-key luxury retreat channels all the history and grandeur of this storied region. An exquisite taste of Big Sur.

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos

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Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

One of the stars of Cabo San Lucas, the resort offers guests access to Mexico’s only privately owned beach, villas with private plunge pools, an award-winning spa, signature restaurants, and immersive off-property experiences in the water and nearby countryside.