In this, the eighth of our annual lists, the hotels chosen by the Conde Nast Traveler's team of editors, writers and experts are the best for service, location, food, rooms, leisure facilities and ambience & design
Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro: Best for location
Occupying the UNESCO-protected island of Sveti Stefan - attached to the Montenegrin mainland by a narrow causeway - the latest property in the enviable Amanresorts porfolio is a sympathetic restoration of a 15th-century fortified village. The island's 50 rooms and suites are in traditional, red-roofed stone buildings (there are a further eight in Villa Miločer on the mainland), and tick all the five-star-luxury boxes. There are also six spa cottages, a pool with wonderful views of the Adriatic and a range of restaurants, bars and cafés on both the island and mainland.
X-factor 'Cypresses rise up from among the terracotta roofs of ancient stone buildings; passageways lead this way and that to pretty piazzas and pools, and to viewpoints that look out across the blue-green Adriatic and the dramatic coastline of Montenegro,' says Gold List contributor Laura Fowler.
There's more… Follow this link to see the other properties that make it onto the 2012 Gold List on the Condé Nast website