Fodor's just released its 2013 Hotel Awards, which honor hotels in a variety of categories.
The travel guide's senior editorial team selects winning hotels from more than 4,000 nominations sent by contributors around the world.
The 13 resorts recognized as top Exotic Hideaways — defined as "destination hotels for a trip of a lifetime" — provide unparalleled service in incredible settings, giving their guests an unforgettable experience.
From Caribbean cliff-top dwellings to a lodge that puts a spin on the safari experience, this year's list offers a huge variety of options for travelers willing to splurge on their next luxurious getaway.
Aman Sveti Stefan
Location: Budva, Montenegro
This island complex is essentially its own medieval village. Nestled within defensive walls from the 15th century, its 50 rooms, suites, and cottages — some of which served as a summer residence for Montenegrins in the 1930s — are perfect for those looking for an escape back in time.
Spas, private pools, and a fine pebble beach sweeten the deal.
Photo: Amani Sveti Stefan
Ayana Resort and Spa
Location: Jimbaran, Bali
This cliff-top resort in the island's upscale Jimbaran Bay offers unforgettable views and a traditional Balinese experience. Rooms are decorated with local textiles and handicrafts, and the indoor/outdoor accommodations mirror those found in traditional homes.
With an award-winning spa, private beach, Kids Club, several swimming pools, and seven restaurants to choose from, you may never have to leave the property.
Photo: Ayana Resort and Spa
Casa San Agustin
Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Situated smack-dab in the middle of Cartagena's UNESCO-protected Old Town, this hotel is an ideal home base for exploring the white-washed, flower-filled streets for which the town is known.
Each of the 31 rooms has its own layout and view, some with private gardens or pools and others with exposed wooden beams, frescoes, and other original architectural details.
Photo: Josh Gibson
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