Congratulations to SIA members, Sea Island, Old Edwards Inn & Spa, Sanctuary at Kiawah and Primland!

The South is one of the rare places where the touristic clichés — a rich culinary history, warm hospitality, and picturesque scenery, from the loblolly pines of North Carolina to the beaches of the Lowcountry — live up to expectations. That holds true whether your travels take you to a beach resort for sun and sand or an Appalachian escape for crisp mountain air and the prettiest valley views east of the Mississippi.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities. To see the full list, click here.