World's and Australia's best hotels for 2019 named by TripAdvisor in annual Traveller's Choice Awards

Three-story villas in the Costa Rican jungle overlooking the Pacific Ocean have been voted the world's best accommodation by TripAdvisor reviewers for 2019.

With a hip mid-century modern design, the Tulemar Bungalows & Villas have their own private plunge pools and panoramic west-facing views for prized sunsets.

Targeted at honeymooners and couples, these adults-only villas do not cater for kids, are priced at a very reasonable sounding $US350 ($A492) a night and are located in central Costa Rica.

'Premium' caves were also included in TripAdvisor's top 10 hotels for 2019. Located in Cappadocia, Turkey, Kayakaki Premium Caves (No.9) provide cool relief from the hot Turkish sun during summer.

Perched on a hill, Caves also offer excellent views of the City of Ürgüp, a UNESCO world heritage site. You can sleep in smaller rooms or grandiose mansions which include your very own pool. The latter go for a grand 3500 euro ($A5600) a night.

But there were still plenty of offerings in the lower-priced bracket: Viroth's Hotel in Cambodia - which was TripAdvisor's number one hotel for 2018 - featured at number three, dropping two places. The simple but fashion-forward hotel with a large central pool consistently exceeded visitor's expectations. And Hanoi's La Siesta Hotel and Spa was also a firm favourite, the boutique hotel with friendly staff offering a five-star experience for under $150 a night.

Back home, the Ovolo in Woolloomooloo topped the list of best Australian hotels. Freshly minted in 2016, the luxury branded hotel has killer views from the Wooloomooloo Wharf, the longest timber-piled wharf in the world. Reviewers commented "Absolutely unique hotel that's a cut above the rest," while another noted "The loft room was amazing with its enormous lounge, so inviting that we didn't even make it down to the free happy hour!"

The Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour also rated highly at number 3, just below Pinetrees Lodge on Lord Howe Island, which was 2018's favourite.

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Although the charges at Pinetrees on the picturesque Australian island are steep, averaging $1387 a night - the sixth-generation family-run lodge has been operating with a simple approach since 1895. With a beachfront location, luxury garden cottages and five course dinners, it is the oldest traditional guest house on Lord Howe.

"There are probably not many places in the world that are still so raw and 'untouched', a reviewer praised.

Qualia on Hamilton Island was the most expensive entry, with the rates averaging $1508. But you get what you pay for and visitors gush over their stays on TripAdvisor. "If you want to stay in the lap of luxury, this is the place to go!" one commented.

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Out west, COMO The Treasury made the Australian top 10. Residing in a historic building, Euro-centric Como has designed every room with its own individual flair. "COMO The Treasury is definitely one of the best, if not actually the best hotel experience we've had." declared one reviewer.

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TripAdvisor's Traveller's Choice award winners are based on the reviews and opinions collected from contributors over the last year.

Queensland had the greatest number of hotel winners, and globally, the US was the largest with 165 wins, followed closely by Italy with 164 and Spain with 163 award winners.

"Be it a stylish urban retreat, a scenic beachfront resort or simply a place to unwind and escape, travellers can get inspired by these award winners when choosing the ideal hotel for their next getaway." said Grant Colquhoun, TripAdvisor's spokesperson.

The Top 10 Traveller's Choice Hotels in the world for 2019:

1. Tulemar Bungalows & Villas, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

2. Hotel Belvedere, Riccione, Italy

3. Viroth's Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia

4. Kenting Amanda Hotel, Hengchun, Pingtung

5. Hotel Alpin Spa Tuxerhof, Tux, Austria

6. French Quarter Inn, Charleston, South Carolina

7. The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

8. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco, Peru

9. Kayakapi Premium Caves - Cappadocia, Urgup, Turkey

10. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa, Hanoi, Vietnam

The Top 10 Traveller's Choice Hotels in Australia for 2019:

1. Ovolo Woolloomooloo – Sydney, New South Wales

2. Pinetrees Lodge – Lord Howe Island

3. Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour – Sydney, New South Wales

4. Peninsula Boutique Hotel – Port Douglas, Queensland

5. Korte's Resort – Rockhampton, Queensland

6. COMO The Treasury – Perth, Western Australia

7. The Langham, Sydney – Sydney, New South Wales

8. Qualia Resort – Hamilton Island, Queensland

9. Meriton Suites Southport – Southport, Queensland

10. Freestyle Resort Port Douglas – Port Douglas, Queensland

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