TripAdvisor recently released its 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards. We wanted to break down a few of our favorite venues in locations that made the top of the rankings. Marrakech was named the best destination overall by the readers of TripAdvisor. Tulum, Mexico earned a nod for the best "destination on the rise." We want to highlight some Venuelust-worthy venues in both locations. 

Taj Omayma in Riah, Marrakech

Taj Omayma Villa Marrakech Top Destinations in the World

Taj Omayma Villa Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco was recently named the number one destination on TripAdvisor’s 2015 “Top 25 Destinations in the World” list. From historic mosques to grand palaces to stunning gardens, it’s no wonder why travelers ranked this exotic and magical setting their top overall destination. The Taj Omayma in Riah, just 20 minutes from the heart of Marrakech, is our pick for the best place to stay when visiting this Moroccan destination. 

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The 16-bedroom luxury boutique hotel features breathtaking views of the desert and mountain landscape that characterize this North African destination. Complete with luxurious daybeds and dreamy canopy tents, the property’s outdoor space is unlike any other space in Morocco. A pretty 25-meter pool sits on the villa’s two-acre garden, creating a striking contrast with the desert surrounding Taj.

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We love that the property blends modern design elements and classic Moroccan decor perfectly--creating an aesthetic that is both bold and balanced.

Photo via Taj Omayma

Photo via Taj Omayma

Each bedroom and suite at Taj is complete with an en suite bath and custom decor, and some rooms even include a fireplace. Taj Omayma also boasts three suites, each of which has its own private outdoor bath and garden area.

We’d also be remiss not to mention the world famous spa. Tiled in a traditional Moroccan style, the spa rooms are the epitome of North African zen. The spa’s most well-known feature is its hammam, a steam room similar to a Turkish bath. Here, guests can spend anywhere from a few minutes to hours relaxing. 

Whether you choose to spend your time in one of the private outdoor baths that accompany each of the suites, alongside the striking 25-meter pool or in the famous hammam, the Villa Taj Omayma does not disappoint when it comes to stunning surroundings and absolute relaxation.

Be Tulum in Tulum, Mexico

Be Tulum Mexico Resort

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Tulum, Mexico happens to be a Venuelust favorite, so we’re glad to see that TripAdvisor’s travelers agree. This dreamy Caribbean destination was recently named number one on TripAdvisor’s 2015 “Destinations On the Rise” list (and we couldn’t agree more with the pick). Tulum is a favorite amongst celebrities and travel gurus alike. It’s one of Mexico’s best secret beach destination, and it offers something a little more interesting than other more-popular spots.

Be Tulum Mexico Vacation

Sitting on Mexico’s Caribbean coastline (in the exclusive Riviera Maya region), Be Tulum boasts 20 private suites. Each private suite is styled to perfection and we love that they all include a private terrace or balcony (perfect for scenic sunset seekers).

Be Tulum Mexico hotel

We love that Be Tulum sourced local hardwood and stone for the majority of the property, creating an authentic aesthetic that blends perfectly with the bountiful natural beauty that surrounds the property. Dense tropical gardens and the inviting warm waters of the Caribbean are just steps outside of the hotel. These qualities make Be Tulum the perfect spot for anyone looking for a quintessential luxurious tropical beach getaway.  

Your turn

Where would you choose to stay in these two award-winning destinations? Use the comments section to let us know.