This article originally appeared in Travel+Leisure.

From the rocky cliffs of Malibu to the seashore of Miami Beach, the settings that lay claim to the best resort hotels in the continental United States are as varied and dynamic as the discerning readers of Travel + Leisure. And while the hotels that emerged as voter favorites are also incredibly diverse in size and style, there's one major takeaway that unites them: They've all provided unparalleled hospitality, even amid the most difficult of circumstances. 

Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L invites its readers 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.