AAA has crowned a new batch of Five Diamond hotels for 2020. The AAA Five Diamond designation requires properties to pass a strict evaluation by a panel of experts. Part of the vetting process includes unannounced inspections by quality experts. AAA has added six properties to the Five Diamond list for 2020. Let's take a look:

Boston Harbor Hotel (Boston, MA) overlooking the famed Boston Harbor wins accolades from AAA due to its modern touches mixed with a classic sense of hospitality. Views of the marina and glimpses of marine life at the famed Rowes Wharf are on display for guests.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (Scottsdale, AZ) is a luxury desert resort that offers magnificent views. The property is designed with casitas that offer private terraces with outdoor fireplaces.

Hotel Bel Air (Los Angeles, CA) is a classic establishment that's been fully upgraded to offer modern-day amenities. This meticulous, elegant property offers graceful gardens and a pond that is visited by swans.

Hotel Xcaret Mexico (Playa del Carmen, Mexico) is an all-inclusive resort that offers eight theme parks, multiple pools along with a private island. Most rooms at the resort open up to pools or rivers.

Mandarin Oriental Canouan (Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) is a unique property in a remote location perched on a private beach. This incredibly exclusive resort only offers 26 large suites and 13 villas.

UNICO 20°N 87°W Hotel Riviera Maya (Akumal, Mexico) dazzles with spacious balconies attached to guest rooms that feature hot tubs and private seating areas. What really makes staying at this property a luxurious experience is that each guest room is assigned its own local host who is tasked with making every minute relaxing and pleasurable!

Five Diamond hotels account for just 0.4 percent of the nearly 27,000 AAA Diamond lodgings available. Only properties that combine luxury, amenities, quality and unique experiences are considered for the list. However, getting on top doesn't mean that a hotel will stay on top. All hotels that are added to AAA's Five Diamond list are subject to annual evaluations following initial acceptance.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: