The White Lotus

10 Best Episodes of The White Lotus

The White Lotus is a captivating HBO series that follows the exploits of various guests and employees at an exclusive tropical resort. It first aired in 2021 and has since gained a large, enthusiastic following. With three thrilling seasons and countless episodes, it can be hard to decide which ones are the best. To help viewers make the most of their time, we have ranked the best episodes of The White Lotus.

From the drama-filled season one episode “The Coup” to the emotional season three finale “The Final Curtain,” these episodes feature some of the best moments from the show. Each episode has its own unique plot and characters, making them stand out from the rest. Whether you’re looking for a suspenseful cliffhanger or a heartfelt resolution, these episodes have it all.

So if you’re a fan of The White Lotus and want to make the most of your time watching, check out our list of the best episodes. You won’t be disappointed!

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 13, 2023.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

PPS: I will admit that parts of this page was written with the help of AI - it makes my work so much easier to not start from a blank page!

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#13 - Arrivals (Season 1 - Episode 1)

As a new wave of guests arrive at the White Lotus, resort manager Armond tries to assuage an unreasonable Shane and his easy-going new wife Rachel, while spa director Belinda calms a grieving Tanya. Meanwhile, Nicole suggests her husband Mark distract himself from a health scare by spending time with their son Quinn, who’s been cast out by his sister Olivia and her friend Paula.

The episode was rated 7.14 from 1870 votes.

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#12 - New Day (Season 1 - Episode 2)


A cautiously optimistic Belinda walks a fine line with Tanya, while Armond brainstorms ways to deal with Shane. After her husband belittles her work, Rachel approaches Nicole for advice. Paula and Olivia lose track of their stash, while a revived Mark attempts to connect with Quinn.

The episode was rated 7.23 from 1636 votes.

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#11 - Ciao (Season 2 - Episode 1)

On a couples' trip in Sicily, Harper, Ethan, Daphne, and Cameron spend an awkward first day sizing each other up. As Tanya arrives with her new assistant Portia, Dominic fields questions from his father Bert about his wife’s absence, while his son Albie plays neutral. Meanwhile, hotel manager Valentina tries to keep locals Mia and Lucia out of her establishment.

The episode was rated 7.31 from 1165 votes.

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#10 - Mysterious Monkeys (Season 1 - Episode 3)


Stripped of his gadgets, Quinn reluctantly takes a scuba class with Mark, who’s struggling to process revelations regarding his late father. Hoping to reignite the spark with Rachel, Shane enlists Armond to help plan a romantic evening. Tanya leans on Belinda for support as she scatters her mother’s ashes at sea. Paula keeps a secret from a suspicious Olivia.

The episode was rated 7.37 from 1564 votes.

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#9 - Recentering (Season 1 - Episode 4)

After Shane shoots down her latest career plans, Rachel is further blindsided by an unexpected arrival. Just as Belinda begins to take her business proposition seriously, Tanya’s attention turns to an intriguing hotel guest. Meanwhile, Armond’s renewed commitment to sobriety is put to the test.

The episode was rated 7.44 from 1531 votes.

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#8 - The Lotus-Eaters (Season 1 - Episode 5)


As Armond attempts to do damage control, Belinda tries to redirect Tanya’s focus to her business proposal. Paula grows increasingly disillusioned with the Mossbachers. A sidelined Rachel begins to question her future. Nicole rebuffs Mark for airing their dirty laundry to Quinn.

The episode was rated 7.45 from 1456 votes.

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#7 - Italian Dream (Season 2 - Episode 2)

Though Harper bristles at Ethan’s suggestion that she’s overly critical, her suspicions are raised when Cameron and Daphne claim they never fight. Meanwhile, Lucia and Mia take full advantage of their newly acquired hotel guest status, Albie and Portia (sort of) connect over dinner, and Tanya enlists Greg to help her live out her perfect day in Sicily... on a Vespa.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 1093 votes.

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#6 - Bull Elephants (Season 2 - Episode 3)


After promising to have a more positive attitude, Harper gets looped into a side excursion with Daphne – leaving Ethan and Cameron behind for some bro time. On her own for two days, Tanya seeks advice from a local tarot reader and summons Portia back from sightseeing with the Di Grassos. Later, Albie questions whether his father truly respects women.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 1021 votes.

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#5 - Departures (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Rachel shares some harsh truths with Shane and confides in Belinda, who’s reeling from bad news of her own. As the Mossbachers turn the page on their harrowing scare, Quinn reveals major life plans. With nothing left to lose, Armond goes on an all-out bender – and exacts the ultimate revenge on his nemesis.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 1519 votes.

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#4 - In the Sandbox (Season 2 - Episode 4)


When Tanya receives an impromptu invite from dashing ex-pat Quentin, Portia finds herself spending the day with his beguiling nephew, Jack. After returning from her trip with Daphne, a relieved Harper is blindsided by a piece of evidence from Ethan’s night out. Meanwhile, a suddenly guilt-ridden Lucia tries to keep Mia on a righteous path.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 1010 votes.

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#3 - Abductions (Season 2 - Episode 6)

After admitting their marriage needs work, Ethan grows suspicious of Harper and Cam. As they look forward to a lavish party at Quentin's Palermo estate, Tanya gives Portia an opaque warning about Jack. Meanwhile, the Di Grassos head out in search of distant Sicilian relatives, but Dominic bristles when Albie invites Lucia along as their translator.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 943 votes.

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#2 - That's Amore (Season 2 - Episode 5)


Still doubting Ethan, Harper gets real during a wine tasting trip with Cam and Daphne. Meanwhile, Tanya and Portia embark on a whirlwind two-day excursion to Palermo with Quentin and Jack, Albie navigates a misunderstanding with Lucia, and Valentina decides to make a staffing change to get a flirtatious Rocco away from Isabella.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 998 votes.

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#1 - Arrivederci (Season 2 - Episode 7)

Hoping to help Lucia, Albie asks Dominic for a karmic payment. With Portia still unreachable, Tanya grows increasingly wary of Quentin's motives. Consumed with doubts, Ethan confronts Cam... and gets unexpected advice from Daphne. After an eventful night, Valentina gives Mia a chance.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 657 votes.

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