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Ultra Awards 2008

The  second annual Ultratravel 100, a consumer-driven survey in Ultratravel magazine (distributed monthly with The Daily Telegraph in the UK) has announced the following winners: Tour Operator Winner – Kuoni www.kuoni.co.uk Runners-up   Audley Travel  www.audleytravel.com   Bales Worldwide  www.balesworldwide.com Cox & Kings  www.coxandkings.co.uk   ITC Classics  www.itcclassics.co.uk Cruise Company Winner –  Cunard www.cunard.co.uk Runners-up   P&O Cruises  www.pocruises.com   Princess Cruises  www.princess.com   Royal Caribbean  www.royalcaribbean.com Silversea www.silversea.com European Hotel Winner –  Four Seasons George V, Paris www.fourseasons.com/paris Runners-up cipriani, Venice www.hotelcipriani.com Claridge’s, London www.claridges.co.uk Danieli, Venice www.hoteldanielivenice.com Plaza Athénée, Paris www.plaza-athenee-paris.com Middle East Hotel Winner – Burj al Arab, Dubai www.burj-al-arab.com Runners-up The Chedi, Muscat – www.chedimuscat.com Four Seasons Hotel Doha www.fourseasons.com/doha Jumeirah beach hotel, Dubai www.jumeirahbeachhotel.com Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai www.madinatjumeirah.com African Indian Ocean Hotel Winner Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town www.mountnelson.co.za Runners-up The Bay Hotel Camps Bay, Cape Town www.thebay.co.za Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius www.princemaurice.com Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Maldives www.tajhotels.com Le Touessrok, Mauritius,  www.letouessrokresort.com     Asian Hotel Winner –  Raffles Hotel, Singapore www.singapore.raffles.com Runners-up Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong The Oriental, Bangkok www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok The  Peninsula, Hong Kong www.hongkong.peninsula.com   Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore www.shangri-la.com/singapore Australasian Hotel Winner – Park Hyatt, Sydney www.sydney.park.hyatt.com   Runners-up The Charlotte Jane, Christchurch www.charlotte-jane.co.nz   Four Seasons Hotel Sydney www.fourseasons.com/sydney The Observatory, Sydney www.observatoryhotel.com.au Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney www.shangri-la.com/sydney North American Hotel Winner – Four Season Hotel New York www.fourseasons.com/newyorkfs Runners-up The Carlyle, New York www.thecarlyle.com Le Château Frontenac, Quebec www.fairmont.com/frontenac Mandarin Oriental, New York www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork Waldorf Astoria, New York www.waldorfastoria.hilton.com South American Hotel Winner – Alvear Palace, Buenos Aires, www.alvearpalace.com Runners-up   Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro www.copacabanapalace.com.br Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires www.fourseasons.com/buenosaires Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco www.monasterio.orient-express.com Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Yucatan www.mandarinoriental.com/rivieramaya Caribbean Hotel Winner –  Sandy Lane, Barbados www.sandylane.com Runners-up Carlisle Bay, Antigua www.carlisle-bay.com Cobblers Cove, Barbados www.cobblerscove.com Jumby Bay, Antigua www.jumbybayresort.com Raffles Resort, Canouan Island, Grenadines www.canouan.raffles.com European Airline Winner – British Airways www.ba.com Runners-up Air France www.airfrance.com KLM Royal Dutch Airlines www.klm.com Lufthansa www.lufthansa.com Virgin Atlantic www.virgin-atlantic.com Middle East Airline Winner  –  Emirates www.emirates.com   Runners-up Etihad Airways www.etihadairways.com   Gulf Air www.gulfairco.com     Qatar Airways www.qatarairways.com Royal Jordanian www.rj.com African Airline Winner –  South African Airways www.flysaa.com Runners-up Air Namibia www.airnamibia.com Ethiopian Airways www.ethiopianairlines.com Kenya Airways www.kenya-airways.com Royal Air Maroc www.royalairmaroc.com     Asian Airline Winner – Singapore Airlines www.singaporeair.com Runners-up Cathay Pacific www.cathaypacific.com Malaysia Airlines www.malaysiaairlines.com Royal Brunei Airlines www.bruneiair.com   Thai Airways www.thaiair.com North American Airline Winner – American Airlines www.aa.com Runners-up Air Canada www.aircanada.com Continental Airlines www.continental.com Delta Airlines www.delta.com United Airlines www.united.com Worldwide Airport Winner – Changi, Singapore www.changiairport.com   Runners-up Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Thailand www.airportsuvarnabhumi.com Doha International, Qatar www.dohaairport.com   Dubai International www.dubaiairport.com Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong www.hongkongairport.com Worldwide Spa Winner – Chiva-Som, Thailand www.chivasom.com Runners-up   Banyan Tree  Phuket www.banyantree.com Champneys, United Kingdom www.champneys.com   Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia www.pangkorlautresort.com Thermae Bath Spa, United Kingdom www.thermaebathspa.com     Worldwide Ski Resort Winner – Zermatt www.zermatt.ch Runners-up Aspen, Colorado www.aspensnowmass.com   St Moritz www.stmoritz.ch Val D’Isère www.valdisere.com Whistler, British Columbia www.tourismwhistler.com Worldwide Destination Winner Australia www.australia.com Runners-up Italy www.italiantouristboard.co.uk   New Zealand www.newzealand.com South Africa www.southafrica.net   United States of America www.visitusa.org.uk    

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Great ot see Australia win the worldwide destination although other favourites of mine in Italy and NEw Zeland in runner up positions. Also good to see the Park Hyatt Sydney win the Australian Hotel, as i have said before it is a fabulous hotel in the best location in sydney. can’t praise it enough.

    Great to see emirates win as well.

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