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Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2008

Conde Nast Traveler  has announced the results of its 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best cities, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and resorts worldwide. The awards will appear in the November issue of the magazine which is available from newsstands tomorrow. Below are results for the top three winners in each category: Top Cities- United States: 1. San Francisco 2. Charleston, SC 3. New York City Top Cities- Europe: 1. Florence, Italy 2. Rome, Italy 3. Tie: Salzburg, Austria and Venice, Italy Top Cities- Asia: 1. Bangkok, Thailand 2. Chiang Mai, Thailand 3. Hong Kong Top Cities- Africa/Middle East: 1. Cape Town, South Africa 2. Jerusalem, Israel 3. Damascus, Syria Top Cities- The Americas 1. Buenos Aires, Argentina 2. Vancouver, British Columbia 3. Tie: Victoria, British Columbia and Quebec City, Quebec Top Cities- Australia/Pacific: 1. Sydney, Australia 2. Melbourne, Australia 3. Queenstown, New Zealand Top Hotels- Southern Europe: 1. Il Pellicano, Tuscany, Italy 2. Four Season George V, Paris, France 3. Il San Pietro di Positano, Positano, Italy Top Hotels- United States: 1. The Peninsula, Chicago, Illinois 2. Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, Amelia Island, Florida 3. Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach, Oregon Top Hotels- Canada: 1. Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria 2. Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City 3. Sooke Harbour House, Sooke, Vancouver Island Top Hotels- Asia: 1. Oberoi Udaivilas, Rajasthan 2. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra 3. The Peninsula, Hong Kong Top Hotels- Africa: 1. Cape Grace, Cape Town 2. Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town 3. Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town Top Hotels- Caribbean/Atlantic: 1. Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, St. Barts 2. Tie: Eden Rock, St. Barts and Le Toiny, St. Barts 3. The Caves, Jamaica Top Hotels- Middle East: 1. David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem 2. Four Seasons, Doha 3. Four Seasons, Amman Top Hotels- Northern Europe: 1. Four Seasons Gresham Palace, Budapest 2. Ritz-Carlton, Berlin 3. Brenner’s Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden Top Hotels- Mexico: 1. Casa Natalia, San Jose del Cabo 2. Hotel at Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas 3. Las Mananitas, Cuernavaca Top Hotels- British Isles: 1. Milestone Hotel, London 2. Lower Slaughter Manor, Cotswolds 3. Chewton Glen, Hampshire Top Hotels- Australia/Pacific: 1. Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart 2. Park Hyatt, Sydney 3. The Westin, Melbourne Top Hotels- South America: 1. Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco 2. Four Seasons, Buenos Aires 3. Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires Top Hotels- Central America 1. Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua 2. Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica 3. Porta Hotel Antigua, Guatemala Top Islands- Caribbean/Atlantic: 1. Bermuda 2. St. John 3. St. Barts Top Islands- Pacific: 1. Maui 2. Kauai 3. Bora Bora Top Islands- Asia/Indian Ocean: 1. Maldives 2. Bali 3. Phuket Top Islands- North America: 1. Vancouver Island 2. Kiawah, SC 3. Nantucket, MA Top Islands- Europe: 1. Mykonos and the Cyclades 2. Capri 3. Sicily Top Resorts- Asia: 1. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai 2. Oberoi Vanyavilas, Rajasthan 3. Four Seasons Bali at Sayan Top Resorts- Mexico: 1. Tie: One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos and The Tides, Riviera Maya 2. JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Cancun 3. Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya Top Resorts- Africa: 1. Mombo and Little Mombo Camps, Moremi 2. Grande Roche, Paarl 3. Jao Camp, Okavango Delta Top Resorts- Europe: 1. Penha Longa Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Sintra 2. Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo 3. Tie: Convento do Espinheiro Hotel & Spa, Evora and The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, Zermatt Top Resorts- Hawaii: 1. Four Season Maui at Wailea 2. Four Season Hualalai, Big Island 3. Four Seasons Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele Top Resorts- Atlantic Ocean: 1. One & Only Ocean Club, Bahamas 2. Pink Sands, Bahamas 3. The Reefs, Bermuda Top Resorts- Middle East: 1. Burj Al Arab, Dubai 2. One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai 3. Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai Top Resorts- Australia/Pacific: 1. Hotel Bora Bora 2. Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand 3. Le Meridien Bora Bora Top Resorts- Mainland U.S.: 1. Kenwood Inn & Spa, Sonoma 2. Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa, Jackson, NH 3. Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Top Resorts- Canada: 1. King Pacific Lodge, Princess Royal Island 2. Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, Vancouver Island 3. Long Beach Lodge Resort, Tofino, Vancouver Island Top Resorts- Caribbean: 1. Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman 2. Curtain Bluff, Antigua 3. Petit St. Vincent Resort, Grenadines Top Resorts- Central/South America: 1. Hotel Punta Islita, Guanacaste 2. Hotel Salto Chico, Patagonia 3. Four Seasons Resort Carmelo, Uruguay Top Cruise Lines- Large Ships: 1. Crystal 2. Regent Seven Seas 3. Disney Top Cruise Lines- Small Ships: 1. Seabourn 2. Regent Seven Seas 3. SeaDream Yacht Club Top Airlines- International Routes: 1. Singapore Airlines 2. Emirates 3. Virgin Atlantic Top Airlines- Domestic Routes: 1. Virgin America 2. JetBlue Airways 3. Midwest Airlines Top Airlines- Foreign-Only Routes: 1. SilkAir 2. Jet Airways 3. Air Iceland Top Car Rental Agencies: 1. Hertz 2. Enterprise 3. Avis

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. I remember going to the Hotel Bora Bora back in 1996 when I was working for Orient Express Hotels at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort. It was a magical place to spend an afternoon; one magical day I spent on the beach, with my then girlfriend from Brazil (Nida Silva) – it was a completely blissful day of 20-something island romance… Amazing!! Bora Bora is also the loveliest island in the world!! :)

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