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Highlights of the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

The results are in for the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards rank the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. A record 46,476 readers participated, rating 370 hotels, resorts, and cruise lines above a score of 90! (To put this in perspective, the first list in 1988 saw the highest score of 87.) In total, the readers elected a grand total of 1,306 winners. Here we list just a few of the highlights: Qualia on Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, was named the top property in the world, with a perfect 100 score. Charleston, South Carolina is not only the favourite city in the U.S. for the second year in a row, but it’s also the favourite city in the world! For the 19th year, Maui is the top island in the United States, and this year, it’s top in the world, too. The Waldorf Astoria, Chicago, nabs the top spot in the U.S. hotel category. New York has ten hotels scoring above 90, including The Peninsula, Trump International Hotel & Tower, and the Four Seasons. Top honours on the high seas again go to Crystal Cruises; on rivers, Grand Circle Travel is number one. The smart question is not if Mexico but where, as the list is led by One&Only Palmilla, Capella Ixtapa, and Le Blanc Spa Resort. In the Caribbean/Atlantic region, The Peninsula House again takes top honours. China debuts with its own list, dominated by its three powerhouse cities, and in India, Oberoi claims the top two spots.

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. The Condé Nast Traveler awards have to be the most inspirational reading material of the year for me. This forms my dreams for travel for the year ahead, it’s just a shame the content doesn’t feature in my travels very often!

  2. I love the list – especially the top resorts and hotels list; when I go out of town its great to be able to look this info up and see what’s close by. I can’t believe none of the oceanfront hotels in Myrtle Beach made the list for the South though. I have stayed in Charleston a lot and I would say Myrtle Beach is just as nice – definitely a Boardwalk vibe, but I grew up in the North so that just seems natural to me!

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