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OBEROI VANYAVILAS, INDIA; TRIPLE CREEK RANCH, MONTANA; AND FAIRMONT MARA SAFARI CLUB, KENYA TOP LIST OF 2010 WORLD’S BEST HOTELS
NEW YORK IS #1 U.S. CITY; TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER, CHICAGO, IS BEST LARGE CITY HOTEL IN AMERICA
New Orleans and Washington D.C. Make a Comeback: Both Cities Return to Top Ten in U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure ’s 15th Annual World’s Best Awards Readers’ Poll
New York, NY (July 8, 2010) – Bangkok, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Florence, Italy; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; and Rome, Italy are the top five cities overall in Travel + Leisure’s 2010 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey, announced today. The Best City Overall, Bangkok, returns to the No. 1 spot, having last held that ranking in 2008, and this year marks San Miguel de Allende’s debut on the Top Ten Overall list. New Orleans and Washington D.C., which have not ranked on T+L’s list of Top Ten Cities in the U.S. and Canada since 2005 and 2001, rank No. 7 and No. 10 this year, respectively. With the increased popularity of river cruising, T+L has added a new 2010 category: World’s Best River Cruises; Abercrombie & Kent takes the top spot in this category. The Galápagos regains its title as World’s Best Islands from 2008 (Bali took the title in 2009). In the World’s Best Hotels Overall category, there are 31 properties in the U.S. and Canada—up 11 percent from last year and more than any other region this year.
Two companies have held onto their No. 1 rankings every year since the poll began in 1996: Crystal Cruises (Best Large-Ship Cruise Line) and Singapore Airlines (Best International Airline). The 2010 results, including the Top 100 Hotels Overall, Top 50 Resorts in the Continental U.S. and Canada, Top 10 Cities Overall, and Top 10 Domestic Airlines, among other lists, are featured on www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest now and in Travel + Leisure’’s August issue, available on newsstands July 23.*
TRAVEL + LEISURE 2010 WORLD’S BEST AWARDS WINNERS OVERALL
|WORLD’S BEST CITY||Bangkok|
|WORLD’S BEST HOTEL||Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambhore, India|
|WORLD’S BEST ISLANDS||Galápagos|
|WORLD’S BEST LARGE-SHIP CRUISE LINE||Crystal Cruises|
|WORLD’S BEST SMALL-SHIP CRUISE LINE||The Yachts of Seabourn|
|WORLD’S BEST RIVER CRUISE||Abercrombie & Kent|
|WORLD’S BEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE||Singapore Airlines|
|WORLD’S BEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE||Virgin America|
|WORLD’S BEST TOUR OPERATOR||Micato Safaris|
|WORLD’S BEST CAR-RENTAL AGENCY||Hertz Rent-A-Car|
|WORLD’S BEST DESTINATION SPA||Rancho La Puerta Tecate, Mexico|
Nancy Novogrod, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure, said: “That the three highest-ranking hotels this year are Oberoi Vanyavilas, a jungle camp on the edge of India’s Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve; Triple Creek Ranch, in Darby, Montana, a haven for comfort-seeking outdoor-adventure travelers; and Fairmont Mara Safari Club, in Kenya’s Masai Mara, speaks volumes. These properties provide distinctive encounters with the natural world, which linger in memory; they are perceived as delivering great value, even when the price-per-day is high. The spirit of exploration also prevailed in the choice of the Galápagos as Best Islands in the World, and of Bangkok as Best City. It's worth noting that our survey took place before the political upheaval in Bangkok began in May, and that the U.S. travel warning has now been lifted."
TRAVEL + LEISURE 2010 WORLD’S BEST HOTEL WINNERS BY REGION
|CONTINENTAL U.S. + CANADA|
|TOP RESORT||San Ysidro Ranch, A Rosewood Resort Santa Barbara, CA|
|TOP RESORT||Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Big Island|
|TOP LARGE CITY HOTEL||Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago|
|TOP SMALL CITY HOTEL||Hotel Bel-Air Los Angeles**|
|TOP INN||Triple Creek Ranch Darby, Montana||HAWAII|
|TOP RESORT||Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Big Island||CARIBBEAN|
|TOP RESORT||Nisbet Plantation Beach Club Nevis, West Indies||MEXICO|
|TOP RESORT||Esperanza, An Auberge Resort Cabo San Lucas|
|TOP CITY HOTEL||Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F. Mexico City||CENTRAL + SOUTH AMERICA|
|TOP CITY HOTEL||Alvear Palace Hotel Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|TOP RESORT||Blancaneaux Lodge San Ignacio, Belize||EUROPE|
|TOP RESORT||Palazzo Sasso Ravello, Italy|
|TOP LARGE CITY HOTEL||Olissippo Lapa Palace Lisbon, Portugal|
|TOP SMALL CITY HOTEL||The Lanesborough London|
|TOP INN/SMALL COUNTRY HOTEL||Domaine des Hauts de Loire Onzain, France||AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST|
|TOP LODGE/RESORT||Fairmont Mara Safari Club Masai Mara, Kenya|
|TOP CITY HOTEL||Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence Egypt||ASIA|
|TOP RESORT||Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambhore, India|
|TOP CITY HOTEL||The Peninsula Bangkok||AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND SOUTH PACIFIC|
|TOP RESORT||Huka Lodge Taupo, New Zealand|
|TOP CITY HOTEL||The Langham Melbourne|
TRAVEL + LEISURE 2010 WORLD’S BEST CITIES + ISLANDS BY REGION
|CONTINENTAL U.S. + CANADA||New York City||Mount Desert Island Maine|
|EUROPE||Florence||Cyclades (except Santorini)***|
|AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND/S. PACIFIC||Sydney||Bora-Bora|
|MEXICO/CENTRAL + SOUTH AMERICA||San Miguel de Allende||Galápagos|
TRAVEL + LEISURE 2010 WORLD’S BEST HOTEL SPAS BY REGION*
|CONTINENTAL U.S. + CANADA||Inn at Palmetto Bluff Bluffton, SC|
|HAWAII||Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Big Island|
|MEXICO||Esperanza, An Auberge Resort Cabo San Lucas|
|EUROPE||Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris|
|ASIA||Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay|
|AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND/SOUTH PACIFIC||Four Seasons Hotel Sydney|
|CARIBBEAN/BERMUDA/BAHAMAS||Couples Tower Isle Jamaica|
|CENTRAL + SOUTH AMERICA||Four Seasons Resort Carmelo Uruguay|
The top winners in each category will be honored at an awards luncheon on July 21 at the new Trump SoHo New York in NYC. That evening, a gala event to celebrate the fifteenth annual World’s Best Awards will be held at the new Andaz 5th Avenue in New York City. This will be the first party at the hotel which recently opened to guests on July 5.
As part of the 2010 World’s Best Awards report, Travel + Leisure editors also create a 20 to Watch list that highlights standout new properties and companies that they expect will appear on World’s Best Awards lists in years to come. On page 141 of the August issue, there will be a barcode that can be scanned with smart phones to send readers directly to travel deals from each of the 20 to Watch winners.
The image on the cover of Travel + Leisure’s August 2010 issue is the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, this year’s Top Resort in Hawaii and Top Hotel Spa in Hawaii.
2010 World’s Best Awards Survey Methodology
A questionnaire developed by the editors of Travel + Leisure, in association with ROI Research Inc., was made available to Travel + Leisure readers at TLWorldsBest.com from December 15, 2009, to March 31, 2010. Readers were invited to participate through Travel + Leisure magazine (January, February, and March issues), and online at TravelandLeisure.com. To protect the integrity of the data, after March 31, 2010, respondents were screened by Travel + Leisure and responses from any identified travel-industry professionals who completed the survey were eliminated from the final tally. The survey website, TLWorldsBest.com, was maintained, monitored, and kept secure by ROI Research Inc., which collected and tabulated the responses and kept them confidential. The scores are indexed averages of responses concerning applicable characteristics. Respondents were asked to rate hotels, islands, destination spas, golf resorts, and rental-car agencies on five characteristics; cities, cruise lines, and tour operators and safari outfitters on six characteristics; and airlines and hotel spas on four characteristics (see below). In the hotel, cruise line, tour operator, airline, and golf resort categories, respondents could also rate additional optional characteristics; these ratings were not included in the final score. For each characteristic, respondents were asked to rate a candidate on a scale of 1 to 5, where “5” means excellent and “1” means poor. Required component ratings were then averaged, creating an overall score. A minimum number of responses was necessary for a candidate to be eligible for inclusion in the World’s Best Awards listings. Some companies were rated in both the cruise line and tour operator and safari outfitter categories, and some properties were rated in both the destination spa and hotel spa categories. In both cases, companies and properties have different scores for each category. These were the categories and characteristics:
• For hotels: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food, value.
• Hotel types were determined using the number of rooms and suites. Inns have fewer than 40 rooms; resorts have 40 rooms or more. Small city hotels have fewer than 100 rooms; large city hotels have 100 rooms or more. In some regions, inns and resorts and large and small city hotels were grouped together.
• For destination spas: accommodations/ambience, treatments, service, food, value.
• For hotel spas: ambience, treatments, service, value.
• For cities: sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping, value.
• For islands: natural attractions, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people, value.
• For cruise lines: cabins, food, service, itineraries/destinations, activities, value.
• For tour operators and safari outfitters: staff/guides, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food, value.
• For airlines: cabin comfort, in-flight service, customer service, value. Optional: food.
• For rental-car agencies: vehicle selection, vehicle availability, rental location, service, value.
• For golf resorts: location, course grounds, amenities, service, value.
*Spa winners will be featured in Travel + Leisure’s October 2010 issue.
**Hotel Bel-Air is currently closed for renovations and is scheduled to reopen in 2011.
***Santorini is voted on as a separate destination.
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