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On a first-time mother-son sailing, T+L’s Editor in Chief succumbs to the whimsy, fun, and sheer sensory overload of a voyage with Disney Cruise Line.
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Since when did we become so obsessed with wellness? Americans of all ages are now trying Fitbits and the Paleo diet, DNA testing and meditation, all in their quest to become better versions of themselves. When it comes to travel, they’re turning to destination spas more than ever before. Perhaps it’s in response to the pervasiveness of technology or the 24/7 news cycle. But retreats that emphasize disconnecting and quieting the mind are suddenly all the rage. Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. In the domestic destination spas category, readers rated properties on their accommodations and facilities, treatments, service, food, and overall value. RelatedThe 2018 World's Best Awards Opened by Mel and Enid Zuckerman in 1979 with just a handful of guest rooms, Arizona’s Canyon Ranch in Tucson was a pioneer in wellness travel. And it continues to resonate with our readers, thanks to its challenging desert hikes, restorative sound bowl sessions, and in-depth sleep consultations, among many amenities. Guests get a daily credit toward spa treatments — facials, detox massages, reflexology, you name it. “The breadth of activities for the mind and the body — as well as the spa treatments — are the reasons to come here,” wrote one fan. Lake Austin Spa, a, 40-room retreat in the Texas Hill Country, also prioritizes fitness: think boxing, Bosu balance training, and tai chi. The lakeside setting also plays into the programming, with stand-up paddleboard flow yoga and guided kayaking happening out on the water. Once a year Wallace J. Nichols, biologist and author of Blue Mind, gives a talk about the power of aquatic therapy. The Lodge at Woodloch, in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, by contrast, emphasizes the regenerating power of nature through forest-bathing sessions led by certified guides. And guests can exercise the left side of the brain during silk-scarf painting, coloring, and paper marbling. But the No. 1 property this year is set among the towering Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona, a town famous for its vortexes, or energy fields. Read on for the full list of winners.
Whether you’re looking for an adults-only retreat, a luxe all-inclusive, or a family-friendly property with tranquil shores for kids, the Caribbean Islands, Bermuda, and the Bahamas do not disappoint. Our readers’ favorite hotels in the region cover all three types of properties — and then some. Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities. RelatedThe 2018 World's Best Awards This year’s list spans 12 countries and territories, including St. Bart’s, Aruba, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Anguilla. But St. Lucia took home the most winning hotels — five, to be exact, including honeymoon mainstays Jade Mountain, Anse Chastanet Resort, and Ladera Resort. “Most romantic hotel ever,” said one reader of the 30-year-old Ladera, which has jaw-dropping views of the Pitons from the open-air suites. “The rooms are an experience out of this world, and cannot be described in words or photos.” Sister properties Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet Resort earned similar raves for their open-air rooms — Jade, in particular. “The service, private beach, and views were incredible,” remarked one honeymooner of Jade Mountain, which sits higher up on the hill from Anse. “We hope to go back for our 10th anniversary.” We should note that two properties — Eden Rock and Malliouhana, of the Auberge Resorts Collection — are currently closed because of last year’s devastating hurricanes. (They are expected to reopen this winter.) That didn’t stop readers from singing their praises. “My heart aches for Eden Rock given the last hurricane season,” said one fan. “But our babymoon spent on their beaches was a vacation we will not soon forget.” Anguilla’s Zemi Beach House and Four Seasons Resort & Residences were also briefly closed; they reopened this spring. “Beautiful, modern rooms,” praised one Zemi fan. “Snorkeling was amazing!” Jamaica also fared well this year, with four properties on the list. The affordable Rockhouse draws couples to the cliffs of Negril, while Round Hill attracts the family crowd in Montego Bay thanks to its spacious villas, calm shoreline, and welcoming staff. “Round Hill is pure peace, and the people working there are the absolute best,” remarked one fan. The No. 1 property is in Anguilla — which, fittingly, was also voted the top island in the region overall. Read on for the full list of top hotels in this diverse part of the world.
Burnt out from the everyday grind, more and more travelers are now choosing wellness getaways over a vacation by the pool, cocktail in hand. And they’re willing to cross borders and fly halfway around the world to unwind. Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. In the international destination spas category, readers rated properties on their accommodations and facilities, treatments, service, food, and overall value. RelatedThe 2018 World's Best Awards Founded in 1940, Rancho La Puerta was one of the first resorts Americans turned to for wellness. With its miles of hiking trails, this retreat, set on 4,000 acres in Baja California, Mexico, continues to be a hit with T+L readers. One fan had been an astounding eight times. Another praised the “quality of the classes,” which include drumming and pool Pilates, and the desert setting as “gorgeous and tranquil.” Some travelers are willing to go even farther for rejuvenation, all the way to Bali’s COMO Shambhala Estate, a resort set high in the hills near Ubud. The 30-room property is renowned for its detox weeks, Balinese massages, and menus that emphasize clean eating: think flaked salmon with cauliflower, or spelt-flour tortillas with spiced chicken. The BodyHoliday, on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, also focuses on healthful eating, and recently unveiled a new vegan, farm-to-table dinner experience based upon the Ital-Rastafarian diet. But the No. 1 international destination spa this year is in Europe — in the gorgeous Bavarian Alps. A repeat winner from 2017, Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa & Cultural Hideaway has four spas, including one that caters to children, in addition to six restaurants, a concert hall, and thoughtful cultural programming. Read on for more on this resort, and see how the rest of the winners ranked.
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Imagine sailing the Seine on an intimate ship that pays homage to France in all the right ways: think champagne, decadent cheeses from Normandy, and tasteful aquatints that depict 19th-century Paris. Uniworld’s Boutique River Cruise Collection’s Joie de Vivre reflects France in all those ways — and more. It’s one of the many reasons T+L readers love this river cruise line, which took the No. 1 spot this year. Uniworld emphasizes the destination in the décor and programming of its 18 unique vessels. “The Joie de Vivre really carries the flavor of France with its fine artwork, décor, and alternative bistro dining,” said one fan. “The greatest part was arriving back in Paris our last night to watch the lights of the Eiffel Tower come alive. It was truly magical.” Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe—to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated individual cruise ships on their cabins/facilities, food, service, itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities, and value. Those assessments were combined to generate results for the cruise lines in five categories, including river cruising. RelatedThe 2018 World's Best Awards Not far behind at No. 2 was Viking Cruises, which has an astounding 64 ships in its fleet worldwide. One fan who sailed the Danube with Viking last year loved the experience enough to quickly book a two-week cruise to Russia for 2018. Said that traveler, “I have friends who have sailed as many as ten times with Viking, and they all say it is the absolute best!” Smaller lines also proved to be popular with our readers. Aqua Expeditions (No. 4) has only two ships in its fleet. One sails the Mekong between Vietnam and Cambodia, the other, remote stretches of the Amazon in Peru. “Not the usual cruise line or boat,” said one reader. “Very small, wonderful food and service.” Crystal River Cruises (No. 6), which launched its river cruise brand in 2016, now has five ships, all in Europe. The sleek vessels feel modern, the cabins extra spacious (what traveling couple doesn’t love a double vanity in the bathroom?). “Crystal has taken luxury to a whole new level,” said one fan. “The best of the best,” added another. Read on to see how these lines stacked up this year in the rankings.
Travelers to Miami Beach have some tough decisions to make. Do they want their hotel to come with an impressive art collection — including a massive Damien Hirst sculpture of a woolly mammoth? Check in to the Faena Hotel, which placed 10th this year in our list of readers’ favorite hotels. Or how about a buzzy Italian restaurant where the kitchen makes its own pasta and flies in the burrata fresh from Italy? Stop by the new Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club (No. 4), where said restaurant, Le Sirenuse Miami, is keeping locals and guests well fed. At either of these properties — plus the other eight that made the cut — there are plenty of diversions to keep one entertained. Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities. RelatedThe 2018 World's Best Awards The Betsy, built in 1942 and unique in the city for its Georgian-style architecture, continues to impress our readers with its cultural programming. The property hosts an a cappella festival in November and a chamber music festival in the summer. It also invites authors to come and stay in its Writer’s Room, honing their craft while participating in community service. “Love their style, service, and dedication to arts and literature,” said one reader. Wellness is another thing these properties emphasize. The 74-room COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach features a hydrotherapy pool on the roof, Dr. Hauschka facials, and specialty juice menus. Acqualina Resort & Spa, in Sunny Isles, has a 20,000-square-foot space that includes an over-the-top Royal Spa Treatment Suite built for two. “This is a beautiful property, right on the beach and family owned,” said one fan. “The employees all care very much for their clients.” Indeed, when it comes down to it, superior service, as well as proximity to the Miami area’s immaculately kept shores, is what all of these 10 hotels have in common. But one did take home top honors this year — read on for more on the winner, and to see how the other resort hotels ranked.
Burnt out from the everyday grind, more and more travelers are now choosing wellness getaways over a vacation by the pool, cocktail in hand. And they’re willing to cross borders and fly halfway around the world to unwind. Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. In the international destination spas category, readers rated properties on their accommodations and facilities, treatments, service, food, and overall value. RelatedThe 2018 World's Best Awards Founded in 1940, Rancho La Puerta was one of the first resorts Americans turned to for wellness. With its miles of hiking trails, this retreat, set on 4,000 acres in Baja California, Mexico, continues to be a hit with T+L readers. One fan had been an astounding eight times. Another praised the “quality of the classes,” which include drumming and pool Pilates, and the desert setting as “gorgeous and tranquil.” Some travelers are willing to go even farther for rejuvenation, all the way to Bali’s COMO Shambhala Estate, a resort set high in the hills near Ubud. The 30-room property is renowned for its detox weeks, Balinese massages, and menus that emphasize clean eating: think flaked salmon with cauliflower, or spelt-flour tortillas with spiced chicken. The BodyHoliday, on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, also focuses on healthful eating, and recently unveiled a new vegan, farm-to-table dinner experience based upon the Ital-Rastafarian diet. But the No. 1 international destination spa this year is in Europe — in the gorgeous Bavarian Alps. A repeat winner from 2017, Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa & Cultural Hideaway has four spas, including one that caters to children, in addition to six restaurants, a concert hall, and thoughtful cultural programming. Read on for more on this resort, and see how the rest of the winners ranked.
Imagine sailing the Seine on an intimate ship that pays homage to France in all the right ways: think champagne, decadent cheeses from Normandy, and tasteful aquatints that depict 19th-century Paris. Uniworld’s Boutique River Cruise Collection’s Joie de Vivre reflects France in all those ways — and more. It’s one of the many reasons T+L readers love this river cruise line, which took the No. 1 spot this year. Uniworld emphasizes the destination in the décor and programming of its 18 unique vessels. “The Joie de Vivre really carries the flavor of France with its fine artwork, décor, and alternative bistro dining,” said one fan. “The greatest part was arriving back in Paris our last night to watch the lights of the Eiffel Tower come alive. It was truly magical.” Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe—to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated individual cruise ships on their cabins/facilities, food, service, itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities, and value. Those assessments were combined to generate results for the cruise lines in five categories, including river cruising. RelatedThe 2018 World's Best Awards Not far behind at No. 2 was Viking Cruises, which has an astounding 64 ships in its fleet worldwide. One fan who sailed the Danube with Viking last year loved the experience enough to quickly book a two-week cruise to Russia for 2018. Said that traveler, “I have friends who have sailed as many as ten times with Viking, and they all say it is the absolute best!” Smaller lines also proved to be popular with our readers. Aqua Expeditions (No. 4) has only two ships in its fleet. One sails the Mekong between Vietnam and Cambodia, the other, remote stretches of the Amazon in Peru. “Not the usual cruise line or boat,” said one reader. “Very small, wonderful food and service.” Crystal River Cruises (No. 6), which launched its river cruise brand in 2016, now has five ships, all in Europe. The sleek vessels feel modern, the cabins extra spacious (what traveling couple doesn’t love a double vanity in the bathroom?). “Crystal has taken luxury to a whole new level,” said one fan. “The best of the best,” added another. Read on to see how these lines stacked up this year in the rankings.
Travelers to Miami Beach have some tough decisions to make. Do they want their hotel to come with an impressive art collection — including a massive Damien Hirst sculpture of a woolly mammoth? Check in to the Faena Hotel, which placed 10th this year in our list of readers’ favorite hotels. Or how about a buzzy Italian restaurant where the kitchen makes its own pasta and flies in the burrata fresh from Italy? Stop by the new Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club (No. 4), where said restaurant, Le Sirenuse Miami, is keeping locals and guests well fed. At either of these properties — plus the other eight that made the cut — there are plenty of diversions to keep one entertained. Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities. RelatedThe 2018 World's Best Awards The Betsy, built in 1942 and unique in the city for its Georgian-style architecture, continues to impress our readers with its cultural programming. The property hosts an a cappella festival in November and a chamber music festival in the summer. It also invites authors to come and stay in its Writer’s Room, honing their craft while participating in community service. “Love their style, service, and dedication to arts and literature,” said one reader. Wellness is another thing these properties emphasize. The 74-room COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach features a hydrotherapy pool on the roof, Dr. Hauschka facials, and specialty juice menus. Acqualina Resort & Spa, in Sunny Isles, has a 20,000-square-foot space that includes an over-the-top Royal Spa Treatment Suite built for two. “This is a beautiful property, right on the beach and family owned,” said one fan. “The employees all care very much for their clients.” Indeed, when it comes down to it, superior service, as well as proximity to the Miami area’s immaculately kept shores, is what all of these 10 hotels have in common. But one did take home top honors this year — read on for more on the winner, and to see how the other resort hotels ranked.
For the sixth year in a row, Charleston was voted the best city in the United States by T+L readers. And where do they like to stay when visiting the Southern town? In properties as atmospheric as the place itself. Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities. RelatedThe 2018 World's Best Awards The newest hotel on the list, the Dewberry, immediately earned raves when it opened in the winter of 2016. Set in a mid-century former federal building overlooking Marion Square, the 155-room property feels like a chic throwback to the 1960s — complete with a brass-clad bar and vintage Danish pieces in the lobby — and is an interesting departure from Charleston’s more traditional hotels. “The interior design is unreal, and the food is magical,” said one reader. Last year’s No. 1 winner, the Vendue, slipped to No. 7 on the list. But it still delights with its contemporary art collection, which one fan described as “thoughtful,” and another said was “exquisite.” Romance was on our readers’ minds at the Wentworth Mansion: many wrote that they chose this 21-room boutique hotel, which boasts crystal chandeliers and hand-carved marble fireplaces, for a honeymoon or anniversary stay. “They brought a bottle of champagne and flowers to our room to mark our 30 years of marriage,” remarked one reader. “We felt like royalty. Thank you!” Charleston is a big food and drink town — so it’s no surprise that several properties on the list are noted for their restaurant and bar scenes. At the Market Pavilion Hotel, guests can sip sweet-tea martinis at the rooftop Pavilion Bar, a hangout for visitors and locals alike, while at the Planters Inn, they can indulge in a multicourse dinner of seared foie gras, jumbo blue crab salad, and pan-seared snapper at the upscale Peninsula Grill. If you go, be sure to save room for dessert. “The Peninsula Grill is just the best,” added one fan. “My wife can’t stop talking about the coconut cake!” Read on for the full list of winners.