Conde Nast Traveler Announces Results of the 19th Annual Readers' Choice Awards

Oct 17, 2006, 01:00 ET from Conde Nast Traveler

    NEW YORK, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The November 2006 issue of Conde Nast
 Traveler celebrates the 19th annual Readers' Choice Awards. The results are
 derived from the largest independent poll of consumers' preferences, the
 Readers' Choice Survey, second in size only to the U.S. Census. With over
 21,000 travelers voting this year, the lists show an even greater global
 variety and depth.
     This year many perennial favorites hold on to their top spots:
     * Singapore Airlines is again the #1 International Route Airline, and has
       led this category for 18 of the past 19 years (in 1994 Swissair took the
       top spot) and remains the only carrier ever to earn an overall score
       above 90.0.
     * San Francisco, the #1 U.S. City, has also been #1 for 18 of the past 19
       years (in 1992 Santa Fe won the honor).
     But there are some surprises this year, including the Maldives, which
 is the first island since the inception of the Islands category 13 years
 ago to beat Maui for the #1 Island ranking. Buckland Manor in the
 Cotswolds, England, gained the distinction this year for being the
 highest-scoring hotel in Readers' Choice history by receiving perfect
 scores for Rooms, Service, Food, and Location. Another property to receive
 100s in Rooms, Service, Location, and Design in the Hotels category was
 Budapest's Four Seasons Gresham Palace.
     Also of note is Regent Seven Seas (formerly Radisson Seven Seas), the
 #1 Large Ship Cruise Line that edges ahead of the nine-time winner and
 close contender Crystal Cruises. Many Asian properties scored well into the
 90's in the Resorts category, led by the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
 with a near-perfect 99.6, placing the resort as #1 on the overall Top 100
 list this year.
     Below are results for the top three winners in each category. The
 complete results of the awards can be found in the November issue, on
 newsstands October 24th. The Readers Choice Awards gala took place on
 Monday, October 16th in New York City at the American Museum of Natural
 History. The program titled Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards will
 premiere on the Travel Channel on Wednesday, October 25th at 8 PM (ET/PT).
     Top Cities - United States:
      1.  San Francisco, CA
      2.  Santa Fe, NM
      3.  New York, NY
     Top Cities - Asia:
      1.  Bangkok, Thailand
      2.  Hong Kong
      3.  Chiang Mai, Thailand
     Top Cities - Europe:
      1.  Florence, Italy
      2.  Rome, Italy
      3.  Venice, Italy
     Top Cities - Africa/Middle East:
      1.  Cape Town, South Africa
      2.  Marrakech, Morocco
     Top Cities - Pacific Rim:
      1.  Sydney, Australia
      2.  Melbourne, Australia
      3.  Queenstown, New Zealand
     Top Cities - The Americas:
      1.  Vancouver, British Columbia
      2.  Buenos Aires, Argentina
      3.  San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
     Top Islands - Europe:
      1.  Mykonos & the Cyclades, Greece
      2.  Madeira, Portugal
      3.  Capri, Italy
     Top Islands - Pacific Rim:
      1.  Maui, Hawaii
      2.  Kauai, Hawaii
      3.  Moorea, French Polynesia
     Top Islands - Caribbean/Atlantic:
      1.  Bermuda
      2.  St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
      3.  British Virgin Islands
     Top Islands - North America:
      1.  Vancouver Island, Canada
      2.  Kiawah, South Carolina
      3.  Nantucket, Massachusetts
     Top Islands - Asia:
      1.  Maldives
      2.  Bali, Indonesia
      3. Phuket, Thailand
     Top International Route Airlines:
      1.  Singapore Airlines
      2.  Emirates
      3.  Cathay Pacific
     Top Domestic Route Airlines:
      1.  JetBlue
      2.  Midwest
      3.  Hawaiian
     Top Car Rental Agencies:
      1.  Hertz
      2.  Renault Eurodrive
      3.  Avis
     Top Large Ship Cruise Lines:
      1.  Regent Seven Seas
      2.  Crystal Cruises
      3.  Disney
     Top Small Ship Cruise Lines:
     1.  SeaDream Yacht Club
     2.  Grand Circle Cruise Line
     3.  Regent Seven Seas
     Top Resorts - Africa:
      1.  Singita - Ebony & Boulders Lodges
      2.  Chief's Camp, Botswana
      3.  Chobe Chilwero, Botswana
     Top Resorts - Canada:
      1.  Pan Pacific Mountainside, Whistler
      2.  Four Seasons, Whistler
      3.  Westin Resort, Whistler
     Top Resorts - Atlantic:
      1.  One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas
      2.  The Reefs, Bermuda
      3.  Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
     Top Resorts - Central/South America:
      1.  Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo
      2.  Explora en Patagonia, Chile
      3.  Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Argentina
     Top Resorts - Asia:
      1.  Four Seasons Bali at Sayan
      2.  Four Seasons, Chiang Mai, Thailand
      3.  Banyan Tree, Phuket, Thailand
     Top Resorts - Mexico:
      1.  La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo
      2.  Royal Hideaway Playacar, Riviera Maya
      3.  JW Marriott, Cancun
     Top Resorts - Pacific Rim:
      1.  Four Seasons Lodge at Koele, Lanai
      2.  Four Seasons Hualalai, Big Island
      3.  Voyages Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef
     Top Resorts - Europe:
      1.  Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland
      2.  Westin Turnberry Resort, Scotland
      3.  Mount Juliet Conrad, Co. Kilkenny
     Top Resorts - Caribbean:
      1.  Malliouhana Hotel, Anguilla
      2.  Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
      3.  Sandy Lane, Barbados
     Top Resorts - United States:
      1.  Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, AZ
      2.  Inn at Palmetto Bluff, SC
      3.  Inn at Spanish Bay, CA
     Top Hotels - Asia:
      1.  Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
      2.  Amandari, Bali
      3.  The Peninsula, Bangkok
     Top Hotels - Caribbean/Atlantic:
      1.  Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France
      2.  Ladera, St. Lucia
      3.  Waterloo House, Bermuda
     Top Hotels - Pacific Rim:
      1.  Rialto Hotel on Collins, Melbourne
      2.  Park Hyatt, Sydney
      3.  Lilianfels Blue Mountains, Australia
     Top Hotels - Africa:
      1.  Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza
      2.  Cape Grace, Cape Town
      3.  Sofitel Palais Jamai, Fez
     Top Hotels - Europe:
      1.  Four Seasons Gresham Palace
      2.  Chateau Les Crayeres, Reims
      3.  Four Seasons George V, Paris
     Top Hotels - South America:
      1.  Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco, Peru
      2.  Four Seasons, Buenos Aires
      3.  Swissotel, Quito, Ecuador
     Top Hotels - United States:
      1.  The Peninsula, Chicago, IL
      2.  Watermark Hotel, San Antonio, TX
      3.  St. Regis, New York, NY
     Top Hotels - Canada:
      1.  Auberge du Vieux-Port, Montreal
      2.  Hotel Dominion 1912, Quebec City
      3.  Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City
     Top Hotels - British Isles:
      1.  Buckland Manor, The Cotswolds
      2.  Gidleigh Park, Devon
      3.  Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
     Top Hotels - Central America/Mexico:
      1.  JW Marriott, Mexico City
      2.  Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas
      3.  Casa Santo Domingo, Guatemala
     Top Hotels - Middle East:
      1.  Grand Hyatt, Amman
      2.  King David, Jerusalem
      3.  David Citadel, Jerusalem
     The November issue of Conde Nast Traveler is available on newsstands on
 October 24th.
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 accept free travel and accommodations, and its correspondents, as far as
 possible, travel anonymously. The result is travel the way consumers
 experience it -- good and bad, with reporting that is fair and honest.
 Conde Nast Traveler recently won its 6th National Magazine Award and is
 still the only travel publication to have won the highest honor in magazine
 publishing. Conde Nast Traveler, the 2005 Zagat Survey Best Travel
 Magazine, has a circulation of over 750,000 and is published by Conde Nast
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