Conde Nast Traveler Announces Results of the 20th Annual Readers' Choice Awards

Oct 11, 2007, 01:00 ET from Conde Nast Traveler

    NEW YORK, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The November 2007 issue of Conde Nast
 Traveler celebrates the 20th 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. A record
 number of travelers, over 28,000, voted this year.
     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 19 of the past 20 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 17 of the past 18
        years (in 1992 Santa Fe won the honor).
     There is some big news this year: for only the second time in Reader's
 Choice history, there's a perfect 100 score. The honor goes to the La
 Scalinatella Hotel on Capri. The hotel isn't new and has been recognized by
 readers in the past, but with a 33% increase in votes cast from last year,
 the 28-room hotel was propelled into the number one spot with an impressive
 perfect score!
     Also of note are the two new categories that were added to this year's
 poll. Foreign Air Route, with SilkAir earning the #1 spot, honors carriers
 that do not have U.S. destinations on their routes. This addition truly
 emphasizes the worldliness and sophistication of Conde Nast Traveler
 readers. The other new category is Hawaiian Resorts. Along with many other
 destinations in the Pacific Rim, Hawaii's popularity has increased over the
 years and now merits it's own category led by four, count 'em, four, Four
 Seasons properties. After studying the list, this is no surprise as this
 year's top hotels and resorts include fifty Four Season properties!
     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 25th. The Readers Choice Awards gala took place on
 Wednesday, October 10th in New York City at the Cooper-Hewitt, National
 Design Museum.
     Top Cities - United States:
     1.    San Francisco
     2.    New York
     3.    Charleston, SC
     Top Cities - Europe:
     1.    Florence, Italy
     2.    Rome, Italy
     3.    Venice, Italy
     Top Cities - Australia/Pacific:
     1.    Sydney, Australia
     2.    Melbourne, Australia
     3.    Queenstown, New Zealand
     Top Cities - Asia:
     1.    Bangkok, Thailand
     2.    Hong Kong
     3.    Chiang Mai, Thailand
     Top Cities - Africa/Middle East:
     1.    Cape Town, South Africa
     2.    Damascus, Syria
     3.    Jerusalem, Israel
     Top Cities - The Americas:
     1.    Buenos Aires, Argentina
     2.    Vancouver, British Columbia
     3.    Victoria, British Columbia
     Top Islands - Europe:
     1.    Mykonos & the Cyclades, Greece
     2.    Capri, Italy
     3.    Sardinia, Italy
     Top Islands - Caribbean / Atlantic:
     1.    Bermuda
     2.    St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
     3.    St. Barthelemy, French West Indies
     Top Islands - Asia / Indian Ocean:
     1.    Maldives
     2.    Bali
     3.    Phuket
     Top International Route Airlines:
     1.    Singapore Airlines
     2.    Emirates
     3.    Virgin Atlantic
     Top Car Rental Agencies:
     1.    Hertz
     2.    Enterprise
     3.    Avis
     Top Small Ship Cruise Lines:
     1.    Regent Seven Seas
     2.    Grand Circle Cruise Line
     3.    Seabourn
     Top Hotels - Australia / Pacific:
     1.    Crown Towers, Melbourne
     2.    Park Hyatt Sydney
     3.    Treetops Lodge, Rotorua
     Top Hotels - South America:
     1.    Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco
     2.    Four Seasons, Buenos Aires
     3.    Ritz Carlton, Santiago
     Top Hotels - Canada:
     1.    Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City
     2.    Fairmont Vancouver Airport
     3.    The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Victoria
     Top Hotels - Central America/Mexico:
     1.    Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Osa Peninsula
     2.    Hotel Twin Dolphin, Cabo San Lucas
     3.    Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua
     Top Hotels - British Isles:
     1.    Milestone Hotel, London
     2.    Chewton Glen, Hampshire
     3.    The Merrion, Dublin
     Top Resorts - Africa/Middle East:
     1.    Burj Al Arab, Dubai
     2.    Mombo and Little Mombo Camps, Moremi
     3.    Khwai River Lodge, Moremi Reserve
     Top Resorts - Atlantic Ocean:
     1.    One & Only Ocean Club, Bahamas
     2.    Point Grace, Turks & Caicos
     3.    Pink Sands, Bahamas
     Top Islands - Pacific:
     1.    Maui, Hawaii
     2.    Kuai, Hawaii
     3.    Great Barrier Reef Islands, Australia
     Top Islands, North America:
     1.    Vancouver Island, Canada
     2.    Kiawah, S.C.
     3.    Nantucket, Massachusetts
     Top Domestic Route Airlines:
     1.    JetBlue
     2.    Midwest
     3.    Hawaiian
     Top Foreign Route Airlines: (no U.S. route)
     1.    SilkAir
     2.    Virgin Express
     3.    Virgin Blue
     Top Large Ship Cruise Lines:
     1.    Crystal Cruises
     2.    Regent Seven Seas
     3.    Disney
     Top Hotels - Africa:
     1.    Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town
     2.    Cape Grace, Cape Town
     3.    Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
     Top Hotels - Europe:
     1.    Hotel La Scalinatella, Capri
     2.    Four Seasons George V, Paris
     3.    Four Seasons Gresham Place
     Top Hotels - Caribbean / Atlantic:
     1.    Eden Rock Hotel
     2.    Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France
     3.    The Caves, Negril
     Top Hotels - Mainland U.S.:
     1.    Ritz - Carlton Chicago
     2.    The Peninsula, Chicago
     3.    Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach
     Top Hotels - Asia:
     1.    Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, Rajasthan
     2.    The Peninsula, Hong Kong
     3.    Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
     Top Hotels - Middle East:
     1.    Four Seasons, Amman
     2.    David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem
     3.    Grand Hyatt Dubai
     Top Resorts - Canada:
     1.    Pan Pacific Whistler, Village Centre
     2.    Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, Vancouver
     3.    Four Seasons Resort, Whistler
     Top Resorts - Central / South America:
     1.    Lodge at Chaa Creek, Macal River
     2.    Four Seasons Resort, Carmelo
     3.    Explora Patagonia, Torres del Paine Nat'l Park
     Top Resorts - Mexico:
     1.    One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
     2.    Secrets Capri Riviera, Cancun
     3.    JW Marriott Resort  & Spa, Cancun
     Top Resorts - Hawaii:
     1.    Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
     2.    Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Big Island
     3.    Four Seasons Lana'I at Koele Lanai
     Top Resorts - Europe:
     1.    Hotel du Palais, Biarritz
     2.    Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder
     3.    Sheen Falls Lodge, Co. Kerry
     Top Resorts - Mainland U.S.:
     1.    Lodge on Little St. Simons Island
     2.    Sundance Resort, Sundance
     3.    Inn at Thorn Hill, Jackson
     Top Resorts - Australia/Pacific Rim:
     1.    Huka Lodge, Taupo
     2.    Hotel Bora Bora, Polynesian islands
     3.    Voyages Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef
     Top Resorts - Caribbean:
     1.    Curtain Bluff Hotel, Antigua
     2.    Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda
     3.    Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis
     Top Resorts - Asia:
     1.    Oberoi Vanyavilas, Rajasthan
     2.    Banyan Tree, Phuket
     3.    Four Seasons Resort at Sayan, Bali
     The November issue of Conde Nast Traveler is available on newsstands on
 October 25th.
     Unlike many other travel publications, Conde Nast Traveler does not
 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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