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Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014 Readers’ Survey Results Announced Today Revealing the Top Cities, Islands, Hotels, Cruise Lines, Airlines, Spas, and More

KYOTO NAMED WORLD’S BEST CITY; CHARLESTON IS TOP CITY IN U.S.

TRIPLE CREEK RANCH IN MONTANA RATED #1 HOTEL WORLDWIDE

SANTORINI, MAUI, AND KAUAI TOP LIST OF BEST ISLANDS OVERALL

VIRGIN AMERICA IS BEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014 Readers’ Survey Results Announced Today

Revealing the Top Cities, Islands, Hotels, Cruise Lines, Airlines, Spas, and More

New York, NY (July 2, 2014)Kyoto, Japan; Charleston, South Carolina; and Florence, Italy are the top-rated cities worldwide in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014 readers’ survey announced today and available now on www.TravelandLeisure.com. The 19th annual World’s Best Awards survey results reveal rankings of hotels, cities, islands, airlines, tour companies, spas, and more, based on readers’ ratings in a range of categories.

Triple Creek Ranch is the top-ranked hotel worldwide, with Nayara Springs in La Fortuna, Costa Rica coming in second and Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest ranking third overall. Amanresorts is the Top Hotel Brand, followed by Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, and One&Only Resorts, respectively. National Car Rental is ranked the No. 1 Car-Rental Agency for the first time in the survey, and Disney Cruise Line achieves a No. 1 ranking among Mega-Ship Cruise Lines for the first time. Kyoto rises to the No. 1 spot among cities overall, moving up from its fifth place finish last year. Charleston is ranked the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada for the second consecutive year and earns its highest ranking ever among cities worldwide at No. 2. Savannah also receives its highest ranking ever among cities in the U.S. and Canada this year at No. 3. And, the top two cities in the U.S. – Charleston and New Orleans—are named to the list of Top Ten Cities Overall. Santorini is No. 1 Island Overall once again, having last held the honor in 2011.

TOP TEN CITIES OVERALL 2014

1. Kyoto, Japan

2. Charleston, South Carolina

3. Florence

4. Siem Reap, Cambodia

5. Rome

6. Istanbul

7. Seville, Spain

8. Barcelona

9. Mexico City

10. New Orleans

Two companies have held on to their No. 1 rankings every year since the poll began in 1996: Crystal Cruises (Top Large-Ship Cruise Line) and Singapore Airlines (Top International Airline). The 2014 results, including the Top 100 Hotels, Top 50 Resorts in the Continental U.S., Top 10 Cities Overall, and Top 10 Islands Overall, among other lists, are posted on www.TravelandLeisure.com/worldsbest now. The survey results are featured in the August issue of Travel + Leisure®, on newsstands July 18, as well as in the digital editions of Travel + Leisure.

 

TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD’S BEST AWARDS 2014 WINNERS OVERALL

WORLD’S BEST CITY

Kyoto Japan

WORLD’S BEST HOTEL

Triple Creek Ranch Darby, Montana

WORLD’S BEST HOTEL BRAND

Amanresorts

WORLD’S BEST ISLAND

Santorini Greece

WORLD’S BEST MEGA-SHIP CRUISE LINE

Disney Cruise Line

WORLD’S BEST LARGE-SHIP CRUISE LINE       

Crystal Cruises

WORLD’S BEST SMALL-SHIP CRUISE LINE      

Paul Gauguin Cruises

WORLD’S BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE

Tauck

WORLD’S BEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE       

Singapore Airlines

WORLD’S BEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE

Virgin America

WORLD’S BEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Singapore Changi Airport

WORLD’S BEST DOMESTIC AIRPORT

Portland International Airport Oregon

WORLD’S BEST SAFARI OUTFITTER

Rothschild Safaris

WORLD’S BEST TOUR OPERATOR

Classic Journeys

WORLD’S BEST CAR-RENTAL AGENCY

National Car Rental

WORLD’S BEST DESTINATION SPA

Rancho La Puerta Tecate, Mexico

WORLD’S BEST HOTEL SPA

St. Regis Aspen Resort Colorado

 

Travel + Leisure Editor-in-Chief Nancy Novogrod said, "Even after 19 years of these Awards, it is still enormously exciting to see what T+L readers select as the top travel experiences to be had around the globe. Although the infatuation with far-flung hotels remains in full force, with Africa, Asia, and Australia accounting for 28 percent of the properties in the Top 100 Hotels, the number of U.S. hotels on the list grew by more than 19 percent, and the number of Caribbean ones doubled. We have a brand-new winner for Top City, Kyoto, Japan, which broke Bangkok’s four-year winning streak. And it is noteworthy that the top three cities in the U.S. and Canada are all in the South.”

 

TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD’S BEST HOTEL 2014 WINNERS BY REGION

CONTINENTAL U.S.

 

TOP LARGE CITY HOTEL

The Langham Chicago

TOP SMALL CITY HOTEL

Planters Inn Charleston, South Carolina

TOP RESORT

Ocean House Watch Hill, Rhode Island

TOP INN/SMALL LODGE

Triple Creek Ranch Darby, Montana

  

HAWAII

 

TOP HOTEL/RESORT

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Hawaii, the Big Island

  

CANADA

 

TOP CITY HOTEL

Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

TOP RESORT

Wickaninnish Inn Tofino, British Columbia

  

THE CARIBBEAN, BERMUDA, AND THE BAHAMAS

TOP HOTEL/RESORT

Jade Mountain St. Lucia

  

MEXICO

 

TOP HOTEL/RESORT

Capella Pedregal Los Cabos

  

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

 

TOP CITY HOTEL

Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

TOP RESORT

Nayara Springs La Fortuna, Costa Rica

  

EUROPE

 

TOP LARGE CITY HOTEL

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

TOP SMALL CITY HOTEL

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

TOP RESORT

Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort Casole d’Elsa, Italy

TOP INN/SMALL COUNTRY HOTEL    

Domaine Les Crayères Reims, France

  

ASIA

 

TOP CITY HOTEL

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

TOP RESORT

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur, India

  

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

 

TOP CITY HOTEL

Cape Grace Cape Town

TOP LODGE/RESORT                          

Singita Sabi Sand Kruger National Park Area, South Africa

  

AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC

TOP CITY HOTEL

The Langham Melbourne

TOP RESORT

Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island, Australia

 

TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD’S BEST CITY AND ISLAND 2014 WINNERS BY REGION

 

REGION

CITY

ISLAND

CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES AND CANADA

Charleston South Carolina

Vancouver Island British Columbia

MEXICO AND CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

Mexico City

Galápagos Ecuador

EUROPE

Florence

Santorini Greece

ASIA

Kyoto Japan

Bali Indonesia

AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Sydney

Fiji

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Jerusalem

 

HAWAII

 

Maui

THE CARIBBEAN, BERMUDA, AND THE BAHAMAS

Virgin Gorda British Virgin Islands

 

TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD’S BEST HOTEL SPAS 2014 WINNERS BY REGION

CONTINENTAL U.S.

St. Regis Aspen Resort Colorado

CANADA

Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler British Columbia

HAWAII

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui

MEXICO AND CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

Rosewood Mayakoba Riviera Maya, Mexico

THE CARIBBEAN, BERMUDA, AND THE BAHAMAS

Jamaica Inn Ocho Rios, Jamaica

EUROPE

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

ASIA

The Peninsula Bangkok Thailand

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Cape Grace Cape Town

AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora French Polynesia

 

TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD’S BEST FAMILY 2014 WINNERS*

TOP ADVENTURE OUTFITTER FOR FAMILIES

Rothschild Safaris

TOP MEGA-SHIP CRUISE LINE FOR FAMILIES

Disney Cruise Line

TOP LARGE-SHIP CRUISE LINE FOR FAMILIES

Royal Caribbean International

TOP SMALL-SHIP CRUISE LINE FOR FAMILIES

Paul Gauguin Cruises

TOP RIVER CRUISE LINE FOR FAMILIES

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

 

TOP HOTELS FOR FAMILIES BY REGION

 

UNITED STATES

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa Hawaii

CANADA

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler

THE CARIBBEAN, BERMUDA, AND THE BAHAMAS

Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa Providenciales

MEXICO

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

EUROPE

Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort Casole d’Elsa, Italy

ASIA

JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa Thailand

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Giraffe Manor Nairobi, Kenya

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa French Polynesia

 

The top winners in each category will be honored at an awards ceremony in New York City on Thursday, July 24 hosted by Editor-in-Chief Nancy Novogrod and VP/Publisher Jay Meyer.

Follow @travlandleisure and join the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014 conversation on Twitter with #tlworldsbest.

For the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014 readers’ survey methodology, visit http://www.travelandleisure.com/promo/pdfs/Worlds-Best-Methodology-2014.pdf.

*The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Family 2014 results will be featured the November issue of Travel + Leisure.

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Date: 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014