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Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards Readers’ Survey Results Announced Today

Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards Readers’ Survey Results Announced Today Revealing Favorite Cities, Hotels, Islands, Airlines, Cruise Lines, Spas, Airports, and More

New York, NY (July 2, 2013) – The Lodge Sea Island, Georgia; The Peninsula Beverly Hills; Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana; Market Pavilion Hotel, Charleston; and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii, the Big Island are the top hotels in the United States in their respective categories in the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey results, announced today and available at www.TravelandLeisure.com now. This year, three new categories—World’s Best Hotel Brands (Oberoi Hotels & Resorts ranks No. 1), World’s Best Airports (Singapore Changi Airport ranks No. 1), and World’s Best Mega-Ship Cruise Lines (Celebrity Cruises ranks No. 1)—have been introduced to the 18th annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards survey results. For the first time, Charleston is named Top City in the U.S. and Canada, rising to the No. 1 spot from its No. 4 ranking in last year’s survey. Among global cities, Istanbul achieves its highest-ever ranking in the survey at No. 2; Bangkok holds its position as World’s Best City for the fourth consecutive year.  Two Philippine islands lead the list of Top Islands Overall with Palawan making its debut in the No. 1 spot this year, and Boracay moving to No. 2 from first place last year.

 

Two companies have held onto 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 2013 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 19, as well as in the digital editions of Travel + Leisure on iPad®, NOOK Color™, and Kindle Fire™.

 

TRAVEL + LEISURE  2013 WORLD’S BEST AWARDS WINNERS OVERALL

WORLD’S BEST CITY                                              Bangkok

WORLD’S BEST HOTEL                                          Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp 

                                                                                          Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

WORLD’S BEST HOTEL BRAND                             Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
 

WORLD’S BEST ISLAND                                          Palawan Philippines

WORLD’S BEST MEGA-SHIP CRUISE LINE              Celebrity Cruises

WORLD’S BEST LARGE-SHIP CRUISE LINE             Crystal Cruises

WORLD’S BEST SMALL-SHIP CRUISE LINE             Seabourn

WORLD’S BEST RIVER CRUISE LINE                       Tauck

WORLD’S BEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE             Singapore Airlines

WORLD’S BEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE                       Virgin America

WORLD’S BEST AIRPORT                                        Singapore Changi Airport

WORLD’S BEST SAFARI OUTFITTER                       Rothschild Safaris

WORLD’S BEST TOUR OPERATOR                         Absolute Travel

WORLD’S BEST CAR-RENTAL AGENCY                 Hertz Rent a Car                        

WORLD’S BEST DESTINATION SPA                       Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort & Spa                                                                                           Tecate, Mexico                 

WORLD’S BEST HOTEL SPA                                  Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

 

Travel + Leisure Editor-in-Chief Nancy Novogrod said, "It’s no surprise that safari destinations continue to rate high with our readers, as they provide the one-of-a-kind, memorable experiences that so many travelers are looking for today. Mombo Camp’s debut as the World’s Best Hotel marks the third straight year that a safari camp has held the number one spot overall. And though we have a significant number of newcomers in the hotels categories—78 in all this year– there are many places that endure: our 45 Hall of Fame properties have appeared on our lists for a decade or more.  The World’s Best Awards are a testament to Travel + Leisure readers’ continued curiosity, spirit of adventure, and commitment to excellence, as well as their appreciation for authenticity and great service.”

TRAVEL + LEISURE 2013 WORLD’S BEST HOTEL WINNERS BY REGION

CONTINENTAL U.S.

TOP LARGE CITY HOTEL                       The Peninsula Beverly Hills California

TOP SMALL CITY HOTEL                      Market Pavilion Hotel Charleston, South Carolina

TOP RESORT                                            The Lodge Sea Island, Georgia

TOP INN/SMALL LODGE                     Triple Creek Ranch Darby, Montana

 

HAWAII

TOP RESORT                                      Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Hawaii, the Big Island

 

CANADA

TOP CITY HOTEL                                Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver

TOP RESORT                                      Post Hotel & Spa Lake Louise, Alberta

 

THE CARIBBEAN, BERMUDA, AND THE BAHAMAS

TOP RESORT                                       Jade Mountain St. Lucia

 

MEXICO

TOP CITY HOTEL                                Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F. Mexico City

TOP RESORT                                      Rosewood Mayakoba Riviera Maya

 

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

TOP CITY HOTEL                                Alvear Palace Hotel Buenos Aires

TOP RESORT                                      Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens La Fortuna, Costa Rica

 

EUROPE

TOP LARGE CITY HOTEL                    Ritz-Carlton Berlin

TOP SMALL CITY HOTEL                   Mandarin Oriental Munich

TOP RESORT                                     Castello di Casole—
                                                          A Timbers Resorts Hotel & Residences 

                                                                                              Casole d’Elsa, Italy

TOP INN/SMALL COUNTRY HOTEL   Domaines Les Crayères Reims, France

 

ASIA

TOP CITY HOTEL                               The Peninsula Hong Kong

TOP RESORT                                     The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur, India

 

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST
TOP CITY HOTEL                               Cape Grace Cape Town

TOP LODGE/RESORT                        Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp
                                                                              Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

                                                  

AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC

TOP CITY HOTEL                                       The Langham Melbourne

TOP RESORT (tie)                                    Four Seasons Resort Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

                 Lodge at Kauri Cliffs Matauri Bay, New Zealand

 

 

TRAVEL + LEISURE  2013 WORLD’S BEST CITY AND ISLAND WINNERS BY REGION
REGION                                           CITY                                                       ISLAND

CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES  Charleston, S.C.                      Prince Edward Island, Canada
AND CANADA                             

MEXICO AND                                Cusco, Peru                           Galápagos, Ecuador
CENTRAL AND
SOUTH AMERICA                                                 

EUROPE                                         Istanbul                                Santorini, Greece

ASIA                                              Bangkok                                Palawan, Philippines

AUSTRALIA,                                   Sydney                                 Great Barrier Reef, Australia
NEW ZEALAND
AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC                                                        

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST   Cape Town

HAWAII                                                                                       Maui    

THE CARIBBEAN, BERMUDA,                                                     Culebra, Puerto Rico
AND THE BAHAMAS                                                                             

               

 

TRAVEL + LEISURE 2013 WORLD’S BEST HOTEL SPAS WINNERS BY REGION

CONTINENTAL U.S.                                                                         Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch                                                                                                                 Avon, Colorado

CANADA                                                                                          Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

HAWAII                                                                                            Four Seasons Resort                                                                                                                            Hualalai Hawaii,
                                                                                                               the Big Island

MEXICO                                                                                           Rosewood Mayakoba                                                                                                                            Riviera Maya

THE CARIBBEAN, BERMUDA, AND THE BAHAMAS                        Couples Tower Isle
                                                                                                               St. Mary, Jamaica

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA                                                Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens                                                                                                                   La Fortuna, Costa Rica

EUROPE                                                                                       Four Seasons Hotel                                                                                                                               Istanbul at the
                                                                                                             Bosphorus                  

ASIA                                                                                            Discovery Shores                                                                                                                                      Boracay, Philippines

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST                                                 One&Only Cape Town,
                                                                                                                         S. Africa

AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC           St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
                                                                                                            French Polynesia

 

TRAVEL + LEISURE 2013 WORLD’S BEST FAMILY 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                                                                      Ponte Vedra Inn & Club                                                                                                                         Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

CANADA                                                                                  Four Seasons Resort, Whistler

THE CARIBBEAN, BERMUDA, AND THE BAHAMAS        Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa                                                                                                                          Providenciales

MEXICO                                                                                     Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA                                 Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort                                                                                                           Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

EUROPE                                                                       Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resorts                                                                                        Hotel & Residences Casole d’Elsa, Italy

ASIA                                                                              Discovery Shores Boracay, Philippines

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST                                   Londolozi Game Reserve                                                                                                                      Kruger National Park, South Africa

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND                                                InterContinental, Sydney

 

The top winners in each category will be honored at an awards ceremony in New York City on Thursday, July 18 hosted by Editor-in-Chief Nancy Novogrod and VP/Publisher Jay Meyer.

 

Follow @travlandleisure and join the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards conversation on Twitter with #tlworldsbest.

 

For the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey methodology, visit http://www.travelandleisure.com/travelandleisure_worlds_best_2013_methodology.pdf.

 

*The 2013 World’s Best Family results will be featured the November issue of Travel + Leisure.

 

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Liz Marsh / elizabeth.c.marsh@aexp.com / 212-382-5684
Caitlin Eadie / caitlineadie@aexp.com / 212-642-1921

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Date: 
Tuesday, July 2, 2013