Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world. Over 300,000 dedicated readers – nearly twice as many as last year — cast votes for 7,394 hotels, 606 cities, 500 cruise ships, 236 islands, in an average survey time of 8.4 minutes. The result? The 1,402 best travel experiences in the world.
THE 2016 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD WINNERS:
Top Large and Small U.S. Cities: New York City for the second year in a row and Charleston, S.C., for the sixth year in a row!
Top Hotel in the U.S.: Virgin Hotels Chicago
Top Resort in the U.S.: The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming
Top Island in the World: Boracay, Philippines
Top Hotel in Europe: Ballyfin, Co. Laois, Ireland
Top Hotel in Asia: Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
Top Hotel in South America: Hotel Unique, São Paulo
Top Safari Camp: Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand, South Africa
Top Airline in the World: Singapore Airlines
Top U.S. Airline: Virgin America
Top Large Cruise Line: Disney
Top Midsize Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises
Top Small Cruise Line: Seabourn Cruise Line
Top River Cruise Line: Grand Circle Cruise Line
Top Beach Resort in Mexico: El Dorado Maroma, Playa del Carmen
Top Beach Resort in the Caribbean: Le Sereno, St. Barths
24 properties that appeared on our HOT LIST in May 2016 also made the RCA list: our readers are more engaged than ever.
Smaller properties have grown their presence against the global hotel chains.
The votes cast by leisure travelers outnumbered the ones by business travelers.
NEW TRAVEL TRENDS
Luxury, all-inclusive resorts are for a wide cadre of travelers, not just couples.
Caribbean properties are stronger than ever despite recent health alarms.
Italy cannot be beat.
U.S. secondary cities are more popular than ever.
The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 25, 2016. The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca.