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Results of the 2005 Conde Nast Traveler


October 17, 2005 - The November issue of Conde Nast Traveler celebrates the 18th annual Readers' Choice Awards. This year's survey boasts the highest responses and scores ever in each category. With nearly 28,000 travelers voting, the lists show an even greater global variety and depth.

Many perennial favorites are holding onto their top spots. Singapore Airlines is again the 2005 #1 International Route Airline, and has led this category for 17 of the past 18 years (in 1994 Swissair took the top spot). San Francisco, the #1 US City, has also been #1 for 17 of the past 18 years (in 1992 Santa Fe won the honor). But there are some surprises too, including St. Lucia's Ladera, which is the first-ever Caribbean Hotel to rank number one in the Best of the Best category. St. John also climbed to the top of the Caribbean/Island category, marking the first time since 1994 that Bermuda has not won.

Also of note was the fact that New Orleans made the top ten cities list, which it has done consistently since Conde Nast Traveler's first reader poll in 1988. The magazine is confident that The Big Easy will rank high in the years to come, despite the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. As editor Klara Glowczewska notes, "New Orleans will need more than just your accolades ... bringing back residents and visitors alike will be fundamental to the city's long-term survival and will test the mettle of its tourism officials." New Orleans can find hope in Thailand's remarkable recovery. With five resorts (all in Phuket) in the top 15 Asian resorts category, there is proof that these beautiful regions are fully rebounding after last year's Tsunami.

Below are results for the top three winners in each category. 

Top Resorts
Top Resorts - Africa:
1. Chief's Camp, Botswana
2. Singita Private Game Reserve
3. Phinda Private Game Reserve

Top Resorts - Canada:
1. Four Seasons, Whistler, B.C.
2. Post Hotel, Lake Louise, Alberta
3. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, B.C.

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 Atacama, Chile
3. Turtle Inn, Belize

Top Resorts - Asia: 
1. Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, Bali 
2. Ritz-Carlton, Bali 
3. Four Seasons, Chiang Mai, Thailand 

Top Resorts - Mexico:
1. One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
2. La Casa Que Canta, Zihuantanejo
3. Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

Top Resorts - Pacific Rim: 
1. Four Seasons Hualalai, Big Island 
2. Lodge at Koele, Lanai 
3. Halekulani, Oahu 

Top Resorts - Europe:
1. K Club, County Kildare
2. Dromoland Castle, County Clare
3. Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas,Crete

Top Resorts - Caribbean:
1. Four Seasons, Nevis
2. Peter Island Resort, BVI 
3. Curtain Bluff Hotel, Antigua 

Top Resorts - United States:
1. Little Palm Island, FL
2. Inn at Spanish Bay, CA
3. Lodge at Pebble Beach, CA

Top Hotels
Top Hotels - Asia:
1. The Peninsula, Hong Kong 
2. Amankila, Bali 
3. Oberol Rajvilas, Jaipur, India 

Top Hotels - Caribbean/Atlantic:
1. Ladera Resort, St. Lucia
2. Le Toiny, St. Barts
3. Hotel Carl Gustaf, St. Barts

Top Hotels - Pacific Rim: 
1. Lilanfels Blue Mountains, Australia 
2. Four Seasons, Sydney 
3. Park Hyatt, Sydney 

Top Hotels - Africa/Middle East:
1. Cape Grace, Cape Town
2. Four Seasons at the First Residence, Cairo
3. Grande Roche Hotel, Paarl,South Africa

Top Hotels - Europe:
1. Four Seasons, Istanbul
2. Four Seasons George V, Paris
3. Four Seasons, Milan

Top Hotels - South America:
1. Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco, Peru
2. Four Seasons, Buenos Aires
3. Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires

Top Hotels - United States:
1. Twin Farms, Barnard, VT 
2. Four Seasons, Chicago, IL 
3. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA 

Top Hotels - Canada:
1. Hotel Dominion 1912, Quebec City
2. Opus Hotel, Vancouver
3. Four Seasons, Vancouver

Top Hotels - British Isles
1. Chewton Glen, Hampshire
2. Cliveden, Berkshire 
3. Gravetye Manor, West Sussex

Top Hotels - Central America/Mexico:
1. Casa Santo Domingo, Guatemala
2. JW Marriott, Mexico City
3. Las Mananitas, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Top Cities
Top Cities - United States:
1. San Francisco, CA
2. Santa Fe, CA 
3. Charleston, SC

Top Cities - Asia:
1. Bangkok
2. Hong Kong
3. Singapore

Top Cities - Europe: 
1. Florence, Italy 
2. Rome, Italy
3. Venice, Italy

Top Cities - Africa/Middle East:
1. Cape Town
2. Jerusalem
3. Marrakech

Top Cities - Pacific Rim:
1. Sydney
2. Melbourne
3. Queenstown, NZ

Top Cities - The Americas:
1. Vancouver
2. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
3. Buenos Aires

Top Islands
Top Islands - Europe: 
1. Mykonos & the Cyclades 
2. Majorca & Minorca 
3. Sicily

Top Islands - Pacific Rim:
1. Maui
2. Kauai
Bora Bora

Top Islands - Caribbean/Atlantic: 
1. St. John
2. Bermuda 
3. British Virgin Islands

Top Islands - North America:
1. Vancouver Island
2. Kiawah, South Carolina
3. Nantucket

Top Islands - Asia:
1. Phuket
2. Bali
3. Mauritius

Top International Route Airlines:
1. Singapore Airlines
2. Cathay Pacific
3. Emirates

Top Domestic Route Airlines:
1. JetBlue 
2. Midwest
3. Song

Top Rental Car Agencies:
1. Hertz
2. Avis
3. Enterprise

Top Large Cruise Lines:
1. Crystal Cruises
2. Radisson Seven Seas
3. Celebrity

Top Small Cruise Lines:
1. Silversea
2. Seabourn
3. SeaDream Yacht Club

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 Publications, Inc.


Conde Nast
Caroline Andoscia

Also See: Five Hotels Added to AAA Five Diamond Winners for 2005; Complete list of 85 AAA Five Diamond Hotels / November 2004
The 2005 Mobil Five-Stars Awarded to 31 Lodgings and 14 Restaurants; The Four Seasons Resort at Wailea in Maui Achieves 5 Star Rating for the First Time / November 2004

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