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Conde Nast Names Top Hotels Around the World
Top Hotel Mainland US -Ritz - Carlton Chicago
Top Resort Mainland US - Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2007 - 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. 

Top Hotels

    Top Hotels - Australia / Pacific:
    1.    Crown Towers, Melbourne
    2.    Park Hyatt Sydney
    3.    Treetops Lodge, Rotorua

    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 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 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 Resorts

    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 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 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.

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.


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Also See: Conde Nast Traveler Identifies the U.S. Hotels, Restaurants and Spas Opened in the Past Year that Are Destined to Become Instant Classics / April 2007


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