The World’s Best Hotels, Resorts, Spas, Countries, Cities, Islands, Airlines, Airports, Trains, and Cruise Lines Ranked by 600,000 Readers
New York (Oct. 7, 2019) – Condé Nast Traveler today announced the winners of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, destination spas, countries, cities, islands, trains, airlines, airports, and cruise lines in the world. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.
In its first year as one global brand, Condé Nast Traveler combined the annual surveys in the U.S. and U.K. into one global Readers’ Choice Awards list. Collectively, we received a recording-breaking number of responses from more than 600,000 readers who rated their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how readers are traveling today.
“The way we travel today has changed significantly, and we know that is front and center in people’s desires and conversations,” said Melinda Stevens, editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveler. “As our readers continue to explore, we continue to listen. Our readers’ curiosity shapes our inspiration and ultimately our next adventure, and based on this year’s list, we’ll be making plenty of new discoveries.”
The full list of more than 1,800 global winners, including more than a dozen galleries and web-only exclusives of the 50 Best Hotels in the World and 50 Best Resorts in the World, can be found here.
Of nearly 10,000 hotels, resorts, and destination spas rated, barely 15 percent made the cut. Resorts in Greece earned their own list this year, and across the seas, tiny St. Barts and a very resilient Puerto Rico, post hurricanes, remain the go-to places in the Caribbean. Crystal Cruises nabbed top spots in not one but three categories, competing against ships that float more than 4,000 passengers. Wellness retreats also got a category for the first time, as did luxury train journeys.
The 2019 winners are prominently featured on Condé Nast Traveler’s website and celebrated in the November issue on newsstands nationwide Oct. 8.