Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards

The reader’s choice Awards from Conde Nast Traveller magazine are out, and there is all sorts of good information here. Here, a selection of the top categories: 25 best cities, top 100 hotels, top 25 Islands and the highlights of Central and South America. For all the details check out the magazine, as they have top cities, hotels, resorts and Islands for each region: Europe, Asia, Africa & Middle East, Central & South America, Mexico, Australia & The Pacific, Caribbean & the Atlantic, Canada and United States.

25 best cities:


1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2.Budapest, Hungary
2. Florence, Italy
4. Salzburg, Austria
5.Charleston, South Carolina, United States
5.San Sebastián, Spain
7. Vienna, Austria
8. Rome
9. Siena, Italy
10. Québec City
11.Cape Town, South Africa
11.Bruges, Belgium
13. Vancouver, Canada
14. Kyoto, Japan
15. Prague, Czech Republic
15. Kraków, Poland
17. Victoria, Canada
17. Sydney
17. Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
20. Seville, Spain
20. Beirut, Lebanon
22. Paris
22. Melbourne, Australia
24. Venice, Italy
24. Barcelona, Spain

how many have I been to: 11 out of 25. I think this is a pretty solid list of great places to visit. But San Miguel de Allende as No. 1? That i really don’t get. I think its a beautiful city, and a must when travelling to Mexico, but the best? Don’t think so

Top 25 Islands:

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  1. Maui
  2. Kauai
  3. Maldives
  4. Kiawah island
  5. Bora bora
  6. Sea island
  7. Moorea
  8. Oahu
  9. Great barrier reef islands
  10. Big island
  11. Bermuda
  12. Santorini
  13. Tasmania
  14. St. John
  15. Whitsunday islands
  16. Vancouver island
  17. Nevis
  18. Lanai
  19. Nantucket
  20. Seychelles
  21. Hilton head
  22. British virgin islands
  23. Elba & tuscan archipelago
  24. Prince edward island
  25. Amelia island

I’m really doing badly on these ones – but I have to say, even though I haven’t been to many of these, isn’t there a clear US focus? I think there are a couple of Thai islands and Greek Islands that could have made it!

Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World

Im not going to list the full 100, as you can definitely check the link for that, but here are the top 20!

top hotels cn

  1. La residence, franschhoek, south africa
  2. Lodge at kauri cliffs, matauri bay, n.z.
  3. Singita sabi sand, south africa
  4. Bushmans kloof wilderness reserve, south africa
  5. Grand hotel timeo, sicily
  6. Perivolas, santorini
  7. One&only the palm, dubai
  8. Four seasons gresham palace budapest
  9. Ritz–carlton shanghai, pudong
  10. Peninsula house, samaná
  11. Lion sands, sabi sand
  12. Inn at palmetto bluff, bluffton
  13. 21c museum hotel, cincinnati
  14. Waldorf astoria chicago
  15. Villa san michele, fiesole
  16. St. Regis lhasa resort
  17. Rosewood mayakoba, yucatán
  18. The chedi, chiang mai
  19. Amankila, bali
  20. Lodge at doonbeg, county clare
  21. Jumby bay (rosewood), antigua
  22. Phinda private game reserve, south africa
  23. One&only palmilla, san josé del cabo
  24. Four seasons resort bora bora
  25. Le meurice, paris
  26. Sabi sabi private game reserve, south africa
  27. Parador santiago de ompostela, spain

In general this list is very USA focused .Of the 100 hotels, 22 are in the US quite a big percentage.  OF the top 100 Hotels I’ve been to:  Hotel Splendido & Splendido Mare, Portofino, Hotel Villa Magna, Madrid, The Connaught, London, Rosewood Mayakoba, Yucatán, Las Alcobas, Mexico City, Blue Palace Resort (Luxury Collection), Crete, Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena, Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris – all of which are very worthy members of this list.

Top 5 Cities in Central & South America


  1.  Buenos Aires, Argentina
  2.  Cusco, Peru
  3.  CArtagena, Colombia
  4.  Paraty, Brazil
  5.  Antigua de Guatemala

Top 25 Hotels in Suuth America

  1. Sofitel legend Santa Clara Cartagena
  2. Las Casitas del Colca, Cayllamo Province
  3. Fasano hotel, São Paulo
  4. Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau, Buenos Aires
  5. Four seasons hotel, Buenos Aires
  6. Copacabana palace, Rio de Janeiro
  7. Alvear palace hotel, Buenos Aires
  8. Fasano hotel, Rio de Janeiro
  9. Hotel Monasterio, Buzco
  10.  Jw marriott hotel Bogotá
  11. Sofitel Buenos Aires
  12. Hotel paracas (luxury collection)
  13. Country club hotel, Lima
  14. Aranwa sacred valley, urubamba
  15. Loi suites recoleta, Buenos Aires
  16. Inkaterra machu picchu pueblo hotel
  17. Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
  18. Park tower, Buenos Aires
  19.  Jw Marriott hotel lima
  20. Grand Hyatt Santiago
  21. Swissôtel Lima
  22. Hotel das cataratas, Iguaçu national park
  23. Ritz-carlton, Santiago
  24. Casa Andina Valle Sagrado
  25. Palacio del inka (luxury collection)

Top 10 cities in Europe


  1. Florence
  2. Budapest
  3. Salzburg
  4. San sebastian
  5. Vienna
  6. Rome
  7. Siena
  8. Bruges
  9. Krakow
  10. Prague

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