2013 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award Winners

October 15th, 2013

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

The results of Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards are in. This year, the 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards boasted its highest-ever participation with 79,268 readers casting 1.3 million votes. The result is a compilation of the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and resorts in the world.

The #1 spot for Top Hotel & Resort in the World was a tie between The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay, New Zealand and La Residence in Franschhoek, South Africa.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards including:

Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World: #1 The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, #7 One&Only The Palm Dubai, #22 (tied) Phinda Private Game Reserve, One&Only Palmilla, #63 Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens, #75 Park Hyatt Dubai

Top Midsize-Ship Cruise Lines: #1 Crystal Cruises

Top Hotels in the Middle East: #1 Park Hyatt Dubai

Top Resorts in the Middle East: #1 One&Only The Palm Dubai, #2 Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, #5 One&Only Royal Mirage

Top Resorts in Central & South America: #1 Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

Top Resorts in Baja, Mexico: #1 One&Only Palmilla

Top Hotels in Australia & the Pacific: #1 Park Hyatt Sydney

Top Hotels in the Atlantic: #2 One&Only Ocean Club, #4 Parrot Cay

Top Hotels in New England: #3 The Wauwinet, #7 White Elephant Hotel

Top Resorts & Safari Camps: #4 Phinda Private Game Reserve, #25 Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Top Hotels in Chicago: #4 Park Hyatt Chicago

Top Hotels in Northern Europe: #5 Park Hyatt Hamburg

Top Hotels in South America: #4 Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau

Top Hotels in Washington, D.C: #5 Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.

Top Resorts in the Caribbean: #5 The Caves, #6 Hôtel Saint-Barth Isle de France, #10 Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

Top Hotels in France & Monaco: #6 Park Hyatt Paris-Vedome, #18 Pavillon de la Reine

Top Hotels in Africa: #7 One&Only Cape Town

Top Hotels in Japan and South Korea: #7 Park Hyatt Seoul, #8 Park Hyatt Tokyo

Top Islands in the Caribbean: #7 St. Barths

Top Hotels in the Southwest: #8 Inn on the Alameda

Top Resorts in Europe: #10 Chewton Glen

Top Cities in the United States: #10 Napa

Top Hotels in Southeast Asia: #13 Park Hyatt Saigon

Top Resorts in Asia: #16 Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp

Top Hotels in Central Europe: #17 Park Hyatt Zurich

Top Hotels in China: #29 Park Hyatt Shanghai, #37 Park Hyatt Beijing


For the complete list of 2013 Readers’ Choice winners, click here: http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards

taste america’s ‘best for food’ city with the welcoming inn on the alameda

July 30th, 2012

Images courtesy of Inn on the Alameda and FarmShareStories.com

On the heels of the Rand McNalley/USAToday “Best of the Road” contest, where Santa Fe, New Mexico was voted the city in America “Best for Food”, there is no better time than now to visit the City Different. To experience all the culinary options Santa Fe has to offer, head to the inviting Inn on the Alameda, offering food lovers the opportunity to sample the best of Santa Fe with the Fresh Santa Fe package.

As one local chef told “Best of the Road” competitors, “Santa Fe cuisine is unique because of the vibrancy of the city and the tapestry of cultures – Native American, Hispanic, and European – represented in the city.”  It is this that makes the city stand out from the rest of America, and guests who book this special package get to experience it all at the Santa Fe Farmers Market.  Recognized as one of the top ten farmers markets in the country, Inn on the Alameda guests are able to wander through the Tuesday morning market at leisure after enjoying the Inn’s lavish continental breakfast. And they’ve tossed a few extra goodies into the market basket to make this experience even more delicious:

- A three-night stay in cozy accommodations of one’s choice, based on double occupancy, available Sundays through Wednesdays, May through November.

- $20 per person in Farmers Market tokens to stock up on fresh greens, savory cheese, sweet jams, or even lavender soaps! Due to the nature of the harvest, produce and products change weekly.

- A gift certificate for $40 for two to enjoy lunch at Il Piatto, a downtown trattoria committed to using local and organic ingredients whenever possible.

- Two Santa Fe Farmers Market caps to shield the eyes while searching for the best tomatoes.

- Two Inn on the Alameda tote bags to collect one’s goodies.

- The Inn’s sumptuous continental breakfast daily.

- A relaxing afternoon wine hour each afternoon.

Rates for the Fresh Santa Fe three-night package range from $531 to $1041 plus tax, depending on dates and the room-type selected. The package is subject to hotel availability, and no other discounts apply. Additional persons, after two per room, are welcome with a $40 per person fee. The package is not available to book online, so please call 888-984-2121 for reservations and more information.


the wauwinet honored by travel + leisure in 2012 world’s best service awards

May 29th, 2012

The Wauwinet, the only Relais & Châteaux property on Nantucket has been named one of the top five resorts and inns in the U.S. and Canada for World’s Best Service by the readers of Travel + Leisure. With an overall score of 97.33, The Wauwinet was the only Inn on the east coast on the top five list. Rankings were based on reader evaluations collected in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards survey.

No stranger to accolades, The Wauwinet has been recognized in Travel + Leisure’s Top 500 hotels and in Conde Nast Traveler’s US Top 50 Small Hotels. In-house restaurant TOPPER’S has been honored with the Wine Spectator Grand Award, the publication’s highest honor, for 15 years running and is rated the best overall restaurant on Nantucket by Zagat.

The Wauwinet is open for the season with Hot Dates, Cool Rates starting at $195 per night.

For more information visit www.wauwinet.com or call 800.248.2405 or 508.228.2400.

island outpost properties earn tripadvisor certificate of excellence award

May 25th, 2012

All four Island Outpost properties in Jamaica – GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, The Caves, Geejam and Strawberry Hill Hotel, Spa & Gardens have received the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.

The highly applauded award honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that maintain an overall rating of four stars or higher (out of a possible five) as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Approximately 10 percent of establishments listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

The accolade comes as no surprise as Island Outpost hotels have long been recognized by travelers worldwide as remarkable properties with exclusive accommodations, unsurpassed service and top-notch amenities.

Each Island Outpost property has its own singular sense of style – GoldenEye offers laid-back luxury on the north coast, The Caves in Negril feels like a secluded castle set above a vibrant town center, while Geejam in Port Antonio is a secret hideaway infused with a cosmopolitan vibe and the newly-renovated Strawberry Hill offers a cool refreshing escape 3,100 feet above sea level in the Blue Mountains.

For more information and summer offers visit, www.islandoutpost.com or call 1(800)-OUTPOST.

toes in the water, toes in the sand

January 20th, 2012

While there is something magical about that first snow of the season, let’s face it, the rest of winter is spent dreaming about sand between your toes and a warm sea breeze. And now, thanks to the National Geographic Top 10 Beaches, we’re dreaming in overdrive. While any beach sounds amazing, we’ve got a couple that we can’t stop thinking about. In fact, we’ve already dreamed up our spring, summer, and next winters’ vacations there.

First on our list, and number two on NatGeo’s list, is the Maldives. With over 1,102 islands, forming 26 atolls, there is plenty of beach to go around. We’re dreaming of a nice long stay in an over-water bungalow at Cocoa Island. Not only does the crystal clear water make for some of the world’s greatest scuba diving and snorkeling, there’s also surfing, fishing, and other incredible water sports to keep you busy. Then again, we’d be happy just to sunbathe on the pristine beach all day.

After spring break in the Maldives, we’re heading to number six, Nantucket, for our summer vacation. This magical little island 27 miles off the coast of Massachusetts is the ultimate place to visit, whether for a weekend or the entire summer. While the island itself is less than 50 square miles, there are over 80 miles of beaches, but our desired beach is located at our favorite inn by the sea, The Wauwinet. There are actually two beaches to choose from – one at the head of the Nantucket Harbor, for shallow water and no waves, and the other on the Atlantic Ocean, with deep, soft sand and gentle waves. Don’t forget to collect some shells, you’ll find some beautiful ones to take home with you.

Next December, we want our early Christmas present to ourselves to be a luxurious cruise aboard Crystal Symphony. The “South Pacific Sojourn” will stop at several incredible ports, but the one we’re most excited about is Bora Bora, number three on NatGeo’s list. Dubbed the “Romantic Island”, this lush little slip of land is protected by a lagoon and has 18 miles of white sandy shore. The beautiful lagoon provides a wide array of activities, from windsurfing to scuba diving, and the two towering peaks of sheer black rock make an impressive backdrop to the dazzling blue waters. While some consider it the most beautiful island in the world, we can’t wait to find out for ourselves!

anantara scores a hat trick!

January 6th, 2012

While they may be far from any hockey rink, Anantara Resorts has still managed to score a “hat trick” in the Maldives! They have proudly achieved Green Globe Certification for three of its resorts – Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, Anantara Veli Resort & Spa, and Anantara Kihavah Villas. This recognition highlights Anantara’s sincere commitment to operating in an environmentally, socially and culturally responsible manner through a broad spectrum of initiatives in the Maldives, and is proudly the first operator in the Maldives to have all of its resorts Green Globe Certified.

Anantara’s Maldives resorts incorporate all aspects of Green Globe standards in their daily operation, primarily in environmental conservation such as water, energy, and waste management efficiency. The resorts also support their local communities and environments and promote the islands’ social and cultural heritage through resort and local island experiences.

Baa Atoll, the capital of the Maldives, is also recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO for its conservation, research, and development of their rich coral reef systems. With this, UNESCO acknowledges Baa Atoll’s “great potential for demonstrating sustainable development throughout the Maldives and the region, while relying on a green economy.”

For more information on Anantara and its environmental, social and cultural sustainability policies, please click here.

another gold star for anantara golden triangle

October 7th, 2011

Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa has been named ‘Thailand’s Leading Resort’ at the 18th Annual World Travel Awards, voted on by travel agents worldwide. General Manager Mr. Chris Adams was on hand to accept the award, saying “I’d like to dedicate this win to all the staff members at Anantara Golden Triangle who continuously strive to give our guests a truly unique and indigenous five star experience.” A whopping 213,000 travel industry professionals voted in the awards, which celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

The resort’s big win is only one of many recent accolades it has received, including Green Globe Certification and runner-up in the wildlife category in Condé Nast Traveler’s World Saver Awards for the second year in a row. Congratulations to the dedicated hospitality mavens and conservationists at Anantara Golden Triangle!

best of t+l’s world’s best 2011

July 7th, 2011

Why settle for less than the best when you don’t have to? Travel + Leisure makes finding the very best in travel a whole lot easier with their annual World’s Best Awards list. This year, 13 of our favorite hotels and resorts, not to mention our best-loved cruise line and spa brand, all made the list. Some properties even walked away with awards in multiple categories! Now that is something to celebrate!

Anantara Golden Triangle
#15, Top Resorts in Asia
#4, Top Family Hotels in Asia
#5, Top Hotel Spas in Asia

Crystal Cruises
#1, Top Large-Ship Cruise Lines

The Peninsula’s ESPA Spa
#9, Top Hotel Spas in US and Canada

Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
#1, Top City Hotels in Central and South America
#19, Top 100 Hotels Overall

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
#41, Top Family Hotels in U.S. and Canada

Park Hyatt Chicago
#45, Top Large Cities Hotel in US/Canada (100 rooms or more)

Park Hyatt Milan
#52, Top 100 Hotels Overall
#4, Top Large City Hotels in Europe

Park Hyatt Melbourne
#2, Top City Hotels in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific

Park Hyatt Mendoza
#4, Top City Hotels in Central and South America

Park Hyatt Saigon
#10, Top City Hotels in Asia

Park Hyatt Sydney
#4, Top City Hotels in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific

Parrot Cay
#25, Top Resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas

The Wauwinet
#7, Top Inns in US/Canada (fewer than 40 rooms)

Uma Paro
#12, Top Resorts in Asia

White Elephant
#19, Top Family Hotels in U.S. and Canada

Congrats to all of the winners!





sensai: the sensei of spas

June 7th, 2011

We can’t all be Sukanya Roy, and for us mere mortals when it comes to spelling, things are about to get a little more tricky: “Sensai” is a Japanese spa that is a master of luxury goods and services, not to be confused with the ubiquitous “sensei,” the Japanese word referring to a master of a particular art form or skill.

The editors of Robb Report have awarded Sensai Select Spa at Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken, Switzerland, a coveted spot on their 23rd annual “Best of the Best” list, the culmination of an entire year’s search for the world’s most exceptional resorts, hotels, spas and more.

Opened in 2010, Sensai offers guests the unique opportunity to experience treatments based around the silk produced by Koishimaru silkworms. These silkworms were proprietary to the Japanese imperial family until the late 1990s, when permission to study their silk was granted to Sensai. The silk they produce triggers the creation of hyaluronan, a natural moisturizer with anti-aging properties. (We’ve never heard of it—but we bet Sukanya can spell it!)

island of the gods gets a green thumbs up

May 23rd, 2011

Congratulations to Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa, which has become the first hotel in all of Bali to achieve Green Globe Certification. They are the second Anantara property to be awarded this distinction, after Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives.

Green Globe Certification recognizes those businesses in the travel and tourism industries who comply with the highest standards of sustainability practices. Anantara Seminyak goes above and beyond in the realm of water, energy and waste management efficiency. Check it out for yourself, and take a vacation Captain Planet would be proud of!