These are the Best in the World According to Travel + Leisure Users
What are the top hotels, islands, cities, cruise lines, airports and airlines in the world? The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2015, as voted by readers, lets you know. Here’s a snapshot of the top picks, in the major categories.
And the winners are…
World’s Best Cities
1. Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto, on the island of Honshu, is most famous for the geisha tradition, Buddhist temples, magical gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and historical wooden houses.
2. Charleston, USA
Charleston’s old-world charm makes it a firm favourite with travellers. It’s South Carolina’s oldest town, with the historic district’s cobbled streets, fun at Folly Beach and the Upper Peninsula’s boutiques and galleries.
3. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is the major drawcard to Cambodia’s Siem Reap, which is an adventure lover’s playground. You could spend weeks touring the ruins of ancient Buddhist temples, but there’s also plenty of markets, bars, restaurants and stunning landscapes to explore.
World’s Best Islands
1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
If you’ve ever wanted to embark on a wild-life spotting journey, the Galapagos Islands is the place for you. A volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, the isolated environment is a haven for unique plants and animals.
2. Bali, Indonesia
Bali shot to international stardom after the movie, ‘Eat Pray Love’ and its natural beauty is deserving of the fame. Emerald rice terraces, turquoise seas and lush jungles combine with fabulous resorts and budget prices; which makes the island a literal heaven on earth holiday destination.
Possibly one of the most photographed destinations in the world, the Maldives serves the tropical island dream up on a silver platter. Luxurious resorts claim an island each, with overwater bungalows, dining on the sand, water sports and the balmy breeze of paradise.
World’s Best Cruise Ships
Mega-Ship Ocean: Disney Cruise Line
With Mickey Mouse at the helm, how can you go wrong? Disney Cruise Line is beloved by the young and young at heart, not only for our favourite Disney characters, but for fantastic on board facilities for the whole family.
Large-Ship Ocean: Crystal Cruises
The Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony ships are known for glitz, glamour and luxury, with spas, casinos, gourmet restaurants and educational programmes.
River Cruise: Viking Cruises
Viking Cruises offer stylish, spacious and personalised ships, including a concierge service to assist with every travel detail. You can explore an array of river cruise destinations, including Prague and Amsterdam.
World’s Best Hotel Brands
1. Oberoi Hotels and Resorts
Oberoi Hotels and Resorts are internationally known for service, luxury and facilities. The award-winning group of hotels are a top choice for both business and leisure travellers.
Natural settings, space and privacy are the key ingredients to Aman’s success. The luxury hotels and resorts are in destinations including Thailand, China, France, Italy and Sri Lanka.
3. The Peninsula Hotels
The Peninsula Hotel group was established in 1928 and now operates prestigious properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Manila and Paris.
4. Rosewood Hotels and Resorts
Rosewood Hotels and Resorts are luxury properties and the group prides themselves on timeless values, including an emphasis on sustainability, family and community ideals.
5. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
With 96 hotels in 41 countries, Four Seasons has long been a favourite of the luxury traveller. It’s best known for personalised service, elegant décor and spectacular locations.
Image: Four Seasons Guest Photos @ #fourseasons.