Best in the World in 2011: Cities, Islands, Hotels, Resorts, Cruises, Airlines

Condé Nast Traveler Magazine published its Readers’ Choice Awards, recognizing over 1,200 winners across various categories as voted for by over 28,000 respondants.

These awards reflect the combined opinions of 28,876 Condé Nast Traveler readersrating the cities, islands, and hotels they visited in the past year, and the airlines andcruise ships they traveled with.

European winners have changed little since last year, with familiar favorites appearing in top spots. Estonia, however, is represented for the first time (by the Swissôtel in Tallinn), while reader enthusiasm for hospitality in the British Isles has boosted their top hotel listfrom 25 to 40, with Scotland’s Culloden House at number one.

Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong as the best hotel in the world, Peninsula House in the Dominican Republic won second place, Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh won third place, while the Safari Lodges at Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa came in fourth.

Here they are, the final winners sifted from more than 8 million votes cast in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards survey, swept up together to form travel’s apex of excellence.  A full list here.


Here are the first 50 winners of the year: Readers’ Choice Awards 2011

1. Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong 99.2 Hotel

2. Peninsula House, Dominican Republic 98.8 Hotel

3. Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 98.6 Resort

3. Safari Lodges at Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa 98.6 Resort

5. Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp, Tanzania 98.5 Resort

6. Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand 98.4 Resort

7. Elysian Hotel, Chicago 98.2 Hotel

8. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok 97.9 Hotel

9. Mombo and Little Mombo Camps, Botswana 97.8 Resort

9. 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, Ky. 97.8 Hotel

11. Culloden House, Scotland 97.7 Hotel

11. The Peninsula, Tokyo 97.7 Hotel

13. Kyoto Hotel Okura, Japan 97.2 Hotel

14. Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri 97.1 Resort

14. Sofitel Forebase Chongqing 97.1 Hotel

16. King Pacific Lodge, British Columbia 97.0 Resort

17. Colonial Houses, Williamsburg, Va. 96.8 Hotel

17. Oberoi Udaivilas, Rajasthan 96.8 Hotel

17. One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos 96.8 Resort

17. Perivolas, Greece 96.8 Resort

21. Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo 96.7 Hotel

21. Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico 96.7 Resort

23. Four Seasons, Bora Bora 96.6 Resort

23. Hotel Fasano, São Paulo 96.6 Hotel

25. Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai 96.5 Hotel

26. Il San Pietro di Positano, Italy 96.4 Hotel

26. Londolozi, South Africa 96.4 Resort

26. Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa 96.4 Resort

29. Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Coast, Calif. 96.3 Resort

29. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, South Africa 96.3 Resort

31. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong 96.1 Hotel

31. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis 96.1 Resort

31. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur 96.1 Hotel

31. The Peninsula, Hong Kong 96.1 Hotel

31. Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Colo. 96.1 Resort

36. Chewton Glen, Hampshire, England 96.0 Hotel

37. The Peninsula, Chicago 95.9 Hotel

37. Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street 95.9 Hotel

37. Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, S. C. 95.9 Resort

37. The Tides, Riviera Maya 95.9 Resort

41. Palazzo Sasso, Ravello, Italy 95.8 Hotel

42. Ayana Resort & Spa, Bali 95.7 Resort

42. Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa 95.7 Hotel

42. Mandarin Oriental, Prague 95.7 Hotel

42. Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai 95.7 Hotel

42. Steenberg Hotel, Cape Town 95.7 Hotel

47. Château de la Chèvre d’Or, Côt e d ‘Azur 95.6 Hotel

47. Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet 95.6 Hotel

49. Park Hyatt Dubai 95.5 Hotel

50. Mandarin Oriental, Boston 95.3 Hotel