The world's best hotels, islands and cities for 2020 revealed

From South Carolina to London’s Knightsbridge: The world’s best hotels, islands, cities, ski resorts, trains and airlines of 2020 revealed in prestigious travel awards

  • The Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 have been voted for by its discerning readers 
  • They voted for the ‘places that they love and would return to’ and ‘their favourite means of getting there’ 
  • Here we present stunning photographs of some of the winners, from the USA to Scotland via Colombia 

Bucket list assistance has arrived from those who know a thing or two about the best places to stay and visit.

The discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveller have voted for the best hotels, destinations, spas, airlines, airports, trains, cruise liners and tour operators in the Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2020.

The vote for the annual awards took place during lockdown, when the thought of going anywhere further than the local shops seemed like a dream.

However, Condé Nast Traveller, which joined up with its sister title in the USA to run the awards, said that despite this, readers ‘voted for the places that they love and would return to – along with their favourite means of getting there’.

It added: ‘While these awards are often cause for celebration, this year they serve as a reminder of the wider world out there. The Readers’ Choice Awards celebrates and supports the travel industry, shines a spotlight on new places, and revisits familiar ones with a fresh eye. All of them under one sky.’

Scroll down for a peek at stunning photographs of some of the winners, from the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London to Rome’s stunning Hassler hotel…  

BEST HOTEL IN LONDON – MANDARIN ORIENTAL HYDE PARK: Condé Nast Traveller describes this hotel as ‘gracious and unstuffy’ and adds that it is the ‘the best-situated hotel in London’. Pictured is one of the luxurious ‘Mandarin’ rooms, which cost from £935 a night

BEST HOTEL IN THE REST OF THE UK – GLENEAGLES, SCOTLAND: According to Condé Nast Traveller, this 850-acre estate ‘has absolutely everything you need for life’s enjoyment’. Pictured is the hotel’s swanky Century Bar

BEST HOTEL IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND – COMO THE TREASURY, PERTH: This Como hotel is the chain’s first to be located in Australia. It has 48 rooms and occupies former state buildings that date back to the 19th century

BEST HOTEL IN NEW YORK CITY – THE CARLYLE, A ROSEWOOD HOTEL: Described as an ‘Upper East Side institution’, this hotel has been welcoming guests since 1930. It has 190 rooms and around 50 privately-owned apartments. Pictured is its famous Bemelman’s Bar

BEST HOTEL IN ROME – HASSLER ROMA: Located at the top of the Spanish Steps, Conde Nast Traveller calls this five-star hotel ‘an old classic’. It has 87 rooms and suites and according to the hotel has panoramic terraces with ‘the best views of Rome’. Pictured is the presidential San Pietro suite

BEST HOTEL IN VENICE  – SAN CLEMENTE PALACE KEMPINSKI: This hotel is located on its own island in the Venice lagoon. Conde Nast Traveller says you can ‘spend five days here and never leave’ and adds: ‘It’s a calm oasis away from the crush of the Venice crowds.’ Pictured is the hotel’s San Clemente suite 

BEST HOTEL IN PARIS – LA RESERVE PARIS HOTEL & SPA: Conde Nast Traveller describes La Reserve Paris Hotel & Spa as ‘a five-star off the Champs-Elysées for the staunchest boutique hotel fans’. The hotel features 25 suites and 15 rooms and is home to two fine dining restaurants and a plush cocktail bar 

BEST HOTEL IN SOUTH AMERICA – SOFITEL LEGEND SANTA CLARA CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA: The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena is set inside a former convent building. The hotel offers two restaurants, a lounge bar and an 800-square-metre spa with eight treatment rooms, a gym, a tea area and solarium

BEST HOTEL IN LONDON: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

BEST HOTEL IN THE REST OF THE UK: Gleneagles, Scotland

BEST HOTEL IN IRELAND: The Westbury, Dublin

BEST HOTEL IN PARIS: La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa

BEST HOTEL IN THE REST OF FRANCE & MONACO: Grand-Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel

BEST HOTEL IN ROME: Hassler Roma

BEST HOTEL IN FLORENCE: Portrait Firenze

BEST HOTEL IN VENICE: San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice

BEST HOTEL IN THE REST OF ITALY: Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

BEST HOTEL IN SPAIN & PORTUGAL: Almanac Barcelona

BEST HOTEL IN GREECE & TURKEY: Raffles Istanbul

BEST HOTEL IN THE REST OF EUROPE: Baur Au Lac, Zurich

BEST HOTEL IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND: COMO The Treasury, Perth

BEST HOTEL IN AFRICA: Royal Mansour, Marrakech

BEST HOTEL IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Mandarin Oriental, Doha, Qatar

BEST HOTEL IN MEXICO: Rosewood San Miguel de Allende

BEST HOTEL IN SOUTH AMERICA: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena, Colombia

BEST HOTEL IN NEW YORK CITY: The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

BEST HOTEL IN LOS ANGELES: Freehand Los Angeles

BEST HOTEL IN THE REST OF USA: Olema House Point Reyes, California

BEST HOTEL IN CANADA: Hotel 71, Quebec City

BEST HOTEL IN INDIA: Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

BEST HOTEL IN CHINA: Waldorf Astoria Beijing

BEST HOTEL IN HONG KONG: The Peninsula Hong Kong

BEST HOTEL IN JAPAN: Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto

BEST HOTEL IN BANGKOK: The Peninsula Bangkok

BEST HOTEL IN SINGAPORE: Raffles Singapore

BEST HOTEL IN THE REST OF ASIA: Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

BEST ISLAND IN THE UK: Jersey

BEST ISLAND IN EUROPE: Folegandros, Greece

BEST ISLAND IN THE CARIBBEAN & THE ATLANTIC: St Barth’s

BEST ISLAND IN ASIA: Cebu & Visayan Islands, Philippines

BEST ISLAND IN AUSTRALIA & THE SOUTH PACIFIC: Tasmania, Australia

BEST ISLAND IN AFRICA & THE INDIAN OCEAN: Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

BEST ISLAND IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

BEST ISLAND IN NORTH AMERICA: Hilton Head Island

BEST SPA RESORT IN THE USA: The Ranch Malibu, California

BEST SPA RESORT IN THE REST OF THE WORLD: Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India

BEST SKI RESORT IN EUROPE: St Moritz, Switzerland

BEST SKI RESORT IN NORTH AMERICA: Deer Valley, Utah

BEST COUNTRY: Italy

BEST CITY IN THE UK: Edinburgh

BEST CITY IN THE REST OF THE WORLD: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

BEST RESORT IN EUROPE: Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, France

BEST RESORT IN MEXICO: Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya

BEST RESORT IN CENTRAL AMERICA: Turneffe Island Resort, Belize

BEST RESORT IN SOUTH AMERICA: UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, Trancoso, Brazil

BEST RESORT IN USA: L’Horizon Resort & Spa, Palm Springs, California

BEST RESORT IN CANADA: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

BEST RESORT IN THE CARIBBEAN & ATLANTIC: Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa, St Barth’s

BEST RESORT IN SOUTH AFRICA: Morukuru Family Beach Lodge, De Hoop Nature Reserve

BEST RESORT IN REST OF AFRICA: Singita Grumeti, Grumeti Game Reserve, Tanzania

BEST RESORT IN AUSTRALIA & THE SOUTH PACIFIC: Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown, New Zealand

BEST RESORT IN THE INDIAN OCEAN: The Nautilus Maldives

BEST RESORT IN ASIA: Como Uma Punakha, Bhutan

BEST RESORT IN INDONESIA: The Mulia & Mulia Villas, Bali

BEST RESORT IN THAILAND: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

BEST RESORT IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort By Anantara, Abu Dhabi

BEST TOUR OPERATOR: The Turquoise Holiday Company

BEST SPECIALIST TOUR OPERATOR: Scott Dunn

BEST VILLA RENTAL COMPANY: The Thinking Traveller

BEST AIRLINE – UK: Jet2

BEST AIRLINE – REST OF THE WORLD: Singapore Airlines

BEST AIRPORT IN THE UK: London Heathrow

BEST AIRPORT IN THE REST OF THE WORLD: Singapore

BEST TRAIN: Belmond British Pullman, UK

BEST CRUISE – MEGA SHIPS: Royal Caribbean International

BEST CRUISE – LARGE SHIPS: Disney Cruise Line

BEST CRUISE – MEDIUM SHIPS: Crystal Cruises

BEST CRUISE – SMALL SHIPS: Crystal Cruises Yacht

BEST CRUISE – RIVER SHIPS: Viking River Cruises

Source: Condé Nast Traveller  

 

  • The full results of the Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 are revealed in the November issue of the magazine, available on newsstands and digital download now.

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