“These awards reflect the combined opinions of 28,876 Condé Nast Traveller readers rating the cities, islands, and hotels they visited in the past year, and the airlines and cruise ships they travelled with.
The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Survey, begun in 1988, is available to all readers through a secure Web site. This year’s final tabulations of 28,876 responses were done by Global Market Insite, Inc., of Boston. Organization: The online questionnaire contains lists of candidates in various categories (Cities, Hotels, etc.). Individual candidates are judged by relevant criteria for each. Those that receive a required minimum number of responses are deemed eligible for a Readers’ Choice Award. Evaluation: Each candidate is rated, criterion by criterion, on a five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. Those scores, which represent the percentage of respondents rating a candidate excellent or very good, are averaged to determine the final score published here. For example, the ratings are the average of its scores for all hotel criteria: Food, Dining, Location, Overall Design, Rooms, and Service.”
6. Château Les Crayères, Reims
Château Les Crayères is surrounded by a seven hectares park in Reims, Champagne. There are twenty rooms; seventeen of them are located inside the Château and for some of these rooms, the famous Reims Cathedral can be seen through an opening formed in the trees by Madame Pommery.
Outside the Château, right in the middle of the park, three more spacious rooms have been done up in a pavilion known as the “Garconniere du Prince”, (Prince’s bachelor flat).
Château Les Crayeres is a fine hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant , offering a superb ‘fine-dining’ experience. This hotel offers it’s guests, poise, understated elegance, grace, and intimate sophistication .
The hotel offers a warm welcome and being in the heart of the Champagne region, offers more than 250 champagne crus to compliment the creative cuisine.
Château Les Crayères markets itself as a haven of stylistic refinements and “douceur de vivre”.
7. Chief´s Camp, Botswana
“The twelve luxury bush pavilions at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp are tucked away in the Mombo Concession, part of the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. This area is known as the ‘predator capital of Africa’ and is also home to large herds of elephant and buffalo, making Sanctuary Chief’s the ideal place to experience African wildlife at close hand. ”
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is located on Chief’s Island, one of the many islands created by the seasonal flood-waters of the Okavango. The island was named after Chief Moremi, the hereditary king of the area who used the lands as his royal hunting grounds.
Guest pavilions are hidden away in a jackal-berry and sausage tree woodland that is characteristic of the area. All have their own private decks and indoor and outdoor showers. Generously draped mosquito nets and traditional ceiling fans also feature. There is a communal decked living room with stunning views over the floodplains, while the dining area surrounds a fire pit on the very edge of the Piajio plains so that guests can continue their game viewing while enjoying fine cuisine and wines.
Sanctuary Chief’s has been designed with consideration for the environment – all rubbish is taken outside the park for responsible disposal and the whole camp can be removed without anyone knowing it was ever there. It markets itself as luxury safari lodges and expedition ships which bring the boutique experience to guests with the added promise of authenticity.
8. Lodge at Koele, Lanai
Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele is located near the beach in Lanai City and close to The Experience at Koele. The Lodge at Koele features a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are an outdoor pool, a health club, a fitness facility, and a children’s club.
102 air-conditioned guest rooms at The Lodge at Koele . The hotel’s centrepiece is the Great Hall, which boasts the state’s largest wood-burning fireplace. It is a grand stone structure bracketed by a warm sea of plump new sofas, wicker high back chairs, jardinières and plushly upholstered armchairs set atop custom-designed carpeting, all illuminated by skylights and chandeliers.
Of particular note, the The Lodge at Koele has three croquet lawns (two American, one British), four tennis courts, a bowling green and miles of hiking trails. The executive 18-hole putting course tests eager golfers. The 18-hole Greg Norman-designed Experience at Koele golf course is one of the most unusual courses in the U.S., and it frequently tops lists of the world’s best .
The hotel markets itself as offering uncompromising style and comfort of our rooms and indoor amenities.
9. La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo
La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo is the most intimate, private hideaway surrounded by the ocean, boasting breathtaking views of Zihuatanejo bay, framed by the hotel arches and spacious terraces.
Their multi-tiered architecture built with palapas, tropical woods and decorated with hand picked Mexican handicrafts,will give you a sense of traditional Mexico.
Offering guests the choice of three restaurants, with Mexican specialities featuring local sea food and typical ingredients, guests are able to order breakfast, lunch or dinner at any time from 8 am to 11 pm.
Offering a choice of either, villas or suites, this is a spectacularly beautiful place and guests are able to partake in Mexican cookery classes, deep sea fishing, water sports, just relax by the pools, shop in the boutique or work-out in the gym and fitness centre.
La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo markets itself as being, small, private, romantic and very attentive to detail.
10. George V, Paris
Located steps from the Champs-Elysée, this hotel with it’s lovingly restored 18th-century tapestries and a defining spirit of elegance and charm, George V, Paris redefines luxury service in the City of Light.
George V, Paris, is an eight-storey landmark ,with private terraces, built in 1928, and offers 244 luxury hotel guest rooms, an exquisite art collection and decadent fine dining just off the Champs-Elysée. Hotel George V features 245 guest rooms, including 59 suites and 30 with private terrace.
George V, Paris, offers guests a health club, pool and whirlpool, a business centre, sauna and steam rooms and internet access. The palace par excellence, George V is a jewel of elegance and refined sophistication in the heart of Paris.
Behind its superb Art Deco façade, step into the realm of excellence. You will be impressed by the abundance and beauty of the exquisite flower arrangements enhancing the lobby, the interior court, the superb restaurant “Le cinq”.
This hotel markets itself as providing an outstanding service, being discreet, attentive and courteous.