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Readers’ Choice Awards 2015

The good readers of International Traveller have spoken.
After sorting through thousands of entries, here are the results: the very best destinations, experiences, hotels and airlines of 2015, as voted by you. Enjoy!
Compiled by Megan Arkinstall

– DESTINATIONS –

Best country for travel:
USA

Runners-up:

2. Italy
3. France
4. New Zealand
5. Great Britain
6. Japan
7. Canada
8. Thailand
9. Spain
10. Vietnam

Best destination for a city break:
Paris

Runners-up:

2. Singapore
3. New York
4. Hong Kong
5. London
6. San Francisco

Best beach getaway:
Fiji

Runners-up:

2. Thailand
3. Hawai`i
4. Maldives
5. Bali
6. Tahiti

Best place for a ski holiday:
New Zealand

Runners-up:

2. Canada
3. Japan
4. USA
5. Switzerland

Best place for a family holiday:
Fiji

Runners-up:

2. Disneyland
3. Bali
4. Hawai`i
5. Thailand

Best place to spot wildlife:
Africa

Runners-up:

2. Canada
3. Galapagos
4. Alaska
5. Borneo

Best destination to head off the beaten track:
New Zealand

Runners-up:

2. Peru
3. Nepal
4. South Africa
5. Borneo

Best destination to indulge:
France

Runners-up:

2. Italy
3. New Zealand
4. USA
5. Spain

– ACCOMMODATION –

Best hotel for luxury:
The Peninsula Hong Kong

Runners-up:

2. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
3. Raffles, Singapore
4. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
5. Bellagio, Las Vegas/Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Best budget hotel brand:
Ibis

Runners-up:

2. Best Western
3. Novotel
4. Mantra Hotels
5. Holiday Inn

Best hotel room service:
Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Runners-up:

2. Shangri-La
3. Langham Hotels
4. Sofitel
5. Westin

Best bathroom goodies:
Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Runners-up:

2. Hyatt Hotels/InterContinental
3. Sofitel
4. Langham Hotels
5. The Ritz/Shangri-La

Best family hotel:
Disneyland Resorts

Runners-up:

2. Club Med, worldwide
3. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji
4. Atlantis The
Palm, Dubai
5. Hilton Hawaiian Village, Oahu, Hawai`i

Best hotel pool:
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Runners-up:

2. Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
3. Hanging Gardens Resort, Ubud, Bali
4. Hard Rock Hotel, Kuta, Bali
5. Hotel Caruso, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Best resort:
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji

Runners-up:

2. Disneyland Resorts
3. Aman Resorts
4. Hilton Hawaiian Village, Oahu, Hawai`i
5. Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Best lodge:
Huka Lodge, Taupo, NZ

Runners-up:

2. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Canada
3. Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand
4. Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown, NZ
5. Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Tanzania

– AIR TRAVEL –

Best airline for service:
Qantas

Runners-up:

2. Emirates
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Virgin Australia
5. Cathay Pacific
6. Air New Zealand
7. Thai Airways
8. Etihad Airways
9. Qatar Airways
10. Garuda Indonesia

Best airline for food:
Qantas

Runners-up:

2. Emirates
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Virgin Australia
5. Air New Zealand

Best airline lounge:
Qantas

Runners-up:

2. Emirates
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Virgin Australia
5. Cathay Pacific

Best airline for entertainment:
Qantas

Runners-up:

2. Emirates
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Virgin Australia
5. Air New Zealand

Best stopover city:
Singapore

Runners-up:

2. Hong Kong
3. Dubai
4. Kuala Lumpur
5. Bangkok

Best airport:
Changi Singapore

Runners-up:

2. Dubai International 3. Hong Kong International
4. London Heathrow
5. Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International

– JOURNEYS –

Best rail journey:
Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

Runners-up:

2. Venice–Simplon Orient Express
3. Trans Siberian
4. Glacier Express
5. Trans Alpine

Best destination for cruising:
Alaska

Runners-up:

2. Caribbean
3. South Pacific
4. European River Cruising
5. Antarctica/Mediterranean

Best road trip:
Route 66, USA

Runners-up:

2. California Highway 1
3. Amalfi Coast, Italy
4. South Island, NZ
5. Canadian Rockies

Ultimate dream destination:
Maldives

Runners-up:

2. Italy
3. Tahiti
4. France
5. South Africa

Ultimate dream travel experience:
Grand tour of Europe

Runners-up:

2. African safari
3. Seeing the Northern Lights
4. Booking a round-the-world flight
5. Staying in an overwater bungalow

 

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Comments

  • Impartial says:

    The survey was obviously commissioned by Qantas, or they significantly influenced the results. Qantas rated above Emirates, Singapore and Virgin in four categories including Service? REALLY?!!! Please give your readers credit for some intelligence.

    • International Traveller Magazine says:

      Hi there, thanks for your input.
      Just to clarify this survey was entirely independent, just as International Traveller is a proudly independent publication.
      There was not a single company that commissioned or unfairly skewed the results.
      The results of our Readers’ Choice Awards are purely based on what our many readers voted for.
      We most certainly appreciate and respect the intelligence and insight of our readers, thus hosting such awards in the first place.
      Hope this clears up any confusion you had surrounding the results.

      Warm regards,
      The IT team

  • Belinda Stevenson says:

    Well I voted and two places I put in are there. I don’t believe the winners have any say and all legit. Rather different than last years too going on memory

  • travelpac says:

    Must have been QANTAS petty execs doing a freebie

    • International Traveller Magazine says:

      Hi there, thanks for your comment.
      Just to clarify this survey was entirely independent, QANTAS were in no way involved.
      The results of our Readers’ Choice Awards are purely based on what our readers voted for.
      Hope this clears up any confusion you had surrounding the results.

      Warm regards,
      The IT team

  • Monica Davis says:

    Nominate Dublin, Ireland for heritage, hospitality and convelient tourism.

  • Jane says:

    Now that more airlines provide Halal cert products to all passengers, are you including a criterion of offering non-Halal foods to those passengers who prefer not to support Islam for religious or political reasons?