Global Traveler Announces Seventh Annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards

by Kimberly Krol

May 16, 2019
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Global Traveler, the only monthly magazine for business and leisure luxury travelers, announces the winners of its seventh annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. The winners will be feted tonight at a cocktail reception at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Global Traveler conducted a survey of its readers Oct. 1, 2018–Jan. 31, 2019, with open-ended questions for the best in many categories of leisure, luxury and lifestyle travel. The survey ran in the magazine, as an insert to subscriber copies, as a direct mail questionnaire, online and was emailed.

The winners were announced in Global Traveler’s seventh annual Leisure Lifestyle Edition, available now. The issue also includes a look at honeymoon and romance travel, bleisure, opulent hotels, astrotourism and national parks and gardens.

For the sixth year, Global Traveler named Special Achievement Awards. For its program rewarding airport travelers, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was recognized for Outstanding Customized Services. United Airlines’ investment in bio-fuels earned it the Outstanding Environmental Initiatives recognition. The Outstanding Innovations honor went to İstanbul Airport for its new facilities. Celebrity Cruises received the Outstanding Social Responsibility accolade for its partnership with the Malala Foundation.

For the second year, Global Traveler announces its Cruise Line of the Year. The winner is Silversea Cruises. Global Traveler compiled nominees for the honor, with the final winner selected by our Globility Board, a vetted group of well-traveled magazine subscribers.

A complete list of winners is as follows:

Best Historical Attractions, International
Turkey
Second Consecutive Year

Best Historical Attractions, Domestic
Williamsburg, Virginia

Best Beaches
Costa Rica
Second Consecutive Year 

Best Adventure Destination, International
Thailand
Third Consecutive Year

Best Adventure Destination, Domestic
Alaska 

Best Leisure Destination in the United States
Nashville
Second Consecutive Year

Best Leisure Destination in Africa
Botswana

Best Leisure Destination in Europe
Prague, Czech Republic

Best Leisure Destination in Asia
Taipei
Second Consecutive Year

Best Leisure Destination in Latin/South America
Bogotá

Best Leisure Destination in Mexico
Guadalajara

Best Leisure Destination for Groups
Italy

Best Weekend Destination in North America
Austin, Texas

Best Weekend Destination in the World
Dublin, Ireland

Best North American Ski Destination
Telluride, Colorado 

Best International Ski Destination
Niseko, Japan 

Best Caribbean Island
Curaçao

Best Island in Europe
Santorini
Sixth Consecutive Year

Best Island Pacific Rim
Cook Islands
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Family Cruise Line
Celebrity Cruises

Best Luxury Cruise Line
Silversea Cruises
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Cruise Line Suites
Owner’s Suites, Silversea Cruises
Second Consecutive Year

Best Adventure Cruise Line
National Geographic Expedition Cruises 

Best Small-Ship Cruise Line
Paul Gauguin Cruises
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Large-Ship Cruise Line
Cunard
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best River Cruise Line
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Second Consecutive Year 

Best Cruise Line Entertainment
Princess Cruises

Best Cruise Line Dining
Seabourn Cruise Line

Best Cruise Line Spas
Seabourn Cruise Line

Best Cruise Ship Excursions
Princess Cruises
Fourth Consecutive Year

Best Cruise Line Rewards Program
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Latitudes Rewards Program 

Best Cruise Port
Port Canaveral, Florida

Best Luxury Leisure Hotel Group in the World
Melia Hotels International
Fifth Consecutive Year 

Best Hotel Chain Resorts
The Ritz-Carlton 

Best Pet-Friendly Hotels
Westin Hotels & Resorts
Second Consecutive Year 

Best Family Resort Chain in the World
Westin Hotels & Resorts
Third Consecutive Year

Best All-Inclusive Resorts
Sandals Resorts International
Second Consecutive Year

Best Tour Operator
Abercrombie & Kent

Best Airport for Layovers
Zürich Kloten International Airport

Best Airport for Recreation
Hong Kong International Airport

Best Stopover Program
TAP Air Portugal

Best Leisure Airline
Air Tahiti Nui

Best Airline for Onboard Entertainment
Air Canada

Best Airline Onboard Menu
Swiss International Air Lines First Class 

Best Premium-Economy Class
Air Canada

Best Pet-Friendly Airline
Delta Air Lines

Best Luxury Vehicle
Volvo

Favorite Luxury Watch Brand
Patek Philippe

Best Leisure Car Rental
Hertz

Best Liquor Brand
Johnnie Walker Blue
Second Consecutive Year

Outstanding Social Responsibility
Celebrity Cruises

Outstanding Customized Services
ATL Rewards Program at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Outstanding Environmental Achievements
United Airlines

Outstanding Innovations
İstanbul Airport

Cruise Line of the Year
Silversea Cruises

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About Global Traveler
With nearly 550,000 readers, Global Traveler connects brands with U.S.-based frequent, affluent travelers. According to MediaMark Research (Gfk MRI), GT readers have an average net worth of $2 million and 50 percent are CEOs and owners of companies. Our readers average nine domestic flights per year and 93 percent travel internationally on a regular basis (11 round-trips in the last three years), mostly in first and business class. More than 55 percent stay in 4- and 5-star hotels, at an average 60 nights per year. Four special editions — Leisure Lifestyle Edition, Global City Guidebook, Class Act Guide and The Trazee Book — complement 12 monthly issues. Each year, Global Traveler awards the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, the Leisure Lifestyle Awards and the Wines on the Wing awards (business- and first-class wine survey).

About globaltravelerusa.com
globaltravelerusa.com offers unique daily content catering to the lifestyle and travel interests of premium travelers who fly all over the world for business and pleasure. A host of positions, including banners, sponsored content and specialty takeovers, are available. Other digital editorial e-newsletters include eFlyer USA; eFlyer Asia; On the Road with Global Traveler slideshow; and This Month’s Issue. Custom e-newsletters, such as Publisher’s Picks, GT on the Go and Premium eDeal e-newsletters, are available for advertisers.

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FXExpress Publications, Inc., based in Yardley, Pa., is a privately held company publishing Global Traveler, globaltravelerusa.com, FX Excursions, eFlyer USA, eFlyer Asia and several annuals. WhereverFamily LLC publishes whereverfamily.com and its related brands, and Trazee Travel, LLC publishes trazeetravel.com.

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