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Global Traveler Announces the Winners of the 2023 Leisure Lifestyle Awards

by Kimberly Inlander

Jun 6, 2023

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Leisure Lifestyle 2023

Welcome to our 11th Leisure Lifestyle Awards, an annual survey honoring the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines, airports, cruises and more. Read on to find out the winners in this year’s milestone ranking, and congratulations to all the winners!

Let’s begin with our destination winners, some of the best cities, islands and towns around the world offering the ultimate in leisure travel. Kick back in any of these exceptional, award- winning spots, starting with Greece, Best Historical Attractions, International, and Savannah, Georgia, Best Historical Attractions, Domestic, both for the second consecutive year. If it’s adventure you seek, Thailand, Best Adventure Destination, International, and Asheville, North Carolina, Best Adventure Destination, Domestic, are the spots for you.

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The Cayman Islands appears in the top spot for Best Beaches. The Dominican Republic is now a three-time Best Caribbean Island winner, while Santoríni retains its Best Island in Europe title for the 10th consecutive year, earning it a spot in our Hall of Fame, which commemorates 10 consecutive wins in the same category. Tahiti upset a long-time winner to earn Best Island in the Pacific Rim. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, takes its third win as Best Island in the United States.

For skiers, we applaud the best locations here and abroad: Telluride, Colorado, Best North American Ski Destination for the fifth year in a row, is calling your name, while Whistler, British Columbia, takes the title as Best International Ski Destination. With its fifth consecutive win, Telluride secures its spot in the Quint Status list of honorees. For golfers, Streamsong Resort is two-time Best Golf Destination.

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Place these other winning destinations at the top of your list when planning your next leisure trip: Nashville, Tennessee, Best Leisure Destination in the United States; South Africa, Best Leisure Destination in Africa; İstanbul, Türkiye, Best Leisure Destination in Europe for the second consecutive year; Panama City, Panama, two years running as Best Leisure Destination in Latin/ South America; Los Cabos, Best Leisure Destination in Mexico, two years in a row; and Dubrovnik, Croatia, Best Leisure Destination for Groups. Seoul, South Korea, takes its first win as Best Leisure Destination in Asia.

Savannah, Georgia, and Dublin, Ireland, appear once again on the Winners’ List and round out our destination winners as Best Weekend Destination in North America, four years running, and Best Weekend Destination in the World, second consecutive year, respectively.

Let’s cruise on over to our winning cruise lines, starting with Royal Caribbean, Best Family Cruise Line, and Seabourn Cruise Line, Best Luxury Cruise Line. Virgin Voyages makes its mark on this survey as Best Cruise Line Suites for its Mega Rockstar Quarters.

For adventure, the winner is Viking Expeditions, Best Adventure Cruise Line. The company appears two more times on the list: Viking Ocean Cruises, Best Large-Ship Cruise Line, and Viking Expeditions, Best Expedition Cruises. Paul Gauguin Cruises sails away with its eighth consecutive Best Small-Ship Cruise Line. Princess Cruises appears twice, with its eighth win for Best Cruise Ship Excursions and its fifth Best Cruise Line Entertainment nod. Joining Princess with Quint Status is Seabourn Cruise Line, winning its second award this year and its fifth time being honored as Best Cruise Line Spas. Cunard is twice as nice for Best Cruise Line to Alaska and Best World Cruise.

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Rounding out our cruise line winners, we have AmaWaterways, Best River Cruise Line; Azamara, Best Cruise Line Dining; Oceania Cruises, Best Cruise Line Rewards Program for its Oceania Club; and Windstar Cruises, Best Cruise Line Caribbean Sailings for the second year in a row. Port of Miami earns Best Cruise Port.

Meliá Hotels International returns as Best Luxury Leisure Hotel Group in the World after a one-year hiatus. The brand also wins Best Hotel Chain in the Caribbean. For other award-winning places to lay your head while on vacation, check out these top-tier options: Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Best Hotel Chain Resorts and Best Family Resort Chain in the World; Six Senses, Best Hotel Chain in Thailand and Best Eco- Friendly Hotel Chain; Westin Hotels & Resorts, Best Pet-Friendly Hotels; and Paradisus Resorts, Best All-Inclusive Resorts.

The perfect leisure travel trip includes a lot of moving parts. Here’s a look at the rest of this year’s honorees, starting with airports and airlines. We applaud the following winners: Istanbul Grand Airport as Best Airport for Layovers, second consecutive year, and Orlando International Airport, Best Airport for Recreation.

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TAP Air Portugal secures Quint Status with its fifth win for Best Stopover Program, while Air Canada joins it with five-time wins for Best Airline for Onboard Entertainment and Best Premium Economy Class. The Canadian carrier also wins Best Airline Onboard Menu in its business-class cabin for the fourth year in a row. United Airlines earns its second title as Best Eco-Friendly Airline. Last, but certainly not least, Air Tahiti Nui is Best Leisure Airline.

This year, we added a few new categories celebrating the best credit cards for leisure travelers, helping them rack up the points for their dream vacay. Our inaugural winners are Aeroplan Credit Card from Chase, Best Leisure Credit Card; United MileagePlus Quest Card from Chase, Best Airline Affinity Credit Card for Leisure; Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase, Best Hotel Affinity Credit Card for Leisure; and Norwegian Cruise Line Mastercard, Best Cruise Line Credit Card.

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The band of winners continues with Abercrombie & Kent, Best Tour Operator, two years running; BMW, Best Luxury Vehicle; Cartier, Favorite Luxury Watch Brand; Hertz, six-time Best Leisure Car Rental; Na Hoku, Best Destination Jewelry Brand for the fourth year in a row; and Maker’s Mark, Favorite Liquor Brand.

Congratulations to the 2023 Leisure Lifestyle Awards winners!

THE PROCESS
Global Traveler conducted a survey of its readers Dec. 6, 2022–April 1, 2023, with open-ended questions for the best in many categories of leisure, luxury and lifestyle travel. This survey ran in the magazine, as an insert to subscriber copies, as a direct mail questionnaire, online at globaltravelerusa.com/leisureballot and emailed during the survey period. Only those questionnaires where more than 50 percent of the questions were completed were counted. Those with fewer than 50 percent of the questions answered were discarded. Employees of the magazine or individuals associated with the travel industry were not allowed to participate.

CRUISE LINE OF THE YEAR
Global Traveler is pleased to name its Cruise Line of the Year. Congratulations to AmaWaterways!

Nominees for this honor were compiled by Global Traveler, with the final winner selected by our Globility Board, a vetted group of well-traveled magazine subscribers.

This year’s Cruise Line of the Year earns the superlative for a number of reasons. Perhaps what makes the brand so special is its start: The family-owned brand recently celebrated 20 years of offering high-end river journeys around the world. Its family-owned approach dictates its customer service and attention to detail.

AmaWaterways’ river cruises sail not just through Europe but also in Asia, Africa and South America, with special-interest cruises provided as well. Amenities and offerings found on board include pre- and post-cruise options, commitment to health and safety, booking flexibility, award- winning ships, professionally guided excursions, unique itineraries, immersive shore experiences, wellness activities and exceptional dining.

AmaWaterways also commits to sustainability and environmental responsibility, with 18 ships in its fleet earning Green Award certification.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Each year, in addition to our Leisure Lifestyle Awards, Global Traveler acknowledges those travel companies going above and beyond. Our Special Achievement Awards recognize leaders in innovation, environmental initiatives and community outreach. Congratulations to this year’s honorees!

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Delta Air Lines takes an impressive two Special Achievement Awards: Outstanding Social Responsibility and Outstanding Innovations. When it comes to its social responsibility efforts, Delta shines for its continued work to fight human trafficking, with initiatives including a $2.5 million donation to an anti- trafficking organization, an in-house apprenticeship program to create jobs for survivors, training employees to detect human trafficking, and much more.

There are just as many reasons Delta is tops for innovation, among them its $4 billion remodel at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and the $2.3 billion Delta Sky Way at Los Angeles International Airport to be completed this year. The airline’s parallel reality experience for customers at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport created a more streamlined and personalized airport experience and simplified operations.

For cruisers looking to customize their entire cruise experience, consider Princess Cruises, winner of Outstanding Customized Services. Its Ocean Medallion personalized the travel experience through wearables, allowing the cruiser to do more than previously imagined. The device also works with Ocean Compass, a digital experience portal that holds passenger preferences.

Last year, Viking launched a new hydrogen-powered cruise ship designed to lower carbon emissions, so it’s no wonder the brand received this year’s Outstanding Environmental Initiatives honor. Viking plans to incorporate the system on more ships in the coming years.

Best Beaches
1. Cayman Islands
2. Mykonos, Greece
3. Turks & Caicos
4. Aruba
5. The Big Island, Hawai‘i
6. Costa Rica
7. Lopes Mendes, Brazil
8. Lāna‘i, Hawai‘i
9. Phuket, Thailand
10. Krabi, Thailand

Best Historical Attractions, Domestic
1. Savannah, Georgia
2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3. Charleston, South Carolina
4. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
5. Washington, D.C.
6. Williamsburg, Virginia
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
8. Boston, Massachusetts
9. Charlottesville, Virginia
10. Big Sur, California

Best Historical Attractions, International
1. Greece
2. Türkiye
3. Italy
4. Egypt
5. Spain
6. United Kingdom
7. Israel
8. India
9. Jordan
10. Peru

Best Adventure Destination, Domestic
1. Asheville, North Carolina
2. Nashville, Tennessee
3. Albuquerque, New Mexico
4. Alaska
5. Hilton Head, South Carolina
6. Grand Canyon
7. Salt Lake City, Utah
8. Portland, Oregon 9. California
10. Montana

Best Adventure Destination, International
1. Thailand
2. Australia
3. India
4. The Galápagos Islands
5. New Zealand
6. Chile
7. South Africa
8. Taiwan
9. Jordan
10. Colombia

Best Leisure Destination in the United States
1. Nashville, Tennessee
2. Savannah, Georgia
3. Charleston, South Carolina
4. Asheville, North Carolina
5. Napa Valley, California
6. Chicago, Illinois
7. Virginia Beach, Virginia
8. San Francisco, California
9. Austin, Texas
10. New Orleans, Louisiana

Best Leisure Destination in Africa
1. South Africa
2. Zambia
3. Seychelles
4. Morocco
5. Kenya
6. Uganda
7. Réunion Island
8. Zanzibar
9. Botswana
10. Namibia

Best Leisure Destination in Europe
1. İstanbul, Türkiye
2. Lisbon, Portugal
3. Porto, Portugal
4. Florence, Italy
5. Seville, Spain
6. Venice, Italy
7. Paris, France
8. Prague, Czech Republic
9. Krakow, Poland
10. Rome, Italy

Best Leisure Destination in Asia
1. Seoul, South Korea
2. Singapore, Republic of Singapore
3. Phuket, Thailand
4. Tokyo, Japan
5. Taipei, Taiwan
6. Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China
7. Bangkok, Thailand
8. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
9. Osaka, Japan
10. Bali, Indonesia

Best Leisure Destination in Latin/South America
1. Panama City, Panama
2. Bogotá, Colombia
3. Buenos Aires, Argentina
4. Montevideo, Uruguay
5. Mendoza, Argentina
6. Santiago, Chile
7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
8. Cusco, Peru
9. Quito, Ecuador
10. Machu Picchu, Peru

Best Leisure Destination in Mexico
1. Los Cabos, Mexico
2. Cancún, Mexico
3. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
4. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
5. Cozumel, Mexico
6. Isla Holbox, Mexico
7. Mexico City, Mexico
8. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
9. Guadalajara, Mexico
10. Mérida, Mexico

Best Leisure Destination for Groups (Four or More)
1. Dubrovnik, Croatia
2. Los Cabos, Mexico
3. Italy
4. Park City, Utah
5. Costa Rica
6. Napa Valley, California
7. Cartagena, Colombia
8. Montréal, Québec, Canada
9. Nashville, Tennessee
10. Ireland

Best Weekend Destination in North America
1. Savannah, Georgia
2. Nashville, Tennessee
3. Asheville, North Carolina
4. Charleston, South Carolina
5. Las Vegas, Nevada
6. Austin, Texas
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
8. San Francisco, California
9. Miami, Florida
10. New York City, New York

Best Weekend Destination in the World
1. Dublin, Ireland
2. Rome, Italy
3. Paris, France
4. São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
5. Lisbon, Portugal
6. Québec City, Québec, Canada
7. Bermuda
8. Cartagena, Colombia
9. Vienna, Austria
10. Belize City, Belize

Best North American Ski Destination
1. Telluride, Colorado
2. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
3. Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
4. Vail, Colorado
5. Alta, Utah
6. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
7. Park City, Utah
8. Beaver Creek, Colorado
9. Winter Park, Colorado
10. Breckenridge, Colorado

Best International Ski Destination
1. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
2. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
3. St. Moritz, Switzerland
4. Niseko, Japan
5. Gstaad, Switzerland
6. Meribel, France
7. Courchevel, France
8. Verbier, Switzerland
9. Lech, Austria
10. Zermatt, Switzerland

Best Golf Destination
1. Streamsong Resort
2. Bandon Dunes
3. Kiawah Island Golf Resort
4. Pebble Beach
5. Pinehurst Resort
6. The Broadmoor
7. The Greenbrier
8. Sea Island Resort
9. Big Cedar Lodge
10. Sea Pines Resort

Best Caribbean Island
1. Dominican Republic
2. Bahamas
3. Grand Cayman
4. U.S. Virgin Islands
5. Curaçao
6. Saint Lucia
7. Aruba
8. Nevis
9. Jamaica
10. British Virgin Islands

Best Island in Europe
1. Santoríni, Greece
2. Sicily, Italy
3. Mykonos, Greece
4. Ireland
5. Capri, Italy
6. England
7. Sardinia
8. Crete, Greece
9. Elba, Italy
10. Jersey, United Kingdom

Best Island in the Pacific Rim
1. Tahiti
2. Cook Islands
3. Fiji
4. Lāna‘i, Hawai‘i
5. Okinawa
6. The Big Island, Hawai‘i
7. Phuket, Thailand
8. Maui, Hawai‘i
9. Japan

Best Island in the United States
1. Hilton Head, South Carolina
2. St. Simons & Little St. Simons, Georgia
3. Kiawah Island, South Carolina
4. Marco Island, Florida
5. Maui, Hawai‘i
6. Amelia Island, Florida
7. Isle of Palms, South Carolina
8. Lāna‘i, Hawai‘i
9. Longboat Key, Florida
10. Oahu, Hawai‘i

Best Family Cruise Line
1. Royal Caribbean
2. Celebrity Cruises
3. Disney Cruise Line
4. Silversea Cruises
5. Seabourn Cruise Line
6. Holland America Line
7. Princess Cruises
8. Atlas Ocean Voyages
9. Regent Seven Seas
10. MSC Cruises

Best Luxury Cruise Line
1. Seabourn Cruise Line
2. Silversea Cruises
3. Cunard Line
4. Regent Seven Seas
5. Paul Gauguin Cruises
6. Azamara
7. SeaDream Yacht Club
8. MSC Cruises
9. Celebrity Cruises
10. Atlas Ocean Voyages

Best Cruise Line Suites
1. Mega Rockstar Quarters, Virgin Voyages
2. Regent Suites, Regent Seven Seas
3. Queens Grill Suites, Cunard Line
4. Princess Grill Suites, Cunard Line
5. Owner’s Suite, Oceania Cruises
6. Owner’s Suite, Silversea Cruises
7. Haven Suites, Norwegian Cruise Line
8. MSC Yacht Club, MCS Cruises
9. Penthouse, Celebrity Cruises
10. Atlas Navigator Suites, Atlas Ocean Voyages

Best Adventure Cruise Line
1. Viking Expeditions
2. Hurtigruten
3. National Geographic Expeditions
4. Ponant
5. American Safari
6. Windstar Cruises
7. UnCruise Adventures
8. Lindblad Expeditions
9. Scenic
10. Silversea Cruises

Best Small-Ship Cruise Line
1. Paul Gauguin Cruises
2. Regent Seven Seas
3. Windstar Cruises
4. Silversea Cruises
5. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
6. Viking River Cruises
7. Azamara
8. Seabourn Cruise Line
9. SeaDream Yacht Club
10. AmaWaterways

Best Large-Ship Cruise Line
1. Viking Ocean Cruises
2. Cunard Line
3. Celebrity Cruises
4. Princess Cruises
5. MSC Cruises
6. Holland America Line
7. Norwegian Cruise Line
8. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
9. Atlas Ocean Voyages

Best River Cruise Line
1. AmaWaterways
2. Viking River Cruises
3. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
4. American Queen Voyages
5. Emerald Cruise Line
6. American Cruise Lines
7. Aqua Expeditions
9. Avalon Waterways
10. Riverview Cruises

Best Cruise Line Entertainment
1. Princess Cruises
2. Regent Seven Seas
3. Holland America Line
4. Viking Ocean Cruises
5. Disney Cruise Line
6. Celebrity Cruises
7. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
8. Cunard Line
9. Virgin Voyages
10. Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Cruise Line Dining
1. Azamara
2. Regent Seven Seas
3. Cunard Line
4. Seabourn Cruise Line
5. Silversea Cruises
6. Viking Ocean Cruises
7. Celebrity Cruises
8. Oceania Cruises
9. Atlas Ocean Voyages
10. Virgin Voyages

Best Cruise Line Spas
1. Seabourn Cruise Line
2. Regent Seven Seas
3. Virgin Voyages
4. Celebrity Cruises
5. Viking Ocean Cruises
6. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
7. Princess Cruises
8. Costa Cruises
9. Atlas Ocean Voyages
10. Cunard Line

Best Cruise Ship Excursions
1. Princess Cruises
2. Virgin Voyages
3. Celebrity Cruises
4. Cunard Line
5. Silversea Cruises
6. Viking Ocean Cruises
7. Regent Seven Seas
8. MSC Cruises
9. Atlas Ocean Voyages
10. Holland America Line

Best Cruise Line Rewards Program
1. Oceania Club, Oceania Cruises
2. Captain’s Club, Celebrity Cruises
3. Club World, Cunard Line
4. Captain’s Circle, Princess Cruises
5. Latitudes, Norwegian Cruise Line
6. MSC Voyagers Club, MSC Cruises
7. Mariner Society, Holland America Line
8. Castaway Club, Disney Cruise Line
9. Crown & Anchor Society, Royal Caribbean
10. Seven Seas Society, Regent Seven Seas

Best Cruise Line to Alaska
1. Cunard Line
2. Princess Cruises
3. Holland America Line
4. Celebrity Cruises
5. Royal Caribbean
6. UnCruise Adventures
7. Regent Seven Seas
8. Oceania Cruises
9. Viking Ocean Cruises
10. Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Expedition Cruises
1. Viking Expeditions
2. Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic
3. Ponant
4. Quark Expeditions
5. Atlas Ocean Voyages
6. Hurtigruten Expeditions
7. Silversea Cruises
8. Seabourn Cruise Line
9. UnCruise Adventures
10. Swan Hellenic

Best Cruise Line Caribbean Sailings
1. Windstar Cruises
2. Regent Seven Seas
3. Princess Cruises
4. Carnival Cruise Line
5. Royal Caribbean
6. Norwegian Cruise Line
7. Celebrity Cruises
8. Holland America Line
9. MSC Cruises
10. Viking Ocean Cruises

Best World Cruise
1. Cunard Line
2. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
3. Oceania Cruises
4. Princess Cruises
5. Holland America Line
6. Viking Ocean Cruises
7. Silversea Cruises
8. Seabourn Cruise Line
9. MSC Cruises
10. P&O Cruises

Best Cruise Port
1. Port of Miami, Florida
2. Port of San Diego, California
3. Port Canaveral, Florida
4. Port Everglades, Florida
5. Cozumel, Mexico
6. Southampton, England
7. Port of Los Angeles, California
8. Philipsburg, St. Maarten
9. New York City, New York
10. Venice, Italy

Best Luxury Leisure Hotel Group in the World
1. Meliá Hotels International
2. Westin Hotels & Resorts
3. The Ritz-Carlton
4. The Peninsula Hotels
5. Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts
6. Hyatt
7. Sonesta Hotels & Resorts
8. Belmond
9. Four Seasons
10. Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Chain Resorts
1. Marriott Hotels & Resorts
2. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
3. Meliá Hotels International
4. St. Regis
5. Westin Hotels & Resorts
6. The Ritz-Carlton
7. Four Seasons
8. Hyatt
9. Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
10. Sonesta Hotels & Resorts

Best Pet-Friendly Hotel
1. Westin Hotels & Resorts
2. Sonesta Hotels & Resorts
3. Kimpton Hotels + Restaurants
4. Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
5. Loews
6. The Peninsula
7. Le Méridien
8. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
9. Mandarin Oriental
10. Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Best Family Resort Chain in the World
1. Marriott Hotels & Resorts
2. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
3. Westin Hotels & Resorts
4. Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
5. Disney Hotels
6. Sonesta Hotels & Resorts
7. Hyatt
8. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
9. Kimpton Hotels + Restaurants
10. Loews

Best Hotel Chain Caribbean
1. Meliá Hotels International
2. Club Med
3. JW Marriott
4. Hilton Hotels & Resorts
5. SuperClubs
6. Rui Hotels
7. Barcelo
8. Iberostar
9. Hyatt
10. Royalton Resorts

Best Hotel Chain Thailand
1. Six Senses
2. JW Marriott
3. St. Regis
4. Four Seasons
5. The Luxury Collection
6. Banyan Tree
7. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
8. Mandarin Oriental
9. Kempinski Hotels
10. Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Best Eco-Friendly Hotel Chain
1. Six Senses
2. Kimpton Hotels + Restaurants
3. Hilton Hotels & Resorts
4. Ace Hotel
5. Banyan Tree
6. Joie de Vivre Hotels
7. Marriott Hotels & Resorts
8. Choice Hotels
9. Sonesta Hotels & Resorts

Best All-Inclusive Resort
1. Paradisus Resorts
2. Hyatt Ziva
3. Hyatt Zilara
4. Sandals Resorts
5. Karisma Hotels & Resorts
6. Meliá Hotels International
7. Dreams Resorts & Spas
8. Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia
9. Secrets Resorts & Spas
10. Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resort

Best Tour Operator
1. Abercrombie & Kent
2. Cox & Kings
3. The Inspiring Travel Company
4. The Turquoise Holiday Company
5. Red Savannah
6. Kuoni
7. TrailFinders
8. Kenwood Travel
9. GOWAY
10. Elegant Resorts

Best Airport for Layovers
1. Istanbul Grand Airport
2. Dubai International Airport
3. Hamad International Airport, Doha
4. Singapore Changi Airport
5. Taipei Taoyuan International Airport
6. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
7. Zürich Kloten International Airport
8. Incheon International Airport
9. Miami International Airport
10. Denver International Airport

Best Airport for Recreation
1. Orlando International Airport
2. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
3. Miami International Airport
4. Denver International Airport
5. Incheon International Airport
6. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
7. Istanbul Grand Airport
8. Zürich Kloten International Airport
9. Munich Airport
10. Singapore Changi Airport

Best Stopover Program
1. TAP Air Portugal
2. Turkish Airlines
3. Brussels Airlines
4. Air Canada
5. Finnair
6. Qatar Airways
7. British Airways
8. Emirates
9. Korean Air
10. Singapore Airlines

Best Leisure Airline
1. Air Tahiti Nui
2. Aeromexico
3. American Airlines
4. Alaska Airlines
5. United Airlines
6. Delta Air Lines
7. Hawaiian Airlines
8. TAP Air Portugal
9. Air France
10. Fiji Airways

Best Eco-Friendly Airline
1. United Airlines
2. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
3. Alaska Airlines
4. Cathay Pacific Airways
5. Air France
6. Delta Air Lines
7. American Airlines
8. Lufthansa
9. TAP Air Portugal
10. Air Canada

Best Airline for Onboard Entertainment
1. Air Canada
2. Emirates
3. United Airlines
4. American Airlines
5. Korean Air
6. Air France
7. Delta Air Lines
8. Qatar Airways
9. Asiana Airlines
10. Singapore Airlines

Best Airline Onboard Menu
1. Air Canada Business Class
2. Korean Air First Class
3. Air France La Première
4. United Polaris
5. Air France Business Class
6. Swiss International Air Lines First Class
7. Emirates First Class
8. All Nippon Airways First Class
9. Asiana Airlines Business Class
10. LATAM Premium Business Class

Best Premium Economy Class
1. Air Canada
2. Delta Air Lines
3. United Airlines
4. Singapore Airlines
5. American Airlines
6. Lufthansa
7. Scandinavian Airlines
8. Air New Zealand
9. British Airways
10. ITA Airways

Best Luxury Vehicle
1. BMW
2. Mercedes-Benz
3. Audi
4. Volvo
5. Maserati
6. Tesla
7. Porsche
8. Lexus
9. Acura
10. Cadillac

Best Leisure Car Rental
1. Hertz
2. Sixt
3. National Car Rental
4. Avis
5. Enterprise
6. Thrifty
7. Dollar Car Rental
8. Alamo
9. Budget
10. Payless

Best Leisure Credit Card
1. Aeroplan Credit Card from Chase
2. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase
3. Royal Caribbean Bank of America Visa
4. United MileagePlus Quest Card from Chase
5. Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card
6. IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase
7. Choice Rewards World Mastercard
8. World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase
9. Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card
10. Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard

Best Airline Affinity Credit Card for Leisure
1. United MileagePlus Quest Card from Chase
2. United Explorer Card from Chase
3. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card from Bank of America
4. Delta SkyMiles American Express Card
5. Aeroplan Credit Card from Chase
6. United Club Infinite Card from Chase
7. Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard
8. Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card
9. JetBlue Card
10. AAdvantage Aviator Business Mastercard from Barclays

Best Hotel Affinity Credit Card for Leisure
1. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card from Chase
2. Hotels.com Visa Card from Wells Fargo
3. Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card
4. World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase
5. IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase
6. Wyndham Rewards Earner Visa Card from Barclays
7. Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card from American Express
8. Best Western Rewards Premium Mastercard
9. Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card
10. Sonesta Stay Rewarded Bank of America Mastercard

Best Cruise Line Credit Card
1. Norwegian Cruise Line Mastercard from Bank of America
2. Royal Caribbean Bank of America Visa
3. Carnival World Mastercard from Barclays
4. Princess Cruises Visa Signature Card from Barclays
5. Celebrity Cruises Visa Signature Card from Bank of America
6. Holland America Line Rewards Visa from Barclays
7. Disney Premier Visa Credit Card from Chase

Favorite Luxury Watch Brand
1. Cartier
2. Ulysse Nardin
3. TAG Heuer
4. Panerai
5. Patek Philippe
6. Louis Vuitton
7. Movado
8. Tiffany & Co.
9. A Lange & Sohne
10. Omega

Best Destination Jewelry Brand
1. Na Hoku
2. Dune Jewelry
3. Maui Divers Jewelry Hawai‘i
4. Destination Jewelry Brands
5. Caribbean Gems
6. Cardow Jewelers
7. Arezzo Jewelers
8. Little Switzerland
9. Tiffany & Co.
10. Diamonds International

Favorite Liquor Brand
1. Maker’s Mark
2. Bacardi
3. Woodford Reserve
4. Patrón
5. Johnnie Walker Blue
6. Bombay Sapphire
7. Johnnie Walker Black
8. Crown Royal
9. Grey Goose
10. Belvedere

HALL OF FAME
10th Consecutive Year
Best Island in Europe
Santoríni, Greece

Cruise Line of the Year 2023
AmaWaterways

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS
Outstanding Social Responsibility
Delta Air Lines

Outstanding Customized Services
Princess Cruises

Outstanding Environmental Initiatives
Viking

Outstanding Innovations
Delta Air Lines

QUINT STATUS
Fifth Consecutive Year
Best Premium Economy Class
Air Canada

Best Airline for Onboard Entertainment
Air Canada

Best Stopover Program
TAP Air Portugal

Best Cruise Line Spas
Seabourn Cruise Line

Best Cruise Line Entertainment
Princess Cruises

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Jul 22, 2024

Solmar Hotels & Resorts Cabo San Lucas Participates in Sustainability on a Global Scale

Last year, during Earth Hour, a global event promoted by the World Wildlife Fund and consisting of a global voluntary blackout, Solmar Hotels & Resorts made a symbolic gesture to emphasize the importance of reducing the problem of climate change. They partially turned off the lights of buildings in Grand Solmar Land's End and Solmar Resort properties for one hour. During this time, flares and candles were lit in the shape of the Earth Hour logo, a large “60+” sign, to show support for the cause.

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Global City Guidebook: Seoul

This exciting capital city fosters every aspect of the Korean Wave (hallyu), the worldwide fascination with Korean culture. Here visitors may immerse themselves in popular music and art as well as traditional culture, food, literature and language through festivals and events throughout the year. Tourists and business travelers alike find Seoul satisfies their every whim and need.

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Jul 22, 2024

5 Top London Spots for Alfresco Dining

There’s no better place to bask in the rare London summer sun and enjoy refreshing tipples and flavorful dishes than in a lively outdoor space. Home to countless alfresco spots across the city, add these five terraces to your list for your summer London travels.

Extend Your Stay In Trendy Madrid

With its rich artistic and natural heritage, its outstanding transport network, the quality of its accommodation, its excellent gastronomy, and the passion with which the people of Madrid enjoy both the day and the night, the capital of Spain is one of the most attractive cities in the world.

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Jul 22, 2024

9 Luxury Resort Pools to Take a Dip in Around the World

Visit these nine resorts around the world boasting stunning pools.

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Jul 19, 2024

Your 2024 Michelin Guide to Dubai

The third edition of the annual Michelin Guide Dubai was revealed last week, showcasing both established and recently opened restaurants across the glamorous city. This year’s guide features 106 restaurants, each decided by Michelin’s anonymous inspectors.

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One affordable plan can protect an entire year of trips: business or pleasure, short or long, domestic or international.

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Jul 18, 2024

The Forester Hotel Launches Exceptional Culinary Experience

In Lake Forest, Illinois, about 45 minutes north of downtown Chicago, The Forester, a Hyatt Place Hotel is taking the words “chef’s table” to a whole new level. The Forester announced the launch of the Suite Culinary Experience guestroom, now available to book.