For the fourth consecutive year, Global Traveler honored the best of the best in the world of leisure lifestyle travel, including destinations, airlines, cruise lines and hotels, at its annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards celebration. For the first time we feted the winners at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, enjoying a picture-perfect evening overlooking Beverly Hills from the hotel’s rooftop venue.
Industry elite enjoyed themed cuisine and cocktails as the sun set over the City of Angels. The Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills enjoys an enviable location and offers multiple options for hosting successful meetings and elegant affairs. Our May 19 celebration of the 2016 Leisure Lifestyle Awards was no exception.
Despite the beautiful setting, one furry guest in particular stole the show that evening: Seven, an Australian shepherd and pet actor on hand to help present United Airlines with the Best Pet-Friendly Airline award. A special thanks to Seven for bringing a bit of four-legged fun to the evening.
Among the most prestigious in the leisure travel industry, Global Traveler’s Leisure Lifestyle Awards highlight the standouts in the leisure travel and lifestyle worlds. Nominations in each category came from our elite Globility Board as well as our highly experienced magazine staff. From these nominations, our esteemed Advisory Board selected the final winners.
Best Historical Attractions Spain
Best Beaches Turks & Caicos
Best Adventure Travel Destination India
Best Caribbean Island U.S. Virgin Islands
Best Island in Europe Santoríni
Best Island Pacific Rim Cook Islands
Best Shopping in the World The Dubai Mall
Best Family Cruise Line Celebrity Cruises
Best Luxury Cruise Line Silversea Cruises
Best Cruise Line Suites The Haven by Norwegian
Best Adventure Cruise Line Lindblad Expeditions
Best Small-Ship Cruise Line Paul Gauguin Cruises
Best Large-Ship Cruise Line Cunard Line
Best River Cruise Line Viking River Cruises
Best Cruise Line Entertainment Royal Caribbean International
Best Cruise Line Dining Azamara Club Cruises
Best Cruise Ship Excursions Princess Cruises
Best Cruise Line Rewards Program Mariner Society by Holland America Line
Best Luxury Leisure Hotel Group in the World Meliá Hotels & Resorts
Best Hotel Chain Resorts Westin Hotels & Resorts
Best Pet-Friendly Hotel Loews Hotels & Resorts
Best Lifestyle Leisure Hotel Group in the World Vida Hotels and Resorts
Best Family Resort Chain in the World Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Best Family Resort in North America Mohonk Mountain House
Best Family Resort in the Gulf Atlantis, The Palm
Best Hotel Restaurant Al Mahara at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Best Leisure Airline Hawaiian Airlines
Best Premium-Economy Class China Airlines
Best Pet-Friendly Airline United Airlines
Best Luxury Tour Company Abercrombie & Kent
Best Luxury Train The Royal Canadian Pacific
Best Car Rental for Leisure Hertz
Best Luxury Vehicle Cadillac
Favorite Luxury Fashion Brand Louis Vuitton
Favorite Luxury Watch Brand TAG Heuer
Favorite Luxury Jewelry Brand Tiffany & Co.
Special Achievement Awards
Outstanding Customized Service EVA Air’s Hello Kitty Jets
Outstanding Environmental Initiatives Airbus
Outstanding Innovations Robotic Bartender, Royal Caribbean International
Outstanding Social Responsibility Air Canada
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics to determine the best destinations for an upcoming Oktoberfest celebration. The brand’s study found the estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is $5,000. Munich boasts a $1.43 billion annual economic impact on Munich. During Oktoberfest, nearly 2 million gallons of beer are consumed and more than 510,000 whole roast chickens eaten.
Qantas will start using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its Sydney–Santiago route starting in late June 2020.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
On Location Experiences makes it easy for travelers to head to London or Mexico City for upcoming NFL games. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosts the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders Oct. 6, and the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oct. 13; Wembley Stadium hosts the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams Oct. 27, and the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars Nov. 3; and Estadio Azteca hosts the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers Nov. 18.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Hotel brands all over the world have pushed for sustainability. For many, it began with reducing single-use plastics, like straws. InterContinental recently announced the end of in-room miniature toiletries.