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Leisure Travel Awards 2015

Oct 1, 2015
2015 / September 2015

For the third year in a row, Global Traveler feted the world’s best leisure destinations, airlines, cruises and hotel groups at its annual Leisure Travel Awards celebration. For the second time, GT honored the winners of these prestigious awards at the Hotel Shangri-La at the Ocean with themed cuisine and spectacular sunset views high above Santa Monica in the rooftop penthouse.

This year, in addition to congratulating the best of the best in leisure travel, the gathering honored the rich history of the luxury boutique hotel, celebrating its diamond jubilee in 2015. On the eve of the 75th anniversary of its opening, esteemed members of the travel and hospitality industry sang an enthusiastic rendition of “Happy Birthday” to the hotel after winners collected their well-earned Leisure Travel Awards.

Overlooking the Pacific since the end of the Art Deco period, the hotel building boasts an authentic Streamline Moderne design. After a recent $30 million renovation, the timeless hotel, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, provides all the contemporary amenities of today while maintaining the glamour and appeal of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Among the most prestigious in the leisure travel industry, Global Traveler’s Leisure Travel Awards highlight the best the leisure travel world has to offer. Nominations in each category came from our elite Globility Board as well as highly experienced magazine staff. From these nominations, our esteemed Advisory Board selected the final winners.


Best Beaches
Turks and Caicos

Best Island in the Caribbean
British Virgin Islands
Second Consecutive Year

Best Island in Europe
Second Consecutive Year

Best Island Pacific Rim

Best Adventure Destination
New Zealand

Best Historical Attractions

Best Small Ship Cruise Line
Silversea Cruises
Third Consecutive Year

Best Large Ship Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Best Cruise Line Entertainment
Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Line Dining
Oceania Cruises

Best Luxury Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Adventure Cruise Line
Lindblad Expeditions

Best Family Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line

Best River Cruise Line
Viking River Cruises
Third Consecutive Year

Best Luxury Leisure Hotel Group in the World
Meliá Hotels International

Best Hotel Chain Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts

Best Lifestyle Leisure Hotel Group in the World
Vida Hotels and Resorts

Best Leisure Airline
Hawaiian Airlines


Outstanding Customized Services
Etihad Airways

Outstanding Environmental Initiatives
American Airlines

Outstanding Innovations
China Airlines

Outstanding Social Awareness
British Airways


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