Global Traveler Announces Second Annual Leisure Travel Awards

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GT announces the winners and more in its second annual Leisure Lifestyle Book.

Global Traveler, the only monthly magazine for business and leisure luxury travelers, announces the winners of its second annual Leisure Travel Awards. The winners will be feted at a cocktail reception this evening on the rooftop of the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica, Calif. A ballot ran online May–December 2013; the readers of Global Traveler voted for the winners. The magazine’s readers average three international and six domestic leisure trips per year.

The awards were officially announced in Global Traveler’s second annual Leisure Lifestyle Book, available now. The issue also includes articles on island holidays, family tours, milestone trips, kid-friendly airports, vintage vacations, photography, driving tours and cruise ship suites.

The following winners are being honored for the second consecutive year: Hong Kong (Best Shopping); Australia (Best Natural Attractions); South Africa (Best Safari Destination); Silversea Cruises (Best Small Ship Cruise Line); Abercrombie & Kent (Best Luxury Tour Operator); Kaua’i (Best Island in the United States and Canada); Bora Bora (Best Island in Australia and the South Pacific) and Bali (Best Island in Asia and Africa).

For the first time, Global Traveler’s editors named three Special Achievement Awards. For their Force for Global Good, Delta Air Lines was recognized for Outstanding Social Awareness. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts’ initiatives in working with female travelers earned them the Outstanding Customized Services recognition. The Outstanding Environmental Initiatives honor went to InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa for the resort’s unique seawater air-conditioning system.

A complete list of winners is as follows:

Best Spa
The Peninsula New York    

Best Shopping
Hong Kong
Second Consecutive Year    

Best Natural Attractions
Second Consecutive Year

Best Historical Attractions

Best Skiing

Best Beach Destination
Hawaiian Islands    

Best Adventure Travel Destination
New Zealand

Best Safari Destination
South Africa    
Second Consecutive Year

Best Hiking Destination

Best Small Ship Cruise Line
Silversea Cruises    
Second Consecutive Year

Best Large Ship Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line    

Best River Cruise Line
Viking River Cruises    

Best Luxury Tour Operator
Abercrombie & Kent    
Second Consecutive Year

Best Resort in the United States and Canada

Best Resort in Hawaii
Four Seasons Hotel Haulalai    

Best Resort in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas
Seven Stars Resort Turks and Caicos    

Best Resort in Central and South America
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo    

Best Resort in Mexico
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa    

Best Resort in Asia and the South Pacific
St. Regis Bora Bora    

Best Resort in Europe
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles
Paris, France    

Best Resort in Africa
Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort     

Best Resort in the Middle East
The Taj, Dubai    

Best Island in the United States and Canada
Kaua’i, Hawaii    
Second Consecutive Year

Best Island in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas
British Virgin Islands    

Best Island in Mexico, Central and South America
Cozumel, Mexico    

Best Island in Australia and the South Pacific
Bora Bora    
Second Consecutive Year

Best Island in Europe

Best Island in Asia and Africa
Second Consecutive Year

Outstanding Social Awareness
Delta Air Lines
Special Achievement Award

Outstanding Customized Services
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
Special Achievement Award

Outstanding Environmental Initiatives
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
Special Achievement Award

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About Global Traveler/FXExpress Publications, Inc.
Global Traveler, the only AAM-audited U.S.-based magazine for the international business traveler, is a business travel and lifestyle publication with an AAM-paid circulation of 109,000+. FXExpress Publications, Inc., based in Yardley, Pa., is a privately held company publishing Global Traveler, eFlyer USA, eFlyer Asia and several annuals; and also operating and The Mandarin edition, China Global Traveler, can be found at

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