Global Traveler Announces Eighth Annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards

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GT congratulated the winners in its eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Edition

Global Traveler, the only monthly magazine for business and leisure luxury travelers, announced the winners of its eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. First announced in the Leisure Lifestyle Edition in June 2020, the winners were also recapped in the December issue of Global Traveler, available now. The winners will be celebrated in a virtual awards celebration on Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. EST on

Global Traveler conducted a survey of its readers Oct. 1, 2019–Jan. 31, 2020, 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.

For the seventh year, Global Traveler named Special Achievement Awards. Tahiti Tourisme was recognized for Outstanding Customized Services. Oceania Cruises earned the Outstanding Environmental Initiatives recognition. The Outstanding Innovations honor went to Qatar Airways for its QSuite. The Ritz-Carlton received the Outstanding Social Responsibility accolade.

For the third year, Global Traveler announces its Cruise Line of the Year. The winner is Cunard Line. 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:

Historical Attractions, International

Best Historical Attractions, Domestic
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Best Beaches
Costa Rica
Third Consecutive Year

Best Adventure Destination, International
South Africa

Best Adventure Destination, Domestic
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Best Leisure Destination in the United States
Charleston, South Carolina

Best Leisure Destination in Africa
South Africa

Best Leisure Destination in Europe
Seville, Spain

Best Leisure Destination in Asia
Third Consecutive Year

Best Leisure Destination in Latin/South America
Panama City, Panama

Best Leisure Destination in Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Best Leisure Destination for Groups
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Best Weekend Destination in North America
Savannah, Georgia

Best Weekend Destination in the World

Best North American Ski Destination
Telluride, Colorado

Best International Ski Destination
Lech, Austria

Best Caribbean Island
U.S. Virgin Islands

Best Island in Europe
Seventh Consecutive Year

Best Island Pacific Rim
Cook Islands
Fifth Consecutive Year

Best Family Cruise Line
Celebrity Cruises

Best Luxury Cruise Line
Regent Seven Seas

Best Value Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

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

Best Adventure Cruise Line

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

Best Large-Ship Cruise Line
Fifth Consecutive Year

Best River Cruise Line
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Third Consecutive Year

Best Cruise Line Entertainment
Princess Cruises
Second Consecutive Year

Best Cruise Line Dining
Azamara Club Cruises

Best Cruise Line Spas
Seabourn Cruise Line
Second Consecutive Year

Best Cruise Ship Excursions
Princess Cruises
Fifth Consecutive Year

Best Cruise Line Rewards Program
Oceania Club, Oceania Cruises

Best Cruise Port (tie)
Port of Miami, Florida
Port Everglades, Florida

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

Best Hotel Chain Resorts
The Ritz-Carlton

Best Pet-Friendly Hotels
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

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

Best All-Inclusive Resorts
Sandals Resorts International
Third Consecutive Year

Best Tour Operator
Abercrombie & Kent
Second Consecutive Year

Best Airport for Layovers
Miami International Airport

Best Airport for Recreation
Denver 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
Air Canada Business Class

Best Premium-Economy Class
Air Canada
Second Consecutive Year

Best Pet-Friendly Airline
Alaska Airlines

Best Luxury Vehicle
Second Consecutive Year

Favorite Luxury Watch Brand
Patek Philippe
Second Consecutive Year

Best Leisure Car Rental
Second Consecutive Year

Best Destination Jewelry Brand
Na Hoku

Best Liquor Brand
Johnnie Walker Blue
Third Consecutive Year

Outstanding Social Responsibility
The Ritz-Carlton

Outstanding Customized Services
Tahiti Tourisme

Outstanding Environmental Achievements
Oceania Cruises

Outstanding Innovations
Qatar Airways

Cruise Line of the Year
Cunard Line

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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. Special editions — Leisure Lifestyle Edition, Global City Guidebook and Class Act Guide — complement 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).

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