Travel + Leisure's yearly top ten round-up

Great summer travel viewIn an annual poll, magazine Travel + Leisure lets readers choose their favorite cities, destinations, hotels, travel providers, and much more. This usually comes out in time to plan your summer holidays, so the lists are where you should be headed this year.

Some of the highlights from this year's survey are:

Top 10 cities

  1. Bangkok
  2. Buenos Aires
  3. Cape Town
  4. Sydney
  5. Florence
  6. Cuzco (Peru)
  7. Rome
  8. New York
  9. Istanbul
  10. San Francisco

Top 10 islands

  1. Galápagos Islands
  2. Bali
  3. Maui
  4. Kauai
  5. Tasmania
  6. Easter Island, Chile
  7. Hawaii
  8. Santorini, Greece
  9. Great Barrier Reef Islands
  10. Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Top 15 hotels

Tortilis Camp, KenyaAs expected, there's not a budget hotel in this list. But note that the majority of these hotels are located in countries such as India or Kenya, not the west. While there are fantastic hotels in most cities of the world, it seems when it comes to facilities and service, Americans and Europeans have something to learn.

  1. Singita Sabi Sand & Kruger National Park, South Africa
  2. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India
  3. Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Masai Mara, Kenya
  4. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
  5. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana
  6. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India
  7. Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  8. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa
  9. Tortilis Camp, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
  10. Domaine des Hauts de Loire, Onzain, France
  11. Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  12. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida
  13. Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California
  14. The Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand
  15. Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele, Hawaii

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Last updated by Jack on 01 January, 2012 in Travel.

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