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Who made the list for the Conde Nast Readers Choice awards?

It’s that time again, folks! The Conde Nast Readers Choice awards have been announced!

The awards are based on a reader survey, this year completed by 429,000 people, that gives an insight into when, where, and how the respondents are travelling.

The most obvious finding from this years survey, according to Conde Nast Traveller, is comfort. Travellers prefer to stay local, in smaller and less flashy properties than previous years.

Other trends that surfaced were small cruise-ships and spa resorts, signalling that self-care is well and truly on travellers agenda.

Locally, the award for the top hotel in Australia and New Zealand went to Perth’s COMO The Treasury, followed by QT in Sydney and Halcyon House in Cabarita Beach.

COMO The Treasury
COMO The Treasury

Unfortunately, we didn’t fare quite as well in the top resorts in Australia and the South Pacific, where our first appearance was in third place for the Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island.

Onto cruising, Royal Caribbean International took out to top spot for Mega Ship Line, Disney Cruise Line was number one for Large Ship Line, Medium Ship Line favourite was Crystal Cruises, best Small Ship Line went to Seabourn Cruise Line and Viking River Cruises was number one for River Ship line.

Crystal Serenity
Crystal Serenity

When it comes to airports, it seems none are a match for Changi Airport in Singapore, with readers singling it out as their favourite place to spend a stopover.

And who can blame them with features like an indoor waterfall, a butterfly garden, and a fantastic array of open-air decks and restaurants?

Changi Airport butterfly garden. Yes, it's real.
Changi Airport butterfly garden. Yes, it’s real.

The best international airline went to Singapore Airlines, which has taken out the top spot for all but one of the 30 years the Reader’s Choice Awards have been running. Travellers prefer Singapore for seat comfort, in-flight service and reliability.

Coming in second and third were Emirates and Qatar Airways respectively.

Here’s a rundown of the other highlights:

Best US City:

Big: Chicago, IL

Small: Charleston SC

Top US Hotel:

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, MD

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Top Hotel in Europe:

Baur au Lac, Zurich, Switzerland

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Top hotel in Asia:

COMO Uma Punakha, Punakha Butan

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Top hotel in Mexico:

Cartesiano, Puebla

Top hotel in Canada:

Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland

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Top hotel in the Caribbean and Central America:

Hotel Capitan Suizo

Top hotel in Africa: 

La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco

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Top hotel in the Middle East:

The Normal Tel Aviv, Israel

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