Travel + Leisure reveals 2021 World’s Best Awards winners

The best of the best hotels, resorts, cruise lines, islands, as voted by the people

Travel + Leisure has this week unveiled the results of its annual World’s Best Awards 2021. The winners are judged based on the results of a reader survey, recognising the greatest hotels, cruise lines, cities, tour operators, airports, islands and this year, National Parks.

Interestingly it was African tented camps that took out the first two places in the Top 100 Hotels in the World category, with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition’s Mahali Mzuri (lead image) in Kenya’s Masai Mara the very best, with an amazing score of 99.73.

“This year’s World’s Best Awards survey was open for voting January 11 through May 10, 2021, as destinations around the world were lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Survey rules have always allowed readers to reflect on their travel experiences over a three-year period,” Travel + Leisure said.

“We hope that this year’s honorees will inspire your own travels as you get back out into the world.”

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Among the multitude of lists were the following categories that LATTE has once again compressed to highlight the top five in each and their score out of 100. View the complete lists and extended coverage on Travel + Leisure‘s website here.

Top 100 Hotels in the World Score Top 3 Resort Hotels in Australia and NZ Score
1. Mahali Mzuri, Masai Mara, Kenya 99.73 1. Matakauri Lodge 95.47
2. Nayara Tented Camp, Arenal Volcano NP, Costa Rica 99.58 2. Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa 83
3. The Opposite House, Beijing 99.47 3. Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas 81.41
4. Capella Bangkok 99.38
5. Capella Ubud, Bali 98.34
Top 25 Hotel Brands in the World Top 5 City Hotels in Australia and NZ
1. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts 98.40 1. The Langham, Melbourne 92
2. Capella Hotels & Resorts 97.82 2. Park Hyatt Melbourne 91.53
3. Red Carnation Hotel Collection 97.54 3. Park Hyatt Sydney 91.03
4. Oetker Collection 96.77 4. Shangri-La, Sydney 90.76
5. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts 96.46 5. Grand Hyatt Melbourne 88.40
Top 15 European City Hotels Top 5 Resort Hotels in the South Pacific
1. Mandarin Oriental, Milan, Italy 98.67 1. InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa 97.33
2. La Reserve Paris, Hotel & Spa 98.60 2. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort 96.89
3. Shangri-La the Shard, London 98.57 3. The Brando 95.29
4. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet 98.40 3. Conrad Bora Bora Nui 95.29
5. The St. Regis, Istanbul 97.89 5. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora 93.69
Top 25 Cities in the World Top 5 Cities in Australia, NZ, South Pacific
1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 93.54 1. Sydney 86.70
2. Udaipur, India 91.63 2. Queenstown 84.76
3. Istanbul 91.32 3. Melbourne 83.71
4. Ubud, Indonesia 91.25 4. Hobart 82.02
5. Kyoto, Japan 90.94 5. Brisbane 81.77
Top 25 Islands in the World
1. Milos, Greece 95.50 1. Fiji 87.17
2. Folegandros, Greece 95.47 2. Kangaroo Island 85.66
3. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 91.69 3. Moorea, French Polynesia 85.48
4. Madiera, Portugal 91.56 4. Great Barrier Reef Islands 85
5. Andaman Islands, India 91.24 5. Bora-Bora 84.48
Top 10 River Cruise Lines Top 10 Small-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines (249 pax or less)
1. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 96.79 1. Quasar Expeditions 97.99
2. Tauck 96.3 2. Ponant 93.42
3. Viking Cruises 93.65 3. Crystal Cruises 93.33
4. Aqua Expeditions 92.69 4. Lindblad Expeditions 92.97
5. American Queen Steamboat Co. 92.68 5. Windstar Cruises 92.90
Top 5 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines Top 10 Large-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines (600 – 2,199 pax)
1. Windstar Cruises 93.17 1. Seabourn 94.74
2. Regent Seven Seas Cruises 92.68 2. Viking Cruises 93.67
3. Paul Gaugin Cruises 92.32 3. Regent Seven Seas Cruises 92.08
4. Seabourn 91.59 4. Crystal Cruises 91.1
5. Silversea 90.8 5. Silversea 89.27
Top 5 International Spas Top 15 Tour Operators
1. Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico 95.17 1. Quasar Expeditions 99.58
2. Sha Wellness Clinic, El Abir, Spain 94.63 2. Mountain Lodges of Peru 98.93
3. BodyHoliday, St. Lucia 94.35 3. BCT Bicycling Vacations 98.7
4. Tabacon Termal Resort & Spa 92.46 4. Classic Journeys 98.6
5. Chable Maroma, Punta Maroma, Mexico 91.06 5. TCS World Travel 97.55

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