Travel + Leisure 2022 ‘World’s Best’ wrap-up

The Langham Melbourne and Fiji's Namale Resort take out top local gongs

Travel + Leisure has released the results of its annual World’s Best Awards for 2022. This year’s results – based on the feedback of hundreds of thousands of T+L readers – spanned a whopping 120 categories among hotels, resorts and hospitality brands in cities, countries and regions globally; to spas, favourite global cities, and best islands, cruise lines, tour operators, safari outfitters, airlines, car rental companies and National Parks.

Participants in the survey collected data from late October 2021 through to the end of February 2022. They rated hotels, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, etc on numerous characteristics, with the option of rating excellent, above average, average, below average and poor. A minimum number of responses was necessary for a candidate to be eligible for Travel + Leisure‘s World’s Best Awards.

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Top of the table in the 100 Best Hotels in the World for 2022 was, as to be expected, dominated by ultra-luxury properties. In #1 position was Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Montalcino, Italy with a score of 99.25, followed by Auberge Resorts Collections’ Grace Hotel in Santorini, Greece with a score of 99.22. In third spot was Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, in South Male Atoll of the Maldives. Other revered destinations that were in the Top 10 included Marrakech, Paris, New York, Madrid and Bali.

Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection | Image source: Facebook

Travel + Leisure‘s readers also voted for the Best Hotel Brands, which featured 25 brands and was lead by Oberoi Hotels & Resorts (97.50), One&Only (96.20), Oetker Collection (96.15), Raffles Hotels & Resorts (95.50) and The Travel Corporation’s Red Carnation Hotel Collection (95.32).

Speaking of The Travel Corporation, their luxury cruise product, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, sailed into third place in the 10 Best River Cruise Lines. That field was taken out by Viking (96.77), then Tauck (96.60).

Viking also took the crown for Best Midsize-ship Ocean Cruise Lines (95.16), with Seabourn (92.84), Silversea (92.08), Regent Seven Seas Cruises (90.85) and Oceania Cruises (89.68) rounding out the Top 5.

The Best Intimate-ship Ocean Cruise Lines (fewer than 150 cabins) category was Quasar Expeditions (98.69), followed by Overseas Adventure Travel, Variety Cruises, Ponant and SeaDream Yacht Club.

The Langham, Melbourne

Closer to home, in Australia and New Zealand, Sydney scooped up four of the five Best City Hotels in the region – Park Hyatt Sydney (90.40), Four Seasons Hotel Sydney (88.30), InterContinental Sydney (87.76) and Shangri-La Sydney (86.40), however it was Melbourne that scored the fan’s favourite, with The Langham, Melbourne (92.53) retaining its coveted No. 1 spot.

Sydney did however place first in the Best Cities in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, with its score of 86.40 slightly ahead of Hobart on 85.00. Also in the top 5 were Queenstown, NZ (83.59), Melbourne (82.70) and Auckland (82.52).

Within the same region, the Fiji Islands (92.38) were well clear of Moorea, French Polynesia (90.24) in the Best Islands category, followed by Bora Bora, French Polynesia (87.70), the Great Barrier Reef Islands (86.90) and Tahiti, French Polynesia (83.33).

Namale Resort & Spa, Fiji

In the air, the Best International Airlines were lead by Singapore Airlines (92.68), Qatar Airways (90.67) and Emirates (89.92), while the Best International Airports field went to Singapore Airlines’ home-hub, Changi Airport (94.80), Istanbul Airport (94.06) and Hamad International, Doha (93.80).

Some other interesting observations LATTE noted:

  • Oberoi Hotels & Resorts had the most number of properties in the 100 Best Hotels in the World for 2022, with six. Taj Hotels & Resorts had five, while Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Auberge Resorts Collection and Shangri-La each had three.
  • The only property in the Oceania region to feature in the 100 Best Hotels in the World was Fiji’s Namale Resort, Savusavu – positioned at 59th. Namale was the #1 Best Resorts in the South Pacific, followed by three ultra-luxury hotels in Bora Bora and in Tahiti, French Polynesia.
  • Last year’s top hotel, with a score of 99.73, Virgin Limited Edition’s Mahali Mzuri in Kenya’s Masai Mara did not appear in the 2022 results, and missed out on a spot in the Top 10 Best Safari Lodges in Africa (which did include two other properties in Kenya).
  • The USA had the highest number of properties in the 100 Best Hotels in the World, with 19 properties (a market where most votes in the poll would have derived, being a US-based publication, and the thriving domestic tourism travel scene due to the pandemic). India and Italy both had 11 properties.

A snapshot of all this year’s winner can be found below, or view them all on Travel + Leisure‘s website here.

Top 100 Hotels in the World Score 5 Best Resorts in the South Pacific Score
1. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco 99.25 1. Namale Resort & Spa, Savusavu, Fiji 96.64
2. Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection 99.22 2. Conrad Bora Bora Nui 93.29
3. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi 99.11 3. St. Regis Bora Bora Resort 93.18
4. Pickering House Inn, Wolfeboro 98.95 4. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora 92.67
5. One&Only Reethi Rah 98.93 5. InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa 84.62
Top 25 Hotel Brands in the World 5 Best City Hotels in Australia/NZ
1. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts 97.5 1. The Langham, Melbourne 92.53
2. One&Only Resorts 96.2 2. Park Hyatt Sydney 90.4
3. Oetker Collection 96.15 3. Four Seasons Hotel Sydney 88.3
4. Raffles Hotels & Resorts 95.5 4. InterContinental Sydney 87.76
5. Red Carnation Hotel Collection 95.32 5. Shangri-La Sydney 86.4
15 Best City Hotels in Europe 15 Best Resorts in Europe
1. Hôtel Madame Rêve, Paris 98.73 1. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco 99.25
2. Rosewood Villa Magna, Madrid 98.67 2. Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection 99.22
3. Portrait Firenze, Florence 98.25 3. Sani Asterias, Halkidiki 97.87
4. Raffles Istanbul 98.25 3. Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa 97.82
5. Shangri-La at the Shard, London 97.86 5. Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, Champillon 97.5
25 Best Cities in the World 5 Best Cities in Australia, NZ, South Pacific
1. Oaxaca, Mexico 92.96 1. Sydney 86.4
2. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 91.77 2. Hobart 85
3. Ubud, Indonesia 91.73 3. Queenstown 82.78
4. Florence 91.06 4. Melbourne 82.7
5. Istanbul 90.97 5. Auckland 82.52
25 Best Islands in the World 5 Best Islands in Australia, NZ, South Pacific
1. Ischia, Italy 94.61 1. Fiji Islands 92.38
2. Maldives 94.44 2. Moorea, French Polynesia 90.24
3. Bali 92.51 5. Bora Bora, French Polynesia 87.7
4. Milos, Greece 92.5 4. Great Barrier Reef Islands 86.9
5. Fiji Islands 92.38 5. Tahiti, French Polynesia 83.44
10 Best River Cruise Lines 15 Best Tour Operators
1. Viking 96.77 1. DuVine Cycling + Adventures Co. 99.12
2. Tauck 96.6 2. Classic Journeys 99.04
3. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 96.31 3. Artisans of Leisure 98.38
4. Aqua Expeditions 93.27 4. Black Tomato 98.33
5. American Queen Voyages 92.82 4. GeoEx 98.33
4. Wilderness Travel 98.33
5 Best Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Lines
1. Viking 95.16
2. Seabourn 92.84 1. Paul Gauguin Cruises 96.59
3. Silversea 92.08 2. Windstar Cruises 94.14
4. Regent Seven Seas Cruises 90.85 3. Seabourn 93.7
5. Oceania Cruises 89.68
5 Best International Spas 1. Disney Cruise Line 89.55
1. Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico 95.76 2. Cunard 88.18
2. Sha Wellness Clinic, El Abir, Spain 95.2 3. Celenbrity Cruises 85.56
3. Therme di Saturnia 94.15 4. Holland America Line 85.43
4. Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa 93.26 5. Royal Caribbean International 81.26
5. Chable Maroma, Punta Maroma, Mexico 89.9

Lead image: Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco/Source: Facebook

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