Conde Nast Readers’ Travel Awards for 2009

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The time has come again for Condé Nast’s Readers’ Travel Awards to reveal their choices for the best vacation opportunties around the world. From the best airlines to islands to spas to tours, the Readers’ Travel Awards have been presented for 2009.

The top sought-after cities reveals the names we’ve become accustomed to see at the top: New York, Paris, Rome, Sydney and Barcelona. The über-energized city of New York reached the top of the list offering everything from monuments to museums to chic hotels, shops, architecture, restaurants and more. Paris and Florence won over the culture gurus and San Francisco is considered a top hospitable urban escape.

The Maldives may have claimed the top spot for islands last year, but Sicily squeezed past to reign supreme as the favorite holiday destination for luxury island getaways. Barbados, The Cyclades and Cuba rounded out the top five destinations for island vacations.

Condé Nast surveyed their readers on their choices for top villa-rental companies according to seven criteria: range of properties, service/staff, facilities, welcome packs, top value for money, on-the-ground support and presentation of villas. CV Travel achieved top marks, followed closely by Owners Direct, Greek Islands Club, Meon Villas and Wimco. ThinkSicily and Dream Villa Rentals were also among the top ten villa rental companies.

Among the tour operators, Seasons In Style‘s first-hand knowledge of the destination was the readers’ favorite. Carrier‘s service earned top marks, Kuoni‘s range of accommodations and Abercrombie & Kent‘s flexibility also landed these esteemed tour operators in the top five.

For the complete results of the Readers’ Travel Awards, visit www.cntraveller.co.uk/ReadersAwards/2009 Photo of Capo Bianco in Sicily: www.flickr.com/photos/celerrimus/3063800561



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