2010’s List of World’s Best –  rated by the readers is out by Travel+Leisure

World’s Best Hotels 2010Oberoi VanyaVilas Ranthambhore India
#1 – Oberoi VanyaVilas, India
#2 – Triple Creek Ranch, Montana
#3 – Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Kenya


Bangkok
, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Florence, Italy; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; and Rome, Italy are the top five cities overall in Travel + Leisure’s 2010 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey, announced on 8th July. The Best City Overall, Bangkok, returns to the No. 1 spot, having last held that ranking in 2008, and this year marks San Miguel de Allende’s debut on the Top Ten Overall list.

With the increased popularity of river cruising, T+L has added a new 2010 category: World’s Best River Cruises; Abercrombie & Kent takes the top spot in this category. The Galápagos regains its title as World’s Best Islands from 2008 (Bali took the title in 2009). In the World’s Best Hotels Overall category, there are 31 properties in the U.S. and Canada—up 11 percent from last year and more than any other region this year.

Two companies have held onto their No. 1 rankings every year since the poll began in 1996: Crystal Cruises (Best Large-Ship Cruise Line) and Singapore Airlines (Best International Airline).

TRAVEL + LEISURE 2010 WORLD’S BEST AWARDS WINNERS OVERALL

WORLD’S BEST CITY Bangkok
WORLD’S BEST HOTEL Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambhore, India
WORLD’S BEST ISLANDS Galápagos
WORLD’S BEST LARGE-SHIP CRUISE LINE Crystal Cruises
WORLD’S BEST SMALL-SHIP CRUISE LINE The Yachts of Seabourn
WORLD’S BEST RIVER CRUISE Abercrombie & Kent
WORLD’S BEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE Singapore Airlines
WORLD’S BEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE Virgin America
WORLD’S BEST TOUR OPERATOR Micato Safaris
WORLD’S BEST CAR-RENTAL AGENCY Hertz Rent-A-Car
WORLD’S BEST DESTINATION SPA Rancho La Puerta Tecate, Mexico

Nancy Novogrod, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure, said: “That the three highest-ranking hotels this year are Oberoi Vanyavilas, a jungle camp on the edge of India’s Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve; Triple Creek Ranch, in Darby, Montana, a haven for comfort-seeking outdoor-adventure travelers; and Fairmont Mara Safari Club, in Kenya’s Masai Mara, speaks volumes. These properties provide distinctive encounters with the natural world, which linger in memory; they are perceived as delivering great value, even when the price-per-day is high. The spirit of exploration also prevailed in the choice of the Galápagos as Best Islands in the World, and of Bangkok as Best City. It’s worth noting that our survey took place before the political upheaval in Bangkok began in May, and that the U.S. travel warning has now been lifted.”

TRAVEL + LEISURE 2010 WORLD’S BEST HOTEL WINNERS BY REGION

CONTINENTAL U.S. + CANADA
TOP RESORT San Ysidro Ranch, A Rosewood Resort Santa Barbara, CA
TOP RESORT Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Big Island
TOP LARGE CITY HOTEL Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
TOP SMALL CITY HOTEL Hotel Bel-Air Los Angeles**
TOP INN Triple Creek Ranch Darby, Montana
HAWAII
TOP RESORT Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Big Island
CARIBBEAN
TOP RESORT Nisbet Plantation Beach Club Nevis, West Indies
MEXICO
TOP RESORT Esperanza, An Auberge Resort Cabo San Lucas
TOP CITY HOTEL Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F. Mexico City
CENTRAL + SOUTH AMERICA
TOP CITY HOTEL Alvear Palace Hotel Buenos Aires, Argentina
TOP RESORT Blancaneaux Lodge San Ignacio, Belize
EUROPE
TOP RESORT Palazzo Sasso Ravello, Italy
TOP LARGE CITY HOTEL Olissippo Lapa Palace Lisbon, Portugal
TOP SMALL CITY HOTEL The Lanesborough London
TOP INN/SMALL COUNTRY HOTEL Domaine des Hauts de Loire Onzain, France
AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST
TOP LODGE/RESORT Fairmont Mara Safari Club Masai Mara, Kenya
TOP CITY HOTEL Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence Egypt
ASIA
TOP RESORT Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambhore, India
TOP CITY HOTEL The Peninsula Bangkok
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND SOUTH PACIFIC
TOP RESORT Huka Lodge Taupo, New Zealand
TOP CITY HOTEL The Langham Melbourne