TripAdvisor Names 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards for World’s Best Hotels

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives was named the Top Hotel in the World and The Langham Chicago the #1 hotel in the United States, in the 2015 Travelers’ Choice awards. TripAdvisor®, whose travel sites are accessed by 315 million travelers a month, announced the winners.

The 13th annual awards showcase 8,151 winning properties worldwide, covering eight regions around the globe. Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.

“TripAdvisor’s community of millions of travelers has helped us highlight some of the very best hotels from around the world,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “The Travelers’ Choice list of thousands of award-winning properties is perfect to inspire travelers as they think about their 2015 travel plans. From opulent, luxury hotels to budget-friendly B&Bs, those looking for an accommodation can research, compare prices and book a Travelers’ Choice property on TripAdvisor, or any other hotel that meets their travel needs.”

Travelers’ Choice awards take into account the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and opinions and traveler ratings specific to each award category. While these are the favorite hotels of travelers around the world, there are some great bargains available when booking on TripAdvisor. The average nightly rate of Travelers’ Choice award-winning Top Hotels on TripAdvisor is $357; Bargain is $91; B&Bs and Inns is $136; Family is $250; Luxury is $482; Romance is $539; Service is $467 and Small Hotels is $563.

A recent survey of TripAdvisor travelers revealed 82 percent of U.S. respondents feel Travelers’ Choice award recognition is important when considering a hotel.

Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Hotels in the U.S:

1. The Langham Chicago, Chicago, Illinois – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $442. Least expensive month to visit: January ($347)

Since its opening in September 2013, this elegantly modern hotel has impressed TripAdvisor travelers with its commitment to service, luxury, and beyond. Guests praise its 316 spacious rooms that overlook the Chicago River, Mediterranean-inspired Travelle restaurant, and 22,000 square-foot Chuan wellness facility. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “This hotel is simply the best; every effort is taken to make you feel appreciated and comfortable. You are treated like royalty throughout your entire stay.”

2. French Quarter Inn, Charleston, South Carolina – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $465. Least expensive month to visit: January ($360)

Located in the center of historic Charleston, this 50-room boutique hotel combines the warmth of Southern hospitality with old world elegance for a memorable experience. Guests will feel pampered by the classic, warm décor in shades of red and gold, as well as the host of complimentary snacks and beverages. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “The location is perfect, the rooms immaculate, the wine and cheese, cookies and other surprises were awesome. I could not have had a better night in Charleston.”

3. Bardessono, Yountville, California – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $805.Least expensive month to visit: December ($545)

In the heart of Napa Valley, travelers are invited to immerse themselves in contemporary luxury at this sustainable LEED certified hotel. Each of the 62 guestrooms can accommodate private in-room spa treatments, while the rooftop pool allows guests to unwind under the California sun. Guests won’t have to travel far for an exquisite meal, as the on-site Lucy Restaurant and Bar offers mouthwatering local fare. “Everything about the Bardessono is wonderful. It is peaceful and quiet. It is beautiful. The service is perfect, with every staff member making clear that their goal is to be helpful,” noted a TripAdvisor reviewer.

4. The Grand Del Mar, San Diego, California – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $602. Least expensive month to visit: January ($507)

Located within the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, this 249-room Mediterranean estate boasts a state-of-the-art spa, outstanding restaurants and boutique shopping. Outdoors, guests can lounge by the adults-only relaxation pool, hike along the trails surrounding the magnificent property, or hit the links at the championship golf course. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “The Grand Del Mar is the perfect oasis for mind, body, and spirit. From the moment you arrive, the entire staff treats you like royalty, and the facility is elegantly lavish in all the best ways.”

5. Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Highlands, North Carolina – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $312. Least expensive month to visit: March ($228)

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Edwards Inn and Spa offers European-style luxury in a tranquil, rustic setting. Guests will enjoy endless recreation exploring nearby hiking trails, lakes, and waterfalls, while the renowned spa invites travelers to kick back for some world class pampering. “The rooms are beautifully appointed, complete with automatic fireplaces and extra jets in the shower. The staff was friendly and responsive; a truly relaxing place in beautiful surroundings,” added a TripAdvisor reviewer.

6. The Oxford Hotel, Bend, Oregon – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $370. Least expensive month to visit: January ($306)

 Downtown Bend, just steps from shops, art galleries and world-famous micro-breweries, this “eco-chic” boutique hotel blends luxury, ambiance and outstanding service in all 59 rooms. The premier Cascade Suite comes with a kitchen, large living area, and balcony with sweeping views of the mountains, while the smaller Terrace Suites offer an exclusive King bed and a luxurious bathroom complete with a steam shower and soaking tub. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “Very centrally located, accommodating as well as super kind and friendly. So nice to be right in the hub and still have peace and quiet.”

7. 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville, Bentonville, Arkansas – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $251. Least expensive month to visit: February ($224)

Boasting 104 rooms designed by architect Deborah Berke, this boutique hotel is also a contemporary art museum that displays curated rotating exhibitions, dynamic installations and live art events. The inviting accommodations feature high ceilings, custom furnishings, and large windows, while maintaining a warm, residential vibe that TripAdvisor travelers rave about. “Details matter and the 21c Museum has them figured out. Check-in is fast, the rooms are very comfortable. The service exceeded any reasonable expectation,” noted a TripAdvisor reviewer.

8. Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $387. Least expensive month to visit: August ($240)

Offering world class amenities, spectacular accommodations, and lush, manicured grounds, this luxurious resort is located within walking distance of a premier golf course. Travelers can also visit nearby amusement parks for a day of fun in the sun, or enjoy a game of tennis or a dip in the pool at the property’s facilities. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “Our villa was spacious, clean and very modern. The bathrooms are beautiful, the beds super comfortable, and the kitchen well-equipped. It was so nice to be able to stay in a villa together rather than separate hotel rooms with no common area.”

9. Tivoli Lodge, Vail, Colorado – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $327.Least expensive month to visit: May ($147)

Located between Vail Village and Golden Peak, where skiers head onto the mountain, the 66-room Tivoli Lodge is a fantastic option for travelers. Most rooms come with a fireplace and stunning views of the snow covered peaks, while amenities include a fitness center, two outdoor hot tubs, and complimentary fresh baked cookies, hot chocolate, cider and tea. “The rooms are spacious and first-class. The views are breathtaking. The staff was superb. I can honestly say it was one of the finest lodging experiences I have ever had,” noted a TripAdvisor reviewer.

10. The Inn at Lost Creek, Telluride, Colorado – 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $295. Least expensive month to visit: May ($203)

Peacefully surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, this luxury slope side hotel offers 29 charming suites and three studios in the heart of Mountain Village. After a day on the slopes, guests can warm up by a roaring fireplace, or venture out and explore the nearby shops and restaurants. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “From the well-appointed rooms with spectacular views, to the private rooftop Jacuzzi, and the tasty breakfast, this place has it all!”

Additional Select 2015 Winners:

Top Hotel in the World – Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Lankanfushi, Maldives     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $1,733

Top Luxury Hotel in the World – The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Ko Tao, Thailand     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $274

Top Luxury Hotel in the U.S. – The Langham, Chicago, Chicago, Illinois     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $442

Best Bargain Hotel in the World – Lawton Court Hotel, Llandudno, Wales    2015 average nightly rate: $117

Best Bargain Hotel in the U.S. – SeaCoast Inn, Hyannis, Massachusetts     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $181

Best Hotel for Families in the World – Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel, Ortisei, Italy   2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $646

Best Hotel for Families in the U.S. – Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley, Pennsylvania   2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $507

Best Hotel for Romance in the World – The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Ko Tao, Thailand 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $274

Best Hotel for Romance in the U.S. – Inn Above Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $203

Top Small Hotel in the World – The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Ko Tao, Thailand   2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $274

Top Small Hotel in the U.S. – Palm Springs Rendezvous, Palm Springs, California    2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $230

Best Hotel for Service in the World – The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Ko Tao, Thailand 2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $274

Best Hotel for Service in the U.S. – Hotel California, Palm Springs, California     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $139

Best B&B and Inn in the World Millgate Bed & Breakfast, Masham, England  2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $119  

Best B&B and Inn in the U.S. – The Welsh Hills Inn, Granville, Ohio     2015 average nightly rate on TripAdvisor: $140

To see all 8,151 winners of the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Hotels go to: www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels. Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #travelerschoice.

TripAdvisor manages and operates websites under 24 brands, collectively accessed by 315 million a month, enabling travelers to plan and book their trip. It offers more than 200 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. the sites operate in 45 countries, including China.

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Voting Begins for First Awards to Honor Hotels, Resorts, Spas, Retreats for Best Wellness Travel

The rooftop lap pool at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach, FL, a wellness resort that puts equal emphasis on “resort,”, is a nominee for the first ever Wellness Travel Awards © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

by Karen Rubin

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Spafinder Wellness 365™ today announced the nominees for the first-ever Wellness Travel Awards, the only awards that recognize the spas, hotels, resorts and retreats worldwide dedicated to offering experiences and environments that leave visitors healthier when they check out than when they checked in. Nearly 300 nominees were named on six continents, in over 40 countries and in 18 categories.

Wellness enthusiasts can vote for their favorite nominees at spafinder.com today through September 19, 2104. Wellness Travel Award winners will be announced during the World Travel Market, which will take place in London, November 3-6.

An independent global panel comprised of 26 spa, wellness and travel journalists and industry experts selected the official nominees.

“We are honored members of this prestigious panel devoted so much of their time to ensure the most deserving locations from around the world were nominated,” said Spafinder Chief Brand Officer Mia Kyricos. “The Wellness Travel Awards recognize a rapidly growing demand for healthier travel options and make it easier for people to live well when they are on the road, whether they are in Chile on vacation or traveling in Japan for business.”

Spafinder defines wellness travel “as vacations, getaways and business trips that help travelers stay (or get) well when traveling” by offering distinct wellness-related programs and facilities. From nutrition, healing and mindset to state-of-the-art spas, fitness and wellness centers, these travel destinations make the wellbeing of travelers a top priority.

Category Awards for “Best of”

Among the various categories, the “Best of” are the most helpful for trip planning:

Category Awards are given to the spas, hotels, resorts and retreats around the world that offer the best wellness experiences in the 18 categories below. Three locations in each category will receive awards.

 

Best “Healthy Stay” (that is the best “total” wellness experience)

Ananda in the Himalayas – Uttarakhand, India

Chiva-Som – Hua Hin, Thailand

Golden Door – San Marcos, CA USA

Kamalaya Koh Samui – Samui, Thailand

Miraval– Tucson, AZ USA

Rancho la Puerta – Tecate, Mexico

Rancho Valencia – Santa Fe, CA USA

SHA Wellness Clinic– Alicante, Spain

Vana Retreat, Malsi Estate – Dehradun, India

 

Best for Mineral or Hot Springs

Blue Lagoon – Grindavík, Iceland

Evason Ma’in Hot Springs – Jordan

Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort – Siena, Italy

Mission Hills – Haikou, China

Nishimuraya Honkan – Toyooka, Japan

Ojo Caliente Mineral Spring Resort & Spa – Ojo Caliente, New Mexico USA

Tabacon grand Spa Thermal Resort – Costa Rica

Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort – Saturnia, Italy

 

Best for Weight Loss and Nutrition

Canyon Ranch – Tucson, AZ USA

Espace Henri Chenot – Merano Palace, ITALY

Pritikin Longevity Center – Miami, FL USA

Ranch at Live Oak – Malibu, CA USA

Rancho La Puerta– Tecate, Mexico

SHA Wellness Clinic – Alicante, Spain

The Farm at San Benito – Lipa, Philippines

 

Best for the Mind

Vana Retreat – Dehradun, India

Ananda in the Himalayas – Uttarakhand, India

Chiva-Som – Hua Hin, Thailand

COMO Shambhala Estate – Bali, Indonesia

Five Elements, Puri Ahimsa – Bali, Indonesia

Miraval – Tuscon, AZ USA

Rancho La Puerta – Tecate, Mexico

 

Best for Medical Services

Canyon Ranch – Tucson, AZ USA

Chiva-Som Hua Hin, Thailand

Clinique La Prairie – Clarens, Switzerland

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz – Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

SHA Wellness Clinic – Alicante, Spain

 

Best for Outdoor Adventure & Activities

Red Mountain Resort & Spa – Ivins, UT

Miraval – Tucson, AZ USA

Rancho la Puerta – Tecate, Mexico

 

Best for Groups, Meetings & Special Events

Canyon Ranch – Tucson, AZ & Lenox, MA USA

Miraval – Tucson, AZ USA

 

Best for Romance

Sandalwood Luxury Villas Resort & Spa – Samui, Thailand

Banyan Tree Ungasan – Bali, Indonesia

Chiva-Som – Hua Hin, Thailand

Como Shambhala Estate – Bali, Indonesia

Fusion Maia Da Nang – Da Nang, Vietnam

Mii amo Spa – Sedona, AZ USA

 

Best for Culinary and (Healthy) Cuisine

Chiva Som – Hua Hin, Thailand

Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, TX USA

Loisium Wine Spa Resort Langenlois – Langenlois, Austria

Miraval Resort – Tucson, AZ USA

Rancho la Puerta – Tecate, Mexico

SHA Wellness – Alicante, Spain

The Farm at San Benito – Lipa, Philippines

Vana Retreat, Malsi Estate – Dehradun, India

 

Best for Going Solo

Lake Austin Resort & Spa – Austin, TX USA

Rancho La Puerta – Tecate, Mexico

Gwinganna – Queensland, Australia

 

Best for on a Budget

Hills Health Ranch – British Columbia, Canada

The Oaks at Ojai Spa – Ojai, CA Sofitel Hotel & Spa –Queenstown

Rancho La Puerta – Tecate, Mexico

Red Mountain Resort & Spa – Ivins, UT USA

Sofitel Hotel & Spa –Queenstown

The Lifehouse Spa & Hotel – Essex, UK

 

Best for Girlfriend Getaways

Cal-A-Vie Health Spa – Vista, CA USA

Golden Door – San Marcos, CA USA

Miraval – Tucson, AZ USA

Rancho la Puerta – Tecate, Mexico

The Lifehouse Spa & Hotel – Essex, UK

 

Best for Men

Canyon Ranch – Tucson, AZ USA

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz – Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum – Bodrum, Turkey

Miraval – Tucson, AZ USA

 

Best for Families

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa Hawaii, USA

Grand Wailea – Spa Grande – Hawaii, USA

Mission Hills – Haikou, China

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – Farmington, PA USA

Omni Homestead Resort – VA, USA

 

Best for Getting Fit

Canyon Ranch – Tucson, AZ USA

Golden Door – San Marcos, CA USA

Miraval – Tuscon, Arizona USA

Rancho La Puerta – Tecate, Mexico

Red Mountain Resort & Spa – Ivins, UT USA

 

Best for Yoga/Yoga Retreats

Vana Retreat, Malsi Estate – Dehradun, India

Ananda in the Himalayas –Uttarakhand, India

Como Shambhala Estate – Bali, Indonesia

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary– Koh Samui, Thailand

Parrot Cay by Como – Turks and Caicos

Rancho La Puerta – Tecate, Mexico

Six Senses Zighy Bay – Oman

Swaswara, A CGH Earth Experience – Karnataka, India

 

Best for Beautifying

Chiva-Som – Hua Hin, Thailand

Cal-A-Vie Health Spa – Vista, CA USA

Golden Door – San Marcos, CA USA

Best New Wellness Travel Properties (opened in the last 12 months)

Anantara Dubai Palm Jumeirah Resort & Spa – Dubai, UAE

Salamander Resort & Spa – Middleburg, VA USA

Vana Retreat, Malsi Estate – Dehradun, India

According to research conducted for the Global Wellness Institute, wellness tourism is one of the fastest-growing travel categories, already representing one in seven tourism dollars and experiencing nearly 50 percent more growth than global tourism overall.

Spafinder.com is the only website that offers consumers over 20,000 curated wellness options, including five-star resorts, yoga and fitness programs and spa locations.

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Omni Amelia Island, Roy Emerson Top List of Best Tennis Resorts, Camps

A new resort has taken over the No. 1 slot on the latest edition of Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps worldwide list, just released:  the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in northeast Florida, where Cliff Drysdale Tennis manages the 23 clay courts of its Racquet Park. Among the camps, Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks at the Gstaad Palace in Switzerland once again captured the No. 1 honors.

The Top 5 Tennis Resorts:

1.    Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, FL

2.    Kiawah Island Golf Resort, SC

3.    Rancho Valencia, CA

4.    Wild Dunes, SC

5.    La Quinta Resort & Club, CA          

The Top 5 Tennis Camps:

1.    Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks at Gstaad Palace, Switzerland

2.    Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, FL

3.    New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, VT

4.    Saddlebrook Tennis (Hopman), FL

5.    John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, TX

Tennis Resorts Online also highlighted the best in several specific categories, including Best Game Matching, Best Tennis Staff, Best Instruction and Programing, Best Junior Tennis Programs, Best Lodging, Best Cuisine, Best Spa and Fitness Center, Best Setting, Best Value For Dollar, Best General Children’s Programs, Best for Couples, and Best for Single Travelers.

To guarantee an authoritative list, the results have been compiled from evaluations submitted by tennis vacationers themselves, says Roger Cox, who founded Tennis Resorts Online after years as Tennis magazine’s travel and resorts editor. “As avid players—they average more than 100 days per year on court—and frequent travelers, these elite reviewers not only have first-hand experience of the resorts and camps they rate but also possess a highly refined sense of what makes a tennis resort or camp great. It is their collective wisdom and judgment that underpin these Top 100 rankings and thus assure their credibility.”

This year, the tennis vacationers they were asked to rate their experience in each of 20 categories. Those include the overall tennis experience, the quality of the teaching staff and instruction and programming, the dedication to game arranging, and the allure of the tennis complex itself and its pro shop. However, because a tennis holiday consists of more than what happens on court, they were also invited to share their opinions about a wide variety of amenities and services, including lodging, cuisine, value for dollar, children’s programs, spa and fitness options, and other recreation. Using a formula that gives added weight to the tennis features, Tennis Resorts Online then computed a numerical score and used that as its basis for determining the rankings. Any resort or camp having at least six tennis courts was eligible; however, in order to ensure statistically meaningful results, properties had to receive a minimum of 25 reviews to qualify as one of the Top 10 Resorts or Top 5 Camps.

Once the calculations were complete, those rankings were broken out into two broad divisions: the Top 75 Tennis Resorts and the Top 25 Tennis Camps.

“The collective experience of thousands of vacationing tennis players goes into these rankings,” Cox says. “But ideas of greatness necessarily differ, and thus the list as a whole mirrors the broad landscape of tennis-vacation options, from small properties where tennis is the principal amenity to grand hotels and multi-dimensional resorts and everything in between.”

To see the complete list visit www.tennisresortsonline.com/trofiles/top-100-tennis-resorts-and-camps.cfm.

Tennis Resorts Online (www.tennisresortsonline.com) was founded in 1999 by Roger Cox with the goal of helping avid tennis players make better-informed choices about where to go on their tennis holidays. Cox had spent 17 years as Tennis magazine’s travel and resorts editor, and over the years has visited more than 350 tennis resorts and camps on five continents. Since its launch, the website has evolved into a leading source of tennis-travel information, that includes personal reviews, a calendar of tennis events, special tennis packages, a catalog of junior tennis camps, a tennis-travel blog, and a search form that allows vacationers to more easily find a resort or camp that meets their specific criteria. The Wall Street Journal has called it “A terrific resource for tennis players and their families.”

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