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 Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
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Travel + Leisure Survey

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New York, NY (July 11, 2005) - The results are in: Travel + Leisure magazine readers' favorite hotels, cities, islands, spas, cruise lines, airlines, tour outfitters, and car-rental agencies are revealed today. The 10th annual World's Best Awards readers' survey results are accessible at travelandleisure.com/worldsbest and in the August issue of Travel + Leisure.

Nancy Novogrod, Editor-in-Chief, Travel + Leisure, says, "Our readers' opinions and travel choices so often mirror the trends that we report on in the magazine. Since the survey launched ten years ago, there 


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have been significant shifts in reader taste. For example:
  • smaller, independent hotels now hold more appeal than larger ones;
  • interest in off-the-beaten path locations continues to increase;
  • low-cost and regional airlines have become favorites among domestic airlines."
TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD'S BEST AWARDS READERS' SURVEY 2005

WORLD'S BEST HOTEL  Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
WORLD'S BEST CITY  Sydney
WORLD'S BEST ISLAND  Bali
WORLD'S BEST LARGE-SHIP CRUISE LINE  Crystal Cruises
WORLD'S BEST SMALL-SHIP CRUISE LINE  Yachts of Seabourn
WORLD'S BEST TOUR OPERATOR/SAFARI OUTFITTER  Micato Safaris
WORLD'S BEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE  Midwest Airlines
WORLD'S BEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE  Singapore Airlines
WORLD'S BEST CAR-RENTAL AGENCY  Hertz
WORLD'S BEST HOTEL FOR $250 OR LESS  Aerie Resort
WORLD'S BEST DESTINATION SPA  Miraval, Life in Balance

TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD'S BEST HOTELS BY REGION

BEST HOTEL, CONT. U.S + CANADA  Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa
BEST HOTEL, HAWAII  Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
BEST HOTEL, CARIBBEAN/BERMUDA/BAHAMAS  Four Seasons Resort Nevis
BEST HOTEL, EUROPE  Château Les Crayères
BEST HOTEL, ASIA  Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
BEST HOTEL, AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND/S. PACIFIC  Lizard Island
BEST HOTEL, AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST  Singita Private Game Reserve
BEST HOTEL, MEXICO/CENTRAL + SOUTH AMERICA  La Casa Que Canta

TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD'S BEST CITIES + ISLANDS BY REGION

REGION  CITY  ISLAND
CONTINENTAL U.S. + CANADA  New York  Vancouver Island
EUROPE  Rome  Santorini
ASIA  Bangkok  Bali
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND/S. PACIFIC  Sydney  Great Barrier Reef Islands
AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST  Cape Town  Seychelles
MEXICO/CENTRAL + SOUTH AMERICA  Oaxaca, Mexico  Galápagos Islands
HAWAII   Maui
CARIBBEAN/BERMUDA/BAHAMAS   Harbour Island, Bahamas

TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD'S BEST HOTEL SPAS BY REGION

BEST HOTEL SPA, U.S. + CANADA  Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hualalai Sports Club & Spa
BEST HOTEL SPA, INTERNATIONAL  Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

Novogrod continues, "The world has become more accessible and travelers are more adventurous—seeking out new, lesser-known destinations. They continue to value great travel experiences and will return to places and companies that deliver them."

HIGHLIGHTS FROM TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD'S BEST AWARDS 1996 - 2005

  • Eight hotels have ranked on the list of top 100 hotels worldwide every year: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay; The Oriental, Bangkok; Halekulani; The Peninsula, Hong Kong; Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea; Ritz-Carlton Cancún; Ritz-Carlton, Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel); and the Inn at Spanish Bay.
  • Three travel companies—Crystal Cruises, Hertz, and Singapore Airlines-have been ranked #1 in their respective categories every year for the past ten years
  • Low cost and regional airlines now dominate the list of top domestic airlines. Midwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Independence Air, Song, Frontier Airlines, Horizon Airlines are on the list this year and were not included in 1996.
Interactive lists of all the World's Best Winners will be available on the Web site at www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest along with contact information for all of the hotels and comparisons with last year's winners. Travelandleisure.com has created geographically related listings, including hotel slide shows and guides to many of the award-winning cities. Plus, users can easily find past Travel + Leisure articles on World's Best Award winning properties via our online hotels database, "Hotels: A Select Guide."

The Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2005 winners will be honored at a luncheon at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York City on July 14, followed by a gala event in NYC.

Methodology: A questionnaire developed by the editors of Travel + Leisure, in association with Harris Interactive, was made available to Travel + Leisure subscribers at www.tlworldsbest.com during the first quarter of this year. Respondents reported where they had traveled worldwide and how, and rated only the destinations, properties, and companies that were relevant to their recent travel experiences. Respondents were asked to rate hotels, cities, islands, spas, hotel spas, tour operators/safari outfitters, cruise lines, airlines and car rental companies on several characteristics. The scores are indexed averages of responses concerning applicable characteristics. The complete survey methodology is available in the August issue of Travel + Leisure, and online at travelandleisure.com/worldsbest.

For thirty-five years, Travel + Leisure has been guiding its readers around the world, reporting on the places and the trends that are now defining modern global culture. With award-winning writing, photography, and design, and the most comprehensive service information of any travel magazine, T+L is the authority for the discerning traveler. Month after month, Travel + Leisure delivers practical insights and crucial commentary on hotels and restaurants, shopping and the arts, politics, security, health, and the latest innovations, so readers are informed and inspired to take their next trip. Travel + Leisure is published monthly by American Express Publishing Corporation.

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Also See: Zagat's Consumer Survey Rates Amanresorts and Four Seasons Best Hotel Chains in the World; Surveyors Found Hospitality in Hotels, Resorts Outside the United States Better than Those Within the U.S. / April 2004
To Fulfill Guest Desires the Four Seasons Resorts in Bali Opening a Sophisticated Freestanding Cooking School with Dedicated Chef / June 2001


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