Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, airports, and cruise lines in the world.
Over 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines, and 195 airports–thereby creating our largest-ever list of Readers’ Choice Award winners.
Capturing the top spots in the Sunshine State’s Resort category were Lago Mar Beach Resort and Club, who jumped from #11 in 2016 to the #6 spot in 2017, as well as the Pelican Grand Beach Resort at #13.
The biggest jump in ranking goes to W Fort Lauderdale, which earned its place in the Top 10 Best Hotels in Florida, coming in at #6, up from their top 20 ranking (at #16) just a year before.
Condé Nast Traveler also released key travel insights and trends.
Some travel trends from this year’s awards include the popularity of holistic spa resorts, which the publications identifies as a segment that is on the up, especially those that tap into their local surroundings.
Condé Nast Traveler also highlighted the growing desire for simplicity during travel. Instead of “multidestination, run-around-see-everything spots,” the publications says, more travelers are looking to “kick back, relax, and enjoy the place.” And when it comes to destinations (and getting there), secondary cities and smaller airports are both more popular than ever.
Also of note was the average median age of Readers’ Choice Awards voters dropped from readers in their late-60s to those in their late-30s and attributed the sea change propelled by the fact that more and more millennials are sharing travel experiences across social media platforms, in online forums, and of course, in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey.
A complete list of 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards winners can be found at cntraveler.com.