Readers' Choice Award Nominees for Best in Winter Travel
Best Caribbean Cruises
Each of finalists for the Readers' Choice for the Best Caribbean Cruse offers the ultimate in luxury. One features a ship that cost $800 million to build, measures 1,132 feet in length and is outfitted with the latest and most modern amenities, including a pool with a retractable dome. Another offers all-suite, all-balcony ships and the must inclusive ultra-luxury experience with everything included in the fare, including air, gratuities and unlimited shore excursions. The third nominee is perfect for anyone seeking an exclusive experience on a smaller ship while the fourth nominee bills itself as the world's best upper premium cruise line. Finally, there's a nominee known for the feng shui-inspired elegance of its ships as well as the rich cultural activities for its passengers.
Cunard Cruise Lines
Best City Hotels
Nominees for Readers' Choice for Best City Hotel include one considered to be the most glamorous in all of London that has been the destination of choice by Kings and Queens alike, not to mention a smattering of Hollywood stars. Another, designed by world-renowned architect, I.M. Pei, rises high above Manhattan offering stunning views. The third nominee is a historic hotel that is only a few short steps away from the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Another nominee, also in Paris, is a breathtakingly beautiful property that was originally a palace commissioned by Louis XV. The final nominee is a tranquil, lush getaway amid gorgeous manicured gardens in Venice, accessible only by boat.
Four Seasons, New York
Four Seasons George V, Paris
Hôtel de Crillon, Paris
Best Ski Hotels
The Readers' Choice for the Best Ski Hotel for a Luxist Award includes award-winning hotels in France, Switzerland, Austria, Colorado and Wyoming. One is Austria's most luxurious ski and spa lodge. Another is a landmark hotel in the center of legendary ski paradise St. Moritz, known for its unrivaled luxury, immaculate service and extravagant and exclusive Après Ski experience. The third nominee is an intimate alpine retreat in the heart of the world's largest ski area in the French Alps while the the fourth is a "peaceful home" located on the edge of a mountain high above Jackson, Wyoming. The final nominee is an exclusive enclave tucked away in the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Amangani Hotel, Jackson, Wyoming
Aurelio Lech, Lech, Austria
Badrutt's Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Le Mélézin, Courchevel, France
Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Colorado
Best International Ski Destination
The Readers' Choice for the Best International Ski Destination nominees include one of the planet's most decadent getaways that is nestled in the southwestern Swiss Alps. Another is a mile-high Swiss village that is one of the best-known holiday resorts in the world. The third nominee, based in the French Alps, offers dramatic slopes that are among the most challenging in the world. The fourth nominee offers the glamour and glitz of Milan or Paris in the setting of a quaint mountain town while the final nominee, features challenging slopes, spectacular panoramic views of the Alps and delectable Italian cuisine.
The Dolomites (Cortina), Italy
Lech and Zürs, Austria
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Best Luxury Family Winter Vacation
Readers' Choice nominees for Best Luxury Family Winter Vacation include a ski village that turns into a kid-friendly miniature cosmopolitan center every night with live concerts, Broadway-level theater. Another is a Galápagos Islands cruise to explore the natural habitat of the world's most interesting and unusual animals along with experienced guides. The third nominee offers the experience of a lifetime with a world-class safari to Kenya where you'll see rare game and learn about the local tribal culture. The fourth nominee is situated between the roaring Pacific Ocean and a lush jungle with volcanoes beyond and makes for quite the dramatic setting. The final nominee boasts a game reserve, trout streams, lakes, hiking trails, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Family Safari to Kenya with Abercrombie & Kent
Four Seasons, Hualalai, Hawaii
Galápagos Islands Cruise with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions
Treetops Lodge & Estate in New Zealand
Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado