Readers of Travel + Leisure gave The Leela Palace Udaipur 98.89 out of 100 in the publication’s annual ‘World’s Best 100 Hotels’ awards, which earned it the top spot.
The 72-room, eight-suite Rajasthan hotel was lauded for its ‘breathtaking view of Lake Pichola’, ‘excellent facilities’, and its emphasis on good service. One fan said the spot would be ‘ideal for honeymoons or special celebrations’ because of its romantic atmosphere.
In second place was The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming – with an overall score of 98.67.
For wildlife fanatics third prize winner Singita Sabi Sand in South Africa might appeal. It has three rustic-styled luxury lodges set within a sprawling privately owned game reserve.
Scroll down for a tour of the hotels that made it into the top 10.
The website Cruise Cruise has come out with its annual destination awards for 2019. The overall winner? A river port city in Europe.Avignon, in France’s Provence region, was named most popular cruise destination of the year, according to Cruise Critic’s fourth annual Cruisers’ Choice destination awards, which published Wednesday. (Avignon was also named best European river cruise destination.)Bora Bora came in second place; Glacier Bay, Alaska in third place; Vienna, Austria in fourth place; Singapore in fifth place; and Kirkwall, Scotland in sixth place.“For most travelers, the decision of where to cruise is made before they think about all the other pieces of the cruise planning process,” said Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic, in a statement.
The late great Anthony Bourdain once said, “Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” By this logic, the official list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants is a showcase of the most exhilarating rollercoasters and relaxing ferris wheels for the taste buds. A joyful and sophisticated journey through one of the most fundamental things that brings us great pleasure – food.
The official list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is compiled by William Reed Business Media. The awards canvas over 1,000 of the world’s foremost culinary experts – including chefs, restaurateurs and food writers – to determine who gets a place. The list for 2019 was recently announced and while Europeans dominated with 23 restaurants out of the 50, special mentions must go to Gaggan in Bangkok at number four and the city of Lima in Peru, which had two restaurants in the top 10. After Melbourne’s Attica came in at number 20 last year it does sting that no Australians made the cut, but we live in hope for 2020. Continue at Source: These are the world’s 50 best restaurants for 2019
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America’s biggest burgs have become thriving adventure hubs, home to a new breed of outdoor athletes who paddleboard before work, bike singletrack at lunch, and hit the climbing gym before dinner. Here’s where and how to join the fun. Continue at Source: The 12 Best Places to Live in 2019
One of the many reasons we love Hawaii—aside from an incredible mai tai, fresh seafood, and laid-back surf culture—is that it can easily lay claim to having the most beautiful beaches in the world. Why is that? For starters, they come in every size, shape, and color there: wide, calm expanses that are perfect for families and little ones who just want to dip their toes in the Pacific; tiny, secluded coves where honeymooning couples can get away from the crowds; and red, white, black, and green sandy stretches that provide the ultimate photo-op for Instagram. Best of all, you can access every single one of them, since all of Hawaii’s beaches are public.
Better still, you’re not limited to experiencing these beaches on just one island. Like many travelers, you can visit Hawaii on a multi-island itinerary, and spend each day of your sun-filled vacation hitting up a different shoreline. Oahu, home to world-famous Waikiki Beach, is known for having some of the widest golden stretches—and the best surfing—in all of Hawaii.
Kauai is nicknamed the Garden Island, and with good reason: the tropical forests here are lovely and lush, and have served as a backdrop for films such as “Jurassic Park.” But the coastline is also blessed with many reefs, which in turn create ideal beaches for snorkeling. Tiny Lanai, famous for having two luxurious Four Seasons resorts, has one of the best beaches in the world for spotting spinner dolphins. Continue at Source: The very best beaches in #Hawaii:
Many Americans are looking for that “perfect place” to live. A locale that offers a wealth of cultural attractions, good schools, a robust job market and a heady economy. But most often these places come with a hefty price tag.
Today slow wage growth, inflation, expensive housing and rising taxes are making many U.S. states unaffordable places to live for thousands of middle-class wage earners.To find out which U.S. states in 2019 are the most expensive to reside in, CNBC analyzed the Cost of Living category in its annual America’s Top States for Business ranking, which rates all 50 states based on an index of average costs for basic items ranging from groceries to housing.
Here is the list of the most expensive places to live in America. Price data is based on the 2018 Annual Average Cost of Living Index by the Council for Community and Economic Research, C2ER. Continue at Source: America’s 10 most expensive states to live in 2019
Hoi An, Vietnam, tops the Travel + Leisure’s list of the “World’s Best Cities,” and three of the top five destinations are located in Mexico.
With its canal-laden Ancient Town and famous Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An has been named the best city in the world.
Hoi An, located on Vietnam’s central coast, topped Travel + Leisure‘s “World’s Best Cities” 2019 list. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, followed close behind at second on the list, while Chiang Mai, Thailand, took third.
Three of the top five places on Travel + Leisure’s list are cities located in Mexico, while two US destinations — Charleston, South Carolina, and Santa Fe, New Mexico — ranked among the top 16 cities in the world.
Check out the full ranking of the world’s best places to visit below. Continue at Source: The 15 best cities in the world, ranked
Year to year, we see our readers’ travel habits shift, as some destinations suddenly explode in popularity (hello, Portugal and Iceland) and others experience a cooling, perhaps due to geopolitical events or an unfavorable exchange rate. And this, of course, trickles down into our World’s Best results, particularly when it comes to ranking the top 100 hotels on the planet. But one thing remains a constant: the properties that make this selective list are all incredible ambassadors for their home countries, delivering intuitive service and luxury experiences that can truly make a vacation. Continue at Source: The list is in! These are the top 100 hotels in the world #TLWorldsBest
Analyzing the data from the CNBC America’s Top States for Business study, we reveal the 10 states that get the highest marks for low crime, inclusiveness, a strong health system and a healthy environment.
If you could live anywhere in America, where would that be? By the numbers, these are the states that offer the best quality of life. That’s because they offer everything people yearn for: job opportunities, affordable housing, great schools, a low cost of living, affordable health care and a clean environment.
Good quality of life is also good business. What better selling point could there be for a company looking to attract the best talent than to offer a great location for employees to settle down and raise a family. In this tight labor market, companies are increasingly realizing how important this is for their strategic growth plans. It is why Quality of Life is one of the key categories worth 300 out of 2,500 points in CNBC’s annual America’s Top States for Business 2019 rankings. We use hard data to evaluate all 50 states as places to live — factors including crime rates, local attractions, environmental quality and inclusiveness as measured by legal protections written into state laws.Here are the states that lead the rankings for being the best places to live in the U.S. this year. Continue at Source: These are the best places to live in America in 2019
Travel + Leisure showcases the greatest islands, cities, hotels, cruise lines, airports, and more — as voted by you.
From luxe adventure lodges to intimate inns to grand city hotels, these are the planet’s best places to stay.
From ancient capitals to modern metropolises, these are the cities you’ll want to add to your bucket list. Continue at Source: The World’s Best Awards 2019