Vancouver voted best city in Americas by Condé Nast Traveler readers

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      Vancouver has been voted one of the world’s top destinations by the readers of a popular travel magazine.

      The city was named the best in the Americas in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards.

      Quebec City placed second on the list of the top cities in the Americas, while Buenos Aires came third.

      Meanwhile, Vancouver Island was voted the third best island in North America to visit, coming in behind Kiawah in South Carolina and Longboat Key in Florida.

      B.C. resorts also scored big in the top resorts in Canada category.

      King Pacific Lodge on Princess Royal Island was voted number one, and Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre came third.

      Emerald Lake Lodge in Alberta placed second among resorts in Canada.

      Here are the world’s top travel spots, as voted on by Condé Nast Traveler readers:

      Top Cities United States

      1. San Francisco
      2. Charleston, SC
      3. Santa Fe

      Top Cities Europe

      1. Florence
      2. Rome
      3. Barcelona

      Top Cities Asia

      1. Bangkok
      2. Chiang Mai
      3. Kyoto

      Top Cities Africa/Middle East

      1. Cape Town
      2. Jerusalem
      3. Byblos, Lebanon

      Top Cities The Americas

      1. Vancouver
      2. Quebec City
      3. Buenos Aires

      Top Cities Australia/Pacific

      1. Sydney
      2. Melbourne
      3. Queenstown, N.Z.

      Top Islands Caribbean/Atlantic

      1. Bermuda
      2. St. John
      3. St. Barts

      Top Islands Oceania

      1. Maui
      2. Kauai
      3. Bora Bora

      Top Islands Asia/Indian Ocean

      1. Maldives
      2. Bali
      3. Phuket

      Top Islands North America

      1. Kiawah, SC
      2. Longboat Key, Fla.
      3. Vancouver Island

      Top Islands Europe

      1. Mykonos and the Cyclades
      2. Bozcaada and the Turkish Aegean Islands
      3. Ibiza

      Top Resorts Asia

      1. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
      2. Oberoi Vanyavilas, Rajasthan
      3. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

      Top Resorts Mexico

      1. One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
      2. Maroma Resort and Spa, Riviera Maya
      3. Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas

      Top Resorts Africa

      1. Mombo and Little Mombo Camps, Botswana
      2. Safari Lodges at Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
      3. Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa

      Top Resorts Europe

      1. Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
      2. Villa d’Este, Lake Como
      3. Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc, Cote d’Azur

      Top Resorts Hawaii

      1. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
      2. Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa
      3. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Big Island

      Top Resorts Atlantic Ocean

      1. The Reefs, Bermuda
      2. The Reef Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
      3. Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

      Top Resorts Middle East

      1. Burj Al Arab, Dubai
      2. Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
      3. Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

      Top Resorts Oceana

      1. Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Northland, New Zealand
      2. Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand
      3. Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, French Polynesia

      Top Resorts Mainland U.S.

      1. Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain
      2. Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach
      3. Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

      Top Small Resorts Mainland U.S.

      1. Keswick Hall at Monticello
      2. Kenwood Inn and Spa, Sonoma
      3. Amangani, Jackson Hole

      Top Resorts Canada

      1. King Pacific Lodge (Rosewood), British Columbia
      2. Emerald Lake Lodge, Alberta
      3. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre, British Columbia

      Top Resorts Caribbean

      1. Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
      2. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
      3. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis

      Top Resorts Central/South America

      1. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
      2. Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, Bariloche, Argentina
      3. Kanantik Reef and Jungle Resort, Dangriga, Belize

      Top Cruise Lines Mega-Ship

      1. Disney
      2. Celebrity
      3. Cunard (Queen Mary 2)

      Top Cruise Lines Large Ships

      1. Crystal
      1. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
      2. Cunard (Queen Victoria)

      Top Cruise Lines Small Ships

      1. Yachts of Seabourn
      2. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
      3. Grand Circle

      Top Airlines Global

      1. Singapore Airlines
      2. Etihad Airways (UAE)
      3. Emirates

      Top Airlines North America

      1. Virgin America
      2. JetBlue Airways
      3. Hawaiian Airlines

      Top Car Rental Agencies

      1. Hertz
      2. Enterprise
      3. Avis

      Top Hotels Southern Europe

      1. Il San Pietro di Positano, Italy
      2. Four Seasons Hotel in Istanbul at Sultanahmet
      3. Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo

      Top Hotels Northern Europe

      1. Four Seasons Gresham Palace, Budapest
      2. Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne
      3. Baur au lac, Zurich

      Top Small Hotels Europe

      1. Perivolas, Santorini
      2. Villa San Michele, Fiesole, Tuscany
      3. La Reserve de Beaulieu, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Cote d’Azur

      Top Hotels Central America

      1. Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Osa Peninsuala, Costa Rica
      2. Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua, Guatemala
      3. Hotel Captain Suizo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

      Top Hotels Oceana

      1. Blue Sydney, Woolloomooloo Bay
      2. Park Hyatt Sydney
      3. Sydney Harbor Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

      Top Hotels British Isles

      1. Milestone Hotel, London
      2. Chewton Glen: New Forest, Hampshire
      3. The Goring, London

      Top Hotels Caribbean/Atlantic

      1. Peninsula House, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
      2. The Caves, Negril, Jamaica
      3. Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, St. Barths

      Top Hotels Asia

      1. The Peninsula, Tokyo
      2. Pudong Shangri-la, Shanghai
      3. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

      Top Hotels Africa

      1. Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, South Africa
      2. The Saxon, Johannesburg
      3. Cape Grace, Cape Town

      Top Hotels Canada

      1. Hotel Le Germain-Dominion, Quebec City
      2. Auberge du Vieux-Port, Montreal
      3. Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

      Top Hotels Mexico

      1. Las Mananitas, Cuernavaca
      2. Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa, Puerta Vallarta
      3. JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City

      Top Hotels United States

      2.c Museum Hotel, Louisville
      2. The Peninsula, Chicago
      3. Mandarin Oriental, Boston

      Top Small Hotels United States

      1. Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport
      2. Fearrington House Country Inn, Pittsboro, North Carolina
      3. The Wauwinet, Nantucket

      Top Hotels South America

      1. Hotel Fasano, Sao Paolo
      2. Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, Buenos Aires
      3. Bobo Hotel, Buenos Aires

      Top Hotels Middle East

      1. Park Hyatt Dubai
      2. Four Seasons, Doha
      3. David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem

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      Carolyn Ali

      Oct 13, 2010 at 12:16pm

      If Vancouver were pitted against American cities in the same America's category, would we still win?


      Oct 13, 2010 at 5:45pm


      We were and we did. The Americas encompasses all of North and South America.


      Oct 13, 2010 at 9:22pm



      Oct 14, 2010 at 3:02am

      its funny how vancouver sucks. these survey have an advertising aspect to them, i mean quebec city is number 2? really?

      Carolyn Ali

      Oct 14, 2010 at 10:03am

      @Dizavin Conde Nast defines the Americas as Canada, Central, and South America. They've got a separate category for the US, which apparently isn't part of "the Americas"

      Vrai Bourgeois

      Oct 14, 2010 at 10:35am

      It seems like these destinations were picked by the Napa Valley crowd of travellers. Cape Town tops in Africa?? Come on. Sure, if you go to Africa for sandy beaches and wineries. But, uh, if that's what you want out of your trip to Africa, you're missing something. LIKE YOUR SOUL.

      Top city in Africa: Dar Es Salaam!!! I'll take a massive urban spicemarket and sprawling fish market over the picturesque Table Mountain, anyday.


      Oct 14, 2010 at 12:51pm

      I can hear my rent going up, the Olympics were bad enough.

      james green

      Oct 14, 2010 at 3:44pm

      Let's face the facts and be honest with ourselves. With 15 plus gangs in this city, the worse ghetto in Canada, a huge sex trade problem, a huge open drug market, small business taxes that are killing our small businesses, 2000 people or more living on our streets, a rise of 21% in sex assualts against women, 40% of our children living under the poverty line, a horrible human trafficking problem, an Olympic Village debt of $500,000,000 plus,a cost of living that is skyrocketing, a lack of affordable housing, sad gay bashing problems, racism against our native population and other groups and sadly a mayor and council who fiddle and have a let them eat cake attitude and who have no plan to deal with anything but bike lanes,gardens and serving their developer masters, the rating is questionable at best.
      Vancouver is a great city if one is wealthy and can afford the amenities and the enjoy the views..
      Vancouver is a place where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and the social problems get worse and hope diminishes for many who have to line up at the food bank get food.
      Sadly, the hype about this city is allowing us to sweep our serious problems under the carpet.
      Let's get real and work together to solve our problems and stop taking the best city crap to heart. First step is to admit we have these serious problems and second put a plan in place to solve them and implement the plan.

      hugh jorgens

      Oct 15, 2010 at 1:20am

      i love the bitter negative stuff, keep it coming. what a bunch of losers

      Petar Ticinovic

      Oct 16, 2010 at 2:35am

      These ratings are bought and paid for. Quebec City #2? Suuuuure!