The world’s top luxury travel destinations are once again set to go head-to-head in the coveted Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ awards. Sponsored by Luxury Hotels Group, the competition calls on the world’s discerning travellers to vote for who they think should be recognised for offering a service that is head-and-shoulders above their rivals. More specifically, readers of the leading travel publication are invited to vote for their favourite luxury hotel in both the Middle East, with dozens of venues in the Emirates likely to be in the running once again this year, as well as in the ‘rest of the world’.
Alongside heaping praise on their accommodation, travellers are also asked to look back on their holiday memories from the past year and vote in a number of other categories. Just some of the prizes up for grabs this year are an award for the Favourite Adventure Destination, the Favourite Beach Destination and Favourite Shopping Destination. Additionally, recognising that luxury hotels are no longer the preserve of international businessmen, the public can also vote to decide which venue is named the finest at welcoming families, with a prize also on offer for the best in terms of offering vacationing couples an extra taste of romance. As always, alongside the coveted awards for hotels and resorts, the Conde Nast Traveller Reader awards are geared towards giving credit to airlines and cruise companies that go out of their way to pamper their passengers and offer a taste of luxury out on the open sea or at 30,000ft. Readers who take the time to vote and share their thoughts on the upmarket travel sector in 2015 are automatically entered into a prize draw for a luxury holiday for two.
Last year’s awards saw the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai claim arguably the biggest prize of them all as it was named the top hotel for business travellers in the Middle East, beating off strong competition from a host of five and even six-star rivals. Other big winners in 2014 included the Four Seasons hotel in the Maldives and Emirates airline.