Galway is one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit, and Ashford Castle is one of Europe’s top 10 resorts, according to Condé Nast Traveler readers.
The United States Travel Bible has announced the winners of its Readers’ Choice Travel Awards for 2021, ranking what it says are the best hotels, cities, countries, villas, trains, airlines, cruises and more in the world.
La Mamounia in Marrakech, Morocco was named the world’s best hotel, while Singapore Airlines tops the list of the world’s best airlines.
“As the restrictions ease, it’s clear that our readers have spent much of the past year and a half dreaming about travel and planning future adventures,” said Divia Thani, Global Editorial Director. He added that the diversity of the winners represents “a desire to come back to the world and experience the best that the travel industry has to offer.”
The awards put Ireland 14th among the best countries to visit, falling between Kenya (13) and Israel (15) on a list dominated by Portugal, New Zealand and Japan.
Condé Nast Traveler also named Ireland’s Top 10 Hotels, based on responses from over 800,000 readers:
- The Marker Hotel, Dublin
- Lough Eske Castle, County Donegal
- Ballyfin, County Laois
- Conrad Dublin
- Park Hotel Kenmare, County Kerry
- The Morrison Hotel, Dublin
- Kilkea Castle, County Kildare
- Le Merrion, Dublin
- The Westbury, Dublin
- Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, County Galway
Widely voted on by US-based readers, Condé Nast’s categories and winners tend to reflect the way its constituents travel and the places they visit.
Readers vote on a list of candidates in various categories, who must receive a minimum number of responses and an overall score to be eligible.
Galway ranked ninth on a list of best cities topped by Istanbul, Porto and San Sebastian, while Ashford Castle was named seventh best resort in Europe, on a list led by Cheval Blanc in Courchevel , in France.
With the restrictions lifted and the industry unlocked, most of those nominating through the Condé Nast website said “they wanted to take more trips than ever before and research new destinations,” the magazine said. .
In other awards news this week, Sheedy’s Hotel in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare won the Editor’s Choice for Walking Breaks award by the Good Hotel Guide 2022. This is the second time the hotel has received the award in the two last years, the first time in 2020.
“What makes it even more special to us is that these awards are completely independent,” said Martina Sheedy, whose family-run hotel opened in the 1930s.
“We are not paying to be listed and in fact it was as a result of one of our clients, who stayed here, who told the Guide editors about our hotel, that we were originally included.”
The 2021 Condé Nast Traveler winners are celebrated in the November issue of his magazine, and the full listings are online at cntraveller.com here.