Best resorts revealed in Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

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The world’s best resorts and hotels have been revealed in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, with Qualia in first place

Travellers are always looking for the next “untapped” destination, in the hope that they can get a taste of paradise before the throng of tourists inevitably arrive.

These tropical ideals are normally characterised by swaying palm trees, turquoise waters, beach huts, and fisherman basking under the heat of the midday sun.

For those who want to indulge in life’s luxuries in a tropical paradise, your best bet is Qualia on Hamilton Island, in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, according to the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

The luxury Whitsundays resort (we’ve used a picture of Whitehaven Beach, above, by fluffisch) took the top spot in a ranking of the Top 10 hotels and resorts in the world, achieving a perfect score of 100 in all categories, including rooms, service, food, location, design and activities.

In Latin, Qualia means “a collection of deeper sensory experiences”, and the resort’s stunning setting – surrounded by Aussie Bushland – certainly allows Qualia to live up to its name. Qualia is the first Australian resort to top the ranking in the survey’s 25-year history.

“This recognition by such sophisticated and well-travelled readers is truly gratifying,” said Sandy Oatley, chairman of Hamilton Island Enterprises.

The top five was completed by the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, in the Maldives in second place, followed by the Lodge resort in Northland, New Zealand.

The Hotel Caesar Augustus in Capri, Italy, was in fourth place, and the top five was rounded off by the Palazzo Sasso, in Italy.

The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa also achieved a perfect score of 100, in all areas apart from activities (97.5). Kauri Cliffs also achieved a perfect score of 100 in all areas, apart from location (95.2), though we’re struggling to see why!

Other resorts and hotels in the top ten included the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve in South Africa, along with Peninsula House in the Dominican Republic, which came joint seventh with La Villa Gallici in France.

The world-famous Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora came in ninth place, while Perivolas Hotel in Santorini sneaked grabbed tenth place.

Top 10 hotels and resorts in the world:

1. Qualia, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef

1. Qualia, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef
1. Qualia, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy www.qualia.com.au
Qualia, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef
Qualia, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy www.qualia.com.au

2. Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Maldives

2. Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Maldives
2. Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Maldives. Photo courtesy of www.tajhotels.com
Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Maldives
Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Maldives. Photo courtesy of www.tajhotels.com

3. Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Northland, New Zealand

3. Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Northland, New Zealand
3. Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Northland, New Zealand. Photo courtesy of www.kauricliffs.com
Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Northland, New Zealand
Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Northland, New Zealand. Photo courtesy of www.kauricliffs.com

4. Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri, Italy

4. Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri, Italy
4. Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri, Italy. Photo courtesy of www.caesar-augustus.com
Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri, Italy
Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri, Italy. Photo courtesy of www.caesar-augustus.com
Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri, Italy
Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri, Italy. Photo courtesy of www.caesar-augustus.com

5. Palazzo Sasso, Ravello, Italy

5. Palazzo Sasso, Ravello, Italy
5. Palazzo Sasso, Ravello, Italy. Photo courtesy of www.palazzoavino.com
Palazzo Sasso, Ravello, Italy
Palazzo Sasso, Ravello, Italy. Photo courtesy of www.palazzoavino.com

6. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa

6. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
6. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa. Photo courtesy of www.sabisabi.com
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa. Photo by www.sabisabi.com

=7. Peninsula House, Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic

=7. Peninsula House, Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic
=7. Peninsula House, Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic
Peninsula House, Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic
Peninsula House, Las Terrenas, Samana, Dominican Republic

=7. La Villa Gallici, Aix-En-Provence, France

=7. La Villa Gallici, Aix-En-Provence, France
=7. La Villa Gallici, Aix-En-Provence, France. Photo courtesy of www.villagallici.com
La Villa Gallici, Aix-En-Provence, France
La Villa Gallici, Aix-En-Provence, France. Photo courtesy of www.villagallici.com

9. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Bora Bora
Bora Bora. Photo by wasserberg

10. Perivolas, Santorini

10. Perivolas, Santorini
Perivolas, Santorini. Photo courtesy of perivolassuites.gr
Perivolas, Santorini
Perivolas, Santorini. Photo by perivolassuites.gr
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