Reader Awards 2017
Voting has now closed
Our third annual Reader Awards in association with Qatar will be the definitive word on the best places, experiences, hotels, operators, attractions, media and more, as shortlisted by our judges and voted for by you. There’s a host of exciting new categories this year — and we received a massive variety of responses to our survey. From some of the world’s best-loved destinations and brands to the attractions that really should be on everyone’s radar, our shortlist is indicative of the best in travel..
The results will be announced on 27 November at an awards ceremony at the May Fair Hotel, and will be published in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of the magazine.
RISING STAR (CITY/REGION)
The destinations making a name for themselves.
RETURN TICKET (COUNTRY)
It’s the destination you keep going back to, again and again.
NEW NATIONAL TREASURE (UK ATTRACTION)
Britain’s best new attractions. It could have opened in 2016 or launched a new exhibit, or maybe it’s made some changes and is finally finding its groove.
Hintze Hall, Natural History Museum, London
Iron Bridge, Shropshire
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
FAR & AWAY (OVERSEAS ATTRACTION)
Be it a thought-provoking museum or a thrilling theme park, new experiences and attractions are popping up all over the world.
La Cité du Vin, Bordeaux, France
Lost City of Kuelap, Peru
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
LANDMARK LEGEND (FAMOUS ATTRACTION)
All-time favourite monuments or sights that exceeded expectations.
Grand Canyon, USA
Machu Picchu, Peru
Taj Mahal, India
ONE FOR THE KIDS (FAMILY EXPERIENCE)
From savvy tour outfits and resorts, to tailor-made activities and idyllic places, these are the travel experiences that please all the family.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
RIGHT TRACK (RAIL)
Celebrating rail experiences, from luxury transcontinental journeys to impeccably serviced short hops, or high-tech, high-speed connections that make sitting in a seat a unique travel pleasure.
Eurostar e320 fleet
Railway Touring Company’s ‘The Hadrian’ tour on the Flying Scotsman, UK
Train Suite Shiki-shima, Japan
THE EXPERIENCE (TRAVEL EXPERIENCE)
The bucket-list experiences that really brought a destination to life.
Grand Canyon helicopter tour
New Zealand road trip
South African safari
ACROSS THE WAVES (CRUISE & FERRY)
From smooth-riding river cruises to plush ferry services, these are the travel experiences afloat that left you feeling truly buoyant.
MS Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
MS Spitsbergen, Hurtigruten
MV Viking Sea, Viking Ocean Cruises
DOMESTIC BLISS (UK HOTEL)
What sets a hotel apart from the rest? Is it its indie spirit, innovative design or unique British service?
Chewton Glen, Hampshire
Gleneagles Hotel, Perth and Kinross
The Pig on the Beach, Dorset
THE DESTINATION HOTEL (OVERSEAS HOTEL)
Some hotels are destinations in their own right. A great hotel can give you an insider’s take on a place, and with great design and carefully curated facilities, they can be far more than just a place to lay your head.
Bellagio, Las Vegas
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
TRAVEL EXPERTS (TRAVEL COMPANY)
The brains behind the operation — agents and operators have the inspiration and know-how to turn our whims into expertly organised, once-in-a-lifetime trips.
HIGH CLASS (AIRLINE EXPERIENCE)
From seating to service, entertainment to ambience, these guys excelled.
TRUE CLASS (AIRLINE VALUE)
It isn’t necessarily about no-frills flying — these are the carriers that offer genuine value for money.
GREEN LIGHT (ECO TRAVEL)
Be it a hotel, a travel company, a region or attraction, we’re applauding the forward-thinking eco warriors out there.
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Kenya
Crieff Hydro, Scotland
The Ocean Cleanup
THE ORACLE (WEBSITE)
Blogs and vlogs, booking sites and review platforms — these are the online resources that make 21st-century travel a joy.
BOOK WORM (BOOK)
A travel book knocked your socks off? Took you on a literary foray to lands unknown? Expanded your mind and inspired your next trip?
Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads, by Paul Theroux (Hamish Hamilton)
Rain: Four Walks in English Weather, by Melissa Harrison (Faber & Faber)
The Best American Travel Writing, edited by Bill Bryson (Mariner Books)
SCREEN & SOUND (TV & RADIO)
A TV or radio programme that encapsulates all that’s good about travel.
Great America Railroad Journeys (BBC2)
Joanna Lumley’s Postcards (ITV)
Travel Man: 48 Hours In… (Channel 4)
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TRAVEL
To be announced
Voting has now closed
Thank you to all who voted in the Reader Awards 2017. Voters were automatically entered into a prize draw to win one of the incredible prizes below, and the winners will be contacted in the coming weeks.
Win a fabulous eight-night walking holiday for two in the Pyrenees. Courtesy of Voyages-sncf.com, you’ll travel first class in comfort and style from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford International to Paris Gare du Nord with Eurostar, and from Paris Gare Montparnasse to Toulouse on high speed TGV services. After arriving relaxed and refreshed and ready to explore Toulouse, you can explore the Pink City with help from the Toulouse Tourist Office. After two nights at Hôtel de Brienne on a B&B basis, you’ll head for a full-board ‘Once-In-A-Lifetime High Pyrenees Walk’, offered by by walking and cycling experts Purely Pyrenees, a new tour operator dedicated to offering high-quality walking and cycling holidays across the Pyrenees. You’ll have a chance to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Circuit de Gavarnie, a magnificent valley surrounded by the sheer cliffs of the Mont Perdu mountains.
LUXURY SPA TRIP, BELGIUM
Domaine La Butte aux Bois, in Lanaken, is offering four nights of bliss for two guests. Flights from London, transfers
and three treatments in the hotel’s spectacular new Spa Retreat La Forêt are included, as is breakfast, and four dinners, including one at Michelin-starred restaurant La Source. Be among the first to enjoy an idyllic countryside retreat at this eco-chic Relais & Châteaux hotel amid the beauty of Hoge Kempen National Park.
One lucky winner will receive this high-tech speaker and voice-controlled personal assistant, worth £149.99. It can play music, dim the lights, or even order you a takeaway.
Never miss an issue of National Geographic Traveller! We’re giving away 20 annual subscriptions to our award-winning travel magazine.
We’re got two of these touchscreen e-readers up for grabs — a travel must-have that’s lighter than a paperback and downloads books in under 60 seconds.
* The deadline for voting was 23.59 (GMT) on 30 September 2017. Terms and conditions applied to voting and the prize draw, which may be read at http://www.natgeotraveller.co.uk/terms-conditions/readerawards/