1. World’s Top Travel Destination: Portugal
Neither Brazil, nor Greece, nor Morocco, nor the United States; Not even Spain has been able to deal with the Portuguese country … Portugal repeats in 2018, for the second consecutive year, as the Top destination in the world to travel. The World Travel Awards passed judgment and chose the neighboring country as the first tourist destination in the world. Portugal is also the great winner of the World Travel Awards. And it has triumphed in other categories such as Top Island to travel ( Madeira ), Top City and Top City for a Getaway (double recognition for Lisbon) or Top Design Hotel (The Vine Hotel, Funchal). Portugal begins to dictate the norm and, today, it is a first-line tourist destination .
2. Top city in the world to travel: Lisbon (Portugal)
As we said, Lisbon is the city chosen by the Oscars of Tourism as the Top City in the world to visit in 2018. And, like Portugal, it repeats the award with respect to 2017. The Lisbon candidate won over cities such as Saint Petersburg, London or Paris. And it is that the charms of the Portuguese capital are almost infinite: from the pasteis de Belem to la Sé , the Lisbon Cathedral … One of the Top places to lose yourself in its streets.
3. Top Hotel in the world: Armani Hotel Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Since its opening, the Armani Hotel in Dubai has only garnered awards … Last year it was already distinguished as the Top Design Hotel in the world, but in 2018 it goes one step further. The reasons for being chosen the Top hotel in the world are more than obvious. The hotel is located in the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, occupying its first 39 floors. Its 160 rooms and suites have their own entrance and have been designed and decorated by Giorgio Armani himself. They have up to 190 m², with a spacious lounge, stunning views, king-size beds , butler service … In addition, inside the hotel is the exclusive Armani Privé nightclub, 7 impressive luxury restaurants and an Armani Spa. Pure luxury for pockets more than overflowing: a night here does not drop below € 500 …
4. Top Tourist Attraction in the world: Machu Picchu (Peru)
As in 2017, Machu Picchu is the most desired Tourist Attraction in the world. Who would have thought when this citadel at the foot of the Andes was abandoned in the middle of the 16th century… In 2017 it was visited by more than 1.4 million visitors and on TripAdvisor it is one of the most highly-rated monuments: 91% of visitors they rated it as Excellent. Unesco World Heritage Site since 1983, today its greatest threat comes precisely from its recognition. And it is that the Peruvian authorities have had to limit the access of tourists to Machu Picchu. Still it is one of the Top places in the world to visit.
5. Top Beach Destination in the world: Jamaica
Above Cancun, the Algarve, the Greek beaches or the Maldives … Jamaica is the Top Beach Destination in the world this year. The Oscars of Tourism recognized the variety of activities and the quality of the Jamaican sandbanks. For example, the 11 kilometers of the endless Seven Mile Beach, the postcard landscapes of Frenchman’s Cove Beach, the Little Ochie beach where it is possible to taste lobster and fresh fish … We are getting curious about discovering one of the pearls of the Caribbean .
6. Top Island in the world to travel: Madeira (Portugal)
As in 2017, Madeira is the Top Island to Travel in 2018. Located in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is located about 850 km. Lisbon, so it has its own idiosyncrasy. A must see are the Cabo Girão and Ponta de São Lourenço cliffs and the town of Santana. And, of course, stroll and marvel at the historic center of its capital, Funchal.
7. Top City for a Getaway: Lisbon (Portugal)
Lisbon is well worth a break. The Portuguese capital has won these World Travel Awards 2018 and, in addition to being crowned Top City to visit in 2018, it has also won the award in the C ity-break category (Getaway). An award that was also obtained in 2017, confirming Lisbon as the city you must know (or repeat if you already know it) this 2019: the cathedral, the pasteis de nata de Belém, its tram, the impressive Jerónimos Monastery, the Elevador de Santa Justa, the mouth of the Tagus … Maybe you need more than a weekend to know it completely.
8. Top Cultural Destination in the world: Peru
Something will have to do with Machu Picchu being the main tourist attraction in the world … Peru has been chosen as the Top Cultural Destination in the world in 2018 thanks to its many attractions . For example, her kitchen (which also won an award). And it is that Peru has decided to fight the gastro-cultural battle and does not stop accumulating awards year after year. One of the Top places in the world to visit if you are one of those looking for a place full of history, culture and charm.
9. Top Cultural City in the world: Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Another one that repeats award. Saint Petersburg is the Oscar of Tourism for Top Cultural City to visit in 2018. Although it is true that Russia is configured as a difficult country to visit because it is sometimes very hermetic, its beauty is undoubted. The number of museums in the ancient capital of the Tsars is endless: up to 250 add Saint Petersburg . Of course, its greatest charm is the Hermitage Museum, which spans six locations, each one more essential: the Winter Palace, the Theater or the Menshikov Palace, among others. The city of the Neva river is almost fantasy. In addition, Russia is part of the list of the places with the Top winter landscapes .
10. Top Gastronomic Destination in the world: Peru
The rich and varied Peruvian gastronomy has made the Andean country the Top Gastronomic Destination in the world … For the seventh consecutive year! It should be remembered that two Peruvian restaurants are ranked among the top 10 (6th, Central and 7th, Maido) according to the list of The 50 Top Restaurants in the World . The biodiversity that Peru enjoys is, without a doubt, one of its differentiating elements: potato, sweet potato, cassava, squash, elderberry, quinoa, peanut, corn, tomato, bean … All of them are native to Peru. And in the country they have known how to take advantage of it, with recipes that go from the pre-Columbian to the colonial, passing through the current golden age of Peruvian cuisine. Most deserved.
11. Top Adventure Destination in the world: Chile
Without a doubt Chile is the Top place for an adventure. And it is that its complicated orography is an advantage to feel like a Indiana Jones of the 21st century: the Atacama desert, the Easter and Robinson Crusoe islands, Patagonia, the Moon Valley, the glaciers … One of the Top places of the world to live a different experience.
12. World’s Top Cruise Destination : Jamaica
Being part of a luxury cruise is the closest thing to feeling like a king … And if our destination is Jamaica, then even better. The Caribbean country is the new mecca for cruise tourism (not surprisingly, it is also the Top Beach Destination in the World). The big shipping companies (and also the most exclusive ones) have Jamaica as their favorite destination. Its capital, Montego Bay, does not stop receiving cruises of all sizes. The attractions of the island do the rest: it is a true magnet for tourism.
13. Top Destination for Weddings: Bahamas
If you are looking for a heavenly place to get married in 2019, of course, your destination should be the Bahamas … A portion of paradise in the middle of the Caribbean Sea with all the comforts and luxuries at your fingertips. Just a stone’s throw from Florida (USA), the Bahamas islands have more than 300 hotels to host your guests in a simply stunning setting. It is normal that more and more couples come to get married here. Of course, prepare the checkbook …
14. Top Honeymoon Destination: Maldives
Forget about your cell phone, stroll along fine white beach sands, turquoise blue sea, luxury hotels on the waters … All this is offered by the Maldives. One of those places where you have to go once in a lifetime. Perfect for a honeymoon, so it’s normal that the Tourism Oscars have recognized the Maldives as the perfect place for honeymooners. You will not regret.
15. Top Diving Destination: Maldives Islands
And since we are in the Maldives, why not enjoy its natural charms? For the second consecutive year, this heavenly place has been chosen as the Top Diving Destination in the world. And it is that more than half of its visitors do it to dive and discover its amazing seabed. A natural paradise that is the perfect place for a diving baptism .
16. Top Destination for Safaris: Kenya
Top Destination of Safaris in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2017 … It was clear that Kenya was the favorite country to win the Oscar of Tourism in 2018. Well said and done. It is mandatory to visit the Tsavo National Park, with almost 21,000 square kilometers (one of the largest in Africa) and all kinds of wild animals waiting to be discovered while traveling in a rover: elephants, zebras, hippos, buffalo, giraffes, lions …
17. Top Eco Destination : Ecuador
Ecuador has opted for sustainable and ecological tourism and, since 2013, it is the Top Green Destination in the world. Its natural charms are endless: from the incomparable beauty of the Galapagos Islands to the almost inaccessible Ecuadorian Andes and its impenetrable Amazon jungle. A great little country that is committed to quality tourism that is respectful of the environment.
18. Top Destination for Fairs and Events: Cape Town (South Africa)
Fairs, events and congresses… After the 2008 Soccer World Cup, Cape Town’s hotel offerings have proven to be more than adequate to accommodate all kinds of meetings at the highest level. It is the 2018 destination for business meetings. It may not be very popular compared to other cities, but the South African city has made a strong commitment to this type of tourism and surely, one day, you will have to travel this unique city.
19. Top Retreat: Kora Lake , New York (USA)
Near the Great Lakes of the United States and Canada, about a six-hour drive from New York, is Lake Raquette. An exclusive oasis of peace where the Top place in the world for a retreat is located: the cabins of the Lago Kora hotel. Each one, at the foot of Lake Raquette, has its own jetty, to kayak and forget about everything … It is also located in the Adirondack Park. Inside you can see coyotes, moose and even black bears. Nature in its purest form.
20. Top Resort in the world: Forte Village Resort , Sardinia (Italy)
Another resort in the Caribbean? From its photos it seems so, but in reality the Forte Village Resort is located in … Sardinia. This complex is easily placed each year among the Top hotels in the world. In fact, since 1998 he has been continuously winning the Tourism Oscar for Top Resort in the world … A place where it is most common to find a movie star on his beaches while enjoying a cocktail. Exclusivity at the highest level.
21. Top Reserve: Shambala Private Reserve (South Africa)
The Oscars of Tourism have once again recognized this prestigious reserve, Shambala Private Reserve , as the Top place from where to go on a safari. Its shacks do not live up to its name: pure luxury with all the comforts and luxuries at your fingertips, from butler service to private cook … While out the window you see a group of gazelles cooling off in the river. This really is life.
22. Top Private Island: Thanda Island (Tanzania)
From 10,000 euros a night, you can book the Top Private Island in the world: Thanda, on the coast of Tanzania. More than a luxury, a whim where the majestic is the norm. It doesn’t come cheap, but discretion is more than assured …
23. Top Luxury Resort on a Private Island: Cheval Blanc Randheli , (Maldives)
A place where everything is possible. Located on the Maldives, this luxury resort is owned by the LVMH group and designed by renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy. In total, this resort has 44 most exclusive villas, with some so hidden and mysterious that we will not even know the identity of our (surely) famous neighbors. And the moment when a millionaire does not stay here is rare. Receive a massage on the beach, enjoy a water excursion or eat at the Cheval Blanc Randheli
24. Top Palace Hotel: San Clemente Palace , Venice (Italy)
La bella Italia wins the prestigious category of Top Hotel Palace of the World in 2018 with the impressive Palacio San Clemente. Located on the private island of the same name, in the middle of the Venetian bay, this palace built on a 12th-century church has several attractions … One of them is to cross the waters of Venice in the private boat that the hotel offers to its guests to leave them in the Plaza de San Marcos in just 10 minutes. It is like being in Venice but not being: privacy and intimacy are the maxims of San Clemente. Not in vain before was it a monastery …
25. Top Design Hotel: The Vine Hotel , Funchal (Portugal)
The Vine Hotel, designed by the architect Ricardo Bofill and decorated inside by Nini Andrade Silva, has won the award for Top Design Hotel in 2018. Located in Funchal (Madeira, Portugal), this hotel is themed around the Wine, with colors and textures that, at times, will remind us of a winery, a bottle or a vineyard… Of course, a wine therapy spa could not be missing, in addition to an infinity pool on the roof. Not to mention its exclusive rooms, with all the comforts and attention of a 5-star hotel.
26. Top Boutique Hotel: Saxon Hotel Villas and Spa , Johannesburg (South Africa)
What better than to relax after a safari at the impressive Saxon Hotel Villas and Spa? The Top Boutique Hotel of 2018 (repeat award) is a wonder located in the heart of Johannesburg (South Africa). Its African-safari-style decoration will delight the most demanding, in addition to the services it offers. Luxury everywhere that will impress any visitor.
27. Top Lifestyle Hotel : Hotel Indigo Lower East Side , New York (USA)
As always, New York always has something to say about traveling. The Indigo Lower East Side Hotel is the Top example that the Big Apple always has something different to offer on every visit. Its swimming pool on the terrace, with incomparable views of the city, is just one of its many attractions. Several bars and restaurants make up a most cosmopolitan offer in the most cosmopolitan city in the world. And that is to say.
28. Top Hotel-Casino: Galaxy Macau (Macao)
Waiting for the world’s most expensive hotel to officially open its doors, in Macao we have other extravagances such as the dazzling Hotel-Casino Galaxy Macau. An impressive mass of golds and whites that has risen as the Top casino hotel in the world in 2018. The lax gaming legislation in Macao does the rest: it is the new Las Vegas and a mecca for luxury tourism. All to win at roulette.
29. Top Ice Hotel : Arctic SnowHotel (Finland)
Seeing the Northern Lights from a bed of ice is not possible every day … but the Arctic SnowHotel in Finland offers us that possibility and many others. The Top Ice Hotel in the world is not suitable for frioleros but even so, they assure us, you will not be cold inside. It’s hard to believe seeing the images …
30. Top Mall: The Dubai Mall , Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
For the third consecutive year, The Dubai Mall has become the Top Shopping Center in the world according to the Oscars of Tourism . A mammoth shopping center of more than 500,000 square meters (the largest in the world) with more than 1,200 stores inside; In addition to activities, events, exhibitions, hotels, restaurants, an ice rink, an aquarium and even a flight simulator in a cabin of the gigantic Airbus A380 … Dubai is no longer just a city in the middle of the desert.