Today, Travel and Leisure magazine released the “best” travel enablers including the best hotel, hotel brand, airline and airport – and Travel Update‘s always-opinionated readers have weighed in on some of the findings.
Read on to see if you agree or disagree!
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First, here are a few of Travel and Leisure’s winners:
- World’s best hotel: Triple Creek Ranch, Montana
- World’s best hotel brand: Amanresorts
- World’s best international airline: Singapore Airlines
- World’s best domestic airline: Virgin America
- World’s best international airport: Singapore Changi Airport
- World’s best domestic airport: Portland, Ore.
- World’s best destination spa: Rancho La Puerta, Mexico
- World’s best hotel spa: St. Regis Aspen Resort, Colorado
Speaking their minds on Facebook, Travel Update’s well-traveled readers were split when it comes to Travel and Leisure’s top award winners.
“I’m always amazed at the ‘winners,'” wrote frequent world traveler Ben Finzel of Washington D.C., who subscribes to the magazine.
“I have never been to Montana, so can’t comment although that property sounds lovely. I think Four Seasons is the best hotel brand,” he told us. “I believe Virgin America is overrated (I’ve only flown it once. It was fine, but not extraordinary.) And Portland, OR? Really? Didn’t do much for me the times I flew in and out last year.”
A few readers also questioned the methodology. We don’t, for instance, know how many people responded to the online survey or a geographic breakdown of where they reside. What we do know, according to the magazine’s explanation, is that an online survey was made available between December 2013 and March of this year.
When it comes to the best U.S. airport, Amber Roth DeGrace, who writes the Fine Craft Living blog, said that she would have voted for Austin Bergstrom International and smaller airport in Harrisburg, Pa.
“Harrisburg is super clean, always full of hospitality and warmth, and just a pleasure to depart from or fly into,” she wrote. “It’s also the closest international airport to where I live so I’m sure that plays into my fondness.”
For world’s best international airport, New York-based publicist Aik Wye Ng endorsed the winner in Travel and Leisure’s survey.
“The selection of (Singapore’s) Changi Airport is spot-on; ultra-modern and most importantly very easy to navigate and a lot of free amenities like trolleys, Wi-Fi and even massage chairs,” he told us on Facebook.
For the full list, see the magazine’s website.
Readers: What’s your take?