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VNS 02 � de Rose Spa at M�venpick Marrakech voted Africa's best The � de Rose Spa at M�venpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi Marrakech has been announced as "Best Luxury Hotel Spa in Africa" and "Best Luxury Wellness Spa in Morocco". The distinctions were awarded by the jury of the World Luxury Spa Awards 2017 at a gala ceremony in Hanoi, Vietnam. The World Luxury Spa Awards recognise the best luxury spas around the world for their high levels of service, expertise and excellence, as acknowledged by votes from the public and industry professionals. � de Rose refers to the rosewater perfume preferred by Moroccan nobility during the 16th century Saadian dynasty. Among the five-star highlights in this two-floor wellness destination are soft steam showers, a jacuzzi, sauna, outdoor pool and seven treatment rooms, as well as a hammam complex for men and women. 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It is linked to the Palais des Congr�s Marrakech, which is also managed by M�venpick Hotels & Resorts. - TradeArabia News Service 03 Pristine beaches, world-class surfing and a treetop spa: Inside the Indonesian island retreat voted the best hotel in the world A luxury island resort in Indonesia has been ranked the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure in its annual World's Best Awards. Nihiwatu, a former surf lodge on the little-known island of Sumba, boasts 28 villas, all with private plunge pools, as well as an all-day treetop spa, an equestrian centre, and a beach restaurant serving healthy bush-cooked cuisine. For rates of up to �9,300 ($12,000) per night at high-season, guests can enjoy sunset horse-riding, world-class surfing on its famous 'Occy's Left' wave, local exploration of hidden waterfalls, and scenic views of farmed rice paddies. Sumba island itself is twice the size of Bali but almost entirely preserved from urban development, and Nihiwatu won particular praise in the competition for its 'strong engagement with the local community, and a feather-light footprint on the ecology of Sumba'. Nihiwatu was first established in 1988 by an American surfer and his German wife as a ten-room surf retreat, but was gradually developed into a more luxury establishment before being bought in 2012 by U.S. entrepreneur Chris Burch. 'Hospitality-centric luxury has changed,' Mr Burch announced. 'It is more than just the finer touches. It has evolved to a custom itinerary, a personal journey, unexpected experiences, and a curiosity for the unknown.' These pictures show how his philosophy is working a treat. Welcome to Nihiwatu - the luxury Indonesian island resort ranked best hotel in the world in Travel + Leisure's annual World's Best Awards Guests at Nihiwatu are surrounded by nature at its most beautiful and decor at its most restfully opulent Nestled on Sumba island overlooking the turquoise Indian ocean, Nihiwatu (pictured) boats lush vegetation and rolling yellow sands The lavish beach resort commands up to �9,300 a night for an estate at high season, or �500 a night for 2-bedroom villa in low season The heavenly all-day spa offers a full range of treatments including facials, massages and manicures, all to the tune of the ocean waves A private dining experience with a glorious view, serving up healthy bush-cooked cuisine and strewn with flowers, reeds and candles Kanatar Sumba House, one of the residences complete with a private pool, a sunbathing deck, and a spacious outside entertainment area The whole complex overlooks an idyllic 2.5 km private beach (pictured), set within 567 acres of carefully protected natural reserve The decor comprises polished hardwood floors, fringe-trimmed roofs and four poster beds shrouded in elegant mosquito netting The Bao Boathouse - from where guests can enjoy world-class surfing on Sumba's famous 'Occy's Left' wave - serves snacks and drinks The spectacular Cliffside Bale villa, elevated above the sea, provides a little nook for daytime sun gazing or night-time star spotting Nihiwatu was first established in 1988 by an American surfer and his German wife as a ten-room surf retreat. 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Sing or clam up: What's the best bet for Paul Manafort as he rots in jail? Paul Manafort arrives for Friday's hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) If you�re Paul Manafort, and a judge has just thrown you into jail for alleged witness tampering, and you have already been indicted on several counts of money laundering, fraud and tax evasion, there�s an awful lot of pressure on you to make your prosecutors happy. Clearly they�re not messing around anymore and are perfectly willing to destroy your life if you don�t give them what they want: testimony about what really happened during the Trump campaign, when you were campaign chairman. Given the possibility of spending your life in prison if you�re convicted on all charges, it would not be at all stupid to start thinking, as you waste away in your cell, about how you can save yourself, even if it means throwing some old buddies and colleagues under the bus. 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The North Americans rode to victory on a wave of support from the Americas, Europe and Asia, plus a few votes poached from Africa, whose regional soccer president, Ahmed Ahmed, issued a bombastic plea to his members on Tuesday urging them to vote for Morocco as a symbol of African unity. �From a few days ago, we always had a clear path to victory,� Cordeiro said. Still, even he could not have anticipated some of the support that the North Americans ended up receiving, notably a vote from Russia. After the months of meetings and arm-twisting, the hundreds of airline flights and the weeks in ever-changing hotels, a campaign that began last August when Morocco jumped into the race (on the final day countries could do so), ended in an instant: with a 15-second note and a brief announcement by the FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, that the combined bid had prevailed. Moments later, and just a few hours after Russia�s president, Vladimir V. Putin, had welcomed the world to celebrate the 2018 World Cup, the North American soccer leaders took to the same stage to tell the world to celebrate with them in 2026. The victory spared U.S. Soccer a second stunning defeat in less than a year; the United States men�s team is missing the World Cup this summer, its first absence since 1986. The American federation spent more than $6 million � out of a combined budget of about $8 million � to bring the World Cup back to North America, the culmination of an idea set in motion in a restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia, seven years ago, according to Victor Montagliani, the head of Concacaf, the region�s governing body for soccer. Here�s how each soccer federation in FIFA voted on Wednesday. As delegates surged to congratulate the winners on Wednesday, Montagliani took a deep breath to consider the journey that had secured soccer�s biggest prize. He said he had conceived the plan while he was head of Canadian soccer, and managed to persuade Sunil Gulati, then the U.S. soccer president, to join in a potential joint offer after Canada staged a successful Women�s World Cup in 2015. Gulati, who was replaced by Cordeiro in February after declining to run for re-election, first secured the support of the chairman of the influential Mexican television channel Televisa, Emilio Azc�rraga, and finally brought the Mexican soccer federation on board. �I was so nervous sitting up there because you don�t have control over anything,� said Montagliani, who was seated on a raised dais with FIFA�s senior membership as the decision was announced Wednesday. �It�s like your little baby.� The North Americans had offered FIFA�s member associations a ready-made World Cup; the 23 stadiums they suggested are all built, as is most of the infrastructure the expanded 48-team tournament will need: training sites, hotels, airports, rail lines. And, like Morocco, the North Americans also had the full support of their governments. The nations� so-called United Bid was a rare topic on which the presidents of the three countries found common cause, and the United States government, including President Trump, had mounted a stealthy shadow campaign to try to win over FIFA and its member federations. The North American bid�s signature selling point, however, was delivered in a language FIFA members long have understood: revenue. The North Americans promised FIFA an $11 billion profit � a staggering sum that could mean tens of millions of dollars in development funds for each national association. Morocco, which pledged a profit less than half as large as its rivals, criticized the focus on money over soccer until the bitter end. �The United Bid is proposing an offer that is mainly a business proposal for football,� one Moroccan official, Moncef Belkhayat, said Monday. �Their offer is based on dollars, on profit, while Morocco is offering an offer that is based on passion for football.� After the defeat, African officials gathered around their president, Ahmed, as he scanned the list of countries that did not vote for Morocco. �We are hurting,� said Daniel Amokachi, a Nigerian former soccer player who had worked as an ambassador for the Moroccan bid. �You look at the countries from your continent that didn�t vote and you have blood Arab countries that supported a different nation. That�s where it hurts more.� Yet there were serious concerns about Morocco�s candidacy from the beginning, notably how the North African nation could cope with the massive undertaking of hosting the first 48-team World Cup. It would have needed to spend billions of dollars to build nine stadiums and to significantly renovate five others, and do it all in eight years � four fewer than the 12 FIFA gave to Qatar, which still has not finished the job of getting ready for the 2022 World Cup. Then there were the hotels, the highways, the rail links and the facilities to host a tournament set to bring more than 1,100 players and millions of fans to North Africa; all would have needed to be built, at a cost of billions more. Morocco, which has now lost five efforts to stage the tournament, vowed to press ahead and build the projects it presented to voters. �We managed this bid with a sporting spirit and we will continue our path in the same vein,� said Moulay Hafid Elalamy, its millionaire bid chairman. The final result was far more emphatic than it may have appeared in the last-gasp votes that played into the early hours of Wednesday morning. At one point, both bid teams arrived at the hotel housing Asian delegates shortly before 1 a.m., as rumors began to spread that the Moroccans might have gained some ground. The rumors were fueled by an announcement late Tuesday by the Netherlands soccer federation that it would back Morocco, contrary to what officials had told the North Americans as recently as last week. The victory will also be celebrated privately by FIFA�s leadership, which had given indications it preferred the surety � and the billions � to come by taking the tournament back to North America. A technical report, which Infantino, FIFA�s president, repeatedly told voters to read, scored the winning bid far higher than Morocco�s offer, which FIFA inspectors said had several high risk factors. Infantino�s No. 2, Fatma Samoura, issued the same reminder just before voting began. Infantino, who announced his plans to stand for a second term at an election next year, has been on a drive to raise the funds he needs to make good on promises to drastically increase the amount of funding he can deliver to national soccer federations, the only voting constituency in the presidential election. Cordeiro said the Americans also spoke to members about how a World Cup hosted by the North Americans would lead to a cash windfall for everyone. In Scandinavia last month, he said each federation could get as much as an extra $50 million should the 2026 World Cup meet its $11 billion profit target. �Let that sink in,� he told them. By Wednesday, it was clear the message had been heard loud and clear. Correction: June 13, 2018 A news alert about the vote to host the tournament gave an incorrect distinction to the winner. It was the first time a joint bid from three countries was selected; it was not the first time any joint bid was selected. Continue reading the main story Putin hoped his World Cup bid would improve relations with the West. They�ve suffered instead. Vladimir Putin exulted in Zurich during a news conference organized after officials from FIFA, soccer�s international governing body, had announced his country had won the bidding to host the World Cup in 2018. It was December 2010. Though the highly anticipated vote had been trailed by accusations of corruption, the high-profile arrests of the organization�s officials in predawn raids, which cast a harsh light on the unsavory side of international soccer, were still five years in the future. And Putin that day was in a celebratory mood as he took questions from international reporters, sharing stories about his childhood and talking about his hopes for what the major tournament would mean for Russia in the eyes of the world. �First of all, we need to show that Russia is an open country, that it is open to the whole world,� he said. �People will understand what Russia is when they come here. There are still a lot of stereotypes left over from the past. But the more contacts we establish, the faster these stereotypes will dissipate.� The World Cup kicked off Thursday with a resounding 5-0 victory by Russia�s team over Saudi Arabia, as Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman watched together in the stadium. The tournament has brought hundreds of thousands of soccer fans to the country and an unrivaled level of international media attention. But seven and a half years later, what does it signify for Russia�s relationships with the Western world? If anything, the country has found itself more isolated than it has been in decades after a series of actions and allegations have shaken up international politics in recent years. These include the annexation of Crimea, suspected interference in U.S. and European elections, the poisoning of a former spy in England for which Russia has been accused, and military intervention in Syria. And questions remain about the role that corruption played in its successful World Cup bid, though they are unlikely to ever yield clear answers: the computers used by Russia�s bid campaign were destroyed before investigators could examine them. [Vodka, pine nuts and politics: World Cup fans meet Russians on the world�s longest train line] Still, global political observers note, the World Cup represents a triumph for Putin on the world�s stage. �Putin needed the World Cup mainly for domestic purposes, and I think it will serve him well in that sense,� Moscow-based political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin told the Associated Press. �The World Cup takes his approval rating up, because most people like watching football. Albeit a short-lived one, it will nonetheless be a distraction from the post-Soviet reality.� Though the country has been hemmed in by Western sanctions � which reportedly added some complications to the financing of its stadium construction � the magnetic pull of the World Cup has provided an opportunity for the country to demonstrate, accurately or not, that the sanctions have not had their intended effect. �For Putin, hosting the World Cup speaks to the failure of sanctions and the failure of Western efforts to isolate him,� professor Sergei Medvedev of Moscow�s Higher School of Economics told Reuters. �Despite all that, [his mind-set is] we still have Crimea, we are pursuing our agenda, and yet look everyone has come to the World Cup.� Perhaps there were hints of the struggles that now dominate geopolitical discussions about Russia during that 2010 news conference. Putin denounced the allegations of corruption around FIFA�s bidding process that were starting to show up in the media, appearing to deny that he had even heard of them at first � �[I haven�t heard] any accusations against Russia or even hints, for that matter,� he said � before later denouncing them. �Digging up incriminating material and making corruption allegations is quite an unsavory thing to do, you know,� he said, according to Russia�s transcript of the event. �All the more so since all the allegations made here were groundless, to the best of my knowledge, and they had been recognized as such previously. As a result, this can only be qualified as an attempt to pressure FIFA officials. That�s unacceptable, I think. As simple as that. And then, later on, it was all leaked to the world media. What would you call that kind of thing? I�d describe that as dishonest competition.� Some reporters had lobbed obsequious questions in his direction, including one who asked about why he had not come to Zurich, where FIFA is headquartered, to lobby it like the leaders of the six other countries with bids had done. �You are the one prime minister that stayed away,� the reporter said. �So would it be fair to say that you are the cleverest prime minister in the world by staying away and winning the contest from so many thousands of miles away?� �I�m glad I insisted on giving you the floor,� Putin replied. �Thank you. It�s very nice to hear this.� As the World Cup drew closer this year, Russian officials have gone on the offensive. �The stronger the anti-Russian campaign ahead of the World Cup is, the more people will be genuinely amazed when they see there is no barbed wire at the stadiums,� Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said last month. �If this is isolation, then we are enjoying it,� a senior Russian government official told Reuters. On Thursday, government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that criticisms of the country�s politics �have no relation to the World Cup.� �Today the soccer dimension is the most important one,� he said, according to the AP. But politics continue to lurk in the backdrop of the tournament, always threatening to enter the fore. Putin�s time with Crown Prince Mohammed drew more scrutiny to the global oil production agreement that both countries are leading, amid rising global prices. The Kremlin�s guest list is made up of �a large helping of central Asian autocrats and the heads of the breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia, along with a smattering of foreign leaders from Africa and South America,� the Guardian noted. British leadership has retaliated for the spy poisoning episode, in which Russia has strenuously denied any involvement, by preventing its ministers from attending the World Cup. British LGBT activist Peter Tatchell was briefly detained in Moscow on Thursday after he had held up a banner critical of Putin outside the Kremlin: �Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people,� it read. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, whose treatment of gays drew attention after allegations emerged in the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta about a brutal anti-gay campaign led by police, also caused a row after Egyptian soccer star Mo Salah posed for pictures with him. And racism, a persistent scourge in soccer stadiums around the world, remains such a prominent concern in Russia that, for the first time, FIFA gave referees the ability to interrupt or even call off a game if racist chants or slurs emerge from the crowd. [Can Russia, with its history of racist attacks and hooligans, put on a World Cup welcome?] The head of the committee on women, family and children for the State Duma, Russia�s lower house of Parliament, gave an interview to a Moscow radio station this week in which she seemed to criticize mixed-race children as she urged Russian women to avoid sleeping with foreigners during the World Cup. �Their children will suffer for it. They�ve suffered in the past, since the Soviet period,� said the lawmaker, Tamara Pletnyova, according to the Guardian. The paper she was likely referring to mixed-race children born as a result of the Moscow Olympics in 1980. �It�s good if they�re one race, but if they�re of a different race, then it�s worse. We should bear our own children.� Perhaps things could turn around. Putin had ended his talk in 2010 on a positive note, hoping that the experience of so many people visiting Russia could win hearts and minds. �You know, a great many cliches survive since the Cold War. They roam Europe as so many flies, buzzing above one�s head to frighten people,� he said. �Things are really quite different. Come and see how we are preparing for the World Cup, and come to see its games. You will get firsthand knowledge of Russia, visit its cities, talk to people and understand this country better.� Read more: A GOP congressman retweeted a self-described �Nazi sympathizer.� His party did not rebuke him. Jeff Sessions points to the Bible in defense of separating immigrant families
Are these the world's BEST hotels? A Caribbean hideaway, an Indian palace and a lodge on the path of the Wildebeest migration among those singled out in prestigious traveller ... Working on your bucket list of the best hotels in the world to stay at? Then you're in luck, the results of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller Annual Readers' Travel Awards have just been revealed, triggering wanderlust and setting the benchmark in desirable global destinations. Readers crowned a palatial Moroccan resort as the most exclusive address in the world, while a lodge in the Serengeti on the path of the wildebeest migration was also voted an experience not to miss. Italy was named the favourite country to visit, while discerning travellers chose Paris as their preferred overseas city. Scroll down for video 1. La Mamounia, Marrakech King of hospitality: Legendary La Mamounia in Morocco was awarded the coveted title as the top hotel in the world, by readers of the magazine A stone�s throw away from the famous Jamaa El Fna Square in Marrakech, the property opened its doors in 1923 Infused with Arab-Moorish design flourishes, the hotel offers an aesthetic of bygone opulence and one of the top spas in Morocco La Mamounia was voted by readers as the world's best due to its 'design and rooms' according to Conde Nast Traveller An ornately tiled pavilion surrounded by geraniums and palm trees in the garden of La Mamounia Hotel Legendary La Mamounia was voted by Conde Nast Traveller readers as the best hotel in the world. The property has been wooing travellers since 1923, with celebrated patrons of yesteryear including Winston Churchill and Princess Caroline of Monaco. Infused with Arab-Moorish design flourishes, the hotel offers an aesthetic of bygone opulence and one of the top spas in Morocco. A stone�s throw away from the famous Jamaa El Fna Square in Marrakech, La Mamounia was voted by readers as the world's best due to its 'design and rooms' according to Conde Nast Traveller. 2. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur The sumptuous 50-acre palace resort boasts a number of swimming pools fringed by regal surroundings Serenity:Set in Western India's Rajasthan, guests can enjoy yoga at The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur The hotel has an intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors boasting views of the lake and gardens Located on the bank of Lake Pichola in Rajasthan, India, The Oberoi, Udaivilas stands on the 200 year old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar. Spread over an expansive 50 acres, wildlife enthusiasts can explore its 20 acre wildlife sanctuary of deer and wild boar. The hotel has an intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors boasting views of the lake and gardens. 3. Singita Grumeti, Tanzania Located in the Serengeti National Park, guests can enjoy opulent service at the Singita Grumeti in Tanzania Into the wild: Singita Grumeti is located on the annual wildebeest migration and is an ideal spot for viewing the big five game animals Guests can unwind in style at the Tanzania resort which also has snooker tables, tennis courts and a range of gastro options Amidst the wilderness of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, guests can experience high luxury while staying at Singita Grumeti. Offering a chance to see the big five game animals, Singita Grumeti is situated on the migratory route of wildebeest. Singita Grumeti has Singita Explore Mobile Tented Camp, Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Sasakwa Lodge, Singita Sabora Tented Camp and Singita Serengeti House. 4. Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, St Barth�s LVMH recently acquired the resort transforming it into an exclusive address in the Cheval Blanc collection Blank canvas: The breezy white aesthetic allows guests to focus on the enchanting and vivid Caribbean panorama outside In a tropical garden, the Cheval Blanc Spa features four treatment rooms, a hammam and a relaxation pavilion This iconic property on the Flamands beach, is loved for its exclusivity and privacy as it only has 40 rooms, suites and villas. Recently acquired by LVMH, the glamorous Caribbean destination is a go to stop for celebrities and global jet setters alike. 5. Le Bristol Paris The City of Lights: The classical Parisian charm and exceptional service at Le Bristol scored highly with travellers Midnight in Paris: Ideal for exploring the city, guests can take a step back in time with the 18th century aesthetic This exclusive address in the heart of Paris' arts and fashion district has welcomed guests since 1925. Guests can take a step back in time as rooms are decorated in 18th century style. The swimming pool boasts panoramic views of the City of Light's rooftops and guests can sample the new La Prairie spa at the hotel. 6. Anse Chastanet, St Lucia Nestled on St Lucia's stunning coves next to two sandy beaches, Anse Chastanet offers an idyllic hideway Exclusive privacy: The resort is set within a 600 acre estate on the shoreline and stretching out to the tropical hillside Reflecting its jungle and tropical beach surroundings, the estate is set within 600 acres on an idyllic cove of St Lucia. A dozen rooms are nestled behind the coconut palms that line the beach and the remainder are perched on the hillside. To gain full advantage of the panoramic views and the refreshing tradewinds the whitewashed cottages come with wraparound balconies. 7. One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives To infinity and beyond: A pool with a view for guests keen to stay within the resort while being soothed by the dreamy panorama Over water huts at One & Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives means there is always a chance to gaze at the sea life and watch the sun set Paradise island: As dusk, the high-end luxury retreat with its white sands, azure waters and palm trees inspires romance This dreamy Maldivian gem in the Kaafu Atoll has a variety of accommodations to choose from including stunning Water Villas. Designed in a contemporary style, 128 private resort villas are separated along the shoreline by greenery and the lagoon. Ideal for guests keen to explore the vibrant Indian Ocean, the resort also has the Maldives first PADI National Geographic Dive Centre. 8. Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh Egypt boasts a stunning swimming pool and opportunities to soak up the Egyptian sun Glamorous dining: The luxury resort provides ambient dining options for guests to the Red Sea resort Despite recent challenges facing Egypt's tourism industry, travellers continued to flock to this five-star Red Sea resort. Overlooking some of the world's best coral reefs, guests at the Four Seasons can go snorkelling or diving in the Sharm El Sheikh. There are also option to take a camel ride and unwind at the property's celebrated spa. 9. COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali Green with envy: The intoxicating view from the 'Tirta-Ening' private suite/pavilion at COMO Shambhala Estate Resort in Bali Revitalising dip: A guest enjoying a refreshing swim in the crystal clear pool waters of the Source Spa The bedroom in the Uma Bona private suites at COMO Shambhala Estate Resort is furnished in an Asian and European fusion design The cuisine at the Restaurant at Como Shambhala Estate Resort is New World with Indonesian accents and is served in a rustic setting The stunning bathroom in the 'Uma Bona' pavilion at the COMO Shambhala Estate Resort is surrounded by lush greenery For a holistic journey like no other, travellers book themselves onto a 'Retreat for Change' at COMO Shambhala Estate Ubud, Bali. Resident experts including a yoga teacher, Ayurvedic doctor and residence dietician create bespoke transformative stays for guests. The resort has a gym and outdoor activities such as hiking and climbing make the most of the Estate�s unique location. 10. Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Haven of tranquillity: A colourful and inviting lobby at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok gives respite from the bustle of the capital city Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River (left) but has corridors with seating to unwind (right) The opulent Mandarin Oriental Hotel is famed for its impressive Thai hospitality. Providing a contemporary stay in the heart of bustling Bangkok, the hotel has been a go to address in the capital for 45 years. Recently renovated, the classy property provides a haven of serenity on the banks of Chao Phraya River. French charm: Paris hit the top spot as the preferred overseas city destination for discerning travellers Marina Grande in Sorrento on the Amalfi coast is just one of the many tourism hotspots that Italy boasts. The Mediterranean gem was awarded favourite country by readers of Conde Nast Traveller TOP 10 OVERSEAS CITIES IN THE WORLD VOTED BY READERS 1.Paris (2) 2. New York (1) 3. Barcelona (6) 4. Rome (7) 5. Venice (3) 6. Sydney (4) 7. Istanbul (5) 8. Amsterdam (11) 9. Berlin (16) 10. Florence (8) In the awards, London has been voted the UK's favourite city for the fifth year running thanks to its top bars, restaurants and hotels. Fresh from its triumphant festival, Edinburgh came second while Bath, famed for its Georgian architecture, was third in the poll, voted for by readers of the Conde Nast Traveller magazine. Italy was named favourite country by readers for the sixth year running, with France and America in second and third. Paris took the top spot for overseas city, with New York coming in second and Barcelona in third. The coveted title of top UK holiday hotel went to The Pig in Hampshire - beating Babington House in Somerset, where actor Eddie Redmayne married his long-term girlfriend Hannah Bagshawe last year, into second. While the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, London was named top UK business hotel, followed by the art deco splendour of Claridge's in second and Mayfair's the Connaught in third. The full results of the awards are available to see in the October issue of Conde Nast Traveller. 02 Blanket Bay Voted New Zealand�s No. 1 Luxury Lodge Monday, 10 September 2012, 10:27 amPress Release: Blanket Bay 10 September 2012 Blanket Bay Voted New Zealand�s No. 1 Luxury Lodge Blanket Bay at Dusk Blanket Bay continues to retain its international ranking as New Zealand�s top lodge with prestigious USA-based Hideaways International naming Blanket Bay the Number 1 lodge in New Zealand, and Number 6 in the world, within its annual 2012 Readers Survey. �There is no better testament to a lodge�s consistent standards than travellers themselves voting a property at the top of their list. We are frequently voted amongst the world�s best, and such continued recognition is vital in maintaining our premier reputation as region�s best alpine escape � a reputation that our dedicated staff constantly strive for,� said Philip Jenkins, Blanket Bay�s longstanding General Manager. This year Blanket Bay was also named Best Overseas Boutique Property, Villa or Lodge within the Gold List compiled by the readers of Australia�s Luxury Travel magazine. In 2011 Blanket Bay won the HM Award for Best New Zealand Lodge and additionally was named one of the best 10 hotel views in the world by influential Forbes.com. Cond� Nast Traveler�s 2010 Gold List ranked Blanket Bay as the second-highest scoring property in the world. �Sure it�s our superlative facilities and incredible location that attracts discerning travellers, but in fact what sets Blanket Bay apart is our team�s ceaseless search for excellence. Just last month Kate Florence, one of our young chefs, claimed the prestigious New Zealand Commis Chef of the Year title for 2012, the third time it has gone to Blanket Bay,� said Mr Jenkins. �Needless to say Blanket Bay�s extraordinary cuisine is a much-cherished feature of any guest�s stay. �With prolonged economic turmoil engulfing traditional long haul markets, these frequent awards endorse Blanket Bay�s continued reputation as one of New Zealand�s finest tourism products and ensures our continued market share out of the dwindling European and North American markets. �Australians however now represent a much higher percentage of our guests as increased Australian recognition for the property, a strong Australian dollar and easy Queenstown access from east coast Australia makes an exclusive alpine escape at Blanket Bay even more attractive.� ends � Scoop Media Scoop readers - Donate and help us create quality, independent news & journalism that is freely available to the public. Become a Supporter Professionals - 'At work' users of Scoop need a ScoopPro licence. This keeps Scoop open, plus licensed users enjoy exclusive new tools. More about ScoopPro 03 Lake Tekapo Lodge voted best property The Lake Tekapo Lodge has been voted best in Oceania and Asia by Booking.com. Based on guest reviews, Booking.com analysed the site's most popular properties which were then analysed for high scores across key categories such as staff, comfort, service, cleanliness, location and value for money. Lake Tekapo Lodge was one of only two New Zealand properties named in the top 10 and complements the lodge's already impressive online reviews and accolades. SUPPLIED GREAT HOSTS: Stephanie Hagen and Alistair Craig are the 'exceptional' hosts of Lake Tekapo Lodge. Located in Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie District of the South Island, Lake Tekapo Lodge is owned-and-operated by Stephanie Hagen and Alistair Craig. After extensive renovations, work on the systems of the property, attention to detail and innovative marketing, Lake Tekapo Lodge is also listed No 1 for bed and breakfast options in Tekapo on the TripAdvisor website. Speaking of the "unbelievable win", Stephanie Hagen said she and Alistair were "still digesting the great news". "I had to read the email three times before I fully took it in and even then I had to call Booking.com to check I wasn't going mad," Hagen said. "We knew Lake Tekapo Lodge was great - but best in Asia and Oceania, that's half the world's population - and we're number one. "It's such a wonderful accolade and even more so as it's based on the thoughts and feedback from our guests."