Travel + Leisure magazine has announced its 2013 World’s Best Awards, as voted by their readers who share their thoughts on which hotels, destinations, and companies represent the very best in travel. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts received #1 rankings in six categories, and was also recognized as one of the Top 5 Hotel Brands worldwide.

Topping the best resorts in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific list, as well as listed as the #5 in the entire world, is Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. The property’s stunning overwater bungalows, beachfront villas and lagoon excursions allow guests to get up close and personal with local sea creatures, and four restaurants allow guests to enjoy a meal while taking in lagoon and mountain views.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu is ranked #1 on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards list of Top Resorts in Hawaii and #1 on the list of Top Hotel Spas in Hawaii. With its dramatic mix of white-sand beaches, dazzling oceanfront and black-lava landscapes, guests can relax by the beach or at one of the properties seven pools, including King’s Pond, a 1.8 million gallon (8.2 million litre) “aquarium” carved out of the natural lava rock with more than 3,000 tropical fish. The Hualalai Spa pays homage to Hawaiian traditions, offering healing apothecary treatments with local ingredients, including black lava salt and crushed macadamia nuts. Following a close second, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea tops the list at #2 for the Top Resorts in Hawaii.

Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. is ranked #1 on the list of Top City Hotels, Mexico. The property occupies a refined oasis in the heart of Mexico’s capital – just steps from Chapultepec Park and the exclusive Polanco neighbourhood, the perfect place to begin exploring the city.

Travel + Leisure readers named Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus Top Hotel Spa in Europe in the 2013 World’s Best Awards readers’survey. The 2,100 square metre (22,600 square foot) Spa contains three Turkish bath treatment rooms, an indoor pool and whirlpool, and offers three signature treatments and 10 massages, including the Diamond Luxury Lifting Facial and Epicurean Hammam, blending the time-honoured Turkish bathing ritual with modern spa techniques. Rounding out the top 3 in the Top Hotel Spa in Europe category are Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris and Four Seasons Hotel Firenze.

Rounding out the list, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler was ranked #1 on list of Top Family Resorts, Canada. The family program at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler makes families feel at home all year round with activities designed for kids and parents alike, including the Blackcomb Base Adventure Zone, Junior Golf Program, bear watching, horseback riding, kayaking, ski concierge, and heated outdoor pool.

The results of the 18th annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards survey reveals readers’ favourite hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, car-rental agencies, spas, safari outfitters, tour operators, and more and are featured online and as the cover story of the August issue of the magazine, on newsstands July 19, 2013.

Jul 23, 2013