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2005 World Travel Award winners announced

Published Date: Published November 2005

Jamaica scores big in the Caribbean region. Other winners include Antigua, The Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, The Grenadines, Tobago, Turks & Caicos, and Puerto Rico. Awards specific to each Caribbean country also announced.

Original Publisher: Caribbean.com

World Travel Awards (Section 1)

(November, 2005) - The World Travel Awards has announced its winners list for 2005. One of the world’s most comprehensive travel trade polls of its kind, 156,000 travel agencies and professionals in more than 140 countries were asked to vote for their leading travel destinations, airlines, hotels, personalities, and companies around the world.

The survey is truly global in scale, independent and accountable,” says Graham Cooke, president of the World Travel Awards. “With a growing number of travel award ceremonies in the marketplace, we are still the most comprehensive travel surveys out there, with global coverage.”

Voting started in May of this year and ended in September. During this five month period 3,500 different nominations were made, with more than two million individual voting decisions completed, returned, and processed using the on-line voting form.

“Voted for independently by travel professionals worldwide, our award winners are having a major impact and influence on the world’s travel and tourism industry. They are the true innovators and benchmarks for our trade, especially in the areas of customer service, technology, operational efficiency, product offering, and style,” explains Cooke.


The following Caribbean countries received worldwide and Caribbean-wide awards:

ANTIGUA: world’s most romantic resort (Sandals Antigua Resort & Spa)

THE BAHAMAS: Caribbean’s leading conference hotel (Atlantis, Paradise Island resort, Nassau)

BARBADOS: world’s leading honeymoon destination; Caribbean’s leading destination; Caribbean’s leading resort (Sandy Lane); Caribbean’s leading conference centre (Sherbourne Conference Centre)

CAYMAN ISLANDS: world’s leading dive destination

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: world’s leading sport resort (Casa de Campo)

JAMAICA: world’s leading villas (Round Hill Hotel & Villas); Caribbean’s leading cruise destination; Caribbean’s leading family all-inclusive (Beaches Negril Resort & Spa); Caribbean’s leading villa hotel (Round Hill Hotel & Villas); Caribbean’s leading golf resort (Half Moon, Montego Bay); Caribbean’s leading tourist and convention bureau (Jamaica Tourist Board); Caribbean’s leading airline and leading business class airline (Air Jamaica); Caribbean’s leading airport (Sir Donald Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay)

TOBAGO: world’s leading ecotourism destination (Tobago Main Ridge Rain Forest); Caribbean’s leading hotel (Coco Reef Resort); Caribbean’s leading spa resort (Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort)

TURKS & CAICOS: world’s leading beach (Providenciales); Caribbean’s leading boutique hotel (Point Grace)

PUERTO RICO: Caribbean’s leading casino resort (Wyndham El San Juan Hotel & Casino)

ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES: world’s leading private island resort (Palm Island, The Grenadines)

In addition, British Airways was voted as the Caribbean’s leading first class airline; Hertz as the Caribbean’s leading car hire; and Sandals Resorts International as the Caribbean’s leading hotel brand.


Awards were also presented for categories specific to each Caribbean country. They include the following:

ANGUILLA: Anguilla’s leading resort, Cap Juluca, Maunday’s Bay; Anguilla’s leading spa resort, Malliouhana Hotel & Spa

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA: Antigua & Barbuda’s leading hotel, Jumby Bay; Antigua & Barbuda’s leading golf resort, Blue Waters; Antigua & Barbuda’s leading spa resort, Sandals Antigua Resort & Spa

ARUBA: Aruba’s leading hotel, Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino; Aruba’s leading golf resort, Tierra del Sol Resort & Country Club; Aruba’s leading spa resort, Mandara Spa at the Marriott Ocean Club

THE BAHAMAS: The Bahamas’ leading hotel, Graycliff; The Bahamas’ leading resort and leading spa resort, Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa; The Bahamas’ leading golf resort, Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort

BARBADOS: Barbados’ leading hotel, Cobblers Cove Hotel; Barbados’ leading resort and leading golf resort, Sandy Lane; Barbados’ leading spa resort, Almond Beach Resort; Barbados’ leading villa, Greensleeves

BELIZE: Belize’s leading hotel, Radissons Fort George Hotel and Marina; Belize’s leading spa resort, Cayo Espanto Resort

BERMUDA: Bermuda’s leading hotel, Elbow Beach; Bermuda’s leading resort; Coco Reef Bermuda Resort; Bermuda’s leading golf resort, The Fairmont Southampton; Bermuda’s leading spa resort, Cambridge Beaches

BONAIRE: Bonaire’s leading hotel, Harbour Village Beach Club

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS: British Virgin Islands’ leading resort, Peter Island Resort; British Virgin Islands’ leading spa resort, Little Dix Bay

CAYMAN ISLANDS: Grand Cayman’s leading hotel, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort; Grand Cayman’s leading golf resort, Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman

CUBA: Cuba’s leading hotel, Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana; Cuba’s leading resort, Sandals Royal Hicacos Resort & Spa

CURAÇAO: Curaçao’s leading hotel, Hilton Curaçao

DOMINICA: Dominica’s leading hotel, Fort Young Hotel; Dominica’s leading resort, Castaways Beach Resort

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Dominican Republic’s leading hotel, leading golf resort, and leading resort, Casa de Campo

GRENADA: Grenada’s leading hotel and leading spa resort, LaSource

GUADELOUPE: Guadeloupe’s leading hotel, Le Meridien La Cocoteraie, St. Francois

JAMAICA: Jamaica’s leading hotel, Jamaica Inn; Jamaica’s leading resort, Royal Plantation Ocho Rios; Jamaica’s leading golf resort, Half Moon, Montego Bay; Jamaica’s leading spa resort, The Spa, Round Hill; Jamaica’s leading villa, Goldeneye, Island Outpost

MARTINIQUE: Martinique’s leading hotel, Hotel Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa

MONTSERRAT: Montserrat’s leading hotel, Tropical Mansion Suites

PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico’s leading hotel, Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa & Casino; Puerto Rico’s leading resort, The Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Club; Puerto Rico’s leading golf resort, Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa; Puerto Rico’s leading spa hotel, Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, Spa & Casino

ST. BARTS: St Barts’ leading hotel, Hotel Guanahani & Spa

ST. KITTS & NEVIS: St. Kitts and Nevis’ leading hotel, Four Seasons Resort, Nevis; St. Kitts and Nevis’ leading golf resort, Frigate Bay Resort; St. Kitts and Nevis’ leading spa resort, Emerald Mist Spa at St Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

ST. LUCIA: St. Lucia’s leading hotel, Sandals Halcyon St. Lucia; St. Lucia’s leading resort, Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort; St. Lucia’s leading spa resort, The Body Holiday at Le Sport

ST. MAARTEN: St. Maarten’s leading hotel, The Summit Resort Hotel; St. Maarten’s leading resort, Wyndham Sapphire Beach Club & Resort

ST. MARTIN: St. Martin’s leading hotel, La Samanna; St. Martin’s leading resort, Le Meridien St. Martin, L’Habitation de Lonvilliers; St. Martin’s leading spa resort, Elysee Spa, La Samanna Resort

ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES: St. Vincent & the Grenadines’ leading resort, Raffles Resort Canouan Island, Grenadines

TRINIDAD: Trinidad’s leading hotel, Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre

TOBAGO: Tobago’s leading hotel and leading resort, Coco Reef Resort & Spa; Tobago’s leading spa resort, Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort; Tobago’s leading golf resort, Hilton Tobago Golf & Spa Resort; Tobago’s leading villa, Stone Haven Villas

TURKS & CAICOS: Turks & Caicos’ leading hotel, Parrot Cay; Turks & Caicos’ leading resort, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa; Turks & Caicos’ leading spa resort, COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay

US VIRGIN ISLANDS: US Virgin Islands’ leading hotel, Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort, St. John; US Virgin Islands’ leading spa resort, Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, St Thomas

For more information on the World Travel Awards contact Anna Gouldman at +44 207 843 6813 (in the UK) or by e-mail at pr@worldtravelawards.comor.

Voting Starts (Section 2)

Voting started in May of this year and ended in September. During this five month period 3,500 different nominations were made, with more than two million individual voting decisions completed, returned, and processed using the on-line voting form.

Voting Starts (Section 3)

Voting started in May of this year and ended in September. During this five month period 3,500 different nominations were made, with more than two million individual voting decisions completed, returned, and processed using the on-line voting form.

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