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2005-10-20 15:36:46

Ocean Club Bahamas Named Top Resort

Bahamas resort wins a 2005 Conde Nast Traveler 18th Annual Readers' Choice Award

NEW YORK, The November issue of Conde Nast Traveler celebrates the 18th annual Readers' Choice Awards. This year's survey boasts the highest responses and scores ever in each category. With nearly 28,000 travelers voting, the lists show an even greater global variety and depth.

Many perennial favorites are holding onto their top spots. Singapore Airlines is again the 2005 #1 International Route Airline, and has led this category for 17 of the past 18 years (in 1994 Swissair took the top spot). San Francisco, the #1 US City, has also been #1 for 17 of the past 18 years (in 1992 Santa Fe won the honor). But there are some surprises too, including St. Lucia's Ladera, which is the first-ever Caribbean Hotel to rank number one in the Best of the Best category. St. John also climbed to the top of the Caribbean/Island category, marking the first time since 1994 that Bermuda has not won.

Also of note was the fact that New Orleans made the top ten cities list, which it has done consistently since Conde Nast Traveler's first reader poll in 1988. The magazine is confident that The Big Easy will rank high in the years to come, despite the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. As editor Klara Glowczewska notes, "New Orleans will need more than just your accolades ... bringing back residents and visitors alike will be fundamental to the city's long-term survival and will test the mettle of its tourism officials." New Orleans can find hope in Thailand's remarkable recovery. With five resorts (all in Phuket) in the top 15 Asian resorts category, there is proof that these beautiful regions are fully rebounding after last year's Tsunami.

Below are results for the top three winners in the Top Resorts - Atlantic category. Complete Awards results are listed on page 259 of the November issue, on newsstands October 25th.

    Top Resorts - Atlantic:
    1. One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas
    2. The Reefs, Bermuda
    3. Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

The November issue of Conde Nast Traveler is available on newsstands on October 25th. Unlike many other travel publications, Conde Nast Traveler does not accept free travel and accommodations, and its correspondents, as far as possible, travel anonymously. The result is travel the way consumers experience it -- good and bad, with reporting that is fair and honest. Conde Nast Traveler recently won its 6th National Magazine Award and is still the only travel publication to have won the highest honor in magazine publishing. Conde Nast Traveler, the 2005 Zagat Survey Best Travel Magazine, has a circulation of over 750,000 and is published by Conde Nast Publications, Inc.

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