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All the winners of the LLM Readers’ Travel Awards 2020

By LLM Reporters on 17th November 2020

What a year it has been! Many votes have been made, we have counted them up and the results of the LLM Readers’ Travel Awards 2020 (in partnership with Blue Bay Travel) are now in. 21,876 people have had their say and we are very pleased to announce the following winners:

HOTELS (UK based entries only):

Best Beach/Coastal Hotel

1. Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate, Cornwall, England
2. The Headland, Cornwall, England
3. Bailiffscourt, West Sussex, England
4. Ballygally Castle Hotel, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
5. The Beach at Bude, Cornwall, England
6. Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
7. Lewinnick Lodge, Cornwall, England

Best Boutique Hotel

1. DUKES London, England
2. 11 Cadogan Gardens, London, England
3. Linthwaite House, Cumbria, England
4. Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, England
5. Seaham Hall, Durham, England
6. Lewinnick Lodge, Cornwall, England
7. The Glasshouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
8. The Frogmill, Cheltenham, England
9. The Beach at Bude, Cornwall, England
10. The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences, London, England
11. Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England
12. Eccleston Square Hotel, London, England
13. Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
14. The Plume of Feathers, Cornwall, England
15. The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Best City Hotel

1. The Gainsborough Bath & Spa, Bath, England
2. 11 Cadogan Gardens, London, England
3. Conrad London St. James, London, England
4. DUKES London, England
5. Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester, England
6. COMO Metropolitan London, England
7. Grand Central Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
8. COMO The Halkin, London, England
9. Europa Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
10. The Academy Hotel, London, England

Best Hotel for Business

1. COMO The Halkin, London, England
2. DUKES London, England
3. Grand Central Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
4. Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
5. The Plume of Feathers, Cornwall, England
6. Europa Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire won top spot in the Best Hotel for Food category

Best Hotel for Design

1. 11 Cadogan Gardens, London, England
2. nhow London, England
3. The Gainsborough Bath & Spa, Bath, England
4. Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester, England
5. The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
6. Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Best Hotel for Families

1. The Headland, Cornwall, England
2. Bovey Castle, Devon, England
3. Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, England
4. Bailiffscourt, West Sussex, England
5. Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England
6. The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England
7. Eccleston Square Hotel, London, England

Best Hotel for Food

1. Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, England
2. Bailiffscourt, West Sussex, England
3. Bovey Castle, Devon, England
4. Linthwaite House, Cumbria, England
5. Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate, Cornwall, England
6. COMO Metropolitan London, England
7. Lewinnick Lodge, Cornwall, England
8. COMO The Halkin, London, England
9. The Beach at Bude, Cornwall, England
10. The Frogmill, Cheltenham, England
11. Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa, Warwickshire,UK
12. The Headland, Cornwall, England
13. Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
14. The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England
15. The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
16. The Plume of Feathers, Cornwall, England
17. Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England

Best Hotel for Golf

1. Bovey Castle, Devon, England
2. Linthwaite House, Cumbria, England
3. Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
4. Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
5. The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

the headland
The Headland came out on top in the Best Hotel for Families section and was runner up in the Best Beach/Coastal Hotel. Image credit: The Headland Hotel

Best Hotel for Romance

1. Culloden Estate & Spa, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
2. Bovey Castle, Devon, England
3. Bailiffscourt, West Sussex, England
4. Linthwaite House, Cumbria, England
5. Lewinnick Lodge, Cornwall, England
6. 11 Cadogan Gardens, London, England
7. Seaham Hall, Durham, England
8. The Frogmill, Cheltenham, England
9. Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, England
10. The Glasshouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
11. Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa, Warwickshire, UK
12. Monkey Island Estate, Maidenhead, England
13. The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England
14. Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England
15. The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
16. Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Northern Ireland

Best Hotel for Wine

1. Linthwaite House, Cumbria, England
2. Bovey Castle, Devon, England
3. Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa, Warwickshire, UK
4. COMO The Halkin, London, England
5. Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, England
6. The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England

Best Spa/Wellness Hotel

1. Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate, Cornwall, England
2. Seaham Hall, Durham, England
3. Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, England
4. Bailiffscourt, West Sussex, England
5. Bovey Castle, Devon, England
6. Culloden Estate & Spa, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
7. The Gainsborough Bath & Spa, Bath, England
8. The Headland, Cornwall, England
9. Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa, Warwickshire, UK
10. Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England
11. Monkey Island Estate, Maidenhead, England
12. Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
13. The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England

OVERSEAS HOTEL:

Best Hotel in Europe (outside UK)

1. Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, Algarve, Portugal
2. AJWA Hotel Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
3. Akelarre Hotel, San Sebastian, Spain
4. Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas, Ioannina, Greece
5. Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Resort, Malaga, Spain
6. Bahia del Duque, Tenerife, Spain
7. Cap Rocat, Mallorca, Spain
8. Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Crete, Greece
9. COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany, Italy
10. Boutique Hotel Alhambra and Villa Augusta, Mali Losinj, Croatia
11. NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, Amalfi, Italy
12. Hotel de Paris, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
13. Carlo IV, Prague, Czech Republic
14. The Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
15. Gennadi Grand Resort, Rhodes, Greece
16. Kempinski Hotel Bahia, Malaga, Spain
17. Hotel Hermitage, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
18. Grand Hotel dei Dogi, Venice, Italy
19. Palazzo Naiadi, Rome, Italy
20. Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol, Cyprus
21. New York Palace, Budapest, Hungary
22. Hillside Beach Club, Fethiye, Turkey
23. Marbella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas, Corfu, Greece
24. Chateau De Montcaud, Sabran, France
25. Fauchon l’Hotel, Paris, France

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, Algarve, Portugal
Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, Algarve, Portugal

26. Gecko Hotel & Beach Club, Formentera, Spain
27. Kulm Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland
28. Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
29. Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina, Switzerland
30. Le Relais de Chambord, Chambord, France
31. Hotel Bellevue, Mali Losinj, Croatia
32. Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, Algarve, Portugal
33. Hotel Metropole, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
34. Hotel Crillon Le Brave, Provence, France
35. Severin*s The Alpine Retreat, Lech, Austria
36. Torralbenc, Menorca, Spain
37. Hotel du Petit Moulin, Paris, France
38. Rosselli, Valletta, Malta
39. Monte-Carlo Beach, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
40. Hotel Okura, Amsterdam, Netherlands
41. Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel and Spa, Puglia, Italy
42. nhow Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands
43. Urso Hotel & Spa, Madrid, Spain
44. NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam, Netherlands
45. TOTEM, Madrid, Spain
46. Divani Apollon Palace and Thalasso, Vouliagmeni, Greece
47. Pavillon de la Reine, Paris, France
48. Hotel Villa Magna, Madrid, Spain
49. NH Collection Doelen, Amsterdam, Netherlands
50. Palacio Solecio, Malaga, Spain
51. Le Barn, Bonnelles, France
52. Le Pavillon des Lettres, Paris, France
53. Le Coucou, Meribel, France

Best Hotel in Asia

1. Amilla Fushi, Baa Atoll, Maldives
2. Akyra Manor, Chiang Mai, Thailand
3. Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi Resort & Spa, Pranburi, Thailand
4. Akyra TAS Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand
5. Akyra Thonglor, Bangkok, Thailand
6. COMO Cocoa Island, South Male Atoll, Maldives
7. Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga Resort & Spa, Phang Nga, Thailand
8. Banyan Tree Samui, Ko Samui, Thailand
9. Seaside Finolhu, Baa Atoll, Maldives
10. Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, North Male Atoll, Maldives
11. OZEN by Atmosphere, Maadhoo Island, Maldives
12. Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, Maldives
13. COMO Maalifushi, Maldives
14. Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, North Male Atoll, Maldives
15. COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali, Indonesia
16. Four Seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17. COMO Point Yamu, Phuket, Thailand
18. The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, Baa Atoll, Maldives
19. The Datai, Langkawi, Malaysia
20. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
21. Haritha Villas + Spa, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
22. COMO Uma Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
23. COMO Metropolitan Bangkok, Thailand
24. Melia Ko Samui, Thailand
25. The Anam, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
26. The Sarojin, Khao Lak, Thailand
27. Dharana at Shillim, Pune, India
28. Salinda Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
29. The Siam, Bangkok, Thailand
30. Huvafen Fushi, North Male Atoll, Maldives
31. The Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand
32. The Nautilus, Baa Atoll, Maldives
33. COMO Uma Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
34. DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree, Phuket, Thailand
35. COMO Uma Paro, Bhutan
36. COMO Uma Punakha, Bhutan
37. VIE Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
38. SO/ Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
39. Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Krabi, Thailand

bahia del duque
Bahia del Duque in Tenerife came in at a respectable 6th in the Best Hotel in Europe category

Best Hotel in Africa

1. AtholPlace Hotel and Villa, Morukuru Family, Johannesburg, South Africa
2. Arambrook Boutique Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
3. Santorini, Vilanculos, Mozambique
4. Leeu Estates, Franschhoek, South Africa
5. Latitude 0°, Kampala, Uganda
6. Latitude 13°, Lilongwe, Malawi
7. Morukuru Beach Lodge, Morukuru Family, Swellendam, South Africa
8. Latitude 15°, Lusaka, Zambia

Best Hotel in North America

1. Tranquility Bay Beachfront Resort, Florida, USA
2. COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach, Florida, USA
3. Post Ranch Inn, California, USA
4. Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado, USA
5. Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, California, USA
6. NH Collection Guadalajara Providencia, Guadalajara, Mexico
7. Sands Hotel and Spa, California, USA
8. Omni William Penn Hotel, Pennsylvania, USA

Best Hotel in South America

1. Hilton Barra, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
2. Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena, Colombia
3. Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru
4. Tierra Chiloe Hotel and Spa, Castro, Chile
5. Hotel Emiliano, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6. NH Collection Casacostanera, Vitacura, Chile

Best Hotel in the Caribbean

1. Sandy Lane Hotel, St. James, Barbados
2. Cap Maison Resort & Spa, St Lucia
3. Be Live Collection Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
4. COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
5. Montpelier Plantation and Beach, St Kitts and Nevis
6. Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla

Best Hotel in Australasia

1. The Langham, Sydney, Australia
2. Bannisters by the sea, NSW, Australia
3. COMO The Treasury, Perth, Australia
4. QT Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
5. Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide, Australia
6. The Kilnhouses, Victoria, Australia

DESTINATIONS:

Best UK City

London came out on top in the Best UK City section, very closely followed by Edinburgh and Bath

1. London, England
2. Edinburgh, Scotland
3. Bath, England
4. York, England
5. Liverpool, England
6. Belfast, Northern Ireland
7. Cardiff, Wales
8. Durham, England
9. Exeter, England

Best Honeymoon

1. Amalfi Coast, Italy
2. The Republic of Maldives
3. Santorini, Greece
4. Tahiti
5. Abu Dhabi, UAE
6. Florida’s Paradise Coast, USA
7. Paris, France
8. Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
9. Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
10. West Hollywood, California, USA
11. South Lake Tahoe, California, USA

Best City (outside UK)

1. Barcelona, Spain
2. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
3. New York City, USA
4. Abu Dhabi, UAE
5. Bangkok, Thailand
6. Budapest, Hungary
7. Copenhagen, Denmark
8. Melbourne, Australia
9. West Hollywood, California, USA
10. St. Petersburg, Russia
11. Quito, Ecuador
12. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Best Island

1. Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
2. Santorini, Greece
3. Crete, Greece
4. Maui, Hawaii
5. St Lucia
6. Tahiti
7. Bermuda
8. Ko Samui, Thailand
9. Fanjove Island, Tanzania

Best Ski Resort

1. Aspen, Colorado, USA
2. Cortina dAmpezzo, Italy
3. Courchevel, France
4. St Moritz, Switzerland
5. Lech, Austria
6. Verbier, Switzerland
7. Le Coucou, Meribel, France
8. Courmayeur, Mont Blanc, Aosta Valley, Italy
9. South Lake Tahoe, California, USA
10. Mammoth Lakes, California, USA

AIRLINES:

Best Airline

1. Emirates
2. British Airways
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Etihad Airways
5. Qatar Airways
6. Cathay Pacific

Royal Caribbean wins best cruise line. Image credit: NAN728/Bigstock.com

Best Airport

1. Changi Airport, Singapore
2. Heathrow Airport, England
3. Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar
4. Munich Airport, Germany
5. Hong Kong International Airport
6. Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan

CRUISE:

Best Ocean Cruise Line

1. Royal Caribbean
2. Celebrity Cruises
3. Cunard Line
4. Princess Cruises
5. Azamara
6. Aqua Expeditions

Best River Cruise Line

1. Viking
2. Crystal
3. Riviera Travel
4. Aqua Expeditions
5. Amadeus
6. Uniworld

OTHER:

Best Specialist Tour Operator

1. Off the Map Travel
2. Ker & Downey Africa
3. Orange – The Destination Management Company
4. VIP Trips For Kids
5. @luxurylondonguy

Best Tour Operator

1. Ker & Downey Africa
2. VIP Trips For Kids
3. @luxurylondonguy

Best Tour Operator for Adventure

1. Off the Map Travel
2. Ker & Downey Africa
3. Orange – The Destination Management Company
4. VIP Trips For Kids

Best Travel Website

1. Spabreaks.com
2. Cruise Critic
3. Wigwam Holidays
4. @luxurylondonguy
5. Upgrade Pack