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New Delhi December 6, 2013: What a way to say ‘Good bye’ to November than to celebrate by surfing through the official Condé Nast Traveler's website and checking out the results for its Readers’ Choice Awards. Yes, you guessed right! The results have been finally announced yesterday.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Survey was first started in 1988. The evaluations for the Individual candidates are judged on a set of criteria relevant to their category, based on a standard five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. The percentage of 'excellent' and 'very good' ratings determines the Final score. For more than 25 years, Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards have been a coveted seal of approval for hotels, cruise ships, and airlines from the world's most discriminating travellers.

According to sources, this year's Readers' Choice survey scores range from a lofty 99.2 for South Africa's La Residence and New Zealand's Lodge at Kauri Cliffs to a lowly 14.7 for Transavia airline. Nearly 80,000 people took part in the survey, casting 1.3 million votes.

The crowning list is the one named - ‘Top 100 Hotels and Resorts of the World’. I have seen the list of the top 100 and India does find mention in it. Here is the list for the top 10 though.

1. La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa

1. Lodge At Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, N.Z.

3. Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa

3. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, South Africa

5. Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily

6. Perivolas, Santorini

7. One&Only The Palm, Dubai

7. Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest

9. Ritz–Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

10. Peninsula House, Samaná

Indians hotels in the list of ‘Top 100 Hotels and Resorts of the World’:

Ø Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur found its name at no. 46,

Ø Rambagh Palace (Taj), Jaipur at no. 52,

Ø Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai at no. 82

For results concerning India, the hotels that made it to the ‘Top 15 Hotels in India’ were as follows.

1. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

2. Rambagh Palace (Taj), Jaipur

3. Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

4. Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

5. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

6. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

7. Leela Palace, New Delhi

8. The Oberoi, Mumbai

9. J W Marriott, Mumbai

10. The Leela Ambience, Gurgaon

11. ITC Mughal (Luxury Collection), Agra

12. Taj Palace Hotel, Delhi

13. Umaid Bhawan Palace (Taj), Jodhpur

14. Jai Mahal Palace (Taj), Jaipur

15. Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi

Another triumph for Indian hotels was when Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore found itself on the 6th position in the list of ‘Top 20 Resorts in Asia’.

Here’s wishing all the winners a hearty Congratulations from all of us.

For further surfing, kindly check out other results at: http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards

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