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Bermuda wins major ‘best island destination’ award

It's official — Bermuda is the best island in the Caribbean and Atlantic.

For the 11th year, Bermuda has won the category in Conde Nast Traveler annual Readers' Choice Awards, and five local resorts have also earned accolades in the publication's ‘Best of the Best' travel industry awards.

This year, Condé Nast Traveler said they had a record-breaking 79,268 readers participate in the survey, close to double the number of survey takers in 2012. They cast 1.3 million votes for more than 16,000 properties around the world.

A Government statement reporting the results quoted Shawn Crockwell, Minister of Tourism Development and Transport, who said: “We are thrilled to once again be recognised as the top island in the region and thank the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for this tremendous honour. This award demonstrates that the level of service and hospitality the island provides to our visitors is meaningful and appreciated.”

The statement also reported that the survey quoted one reader who touted Bermuda for its “fun blend of British, American, and Caribbean culture.” Another reader cited “endless activities: historical sites, golf, scooters, superb shopping and dining, museums, gardens, perfumeries and aquariums, too!” As well, the island's “lovely scenery,” highlighted by signature “pink sand beaches and aqua blue waters,” were noted.

The full citation reads:

“For a “fun blend of British, American, and Caribbean Culture,” Bermuda is the place to be. It offers “endless activities: historical sites, golf, scooters, superb shopping and dining, museums, gardens, perfumeries and aquariums, too!” Go for a snorkel or explore the many private coves to truly experience the island's “lovely scenery,” which is highlighted by the “pink sand beaches and aqua blue waters.”

The scores were:

Scenery: 93.1

Friendliness: 89.4

Atmosphere: 90.4

Restaurants: 77.5

Lodging: 84.1

Activities: 81.0

Beaches: 89.5

Readers' Choice Rating: 87.1

Bermuda resort properties ranking in the Conde Nast Traveler poll included The Reefs, which was again voted the Top Resort in The Atlantic. Other Bermuda properties in the ‘Top 15 Resorts in The Atlantic' category included second place Pompano Beach Club, sixth place Rosewood Tucker's Point, eight place Cambridge Beaches and fourteenth place Fairmont Southampton.

The Readers' Choice Awards were announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

For the complete list of 2013 Readers' Choice Awards, go to www.CondeNastTraveler.com/RCA.

Useful websites: www.gotobermuda.com

www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/caribbean/best-islands-caribbean-atlantic_slideshow_item9_10

Condé Nast Traveler's 26th annual Readers' Choice Awards, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts in the world, voted Bermuda “Best Island in the Caribbean & Atlantic” , and The Reefs (pictured above, at night) Top Resort in The Atlantic. Other Bermuda properties among the 'Top 15 Resorts in The Atlantic were Pompano Beach Club, Rosewood Tucker's Point, Cambridge Beaches and Fairmont Southampton.

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Published October 17, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm)

Bermuda wins major ‘best island destination’ award

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