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Your choice of the world's best
Which is your favourite island in the world? Which hotel in Europe offers the best service? Where do you stay when traveling on business? Earlier this year we asked you to answer these questions and many more. your replies have produced this our fifth annual Readers' Travel Awards :your choice of the best that travel has to offer. Our Top 100 'best of the best' list pays tribute to the highest scores in all categories. And this year, top marks go to ... Begawan Giri in Bali

What are all these numbers?
They are an index of satisfaction with travel facilities and services, scored out of a maximum of 100. In our Readers' Travel Awards questionnaire, you were asked to Choose the best that the travel world has to offer - everything from hotels and spas to airlines and airports. You were then asked to rate your choice according to various criteria, such as service and value for money. From your responses, we calculated the average mark on each criterion, and use this to provide the overall Satisfaction percentage figure and The World's Top 100.

Readres' Travel Awards questionnaires were inserted in copies of the May 2002 issue of Conde Nast Traveller in the UK. The magazine sent the replies to an independent market-research company, Market Management, which collated and analysed the data. There are 24 categories for nominations as follow :
1. Countries
2. Islands
3. Overseas Cities
4. UK Cities
5. Overseas Leisure Hotels
6. Uk Leisure Hotels
7. Overseas Business Hotels
8. UK Business Hotels
9. Overseas Destination Spas
10. Overseas Hotel Spa
11. UK Hotel Spas
12. Cruise Lines
13. Airports
14. Tour Operators
15. Car-Rental Firms
16. Airline

Below is the criteria by which they judged Best Oversea Destination Spa.

Oversea Destination Spas

- Location
- Ambience/decor
- Environmental friendliness
- Service/staff
- Standard/comfort of accommodation
- Range of tratments
- Food/restaurants
- Facilites/equipment
- Value for money

"Oversea Destination Spas
For pampering par excellence, you think it's difficult to beat the Chiva-Som International Heath Resort in Thailand, which you gave top marks in five of the nine criteria : it scored 88 or more for ambience, environmental friendliness, service/staff, accommodation and value for money. The Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, however, is best for facilities (97.64) and range of treatments (89.87) while you decided that another US property, the Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, deserved top marks for food/restaurants (89.67) - which could have something to do with the fact it is in the heart of Californian wine country."

1. Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand 92.58
2. Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada 87.49
3. Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, Lenox, Massachusetts 81.05
4. Terme di Saturnia Resort and Spa, Italy 81.05
5. Sonoma mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma, California 77.00
6. Excelsior Baths, Montecatini, Italy 75.69
7. The Sanctuary Zara Spa at the Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, Jordan 74.21
8. Gellert Spa, Budapest, Hungary 73.59
9. Ananda in the Himalayas, India 71.03
10. La Prairie, Switzerland 69.56

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