Irish castle resort takes top place in world travel survey

Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois took the number one spot with ‘Travel and Leisure’ readers

The World’s Best Awards survey results, taken by Travel and Leisure readers, are in and Ireland took the top spots when it comes to the best castle resorts. Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa took tenth place, Dromoland Castle took ninth, Ballynahinch came in at eight, Ashford Castle came in fifth, Sheen Falls made number three while Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois took the number one spot with readers. For the full list of winners visit travelandleisure.com.

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Why This Glamorous Big Sur Getaway Is the Best Resort in California

No matter what you do at the Post Ranch Inn, you’ll have a beautiful view. And that’s just one reason why Travel + Leisure readers voted this the Best California Resort Hotel in our 2018 World’s Best Awards.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe— to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.

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In Photos: Travel + Leisure readers name the world’s best cities 2018

In this year’s edition of the World’s Best Awards, readers of Travel + Leisure magazine were particularly enchanted with the Mexico, India and Southeast Asia, with cities from these countries and regions dominating the list of world’s best cities 2018. Take a look to see if you’ve visited any of the world’s best cities — or to see if you agree.

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Why Hilton Head Is the Best Island in the US

The islands of the continental United States are remarkable in their diversity, offering everything from golf to whale watching, five-star hotels, and quaint cottages. But one stood out above all the rest. For the third year in a row, Hilton Head, South Carolina, was voted the best island in the continental U.S. by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best Awards.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.

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The World’s Best Hotel Bars Are In London

There are hotel bars. And then there are London hotel bars. Lobby-side lounging in England’s capital city has long assumed the form of high art. But never before has the landscape been so dense with stunning outposts and accomplished drinkmakers. An elegant evening of bar-hopping along the Thames might more accurately end up a night of ‘hotel-hopping’.

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