World Travel Awards: Who won what?

World Travel Awards: All the winnersPA


The World Travel Awards is commonly known as the Oscars of the industry, and the 2011 winners ceremony just took place this month in Qatar.

They detail the best of the best in all things travel, and around 1,000 categories (with 5,000 nominated companies) were voted for by 210,000 travel industry professionals and consumers around the world.

We've picked out the highlights from the awards, so you know the top airlines, destinations and resorts to choose in 2012...

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World Travel Awards: Who won what?

Since it opened on the Dubai coastline, Burj Al Arab has become synonymous with luxury and glamour. Standing at 321 metres high, it's the fourth tallest hotel in the world. It was crafted in the shape of a ship's sail, and stands on its own artificial island connected to Jumeirah beach by a curvy bridge.

Etihad's Diamond First Class is aptly named, being full of glitz and glamour, from its 6ft 8in flatbed, Ferragamo valise, slippers, sleeper suit and 600-thread Egyptian cotton sheets.

As the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, it's no surprise Etihad has been named the world's best airline for the third year running. With 1,200 flights a week to 82 destinations in 52 countries, it's one smooth operator.

This majestic hotel  and resort is, quite literally, breathtaking. Built in 1913, it overlooks the town of Gstaad and has amazing views of the Swiss Alps. It boasts 104 gorgeous rooms, a spa with an indoor and outdoor pool, five restaurants, two bars, and dancing at the famous GreenGo nightclub. There are also tennis courts, golf, heli-skiing, and hot air ballooning.

The Maldives is the quintessential paradise: deep blues seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. So it's no surprise it's been hailed for honeymooners in the World Travel Awards. It's made up of 1,190 coral islands formed over 26 atolls, providing 90,000 kilometres of holiday heaven.

India, quite simply, has it all. From talcum powder beach bliss, to ancient mystical customs, chaotic buzzing cities, and skiing destinations. There's an amazing diversity in landscape with its northern boundary occupied by the long sweep of the Himalayan mountain range, and the Gangetic Plain lying south of the Himalayas, stretching from the Arabian Sea on the west, to the Bay of Bengal to the east. There are over 350 national parks and reserves, and some of the most stunning wildlife on earth.

With its dramatic island scenery and stunning beaches that buzz with the omnipresent reggae background beat, Jamaica makes a brilliant cruise stop-off. It has three ports, and its amazing landscape lends itself to everything from river rafting, swimming with dolphins, horse riding and more, while its friendly people and vibrant nightlife makes it ultra-fun and lively.

Mauritius, which sits off the southeast coast of Africa in the south west Indian Ocean, has everything you need for a sun and fun-filled island getaway. As well as the gorgeous beach guarantee, there's also great nightlife and shopping in Grand Bay, excellent golf, hiking, biking and amazing temples.

Business Class on Qatar Airways means your own luxury personal office in the sky; you're treated to a laptop power outlet, USB plug, personal telephone, and access to live news coverage and newspapers from around the world. Then, when business is finished, nod off in a 100% sleeper suit and a Molton Brown amenity kit.

It's been said that it's the service on Cathay Pacific's Economy Class that sets it apart from the rest. There's also a great TV with over 100 movies and 500 TV shows to choose from.

This multi award-winning gem sparkles in the south west corner of Sardinia, between Pula and Capo Spartivento. It boasts a crystalline sand and sea combo, as well as stunning surrounding mountain scenery, a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, private yacht, extensive spa, and limitless sports activities. It also won the World's Leading Green Resort title, being hailed for its eco-friendly practices, like only using bikes and electric vehicles, and building its own rainwater reservoir.

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