Best Island in World: Maui
October 17, 2012
Kelii Brown, Director of Public Relations
Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau
Conde Nast Traveler Annual Readers’ Poll Also Scores
“The Magic Isle” Best Destination Overall
MAUI, Hawaii – For an unprecedented 19th time, Maui captured “Best U.S. Island” (formerly “Best Pacific Island”). The publication also deemed Maui “Best Island in the World” in its 25th annual CONDE NAST TRAVELER Readers’ Choice Awards. In fact, with a score of 92.1, Maui bested all other island and city destinations named in the poll.
In the same Best U.S. Island category, sister island Kauai placed 2nd (89.3) while third place honors went to Kiawah, South Carolina (88.8). Oahu came in 4th (87), St. Simons, GA placed 5th (85.7) while Lanai and Hawaii Island tied for 6th (85.1). According to the publication, the Readers’ Choice Awards are a unique and trusted source of advice globally for its range and depth thanks to America’s most discerning and demanding travelers.
“While the natural beauty and gracious aloha of our people make this possible, our individual scores reveal our guests appreciate Maui’s varied offerings – fantastic hotels and resorts, incredible dining experiences and myriad activities, both on land and ocean,” stated Terryl Vencl, executive director, Maui Visitors Bureau. “While there are abundant adventures at hand, we know our guests relish the freedom to be as active or relaxed as they choose. I believe this coveted award speaks to that. We are truly honored.”
Other top island destinations worldwide included winners in the following geographical categories: Caribbean/Atlantic (Bermuda, 87.2), Australia & The Pacific (Bora Bora, 86.7), Canada (Vancouver Island, 82), Asia (Bali, 81.8) and Europe (Bozcaada and The Turkish Aegean Islands, 80.8).
Maui’s score once again surpassed all other top destinations globally beating out every “Best City” category winner including U.S. (Charleston, SC, 86.7), Africa (Capetown, 84.8), Europe (Florence, 83.3), Asia (Bangkok, 83), Canada (Vancouver, 81.9), Australia & The Pacific (Sydney, 81.7), Central & South America (Buenos Aires, 76.1), Caribbean & The Atlantic (Gustavia, St. Barts, 71.1 and Mexico (Sane Meguel De Allende, 71.1).
Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa added, “This award belongs to all the people of Maui and especially the residents of our visitor industry. ‘Maui no ka oi’ or ‘Maui is the best’ is a common Hawaiian refrain. Today, we can hold our heads high as we all celebrate this wonderful honor together.”
In the “Top 25 Hawaii Resorts” category, Maui County dominated with 11 properties honored; four of the top five are resorts of Lanai and Maui. Leading the way was Four Seasons Lanai, The Lodge at Koele (96.2) while Hawaii Island’s Four Seasons Resort Hualalai placed second (95.2). At #3 is Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay (94.7) while Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea ranked 4th (93.9) and Wailea Beach Villas 5th (93.7).
Other Maui resorts honored include #9 Fairmont Kea Lani (89.8), #11 Honua Kai Resort & Spa (87.5), #15 Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa (87.1), #16 Travaasa Hana (86.5) and #17 Grand Wailea (86.4). The 23rd ranking went to Westin Maui Resort & Spa (82.1) and Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa (82) placed 24th.
Hawaiian Airlines also ranked as a Top U.S. Airline placing third (61) behind 1st place Virgin America (79.6) and 2nd place Jet Blue (68.8).
Every year, the most discriminating travelers in the world pick the world’s superlative hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, islands, and cities. In its 25th incarnation this year, the Readers’ Choice Awards are vaster and more compelling than ever before, featuring more than 1,300 properties and places that are truly the cream of the crop.
The Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau is a subsidiary of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. HVCB is contracted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency, for marketing management services in North America. The HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawaii’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.
The islands of Maui Nui (Maui County) offer three very distinct Hawaiian experiences. World-class resorts, award winning cuisine, championship golf, exquisite natural beauty and the islands’ host Hawaiian culture have propelled Maui Nui into the limelight. For more information, go to www.visitmaui.com or call 800-525-6284.
by Lynn on October 17, 2012