The ULTRAs 2019: this year’s best luxury travel experiences revealed

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Every year the readers of telegraph.co.uk and luxury travel magazine Ultratravel are invited to vote for their favourites operators, airlines, hotels and destinations in the world of luxury travel. Their opinions determine the results of the ULTRAs - Ultimate Luxury Travel Related Awards - with the winners announced this year at a ceremony held at the Emerald Palace Kempinski, Dubai. 

Best Airlines Business Class

Winner – Singapore Airlines

Runners up: British Airways; Emirates; Qatar Airways; Virgin Atlantic

Best First Class

Winner - Emirates

Runners up: British Airways; Etihad Airways; Qatar Airways; Singapore Airlines

Best Airline in the World

Winner - Emirates

Runners up: British Airways; Etihad Airways; Qatar Airways; Singapore Airlines

Changi Airport served 62.2 million passengers in 2018

Best Airport in the World 

Winner – Changi, Singapore

Runners up: Dubai; London Heathrow; Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok; Schiphol Amsterdam 

Best Hotel in Europe

Winner – Claridge’s, London

Runners up: Corinthia, London; Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris; The Adlon, Kempinski, Berlin; The Ritz, London

Best Hotel in the Americas

Winner - Four Seasons Hotel New York

Runners up: Amangiri, Utah; Belmond Copacabana Palace; Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Wilshire; Peninsula Hotel New York

Best Hotel in Asia

Winner - Raffles, Singapore

Runners up: Anantara Siam, Bangkok; Leela Palace Udaipur; Mandarin Oriental Bangkok; The Upper House, Hong Kong

COMO The Treasury is a luxury hotel in Perth, Australia, occupying three mid-19th-century state buildings

Best Hotel in Australasia

Winner - Park Hyatt Sydney

Runners up: Como The Treasury, Perth; Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley; Four Seasons Hotel Sydney; Shangri-La Sydney

Best Hotel in the Middle East

Winner - Burj Al Arab Jumeirah 

Runners up: The Chedi, Muscat; Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi; One&Only The Palm, Dubai; Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Best Hotel in Africa

Winner - Belmond Mount Nelson, Cape Town 

Runners up: La Mamounia, Marrakech; One&Only Cape Town; Royal Livingstone by Anantara, Zambia; Royal Mansour, Marrakech

Amangiri is an award-winning retreat built around 164 million-year-old rock

Best Hotel in the Indian Ocean

Winner – One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

Runners up:Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives; Niyama Private Islands, Maldives; North Island Seychelles; St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Maldives

Best Hotel in the World  

Winner - Burj Al Arab Jumeirah 

Runners up: Claridge’s London; Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc; Mandarin Oriental Bangkok; Raffles Singapore

Best Luxury Cruise Line

Winner - Cunard

Runners up: Crystal Cruises; Regent Seven Seas; Seabourn; Silversea

Cunard has a history dating back to the golden ages

Best Golf Resort in the World

Winner - Gleneagles, Scotland 

Runners up: Brandon Dunes, USA; Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand; Pebble Beach, USA; St Andrews, Scotland

Best Ski Resort in the World

Winner – Whistler

Runners up: Chamonix; Courchevel; Verbier; Zermatt

Favourite Country for a Holiday

Winner – Maldives

Runners up: Australia; Italy; New Zealand; USA

 Como Treasury

Ultratravel Collection Hotel of the Year

Winner  – Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

Runner up: The Leela Palace, Udaipur

Shorlisted: The Adlon Kempinski, Berlin; Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi; Corinthia, London; The Murray, Hong Kong 

Editors’ Choice Awards

Most Innovative Airline

All Nippon Airlines

La Mamounia's room are beautifully decorated in a Moroccan style

Best Wellness Hotel Group

Aman

Luxury Hotel Group of the Year

Six Senses

Best New Luxury Hotel in the World

The Newt Somerset

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