The well-travelled, well-heeled readers of CN Traveller UK have spoken, voting Italy, Paris, British Airways and the Greek Islands among their favourite destinations and travel brands this year.

In the UK edition of CN Traveller magazine’s 2015 Readers’ Travel Awards, voters crowned Italy their favourite international country for the fifth year in a row.

While the Mediterranean country has always been a perennial favourite for its history, culture, food and bucolic setting, this year the country received a major boost with Expo Milano 2015.

After Italy, France, the United States, Spain and Greece rounded out the top five countries.

When it came to favourite cities, Paris edged out New York to take the top spot, followed by Barcelona, Rome and Venice.

Holidaymakers looking for ideas on the best luxury hotels around the world may also want to check out the recommendations of fellow travellers, as the Readers’ Travel Awards features the top picks for hotels in five regions.

In the category of the Americas and the Caribbean, the luxurious LVMH-owned resort Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France in St Barts took the top spot.

Set amidst lush, tropical gardens, the resort is composed of 40 suites, bungalows and villas and rooms offer panoramic views of the ocean. Luxury services that include Guerlain spa treatments, access to a 21-metre-long yacht, and lobster lunches on the beach.

Other regional hotel winners include Le Bristol in Paris in the category of Europe; The Oberoi Udaivilas, in Udaipur for Asia and the Indian Subcontinent; and La Mamounia in Marrakech for Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Here are some of the winners from CN Traveller’s Readers’Travel Awards 2015:

Top international cities

  1. Paris
  2. New York
  3. Barcelona
  4. Rome
  5. Venice
  6. Sydney
  7. Istanbul
  8. Amsterdam
  9. Berlin
  10. Florence

Top countries

  1. Italy
  2. France
  3. United States
  4. Spain
  5. Greece
  6. Australia
  7. New Zealand
  8. Thailand
  9. Turkey
  10. India

Top long-haul airlines

  1. British Airways
  2. Qatar
  3. Emirates
  4. Qantas
  5. Cathay Pacific
  6. Singapore Airlines
  7. Etihad
  8. Virgin Atlantic
  9. Air New Zealand
  10. KLM

For full results, visit www.cntraveller.com/readers-travel-awards-2015. – AFP Relaxnews