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Eleventh Annual T+L 500 Spotlights Top Hotels for Food, Romance, and Location, among other categories

New York, NY (December 20, 2012) - Seventy-nine properties, including Bardessono Hotel, Yountville, California; The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada; Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, North Carolina; W Retreat & Spa, Vieques, Puerto Rico; Ca' Sagredo Hotel, Venice, Italy; and Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam, are making their debut on the annual T+L 500 list of best hotels in the world this year. The 2013 T+L 500 guide, featured in the January issue of Travel + Leisure, on newsstands December 21, and on / now, is a compendium of the highest-ranking hotels and resorts worldwide, based on data collected in the Travel + Leisure 2012 World's Best Awards readers' survey.

The eleventh annual T+L 500 list includes 83 Hall of Fame hotels that have been on the T+L 500 for 10 consecutive years. The list also highlights properties that readers ranked high in specific areas, such as food, romance, and location. And, the editors spotlight the best wine-country escapes in Europe, among other categories.

Follow the 2013 T+L 500 conversation on Twitter with #TL500, and catch up with T+L 500 editor Sarah Spagnolo during a one-hour chat on January 9 at 6 pm EST at You can also follow Travel + Leisure on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes photos shot by T+L editors and photographers.

To vote in the Travel + Leisure 2013 World's Best Awards readers' survey visit

Top 2013 T+L 500 Hotels in Select Regions/Categories

Top Hotel in the U.S. - Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana
Top U.S. Lakefront Hotel - Tu Tu' Tun Lodge, Gold Beach, Oregon
Top Hotel for Location in the U.S. - Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
Top Hotel for Food in the U.S. - Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Virginia
Top Hotel in Hawaii - Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Big Island
Top Hotel for Location in Hawaii - Halekulani, Oahu
Top Hotel in Canada - Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City
Top Hotel in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas - The Reefs, Bermuda
Top Hotel for Location in the Caribbean - Ocean Club Resorts, Turks and Caicos
Top Hotel in Europe - Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Turkey
Top Hotel for Location in Europe - Villa d'Este, Lake Como, Italy
Top Hotel for Romance in Europe - Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy
Top Hotel for Food in Europe - L'Oustau de Baumaniere & Spa, Les Baux-de-Provence, France
Top Island Hotel in Europe - Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece
Top Hotel in Asia - Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
Top Skyscraper Hotel - Peninsula Bangkok, Thailand
Top Island Hotel in Asia - Discovery Shores, Boracay, Philippines
Top Hotel in Africa and the Middle East (and Overall)- Singita Grumeti, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Top Adventure Lodge in Central and South America - Hotel Salto Chico/Explora Patagonia, Chile
Top Hotel in Mexico - Live Aqua, Cancun
Top Hotel for Food in Mexico - La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo
Top Hotel in Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific - Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Contact: Elizabeth Marsh / / 212 382 5684


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