50 New Editors’ Choice Gay Travel Awards Winners Announced Today!

By @ 10/13/15 in Editors' Choice Awards, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

ManAbout gay travel awards winners, ManAboutWorld magazine

The very best in gay travel was recognized today with the unveiling of ManAboutWorld’s 3rd annual Editors’ Choice Gay Travel Awards. Ireland, Ft. Lauderdale, Delta, HE Travel and Gay Wine Weekend lead the select group of 50 new inductees, adding to over 100 returning winners. Congratulations to the new 50. Visit here for the complete list of Editors’ Choice Gay Travel Awards winners. Contact ManAboutWorld’s editor in chief Ed Salvato with questions.

THIS YEAR’S WINNERS:

DESTINATION OF THE YEAR: Ireland

We awarded Destination of the Year to Ireland for its historic marriage equality referendum and its emphatic global invitation to LGBT travelers to experience their unique hospitality.

“Ireland is the first country to embrace marriage equality by popular vote, but even more significantly, Ireland showed the world that a country of strong faith could look beyond outdated traditions and uphold the religious values that embrace its LGBT family,” said ManAboutWorld’s co-founder Billy Kolber.

AIRLINE OF THE YEAR: Delta Air Lines

For New York-based ManAboutWorld, Delta Air Lines has long been a preferred carrier. They are recognized this year for their sponsorship of GLAAD, the IGLTA and gay pride in many cities, their innovative discounts on first-class travel to many pride festivals, and their devotion to delivering consistently superior customer service while their legacy competitors floundered.

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN: #LoveIsLove, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The hashtags were flying in Fort Lauderdale this year, when the Greater Fort Lauderdale Visitors Bureau launched its #LoveIsLove campaign celebrating marriage equality. One hundred couples of all sexual orientations took to the beach to wed, snap photos, and share on social media to spread the word of marriage equality in a brave and groundbreaking and timely effort.

“When marriage equality became law in Florida, Ft. Lauderdale was quick to invite couples of all sexual orientations, including heterosexuals, to celebrate the triumph of love in highly publicized event,” says ManAboutWorld editor in chief, Ed Salvato. “It was a truly heartwarming act that reaffirmed that it’s all about the right to love whom you want, but in a way that reflected the characteristic hospitality in one of our favorite destinations on the planet in a smart and successful social media execution.”

Lance Bass was marriage ambassador for Ft. Lauderdale's #loveislove campaign

Lance Bass, marriage ambassador, #loveislove

GAYBORHOOD OF THE YEAR: Chueca

Madrid’s thriving Chueca area, is recognized for its thriving gay scene and ongoing renaissance. Like previous winners Le Village in Montreal, and Wilton Manors in Fort Lauderdale, Chueca remains a vibrant gay neighborhood, in an era where so many similar areas are being mainstreamed.

TOUR OPERATOR OF THE YEAR: HE Travel

The granddaddy of all gay tour companies, HE Travel was founded in 1973 by Hanns Ebensten who was widely credited as the “inventor” of gay travel. Today it’s among the most innovative and fastest-growing tour operators, second only to Atlantis Events/RSVP Vacations in the number of gay passengers it ‘moves’ each year. We recognize them for continuing Hanns’ legacy of opening more of the world for gay travelers to visit safely and comfortably.

EVENT OF THE YEAR: Gay Wine Weekend

Sonoma Valley’s Gay Wine Weekend uncorks three full days of wine events bringing together gay winemakers and gay wine lovers. The annual June event organized by Out in the Vineyard is a gem of Sonoma summertime, home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries.

ADVENTURE OF THE YEAR: Patara Elephant Farm, Chiang Mai Thailand

In Chiang Mai in the northern reaches of Thailand there is a spectacular Elephant farm known as Patara, a magical excursion featured on trips with tour operator Out Adventures. At this ecologically and environmentally considerate facility, you can scrub, ride, and interact with rescued and rehabilitated elephants.

THIS YEAR’S LIST INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING 50 NEW INDUCTEES

Recognizing the best in gay travel among hotels, restaurants, nightlife, culture and spas, we list below the new inductees to the list. Access the full list of awardees, including previous winners on our website. Click “Read More” to continue reading the list.

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ManAbout gay travel awards winners, ManAboutWorld magazine

ManAbout gay travel awards winners

HOTELS (by region)

NORTH AMERICA
  • Battery Wharf Hotel Boston: “Super friendly welcome and unusual location on the waterfront abutting the North End with its rich Italian-American heritage.”
  • Delano Las Vegas: “With no casino, this swanky new hotel makes a quiet, elegant escape from the zaniness of the Strip.”
  • Hotel Covell“A novel concept with 5 suites designed around the hotel’s fictional literary namesake”
  • Los Angeles Athletic Club“Historic and elegant, with exceptional fitness facilities”
  • The Metropolitan by ComoThe most sophisticated and refined retreat on the beach”
  • Hotel Victor“It doesn’t get more Miami”
  • The Archer“In a neighborhood full of generic slim tower hotels, the Archer brings a sense of style and sophistication and a classic view from its rooftop bar”
  • Cambria Hotel and Suites Chelsea: “This well located Chelsea hotel offers value and great views from its rooftop bar.”
  • The Parker“The best mainstream resort in Palm Springs — posh, elegant, chic”
  • Eben House“Elegant yet minimalist option in Provincetown from same owners as Salt House Inn”
  • The Birchwood“St. Pete’s sexiest downtown boutique with a delicious restaurant and thriving rooftop”
  • Loews Don Cesar Hotel: “The gold (or should we say pink?) standard for Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Don Cesar remains the go-to for A-listers”
  • Epicurean“A hidden gem in the heart of Tampa’s nightlife scene. This hipster boutique is not to be missed”
  • Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa“Casual, gay friendly and Ideally located”
SOUTH AMERICA
  • Arts Boutique Hotel B“A beautiful small hotel in the trendy Barranco neighborhood, with an extraordinary collection of art throughout”
  • Axel Hotel Barcelona“In the heart of the gayborhood, the Axel sets the standard for modern “hetero-friendly” hotels”
  • Chiltern Firehouse London “André Balazs’ London outpost brings his quirky celebrity-friendly service and style across the pond”
  • Only You Hotel and Lounge“Luxury and style in the heart of the gay neighborhood”
  • Room Mate Oscar“Modern style and the most gay-popular rooftop bar in town”
  • The Ritz Hotel“The grandest address in Madrid”
  • Locanda del Guerriero“This castle-turned-quaint B&B in the countryside is Italy’s most charming hidden gem”
  • Three sisters, Tallinn: “Charming Medieval and amazing modern in Old Town”
  • Hotel Bristol“Elegant Hollywood Regency rooms, a grand historic building, friendly warm service and affordable rates make this our top choice”
ASIA/MIDDLE EAST
  • The Norman Hotel Tel Aviv“Sexy, stylish, and close to the beach; you’ll fall in love with its 1920s charm”
  • Shinta Mani Club“Stylish accommodations and winning personal service”
  • Aman (Tokyo): “The pinnacle of luxury and opulence in the heart of Tokyo with some of the city’s best views”
  • The Apsara“The perfect blend of clean, convenient, affordable and friendly”
  • Six Senses Con Dao“The ultimate exotic, remote, luxurious and contemporary resort”
RESTAURANTS
  • Basa (Buenos Aires): “Great food and a modern atmosphere make this our favorite spot for dinner”
  • The Canteen (Provincetown): “A modern take on the classic New England seafood shack serves up summer’s best fast-casual meals”
  • Cuisine Wat Damnak (Siem Reap, Cambodia): “The very best of modern Cambodian cuisine”
  • DiverXO (Madrid): “Every course is a work of art — sometimes performance art — at this modern Michelin 3-star restaurant”
  • The Restaurant at the Meadowood (St. Helena): “The gold-standard of ground-breaking, inventive, haute cuisine in North America”
  • La Galerie Lounge (Paris): “New chef David Bizet reenergizes this opulent yet comfortable space”

NIGHTLIFE

  • Coxy (Warsaw): “Berlin-style nightlife lands in Warsaw”
  • Mister Sunday (Brooklyn): “Warm-weather outdoor party cool enough to draw gays from Manhattan”

CULTURE

  • Acropolis Museum (Athens): “Magnificent: inside, outside and the contents”
  • The Dali Museum (St. Petersburg, FL): “An extraordinary collection and exploration of Dali’s art, life and times”
  • Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Museum; Seville): “Learn the history of flamenco at this interactive museum”
  • The World AIDS Museum (Fort Lauderdale): “The only museum in the world dedicated to documentation and education about AIDS”

SHOPPING

  • Goods Of Desire (Hong Kong): “Clever and surprising gifts, apparel and housewares”
  • Ock Pop Tok (Luang Prabang): “A social enterprise bringing award-winning textiles to Laos visitors”

SPAS

  • Privet Body (London): “Male-friendly spa for grooming your “privet” parts”
  • Two Bunch Palms Spa (Palm Springs): “One of America’s original holistic spas still feels modern and fresh”

MORE ABOUT THE MANABOUTWORLD EDITORS’ CHOICE GAY TRAVEL AWARDS. The only editor-voted awards in gay travel, these top-honors have been chosen by ManAboutWorld and a team of industry-leading travel experts, editors, and writers who have collectively traveled through six continents, more than a 100 countries, and countless cities, searching for this year’s most notable destinations, hotels and experiences for gay travelers resulting in a breathtakingly diverse collection of attention-worthy options. ManAboutWorld’s Editors’ Choice winners reflect a growing universe of gay-popular and all-welcoming travel options, and demonstrate an inspiring embrace of ManAboutWorld’s travel values.  

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