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Exclusive Resorts' Collection Features Over 20 of Travel + Leisure's 2016 World's Best Award Winners

In 2016, over 20 properties and destinations in Exclusive Resorts' Vacation Collection were recognized by Travel + Leisure's esteemed World's Best Awards, an annual reader survey which rates the best hotels, cruises, islands and cities around the globe.

"For over a decade, we have offered our Members access to the most sought after destinations and resorts," said Cathy Ross, CEO of Exclusive Resorts. "We congratulate our incredible partners for being recognized by this leading travel authority for their superior accommodations, impeccable service and world-class amenities-- all traits that made them a perfect fit for our portfolio."

According to a release, Exclusive Resorts' Residence Collection includes five four-bedroom villas at Hotel Castello di Casole voted the "#1 Resort Hotel in Europe," along with 16 four-bedroom cottages at The Cloister Sea at Island, ranked 73rd on the "100 Best Hotels in the World" list.

Members also enjoy access to two- and three-bedroom residences at the Montage Laguna Beach and Deer Valley--both ranked within the "Top 10 Best Resorts in California and the West." Additionally, six, two-bedroom apartments at the Trump International Hotel & Tower top the magazine's "Best Hotels in Chicago" list.

As part of the Club's new Hotel Collection, Members also enjoy access to luxurious suites at The Peninsula Shanghai named the "#1 Best City Hotel in Asia," and superb accommodations at La Reserve Paris, ranked 3rd on the "Best City Hotels in Europe" list. For those looking to explore the United States, the Club's Experience Collection also offers stays at the XV Beacon in Boston, recently named the "#2 Best City Hotel in the Continental U.S." alongside the more exotic Singita Sabi Sand, Sabi Sand Game Reserve ranked the "#2 Best Safari Lodge in Africa."

In addition to hotels and resorts, a number of travel destinations found within Exclusive Resorts' Vacation Collection were honored by Travel + Leisure. Destinations featured on the "Best Cities in the World" list included: Bangkok, Barcelona, Charleston, Florence, Kyoto, New Orleans, Rome and San Miguel de Allende.

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QUICK 5 has released a year-end look at U.S. traveler behavior and trends for 2017, analyzing data to identify the most in-demand destinations, hotels, activities and more.

Among other insights, the roundup revealed:

  1. Labor Day was the busiest weekend for car rental
  2. Disney Theme Parks topped the list of things to do
  3. The average hotel stay was two nights
  4. Top destinations based on 2017 air travel included major global cities like New York, London and Bangkok
  5. Popular tourist destinations included Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas