Worldwide: The Thinking Traveller has come out on top in the Best Villa Companies in the World category in the Readers’ Choice Awards, run by renowned travel publication Condé Nast Traveller.
The company, which was co-founded by husband and wife, Rossella and Huw Beaugié, beat off stiff competition from the likes of Oliver’s Travels, Wimco Villas, Onefinestay, Airbnb, Le Collectionist and VRBO Villa Rentals. Since launching in 2002, The Thinking Traveller portfolio has grown to around 220 exclusive properties and its concept has been rolled out across Sicily, Puglia, Corsica and a number of Greek Islands.
Condé Nast Traveler US and Condé Nast Traveller UK jointly announced the winners of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards in last week’s November edition, ranking the best hotels, resorts, destination spas, countries, cities, islands, trains, airlines, airports, cruise lines, tour operators and villa companies in the world.
The Readers’ Choice Awards recognise excellence across the travel industry, with more than 715,000 transatlantic readers submitting their responses rating their travel experiences across the globe. The survey was launched at the beginning of Covid-19, meaning that many of the first time voters were making their selections at a time when almost no one was travelling.
Melinda Stevens, editor in chief of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK, said: “It’s something of an understatement to say that this year has been a little different than others. The travel industry continues to face challenges as we start to move back out into the world but our readers are seeking inspiration and are planning their next adventure.
“This year’s winners are the addresses to support, put together by our readers whose curiosity drives us to explore and seek out new places, and revisit familiar ones with a fresh eye. All of them under one sky,” she added.
Each year the Readers’ Choice Awards reveal new trends in the industry and this year reflected readers’ desire for more domestic travel and staycations.
The full list for the Best Villa Companies in the World category was as follows:
- The Thinking Traveller – 99.23
- Oliver’s Travels – 99.05
- Wimco Villas – 98.99
- Tuscany Now & More – 98.95
- St Barth Properties – 98.72
- CV Villas – 98.69
- Onefinestay – 98.66
- Cuvée – 98.10
- Scott Williams Villas – 97.99
- Le Collectionist – 97.76
- Beyond Spaces Villas – 97.06
- Simpson Travel – 97.01
- The Greek Villas – 97.01
- THIRDHOME – 96.66
- Five Star Greece – 95.01
- Luxury Retreats – 94.80
- Vintage Travel – 93.48
- Villas of Distinction – 90.90
- Airbnb – 88.32
- VRBO Villa Rentals – 85.56