Readers nationwide of USA Today newspaper and 10Best have chosen Naples as the top winner for “Best Destination for Luxury Travelers.” With a coveted spot at #1, Naples won kudos as a luxury travel destination thanks to its top-notch resorts, world-class dining, splendid art galleries, and excellent high-end shopping. As an ultra-luxe Gulf of Mexico beach town on Florida’s southwest coast, Naples ranked better than any other city on the list! All cities selected were only within the United States; no international cities were considered for this poll.
The Top 10 winners in order were: Naples, Florida; Beverly Hills, California; Lanai, Hawaii; Aspen, Colorado; Maui, Hawaii; Las Vegas, Nevada; Scottsdale, Arizona; Vail, Colorado; Kauai, Hawaii; and Newport, Rhode Island. Hallmarks of luxury travel that were cited over and over again as most important by USA Today readers included a luxury destination must have luxe spas, five star hotels, beautiful settings, and Michelin starred restaurants. Readers were asked to vote for their favorite luxury destinations from a total of 20 nominees. The other nominees for the title of “Best Destination for Luxury Travelers” included the cities of Boston, the Hamptons, Jackson Hole, La Jolla, Miami, Napa Valley, New York, Palm Beach, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara.
While the Top 10 winners were decided by popular vote from readers, a panel of travel experts picked the list of 20 nominees altogether. Experts included award-winning travel writers, veteran journalists, travel bloggers, and others chosen based on their broad knowledge of the luxury travel industry. In a separate industry poll, Forbes magazine has called Naples one of the “Top 25 Places to Retire Rich.” According to Forbes, Naples holds enormous appeal for the affluent elderly. Approximately 42% of Naples residents are at least 65 years old. While Naples is home to a stunning 10 miles of beachfront, the area enjoys more golf holes per capita than any other city in the United States. The average home price here in Naples is $520,000, a significantly higher price compared to other U.S. cities.