Conde Nast Traveller UK readers voted The Mount Nelson the best hotel in Africa, Middle East and the Indian Ocean for 2018.
The Mount Nelson  Hotel in Cape Town has won the best hotel in the Middle East, African and the Indian Ocean.

That's according to the annual Conde Nast Traveller UK Awards 2018, which honours 'the best that the travel world has to offer'. The categories also include hotels, airlines, ski resorts, islands and architecture.

Italy was picked as the best country for its fine food and scenery, while Norwegian airlines won the best short-haul carrier, Emirates as the top long-haul airline and London's Heathrow the world's best airport.

Hawaii was voted as the best island in the world for white sand beaches, while the Greek Islands took home the award for being the best island chain overall.

Conde Nast Traveller 21st annual Readers Travel awards 2018:

BEST COUNTRY

Winner: Italy
Runner-Up: Greece

BEST ISLAND

Winner: Greek Islands
Runner-Up: Maldives

BEST UK CITY

Winner: London
Runner-Up: Edinburgh

BEST OVERSEAS CITY

Winner: Paris
Runner-Up: Rome

BEST SKI RESORT

Winner: Val-d'Isère, France
Runner-Up: Whistler, Canada

BEST UK HOLIDAY HOTEL

Winner: The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire
Runner-Up: Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire

BEST UK BUSINESS HOTEL

Winner: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Runner-Up: Rosewood, London

BEST OVERSEAS BUSINESS HOTEL

Winner: Le Bristol Paris, France
Runner-Up: The Peninsula Hong Kong, Hong Kong

BEST EUROPE, TURKEY & RUSSIA HOTEL

Winner: Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, France
Runner Up: La Réserve Paris, France

BEST AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN HOTEL

Winner: One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico
Runner-Up: Eden Rock - St Barths, St Barths

BEST MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA & THE INDIAN OCEAN HOTEL

Winner: Belmond Mount Nelson, Cape Town, South Africa
Runner-Up: Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger, South Africa

BEST ASIA & THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT HOTEL

Winner: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
Runner-Up: The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai, India

BEST AUSTRALASIA & THE SOUTH PACIFIC HOTEL

Winner: The Brando, French Polynesia
Runner-Up: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia

BEST AIRLINE – SHORT-HAUL HOLIDAY

Winner: Norwegian
Runner-Up: EasyJet

BEST AIRLINE – LONG-HAUL HOLIDAY

Winner: Emirates
Runner-Up: British Airways

BEST BUSINESS AIRLINE

Winner: Emirates
Runner-Up: Singapore Airlines

BEST AIRPORT

Winner: Heathrow Airport, London
Runner-Up: Changi Airport, Singapore

BEST CRUISE LINES – LARGE SHIPS

Winner: Holland America Line
Runner-Up: Cunard Line

BEST CRUISE LINES – SMALL SHIPS

Winner: Seabourn Cruise Line
Runner-Up: Silversea Cruises

BEST TOUR OPERATORS

Winner: The Turquoise Holiday Company
Runner-Up: Kuoni

BEST SPECIALIST TOUR OPERATORS

Winner: Scott Dunn
Runner-Up: Healing Holidays

BEST VILLA RENTAL COMPANIES

Winner: The Thinking Traveller
Runner-Up: Tuscany Now & More

BEST UK HOTEL SPAS

Winner: The Spa, Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, Hampshire
Runner-Up: Spa Village Bath, The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath

BEST OVERSEAS HOTEL SPAS

Winner: Thalassa Spa, Anassa, Cyprus
Runner Up: Vair Spa, Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy

BEST DESTINATION SPA

Winner: Lanserhof Tegernsee, Bavaria, Germany
Runner-Up: The Original FX Mayr, Maria Wörth, Austria

BEST ISLAND FOR BEACHES

Winner: Hawaii

BEST CITY FOR CULTURE

Winner: Rome

BEST COUNTRY FOR PEOPLE

Winner: Thailand

BEST CITY FOR ARCHITECTURE

Winner: York

THE WORLD'S TOP SIX 

Winner: Greek Islands
Runners Up: Lanserhof Tegernsee in Germany, The Oberoi Udaivilas in India, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India, Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in France and One&Only Palmilla in Mexico