TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the Asian winners of its 2018 Travellers’ Choice® awards for Hotels.
Topping the Asia list is Viroth’s Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which is also recognised as the #1 hotel in the World, followed by Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur in Jodphur, India and Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore topped the list for Singapore, delivering experiences that impressed travellers all the way to #1 despite months of phased restoration, which saw the hotel closed in parts during the evaluation period.
“TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards for hotels is a showcase of cream of the crop accommodation that travellers can stay in all over the world. These are determined based on remarkable service, value and quality, all hallmarks of what makes a great stay regardless of traveller budget,” said Ms. Janice Lee Fang, communications director for APAC, TripAdvisor.
“We are honoured to receive this recognition from TripAdvisor, an accolade truly befitting of a Singapore icon,” says Christian Westbeld, General Manager, Raffles Singapore. “This is especially significant for such a unique year as 2017 was for us, as we embarked on the hotel’s phased restoration with our colleagues striving to continue to deliver the Raffles experience in the midst of this. The continued support from our guests is wonderful to see. It is a true testimony of what the Raffles service stands for – delivering genuine and personalised service at the oasis for the well-travelled.
We look forward to continuing our commitment to excellence when we reopen in the second half of 2018 where all our guests will be able to enjoy restored suites, newly opened bars, restaurants, courtyards and social areas; spaces designed to make Raffles Singapore the place to meet, spend time, shop and celebrate.”
Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Hotels in Asia:
(Excerpts in quotes below are from TripAdvisor reviewers)
1.Viroth's Hotel – Siem Reap, Cambodia - TripAdvisor average annual pricing from S$168 per night.
Located close to the bustling shopping and dining precinct of Wat Bo, Viroth’s Hotel exudes “retro chic” with its 1950s vibes décor – think “crisp white walls, bright cushions and azure diamond tiled hallways”. TripAdvisor reviewers love the “spacious rooms”, the vintage Mercedes and Rolls Royce for airport transfers and most of all, the “world class service”. Guests seeking relief from the tropical heat can make a beeline for shaded hotel bar or the salt water pool for a refreshing dip.
2.Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur – Jodhpur, India - TripAdvisor average annual pricing from S$1,123 per night.
For a hotel where you can “feel like royalty”, head to the Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur. The hotel is the world’s sixth-largest private residence and the last of India’s palaces – in fact, the Jodhpur royal family still lives in the property. Reviewers describe a stay at this hotel as a “once-in-a-lifetime royal experience” with suites that are eclectic mix of art deco and neo-classical themes and magnificent views of the palace grounds.
3.Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa – Hanoi, Vietnam - TripAdvisor average annual pricing from S$175 per night.
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa is centrally located in the heart of Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter. From addressing guests by their name to remembering their preferences, expect “exceptional service” with staff who go the extra mile to ensure a memorable stay. The duplex room is highly recommended for its spaciousness, value for money, and a “great rooftop view of the Old Quarter”.
4.Gili Lankanfushi – Lankanfushi, Maldives - TripAdvisor average annual pricing from S$2,642 per night.
Gili Lankanfushi has 44 suites “beautifully set on stilts” over an ocean atoll, with some villas only accessible via boat. The “no news, no shoes” rule mean guests go barefoot throughout their entire stay, contributing to a feeling of “pure relaxation” and a testament to the soft sand surrounding the island. Guests can make the most of their stay with a private reef tour with the resident marine biologist, a dolphin cruise, parasailing and even sushi-making classes.
5.Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy – Hanoi, Vietnam - TripAdvisor average annual pricing from S$133 per night.
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy is a great base for travellers as it is within walking distance from almost every must-see attraction in Hanoi. Reviewers are most impressed by the “impeccable service”, comfortable rooms and breakfast which is served at the top floor of the hotel, offering guests with “an amazing view” of Hanoi city.
6.Shinta Mani Shack – Siem Reap, Cambodia - TripAdvisor average annual pricing from S$258 per night.
A short drive away from the Angkor Wat, Shinta Mani Shack is an upscale boutique hotel designed by the renowned architect Bill Bensley. Reviewers love the “spacious rooms” recommend staying in a poolside room for direct access to the swimming pool. The 62-room hotel is also committed to developing a local pool of hospitality talent through free training to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
7.The Leela Palace Udaipur – Udaipur, India - TripAdvisor average annual pricing from S$776 per night.
Located on the shore of Lake Pichola, The Leela Palace is accessible by boat and guests continue to marvel at its elaborate reception area, filled with “hand-carved marble lotuses and silver elephants alongside Venetian mirrors”. Beautiful singing, music and energetic Rajasthani dance fill up the courtyards in the mornings and evenings, creating an enchanting stay “straight out of a fairy tale”. Guests can complete the charming experience with an evening boat ride on the lake for a “magnificent view of the setting sun against the mountain”.
8.Baros Maldives – Baros Island, Maldives - TripAdvisor average annual pricing from S$1,549 per night.
Baros Maldives is hailed as “a jewel in the Indian Ocean” with beachside and water villas built using local sandstone and timber to blend naturally with the environment. The unspoilt house reef “thriving with sharks, turtles, various rays, and all sorts of fish” continues to be a draw with travellers. Great for honeymooners, the resort creates a romantic atmosphere with champagne and chocolates on arrival and a private candle lit honeymoon dinner right on the beach.
9.Komaneka at Tanggayuda – Ubud, Indonesia - TripAdvisor average annual pricing from S$450 per night.
Komeneka at Tanggayuda is a hidden sanctuary on the outskirts of Ubud city centre, making it an ideal getaway for travellers opting for a peaceful escape away from bustling city life. Getting to the city centre is easy with a quick 15 minute complimentary shuttle ride provided by the hotel. Expect top notch service with staff that “care for every need and ensure all requests are fulfilled”.
10.The Oberoi Rajvilas – Jaipur, India - TripAdvisor average annual pricing from S$968 per night.
The 54-room Oberoi Rajvilas is spread over 32 acres of “landscaped gardens filled with exotic birdlife” and dotted with pavilions and reflection pools. The hotel is “a haven of mystical peace and natural serenity” as it surrounds a 350-year old Shiva temple where guests can partake in Hindu rituals with a priest, meditation and morning yoga. Travellers sing praises for the warm and attentive hospitality service provided by General Manager Abhishek Sharma and his team.
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Travellers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. In the 16th year of the awards, TripAdvisor recognises 8,095 properties in 94 countries and eight regions worldwide, in the categories of Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Best Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance, Family, All-Inclusive and Value for Money.
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Average nightly hotel rates based on prices available on TripAdvisor from January 1 – December 31, 2017.
All prices have been converted from US Dollars to Singapore Dollars via xe.com on January 19, 2018.