TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the winners of its 2019 Travellers’ Choice® awards for Hotels.
Topping the world list was the Costa Rican beachfront resort of Tulemar’s Bungalows and Villas whilst Viroth’s Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia was the Asia #1 and Pimalai Resort and Spa on Koh Lanta took the top honour in the Kingdom.
“TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice awards for hotels highlights some of the world’s best accommodation, based on the millions of reviews and opinions by our global community of travellers. Travellers looking for some inspiration in 2019 can look to these award-winning hotels and know that their stay will be one with remarkable service, value and quality, all hallmarks of a Travellers’ Choice winner,” said Ms. Janice Lee Fang, communications director for Asia Pacific, TripAdvisor.
“We are proud that Pimalai Resort & Spa has been named Thailand’s top hotel for the TripAdvisor 2019 Travellers’ Choice Award for Hotels. The award strongly reflects the dedication that all Pimalai staff aims to provide,” said Mr. Franck De Lestapis, General Manager of Pimalai Resort & Spa. “Hotel guests describe their experience at the resort as the true definition of relaxation.”
Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Hotels in Asia:
(Excerpts in quotes below are from TripAdvisor reviewers)
- Viroth's Hotel – Siem Reap, Cambodia
TripAdvisor average annual pricing from US$152 per night
Located close to the bustling shopping and dining precinct of Wat Bo, Viroth’s Hotel exudes “retro chic” with its 1950s 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.
- Kenting Amanda Hotel – Taiwan
TripAdvisor average annual pricing from US$211 per night
For a touch of Morocco in Taiwan, look no further than the boutique Amanda Hotel on the south western coast of the island. TripAdvisor reviewers love the hotel’s “spacious rooms”, “warm-hearted service” and its proximity to the beach and the Kenting night market. Make the trip even more memorable by dressing up in the Moroccan-style costumes provided and pose for some Insta-worthy shots.
- Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa – Hanoi, Vietnam
TripAdvisor average annual pricing from US$156 per night
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa is centrally located in the heart of Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter. From addressing guests by 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”.
- Golden Temple Retreat – Siem Reap, Cambodia
TripAdvisor average annual pricing from US$125 per night
The Golden Temple Retreat is described by travellers as the “perfect boutique hotel” and it is easy to see why with its “impeccable” service, large clean rooms and extras such as free massages and a bedtime story during turndown service. Situated close to bars and night markets, the hotel would also happily pack a takeaway breakfast for those catching the sunrise at the Angkor Wat. This is a hotel in Siem Reap that travellers “can’t recommend enough”.
- The Oberoi Rajvilas – Jaipur, India
TripAdvisor average annual pricing from US$742 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.
- Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Ubud, Indonesia
TripAdvisor average annual pricing from US$816 per night
The Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is hailed as “a little piece of heaven” and located in tranquil Ubud, overlooking the Ayung river and rice terraces. The hotel has luxurious villas and suites and guests can enjoy signature wellness programmes and treatments at the award-winning spa, yoga classes at a river-front studio and unique dining experiences within the hotel grounds, either by the river or among the rice paddies.
- O’Gallery Premier Hotel and Spa – Hanoi, Vietnam
TripAdvisor average annual pricing from US$112 per night
The O’Gallery hotel is a charming property located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and within minutes’ walk of cafes, shops and night markets. Travellers are most impressed by the “excellent service”, colonial style rooms and the daily breakfast. The hotel spa and its version of the local Vietnamese coffee are not to be missed.
- AYADA Maldives – Maldives
TripAdvisor average annual pricing from US$1,050 per night
Described as “heavenly”, the AYADA Maldives is ideal for honeymoon and family trips alike. Its well-appointed ocean villas are luxurious, offer complete privacy and come with the services of a private butler. Spend the day snorkelling and exploring the resort’s private house reef or take a traditional Maldivian wooden boat and try your hand at traditional Maldivian fishing. Travellers love the room service and the floating tray breakfast is a must.
- Hanoi Marvellous Hotel & Spa – Hanoi, Vietnam
TripAdvisor average annual pricing from US$83 per night
With its central location in the Old Quarter, large clean rooms and “fantastic” staff, travellers call this hotel “a home away from home”. Staff have a knack for remembering guests’ names and always have a smile at the ready. Reviewers recommend the complimentary breakfast with must-tries including the pho, chocolate and banana crepes and Vietnamese coffee.
- Milaidhoo Island Maldives – Maldives
TripAdvisor average annual pricing from US$2,348 per night
Get ready for an “out of the world” experience at the Miladhooo Island Maldives, with its “spectacular” overwater villas, heated infinity pool with direct ocean access and most of all, the exceptional service. With a staff-to-guest ratio of 3:1, travellers appreciate how no request is too difficult and how the staff are able to anticipate almost every guest need.
Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Hotels in Thailand:
- Pimalai Resort and Spa
- Average annual TripAdvisor pricing from US$412 per night
- Layana Resort and Spa
- Average annual TripAdvisor pricing from US$327 per night
- Average annual TripAdvisor pricing from US$149 per night
- Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort
- Average annual TripAdvisor pricing from US$392 per night
- SENSIMAR Koh Samui Resort and Spa
- Average annual TripAdvisor pricing from US$175 per night
- BYD Lofts Boutique Hotel & Serviced Apartments
- Average annual TripAdvisor pricing from US$191 per night
- Average annual TripAdvisor pricing from US$1,288 per night
- The Tongsai Bay
- Average annual TripAdvisor pricing from US$338 per night
- The Siam
- Average annual TripAdvisor pricing from US$704 per night
- Lanna Samui
- Average annual TripAdvisor pricing from US$159 per night
In the 17th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has recognized 7,812 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 and All-Inclusive. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice hotels winners are remarkable quality, service and value.
For the complete list of Travellers’ Choice Hotel award-winners for 2019, as well as the latest reviews and candid traveller photos, visit: www.TripAdvisor.com/TravellersChoice-Hotels. Travelers can also follow the conversation on social media at #TravellersChoice.
Average nightly hotel rates for all award categories are based on prices available on TripAdvisor from January – December 2018.
All prices are in US dollars