To most people, choosing the right hotel to stay at when travelling is important, especially since it will be your “home away from home” for the duration of your trip. But, whether you select a B&B or inn, budget hotel, or luxury resort, you can get some good ideas from TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travellers’ Choice awards. After all, what better way to find the best accommodation than from the feedback of other travellers?
Popular travel website TripAdvisor recently announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice awards for Hotels. The winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers all over the world. Now in its 14th year, the Travellers’ Choice awards have recognised over 7,000 properties around the world, with lists covering 97 countries and eight regions worldwide. The hallmarks of the Travellers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.
Top Travellers’ Choice Hotels in Asia
1. Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, Rajashthan India (Top in the World)
The magnificent hotel, set amidst 10.5ha of lush gardens, has been described as “the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world”. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “You live like the maharaja and he shares his beautiful palace with the hotel guests. Antique furniture, surroundings, atmosphere, gardens, history, it’s all there. Plus the very best staff – helpful, attentive … simply perfect.” The most affordable month to visit is July.
2. Shinta Mani Resort, Siem Reap Cambodia (Number two in the World)
This enchanting boutique hotel features a chic design by renowned architect Bill Bensley, with flourishing gardens, making it the perfect retreat for a tropical getaway in Siem Reap. Renowned for their service and hospitality, the hotel is also involved in the wider community, providing free hospitality training to people from disadvantaged backgrounds through the Shinta Mani Foundation. “If you could bottle the Shinta Mani, you would have the secret to happiness,” said a TripAdvisor reviewer. The most affordable month to visit is May.
3. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa, Vietnam
With its central location in the heart of Hanoi, this stunning hotel offers not only accessibility but also, an restful oasis in the middle of the lively Old Quarter. Boasting a selection of chic rooms, this hotel and its service crew promises a warm welcome to Hanoi. A TripAdvisor reviewer agreed, “We felt welcomed home at the end of every adventure even after having checked out and cannot think of anything more this hotel could have done to help us enjoy our stay.” The most affordable month to visit is September.
The top three Travellers’ Choice hotels in the world are Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, in India, with July being the most affordable month to visit; Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with May being the most affordable month to visit; and Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento, Italy, with November being the most affordable month to visit.
The top 10 Travellers’ Choice hotels in Malaysia are The Danna Langkawi; Casa del Mar Langkawi; The Datai Langkawi; Four Seasons Resort Langkawi; JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur; Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa Kota Kinabalu; The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort Berjaya Hills, Bukit Tinggi, Bentong; Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang; Parkroyal Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur; and Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
Other selected winners for 2016 include Nayara Springs – La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica for Top Luxury Hotel in the World; Gili Lankanfushi Maldives – Lankanfushi, Maldives for Top Luxury Hotel in Asia; Sakli Konak – Uchisar, Turkey for Best Bargain Hotel in the World; Golden Bell Homestay – Hoi An, Vietnam for Best Bargain Hotel in Asia; Edgar House – Chester, England for Top Small Hotel in the World; The Place Luxury Boutique Villas – Ko Tao, Thailand for Top Small Hotel in Asia; Hotel Residence Agnes – Prague, Czech Republic for Best Hotel for Service in the World; Golden Temple Residence – Siem Reap, Cambodia for Best Hotel for Service in Asia; Casa Portagioia – Tuscany, Italy for Best B&B and Inn in the World; and Jungle House – Vientiane, Laos for Best B&B and Inn in Asia.
To see all 7,028 unique winners of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for hotels go to: www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels. – Ming Teoh