By Gaya Travel on January 20, 2016
TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, announced winners of its Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Hotels. Travellers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. Now in its 14th year, the Travellers’ Choice awards have recognised more than 7,000 properties around the world, with lists covering 97 countries and eight regions worldwide. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value
“We congratulate the properties around the world that have won Travellers’ Choice Hotel awards,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Travellers considering their next trip can book confidently selecting from these award-winners that have already delighted millions of members of the TripAdvisor community.”
The average nightly rate of Travellers’ Choice award-winning Top Hotels on TripAdvisor is MYR1,424; Bargain is MYR320; B&Bs and Inns is MYR552; Luxury is MYR1,980; Service is MYR1,314 and Small Hotels is MYR1,314.
Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Hotels in Asia:
Located at Jodhpur in Rajashthan, India, this magnificent hotel is described as “the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world” – set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “You live like the maharaja and he shares his beautiful palace to full extent with the hotel guests. Antique furniture, surrounding, atmosphere, gardens, history, all is there. Plus the very best staff – helpful, attentive… simply perfect.”
This enchanting boutique hotel features a chic design by renowned architect Bill Bensley, topped with flourishing gardens, making it the perfect retreat for a tropical getaway in Siem Reap. Renowned for their inimitable and genuine service and hospitality, the hotel is also deeply 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.
Centrally located at the heart of Hanoi, this stunning property offers not only accessibility but also, a wonderful oasis of respite in the middle of the lively Old Quarter. Boasting a selection of chic rooms showcasing the finest materials and craftsmanship, this hotel along with its fantastic 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.”
This impressive property recently undergone a makeover and reopened late last year with a new shine, but still maintaining its “unique Maldivian character”. Overlooking azure blue ocean waters, the hotel offers a tranquil island retreat, with superb ambience and buffet spreads. A TripAdvisor reviewer gushed, “We wanted somewhere quiet and small, fantastic food with amazing diving. It was literally all that we could have hoped for, and will provide a lifetime of memories.”
An exclusive retreat strategically located near the Male airport, this incredible property oozes “a positive energy” with its eco-friendly residences featuring private decks and beachside pool. Besides the amazing snorkelling right outside the villas, guests will also be treated to a unique jungle cinematic experience. “The scenery is breathtaking… The villa is huge and steps lead down to the ocean where the water is so clear that you can see fishes swimming all around you,” noted a TripAdvisor reviewer.
A luxurious retreat that also offers a glimpse into an unforgettable safari experience, this property is nestled in panoramic Kabini, where guests will be able to catch wildlife sightings in its natural habitat. Indulge in amenities such as a scenic reading lounge, a traditional Ayurveda village and timeless infinity pool. A TripAdvisor reviewer noted, “A wonderful place to unwind, catch up with your reading and generally laze around.”
A wonderful gem from the hustle and bustle of Bali, this stunning boutique resort is perched over Ubud’s panoramic rice terraces, promising a tranquil and luxurious retreat amidst the green and lush setting. Guests will also be able to learn secret recipes of local Balinese dishes through the hotel’s cooking classes, and unwind and rejuvenate through yoga sessions. “Private pool villa was exquisite and presented beautifully, the staff were attentive, friendly and always smiling, the breakfasts were delicious… and the whole experience was once in a lifetime. If we could have stayed forever we would have,” commented a TripAdvisor reviewer.
An intimate and romantic private island resort, Cocoa Island by Como boasts 33 overwater suites with private terraces and incredible view of pristine waters and spectacular horizons. Complimentary sessions include morning and sunset yoga classes, as well as guided snorkelling and fish feeding. “I have been to so many luxury islands and resorts before but the Cocoa Island by COMO offered something unique and magical at the same time. The accommodation was outstanding… the service was impeccable,” said a TripAdvisor reviewer.
With beautifully designed beachside and water villas, exquisitely built by craftsmen using sandstone and timber to blend with the natural environment, guests at this property will be pampered with lavish comfort and splendid dining options. The resort also has a Marine Centre where guests can join guided snorkelling excursions conducted by resident marine biologist. A TripAdvisor reviewer recommended, “As the resort is designed for serenity you wouldn’t look for much activity. But… Dolphin tour is worth visiting if you haven’t done this before.”
Nestled in the heart of a tropical rain forest, luxurious Komaneka at Bisma boasts a five-hectare property overlooking an incredible view of coconut groves and lush greeneries. The resort features outdoor pools and a wellness spa. A TripAdvisor reviewer had this to say about the property: “Location is superb as it is within walking distance to town but set on large, beautifully landscaped grounds with stunning views of the valley and river. Lovely to return to the tranquility and excellent Balinese hospitality of the resort after being out in town.”