Indonesia’s Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is Asia’s top hotel and #2 in the World.
SINGAPORE – TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, announced the Asian winners of its 2017 Travellers’ Choice awards for Hotels.
The top three hotels for Asia are located in South East Asia – Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Ubud, Indonesia, is ranked #1 in Asia and #2 in the World, followed by boutique hotel Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia and Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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 15th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top 7,607 properties in 109 countries and eight regions worldwide, in the categories of Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance and Family.
“Choosing the right hotel can sometimes be an arduous task for the one planning the holiday. Because TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice hotel winners are recognised for service, value and quality, travellers can be confident that they are booking a place that millions have stamped their approval on,” said Janice Lee Fang, TripAdvisor’s Communications Director, Asia Pacific. “Congratulations to the team at Mandapa for topping the Asia list and also coming in second globally – being a hotel loved by travellers around the world is an achievement worth celebrating.”
“It’s a great honour to be recognised as one of the best resorts in the world and Asia on such an important platform. The team and I are very proud of our achievement which comes only slightly more than a year after we opened,” said Ana Gorjao Henriques, General Manager, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. “TripAdvisor is ‘the’ travel platform to be on and the influence of guests’ reviews are extremely powerful. These awards will be tremendously beneficial for us and we want to thank all our guests, Ladies & Gentlemen and TripAdvisor for this recognition.”
Shinta Mani Resort
Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Hotels in Asia: (Excerpts in quotes below from TripAdvisor reviewers)
1. Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Ubud, Indonesia
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.
2. Shinta Mani Resort – Siem Reap, Cambodia
This 62-room boutique hotel is “staffed by the most pleasant, attentive and genuinely nice group of people”. Designed by renowned architect Bill Bensley, the Shinta Mani Resort offers spacious rooms with balcony views of tropical gardens or direct access to the swimming pool. The hotel also supports responsible tourism and community outreach through the Shinta Mani Foundation and Development Center by providing free hospitality training to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
3. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa – Hanoi, Vietnam
Centrally located in Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter, the “beautifully located and clean” hotel has 50 spacious rooms and facilities including a day spa and a 20-seat cinema that screens more than 300 new and classic films. Acknowledged for its “fantastic service”, the hotel’s Red Bean restaurant has also received positive reviews from both hotel guests and locals for its “sensational” modern Vietnamese cuisine.
4. JA Manafaru – Manafaru Island, Maldives
This exclusive retreat is “an incredible place thanks to the staff”. The hotel has 84 suites and villas scattered across the island, including romantic enclaves for honeymooners and spacious beach bungalows for families. Guests can enjoy water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking and catamaran sailing, or discover the teeming marine life around the Haa Alif atoll with a PADI 5 star dive team that offers comprehensive and multilingual diving courses for all levels.
5. Kandolhu Maldives – North Ari Atoll, Maldives
This intimate island resort has only 30 villas, making it ideal for couples looking for a romantic hideaway. Described as the “best kept secret in Maldives”, the Kandolhu Maldives offers a full range of spa services, water sports activities and four restaurants that offer the finest local cuisine. The island is also home to one of the most colourful reefs in the Maldives, making it a favourite amongst divers.
6. Hotel Eclat Beijing – Beijing, China
With its glass pyramid exterior, the Hotel Eclat Beijing is hard to miss. Guests say the hotel “straddles the artistic and whimsical” with stylish rooms that feature either a private terrace or plunge pool. Each room is also equipped with the latest technology, including a Bang & Olufsen audio system, iPod/ iPhone dock and a Panasonic massage chair.
7. The Leela Palace Udaipur – Udaipur, India
The Leela Palace Udaipur is a grand heritage hotel situated on the banks of the breathtaking Lake Pichola. Its modern rooms and suites feature traditional art reflective of Rajashtan’s rich history and guests keep coming back for “the royal treatment”, “excellent hospitality” and the dedicated butler service.
8. Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur – Jodhpur, India
This magnificent 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 one of the wings of the property. It promises a “once-in-a-lifetime royal experience” to guests and the 64 elegantly-designed rooms are “fit for royalty”. Guests can also take part in their signature experiences such as a private heritage walk around the palace grounds and a rejuvenating wellness treatment at Jiva Spa.
9. Viroth’s Hotel – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Step into this 1950s-inspired boutique hotel in Wat Bho area for “attention to detail” service. Conveniently located near famous attractions such as Old Market and Pub Street, guests can expect 50s style modernist architecture – from the “Mad Men style open-air lobby” to curved staircases to the dining area enclosed with curved glass. Those looking to escape the tropical heat can head to the hotel bar or restaurant which offers traditional Khmer cuisine.
10. Shinta Mani Club – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Opposite the Shinta Mani Resort is Shinta Mani Club, a smaller and more intimate boutique hotel. With just 39 rooms – also designed by Bill Bensley – the hotel “offers a unique combination of great accommodations, culinary delights and fantastic service.” Guests particularly love the thoughtful service which includes providing them with a local mobile phone to make or receive free local calls.
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Hotels in the World:
– Aria Hotel Budapest – Budapest, Hungary
– Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve – Ubud, Indonesia
– Turin Palace Hotel – Turin, Italy
– Hotel The Serras – Barcelona, Spain
– BoHo Prague Hotel – Prague, Czech Republic
– Portrait Firenze – Florence, Italy
– Shinta Mani Resort – Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
– Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa – Hanoi, Vietnam
– Tulemar Bungalows & Villas – Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica
– JA Manafaru – Haa Alif Atoll, Maldives
Other Hotel Category Winners for 2017:
The average nightly rate of Travellers’ Choice award-winning Top Hotels on TripAdvisor is $345; Luxury is $463; Bargain is $84; Small Hotels is $305; Service is $315; B&Bs and Inn
1 Average nightly rates of properties are based on historical TripAdvisor pricing data for check-ins from January 1 – December 31, 2016, aggregated from booking partners including online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers.
2 Most affordable month to book each property is based on TripAdvisor pricing data for January 1 – December 31, 2016, aggregated from booking partners including online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers.
3 All prices are in US dollars.
Photo caption: Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
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