2013 Readers’ Choice Awards

  • 2013 Readers' Choice Awards

    2013 Readers' Choice Awards

  • Arriving at W Retreat & Spa Maldives

    Arriving at W Retreat & Spa Maldives

  • Square One restaurant at the Park Hyatt Saigon

    Square One restaurant at the Park Hyatt Saigon

  • The lobby lounge at The Peninsula Shanghai

    The lobby lounge at The Peninsula Shanghai

  • Park Hyatt Sydney’s rooftop pool area

    Park Hyatt Sydney’s rooftop pool area

  • The New York Bar at Park Hyatt Tokyo

    The New York Bar at Park Hyatt Tokyo

  • Gulf of Thailand views from the deck of a two-bedroom villa at readers’ favorite resort on Koh Samui, the Four Seasons

    Gulf of Thailand views from the deck of a two-bedroom villa at readers’ favorite resort on Koh Samui, the Four Seasons

  • A suite at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta

    A suite at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta

  • The Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary, a 14- villa spa resort on the shores of Phuket’s Bang Tao Bay

    The Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary, a 14- villa spa resort on the shores of Phuket’s Bang Tao Bay

  • The lobby at Burj Al Arab, Dubai

    The lobby at Burj Al Arab, Dubai

  • Poolside at the W Retreat & Spa Bali, the island’s top-ranked resort in this year’s poll

    Poolside at the W Retreat & Spa Bali, the island’s top-ranked resort in this year’s poll

  • Afternoon tea in the lobby of Hong Kong grande dame The Peninsula

    Afternoon tea in the lobby of Hong Kong grande dame The Peninsula

  • Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace

    Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace

  • Poolside at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok

    Poolside at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok

  • Cornucopia, a fiberglass sculpture by Frank Stella, hangs above the Ritz- Carlton, Millenia Singapore’s lobby

    Cornucopia, a fiberglass sculpture by Frank Stella, hangs above the Ritz- Carlton, Millenia Singapore’s lobby

  • A room in the historic Metropole Wing of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

    A room in the historic Metropole Wing of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

  • Singapore Airlines nabs the #3 spot.

    Singapore Airlines nabs the #3 spot.

  • Changi Airport’s Terminal 3

    Changi Airport’s Terminal 3

  • Singapore— readers’ favorite city destination —as seen from the rooftop pool at Marina Bay Sands

    Singapore— readers’ favorite city destination —as seen from the rooftop pool at Marina Bay Sands

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In our eighth annual poll, DestinAsian readers name their favorite hotel properties, destinations, airlines, and more, compiled here In a list that identifies the crème de la crème of travel In the Asia-Pacific region and beyond

 

A departure from past surveys, this year we asked DestinAsian readers to assess their global brand favorites in the ever-competitive world of luxury accommodation. For North America, you chose Hilton Hotels & Resorts as your top-rated chain, as much for its “great loyalty program” and “consistent service levels” as for its extensive portfolio of properties. In Europe, top marks went to Accor, which operates nearly 2,000 hotels on the continent across eight brands—a “remarkably extensive network” that offers a “vast range of choices with different levels of affordability.” Back in Asia, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is the homegrown favorite; readers were impressed by how every property in the group “represents the country and culture in which it is located,” not to mention “impeccable staff ” and “luxurious rooms.” The results are considerably more diverse—but no less enticing—when it comes to your ranking of individual hotels in the Asia-Pacific region. Read on to discover which made the grade this year.

BALI
W Retreat & Spa Jl. Petitenget; 62-361/473-8106.
Sleek two-year-old resort on the seminyak shoreline, fronted by a multitiered lagoon pool.

Stats: 237 rooms and villas; 2 restaurants; 3 bars. readers say: “a completely different experience from your typical balinese resort.”

Don’t miss: Recharging at away spa, where facilities include an oxygen lounge and meditation platforms.

Runner-up: Ayana Resort & Spa

BANGKOK
Shangri-La 89 Soi Wat Suan Lu, New Rd.; 66-2/236-7777.
Two-wing property on the Chao Phraya; rooms in the more exclusive Krungthep Wing come with river-view balconies and butler service.

Stats: 802 rooms; 5 restaurants; 3 bars. readers say: “a style all its own.”

Don’t miss: Buffet dinner cruises aboard the hotel’s private riverboat, Horizon.

Runner-up: Mandarin Oriental

BEIJING
Grand Hyatt 1 Dong Chang’an Dajie; 86-10/8518-1234.
Curving glass high-rise on Beijing’s main boulevard, just down the road from the Forbidden City and adjacent to the popular shopping street of Wangfujing.

Stats: 825 rooms; 6 restaurants; 1 bar.

Readers say: “Tasteful decor, spacious rooms, and high levels of attentiveness.”

Don’t miss: Club Oasis, an underground (and over-the-top) spa and pool complex with waterfalls, lush tropical foliage, and a “virtual sky” ceiling.

Runner-up: The Peninsula Beijing

DUBAI
Burj AL ARAB Jumeirah Beach Rd.; 971-4/301-7777.
Iconic, sail-shaped landmark on its own islet in the Arabian Gulf, linked by causeway to Jumeirah Beach.

Stats: 202 suites; 6 restaurants; 2 bars.

Readers say: “Discreet in-suite check-in and a brigade of highly trained butlers assure the ultimate in personal service.”

Don’t miss: Splurging on a helicopter tour of the city, which depart from the hotel’s 211-meter-high helipad.

Runner-up: Jumeirah Beach Hotel

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