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Favourite Hotels, Destination And Airline Of Global Travellers Revealed At 14th Ultras Award Ceremony In London

Capella Singapore is named ‘Ultratravel Collection Hotel of the Year’, Thailand scoops best country for a holiday, Emirates Airline wins two gongs at star-studded event, staged at new luxury city hotel, Pan Pacific London

Ultratravel Collection Hotel of the Year Capella Singapore

From left to right: Kirsty Gallacher, British television presenter, Sky News anchor Sarah-Jane Mee, Susan O’Brien Regional Director of Sales, UK Capella Hotel Group and Gethin Jones, British broadcaster and television presenter

London, United Kingdom, 4th November 2022: The favourite hotels, destination, airline and cruise line of the GHA DISCOVERY programme with 22 million global travellers were revealed at the 14th edition of luxury travel awards ceremony, the ULTRAs, on Monday 31st October 2022.

Celebrating the world’s leading travel companies and destinations, the ULTRAs is a must-attend yearly event for the luxury travel elite, organised by Nick Perry, Chairman of multi-media brand Ultratravel, with whom Global Hotel Alliance, the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands and operator of award-winning loyalty programme GHA DISCOVERY has a successful joint venture - the Ultratravel Collection. Staged at the elegant Pan Pacific London, a new landmark address in the city, the ULTRAs acknowledged the success of leading travel entities across 15 categories, with winners of each voted for by GHA DISCOVERY’s membership.

Seven categories celebrated the achievements of properties operated by GHA’s hotel brands, with Capella Singapore crowned ‘Ultratravel Collection Hotel of the Year’ and The David Kempinski, Tel Aviv, named ‘Best New Hotel’. The ‘Best Resort Hotel’ accolade was scooped by Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, St Lucia, while the Corinthia London was recognised as ‘Best City Hotel’. With sustainability a hot topic at the Ultratravel Forum, which took place prior to the awards, the hotly contested ‘Sustainable Hotel of the Year’ gong was collected by PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore, a property pioneering responsible hospitality and the country’s first ‘Garden-in-a-Hotel’.

GHA DISCOVERY members also voted for their favourite airlines, airport and cruise line, with Dubai carrier Emirates winning two awards with the airline’s president, Sir Tim Clark, who spoke at the forum, receiving the ‘Best Airline in the World’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’. Its hub, Dubai International, was a hot contender for ‘Best Airport in the World’, but the award was scooped by Changi Singapore.

When it comes to holidays at sea, GHA DISCOVERY members voted for Regent Seven Seas Cruises as ‘The Best Luxury Cruise Line’, while on land, their sought-after destinations included Italy, the Maldives, the United Arab Emirates and the US, all runners up in the ‘Favourite Country for a Holiday’ category. The winner, however, was Thailand, the home of many popular GHA hotel brands.

The awards, which were presented by a raft of UK TV presenters and personalities including Kirsty Gallacher, Gethin Jones, Dr Ranj Singh and Sky News anchor Sarah-Jane Mee, also shined the spotlight on Hope and Homes for Children, one of the charitable organisations the ULTRAs supports. The anti-orphanage charity took the opportunity to raise industry awareness of its ‘End Orphanage Tourism’ campaign, explaining how visiting orphanages on holiday harms children.

Responsible tourism was a hot topic of debate at the Ultratravel Forum, with panelists entering an honest discussion about the challenges of reaching net zero including the CEOs of GHA shareholder Minor Hotels, luxury cruise operator and event sponsor Explora Journeys, private jet firm Fly Victor and luxury industry sustainability solution provider, Positive Luxury.

The audience of 300-plus travel professionals also heard from The Economist’s Daniel Franklin, who stressed that despite ongoing pandemic-related challenges and growing geopolitical and economic turmoil, there was a “luxury now or never” mentality, which could benefit the luxury travel segment. Emirates’ Sir Tim Clark painted a rosier picture, highlighting much of the airline’s entire network was very well booked up until February. The carrier’s new Premium Economy product had been an instant success since its August 2022 launch, he revealed.

Echoing this positive sentiment, GHA CEO Chris Hartley told the ULTRAs audience that travel’s rebound was in full swing, as evidenced by the recently reported stellar nine-month performance of GHA hotel brands, with total revenue generated by GHA DISCOVERY members reaching US$900 million, up 68% on 2021 and reaching 84% of pre-pandemic (2019) levels on a like for like basis.

“We are confident this upswing will continue into 2023 as the industry returns to, or even exceeds, pre-pandemic performance, and as our ULTRAs and Ultratravel Forum have demonstrated, the appetite for travel continues to accelerate with GHA DISCOVERY members appreciating more than ever the aspirational luxury travel experiences our best-in-class winners and runners-up present.” He congratulated the audience for their commitment to excellence and the contribution to travel’s comeback.

For a full list of the ULTRAs 2022 winners and runners up, see this link.

For more information visit Global Hotel Alliance, the Ultratravel Collection, Ultratravel, and GHA DISCOVERY

About Ultratravel Collection

Ultratravel Collection brings together hotels of distinction for the discerning traveller. Its membership is reserved for the very best hotels and resorts in the world – genuinely luxurious and iconic properties that deliver the finest service and personalised guest experiences. Member hotels share an integrated global platform for guest recognition and loyalty rewards, the GHA DISCOVERY programme from partner Global Hotel Alliance, as well as a beneficial relationship with the multi-media brand Ultratravel, the other founding partner of Ultratravel Collection. For more information visit

About Global Hotel Alliance (GHA)

Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) brings together a unique collection of independent hospitality brands with GHA DISCOVERY, a multi-brand loyalty programme leveraging a shared technology platform. Through membership in GHA, brands expand their global reach, drive incremental revenue, and reduce dependence on third-party channels, all while maintaining management independence and individual positioning. GHA represents a collection of 40 brands with more than 800 hotels in 100 countries serving 22 million members. The award-winning GHA DISCOVERY programme generates over $2 billion in revenue and more than six million room nights annually. GHA’s brands currently include Anantara, Araiya, Avani, Campbell Gray, Capella, Corinthia, Discovery Destinations, Divani, Doyle, Elewana, Fauchon, GLO, JA Resorts, Kempinski, Leela, Lungarno, Marco Polo, Mysk, NH Hotels, NH Collection, nhow, Niccolo, Nikki Beach, NUO, Oaks, Outrigger, Pan Pacific, PARKROYAL COLLECTION, PARKROYAL, Patina, The Residence by Cenizaro, The Set Collection, Shaza, Sukhothai, Sun International, Tivoli, Ultratravel Collection and Viceroy. For more information, visit


Launched in 2010, GHA DISCOVERY is the world’s largest loyalty programme for independent hotel brands, featuring more than 800 hotels, resorts, and palaces across 40 brands. Members enjoy VIP recognition, thoughtful benefits and generous rewards at home or away. GHA DISCOVERY members earn and spend DISCOVERY Dollars (D$), an exclusive rewards currency. They also enjoy member-only Experiences curated by each hotel, plus they have access to properties close to home, without a stay, through member-only Local Offers.

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Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu Crowned As The Best Designed Hotel By Exquisite Awards 2022!

We are delighted to announce that Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu is recently crowned as the Best Designed Hotel by Exquisite Awards 2022.

We would like to extend our gratitude to each and every one of you that has loved and supported us along the way. Thank you for making us win!

“This is a great achievement for us and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has voted and always supported us. Not only our guests and team members, but also all their family members that has shown an incredible support for the property.” Raj Jadhav – General Manager of Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu.


Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu is the first Radisson Blu property to open in Indonesia. The resort resides on the dramatically beautiful south-western tip of the island’s Bukit Peninsula, a stunning setting for the resort’s unique character. Inspired by traditional Balinese structures and materials, the architecture and design are refreshingly different yet perfectly integrated into Bali’s natural landscape. Featuring 111 deluxe rooms with a private balcony plus 14 suites with a rooftop terrace, it is well positioned close to Bali’s biggest attractions, best social hubs and most revered surf spots. The resort also boasts two restaurants, three bars, Spa Esc, fitness centre and five event spaces.

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Radisson Hotel Group is one of the world's largest hotel groups with seven distinctive hotel brands, and more than 1,400 hotels in operation and under development around the world. Radisson Hotel Group’s portfolio includes Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson.

Radisson Rewards is our global rewards program that delivers unique and personalized ways to create memorable moments that matter to our guests. Radisson Rewards offers exceptional loyalty benefits for our guests, meeting planners, travel agents and business partners.

Radisson Meetings places its guests and their needs at the heart of its offer and treats every meeting or event as more than just a date on the calendar. Radisson Meetings is built around three strong service commitments: Personal, Professional and Memorable, while delivering on the brilliant basics and our signature Yes I Can! service spirit.

More than 95,000 global team members work for Radisson Hotel Group and at the hotels licensed to operate in its systems.

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Jalan Pemutih - Labuan Sait, Uluwatu 80364 - Bali
T: +62 361 3008888 E: [email protected]

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Andaz Bali Has Won The Reggie Shiu Development Of The Year Award

DENPASAR (24 October 2022) — Andaz Bali has been selected as the winner of the Reggie Shiu Development of the Year 2022 award during the three-day Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific on 19 – 21 October in Singapore. The award recognizes newly built hotels and is based on 12 criteria, from innovative design, sense of place and sustainability to ROI, and is judged by a committee of industry professionals. The recent award is a welcome addition to Andaz Bali’s growing collection of awards and accolades since its opening in April 2021.

With only three finalists, the award is highly selective and sought after by hotel developers in the Asia Pacific region. HICAP, which was established 30 years ago, is the unrivalled gathering place for the region’s hotel investment community. “We are thrilled that Andaz Bali received this award, and it is a testament to the quality, design and business performance of our hotel. We would like to thank our owner PT Wynncor Bali, architect Martin Palleros and other parties involved in making Andaz Bali great,” said Marc Walz, the hotel manager of Andaz Bali.

Andaz Bali, Hyatt’s newest luxury resort on the island and the first Andaz resort in Asia Pacific, offers an immersive, modern take on traditional village life. Despite opening during the pandemic, Andaz Bali has received awards and accolades, including the DestinAsian’s Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Hotels in Indonesia 2022 and TIME’s World’s Greatest Places 2022.

About Andaz Bali

Andaz Bali invites guests to experience the unique Indonesian island through the eyes of locals. The beachfront resort has been conceived a s a modern Balinese village, weaving traditional and contemporary elements of the island. Andaz Bali is located in Sanur, one of Bali’s original tourist destinations known for its old world charm, beaches and spectacular sunrises. The 149 room beachfront r esort offers five restaurants and three swimming pools as well as wellness facilities shared with the adjacent Hyatt Regency Bali. For more information, please visit

About Andaz

Global in scale while local in perspective, the Andaz brand of luxury lifestyle hotels weaves the sights, sounds, and tastes of each property’s surroundings for a distinctively local experience. Through thoughtful, unscripted service tailored for travellers, Andaz hotels enable guests to go beyond the familiar and satiate their curiosity while immersing themselves in the spirit of the eclectic culture around them. There are currently 25 Andaz hotels: Andaz 5th Avenue and Andaz Wall Street in New York, Andaz San Diego, Andaz West Hollywood, Andaz Napa, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, Andaz Savannah, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, Andaz London Liverpool Street, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor, Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere, Andaz Singapore, Andaz Delhi, Andaz Xintiandi in Shanghai, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, Andaz Seoul Gangnam, Andaz Xiamen, Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, Andaz Dubai The Palm, Andaz Shenzhen Bay, and Andaz Bali. For more information, please visit Follow @Andaz on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and tag photos with #WhenInAndaz.

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Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, Lands Coveted Spot on Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award

The popular resort is named #4 Best Resort in Indonesia and #31 Best Resort in the World

(UBUD - BALI) Oct. 10, 2022 – Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, a homegrown resort moored amid the rice paddies of Ubud, was chosen by some of the world’s most discerning travelers as one of the best resorts, globally, last week.

In the Condé Nast Traveler annual Readers’ Choice Awards, announced on October 4th, Tanah Gajah was recognized as the 4th Best Resort in Indonesia and 31st Best Resort in the world.

More than 240,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a snapshot of the top places they enjoyed this year and can’t wait to return to next. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and the full list of winners can be found here.

“We feel blessed that Tanah Gajah has achieved this milestone and is now recognized amongst the top resorts in the world,” said Deasy Swandarini, GM of Tanah Gajah Ubud. “We are also proud that we were the only independent boutique resort brand in Indonesia to make it onto the list.”

The 20-key property is spread out over six lush hectares of land in the uplands of Bali. With roots that go back to the legendary designer and art collector, Hendra Hadiprana, the property has long attracted art and design lovers. It was originally built in the 1980s as a holiday home for Hadiprana and his family and was transformed into a resort in 2004. Though the Hadiprana family relinquished its occupancy of the site as a private family compound, the patriarch’s art collection remained, and numerous sculptures, antiques, and artwork from his travels can be found throughout the property to this day.

The resort offers two dining destinations, The Tempayan and Panen Padi Lounge. The new Tempayan was unveiled in 2020 with a design inspired by wantilan, a Balinese style pavilion. The tapas outlet, Panen Padi Lounge, also debuted during the pandemic. Both locations command prime locations with views over rice paddies and the resort’s hot air balloon experience.

The resort’s spa also takes in the property’s quintessential Balinese landscape, while the main pool is guarded over by Ganesh statues and partially flanked by ponds with resident swans. Private pool villas are available for guests who would like to enjoy a dip in privacy.

The 2022 Readers' Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler's website at and celebrated in the November issue.

Aerial View Of Tanah Gajah's Main Pool

The Tempanyan Restaurant at Tanah Gajah


Hadiprana was founded in 1958 by the late Hendra Hadiprana, an acclaimed architect and interior designer, and endures today as one of Indonesia’s leading design consultants. Offering comprehensive and integrated services ranging from architecture to interior design, lighting design, artwork design as well as construction, Hadiprana’s projects develop hospitality, residential, commercial and public spaces. With hundreds of projects launched and completed over the last six decades, we stand true to our core design identity, which is unique, eclectic and contemporary.

Hadiprana aims to be a leading curator and creator of culture by fashioning eclectic and contemporary experiences that uniquely speak to multiple generations. Today, a 3rd generation of Hadipranas are carrying the founder’s legacy to new heights. Ever expanding since 1958, Hadiprana’s business portfolio now includes:
  • Hadiprana Design
  • Tanah Gajah, a resort by Hadiprana
  • Dua Dari, a residence by Hadiprana
  • Hadiprana Gallery
  • Hadiprana Art Centre
  • Hadiprana Art Class
  • Hadiprana Jewelry
  • Hadiprana Signature
  • H. Accent
  • Mitra Hadiprana, an art & lifestyle concept
  • Mira Hadiprana for Indonesia

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Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas Celebrate Success At 2022 World Spa Awards

Bangkok, 6th October 2022: Anantara Spas worldwide has received 13 top accolades in the World Spa Awards 2022, a tourism industry awards programme that recognises leading spas from across the globe. The World Spa Awards serve to celebrate and reward excellence in spa tourism.

In Qatar, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort was ranked as Oman's Best Resort Spa 2022, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort took home the prize for Oman’s Best Wellness Retreat 2022 and Anantara Spa at Banana Island Resort Doha was named Qatar's Best Day Spa 2022. In the UAE, the Anantara Spa at Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel was awarded Abu Dhabi's Best Day Spa 2022 and Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort’s Balance Wellness by Anantara is privileged to receive Dubai's Best Wellness Retreat 2022 award.

Anantara Spa at Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas has retained its title as Malaysia's Best Resort Spa for the second year in a row and has also been crowned Asia's Best Resort Spa 2022. Anantara Spa at Anantara Kalutara Resort and Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort were awarded Sri Lanka's Best Resort Spa 2022 and Sri Lanka's Best Wellness Retreat 2022 respectively.

Moreover, in Africa, Anantara Spa at Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort was recognised as Mozambique's Best Resort Spa and Anantara Spa at The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara won Zambia’s Best Safari Spa. In addition, Anantara Spa at Anantara Tozeur Resort took home the prize for Tunisia’s Best Hotel Spa 2022.

Anantara Spa at Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas, with its three luxurious open-air treatment rooms and dedication to rejuvenation and restoration also won the award for Seychelles’ Best Resort Spa 2022.

Chunxia Gao, Group Director of Spa & Wellness, MSpa Asia, the corporate division of Spa and Wellness for Minor Hotels, said: “We are thrilled to have received 13 awards and that Anantara Spas have been recognised by voters of the World Spa Awards. At Anantara, we draw on the healing wisdoms from the East and West, bringing indigenous therapies from each destination to our guests, as well as the latest in science and technology with leading experts. It is true now more than ever before that health is true wealth, and we are touched that so many voters agree that Anantara Spa optimises health and wellbeing. We look forward to developing our health and wellness offerings in 2023 as we continue to expand in Europe and the UAE.”

Drawing upon Thailand’s wellness traditions, cultural inspirations and service philosophy, Anantara Spa offers unique signature journeys deeply rooted in authentic luxury and indigenous experiences. Centred on movement, nutrition, mindfulness and innovative technology, Anantara Spa takes a holistic approach, providing personalised solutions to optimise the health and wellbeing of guests.

World Spa Awards™ is a dynamic awards programme, launched in 2015 and designed to drive up standards within spa tourism by rewarding the organisations that are the leaders in the field. World Spa Awards was established in response to overwhelming demand from the spa industry for a programme that was fair and transparent; a programme with a mission to serve as the definitive benchmark of excellence, and to help to foster a new era of growth in spa tourism. Nominated contenders are voted for by professionals working within the spa industry - senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media - and by the public.

For more information about spa and wellness with Anantara Hotels and Resorts, visit

Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.

From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 40 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Zambia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Mauritius, Tunisia, Portugal and Spain, with a pipeline of future properties in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. The brand’s premier vacation ownership programme, Anantara Vacation Club, extends the opportunity to own a share in the Anantara experience with a portfolio of 8 luxurious Club Resorts as well as travel privileges at partner resorts and hotels worldwide.

For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit Follow us on Facebook:
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Anantara is part of the DISCOVERY loyalty programme.

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Raffles Hotel Le Royal Wins Placement on Prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Awards

The landmark heritage property was voted the No. 1 hotel in Cambodia for 2022

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (Oct. 7, 2022) — Raffles Hotel Le Royal, the iconic 90-year-old luxury hotel in the Cambodian capital, was named one of the Top 10 hotels in Southeast Asia by readers of the US-based travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler.

The 175-room landmark heritage property was also ranked the No. 1 hotel in Cambodia in the annual Readers’ Choice Awards, which, now in their 35th year, are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.

“Our remarkable history, world-class service and timeless elegance are truly extraordinary, and this recognition—being voted the top hotel in Cambodia by some of the world’s most discerning travelers—offers further testament to that sentiment,” said Raffles Hotel Le Royal’s General Manager Dennis de Groot.

Designed in the 1920s by French architect Ernest Hébrard, the hotel is an imposing statement of Khmer, Art Deco and French Colonial styles and includes four suites dedicated to previous guests Jacqueline Kennedy, Charles de Gaulle, Andre Malraux and Somerset Maugham.

Hotel Le Royal originally opened its doors with just 55 rooms in 1929. It was taken over by Raffles in the 1990s at the invitation of Cambodia’s King Sihanouk, and relaunched as Raffles Hotel Le Royal in 1997 after a sensitive extension and refurbishment. To protect this treasure of Cambodian heritage, local artisans were commissioned to recreate painted ceilings, decorative beaten copper crests and outdoor sculptures.

Each of the rooms and suites at Raffles Hotel Le Royal underwent a full refurbishment as part of a meticulous one-year restoration project in 2019. Returning guests found lighter and brighter interiors, accentuated by spotlights, in addition to Segafredo coffee machines and Simmons pillow-top mattresses among the new features that add modern appeal. Traditionalists appreciate that the heart and soul of the vintage luxury hotel has been thoughtfully maintained, with polished hardwood floors, whirring ceiling fans, and old brass rotary telephones.

A witness to much of Cambodia’s modern history, Raffles Hotel Le Royal celebrated its 90th anniversary in November 2019.

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Minor Hotels Celebrates Success with 35 Accolades In 2022 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

Bangkok, 5 October 2022: Minor Hotels, the hotel owner, operator and investor behind the Anantara, Avani, Tivoli, NH Collection and Elewana hotel brands, is delighted to announce a total of 35 accolades awarded to its properties worldwide in the 2022 Condé Nast Traveler US and UK Readers’ Choice Awards. Currently with a portfolio of over 530 hotels, resorts and branded residences across six continents, Minor Hotels continues to take the lead on the global hospitality stage with these prestigious awards that signal the luxury lifestyle and travel community’s unwavering confidence in the group’s brands.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. Each year, the publications conduct an online survey in which readers rate their travel experiences to provide a veracious account of the best hotels, resorts, cities, countries, islands, spas, trains, airlines, airports and cruises in the world. This year, which marks the 25th anniversary of the awards, an astounding 240,000 readers cast their votes across these categories to award impeccable service and memorable travel moments. The 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on the Condé Nast Traveler US and UK websites and celebrated in the November issues of the magazines.

Leading these great results for Minor Hotels, four resorts and two hotels have been named in the overall global lists. In the Best 50 Resorts in the World, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara was placed #10; Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts #16; Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara #23 and Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar #36. In the Best 50 Hotels in the World, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli in Doha was #39 and The Marker Dublin placed at #49.

Minor Hotels’ properties dominated in the highly contested Best 12 Resorts in the Middle East category. Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara shot up the rankings to #3, closely followed by Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts in Abu Dhabi #4, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in the Liwa Desert in the UAE #5 and Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman #6. Further adding to the group’s burgeoning list of accolades in the region, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli placed #5 in the Best 20 Hotels in the Middle East, closely followed by Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel at #7.

Condé Nast Traveler readers applauded Minor Hotels’ luxury camping experiences by awarding a total of four Elewana Collection properties in the Best 15 Resorts in Eastern Africa. Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar in Tanzania was #2, Elewana Lewa Safari Camp in Kenya #3, Elewana Tarangire Treetops in Tanzania #9 and Elewana Elsa’s Kopje in Meru, Kenya, #10. Furthermore, The Royal Livingstone Zambia Hotel by Anantara placed #8 in the Best 15 Hotels in Southern Africa and Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort in Mozambique secured the #5 spot in the Best 20 Resorts in the Rest of Africa.

Exclusive luxury island haven, Naladhu Private Island Maldives, was voted #9 in the Best 25 Resorts in the Indian Ocean. In addition, the winners in this highly competitive category include ultimate over water villa experience Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas at #14 and serene surfers’ paradise Niyama Private Islands Maldives at #25.

In Minor’s home market of Thailand, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, renowned for its innovate Jungle Bubbles that allow guests the unique opportunity to observe majestic elephants in their natural habitat by night, was voted #2 in the coveted Best 15 Resorts in Thailand. With a very strong overall performance, further Minor Hotels placing in this category are Anantara Hua Hin Resort at #8, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort at #11 and Avani+ Samui Resort at #15. In the wider Asia category, Anantara Angkor Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia, made it into the Best 20 Resorts at #19.

In Europe, the group saw further success with numerous accolades for its Anantara, NH Collection and Tivoli hotel brands. Anantara’s first property in Europe, Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, once again made the cut for Best 25 Resorts in Europe placing at #11. The resort, which opened to considerable fanfare in 2017 as Anantara’s debut property in Europe, moved up the rankings by four places to secure this prestigious accolade. The Best 20 Hotels in Northern Europe 2022 list features NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky at #8, which this year has rebranded to Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam, while the NH Collection brand saw further European success with NH Collection Prague placing #19 in the 20 Best Hotels in Central Europe.

In addition to being recognised as one of the Best 50 Hotels in the World, The Marker Hotel, a contemporary landmark in Dublin, was voted #2 for Best 10 Hotels in Ireland. For Best 20 Hotels in Italy, the readers’ votes placed NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi at #3, while Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel and NH Collection Roma Fori Imperiale landed #5 and #6 respectively for Best 10 Hotels in Rome. For Best 25 Hotels in Spain and Portugal, Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra Hotel in Portugal made the list for a second year running at #17.

Founded in 1933, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, which currently operates 16 hotels with properties in Portugal, Brazil, China and Qatar, saw success in the South America category. Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo, located in the noble Jardins district just moments away from the iconic Avenida Paulista, returned to the Best 20 Hotels in South America list at #12.

“Despite the challenges of the past three years, we are proud that the Minor Hotels community has risen to the occasion to earn this coveted recognition. On behalf of the team, I would sincerely like to thank the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in the US and the UK for acknowledging our mission to deliver the best possible travel experiences in the world,” commented Mr. Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO of Minor International and CEO of Minor Hotels. “It gives me great pride to see the names of our hotels and resorts, both new and established, listed in the awards pages of this prestigious title. And even more so, to have been put there by its readers who have shown profound loyalty to our brands throughout.”

Full rankings are as follows:

Best 50 Resorts in the World

#10 Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, Qatar

#16 Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

#23 Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

#36 Elewana Kilindi, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Best 50 Hotels in the World

#39 Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli, Doha, Qatar

#49 The Marker Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

Best 15 Resorts in Thailand

#2 Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai

#8 Anantara Hua Hin Resort

#11 Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

#15 Avani+ Samui Resort

Best 20 Resorts in the Rest of Asia

#19 Anantara Angkor Resort

Best 12 Resorts in the Middle East

#3 Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, Qatar

#4 Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

#5 Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

#6 Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Nizwa, Oman

Best 20 Hotels in the Middle East

#5 Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli, Doha, Qatar

#7 Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel, United Arab Emirates

Best 25 Resorts in the Indian Ocean

#9 Naladhu Private Island Maldives

#14 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villa

#25 Niyama Private Islands Maldives

Best 15 Resorts in Eastern Africa

#2 Elewana Kilindi Zanzibar, Tanzania

#3 Elewana Lewa Safari Camp, Laikipia, Kenya

#9 Elewana Tarangire Treetops, Tanzania

#10 Elewana Elsa’s Kopje, Meru, Kenya

Best 20 Resorts in the Rest of Africa

#5 Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort, Mozambique

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#11 Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, Portugal

Best 10 Hotels in Ireland

#2 The Marker Hotel, Dublin

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#17 Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra Hotel, Portugal

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#3 NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi

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#5 Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Rome Hotel

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#8 NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

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#19 NH Collection Prague, Czech Republic

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#12 Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo Hotel, Brazil

About Minor Hotels:

Minor Hotels is an international hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with over 530 hotels in operation. Minor Hotels passionately explores new possibilities in hospitality with a diverse portfolio of properties designed intelligently to appeal to different kinds of travellers, serving new passions as well as personal needs. Through our Anantara, Avani, Oaks, Tivoli, M Collection, NH Collection, NH, nhow, Elewana, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International properties, Minor Hotels operates in 56 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe, South America and North America.

With dynamic plans to expand existing brands and explore strategic acquisitions throughout opportunistic markets, Minor Hotels pursues a vision of a more passionate and interconnected world.

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Metropole Hanoi Wins Placement on Travel + Leisure’s Prestigious ‘World’s Best Awards’

HANOI, Vietnam (July 25, 2022) — Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi was named one of the best city hotels in Asia in Travel + Leisure’s prestigious annual World’s Best Awards 2022.

Winning placement in T+L’s “15 Best City Hotels in Asia” category, the storied 120-year-old Metropole Hanoi—regarded as the Grande Dame of Vietnamese hospitality—adds momentum to its run of recent international honors. In April, the hotel was awarded Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star rating—the top level of recognition—for a third consecutive year.

Last year, Metropole Hanoi was proclaimed one of “Asia’s Top 30 Hotels” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine and selected as Hanoi’s No. 1 business hotel by the editors of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific. It was also named one of “The 101 Most Incredible Hotels in the World” for 2022 by Fodor’s Travel.

“Taken individually, each of these recognitions reflects an extraordinary accomplishment. Put them together and the message becomes unmistakable: Metropole Hanoi is truly one of the world’s finest and most celebrated hotels, known for its luxurious accommodation, rich history, and warm and personalized service,” General Manager William Haandrikman said.

The Sofitel Legend brand, meanwhile, was named one of “The 25 Best Hotel Brands” in the world, placing No. 6 overall. Metropole Hanoi was the first property in the Sofitel portfolio to acquire distinction as a “Legend” hotel when the concept was introduced in 2009. Fittingly, T+L’s editors accompanied the latest recognition with a photograph of angelina, the stylish bespoke cocktail bar, whisky lounge and rustic European and New World restaurant at Metropole Hanoi.

Hundreds of thousands of readers of Travel + Leisure, one of the world’s preeminent travel publications, voted on hotels, islands, resorts, cruise ships, spas, airlines and more, selecting what the magazine’s editors bill as “the finest travel experiences … on the planet.”

Travel + Leisure’s best city hotels in Asia each “capture their destination’s culture and vibrant energy,” the editors write. Metropole Hanoi landed at No. 8 on the list, one of only three hotels in Vietnam to be recognized, comprising an elite group that T+L describes as “incredible.”

Launched in 1995, The World’s Best Awards are among the most sought-after recognition in the travel industry. Travel + Leisure, whose roots date back to 1937, today reaches more than 16 million readers every month, with input from hundreds of writers and editors around the globe.


A prominent fixture in the heart of Hanoi since 1901, the Hotel Metropole Hanoi has a long tradition as a luxury venue for prestigious events and a popular rendezvous for business and leisure travelers such as playwrights, ambassadors and heads of state. The recipient of numerous international awards for its fine service, this legendary landmark has contributed to the richness of local heritage.

The hotel includes 364 rooms. The historic Metropole wing has 106 guestrooms and three Legendary Suites. The suites are named after famous residents and visitors to the hotel (Graham Greene, Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham) and have access to the Club Lounge.

The Metropole restaurants and bars are all famous dining venues, each offering a different exotic experience: Le Beaulieu has the best French fare in this corner of the world; Spices Garden offers the ultimate in Vietnamese gastronomy; angelina is Hanoi’s bespoke bar-lounge-restaurant; La Terrasse brings Parisian-style to the sidewalks of Hanoi; Le Club Bar treats guests to its famous chocolate buffet and cool jazz performances; and, finally, Bamboo Bar brings poolside lounging to the next level.


Sofitel Legend is an illustrious selection of heritage luxury hotels where the best of past and present converge. Set within beautiful and culturally rich destinations, each legendary retreat is both timeless and elegant, delivering lavish settings, renowned restaurants and modern comforts matched with impeccable service for the ultimate luxury experience. Noble, rare and soulful, Sofitel Legend hotels entice worldly travelers who are all drawn to these beloved places of grandeur for their storied past, architectural beauty, sweeping vistas and enchanting ambience. Sofitel Legend is part of Accor, a world-leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,200 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. | |

Metropole Hanoi was named one of the “15 Best City Hotels in Asia” by Travel + Leisure

Le Beaulieu, the hotel’s acclaimed French fine dining restaurant, recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment

La Terrasse, inspired by Parisian sidewalk cafes, also debuted a stylish and sophisticated new look

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is regarded as the Grande Dame of Vietnamese hospitality

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PGA Catalunya Resort earns double crown at the 2020 IAGTO Awards

17 October 2019

PGA Catalunya Resort, near Girona, has collected the IAGTO Sustainability Award for Nature Protection 2020, while its 5* Hotel Camiral won the Hotel Experience Award for Spain.

Each year, the IAGTO Sustainability Awards, which form part of the golf tourism industry’s wider IAGTO Awards, recognise excellence in environmental and social responsibility. They are awarded by global golf tourism trade association IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) in conjunction with non-profit golf sustainability body, the GEO Foundation, and sanction GEO Certified venues in three key areas of sustainability – Nature, Resources and Community.

“As a certified venue since 2013, PGA Catalunya Resort has long fostered a strong environmental ethos, steadily transforming itself into an important and recognised ecological reserve,” commented CEO David Plana. “From the use of 100% recycled water to irrigate our two critically-acclaimed courses, the landscaped areas of the estate and the properties’ individual gardens, to the recruitment of our own resident biologist, Oriol Dalmau, we have invested in a number of programmes that aim to support the wildlife of the estate.”

The European Tour Destination soon realised that while many species of plant and animal in the wider region were struggling, the local flora and fauna on the estate were now flourishing. Local breeds of bats, birds, frogs, tortoises and certain plant varieties were all benefiting from PGA Catalunya Resort’s own particular ecosystem, not to mention the colony of one million bees of a local endangered variety, which is now thriving.

“The multitude of unique nature-based activities on offer at PGA Catalunya Resort have helped it develop a unique identity away from golf,” commented Jonathan Smith, GEO Foundation Executive Director. “Be it bird watching around the lakes, a guided tour of the tree species, beekeeping workshops, or capturing, labelling and releasing endangered native turtles, people of all ages have been attracted to take part and develop new skills, as well as learn about and experience the wildlife this 36-hole resort nurtures.

“PGA Catalunya Resort is also home to an ecological, organic garden, a five-hectare vineyard and 18 hives from which it produces its own honey,” he continued. “It’s a multi-functional facility that is delighted to share its natural surroundings with the local community and tourists alike. It’s therefore a worthy winner of the Nature category for 2020.”

In celebration of the 20th annual IAGTO Awards, a new category was introduced – Hotel Experience Award – which recognises hotels in 25 key countries/regions that deliver the best possible experience for visiting golf travellers.

The association’s 700+ golf tour operators voted PGA Catalunya Resort’s Hotel Camiral as the outright winner for Spain, rewarding the 5* hotel for its outstanding product, service and experience their clients had enjoyed in the past year.

For more information about the 2020 IAGTO Awards, which were presented at the end of the International Golf Travel Market in Marrakech, and to download high resolution photos and logos, please visit:

For further information about PGA Catalunya Resort, please visit

About PGA Catalunya Resort
Opened in 1999, PGA Catalunya Resort quickly established an international reputation for outstanding quality. The Stadium Course is ranked the number one golf course in Spain by the website. PGA Catalunya Resort is ranked the number one resort in Spain by Golf World magazine, which also recognises the venue in its World Top 100 Courses.

The 36-hole resort also offers two accommodation options – Hotel Camiral, a member of The Leading Hotels of The World and Girona's only 5* hotel, and LAVIDA Hotel, aimed at the active traveller. In addition, the European Tour Destination comprises a discreet, low-density real estate development, with first-class leisure facilities and a select number of villa plots, stylish modern semi-detached villas, and luxury apartments. Conveniently situated close to Girona-Costa Brava Airport (five-minute drive) and Barcelona International Airport (one-hour drive), the venue also benefits from the recently completed high-speed train line that links Girona (approximately 15 kilometres from PGA Catalunya Resort) to the rest of Spain and Europe, which provides even faster connections to major cities, including Barcelona, which can now be reached in only 37 minutes. | |

Full list of PGA Catalunya Resort’s accolades:

  • 1999 – the UK’s Golf World magazine cites PGA Catalunya Resort’s Stadium Course as Best New Course in Europe
  • 1999-2018 – continues to be recognised in Golf World’s Continental European Top 100 Courses, listed in the Top 10
  • 2008 – ranked among Peugeot Golf Guide’s Top 1,000 Courses in Europe
  • 2009 – voted No.3 in Golf Monthly’s Top 20 European Courses
  • 2011 – maintained its top-five position in the Top 50 Courses of Continental Europe rankings, published by the UK’s influential Golf Monthly magazine
  • 2011 – named among the World’s Top 100 Golf Course rankings of Golf World
  • 2012 – runner-up in both ‘Best Course’ and ‘Best Hotel’ categories of the inaugural Today’s Golfer Travel Awards
  • 2012-2019 – ranked Spain’s No.1 golf course by
  • 2013-2014 – voted Best Golf Development in Europe by International Property Awards
  • 2014 – both courses recognised in Golf Journal 2014 course review: Stadium Course awarded 83/100 points and Tour Course awarded 69/100
  • 2014 – one out of only two international courses included in Fairways Magazine’s Best Golf 2014
  • 2014 – ranked 4th in Golf Digest Spain’s Best Spanish Courses listing
  • 2014 – named European Golf Resort of the Year 2015 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO)
  • 2014 – Stadium Course voted Spain’s Best Golf Course 2014 at the inaugural World Golf Awards
  • 2015-2016 – awarded Best Golf Development in Europe by International Property Awards for second consecutive time
  • 2016 – topped ‘Best Course’ and ‘Best Hotel’ categories for Spain in latest Today’s Golfer Travel Awards
  • 2016 – named ‘Best Grand Golf Hotel’ Golf Digest’s inaugural Editors’ Choice awards
  • 2017 – ranked 3rd in Golf World’s inaugural Top 100 Resorts of Continental Europe
  • 2017 – Hotel Camiral added to The Leading Hotels of the World portfolio
  • 2018 – both courses recognised in Golf Journal 2018 course review: Stadium Course awarded 83/100 points and Tour Course awarded 71/100 (up 2 points from 2014 review)
  • 2018 – Clubhouse Renovation of the Year 2018 – Golf Inc 
  • 2018 – Stadium Course recognised as ‘Best Golf Course in Spain’ at World Golf Awards 2018
  • 2018 – ranked 2nd in Golf World’s Top 100 Resorts of Continental Europe
  • 2019 – ranked 6th in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses of Continental Europe

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HICAP Deal of the Year Award Winners Announced

Hong Kong – The winners of the Reggie Shiu Development of the Year and Single Asset Transaction of the Year Awards were announced today at the 24th annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), being held at the InterContinental Hong Kong. HICAP is hosted by BHN, Horwath HTL, and Stiles Capital Events. 

Event Type : Conference

Categories : Finance, Business, Investment, Hotel Industry

Venue : InterContinental Hotel Click for map & venue info
Tsim Sha Tsui, 18, Salisbury Road Hong Kong Hong Kong

Event Description
HICAP 2015, Hotel Investment Conference in Asia Pacific is going to be organized in between 14 October, 2015 and 16 October, 2015.

The venue of the Conference has been decided on as InterContinental Hotel. HICAP 2015 serves as a exciting Conference which will cover the topics of Finance, Business, Investment and Hotel Industry and a lot more. Hotel Investment Conference in Asia Pacific is organized annually.

Official Event Web Site
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Visitor Profile
Audience for the HICAP 2015 will be industry leaders, researchers and professionals from the Finance, Business, Investment and Hotel Industry community with the following job areas:
  • Investors
  • Owners
  • Developers
  • Hotel Chain & Management Companies
  • Investment Bankers
  • Lenders
  • Advisors & Intermediaries
  • Architects & Designers
  • Government Tourism Officials
  • Media
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December is a month full of appreciation for THE 1O1 LEGIAN, successively THE 1O1 LEGIAN won 4 awards as follows: Gold Circle Award 2012 by Agoda, The Best Choice Hotel in Hospitality Service of the Year, third place award for P2K3 (National Occupational Safety & Health Committee) and Goldcategories for award of Tri Hita Karana in Bali. Read more
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Group shotsmAt the International Property Awards on the 7th of December 2012  at Grosvenor House in London

London, UK – Sea Sentosa by Sentosa Worldwide Resorts has won the title of ‘World’s Best Apartment’ at the International Property Awards in London. Attendees at the awards included Mr. Saxon Looker, Managing Director and Mr. Ian Duffell CEO of Sentosa Worldwide Resorts. Read More
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tourismawardIndonesia Travel and Tourism Awards 2012/13  is all set to unveil  and acknowledge Indonesia’s finest 40+ Travel and Tourism Brands

ITTA-The Oscar of indonesiaTourism Industry  is the nation’s prime travel and tourism awards, described as the premier achievement for any Indonesianhospitality company. More than 250 best Indonesian travel brands have competed to be the best. Read more..